SPECIAL PROGRAMs

Shrewsbury High School is a comprehensive public high school and as such its curricular offerings are designed to meet the needs of most students. There are times, however, when a student needs special programs or courses. Shrewsbury High School has several programs that may meet the needs of these students. For more specific information, it is important that students discuss these options with their guidance counselors to find out about enrolling in these special programs.

Course Offerings:


Academic Support(9507)         

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor                    Grade (s): 9-12

Academic Support is a supportive academic environment designed to assist students to succeed in a regular education program. Support is provided to enhance organizational skills, study skills, and expectations of the academic classroom and teachers. The goal of this course is to help students to develop the necessary skills for continued achievement in high school. This course meets for 6 days during the 7-day cycle.

Accounting (2024)

Elective               Full Year                Grade (s): 12                        A Level

This course stresses the basic principles necessary for an intelligent understanding of the books and records used in business: debits and credits; opening and closing books; classification and analysis of accounts; controlling accounts; trial balance; working papers, and the preparation of financial statements. As concepts are learned, students will use a computer application that provides the opportunity to use automated accounting software to record their work. This course cannot be used to fulfill the three-year graduation requirement in Mathematics.

SHS Capstone Exhibition Honors (9504)

Elective              Full Year                Grade (s): Grade 11 Semester 2 continuing through Grade 12, Semester 1

Prerequisite: Permission from the coordinator

The intent of this program is to allow a select number of juniors and seniors to engage in Project Based Learning in an area of personal interest. Students will pursue an independent project over the course of the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year. The project may center around any of the major academic disciplines, art, music, technology, exercise/fitness, mindfulness, writing, or performance. Students may also consider an internship or paid employment as part of their project. The required public exhibition will be evidence of a student's learning over the course of the year; it will celebrate that learning and showcase a final product that enables students to share their experience with a larger audience. Additionally, students will demonstrate their ability to problem solve, organize time and resources, communicate effectively and reflect on oneself as a learner. Students will be required to demonstrate competence through the creation of a portfolio, exhibition, and reflective journal. Students will be required to meet performance benchmarks to remain in the program. Benchmark assessments will be made by a faculty mentor. Removal from the program is at the discretion of the faculty coordinator; decisions may be appealed to the principal. Students must apply by the end of sophomore year to be considered for this program.

Virtual High School

Elective                Semester or Full Year  Grade(s) 11-12                   A Level, Honors or AP

Virtual High School is a worldwide leader in offering high school courses in an online format. At Shrewsbury High School students can choose from over 200 semester courses and 7 full year Advanced Placement courses. Some of the more popular courses include Criminology, Investing in the Stock Market, Business & Personal Law, Forensic Science, Art History, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Popular Advanced Placement courses include AP Economics (Micro & Macro), AP Government & Politics, AP Art History, and AP Computer Science. VHS students should be motivated, independent learners who can budget their time effectively, enjoy working independently and want to use current information and communication technologies. Students have a designated class time as they would with any other elective. Check out Virtual High School by visiting the website at www.govhs.org where you can follow the academic link to the course catalog and a demo net course.

Job Shadowing Program (9974)                           

Grade(s): 10-12

The Job Shadowing Program provides students with opportunities to explore occupations of interest to them. On an individual basis, students visit an adult at work for one day to gain

first-hand familiarity with careers of interest to them. Students may identify their own sponsor for this program. Each job shadowing student may visit one work site per semester. Each participating student is required to research the occupation to be observed before the visit and to write a reflection after the experience. Students may sign up for Job Shadowing as part of the scheduling process, or at the beginning of the school year. This course will be graded as Pass/Fail. Students may earn up to .5 credits for each experience.

Cooperative Work Study Program (9988/5 credits), (9989/10 credits), (9990/15 credits)

Grade(s): 11-12

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Coordinator, Administration, School Counselor

Cooperative Work Study Program is occupation oriented paid work experience. It gives students an opportunity to integrate on-the-job experience with their chosen career pathway. Students will work to improve industry-based skills and knowledge with skills already developed in school. This program allows students to attend school in the morning and work in a related business in the afternoon and evening. Students are required to complete an application process that will include the program coordinator, administration and school counselor approval to enroll. Students will be required to meet with the program coordinator quarterly to develop a portfolio of vocational materials, comply with program guidelines, and act in a responsible manner to be successful in this program. Credit will be based on period (s) assigned and grading is Pass/Fail.

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