Curriculum Planning: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

 

Schedule Planning to Include Band

Students that attend Utica Community Schools, and specifically Stevenson High School, are blessed with many different options and learning pathways to explore their interests and prepare for their lives beyond high school.

Band can be part of the curriculum all throughout Junior and High School for all UCS students

Mr. Sekich believes strongly in giving students that wish to participate in Instrumental Music the opportunity to do so while also working collaboratively to meet every student's other academic interests and needs. Recent legislation has made it easier for students exploring music to do so by utilizing Flex Options as part of their scheduling plan - no matter if they are a traditional student or enrolled in specialty program such as CSI, MST, or Stevenson MADE.

Current Flex Options include:

  • Substituting two complete seasons of Marching Band in place of the graduation requirement of 1/2 year (1 semester) of Physical Education
  • Taking a second full year of Band (two semesters) in place of the graduation requirement of a second full year of World Language.

Important note: Some, but not all, colleges/universities require at least two years of the same World Language for admission. It is advisable to explore the requirements of any college or university you plan on applying to in advance of completing your high school schedules.

Flex Credit Forms

The schedules below are simplified for clarity. For example, many students will have flexibility in which years/semesters they take Economics, Government, Science, and Social Studies classes. Always consult with the Stevenson Counseling Department to ensure you are on track to meet graduation requirements.

 

Option for all Band Students
  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
After School Marching Band Marching Band Marching Band Marching Band

 

Two full seasons of Marching Band can be used to substitute the requirement for 1/2 credit (one semester) of physical education (Flex Option).

Students that don't complete the Flex Option requirement through an alternative activity (such as two seasons of Marching Band) must add 1/2 credit (one semester) of Physical Education as one of their electives to the sample schedule outlines below.

 

Traditional Students
  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
1 Math Math Math Math
2 English English English English
3 World History US History World Lang.2 Econ / Gov't
4 Science Science Science Health / elective
5 elective elective elective elective
6 Band1 Band2 Band3 Band3

 

CSI Students
  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
1 CSI Math CSI Math CSI Math CSI Math
2 CSI English CSI English CSI English CSI English
3 CSI Pathway CSI Pathway CSI Pathway CSI Pathway
4 Science Science Science Health / elective
5 World History US History World Lang.2 Econ / Gov't
6 Band1 Band2 Band3 Band3

 

MST Students4
  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
1 MST Math MST Math MST Math MST Math
2 MST Science MST Science MST Science MST Science
3 MST Tech MST 2nd Science MST 2nd Science MST Tech
4 English English English English
5 World History US History World Lang.2 Econ / Gov't
6 Band1 Band2 Band3 Band3

 

Stevenson MADE5
  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
1 MADE Math MADE Math tbd tbd
2 MADE English MADE English tbd tbd
3 MADE Science MADE Science tbd tbd
4 MADE Social Studies MADE Social Studies tbd tbd
5 MADE elective MADE elective tbd tbd
6 Band1 Band2 Band3 Band3

 

Notes:

  1. One full year (two semesters) of band fulfills the Visual, Performance, and Applied Arts requirement
  2. Second full year of band fulfills 2nd Year of World Language requirement (Flex Option)
  3. 3rd and 4th years of bands are electives
  4. Due to the requirements of the MST curriculum, students taking 8 semesters of Band must work with the Stevenson Counseling department to establish a Personal Curriculum to fulfill their required 1/2 credit of Health. MST students that do not complete two full seasons of Marching Band must also complete their Physical Education requirement.
  5. As of early 2019, the specific curriculum for the junior and senior years for Stevenson MADE students is being developed. Similar to students enrolled in CSI or MST, MADE students will have a pathway to graduation that can include taking a Band class all four years.

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Flex Credit Forms:


UCS Graduation Requirements

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