Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum maps will continue to be reviewed, updated, and added over the 2015-2016 school year.

Please click on a department name to obtain its mission statement, course flow, curriculum maps, and best practices.

 

Business Education


Business Education Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Business Department to prepare students for a rapidly changing world by expanding each student's knowledge and skills in Business, Business Law, Marketing, Careers, Money Management and Accounting. It is the goal of the Business Department to give each and every student the opportunity and support needed to develop the foundations for personal business-related responsibilities, college, and careers in the business world.

Spotswood High School offers a variety of courses in the Business Department that provide opportunities for students to achieve the Department mission. Students are required to complete ½ year (2.5 credits) of Financial Literacy to meet graduation requirements. This requirement can be satisfied by taking Money Management or Accounting I. Additionally, students are required to complete one course (5 credits) from the Business, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Education, or Digital and Industrial Technology Departments.

Business Education Course Offerings

Course Title Grade Course Length Credits Earned
Business Law and Ethics
9, 10, 11, 12 1 semester 2.5
Business Organization and Management/Entrepreneurship
11, 12 1 year 5
Marketing I
9, 10
1 year 5
Marketing II
10, 11
1 year 5
Honors Marketing III: Marketing Research and Technology
11, 12 1 year 5
Hot Topics and Business Trends
9, 10, 11, 12 1 semester 2.5
Honors Marketing IV 12 1 year 5
Career Exploration 9, 10, 11, 12 1 semester 2.5
Money Management 9, 10, 11, 12 1 semester 2.5
Accounting I 9, 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Honors College Accounting 10, 11, 12 1 year 5

Business Education Best Practices
Business teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives and tools, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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Computer Education


Computer Education Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Computer Education Department to develop students' computational and critical thinking skills and show them not only how to use, but how to create, new technologies. This knowledge will help prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.

Spotswood High School offers a variety of courses in the Computer Education Department that provide opportunities for students to achieve the Department mission. Students are required to complete one course (5 credits) from the Business, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Education, or Digital and Industrial Technology Departments to meet graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science and receiving a qualifying score on the AP exam.

Computer Education Course Offerings

Course Title Grade Course Length Credits Earned
Computer Applications for Business 9, 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Web Design and Development 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Exploring Computer Science 9, 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Honors Computer Programming 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
AP Computer Science 11, 12 1 year 5
Honors Special Topics in Computer Science 11, 12 1 year 5

Computer Education Best Practices
Computer Education teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives and tools, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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Digital and Industrial Technology


Digital and Industrial Technology Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Digital and Industrial Technology Department to prepare students to understand digital and technological concepts, processes, applications, and techniques through project-based exploration related to industrial, print and television production environments, and to provide students opportunities to develop essential skills for college and career opportunities related to digital and industrial technology.

Spotswood High School offers a variety of courses in the Digital and Industrial Technology Department that provide opportunities for students to achieve the Department mission. Students are required to complete one course (5 credits) from the Business, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Education, or Digital and Industrial Technology Departments to meet graduation requirements.

Digital and Industrial Technology Course Offerings

Course Title Grade Course Length Credits Earned
TV Production I
9, 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
TV Production II
10, 11, 12 1 year 5
TV Production III
11, 12 1 year 5
Technology I
9, 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Construction I
9, 10, 11, 12 1 semester
2.5
Construction II
9, 10, 11, 12 1 semester
2.5
Construction Technology III
10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Computer Graphics & Design I
9, 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Computer Graphics II 10, 11, 12 1 year 5
Honors Computer Graphics III 11, 12 1 year 5

Digital and Industrial Technology Best Practices
Digital and Industrial Technology teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives and tools, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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English Language Arts


English Language Arts Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools English Language Arts Department to provide a comprehensive curriculum that is based upon research and best practice, ensuring that students become critical thinkers, proficient readers, writers, and communicators in a global and technological society.

It is the goal of the English Department to provide students with quality, rigorous instruction that encourages them to become critical and creative thinkers through experiences that help them meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Spotswood High School offers a variety of sequences that provide students opportunities to achieve this goal. All students must take four years of English Language Arts to meet graduation requirements. All courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards with PARCC assessments being administered in grades 9, 10, and 11. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, Honors English 12, and College Composition. Please note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between "levels" as long as prerequisite courses are taken.

