FAMILY and CONSUMER SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Please Note: Not all courses are offered at both schools. Please check with the Guidance Department regarding course offerings and requirements. 

21st Century Life Skills

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

(half-year elective)


This course will cover techniques in nutritional planning and food preparation and basic clothing design and construction, as well as investigating the relationship dynamics of family living.  This course will utilize a variety of educational experiences, such as individual projects, group work, and hands-on activities.

Culinary Arts I 

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Basic food preparation skills and techniques will be developed and applied to real life situations.  Food choices are influenced by such factors as available resources, family customs, cultural traditions, religious customs, friends, advertising, and current trends and lifestyles.  Through the development of critical thinking and problem solving, students will be asked to develop independent living skills through selecting, planning, and preparing nutritious meals.  Students will participate in a variety of laboratory experiences as well as written and performance activities.  Research projects on nutrition, regional foods and holidays are also included.

Culinary Arts II 

Grades 10, 11, 12

*Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I


This laboratory course is open to those students interested in learning advanced techniques of food preparation. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating one's work, understanding reasons for success and failure, food presentation, and recipe development. Quantity food preparation, the study of international foods, and current trends in the culinary field are also part of the program.

Clothing Construction

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for students interested in learning how to construct their own garments. The elements and principles of design are utilized in selecting and constructing attractive fashions. The students learn how to care for and use various types of sewing equipment, including the sewing machine. This course is an excellent "first" course for those students who may find an interest in fashion designing, fashion retailing, fashion merchandising, and garment construction.

Advanced Clothing  

Grades 10, 11, 12

*Prerequisite: Clothing Construction


Students interested in learning advanced clothing construction techniques will find this course desirable. Changing commercial patterns and/or working from one's original design are part of the program. A basic knowledge of sewing is necessary.

Fashion Design

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course presents an overview of the historical development of fashion as it is related to current design. Students will develop the skill of drawing the figure, designing for specific figure variations, coordinating accessory design, and studying fashion trends in textiles. Students have the opportunity to design and construct complete outfits from drawing to finished product by the end of the year. Knowledge of clothing construction will be helpful. 

Advanced Fashion Design 

Grades 10, 11, 12

*Prerequisite: Fashion Design


This course is designed for students who wish to further their depth of knowledge and skills in the fashion areas.  The elements of design are emphasized and transferred into flat pattern or draping and the creation of a finished garment.  Special fabrics and advanced construction techniques will be emphasized.  Students will develop a professional portfolio to be used for entrance requirements to schools.

Interior Design  

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

 This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamental elements and principles of design related to housing and Interior Design. Elements and principles of design, apartment living, housing styles, evaluating floor plans, financial considerations related to housing, furniture styles, and physical treatments of rooms are some of the areas studied.

Following the decision-making process, students learn to be educated consumers in the areas of housing and home furnishings. Each student is responsible for designing and decorating an original apartment floor plan.

Early Childhood and Family Education I 

Grades 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to help prepare students for the role of parent and to acquire skills for entry-level positions in child care related careers.  All students will participate in our on-site preschool, which operates three days a week, from October through May.  Students will be introduced to the study of child development during the first semester and contemporary issues affecting today’s families during the second semester.

Topics include the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of the preschool child, learning activities in the preschool curriculum, behavior, and discipline, the roles of the high school student in the preschool setting, communication skills, the family in today’s society, adolescence, and parenting.

Early Childhood and Family Education II 

Grades 11, 12

*Prerequisite: Early Childhood and Family Education I


This is an advanced course designed and recommended for the student who is interested in the field of Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Special Education, Social Work, and other related careers.  Topics include curriculum areas in preschool education, planning developmentally appropriate learning activities for the preschool child, theories of child development, the legal rights of children, child abuse and roles in marriage. Students will take an active role in the planning, organizing and operation of the on-site preschool.  This is a hands-on experience, which is continued from their participation in ECFE I.  This course is student-centered and project based.

Early Childhood and Family Education III

Grade 12

*Prerequisite: Early Childhood and Family Education II


This course is designed for the student who plans to work and study in the field of elementary education, social work or psychology.  Students will gain an understanding of how to balance work and family and will also gain a more in-depth knowledge of human development.

Topics include curriculum areas in elementary and early education, the various types of childcare centers, licensing procedures, communication with parents, nutrition, and math and science for young children. Students will take a leadership role in the Preschool along with their role in the planning, organizing and operation of the day-to-day program.  Students will also plan and implement special activities during the year including field trips, Open House, and graduation.  This course involves independent work, is student-centered and project based.

 

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