Darien High School

 

Dear Student,

This catalog contains a comprehensive program of study with a vast and varied selection of courses. The courses offered at Darien High School provide an array of possibilities for building a curriculum that is rich with theory as well as practical application. As you select your courses for the upcoming academic year please be cognizant of your interests, future plans,graduation requirements, and prerequisites. Make sure to discuss your goals and aspirations with your parents, teachers, and guidance counselor who will guide you in building a program of study that will help you achieve those goals.

Darien High School prides itself on its ability to provide an environment where students are encouraged to be reflective thinkers while striving for excellence. In the course selection process you have an exciting opportunity to realize your full potential while striving for that excellence. Please make sure to give it the attention that it requires.


Sincerly,

Ellen Dunn

COURSE SELECTION: Course selections are made by each student, in consultation with his/her parents, guidance counselor and often, previous teachers. Seminars for 8th grade parents are held to acquaint them with course information to assist their students. Student programs in grades 9 and 10 are organized around a core curriculum. Students must carry a minimum of six courses, plus Physical Education. A combination of exploratory electives such as Art, Music, Drama, Humanities and Technology Education, (selected according to student interests) are combined with the student’s core curriculum to meet the six course requirement.

COURSE LOAD: All students in grades 9—11 are required to carry a minimum of six full time subjects, in addition to physical education, each semester. It is recommended that at least four of the six subjects be from the departments of English, social studies, mathematics, science and foreign languages. Students in grade 12 are also required to carry a minimum of six full time subjects, in addition to physical education, each semester. However, seniors who are taking 3 or more courses at the 400 level (Honors or AP) may opt to take only five full time subjects, in addition to physical education during the semester(s) in which they are so enrolled.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Students receiving Special Education support services will be scheduled according to their Individual Education Plan as approved by the Planning and Placement Team.

APPROVAL OF COURSE SELECTION: Parent involvement is an essential element in the registration process. To that end, this course catalog is for parents as much as it is for students, counselors and teachers. Parents are encouraged to read the course descriptions with particular attention to the prerequisites for each course. Students should confer with their teachers and then with their counselor on initial course selection. Students in continuing courses are recommended for the next course in the sequence by their current teacher of the subject area. Course level is initially recommended by the teacher and the department according to the stated prerequisites. The student confers with his/her counselor on the total course load, level and types of courses. A list of selected courses is sent home with the student for parent signature. During registration students must note alternative electives in case their original course requests are not offered, or do not fit in their schedule.

YOUR INTERESTS: Because a major part of your life will be spent working, and because liking your work will play a major role in your general happiness, it is extremely important that you give careful consideration to your interests in choosing your courses of study. Call upon your counselor to help in assessing your interests and in deciding how to satisfy them. Career decision making inventories are also available through the Guidance Department website.

REGISTRATION: Registration serves as a guide to determine which courses and the number of sections that will be required for the next school year. Courses that are undersubscribed are eliminated and alternative courses inserted. Once the list of available courses is in place, final registration can proceed. With few exceptions all classes are scheduled by computer. Final, revised student schedules are mailed home during the summer. This final schedule may reflect changes that were necessary to balance class sizes in multiple sections and to maintain the students registration requests. Students may NOT change courses once they have been registered for the courses they have chosen. Teachers’ names do not appear on preliminary schedules. Requests to change to another section to have a choice of a teacher are not honored. This restriction is necessary to provide balanced class sizes and equitable teacher loads.

A WORD OF CAUTION: Although intellectual development is our primary focus at Darien High School, we recognize the importance of co-curricular activities in the lives of adolescents as they move toward young adulthood. The budgeting of time, creating a balance between academic pursuits and activities outside the classroom, is not an easy task. It is wise to seek the advice of your parents, your teachers, and your counselor in determining what is an appropriate and sensible program of study for you.

 

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DHS levels decoded: 200 Skills level | 300: Regular level | 650: course may be repeated | 750: Co-curricular Activities | 900: Heterogeneous enrollment
Note: Some courses listed in this catalog may not be offered this school year as actual course offerings are limited by total registrations and by staff availability.

