Port Allegany Jr/Sr High School Counselor

AP® & Dual-enrollment Courses

Please note:  In order to possibly qualify for college credit, a student must take and achieve a certain score on the AP® exam for the course.


AP® & Dual-enrollment Courses



Composition I                                                                                year                                    1 credit

English Composition I is a College-in-High-School dual-enrollment course offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and is open to all students in 11th or 12th grade who have successfully attained the Proficient level on the Keystone Literature exam.  This course is aligned with the Pitt/Bradford’s ENG 0101 (described as “focus[ing] on the writing process and on the kinds of writing common in the academic disciplines”).  In addition to developing the appropriate analysis, writing, grammar, usage, and revision skills associated with the various types of essays, this course contains a research component that meets the district’s requirements.  There are independent reading requirements every marking period.  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


Literature and Interpretation                                                     year                                     1 credit

This course will examin the ways in which meaning is created in both literary and non-literary texts with an introduction to some of the moethods of literary interpretation.  The course will examine common literary devices and literary concepts such as genre, narrative, character and figurative language.  Students will use these concepts to consider the interactions among the reader, the writer, and the text.  The students will also be required to comlete a research project and independent reading assignments.  (Grades 10-12)  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)



Computer Applications                                                                semester                            .5 credit

Students are introduced to the Microsoft Office applications of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Students learn the multiple desktop publishing features in Microsoft Word.  Also, students learn basic fundamentals in making spreadsheets and charts in Excel.  A great deal of time is dedicated to the basic fundamentals of making spreadsheets and charts in Excel.  Also, students learn to apply skills to electronic presentations in PowerPoint.  College bound students will find these skills essential to their success.  Overall, typing, accessing data and formatting skills are required and perfected.  Prerequisite:  Personal Keyboarding.  Certain grade-level eligible students can obtain college credit through the dual enrollment program.  ($58/course, Penn Highlands Community College)



AP® Calculus AB                                                                           year                                    1 credit

AP® Calculus AB is a course designed to prepare students for the AP® Calculus AB exam given by the College Board in May each year.  The course will cover all topics of a college level Calculus I course as outlined in the AP® Calculus AB curriculum. The course is designed to be taught over a full high school academic year.  However, some review and preparatory work must be done during the summer months before entering class in the fall.  Before studying AP® Calculus AB, all students should complete four years of secondary mathematics designed for college-bound students:  courses in which they study algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and elementary functions.  (Prerequisite:  Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus).  Weighted course.  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


AP® Computer Science Principles

This course will introduce you to the essential ideas of computer science and show how computing and technology can influence the world around you.  AP® Computer Science Principles introduces you to the essential ideas of computer science with a focus on how computing can impact the world.  Along with the fundamentals of computing, you will learn to analyze data, information, or knowledge represented for computational use; create technology that has a practical impact; and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society.  You will creatively address real-world issues and concerns while using the same processes and tools as artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers to bring ideas to life.  Students taking this course may receive college credit through passing the through-course assessment and the AP®exam at the end of the year.  (Pre-requisite:  Successful completion of Algebra II)


Advanced Math                                                                               year                                    1 credit

Advanced Math is a course designed for students who would like an extra year of advanced algebra instead of calculus.  Candidates for this course are students who sturggled in Pre-Calculus or those who would like to explore more advanced topics while also taking Calculus.  Topics for the course will include review of advanced algebraic techniques, functions, and trigonometry as well as work in the areas of matrices, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, polar coordinates, probability and statistics, sequences and series, and beginning calculus.  (Pre-requisite:  Pre-Calculus)  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


Algebra Honors II                                                          year                             1 credit

This course is a follow-up to Geometry designed to prepare students for success in advanced algebra.  The course will include additional topics, such as exponential and logarithmic functions and conic sections.  This course differs from Algebra II in that topics will be approached in a much more rigorous fashion; students will be completing additional projects/papers and will be expected to perform at a much more advanced level and faster pace.  (Pre-requisite:  Geometry)  Weighted course.  Students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in this course.  (Grades 10-11)  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


Calculus Honors                                                              year                            1 credit

This course will follow the AP® Calculus AB curriculum.  Weighted course.  Students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in this course.  (Pre-requisite:  Pre-Calculus)  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


Pre-Calculus Honors                                                        year                            1 credit

