SEQUENCE OF COURSES
Integrated Algebra: Explores the tools and ways of thinking that are necessary for problem solving in a wide variety of disciplines such as business, social sciences, fine arts, and technology. Students will engage in common core mathematical practices, including modeling with mathematics, creating viable arguments and using precise language as they interact with real world problems through It's About Time's Meaningful Math Program and NYS Engage NY Math Modules.
They will engage in critical thinking skills as they solve equations, graph different kinds of functions, solve systems of equations and inequalities and engage in trigonometry and data analysis.
Geometry: In this course the concept of Euclidean Geometry is stressed through definitions and deductive reasoning. Topics include logic and proofs, parallel lines and polygons, coordinate geometry, congruence and similarity, transformations and much more. Again students are asked to engage in applying what they have learned to real world problems and to defend their proofs and responses with evidence.
Algebra 2/trigonometry: In this course, students develop a deeper understanding of skills such as solving quadratic equations, analyzing growth and change, and algebraic problem solving. This course will be used to develop general skills of effective thinking, including imagination, abstraction and persistence. These skills are timelessly valuable in understanding what the scientist Galileo called this "grand book of the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze......it is written in the language of mathematics.
Pre-Calculus: Pre-calculus will prepare students for college calculus. Topics covered in pre-calculus include, applications of trigonometric functions, fitting functions to data, probability, complex numbers and limits and derivatives. Pre-calculus is a rigorous upper level course.
Living Environment: A comprehensive introductory biology course that highlights the internal structure and functions of humans, delves into the history of our human origins, and explores the role and impact of humans on the environment. Students study and explore, both through research and in hands-on laboratory activities, genetics, evolution, ecology and human anatomy and physiology.
Earth Science: This course encompasses the studies of geology, meteorology, geography, and astronomy. Students read articles and perform experiments that allow them to learn and debate about climate shifts, plate tectonics, the role of rocks and minerals in our environment and delve into astronomy. Students take trips to the Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium, and Camp Becket to learn about these topics in depth.
Chemistry: Students in our chemistry classes explore the fundamental principles of chemistry as well as explore for chemistry is applied in the real world. Topics covered include: atomic structure, bonding theories, periodic properties, nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Students engage in hands-on activitities in the laboratory, read and annotate scientific articles, and write research papers and critical essays on topics such as:" Is nuclear power a blessing or a curse? or "Use what you have learned in the lab regarding the mechancis and chemistry of recycling to Write a Proposal to your city representative explaining your ideas that support a better recycling program. " This course also enages students in mathematical formulas and calculations.
Physics: Physics is designed to help students understand the fundemental laws that govern the universe. In this course, students study mechanics, energy, electromagnetism, waves and modern physics. This is a rigorous upper level course that culminates in a Regents Exam. Students in Physics also attend the yearly Physics Day at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Forensic Science: In our Forensic Science classes 1 and 2, students do the work of real forensic scientists, making class work authentic and increasing student appreciation of science. Students process crime scenes, analyze data, and conduct scientific investigations.
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature
Avid: These are a college preparatory series of electives in our school wide AVID approach that are centered around three components: organizational skills, note-taking, and tutorial. Students are required to keep a binder in which they establish a section for each academic class they take. These binders are the key to organization (in AVID or not all students are required to keep an AVID binder and embrace the elements of WICOR), as all of their class notes are kept here. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students take part in tutorial where they get help in any subject areas. Tutors from Hunter College are available on those days to help students with their coursework.
Journalism: In this class students learn the fundamentals of journalism, including interviewing, citing sources, checking facts for accuracy, explore different elements and genres of writing (news stories, editorials, persuasive writing, captioning, etc.) and publish the school newspaper, The Stallion.
AP US History
AP World History
Participation in Government
Studio Art 1 and 2
Pre-Law CTE Sequence
History of American Law
Comparative law and Government
Moot Court/Landmark Cases
Career and Financial Management