Student Education Planning Guide

Message From The Superintendent

The 2017-2018 Student Education Planning Guide is designed to assist students and families in planning an appropriate and rigorous high school program based on meeting graduation requirements and addressing student interest and career goals. This guide provides a comprehensive outline of course offerings available in our high schools. As it is not feasible for all of our high schools to offer the complete complement of courses contained in this guide, each high school tailors offerings based on factors reflecting student registration, as well as the availability and expertise of its faculty. High schools may prepare additional supplemental registration material during the registration process. Please be sure to consult any and all information provided by individual schools during the registration process.

We are proud of our comprehensive high school course offerings that include programs of rigor, special assistance, acceleration, career interest, as well as study in the fine and technical arts. We wish students success as they pursue their educational goals.

Barbara P. Canavan
Superintendent of Schools

Mission Statement

The mission of Harford County Public Schools is to promote excellence in instructional leadership and teaching and to provide facilities and instructional materials that support teaching and learning for the 21st century. The Harford County Board of Education will support this mission by fostering a climate for deliberate change and monitoring progress through measurable indicators.


Board of Education Goals

Goal 1: To prepare every student for success in postsecondary education and a career.
Goal 2: To encourage and monitor engagement between the school system and the community to support student achievement.
Goal 3: To hire and support skilled staff who are committed to increasing student achievement.
Goal 4: To provide safe, secure, and healthy learning environments that are conducive to effective teaching and learning.


Board of Education

Nancy Reynolds, President
Joseph L. Voskuhl, Vice President
Thomas F. Fitzpatrick, Member
Robert L. Frisch, Member
Rachel Gauthier, Member
Joseph A. Hau, Member
Jansen M. Robinson, Member
Laura S. Runyeon, Member
Alfred L. Williamson, Member
Amanda N. Dorsey, Student Representative

Superintendent of Schools

Barbara P. Canavan



The 2017-18 Student Education Planning Guide was developed under the direction of the Offices of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment and Secondary Education.

Susan P. Brown, Ed. D.
Executive Director
Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment


Joseph A. Schmitz
Executive Director
Middle & High School Performance


The Harford County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Inquires related to the policies of the Board of Education of Harford County should be directed to the Manager of Communications at 410-588-5203.

Comprehensive Secondary School Reform Plan


The Harford County Board of Education approved a Comprehensive Secondary School Reform Plan on June 27, 2005 that included the following:

  • equalization of credit offerings at all high schools
  • elevation of credit expectations for graduation
  • organization of schools into small learning communities
  • requirement of a fourth year mathematics credit experience
  • development of additional off-campus educational experiences, including Internet, college, and e-learning
  • creation of programmatic consistency and equitable opportunities in all high schools
  • creation of dynamic and connected programs of study that engage students and inspire the personal ownership of the learner

The approval of this plan has created opportunities for Harford County Public Schools to serve all students equally well, meet the various high school assessment standards, create an environment that motivates and inspires students to elevate personal achievement, create smaller learning communities that foster positive adult-student relationships, and prepare students for the twenty-first century workplace. The implementation of this plan includes 32 credit opportunities, a flexible eight period schedule, 26 graduation credits to include four mathematics credits and four career cluster credits for all students.

The Career Cluster system helps to align teaching and learning with students’ interests, provide a framework for organizing schools into smaller learning communities that allow for more personalized instruction and support, and align high school programs of study with college and workforce requirements. Students will work with parents, teachers and school counselors to identify their individual interests and aptitudes and develop a six-year education plan that includes a sequence of high school courses based on a chosen career cluster and career pathway.

The ultimate goal of the Comprehensive Secondary School Reform Plan is to promote student success, as measured by increased scores on high school assessments, increased attendance rate, increased graduation rate, decreased drop-out rate and decreased issues related to a safe and secure learning environment.

Organization and Purpose
of the Student Education Planning Guide

Organization of Student Education Planning Guide

The Student Education Planning Guide is divided into the following three sections:

  • Career Cluster and Pathway Planning
  • Need-to-Know Information
  • Course Descriptions

Purpose of the Student Education Planning Guide

The Student Education Planning Guide will assist in the design of a long term, personalized educational plan that will prepare each student to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Through its use, students can see the relevance and purpose of high school coursework, service learning, and extracurricular activities, and the support they provide for individual career planning. This guide will help students, parents, teachers, and school counselors discuss career goals and develop and implement a six-year education plan. With advanced planning and sustained effort, students can graduate from high school having earned college credits and/or industry certifications.

