Academies
High Tech High School provides the very best in academic preparation for our students. We strive to give them comfort and knowledge in all fields.

That's why we have over a dozen different courses in five different areas of study. Whether a student wants to specialize in the culinary arts or computer programming, we make it our mission to provide them the best education in the topic!
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Audio / Video Production

Mr. Ascolese

Students will learn about the process of making movies including Development, Pre-production, Production, Post-production and Distribution. Students will be responsible for creating their own short motion picture. Other assignments will include screenwriting, storyboarding, scene design, casting, crewing, shot lists, in-class productions, revisions, re-edits and the final project. Students will write a resume, which will address the various departments of motion picture production. The main goal of the class is to help all students attain marketable skills in the motion picture industry.

Course Grade
Video I 9th
Video II 10th
Audio/Visual Production III 11th
Audio/Visual Production IV 12th

Computer Programming

Ms. Montes

This course takes dedicated students on a journey to discovering, understanding, and writing programs and code. Students will focus their attention on a variety of different programming languages, including JavaScript, SWIFT, HTML, CSS, and SQL. Throughout the course, students will learn the fundamentals of great programming and design of applications both on and off the web. The students will gain training in best practices for development and design in order to prepare them for the private sector’s growing demand for digital architecture. Upon completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the skills and tools needed in order to remain competitive and succeed in an emerging market.

Course Grade
Computer Programming I 9th
Computer Programming II 10th
Computer Programming III 11th
Computer Programming IV 12th

Studio & Visual Arts

Mr. Kennon | Mr. VanZanten

This program offers a systematic approach to visual problem solving starting with simple basic concepts and elements, and progressing to a complex understanding of visual language. Aesthetics and art appreciation will be discussed in order to develop the student’s judgment and artistic taste. Portfolio development and field trips to museums and galleries will augment the in-class activities.

Course Grade
Visual Art I 9th
Visual Art II 10th
Studio Art I 11th
Studio Art II 12th

Graphic Technology

Mrs. Mintzer

This program of study is recommended for any student who is interested in learning how to create documents electronically and draw on a computer. The student will learn to operate a Macintosh computer, compose electronic page layouts and illustrations, publish on the desktop, use a digital camera, scan photos and manipulate images. This program extends the students' knowledge and skills through project-based learning. Students will plan, design, and develop media projects for the school and community. Projects may include the HTHS yearbook ad pages, brochures, and special event programs.

Course Grade
Graphic Technology I 9th
Graphic Technology II 10th
Graphic Technology III 11th
Graphic Technology IV 12th

Broadcasting Technology

Mr. DePierro

Broadcasting focuses on creating programs for Radio and Television. The student will learn the creative and technical aspects of producing complete Broadcast Projects. Journalistic reporting is stressed and the dynamics of effective communication is reinforced through electronic news gathering and Internet research. Through High Tech’s own Radio Station, WHIT, the student will have the opportunity to develop and produce his/her own radio programs. A new state-of-the art Digital Radio Station with enhanced web streaming capabilities has been constructed in the School’s Cafeteria. The new WHIT Web Page will allow for easier access with more sophisticated educational resources. This course will set the foundation for a career in Communications and Journalism.

Course Grade
Broadcasting
Technology I
9th
Broadcasting
Technology II
10th
Broadcasting
Technology III
11th
Broadcasting
Technology IV
12th

Performing Arts

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Musical Theatre

John Zisa

Musical Theatre combines acting technique, dance choreography, music & voice theory as well as theatre production to bring a complete performance experience to the focused learner. Classes explore human and social conditions, performance skills, audition technique, text analysis, theater history, technical theater, culture, the concepts of community teamwork through the performing arts. Studying Musical Theatre helps develop transferable skills: creativity, leadership, responsibility, analytical and critical thinking, self-confidence, attention to detail, discipline, and perseverance; all of which are highly desirable in business and other fields. This award-winning program is currently part of Papermill Playhouse’s Adopt-A-School Program through 2017 which includes guest workshops, field trips, performances and showcases with some of the top professionals in Musical Theater.

Course Grade
Performing Arts/Musical Theatre I 9th
Performing Arts/Musical Theatre II 10th
Performing Arts/Musical Theatre III 11th
Performing Arts/Musical Theatre IV 12th

Music / Audio Technology

Rod Shepard

Music and Audio Technology immerses students in the world of contemporary music and audio production. Students are offered hands-on studio instruction in basics of keyboard theory, MIDI composition and arrangement, the elements of analog and digital recording, sound synthesis and live sound/stage production. Based on college-level curriculum, the music courses at HTHS prepare students for rigorous post-secondary training. Students graduate with the skills needed to pursue a professional career in music, including sight singing, keyboard proficiency, and an extensive knowledge of music history and its relevance to contemporary music styles.

