Academics

Academics

 

Class Descriptions

Material: All classes will need Chromebook or laptop and email account.

Preschool 3 & 4 All subjects:  Our Preschool focus on their fine motor skills, letters, numbers, and colors with lots of hands on activities and playtime too.

Kindergarten All subjects: Our Kindergarteners focus on their fine motor skills, letters,  reading, with lots of hands on activities and playtime too.

 

1. English

1st grade: Students will grow in their writing ability, learning by copying literature as well as by creating their own characters and telling their own descriptive stories. They will also improve their technical writing ability by practicing spelling and grammar.

2nd grade: Students will grow in their writing ability, learning by copying literature as well as by creating their own stories and producing a short piece of nonfiction. Their technical writing ability will be expanded by learning to write complex sentences. Students will continue to enlarge their vocabulary and improve spelling knowledge using worksheets as well as online games and activities. Grammar topics include capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, nouns, pronouns and verbs.

3rd grade: Students will grow in their writing ability, practice writing compound and complex sentences, and learn to write five-sentence paragraphs. Students will also produce numerous creative works such as a play, short stories, and poems using rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. Students will practice their penmanship while copying literature selections. Students will grow their knowledge of spelling rules using worksheets as well as online games and activities. Grammar topics include capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. Students will apply their grammar expertise to revising their writing.

4th grade: Students will improve their writing skills by regularly producing both creative fiction and researched non-fiction. They will learn to form a variety of sentence structures, as well as paragraphs with proper introductions and conclusions. They will also learn the structure of an essay. Writing assignments include short stories, poems, book reports, an autobiographical story, how-to, dialogue, humor, comic strips, letters, descriptive pieces, a biographical essay and a research report. Students also will develop in their speaking, spelling and grammar skills through their writing assignments as well as through the use of online resource

5th grade: Students will improve their writing skills by producing written work in a variety of forms. Students will regularly write both creative fiction and researched non-fiction, while practicing poetic devices and writing skills including voice and word choice. Writing assignments include book reviews, an expository essay, a compare and contrast essay, and short creative writing pieces, as well as a short story and a novel. Students also will develop their speaking, spelling, and grammar skills through their writing assignments, as well as through the use of online resources.

6th grade: Students will improve their writing skills by a variety of methods. Students will regularly write both creative fiction and researched non-fiction while practicing a variety of sentence structures and poetic devices. Writing assignments include: short stories, poems, book reports, literary analysis, summaries, an autobiographical story, a commercial, dialogue, humor, letters, descriptive pieces, a biographical essay, a persuasive essay, and a research report. Students also will develop their speaking, spelling, and grammar skills through their writing assignments as well as through the use of online resources.

7th grade: Students will improve their writing skills by a variety of methods. They will be producing written work in a variety of forms. Students will regularly write both creative fiction and researched non-fiction, while practicing poetic and literary devices. Writing assignments include poetry, a book review, a personal response, an expository essay, a compare and contrast essay, point of view, short stories, descriptions, and a novel. Students also will develop their spelling and grammar skills through their writing assignments as well as through the use of online resources.

8th grade: They will review grammar, vocabulary, and spelling, as well as the elements of a story. They will focus on poetic and literary devices such as metaphor and irony. Students will be required to present orally, as well as to produce numerous written works. Writing assignments include narratives, articles, essays, research, ads, letters, poetry, and a final project of writing a play.

American Literature - Grade Level 10th-12th grade- Course credit 1: This one year course will introduce students to the people and events of our nation’s past. Through reading the history narrative, literature books, and original source texts, students will receive a comprehensive overview of the history of our great country. Unit projects and written assignments will expand the scope and analysis of the time periods they are studying.

Language Art - Grade level 8th - 9th grade Course credit 1: This high school level course requires students to analyze a wide variety of literature. Students will be reading an autobiography, science fiction and allegorical novels, poetry (including epic poetry), short stories, and plays. They will review grammar, vocabulary, and spelling, as well as the elements of a story.

British Literature - Grade level 10th - 12th grade Course credit 1: Students will receive an overview of British literature from early Anglo-Saxon to Modern. Literary study will be infused with historical applications for a better understanding of the social and historical context of the readings. Literary terms and elements of poetry will be discussed throughout this course. The study of grammar and mechanics of writing will continue with a focus on reviewing concepts and avoiding common errors. Students will further improve their writing through the study of problem areas as well as regular use of response journals. Spelling and vocabulary will largely come from literary terminology, but will also include the study of root words and affixes in preparation for college entrance examinations. Writing assignments will include Responses to Literature journal entries for each work read, a literary and narrative essay of 500-700 words in length, a research paper of 3-5 pages, and a final literary analysis paper of 5-7 pages.

