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A Day In the Life

Math Class
 
For a typical high school student, your day might begin with Algebra 1 and a focus on developing and enhancing the algebraic reasoning abilities necessary for higher-level mathematics courses. Students will also take Algebra 2, Geometry, and Calculus.  These courses focus on the application of critical skills in order to develop problem-solving techniques. We also offer honors versions of all math classes, and all curricula are aligned with Pennsylvania State Standards, Keystone Test Anchors, and National Common Core Content Standards.
Principles of Entrepreneurship
 

High School
For students in 12th grade, this is a foundational course, incorporating the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum. This course is specifically designed for high school students who are interested in business education, particularly entrepreneurship and small business management. In this course, students study the role of entrepreneurs in our free enterprise system, acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to effectively organize, develop, create, and manage their own businesses. Activities include reading, writing, discussion, direct- and indirect research, business math, accounting principles, teamwork, networking, problem solving, applying technology, and decision-making. This class also incorporates a number of fun and interactive activities, including several field trips throughout the year. At the conclusion of the class, each student will present a full business plan to their peers and a panel of volunteer judges.

Middle School
For 7th graders, the Principles of Entrepreneurship class is a foundational course incorporates the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum. Principles of Entrepreneurship is designed for middle school students who are interested in understanding how businesses work. In this course, students begin to understand the role entrepreneurs play in our society, discovering what entrepreneurs do and learning about the trends that shape the future for entrepreneurship. Activities include reading, writing, and discussion, as well as direct and indirect research, business math, accounting principles, teamwork, networking, problem solving, applying technology, and decision-making. The class also incorporates plenty of fun and interactive activities, including several field trips throughout the year.

Freshman Seminar
 
The first year of high school is an important time for academic, emotional, and social growth. This course encourages students to be the best they can be, building and improving their self-worth by teaching and promoting the positive actions that lead to success and happiness. The course goal is to not only develop students as individuals but to reinforce, sharpen, and polish the skills acquired in grades 1 – 8. Students will then apply those skills to more challenging tasks as they read fiction and non-fiction novels/articles, dramatic and comedic plays, poetry, and short stories. Students will actively participate in classroom discussions and reading activities and also present formal in-class participations. Further, students learn to understand and use an ever-broader range of vocabulary words. Through this course, freshman students will become prepared to tackle higher-level academic and life skills, and to incorporate those skills for the work force.
Art Class
 
This course offers an introduction to Art through an in-depth study of visual creativity and critical thinking.  Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of design, as well as color theory, art history, and criticism.  It is designed to engage each student on multiple levels of the art-making process.  Students will be responsible for completing multiple projects, use various media to create original works of art, and maintain a sketchbook for drawing practice, notes, and project development. Students will also be assigned tests, quizzes, reading and essays.
Language Arts
 
Language Arts classes focus on reading comprehension, writing, and speaking/listening.  Students will read selections of fiction and non-fiction novels, dramatic and comedic plays, poetry, and short stories.  These courses also focus on English fundamentals and content—e.g. etymology, inferences, textual analysis, and exposition—while also addressing content put forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  Students use the formal writing process to build their knowledge of grammar, mechanics, and writing conventions.  Active participation in classroom discussions, reading activities, and formal in-class presentations develop the skills they will need as they move on to college and the workforce.
Technology Labs
 

High School
This course provides our students in grades 9-12 with a broad overview of core technological concepts related to the environment, medicine, biotechnology, transportation, and problem-solving. This is a computer and Internet-intensive, Project-Based Learning (PBL) course in which students learn to be digital citizens. All curriculum is based on International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards, designed to: foster creativity and innovation; promote communication and collaboration; grow research fluency; and enhance critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills. Students will become well versed in iPad use, understanding its functionality in school while learning about Internet safety and ways to both gain access to credible knowledge and apply that knowledge in school, on the job, and beyond.

Middle School
Eighth-grade Technology is designed to prepare students for more rigorous high school technology courses. Students will review the Microsoft Office suite and be introduced to advanced functions. They will also explore cross-curricular aspects of technology, as well as the design cycle and strategies for solving design problems. This year, students will also create and explore blogs as they become “global communicators.” Student blogs will be self-contained (not viewable by the general public) and monitored by the teacher at all times.  Students will also become well versed in using the iPad in all classes, understanding its functionality in school while learning about Internet safety and ways to gain access to more knowledge.

Middle School Study Skills
 
The Middle School Study Skills course focuses on building and improving students’ self-worth by teaching and promoting the positive actions that lead to success and happiness.  The course is intended to teach that positive actions lead to the development of a positive identity, as students tackle reading assignments within various genres and participate in classroom discussions and presentations. The course also enables students to broaden their vocabularies while equipping them for the transition to high school.Ω
Spanish
 
In this course, students take an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates language learning with improved understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and their rich history, art, current events, and more.  Additionally, learning a second language will open up new opportunities for students, such as enhancing reading/writing skills, strengthening job credentials, and studying abroad in college.
Science
 

The World Communications Charter School Science curriculum includes Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, approached in the same technology-intensive ways as other disciplines.   As a typical high school student, your day might begin with Biology, focusing on developing and enhancing the the awareness and understanding of biological systems and methodologies you will need to excel in higher-level courses.  In all subjects, WSSC science courses focus on the application of critical skills in order to develop problem-solving techniques. We also offer honors versions of our science classes, and all curricula are aligned with Pennsylvania State Standards, Keystone Test Anchors, and National Common Core Content Standards.

For seniors, we also offer nanotechnology as an optional science course. Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at this length scale.

At the end of this course, students will understand science as a way of knowing and technology as a way of adapting.  They will conduct scientific investigations, organize and interpret graphs and tables to express patterns and relationships, use written and oral communications skills to explain scientific phenomena and concepts in an appropriate manner, and much more.