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Diploma Requirements

For NYS Regents and Advanced Regents Diplomas: Four credits required, including 2 units of Global History and Geography, 1 unit in US History and Government and ½ unit each in Participation in Government and Civics, and Economics. Passing both the NYS Regents Examination in Global History and Geography and the NYS Regents Examination in US History are required.



210 Global History & Geography 9  

This chronological approach to global history begins with the Paleolithic Era and the first civilizations, continues with an examination of classical societies, including Ancient Greece and Rome, and traces the expansion of trade networks and their global impact.  The course emphasizes the key themes of interactions over time, shifts in political power, and the role of belief systems in society.  Students will be exploring history through the use of both primary and secondary sources.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Ms. Jennifer McNiff   ,  Mrs. Christine Wilde


250 Advanced Placement World History    

This is a two year course culminating with the required Advanced Placement Examination in May of sophomore year.  The course content is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in six different chronological periods, from approximately 8000 BC to the present. Students will use critical and interpretive skills, as well as examine and analyze historical issues from a “big picture perspective”.  Incoming freshman will be considered for the course based on TACHS Exam and State Testing. You must successfully complete Advanced Placement World 9 in order to be considered for Advanced Placement World 10.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Mr. Gregory Fiasconaro


220 Global History & Geography 10     

This course begins with a brief focus on the early 1700’s and provides a snapshot of world circa 1750.  The course continues chronologically up to the present.  Several concepts are woven throughout the course including industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, conflict, technology, and the interconnectedness of the world.  The last four key ideas focus on global issues.  A New York State Regents examination will be administered in June.  Passing of the Regents is mandated in order to meet graduation requirements.

Credit:  1

Instructors: Mr. Gregory FiasconaroMrs. Christine Wilde


230 United States History & Government 

This course is a study of American History with concentration on the Constitution and a chronological development from 1607 to the present.  Both content and concepts will be stressed.  A Regents Exam will be required of all students taking this course.  Passing of this Regents Exam is mandated in order to meet graduation requirements.

Credit:  1

Instructors: Mrs. Breeda Connolly, Ms. Alexandra Wurglics


240 Advanced Placement United States History    

The Advanced Placement course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objectives organized around seven themes, such as identity, peopling, and America in the world.  The course is in line with college and university United States History survey courses’.  The student is required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May and the United States History and Government Regents in June.  A summer assignment is to be completed and submitted on the first day of class. Qualifying students may take this course for Saint Francis College credit.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Mrs. Breeda Connolly


248 Introduction to Economics (2 Quarters)   

This course examines the principles of the United States free market economy and its history within a global context.  Students will analyze the role of supply and demand in determining the prices individuals and businesses face in the product and factor markets.  Students will explore the role of entrepreneurs in our economy and participate in an interactive project, using Google Apps for Education.  Students will also explore the challenges facing the United States free market economy and various policy-making opportunities available to government to address these challenges through discussion of current events as they relate to economic theory.  Students will examine their individual responsibility for managing their personal finances.  This course is required for graduation.

Credit:  ½ 

Instructor: Ms. Alexandra Wurglics


246 Participation in Government and Civics (2 Quarters)  

This course examines the foundations of our American democracy, calling attention to the importance of voting and other methods of participation in government and civic life.  All levels of government are encompassed within the course affording the opportunity to utilize local resources.  It is designed to give students the understanding of how and why certain actions are taken and the impact of these actions on their personal lives.  This course is required for graduation.

Credit:  ½ 

Instructor: Mrs. Christine Wilde 


244 Street Law and Modern Politics     

Students will explore the topics of law that are particularly relevant to their lives and examine the current political landscape.  The Street Law section of the course introduces students to the basics of the legal system, ethics, criminal law and juvenile justice, torts, consumer and housing law, family law and individual rights and liberties.  Modern Politics will discuss the history, thought and debate of contemporary politics, preparing them for a more active and educated citizenship.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Ms. Alexandra Wurglics


260 Introduction to Child Development    

This course is designed according to the standards of the NAEYC in the study of the young child from birth to age twelve.  The student will study the developmental theories for the cognitive, emotional, and physical growth of the young child.  Geared toward students interested in careers in social work, education, pediatrics, psychology, and nursing.  The course will present research-based evidence discussion and theories of development in a variety of formats. .  Qualifying students may take this course for Saint Francis College credit.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Mrs. Breeda Connolly


276 Criminology (online)

This course introduces students to the field of criminology, the study of crime.  Students look at possible explanations for crime from psychological, biological, and sociological perspectives.  Students will investigate how the criminal justice system handles criminals and their misdeeds.

Credits:  ½ 

Instructor: Mr. Gregory Fiasconaro


488 Advanced Placement Psychology

This introductory college level course surveys the major topics of psychology.  Students will learn terminology, methodology and the historical and current understand of human behavior and thought processes. Students learn how psychologists analyze human experiences and apply what they have learned.  The AP exam is mandatory.

Credit:  1

Instructor: Ms. Jennifer McNiff