English Language Arts Department Course Flow Chart

Grade 9
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Sequence I
English 9
English 10
English 11

English 12: Contemporary Literature

College Composition

Sequence II
College Prep English 9
College Prep English 10
College Prep English 11

College Prep English 12: World Literature

College Composition

Sequence III
Honors English 9
Honors English 10

Honors English 11

AP English Language and Composition

Honors English 12

College Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

 

Elective Offerings:

Grade 9
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12

Creative Writing

Debate

Journalism

Myth and Media

Public Speaking

Creative Writing

Debate

Journalism

Myth and Media

Public Speaking

Creative Writing

Debate

Journalism

Myth and Media

Public Speaking

Creative Writing

Debate

Journalism

Myth and Media

Public Speaking

English Language Arts Best Practices
English Language Arts teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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Health & Physical Education


Health and Physical Education Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Health and Physical Education Department to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in positive health-enhancing experiences. In both the health classroom and the physical education arena, staff desire to promote a lifestyle choice of physical activity and emotional well-being by educating students in wellness, integrated skills, drugs and medicines, human relationships and sexuality, motor skill development, and fitness.

Physical Education courses in grades 9-12 are designed to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in positive, health-enhancing experiences. In promoting wellness, integrated skills, motor skill development, and fitness, the department attempts to guide students to physical activities and life skills they will enjoy and continue to participate in after high school in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Organizing the curriculum into an "arena" schedule, students are presented with choices grouped as team, individual, and fitness activities. Each marking period, students will be given selective choice in each of these three identified areas to decide activities in which to participate. By engaging in and focusing on each grouped area every marking period, the department believes students will be better prepared to fulfill the department mission and goals. To this end, the following activities are offered:

Team Activities
Basketball, Beach Games, Challenge I & II, Elementary Games, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Frisbee Games, Horseshoes, Lacrosse, Netball, Newcomb, Soccer, Softball, Speedball, Team Handball, Volleyball, Wiffleball
Mastery Objectives
Activities offered within the team activities section of the arena will involve students working as a large group to accomplish a specified goal. Students will develop the use of strategy and exploratory tactics. Students will also use cooperative and leadership skills in the group atmosphere with the occasional added motivation of competition. Skill development of kicking, passing, catching, throwing, and striking will be emphasized, practiced, and mastered.

 

Individual Activities
Archery, Badminton, Bocce, Bowling, Croquet, Golf, Lifetime Leisure Activities, Line Dance, Partner Dance, Pickleball, Square Dance, Tennis, Modified Track & Field Events
Mastery Objectives
Activities offered within the individual activities section of the arena will provide students opportunities to learn a number of activities they can do on their own or with a small amount of people or equipment. Student focus will be on developing and learning activities that foster an active lifestyle without the intensity of team sports and without the focus of "exercise." Students will master the concepts of hand-eye coordination, manipulative skills, and rhythmic skills.

 

Fitness Activities
Aerobics, Aerobic Kickboxing, Circuit Training, Core Training, Endurance Training, Interval Training, Jogging, Non-contact Martial Arts, Pilates, Power Walking, Resistance Band Routines, Step Aerobics, Strength Training, Weight Training, Yoga
Mastery Objectives
Activities offered within the fitness activities section of the arena will allow students to participate in any activity that is directly related to improving flexibility, body composition, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and/or cardiovascular endurance. All students will apply health related and skill related fitness concepts and skills to develop and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Students will also understand key components of training in regards to overload and specificity. They will also work to improve balance, agility, power, and speed. Students will be able to measure heart rate, body composition, and body mass index. Students will also develop the skills to be able to assess personal level of fitness, design a plan that addresses goals and interests, and have the tools to monitor and evaluate the plan.

Students in grades 9-12 are required to complete a Health course each year in accordance with New Jersey State Standards. Health courses at Spotswood High School are organized by grade and include the following units of study:

9th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Nutrition
Unit 2: Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Unit 3: Family Life

10th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Graduated Driver's License
Unit 2: Risk Management
Unit 3: Signs, Signals, & Roadway Markings
Unit 4: Alcohol Awareness

11th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Mental and Emotional Health
Unit 2: CPR/First Aid

12th Grade Health Education Program
Unit 1: Disease Prevention
Unit 2: Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Unit 3: Body Systems

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Mathematics


Mathematics Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Mathematics Department to inspire students to understand the fundamental concepts of mathematics, think analytically, communicate mathematically, become resourceful problem solvers, and develop an appreciation for the usefulness of mathematics.