Career Clusters and Pathways

In an effort to prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace, Harford County Public Schools has developed career clusters and pathways. Career clusters are broad groupings of occupations and industries based on commonalities of service and function. Each career cluster has three or four career pathways. These pathways provide a recommended sequence of courses that will provide quality preparation for a career in a selected cluster. Students will choose clusters and pathways based on their interests and aptitudes.

Harford County Public Schools offers four clusters with pathways.

How to Use the Student Education Planning Guide

  1. Click on the link of the pathway in which you have the greatest interest.

  2. Arts, Media, and Communication
    • Literary Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
    Business, Finance, and Information Technology
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Administration
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    Health and Human Services
    • Education
    • Government/Public Services
    • Health Services and Personal Care
    • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
    Science, Engineering, and Technology
    • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction
    • Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources
    • Science and Technology Studies
    • Transportation Technologies

  3. Complete the six-year education plan. In consultation with your parent/guardian and school counselor or teacher, use the pathway guide to complete your education plan. Use the course descriptions to decide which courses are more appropriate for your career aspirations.

Arts, Media, and Communication

Literary Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Literary Arts**
Four credits in
  • Journalism I
  • Journalism II
  • Journalism III
  • Creative Writing I
  • Creative Writing II
  • Creative Writing III
  • Yearbook
  • Drama I
  • Humanities
  • Women in Perspective
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
Music**
Students are encouraged to choose 3-4 credits in one of the ensembles listed below but they also have the option of choosing additional ensembles, if necessary or desired, to fulfill this pathway.
  • Band: Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band
  • Chorus: Chorus, A Cappella Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Advanced Chorus, Madrigal Choir
  • Orchestra: Orchestra I, II, III, IV
  • Percussion: Percussion Ensemble I, II, III, IV
  • Jazz: Jazz Ensemble I, II, III, IV
  • Guitar: Beginning Guitar, Guitar Ensemble I, II, III, IV

Fourth credit options: Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, Music Theory, AP Music Theory, Music Technology I, IB Music (EDHS)

Drama**
  1. Drama I
  2. Drama II
  3. Drama III

Fourth credit options: Dance I, Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, Chorus, Fine Art Preparation, IB Film (EDHS), Humanities, Speech Communication

Dance**
3-4 credits in the following:
  • Dance I
  • Dance II
  • Dance III
  • Dance IV
  • Dance Company

Fourth credit options: Drama I, Beginning Piano, Beginning Guitar, Chorus, Fine Art Preparation, IB Film (EDHS), Humanities

Visual Arts**
Three - Four credits in ONE of the following content strands:
  • Drawing (Fine Art Preparation, Drawing and Painting, Advanced Drawing, Advanced Studio Drawing, AP Studio Art-Drawing or 2-D Design)
  • Painting (Fine Art Preparation, Drawing and Painting, Advanced Painting, Advanced Studio Painting, AP Studio Art-Drawing or 2-D Design)
  • 3-D Design (Fine Art Preparation, 3-D Design, Crafts, Advanced 3-D Design, Advanced Studio 3D Design, AP Studio Art-3-D Design)
  • Visual Communications (Fine Art Preparation, Drawing and Painting, Photography, Advanced Photography, Printmaking, Visual Communication, Advanced Studio Visual Communications, AP Studio Art-Drawing or 2-D Design)

Fourth credit option: AP Art History, IB Visual Arts, or any art course, except Art Appreciation, beyond Fine Art Preparation that is not included the chosen strand

or
Printing and Graphic Communication* (HTHS)
  1. Printing and Graphic Communication I
  2. Printing and Graphic Communication II
  3. Printing and Graphic Communication III

* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
** Must include two years of world language and other University System of Maryland requirements and/or two Advanced Technology courses

Business, Finance, and Information Technology

Note: The courses in this program of study are changing in fall, 2016.
From: To:
Accounting and
Finance
PROGRAM TITLE:
Accounting*

