2017-18 Course Descriptions (in alphabetical order)
Accounting 1 (Mixed grades High School)
Accounting is the discipline of communication, analysis and interpretation of financial information for the making of appropriate and informed decisions.Accounting involves analysing and interpreting financial information for decision-making purposes. Accounting course aims to develop learners’ knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and ability to make meaningful and informed personal and collaborative financial decisions in economic and social environments.
Accounting equips learners with the skills and basic knowledge to control and interpret personal, small and larger enterprises’ finances and resources to obtain desired returns on any investment. Learning in this subject enables learners to continue with their studies in further and/or higher education institutions and professional bodies, in the fields of financial, cost and managerial accounting and to develop skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to pursue different career paths.
Accounting 2 (Mixed grades High School)
This course covers the knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts and regulations regarding financial accounting and the technical proficiency when using double – entry accounting techniques, as well as the preparation of basic financial statements
Context and purpose of financial reporting are
*Qualitative characteristics of financial reporting
*The use of double -entry accounting system
* Recording of transactions
*Preparation of trial balance
*Preparation of basic financial statements
* Preparation of simple consolidated financial statements
* Interpretation of financial statements
Albanian History and Culture
Këtë vit me lëndën e historisë shqiptare do të njohim mirë të parët tanë, mënyrën e jetesës së tyre, virtytet, gjendjen ekonomike e shoqërore, fiset, mbretëritë, zakonet, gjuhën, luftërat, fenë, marrëdhëniet me pushtuesit etj. Do të kuptojnë vazhdimësine iliro-shqiptare, do të njohim heronjtë shqiptarë si Skenderbeu, në kohë me te vjetra Pirro i Epirit, perandorë të mëdhenj ilirë, do të njohim rilindasit tanë, do të analizojmë shkaqet e luftës për zgjimin kombëtar, luftën për mbrojtjen territoriale etj. Krahas kësaj ne do të kemi mundësi t`i zhvillojme më shumë disa aftësi të cilat janë të dobishme edhe në të ardhmen si: të menduarit kritik, aftësitë hulumtuese, fokusim më i thellë në të shkruar, përdorim i drejtë i burimeve primare dhe sekondare.
In this course, students will develop and expand visual literacy skills, organize ideas from the environment utilizing critical thought, imagination, and the senses to observe and explore the world by learning about, understanding, and applying the elements of art, principles of design, and expressive qualities. In this course students will:
repetition/pattern, movement/rhythm, contrast/variety, balance, proportion,
unity in personal artworks
evidence of planning for original works.
Business Entrepreneurship-Mixed class
This course is designed to help students evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. Students will learn about themselves, their decisions and goals to determine how entrepreneurship can play a role in their lives.Students will also be introduced to this subject from an economic perspective and the concepts of environmentally sustainable practices and social entrepreneurship The students will:
– identify the critical factors that are used to identify business startup ideas – including forms of ownership.
– identify and evaluate methods of entering an entrepreneurship venture – including but not limited to starting a new venture, buying an existing business, or becoming a franchisee.
– identify the financial, marketing, legal, human resource, operations, and general management skills that are necessary to successfully launch and operate a successful new venture.
– identify the critical concepts of business planning that are used to:
– increase the chances for business success;
– seek out financing sources; and
– develop a “blueprint” for a new venture.
Drama (Grades 6,7,8)
Drama is an art form rooted deep in the history of humanity. It is an integral part of our global history and contemporary collective identity. Drama provides opportunities to explore and expand upon our knowledge of individual and social identity, historical perspectives, spiritual beliefs, and cultural diversity. In this course, students will study several aspects of Drama, from its history to its practice. The collaborate and project-based curriculum will allow students to engage in creative, improvised, as well as structured participation while simultaneously learning about contributions of drama on today’s society. The study of drama will challenge students to enhance their abilities in communication, collaboration, imagination, and reflection.
Drama (Grades 9,10,11,12)
Drama is an art form rooted deep in the history of humanity. It is an integral part of our global history and contemporary collective identity. Participation in the performing arts is a way for students to learn about themselves, value creativity, develop an understanding of the human condition, understand the contribution of the performing arts to societies, and develop commitment, responsibility, sensitivity, esteem, and pride through performance. This course will provide opportunities for students to explore theatre skills and techniques that they can apply to other areas of their life, such as public speaking, communication, collaboration, and reflection. Students will learn the fundamentals of theatre through projects, including the creation and performance of short scenes and ensemble acting. Additional studies will include improvisation, film, and theatre critique.
