Topics: Academia, Community service, High school Pages: 177 (39481 words) Published: February 13, 2013

Program of


Lexington, Massachusetts

Lexington High School Program of Studies 2012 – 2013

Accreditation Statement


exington High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.

Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial, but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

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Lexington High School Program of Studies 2012 – 2013

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Principal’s Message


n February you will begin scheduling courses for the 2012-2013 academic year, and the process will conclude in June. During this time you will plan the courses you will take that move you toward fulfilling the Lexington High School graduation requirements. More importantly, though, you will have the opportunity to explore new interests, challenge yourself in possibly unexpected ways, and prepare yourself for a lifetime of learning. As you peruse the wide range of course offerings described in the pages of this book, we hope you will make selections that satisfy your curiosity, encourage your critical thinking, and open your mind to new ways of thinking about the world around you. It is important to seek the advice of your teachers, your parents and your counselors as you make these choices. Be mindful of your own interests and create a program for yourself that balances rigor and challenge with some time for reflection and some chances to participate in the many opportunities we offer outside the classroom.

Lexington High School has an impressive history of providing a broad and deep educational program. Our course offerings, schoolwide expectations, educational goals and objectives, graduation requirements, as well as the policies and procedures that guide our daily campus life, are grounded in our Mission and Expectations Statement, which follows this letter. Taking the time to read this statement will provide a context for the choices you will be making. LHS Program of Studies 2012-2013

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This Program of Studies is the product of collaborative work by the faculty, the department heads and curriculum coordinators, Associate Principal Laura Lasa, our printer Jim Morello, our scheduling guru Kevin Kelly, and the extraordinary Jean Cole, who formats and edits virtually all of the publications produced by Lexington High School. My sincere thanks to you all.

Natalie K. Cohen
Natalie K. Cohen January 10, 2012


This Program of Studies is being published under the assumption that the school will receive adequate funding from the town in order to support the program described herein. Changes, including reductions or additions, may result in response to a revenue shortfall, to newly identified needs, or to modifications that may be part of the ongoing planning process. We will do the best we can to publicize such changes...
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