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School Course Offerings



College, Career and Citizen-Ready!


School Course Offerings




Table of Contents

Section I

Education Plan

High School Program Planning Information

Career Pathways

Dual Enrollment

Career and Technical Education

Industry Certification

General Information on Course Selection

Advanced Placement (AP)

High School Options

Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy

The Governor’s School for Science and Technology

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Early College Program in Newport News

Magnet Schools

Aviation Academy – Denbigh High School

Governor's STEM Academy – Heritage High School

University Magnet – Heritage High School

Governor's Health Sciences Academy - Warwick High School

Arts & Communication Magnet – Woodside High School

Summer Institute for the Arts

Point Option

Virtual Learning Program

GED Options for High School Students

Section II

Graduation Requirements (Policy IKF)

Requirements for a Standard Diploma

Requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma

Requirements for Diploma Seals from the Board of Education

Governor's Early College Scholars Program

Newport News Scholars Program

Requirements for Other Diplomas

Course Credit

Grade Point Average and Class Ranking of Secondary Students

Secondary Grading Scale

Section III

You've Got Options

Health & Physical Education

Personal Finance

Advanced Placement Courses

High School Programs

Extended Learning

Grade Point Average

Academic Options Guide for Students

High School Course Sequences

Art Courses

Career & Technical Education Courses


Business & Information Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health & Medical Sciences


Technology Education

Television Production

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English Courses

The Governor's School for Science and Technology Course Offerings

Health and Physical Education Courses

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Course Offerings

The Arts

Experimental Science

Individuals & Societies

Language Acquisition


Studies in Language and Literature

Additional Requirements

Mathematics Courses

Military Science/Aerospace Science (Junior ROTC) Courses

Miscellaneous Elective Courses

Music Courses

New Horizons Career & Technical Education Center Courses

Science Courses

Social Studies Courses

Special Education Course Eligibility

Theatre Courses

World Language Courses



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OBJECTIVE: What do you want to do? What do you hope to achieve?

SKILLS: What can you do that makes you unique?

CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: To what organizations do you belong, and what leadership roles do you hold?

WORK EXPERIENCE: What jobs or internships (paid or unpaid) have you had? What responsibilities did you have at each?

COMMUNITY SERVICE: What have you done to help your community? i.e. working with the Red Cross, planning neighborhood gatherings, delivering campaign literature, etc.

INTERESTS: In what sports have you participated? What are your hobbies?


Preparation for College All colleges have different entrance requirements. Before you select high school courses, check the requirements of several colleges that interest you. If you are undecided about a college, use the following guidelines in making your high school course selections.

1. Take four years of math and science. Most 4-year colleges require at least Algebra II for entrance.

2. Take at least three years of a world language. Many colleges do not list a world language requirement, but indicate that three or four years are highly desirable. Students wishing to take Advanced Placement French, German or Spanish as a senior must complete level I in the eighth grade.

3. Colleges prefer that students take the most challenging courses possible, pursue a full academic program for four years and demonstrate service to their community. Your course selections should be a reflection of your career pathway.

4. Students should take the PSAT in the 10th and/or 11th grade. If a four-year college is a part of your career pathway, then you should take the SAT (https://sat.collegeboard.org/home)and/or ACT (http://www.act.

org) in the 11th and/or 12th grade.

5. Always seek the advice of your school counselor.

Preparation for Employment There are numerous opportunities in Newport News Public Schools for students to prepare for entry into a career. In some cases, you may take a high school program that allows you to work in the afternoon and receive high school credit for your job. These programs are called cooperative education programs. Use the following general guidelines in choosing courses to prepare for employment.

1. Take Career and Technical Education (CTE) exploratory courses in the ninth and tenth grades to find out which program is most interesting to you.

2. Choose a CTE pathway that interests you and ask your teacher or counselor the order in which you should take the courses in order to gain the necessary skills to work in that occupational area. In most cases, you will need to be enrolled in courses for at least two years to complete the program.

3. Plan your program to include the courses necessary to gain occupational skills and certifications. Also, include other courses that may be related to your chosen career pathway.

Career Pathways The courses that you take in high school can have an effect on the choices that you make towards career pathways. This guide to high school courses has been prepared so that you will have a firm idea of what the courses offer, what careers they may lead to and the possible effects on your future plans. As you select your courses, we urge you and your parents to explore all of your academic options.

In order to help you make the best possible choices as you plan the courses you will take, the school system has launched the Career Pathways initiative. This program will guide you in selecting school courses, activities, and learning experiences that allow you to see the relationship between your classes and future careers.

Career Pathways will assist you in setting goals and help prepare you for the future by building on your personal strengths, abilities and interests.