This course will cover mathematical topics needed for success in higher mathematics.  Students will discuss the basic conceptual functions along with the ideas that pertain to them.  Students will work with various functions including trigonometric, polynomial, and logarithmic.  Students will also discuss advanced algebraic techniques.  This class differs from Pre-Calculus in that topics are approached much more rigorously with additional projects/papers.  Students are expected to perform at a more advanced level.  Additionally, concepts and principles of analytic geometry and basic calculus are explored.  Analytic geometry is a driving force in modern geometry and is widely associated with the fields of engineering and physics, and focuses on the application of the Cartesian coordinate system with respect to geometry.  (Pre-requisite:  Geometry)  Weighted course.  Students must meet eligibility requirments to enroll in this course ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)



Honors Physics                                                                                 year                                   1 credit

Honors Physics will utilize advanced mathematics and laboratory problem solving to explore the depth of the nature of forces, motion, gravity, machines, heat, light, and sound.  Weighted course.  Students must meet eligibility requirements.  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


Physics II                                                                                           year                                   1 credit

We will begin a review of wave mechanics.  This will lay the foundation for the study of modern physics.  Students will study the evolution of modern theory of atomic structure.  This will lead into quantum mechanics and a study of the special and general electronics and review of current astronomy.  Concepts will be reinforced with lab activities and formal lab reports are expected.

The last quarter of the course will be spent reviewing Newtonian mechanics.  Students will complete a final project.  They will brainstorm and design an amusement park ride.  After building a scale model of their ride and completing a paper they will do presentations to the class explaining the physics of the ride.  We will then explore first-hand the physics of the amusement park.  We will attend a field trip to Darien Lake where students are required to complete an assignment that will be part of their final exam.  It will include measurements and calculations on the various aspects of different amusement park rides.  (Prerequisites:  Students must have successfully completed Physics I.)  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford) (Grade 12)


Vertebrate Anatomy                                                                          year                                 1 year

This course is designed to give the students an opportunity to explore the anatomical structure of representative vertebrate animals.  Investigative laboratory excerises will explore the anatomy of the cat and other species.  (Pre-requisites:  students must have successfully completed General Biology or Biology CP.)  ($58/course, Penn Highlands Community College)  (Grade 12)


Social Studies

Civics and Economics CP                                                                      year                                      1 credit

This course will cover three (3) subjects in order to prepare 11th grade students for the Keystone Civics exam.

A.  Civics - This course of study will include theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government.  It will also include the study of civil law, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens in the operation and oversight of government.

B.American Government - The focus will be on the general principles of the American system of constitutional government. Emphasis is placed upon the organization and functions of the national government, legislative, executive, and judicial.

C.  Economics - The focus will include studies in the following areas:  theories of economics, captalism and free enterprise, supply and demand, how prices are determined in markets, how economic performance is measured, labor and unions, banking, and government regulations.  concepts and utilizing those concepts will be a point of emphasis in addressing a variety of economic questions.  ($125/course, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford)


Psychology I*                                                                          semester            .5 credits

This course is designed to cover the issues and topics of psychology, the science of behavior, and mental processes.  We will look at the behavior of people, even ourselves, throughout this course.  The course will cover methods of research, behavior, senses, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation, and intelligence.  College Preparatory  (Grades 11-12)


Psychology II*                                                                         semester                   .5 credits

This course is designed to cover the issues and topics of psychology that were not included in Psychology I.  We will continue to look at the behavior of people, including ourselves, throughout this course.  The course will cover methods of motivation, child development, adolescence, sexuality, psychological disorders, and personality.  College Preparatory. Prerequisite:  Psychology I  (Grades 11-12)

* Students can also obtain college credit through the dual enrollment program.  Students must complete BOTH Psychology I & Psychology II in the same year in order to receive credit.  ($58/course, Penn Highlands Community College)



Computer Aided Design I & II (CAD I & II)                                  semester                   .5 credit

In this course the students will use previous knowledge learned in CAD I and expand upon it.  The students will learn such commands as Extrude, Union, Subtract, and Solid.  They will use these commands to construct 3-dimensional objects.  The students will also learn how to draw an Isometric drawing from an Orthographic drawing.  This knowledge will help students be able to read and follow plans for a project that they may encounter.  It will also allow them to be able to construct their own plans for a project.  (Grades 10-12)  Certain grade-level eligible students can also obtain college credit through the dual enrollment program.


