Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: Students will be able to demonstrate they possess the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the workforce or to continue their education at a college.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate 21st century skills such as the ability to use technology to complete learning tasks and to communicate effectively
- Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in English Language Art courses
- Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in English Language Art courses
- Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in science courses
- Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in science courses
- Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in math courses
- Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in math courses
- Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in social studies courses
- Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in social studies courses
- Apply fundamental mathematical skills to solve real world problems
- Utilize writing skills to complete writing assessments
- Demonstrate the ability to complete entry level lessons from Penn Foster career modules, academic level electives, or general level electives
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Orientation (.5 credit)
Human Relations (1 credit)
Proven ways to build, analyze, maintain, and improve relations with other people in both personal and working environments.
Reading Skills (1 credit)
Previewing; scanning; dictionary usage; context clues; words with multiple meanings; paragraph structure; making inferences; separating fact from opinion; detecting bias; drawing conclusions; imagery; similes and metaphors; the elements of fiction.
Basic English (1 credit)
Capitalization, punctuation, spelling, the parts of speech, and sentence structure; the basic steps in the writing process.
General Math (1 credit)
Concepts involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and measurement.
Fitness and Nutrition (1 credit)
Managing personal health; nutrition basics; developing healthy eating habits; cardiorespiratory fitness; preventing injury; stress management techniques.
American History (1 credit)
Chronological flow of the sweep and drama of American history - from the earliest explorers to the 21st Century; people, events, and sociopolitical forces that have shaped America; how American history affects today;s events.
Textbook: U.S. History Review
Practical English (1 credit)
Grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, the parts of speech, and writing; expands vocabulary; pronunciation; sentence structure, paragraphs, letters, and composition.
Consumer Math (1 credit)
How to use mathematics in everyday situations involving money; salaries, purchases, credit, loans, household and personal expenses, car buying, insurance, savings, investments, retirement, etc.
Earth Science (1 credit)
Geology; oceanography; meteorology; astronomy.
Textbook: Earth Science: Reviewing the Essentials
Civics (1 credit)
The history of government; how American colonists adopted the English form of government; reviews the changes brought about by the Continental Congress, the Articles of Confederation, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the other Amendments; the federal governments three major branches; state and local governments; citizenship; political parties; elections; basic issues of government and foreign policy.
Written Communication (1 credit)
Step-by-step instructions for handling sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, and pronunciation; practical writing techniques and library research; increasing vocabulary; understanding others better; expressing oneself confidently, correctly, and effectively.
Textbook: Word Power Made Easy
Biology (1 credit)
In this course you'll gain insight into the origin of life, the relationships among all living organisms, and discover how your own body works.
Textbook: Miller & Levine Biology
General Math II (1 credit)
Review of the four basic mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; order of operations; factors; multiples; powers; roots; equations; inequalities; introduction to geometry.
World History (1 credit)
From 1,000,000 b.c. to the dawn of the 21st Century, the important facts and significant concepts of our global history.
Textbook: World History
Physical Science (1 credit)
Mechanics; heat; sound; chemistry; light, electricity, and electronics.
Literature (1 credit)
Students can experience literature actively - to become involved both intellectually and emotionally - and to learn how to enjoy reading literature. The assigned material falls into six main categories: short story, novel, poetry, essay, nonfiction, and drama.
• Great American Short Stories
• The Call of the Wild
• Great Short Poems
• Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel & Adventure
• Civil Disobedience and Other Essays
• Great Speeches by Native Americans
• Narrative of Sojourner Truth
• A Midsummer Night's Dream
Here are just a few of the electives you can choose from:
Music (1 credit)
Psychology (1 credit)
Artist (1 credit)
Economics (1 credit)
General Science (1 credit)
Auto Repair Technician (1 credit)
Child Day Care Management (1 credit)
Electrician (1 credit)
Home Inspector (1 credit)
Personal Computer Specialist (1 credit)
Medical Office Assistant (1 credit)
Teacher Aide (1 credit)
Chemistry (1 credit)
Spanish (1 credit)
Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry (1 credit)
American Literature (1 credit)
The Elective Selection Package, featuring over 35 electives, will be sent to you following Instruction Set 15. You are required to take five credits in electives.