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Upper School (9-12)

Below is an outline of the scope and sequence of the Upper School curriculum. However, at this level we tailor the curriculum to the individual student’s needs and abilities. It is not uncommon for a student to take courses across several grade levels, according to her proficiency in each subject. In addition, literature and history are currently taught on a four-year cycle; during the 2012-2013 academic year, all Upper School students will study American literature and — History. Geometry and Algebra II are taught on a two-year cycle; Algebra II will be taught during the 2012-2013 academic year. Foreign and Classical Languages are taught in a mixed-grade classroom; students will study a common core of cultural and literary themes while learning grammar and vocabulary appropriate to their level.

** Indicates AP course will be offered in the 2012-2013 academic year.

Grade 9 Curriculum

English Language: Refine composition skills. Research paper. Literary analysis. Impromptu speeches. Dramatic reading. Survey of ancient literature. Shakespeare play. Drama and pageants.

Mathematics: Algebra II. Structure of number systems. Domain and range of functions, point-slope/slope-intercept forms of equations. Discriminants and zeroes of quadratic functions. Conic sections, logarithms, and binomial theorem.

Science: Biology. Life processes. Chemicals in organisms. Cell structure and function; mitosis, meiosis. DNA, genes, and chromosomes. Population genetics. Classification of plants and animals. Human physiology. Science fair project.

Social Studies: Human geography. Physical geography as well as how various aspects of human culture, including language, religion, development, and agriculture, connect all cultures in a global village.

Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music. Sight-reading of music, writing music.

Foreign Language: Advanced French or Spanish. Students continue to build grammar and vocabulary skills through daily participation using a variety of books and materials. Assessment practices become more rigorous as students must be able to apply the learned vocabulary and grammar in a variety of contexts. Active communication skills are taught through skits, videos, the web, and the use of recording devices. Students participate in common and group activities such as plays, conversations, readings, interviews, and field trips.

Classical Language: Latin I: Jenney First Year Latin: grammatical review of introductory Latin and vocabulary.

Grade 10 Curriculum

English Language: Further refine composition skills, analysis. Research paper. Themes in world literature. Continue developing oral skills. Shakespeare play. Drama and pageants.

Mathematics: Geometry. Deductive reasoning, geometric patterns in the real world, relationship of geometry and algebra. Direct and indirect proofs, constructions, parallel and perpendicular lines, angles, triangles, circles, polygons, perimeters, and areas. The Pythagorean Theorem.

Science: Chemistry. Terminology and nomenclature. Qualitative aspects of elements, compounds, chemical reactions, atomic structure. Laboratory experiments and demonstrations. Problem solving and applications of math to chemistry.

Social Studies: World History. Theories of history. Prehistory and history. Early civilizations, introduction of writing, technological developments, communication systems, trade and commerce, warfare. Agriculture and population expansion. Eras of history through the modern era.

Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music. Sight-reading of music, writing music.

Foreign Language: Advanced French or Spanish. Students continue to build grammar and vocabulary skills through daily participation using a variety of books and materials. Assessment practices become more rigorous as students must be able to apply the learned vocabulary and grammar in a variety of contexts. Active communication skills are taught through skits, videos, the web, and the use of recording devices. Students participate in common and group activities such as plays, conversations, readings, interviews, and field trips.

Classical Language: Latin II: Jenney Second Year Latin: quick review of all Latin grammar and much vocabulary. Caesar’s Gallic Wars.

Grade 11 Curriculum

English Language: Retain and refine skills. Research paper, internet use for research, precise writing. Persuasive, informative prepared speeches. American literary classics. Drama and pageants.

Mathematics: Pre-Calculus. Advanced algebra, review of trigonometry and analytic geometry. Solidify all previous algebraic skills.

Science: Physics. Terminology. Mechanics and their applications. Laws of motion and gravity. Circular motion, rotational mechanics. Properties of matter. Heat, light, and sound. Electricity and magnetism.

Social Studies: Government and Economics. Political, economic and philosophic background for the U.S. system of government. Three branches of government. Political parties. Fundamental economic theories, daily applications.

Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music. Sight-reading of music, writing music.

Foreign Language: Advanced French or Spanish. Students continue to build grammar and vocabulary skills through daily participation using a variety of books and materials. Assessment practices become more rigorous as students must be able to apply the learned vocabulary and grammar in a variety of contexts. Active communication skills are taught through skits, videos, the web, and the use of recording devices. Students participate in common and group activities such as plays, conversations, readings, interviews, and field trips.

Classical Language: Latin IIIA: original sources cycle, beginning with Vergil’s Aeneid, continuing with Cicero’s Catalinarian Orations.

Grade 12 Curriculum

English Language: Retain and refine skills. Research paper, internet use for research, outlining, literary analysis. Persuasive, informative prepared speeches. British literary classics. Drama and pageants.

Mathematics: **Calculus. Differentiation and integration. Practical applications. Limits and theorems. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Science: Advanced science. Students’ choice of university course, advanced level of previous science, or Materials Science.

Social Studies: American history since the Civil War.

Art and Music: Further develop personal art goals through new techniques and varied media. Study series of eras and regions of art. Perform in annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Expression and technical accuracy in singing; four-part music. Sight-reading of music, writing music.

Foreign Language: Advanced French or Spanish. Students continue to build grammar and vocabulary skills through daily participation using a variety of books and materials. Assessment practices become more rigorous as students must be able to apply the learned vocabulary and grammar in a variety of contexts. Active communication skills are taught through skits, videos, the web, and the use of recording devices. Students participate in common and group activities such as plays, conversations, readings, interviews, and field trips.

Classical Language: Latin IIIB: original sources cycle, continuing with Horace and Catullus. Semester of Ancient Greek.

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