Arab-Americans of New York   US History Credit (HUS11QAA)

How have Arab-American lives been shaped in Brooklyn? In this class, we will explore these questions and more!  We will begin with the Arab-American experience in Brooklyn then widen our view to look at how the lives of Arab-American individuals throughout the United States are shaped by factors such as education, immigration, language, gender, family and religion. We will conclude the course by asking “How are Arab-Americans shaping America today?”


Career Development Elective Credit (RZS11QCD)

This course will examine various career options in relation to students' interests, abilities, aptitudes, and values. Students will learn how to plan and create an individualized career plan for the future. Through self-assessment inventories, job-seeking techniques and labor-market research, students will explore careers and occupations in relation to themselves to better understand the world of work. Students will engage in hands-on activities to create a professional career portfolio, and engage in career exploration field trips to various worksites and hear from guest industry professionals from a variety of career sectors to help students understand career pathways for the future. Open to 11th and 12th grade students. 


Creative Writing  English Credit (EES11QCR)

Creative Writing Class caters to students with an interest in exploring their creative side…through writing! Poetry and fiction have a way of transporting us, briefly, to another world, inviting us to consider new perspectives and ways of being. Students in this class will read a range of poetry and short stories from both U.S. and international authors, and learn narrative techniques that they will then apply to their own original works of fiction and poetry. Students in the class can also look forward to dabbling in experimental writing exercises or games which include ChatGPT inspired prompts, magnetic poetry, and more!


Digital Music   Music Credit (ULS11)

Get ready to explore the world of beat programming and sound design. We will learn how to use the GarageBand program to make our own original music. Topics will include beat programming, MIDI programming, mixing, effect automations and finally publishing. The course will also include basic keyboard skills and song writing techniques. Come cut your teeth as a producer in Digital Music.


Digital Photography 1  Art and English  (ZJDGPH1)

We all have cell phones.  That means we all have a camera at our fingertips all of the time.  In this course, we will learn how to use the tools of photography built into our phones to make beautiful and interesting images.  We will explore the school with our cameras to find unique perspectives using techniques like brilliance, filters, positioning, flip, exposure. We also learn how to apply a variety of lenses and eyes to make something boring into something spectacular.  You will leave the course with your own color printed photos, knowledge, confidence and experience to capture the world the way you want.  


Drawing Art Credit (AWS11)

Drawing 1 is an introductory art course that explores the fundamentals of drawing techniques. composition, and expression. Through a series of hands-on art projects, students will develop their skills in sketching, shading, perspective, graffiti, and more. Students analyze and interpret their work using the elements and principles of design. Whether you are a beginner or not, this course offers a supportive environment for growth and discovery.


Storytelling through Film Art and English Credit (ZJFILM)

The purpose of this course is to explore the art of filmmaking as a form of storytelling by making a movie from start to finish. The units of the course will follow the process required for creating a film (roughly 10-30 minutes for us). The units will be: planning, screenwriting, cinematography, directing/acting, and editing. Students will begin the semester with an idea and then spend the rest of the course turning it into a movie. This class will be devoted to ‘film as a form of storytelling’, which means the work should contain the elements of a story arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. We will use screenwriting templates, editing software and any other available filmmaking equipment.  Students will work together frequently on their projects and give constructive feedback.


Financial Math 1   Math Credit (MQS11QF)

Financial Math is a practical one-semester course that focuses on money skills, personal finance, money management, and economic fundamentals.


Forensic Science 1  Physical Science Credit  (SDS11)

The objective of Forensic Science is to give students a basic understanding of forensic science and how it is used in criminal cases by using published works and case examples. The class is designed around authentic performance assessments with students working in teams to solve crimes using scientific knowledge and reasoning. It involves all areas of science including biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, and earth science with an emphasis in complex reasoning and critical thinking. In addition, students must incorporate the use of technology, communication skills, language arts, art family and consumer science, mathematics and social studies.


Greenhouse 1  Life Science Credit (SWS11) 

This course will tackle the problems of living in an urban environment in a series of hands-on practical lessons and field trips. Learn about hydroponic systems (NFT, EAF, Dutch Bucket, aquaponics); plant growth requirements, growing structures (greenhouses), and plant nutrient requirements. Grow, harvest and eat plants; troubleshoot problems as they arise and gain a foundation in hydroponics suitable for working in newly emerging jobs such as hydroponic farming and green roof design and maintenance. 