Literature and Composition- Grade level 10th-12th grade Course credit 1: Students will focus this year on analyzing literature, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. Students will develop their understanding of literary devices and terminology to be able to express researched critiques of literature. Students will produce a number of literary analysis papers as well as other essays. Additionally, students will be engaged creatively in writing short stories and poetry. Students will use the complete writing process and submit work for peer editing. Students will also read a variety of nonfiction and will be expected to produce a newspaper, newsletter and podcast as part of their nonfiction studies. To improve in their writing, students will study spelling, vocabulary, grammar, suspense, irony, metaphor, theme, mood, and foreshadowing

Creative Writing - Grade Level 11th - 12th  grade Course credit 1: This course will combine creative writing and grammar.  Students will create, revise, and edit original pieces in several different creative genres including narratives, short stories, fables, and poetry.  Students will be challenged to expand their knowledge of literary elements, imagery, and purposeful grammar to create written pieces.  We will use mentor texts as inspiration throughout this course.  These mentor texts will be read in order to analyze author’s purpose, syntax, plot structure, and literary devices used by the author. 

2. Math

1st grade: Students will learn basic number concepts such as odd and even, more and less, patterns and ordinals. Students will write numbers to 100 and will count to 100 by fives and tens. Students will also gain a basic understanding of fractions, graphing, telling time and counting money. Students will understand the concepts of addition and subtraction and will memorize facts zero through five.

2nd grade: Students will learn addition and subtraction facts to 18. They will learn place value and adding and subtracting tens and ones. They will be introduced to regrouping and carrying. These math facts will be applied toward solving word problems. Students will additionally develop their skills in counting, number comparison, geometry, money, time, measurement, fractions and graphing.

3rd grade: Students will expand their understanding of graphing, measurement, fractions, geometry, place value, time, and money. Students will be introduced to adding and subtracting large numbers, rounding and estimation, finding the perimeter, decimals, multiplication, and division. Students will practice their skills and new math vocabulary using worksheets as well as online games, quizzes, and activities.

4th grade: Students will expand their understanding of graphing, measurement, fractions, decimals, geometry, estimation, place value, time, and money. Students will be introduced to adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and simplifying fractions, as well as probability, order of operation, the coordinate plane, long division, angles, percents and averages. Students will practice their skills and new math vocabulary using worksheets as well as online games, quizzes and activities. Students will also be challenged by mental math problems.

5th grade: Students will work through basic operations with integers, fractions and decimals. Students will progress through the study of number properties as well proportions, rates, exponents and radicals.

6th grade: Student will learn, finding missing factors, order of operations, place value, fractions, improper and mixed numbers, common denominators, prime factorization, rounding and estimating, decimals, percent, finding the percent and decimal of a number, multi-step problems, ratio and proportional problems, sequencing, scale factors & drawings, displaying data such as frequency tables and histograms, elapse-time, negative numbers, probability, squares and square roots, exponents, powers of fractions, compound interest, mass and weight, evaluating and drawing geometric lines, rays, angles, circumference, perimeter, area, and volume of different shapes, graphs, the coordinate plane, functions & graphing functions, and transformations.

7th grade: Students will building on fact families, other topics covered, but not limited to, include finding missing factors, order of operations, place value, fractions, improper and mixed numbers, common denominators, prime factorization, rounding and estimating, decimals, percent, finding the percent and decimal of a number, multi-step problems, ratio and proportional problems, sequencing, scale factors & drawings, displaying data such as frequency tables and histograms, elapsed-time, negative numbers, probability, squares and square roots, exponents, powers of fractions, compound interest, mass and weight, evaluating and drawing geometric lines, rays, angles, circumference, perimeter, area, and volume of different shapes, graphs, the coordinate plane, functions & graphing functions, and transformations.

8th grade: Students for more advanced study in algebra as students solve linear equations and systems of equations, work with radical and integer exponents, gain conceptual understanding of functions, and use functions to model quantitative relationships. To prepare students for more advanced study in geometry, the course emphasizes the Pythagorean theorem and a deepening exploration of similarity and congruence.

Pre-Algebra - Grade level 8th -9th - Course credit 1: This is course year along course. Student will prime and composite numbers, fractions and decimals with and without variables, order of operations, absolute value, coordinates, graphs, inequalities, exponents, square roots, ratios and proportions, rates, changing rates, distance, algebraic phrases, distributive property, evaluating variables, perimeter, area, volume, probability, permutations, the Pythagorean Theorem, scientific notation, commission, compound interest, investigating word problems and how to break them down to solve them, introduction to geometry and trigonometry, and more.