Pathways are comprised of interrelated courses, as well as curricular, extra-curricular and service learning experiences.

For a complete list of all available career options, see your school counselor or explore the Career Pathways website at http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/careerpathways/.

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Planning your career choice will help increase your income power, develop your skill level and improve your opportunities for success as an adult.

Consider the challenges you will face: global competition, evolving technology, diverse demographics and changing values and attitudes. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and your likes and dislikes. Then, make a choice.


• Talk with your family, teachers and counselors about the subjects you enjoy most.

• Speak with your family, teachers and counselors about applying your interests to a career you might enjoy.

• Discuss with your family about increasing your responsibilities for jobs around the house.


• Schedule with your guidance counselor a career interests, abilities and talents survey.

• Think about how you can apply what you are learning in school to career choices.

• Look at postsecondary education and training options with your family.

• Visit college campuses and career fairs.

• Develop an Individual Course Plan (ICP) with your guidance counselor to help you establish a career pathway.

• Study the Career Pathways chart and save it for future use.


• Pay attention to what you are learning in class and how it might apply to your career choices.

• Enroll in electives that allow you to experience the details of career choices.

• Enroll in courses that offer college credit, dual enrollment or Advanced Placement.

• Apply for work-based learning opportunities such as job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and cooperative education.

• Visit college campuses and continue visiting career fairs.

Dual Enrollment In partnership with Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), high school juniors and seniors may be eligible to receive college credit for courses taken in Newport News Public Schools. In order to dual enroll with Thomas Nelson, students must

1. Apply online to TNCC at www.tncc.edu/apply,

2. Test for eligibility or provide SAT, ACT, PSAT, or Math SOL scores. Qualifying scores for admission to the program can be found at http://tncc.edu/students/opportunities/dual-enrollment-tncc/. Thomas Nelson provides the Virginia Placement test at no charge to students. It is very important to take the placement test seriously and practice beforehand. Practice is available on TNCC's website at http://tncc.edu/students/become-a-student/placement-testing/ and

• Students wishing to take MTH 163, 164, 173, 174, 180, 240, 277, 285; CHM 111, 112; PHY 241, 242 must take the math placement test regardless of standardized test scores. These courses are generally offered at the Governor's School for Science and Technology.

3. Submit a Dual Enrollment College Registration Form by the registration deadline to your teacher. The courses listed below are currently offered for dual enrollment at NNPS, however not all courses are taught in all schools.

Students who complete dual enrollment courses receive credit toward high school graduation as well as college credit on an official Thomas Nelson Community College transcript. These credits may be used to continue college at TNCC, or transfer to other institutions. For more information regarding dual enrollment opportunities, contact your school counselor for course and teacher availability.

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Career and Technical Education In Newport News, Career & Technical Education (CTE) serves students in grades 6-12 and provides learning

experiences in seven program areas:

• Business & Information Technology

• Family & Consumer Sciences

• Health & Medical Science

• Marketing

• Technology Education

• Trade & Industrial Education

• Military Science These seven program areas offer over 70 different courses in some of the top career areas that exist globally.

CTE students learn academic concepts in an applied instructional setting, which prepares them for success and enhanced earning potential in their chosen career fields. This instruction allows students to receive postsecondary education credits while completing their high school diploma requirements. Students participating in these dual enrollment and industry certification programs gain fundamental knowledge that facilitates a smooth transition into a college setting.

Industry Certification All CTE courses prepare students for the possible Career and Technical Education Consortium of States Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth certification. This is a customized certification based on Virginia’s essential 21 Workplace Readiness Skills embedded in all CTE high school course frameworks. For the class of 2017 and beyond, an Industry Certification is required for graduation.

Business & Information Technology Courses in the Business & Information Technology program area prepare students for possible certifications


• Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

• Internet & Computing Core (IC3)

• Working in Support of Education (W!SE) Financial Literacy Family & Consumer Sciences

Courses in the Family & Consumer Sciences program area prepare students for possible certifications in:

• American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS):

• Broad Field Family & Consumer Sciences

• Nutrition, Food & Wellness Marketing

Courses in the Marketing program area prepare students for possible certifications in:

• National Retail Federation (NRF):

• Customer Service & Sales

• Advanced Customer Service & Sales Technology Education

Courses in the Technology Education program area prepare students for possible certifications in:

• Autodesk Certified User:

• AutoCAD

• Inventor

• Revit Architecture

• Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Software Development Fundamentals

• Project Lead the Way End-of-Course Test Trade & Industrial Education

Courses in the Trade & Industrial Education program area prepare students for possible certifications in:

• CompTIA: A+ and N+

• Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA): Network Fundamentals

• National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)

• Electronics Technology Assessment

• Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology Assessment General Information on Course Selection

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