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Grade 9 (E101/E201)

English 1 and 2 – The grammar and composition component is focused on the study of grammar components, literary texts, vocabulary, and other related skills with the main objective to hone written and verbal communication. Types of writing produced include: reading responses, reflective essays, personal narratives, literary essays, and creative assignments. Literature studied includes: plays by Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Wilson; novels by Salinger, Kingsolver, and Morrison; and a variety of non-fiction essays, short stories, myths, and poems.


Grade 10 (E301/E401)

English 3 and 4 – British literature is the focus of the sophomore curriculum, with a heavy emphasis on works by William Shakespeare. Students continue their progress as critical readers, writers, and thinkers. Students are exposed to research skills and develop deeper analytic thinking and writing skills. In addition to analytic literary essays, students produce reading responses and creative assignments. In addition to Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies, students read works by Chaucer, Swift, Austen, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, Hardy, Joyce, Wilde, Woolf, Huxley, Orwell, and various poets.


Grade 11 (E501/E601)

English 5 and 6 – American literature is the focus of the junior curriculum with a theme that explores what it means to be American, the role of literature in shaping the American identity, and the power of the American dream. The stress is on writing analytic literary essays, but students also practice expository and persuasive strategies in preparation for the ELA Regents. Literature studied includes: plays by Miller and Williams; novels by Hawthorne, Chopin, Twain, Wharton, James, Hurston, Wright, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and Ellison; and a variety of poems.


Grade 12 (E701/E801)

English 7 and 8 – The 12th grade curriculum will provide a foundational understanding of both world literature and the English literary tradition. Works studied include: Oedipus Rex, Canterbury Tales, Macbeth, and selected poetry from the Renaissance through the Romantic period. We will also explore some of the assumptions about religion, class, gender, human relationships and the way the world works through study of Jonathan Swift, Mary Shelley, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, and D.H. Lawrence. Students work on their college application essay, write a research paper, and produce comparative literature essays.




Foreign Language (FS101/FS201)


Spanish 1 and 2 – In this introductory course, students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar while developing a greater understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. They will be able to share ideas about themselves and their interests, as well as information on their families, school, and community. Grammatical concepts will focus on agreement, conjugations, and verb tenses in the present, past, and future. Over the course of the year they will write descriptive profiles, create school brochures, plan travel itineraries, and learn how to describe things that have happened in the past. Through the use of media in the classroom, students will be exposed to the Spanish language via music, art, and computers. They will be able to practice the skills utilized in foreign language acquisition by approaching the language in various forms. Projects, group activities, and compositions will promote their confidence and ability in Spanish.



Social Studies


Grade 9 (H101/H201)

History 1 and 2 (Global Studies I) – “In order to be a citizen of the world, you have to be at home in many places.” This quote from anthropologist Margaret Mead informs the 9th grade history curriculum. For meaningful global participation, students should understand the perspective of other countries. Globalism – the cultural interactions and exchange – has become a significant and vital part of our modern world. As a result the study of global history and geography is absolutely essential to your education. We will be looking at significant cultures from a variety of perspectives including historical, artistic, philosophical, social, literary, political, economic and religious. Throughout the year we will explore the importance and relevance of these cultures to our own lives and culture today. The tools we will use in this discovery process will include reading, writing, discussing, debating, observing, Socratic seminars, research projects, class presentations, field trips, role-playing and performances. You will also be reading primary source material and be presented with basic evidence of other cultures so that you may get a true feel for what they were really like.


Grade 10 (H301/H401)

History 3 and 4 (Global Studies II) – This tenth grade Global History and Geography Course will be a comprehensive study of global history from the seventeenth century to current times. We will be looking at significant cultures from a variety of perspectives including historical, artistic, philosophical, social, literary, political and religious. Throughout the year we will always stress the importance and relevance of these cultures to our own lives and culture today. There are two primary ideas to keep in mind throughout this course. The first is how much we can learn about ourselves and our culture by studying other cultures and peoples. The second lesson is how critical it is to always ask “why?” Everything has a reason and it is only by asking the right questions that we can hope to understand the world and ourselves. We will continue to use tools of discovery, i.e. reading, writing, discussing, the Socratic method and performing. As much as possible, we will read primary source material and be presented with basic evidence of other cultures for greater understanding of our fellow citizens of the world.


Grade 11 (H501/H601)

History 5 and 6 (U.S. History) – This course will allow you to learn about American History through the words and actions of those with conflicting points of view. We will examine topics in a cause and effect manner that pertain to American History. We will explore what it means to be an American and what events have shaped American society from various perspectives. We are a nation that was born from a dream and built by perseverance and trial and error. We will tell America’s story from the point of view of, and in the words of, its people, all who are part of the American mosaic.


