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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 
A number of special courses or programs are available to students. All require prior approval to register for them. Some qualify for graduation credit; others do not. Photo Journalism, Advanced Studies, Special Education Assistant, Independent Study, and LINK receive high school credit. Office aides and library aides do not receive credit.
 

Office Aide – NO CREDIT
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: Approved Application and a 2.5 grade point average
Entry Level: 10

This program is designed for the student who wishes to learn the skills involved in the day to day operation of a professional office environment. These skills include: the exercise of communication skills in person and telephonically with students, parents, teachers and the general public, assisting in the keeping of accurate records dealing with all facets of attendance, the development of positive relationships with co-workers, hone character traits of punctuality, dependability and trustworthiness and develop skills on a variety of office machines.
** No Credit **


Advanced Studies
Length: Semester or Year
Prerequisite: Approved Application
Entry Level: 9

Exceptional students will delve into self-directed study and/or research. All projects must have a final product for display, presentation, or publication.


Special Education Assistant
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: Approved Application
Entry Level: 10

This class involves working with students with special needs at the high school, middle school or elementary school. Activities usually include tutoring, computer based learning, assisting with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and vocational goals. This is a great opportunity for those interested in teaching or the medical field. Students must complete an independent study contract in order to receive credit for this course. Students who do not need the credit, may choose to use it as a SERVE project.


Montana Digital Academy
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: Counselor Approval
Entry Level 9

The Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) provides innovative online coursework to Montana’s K-12 students 24 hours a day 7 days a week. MTDA offers many online high school courses ranging from core subject areas to unique electives. The courses are delivered via the Internet and are available to students throughout the entire state of Montana. Course content is taught by Montana-licensed, qualified instructors and aligned to state educational standards, including Indian Education for All. MTDA will provide the final course grades and PHS will grant credit to students passing with at least a 60%.


Alternative Education
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: Counselor placement only
Entry Level: 10

Students who fail required classes will receive a recommendation from their classroom teacher as to whether they should retake the class or enroll in credit recovery. Students who have been recommended by their classroom teacher to attend credit recovery need to first meet with their counselor for a referral to the program. Credit recovery must be completed in the credit recovery classroom. When scheduled in a credit recovery class, students are expected to complete the coursework within the 16 week term. Adequate weekly progress is a requirement for continued enrollment in credit recovery. Classes not completed during the term will not receive credit and must be started over the following term. Students who fail US History must enroll in Credit Recovery US History concurrently with Government.


LINK Leadership
Length: Year
Prerequisite: Admittance into LINK program
Entry Level: 11, 12

This lab type course is designed to give students leadership experience in planning and carrying out student body activities for the year. Students will be assigned small groups of freshmen to mentor throughout the school year and be responsible for planning homecoming activities, assemblies, and activities designed to promote school spirit and communication between students, staff and community. Direct instruction in leadership pertaining to leadership techniques, team building, publicity, program planning budget procedures, discussion, speaking and listening skill will take place.


JMG 1
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: None
Entry Level: 9

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates 1 teaches entry level employability and life skills. JMG focuses on the importance of academics, career awareness, and involvement in student organizations, volunteerism within the community, as well as social and civic responsibility. There are a total of 37 Employability and Life Competencies which students will learn throughout the year. All of these competencies revolve around the following 5 areas: Career Development, Job Attainment, Job Survival, Leadership & Self-Development, and Person Skills. The Montana Career Association (MCA) is an organization within the JMG class which provides students the opportunity for leadership and self-development in building stronger personal relationships. This student-led organization helps each participant develop confidence, build self-esteem, and maintain positive attitudes to lead a more productive life. We will have the opportunity to attend two conferences: Leadership Conference and
the Montana Career Development Conference. Students will be required to complete 4 hours of Civic and Community work.


JMG 2
Length: Year
Prerequisite: None
Entry Level: 11

Jobs for Montana Graduates 2 teaches entry level employability and life skills. There will be different lessons and activities taught in JMG 2 versus JMG 1; however, the topics will be similar. JMG focuses on the importance of academics, career awareness, and involvement in student organizations, volunteerism within the community, as well as social and civic responsibility. There are a total of 37 Core Competencies which student will learn throughout the year. All of these competencies revolve around the following five areas: Career Development, Job Attainment, Job Survival, Leadership & Self-Development, and Person Skills. The Montana Career Association 9MCA) is an organization within the JMG class which provides students the opportunity for leadership and self-development in building stronger personal relationships. This student-led organization helps each participant develop confidence, build self-esteem, and maintain positive attitudes to lead a more productive life. We will have the opportunity to attend 2 conferences: Leadership Conference and the Montana Career development Conference. Students will be required to complete 8 hours in each of the following areas of Civic and Community work. Students will also be required to job Shadow for 8 hours.

 
   
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