Course Grade
Music/Audio Technology I 9th
Music/Audio Technology II 10th
Music/Audio Technology III 11th
Music/Audio Technology IV 12th

Drama

Deborah Arters

Drama offers an intensive four-year course of study designed to develop a passionate, believable and articulate actor who demonstrates intelligence, discipline and imagination. The training includes; voice & speech, physical expressive techniques, character development, dramatic literary analysis, improvisation, production and theatre history, monologue and scene study, college prep and audition techniques. Students in the program have many performance and production opportunities each year. Their work with guest artists from colleges and from the industry helps them acquire a significant repertoire and a substantial portfolio.

Course Grade
Performing Arts/Drama I 9th
Performing Arts/Drama II 10th
Performing Arts/Drama III 11th
Performing Arts/Drama IV 12th

Dance

Trista DeFilippis

Dance offers a comprehensive curriculum based on modern and ballet technique supplemented by improvisation, choreography, jazz, hip hop, yoga, Pilates, dance history, anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention, college and career preparation. In addition to training with High Tech's professional faculty, students will also have the opportunity to study with guest artists and learn legendary choreography. Dancers will have many opportunities to perform their own work as well as that of their instructor and guest artists throughout the year. At High Tech, dancers grow and develop their artistry and technique in an environment that is challenging, focused and supportive.

Course Grade
Performing Arts/Dance I 9th
Performing Arts/Dance II 10th
Performing Arts/Dance III 11th
Performing Arts/Dance IV 12th
Science Tech

BioMedical

Ms. Braun | Dr. Cincotta | Ms. Isip |
Dr. Lavlinskaia | Dr. Lavlinski |
Dr. Srivastava

The Academy for BioMedical Sciences paves the way for a wide range of careers. The depth and scope of courses reveals an array of future relevance in microbiology, pharmacy, chemistry, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, neurobiology, medical or dental school, forensic science, or science research in areas such as immunology and cancer. The biomedical pathway is challenging and requires a deep understanding of how to apply science technology, engineering, and math to solve complex problems.

The rigorous and relevant Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities such as investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.

Each course in the biomedical science sequence builds on the skills and knowledge students gain in the preceding courses. The Biomedical Science Academy pathway requires students to pursue rigorous Advanced Placement courses in addition to their Core Requirements.

Course Grade
Principles of BioMedical Science 9th
Human Body Systems 10th
AP Biology 10th
AP Seminar 11th
AP Chemistry 11th
Medical Interventions 12th
AP Research 12th

Environmental Studies

Dr. Cincotta | Ms. Doria | Mr. Goold |
Dr. Lavlinkskaia | Dr. Lavlinski | Ms. Payne |
Ms. Witham | Ms. Yuhas

The Environmental Science Academy introduces students to various environmental concepts and issues while cultivating an atmosphere for critical thinking and analysis of potential sustainable solutions. Students acquire the skills needed to address environmental issues and to understand the state of the environment by applying scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies in order to understand the interrelationships of various environmental impacts.

Integral components of the Environmental Science Academy include learning research skills; using computer applications, such as Geographic Information Systems; and conducting statistical analyses. Students identify and analyze solutions to environmental problems by conducting hands-on laboratory exercises and field studies. Students learn about sustainability and how to look at the natural world in a sustainable way. The skills will be applied to a research project in junior and senior years. Students meet their educational goals through a Soil Resources Lab, Water Resources Lab, Ecology Lab, and Geospatial Lab. Students participate in outdoor excursions where they collect water and soil samples that allow students to conduct research on water quality, tides, ecosystem functionality, water properties and hydropower.

The Environmental Science Academy pathway allows students to pursue rigorous Advanced Placement Science courses in addition to Core Science Requirements and Environmental Courses.

Course Grade
Geology 9th
Meteorology 9th
Probability and Statistics 9th
Geospatial Technology 9th
Soil Resources 10th
Water Resources 10th
Apiculture 10th
Agriculture and Society 10th
Urban Ecology 10th
Environmental Field & Research 11th
AP Biology 11th
Public Policy 12th
Environmental Field & Research 12th

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Architecture & Design

Gregory Simon

Architecture is the art and science of designing our built environment. The Architecture Studio is first a place for work, second a place to make discoveries, and third a place for discussion and critique. Students develop the ability to communicate their ideas by way of 2D representation and compositing, physical and digital model making. This eventually leads to direct-to-manufacture techniques for the production of models, components and assemblies via 3D printers, laser-cutters and CNC machines. There are opportunities for students to participate in structured learning experiences such as museum visits building tours, visits to architecture firms and potentially internships. At the end of this four-year course sequence, students are prepared for post-secondary studies in a wide variety of design related fields.

Course Grade
Architecture Design I 9th
Architecture & Design II 10th
Architecture Studio I 11th
Architecture Studio II 12th

Mechatronics - Robotics

Harry Peles

Students will focus their education and training on the necessary technical skills and the correlated mathematics, science, and technology needed to enter the changing field of engineering technology & automation. This program will provide the use of state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose, test, repair, fabricate, and replace parts and components. Course topics may include fundamental concepts of robotics, automated manufacturing, engineering design, and design analysis. Advanced topics include electrical/mechanical components, electrical drives, pneumatic/hydraulic control circuits and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). This program leads to the opportunity for students to acquire an industry recognized Level 1 Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification (SMSCP).

