Family and Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Science (FACS)

Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) offers students opportunities to learn and practice skills that will prepare them to be successful in their personal, family, school, community and work lives

If interested in completing the Human Services Pathway and receive a CTE endorsement on your diploma, students must successfully complete the following courses: child studies, adolescent psychology, child psychology & development, lifespan nutrition, and career and financial management I & II. In addition, students must also complete an approved work-based learning experience as well as pass a NOCTI early childhood development and career technical assessment.

Food, Nutrition & Wellness Courses

Grades 9-12       ½ year        ½ credit
This introductory course gives lifetime skills to all students who love cooking and good eating. During the lab-oriented course, students will expand their basic food knowledge and preparation skills, knife skills, and nutrition awareness. They will learn about sustainable and agricultural food practices and improve meal management and agricultural food practices and improve meal management skills.

Grades 9-12       ½ year        ½ credit
In this lab-oriented course, students will explore the impact culture, geography and climate have on the food choices and customs of different regions and countries. Each unit includes preparation of foods from that culture and culminates in a full-meal buffet shared by the entire class. Students will have the opportunity to research culinary travel.

Grades 9-12         ½ year        ½ credit
This is an advanced foods course emphasizing food preparation techniques, food trends, garnishing and plating. Students will explore careers in the culinary field as well as obtain real-world insight as they tour local restaurants and compete in classroom competitions. Prerequisite: Food Preparation & Nutrition.

Grades 9-12        ½ year         ½ credit
Learn to be at peak performance through healthy eating. Techniques for those involved in sports or anyone wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle are emphasized in this course. Students will study the impact of nutrition on the cardiovascular system and on their overall health. Topics include sports nutrition, vegetarianism, food and diet trends, healthy cooking techniques and health and fitness throughout the life cycle. Recommended for students interested in health fields such as physical therapy, medicine and nutrition.

Textiles & Design Courses

Grades 9-12        ½ year        ½ credit
Discover the exciting world of fashion. Explore the history of fashion and textiles and how it impacts what we wear today. See how artistic expression is applied through the principles and elements of design. Students who learn to sew will acquire a life skill they can use forever. NOTE: This course can be used to satisfy half of the one year art/music graduation requirement. Students who successfully complete this course plus Fashion Design & Illustration, in the same year, (and pay a fee) will receive college credits through SUNY Oneonta.

Grades 9-12       ½ year     ½ credit
This course provides students with the opportunity to expand their artistic expression in the world of fashion. Students who are interested in an art-related field such as merchandising, illustration, graphic drawing or fashion design shouldn’t miss the chance to explore this worthwhile course. Basic sewing skills will be improved through clothing construction, which is an important part of fashion design and illustration. Students who successfully complete this course plus Fashion & Textiles, in the same year, (and pay a fee) will receive college credit through SUNY Oneonta.

Grades 9-12        ½ year       ½ credit
In this course students will design and decorate their own home! The portfolio-based course allows students to experience individualized, art-related activities including creating floor plans, designing furniture and evaluating architectural styles. Creative students interested in careers such as architectural design, engineering, interior design, real estate, or any art-related field will find this course especially enjoyable and worthwhile. We will work with Habitat for Humanity to upcycle outdated furniture pieces to be sold at their store. NOTE: This course can be used to satisfy half of the one year art/music graduation requirement.

Human Development Courses

Grades 9-12         ½ year        ½ credit
This course offers students the chance to explore the exciting world of child development. Students will focus on creating a nurturing home environment for children, learning the basics of child care and developing effective parenting skills. Projects include participating in a community service project and Baby-Think-It-Over. Recommended for all students whose interests or career goals include psychology, counseling, social work, education or the human services.

Grades 11, 12       1 year        1 credit
4 CHS credits offered through SCCC
This college credit-bearing class is our capstone course and designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career working with children. Students will take an in-depth look at the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to promote quality growth and development of children from conception to school age. Course topics include: physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth and development of children; major theorists and their models of child development; how play enhances the development of children at different ages; and components of early childhood education. Students will also be given multiple opportunities to learn, practice and apply the knowledge and career skills essential for success in a child-oriented career through our Kids’ Korner Preschool. The major highlight of the course is when students create and use learning experiences that promote self expression and encourage social skills in children attending the preschool. Students with the interest and personal characteristics necessary to be successful in fields such as education, psychology, counseling, social work or medicine will find this course valuable. Prerequisite: Child Studies.

Grades 10-12       ½ year        ½ credit
Why do adolescents behave the way they do? This course focuses on the scientific study of the biological, cognitive, emotional, personality, and social changes that occur during adolescence. Topics include the effects of heredity and culture, major theorists, moral development, gender role issues, and peer and family relationship issues.  Students will learn active citizenship through completing a community service project. Students who have taken Child Studies and Child Psychology will find this a valuable transition to the next stage in the human life cycle.