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Curriculum

Curriculum

We provide a full, four-year program across core classes, art throughout all grades and a strong set of electives to provide choice and exploration for our students.  We offer 8 AP courses as well as college-level courses through our partnership with Baruch College. 

English: All students complete a 4-year English program, preparing them to pass the English Regents exam at the college-readiness index (75% or above) and complete college-level courses in 11th and 12th grade. In 9th & 10th grade, students are building the foundation to enter college-level courses.

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Global Literature I
Global Literature II
AP English Language
AP English Literature

Math: All students complete a 4-year Math program. By senior year, all students have the opportunity to sit for the College Calculus entrance exam, and/or enroll in AP Statistics or Calculus, regardless of what level they enter HS. Math courses address the standards to support students in meeting the college-readiness index score (70%+) on the Algebra and/or Geometry Regents exam and in preparing them to enter Calculus.

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Algebra or Geometry
Geometry or Algebra II/Trigonometry
Algebra II/Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus
Intro to Calc/Intro to Stats, or AP Statistics or College Calculus

Social Studies: All students complete a 4-year Social Studies program and are expected to take college-level history in 11th grade, with the option of a college-level course in 12th grade. 9th and 10th grade history courses are aligned to pre-AP standards and prepare students to pass the Global History exam.

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Global History I
Global History II
AP US History
Government/Economics and AP Comparative Government (elective)

Non-English Language: All students complete a (minimum of) 3-year Spanish program. Students have the option (and are strongly encouraged) to sit for the LOTE exam after completing Spanish III. Students have the option to continue to continue their Spanish coursework with Spanish IV, AP or conversational.

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Spanish I or II
Spanish II or III
Spanish III or IV
AP Spanish or conversational Spanish elective

Science: All students complete a 4-year science program. Students complete three Regents science courses, and have the option to take AP Physics in their senior year. We offer AP Environmental Science to students who complete certain high school science courses while in middle school. 

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Living Environment or Online Physical Science
Earth Science or AP Environmental Science
Chemistry
Physics or AP Physics

Arts: Students are exposed to the arts throughout all four years of school at BCCHS. We believe the arts are a critical component of well-rounded learning.

All Grades:

  • After school drama production (students may audition)
  • Vocal music program (fall term) for all students offered by The Town Hall.
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Drama integrated into English with a partnership with MCC Theater
Drama integrated into English with a partnership with MCC Theater And Studio Art
Drama integrated into English with a partnership with MCC Theater Advanced Studio Art elective
Studio Art elective

Physical Education/Health: All students complete four years of PE, in alignment to NYCDOE standards. Students in grades 10-12 may apply for external PE to earn Physical Education credits. All 9th graders take Health education.

Electives: Students must earn seven elective credits to graduate with a Regents or local diploma. Electives are credit-bearing courses not used to fulfill subject-specific credit requirements for graduation. All 11th and 12th graders are required to take one elective each term.

Any of the courses listed below can count toward the 7 elective credit requirement, as long as students have successfully met the graduation requirements set by NY State (passed all math & science in grades 9-11.

Electives
Spanish 2 (2 credits)
Spanish 3 (2 credits)
Spanish 4 (1 credit)
Spanish Conversation & Culture (1 credit)
Art Elective (1 Credit)
Advanced Art 1 (1 credit)
AP Comparative Government (2 credits)
Internship (2 credits)
Calculus (math 12) 2 credits
Physics (science 12) 2 credits
Computer Science (1 credit)
Sociology (1 credit)
AP Spanish (2 credits)
Math Internship (1 credit)

Advisory: Social-emotional development and support are key components to high school as our students enter as adolescents and exit as young adults. Advisory is anchored in our beliefs in Restorative Practices and student goal-setting. Advisories, which are smaller classes, stay together for all four years of high school and the advisor is a liaison to the families. Through advisory, students prepare for annual student-led conferences each spring. 

Flex: Students are programmed for targeted supports and enrichment during the school day, in grades 9 and 10. This program is designed to support our students in meeting our rigorous expectations, and providing enrichment for students as well.