HIGH SCHOOL

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.

Spanish III

Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This course is the 3rd in a 3-year sequence.  Students will be exposed to all aspects of language acquisition such as listening, speaking, writing, logic, cultural values and traditions. Students will gain further practice outside of class through audio exercises, worksheets and listening/writing assignments. Instructor: Shirley DeCicco

Studio Art

Tuesdays, 12:30 - 3:00 pm

In this class, students will learn the principles and concepts of design in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. These principles of design are the building blocks of a student's work and are used in all art careers. We will examine artist artwork to evaluate concepts in action. Students are invited to explore, experiment and solve problems in creating their original artwork, while developing their own artistic styles. Instructor: Patricia Storey

Advanced Math

Wednesdays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Students will 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 four lessons and application of principles through sample problems worked on the board. In addition, math-related current events are assigned. Examples of algebra in action from science and engineering will be shared. Each week students are assigned problems sets from the four lessons and a closed-book quiz to be completed at home. Text: Saxon Advanced Mathematics, 2rd Edition (revised). Prerequisite: Saxon Algebra 2 or placement test. Instructor: Terry Gilleland

High School English

Spring & Fall, Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Two separate courses (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: (First Hour) A comprehensive grammar course that teaches grammar through diagramming. The skill of analyzing sentences helps students understand the logic behind sentence structure and greatly enhances their ability to self-edit their writing grammatically. Students will study how grammar and writing are presented on the SAT and take practice grammar and writing tests.
 

2. Literary Analysis: (Second Hour) This course teaches literary analysis and the literary analysis essay. 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 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.

 

This class includes one-on-one tutoring in the form of detailed edits of essay assignments via email. Access to a computer or a laptop (preferred), as well as a printer, is required (no tablets or I-pads). Each student must have access to an email address. Familiarity with attaching and opening documents and using either Word (preferred) or Google docs would also prove beneficial.

 

Reading List: Earnest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Julius Caesar, Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Please contact Mrs. Braun for a class text and summer reading list. Instructor: Eleanor Braun

Chemistry

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This college-prep course explores scientific measurement, matter, atomic theory, the periodic table, bonding, gas laws, and chemical reactions. Special emphasis on math instruction for solving Chemistry problems. The lab part of the course includes both virtual and physical, hands-on, experiments. Videos and additional resources provided. Instructor: Chris Browne

Modern World History

Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:00 pm

How did past cultures and ideologies grow into the modern world, with all of its opportunities and challenges? In this course, we will study major world events and civilizations, starting with the European Renaissance and ending with contemporary global issues.  Not only looking at historical facts, but thinking deeply about the past is this class's goal, enabling students to connect historical topics to the present.   Students will utilize research skills and critical thinking to analyze data and cause and effect.  And of course, what SHLC history class would be complete without a couple of museum field trips to NYC or Philadelphia? Instructor: Denise Troxel

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