GHS Miscellaneous Courses

  • Cosmetology                                                                                                                                    

    Cosmetology is the art and science of beautifying and improving the skin, nails, and hair and includes the study of cosmetics and their application.  In this course, students will learn through lecture, demonstrations, hands on practice, and visits to local businesses related to the field of cosmetology.  The topics of this course include:

    • Professional, safety, and health requirements
    • Human anatomy and physiology relating to cosmetology
    • Hair analysis
    • Hair and scalp disorders and diseases
    • Hair styling and hair cutting
    • Chemistry as applied to cosmetology (shampoos, conditioners, treatments, lightening and coloring)
    • Nail care and skin care procedures.

    This class is an introduction for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of cosmetology.  Students who take this course will acquire a basic understanding of cosmetology and be prepared to enter a program to obtain their professional license in this field.

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 10-12

    Driver Education:

    Do you want to get your full license when you are 17?  Would your families like a reduction in their car insurance?  Wondering about the rules of the road and how to be a safer and more observant driver?  Then Driver Education is the class for you!  Driver education is a PASS/FAIL participatory class.  Course highlights include 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours in-car training:  6 hours "behind the wheel" and 18 hours "observing drives."  Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements will receive their MV-285, which gives you the perks listed above.

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 11-12
    • Prerequisite:  You must be 16 years and hold a valid learner's permit or driver license from New York State.


    Students learn aspects of yearbook design and production. Students in this class are responsible for the creation and publication of a certain number of assigned page layouts. Page layout assignments include: collecting and taking photographs, conducting interviews, designing layouts, meeting deadlines, and editing pages for spelling errors and misinformation. The overall class goal is to yield high quality yearbook pages. Class work time may be required outside of the regular class period. Application must be completed by April 15. This class may be repeated for credit.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 11–12

    World Mythology

    Did you ever wish you could learn more about mythology?  Here’s your chance!  In this semester elective class, we will guide you through the study of stories and legends from ancient cultures:  the Egyptians and other Mid-Eastern Civilizations, the Greeks and Romans; the Vikings/Norsemen, Britons, and other Europeans; Native Americans; and Asiatic civilizations.  This class will include the study of gods and goddesses, and heroes, and the adventures and tales recounted in these myths.  We will study cultural commonalities by looking at stories, identifying common symbols and archetypes, and ultimately reflecting on what relevance it means for our personal lives.  Studying mythology is interesting and fun and leads to not only a better understanding of ancient cultures, but also of ourselves.

    • ½ unit / semester
    • Grades 10–12

    English Grammar

    Do you feel like your sentences need help?  Would you like to learn what an appositive is?  Or the subjunctive mood?  In this semester elective class, you will learn the nuts and bolts of English grammar.  You learned to speak English as an infant, but when you gain a deep understanding of exactly how your language works, your writing will be more powerful and more effective.  We’ll start by diagramming sentences, and move in to clauses, subordinates, adverbials, and more!   Punctuation will also be emphasized, so bring your pencil and eraser, and of course, a work ethic.

    • ½ unit / semester
    • Grades 9–12

    Texts in Western Intellectual History                                                                               

    Do you want to read about great ideas?  Did you ever want to know more about how our world was shaped?  Then this class is for you!  This course is a historical overview of the formative ideas that have shaped Western Intellectual History from the Greeks and Romans, to modern day.  Come prepared to read the great thinkers and write questions to stump your classmates.  From Voltaire to Kant, Aristophanes to Sun Tzu, we will survey them all.  A summer project is required. 

    • 1/2 unit / semester
    • Grades 9-12