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2012 ~ 2013


The Literary Experience               1 cr.        

      This is a required course for students in Form III.  The Literary Experience provides an introduction to discussing and writing about literature.  More specifically, the course guides students through the literary experience from the pre-critical to the analytical and evaluative.  Along with intensive training in standard grammar and mechanics, students learn to use several methods of composition including expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative.

Literary Genres              1 cr.       

      A required course for Form IV, Literary Genres develops composition skills and expands reading skills and tastes.  Students review the principles of grammar and mechanics with special emphasis on structure, transitions, unity and clarity, as well as begin to make use of more sophisticated rhetorical and stylistic tools.  They refine their literary skills as they study vocabulary and evaluate literary nuances that differentiate the genres of poetry, drama, and narrative. Speaking and listening skills receive attention in many classroom activities. 

Traditions in American Literature                1 cr.   

      This is a required course for Form V.  The survey course follows the rise of a unique national identity throughout its literature.  This class traces the development of American literature from its Puritan roots through the beginnings of Modernity in the early 20th century.  The introduction of literary history helps the student understand how literature was not only shaped by historical events, but also helped to shape those events. Students write a variety of papers, record their thoughts and interpretations in journals, and make many class presentations.

Traditions in British Literature                    1cr.

      This course is designed to prepare the VIth form student for the reading, writing, and research demands they will experience in their college work.  The course traces English literature from its Anglo-Saxon roots through modernity and also introduces students to the myriad cultural and philosophical ideas that accompany the evolution of English literature.  Students continue to advance their writing and speaking with the continued practice of various modes of composition as well as a variety of individual and group presentations.


Honors Literature and Composition      1 cr.   Prerequisite: VIth Form or PG, approval by the Director of Studies and course instructor

 Our approach in Honors Literature and Composition is threefold.  We engage in the experience of literature (emotional and pre-critical responses), the interpretation of literature (using critical analysis to arrive at the multiple meanings of a work), and the evaluation of literature (determining a piece's cultural and social significance.)  In addition to large amounts of independently prepared reading and regularly assigned essays, students are expected to produce as a first trimester final project an annotated bibliography outlining the existing body of critical work devoted to an author of his or her choice.  The second trimester final project is a larger, critically supported research paper focusing on a few major works of the author chosen for the annotated bibliography.  While the course gives students the tools to prepare for the A.P. Literature and Composition exam, no student is required to take it and must sign up for it independently.


Journalism (newspaper)    1 cr.    Prerequisite Form V or VI                                     

     This course is designed to promote critical thinking, to instruct on examining and reporting multiple sides of an issue and to report and write for all forms of media.  Topics Include: Reporting skills, Layouts, Publishing and Distribution.

English as a Second Language 


ESL I         2 cr.          Prerequisite None 

      Required of all foreign language students for whom English is not the native or language and who have never studied in an English speaking country, each ESL student spends two class periods each day in intense study of the basics of writing, reading and conversational English.  Students also begin preparation for the TOEFL exam and make regular use of Hoosac’s Sanako language lab to improve speaking and listening skills.

ESL II          2 cr.         Prerequisite: ESL I  

      A daily double class period program which is a continuation of ESL I with special emphasis on TOEFL and SAT preparation, students are placed in ESL II by permission of the instructor based on successful mastery of the ESL course I curriculum or based on their performance on the diagnostic exam .  In ESL II, students further advance their reading, speaking and listening skills as well as begin to learn to employ different stylistic and rhetorical techniques in their writing.

ESL III -- Compostion           1cr.                  Prerequisite: ESL II

            A single-period course, ESL III is the final level of ESL instruction, and it serves as the course in which non-native speakers transition from the ESL program into our core English curriculum. As with lower level ESL courses, the material seeks overall improvement in students' speaking, reading, and writing. However, ESL III assumes a greater speaking proficiency in the student and focuses more intensively on reading comprehension and, especially, writing. To that end, students in ESL III supplement their practice in writing by reading longer, more difficult, and more varied texts over the course of the year than in lower levels of ESL. Also, the first half of the course consists of a comprehensive overview of English grammar and mechanics, while the second half of the course introduces students to eight different essay models, including the personal narrative, the definition essay, comparison and contrast, as well as analysis and classification. Students are also introduced to various approaches to argumentation. 




Ethics        1 cr.                 Prerequisite: Form VI or PG                      

 This course is an introduction to many of the moral and ethical questions that serve as the cornerstone of western intellectual tradition.  Through the preparation of primary and supplemental readings, group discussion and analysis of those readings, and many essays and class presentations, students will begin to learn to navigate the richly complex world of morality and, in the process, become acquainted with the major schools of Ethical thought including Contractualism, Egoism, Hedonism, Naturalism, Existentialism, Kantianism, and Utilitarianism.




