For Middle School students, the combination of our dynamic curriculum, online classes, and caring teachers is strengthened by close collaboration with parents to create an environment for student success. The content of each course is aligned to PA academic standards. Click here to download a printable Program of Studies.

Courses

Department Requirement: Students must complete a core English course. Students are placed into appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

This course a designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize author’s purpose, points of view, and language development. Students will learn how to effectively write using persuasive, argumentative, expository, and descriptive writing styles.  Students will display a mastery of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. This course will prepare students to take the 7th grade PSSA.

This course is designed to help seventh grade students explore and respond to literature, including fictional and nonfictional novels, poetry, graphic novels, plays, informational texts, and short stories. Students will use the 6 Traits Writing Program to improve skills and engage in a creative writing unit that will also address mechanics, conventions, and parts of speech. This course will prepare students to take the 7th grade PSSA.

This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize author’s purpose, points of view, and language development. Learn how to effectively write using persuasive, argumentative, expository, and descriptive writing styles. Students will display a mastery of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

This course is designed to help eighth grade students explore and respond to literature, including fictional and nonfictional novels, poetry, graphic novels, plays, informational texts, and short stories. Students will be given the opportunity to master the 6 Traits Writing Program through a variety of engaging writing prompts. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

Department Requirement: Students must complete a core Mathematics course each year. Students are placed into appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. It is designed to equip students for an Algebra course in their future coursework. Students will use algebraic expressions, real numbers, proportions, percents, equations, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability to solve real world problems. This course will prepare students to take the 7th grade PSSA.

Students will use an individualized, self-paced, adaptive math software program to bridge prior knowledge gaps while maintaining and building mathematical mastery of essential computational and problem solving skills.

Students will build computational fluency with all real numbers including fractions, decimals, integers and rational numbers. Learn to solve problems involving proportions, percents, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability. Explore algebraic expressions and equations. Includes problem solving with direct realworld applications. This course will prepare students to take the 7th grade PSSA. Students in this course are automatically enrolled in the requisite companion course: Building Mathematical Mastery.

This course is designed to equip studnets with a mastery of the standards and prepare them to meet success. Students will authentically apply their learning towards solving problems involving algebraic expressions, real numbers, proportions, percents, equations, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability to solve real world problems. This course will prepare students to take the 7th grade PSSA.

This course is a preparation for Algebra, honors, and AP courses at the high school level. It is designed to equip students to take Algebra in their future coursework. Learn to solve problems involving linear equations (including systems) and inequalities, applications of radicals and exponents, geometric transformations, data analysis, and real world geometry. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

This course is designed to equip students with a mastery of the standards and prepare them to meet success. Students will authentically apply their learning towards
solving problems involving linear equations (including systems) and inequalities, applications of radicals and exponents, geometric transformations, data analysis, and real world geometry. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

In this Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam aligned course, students will be introduced to linear equations and inequalities in one variable, ratio and proportion, operations with radicals and radical functions and exponents and exponential functions. The course will conclude with the study of linear and quadratic
functions, linear models and graphs of linear equations and inequalities. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the physically proctored Pennsylvania Algebra 1 Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.
Prerequisite –  a score of Advanced on PSSAs guidance counselor recommendation.

Department Requirement: Students must complete a core Science course each year. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize informational text, as well as various theories of science. Further, this course will introduce students to fundamental science principles in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences. Topics covered will include structure and function of organisms, ecology, matter and energy, motion and force, earth features, weather and climate, and astronomy.

This course will introduce students to fundamental science principles in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences. Topics covered will include
structure and function of organisms, ecology, matter and energy, motion and force, earth features, weather and climate, and astronomy.

This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP
courses at the high school level. It is aligned to the PA science standards. Students will be challenged to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize informational text, as well as various theories of science. Further, this course is designed to support and reinforce mastery of the concepts in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences, with special focus on the nature of science. Topics include structure and function of organisms, ecological behavior and systems, properties of matter, energy transfer, principles of motion and force, atmospheric processes, and composition and structure of the universe. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

This course is designed to support and reinforce mastery of the concepts in the fields of biological, physical, and earth and space sciences, with special focus on the nature
of science. Topics include structure and function of organisms, ecological behavior and systems, properties of matter, energy transfer, principles of motion and force, atmospheric processes, and composition and structure of the universe. This course will prepare students to take the 8th grade PSSA.

Department Requirement: Students must complete a core Social Studies course each year. Students are placed in appropriate courses by their guidance counselor.

This course is designed to prepare students for honors and AP courses at the high school level. Students will be challenged to understand and evaluate the impact of physical and human characteristics upon places and regions. Further, students will understand, analyze, and evaluate the interactions between people and the environment.

This course gives an overview of multiple topics in world
history. Students will get a broad understanding of geography, early civilizations, ancient religions, and Egyptian and Roman history among other topics.

