Concentrations

FTC Academic Concentrations

Promoting Academic Engagement, Exploration and Investment

Here at FTCHS, we are committed to engaging our students in their learning.  We recognize that students have more success and personal growth when they are engaged and invested in learning.  Our Academic Concentrations allow students to design a personalized academic program for their junior and senior years.  By allowing students to select an area of concentration they will immerse themselves in the subject area and get a great foundation for higher education.  In addition, we provide flexibility within each concentration so that students can use electives to explore other areas of interest and experience a well-rounded curriculum, designed by and for them personally. 

Concentration area descriptions

Science Concentration

Are you interested in how things work? Whether it’s mechanics, the human body, the earth, the universe, or something else that interests you, the science concentration may be for you.  Anyone interested in a career in medicine, nursing, or health-care, should consider a science concentration.  If your interest lies more in the earth’s history, fossils and the environment, genetics and evolution, or the physical work around us (motion, light, heat, sound), a science concentration might be for you.  If you like to take things apart, put things together, figure out how things work, or try to find ways to make things better, consider the science concentration.  A science concentration is for anyone with a natural curiosity, anyone who likes problem solving, experiments, labs and projects.  Areas to explore within science include Physics, Engineering, Robotics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and much more. 

English Concentration

The concentration in English will prepare students to have careers in law, education, publishing and journalism, communications, etc.  Reading and writing are fundamental to many areas of interest.  Someone who is interested in the law would want to concentrate in English, because law school is heavily reading, writing and critical thinking.  Those interested in education, or those good at arguing a point, or critical thinking would be a good fit for the English concentration.  If you’re interested in drama, or themes or character development of in novels, movies or shows, English might be for you.  Students will demonstrate an understanding and application in writing composition while allowing their creativity to flow within. Our classes will allow students to build effective communication (written and oral), attention to detail and critical thinking.  Some classes offered at FTC within the English concentrations are Communications, Creative Writing, Mythology, Art of Fiction, Contemporary Literature and Writing Composition. 

Math Concentration

Mathematics Concentrations would be an excellent track for students interested in focusing on the world of mathematics, numerical operations, and the advance applications of mathematics in everyday life. Do you like to work with numbers?  Are you always tracking the statistics of your favorite sports team?  Do you like video games and the logic behind them?  If so, this might be the concentration for you.  The real-world use of mathematics is a common theme for many of our STEM/Math courses. Some of our classes in the mathematics concentration will focus on pure mathematics, while others will focus on how mathematics is applied to other STEM topics such as engineering and physics. Students who like math might like Everyday Math focus on the practical use of mathematics, while other exciting offerings include Accounting and Data Analysis & Probability. Possible career areas for those interested in math include working with statistics in all types of industries (health care, insurance, business, research, and even sports), finance, banking, risk management, etc.

Social Studies Concentration

The concentration in Social Studies helps students develop the necessary skills to become lifelong learners. It includes study in the areas of history, criminal justice, humanities such as psychology, writing and creative arts and more. Students who enjoy historical fiction, books or movies might be interested in this concentration.  Those who are intrigued by how government functions, and the political landscape, may also enjoy this concentration.  Also, anyone who is interested in education, or a helping profession would be a good fit for the Social Studies concentration.   In this area, students will learn and strengthen a variety of 21st century skills that will help prepare them for a range of potential career opportunities.  These skills include leadership, teamwork, problem- solving, communication, organization, creativity, and awareness. Examples of careers to pursue include customer service, human resources, advocates, coordinators, sales representatives, public relations, education, research, etc.   

Technology Concentration

Technology Concentrations focus on preparing our students for careers in the new and developing fields related to technology and their advances. Technology has become an integral part of human life, including the use of the internet, smartphones, and how we travel and communicate. Technology concentrations help students learn the application of scientific knowledge for practical uses. If you have interest in these new high-tech features of our daily lives, FTC offers numerous courses in a wide variety of technological topics. Tech courses include numerous computer-based courses such as coding and graphic design. FTC also offers courses where business and technology meet like entrepreneurship and digital marketing, as well as exciting courses which Forensics, Video Production, and Engineering and Design.  Other than the commonly thought of technology fields, other areas of employment in the area of technology include construction, transportation, energy/power, communications, manufacturing and bio-related areas.  

