Algebra 1 is a compulsory subject normally taken in Grade 8.
Algebra 1 starts with a continuation of concepts studied in Pre-Algebra. Students will study and demonstrate knowledge of how to evaluate and simplify expressions; write and solve linear and quadratic equations, functions, and formulas; and write and solve systems of linear equations and inequalities. Students will also learn and show knowledge of how to represent and analyze relationships using tables, equations and graphs; apply basic operations on polynomials; use basic operations on rational and irrational numbers; communicate mathematically; and demonstrate the appropriate use of tools and technology. Algebra 1 is the first of three college-preparatory courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2).
Algebra 2 starts with a continuation of concepts studied in Algebra 1. Students will be involved in communicating information mathematically, solving problems from a real world context and justifying the solutions to problems. Furthermore, they will be challenged by new mathematical ideas that require function analysis, graphing skill, solving higher order equations, investigating complex number systems, and working with matrices, conic sections, logarithms, data analysis and probability. It is a course for students who wish to prepare for further mathematics such as Pre-Calculus or Statistics and who are planning to continue with mathematics in college.
Ancient World History is a survey course intended to introduce students to studying history at the high school level. Beginning with pre-historic times and moving through to the Industrial Revolution, students will examine geography, religion, economics, politics, social and cultural structures and the role these factors played in the growth of human civilization.
AP Biology begins at the molecular level, then moves up to the cell, then the organism, and ends at the level of the ecosystem, thus giving the student an integrated overview of life and its processes. A minimum of one hour’s preparation per night is needed to succeed in this course. There is more experimental work than in regular Biology, and most of this will be done after school. Students are immersed in the subject, and will consequently gain knowledge and skills at a much higher rate than you would in a regular course. Additionally, by virtue of the workload, the course can be instrumental in preparing you for studying at university level. And last, Biology is fun!
Students taking this course are expected to have a willingness to work hard since they will be given homework assignments in each and every calculus class. It is most important that students complete their homework each day since much of calculus depends on an understanding of a concept taught in a previous lesson. The use of a graphing calculator is required on the AP Calculus examination, thus you will need one, and will be using this technology on a regular basis so that you become skilled at it. You will also have experience with the basic paper-and-pencil techniques of calculus and be able to apply them when you are not allowed to use your calculator.
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses. Students in AP Chemistry attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course contributes to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. Broad topic areas covered include looking at the structure and states of matter, chemical reactions and some descriptive chemistry. There is also a focus and emphasis on the laboratory experience.
This course is designed to be comparable to fourth semester (or the equivalent) college/university courses in Mandarin Chinese. The AP course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) and the five goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture.
This course is actually two separate classes, Advanced Placement Microeconomics and Advanced Placement Macroeconomics. At the end of the year students will be prepared to sit for two different AP exams and can earn credit for both.
In it’s essence, economics is a social science that looks at the production, distribution, and consumption of good and services. It can look at these things from the prospective of a society as a whole or examine the interactions of different societies; this is the field of macroeconomics. It also examines how individuals and/or businesses interact to make and sell good and services; this is the field of microeconomics. Much of the work done in economics deals with idealized situations, where we assume certain motivations (or what economists call incentives) will always hold true. Over the course of the year we will examine these incentives, and the behaviors they are thought to inspire, and then discuss where and when these relationships work and where they break down.
AP English Language is a rigorous exam offered as an alternative to Grade 11 English. The purpose of this course is to examine and practice the tools writers use to craft argument. Course readings include selections from political, historical and social science writings, along with current events and non-fiction prose. Students learn to analyze writing, to develop sound reasoning and argumentation, and to examine the power of language.
The exam is divided into three strands: rhetorical analysis, argument and synthesis. Students develop their ability to analyze text for rhetorical style, argue a point of view and incorporate evidence successfully into an argument. Plenty of opportunity is also given to develop different forms of writing: analytical, expository and persuasive. Emphasis is placed on crafting a written response within a given time period.