American Cultures      1 cr.   Prerequisite: None      

      Required of all students in the ESL program; This course will introduce the student to the different cultural experiences necessary to understand the ways of life and culture in American society and expose students to United States History.

Ancient & Medieval History      1 cr.   Prerequisite: None   

      Required for students in Form II/III, this course presents a thorough coverage of Eastern and Western Civilizations.  This program covers ancient and medieval history completely, and presents parallels of current modern history in depth.  Elements of sociology, philosophy, and anthropology are examined for a broad view of important historical concepts.

Modern European History       1 cr. Prerequisite: Ancient History       

      A Form IV continuation of Ancient & Medieval History as viewed from the rise of Modern Europe at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution through the present time.

Early American History       1 cr. Prerequisite: None          

      Early American History explores the foundations of American government and society from the pre-colonial period through the industrial revolution preceding the Civil War.  In addition to text readings and assignments, local historical site visits and trips help to give the students a perspective on early history with hands-on understanding.

United States History       1 cr.  Prerequisite V/VI Form      

      The United States History program begins with the Civil War and progresses chronologically to the present time.  This course (or the AP US History course) is required for graduation.  Supplemented with various readings and video/DVD presentations from the Arts & Entertainment Network, The Learning Channel, The History Channel, Discovery Channel and PBS series such as The American Experience and Biography, the course also examines the basic values upon which society is built.

AP United States History       1 cr. Prerequisite: Permission from the Director of Studies

      A rigorous, college level history program examining the historical events, social and cultural happenings and major legislation of American society are integral parts of the course of study.  Those students taking the AP United States History course will take the Advanced Placement examination at the end of the school year.  If the examination is passed, college credit is granted for two college classes (equivalent of 6 cr.).  This course requires a sizable amount of reading, writing and uses a college level textbook.

Contemporary Global Issues          1 cr. Prerequisite None               

      An elective course for students in Form V or VI.  Through the use of newspapers, television, the Internet, video & DVD and Newsweek Magazine, the course explores worldwide as well as domestic events and patterns of human  and governmental behavior.  Analysis of world government structures and why they work or do not work to the benefit of the world populace.  Topics each week are formed by global happenings in all areas: Politics, health, weather and natural occurrences, science, education, business, sports, the arts and cultures.

Marketing              1 cr.          Prerequisite: None              

      The history of marketing activities and the evolution of modern marketing systems, this course will seek to heighten awareness of interaction between business, society and consumer as it relates to marketing activities.  This course is considered a yearlong elective.



Beginning French             1cr.      Prerequisite Required for graduation 

      An introduction to speaking and writing French language, stressing grammatical usage and structure as well as casual conversation.     

Intermediate & Advanced French          1 cr.           Prerequisite: French I        

      A continuation of the skills and material studied and mastered in beginning French. This completes the second year of the two year requirement.

Beginning Latin      1 cr.           Prerequisite: None                     

      Introductory course in the basics of Latin.  Required for all Form II students.

Advanced Latin    1cr.        Prerequisite: Latin I                      

      A continuation of the skills and material studied and mastered in beginning Latin. 



Fundamental Mathematics        1 cr.     Prerequisite None                 

      A preparation course for the study of Algebra I.  May serve as either a course in remediation or for the reinforcement.  It strengthens skills and re-teaches concepts and computational skills necessary for successful study of a course in Algebra I.

Algebra I            1 cr.             Prerequisite: Pre Algebra                

      Required of all students in Form III who have not already successfully passed Algebra I.  The course covers most basic algebraic skills. Topics include integers, rational and irrational numbers, simultaneous and quadratic equations; graphing polynomial functions and the equation of a line.  This course also uses applied problems frequently and gives the student a foundation for further mathematics study.

Algebra II            1 cr.             Prerequisite: Algebra I                   

      The Algebra II course includes the topics of Algebra I in a more complex form.  Algebra II is a continuation of mathematics which includes inequalities, absolute values, the parabola and circle with graphing and some triangular trigonometry.

Geometry              1 cr.            Prerequisite: Algebra II                

      Geometry encourages logical reasoning and geometric consideration.  Plane geometry, some analytical geometry and right triangle are taught.  Both the formal proof and the applied problems are used to cover these topics.

Algebra 3/ Pre Calculus      1 cr.           Prerequisite: Algebra II & Geometry   

      An elective course for students who have completed the required mathematical sequence.  The Pre-calculus course covers such topics as analytical  geometry including hyperbole and ellipse, solar coordinates, advanced trigonometry, complex numbers, vectors and some theory of equations.  Successful completion of this course will prepare the student for college calculus.

