High School Grades

Curriculum Details


Our academic curriculum meets all standards and is enhanced with unique therapeutic educational programs, vocational learning, and nature-based activities.

Green Chimneys High School students are assigned to a classroom based on their academic ability and receive full benefit of the Green Chimneys therapeutic programs. The school structure and curriculum accommodates all learners in this age group by providing three high school classroom environments:

  1. Self-contained 8:1:1 program – designed for students who benefit from one teacher for core academic subjects in a small class size.
  2. Self-contained 12:1:1 program – designed for students who benefit from one teacher for core academic subjects in a slightly larger class size.
  3. Departmentalized 12:1:1 program – simulates a more traditional mainstream approach to the high school structure of a home room assignment and a daily class schedule for core academics and electives with different teachers for each subject in a small class setting.

Students in the high school program receive instruction to fully prepare them to take New York State Regents examinations or Regents Competency Tests (RCT) as determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE), and may participate in vocational training opportunities.

Graduation Requirements
Green Chimneys maintains a credit transcript which is shared with parents and home school districts for graduation/post-secondary planning review at the CSE annual review meeting.

As required by New York State Commissioner’s Regulations Section 100.5, a student will be awarded a Regents endorsed diploma from their home school district upon the successful completion of 22 credits in the New York State course work and testing requirements.

Core High School Subjects and Course of Study

English Language Arts
Green Chimneys High School follows the four-year English Language Arts Regents sequence, with one credit for each grade level:

Grade 9
Thematically connected units develop control of written expression, analyze elements of literature, and establish active listening and reading skills.

Grade 10
Thematically related units develop higher level critical thinking skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis. Students continue to develop control of written expression as they analyze elements of writing style and become familiar with various rhetorical modes through the close reading of poetry, novels, plays and essays. Units are integrated and made relevant to the student’s lives via discussions, as students explore in the context of their own lives how characters are impacted by life events.

Grade 11
American literature units are integrated with themes covered in American history; the course reading list consists of classic American texts. Students focus on perspectives through the study of themes: the individual’s relation to society, necessity for societal structure to prevent chaos, and the desire to be close to nature or to build an industrialized and technological society. Individualized term papers require students to analyze and read works by an American author.

Grade 12
Expository, persuasive, and analytical modes of written expression are enhanced. Students work on personal narrative essays during the first semester and progress to generate research papers with the goal of establishing independent thinking, self-aware writing and cited justification of viewpoint, and the use of academically accepted formats. The literature component of this course introduces complexity, sophistication and student analysis through the classic and contemporary works of literature.

Integrated Algebra
Grades 9 and 10 — 1 credit
A two-year course comprised of logic, polynomials, radicals, rational expressions, factoring, solving linear equations, solving quadratic equations, solving inequalities, systems of equations, absolute value, basic geometry, perimeter and area, ratio and proportion and statistics. The course focuses on process, theory, and structure of algebra as well as the application, relevance, and integration into everyday life.

Grade 11 — 1 credit
This course follows satisfactory completion of Integrated Algebra. Course topics include logic, coordinate geometry, congruent triangle proofs, proportion and similarity, quadrilaterals, transformations, constructions, locus, circles, area, surface area, and volume. The course focuses on process, theory, and the structure of geometry, as well as the application, relevance, and integration of geometry into everyday life.

Algebra II and Trigonometry
Grade 12 — 1 credit
Offered to students who have satisfactorily completed the Geometry course, Algebra II and Trigonometry topics include functions, radical expressions and equations, quadratic functions and complex numbers, sequences and series, exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and statistics, and a rigorous treatment of trigonometry.

Global History and Geography
Grades 9 and 10 — 1 credit per year
A two-year chronological, cross-cultural survey of history that spans from the Paleolithic era to the present day and offers a comparative study of the history, politics, economics, and cultures of different regions of the world. This course interconnects societies, historical events and social movements to develop a sense of chronology and establish a framework for organizing and evaluating events as students become familiar with social science techniques and concepts that emphasize the study of the past while encouraging critical thinking about the present and the future.

U.S. History and Government
Grade 11 — 1 credit
This course covers the development of the nation from its formation until the end of World War II. Major topics include the American people, government and politics, foreign policy, and the enhancement of social studies skills. The principal goals of this course are the use of critical thinking/problem-solving skills and the gathering and use of primary and secondary source material.

Economics and Government
Grade 12 - 1 credit
Course material introduces students to economic theory, government and economic history, globalization, and contemporary economic problems. Students explore the interplay between politics and economic theory to develop a fuller understanding of government at the federal, state, and local levels, and to broaden the understanding of controversial issues.

Earth Science
Grade 9 – 1 credit
This course offers a study of the forces that mold the earth and our universe. Students will explore the geology of the earth, chemistry and identification of minerals, interpretation of the topographic maps, physics of stars and planets, various aspects of meteorology, oceanography and paleontology. Laboratory skills are developed as students focus on observation, measurement, classification, prediction, data organization and analysis as they complete the 1200 minutes of required lab time component of this course.

Living Environment
Grade 10 – 1 credit
Basic ideas and laboratory skills are developed through a series of related investigations including observing, measuring, classifying, predicting, and written and verbal communication as students complete the required 1,200 minutes of lab time for this course. Topics for discussion include biochemistry, anatomy, physiology of cells and organisms, the interaction between organisms and their environment, evolution as a unifying theme, and the interrelatedness of structure, function, adaptation, and behavior.

Grade 11 - 1 credit
This course is a survey of the classical and modern laws that describe the behavior of matter and energy. The classical laws of mechanics (motion, forces, energy transformations) and electromagnetism (waves, electricity, magnetism) are examined and modified to allow introduction of newer quantum physics (standard model, photoelectric effect). Many of the laws derived will be demonstrated and verified through laboratory experiences.

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