Ramsey High School

2022-2023

Curriculum Guide

Thank you for choosing Ramsey High School

Ramsey High School is a learning community where everyone learns with and from each other. This Curriculum Guide is designed to show you what courses Ramsey High School has to offer and much of what we expect from our students. It is a comprehensive summary, which provides basic descriptions of the courses offered. We seek to develop positive relationships that allow students to grow and we place an emphasis on lifelong learning and Wellness.

This Guide does not convey all of the information you need to make the most beneficial course selections and to develop an academic plan. Self-knowledge and input from others provide critical information in making decisions and in planning. Students should consider their interests, talents, and goals as courses are selected. Consultation with parents, counselors, and teachers, each of whom can help provide insight and guidance in developing an academic plan, is also imperative.

During the initial stages of the scheduling process, staff members recommend placement in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and World Language courses. Should you disagree with a course recommendation, you may pursue a waiver of placement to request a different course, as long as all pre/co-requisites have been met and space permits. Please recognize the importance of prior academic achievement, teacher and counselor recommendations, standardized test results, career interests, and college entrance requirements when making course selections.

In addition to making every attempt to properly position students for growth, care is taken to schedule students and the school in an effective and efficient manner. We attempt to make optimal use of the facilities and human resources that are available. To this end, we set out to design a schedule that maximizes our resources to accommodate what our students need as well as what they want.

Students must sign up for a minimum of 35 credits each year made up of required and elective choices (120 credit minimum for an RHS diploma). They must also choose 5 credits of alternate electives. We will automatically attempt to schedule alternate choices if first choices cannot be accommodated. Please give careful thought to your initial selections and adhere to all deadlines communicated to you. It is imperative that you choose carefully since course offerings, and even the number of sections, are based on your selections.

We are excited to offer a variety of Profile Project Pathway Courses to the Class of 2023 in fulfillment of the Profile of a Ramsey Graduate requirement and to prepare these Seniors for their Defense of Learning presentation. Thank you for partnering with us.


Sincerely,


Michael J. Thumm, Ed.D.


Contact Information

Board of Education

Mrs. Laura Behrmann, President

Mr. Anthony Socci, Vice President

Ms. Jennifer Burns Mr. Scott Kaufman

Mr. Nicholas Capuano Ms. Andrea Lamendola

Mr. Ralph J. Caputo Ms. Laura Leonard

Mr. Andrew Seltzer

Administration

Telephone: 785-2300 ........................................................................................Extension

Dr. Matthew Murphy, Superintendent of Schools .................................................20416

Mr. Thomas W. O’Hern, Business Administrator/Board Secretary.......................20402

Mrs. Ruthanne Cairoli, Director of Special Projects..............................................20414

Dr. Andrew Matteo, Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction..............20414

Dr. Michael J. Thumm, High School Principal .......................................................21503

Dr. Ryan Esdale, Supervisor 9-12 Education & Student Welfare...........................21501

Mr. Michael Biggan, Director of Guidance..............................................................21551

Mr. Kevin Sabella, Athletic Director & Physical Education Supervisor..................21570

Guidance Department

Mrs. Claire Beslow, Counselor................................................................................21551

Mrs. Christine Bradley, Counselor..........................................................................21551

Mrs. Virginia Clark, Counselor ...............................................................................21551

Mrs. Teresa Kilday, Counselor................................................................................21551

Ms. Jacquelyn Rizzo, Social Worker......................................................................21557

Mrs. Sunni Roberts, Student Assistance Counselor.............................................21628

Supervisory Staff

Ms. Melissa Cruz, Mathematics & Business Education Departments ................21569

Ms. Holly Falcone, Science & Technology Education Departments ....................21865

Mr. Brennan Heffernan, Social Studies & 9-12 World Language Departments....21580

Mr. Carmen Lacherza, English & ELL Departments...............................................21572

Mr. Kenneth Veit, Fine Arts & K-8 World Language Departments.........................21574