General Studies Course Description

English Language Arts

World Literature I

Students read a variety of literary selections ranging from short stories to novels, poems, plays, and non-fiction. The course focuses students’ attention on the forms of literature and on the requirements of sound composition, organization, and development. Extensive work in composition helps students organize their ideas and communicate effectively.

World Literature II

This course is an extension of World Literature I. Students refine and expand their proficiency in the multiple components of reading comprehension while honing their oral and written communication skills.

American Literature

This course shifts its focus from a broad exposure of world authors to an in-depth study of American authors, both early and contemporary. Instruction follows a thematic approach, linking American literature to previously studied world authors. Through an analysis of good writing, students further their own writing skills and develop their own voice.

English Literature

This course, the last in a four-year cycle of literature, exposes students to an eclectic range of British authors, their styles and their contribution to the development of the different genre of writing. The level of instruction advances incrementally through all grades in analysis, critical thought, and written expression.

Public Speaking

This elective course is designed to help students become more confident speakers. Students learn to express themselves through original poems, short stories, and essays drawn from their own experience, and also by exposure to literary models by well-known public speakers. Students critique each others’ efforts to gain insights into their own expression.

Senior Journalism Workshop

This course introduces the students to the basics of journalism. They receive instruction in writing fundamentals such as news, features, editorials, editing, and headline writing. They also receive training in copy reading, page layout, and printing. This course serves to aid the seniors in publishing their yearbook.

Mathematics

Algebra I

Algebra is a language used to express mathematical relationships. Students will learn to think concisely and analytically about mathematical properties and their connections. Topics covered include an understanding of the real number system, linear, quadratic and other functions, and systems of equations. Students will learn how algebra concisely expresses the relationship between quantities.

Geometry

This course covers methods and properties of two- and three-dimensional Euclidean geometry using a variety of strategies to aid students’ understanding of geometric theorems, patterns, and relationships. Strong emphasis is placed on abstract thinking and the method of formal proof.

Algebra II and Trigonometry

This course is an extension of Algebra I, with stress on solving equations, understanding elementary functions, and of mastering the structure of the real number system. Heavy emphasis is placed on independent problem solving. The use of graphing calculators plays an important part in providing a visual dimension to student understanding of topics covered.

Precalculus

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AP Calculus

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Business Math

Students interested in business-related careers and consumer applications will find this course useful. Topics include the mathematics of business operations and record keeping, banking, purchasing, and sales. Situations involving discounts, commissions, interest, taxes, and depreciation will be studied. Topics also include consumer application. Business mathematics will allow the student to learn business and consumer concepts they will use throughout their lives. The student will be involved in learning how to communicate information mathematically, solve problems for a real-world context, and justify the solutions to problems.

Sciences

Biology

This one-year course introduces students to broad aspects of the biological sciences, such as the molecular and cellular basis of life, genetics, human systems, and the interrelationships of plants, animals, and humans with the environment. Students experience a variety of learning strategies, including cooperative group interaction, lecture, discussion, demonstration, and laboratory experimentation. As part of their lab studies, students will develop the technique of scientific inquiry and notation in the science lab.

Anatomy and Physiology

This two-semester course deals with the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis. The study of cells, tissues, and integument; skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are included. Weekly labs complement and enrich the academic experience.

Chemistry

The chemistry course provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts of chemistry. It includes the study of the structure of the atom, the dynamics of chemical reactions, the various phases of matter, and the rudiments of electrochemistry. Numerous laboratory sessions are provided to enhance understanding of chemical concepts and theory. Critical analysis of data and problem solving are stressed throughout. This course stresses the relevance of science and chemistry for our future; it is designed to awaken student interest in the pursuit of higher levels of science.

Earth/Environmental Science

This timely program presents scientific concepts in relation to relevant issues. Topics include earth and space exploration, energy sources, pollution, biotechnology, and environmental issues. Students learn to understand the interrelationships of forces in the world around them, past, present, and future.

Nutritional Science

This elective course is designed to familiarize our students with the rudiments of nutritional science, covering topics such as food choices and human health, nutrition tools, energy balance and healthy body weight, physical activity, diet and health, life-cycle nutrition, and food safety and technology. The course includes a strong practical application component and culminates in the production of a healthy cookbook.

Physics

This course provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts of physical science. Numerous laboratory experiments enhance student understanding of the basic physical concepts which govern the physical universe. Among topics to be covered are mechanics and concepts of astronomy, the basic laws of electrostatics, direct current, and magnetism. Hands-on analysis of motions, vectors, and force provides the student with critical-thinking activities geared toward the solution of rudimentary physics problems. Instruction is reinforced by relevant field trips.

