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Year 1 Course Offerings

MECA Courses

  • Algebra or Geometry
  • English 9
  • Living Environment
  • Visual Thinking Lab
  • Physical Education
  • Humanities
  • Introduction to Advertising and Media
Instructional Focus
  • Written communication
  • Discussion
  • Purposeful problem solving

First year courses concentrate on developing a strong foundation in literacy, math, written communication, discussion, and creative problem solving.

  • Students take five high school courses each semester with classes meeting in 90-minute blocks.
  • Students take two semesters of mathematics and earn four high school credits in preparation for enrolling in college-level mathematics courses in either 11th or 12th grade.
  • Students begin their Career and Technical Education (CTE) sequence of courses. In the 9th grade, students take two CTE courses – Visual Thinking Lab and Introduction to Advertising and Media. In those courses, students learn:

      – The principals and elements of design
      – To develop their artistic abilities in drawing and color theory
      – Microsoft Office with a focus on Word and Powerpoint
      – The basics of advertising strategy and the creative process
      – And more…

  • Students visit the BMCC campus for special events and to utilize the college’s resources such as science and robotics labs.
  • Students receive tutoring from BMCC honors society (Phi Theta Kappa) students.
  • Students receive their first of many work-based learning opportunities including taking many industry-related field trips including visits to some of the premier advertising and media agencies in the world. Students also participate in special advertising competitions and take a critical media literacy course taught by industry experts from The Lamp.
  • Students have access to summer enrichment programs.