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Administration/Management
  • Financial Management with Software Applications
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
PROGRAM TITLE:
Accounting and Finance*#

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Business/ Entrepreneurship Capstone or Dual Enrollment
PROGRAM TITLE:
Academy of Finance (AOF)* at EDGEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Accounting/ Managerial Accounting (replaces AOF Accounting)
  • Principles of Finance/ Financial Services (replaces Introduction to Finance)
  • Business Economics/ Professional Ethics (replaces Economics, Banking and Credit)
  • Financial Planning/ Applied Finance (replaces Securities, Insurance and International Finance)
Note: The courses in this program of study are changing in fall, 2016.
From: To:
Business
Administration
PROGRAM TITLE:
Business Management*

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Administration/Management
  • Financial Management with Software Applications
  • e-Business
  • Accounting I
PROGRAM TITLE:
Business Management*#

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Business Management
  • Business/ Entrepreneurship Capstone or Dual Enrollment
Note: The courses in this program of study are changing in fall, 2016.
From: To:
Marketing
PROGRAM TITLE:
Marketing*

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Administration/Management
  • Financial Management with Software Applications
  • Marketing I
  • Marketing II
PROGRAM TITLE:
Marketing*#

Required Courses:

  • Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Advanced Marketing or Business/ Entrepreneurship Capstone or Dual Enrollment
Note: This program is being phased out and will be transitioning to Computer Science.
Information
Technology
PROGRAM TITLE:
Computer Programming*+

Required Courses:

  • Applications of Computer Technology I or Accounting I
  • Computer Programming I
  • Computer Programming II
  • Computer Programming III
PROGRAM TITLE:
Cyber Security*+ at HARFORD TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Required Courses:

  • IT Essentials
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Security +
  • Ethics and the Information Age
* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
+ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathway
# New Business Management and Finance Program of Study for students entering 2015-16

Health and Human Services

Education
Government/
Public Service
Health Service/
Personal Care
Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Early Childhood Education*
  1. Learning About Children
  2. Working with Children I
  3. Independent & Family Living
  4. Working with Children II
or
Teacher Academy of Maryland*
  1. Human Growth & Dev. Through Adolescence
  2. Teaching as a Profession
  3. Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
  4. TAM Internship
or
General Education** (only for FAHS, HGHS, JOHS)
1/2 - One credit in:
  • Psychology
3 - 3 1/2 credits in:
  • Sociology
  • Learning About Children
  • Working With Children I
  • Math(s) beyond Algebra II
  • 4th Credit Science
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP World Language
  • AP Psychology
  • College Sociology
Fire/Rescue EMT*+
  1. Career Research & Development or Career Development, Preparation, and Transition
  2. Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Program
or
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (JHS)*+
  1. Foundations of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
  2. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  3. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  4. Internship/Capstone Experience
or
Social Sciences**
Four credits* in:
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP American Government and Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology or IB Psychology
  • AP Microeconomics/AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Art History
  • AP or IB World Language
  • IB World Religions
  • IB History
  • Archeology (HGHS only)
  • Contemporary Issues
  • World Geography or IB Geography
  • Law in America
  • Sociology/College Sociology
  • Speech Communication
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • African American History
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language

*It is recommended that one AP course be included

or
World Languages**
Four credits in ONE of the following World Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
Licensed Cosmetology (HTHS)*
  1. Licensed Cosmetology I
  2. Licensed Cosmetology II
  3. Licensed Cosmetology III
or
Health Occupations (HTHS)*+
  1. Health Occupations I
  2. Health Occupations II
  3. Health Occupations III
or
Academy of Health Professions (HTHS)*+
  1. Foundations of Medical and Health Science
  2. Structure and Functions of the Human Body
  3. Certified Nursing Assistant
  4. Allied Health Internship
  5. Clinical Internship
or
Medical Services**+
At least two credits in:
  • Advanced Health or Public Health
  • 4th Credit Biological Science (AP Biology, IB Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy/Physiology or Biochemistry)
Up to two credits in:
  • Psychology/AP Psychology/IB Psychology
  • Math(s) beyond Algebra II
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP or IB World Language
  • IB Sports/Exercise & Health Science
or
Biomedical Sciences (BAHS and HGHS )*+
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation
Food and Beverage Management*
  1. Introduction to Food Preparation & Hospitality
  2. Advanced Food Preparation & Hospitality
  3. Food & Hospitality Management
  4. Food & Hospitality Practicum
or
Food Preparation and Management (HTHS)*
  1. Food Preparation and Management I
  2. Food Preparation and Management II
  3. Food Preparation and Management III
or
Career Research and Development*
  1. Career Research and Development
  2. Career Development, Preparation, and Transition
  3. Work-based Learning Experience

* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
** Must include two years of world language and other University System of Maryland requirements and/or two Advanced Technology courses
+ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathway

Science, Engineering, and Technology

Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction
Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources
Science and Technology Studies
Transportation Technologies
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
Required Pathway Courses
General Engineering***+
At least two credits in Advanced Technology courses:
  1. Technological Design
  2. Advanced Design Applications
  3. Advanced Technological Applications
Remaining one or two credits in:
  1. Physics or AP Physics 1
  2. Chemistry
  3. Algebra II
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Geometry
  6. 3rd Credit World Language
  7. 4th Credit World Language
  8. AP World Language
or
Pre-Engineering (ABHS and CMHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Engineering Design
  2. Principals of Engineering
  3. Digital Electronics
  4. Course 4 will be based on selection of strand
  5. Engineering Design and Development
or
Certified Welding (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. Certified Welding I
  3. Certified Welding II
or
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. CADD I
  3. CADD II
or
Computer-Aided Machining/High Performance Manufacturing (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. CAM/HPM I
  3. CAM/HPM II
or
Computer and Network Technology (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Manufacturing
  2. Computer and Networking Tech I
  3. Computer and Networking Tech II
or
Brick and Block Masonry (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Brick and Block Masonry I
  3. Brick and Block Masonry II
or
Carpentry (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Carpentry I
  3. Carpentry II
or
Electricity (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Electricity I
  3. Electricity II
or
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Construction
  2. Heat, Air Condition, & Refrigeration Tech I
  3. Heat, Air Condition, & Refrigeration Tech II
Agriculture/Animal Science (HTHS or NHHS)*+
Four credits in:
  • Agriculture I
  • Agriculture II
  • Agriculture III
  • Animal Science I
  • Animal Science II
  • Animal Science III
or
Horticulture/Floral Design (HTHS)*+
Four credits in:
  • Horticulture I
  • Horticulture II
  • Horticulture III
  • Floral Design I
  • Floral Design II
  • Floral Design III
or
Environmental Science**+
At least one credit in:
  • Environmental Science I
  • Environmental Science II
  • AP Environmental Science

Up to three credits in:

  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Marine Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced Health
  • Public Health
  • Microbiology
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP World Language
  • Geohazards Engineering
or
Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences (NHHS)*+
  1. Foundations of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
  2. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  3. Course 2 & 3 will be based on selection of strand
  4. Research and Applications in Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
Science/Math Academy (AHS)**+
  1. Science, Research and Technology (SRT) I
  2. SRT II
  3. SRT III
  4. SRT IV
or
Science and Mathematics Advanced Studies**+
Select four credits in addition to the HCPS graduation requirements of four maths and 3 sciences:
  • Trigonometry
  • Foundations of College Math
  • Precalculus
  • AP Calculus AB/AP Calculus BC
  • Statistics or AP Statistics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry/AP Chemistry/ IB Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science (II or AP)
  • Earth Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Marine Science
  • Physics or AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2 or C/IB Physics
  • Zoology
  • AP Biology/IB Biology
  • Astronomy
  • Microbiology
  • AP Computer Science
  • 3rd Credit World Language
  • 4th Credit World Language
  • AP or IB World Language
  • IB Sports/Exercise & Health Science
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • Geohazards Engineering
Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Automotives
  2. Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair I
  3. Automotive Diagnostics and Systems Repair II
or
Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair (HTHS)*+
  1. Introduction to Automotives
  2. Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair I
  3. Automotive Refinishing and Collision Repair II

* Designates an approved Career and Technology Education Career Completer Program
** Must include two years of world language and other University System of Maryland requirements and/or two Advanced Technology courses
*** This pathway includes two Advanced Technology courses
+ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related pathway

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