Academic offerings keefe regional technical school

Social studies education is essential for sustaining our constitutional democracy by preparing our young people to become responsible citizens. Responsible citizenship rests on the notion that young people must be educated to understand the complexities of human society and to govern themselves competently. Therefore, our goal is to prepare students to assume citizenship responsibilities and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good of citizens in a pluralistic, democratic society of an interdependent world. Toward this goal, the social studies curriculum strives to build four capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge, thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation.

The Keefe Technical High School Social Studies Curriculum is based primarily on the standards as set in the Massachusetts and Social Science Curriculum Framework.

It is designed to integrate the major strands of social studies: history, civics and government, geography, and economics while examining the larger themes and ideas of history and the social sciences. The curriculum is designed to provide students with multiple and varied opportunities for rich educational experiences and in-depth study as they progress through the grades.

Primary focus is placed on the mastery of the core knowledge for each subject area and the concepts and skills in the social sciences that are essential to all American citizens. Problem solving, collaboration, and civic responsibility are strongly emphasized and integrated throughout the curriculum, as is the development of research, reading, writing, and study skills. The reading and analysis of primary documents is an important feature throughout the curriculum. Technology and research provide a key foundation for acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills, and content.

The Common Core curriculum includes a two-year study (grades 9-10) of United States History I & II and World History II (grade 11). Electives are offered in grades 11 and 12 that give students the chance to delve deeper into subjects that interest them, and allows them to broaden and apply the knowledge they gained in their basic history classes, so they can analyze, understand and evaluate more contemporary real-world problems.

In English as a Second Language courses, students receive intensive instruction in English. ESL courses are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced, in ESL levels 1-5. These rigorous courses help students improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills; in addition to preparing students to meet the competency standards of the MCAS.

Additionally, English Language Learners are actively enrolled in all of Keefe Tech’s Career/Technical Education programs; including Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electrical, Graphic Communications, Health Careers, Horticulture and Landscaping, Information Systems, Metals Technology, Plumbing, and Visual Design and Communications. Language support services are provided in these classes to ensure meaningful participation and success while students continue to acquire English.

English Language Learners at Keefe Technical High School have full access to the wide variety of programs, activities, and clubs offered at the school and language is no barrier! Right now ELLs are actively participating in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross-country and track, the Dance Club, the Art Club, the Drama Club, Business Professionals of America, and Skills USA, and more! Keefe Tech’s ELL students are Student Athletes of the Month, Team MVPs, make the Honor Roll, and belong to the prestigious National Honor Society!

Students are required to progress through a developmental study of health and wellness topics. Through health literacy, healthy self-management skills, and health promotion, comprehensive health education teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness, and guides efforts to build healthy families, relationships, schools, and communities.

Fundamental health knowledge and skills need to be taught, reinforced and expanded regularly in a student’s four-year high school career. A planned, sequential curriculum addresses a variety of topics with increasing degrees of complexity appropriate to students’ developmental levels as they move through adolescence. Such a program ensures thorough, balanced coverage of health content areas.

Health, a required course for freshmen, alternates with physical education. Students attend health class for 3 days, then PE for 3 days during the academic week. Topics studied include, fitness evaluation, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, eating disorders and weight control, violence prevention, and personal safety issues. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of developing positive personal choices that promote life-long wellness.

This senior elective looks at critical issues affecting students in their everyday life. Candid discussions look at today’s health risks and encourage students to evaluate choices and take responsibility for their own wellness. Topics covered include: consumer health and resource management, moral codes and ethics, marriage and parenthood, effects of addiction on relationships, psychology of rebellious choices and environmental and public health. Through debate, projects and class discussions, students will analyze problems, evaluate choices and make life-affirming decisions.