Academics

Upper School

Courses Offered


Eng

ENGLISH

English 9
English 10 | English 10 Honors
American Literature 11 | American Literature Honors
Composition 11 | Composition 11 Honors
AP English Language and Composition
English 12 | English 12 Honors
AP English Literature and Composition

The language arts program develops students’ proficiency as communicators—as writers, public speakers, and listeners—and as critical readers and thinkers. Composition courses focus on grammar and editing skills as well as vocabulary building and writing techniques in a variety of contexts. Cross-curricular writing assignments are frequent, as are multi-media enhancements—film, on-line resources, periodicals and newspapers. Literature studies canvas classic and contemporary works to expose students to wide-ranging genres.

Many students participate in forensics and writing competitions, and classes often enjoy field trips to attend plays and special exhibits related to their studies.

Sci

SCIENCE

Physical Science 9
Biology 10 | Biology Honors
Agri-Science
Chemistry | Chemistry Honors
Environmental Science
Physics

Science courses provide hands-on activities to develop students’ skills in data collection and analysis, problem solving, and laboratory methodology, as well as their understanding of fundamental and advanced scientific principles and systems.

Soc. Sc

SOCIAL SCIENCES

World History I
World History II | World History II Honors
US History | Dual Enrollment US History
US Government | Government Honors | AP US Government
Psychology

Course objectives focus on social and historical study processes as well as content. Students learn not just the stories of past civilizations, but also the methods by which historians and social scientists study cultures and societies. Instructors strive to enhance students’ ability to understand and question the lessons of history—to think critically and independently. Ultimately, students are being prepared for higher education and for their duties and rights as American citizens. Juniors and seniors may elect to enroll in the AP courses.

Math

MATHEMATICS

Algebra I | Algebra I, Part 1 | Algebra I, Part 2
Geometry | Geometry Honors
Algebra II | Algebra II Honors
Math Analysis w/ Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus | Calculus Honors

The mathematics curriculum is traditional in scope, with increasing emphasis on skills and modes of reasoning required in a technologically advancing society.

For. Lang

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Spanish I, II, III
French I, II, III | Dual Enrollment French IV

Spanish and French courses develop students’ fundamental communication skills, prepare them for foreign language study in college, and stimulate their interest in the cultures of Spanish-speaking and French-speaking countries throughout the world. Speaking and listening exercises, as well as reading and writing assignments, reflect situations and contexts students can expect to encounter “in real life” encounters.

Elect

Electives

Art I, II
Weight Training
Life Fitness Skills
Yearbook
Public Speaking and Drama
Psychology
World Religions

Students create portfolios of two- and three-dimensional works reflecting their study of art principles, artists, and art history. Rawls Museum Arts programs are made available to interested students.


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Lib

LIBRARY SERVICES

The library media center, centrally located on campus and staffed by a full-time librarian and parent volunteers, offers multimedia collections for all grade levels, including over 14,000 books and 150 audiovisual materials. The center has AV equipment, including circulating TVs/VCRs/DVDs and computers for student use. Student access (filtered access) to the Internet is available on all computers. The librarian strives to stimulate students’ love of literature and to develop their library/research skills.

Comp

COMPUTER RESOURCES

Computer labs contain networked PCs with filtered Internet access, color printers, digital cameras, iPads and Chromebooks. Each classroom is also equipped with computers with filtered Internet access. There is a campus wide wireless Meraki network for students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Hlth

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The physical education program promotes athletic fitness and skill as well as fundamental knowledge of various sports. Student-athletes are encouraged and prepared to participate in interscholastic sports and community recreation programs. The semester-long Health course (required for all eighth graders) focuses on various components of physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Presentations by school nurses and local health professionals and volunteers supplement class instruction.

Dr Ed

DRIVER EDUCATION

Driver Education classes are offered through A-1 Drivers Ed, (757) 516-8137.

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