English (AP Language and Composition)
This course offers a rigorous preparation for college level writing and emulates a first-year college composition class by preparing students to “write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives” (College Board). Students should expect to devote sufficient time and energy to complete rigorous coursework—reading and discussion assignments, extensive writing, AP test preparation, vocabulary, use of rhetoric, collaborative language arts assignments, and peer/group discussion activities. Students will read and analyze a wide range of non-fiction texts—from newspaper editorials, to travel writing, to literary nonfiction and biographies. Although most of the texts for the course are non-fiction, some works of fiction will be studied. In terms of reading, students will learn how to analyze and critique a wide range of nonfiction texts. Students will become familiar with the rhetorical strategies that make for effective, persuasive writing. Specific attention will be paid to the development and analysis of a written argument. Students will learn how to identify the elements of a strong argument and will grow to improve their own written arguments. Furthermore, in terms of writing, students will improve their mastery of standard written English and will grow in their ability to produce “analytic and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex idea and develop it” through the use of evidence. Students will continue to develop their ability to revise their own writing and are expected to read critically, think analytically, use internet source wisely, and communicate clearly in writing and speaking for academic and everyday life. This course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines set by current AP English Course Description and will teach skills needed to earn a qualifying score on the Advanced Placement test.
English (Grade 12)
This course focuses on reading, writing and analysis of a wide range of texts, which include literary works such as novels, short stories, poems, and plays, nonfiction prose, historical documents, film and speeches.
Through both formal and informal writing assignments, students practice a variety of methods for reading and analyzing these texts. They consider how both personal experience and other contexts shape reader’s understanding of a text, and they examine how language reflects the values and structures of the culture which is produced.
The writing process is emphasized in this course and students practice various strategies for generating and focusing ideas, as well as for drafting, revising, and for peer editing papers.
In the formal assignments of the course, students either employ analytical methods for critical reading or they combine close reading with contextual analysis grounded in research.
– Teaching/Learning strategies vary throughout an individual class and the course
– Textbooks and materials include a diversity of style and length such as novels and short stories, non-fiction and essays.
English (Grade 9 and 10)
For language acquisition, learners should master reading, writing, speaking and listening, therefore we focus on reading, writing and analysis of a wide range of texts, which include literary works such as novels, short stories, poems, and plays, nonfiction prose, historical documents, watch film and speeches.
In this class we use the communicative approach and involve learners in real communication fostering their natural strategies for language acquisition and helping them to learn to use the language. Our classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, lessons are more learner-centered and we try to use authentic materials.
ESL classes are designed to help students with problems in English. Students on this class learn based on the level they belong. Students that are learning English from the beginning, they will be introduced to basic structures and vocabulary of the English. On this group students learn strategies in order to advance their reading, listening, and pronunciation skills. They expand oral comprehensibility and write complete sentences, a standard paragraph, and short content-based essays.Students that already speak English but they need to improve, will have an extension of the skills learned previously as a Basic User. It focuses on syntax, continued vocabulary development, reading, listening comprehension, speaking and pronunciation skills, and writing multiple-paragraph compositions that demonstrate organization of ideas, use of a thesis statement, and supportive elements. Intensive grammar instruction that supports academic writing skills is emphasized.
English 8th Grade
Students have the opportunity to practice reading, writing, speaking and listening while engaging in class discussion, doing research, presenting to class, and spending time pleasure reading. They will open their minds by analyzing poetry, learning to become organized essay writers, become involved in a historical fiction book, write an issue paper regarding that book, and analyze short stories. In addition to all of this, they will be working on perfecting grammar and spelling.
English 7th Grade
Throughout the year, students will be perfecting grammar and spelling while building their writing skills in essays and learning to analyze short stories by reading and writing short stories using descriptive characters and compelling language. Students will also have the opportunity to listen and take part in a dramatic friendship novel and reflect on what friendship means to them in an organized essay about the book.
