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Upper School Course Overview

Below are the courses available for 2018-2019. This courses overview will discussed during one-on-one meetings with Upper School Division Head Brian Michaels.

Refer to the Guide to the Upper School Program for full course descriptions. Click to download a pdf of this page.

* REQUIRED COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES

*Ancient Civilizations (Grade 9)

*European Civilization (Grade 10)

*American Civilization (Grade 11)

*English 12 (Grade 12) AP test optional

Electives Fall Semester
Introduction to Anthropology (Grades 11-12; Grade 10 by instructor permission; ½ credit) - course is not offered every year

J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (Grades 10-12; ½ credit) - course is not offered every year.

Electives Spring Semester

Cultures in Conflict (Grades 10-12; ½ credit) - course is not offered every year

Philosophy of Science (Grades 11-12; ½ credit) - course is not offered every year

* REQUIRED COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

*Algebra I

*Geometry - prerequisite C- or equivalent in Algebra I OR department head permission

*Geometry with Trigonometry- prerequisite B+ or equivalent in Algebra I AND department head permission AND current instructor’s signature

*Algebra II - prerequisite C- or better in Geometry OR department head permission

*Algebra II with Trigonometry- prerequisite B+ or better in Geometry with Trigonometry AND department head permission AND current instructor’s signature

Trigonometry/Finite Math - prerequisite C- in Algebra II OR department head permission


Precalculus - 1) prerequisite B+ in Algebra II OR department head permission AND current instructor’s signature or 2) prerequisite B- in Algebra II with Trigonometry or Trigonometry OR department head permission AND current instructor’s signature

Statistics - prerequisite B- in Algebra II AND department head permission AND current instructor’s signature; AP test optional


Calculus AB - prerequisite B in Precalculus OR department head permission AND current instructor’s signature

Calculus BC - prerequisite A in Precalculus AND department head permission AND current instructor’s signature

Electives Fall Semester

Mathematical Modeling (Grades 10-12, ½ credit) - prerequisite B- in Algebra II OR C in Algebra II with Trigonometry OR concurrently enrolled in Trigonometry/Finite Math

Electives Spring Semester
Introduction to Computer Science (Grades 11-12; Grade 10 by instructor permission; ½ credit)

* REQUIRED COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE

*Integrated Science: Data (Grade 9)

*Integrated Science: Energy (Grade 10)
*Integrated Science: Systems (Grade 11)

Introduction to Astronomy (Grades 11-12)

Advanced Biology - prerequisite B+ in Biology/Integrated Science: Systems OR by instructor’s permission AND instructor’s signature

Advanced Chemistry - prerequisite completed Algebra II AND B+ in Chemistry/ Integrated Science: Energy OR by instructor’s permission AND instructor’s signature

Physics (Grades 11-12) for students currently enrolled in or completed Precalculus or Calculus; AP test optional

Electives Fall Semester
Experimental Design (Grades 11-12; ½ credit) - prerequisite Integrated Science: Data; Integrated Science: Energy; completed or enrolled in Biology/Integrated Science: Systems

* REQUIRED COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES

NOTE: Three (3) credits or two (2) credits each in two different languages or successful completion of Level IV of any language is required for graduation. Latin may be combined with French, Spanish or Arabic in ninth grade. Taking two modern languages at the ninth grade level or taking two of any languages in Grades 10-12 requires the permission and signature of the Language Department Head. Also, students who earn a final grade below C- in a language course must undergo summer remediation and pass a placement exam before progressing to the next level of that language.


Classical Languages

Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Advanced Latin

Modern Languages

French I/II, French III, French IV, French V - AP test optional, French Literature and Film

Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish Language & Literature- AP test optional, Advanced Spanish Literature

Arabic I, Arabic II, Arabic III

* REQUIRED COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS

NOTE: Art I (1 credit) is required for graduation, PLUS one credit minimum of Visual Arts and Performing Arts, one-half of which must be in the Performing Arts. A combined total of two credits in Visual and Performing Arts is required for graduation.

*Art I (1 credit - full year; Grades 9-12) – Art I is a prerequisite for all Visual Arts classes AND a graduation requirement for all students.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Ceramics (½ credit) - prerequisite Art I

Ceramics II (½ credit) - prerequisite Ceramics I

Ceramics Studio Concentration (½ credit) - prerequisite Ceramics II with a B AND instructor's permission

Digital Photography I (½ credit) - prerequisite: Art I


Digital Video I (½ credit) - prerequisite: Art I, offered Fall Semester only

Digital Video II (½ credit) - prerequisite Digital Video I, offered Fall Semester only

Drawing and Painting I (½ credit) - prerequisite Art I**


Drawing and Painting II (½ credit) - prerequisite Drawing and Painting I**

Printmaking & Design (Grades 10-12; ½ credit) - prerequisite Art I

Studio Concentration I (½ credit) - prerequisite Drawing and Painting II AND instructor’s signature OR Digital Photo II AND instructor’s signature**; AP portfolio optional


Studio Concentration II (½ credit) - prerequisite Studio Concentration I AND instructor’s
signature**; AP portfolio optional

**Must be taken in sequence, but may take any of these courses either semester. Both semesters of Studio Concentration are required for Art AP exam in May

DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS


NOTE: Art I (1 credit) is required for graduation, PLUS one credit minimum of Visual and Performing Arts, one-half of which must be in the Performing Arts. A combined total of two credits in Visual and Performing Arts is required for graduation.


Fall Semester

Acting: Character and Voice (Grades 10-12, ½ credit)

Chamber Choir I, II, III, IV (½ credit) - prerequisite concurrent participation in Chorus Activity
AND instructor’s signature

Dance Technique (Grades 10-12; ½ credit and/or 1/6 P.E. credit)

Music Theory I (Grades 10-12; ½ credit)

Playwriting (Grades 10-12, ½ credit)

Theater Performance (Grades 10-12; ½ credit) - participation in at least two Key Theater productions AND instructor's permission

Spring Semester

Acting: Emotion and Movement (Grades 10-12; ½ credit)

Chamber Choir I, II, III, IV (½ credit) - prerequisite concurrent participation in Chorus Activity AND instructor's permission

Dance Technique (Grades 11-12; ½ credit and/or 1/6 P.E. credit)

Music Theory II (½ credit) - prerequisite Music Theory I

Theater Design (Grades 10-12; ½ credit)

Theater Performance (Grades 10-12; ½ credit) - participation in at least two Key Theater productions AND instructor's permission

* REQUIRED COURSES

DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SKILLS

*Changing Lives (one semester) - required for all 9th Grade students


NON-DEPARTMENTAL


Fall and Spring Semester

Community Service Work Elective (Grades 10-12; ½ credit)

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION

NOTE: This is for informational purposes and is not part of the course selection process. Two (2) periods a week in Grades 9-11. This can be met in the following ways:

1. Interscholastic Sports
Fall: Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Field Hockey, Coed Sailing, Coed Cross Country, Coed Equestrian, Girls' Volleyball

Winter: Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, Girls’ Indoor Soccer, Boys’ & Girls’ Indoor Track; Boys' and Girls' Swimming

Spring: Boys’ Lacrosse, Girls’ Lacrosse, Coed Sailing, Coed Tennis, Baseball

2. Dance Technique – ½ credit Performing Arts course offered fall and spring semesters

3. Independent Exercise Contract

4. Approved P.E. courses in the Activities Program