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Highlands High School

Pathways to Careers

2015-2016 Course Syllabus

Instructors:  Sue Thompson, Shelly Hoffstedder

Grades: 9-12

Credit: 1


The learning strategies classes are designed for students who have identified educational disabilities.  Students in the learning strategies classes may work on writing, reading, math, organizational skills, test-taking strategies, and study strategies as well as work on outside course work.  This can include but is not limited to the following options:

  • Taking tests orally
  • Having tests read
  • Having tests modified
  • Taking test in an alternative environment
  • Organizing class notes
  • Completing tests not finished in other classes
  • Remediation of core concepts
  • Any additional accommodations that are deemed appropriate in order to assist the student to be successful in the regular classroom environment as well as in a post-secondary setting.


Students complete a daily contract/goal sheet that teachers use to calculate individual grades.  Contracts are based on participation in skill based activities, goal setting and achieving, organization and applying strategies for academic success.

Course Standards

Students will

  • Develop reading comprehension and basic reading skills
  • Develop written expression and basic writing skills
  • Develop problem solving and basic computational skills
  • Develop organizing skills
  • Develop test taking strategies
  • Develop self-advocacy skills
  • Develop time management skills
  • Research options and develop skills for post-secondary pursuits
  • Develop lifeskills such as cooking, meal planning, budgeting, laundry, fitness, shopping, job training



Students will be evaluated on class participation and activities.

Participation and Attendance

Students are expected to participate in activities to the extent of their fullest potential.

Course Content/Calendar

This course is based on the individual goals and objectives written in the student Individual Education Programs and research-based strategies for lifelong skills.