High School Learning
As children progress into the higher grades of their educational careers, the development of the child as a well-rounded and independent individual becomes a focus of our schools. Students are exposed to a wide variety of instructional facilitators, resources, and educational opportunities as they continue their journey to career and college readiness. Students will develop their interpersonal work skills as they collaborate with peers in all their classes through Project-Based Learning experiences and performance-oriented tasks. Experiential Learning seeks to engage students in the application of their skills into real-life and personally relevant activities. These educational experiences will often span multiple content areas and allow students the opportunity to build beyond a single classroom.
Striving to develop socially responsible and empathetic students is key to the high school structure and ensures that students develop not only educationally, but emotionally as well. A culture of high expectations and student success in our classrooms strives to keep the learning environment as a safe and intellectually open space. Students are able to grow as individuals as they develop their skills to successfully transition to high school and become college, career, and life ready.
Advanced Placement courses expose students to rigorous, college-level work and provide the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Broward County Public Schools offers Advanced Placement courses at all high school campuses. Specific course availability varies by school site.
Visit our Advanced Placement page for more information regarding the BCPS Advanced Placement program.
To learn more visit the Advanced Academics website
9-12 English Language Arts
High School English Language Arts courses engage students in meaningful reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences that encourage critical thinking skills. Our curriculum equips children with the skills they need to be successful in high school and beyond. In English Language Arts, this means a balancing of informational and literary text, a transferring of knowledge among the disciplines, a focus on text-dependent questioning and answers, a building of complexity in the texts that are read, writing from sources, and focusing on academics vocabulary to ensure students are college and career ready.
For more information visit the 9-12 ELA website
The mathematics classrooms in Broward County are dynamic, powerful, and enriching environments where students participate in active learning. Our mathematics curriculum, programs, and practices are designed to meet individual learning styles, foster the use of multiple approaches to solve problems, and show different ways of thinking while promoting equity and access for all students. Students in Broward County mathematics classrooms are encouraged to talk about math, explore and describe observations, explain methods, and ask questions. It is our mission to help students build more flexible and efficient ways to solve increasingly complex problems, become problem solvers, and to become college, career, and life ready.
To learn more visit the 9-12 Mathematics website
High school science courses set precedence for college and career readiness. Science education builds strength in critical thinking skills that are necessary to become productive citizens. High school students extend scientific knowledge through a variety of rigorous courses that make real-world connections and give value to scientific inquiry. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of content and develop skills in communication, collaboration, inquiry and problem solving that will benefit them through their educational and professional journeys.
To learn more visit the 9-12 Science website
9-12 Social Studies
Students in high school Social Studies courses have the opportunity to engage in learning high level content and skills as required by the State of Florida's State Academic Standards for Social Studies integrated with Florida's Benchmark for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards. Students learn concepts and content in the areas of Geography, World History, American History, Economics with Financial Literacy, and Government through a variety of required and elective courses.
To learn more visit the 9-12 Social Studies website
Tips for Parents
Parents involvement in the education of their child is extremely important not only during the early stages in their education but throughout. Below are some tips for parents on how they can support their child at home to be successful in school.
Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn: Make sure your child gets sleep each and every night so your child is fully rested. Also, make sure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast every morning to make sure they are ready for the start of their school day.
Get to know your child’s teachers: Visit your child’s school when you can for functions and meetings such as open house, school orientation, teacher-parent conferences, PTSA meetings, etc. Positive home-school relationships help your child flourish during their school journey
Support Homework Expectations: Establish routines at home to support daily homework and study skills. Providing an environment at home where your child can review what they learned at school and practice skills can help with achievement.
Teach Organizational Skills: Work with your child to make sure he or she has all of their needed supplies for class. Being prepared helps children with organization skills. Also, when appropriate, teach your child to have a “to-do” list or check their agenda/planner. Repetition and routines help your child in this area.
Take Attendance Seriously: If kids are sick or not feeling well, it’s ok to stay home to recover. Otherwise, children should come to school each and every day so they don’t fall behind, which can be stressful. When students come to school every day, their chances of excelling increases.