 

This course is designed to prepare students for honors and
AP courses at the high school level. Students will be challenged to interpret, evaluate, and analyze the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development of the United States. Students will compare historical documents and artifacts, which are critical to American history. In addition, students will analyze how continuity and
change have impacted the development of the United States. Lastly, students will interpret, evaluate, and analyze how conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations impacted the growth and development of the United States.

This course will guide students through the first half of American history with a special focus on Pennsylvania history. Beginning with the very first people to reach North America and ending around 1900, students will explore a diverse array of historical topics including Native American settlement; colonization; the American Revolution; the founding of the United States; and the Civil War.

This course introduces students to the building blocks
necessary to select and prepare for a career. By the end of 8th grade students will complete a career plan. Using the career exploration system, Naviance, explore their interests and abilities, identify career options, work to develop a high school and college/career plan.  Various topics are introduced, including effective speaking and listening skills, cover letters and resumes, and social networking. Students will also create a portfolio. The Career Readiness curriculum aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Career Education Standards which include:

  • Career Awareness and Preparation
  • Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
  • Career Retention and Advancement
  • Entrepreneurship

This course is a combination of various elective subjects to help 7th graders explore opportunities that will be available in 8th grade and high school.

This course is a combination of various elective subjects to expose 8th graders to opportunities that will be available in high school and beyond.

In this course, students will complete both health and
physical education assignments. They will cover topics such as nutrition, dealing with stress and conflict, the dangers of addiction and disease, and safety. They will also learn about healthy physical activity, and strategies to track it.

In this course, students will complete both health and
physical education assignments. They will cover topics such as drugs and alcohol, self-esteem and body image, mental and emotional health, and other important and relevant health topics. They will also learn about healthy physical activity, and strategies to track it.

AHCCS joins more than 20,000 schools and districts around the world that have integrated Rosetta Stone Solutions into their curriculum to support the growing need for language skills. The Dynamic Immersion® method used within this program allows student to engage with the language through images, repetition, and scaffolding without need of English-to-Language translating. Rosetta Stone also offers ease of learning through a mobile application for students on the go. in this self-paced, online course, a school facilitator oversees student progress as well as grades assignments and helps keep students on track to complete their language level in a timely manner. Each language typically has 3-5 levels of study available. Completion of a level is equal to one academic credit. The following languages are offered through Rosetta Stone Solutions. Students should contact their school counselor if they are interested in taking a language that is not listed below.                                                                                                                              ~Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Spanish

Innovation Career Academy is a collection of pathways that provide valuable skills in a STEAM related career. Pathways include: Advanced Engineering, Architecture & Construction, Audio Visual Communication Arts, Biomedical, Computer Science, Digital Graphic Arts, Drone Innovators, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, Information Technology, Programming, and Robotics.

At the High School level, there is opportunity to take multiple courses in a specific pathway or to sample different courses in different pathways to explore different STEAM interests. For Middle School students, the following courses are available. Students may also explore other Innovation Career Academy courses with recommendation from the guidance counselor. All students are encouraged to try different courses in the Innovation Career Academy to help guide them towards a future career interest.

Are you interested in creating and building projects? Discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in your lives. You will be challenged and empowered to use and apply what you learn to solve real-world problems by designing your own prototypes. Enrollment subject to seat availability.

Associated Pathways: Engineering, Architecture & Construction

Schoolyard Ventures, offered to Achievement House students, is an innovative program that helps teens launch businesses, non-profits and other real-world projects that are meaningful to them. The Entrepreneurship Boot Camp gives students an introduction to the program and helps them develop ideas for starting their own business.

Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

Schoolyard Ventures provides students with curriculum, workshops, mentorship, and micro-capital to help them launch their own businesses. Students are encouraged to experiment with various business ideas and progress in the program at their own pace. Instructors and mentors help with  this process, as students work to bring their product to market.  Prerequisite – Schoolyard Ventures Entrepreneurship Boot Camp  

Associated Pathway: Entrepreneurship

Be immersed in virtual search and rescue missions performed by drones. You will learn how drone SAR teams operate to get the job done. Drone technology is in your future. Search and rescue is just one of many ways drones will change how we do things – inspections, construction, law enforcement, and agriculture, to name a few. Learn about drones,
autonomous flight, and the foundations of the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam! Instructor will travel to a variety of locations around the state so that students can have an opportunity to fly a DJI drone.

Associated Pathway: Drone Innovators

In part 2, the SAR missions become trickier. How do we complete missions with drone flight safety regulations,
FAA flight standards, flight principles, & drone design in mind? This course emphasizes drone
flight safety and the law. FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Exam safety and legal questions are
discussed. Instructor will travel to a variety of locations around the state so that students can
have an opportunity to fly a DJI drone. Prerequisite – Search and Rescue (SAR) by Drone, Part 1 Associated Pathway: Drone Innovators

This course introduces students to skills that they will need in today’s digital learning environment. Students will learn uploading and downloading of documents,
basics of Internet safety, copyright respect, acceptable use policy, keyboarding, and basic word processing skills.
Associated Pathway: Computer Science