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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Students will use the enVision Algebra 2 2018 curriculum to learn about: advanced linear functions and systems, quadratic functions and equations, polynomial functions, rational functions, rational exponents and radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, Matrices, data analysis and statistics, probability and more. During class, students will work with the teacher to explore new concepts and skills. In addition, inquiry-based exploration tasks will be completed either independently or collaboratively with a partner or partners. Lesson quizzes, homework problem sets, and at-home closed book chapter tests will be required. Placement test required. Instructor: Piao Tran
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Learn to study, read, and write the literary analysis essay in this important course for high school development and success. We will study major works of literature, with the aim of focusing on various literary themes and immersing ourselves in the works of great authors. Writing comparative and persuasive essays will prepare students for college-level writing. A comprehensive look at grammar and sentence diagramming will help students understand the logic behind the English language, enhance their ability to self-edit their own writing, and prepare them for college entrance exams such as the SAT. Additionally, we will use MCT's The Vocabulary of Literature to master terms often encountered in classic literature. Reading list includes: Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations, Sense and Sensibility, The Call of the Wild, The Red Badge of Courage, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Our Town. This instructive and engaging course assumes some previous experience with essay writing, and requires the use of a computer and printer.
Instructor: Eleanor Braun
Wednesdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Biology has always been the study of life, but our human knowledge in this vast field is always changing and always growing. In this class, students will explore new advances in the field, the "chemistry of life," the cell, reproduction, genetics, the theory of evolution, DNA, proteins, biotechnology, ecology, biodiversity, and a host of other fascinating subjects. We will strive to bring the knowledge off the page through labs and experiments. From under the microscope to everything we can touch, hold, and see with the naked eye, life is swirling around us every minute of every day! We will be using HMH Biology: Student Edition 2017.
Common Sense Economics
Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Make economics fun with this new introductory course from Common Sense Economics! Students will develop a basic understanding of business storytelling and the modern tools utilized in markets around the world. Each week, students will participate in class discussions and engaging practical activities based on the material covered at home and in the classroom. As a team, we will work together to craft clear arguments for personal financial decisions, unlock the keys to building lasting wealth and prosperity, and spend time exploring the importance of being a responsible citizen. Instructor: Greg Koeser
Music Theory (8th - 12th graders)
Thursdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Learn the building blocks of music theory that will help you appreciate and understand music on a deeper and richer level. What is music theory you might ask? Music theory is to music, as grammar is to English... It is learning about what music is made of! We'll intersperse learning the nuts and bolts of music theory with interactive ear training exercises and, hopefully, some chance to try out and experiment with various instruments. Instructor: Craig Renoe