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Course Catalog

Interdisciplinary Electives

JMG, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (Capstone Class)

Course Number:  2777

Prerequisites: Recommendation/permission from JMG Specialist/Guidance Counselor required

Credits:  2 Elective Credits, each full year

Grades 10-12

Portland High School is pleased to offer the JMG Program to students in 10th-12th grade. JMG is the largest educational non-profit in the state of Maine, and is uniquely dedicated to strengthening the future workforce. Students in JMG will develop advanced skills in job attainment, teamwork, leadership, goal achievement, personal branding, global citizenship, and more. JMG is suitable for college bound and non college bound high school students. In JMG, students will take field trips, invite guest speakers, volunteer for community service activities, and attend competitions and conferences. Additionally, seniors are given 12 months of follow up after graduation; this ensures a successful transition from high school to the world college or work.

In JMG, students will:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills necessary to succeed as a member of a team
  • Analyze skills and abilities required for professionalism and job attainment
  • Learn how to clearly communicate needs and listen effectively
  • Value themselves and their work ethic in their postsecondary pursuits
  • Set short term and long term goals
  • Develop a professional portfolio, including a resume, cover letter, and list of references
  • Engage in employer engagement experiences
  • Demonstrate personal finance and money management
  • Analyze media and understand professional uses of technology
  • Develop a sense of identity and market their personal brand
  • Understand their role as global citizens with civic responsibilities
  • Foster healthy and appropriate relationships


Life After PHS (Capstone Class)

Course Number:  LAP

Prerequisites:   None

Credit: Up to 5 Elective Credits, 1 semester / .5UP

Grade 11,12

This course will help students to explore issues in areas such as career search, employment, personal finance or banking, post-secondary education as well as other day-to-day life skills necessary for success after high school.  In addition to this curriculum, students will participate in the Maine Career Exploration Badge program.  This program compensates students through a one-time stipend for working within an internship that will be monitored by the instructor. Students who are already employed can also participate with additional expectations. The successful completion of the course work and modules necessary for the Maine Career Exploration Badge will earn students 1 credit.  Successful completion of the MCEB modules accompanied by a presentation at their conclusion to an authentic audience will count as that student’s capstone. Additionally, 1 credit per quarter will be available for students who maintain good standing in their internships or employment. 


Personal Finance (Capstone Class)

Course Number:  2712

Prerequisites:   None

Credit: 1 Elective Credit, 1 semester / .5UP

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12


How well do you manage your money? Need some help on your way to riches? In this class we learn essential money management skills. We use an online Financial Literacy Course and a variety of guest speakers to learn about savings and checking accounts, budgeting, credit cards, taxes, insurance, financing your college education, home and vehicle loans, investing and consumer fraud. Students learn critical financial skills that will serve them not only today, but throughout their lifetime.


Family Genealogy (Capstone Class)

Course Number:  2171

Prerequisites:   None

Credit:  1 Elective Credit, 1 semester/ .5 UP

Grades 10, 11, 12

Interested in finding out more about your early ancestors? Or perhaps you would like to research a Portland High School graduate or famous person in history? If so, then this course is for you! In this elective you will learn research methods using, fold3, and, to name a few. Students will make their own choices of which direction to take their research and the final focus of their culminating project. This course is appropriate for those who have never attempted genealogical research and also those who have.