Get Ahead Course Descriptions

  • Get Ahead courses are for students who want to satisfy a graduation requirement or participate in an enrichment experience outside the school year. All in-person courses are located at John Hersey High School from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. during the session specified in the course description.


    IN-PERSON

    Art Survey - 01250
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will receive instruction in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional art. Students will also study how visual art interrelates with the other arts. This course meets the district’s fine arts graduation requirement.

    Excelling in Honors & AP Course - 02320
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-9

    This class will prepare students for success in honors and Advanced Placement courses. Topics include: study skills, time management, test taking strategies, ACT/SAT skill development, document analysis, digital citizenship, and essay development. This class also incorporates guest speakers on topics such as Career Pathways, District 214 internship programs, TDP Summer Enrichment and the importance of getting involved in co-curricular activities. Students will receive 0.5 elective credit and a grade of P (pass) or NC (No credit). This is a one session course.

    Excelling in Honors & AP Course - 02320
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-9

    This class will prepare students for success in honors and Advanced Placement courses. Topics include: study skills, time management, test taking strategies, ACT/SAT skill development, document analysis, digital citizenship, and essay development. This class also incorporates guest speakers on topics such as Career Pathways, District 214 internship programs, TDP Summer Enrichment and the importance of getting involved in co-curricular activities. Students will receive 0.5 elective credit and a grade of P (pass) or NC (No credit). This is a one session course.

    Personal Finance - 06210
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will gain a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions. Projects for this class involve interactive computer assignments that simulate real-life decision-making skills. This course satisfies the Illinois State Consumer Education graduation requirement.

    Personal Finance - 06210
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will gain a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions. Projects for this class involve interactive computer assignments that simulate real-life decision-making skills. This course satisfies the Illinois State Consumer Education graduation requirement.

    ONLINE

    Introduction to Fine Arts/Art Survey - 01250A
    Online
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will receive instruction in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional art. Students will also study how visual art interrelates with the other arts. This course meets the district’s fine arts graduation requirement.

    Consumer Education - 59940A
    Online
    Grade: 8-12

    Students will learn financial literacy, including installment purchasing, budgeting, savings and investing, banking, understanding simple contracts, state and federal income taxes, and personal insurance policies.  This course meets the consumer education graduation requirement.