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Electives 

Landmark 2022-2023 Electives

 

AP Biology

Grade: 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

Study the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate natural phenomena.

 

AP Literature

Grade: 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

Learn how to understand and evaluate works of fiction, poetry, and drama from various periods and cultures. You’ll read literary works and write essays to explain and support your analysis of them. Students will take the AP exam to earn college credit. Students take this class as their 12th grade ELA credit.

 

AP Seminar

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. Students will take the AP exam to earn college credit.

 

AP US History 

Grade: 10 (for US History credit) or 11, 12 (for elective credit)

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the United States from c. 1491 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments. Students will take the AP exam to earn college credit. Students take this class as their 10th grade US History credit or as an elective.

 

Basic Sewing 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Calculus 

Grade: 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

May be taken in addition to statistics or as your only math class.

 

Chess 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Children’s book writing/illustrating

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

Students will create the children’s book they wished existed when they were young. Brainstorming ideas…storyboarding…bookbinding and submission (should they choose) to the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Contest.

College Now English 101

Grade: 11 or 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

Qualification: 85+ GPA; 75+ on ELA Regents

Earn 3 College credits per semester. 

Cooking and Nutrition

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

You will learn to prepare healthy foods

 

Creative Writing 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Crocheting 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Film Studies

Grades: 10,11,12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

Film studies is an elective where students will watch and analyze films over the course of the semester.  Students will be able to identify different film terminology and write essays analyzing how the Director uses a variety of film techniques to develop an overall message.  Films will be shown across multiple genres.

Forensic Science 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

The class will cover units in Forensic science such as crime scene investigation, types of evidence, fingerprinting, DNA, blood analysis. and etc. Class structure will consist of lectures, labs/activities, and watching crime documentaries 

Financial Literacy / Life Skills 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

Topics include:

  • Writing checks

  • Paystubs/Taxes

  • Reading financial aid documents

  • Finding an apartment

  • Budgeting

  • Credit cards

  • Resume writing and Interview skills

 

Game Design 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Improv 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

Enjoy improvisational games with your friends. Improve self awareness, focus, confidence, creativity, vocabulary, public speaking, problem solving, and collaborative skills in a fun and exciting way.  

Mentoring

Grades: 11

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Full year

Mentor 9th grade students

 

MOVIE/TV Studies: the 80s

Grades: 10,11,12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

Qualification: 85+ GPA; 75+ on ELA Regents

This elective will focus on viewing a selection of featured movies and television programs during the 1980s, combined with discussions, presentations, quizzes and writing assignments. 

Newsletter

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

Write and publish the Landmark newsletter

 

Queer/Ethnic Studies

Grades: 10,11,12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

 students would learn about the history of queer or ethnic studies, learn past and current struggles, and participate in some sort of action/service learning related to a topic of their choice.

Restorative Justice

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Full year

Duration: Semester

Restorative Justice elective trains students in restorative practices. Members will learn to lead circles in advisories. If you are interested in joining RJ, fill out this reflection (https://tinyurl.com/landmarkrj)

 

SAT Prep

Grade: 11

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Spanish 1 

Grades: 11, 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

All 11th graders will take Spanish. Spanish 1 is an introductory class. It is open to 12th students as an elective.

 

Spanish Native Language Arts 

Grades: 11, 12

Meets: Daily

Duration: Full year

All 11th graders will take Spanish. Spanish NLA is designed for students who already understand and speak some Spanish to improve their comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. It is open to 12th students as an elective.

 

Teaching Assistant

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day or Daily

Duration: Full year

Teaching assistants help teachers and other staff members through activities such as tutoring, helping to design lessons, translating, or helping with technology. If you want to be a teaching assistant, apply here

 

Theater

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Visual Arts

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

 

Yearbook

Grades: 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Full year

Create the Landmark Yearbook

 

Zumba

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Meets: Every other day

Duration: Semester

Department: PE (can meet PE or elective credit) 

 

Work-based Learning (Off-site)

Grades: 12

Meets: Either daily (leave after period 5) or twice a week (leave at lunch)

Duration: Full year

Qualifications: In good academic standing; Needs at most 2 PBATs; Good attendance and punctuality; strong professionalism / community skills. Accepted for an internship at a host site

 

12th graders can earn credit for off-site internships. Students will intern at organizations, and do related reflections and career development activities at school. Interested students should fill out an interest form along with their preference form. 

 

Notes:

  • Many work-based learning matches will happen over the summer. If you are interested in a work-based learning position, check your email over the summer

  • If you have an organization you want to do an internship with, we may be able to add them as a host-site. They would have to sign a host-site agreement and set a schedule that works with our day

  • Students are responsible for maintaining their internships, attending career development activities at Landmark, and passing their classes. If a student does not maintain their internship, they will get a full schedule, which will add new classes and may change existing classes. Students will be responsible for all the extra work involved in that transition.

  • By DOE policy, all grade 9-12 students must have a full schedule (25.5 hours per week) of classes. This off-site work-based learning counts towards these hours. All other students in their first 4 years of HS will have full schedules.