Family and Consumer Science
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The programs available to students in this department are focused on three main areas: Culinary Arts, Child Development and Fashion.
Students in our culinary program are prepared to take their culinary skills to college or career after completing our state approved culinary arts program. Our modern Culinary Labs prepare students to be independent in both college and the work-place by teaching them how to identify healthy food choices based on the F.D.A. recommended Dietary Guidelines and then how to prepare the recipes. In addition, students learn several 21st century skills which are vital in our ever-changing world such as collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. A variety of culinary courses are offered all of which provide students with a strong foundation in food preparation, kitchen safety and advanced kitchen skills. Students may earn their ServSafe Food Handler certficate and college credits after taking the NOCTI exam in our capstone course. Many of our students go on to pursue careers in the Culinary Arts.
If you are thinking about working with children in any capacity such as an educator, doctor, nurse, or social worker, our Early Childhood and Family Studies courses are ideal. Each year-long, 6 credit course is taught in classrooms which double as actual *preschools. Students are taught positive parenting skills, learn about the developmental stages of children ages birth-6, and are taught how to plan, develop, and deliver lessons to preschoolers. Our unique Early Childhood and Family Studies courses are part of a state approved Career and Technical Education program. Students in our capstone course may earn college credit from Fairleigh Dickinson University. There is a fee and minimum grade requirement.
Are you thinking about a career in the fashion industry? Our fashion program was designed with you in mind. Students interested in fashion have several courses from which to select. Students learn construction skills in Fashion Clothing A and Fashion Clothing B. Students learn about Fashion Merchandising Management in our next course which teaches them about product development, textiles, marketing, merchandising, buying, and clothing production in a global market. The capstone course, Apparel Design Production, prepares students to dive deep into various aspects of the field while constructing advanced garments, working on costume designs for our Spring Musical, and creating portfolios they can use when applying to college. Many of our students attend the top fashion schools after graduating such as FIT in NYC, LIM and many other top programs. Interior Design is a project-based course with concentration placed on the study of design principles, color schemes, floor plans, furniture styles and architecture.
*West Orange families interested in our preschool program at West Orange High School may contact Nancy Mullin for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.