People’s History of the United States  US History Credit (HUS11QJC) 

This course focuses on civil rights, equality, and justice for all in the United States. We will study how different groups have fought to prove the Constitution is meant to protect all people fairly and equally; learn where the government falls short to protect groups of people, and discover what can be done about it.


Keyboard and Piano Art Credit (UPS11)

This class is a place for students to learn entry level piano skills. We will learn how to read music in order to perform in a group and individual setting. We will learn songs from the classical music canon as well as learn how to play chord changes to popular music. This class works really well for students with little to no piano experience but have the motivation to learn and practice. If you are an experienced piano player and want to take this class please let me know in advance by emailing mdelfino@hstat.org.


Latinx Diaspora  Global History Credit (HGS11QDL)

In this course we will see the formation of the latino/a diaspora in the US. It will cover the history of latinx countries that influenced the diaspora movement of each country. It will go into depth on the legacy of indigenous societies in latinx history and colonization history. We will also see African diasporas and influence in Latin America. Social Justice issues that are linked to racial formations, demographic patterns, (im)migration, settlement and community development. Issues of citizenship, racism and discrimination will be discussed as well as transnationalism and transnational identities. 


Newspaper English and Art Credit  (ZJNEWS)

Be a part of reviving the school newspaper. In this course, you will get the opportunity to draft, write, edit and publish stories that impact the Tele community. You'll learn the basics of how to write and engage an audience, and how to find interesting things going on around the building, whether it's breaking news, sports, upcoming events, profiles of fellow classmates or teachers. In parts of this course we will also dive into photojournalism and design. Come launch a newspaper written by the students for the students. If you have any questions email clewis@hstat.org


Introduction to Psychology Elective Social Studies Credit  (HBS11QPS)

This course provides students insight into human emotions, behavior and motives by examining the role of biology, parenting, personality and therapeutic theories.  Students delve deep into the human psyche and uncover the mysteries of mood and personality disorders, neuroses, and mental illness.  Take Psychology and answer some of your nagging questions!


Science Fiction 1 Science and English Credit (ZJSCIFI)

Could Jurassic Park actually happen? Could another version of you exist in a parallel universe? Could you clone Sammy, your pet hamster? Do we have the technology to build a robot with intelligence and emotions? These are some of the questions we will explore in this class by reading works of science fiction, watching sci-fi films, completing hands-on labs and researching up-to-date developments in science and technology. 


Yearbook  English and Art Credit  (ZJYRBK) *Seniors only. 

Students in this course will be designing and creating Polaris, the HSTAT yearbook.  Students will write, take photographs, and sell and design advertisements.  Each student will be responsible for a specific page or pages of the yearbook, so responsibility is a must for this class.

NEW! Virtual Emerging Technologies (TQS11QET)

This class will meet virtually on Zoom outside of the normal school day 

It’s 2024, time to learn how to live with robots!  Come learn about the 4 main emerging technologies in the 21st century- crypto, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. We will explore blockchain, the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. We will learn the mechanics behind AI, specifically with how machine learning trains language learning models such as ChatGPT. We will create our own virtual realities using the program A-frame. 


NEW! Virtual AP Government and Politics (HVS11X)

This class will meet virtually on Zoom outside of the normal school day 

Students in this course will study the key concepts and institutions of the political system and culture of the United States. You'll read, analyze, and discuss the U.S. Constitution and other documents as well as complete a research or applied civics project.


Model UN  0.5 Global History Credit  (HGS21QUN) 

*This class meets after school 1 day per week from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

The primary aim of the course is to offer students a unique opportunity to learn about international relations while role-playing United Nations delegates. Students will participate in two to three conferences with delegations from high schools throughout the world at Hofstra University, Columbia University, and at the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Each delegation will attempt to accurately represent their country's point of view as it is represented in the United Nations in New York City. Additionally, we will study the history of the UN and discuss the role of the United Nations as it works on varied issues including human rights, preservation of peace, and international politics.


Physical Education 


Advanced Weight Training (PGS22)

For those students who have taken Weight Training and are ready to move beyond the basics.


Dance  (Art and Physical Education credit)  (ZJDANCE)

This class is a study in many genres of dance, including jazz, tap, and hip hop, and will incorporate techniques ranging from classical ballet to modern.  Students can also expect to dance history, dance criticism and viewing, as well as improvisation and choreography.  This course culminates in a mandatory performance.  