As a college level course, AP English Literature and Composition involves a rigorous and challenging approach to English. AP English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature through selected works of merit from the 16th Century to modern times. By reading in this manner, students deepen their understanding of how writers use language to give a reader both meaning and pleasure. Students will learn to approach a text critically, analyzing it for the author’s meaning(s), and evaluating it artistically and for its historical/social context. By reading, students will explore the development of literature throughout history in its various traditions, styles, and uses of language, the universal themes of literature, how literature reflects life, and the historical, social, and cultural values of a work of literature at any given period.
Writing is a fundamental and essential part of this AP course. Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature that will include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Instruction will include careful attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. It will also include study of the elements of style. By writing, students will develop the writing process, writing as a tool to express ideas clearly and confidently, effective and diverse vocabulary and syntax, different forms of writing (expository, analytic argumentative, creative), and understand the narrative devices used by writers to achieve their purpose.
The AP French Language and Culture and French 4 course is a two year revolving course syllabi designed with reference to the AP French Course Description (see the College Board website for more information) to help you integrate the four language skills through the use of authentic sources and documents. The AP French Language and Culture exam that addresses six groups of learning objectives: spoken and written interpersonal communication, audio, visual, and written interpretative communication, and spoken and written presentational communication. These learning objectives will be addressed through the study of six themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communication, Beauty and Aesthetics. Students will continue to develop vocabulary and refine their grammar skills while focusing on communication. The study of French and French speaking culture will be interwoven throughout the course. This will be accomplished through a variety of methods involving films, music, texts, listening exercises, speaking exercises, discussions (on French culture, daily life, current events, etc.), and other communicative activities. This class is taught completely in French. Students are expected to leave English and all other languages at the door; all activities will be conducted purely in French. A supplemental grammar and vocabulary book provide for a comprehensive grammar and vocabulary review.
This course is designed to provide a systematic development of the main principles of physics, emphasizing problem solving as well as continuing to develop a deep understanding of physics concepts. It is assumed that the student is familiar with algebra and trigonometry; calculus is seldom used, although some theoretical developments may use basic concepts of calculus. In most colleges, this is a one-year terminal course including a laboratory component and is not the usual preparation for more advanced physics and engineering courses; however, Physics does provide a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.
In this course we will concentrate on problem solving, practical applications of physics, career opportunities related to what we are studying, current questions, and future trends. Labs will primarily entail open-ended problem solving which will require you to design experimental methods and analyze your results.
This course is a college-level course for high school students, designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behaviors and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
This is an accelerated studio-focused art class for students who want to refine their technical skills and clarify an artistic direction with intent. The year-long class will be a combination of prescribed and self-directed study based on the guidelines set forth by the National Advanced Placement College Board (AP). This course is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art; the program demands significant commitment, students will need to work outside of class at least 5-10 hours a week. Two types of portfolios may be submitted in separate years.
The AP US History course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US history. It will examine events and issues from the Pre-Columbian era and continue right up to the present age. This AP US History course should teach students to assess historical materials and develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format. The course imposes a heavy reading and writing load throughout the year and the demands placed upon students are equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses.
The goal of AP World History is to provide students with a solid foundation of skills to help them understand the forces that shape the world in which they live. This course is designed for the exceptionally studious high school student who wishes to earn college credit in high school through a rigorous academic program. Students will use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks. Students will be encouraged to build empathy and understanding of the human condition, understanding historical and geographical context, and make comparisons across cultures. Students will develop skills of research, analysis, discussion, and writing about historical events and multiple perspectives and construct analytical and interpretive essays which address issues of change, continuity, and comparison.
Biology is a fascinating course in which students use scientific methods to find out about the living world. There is a strong practical emphasis and students will be expected to continue to develop their laboratory skills to plan and carry out scientific investigations. Students will learn how to relate biological form to function by observation of living organisms. Other major themes include the chemistry of life, cell theory, and the origins of life on Earth. The curriculum is designed to make the most of the natural environment here in Thailand through fieldwork and the study of local living organisms.
