9th - 12th grade
High School classes require a greater level of commitment on the part of the student. Courses at this level involve not only learning new concepts but also being able to analyze them and place them within the larger context of a worldview. Students should expect more rigorous homework assignments, weekly exams and long-term projects. Preparation for related college-board exams is a by-product of some high school level classes. Classes require the purchase of textbooks and other related materials.
Advanced Math, Part II
Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Students will continue to use Saxon’s Advance Mathematics. This curriculum and text integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and word problem analysis. Class time encompasses instruction of two to three lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. SAT math topics will be discussed and practiced. Examples of algebra in action from science and engineering will be shared. Each week students are assigned problems sets from the lessons and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Text: Saxon's Advanced Mathematics (2nd edition, revised). Prerequisite: Advanced Math, Part 1 or Algebra 2, along with an understanding of geometry and trigonometry. Instructor: Terry Gilleland
Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Students will use Saxon’s Algebra 2 curriculum to learn about: traditional second-year algebra topics; geometric functions like angles, perimeters and proportional segments; negative exponents; quadratic equations; logarithms and advanced factoring. In a typical day, the 2 hours of class time will encompass instruction of four lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. In addition, math-related current events will be assigned and students will present their findings to the class. When appropriate, examples of algebra in action from science and engineering will be shared. Each week students will be assigned problems sets from the four lessons, and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Text: Saxon Algebra 2, 3rd edition. Placement test required. Instructor: Megan Mandes
Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
This college-prep course will cover various topics including: Newtonian Mechanics, the laws of motion, forces, energy transfer, and an introduction to electromagnetism. A strong background in Algebra 1 and right-angle trigonometry is required. This course will include an introduction to calculus, as it relates to describing physical phenomena. The lab portion of the course will include both virtual and physical, hand-on, experiments. Videos and additional resources will be provided. Instructor: Galen Mandes
Tuesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
This class is for students with a bit more exposure to Spanish . The students of ELE (Spanish as a second language) will continue building their vocabulary and learning more complex grammatical structures to be able to communicate with fluency in Spanish. We will be doing fun and interesting activities that are relevant to teenagers of this global society with more than 500 millions speakers of Spanish in 2020. The topics of each unit in the Gente Joven book We will use are relevant and engaging. The students will also be learning about Spanish and Latin American authors, interacting with some of their works in Spanish, enriching their appreciation of literature in another language.
Instructor: Shirley DeCicco
Lost Tools of Writing I (8th and 9th graders)
Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This classical writing program teaches the persuasive essay by means of invention (coming up with ideas), arrangement (ordering ideas), and elocution (expressing ideas logically). The essays will revolve around our class literature readings. A structured study of grammar using MCT's The Magic Lens I will be included, as will the mastery of vocabulary and Greek and Latin roots using MCT's Caesar's English II and Quizlet. Instructor: Eleanor Braun
High School English
Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Two separate courses (Analytical Grammar and Literary Analysis) are combined to create a full year of high school English. This higher level English course assumes some previous experience with essay writing.
1. Analytical Grammar: A comprehensive grammar course that teaches grammar through diagramming. The skill of analyzing sentences helps students understand the logic behind sentence structure and enhances their ability to self-edit their writing grammatically. A strong grasp of grammar will also assist students in their preparation for college-entrance exams, such as the SAT.
2. Literary Analysis: This course combines literary analysis with a new course by CiRCE Institute focusing on the comparative essay. This new Lost Tools of Writing course is meant as an option to follow Lost Tools of Writing I. We will study major works of literature with the aim of focusing on various literary themes, periods, and immersing ourselves in the works of great authors. Writing literary analysis essays (comparative and persuasive) will give students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in class and will prepare them for college-level writing. Additionally, we will be using MCT’s The Vocabulary of Literature to master terms often encountered in literature.
Partial Reading List: Homer's The Iliad, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Instructor: Eleanor Braun
High School US History: A Land of Hope
Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
This course curriculum, from Hillsdale College, explores the history of America as a land of hope founded on high principles. In presenting the great triumphs and achievements of our nation’s past, as well as the shortcomings and failures, it offers a broad and unbiased study of the kind essential to the cultivation of intelligent patriotism. Topics include: the birth of America, the impact of democracy, various forms of warfare, the histories of major wars, periods of reconstruction and growth, and economics. Instructor: TBD
Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
This course will use a classical approach to studying Latin, with a concentration on foundational grammar, vocabulary, translation, and reading skills. Students will use Wheelock's Latin (7th edition) as their main text. Roman life and culture will be studied through online resources on topics coordinated with the Brucia and Daugherty workbook, To Be a Roman: Topics in Roman Culture (2007).
Instructor: Megan Mandes