Additional Course Offerings

Grade 9

SPANISH I 

This required course introduces students to the Spanish language by learning Spanish in preparation for the workplace. Students learn vocabulary and concepts of basic grammar acquisition, allowing them to communicate information about themselves and others using simple sentences, both orally and in writing. The practice of all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, helps students solidify their acquisition of the Spanish language. Active participation in class activities and completion of homework assignments are required. Students placed in Spanish I Honors need to have successfully completed Spanish in middle school.  All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.

Reading Skills SEMINAR

MATH SKILLS SEMINAR

Reading Skills Seminar and Math Skills Seminar are recommended courses for students based on data who need to receive customized academic support to transition successfully to the academic expectations of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School.  Students will learn how to analyze and solve problems using appropriate strategies. A variety of test-taking strategies will be presented to give students the tools required to successfully complete various types of assessments. At the beginning of the year, an individualized plan based on diagnostic assessments will be designed for each student with ongoing benchmark measures to monitor student progress. 

 


Grade 10

Reading Skills SEMINAR

MATH SKILLS SEMINAR

Reading Skills Seminar and Math Skills Seminar are recommended courses for students based on data who need to receive customized academic support to transition successfully to the academic expectations of Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School.  Students will learn how to analyze and solve problems using appropriate strategies. A variety of test-taking strategies will be presented to give students the tools required to successfully complete various types of assessments. At the beginning of the year, an individualized plan based on diagnostic assessments will be designed for each student with ongoing benchmark measures to monitor student progress. 

Understanding Higher Education** 

This Early College course provides an introduction to higher education, including the different purposes, functions, and structures of postsecondary institutions. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of degree and career pathways available across institutional types as well as familiarity with the social and emotional factors that influence student persistence and completion across educational settings. A variety of contemporary issues in higher education will be explored, with particular emphasis on the ways in which student experiences intersect with these issues. Topics include but are not limited to academic discourse, social-emotional learning, educational planning, financial planning, college placement options, prerequisites/corequisites, and teaching and learning modalities. This Early College course will be taught by an ENSATS instructor and NSCC faculty.  Learning will take place on both the ENSATS and NSCC campuses and transportation will be provided.  Successful completion of this Early College course will result in students earning both ENSATS’ high school credit along with NSCC college credit.  This course is a Semester 1 only class.

Spanish II 

Spanish II solidifies the introduction to the Spanish language and culture with more extended vocabulary and grammar concepts. Students will continue to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish. Students learn how to conjugate stem-changing verbs in the present tense, as well as both types of past-tense verbs.  Spanish I is a prerequisite.  All students will participate in quarterly common assessments.

CTE Pathway COurses

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Financial Literacy is essential in meeting the financial challenge of the 21st Century with understanding and managing personal finances the key to one’s future financial success. Based on the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework (2017) learning standards, this course teaches students to apply the knowledge and skills to various financial situations they will encounter later in life to make critical decisions regarding personal finances. Students will learn money management, savings and investing, income, and spending strategies. This course will teach students to identify and prioritize their personal money management goals, develop personal spending, savings, and investing plans, tax implications and understand the cost of using credit along with asset protection.  This is a semester class.

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 

This course is designed to provide tenth-grade students with a basic knowledge of the purpose, structure, and operation of the national and state governmental systems. Based upon the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Framework (2018) and, more specifically, the History, Social Science and Civics Education in Massachusetts: Implementation Updates, 2020­-2021.  The primary content of study is the Federal system and its underlying principles as they are related to National, State, and local levels.  This course will be a thought-provoking exploration taught through the lens of current events into the United States Government and Politics. We will cover such topics as the Constitution, civil rights, interest groups, politics, voting, Congress,  the Presidency, the Judiciary, laws, public policies, state & local government. This course is a semester class.


Grade 11

Speech** 

This Early College course focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship.   This course will be collaboratively taught in by a team of ENSATS instructor(s) and North Shore Community College faculty; learning will take place on both the ENSATS and NSCC campus throughout the semester (transportation provided). Successful completion of this course will result in students earning both ENSATS high school credits and NSCC college credits. **Credits: ENSATS 4; NSCC 3. Fulfills NSCC open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.