This course examines the composition of various substances and the changes they can go through. It also demonstrates how chemistry touches our lives every day, almost everywhere—in medicine, the clothes we wear, the games we play, as well as the industries that make the things we use. The periodic table and simple compounds are covered, as well as the basics of Chemistry.
Open to any level of singer, from beginner to advanced. Learning proper technique, presentation, and some music theory will be combined with preparing to sing at public performances. Traditional style as well as contemporary and show-choir will be taught. Attending the several public performances to be scheduled will be required.
Open to musicians at all levels of wind instruments and percussion(drums), and to string instruments above beginner level. Students will be able to advance their skill level through playing in the ensemble, and will learn some music theory along the way. This is a performance-based class, there will be several opportunities provided to perform in public, and these will be required activities.
The class decide upon a range of dance styles in which they would like to choreograph. Students then choose the style of dance they wish to be involved in and get into choreography groups from there. Each choreography groups teaches the rest of the class their dance. Each group needs to have a different style. Students choose the music and any costumes or props they wish to use. Students research their chosen style through the internet, videos and literature. Students need to stay true to the chosen style as much as possible in a ‘creative fashion.’ Students are responsible for their own work schedule within the designated lessons and out of class time. We will have after school practices to prepare for a performance at the end of the year.
Creative Writing is a year-long course aimed at developing writing skills relevant to both poetry and fiction. Starting with poetry, it hones students’ abilities to create patterns in language, to use imagery, rhyme and rhythm, and to choose diction that evokes meaning.
The elements of short stories are explored and students learn to develop their own short stories, together with the skills involved in drafting and editing. In the final semester, students investigate the processes involved in writing a novel and produce the first 10,000 words of their own work.
The course also includes a component on ‘How to Publish’ and covers areas such as internet-publishing, self-publishing, magazine publications, literary agents and publishing houses.
Students learn a dance choreographed by the teacher, to introduce and explore the basic movements and elements of dance. Students apply this knowledge and understanding to choreograph a section of the dance, working in small groups. Each group teaches their choreographed section to the class with the help of the teacher. Students further develop their knowledge, understanding and skills by choreographing a group dance. (Project) Students are responsible for choosing their music, structuring the dance, deciding upon a theme and/or style and developing the movement to portray their theme. Students perform the teacher’s dance, their projects and any Level 2 dance pieces. Students evaluate the process and product to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skill. Students have a final practical assessment in the form of a performance and/or a motif development task. Students take one written exam at the end of the semester to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the theory.
Educational Dance Level 2 is designed to further develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the choreographic process, the teaching and the performance of Dance. Students learn the ‘Teacher’ dance to reinforce concepts from Level 1, and to experience different ideas. Students evaluate their work to demonstrate their progress and improvement. Students choreograph a dance alone or in pairs, depending on how many Level 2 students are in the class. Students are responsible for researching ideas, choosing their music accompaniment, structuring the dance, deciding upon a theme and/or style. Students are expected to explore more complex movements and use more challenging choreographic devices to develop the movement, and to portray their chosen theme and /or style. Students teach the class their dance, with limited teacher intervention. Students may perform in their own dance and will evaluate the process and product to demonstrate their deeper knowledge, understanding and skill. Students write a paper to detail their experience, illustrating their points with referral to their knowledge of the theory.
Desktop Publishing/Journalism can be used to satisfy computer credit requirements for graduation and is open to students in Grades 10-12 meeting the prerequisites.
This course teaches the fundamentals of using a desktop publishing program to create flyers and newsletters as well as large projects like a yearbook. Students will also learn how to match writing styles and techniques to different types of media by creating articles for the school's newsletter, yearbook, and website. They will also create flyers to help promote/advertise various school activities.
Teaches the fundamentals of how to design and create 2D graphics and animation to meet a specific purpose. Students will learn to use software tools and the design processes necessary to produce products that can stand alone or be used in various end use applications like websites, newsletters, flyers, or logos. Students will also learn the basics of editing digital photographs.
