## A la carte classes for the spring term begin MONDAY, JANUARY 9 and continue through FRIDAY, MAY 5. The Academy is closed the week of APRIL 3-7 for spring holidays.

The fee for a la carte classes **includes** class sessions, any required textbooks or materials (loaned for class duration), and class transcript upon completion of the course. There are **no** additional registration, administrative, or room use fees.

### COURSE OFFERINGS: FALL 2017

**WEDNESDAYS****10-11 a.m. :** Statistics**11:05 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: **AP English**12:40-1:40 p.m.:** Apocalyptic Literature**1:45-2:45 p.m.:** Hamilton History

**THURSDAYS10-11 a.m. :** High School Math Lab

**11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.:**Beginning/Intermediate Spanish

**CLASS FEE: $400(Your $25 application fee will be applied to your first payment.)**

AP English is a year-long intensive study of literature, exploring essays and creative nonfiction, drama, poetry, short stories, and the novel. The goal is to become a critical reader, parsing structure, theme, and style and considering imagery, symbolism, irony, tone, and other literary elements to form ideas about each work. To foster this kind of critical reading, students will also read a series of text-related critical essays introducing major literary philosophical movements. Frequent writing assignments encourage students to translate their careful reading into critical writing, with feedback and instruction to support clear, precise word choice; effective, coherent structure; sentence variety; well-chosen specific textual support; and generally engaging style. Student essays will be graded following the AP test rubric, and students will keep vocabulary lists and take occasional AP practice test sections throughout the year.

This is an Advanced Placement class that prepares students to take the AP Test in English Literature and Composition. As such, students should be prepared to do rigorous, college-level work, including extensive weekly reading and writing assignments. Students should expect to spend several hours working outside of class each week.

**Interested students must submit proof of previous high school literature classes (a parent-made transcript is fine) and at least one academic essay, including citations, to be accepted to this class. Students must also commit to completing a summer reading assignment before the first day of class this fall.**

This is an AP class. Students who earn an A will receive a 5.0 on their official transcript.

**Wednesday, 11:05 a.m.-12:35 p.m.Instructor: **Amy Sharony

**Prerequisites:**At least three high school literature classes and instructor approval (see description)

**Credits:**1.0 (English Language Arts) for the FULL YEAE CLASS

**Maximum Enrollment:**6

**FEE:**$400/semester

**CLASS FEE: $350(Your $25 application fee will be applied to your first payment.)**

In this class, students will read novels about the end of the world and what may (or may not) come after. We will talk about what makes the apocalypse so appealing in entertainment, and explore the philosophical questions raised by different works. At the end of the class, each student will be invited to "Build Your Own Apocalypse" based on the themes and questions we've explored, and will have the option to share it with the class.

**Wednesday, 12:40-1:40 p.m.Instructor: **Suzanne Rezelman

**Prerequisites:**None

**Credits:**0.5 (Language Arts)

**Maximum Enrollment:**10

**FEE: $350/semester**

**CLASS FEE: $350(Your $25 application fee will be applied to your first payment.)**

This history class will explore the early years of American history (roughly 1770 - 1800) as portrayed in the popular Broadway musicals 1776 and Hamilton. We will talk about the actual history behind the entertainment, and how it relates to what's going on in our world today. Students will gain a greater understanding of the historical events that led up to the American Revolution and how our country was formed in the early years post-Revolution, learn more about our Founding Fathers and the beliefs that caused them to fight for independence, and explore both sides of key political and philosophical questions of the period (strong federal government vs. states' rights, wealthy investors vs. the 'ordinary citizen', intervention vs. isolation) that still inform political debate today.

**Wednesday, 1:45-2:45 p.m.****Instructor: **Suzanne Rezelman**Prerequisites: **None**Credits:** 0.5 (Social Sciences: U.S. History)**Maximum Enrollment: **10**FEE: $350**

**CLASS FEE: $350(Your $25 application fee will be applied to your first payment.)**

Math lab covers high school mathematics, from pre-algebra through geometry and college algebra. Unlike more traditional math classes, Math Lab’s personalized curriculum is designed to meet students at their level and to allow them to work at their own pace toward high school math proficiency. Math Lab’s spiral approach reinforces and deepens computational skills and conceptual understanding of essential high school math concepts.

**Thursday, 10-11 a.m.****Instructor:** Jason Sharony**Prerequisites:** None**Credits:** 0.5 (Mathematics)**Maximum Enrollment: **10**FEE: $350**

**CLASS FEE: $350(Your $25 application fee will be applied to your first payment.)**

Spanish Language Lab is designed for high school students who want to explore the fundamentals of Spanish for speaking, listening, writing and reading. Because of its lab-style set-up, this Language Lab is appropriate for students who are just beginning to study Spanish as well as for students who have already studied Spanish for a few years because the individualized curriculum instruction allows students to work toward proficiency from wherever they are.

**Thursday, 11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.****Instructor:** Jason Sharony**Prerequisites:** None**Credits: **0.5 (Modern Language)**Maximum Enrollment:** 10**FEE: $350**

*A la carte students may split the class fee into two payments, one due the first day of classes and the other due by MARCH 1. There will be a $25 late fee applied to payments received five or more days after the payment due date. Students who wish to withdraw during the first 30 days of the semester will receive a 50-percent refund; after 30 days, we cannot issue refunds, and you are responsible for the full cost of the class.*

CLASS FEE: $350(Your $25 application fee will be applied to your first payment.)

This is a beginning course in probability that introduces many of the topics that are the bedrock of statistical analysis. Topics include basic probability rules, randomness, probable versus possible events, correlation versus causation, independence, and a basic introduction to hypothesis testing. We will investigate these using simulations and critical thinking within the context of current events and social debates.

Parents and students are advised that some of these topics may be controversial (e.g., the death penalty and its intersection with race or the recent presidential election). Every effort will be made to acknowledge and present a variety of perspectives while making a safe space to disagree. If appropriate, I will also acknowledge my own bias when I think it might affect the presentation of the information.

Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.Ellen CoxInstructor:

Prerequisites:NoneCredits:0.5 (Mathematics)Maximum Enrollment:10FEE: $350/semester