COMPOSITION 101** 

In this Early College course, emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. This course will be collaboratively taught in by a team of ENSATS instructor(s) and North Shore Community College faculty; learning will take place on both the ENSATS and NSCC campus throughout the semester (transportation provided). Successful completion of this course will result in students earning both ENSATS high school credits and NSCC college credits. **Credits: ENSATS 4; NSCC 3.


Grade 12

SPANISH II 

Spanish II continues and solidifies the introduction to the Spanish language and culture with more extended vocabulary and grammar concepts. Students will continue to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish. Students learn how to conjugate stem-changing verbs in the present tense, as well as both types of past-tense verbs.   Spanish I is a prerequisite. This course will not be offered in Grade 12 beyond SY21-22. 

GENOCIDE STUDIES

This elective course examines the 20th century as “the century of genocide,” beginning with the Armenian genocide, the horrors of the Holocaust, and ending with the atrocities in Bosnia and Rwanda and the violence in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Northern Iraq. We will consider many questions in this course: What is genocide? Where did the term come from and how has it been defined and examined over time? What conditions lead to genocide? What are the warning signs? What allows people to act in such evil ways and what causes others to stand by? How is genocide represented, coped with, and remembered? How can it be prevented? Which genocides have been emphasized, and which have been overlooked? We will explore these and other ideas through a historical lens, with critical review of primary sources and research, and through a literary lens, with first-hand accounts and survivor testimony.

Using History to Understand Contemporary IssueS

The 21st century has brought with it unprecedented access to information through various media sources.  This presents an amazing opportunity for students to explore contemporary topics with an eye toward critical discernment of sources, and the agendas and motives behind them.  This course will actively explore complex issues in our contemporary society through the prism of history. Topics include: globalism and nationalism, bias in media, the Culture War, economic trends of the modern world, and major social issues and their change over time.  In order to become better-informed citizens, students will practice evaluating various sources of media and bias. This will be accomplished in a variety of ways including socratic seminar, project-based learning, and facilitated debates and oral presentations.  

ACCOUNTING

Accounting is an applied mathematics course where students learn about the operational principles necessary for success in the workplace.  Topics include basic accounting procedures, debits and credits, customer needs assessment, investment activities, analyzing, evaluating, and creating financial reports, and technology applications for operating systems and budgets.  Building upon these topics, students will conduct a financial analysis of a real-world business organization.  This course is a semester class.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

This is a lab-based elective designed to give students an in-depth look at the world of forensics. Students will be introduced to the basic application of science to the law. Students will learn how forensic scientists combine today’s technology with the skills of the scientific community in order to help solve crimes. Topics covered include crime scene evaluation, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis; and the examination of current cases as they relate to these topics.


Additional Courses

Academic Seminar

The Academic Seminar is designed to support the academic learning and organizational needs of students seeking additional support to complete their academic coursework at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School.  In addition to providing students with focused in-school time to continue working on their academic coursework assignments, the Academic Seminar classroom also provides explicit instruction in organizational strategies and ongoing support to help students successfully complete their academic work. With that in mind, the daily classroom protocols must (a) maximize instructional time, (b) create a supportive, predictable environment, and (c) foster self-regulating learning skills. Students taking Academic Seminar courses are required to sign and return this Academic Seminar Student & Parent/Guardian Contract

Career Enrichment

All grade 10, 11, and 12 students will receive Career Enrichment during their CTE week. Career Enhancement exposes students to foundational skills in the areas of employability, management, business communication, and technology. This course addresses the Vocational Technical Education Framework Standardized Strand 4 (Employability and Career Readiness), Strand 5 (Management & Entrepreneurship), and Strand 6 (Technological). As part of the course, students will study employability, professionalism, communication, research, digital citizenship, along with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 


Discontinued Courses

Academic Skills Seminar (Grade 9)