The fundamentals of drawing are taught through various media encounters, such as Graphite, Pastel, Marker, India Ink, Scratchboard, Charcoal, Oil Pastels, & Colored Pencils. Students will be introduced to the basics of drawing by learning simple techniques and exercises. They will investigate the elements and principles of art (line, form, value, color, composition, etc.) as they refine their use of various media. Students will refer to works by great masters as well as contemporary and cross-cultural exemplars for further inspiration and clarity. Requirements include: (a) keeping a portfolio of sketches, exercises, and finished work; (b) self-evaluations and group critiques; (c) an oral presentation; (d) keeping a sketchbook; (e) projects; and (f) final exam.
English 10 is a communication arts class focusing on analyzing literature for themes, style, structure and characterization; the writing process; effective oral communication; as well as listening skills. Through close study of two novels, two plays (one by Shakespeare), various poems and short stories, and a unit focused on film, students will gain key skills that will enable them to successfully communicate their ideas and opinions in a variety of ways.
English 11 is a compulsory subject taken in Grade 11, unless a student is enrolled in AP English Language. Its exploration of literary texts runs parallel to a honing of literary skills, enabling students over the course of the year to develop vocabulary, writing style and analysis. A weekly writing workshop not only give students SAT practice, but also enables them to make progress with various forms of writing: creative, expository, analytical and persuasive.
Together with an indepth study of one of Shakespeare's plays, students are also introduced to a selection of 19th and 20th century texts with an emphasis on prose analysis. There is in addition an ongoing focus on poetry, its patterns of diction, rhythm and imagery, as well as its historical context. Beginning with Beowulf, students are given an overview of the development of English poetry from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
Grade 12 English is a year-long course aimed at exposing students to a wide variety of poetry, prose, and drama from Chaucer and Shakespeare to the present day works of British and American authors. Throughout the course, students will engage in the close reading of literature and in written responses to these works, gaining knowledge of the world of literature and the world in general through the themes literature addresses. Reading will develop the ability to analyze a written work for meaning and artistic quality, as well as study the craft of writing. Writing assignments will develop the ability to offer critical analysis of literature that will include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays, writing styles that can be applied to other academic areas and to university studies. Instruction will include careful attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. It will also include study of the elements of style. By the end of the course, students will be prepared for university study of literature and possess the necessary writing skills for academic success.
English 9 is a compulsory subject taken in Grade 9. The main focus of the course is to create strong foundations in reading and writing. Over the course of the year, students are also introduced to literary concepts and are given an opportunity to develop their vocabulary. They are taught how to read and write analytically. Weekly writing workshops give students an opportunity to make progress with various forms of writing: creative, expository, analytical and persuasive.
Together with an indepth study of one of Shakespeare's plays, students also study a selection of 20th century texts with an emphasis on prose analysis. There is in addition an ongoing focus on poetry, its patterns of diction, rhythm and imagery, as well as its historical context. Students are given an introductory course in poetry in the first quarter. This is followed up by a close look at the development of modern poetry from its roots in World War II.
Environmental Science is a course designed to give students a basis for further study in this field, and to help instill a sense of environmental awareness beyond what they may already have. The class begins with basic ecology and familiarization with the biosphere, and proceeds to examine the ways in which we affect the ecosystems in which we live. Students are encouraged to develop and live out their own environmental ethic.
French 1 is an introduction to the French language and the French-speaking world. The four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will be developed in an integrated way through in-class activities (skits, dialogues, etc.) films, music, internet activities, and games. Students will learn vocabulary to describe themselves, their family, and everyday life, as well as the vocabulary needed to travel around the Francophone world. By the end of the course, students will be able to express themselves in present, future, and the two basic past tenses (passé composé and imparfait).
French 2 is a course that is centered around a fictitious apartment building. During the year, students will continue to develop their language skills through exploration of French-speaking cultures around the world and continue to develop their communication skills in the present, future, and two basic past tenses (passé composé and imparfait) through many interactive projects, films, music, and other communicative activities.
