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Spanish 5: Hispanic Short Stories

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page Over the semester, this class offers students an introduction to modern Hispanic short stories. Drawing from fiction; the course focuses on the complex relations between literary production, aesthetics, and sociopolitical transformations. Among other topics, we will discuss the cultural elements integrated or represented in the lives of the characters in the stories, how to approach literary texts, and how to interpret them. Through readings, discussions, and interpretations of these short stories, students will continue to expand their conversational skills, enrich their vocabulary, and deepen their grammatical knowledge while reflecting on what literature says about history, politics, and society in Spanish America.

2024-05-24T22:40:42+00:00Categories: Spanish|

Spanish 5: Advanced Spanish Conversation

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page This semester-long course provides intense conversational practice in the context of a panoramic approach to current social, psychological, political, bioethical, philosophical, and linguistic issues. Classes are conducted totally in Spanish in a variety of contexts and registers, from informal, colloquial, conversations to formal discussions on diverse topics. Students will be asked to engage thoughtfully with a variety of source material and participate in discussions, debates, and oral presentations. Through different communicative tasks such as elaborating, explaining in detail, hypothesizing, synthesizing, and summarizing students will develop an ability to distinguish main ideas from supporting information, facts and evidence from opinions, both in written texts and oral speech.

2024-01-30T19:43:36+00:00Categories: Spanish|

AP Physics C

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page This is a college level physics course designed to be taken after a full year of physics studies and a calculus course. It features two parts: Mechanics, and Electricity & Magnetism. Mechanics covers  kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. Electricity & Magnetism covers electrostatics, conductors, capacitors and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. The weekly hands-on laboratory activities are based in guided inquiry and include open-ended experiment design.

Physics Honors

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page Students taking this algebra-based course master the vocabulary and concepts of physics in a discussion/demonstration/laboratory format. In a curriculum that covers a broad spectrum of material, students learn the following: mechanics, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion (including sound and light), electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. The use of trigonometry and a more extensive laboratory experience make Physics Honors comparable to a non-calculus college-level survey course.

AP Environmental Science

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link above This course, the equivalent of a first-semester college-level environmental science course, covers the scientific principles of ecology, chemistry, and statistics that are used to understand how the systems of the Earth are interrelated. Emphasis is placed on how science deals with the environmental issues facing our world and the many possible solutions to these problems. At the same time, the course aims to provide the social, political, and ethical framework in which environmental decision-making occurs. Students receive preparation for the AP Exam in Environmental Science.

AP Chemistry

Type: Honors Available to: qualified grade 11 & 12 students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page Using a curriculum which has been approved by the College Board, this course emphasizes inquiry and a student-centered approach to learning complex phenomena about the behavior of matter and the changes they undergo. After a review of foundational chemistry, students master the following topics: electron structure of atoms, quantitative analysis, thermodynamics, kinetics, and gas laws. Acid-base reactions are also studied in depth and provide a framework for sophisticated quantitative analysis of equilibrium systems. Through extensive lab work, students intentionally build skills of inquiry by developing their own protocols. Students will be prepared for the AP Chemistry exam, and will be prepared to enter college-level programs with confidence in their skills and knowledge.

AP Biology

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 11 and 12 students, see placement requirements link on the Science Department page AP Biology covers fundamental elements of the biological sciences and also seeks to develop an enduring conceptual understanding of the major themes of biology: evolution, energy transformations, and molecular biology, DNA and information storage and retrieval, and the interaction of biological systems. Students learn about the integrity of living systems and the application of chemical and physical principles of life. Students also explore the historical perspective of recent major developments in biology. Laboratory activities hone analytical skills and foster an appreciation of scientific experimentation.

AP Economics

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 12 students, see placement requirements link on the History Department page AP Economics is a yearlong course that focuses on how economic decisions are made within national economic systems as a whole. This course covers the major topics of contemporary macroeconomic thought, including economic fundamentals, fiscal and monetary policy, long-term economic growth, and international trade. To expose students to real world economic applications, students collaborate in small groups to study and develop solutions to several contemporary economic challenges, including in the areas of housing, water, food, and energy. This course is designed to expose students to the intellectual environment and demands of a college level course. It is a fast-paced, content-driven class with high expectations. The course aims to prepare students for the AP Macroeconomics examination.

AP Art History

Type: honors Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page Creative expression is at the heart of what it means to be human. To better understand the human experience across space and through time, this course surveys global history from prehistory to the present through a diverse collection of works of art and architecture. Students cultivate their understanding of art within its broader historical context and gain fluency in a specific vocabulary of art analysis as they explore concepts of culture and cultural interactions, theories and interpretations of art, the impact of materials, processes, and techniques of art making. Immersing themselves in the diverse cultural productions of societies from Africa, the Pacific, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, students explore how and why works of art function [...]

Semester History: Legal Studies

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course will build a foundational understanding of America's civil and criminal legal fields, foundational Supreme Court rulings, and the historical roots of revolutionary conflict stemming from interpretations of justice. Incorporating practical civic literacy, legal competency, and real-world application, students will have the ability to analyze the complexities found in the justice system. The curriculum includes case studies, debates, mock trials, and role-play exercises that will offer tangible application to help students navigate a law-saturated society and provide a window for those interested in pursuing a future in the law. In addition, we will dive into historical events to explore the legal (and often revolutionary) streams that have cultivated conflict in America.

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