English 6th Grade
Students in 6th Grade will begin the year with a poetry novel that will enhance creative poetry writing, analyzing, and the presentation of their own poems. They will then take part in a realistic fiction novel where their listening and note taking skills will strongly develop for all their academic needs. In addition to these skills, they will learn to write a comparison paper regarding the story. After learning to write an organized essay, students will write and present an instructional “how to” paper. Next, students will have an opportunity to learn about Greek Mythology while they study this time period in history class. All of this will take place while students are sharpening their grammar and spelling skills.
Fitness & Nutrition (High School)
Historically, secondary students have little to no understanding of what is needed to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It is the purpose of this course to provide a basic understanding of wellness, nutrition, preventive health, and maintaining a healthy emotional mental healthy lifestyle.
An organized sequence of activities designed for students to acquire a body of knowledge, attitudes, and skills associated with a particular academic or vocational field.
French Language (High School & Middle School)
The French language courses are designed to develop language proficiency through the use of the listening, speaking reading and writing skills. Additionally, student will examine the target cultures to develop a cross- cultural understanding and appreciation. Students will engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. At all stages, assessment is an integral part of planning and learning. In planning their programs, teachers will develop the language throughout : Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
–Listening skills through continuous aural input.
-Speaking skills by producing sounds to express meaning.
-Reading skills by deriving meaning from the written symbols.
-Writing skills by using symbols of the language to express meaning
Geography (Grade 9)
The planet Earth is an amazing and beautiful place, full of both natural and human wonders. This year in Geography we will be exploring the fundamentals of physical and human geography. Geography is part science and part social science, and this year we will find where and why they meet.
German 1 and 2 (Grades 10,11, and 12)
This course is designed for the beginner student who has no previous knowledge of German. The aim of the course is to enable students to function at the basic everyday survival level (basic vocabulary, grammar, phonetics, syntax). The course features basic German language structures in order to enable the student to communicate in everyday settings. Our goal is not to list rules and words, but the students should be able to speak and understand German.
This is a course that belongs to the area of social studies. Global Perspectives course is intended to provide general knowledge and to develop general intellectual capacities such as reason, judgment, problem solving, and leadership as opposed to professional or vocational skills in areas of global issues, social and ethical issues, and leadership.Through the Global Perspectives course students are introduced to the possibilities and benefits of interdisciplinary learning by investigating in-depth particular issues or topics from different angles and making decisions with a well developed moral conscience.
Global perspectives course aims to :
Graphic Design (High School)
This course is designed to give students an understanding of and practical application of Adobe Photoshop CC techniques and the offset printing press. Adobe Photoshop CC is one of the most powerful layout programs for professional desktop publishers and graphic designers. This is the process of creating documents that look like a professionally designed and printed product, which includes inserting: photos, graphics and line drawings for the text copy. Students will produce and will be assessed on many projects that include creating an original layout for a newsletter, catalogue, logos and brochures as well as designing and crafting effective promotional pieces, publications and digital art. In addition, students gain foundational knowledge of the processes behind commercial printing operations and scanning techniques.
Graphic Art/Design (grade 6, 7 and 8)
Introduces the student to art intended to communicate information and advertising. The focus is on studying and using layout and design concepts used in the graphic art/design field. The students will employ both analog media (drawing with pencil and paper, etc.) and digital media — using up-to-date computer tools (graphics hardware and software – for drawing, painting, layout, typography, scanning, and photography).
In this class, students will design and create a variety of projects, both by hand and by using computer graphic Art/Design programs. By studying Graphic Arts/Design students will have a wider horizon in the field of art. During the study, assignments will incorporate problem solving projects that relate to visual communication. The course includes introduction to computer as a tool to create, modify and present the visual messages or concept visualization.
Demonstrate artistic growth by executing a variety of typography / text as images, traditional and contemporary techniques that solve complex design problems using creative thinking and analytical skills.
Gjuhë dhe Letërsi Shqipe I (Klasa e X) – Albanian Literature and Language I (Grade X)
Në këtë klasë nxënësi duhet të zhvillojë njohuritë kulturore, letrare dhe gramatikore të fituara në klasat e mëparshme, të mënjanojë dobësitë morfosintaksore dhe drejtshkrimore që pengojnë përdorimin korrekt të gjuhës, të detajeve dhe strukturave më të përgjithshme e komplekse, duke filluar nga fjalia e deri te teksti. Në të njëjtën kohë do të gjejë vend edhe aplikimi i dijeve të përvetësuara nga letërsia, kultura e gjuha, nëpërmjet formave të ndryshme të krijimtarisë; të eseve, punimeve të ndryshme shkollore, punës praktike etj.
