Academics

Graduation Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Classes

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Subject Courses Course Descriptions
SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES 9-10: GLOBAL STUDIES I & II

GRADE 11: US HISTORY

GRADE 12: PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS

Our entry level courses (grades 9-10) are two years long. Since our students come from such a variety of backgrounds and prior education experiences, the two years allow them to reach comparable skill and knowledge levels before they advance to 11th grade. Over the course of the first two years, students remain with the same teacher and classmates, which facilitates the development of strong collaboration, interpersonal, and language skills.

Social Studies and Literature curricula are planned and taught in an interdisciplinary fashion. Social Studies concepts provide context for the language arts lessons that are the emphasis of the literature courses.

ENGLISH GRADES 9-10: GLOBAL LITERATURE I & II

GRADE 11: US LITERATURE I

GRADE 12:  US LITERATURE II

MATH GRADES 9-10: INTEGRATED ALGEBRA

GRADES 11-12: ALGEBRA 2 / TRIGONOMETRY

GRADE 12: COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

The math curriculum ensures that students master the basics of algebra and trigonometry. An additional computer programming course provides students with real-world applications to which they must apply algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts.
SCIENCE GRADES 9-10: LIVING ENVIRONMENT

GRADE 11: EARTH SCIENCE

GRADE 12: CHEMISTRY

The purpose of our science curriculum sequence is to provide students with exposure to macro level scientific concepts that are relevant to their own lives as they begin to learn English. In grades 11 and 12, students learn more abstract science concepts in the physical sciences.
ARTS GRADE 9-10: DRAMA / VISUAL ARTS

GRADE 11: VISUAL ARTS

Our arts curriculum is based on the Shubert Foundation’s Blueprint for the Arts. In addition to developing our students’ arts skills, the curriculum is interdisciplinary and connects to content that students learn in their other courses.
PHYS ED & HEALTH GRADE 9  OR 10: HEALTH EDUCATION

GRADES 9-12: PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students must complete eight semesters of physical education and one semester of health education while at IHS-US.
EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION GRADE 11: INTERNSHIPGRADE 11: JUNIOR SEMINAR

GRADE 12: SENIOR MENTORING

GRADE 12: SENIOR SEMINAR

Internship students complete unpaid internships for 100 hours over three months to gain career experience and develop their language and professional skills in a real-world setting.
In esnior mentoring, teacher mentors guide small groups of seniors through their graduation portfolio projects and presentations.
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL&  COLLEGE GRADES 9-12: ADVISORY Advisory curriculum engages students in social-emotional learning, community service, professional skills, the college landscape, the college application process, financial aid, and career exploration.
COLLEGE COURSES GRADES 10-12 (optional) We do not offer honors or AP classes as all of our students are recently arrived English Language Learners. However, we have a partnership with Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and LaGuardia Community College through the CUNY College Now program. This provides students the opportunity to take advanced level, college credit-bearing classes while in high school.
REGENTS  EXAMS PRIOR TO GRADUATION Students must pass Regents exams in English Language Arts & Algebra
PERFORMANCE BASED ASSESSMENT TESTS  (PBATS) GRADE 9-10: MID-YEAR & JUNE
PORTFOLIOS (PBATS)
GRADE 11-12: GRADUATION PORTFOLIOS (English, Math, History, Science, Native Language)
Students compile their best project work in each course twice a year and present it to a group of their peers, teachers, and external evaluators. Students present commencement level projects in their senior year to be certified for graduation. The Science and Social Studies PBAT are state approved DOE equivalents to the Living Environment and Global/US Regent exams.

Portfolio

Our students are required to pass Regents exams in ELA and Algebra. In Fall 2015, IHS-US became a New York Performance Standards Consortium School and we received an ELL Waiver for other Regents (science & social studies). We now administer Performance Based Assessment Tests (PBATs) to meet NY State Graduation Requirements. Through students’ in-depth research and analysis, their PBATs (portfolio projects) demonstrate how they have met State Standards in each discipline. PBATs hold students to higher standards than “one-size-fits-all” standardized tests, and are important preparation for college and work

Regents

In New York State, Regents Examinations are statewide standardized examinations in core high school subjects required for a Regents Diploma to graduate. Regents diplomas are optional and typically offered for college-bound and non-disabled students.

Academic Support – Outside the classroom

  • Saturday Academy
  • Academic Peer Mentoring
  • Morning study hall
  • Regents Prep
  • Math Club
  • Chemistry Club

Special Education

What is Special Education?

Schools provide an array of interventions and services for all students, disabled and non-disabled, as well as implementing new service delivery models for disabled students. The focus of this program is a single, unified and efficient service delivery system for all students, with a goal of ensuring that special education services are made available in the least restrictive setting that will provide appropriate services for student success.

The environment for the recommended special education services for each student is guided by the principle of the least restrictive environment (LRE). A student’s LRE is the environment where the student can receive an education designed to meet the student’s special educational needs while being educated with nondisabled peers as much as possible.

Depending on the student’s individual needs, the LRE could be:

  • The general education classroom, with supplementary aids and services(such as special education teacher support).
  • Collaborative Team Teaching – for all or part of the day, within the neighborhood school with a general education and a special education teacher in the classroom.
  • A special class, part-time, with the student spending up to fifty percent of the day in a special class setting and the remainder of the day in general education classes;
  • A special class full-time, within the neighborhood school;
  • A special class full-time in a separate, specialized District 75 school; or
  • State Education Department approved nonpublic schools;
  • Home and hospital instruction.

Internship Program

  • Internship takes place in the Spring semester of Junior year
  • It runs for approximately twelve weeks from March to May. Students are required to work a minimum of 9 hours per week in the afternoons after they complete their morning classes. Most students work Tuesday through Thursday from approximately 1:00-4:00 p.m., but a different schedule can possibly be arranged if those hours are not compatible with the needs of the internship site.
  • Internship provides students with the opportunity to explore a particular career interest, develop important workplace competencies, develop their English skills (and in some cases, their native language skills) in a professional work environment, and grow in confidence and maturity.
  • Its mission is to assist its international population of students in developing their linguistic, intellectual, cultural, and collaborative abilities so that they may become active participants in today’s interdependent world.

College Classes

College Now is CUNY’s collaborative program with NYC public schools. This program offers college-level classes to high school students.

  • Why our students take College Now
    • To improve their English
    • To make up missing high school credits
    • To earn FREE college credits
    • To challenge themselves
    • To meet students from other NYC schools
    • To take classes with native English speakers
    • To study new subjects, find new interests
    • To experience what it’s like to be at a college & take a college class
    • To prepare for success in college
    • Add it to their resume and college application
    • To show colleges what they are capable of (College Admissions Offices LOVE high school students who take college classes)

Arts

  • Our arts curriculum is based on the Shubert Foundation’s Blueprint for the Arts. In addition to developing our students’ arts skills, the curriculum is interdisciplinary and connects to content that students learn in their other courses.
  • 9th/10th Grade: Drama & Visual Arts
  • 11th Grade: Visual Arts

Technology

  • Technology is used across disciplines starting in 9th grade
  • In 12th Grade, students take Computer Science