French 3 has a fairly intense cultural component. Students will explore the French-speaking world, first through different regions of France, then through French-speaking countries of the world from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Other cultural activities include cultural discussions, cooking, field trips, and films. Students will also read two short story collections (Le Petit Nicolas and traditional African folktales), a play (an African comedy), and different poems (representative of different cultures and/or literary movements). All four language skills will be integrated into our cultural and reading studies and you will be introduced to remaining essential grammar concepts (the futur, conditionnel, subjonctif, and pronouns), and communication skills.
This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra 1. The course helps students develop logical thinking patterns, and also helps them become aware of the geometrical patterns in their environment. This is accomplished by working proofs and problems with the help of postulate, theorems, and axioms. The topics covered include: angles, polygons, circles, lines, points, arcs, triangles, and some basic trigonometry.
This course is designed to promote the concept that a positive, healthy lifestyle can enhance your quality of life. It will focus on preparing the student for making responsible decisions about their life necessary for personal control. The course will be divided into two units of work: sport first aid, and drugs and sex education.
The sport first aid course will demonstrate strategies for the assessment, management, and prevention of injuries in sport first aid settings and enable the student to form opinions about health-promoting actions, and draw conclusions about health and physical activity concepts.
The drug and sex education course is to clearly identify the consequences associated with the use and abuse of drugs and premarital sexual activity. It will enable the student to understand the value of healthy behaviors.
In this course the students will learn the basics of computer programming using the Python programming language. Basic programming concepts are covered including variables, data types, mathematical operations, input/output, iteration, conditional execution, functions, error handling, and object oriented programming. The course has a very large problem solving component and requires a very high level of precision and attention to detail.
Open to musicians on any instrument above the level of beginner, and a simple audition may be required. The course will provide opportunity to learn the theory and then apply it to playing different styles, with a focus on improvising, and will not be confined to jazz but will also explore Blues, Rock, Funk, and other pop styles. A performance-based class, and opportunities to perform in public several times each semester will be scheduled, and will be required activities.
Mandarin 1 is a high school class. If taken in Grade 7 or 8, this class does not count towards the foreign language requirements for graduation.
This is a course in standard Mandarin Chinese, the official language of the People’s Republic of China. It is designed for complete beginners who have no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. The aim of the course is to provide students with a grasp of basic structures and the ability to carry out simple conversations in Chinese, as well as the knowledge required to recognize and read approximately four hundred basic Chinese characters.
Mandarin 2 is a high school class. If taken in Grade 7 or 8, this class does not count towards the foreign language requirements for graduation.
This course is designed for students who have already completed Mandarin 1 Chinese, or who can demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge of the language to the required level. After revision of the structures, vocabulary and characters covered in Mandarin 1, the course continues to develop students’ ability in reading, speaking, writing and aural comprehension, building upon the structures already acquired during Mandarin 1. This course is open to students from Grades 7–12.
This class is for the intermediate students to continue to develop their language skills and their study of Pinyin as well as Chinese characters. Other cultural activities include relevant cultural discussions, cooking, field trips, and watching many different films.
This course contains a very significant reading component – throughout the year, you will read two graded reader series (level one) (Chinese breeze: Cuo, Cuo, Cuo and Liang Ge Xiang Shang Tian De Hai Zi), a play, and different poems. All four language skills will be integrated into our cultural and reading studies and you will continue to improve in your comprehension and communication skills.
Throughout the course, students will engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions mostly in Chinese. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the aspects of Chinese culture studied in class. Students will reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the Chinese language and its cultures. Students will demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the Chinese language and their own. Students will be able to use the Chinese language both within and beyond the school setting.
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The main goal of this course is for students to learn to better understand the complexities of the world that surrounds them. By studying geography, they will discover and explore the relationships between people and the environment, and links between people, places, and culture.
The course will focus primarily on human geography, especially in the political and economic realms. Students will be asked to apply their knowledge of world history to understand the factors that have shaped the modern development of nations and peoples, as well as the situations being faced by countries in real time (i.e. current events). Students will be challenged to think critically about, and actively reflect on, problems facing the earth globally and locally, with the first semester focusing on Europe and the Americas and the second semester focusing on Asia and the Middle East.