This course is a requirement for all freshman. It consists of a rotating schedule with a different content focus for each trimester (one trimester each of literacy, mathematics, and science). Students take all three with the same group. Content for the course is based on Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum. Materials provide students with the deep content knowledge and essential critical thinking skills necessary to meet Standards and to be prepared for college success. In English, lessons train students to identify relevant textual support for an idea and how to evaluate arguments based on the quality of evidence and the validity of the reasoning. English lessons guide students through the process of connecting a writer’s’ choice of words, phrases, punctuation, and syntax to create the desired meaning within a text. Mathematics lessons take students beyond the standard skill-based approach to a conceptual understanding of mathematics. By incorporating many concepts into one lesson and by presenting questions in a variety of modalities, students are engaged in interesting activities that require them to think, to reason, and to engage in mathematical inquiry. Students are encouraged to explain their solutions and to verbalize their thinking processes. In Science, students develop a series of thinking skills. They progress from acquiring facts to being able to analyze and evaluate various pieces of scientific information. The science materials are content-based with an emphasis on laboratory skills and the integration of mathematics, technology, and the graphing calculator into the science classroom.

BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

This elective course is focused on the foundational skills necessary for students to be successful career pathway.  Many students will secure coop placements with local companies in a field they wish to pursue beyond high school. In-school co-op placements are also arranged, and juniors remaining in the building have the chance to work on contracted work such as setting up social media accounts and performing bookkeeping for local businesses. Students can also pursue advanced certifications to further their employment opportunities or take the next steps to launch a product they have developed in their CTE area.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE 

This new math elective will introduce students to the basics of computer programming. Students will learn using Python, a relatively new and widely used programming language both in industry and academia. The concepts learned with Python are easily transferable to other popular languages such as C++ and Java. Students will use the concepts they learn to create their own programs to solve complex problems or increase the speed and efficiency of tasks performed on a computer. Topics to be covered will include the basics of programming, conditional statements, loops, vectors, strings, cells, and a cursory overview of object-oriented programming. The class will be largely project-based, where students are given a problem or task that they need to create a program to solve.

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

This elective is designed to prepare students for the content and discourse they will encounter in a college-level psychology course. The foundation of the course centers on helping students to develop familiarity with the terminology and concepts of psychology with an emphasis on how psychology is applied to real-world situations. Topics include but are not limited to the history to psychology, the brain and behavior, learning and memory, consciousness, psychological disorders, and a general understanding of human behavior. Students are eligible to take this course junior or senior year, but not both.

LAW AND THE WORKPLACE (FORMERLY STREET LAW)

This elective course is designed to introduce students to the legal system, focusing on landmark American trials, key constitutional cases, and current legal issues related to business, employment, and the workplace. Additional topics include computer law, financial crimes, contracts and business organization. The course design and approach are to learn law in a practical, relevant, and experiential way through a case-study approach. The class blends legal content with hands-on learning that allows for students to read critically, to discuss interpretations of law and to debate with the goal of helping students understand their rights and responsibilities under the laws so they can function as responsible citizens in their professional and personal lives.

MODERN UNITED STATES HISTORY

This elective course examines United States history from a world context and extends the sequence of United States History from Grades 10 and 11, by examining the major events in U.S. and World History from the 1970s to the present. Major units include Watergate, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Reagan Years, the Collapse of Communism and the Rise of the New World Order, Clinton and the New Democrats, Bush and the Age of Terrorism, Obama’s Hope and Change, Europe and the Migrant Crisis, and Globalism and the Rise of Populism.  Understanding history relies on evidence-based thinking to construct interpretations of past events and is guided by giving students direct access to sources of documentary evidence. As in previous years, to promote historical reasoning students will continue to refine their critical reading and analytical writing, source evaluation, use of primary source documents, ability to make claims, evidence, and interpretation, and research methods. 

Project-Based Learning Lab (Grade 11)

This elective is designed to have grade 11 students during their academic week work collaboratively with a specific CTE project to develop and implement connections between academics and technical/agricultural learning.  The focus for this course will be a campus-based sustainability project to improve water quality while restoring the pond pathway and surrounding areas that will one day be open to Essex North Shore students as well as to the public.  Students in the Project-Based Learning Lab will support students in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Technology to manage resources involving ecology and conservation in the development of this legacy project.  While students do not have to be in either Natural Resources Management or Environmental Technology tech areas, it will help to have a general interest in this project and a willingness to help it be a success. This elective is open only to students in their junior year.