Graduation requirements for EDCO students include a minimum of 18 credits across core content areas (ELA, Math, Science, History) as well as real-world learning experiences and our Advisory course. These requirements are designed to build a foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare students for success in future education, careers, and life.
Below is the set of courses that EDCO offers toward graduation.
*Please click on course titles to see a class syllabus.*
English language arts (ELA)
This course will introduce students to the rapidly changing language of the internet and social media - both in terms of how people talk on the internet, how they form opinions, how they argue and discuss, and how they recognize real news from fake news. Work will be divided between writing social media posts, and reading and analyzing articles, web pages, and news sources.
ELArts focuses on non-literary forms of English and how they convey the messages of the humanities in comparison and contrast to traditional literary forms. Students will study music, film, art, and graphic novels/animation to discuss the popular and timeless themes of ELA.
This class focuses on the art of writing: for fun, for academics, for work, or for socializing. Students will study the mechanics of grammar and syntax, how to compose the different types of arguments, the most skillful ways to form opinions and defend them, and to understand the importance of conveying meaning through the written word.
Combines the study of American and World Literature with composition instruction. Students in this course engage directly with novels, short stories, poems, and plays to hone their critical thinking skills. Throughout the course, students complete numerous smaller writing assignments that culminate in a final literary analysis paper at the end of the year.
Integrated Math I is the first course of a three-course sequence that satisfies the MA Common Core Standards for Integrated Math, building and strengthening students’ conceptual knowledge of algebra and geometry by making connections between the two subjects throughout the course. Algebraic topics include functions, creating and solving single equations and systems of linear equations and inequalities, and creating equations and representations to model a real world scenario. Geometric topics include transformations and calculation of distance and midpoint on the coordinate plane, congruent figures, and angle relationships created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal. A strong emphasis on utilizing multiple representations and applying concepts to a real world context throughout the course.
Integrated Math II is the second course of a three-course sequence that satisfies the MA Common Core Standards for Integrated Math II. Integrated Math II builds and strengthens students’ conceptual knowledge of Algebra and Geometry concepts including similarity, circles, area, volume, surface area of various regular polygons, and an introduction to right triangle trigonometry and its applications. The Algebra portion includes an introduction to quadratic functions and its applications, exponential and logarithmic relationships, and solving various parent functions from a real world lens. A strong emphasis on utilizing multiple representations and applying concepts to a real world context throughout the course.
Financial Literacy provides the real world knowledge and application students need to make sound financial decisions in life. The High School Financial Planning Program is utilized to provide real world learning to our students and consists of 6 personal finance topics: Money Management (Goal Setting, Planning and Budgeting), Borrowing (Into to Credit and Debt, Credit Score and Reports, Loans, and the use of Credit Cards), Earning Power (how to maximize benefits and earning potential), Investing (Time Value of Money, Risk and Rewards), Financial Services (Money Management and Identity Protection), and Insurance (Types, How to Use and Choose).
Probability and Statistics
Probability and Statistics is designed to prepare students for success in a world where knowledge of data analysis, statistics, and probability is necessary to make informed decisions in areas such as health, economics, and politics. In this course, students build on the conceptual knowledge and skills they mastered in previous mathematics courses in areas such as probability, data presentation and analysis, correlation, and regression with an emphasis on using statistics to collect, display, analyze, and interpret information. Along with Interpreting Data, students will also study the rules of Probability and Conditional Probability to better interpret and make decisions about real life data.
Human Biology is a science course centered around people. We will learn about the basic components of our bodies (from what's inside cells to how the skeleton is supported), as well as how we evolved from simple organisms to complex homo sapiens, and how biology, psychology, and mental health are all related. There will be a practical focus on skills such as first aid, meal planning, and applying what you learn in class to various out-of-classroom scenarios.
This MCAS preparatory course will go through the basics of matter and its interactions; energy and simple machines; waves such as light and sound; electricity and circuits; and Newton's laws of motion. We will balance doing experiments and projects that demonstrate the theory of what we learn with practicing the mathematical component of physics that is often seen on the MCAS.
Today more than ever, it's important to understand our planet - its place in the universe, its internal and surface activities, and its natural diversity. We will learn about the Earth as an evolving, changing planet, from how it first formed to how humans are shaping its future.
In this class we will explore the geography, economies, history and structure of cities and states in the United States. Starting with Boston, students will choose 3 additional cities to analyze and prepare a portfolio that explains how cities function and grow in the US today
In this class we will analyze multiple nations that effect the world we live in today. Beginning with China, students will explore the global economy of their world and highlight how other nations plan to forge ahead in the technological age
In this class we will discuss United States Supreme Court cases and the laws that effect you today. From arguing with family at the thanksgiving dinner table to handling yourself in difficult situations, this course will discuss the politics of the world around you and how to use them to your advantage.
Phase 1: community, career exploration
Phase 2: service, internship prep
Phase 3: individualized internship