Program of Studies
The Middletown High School Program of Studies has been prepared to assist you in planning your four year educational program. As you prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, work closely with your guidance counselor. Not only can the counselor offer advice on courses, he or she also can assist you in using the college/career center to obtain the most current information on careers and colleges across the US. Listen carefully to the advice and recommendations of your current teachers; they too will make recommendations for courses that will appropriately challenge you. Involve your parents early to benefit from their insight and experience. The various course options that are available allow you to individualize your course of study to meet your objectives, needs, and interests.
Please read the Program of Studies carefully as some of the information is new. Course offerings are presented in a way that will help you understand not only the content of the courses being offered, but also expected standards and assessment practices. As you read through the Program of Studies, note, review, and understand the graduation requirements. You are encouraged to take full advantage of the diverse curricular and elective offerings available to you.
The Program of Studies is compiled and printed prior to the finalization of the school budget and the collection of student requests for classes. I want to make certain that you and your parents understand that some of the courses listed may not be offered or may be modified due to either low enrollment or some unforeseen circumstance. In all instances, however, students will be able to take the courses that are required for graduation.
Standards, Assessment and Accountability
Middletown High School’s curriculum is designed to support the needs of all learners, being cognizant that our graduates must possess those skills needed to achieve in an environment that continues to evolve. This requires having high expectations for all students (STANDARDS), appropriate evaluation instruments in place to ensure that they are meeting high standards (ASSESSMENT) and tangible data about how students and schools are performing against these standards (ACCOUNTABILITY).
We recognize the need to deliver a program of studies that is aligned to standards, is progressive, and mindful of state and federal reform mandates. The process requires that we analyze information from multiple sources, including the State Assessment Program, and index our teaching and learning methodology against the guiding principles of our accreditation agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Test results will serve as benchmarks for our school improvement plans. Our expectation is to demonstrate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by closing proficiency gaps across student groups.
Parental involvement and student achievement have always been linked. With that understanding we encourage parents and the community to engage in our conversation about the education of our students. Graduation proficiency is defined as competencies in content core subjects, and across the applied learning constructs of Research, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication, and Reflect and Evaluation of work completed.