The Schedule: Fall 2018

Core Classes

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Monday/Wednesday Classes for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Full-time students' schedules include all of these classes:

Spanish :: Our junior high Spanish program is designed to be a fun, accessible introduction to basic Spanish.

Mathematics :: Students often come to junior high from a wide variety of math backgrounds. Our goal is to meet them where they are to help them build the essential computation and analytical skills they will need to succeed in high school math.

Science :: Students explore the history of science using The Story of Science curriculum and hands-on projects and activities. This year, we’ll be focusing on the book Newton at the Center, which explores early modern astronomy, physics, mathematics, and chemistry.

Language Arts :: We will explore various types of literature, including novels, plays, short stories, essays, and poetry, from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Students will practice writing short essays and research papers and will review the rules of grammar during in-class writing labs. 

History :: Our history focus is on the first half of the 20th century, specifically World War I (first semester) and World War II (second semester). We will look at the world-wide events that led up to war across Europe, Asia, and Africa, and the long-term effects of those conflicts. Students will get the opportunity to practice skills such as note-taking, outlining, and library research.

Current Events/Critical Thinking :: Students will develop a vocabulary and skill set for critical thinking while looking at logical fallacies, types of arguments, and propaganda techniques.  We'll put those skills to work by looking at how the media tries to influence our everyday decisions and learning more about the reporting of current events locally, nationally, and globally.

 
 
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Tuesday/Thursday Classes for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Full-time students' schedules include all of these classes:

Critical Thinking :: Critical thinking skills involve the ability to reason, to assemble evidence in order to develop a position, and to communicate complex ideas. These skills are essential to every discipline and form a core component of the high school curriculum.

Humanities :: Our humanities class brings together literature, history, science, and philosophy in an integrated program of study, giving students a multilayered understanding of a particular era. This is our world history year, and in the fall we’ll be focusing on the world-shifting period of the Enlightenment, a time of almost unprecedented discovery, creativity, innovation, and revolution. Our reading list includes Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, Perpetual Peace by Immanuel Kant, and selections from Rousseau, Locke, Hume, Pope, Defoe, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Newton, Paine, and Franklin. In the spring, we’ll turn our attention to the Victorians, considering the big questions of colonization, women’s rights, class struggle, and the science of detection through works by Charles Dickens, John Stewart Mill, Charles Darwin, Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Browning, Lewis Carroll, and Oscar Wilde.

Mathematics :: Our math classes focus on learning to understand the language of mathematics and aim to meet students at their level to thoroughly cover the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and SAT/ACT math.

Latin :: Our Latin program uses the Ecce Romani curriculum, emphasizing vocabulary and grammar to improve students’ understanding of the English language as well as Latin.

Spanish :: Students learn a living language, focusing on building conversation skills through Spanish vocabulary, translation, and simple grammar.

Composition :: New this year, we’re introducing a class focused specifically on improving writing skills. In addition to mastering the essential essay, we’ll touch on some grammatical rules and practice creative writing.

 

Honors Levels Available for:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Philosophy
  • Math
  • Spanish

 

Optional Classes