Ramsey High School

2020-2021

Curriculum Guide

Thank you for choosing Ramsey High School

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.

The 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 levels in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and World Language. Should you disagree with a course level recommendation, you may pursue a waiver of placement to request a different level, 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 place students, 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. Sometimes irrevocable decisions are made in accordance with the number of students who have elected a course or even a level of a course.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We look forward to working with you to maximize the learning opportunities available to you.


Contact Information

Board of Education

Mrs. Laura Behrmann, President

Ms. Keri Walsh, Vice President

Ms. Jennifer Burns Mr. Ralph J. Caputo

Mr. Nicholas Capuano

Mr. Scott Kaufman Ms. Andrea F. Lamendola

Mr. Nicholas Schifano Mr. Anthony Socci

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

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

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

Mr. 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. Virginia Clark, Counselor ...............................................................................21551

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

Mr. Kevin McGuire, Counselor.................................................................................21551

Supervisory Staff

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Donna Volpe, Special Services Department..................................................25416