Synimet kryesore të kësaj lënde janë: përvetësimi i dijeve, formimi gjuhësor, formimi kulturor, zotërimi i gjuhës amtare dhe njohja e letërsisë kombëtare.
Nxënësi do të pasurojë të shprehurit dhe të dëshmojë dije për gjuhën, letërsinë dhe kulturën. Ai do të lexojë, të dëgjojë dhe të flas, që të mund të zhvillojë shkathtësi për mendimin kritik, duke krijuar individualitet të pavarur dhe një botë të pasur shpirtërore.
Gjuhë dhe Letërsi Shqipe II (Klasat XI dhe XII) – Albanian Literature and Language II (Grades XI and XII)
Në këtë klasë nxënësi duhet të zotërojë njohuritë kulturore, letrare dhe gramatikore të fituara në klasat e mëparshme, të demonstrojë shkathtësi morfosintaksore, drejtshkrimore e silistike për përdorimin korrekt të gjuhës, të detajeve dhe strukturave të përgjithshme e komplekse, duke filluar nga fjalia e deri te teksti.
Në këtë frymë, duhet të zotërohen njohuri kulturore e letrare nga letërsia kombëtare e fundshekullit XIX, shekullit XX, si dhe të Letërsisë Bashkëkohore. Përmes tyre do të zhvillohen edhe shkathtësitë e komunikimit në fushat profesionale. Në të njëjtën kohë do të gjejë vend edhe aplikimi i dijeve të përvetësuara nga letërsia, kultura e gjuha, nëpërmjet formave të ndryshme të krijimtarisë; të eseve, punimeve të ndryshme shkollore, punës praktike etj.
Rritja e shkallës së zotrimit të gjuhës amtare dhe formimi letrar e kulturor i nxënësit janë ndër synimet themelore për këtë klasë. Kjo pritet të realizohet nëpërmjet shkathtësive të komunikimit, leximit, analizës e vlerësimit të llojeve të teksteve, letrare e jo letrare.
Gjuhë shqipe e letërsi( Klasa 6,7 dhe 8) – Albanian language
Qëllimi i mësimit të gjuhës shqipe në këtë nivel të klasës së gjashtë është:
Lënda e gjuhes shqipe per klasen e shtate mesohet me qellim qe nxenesi:
Lënda e gjuhës shqipe për klasën e tetë mësohet me qëllim që nxënësi:
Health 8th Grade-Middle School
This course is an introduction to a healthy lifestyle through developing the appropriate decision making processes.Students will learn how their actions and decisions affect their health, fitness, personal wellbeing and development. Students will apply their learning to make positive, healthy decisions in all areas of life.
This Healthy Living program will improve each student’s individual life and will also benefit our society by producing responsible young leaders for the future.
Health (Grades 8 and 9)
This course is an introduction to a healthy lifestyle through developing the appropriate decision making processes. Health will teach students to understand how their actions and decisions affect their health,fitness, personal wellbeing and development. Students will apply their learning to make positive, healthy decisions in all areas of life. This Health program will improve each student’s individual life and will also benefit our society by producing responsible young leaders for the future.
The Health course aims to promote wellness, health literacy, and positive health behavior in young adults. At the end of the course students will be able to:
Information Technology (High School)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to information technology concepts and careers as well as the impact information technology has on the world, people, and industry and basic web design concepts. The content includes information technology career research; operating systems and software applications; electronic communications including e-mail and Internet services. This class will help students refine their reading, writing and proofreading skills, develop record keeping skills, learn about ethics, employability skills and how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the Internet, and other software.
