By Invitation Course Descriptions

  • By Invitation courses are those which are applicable only to certain groups of students. These courses are only offered in person. Students who qualify for these courses will be sent information prior to the opening of registration. 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, except for Extended School Year which is hosted at The Academy at Forest View Education Center.


    Bridge to High School - 02120
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    Students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. Students will explore & experience various career pathways. Students will practice skills necessary to make a smooth transition to high school. Students will earn elective credit.

    Bridge to High School - 02120
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    Students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. Students will explore & experience various career pathways. Students will practice skills necessary to make a smooth transition to high school. Students will earn elective credit.

    Bridge to English Language (EL) - 02310
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    Students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. Students will further their English language skills. Students will explore & experience various career pathways. Students will practice skills necessary to make a smooth transition to high school. Students will earn elective credit.

    Bridge to English Language (EL) - 02310
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    Students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. Students will further their English language skills.  Students will explore & experience various career pathways. Students will practice skills necessary to make a smooth transition to high school. Students will earn elective credit.

    Preparation for Algebra - 04280
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    This course is designed to strengthen students’ foundational math and problem-solving skills to help provide a smooth transition into Algebra I by focusing on number sense, linear equations, inequalities and communication skills that are foundational to high school mathematics. 

    Preparation for Algebra - 04280
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    This course is designed to strengthen students’ foundational math and problem-solving skills to help provide a smooth transition into Algebra I by focusing on number sense, linear equations, inequalities and communication skills that are foundational to high school mathematics.

    Preparation for Honors Math - 04330
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    This course is designed to strengthen students’ algebraic and critical thinking skills and help provide a smooth transition into honors mathematics by focusing on the essential algebra topics that are foundational to high school honors mathematics.

    Preparation for Honors Math - 04330
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 8

    This course is designed to strengthen students’ algebraic and critical thinking skills and help provide a smooth transition into honors mathematics by focusing on the essential algebra topics that are foundational to high school honors mathematics.

    Honors Geometry - 04820/04830
    Session 1 AND Session 2 / Blended In-Person and Online
    Grade: 9-12

    Students will investigate, analyze, explain, and apply the properties of two and three-dimensional figures with an emphasis on Euclidean geometry. Applications of algebraic skills will be used to support spatial reasoning and conjecture. This course is offered ONLY during summer school. Students MUST sign up for both sessions.

    English as a Second Language 2 (ESL 2) - 08051
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12
     
    Students will participate in activities that focus on developing intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course meets the language arts graduation requirement.
     
    English as a Second Language 2 (ESL 2) - 08052
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12
     
    Students will participate in activities that focus on developing intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course meets the language arts graduation requirement.
     
    English as a Second Language 3 (ESL 3) - 08071
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12
     
    Students will participate in activities that focus on developing more advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course meets the language arts graduation requirement.
     
    English as a Second Language 3 (ESL 3) - 08072
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12
     
    Students will participate in activities that focus on developing more advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course meets the language arts graduation requirement.

    Popular Literature (EL) - 03740C
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12

    Students will read, discuss, and write about popular fiction, nonfiction, drama, or poetry related to situations and problems young people face. This course meets the language arts graduation requirement.

    English Composition (EL) - 03900C
    Session 2/ In-Person
    Grades 9-12

    Students will utilize a variety of writing experiences designed to understand new concepts to develop increased writing, reading, and research skills. Students will study and compose papers based on models for persuasion, classification, narration, and literary analysis. This course meets the language arts graduation requirement.

    Personal FInance (EL) - 06210C
    Session 1 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12

    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 requirements.

    Personal FInance (EL) - 06210C
    Session 2 / In-Person
    Grades 9-12

    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 requirements.

    Extended School Year (ESY) - 02380
    Session 1 / In-Person at The Academy at Forest View Educational Center
    Grade: 8-12

    Extended School Year (ESY) is an eligibility-based program for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The purpose of ESY is to help Special Education students, who are identified through their IEP, maintain critical skills identified in their IEP. Extended School Year curricular programming covers various academic and functional skills that are taught throughout the school year, with an emphasis on the targeted IEP goals for each student. The purpose of Extended School Year is to also help students maintain learning targets following summer break, with opportunities for application of skills.

    International Newcomer Academy - 08101/08102
    Session 1 AND Session 2 / In-Person
    Grade: 9-12

    Students will study reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math. Students will further their English language skills. Students will explore & experience various career pathways. Students will practice skills necessary to make a smooth transition to high school. Students will earn elective credit. Students MUST sign up for both sessions.