All students must pass the following required courses (or the equivalent thereof) plus sufficient electives to total the credits necessary for graduation:
English: 4.0 credits
Social Studies: 3.5 credits
1.0 must be in World History;
1.0 must be in U.S. in the 20th Century World;
.5 must be in American Studies and
.5 must be in American Civics
Science: 3.0 credits
○ Mathematics: 3.0 credits
World Studies: 2.0 credits*
*World Language courses, will include sign language, if offered. 
Health/Physical Education: 1.5 credits
○ Arts/Vocational Education: 1.0 credits
Fine Arts: .5 credit
Vocational Education: .5 credit
Includes all Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Career Education and Fine Arts Courses. Theater Appreciation, Speech Communication, Film or computer courses do not satisfy the Arts requirement.
Electives: 7.0 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation: 25
Summer Reading Requirement: Yes
Technology Competency: Yes
Prior to graduation, students must complete all 21 goals of the ELPS Student Technology Competencies as described in the Program of Studies booklet. Information is also available in the Team Offices. 

Students graduating must also demonstrate successful mastery of ELHS Performance Standards. Students fulfill this requirement by either:
Achieving a score of 500 or above on critical reading and math sections of SAT1 test or an ACT score of 21
Successfully exhibiting an individual student portfolio of subject area work in their senior year.

Academic Departments

Career Education

The Career Education Department is a consolidation of the former Business, School to Career, Cooperative Work Experience, and College and Career departments. The goal of this consolidation is to provide relevant experience and knowledge regarding the ever changing world of careers, college preparation, and knowledge of the business community. A wide variety of courses and services are offered.

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department offers a variety of courses designed to prepare students for either further study in related vocational fields or for personal enrichment and use in everyday life. Courses are offered in the areas of foods, clothing, childcare, and life experience. All courses are 1/2 year and carry 1/2 credit. Field and laboratory work are an integral part of the advanced courses. Some of the department's courses may be offered one time every two years. All department courses require an individual research paper. Course offerings include Clothing Construction I, Clothing Construction II, Fashion World, Culinary Arts I, Culinary Arts II, Peer Coaching in Foods Lab, Human Development (Honors), Birth to Three Playgroup, Senior Academy, CSI, WISE, Freshman Academy, Pre-Kindergarten Laboratory and Preschool Laboratory, and Designing You and Your Space.

World Languages

Department Head: Laurie Barry

World Language learning has for its goal the acquisition by the student of five basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural sensitivity so that the student will be able to communicate in the world language. Students planning on college frequently ask how much world language study colleges require for admission. While requirements vary, most colleges require a student to have demonstrated proficiency (usually determined by examination) of a world language before awarding a degree. This proficiency is generally acquired through study beginning in middle school (or earlier) and continuing as necessary in college. Those seeking minimal mastery of a world language should plan at least a three-year high school sequence in one language. Course Offerings: French and Spanish are offered through Level VAP. Latin is offered for 4 years and German is offered for 4 years. Language Prerequisite: Students must have permission of the instructor in order to continue to the next level. Admission to World Languages honors courses is by the permission of the instructor and through examination. Honors level courses, in particular, will be conducted almost exclusively in the target language.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education Department strives tofoster the process of life education. The program is designed to develop the student's knowledge and comprehension of health as it affects them socially, emotionally and physically. Students are educated, supported, and nurtured to take an active role in making intelligent choices concerning their well being. Students are required to pass Freshman Academy, Freshman PE, Health/Physical Education II and 2 electives: 1 in their junior year and 1 in their senior year. Each course is one semester long and 1/2 credit.

Social Studies

Department Head: Henry Kydd

The social studies program focuses on the various aspects of human behavior. This is accomplished through the study of history, political science, psychology, sociology, and current issues. The program includes, but is not limited to, the study of human beings and their cultures across time and space; the analysis of the behavior of the individual and of the group, and the social setting that influences that behavior. All department courses require an individual research paper. Course offerings include World History, American Studies, American Civics, United States History I, II (AP), The U. S. in the 20th Century World, Contemporary Issues I and II, World Religions, American Government (AP), Advanced World History (AP), Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, and Issues of the Day.

Technology Education

Department Head: Grant Place

Technology is an action-based curriculum where students learn new and emerging technologies in the areas of Technology Education, Graphics, Television and Digital Filmmaking, Computer Science and Information Technology. Technology is divided into several major areas: communications, manufacturing, construction, and transportation. Graphics offers publications, print production, and new media, which include animation and web design. Students experience both technical and creative aspects of film and multimedia programming through Television and Digital Filmmaking. Computer Science begins with basic MS Office skills and introduction to programming that will prepare a student for AP Computer Science. Information Technology prepares students to become independent and advanced users of the virtual library and its online resources. Students may elect to begin a pre-professional career path by enrolling in a sequence of course offerings.


