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Course Catalog

The Worcester Public Schools Course Catalog exists as a program of studies; formulated to assist students in the course selection process. Secondary students are strongly urged to read this information and discuss its contents with parents, guardians, teachers and counselors before constructing a final schedule for each school year. It is important to plan your academic program to move you toward the future you want for yourself. Worcester Public Schools is committed to your high school success and transition to a meaningful post-secondary choice for future study and employment.



2D Design

Course Numbers: 6062 (0.50)(H) | 6063 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Art & Music

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2D Design: In this course, students will use the Elements and Principles of Design to explore works on a Two Dimensional plane. Students will examine the difference between expression and communication as well engage in inquiry and problem-solving. Students will use traditional and digital media to understand the creative process by conceiving and completing a project that demonstrates experimentation, invention, and technical mastery. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


2D Design Magnet

Course Numbers: 6142 (1.00)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Art & Music

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2D Design Magnet: In this course, students will refine their use of the Elements and Principles of Design to create a portfolio of work focusing on the two dimensional plane utilizing inquiry and problem-solving skills. With materials chosen from the 2D Design course (traditional or digital) students will complete an investigation, with evidence of complex ideas, that demonstrates intention, originality, innovation, and technical mastery. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


3D Design

Course Numbers: 6082 (0.50)(H) | 6083 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Art & Music

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3D Design: In this course, students will build on key understandings and skill and will use the Elements and Principles of Design to visualize, design and build works in a three dimensional plane, whether physical or virtual. Students will complete assignments and critiques in which they think through 3 Dimensional works in an additive and/or subtractive method and engage in reflection and critique of current sculptural practices. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


3D Design Magnet

Course Numbers: 6152 (1.00)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Art & Music

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3D Design Magnet: In this course, students will refine their use of the Elements and Principles of Design to visualize, design, and build works in a three dimensional plane, whether physical or virtual. Students will focus their fabrication techniques through a strategic use of materials and will address issues of understanding and envisioning space, objects, and scale and the built environment. Students will complete assignments and critiques that demonstrate their ability to analyze 3 Dimensional works in an additive/subtractive manner. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Acad Lang Acq Lab A

Course Numbers: 10313 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory A: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will practice oral fluency skills and academic language that is necessary for oral presentations and public speaking. This course is designed for English Language Learners with weak oral fluency skills in Developing (EPL 3); Expanding (EPL 4); and Bridging (EPL 5) levels of English language proficiency.


Acad Lang Acq Lab A Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10323 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory A Pt 1: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their overall English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will receive targeted instruction to support their Listening and Speaking skills. Students actively work on practicing oral fluency skills and academic language that is required in oral presentations and a variety of public speaking exercises. This course is targeted to English language learners within the developing (EPL 3), expanding (EPL 4) and bridging (EPL 5) language proficiency levels with weaker oral fluency skills.


Acad Lang Acq Lab B

Course Numbers: 10333 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory B: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will practice their reading comprehension and integrated writing skills to support their overall literacy competence. This course is designed for English Language Learners with weak literacy skills in Developing (EPL 3); Expanding (EPL 4); and Bridging (EPL 5) levels of English language proficiency.


Acad Lang Acq Lab B Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10343 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory B Pt 1: In this course, students will learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their overall English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will receive targeted instruction to support their overall literacy competence. Students actively work on practicing reading comprehension skills and integrated writing exercises, to improve the quality of their learning, of their written output and test taking. This course is targeted to English language learners within the developing (EPL 3), expanding (EPL 4) and bridging (EPL 5) language proficiency levels with weaker literacy skills.


Acad Lang Acq Lab C

Course Numbers: 10353 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Language Acquisition Laboratory C: In this course, students will continue to learn metacognitive and metalinguistic skills to support their English proficiency for a variety of academic purposes. Students will continue to practice their reading comprehension and integrated writing skills to support their overall literacy competence.


Acad Lang Acq Lab C Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10363 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Acad Lang Acq Lab D

Course Numbers: 10373 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Acad Lang Acq Lab D Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10383 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Lit I

Course Numbers: 10122 (1.00)(H) | 10129 (1.00)(H) | 10123 (1.00)(C) | 10124 (1.00)(C) | 10125 (1.00)(C) | 10126 (1.00)(C) | 10127 (1.00)(C) | 10128 (1.00)(C) | 10120 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy I: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading; discuss texts as a community of readers; and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will engage in activities that increase or improve reading comprehension, reading technique, vocabulary acquisition, and general literacy skills.


Academic Lit I – Pt 1

Course Numbers: 10132 (0.50)(H) | 10133 (0.50)(C) | 10134 (0.50)(C) | 10135 (0.50)(C) | 10136 (0.50)(C) | 10137 (0.50)(C) | 10138 (0.50)(C) | 10139 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy I - Pt 1: In this course, students will learn to appreciate the varied reasons for reading, discuss texts as a community of readers, and apply comprehension strategies to academic texts. Students will write to learn on a daily basis. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Academic Lit I – Pt 2

Course Numbers: 10142 (0.50)(H) | 10143 (0.50)(C) | 10144 (0.50)(C) | 10145 (0.50)(C) | 10146 (0.50)(C) | 10147 (0.50)(C) | 10148 (0.50)(C) | 10149 (0.50)(C) | 10140 (0.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: English

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Academic Literacy I - Pt 2: In this course, students will continue to expand their reading strategies in order to increase fluency and comprehension of increasing rigorous fiction and non-fiction texts. Students will write to learn on a daily basis.



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