AP Biology

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AP Chemistry

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Social Sciences

World History

This course offers an overview of the history of civilizations and societies from ancient to modern times. Topics covered include an analysis of the contributions and outcomes of Greek and Roman civilizations, Feudalism, the Italian Renaissance, the Age of Revolutions, the rise of nationalism and expansionism as they impact on modern times.

American History I

This course traces the growth of colonial America into a dynamic, expansionist country driven by the concept of Manifest Destiny. Students will learn to understand and appreciate American democracy and government through a careful study of primary documents, which shape our thinking.

American History II

This course focuses on post-Civil War development of the United States into a world power throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Key units include American world expansionism, involvement in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and, most recently, Iraq. Social issues such as desegregation, the Civil Rights movement, the space race, Watergate, and the end of the Cold War will be addressed. Students will study original historical documents to understand how they shaped American thinking.

Current Events and Contemporary Issues

This course will focus on matters of national and international importance as they occur. Topics of interest and relevance, many of them curricular driven, will be discussed and analyzed, affording students the opportunity to formulate opinions on issues of concern in today’s society. Connecting the current to the past will add relevancy and meaning to the study of history.

Social Psychology

This elective course examines the basic concepts of social psychology, the study of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by our interactions with others. Topics include social perception, conformity and obedience, conflict and cooperation, attitude formation and persuasion. Students are able to apply these concepts to their personal experience in order to gain a better understanding of their behavior and how it affects their relationship with others.

Law

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The Modern World

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American Government and Political Science

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Advanced Economics

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AP Psychology

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Spanish

Our Spanish program is designed to instruct our students in classical conversational Spanish. Through language immersion, students will begin to speak the language almost immediately. Students will learn the fundamentals of the language with attention paid to grammatical constructs. On the intermediate and higher levels, they will learn to apply Spanish in oral expression and in writing. Works by Spanish authors will be covered to expand language usage and application.

French

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Computers

Microsoft Windows

Students will learn to carry out basic tasks such as running programs and creating folders in which they will save and organize the results of their work as files.

Microsoft Word

Students will create a variety of professional-looking documents, from simple letters and memos to newsletters, research papers, Web pages, business cards, resumes, financial reports, and other documents that include multiple pages of text and sophisticated formatting.

Microsoft Power Point

Students will learn the basic of slideshow production and presentation. They will be able to create animated slideshows that will deliver messages in a clear and exciting way.

Microsoft Excel

The program includes spreadsheet setup formatting. Students will learn to create excel spreadsheets that are visually appealing and manipulate formulas and calculations to organize data.

Adobe Photoshop

Students learn graphic manipulation and image enhancement techniques by using Photoshop. They will be able to recolor, retouch, and redesign digital graphics to create marketable images.

Adobe InDesign

This course teaches students how to place text, pictures, and graphics for camera-ready printing. They will learn to create graphically intricate documents, newsletters, and ads that are visually appealing.

Adobe Illustrator

This course teaches students the workings of Vector Art. They will learn to reproduce, redo, and re-envision traditionally and digitally created art work and imagery.

Yearbook

Twelfth grade students take the knowledge they acquired during their school careers to create their own camera-ready yearbook.

Art

Art History

Students learn art history from the Renaissance through the present, highlighted by slide presentations.

Drawing

Students learn techniques in shading. They also learn stippling and crosshatching.

Perspective

This course teaches the understanding of linear and atmospherical perspective.

Color Theory

In this course, the students will create abstract designs and select colors to complete monochromatic, complementary, and analogous color harmonies.

Color Pastels

This course is designed to introduce students to the technique of creating landscape and still life arts.

Water Colors

Students work with various techniques as they absorb the basics of watercolor through step-by-step demonstration.

Collage

Students create paper collages, greeting cards, landscapes, and autobiographical statements.

Acrylic and Oil

Students create a landscape on a stretch canvas and an oil painting on glass.

Sculpture

Similar to projects done in Parsons School of Design, students will create a free-standing sculpture done from various size wooden cubes.

Portraiture

As the culmination of the four-year art continuum, students complete a portrait of a famous historical figure.

 

Graduation Trip 

Depart: May 21, 2017

Return: May 29, 2017

Spring Trip

Depart: May 24, 2017

Return: May 25, 2017