With a better understanding of these issues, students will be better equipped to find positive ways to interact with the earth and those who inhabit it. Students will also build on their geography skills while learning about different places on earth and explore the issues they face living on this planet here and now.
The fundamentals of painting are taught through various media encounters, such as acrylic, watercolor, gouache, oil and batik painting. Students learn technical skills with an emphasis on studio production. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, through the use of historical reference and exploration of different modes of painting such as, realistic, abstract, and non-objective, students are encouraged to develop their own styles of painting. Emphasis is on individual expression, composition, and technique. Requirements include: (a) keeping a sketchbook of ideas, notes and vocabulary; (b) critiques; (c) an oral presentation, (d) projects; (e) final exam.
Student will work from still life, landscape, portraiture, the figure, and creativity-based subjects.
Those students who have completed Painting and wish to become further involved with advanced techniques and concepts may proceed to Studio Art.
Successful completion of this semester course will earn certification. Students wishing to coach or officiate in the school's sports program will need to complete this course. This course consists of 6 basic components: Practical; Rules; Mechanics; Performance understanding; Students will prepare a short Personal Exercise Program (PEP). Students will complete a minimum of 10 hours in the after school sports program which does not include playing sports.
Team Sports is an elective with emphasis placed on refining fundamental skills, introducing game strategies and effectively utilizing available human resources. Challenge initiatives are used to reinforce collaboration skills with written and performance assessments used to determine mastery. Students have an in depth opportunity to learn basic skills and vocabulary about activities that will be played as they move through high school. Students are taught new skills as well as given the chance to increase some skills formerly taught in other classes through participating in activities such as basketball, soccer, volleyball. Students will also have the opportunity to learn and accomplish higher sport specific skills through a variety of team and large group activities.
Students will further develop their practical skills, gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of rules, techniques and terminology and continue to work on their social development, including cooperation, teamwork and responsibility. Through these different activities the following components will be emphasized and assessed: Practical performance and improvement; knowledge of rules, techniques and terminology; attendance and punctuality to lessons, wearing PE uniform; the ability to demonstrate a proper warm up and cool down routine; general enthusiasm for the topic and active involvement.
Students will participate in activities which illustrate the different focuses of Health Related Fitness. Students will gain an understanding of the meaning of exercise as a form of physical activity, and its relationships to fitness. Students will assess and monitor their physical fitness levels and physical activity patterns, and will develop their own physical fitness program. Students will be expected to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of the information learned through out the year.
Physical Science is a required full-year required course that explores introductory physics during the first semester, and introductory chemistry during the second semester. The main goal of this course is to continue to develop the student’s ability to do science. Students will learn many different science process skills, and will learn how to use their skills in studying and solving problems. The class will involve a great deal of inquiry-based lab work. The students will often work in teams using cooperative learning. During the first semester, the students will work on and finish the Technology Project and the Rube Goldberg Project. Many different resources will be explored in order to enhance their ability to do science.
Physics is a full-year course that primarily explores the areas of Mechanics (first semester) and Electromagnetics (second semester). Physics is a prerequisite for AP Physics B, which is a full-year course that explores all areas of physics.
A major goal of this course is to continue to develop your ability to do science. You will use inquiry-based lab work and longer-term projects to help sharpen your science process and critical-thinking skills. There is an abundance of on-line tutorials, labs, and other websites that we will be making use of throughout the course. The following websites are linked with your textbook: go.hrw.com and www.scilinks.org.
There will be at least one lab session during each unit and there will be a test at the end of each unit.
Students who choose Precalculus should have previously demonstrated a mastery of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. It is important that students do their homework every day since much of this math course depends on understanding concepts taught in a previous lessons. The use of a graphing calculator is required for some sections in Precalculus. Students will be doing Functions and their Graphs, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Trigonometry, Sequences, Series, Probability, Analytic Geometry, and Limits in this course.
