The DD2 Board of Trustees recently approved four new elective courses for the 2009-10 school year ñ one will be offered at Fort Dorchester High School (FDHS) and three will be offered at Ashley Ridge High School (ARHS).

The new courses are as follows:

Environmental Science AP (grades 10-12; FDHS): This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Each student must take the Advanced Placement examination through College Board for possible credit.

Principles of Biomedical Sciences (grades 9-10; ARHS): This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting ìhands-onî projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia and infections diseases. They key biological concepts embedded in the curriculum include homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems and defense against disease. Additionally, engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics and the relationship of structure to function are studied.

Introduction to Horticulture CP (grades 9-12; ARHS): This course is designed to be an introduction to the Horticulture pathway and is recommended as a prerequisite for all other horticulture courses. This course includes organized subject matter and practical experiences related to the culture of plants used principally for ornamental or aesthetic purposes. Instruction emphasizes knowledge and understanding of the importance of establishing, maintaining and managing ornamental horticulture enterprises. Instructional activities include hands-on experiences with propagating, growing, establishing and maintaining nursery plants and green house crops; tissue culture techniques; designing landscapes; preparing designs; sales analysis and management; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; as well as planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience.

Sports Turf Management CP (grades 9-12; ARHS; Prerequisite: Introduction to Horticulture): This course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the Sports Turf Management career field. The principles and practices involved in establishing, managing and maintaining grassed areas for recreational purposes are studied. Instructional activities may include hands-on experiences with analyzing problems and developing site plans for athletic fields; establishing, fertilizing, irrigating and pest management control of grassed areas; operating and maintaining machinery and equipment; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in FFA activities.