Language & Culture House Pathways Example Course Sequences

Students who select a pathway within this house will have the opportunity to explore interests in language, visual and performing arts, or various forms of writing, editing, and publication. Below are sample course lists, by grade level, from which students can select within their concentration. Students will study four courses within their concentration to complete a chosen pathway. Candidates studying the World Language and Culture Pathway will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

Pathway 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Writing and Communication
  • Creative Writing 1
  • Journalism I
  • Intro to Speech
  • Creative Writing II
  • Journalism II
  • Photojournalism/ Yearbook
  • Enrichment Speech
  • Creative Writing II
  • Photojournalism/ Yearbook
  • Enrichment Speech
  • GEMS 11
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • Creative Writing II
  • Global Connections in Multicultural Literature
  • GEMS 12
Fine and Performing Arts
  • Intro to Theater
  • Art I/ Photography
  • Chorus/ Band/ Orchestra
  • Other FPA Elective
  • Theater II or Production
  • Art II/ Photography
  • Chorus/ Band/ Orchestra
  • Other FPA Elective
  • Theater III/Musical Theater
  • Art III/ Art Portfolio
  • Chorus/ Band/ Orchestra
  • Other FPA Elective
  • Theater IV/ Musical Theater
  • Art IV, AP Art
  • Chorus/ Band/ Orchestra
World Language and Culture World Language I/II/III
  • World Language II/III/IV
  • International Business and Marketing
  • World Language III/IV/V
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language IV/V
  • AP Research or
  • Global Connections in Multicultural Literature

 

Engineering, Mathematics, & Automation Pathways Example Course Sequences

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 Math pathway students will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

Students may apply to transfer to Gainesville High School to participate in the Mathematics Pathway. Eligible students should have successfully completed at least Algebra I during 8th grade. Students who apply to transfer to Gainesville High School to participate in the Engineering Design & Construction pathway will study Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering coursework in ninth and tenth grades, then either Building Trades, or preparatory coursework for pathways to a college engineering program: AP Physics, AP Calculus, PLTW Civil Engineering, and/or Building trades coursework.

 

Pathway 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Engineering, Design and Construction
  • PLTW Intro to Engineering and Design (IED)
  • PLTW POE
  • Building Trades 1
  • Technical Drawing
  • PLTW Civil Engineering
  • Building Trades I/II
  • AP Physics I/C
  • Building Trades I/II
  • PLTW CIM
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
Coding, Gaming and Robotics
  • PLTW IED
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Engineering & Robotics
  • CIS/ Adv. CIS/ Programming
  • Programming 
  • Engineering & Robotics II
  • AP Comp. Sci. Principles
  • Gaming I
  • Adv. CIS/Programming
  • AP Comp. Sci A
  • Gaming 2
  • Adv. CIS/ Programming
Mathematics
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Advanced Algebra II
  • Advanced Algebra II
  • Pre-Calc for AB
  • Pre-Calc for BC
  • Pre-Calc for AB
  • Pre-Calc for BC
  • AP Calculus AB, BC
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB/BC,
  • AP Statistic
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Linear Algebra

 

Science, Health, & Medicine Pathways Example Course Sequences

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 classes. Students studying in the Science pathway will complete six courses within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.

A student may apply to the Biomedical Sciences Pathway as a specialty program transfer student at Gainesville High School. Students who transfer into this pathway will be required to take PLTW Biomedical Sciences coursework in grades 9-12, or in grade 9 and 10, followed by science coursework that is intended to support students’ application to, and study of, medicine or related fields in a university program.

Pathway 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Advanced Biology
  • PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS)
  • Chemistry
  • PLTW Human Body Systems (HBS)
  • AP Biology
  • PLTW Medical Interventions
  • Bio II Intro to DNA Science & Biotech
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Chemistry, 
  • PLTW Biomedical Innovation
  • AP Research
  • Bio II Survey of Advanced Topics in Biology
Global Ecology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Oceanography
  • AP Seminar
  • Bio II/Ecology
  • AP Biology
  • AP Research
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Research
Science
  • Biology
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Bio II Intro to DNA Science & Biotech
  • AP Biology
  • Physics I
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Physics II, C
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Research

 

Political Science & Criminology Pathways Example Course Sequences

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.

Pathway 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Criminal Justice
  • PLTW PBS
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice I
  • PLTW HBS
  • Chemistry
  • AP Seminar
  • Leadership
  • Criminal Justice I/II,
  • Chemistry II - Forensics
  • AP Seminar
  • Leadership
  • Bio II-Survey of Advanced Topics in Biology
  • Criminal Justice II
  • AP Research
  • Sociology
  • Psychology/ AP Psychology
  • Leadership
History and Political Science
  • Advanced World History
  • World History II
  • AP European History
  • AP World History
  • AP US History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Seminar
  • AP US/VA Government
  • AP Economics
  • AP Research

 

Independent Study and Scholarship Pathways Example Course Sequences

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 and Health and Wellness pathways will earn four credits within the concentration. Students in the Health and Fitness Pathway will study six courses in their concentration, including four Health and PE classes.

Pathway 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Health and Fitness
  • Health and PE I
  • Health and PE II
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing
  • Adv. PE Personal Fitness
  • Adv. Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing
  • Adv. PE Weight Training
Business and Marketing
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Principals of Business and Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Advanced Accounting
  • AP Seminar
  • International Business and Marketing
  • Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Marketing
  • AP Economics
  • AP Research
  • Adv. Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Marketing
Interdisciplinary Studies Students complete at least four courses within a selected concentration as part of their two- and four-year academic plans

 

Pathways with Distinction and Extended Learning Experiences

In addition to completing Pathway coursework requirements, students may complete a pathway with distinction by completing Advanced Placement Seminar and 40 community service or leadership hours related to an issue of global significance. Alternatively, students may complete a pathway with distinction by proposing and completing an Extended Learning Experience in addition to completing 40 community service or leadership hours related to an issue of global significance.

Extended Learning Experiences (ELEs) are intended to afford students an opportunity to participate in a rigorous and relevant learning experience that is challenging and connected to the student’s areas of academic interest. ELEs may be closely coupled to a students’ selected house and pathway, or cross over into other areas of interest.

Students will propose their ELE to the Pathways Program Coordinator for approval prior to the second semester of Junior year. Upon approval, the student will have until April of Senior year to show evidence of completion. Various rubrics will guide students’ learning experiences and assess successful completion of the ELE prior
to graduation.