Students will be encouraged to integrate art into their ever day lives. They will be given opportunity to grow in their appreciation of art and skill, as well as recognize art terms and create works of art while striving for their best.
In this course students will learn the advanced concepts and techniques of drawing. They will have choice of concentration, with deadlines to meet. Students will focus on drawing skills using a variety of media such as pencil, colored pastels, markers, charcoal and pen. They will be challenged and encouraged to grow in their skills.
This course aims to develop the kind of adults the world needs: thoughtful, responsible, reflective, articulate, and independent world citizens. The studies of this class will be varied and flexible, however there are several key components: students will reflect on their twelve years of education to produce meaningful comments on their learning; students will anticipate issues that may arise their first few years of university and prepare to meet the challenges of life in a new place; students will practice professional communications and interactions; and students will interact regularly with the guidance and career counselor to discuss a wide range of topics.
Spanish 1 is a high school class. If taken in Grade 7 or 8, this class does not count towards the foreign language requirements for graduation.
In Spanish 1, students will study Spanish using a holistic approach that focuses on the acquisition of skills in six core areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Along with language acquisition, students will strive to gain an authentic and extensive understanding of the varied cultures and customs of the Spanish-speaking world. The first level course will focus on the building of a strong foundation of the basic concepts inherent in the language.
Spanish 2 is a high school class. If taken in Grade 7 or 8, this class does not count towards the foreign language requirements for graduation.
In Spanish 2, we will continue our study of Spanish by building upon, strengthening, and reinforcing the skills in the six core areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. We will continue to seek out an authentic and extensive understanding of the varied cultures and customs of the Spanish-speaking world. The second level course will continue to focus on the building of a strong foundation of the basic concepts inherent in the language, and will provide students with opportunities to deepen their practical understanding of the language through individual and group projects. Some topics of study in this course will include: stem-changing verbs, simple conditional verb tenses, simple future and past verb tenses, adjective agreement, and vocabulary acquisition.
The Spanish 3 course will continue to build upon, strengthen, and reinforce the students’ skills in the six core areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. In this course, a strong emphasis will be placed on the strengthening of the students’ skills and knowledge with regards to the practical, everyday use of the language. We will strive to deepen our understanding of how the language works as a tool for communication through a wide range of projects and activities specially geared toward providing as authentic a cultural and linguistic experience as possible. Some topics of study in this course will include: reflexive verbs and pronouns, the imperfect verb tense, making comparisons, asking for and giving advice, and the environment.
The Spanish 4 course will continue to build upon, strengthen, and reinforce the students’ skills in the six core areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Along with focusing on these core skill areas, a strong emphasis will be placed on fluency and pronunciation in Spanish. The majority of instructions and communications will be in Spanish and students will be strongly encouraged to communicate in the target language as much as possible. Through a wide range of projects and activities geared toward providing as authentic a cultural and linguistic experience as possible, the students will deepen their understanding of how the language works as a tool for communication Some topics of study in this course will include: compound tenses, discussing past and future events, the subjunctive tense, legends and folklore, means of communication, and the world we live in.
Students can let their imaginations soar, allow them to explore their creativity and learn the tools they need to express their thoughts and ideas.
The Speech and Drama course will focus primarily on developing on-going confidence, self-esteem and strengthen verbal communication skills.
The curriculum will provide unique opportunities for students to develop clear speech, fluent delivery and pleasing social skills. This will be done through participation in a wide range of creative activities including speech, drama, movement, improvisation and poetry reading within a supportive environment.
Occasional dress up, along with the use of props and make-up will add to the excitement of the lessons.
The program will also encompass work on movement – to build an awareness and confidence in his / her own body; the spoken word – to cultivate good and expressive speech; and finally drama – to perform confidently before an audience.
These classes will each conclude with a presentation, with the emphasis on the process, and not final product, as students are encouraged to continually develop their abilities and keep exploring their creativity.