Department Head: Ryan Ainscough

The required courses in the English Language Arts Department focus on the development of student ability in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting. Students must earn four credits in English as part of their graduation requirement. All English courses require research components and vocabulary development. The UCONN Early College Experience and the Advanced Placement courses, with recommendation from the previous English teacher, are open to juniors and seniors only. Students who plan to attend college should elect the college preparatory courses, although many students do go on to college having taken the general courses throughout high school. Speech Communication, Theater Appreciation I and II, and Film 101 can be found under Fine Arts.

Fine Arts

Department Head: Anthony Maise

This department explores the universal language of the arts through the visual media, music, speech, drama, and film. Art students are strongly encouraged to complete their art requirements by taking Introduction to Art and Design or Drawing I prior to taking other course offerings. Each introductory course assumes no previous art knowledge or skill. Advanced courses target those students who wish to explore art careers.

Each art course requires a weekly sketchbook assignment as well as a research/analysis writing and presentation component. Students wishing to take AP Studio Art should take the following courses as prerequisites: Drawing I and II, Painting I, one 3-D course (Sculpture, Crafts, Ceramics), Art History Trends and Techniques.

Music students are taught both the basics of musical understanding and advanced skills in reading, composing, and performing. The department stresses music appreciation, various music styles, and the creation of the student's own music. Courses offered include participation in several performing organizations, open to beginners as well as experienced students, and by audition only. All courses require an individual term paper.

Communication students have the opportunity to explore theater craft, theater games, and acting in a workshop style course called Theater Appreciation I and II, or practice public speaking in an activity-oriented, role-playing, participation class of Speech Communication, a Tech Prep Course, or view film while analyzing cinematic effects and creating a terms dictionary, storyboard or short film in Film 101.

To satisfy the .5 arts requirements, students must take art or .5 music course. Theater Appreciation, Speech Communication, Film or other computer courses do not satisfy the requirement.



Department Head: Lynne Hansen

The mathematics curriculum meets the needs of students at a variety of learning levels. Algebra, geometry, and problem solving are discussed throughout all four levels. The curriculum stresses problem solving, communicating mathematically, learning to reason mathematically, valuing mathematics, and becoming confident in one's ability to do mathematics. All department courses require an individual research paper.

Course Offerings and suggested course sequences include the following:

1. Algebra ll, Trig/Precalculus, AP Calculus, BC Calculus

2. Geometry, Algebra II, Trig/Precalculus, and AP Calculus

3. Geometry, Algebra II,Trig/Precalculus, and AP Statistics

4. Geometry, Algebra II,Trig/Precalculus, Foundations of Calculus/ Intro to
Probability and Statistics

5. Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry/Precalculus

6. Algebra I, Geometry,Algebra II, Trigonometry/Probability and Statistics

7. Algebra I,Geometry, Algebra II, Applied Statistics/Topics of Mathematics

8. Algebra1, Algebra & Geometry Transitions, Geometry, Algebra ll

9. Intro to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry B, and Algebra II

10. Intro to Algebra, Intro to Geometry, Consumer Math, and Algebra I

11. Essentials of Math I, Essentials of Math II, Essentials of Math III, and Consumer Math



Department Head: Lori Singer

The goal of the Science Department is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the biological, physical and chemical environments of the planet Earth and beyond. A wide variety of courses are offered for all level students including advanced placement courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. An on-site, fully operational planetarium allows students to study astronomy concepts. The Project Oceanology Program exposes students to oceanography and the marine environment in several course offerings. Full year course offerings include: Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, ChemCom, Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science and AP Physics. Half year elective courses include: Astronomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Forensics, Geology of Connecticut and Marine Biology. All grade 9 students are required to take Integrated Science

Special Education

Department Head: Paul Christensen

To receive special education services, students must meet the criteria defined by I.D.E.A. Students are identified under the following categories: gifted and talented, learning disabled, hard of hearing, mentally retarded, multiple handicapped, neurologically impaired, orthopedically impaired, other heath impaired, physically handicapped, seriously emotionally disturbed, speech and/or language impaired, visually impaired, deaf-blind, and voice fluency and articulation, autistic, and traumatic brain injured. Students receiving special education services at the high school are determined eligible for services until graduation or until the age of 21. A continuum of services is offered to students who qualify for special education. Services range from the least restrictive environment (LRE) to self-contained programs within the building and more intensive services outside of the East Lyme school system. The Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process governs all placement decisions