Statistics                 1 cr.               Prerequisite: Algebra II & Geometry                 

      An elective course for students who have completed the required mathematical sequence.  An alternative to calculus, the course will cover frequency distributions, central tendency, variation, probability, binomial distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation and regressions.

AP Calculus AB               1cr.         Prerequisite: Pre Calculus 

      The calculus course is designed for the advanced mathematics student who has successfully completed courses through Pre-calculus.  The course follows the syllabus set down by the Advanced Placement program of the College Board.



Earth Science       1 cr.               Prerequisite: None 

      The Earth Science course is required for students in Form III.  It features the introduction of study topics from oceanography to zoology.  A hands-on approach with special opportunities to use Hoosac’s ecological setting is a major focus of the course.  Some basic laboratory work will be required.

Biology                 1 cr.                  Prerequisite: None   

      Required for Form IV, the secrets of life are revealed.  There is a special emphasis on dissection techniques and human anatomy and physiology.  Ecology project on environment and laboratory work will be involved.

Chemistry             1 cr.                 Prerequisite: Earth Science or Biology        

        Suggested for students in Form V or VI.  A year-long Laboratory course with a concentration of chemistry fundamentals.

Physics                  1 cr.                   Prerequisite: Earth Science or Biology     

      This course is suggested for students in Forms V or VI.  The program will emphasize some of the most important concepts while drawing examples whenever possible from modern phenomena and everyday experiences.  The student will learn to see physics as part of their surroundings.

Astronomy                    1 cr.         Prerequisite: None                    

      This is full year course exploring the universe and all of its mysteries.  An alternative to the traditional science class, there is extensive use of the internet, observation deck and outside activities throughout the year.

Physical Geography                     1 cr.  Prerequisite None           

      A full year course exploring the physical/geological/environmental aspects of geography from the viewpoint of a scientist.



Required Courses


Ethics        1 cr.                 Prerequisite: Form VI or PG                      

 This course is an introduction to self-analysis, and many of the moral and ethical questions and issues that affects modern society.  Issues will be discussed, papers researched and written.  Some study of classical and modern philosophy is achieved through various readings.

Health       ½ cr.                Prerequisite: None

      The health class is designed to meet the required criteria as set by the New York State Department of Education.  It is designed to give the student a better understanding of the factors affecting their health, both emotionally and physically.  Human reproduction, drug & substance abuse—including alcohol and tobacco—and diseases that relate to teenagers will be examined.  The most currently available information regarding sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS/HIV will be made available to the student through printed handouts, lectures, videos/ DVD presentation, and internet use.



(Some electives may not be offered every trimester)

Foundations of Technology    1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

Concepts of Technololgy        1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology

Technology in Business          1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: Concepts of Technology


Music – Theory                    1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

Music – Piano                      1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

Music – Choir                      1/3 cr.            Prerequisite: None


Drama - Basic Acting          1/3 cr.            Prerequisite: None

Advanced Drama               1/3 cr.              Prerequisite: Drama- Basic

Cinematic Film Study        1/3 cr.              Prerequisite: None

Stage Craft & Design         1/3 cr.              Prerequisite: None

Dance                                1/3 cr.                Prerequisite: None


Black & White Photography*    1/3 cr.     Prerequisite: None

      35mm camera required


Digital Photography*               1/3 cr.     Prerequisite: None           

Journalistic Photography       1/3 cr.      Prerequisite: Digital Photography

*Student must have own camera


Drawing & Painting    1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

Mural Painting            1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

AP Art                         1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

Studio Art                   1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None   

Sculpture                    1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None

Art History                  1/3 cr.           Prerequisite: None


Holocaust Studies: A Historical Perspective    1/3 cr.   Prerequisite: AP or US History

Archaeology                                                       1 cr.      Prerequisite: None

Year Book Design                                            1/3 cr.     Prerequisite: None


O.A.S.I.S. (Open Access Skills Improvement Site)      1cr.         Prerequisite: Admission Approval  Length: Year long

       The OASIS program is a special academic tutorial which meets once per day with a very limited number of students in a one-to-one student/teacher ratio.  Each OASIS student is assigned to his or her own tutor who will assist them with work preparation, development of personal study skills, homework planning, and assist as a liaison with other instructors in designing and implementing systems of study which can enable the student to meet with success, eventually becoming mainstreamed in a regular course of study without tutorial assistance.

            This program is only available to students who have enrolled in the OASIS PROGRAM having made arrangements with the Admissions Office.

























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