Career & Technical Center

Automotive Mechanics                                                                               year                    3 credits/year

3-year program

The course in Automotive Mechanics is designed to provide the knowledge necessary to service and repair automotive equipemtn and to develop skill in the use of tools, service, and diagnostic equipment.  All phases of automotive mechanics, design, operation, and trouble-shooting are covered.  Areas covered include:  engine overhaul, fuel pump installation, standard shift drive line, conventional and front wheel drive line, wheel alignment, brakes, steering, suspension, automatic transmission, tune-up, electrical systems, computerized systems, and fuel management.  Other instruction includes the use of hand tools, power tools, and precision measuring instruments such as micrometers, dial indicators, feeler guages, and torque wrenches.  Safe working habits are emphasized.  Good reading skills are needed for service manual interpretation.  Work shirts/pands and/or coveralls are required (These are ordered and purchased at the CTC.) along with safety glasses and work boots/shoes.

**Dual enrollment course.  Students can obtain college credit through Pennsylvania College of Technology.  Enrollment information available at Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center.


Culinary Arts                                                                         year                3 credits/year

3-year program

Course completers are recognized with a Certificate status - Cook.

Institutional Food Workers (CIP Code 12.0508) related area of study.

This program prepares students for immediate employment into commercial, institutional and other food careers at entry level employment, or for entrance into a post-secondary training institution.  Planned instructional and hands-on learning experiences include theory and applications related to planning, selecting, purchasing, preparing (cooking and baking), and serving of quality and quantity food and food products; nutrition, use and care of commercial equipment and food safety.  Practical experiences are a major portion of the course of study through the operation and management of a complete restaurant (Eagle's Nest) and kitchen facility.  Students operate and maintain all facets of our full-service facility.

Initial class fee:  Uniforms - approximately $100.

Third-year students, or those wishing to obtain a Safe Food Handler's Permit certification:  ServSafe Essential textbook - $90.

**Dual enrollment course.   Students can obtain college credit through Pennsylvania College of Technology.  Enrollment information available at Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center.


Health Assistant                                                                                          year                    3 credits/year

2-year program

Health Assistant students learn the competencies required to secure a position in the health care field or other health occupations.  The student will perform the following services:  bedside care of patients, basic nursing skills, collecting lab specimens, documenting in a medical recored, emergency care, and elder care setting.The student will receive both theory and practical hands-on experience that includes the knowledge needed to acquire a position, and the job survival skills to remain employed.  Students who complete the program are eligible to take the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Certification exam.  Additionally, students who complete the Health Occupations portion of the program will receive a CPR & first aid certificate.


  • Students enrolling in the program must request a criminal record check through the Pennsylvania State Police.  This will be done at the Career & Technical Center at a cost of $10.
  • Enrollees must obtain a medical physical stating that they are free from communicable diseases and can fully physically participate in the program prior to entering the program.
  • Students also must be administered a two-step Mantoux test (TB test) and a drug test which are provided by the Career & Technical Center.
  • Additionally, if the student has NOT been a resident of Pennsylvania for the last two years an FBI clearance is required BEFORE entering the program.
  • Enrollees must participate in a mandatory urine drug test provided by the CTC prior to acceptance to the program.
  • Uniform tops and pants (color to be determined by the class), white shoes, and a watch with a sweep second hand are mandatory for clinical.

**Dual enrollment course.  Students can obtain college credit through Pennsylvania College of Technology.  Enrollment information available at Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center.


Network Systems Technology                                                     year                    3 credits/year

3-year program

This is an industry-based instructional program that consists of four distinct and separate semesters.  Students enrolled must satisfactorily meet Cisco-outlined competencies prior to advancing to the next semester.  The goal of this program is to teach students the skills needed to design, build, and maintain network systems.  The curricula consist of instruction in electronic communications networks, design and evaluation, distance communications systems, computer systems facilities, and support and design and evaluation.  Each year, students will be offered a dual enrollment opportunity to receive college credits through Pennsylvania College of technology.  (CCENT certification upon successfully passing test)  (Grades 10-12)

**Dual enrollment course.  Students can obtain college credit through Pennsylvania College of Technology.  Enrollment information available at Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center.