Department Overviews

English


All cadets are enrolled in an English course or an English as a Second Language (ESL) course at all times. Cadets are required to complete at least four credits of high school English, which must include American Literature, in order to fulfill graduation requirements. Writing is a high priority throughout the department, and is evaluated continuously through analytical and creative writing assignments.

In addition, skills that cadets will need for their PSAT’s and SAT’s form a part of each English course. Throughout the course of the school year, students will be working on many domains of the English language: Reading, Writing, Speech, and Research. As students engage in the curriculum, they will be creating written works and other classroom projects that highlight their learning. Students will actively update their portfolios throughout the school year, reflecting on their best work and growth as a writer. Finally, students will have their work formally bound and will present their portfolio projects to their class during the 4th marking period.

Mathematics


Students are required to complete at least three years of mathematics in high school. Carson Long Military Academy strongly recommends a fourth year and students should be aware that many colleges require four years of high school mathematics. All students are expected to complete two years of algebra and one year of geometry. The mathematics department offers a wide range of courses including advanced placement.

AP Calculus is offered for highly motivated seniors and postgraduates who have been successful in mathematics honors courses and have procured the permission of the Mathematics Department Chair and Academic Dean.

Science

Cadets are required to complete three years of high school science, two of which must be laboratory courses. Current laboratory sciences are biology, chemistry, or physics. Human Anatomy and Physiology is offered during alternate years. The Science department offers a wide range of courses such as:

  • Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Social Studies

Carson Long Military Academy strongly recommends a sequential and coordinated course of study for each student. To that end, three years of high school study, one of which must be United States History, are required. The common aim of courses in the Social Studies department is to help develop students’ comprehension of history as a form of both inquiry and understanding.

The Social Studies department offers a wide range of courses such as:

  • World History
  • Western Civilization
  • European History
  • American History
  • AP Human Geography

Foreign Languages


Carson Long Military Academy’s Foreign Language program aims to develop communication competency in the four areas of language skill - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - and to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of a culture other then their own. The foreign language being studied is used in the classroom from the beginning. Cadets acquire a working knowledge of essential grammatical structures and learn to speak and understand the language in the context of specific, real world outcomes.

At the higher levels, they develop their ability to read, analyze, and discuss literary works, contemporary texts, and films in the target language. Entering cadets may wish to continue studying a language begun at their previous schools. On the other hand, many cadets begin a new foreign language at this point in their education.

In order to graduate from Carson Long Military Academy, cadets must receive credit for two years of study in the same foreign language. Carson Long Military Academy recommends a third year of the same language and cadets should be aware that many colleges require three years of a foreign language. The World Language department currently offers courses in Spanish.

English as a Second Language


The English as a Second Language program is designed for cadets whose first language is not English and whose English skills necessitate a gradual mainstreaming into an American college preparatory curriculum. Classes are specifically designed to address all the many different cultural and language needs of ESL cadets.

All ESL cadets are allowed extra time on tests and exams. The world language graduation requirement is waved for all ESL cadets, however ESL cadets are required to meet the graduation requirements of 18.5 credits. Summer reading is modified for ESL cadets, but remains an important component for ESL classes.

Performing and Visual Arts


The Performing and Visual Arts Department believes that everyone possesses artistic talent. Our mission is to provide cadets with the opportunity to experience, explore, and learn through formal and informal instruction. It is the goal of the Arts program to provide variety, depth, and challenges in a safe and supportive learning environment to all cadets. In addition to the enrichment of individual creative and expressive talents, the arts provide a means for cadets to explore choices that assist in their development.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education is a curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of health. It provides learning experiences for all cadets to enable them to understand and identify what all cadets should know and be able to do to enhance their own health and to support healthy behaviors in others. Cadets will obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and how it is connected to behaviors and services that promote health. Both content and skills are essential for effective Health Education. The content includes the current and relevant information, issues and concepts related to achieving good health. The skills include ways of communicating, reasoning, and investigating characteristics of a health-literate person. Physical Education is geared towards challenging cadets both physically and mentally. Group activities teach cadets to work together towards a common goal. Individual physical events encourage competition and ever increasing physical fitness.

JROTC Leadership Education and Training Program (LET)

LET is a combination life skills/citizenship course and leadership development program. It combines both rigorous academic coursework and hands-on skill based practical application of: leadership principles, problem solving, ethical decision-making, physical fitness, community service, and interpersonal/intrapersonal skills. It is a full credit course required of all cadets in grades 9-12. The course is taught and facilitated by retired Army Officers and Non-commissioned Officers certified and trained by U.S. Army Cadet Command. The JROTC LET Program is accredited by AdvancEd and meets Common Core State Standards.

The academic program focuses on student-centered learning. JROTC Instructors use a wide variety of instructional techniques including practical application activities, community service, simulations, service learning, formal social activities, drill and ceremonies, and student presentations to deliver the core curriculum. The LET Program covers a wide variety of topics focused on development of the cadet’s skills and knowledge as a citizen, leader, and member of a community and team. Some of the central topics covered in the curriculum include: American Citizenship-Roles and Responsibilities, Service Learning, Leadership and Management Principles, Personal Wellness and Fitness, Teaching Techniques and Strategies, Financial Management, Career Opportunities and Exploration, Resume Writing, Communications Skills, Conflict and Anger Management, First Aid, Values/Ethics, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, and Study Skills. A central theme throughout the JROTC LET Program is the development of personal responsibility, self-discipline, teamwork and pride in a job well done.

Carson Long Military Academy
200 North Carlisle Street New Bloomfield, PA 17068

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