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DepartmentCourse NameLevelSemestersType
Art AP Studio Art 400 2 Elective
Art Drawing and Painting 3 Honors 400 1 Elective
Art Art Honors 400 1 Elective
Art Art Foundations 900 1 Elective
Art Art History 300 1 Elective
Art Ceramics 1 900 2 Elective
Art Ceramics 2 900 2 Elective
Art Ceramics 3 900 1 Elective
Art Clay Sculpture 900 1 Elective
Art Drawing 900 1 Elective
Art Drawing and Painting 1 650 1 or 2 Elective
Art Drawing and Painting 2 900 1 Elective
Art Graphic Design 1 900 1 Elective
Art Graphic Design 2 900 1 Elective
Art Mural Painting 900 1 Elective
Art Photography 1 900 1 Elective
Art Photography 2 650 1 or 2 Elective
Art Sculpture 900 1 Elective
Art Silk Screen Printing 900 1 Elective
Business Investing and Personal Finance 900 1 Elective
Business Pre Law 900 1 Elective
Business Business and Entrepreneurship 900 1 Elective
Computer Studies AP Computer Science 400 2 Elective
Computer Studies Computer Animation 900 1 Elective
Computer Studies Computer Applications 900 1 Elective
Computer Studies Computer Science 900 1 Elective
Computer Studies Programming Honors 400 2 Elective
Computer Studies Web Design 1 900 1 Elective
Computer Studies Web Design 2 900 1 Elective
English Advanced Composition and Tutor Training 750 1 Elective
English American Literature 200 2 Required
English American Literature 300 2 Required
English American Literature Honors 400 2 Required
English AP English Language and Composition 400 2 Required
English AP English Literature and Composition 400 2 Required
English British Literature 300 1 Required
English Contemporary Fiction 200 1 Required
English Contemporary Fiction 300 1 Required
English Creative Writing 1 900 1 Elective
English Creative Writing Advanced 750 1 Elective
English Critical Approaches to Film 900 1 Elective
English Drama 1 900 1 Elective
English Drama 2 900 1 Elective
English English 9 200 2 Required
English English 9 300 2 Required
English English 9 Accelerated 300 2 Required
English English 10 200 2 Required
English English 10 300 2 Required
English English 10 Honors 400 2 Required
English Journalism 1 900 1 Elective
English Journalism Advanced 750 1 Elective
English Literature and Philosophy 300 1 Required
English Modern Poetry 300 1 Required
English Senior Composition Seminar 900 1 Elective
English Shakespeare 300 1 Required
English World Literature Seminar 200 1 Required
English World Literature Seminar 300 1 Required
English Writers' Workshop 900 1 Elective
History America Since 1945 300 1 Elective
History American History 200 2 Required
History American History 300 2 Required
History AP American History 400 2 Required
History AP Economics 400 2 Elective
History AP European History 400 2 Elective
History AP Government and Politics US 400 1 Required
History AP Human Geography 400 2 Elective
History Comparative World Religions 300 1 Elective
History Contemporary Issues 300 1 Elective
History Economics 300 1 Elective
History Humanities 300 1 Elective
History Law and Government 200 1 Required
History Law and Government 300 1 Required
History Philosophy 300 1 Elective
History Psychology 300 1 Elective
History Western Civilization 200 2 Required
History Western Civilization 300 2 Required
History World Studies 200 2 Required
History World Studies 300 2 Required
History World Studies Honors 400 2 Required
Mathematics Algebra 1 200 2 Required
Mathematics Algebra 1 300 2 Required
Mathematics Algebra 2 200 2 Required
Mathematics Algebra 2 300 2 Required
Mathematics Algebra 2 Honors 400 2 Required
Mathematics AP Calculus AB 400 2 Required
Mathematics AP Calculus BC 400 2 Required
Mathematics AP Statistics 400 2 Required
Mathematics Applied Mathematics 1 200 2 Required
Mathematics Applied Mathematics 2 200 2 Required
Mathematics Applied Mathematics 3 200 2 Required
Mathematics Calculus 300 2 Required
Mathematics CAPT Mathematics Workshop Seniors 900 1 Required
Mathematics CAPT Mathematics Workshop Sophomores 900 1 Required
Mathematics College Mathematics Topics 900 2 Required
Mathematics Geometry 200 2 Required
Mathematics Geometry 300 2 Required
Mathematics Geometry Accelerated 300 2 Required
