Senior High Program of Study

This booklet is designed to serve as a curriculum guide for the students of Susquehanna Community Senior High School and to assist them in choosing programs of studies that will best meet their needs. The curriculum at Susquehanna is divided into three basic programs of study: Academic and Vocational/Technical.

The Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center provides students in the 12th grade who are not considering 4 year college programs upon graduation and who desire specific training to prepare them for immediate entry to the work force in Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping, Administrative Assistant/Secretary Science, Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician, Automotive Technology, Building and Property Maintenance (Electrical, Plumbing, Heating), Carpentry/Cabinetmaking, Cooperative Education/Diversified Occupations, Cosmetology, Food Management/Production/Services, Health Care Technology/ Criminal Justice and Police Science, Vehicle Maintenance/Repair Technology, Welding Technology/Welder, may consider this program. Because of the commitment and limited number of available slots students must meet selection criteria, have parental support and a sincere desire to attend and complete such a program. Students will spend their full day at Elk Lake.

The program of studies which students plan for themselves will help them to enjoy successful and profitable high school careers. The program will also determine how well prepared these students will be for entering college or for obtaining and holding jobs. Well-planned programs of studies will contribute to the day-by-day personal growth and happiness of the students.


Establish personal goals. Students should have some specific educational, occupational, and personal goals toward which they are working. They should be allowed to revise these goals if necessary. The important point is that they have some goals.

Establish personal goals. Students should have some specific educational, occupational, and personal goals toward which they are working. They should be allowed to revise these goals if necessary. The important point is that they have some goals.

Evaluate personal qualifications. Students should consider honestly what their real interests are, where their own strengths and weaknesses lie, and what their needs will be in achieving their personal goals.

Determine learning requirements for college entrance. Students should investigate just what the colleges of their choice expect of applicants since colleges vary in their requirements for College Board scores, rank in class, and in subjects taken in high school. Knowing what their colleges require, students can then plan their programs of study accordingly. Students who do not plan to attend college should find out all the information they can about the kind of work they plan to do after graduation from high school. Many colleges require a minimum of a two-year sequence in a modern foreign language.

Visit Colleges, Technical schools, or places of employment. Students will learn through visitations whether they really like the colleges, school, or places of employment in which they have shown an interest.

Consult parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. Student should confer with parents, teachers, and guidance counselors to obtain the benefit of their experiences and to become aware of available information.

Select Subjects in the program of studies. Students should take into consideration their goals, interests and needs, and their college or vocational school requirements, and the advice of parents, teachers and counselor; then they should include in their programs of studies the subjects that will contribute most toward helping them achieve their established goals.

Utilize CHOICES. A computerized source of information about 4 year and 2 year colleges as well as lists sources of financial aid, scholarship information and occupation information, available in computer lab and library.

  • Certain basic subjects are required of all students are Susquehanna. Elective Subjects should be selected on the basis of the student’s individual aptitude, interest, and skills.
  • Students should discuss their choice of electives with their parents and guidance counselor.
  • Students should select carefully from the course offering for each grade.
  • Students and one of their parents must sign the Program of Study sheet. Once the sheet is signed, no course changes will be allowed without permission from the high school guidance office.
  • Students who need help in selecting subjects for a program of study, or who desire further information concerning the courses and subjects offered at Susquehanna may come to the guidance office for an appointment.


Certification for graduation will be determined by credits earned during grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. All students will be scheduled for at least 5 credits plus Physical Education. The 5 credits for Seniors includes Speech. Students must pass a minimum of 4 credits per year in grades 7-12. Additionally all students must complete a project and accumulate twenty-five (25) units of credit which shall be required for graduation and shall be distributed as follows:

I. Four units (years) of English

II. Four units of Social Studies –Vocational Ed. Students three credits

III. Four units of Science–Vocational Ed. Students three credits

IV. Four Mathematics courses–Vocational Ed. Students three credits

V. Two units Arts and Humanities

VI. One unit Health and Physical Education
  • One Semester of Health Education in grade eleven will be counted as ½ unit
  • Two periods of Physical Education per cycle in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 will be counted as 1/3 unit each.

VII. One unit of Technology - (Computer Science or a PLTW Course)

VIII. Electives:
  • Each student will schedule at least seven electives courses unless Algebra I is taken in grade 9-12 then only 6 electives will be needed. An elective will be any subject beyond the basic requirements listed above.

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