The ninth grade human development curriculum focuses on the topics of substance abuse education. A facilitator from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), a national non-profit organization that provides school-based substance prevention services, conducts a week-long extensive workshop with students on drug and alcohol abuse and dependency (www.fcd.org). During that week the facilitator also leads an evening parent presentation.
The tenth grade Human Development course occurs during one class period every day for three weeks. The school counselors facilitate discussions with students and lead activities, including: ethics and decision-making; sexuality; dangers of drugs and alcohol; current adolescent brain research; and mental health issues, including: stress, depression, suicide, and eating disorders.
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The eleventh grade Human Development curriculum revisits topics of substance abuse education and prevention. Students in their junior year also meet with a facilitator from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) for a one-week extensive workshop on drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. Eleventh grade parents are also invited to attend the evening FCD parent presentation.