JUNIOR YEAR (11th Grade)

American Literature

Combines language, composition, and study of literature, refining language techniques and writing precision. The development of American writing is traced against the social background, building appreciation of tone, technique, and total effect. There is emphasis on vocabulary development.

Algebra II

Algebra 2 is a college preparatory course that expands upon concepts learned in Algebra 1 and Geometry. Reviews of algebraic and geometric concepts are integrated throughout the course. Emphasis will be placed on abstract thinking skills, the algebraic solution of problems, probability and data analysis, coordinate geometry and trigonometry and the families of functions; including quadratic, linear, exponential, logarithmic, radical and rational functions. This course sets a solid foundation for entry and completion of advanced math and other higher-level advanced math courses.

Chemistry

The course is designed to be a laboratory-based course in chemistry. The level of instruction is to be at a level that will provide adequate preparation for entry into a college level chemistry class. This course studies chemical reactions and the factors that influence their behavior. The major topics will include atomic and molecular structure, bonding patterns, nuclear chemistry, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, and redox reactions.

AP English Language and Composition

The AP English Language course is designed to fully prepare students to take the AP exam in the 11th grade. This class is specifically designed to provide students with the content knowledge and skills to succeed in AP English Language. Therefore, the course emphasizes the analysis, research, and writing of nonfiction texts. Throughout the year, students will review and improve their understanding of syntax and grammar and study vocabulary. The units of the course are organized by rhetorical mode.

AP Literature

This Honors level course is designed to better prepare students for success in the college-level demands of our upper division AP English Literature classes. This course seeks to further engage students in the process of close reading, studying, analyzing, and writing about a variety of literary and non-literary texts. Content is drawn from both classic and contemporary fiction, poetry, and drama, along with thematically consistent non-fiction and visual texts. Central to instruction over the academic year are thorough introductions to a wide range of literary/poetic terms appropriate to each unit’s content as well as a comprehensive introduction to the rhetorical modes of writing. Several outcomes transcending all unit-specific outcomes are: the development of strong thesis statements, the development of effective and deliberate essay arrangement, the development of text-specific exemplification, the development of effective quotation integration, and the development of appropriate source documentation.

United States History

A detailed study of the European encounters with the New World through settlement and the two hundred years of our Constitution and country. The development of private enterprise economics, social trends, immigration, and evolving foreign interests are each traced, showing our heritage as an outgrowth of practical solutions to challenges. Lectures, readings, and problem-solving discussions are used to build critical thinking and clear writing skills.

Humanities

Electives are offered at varying times, and may include Psychology, Anthropology, Languages, Modern History, Sociology, and Political Science. These are normally open to Junior and Senior students as schedules permit.

Physical Education and Sports

Required daily, with team sports and individual lifetime sports skills. Intramural and interscholastic teams in volleyball, tennis, badminton, soccer, basketball, track, golf, cross-country, and baseball.

Electives

Art, media art, portfolio development, photography, music, choir, drama, speech, fitness for life, life skills. Other electives and independent study courses may be arranged through a dean, as needed and desired.