Family and Consumer Science Courses

The Family and Consumer Science course at Westbrook High School are designed to enhance the life-long wellness of our students.  Through a variety of courses, students will gain practical skills in cooking through hands on experience, a deep comprehension of nutritional theory, and an increased understanding of, and appreciation for, the way we grow, develop, and change across our lifespan. 

601701 – Culinary Arts I

This fun, hands-on, collaborative course is designed for students to learn functional food preparation techniques that can be used at home or for employment. The course is lab-based and emphasizes eating well for optimal health.

Prerequisite: None 

Credit: ½
Grades: 9 through 12
Length: 1 semester
Offered - Fall and Spring Semesters
Weight: 1.0

601702 – Culinary Arts II

This advanced hands-on, collaborative course builds on the foundation established in Culinary 1 and delves deeper into the fascinating world of food. In a lab setting, we explore many new recipes and techniques that will increase the students skills in the kitchen and understanding of the nutritional concepts that lead to lifelong wellness.

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I (passing grade) and Consent of instructor
Credit: ½
Length: 1 semester
Weight: 1.0

601703 - International Kitchens

This course is designed to help students gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for the culinary cultural traditions of the Mediterranean region, Asia, India, and Latin America.  Through hands on learning, students will gain a better understanding of these cultures through the preparation and study of their traditional foods.

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts and Consent of instructor
Credit: ½
Length: 1 semester
Grades: 9 - 12
Weight: l.00

601723 - UConn Individual and Family Development

UConn Early College Experience (ECE) provides academically motivated students with the opportunity to take university courses while in high school. These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree and other postsecondary opportunities. UConn ECE instructors are high school teachers certified as adjunct professors by the University. UConn ECE faculty foster independent learning, creativity and critical thinking - all important for success in college and careers. (School name] offers UConn ECE courses in (discipline(s)]. To support rigorous learning, University of Connecticut academic resources, including library and online classroom access, are available to all UConn ECE students. (UConn ECE Policy Guide)

This life changing course is an introduction to the field of Human Development and Family Studies, and will provide three credits for UConn HDFS190. Students will draw from interdisciplinary research and theory in psychology, sociology, and biology to gain a deep understanding of development over the life span. This course will be a valuable prerequisite for those pursuing a career in nursing, teaching, psychology, sociology, counseling, or social work. Job shadows and internship will be an important part of this class.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Grades: 11 and 12
Length: 1 year
Weight: 1.10