Grade 12

Government (H702) – This is a basic course in U.S. Government. It has been designed to provide the students with an understanding of local, state, and national governing bodies emphasizing the individual’s role in each area. In addition to examining governmental trends through the years the students have been provided insights into their own and their neighbors’ diverse cultural contributions to the total American culture.


Economics (H801) – This is a one semester course designed to provide students with the necessary skills to responsibly make important economic decisions which impact both their lives and this country. Nearly all issues and decisions in this country (and internationally) have an economic base and economic implications. This course is designed to help students to understand important economic concepts and issues in order to be able to participate in the American and international economies. The basics of investment and consumer issues will be emphasized. The course will be responsive to current events.





Grade 9 (ME21/ME22)

Math 1 and 2 (Integrated Algebra) – This is the first mathematics course in high school. Algebra provides tools and develops ways of thinking that are necessary for solving problems in a wide variety of disciplines such as science, business, and fine arts. Linear equations, quadratic equations, absolute value, and exponential functions are studied. Coordinate geometry is integrated into this course, as well as data analysis, including measures of central tendency and line of best fit. Elementary probability, right triangle trigonometry, and set theory complete the course. Students will take Integrated Algebra Regents examination at the conclusion of this course.


Grade 10 (ME43/ME44)

Math 3 and 4 (Geometry) – This is the second course in mathematics for high school students. In this course, students will have the opportunity to make conjectures about geometric situations and prove it in a variety of ways that their conclusion follows logically from their hypothesis. Congruence and similarity of triangles will be established using appropriate theorems. Transformations including rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations will be taught. Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and circles will be examined. Geometry is meant to lead students to an understanding that reasoning and proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics. Students will take the Geometry Regents examinations at the conclusion of this course.


Grade 11 (MR21/MR22)

Math 5 and 6 (Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry) – This is the third of three courses in high school mathematics. In this course, the number system will be extended to include imaginary and complex numbers. Students will learn about polynomial, absolute value, radical, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Problem situations involving direct and indirect variations will be solved. Data analysis will be extended to include measures of dispersion and the analysis of regression models. Arithmetic and geometric sequences will be evaluated. Binomial expressions provide the basis for the study of probability theory, and the normal probability distribution will be analyzed. Right triangle trigonometry will be expanded to include the investigation of circular functions. The course will conclude with problems requiring the use the trigonometric equations and identities. Students will take the Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents examinations at the conclusion of this course.


Grade 12

Math 7 (MB3302) – This course continues many of the strands that were introduced in the previous courses, as well as presenting new ones. Topics include number systems and their properties, rational expressions and quadratic equations irrational numbers, complex numbers, relations and functions, and geometric transformations.


Math 8 (MB3402) – This course culminates the three-year integrated sequence. Topics include: trigonometric functions, identities, trigonometric equations and their graphs, trigonometric applications, trigonometric formulas, and exponential and logarithmic functions, and a continuation of statistics.


Precalculus (MB3301/MB3401) – This one-year course is designed to incorporate advanced mathematical concepts. Topics covered are: theory of equations, sequences and series, conic sections, matrices and vectors, polar coordinates, and complex numbers. The course culminates with an introduction to calculus basic theory of limits, derivatives, and integrals.





Grade 9 (SE101/SE201) & Grade 11 (SE112/SE212)

Earth Science – The following topics will be covered: earth dimensions, celestial motion, interaction between matter and energy, heat and gravity, interpreting and constructing maps (contour and profile), plate tectonics, age of the Earth, origin of the solar system, seasons and insulation, weathering and erosion, minerals and rocks, landscapes, climate, and meteorology. Earth Science is a lab science, culminating in a Regents exam.


Grade 10 (SL101/SL201)

The Living Environment: Biology – In this required course, the following topics will be covered: measurement, scientific method, research design, microscopy, organization and classification, molecular biology, animal and plant maintenance, homeostasis, disease and immunity, genetic inheritance, mitosis and meiosis, protein synthesis, genetic engineering, human reproductive systems, evolution, and ecology. In addition, there will be several special field and research reports. Living Environment is a lab science, culminating in a Regents exam.


Grade 11 or 12 (SC101/SC201)

Chemistry – The following topics will be covered: the interaction between matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, periodic trends, stoichiometry, solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, organic chemistry, nuclear energy, acid-base chemistry, and redox reactions. Chemistry is a lab science, culminating in a Regents exam.

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