The 9th grade English course utilizes common core based Springboard curriculum which enforces regular practice and mastery of reading, writing, listening and thinking skills to prepare students for high school and college level coursework. Each unit is divided into student centered learning activities and summative unit projects, called Embedded Assessments, during which students demonstrate mastery of critical thinking, collaboration, and literature analysis skills. Students will analyze multiple forms of fiction and nonfiction text, including poetry, short stories, dramas, novels, and film. Vocabulary building and writing mechanics practice are integrated into unit assessments. Writing assignments range from short responses to analytical essays in which students critique texts for rhetoric, style, literary devices, and theme.
English ll - Grade 10, uses Springboard as its sole curriculum. Springboard states that this level of English 10 “focuses on the concept of culture and community, and examines how these influences shape identity and perspective. Students read and analyze works of world literature, with emphasis on analysis of how stylistic choices and rhetorical elements shape tone in persuasive and argumentative texts, both print and nonprint. Students deconstruct writing prompts and write a synthesis essay that incorporates perspectives from multiple sources, an important AP skill. Students develop their independent learning skills as they respond to opportunities for self-evaluation.”
In this course students read American fiction and nonfiction, through the lens of the American Dream. Students will research historical and contemporary texts to examine the origin of the American Dream as well as its effects on society today. Students will also synthesize their research to inform their own interpretation of the dream as well as how it effects their beliefs and thinking. Writing in a variety of modes—personal essays, opinions and editorials, credos, reflective self-evaluation, speeches, satire, dramatic scripts, surveys, literary analyses, and research projects—students will expand their skills in persuading, arguing a claim on the American Dream through speaking and writing.
Algebra 1 is the first in the sequence of high school mathematics courses required for graduation. Prior to taking this course, students are expected to have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the concepts taught in pre-algebra. The purpose of this course is to an understanding of the properties of real numbers, ratios, linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, factoring, exponents and radical expressions, and operations with fractions involving polynomials. In this course students will explore the behavior of functions numerically, graphically, analytically and verbally and solve and graph equations and inequalities involving physical models.
This course approaches Geometry from an “Investigated/Discovery” approach meaning that students will be actively engaged as they learn inductively and deductively about the concepts of Geometry. The Geometry course is a comprehensive look at the study of geometric concepts including the basic elements of geometry, proof, parallel and perpendicular lines, the coordinate plane, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, constructions, trigonometry, congruence and similarity, surface area, volume, and transformations.
This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, and concepts and includes the study of trigonometric functions. It also introduces matrices and their properties. The content of this course are important for students’ success on both the ACT and college mathematics entrance exams. Students who complete Algebra II may take Pre-Calculus next.
Having mastered the skills and concepts of Algebra II and Geometry, the Pre-Calculus students will build on geometric and algebraic techniques needed for the preparation of the study of Calculus. The course is designed to strengthen students’ conceptual understanding of mathematical reasoning used to solve complex mathematical problems.
Conceptual Physics is a course intended to further students’ understanding of the world that surrounds them every day. In the course, students will be able to relate the classroom activities to personal, local, and global events associated with physical science. One purpose of the course is to help students develop problem-solving skills, critical analysis of experimental data, research skills, and follow the appropriate use of laboratory equipment. Students are expected to be able to transfer physics laws to real life situations. By the end of the course students are expected to be able to write each component of a formal lab report.
Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. In this course we will be exploring these systems: what they are, how they work individually, and how they work together to sustain life. We will be seeing how these systems impact our lives not only since we are living organisms, but also how they shape our society as well. Throughout this course we will be exploring the fundamental principles of living organisms, developing scientific and critical thinking skills, and practicing laboratory techniques.
Chemistry is laboratory science course where students investigate matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions. Students are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, (2) explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, (3) investigate chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, and (4) learn and practice laboratory safety. This course also includes mathematical problem solving.
Ancient Civilizations is an in-depth study of various ancient cultures including the Incas, Aztecs, ancient China, Mali, Songhai, and the Native Americans of California. In addition to teaching about ancient cultures, this course is intended to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills and knowledge of world geography.
World History is an introductory course that explores key events and global historical developments that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of World History includes all aspects of the human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. Students will develop the skills to uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories.