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The High School curriculum prepares students for transition to a traditional college or a technical field.  It meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Accountability System (PSSA), which is based upon the State’s content and achievement standards, and valid and reliable measures of academic achievement.

Students follow the Career Pathways program of career exploration and instruction, helping them to explore career choices and prepare them for a chosen field. 

The following courses are offered at the High School. For a complete course description, click here to download the Program of Studies booklet.

Graduation Requirements

Classes of 2014-2016 Classes of 2017 and beyond
English 4 4
Social Studies 4 4
Math 3* 3*
Science 3* 3*
4th Year of Math or Science 1* 1*
Family and Consumer Science 0.5 0.25
Consumer Education 0.5 0.25
Technology Education N/A 0.25
The Arts and Humanities 1 1
Physical Education 1.3 1.24
Health 0.5 0.5
Electives 5.2 5.2
Total of 24 credits Total of 24 credits

* Students must take and successfully complete a math and science credit in their freshman, sophomore and junior years. In their senior year, students must schedule and pass either a math or science course.

Graduation Project

All students who graduate from Governor Mifflin will be required to complete a graduation project during their high school career. The purpose of the required project is to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply various skills and demonstrate what they have learned. Students will explore a career interest, which could involve volunteerism or job shadowing, and will work with an assigned faculty member. The faculty member will assist the student and guide the development of the process.

The following courses are offered at the High School: 


English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
Honors English 9
Honors English 10
Honors English 11
Advanced Placement English 12
Speech (3/cycle)
Creative Writing (3/cycle)
Strategic Reading/English 9 (12/cycle)
Reading and Writing in Your Career/English 10 (12/cycle)


Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Advanced Placement Statistics
Advanced Placement Math (12/cycle)
Calculus 1
Advanced Placement Calculus 2
Transition to Advanced Math/Algebra I (12/cycle)
Geometry Foundations/Transition to Advanced Geometry (12/cycle)


Earth and Space Science
Biology (7/cycle)
Chemistry (7/cycle)
Physics (7/cycle)
Honors Biology
Honors Chemistry
Advanced Placement Biology (8/cycle)
Human Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Advanced Placement Chemistry (8/cycle)
Advanced Placement Physics B (Algebra) (8/cycle)
Genetics (semester)
Environmental Biology/Ecology(semester)

Social Studies

World Cultures 9
United States History 1
United States History 2
Government and Economics
Advanced Placement European History
Advanced Placement United States History
Advanced Placement Government and Politics
Advanced Placement Psychology
Local History (even years)
Military History (odd years) -not offered in '12-'13


Business Systems (3/cycle)
Consumer Education (semester)
Computer Applications I
Advanced Computer Applications
Accounting 1
Accounting 2
Accounting 3
Money and Banking
Business Management
Business Communications (3/cycle)

Family & Consumer Science

Family & Consumer Science 9 (semester)
Everyday Living
Relationships and Parenting
Housing and Interior Design (3/cycle)
Food Preparation 1 (3/cycle)
Food Preparation 2 (3/cycle)
Foreign Foods (3/cycle)
Professional Food Service (3/cycle)
Personal Fashions 1 (3/cycle)
Personal Fashions 2 (3/cycle)
Creative Sewing (3/cycle)
Child Development (3/cycle)
Health, Safety & Nutrition of Young Children (3/cycle)

Health, Physical Education

Physical Education (2/cycle)
Health Education (3/cycle)
Strength and Conditioning (3/cycle)


French 1
French 2
French 3
French 4
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Spanish 4


Band and Orchestra
Band Front (1 & 4 quarters)
Band (1, 2, 3 & 4 quarters)
Concert Choir (3/cycle)
Governors and First Ladies (3/cycle)
Ambassadors (3/cycle)
New Arrangement (3/cycle)
Advanced Placement Music Theory
Music Appreciation (3/cycle)
Music Theory 1 (3/cycle)

Technology Education

Technology Education - Solving Problems, Grade 9 (semester)(3/cycle)
Materials and Processes
Advanced Materials and Processes
Manufacturing and Construction
Graphic Communications
Web Design and Publishing
Engineering/Design Systems 1 (3/cycle)
Engineering/Design Systems 2 (3/cycle)
Power Technology
Drafting 1
Drafting 2
Drafting 3
Drafting 4
Video and TV Production (no credit)

Visual Arts

Digital Studio Arts 1 (3/cycle)
Digital Studio Arts 2 (3/cycle)
Visual Arts 1
Visual Arts 2
Visual Arts 3
Visual Arts 4
Advanced Placement Studio Art
Multicultural Applied Arts
Ceramics (3/cycle)


See course descriptions in Program of Studies booklet.

Assessment and Progress Monitoring

The overall aim of assessment is to foster learning of worthwhile academic content for all students. School districts have a number of different assessments, in addition to the PSSA, that are used to determine student progress. These assessments are intended to be direct, frequent and directly related to academic standards. These assessments also create more opportunities to deliver the most effective and valuable instruction by providing information about how students are performing.

In recognizing that the more data we have the better we can measure how well our students are achieving, the Governor Mifflin School District has implemented multiple assessments. These include the Study Island Benchmark assessment, The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), the Classroom Diagnostic Tools, Aims Web and the Test of Cognitive Skills. State assessments include the PSSA and Keystone Exams. Assessments are used to progress monitor our students throughout each school year.

Progress monitoring is a scientifically-based practice that is used to assess students' academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring involves collecting and analyzing data to determine student progress toward specific skills or general outcomes and making instructional decisions based on the review and analysis of student data. Monitoring student progress through data collection and analysis is an effective way to determine if the classroom instruction is meeting the needs of the student and benefits all those involved in the education process.

Keystone Exams

Beginning in 2012-2013, the Algebra 1, Literature and Biology Keystone Exams replaced the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in mathematics, reading, writing and science for purposes of satisfying No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements. Therefore, all students in Grade 11 must participate in the Algebra 1, Literature and Biology Keystone Exams unless they already achieved proficiency in that subject area. Additionally, students in any grade who are enrolled in a Keystone-related course will participate.

Beginning with the Class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra 1, Literature and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. Following remediation, students will be required to retake each exam until a proficient score is earned.

To review a copy of this year's Assessment and Progress Monitoring schedule, click here.

Governor Mifflin Middle School MR. JOHN ALTHOUSE, principal
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