Lessons will include:
- Exercises in relaxation, breathing and articulation
- Movement, drama and poetry reading
- Short script performance
To summarize, the skills gained through Speech and Drama are as follows:
- Positive self-esteem
- Confidence to communicate effectively
- Enjoyment of language and communication
- Good pronunciation and voice control
- Ability to share and present ideas
- Love for reading and stories
- Theater technique & Confidence to perform and take part in shows
Statistics is a mathematical discipline that helps us use numbers to tell a story. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. By the end of this course students will be able to formulate a hypothesis; design an experiment, survey, or simulation; execute the design, collecting appropriate data; select the appropriate statistical techniques to analyze the data; and develop and evaluate inferences based on the data. In addition, the student will develop their skills to interpret and critique the day-to-day statistics that they encounter. Throughout the course students will be using resources on the web as well as computers and computer software. Students will be expected to master the appropriate technology needed to enhance understanding and to accomplish specific goals.
The fundamentals of art are taught through various media encounters. Students learn technical skills in their choice of drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, collage and other media. Individual solutions to assignments are encouraged. Emphasis is on individual expression, composition, and technique. This course cannot be repeated.
This course is open to students in Grades 11-12 and can be taken at the same time as Studio Art I.
Studio Art II is similar to Studio Art I, but focuses more on individual approaches in content as well as technical skills. Assignments are more challenging than Studio Art I. More emphasis is placed on individual expression than in Studio Art I. Studio Art cannot be repeated.
Study hall is a period for students to actively participate in their academics. This can take the form of reviewing classroom notes, finishing homework, studying for a test/quiz, and/or completing a group project. It can also be used to work on an independent study course or an on-line program. Community service hours can be completed during this time by being a teacher's assistant (TA), tutoring/mentoring in the elementary classes, or working with a non-government agency (NGO) or missionary within the community. Used wisely this time can be an addition to a student's educational resume.
This course will introduce the student to a basic understanding of principles of scenic design, lighting design, and other technical aspects of the theater. Technical Theater is also offered in the second semester to allow collaboration on the end of year theater production. The class will involve a brief introduction and lessons on the following Areas of Study: History of Stage Scenery; Types of Scenery; Script Analysis; Set Design; Lighting Design; Sound Design; Careers in Technical Theater.
Thai FL is offered to students in Grades 9-12 who wish to start or to continue with studies of Thai language. The language level offered is based on student ability and fluency in Thai. This is not a course for Thai nationals.
Thai GL is a course for students who carry a Thai passport or have Thai nationality. It can also be taken by foreign students who have the ability to understand, speak, read, and write Thai. This course covers the areas of Thai social studies, culture, history, geography, literature, and language. In this class, students will have the opportunity to participate in activities both inside and outside the classroom, not only during school hours, but also on holidays, weekends, and after school. Students will learn from textbooks, from the community, from reputable people, from field trips, and so on. This method of learning will help students to learn tolerance, responsibility for themselves and others, leadership, and teamwork. The course will involve work in small groups within the class, and in larger groups with the other Thai GL classes.
Students will develop a strong grasp of the most important areas of contemporary theater making while learning effective use of the voice and body, texts, spaces and objects. Looking closely at the design and construction of dramatic literature, environments and spaces within which performance can occur. Students will research and develop ideas for use on the three main types of stages as community settings and experimental projects in non-traditional spaces. The course culminates with a performance of a full length theatrical performance.
Areas of Study: Improvisation; Acting Technique; Stage Movement; Play Analysis; Ensemble; Acting; Explore Play Production; Develop the Audition Process; Play Performance
Teaches the fundamentals of how to use authoring tools, HTML tags, and styles to build websites/pages. Students will also learn to use color and good design principles to create websites/pages that effectively meet specific end use requirements.
The purpose of this course is to offer students focused time in which to hone and develop their writing skills. This workshop course offers independent and one-on-one practice under the guidance of the instructor. The specific intention is to increase the effectiveness of the student's writing in the following areas: proper English mechanics and grammar usage, communicating a clear message, developing a theme, and writing for a specific audience and purpose. This course may be taken as a single semester, or for the entire year, dependent upon the instructor's recommendation.