Course Grade
Mechatronics - Robotics I 9th
Mechatronics - Robotics II 10th
Mechatronics - Robotics III 11th
Mechatronics - Robotics IV 12th

Engineering Technology

Sergio Gamarra

Students will focus their education and training on the necessary technical skills and the correlated mathematics, science, and technology needed to enter the changing field of engineering technology & digital fabrication. This program of study provides students with the opportunity to apply engineering research principles as they design and construct solutions. They will focus on the use of machine equipment to design/fabricate and service/repair complex components. This program will provide the use of state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose, test, repair, fabricate, and replace parts and components. Course topics may include fundamental concepts of robotics, automated manufacturing, engineering design, and design analysis. Students will apply technological processes to solve real problems and develop the knowledge and skills to design, modify, use and apply tools and technology appropriately. The focus of this major is on both fabrication and mechatronics.

Course Grade
Engineering Technology I 9th
Engineering Technology II 10th
Engineering Technology III 11th
Engineering Technology IV 12th

Industrial Design & Animation

Alba Nery Simon

Industrial designers design products conceiving, making and producing the things we use in our everyday lives. This course is designed to integrate thinking and making, cultivating students prepared to meet the challenges of our time. Students will utilize industry-standard software including Autodesk Inventor, 3Ds Max Design, Solidworks and others to develop innovative products while considering their effect on our environment. Elements of animation and virtual reality are utilized to bring their creations to life. In addition, students acquire skills enabling them to fabricate their working prototypes utilizing direct-to-manufacture techniques such as a 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC machining.

Course Grade
Industrial Design & Animation I 9th
Industrial Design & Animation II 10th
Industrial Design & Animation III 11th
Industrial Design & Animation IV 12th

Wood Technology

Zach Bolich

Wood Technology courses include both design and construction; students in wood technology will work hand-in-hand with architecture students to design and build. Classes include not only design and construction but also computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD-CAM). Students will first be introduced to the technology of woodworking: jointer, planer, table saw, band saw, drill press, shaper, router, CNC machining, sharpening, joinery, assembly and finishing. Courses are project-based, class sizes are small, safety is at the core, and technique and procedure drive the projects. There is open laboratory time for working on independent projects. This provides the opportunity for advanced practice with emphasis on complex planning and structures.

Course Grade
Wood Technology I 9th
Wood Technology II 9th
Wood Technology III 9th
Wood Technology IV 9th
Culinary

Culinary Arts

Chef Turro

This course of study prepares students for a career as a chef, station chef, or sous-chef. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of food safety and sanitation, principles of nutrition, and the fundamentals of commercial food preparation and practices. They then progress to a wide variety of advanced culinary objectives. Students work in the newly renovated cafeteria kitchen preparing and learning how to prepare foods for staff and student meals, and any other events held at the school that will help promote their skills and techniques for future success. At the end of 4 years students will be prepared to start an entry level position in the food service industry or continue to build upon their studies in a post-secondary environment. Topics include Food Safety and Sanitation, Nutrition, Culinary Math, Stocks Sauces & Soups, Pantry & Breakfast Cookery, Storeroom & Purchasing Operations, and Production Skills and International Cuisine.

Course Grade
Culinary Arts I 9th
Culinary Arts II 10th
Culinary Arts III 11th
Culinary Arts IV 12th

Baking & Pastry

Chef Fargo

This course of study prepares students for a career as a baker or pastry chef. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of food safety and sanitation, culinary math and the fundamentals of commercial food preparation and practices. They then progress to a wide variety of advanced bakery and pastry objectives. Students work in the newly renovated cafeteria kitchen preparing and learning how to prepare breakfast and dessert items for staff and student meals, and any other events held at the school that will help promote their skills and techniques for future success. At the end of 4 years students will be prepared to start an entry level position in the food service industry or continue to build upon their studies in a post-secondary environment. Topics include Baking, Culinary Math, Cookies, Pies & Tarts, Quickbreads, Pate a Choux, Meringue, Cakes, Chocolates, Laminated Doughs, Breads, Ice Cream, Plated Desserts, Petit Fours, and Menu Planning.

Course Grade
Baking & Pastry I 9th
Baking & Pastry II 10th
Baking & Pastry III 11th
Baking & Pastry IV 12th

Food Service Management

Chef Bruno

This course of study prepares students for a leadership role in management. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of food safety and sanitation, principles of nutrition, and the fundamentals of commercial food preparation and practices. They then progress to a wide variety of advanced food service management objectives. Students work in the newly renovated cafeteria kitchen learning how to manage a food service operation by preparing the cafeteria and luncheon room for staff and student meals, and any other events held at the school that will help promote their skills and techniques for future success. At the end of 4 years students will be prepared to start an entry level position in the food service industry or continue to build upon their studies in a post-secondary environment. Topics include Business, Communication Skills, Menu Planning and Facilities Design, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Entrepreneurship.

Course Grade
Food Service Management I 9th
Food Service Management II 10th
Food Service Management III 11th
Food Service Management IV 12th