Mathematics Multivariable Calculus 400 2 Required
Mathematics Precalculus 300 2 Required
Mathematics Precalculus Honors 400 2 Required
Mathematics Probability and Statistics 300 2 Required
Media Video Advanced 750 1 Elective
Media Video Production 1 900 1 Elective
Media Video Production 2 900 1 Elective
Music AP Music Theory 400 2 Elective
Music Band 750 2 Elective
Music Chamber Choir Honors 400 2 Elective
Music Concert Choir 750 2 Elective
Music Instrumental Lessons 900 2 Elective
Music Music Technology 1 900 1 Elective
Music Music Technology 2 900 1 Elective
Music Music Theory 900 1 Elective
Music Orchestra 750 2 Elective
Music Orchestra Honors 400 2 Elective
Music Voice Lessons 900 2 Elective
Music Wind Ensemble Honors 400 2 Elective
Physical Education Health 900 2 Required
Physical Education Physical Education 900 6 Required
Reading and Study Skills Reading and Study Skills 750 1 or 2 Elective
Science AP Biology 400 2 Elective
Science AP Chemistry 400 2 Elective
Science AP Environmental Science 400 2 Elective
Science AP Physics C: Mechanics 400 2 Elective
Science AP Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism 400 2 Elective
Science Applications of Physics and Chemistry 1 900 1 Elective
Science Applications of Physics and Chemistry 2 900 1 Elective
Science Authentic Science Research 900 6 Elective
Science Biology 200 2 Required
Science Biology 300 2 Required
Science Biology Honors 400 2 Required
Science Botany 300 1 Elective
Science Chemistry 300 2 Required
Science Chemistry Honors 400 2 Required
Science Earth Science 200 2 Required
Science Earth Science 300 2 Required
Science Earth Science Honors 400 2 Required
Science Forensic Investigation 300 1 Elective
Science Genetics 300 1 Elective
Science Marine Science 300 1 Elective
Science Neuroscience and Biopsychology 300 1 Elective
Science Physics 300 2 Elective
Science Physics Honors 400 2 Elective
Science Modern Physics 300 1 Elective
Special Programs Idea Program 900 2 Elective
Special Programs Independent Study 750 1 or 2 Elective
Special Programs US/China Exchange 900 2 Elective
Tech Ed Applications of Physics and Chemistry 1 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Applications of Physics and Chemistry 2 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Architecture 1 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Architecture 2 750 1 Elective
Tech Ed Drafting 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Electronics 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Independent Projects in Engineering 900 4 Elective
Tech Ed Principles of Engineering 750 1 Elective
Tech Ed Fundamentals of Engineering 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Woodworking 1 900 1 Elective
Tech Ed Woodworking 2 750 1 Elective
World Language AP French 400 2 Elective
World Language AP Spanish 400 2 Elective
World Language French 1 300 2 Elective
World Language French 2 300 2 Elective
World Language French 2 Accelerated 300 2 Elective
World Language French 3 300 2 Elective
World Language French 3 Honors 400 2 Elective
World Language French 4 300 2 Elective
World Language French 4 Honors 400 2 Elective
World Language French 5 300 2 Elective
World Language Latin 1 300 2 Elective
World Language Latin 2 300 2 Elective
World Language Latin 3 300 2 Elective
World Language Mandarin Chinese 1 300 2 Elective
World Language Mandarin Chinese 2 300 2 Elective
World Language Mandarin Chinese 3 300 2 Elective
World Language Mandarin Chinese 3 Honors 400 2 Elective
World Language Mandarin Chinese 4 300 2 Elective
World Language Mandarin Chinese 4 Honors 400 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 1 300 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 2 300 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 2 Accelerated 300 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 3 300 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 3 Honors 400 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 4 300 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 4 Honors 400 2 Elective
World Language Spanish 5 300 2 Elective
World Language Spanish Parts Courses 300 2 Elective