Advanced Dance (Art and Physical Education credit)

An audition is required for this class


Physical Education (PPS11)

Physical Education classes are designed to use sports themes to engage students in exercise that will increase overall fitness, core strength, speed and flexibility.   


Physical Education, Anatomy, and Kinesiology (P.E.A.K.)  (ZJPEAK)

This elective seeks to introduce the science behind the movements and exercises covered in weight training, dance, yoga, and sport related P.E. classes through the lens of Kinesiology and Human Anatomy. Come take the journey in this exploration of the body, and gain a deeper understanding of its structures and operations. You’ll be sure to leave this class loving and appreciating the wonders of your body. 


Weight Training  (PGS11)

Want to get in shape?  In Weight Training, students learn how to use calisthenics, free weights and weight machines to work out safely.  


Yoga (PYS11)

Yoga focuses on the many poses that help build strength, flexibility, balance and stamina.  Yoga also focuses on breathing and meditative practice.  Taken together yoga will help students build their bodies and focus their minds. 

10th Grade Honors and Advanced Placement

AP World History (must have passed Global 1 and 2 courses) (10th Grade Global History Credit)  (HGS43X)

Focus on the development of historical thinking skills, not just the collection and memorization of information and events. Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the world from c. 1200 CE to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.  *This class would replace your Global History class. 


Big History Project Honors  (English and History Credit)  (ZJBHPH1)

BHP delivers a big picture look at the world, and helps students develop a framework to organize what they’re learning both in and out of school. After you leave this class, you will have a better understanding of how we got here, where we’re going, and how you fit in. It’s a class that was 13.8 billion years in the making. *This is a one-year elective that would replace your 10th Grade electives.


12th Grade SEP Program Options

AP Computer Science A (Java)  (Technology Credit) (TYS21XA)

*Only open to students who have completed SEP 9, 10, and 11.

This course uses Java to understand object-oriented programming. It includes data structures and abstraction, and emphasizes problem solving and algorithm development. The course is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science.


AP Computer Science Principles (Technology Credit) (TYS21XPR)

This is an introductory course; no previous coursework in Computer Science necessary.  This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP CSP prepares students for college and career.   


College Now Course Offerings-Seniors Only


COLLEGE NOW is a program in conjunction with Kingsborough Community College that offers credit-bearing and college preparatory courses without tuition and book fees.  Students may only take one College Now class per semester.


Introduction to Criminal Justice (Elective Social Studies Credit)  (HBS11UCJ)

This course endeavors to provide students with an overview of crime in America and the three elements of the criminal justice system: the police, the courts, and corrections. Questions to be investigated include: What environmental, psychological and biological factors contribute to the making of the criminal mind?  Should the police be allowed to break the rules in order to catch criminals? To what extent do class and race affect the quality of justice? 


Humanities (Art and English Credit)  (ZJEOUH)

This course introduces students to outstanding literature, art, film and music from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. By exploring the way these subjects are related, students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of modern American culture and the individuals who influenced the humanities.


The Individual & His/Her World (Sociology)- (Social Studies Credit)  (HBS11UQS)

The Behavioral and Social Sciences are stepping stones to understanding general truths about human social behaviors. This course will use an historical and interrelated review of contemporary issues, such as work, authority and violence, to help students gain a greater appreciation of the behavioral and social forces that influence their world, both globally and locally.


Elements of Statistics  (Math Credit) (MSS11U)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to rudiments of statistics and probability. Particular attention is paid to practical real-life applications and statistics.

Advanced Placement and Honors Course Offerings-Juniors and Seniors Only 

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Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes that are offered to high school students.  Each course ends in a standardized exam, the results of which many colleges and universities use to grant college course credit.   Students are limited to 2 AP classes per year.  (This does not include Spanish). *If you would like to take an AP course but did not pass the Regents associated with this course, you will be required to attend additional study sessions to support you.  Students interested in AP courses should attend the AP/Elective. 


AP Biology  (must have taken and passed Living Environment course and Regents exam )  (ZQSBX)

The AP Biology course primarily concentrates on cellular biology and biochemistry, which are both important topics for those pursuing medical and scientific careers to comprehend and apply. Genetics, photosynthesis, cellular metabolic functions, evolution, and ecology are also studied at a depth far surpassing a Living Environment course. You will regularly work in student teams to develop advanced reasoning and inquiry skills, as you independently design experiments, collect and analyze data using statistics, and interpret data to write up conclusions. Students should be prepared to ask many questions, to draw biological models and phenomena, and to work with live organisms or insects regularly for scientific experiments.

