DeWitt Clinton High School
Similar to College, students apply to DWCHS by selecting an area of interest. This choice they make, represents their pathway or as a college students would say is their major. In keeping with the mission of DWC, our majors provide our students with the chance to make a choice and prepare early on for college and career readiness. Please see our Pathway Majors!
Macy Honors Program Early College Pathway:
In this well established, highly regarded honors program, students will be challenged to excel academically, encouraged to develop leadership qualities, take advantage of internship programs, summer programs and partnership opportunities. Students will be prepared to succeed at the most competitive colleges and universities through rigorous coursework which consists of honors-level core subjects, with an emphasis on Math and Science, Advanced Placement, college preparatory courses, and college courses taken in nearby universities. A strong academic foundation coupled with enrichment opportunities help to develop well-rounded student preparing them for higher education, to be a productive citizen, and to continue our legacy of successful graduates.
The Mission of the Macy’s Honors program is to educate and rigorously challenge high achieving, internally motivated students to succeed and meet the evolving college requirements of the 21st century. Macy honors and Advanced Placement courses expand and deepen content knowledge and foster a respect for becoming self-motivated, independent lifelong learners. Continuing our legacy of excellence, we empower our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers by providing boundless opportunities and a path to extraordinary futures.
Macy Honors students begin by taking honors level and Advanced Placement Courses. In addition, they can select their electives, similar to a Liberal Arts College Major. Students have the chance to select courses from a list of PLTW Biomedical Science, PLTW Engineering, Fine Arts, Vocal, and Instrumental.
Macy Honors is a screened program for students who meet the following requirements:
- 85 + average (60%)
-90% + attendance (30%)
- Math and ELA State Exams (5% each)
9th Grade Seat Target= 150 seats
Clinton Performing Art & Design (Humanities and The Arts SLC):
You have always wanted to explore the arts, but right now it's either a hobby or an elective course in your school.Here at the Clinton School of Performing Art and Design students are immersed in a four year arts sequence that prepares students who are interested in arts based careers. Students can explore a sequence in instrumental, vocal, or fine arts.
Instrumental Major- Students who have always been interested in learning an instrument can develop into true musicians through this dedicated course sequence that begins with learning to read music through Keyboarding and exploration of different instruments via Intro to Instrumental Music. The goal of these students is to perform in the DeWitt Clinton Marching Band.
Vocal Major- Students who are interested in singing can learn how to use their voice both as a soloist and at school concerts, parades, music festivals such as the Dorney Park and Six Flags.
Fine Arts Majors- Fine Arts majors will have the chance to build their artistic skills in drawing, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and senior art studio.
The goal of this program is to give students the chance to explore the arts through a dedicated 4 year sequence.
9th Grade Seat Target= 70 seats
Clinton Health Professions (Formerly Health Careers SLC):
The Health Professions Pathway is a 4 year course sequence through Project Lead the Way. This curriculum is a college readiness and hands on curriculum, intended to challenge students in real life medical learning situations. The goal of this pathway is to provide students with in depth preparation for medical fields in college and beyond.
"PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
PLTW Biomedical Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW biomedical science pathway."
9th Grade - Principles of Biomedical Science - By engaging in activities like dissecting a sheep heart, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.
10th Grade- Human Body Systems - Through projects such as determining the identity of a skeleton using both forensic anthropology and DNA analysis, students examine the interactions of human body systems and apply what they know to solve real-world medical cases.
11th Grade- Medical Interventions - Students delve into activities like designing a prosthetic arm as they follow the life of a fictitious family and investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.
12th Grade- Biomedical Innovations - Students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design their own innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century.
In addition students have the opportunity to take Animal Care, EMT Courses and become EMT Certified in their 11th and 12th grade.
9th Grade Seat Targets - 70 seats
The Global Small Learning Community for Newcomers will provide well rounded education with special emphasis on academic language acquisition. Our students will be a contributing and active participant of the school community. They will become productive citizens and they will develop a strong sense of identity and respect. We want our students to develop a high level of fluency in the language. We also want our students to develop a sense of identify that will allow them to step into the world bravely. We want our students to become leaders and become a positive influence in society.The Global SLC for Newcomers staff will work hard with our students to provide for each student the best education possible with the cooperation of the parents and the administration.
The Global Small Learning Community creates a challenging learning environment that promotes high expectations for all students. Our students thrive in mainstream classrooms across the curriculum, through level appropriate instruction allowing for a personalized classroom experience. Our small learning community strengthens the students’ sense of identity and helps them understand their role as a contributing member of society. Our Global small learning community ensures a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive learning environment in which each student’s self- esteem is fostered through positive relationships with students and staff. Parents, teachers, and community members are actively involved in our student’s academic success.
9th Grade Seat Targets= 40 seats
Clinton Engineering (Formerly STEM SLC):
To put our students in the roles of innovators and designers as they use science, technology, engineering, and math to understand problems of the 21st century and formulate solutions surrounding the environment, sustainability, energy, agriculture, business and industry. Students are exposed to high level problem solving using the Project Lead the Way 's Engineering 4 year course sequence as follows:
9th Grade- Introduction to Engineering - "Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product."
10th Grade- Digital Engineering - "Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry."
11th Grade- Computer Science Principles -"Using Python® as a primary tool, students develop computational-thinking skills and tackle challenges like designing apps to solve real-world problems for clients."
Environmental Sustainability- Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply, and renewable energy.
12th Grade - Engineering Design - "Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers."
"From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.
PLTW Engineering courses are part of the AP + PLTW engineering pathway."
We will encourage our students to take advantage of enrichment opportunities during the school year and/or summer through partnerships with local colleges / universities, community based organizations, corporations as well as local and regional businesses.
9th Grade Seat Target= 70 seats