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.

In order to complete 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

FOOD PREPARATION & NUTRITION
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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 skills.

INTERNATIONAL FOODS
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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. Food Preparation & Nutrition is recommended as a prerequisite.

CULINARY ARTS
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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.

FOOD FOR FITNESS
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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, eating disorders, 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.

FOOD SCIENCE
Grades 11     1 year     1 credit
Do you know that cooking is one of the oldest and most widespread applications of Chemistry? In Food Science students will use scientific methods combined with their natural creativity and knowledge of food, to discover the science behind the things that we eat. Lab activities in chemistry and FACS from calorimetry to candy making will allow students to learn, experiment and discover the scientific basis of food composition and its preparation. Additional topics such as food packaging, safety, and related careers are included. This course can be used toward a FACS sequence and meets the requirement of a third year of science. Prerequisites: Two years of high school science. Students who have already taken any level of chemistry are not eligible to take this course.

Textiles & Design Courses

FASHION & TEXTILES
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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 (and pay a fee) will receive three college credits through Cazenovia College.

FASHION DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12     ½ year     ½ credit
3 CHS credits offered through Cazenovia College
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 (and pay a fee) will receive college credits.

HOUSING DESIGN & INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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, landscaping or any art-related field will find this course especially enjoyable and worthwhile. NOTE: This course can be used to satisfy half of the one year art/music graduation requirement.

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING 1
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12     ½ year     ½ credit
This course is intended for students who successfully completed Housing Design & Interior Environment and are looking for an advanced course in housing design. Students will learn a brief history of residential designs, as well as the study of energy-efficient homes. Students will develop detailed plans that will lead to a set of working drawings for their own individually designed home. The drafting skills taught in this course are essential for students intending to pursue a career in interior design, architecture or any art-related field. Prerequisite: Housing Design & Interior Environment or Design and Drawing for Production.

Human Development Courses

CHILD STUDIES
Grades 9, 10, 11, 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.

CHILD PSYCHOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT
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.

ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
Grades 10, 11, 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.