AP Calculus AB (must have taken and passed Alg 1, Alg 2, Geometry courses and Regents exams)  (MCS21XAB)

Explore the key concepts, methods, and applications of single-variable calculus including functions, graphs, and limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Become familiar with concepts, results, and problems expressed in multiple ways including graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support your conclusions.


AP Calculus BC (must have completed  AP Calculus AB) (MCS21XBC)

AP Calculus BC is designed to be the equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. AP Calculus BC applies the content and skills learned in AP Calculus AB to parametrically defined curves, polar curves, and vector-valued functions; develops additional integration techniques and applications; and introduces the topics of sequences and series.  Students who take AP Calculus BC should have basic familiarity with sequences and series, as well as some exposure to parametric and polar equations.  These topics will be reviewed at the beginning of the term.  For Fall 2023 only students who took AP Calculus AB are eligible.   If you take the AP Calculus BC Exam, you’ll get a Calculus AB subscore (1–5) in addition to your regular score. The Calculus AB subscore shows how you did on the part of the exam devoted to Calculus AB topics, which is approximately 60% of the exam.   


AP Chemistry  (must have passed Algebra and Chemistry courses and Regents exams)  (ZQSCX)

Learn about the fundamental concepts of chemistry such as structure and states of matter, intermolecular forces, reactions, and how to use chemical calculations to solve problems. Develop your ability to think 

clearly and express your ideas with clarity and logic, both orally and in writing. Work with classmates to conduct meaningful laboratory investigations that let you observe chemical reactions and substances, interpret your findings, and communicate your results.


AP Computer Science Principles  (TYS21XPR)

This is an introductory course; no previous coursework in Computer Science necessary.  This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP CSP prepares students for college and career.   


AP English Language and Composition (Juniors only)  (EES85X)

AP English Language and Composition course is a study of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts that follow the historical and literary movements in American Literature from Native American Literature to Contemporary Literature and nonfiction. Students will develop the skills to independently analyze nuanced themes, write complex arguments and papers of literary analysis, and make connections across disciplines. Through reading and writing, students will study the interactions among a writer's purpose and content and reader expectations, as well as genre conventions and language use. This course will support you in developing your writing in order to be college-ready and an informed citizen.  

AP English Literature and Composition (seniors only, must have passed the ELA Regents exam)  (EES87X)

The AP Literature and Composition course invites you to explore literary works from several different genres and periods. Through close reading, students will deepen their understanding of how writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Learn to read and think critically as you experience great literary works, interpret those texts, and evaluate their quality and artistic achievement. Students will also consider the social and historical values the literature reflects and embodies. Considering the context, language use, and criticisms of works of literary merit will support you in developing your discussion and writing skills for college and beyond. 


AP Environmental Science   (ZQSWX)

In AP Environmental Science, students will explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made. You’ll take part in laboratory investigations and field work.  Students will learn how to explain environmental concepts and processes, applying  environmental concepts and processes, applying quantitative methods in solving problems, proposing a solution for an environmental problem, and analyzing a research study to identify a hypothesis. 


AP Physics 1 (must have taken and passed Physics and Algebra 1 courses and Regents exams)  (ZQSPX)

Develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry based learning. Explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.


AP Spanish Language and Culture (must have taken and passed Spanish III course and Regents exam) 

In this course, you will develop your Spanish language skills and learn about the cultures in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. You’ll practice communicating in Spanish and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books.


AP Statistics    (MSS21X)

The big question of the AP statistics course is: How can we use information from a sample to make predictions about a population.  For example: before an election, give a survey to 500 Brooklyn residents asking who they plan to vote for, and use this to predict voting percentages for all Brooklyn residents.  Along the way, we look at what patterns we can use (linear models, exponential models, the normal curve, etc) to help us make predictions, and explore how we can adjust our work to make our predictions more accurate.


AP United States History (Juniors only)  (HUS21X)

This course is divided into two semesters: United States History from European Exploration through Reconstruction (1491-1877) and The Gilded Age through the Present. This course is instructed at a college level. Advance Placement is offered as a way for you to potentially receive college credit for United States History with a required culminating College Board exam in May, which means there is a rigorous level of reading, writing, analysis, discussion, and depth of content in this course. Students will be expected to consistently analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources at a rigorous level and pace, in addition to a high level of application, comprehension, and memorization. If you have not yet taken the US History Regents, you will also have to take that exam at the end of this course.


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