Geometry - Grade level 10th - 11th grade - Course credit 1: This high school geometry course moves students from the basic principles of geometry through more advanced topics such as fractals. Topics covered in this course include points, lines, planes, angles, proving theorems with deductive and inductive reasoning, parallel and perpendicular lines and planes, angle relationships, the equations of lines and slopes, types of triangles, properties of segments and angles, properties of congruent triangles, polygons, quadrilaterals, parallelograms, rhombi, rectangles, squares, kites, trapezoids, ratios and proportions, similarity, dilations, Pythagorean Theorem and its converse, the Law of Sines, the Law of Cosines, properties of circles and their tangent lines, arcs, inscribed angles and chords; equations and graphs of circles, perimeter and area of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles; surface area and volume of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres; symmetry, and transformations.

Algebra 1 Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit 1: Students will engage in real world and hands-on problem solving while using their developing skills in algebra.. The topics covered in this course include: real numbers, algebraic expressions, graphing to solve inequalities and absolute value, graphing to solve linear equations, systems of equations, factoring polynomial equations, relations and functions, quadratic equations, radical and rational expressions and equations, and probability.

Algebra II - Grade level 10th - 12th grade - Course credit 1: This course covers advanced algebra topics including: linear equations, matrices, absolute value, inequalities, factoring, parabolas, quadratics, complex numbers, exponents, polynomials, functions, composite functions, inverse functions, rational expressions, conic sections, probability mechanics, algebraic and geometric sequences and series and basic trigonometric functions. Most topics include solving and graphing equations.

Pre-Calculus - Grade level 11th -12th - Course credit 1: This course fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. With this practice, high-school level students will be able to solve challenging problems such as rate problems and work problems involving abstract quantities.

3. Science

Biology - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will explore two branches of biology: human anatomy and plant life. Students will learn about the body systems and conduct experiments to further their understanding. A study of plants will include their structure, reproduction, and types. Soil, biomes and underwater plants are some of the special topics covered. Students will use textbooks, videos and online learning materials. Experiments and nature observations will enhance their learning and understanding. Students will have the opportunity to present their experimental findings to an audience.

Zoology - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will study zoology through readings, videos, and a variety of online activities. Students will study the main branches of the animal kingdom including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, and fish, as well as others. They will study animal habitats, behaviors, diets, and adaptations. Special studies on endangered species, classification, mimicry and camouflage, as well as ecosystems and food webs, will be conducted.

Earth Science - Grade level 1st -  8th:  This course in earth science will engage students with experiments and projects. Students will also learn through text, video and online interactives. Their study of the Earth will include learning the rock and water cycles. They will study rocks and the makeup of the earth. They will learn about the types and causes of weather, as well as how to predict the weather. Students will follow and learn about the numerous types of bodies of water in our world. They will dive into the ocean and discover what’s hidden in its depths. Students will learn about the atmosphere and explore space.  They will study objects in space and learn the history of space exploration.

Earth Science - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit 1: The Fall semester of Life and Earth Science will cover Life Science with a focus on animals and ecosystems. We will cover topics such as cells, mammals, invertebrates, amphibians, food chains and ecosystems. The Spring semester of Life and Earth Science will cover Earth Science. We will tackle topics such as glaciers, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes.

Biology - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit 1:This year long curriculum includes topics such as the scientific method, cells, biochemistry, photosynthesis and respiration, mitosis and meiosis, DNA and RNA, genetics, ecology, evolution and creation, taxonomy, viruses and bacteria, protists and fungi, and finally animals. Students will learn through texts, videos, online interactives and through hands-on and virtual lab investigations.

Anatomy - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit 1: This year long course student will engage in fun hands-on experiments and activities, use real objects and create 3-D models, label anatomical diagrams and models, view career-linked videos, and participate in class discussions.Topics covered include the history of medicine, cells and DNA, blood, the skeletal system, muscular system, digestive and renal systems, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, nervous and endocrine systems, integumentary system, lymphatic and immune systems, nutrition, and the five senses.

Agriculture - Grade level 10th -12th - Course credit 1:Study of fundamental principles of feeds and feed use in farm livestock to meet nutritional and dietary requirements of farm animals.This course includes study of specific nutrients and feedstuffs as related to domestic farm livestock.

Chemistry - Grade level 11th -12th - Course credit 1:This curriculum includes topics such as matter, atomic theory, the periodic table of the elements, bonding, chemical equations, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids, bases, and salts, reaction rates, thermonuclear and nuclear chemistry, and equilibrium. Students learn through texts, videos, online tutorials, as well as through hands-on and virtual laboratory experiments.

 

4. Social Science & History

Modern - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will study American history from post-Civil War to the current day. Students will engage with readings, videos, political cartoons and photographs as they learn about the events and leaders of the past 150 years. Students will create a variety of projects to demonstrate their knowledge as well as write a number of newspaper articles based on events in history.

Early American - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will study early American history from the early explorers through the Civil War. Students will engage with readings and videos as they learn about the events and leaders of the time period.

