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Message from the Principal

  • One of the most important decisions you will make as a student will be the selection of the courses you will take in high school.  The variety of course offerings and their degree of difficulty, electives, required courses, as well as completion of a chosen sequence will all have a definite impact on your educational goals. 

    As you prepare to make these decisions with the help of your parents, counselors and teachers, be sure to challenge yourself - take full advantage of your potential to succeed in school.

    The extensive course offerings contained in this Guide provide an opportunity for you to explore, aspire and challenge your interests and talents.  Examine these carefully before deciding what is best for you.  Once your schedule is finalized it is difficult to have it changed.  Your final schedule will be your year-long commitment to the courses you selected.

    The administrators, counselors and teaching staff stand ready to assist you in any way to make your experience at Lancaster High School a rewarding and treasured educational experience.  Please feel free to contact us for assistance.

    Good luck in your planning.

    Mr. Michael Candella


2023-2024 Course Descriptions

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    2023-2024 Course Guide

    Follow this link to view the full interactive course description guide. Take time to familiarize yourself with all requirements and course options to maximize your time at Lancaster High School as you prepare for your future. Note: All course selections must be completed by June 1.

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    Courses in the Arts expose students to complex learning skills that they cannot receive in any other area of study. They present students with the opportunity to critically think, examine and process information. These valuable skills develop and foster students’ problem-solving abilities in a capacity that employers seek out. Click on the title to view course offerings.

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    Business and Career

    The Lancaster High School Business and Career Education Department is a regional and national model based on its substantial work-based learning opportunities alongside a rigorous and relevant curriculum which includes significant support of local, regional and national partners. Each of the teachers within the Business and Career Education department have relevant professional industry background as well as extensive teaching experience. Students are offered a wide variety of course options with each focusing on both the technical and soft skills required for success in any career field.

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    Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS)

    The Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential is a credential recognized by the NYS Board of Regents as a certificate that the student has developed the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment. This credential can be used as an approved pathway to obtain a Regents Diploma, local diploma or as an exit credential for students with disabilities that are unable to meet the diploma requirement.

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    The Lancaster High School English Department would like to encourage all students and their families to take the time to enjoy reading. There are many new and exciting books available for students and their families to enjoy, discuss, and appreciate. We hope that you can make reading a part of your routine. Visit our website to find a few links that provide titles that might be interesting, thought-provoking and, most of all, enjoyable.

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    Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)

    Courses in Family and Consumer Science teach valuable life-management skills. They are assets to students considering any of the following career choices after high school: food service industry, dietetics, hotel/restaurant/hospitality management, nursing, health care, child care worker, nursery school teacher aide, food marketing, sports nutritionist and many others.

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    The Health courses at Lancaster High School is designed to assist students in obtaining accurate information, developing positive attitudes and acceptance of personal responsibility in making wise decisions concerning lifelong health. A variety of topics are explored with a focus on how lifestyle choices impact our quality of life. There are guest speakers for various topics concerning teen wellness. This course is a general overview of Health. New York State requires the successful completion of this course for graduation. How will the choices you make today impact your life tomorrow?

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    The Lancaster High School Math Department is focused to ensure students gain the knowledge and understanding of the mathematical concepts necessary to function in a world very dependent upon the application of mathematics.

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    The Lancaster Music Department is an acclaimed, award-winning, comprehensive K-12 music education program and one of the top 100 Communities in America for Music Education Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist.

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    Physical Education

    The mission of the Lancaster Central School District Physical Education Program is committed to providing all students the opportunity to actively participate in a comprehensive physical education program. In compliance with the New York State Learning Standards, our students will be able to develop competencies in knowledge of personal health and fitness, maintaining a safe and healthy environment and resource management. This experience will expose students to the positive values taught within character education and the benefits in pursuing lifelong physical activity.

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    Science influences nearly all aspects of daily life, from food to energy and medicine to transportation. Understanding science allows us to improve life at every level.

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    Social Studies

    The Social Studies Department at Lancaster High School is proud to provide our motivated students with the opportunity to earn the equivalent of at least 12 college credits upon completion of all AP courses offered at LHS.

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    Technology: Thinking Globally - Design - Invent - Innovate. Follow our Twitter page @LHSNYtech Take charge of your future with the successful completion of a CTE track in Technology.

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  • World Languages (WL)

    Students must have two units of study and earn one high school credit in World Languages by the completion of grade 9 to meet minimum requirement for NYS Checkpoint A (Level I) proficiency. Checkpoint B (Levels II & III) of the same language and pass the Comprehensive Exam in a Language other than English to earn Regents w/ Advanced Designation.. Beginning courses emphasize communication in the context of target language culture and to comprehend simple statements and questions, understand simple written material and create simple phrases with basic vocabulary.

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Course Description Guide

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Last Modified on February 28, 2023