This will be the introductory class to Journalism and focuses on reading, writing and analysis of a wide range of texts. Students will learn how to conduct an interview, develop quality questioning techniques, and write in journalistic style. These skills are within specific topic writing areas of journalism: news, features, sports, culture and editorial. For purposes of this class students will work on news writing, including all methods and procedures required to write an authentic news story. Students’ work may be published on the school’s newspaper.
|Math (Grades 6,7,8)
The ASK mathematics curriculum helps students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators. Students learn to use a variety of tools, algorithms, and technologies to facilitate mathematical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. Lessons include whole-group instruction, as well as small group, partner, and independent activities which provide opportunities for hands-on explorations, projects, games, and on-going individual practice. Our young mathematicians make sense of the world through math. There is an emphasis on sharing strategies and their reasoning behind the methods they choose to use. Math is integrated into daily classroom routines and every subject area.
Math (Grade 9)
The ASK mathematics curriculum helps students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators. Students learn to use a variety of tools, algorithms, and technologies to facilitate mathematical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving. Lessons include whole-group instruction, as well as small group, partner, and independent activities which provide opportunities for hands-on explorations, projects, games, and on-going individual practice. Our young mathematicians make sense of the world through math. There is an emphasis on sharing strategies and their reasoning behind the methods they choose to use. Math is integrated into daily classroom routines and every subject area. This course will be a study of the language, concepts, and techniques of Algebra that will prepare students to approach and solve problems following a logical succession of steps. Skills taught in the course lay groundwork for upper level math and science courses and have practical uses.
Math (Grade 10)
Math (Grade 11)
Math (Grade 12)
The primary aims of the course are to help students develop new problem solving and critical reasoning skills and to prepare them for further studies in mathematics, the physical sciences, economics or engineering. Students will increase awareness of the importance of mathematics in the modern world.
They will become more confident of their ability of work with advanced mathematical concepts and relationships. They will learn how to think systematically and use the precise logic required for advanced mathematical problem solving. By the end of this course student will develop critical thinking and decision making skills by connecting concepts to practical applications needed to be productive members of society.
Physical Education (Middle School)
Students will be taking part in variety of sports and activity throughout the semesters, some of the more traditional sports, some fitness activities as well as activities that can be enjoyed throughout the life. We will strive to keep the students as physical active as possible during the class time while helping them develop the skill, confidence and knowledge to become and remain active for a lifetime.
Physical Education – High School(Grade 12)
This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period. They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments, based on what they are learning. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s). They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not.Once they have completed the learning stage of photography, students will begin the compilation and organization for designing the Yearbook 2016/17.
Preparation of this book will be almost completely work and commitment of photography class students.
Research Writing (Grades 11 and 12 only)
This course reviews essential components of clear and effective academic writing. Topics include structures of a paragraph and various types of essays, grammar for academic writing, and vocabulary choices. Research Writing introduces students to the process of writing academic argument papers, and to strategies, assignments and exercises that develop their abilities as researchers, readers and writers of scholarly prose.
Research (Grades 9 and 10)
Science (Grades 6, 7 and 8)
As we enter another exciting year of Science we will look closer at the preliminary stages of each branch of science. Each class will cover a specific branch and by the end of middle school, our graduates should have a deeper understanding of each discipline of science. Students will be focused on Investigate problems and find a solution supported by data and evidence, interpret and communicate scientific information, learn how to solve problems in a team atmosphere ,and connect science to other core subjects and the real world and see how different disciplines of science are related to the issues in everyday life.
Science (General-Grade 9 )
Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of scientific inquiry across the disciplines of science. Students will explore biological science, basic chemistry and earth science. Throughout this course, students will be using the scientific method to organize and analyze information during scientific observation.
Science (Biology-Grade 10)
This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, emphasis is on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, classification, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels, and students should be able to demonstrate preparedness for college-level biology courses. Laboratory exercises focus on basic biological principles and microscope techniques. Students will explore :
Science (Chemistry- Grade 11)
ASK Chemistry curriculum helps students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators.This course will provide you with a broad introduction to the field of Chemistry, one of the most excited sciences. Our journey in y Chemistry will be long but fun, will require hard work but will be beneficial first to you and than others around you.
Chemistry is the science of matter and its transformations. Within this sweeping concept are several big ideas which the science of chemistry routinely encompasses.
Everything you see, hear, smell, taste and touch involves chemistry and chemicals. Understanding chemistry helps you understand the world around you. Chemistry is used by: people who make fireworks, scientists, artists, engineers, truck drivers, doctors, nurses, fire- fighters, physical therapists, plumbers, hairdressers, etc…
Although the material is very engaging, it is more than necessary for you to show commitment in this class in order to succeed. Through lectures, active participations, discussions, tests, games, laughs we will have fun, while learning about the field of Chemistry.
