Human Services


    Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

    Program of Study: Family & Community Services, Personal Services

    Renton School District courses in this Career Cluster include:

    1.0 credit
    (Social Studies or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students will study the history of psychology, research methods, the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal behavior and its treatment, and social psychology. By the end of this course students will be prepared to take and pass the AP Psychology Test.  Successfully passing the AP exam allows this class to be counted as a required college class.

    .5 credit
    (This course fulfills the health education requirement)
    Health is designed to prepare students for lifelong decision-making, problem solving, and health and wellness management. The focus is on helping students assume an active role in developing healthy lifestyles for themselves and others. Class topics include wellness, mental health, drug and alcohol prevention, nutrition, fitness, CPR, and human reproduction.

    .5 credit
    This course explores the importance of understanding a child as an individual in regards to the child’s growth psychologically – socially, emotionally, morally physically, and intellectually. Students will learn about developmental theories, family structures, heredity, parenting styles, prenatal development, labor and delivery, and the needs of children birth through age six. Students will care for a RealCare baby simulator (or complete an alternate assignment) in order to find out what it is really like to be the parent of an infant. Who should take this course: people who plan to work with children in any capacity (teacher, pediatrician, childcare, etc.), people who may work in business or marketing careers that deal with children or children’s products, and people who plan to be parents at some point in their lives.

    .5 credit
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option* or Career and Tech Ed credit)
    Preparation for living on your own and making the transition into adult life! This course includes an overview of all of the skills needed to make good decisions about a successful lifestyle. Topics are looked at from a variety of perspectives and include understanding self and others, relationships, human sexuality, careers, housing, and insurance. Consumer issues include budgeting, money management, credit, banking, payroll, investments, income tax preparation and other related financial issues. *To count as third credit in math, this course must be taken after earning 1.0 credit in Algebra 1,2.

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