NON-TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The non-traditional academic programs at PHS are designed to extend the learning opportunities beyond courses offered in the standard curriculum and to encourage nontraditional learning opportunities. The programs described in this section offer students the chance to participate in community-based experiential learning, independent study, support classes, tutorial programs, and interdisciplinary courses as well as to improve their own interpersonal skills through leadership and communication enhancement programs.


CAREER AWARENESS/COMMUNITY SERVICE: H94010

Grade: 10
Pass/Fail
Year

Career Awareness/Community Service (CA/CS) is an excellent opportunity for students to explore career and community service interests in their own community. The program is facilitated through the Learning in the Community staff. Sophomore students are able to choose from a broad array of projects led by experienced junior or senior leaders. The program requires a personal journal, a two-page midterm essay, a final presentation, a career survey discussion session, and on-site work, which is monitored by the program staff. CA/CS experience may also lead to internships, jobs, and leadership opportunities within the Learning in the Community Program. This program fulfills the career awareness/community service graduation requirement.


BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER: H92011

Grade: 12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisites: Application and interview process

This course trains selected seniors to serve as peer resources for other students, particularly for students who may have problems related to adolescence and adjustment to school. The training for the seniors provides a knowledge of individual and group communication skills and tutoring techniques. Senior leaders meet in daily sessions that prepare them to assist their Little Brother/Little Sister in his/her development of self-awareness, self-esteem, communication, and problem-solving skills. Those personal meetings are conducted on an individual basis. The student leaders are selected through an application and interview process during the spring of their junior year.


PEER GROUP PROGRAM: H94012

Grade 9
No Credit
Year

All freshmen are required to participate in the Peer Group Program at Princeton High School. The program is designed to support the freshmen in their transition into the high school. In Peer Group, freshmen have the opportunity to meet new friends and discuss topics relevant to teens in a fun and relaxing group atmosphere. The meetings are facilitated by Senior Peer Leaders who attend a daily training class and a summer retreat. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: friendship, trust, romantic relationships, music, substance abuse, stress, gossip, diversity, and harassment. Freshmen are assigned randomly to groups of approximately 14 to 16 members and the meetings begin in the first few weeks of the fall semester. 


PEER GROUP LEADER: H92013

Grade: 12
5.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisites: Application and interview process

This program provides selected students with knowledge and experience in group dynamic and leadership skills. Students will be in training sessions five times per week and will lead discussion groups once a week with freshmen in first and second semesters. Attendance at several parent-student evening activities is also required. The Peer Group program offers a valuable orientation to the freshmen students. Peer Group discussions are led by high school seniors on Wednesday afternoons. The student leaders are selected through application and interview processes during the spring of their junior year.


AM TECHNICAL SCHOOL: H94018
PM TECHNICAL SCHOOL: H94019

Grades: 11-12
20.0 Credits
Year
Prerequisite: Application process

This course meets the practical arts requirement. The Board of Education of the Technical Schools in the County of Mercer was established by the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders on June 18, 1968. The ultimate aim of the Technical Board is "to provide vocational education that will guarantee every man, woman, and child in Mercer County the right to obtain all the occupational education he or she needs or desires and is capable of acquiring." The main purpose of these courses is to prepare students for further education upon graduation and initial employment in their chosen occupational field. Mercer County Technical Schools operate as the "vocational wing" of each of the high schools in the County and endeavor to expand course offerings, not to supplement existing courses. Students will continue to identify with their home school and participate in their co-curricular activities, as well as take their academic courses at the home school. If students choose to attend, they will spend part of the day at Princeton High School and part of the day at the Technical School. Twenty credits are awarded upon successful completion of the Technical School course. Students are required to take English and Physical Education at the High School. One and two year courses are offered at either the Sypeck Center, Assunpink Center, MCCC Tech Prep Program or the School of Performing Arts at MCCC. Students should review a list of options with their school counselor. A visit to the Center can be arranged to get further information of the programs offered.


INDEPENDENT STUDY (BY DEPARTMENT)

Grades: 11-12
Credits: 2.5 or 5.0
Sem/Year
Prerequisite: None

The Independent Study Program is available for those students who are looking for an additional academic opportunity for in-depth study beyond the PHS course offerings or have a desire to fulfill a course need that is not available in the current PHS curriculum. An Independent Study may not be employed to replace a course that is offered in the current PHS curriculum. The following steps are required for the proper completion of an Independent Study (IS): 1. A Princeton High School faculty member must serve as the IS advisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to serve as an IS advisor; they do so voluntarily. 2. The student and his/her IS advisor must agree on the work to be completed and graded, the credits to be awarded, and the time to be allotted. An Independent Study Contract (available in the Guidance Office) listing the appropriate details must then be completed. The student is responsible for getting the contract approved and signed by his/her parent or guardian, the department supervisor, his/her guidance counselor, the director of guidance, and the principal. The contract is kept on file in the Guidance Office until the completion of the IS. 3. Credits will be awarded upon completion of the IS course or project. One credit may be granted for every 35 hours of project work or course contact time. A time log must be maintained, verified and presented when the IS is completed. All evaluations must be reviewed and approved by the IS advisor. 4. In order for students to receive a final grade and credit for an independent study, students will be required to complete a performance assessment at the conclusion of the Independent Study before an advisory panel consisting of teachers and administrators.


HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITYH92021

Grades: 11-12
3.0 Credits
Sem
Prerequisites: ALL students submitting an application must attend a mandatory meeting with the Director of Guidance.

Rising junior and senior students may apply for courses in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, world languages, computer science, and music (when special talent can be demonstrated). Students must have exhausted all the courses the high school has to offer in the subject that they are applying to take a course at Princeton University. All applications must go through the PHS Guidance Department. Princeton University establishes requirements that are firm and cannot be waived. The University does not issue credits or transcripts to high school students. Princeton High School awards high school credits for these courses. Grades are calculated into the student's grade point average. Students may pick up applications in the guidance office for fall courses in April and for spring courses in November. Students are cautioned to seriously consider the impact a university schedule may have on accommodating their desired high school program, especially because they are semester-based and will replace several periods in their PHS schedule.


DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM BY MCCC: H92022

Grades: 11-12
3.0 Credits
Sem
Prerequisites: ALL students submitting an application must attend a mandatory meeting with the Director of Guidance.

Rising junior and senior students may apply for courses in various content areas offered by MCCC staff, taking place at PHS. Students must be in good academic standing to apply for the program. All applications must go through the PHS Guidance Department. MCCC does not issue credits or transcripts to high school students. Princeton High School awards high school credits for these courses. Grades are calculated into the student's grade point average. Students may pick up applications in the guidance office for fall courses in April and for spring courses in November. Students are cautioned to seriously consider the impact a college/university schedule may have on their overall schedule as these courses are taken in addition to their PHS schedule.


SENIOR PROJECT: H94090

Grade: 12
5.0 credits
Year
Prerequisites: None

The PHS Senior Project is an optional individualized opportunity for students to explore a passion or interest through a research and reflective process. This is an empowering selfdirected learning experience in which students are supported throughout their journey by a faculty advisor, teachers and administration. Students must submit a proposal form and obtain both a community facilitator and faculty advisor in order to participate.