The purpose of the Pathways to Global Citizenship program is to encourage students to identify and engage with topics of global significance while developing and refining skills in performance, research, critical thinking, evaluation and synthesis of ideas. As a result, the Pathways program provides thematically grouped plans across five academic houses. Upon entry to Gainesville High School (GHS) each student will select a preferred academic pathway, intended to ensure that all students have a rigorous academic experience commensurate with their interests and academic goals.

Students will study four courses within their concentration to complete a pathway. Pathways associated with a normal graduation sequence in Mathematics, World Language and Culture, History and Political Science and Science require candidates to complete six courses within their concentration with at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

 

Pathways candidates are also afforded the opportunity to propose an Extended Learning Experience (ELE) capstone assessment. ELEs may be related to the student’s pathway or in an area of creative or extracurricular interest. Students may complete an ELE and 40 hours of leadership or community service to earn distinction in their academic house. ELEs challenge students beyond the regular array of coursework through pursuits such as: advanced research, writing and directing a play, performing a music recital, interning with an engineering firm through a project, or studying a regional culinary style.

 

Pathways to Global Citizenship Goals

  • Identify and engage with topics of global significance
  • Develop skills in research, critical thinking, evaluation and synthesis of ideas
  • Offer candidates opportunities to explore academic interests
  • Encourage leadership and community involvement

 

Language & Culture Pathways Sample Electives

Students will select a pathway to explore interests in language, visual and performing arts, or various forms of writing, editing, and publication. Candidates for Writing and Communication or Fine and Performing Arts pathways will complete four courses within their concentration. Candidates studying the World Language and Culture pathway will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

Writing and Communication Fine and Performing Arts World Language and Culture
  • Creative Writing I
  • Creative Writing II
  • Journalism I
  • Journalism II
  • Photo Journalism/Yearbook
  • Intro to Speech
  • Enrichment in Speech Communication
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • Global Connections in Multicultural Literature
  • GEMS 11/GEMS 12
  • Intro to Theater
  • Theater Production
  • Theater III
  • Musical Theater
  • Art I or Photography I
  • Art II or Photography II
  • Art III
  • Art Portfolio/ AP Art 2-D, 3-D
  • Chorus/ Band/ Orchestra (four years of each, or in combination)
  • AP European History
  • AP World History
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Human Geography
  • Global Connections in Multicultural Literature

 

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Engineering, Math, & Automation Pathways Sample Electives

Students will select a pathway to explore interests in design, engineering, automation, and manufacturing. Candidates will successfully complete four courses within a concentration allowing for the exploration of interrelated concepts required of engineers, mathematicians, or physicists. Within the Mathematics pathway students will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

Engineering, Design and Construction Coding, Gaming, and Robotics Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
  • Principals of Engineering (PLTW)
  • Civil Engineering (PLTW)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Building Trades I/II
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
  • Principals of Engineering (PLTW)
  • Engineering Exp. Robotics I
  • Engineering Analysis & App Rob II
  • AP Comp Science A
  • AP Comp Science Principles
  • Game Design and Development
  • Game Design and Development ,Advanced
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Advanced Computer Information Systems
  • Programming, Advanced Programming
  • Pre-Calculus for AB or BC
  • AP Calculus AB or BC
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Statistics
  • Multivariable Calculus 
  •  Linear Algebra

 

View Engineering, Math, & Automation Pathways details.

 

Science, Health, & Medicine Pathways Sample Electives

Students will select a pathway to explore interests in health and preparatory coursework for post-secondary degrees in public health, science inquiry, or ecology. Candidates will complete four courses within their concentration, allowing for the exploration of connections among science, wellness, and biomedical science courses. Students studying in the Science pathway will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

Biomedical Sciences Global Ecology Science
  • Principals of Biomedical Health (PLTW)
  • Human Body Systems (PLTW)
  • Medical Intervention (PLTW)
  • Biomedical Innovations (PLTW)
  • Biology II Introduction to DNA Science & Biotech
  • Biology II Survey of Advanced Topics in Biology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • Biology II/Ecology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Physics II or AP Physics C
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Oceanography
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • Physics
  • Bio II Introduction to DNA Science & Biotech
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Physics II or AP Physics C
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research

 

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Political Science & Criminology Pathways Sample Electives

Students will select a pathway to explore interests in government, politics, sociology, and criminal justice. Candidates will complete four courses within their concentration, allowing for the exploration of interdisciplinary connections required in political science and criminology. Students studying the History and Political Science pathway will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

Criminal Justice History and Political Science
  • Principals of Biomedical Health (PLTW)
  • Human Body Systems (PLTW)
  • Chemistry II - Forensics
  • Criminal Justice I, II
  • Leadership
  • Sociology
  • Psychology or AP Psychology
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • AP European History or AP World History
  • AP US History
  • AP US/VA Government
  • AP Human Geography
  • Psychology or AP Psychology
  • AP Economics
  • AP Seminar 
  • AP Research

 

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Independent Study & Scholarship Pathways

Students within this house will develop a pathway to explore their interests and post-secondary goals. Candidates will collaborate with Gainesville High School staff to outline two- and four-year academic plans that incorporate areas of interest. Candidates will successfully complete four courses from their academic plan, creating an area of concentration. Students studying in the Business and Marketing Pathway will earn four credits within the concentration. Those in the Health and Fitness Pathway will study six courses in their concentration, including four Health and PE classes.

Interdisciplinary Studies (student proposed) Business and Marketing Health and Fitness
  • Students complete at least four courses as part of their two- and four-year academic plans.
  • Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Sports Entertainment & Rec Marketing
  • Advanced Sports Entertainment & Rec. Marketing
  • AP Economics
  • AP Seminar AP Research
  • Nutrition & Wellness I
  • Advanced PE Personal Fitness
  • Advanced PE Weight Training
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research

 

View Independent Study and Criminology Pathways details. 

 

Specialty Program Transfers

Students may apply for transfer into the Pathways to Global Citizenship Program at Gainesville High School through the Mathematics, Engineering Design & Construction, and Biomedical Science programs. All transfer students must meet the standard specialty program application requirements.

Mathematics candidates should have completed at least Algebra I in middle school. Students who apply to the Biomedical Sciences Pathway will be required to study PLTW Biomedical Science coursework in ninth and tenth grade. Students who apply to transfer into the Engineering, Design and Construction pathway will take PLTW Engineering coursework in ninth and tenth grades, prior to studying Building Trades in eleventh and twelfth grades.