Complete Course Catalog

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Adult Basic Education Course (ABE)

This course is designed to assist adult learners in acquiring basic educational skills. Instruction focuses on reading, mathematics, language, and everyday life skills. This is the first of three courses for adult students who are seeking to earn a state-issued high school equivalency diploma. This course will also be offered in Spanish at Barringer and East Side High Schools.

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Pre-High School Equivalency Course (Pre-HSE)

The Pre-HSE course is designed for adult learners who test below a ninth grade level in math and reading. Instructors will guide students through the foundational content they need to move to high school equivalency level work. Course content includes four subject areas: reading and language arts, math, science and social studies. This course will also be offered in Spanish at Barringer and East Side High Schools.

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High School Equivalency Course (HSE)

Adults who are seeking a high school equivalency diploma can participate in the High School Equivalency Program. This course prepares adults to pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) or the General Education Development (GED) exam in order to qualify for a state-issued high school equivalency diploma. The HSE course focuses on instruction in five subject areas: mathematics, science, social studies, language arts writing and language arts reading. This course will also be offered in Spanish at Barringer and East Side High Schools.

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English as a Second Language (ESL 1)

This language course is designed for non-native speakers of English who have been identified as needing instruction at the low beginner level. Instruction will focus on frequently used spoken words, phrases, and questions to express basic social and survival needs, as well as recognition and production of the English alphabet and numbers.

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English as a Second Language (ESL 2)

In this class students will learn to read narrative and informational texts. These include simple stories, simplified academic texts and short news articles on familiar topics. Students will learn to communicate ideas about familiar topics in writing. They will also express ideas in writing fluently using good English sentence structure. Students are expected to be comfortable conversing with native speakers on familiar topics.

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Introduction to Spanish

Introduction to Spanish will help students acquire the fundamentals of pronunciation, grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases, and useful Spanish phrases. Additionally, relevant information covered includes: geography, customs, culture of Spain and Latin America.

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Computer Technology/Microsoft Office 101

This course provides an overview of personal computing. Students will explore computer basics including Windows, Office and safe internet usage. There will be a focus on important skills in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel including formatting, graphs and presentation creation.

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Spoken Word/Poetry

This class introduces the elements of quality poetry and how to practice those elements by writing one’s own poems. Students will learn how to recognize abstract and concrete imagery and how to use simile, metaphor, symbol and personification. Students will learn what a dramatic monologue is and how to write one. Students will learn how to show rather than tell in writing and learn about line breaks, nontraditional punctuation, and white space. This course will also help the poet experiment with traditional forms and learn to recognize iambic pentameter.

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Fitness Aerobics

The exercise aerobics class consists of choreographed exercises to music. Two classes last 60 minutes with built-in breaks and offers a total-body workout that can help develop stamina, endurance, and mobility.