The AP English Language course fosters college-level reading and writing skills. Through course readings, students will examine the practice of rhetoric: the way that writers advance arguments, communicate ideas, and shape reader reactions in prose writing. Students will also hone their skills as argumentative writers through formal and less-formal writing assignments and through peer and full-class analysis of each other's work. Students will finish the course with a strong grasp of academic writing conventions, will be fluent with critical inquiry, and will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam in May.
The AP English Literature course develops students' abilities to carefully read and thoughtfully analyze works of imaginative literature. Students will read across genres and historical periods, encountering works of poetry, short and long fiction, drama, and nonfiction from the 16th century to contemporary works. By investigating examples of figurative language, detail, and historical contexts, the course encourages exploration of broad questions about literary structure, style, and themes. Developing their skills as writers alongside their skills as readers, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Criticism exam in May.
The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences.
Biblical Hebrew I provides an introduction to the ancient Hebrew language. The course will begin with a few weeks of introductory work devoted to the ancient Hebrew alphabet and the sounds of the letters.
In this course students will develop their creative writing skills in several modes and genres. They will be given the tools and suggestions to develop a daily writing practice, to find inspiration, to complete first drafts and to revise/edit to completion.
This course covers topics such as savings and budgeting; managing credit cards; understanding a credit score and its implications; student loans for higher education; taxes and insurance; and how banks, the Federal Reserve and the Stock Exchange work. The goal of the course is to have the students develop a fundamental knowledge of concepts and vocabulary, which will become a foundation for sound financial decision-making in the future.
Students will be introduced to major paradigms and systems in Psychology today including Sensation and Perception, Consciousness and Dream, Social Psychology, Personality Theories and Abnormal Psychology.
This course in astronomy is intended for both the enthusiast as well as those wishing to pursue further study in the field. The curriculum will be primarily qualitative in nature, with some basic mathematics and physics concepts being introduced when necessary or appropriate
Latin III/IV is a continuation of the Latin II course and consists of three main components: (1) a review and acquisition of grammar and syntax, (2) the translation and close reading of texts written in the original Latin and (3) a study of the culture and history of the ancient Romans.
The study of ancient Latin has witnessed a resurgence in recent years at both the Middle and the Upper School levels throughout the country -- and with good reason. Knowledge of the vocabulary of Latin is of course enormously helpful in deciphering the meanings and nuances of tens of thousands of words in English.
This course covers current nutritional trends, the food growth and delivery system, as well as the body process to digest and use nutrients. Students will discuss healthy weight managements and eating approaches, as well as sports nutrition and life stages.