Vocational Arts Concentration

The concentration of related arts allows students to practice their craft, learn new skills and prepare them for post-secondary education, job training or entry into a professional setting.  Examples of classes within this concentration include Art Foundation, Art Studio, Painting, Muralism, Sculpture, Renaissance, Contemporary Music, Drumline, Music Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary (up to 3 levels), PE Exercise and Fitness, PE Sports and Games and Woodshop (3 levels).

Within this concentration area, students will learn to strengthen not only their craft but also other skills that will help prepare them for potential career opportunities.  These skills include leadership, teamwork, problem- solving, communication, organization, creativity and awareness. After high school, students may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree or job training in one of the specific fields within this concentration.  For example, a student interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field may choose to attend a school or program that would help prepare them for a professional career.  There are a variety of post-secondary opportunities around the Philadelphia area for students looking to pursue an education or training in the related arts field.  

Business Concentration

The concentration of business will prepare our students for careers in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship.  If you were the child with the lemonade stand, or who enjoys marketing and selling things, this might be the concentration for you.  Those who enjoy planning and logistics, organization and how things work, or are always looking for ways to do things more efficiently, would be a good fit for this concentration.  Students will not only learn about the principles of business, but also forms of business ownership, management, and leadership.  They will have the opportunity to become acclimated to the business environment in the United States and around the world. Some examples of the classes that are offered at FTC within this concentration are Business (1&2), Career Readiness and Money Management.  Careers that align with those interested in business include sales, marketing, management, human resources, customer service, accounting, finance, etc.

 

Examples of Concentration Requirements

 

Please use this link to our full course catalog for reference:

  • Link to the full course catalog: FTCHS Full Course Catalog
    • Descriptions and links to videos, when available, can be found in the catalog

     

    SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

  • Science course requirement = 5 credits
  • English and Social Studies course requirement = 1 credit
  • Math course requirement = 2 credits
  • Open/flexible elective course requirement = 6 credits

     

    ENGLISH CONCENTRATION

  • English course requirement = 5 credits
  • Math or Science course requirement = 1 credit
  • Social Studies course requirement = 1 credit
  • Open/flexible elective course requirement = 7 credits

     

    MATH CONCENTRATION

  • Math course requirement = 4 credits
  • English or Social Studies course requirement = 1 credit
  • Science course requirement = 1 credits
  • Vocational Arts course requirement = 1 credit
  • Open/flexible elective course requirement = 7 credits

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION

  • Social Studies course requirement = 4 credits
  • English course requirement = 2 credits
  • Math course requirement = 2 credits
  • Science course requirement = 1 credit
  • Open/flexible elective course requirement = 5 credits

     

    TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION

  • Technology course requirement = 4 credits
  • English or Social Studies course requirement = 2 credit
  • Math course requirement = 2 credits
  • Science course requirement = 1 credit
  • Open/flexible elective course requirement = 5 credits

     

    VOCATIONAL ARTS CONCENTRATION

  • Arts course requirement = 5 credits
  • English course requirement = 2 credits
  • Math or Science course requirement = 1 credit
  • Social Studies course requirement = 1 credit
  • Open/flexible elective course requirement = 5 credits

     

    BUSINESS CONCENTRATION

  • Business = 5 credits, including
    • Business 1 and 2
    • Money Management or Career Readiness
    • Business Math
  • English requirement = 1 credit
    • Communications or Composition
  • Social Studies course requirement = 1 credit
  • Technology course requirement = 2 credits
  • Additional Math course requirement = 1 credit
  • Open/flexible electives course requirement = 4 credits

     

    Notes

  • All students are prepared to pursue post-secondary education, regardless of the area of concentration
  • All concentrations include writing intensive courses, as well as communications so that students are prepared for future employment as well as post-secondary education
  • Students can use open/flexible electives to explore other areas of interest, and/or to take additional courses in the required areas.