Curriculum

For the Upper Grades Course Catalog, click here.

 

Social Studies

The end goal of our Social Studies curriculum, from 6-12, is to develop critical readers, writers, and thinkers who can see complex issue from multiple perspectives.In the upper grades, students continue their study of U.S. history and government.  Course work over the following three years includes the study of economics and world history.  By the end of 12th grade, students are able to make sense of political, social, and economic developments in the world by searching for answers to their own questions and appreciating that there may not be one correct point of view in any given situation.

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Science

Our students will be stepping into adulthood in a world that changes dramatically at an ever-quickening pace.  The science courses at Clinton are designed to help students construct knowledge of the natural world, as well as learn how to engage in the process of scientific discovery.  Every science class has a lab once a week in order to provide more time for students to work on inquiry-based and hands-on laboratory experiments.

The science course sequence for the upper grades is living environment, chemistry, and a two-year science IB course. Our program is designed to develop scientific thinkers who approach problems, learning, and design with strong, critical minds.  We feel it is our responsibility to provide students with a foundation of scientific knowledge and skills that will give them multiple options when considering the career path they will pursue.

 


Mathematics

The focus of the Clinton Math Department revolves around developing a deep understanding of algebraic knowledge. New York State has committed to shifting fully into the Common Core math standards, which emphasize depth over breadth. As a result of this shift, our classes frequently involve difficult real-world problems that challenge students to apply their mathematical knowledge in new ways. Our central concern is that students show perseverance when attempting these problems. Our curriculum encourages students to discover and experience many topics. This can be a difficult shift, but the emphasis on problem solving and perseverance are the essential skills that students should strengthen for future success.

For students who have taken Algebra 1 prior to 9th grade, we offer a one year computer science course instead.  Students may or may not sit for the AP exam; it’s a decision we leave up to them.  It does provide students a window into the two-year course they will take in 11th and 12 grades, which may help them to determine if they will study computer science or film with greater intensity.

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English Language Arts

Our ELA courses spiral across the grade levels, meaning that all courses are designed using the Common Core as a foundation.  At each grade level, students read, write, and discuss a wide variety of genres and all grade levels study a piece by Shakespeare.

9th – 12th Grades 

Students are studying U.S. history in 9th grade, and so their first ELA high school level course weaves American literature with a strong focus on the craft of writing.  This gives them a deeper context for understanding the development of the American identity.  In preparation for their two-year world history course in 11th and 12th grades, students in our 10th grade course explore the literature of peace and conflict. They apply their craft to make sense of writings from a range of time periods and places, and they continue to develop their own voice and interests as a writer.  At the end of 10th grade, our students will sit for the NYS ELA Regents.     

 


Foreign Language 

In this class, students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that will enable them to communicate about themselves, their friends, and their family in a foreign language. Students will also investigate aspects of culture and acquire study skills important for language learning. We encourage students to sign up for at least one club and/or sports team.

 


Health Education

The Clinton Health program responds to the challenges facing youth today. It builds on the foundation established in grades K-6 and supports youth in making the crucial health choices they will face during adolescence and throughout their lives.