Spotswood High School offers a variety of sequences that provide students opportunities to achieve this mission. Our goal is to ensure all students are ready for success after high school and are prepared for today's entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. All students must take Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Although only three math courses are required for high school graduation, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a mathematics course in each year of their high school experience. Depending on pre-high school and high school course selections, students may complete their mathematics study with Pre-calculus, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, Algebraic Systems, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Calculus or Advanced Placement Statistics. All courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards with PARCC assessments being administered for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Because of the sequential nature of mathematics course offerings, many courses have prerequisites.

Mathematics Department Course Flow Chart
This chart illustrates possible course sequencing in the Mathematics Department. Courses have been grouped according to level of academic rigor. The rigor of a student's academic schedule and the grades received are key aspects considered by college admission officers. Please note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between "levels" as long as prerequisite courses are taken.

Sequence I
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Honors Geometry Honors Algebra II Honors Pre-Calculus

AP Calculus

Honors Calculus

AP Statistics

Sequence II
College Prep Geometry College Prep Algebra II

College Prep Pre-Calculus

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry

Probability & Statistics

Algebraic Systems

Probability & Statistics

College Prep Pre-Calculus

Honors Pre-Calculus

Honors Calculus

Sequence III
College Prep Algebra I College Prep Geometry College Prep Algebra II

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry

College Prep Pre-Calculus

Probability & Statistics

Algebraic Systems

Sequence IV
Algebra I Geometry Algebra II

Algebraic Systems

Probability & Statistics

 

Mathematics Best Practices
Mathematics teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives and tools, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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Performing Arts


Performing Arts Department Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Performing Arts Department to:

  • Create a performing arts community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
  • Foster self-discipline and focus in solving problems creatively.
  • Empower students to make informed aesthetic choices.
  • Provide all students with the opportunity to succeed as individuals and within a group setting.
  • Provide a productive and safe space for students to express themselves.
  • Develop social skills that enable each student to engage with his or her peers in a responsible and respectful manner.
  • Prepare students for active participation in creating the culture of the present and future.
  • Provide students with meaningful experiences to publicly perform and raise esteem of the performing arts in the local community

Students at Spotswood High School are presented with a myriad of courses that provide the opportunity for the performance and study of the theories, history, and practices of all music, as well as development of theatre performance. Each course enables students to investigate their own perspectives on music and theatre. Empowering students to shape their philosophies on music and theatre's role in humanity is the cornerstone of a Spotswood performing arts education.

The following chart indicates the performing arts course options for students in each grade level:

Course 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Band Lessons x x x x
Concert Band x x x x
Honors Music Theory x x x x
Honors Wind Ensemble   x x x
Advanced Placement Music Theory   x x x
Drama I/II: Acting x x x x
Drama III: Play Production   x x x

Performing Arts Best Practices
The performing arts faculty at Spotswood High School applies research-based best practices for effective instruction that includes, but is not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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Science


Science Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Science Department to provide safe, equitable, student-focused scientific experiences that encourage the development of intellectual curiosity and scientific literacy along with respect and appreciation for the world we all share.

The Spotswood High School Science Department offers students the opportunity to explore the physical and living world. Science courses are designed to meet individual career goals. In today's job market, it is important for students to have as many career opportunities as possible. State graduation requirements mandate 15 credits (three years) in science, including Lab Biology, Lab Chemistry and/or Physics and/or Environmental Science, plus a third laboratory/inquiry-based science. Courses designated as lab sciences may meet for either five periods or six periods a week, as long as there is a significant laboratory based component within the course. All students, and especially college bound students, are strongly encouraged to take four years of science, and those considering future careers related to science are strongly encouraged to take advanced level coursework, including Chemistry, Physics, and Honors Biology II, or an Advanced Placement Science class.

Science Department Course Flow Chart
This below chart illustrates possible course sequencing in the Science Department and each progression listed in the chart meets State graduation requirements. Courses have been grouped according to level of academic rigor. The rigor of a student's academic schedule and the grades received are key aspects considered by college admission officers. Please note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between "levels" as long as prerequisite courses are taken and State graduation requirements are met.

