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.
Experience Chemistry (9th to 12th graders)
Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Experience Chemistry is a full college-prep HS chemistry class that will take us through the joy of chemistry through demonstrations, videos, lecture, and lab as we explore the science of materials. Chemistry shows us how the humble proton, electron, and neutron come together in trillions of combinations to form everything! We will not be memorizing facts, but internalizing the rules of Chemistry to prepare us for the standardized exams. Increase your understanding in the world around you as you Experience Chemistry!
Instructor: Greg Koeser
Studio Art (7th to 12th graders)
Tuesdays, 12:45 pm – 3:15 pm
In this combined middle and high school class, students will learn the principles and concepts of design, developing the student’s knowledge of composition in two- and three-dimensional art. These elements and principles of design are the building blocks of art that will, not only improve the student’s artwork, but also, be used in all art careers. Students will learn the “why” and “how” of art techniques, which will enable them to develop the skills needed to become independent in creating their own artwork. We will examine different artists’ artworks, seeking to evaluate and recognize art techniques and concepts in action. Students will explore, experiment, and problem solve, as they create their own original works.
Instructor: Patricia Storey
WriteStrong Writing (9th to 12th graders)
Wednesdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
This year's high school writing class will be themed around our classical heritage in the West. Students will build up their vocabularies by learning the Latin and Greek roots of English words and will learn to write compare/contrast essays about some of the ongoing debates surrounding our changing language. Students will also learn about the classical roots of Western politics, literature, and philosophy. Texts for this portion of the class will include: Homer's Odessey, Sophocles' Antigone, Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar, Cicero's First Catilinarian, excerpts from the Federalist Papers, and Plato's Apology. These rich texts will provide plenty of essay writing opportunities. At the end of the year, students will complete a research paper about one area of our culture that has been shaped by the classical world. Begin preparing your student for college-level writing with this exciting new offering!
Instructor: Anna Moscatiello
US Government and Civics (9th to 12th graders)
Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
From the historical foundation of Democracy, through the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, with changes due to amendments, to present-day situations, students will study the rights and duties of US citizens and how the US government works. We will experience American’s foundational history and why the US government is structured as it is. In addition to influential works by John Locke, Alexander Hamilton, and James Monroe, we will also read Robert Heinlein’s 1960’s sci-fi novel Starship Trooper as we define what it means to be a citizen!
Instructor: Greg Koeser
Algebra II (9th to 12th graders)
Thursdays, 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Students will use Saxon’s Algebra 2, 3rd edition to learn second-year algebra topics: solving and graphing of linear and quadratic equations, factoring, a variety of types of word problems, solving quadratic equations by completing the square, solving simultaneous equations with fractions and decimals, complex roots of quadratic equations, solving systems of nonlinear equations, graphing and solving a system of inequalities, exponential equations, and review of key geometry, probability and statistics topics. Weekly 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 may be assigned with students presenting their findings to the class. 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. Placement test, or previous math instruction with Mrs. Gilleland, is required.
Instructor: Terry Gilleland