Geography - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will travel the world, learning the locations, histories and physical geography of countries, names of capitals, famous landmarks, unique expressions of culture, and facts about the world around them. Students will learn to read maps and create their own.

Ancient - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will study the history of mankind from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance. Topics include ancient Egypt, ancient China, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, the Maya, the Indus Valley, the Greeks, the Romans, the Vikings, the Middle Ages, feudal Japan, the Mongols, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and early explorers.

African American - Grade level 1st - 8th: It serves as a general introduction to the historical literature by providing lower division undergraduate students with an overview of the African American experience through readings, lectures, film, and music.

Early American - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit 1: Students will learn about America’s early history.. The information is presented in readings and videos; students will respond with written work including paragraphs, journals, and a research paper in which students will give an analysis of how the Civil War changed America.

World Geography - Grade level 9th - 10th - Course credit 1: This course is a physical and cultural overview of World Geography. Students will learn about different cultures and geographical features found throughout the world.

World History - Grade level 10th -12th - Course credit 1: The student will learn about the time frame of civilization as we know it, beginning from the first civilizations of Mesopotamia through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment, onward past the World Wars to modern times.

African American - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit .5: Student will learn history and culture of Africa and the African-American experience in an interdisciplinary format, including an analysis of the unique historical, cultural, and social developments from the Middle Passage to the present day.

U.S. Government - Grade level 11th - 12th - Course credit .5: This fast paced one semester course will explore the structure of the federal, state, local systems of government in the United States of America. On completion of this course, students will be given knowledge to better discern between good government and persuasive politics and will be equipped to make informed decisions as a US citizen interacting with the government.

Economic-  Grade level 11th - 12th - Course credit .5: This course helps students understand economic terms and issues that have an impact on the United States and its citizens. This course introduces both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

 

5. Business

Entrepreneurship - Grade level 9th-12th - Course credit .05: Students will also learn to develop a business plan and receive personal feedback on their chosen business. They will design marketing materials and learn about promoting.

Growth Mindset - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit 05: Student will learn the idea that, with effort, it's possible to increase intelligence levels, talents, and abilities. Students are often tempted to give up when things get hard—they may run from challenges, see mistakes as failures, or approach success differently to their classmates with a growth mindset.

Personal Credit/Finance - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit .05:Students will also learn to apply decision-making skills to evaluate career choices and set personal goals. The course content is designed to help the learner make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve personal financial  success.

 

6. Health & Fitness

P.E. - Grade level 1st - 8th: Students will develop their strength and endurance while learning the proper way to exercise, as well as learn about proper nutrition. Students will also develop their knowledge of fire safety and a variety of disabilities in order to better understand those who are different from themselves.

Health & Hygiene- Grade level 1st -8th: Student will learn habits that people perform to keep themselves clean and their bodies. This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children.

P.E. - Grade level 9th - 12th - Course credit .05: Students will learn about the health benefits of many types of exercise, as well as read current news articles on health. Students will be on the move with a variety of activities of their choice from the “Do It Daily” exercise options.Students will learn about a number of areas of wellness and seek to improve and maintain their physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social wellness.

Health - Grade level 9th - 10th - Course credit .05: Students will learn more about their body, how it functions, and how to improve its function. They will learn about fat and muscle and how to train to improve fitness levels. Students will build fitness routines to improve their strength, flexibility, and aerobic capacity.

 

7. Fine Arts

Etiquette Grade level K- 4th: Student will learn skills to prepare boys and girls for the responsibilities of independent adulthood and basic manners, making friends and positive body language.

Cooking Club - Grade level 1st - 8th: Cooking with kids is a great way to educate them about good nutrition, what's in season, planning and preparing meals, and reading food labels. Kitchen safety. Etiquette and manners. Presentation. Proper food handling. Cooking & baking techniques. Basic cognitive subject matter. Food preparation. Table setting.

Art - Grade level K- 8th Grade: This is a drawing and painting course intended for children aged 7-12. Students don’t need to have had any art lessons before beginning this course.We will use several mediums to develop art skills and learn how to apply the elements and principles of art and design in our artworks.

Speech - Grade level 9th- 12th - Course credit .05: Students will learn the essentials of Speech Writing, Oral Presentation, Creative Expression, and Social Interaction. Student will be a safe place for your student to conquer their nervous jitters…turning their trepidation into triumph! Student with the communication skills that they will need to help them soar to success throughout high school, college, and career.

Art - Grade level 9th -12th - Course credit .05: We will use several mediums to develop art skills and learn how to apply the elements and principles of art and design in our artworks.

Music Grade level 9th -12th - Course credit .05: Students will grow in their understanding of music as they listen to classics from the Baroque period through the Jazz Age. Students will develop their ear to identify instruments, musical pieces, and musical periods by their sound. Students will also learn music terminology and music theory in order to express in writing accurate descriptions of music.

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