Grade 9
Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Sequence I
Honors Biology I
Honors Chemistry I
AP Chemistry, AP Biology, Honors Physics, AP Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Meteorology & Astronomy
Sequence II
College Prep Biology I
College Prep Chemistry

College Prep Physics

Honors Biology II

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Environmental Science

College Prep Physics

Honors Biology II/AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

Forensic Science

Environmental Science

Meteorology & Astronomy

Sequence III
Biology I Integrated Science

Environmental Science

Forensic Science

Meteorology & Astronomy

Science Best Practices
Science teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives and tools, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, laboratory experiences, problem-based learning, and technology.

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Social Studies


Social Studies Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Social Studies Department to investigate active citizenship in the 21st Century, World History/Global Studies as well as United States History with a concentration on civics, government, human rights, geography, the environment, economics, innovation, technology, history and culture from a variety of perspectives through the lens of document analysis skills and validating and documenting research. These skills are vertically aligned throughout the district courses to engage students in analytical thinking, critical analysis, adept decision making and effective communication.

Spotswood High School offers a variety of classes that provide students opportunities to achieve this mission. All students must take Modern World History, US History I and US History II. Although only three social studies courses are required for high school graduation, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a social studies course in each year of their high school experience. The Social Studies Department offers a variety of both year-long and semester courses to fulfill both scheduling and academic needs. All courses are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curricular Standards and incorporate the essential elements of the Common Core Standards. Because of the vertical alignment of skills assessments in each course offering, many courses have prerequisites.

Social Studies Department Course Flow Chart
This chart illustrates possible course sequencing in the Social Studies Department. Courses have been grouped according to level of academic rigor. The rigor of the student's academic schedule and student performance are key aspects considered by college admission offices.

Please Note: Sequencing need not be constant; students may move between "levels" as long as prerequisite courses are taken.

Grade 9
Grade 10 Grade 11
Sequence I
Honors Modern World History
Honors US History I
Honors US History II
Sequence II
Modern World History (CP)
US History I (CP)
US History II (CP)
Sequence III
Modern World History
US History I
US History II

 

Optional Elective Offerings for 11th and 12th Grade Students

Full-Year Courses

AP US History

AP US Government & Politics

AP Human Geography

AP Psychology

Semester Courses

Psychology

Sociology

Criminal Justice

American Law

Social Studies Best Practices
Social Studies teachers at Spotswood High School consistently applies document-based and research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, use of manipulatives, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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Visual Arts


Visual Arts Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools Visual Arts Department to provide students with art experiences that develop and refine their art making techniques, problem solving skills, and cultural and historical artistic awareness.

Spotswood High School provides students with a wide variety of stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable art courses. These courses are designed to help students meet graduation requirements as well as provide an excellent opportunity to develop creative, expressive artistic skills.

Visual Arts Department Course Flow Chart

Sequence I
Drawing/Painting & Ceramics/Sculptures I (semester courses)
Fine Arts I
Honors Fine Arts II

AP Studio Art

Honors Fine Arts III

Sequence II
Ceramic/Sculptures I (semester course)
Ceramics/Sculptures II
Fine Arts I
Honors Fine Arts II
Sequence III
*Drawing/Painting & *Ceramics/Sculptures (semester courses)



Sequence IV
*Multi-Cultural Arts


 

*Course can be taken at any time in grades 9-12.

Visual Arts Best Practices
Art teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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World Languages


World Languages Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Spotswood Public Schools World Languages Department to provide a comprehensive curriculum where students learn to speak, read, and write in more than one language and develop an awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, providing them with a tremendous advantage in school and the workplace.

Spotswood High School students are required to complete two full years of study in World Languages for graduation, as the great majority of four-year colleges require two years of World Languages for admission. Spotswood offers four-year programs in Spanish, French, and German. Additionally, we offer an Honors track in Spanish for those students who wish to be enrolled in a program with increased academic rigor that leads to further study. Course offerings and suggested sequencing is shown in the chart below:

Sequence I
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Spanish I
Spanish II Spanish III
Honors Spanish IV
Sequence II
French I
French II French III  
Sequence III
German I
German II
German III
Honors German IV
Sequence IV
Honors Spanish I
Honors Spanish II
Honors Spanish III

Honors Spanish IV

AP Spanish

NOTE: Students who completed all components of Honors Spanish I in Grade 8 Spanish and earned an A average for the course have the option to begin their sequence with Honors Spanish II provided teacher recommendation and teacher approval is granted.

World Languages Best Practices
World Languages teachers at Spotswood High School consistently apply research-based best practices for effective instruction including, but not limited to, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, discovery learning, cooperative learning, scaffolding, differentiated instruction, real-world applications, and technology.

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