Science ( AP Chemistry- Grade 12)
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses. AP Chemistry should meet the objectives of a good college general chemistry course. Students in such a course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory. AP Chemistry course must be prepared to provide a laboratory experience equivalent to that of a typical college course.
Science ( Physics – Grade 12)
This course develops students understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion, different kinds of forces, energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Social Studies-Middle School (Ancient Civilizations,Grade 6)
Students will practice learning skills and basic research techniques for reading and writing about history. The course topics underscore the importance of historical legacies and the relationship between environmental factors on societies. The time period spans prehistory through early civilizations. The year culminates with an in depth study of Ancient Rome. Areas of study include key facts, geographical details, culture, important achievements and legacies of specific civilizations. Topics discussed are: hunters and gatherers, Mesoamerica, Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, Ancient China, World Religions, Ancient Greece and Rome. This class aims to support student abilities to identify cause and effect; apply geographical and map reading skills and practice summarizing and analyzing skills.
Social Studies-Middle School (European History Fall of Rome- 1900, Grade 7)
Students will practice learning skills and basic research techniques for reading and writing about history. The course topics underscore the impact of conflict and change throughout history from the Fall of the Roman Empire until the Enlightenment and subsequent political and industrial revolutions. Topics discussed are: causes of the decline of the Roman Empire; Germanic tribes; the Islamic Empire, the Mongols; growth of trade; the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the Renaissance, Colonialism, African Empires and slavery; the Ottomans. This class aims to refine students’ skills for identifying and describing cause and effect; applying geographical and map reading skills for understanding historical information; describing historical flows (cultural, economic and government); summarizing, and introducing analytic and persuasive writing skills.
Social Studies-Middle School (European History 1900- Present, Grade 8)
Students will practice and improve learning skills and basic research techniques for reading and writing about history. The course topics highlight major innovations and their impact on every aspect of human life, from daily societal living to international exchanges (both peaceful and non peaceful, through treaties and war), and delves deeper into modern day nation states and the effects of this governmental structure on human societies and global flows (migration, cultural, economic, governmental, geographical). Specific topics of study include: the Enlightenment, the Abolitionist movement, political and Industrial revolutions; World War I; Russian Revolution; events between the World Wars; World War II; The Cold War period; the breakup of Yugoslavia, hot spots in the news today and relevant international concepts such as: human rights, citizenship, global village, etc.. This class provides opportunities to practice and further develop understanding of cause and effect, describing global flows, making connections to modern day experiences and to refine summarizing, analyzing, persuasive and descriptive writing skills.
United States Government (Grade 12)
This year in United States Government, we will introduce you to ideas about institutional structures, political actors, and constitutional debates in American government and politics. We will explore the historical development and founding of the United States, connect the three branches of government to contemporary politics and elections, examine the role of race and gender in American politics, and critique the constitutional system. In addition to this, we will analyze other government systems in order to compare and better understand what makes a government strong.
United States History (Grade 11)
History is a series of choices made by people from all walks of life. Every event in human history occurred because there was a cause, a decision made, which resulted in an effect. In order to understand choices made in United States history, this course will cover United States history from its pre-colonial period beginning in 1492 to the present. It will cover political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, economic, social, and religious aspects of American history that have contributed to making the modern United States. In addition, this course focuses extensively on analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary sources in order to give students the necessary tools to sharpen their oral and written communication skills.
World History (Grade 10)
This year in World History, we will be exploring the origins of our modern world. We will be looking at the accidents, the contingencies, and the convergences that led to the geopolitical landscape we have today. We will study the relationships between societies and cultures Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East, and how those relationships shaped the global community we live in today.
World Religions (Grade 11 and 12 only)
This course examines most of the major religious traditions of the world in terms of their history, worldviews, practices, goals and ideals. These include the religions of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and Europe (Protestant Christianity), commonly identified as “Western,” and the religions of South Asia (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism) and East Asia (Confucianism and Daoism), commonly identified as “Eastern.”This course enables students to discover what others believe and how they live, and to appreciate their own unique heritage.