Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)

Independent Living

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

This course allows students to explore successful strategies for living independently by actively participating in practical problem solving focusing on relating to others, applying financial literacy, managing resources in the areas of apparel, nutrition and wellness, and housing, using leadership skills to reach individual goals, planning for careers, and making consumer choices in a global environment.

 

Life Planning

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: None

Life Planning equips students with the skills to face the challenges in today’s society. Students will develop a life-management plan which includes Developing Career, Community, and Life Connections; Applying Problem-Solving Processes to Life Situations; Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships; Developing Strategies for Lifelong Career Planning, Developing a Financial Plan; Examining Components of Individual and Family Wellness; and Demonstrating Leadership within the Community. Critical thinking and practical problem-solving are emphasized through relevant life applications.

 

Nutrition and Wellness

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students enrolled in Nutrition and Wellness focus on making choices that promote wellness and good health, analyzing relationships between psychological and social needs and food choice; choosing foods that promote wellness; obtaining and storing food for self and family; preparing and serving nutritious meals and snacks; selecting and using equipment for food preparation; and identifying strategies to promote optimal nutrition and wellness of society. Critical thinking, practical problem solving, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the area of nutrition and wellness are emphasized. Teachers highlight the basic skills of math, science, and communication when appropriate in the content.

 

Intro to Culinary

Grade: 10-12

Prerequisite: None

The competencies focus on identifying and exploring the individual careers within the food service industry. Units of study include food science and technology, dietetics and nutrition services, diverse cuisines and service styles, current trends, food and beverage production and preparation, and food safety and sanitation.

 

Fashion Careers

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: None

The design and merchandising competencies for this course focus on identifying and exploring the individual careers within the apparel, accessory, and textile design, manufacturing, and merchandising industry. Units of study include the relationships that exist among all areas of the clothing industry; related global and economic issues; apparel, accessory, and textile technology; exploration of careers, including entrepreneurial opportunities in related areas; and the skills and personal characteristics necessary for success in careers in the apparel, accessory, and textile design, manufacturing, and marketing industry

 

Child Development and Parenting

Grade: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students enrolled in Child Development and Parenting focus on analyzing parenting roles and responsibilities, ensuring a healthy start for mother and child, evaluating support systems that provide services for parents, and evaluating parenting practices that maximize human growth and development. Critical thinking, practical problem-solving using case studies, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the area of parenting responsibilities and child development are emphasized. Teachers highlight the basic skills of mathematics, science, and technology when appropriate.

 

VA Teachers for Tomorrow

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: 2.7 GPA and application

Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow (VTfT) fosters student interest, understanding, and appreciation of the teaching profession and allows secondary students to explore careers in education. Students build a foundation for teaching; learn the history, structure, and governance of teaching; apply professional teaching techniques in the VTfT classroom and reflect on their teaching experiences. Additional educational leadership opportunities are offered through the student organization, Future Educators Association.

 

VA Teachers for Tomorrow II - Dual Enrollment

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow I

Students continue to explore careers in the Education and Training Cluster and pathways. This course provides the opportunity for students to prepare for careers in education as they research post-secondary options, learn about the process of teacher certification in Virginia, and participate in a practicum experience.

 

Related Electives

  • Fashion Marketing
  • Sports Marketing
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Leadership
  • Communication Systems
  • Computer Art
  • Yearbook