WE ARE SJA - 2020-2021 | Course Bulletin - St. Johnsbury Academy

 
2020-2021 | Course Bulletin

          WE ARE SJA.
Academic Contacts
    Our Mission
                                                                                                                                                     Kendra Brazeau                   Liz Laverty
                                                                                                                                                     English as a Second Language     Computer Science
                                                                                                                                                     (802) 748-4674                   (802) 751-2082
    This is the mission of St. Johnsbury Academy, a                                                                                                  kbrazeau@stjacademy.org          llaverty@stjacademy.org
    diverse, comprehensive, and independent educational                                                                                              Elia Desjardins                  Ellen Meranze
    community grounded by our traditions, our deep optimism                                                                                          Science                          Language
    regarding young people, and our commitment to academic                                                                                           (802) 751-2245                   (802) 748-4674
    excellence:                                                                                                                                      edesjardins@stjacademy.org       emeranze@stjacademy.org
                                                                                                                                                     Hank Eaton                       Sean Murphy ‘86
    C H A R AC T E R                                                                                                                                 Capstone                         Guidance
    To teach good character by modeling and fostering compassion,                                                                                    (802) 751-2355                   (802) 751-2402
    respect, responsibility, and integrity.                                                                                                          heaton@stjacademy.org            smurphy@stjacademy.org
                                                                                                                                                     David Eckhardt                   Roseanna Prevost '84
    I N Q U I RY                                                                                                                                     Social Studies                   Fine Arts
    To foster a love for learning by challenging individuals                                                                                         (802) 751-2081                   (802) 751-2036
    to pursue knowledge, creativity, and intellectual                                                                                                deckhardt@stjacademy.org         rprevost@stjacademy.org
    self-reliance.                                                                                                                                   Sharon Fadden                    Denise Scavitto
                                                                                                                                                     Mathematics                      Freshman Humanities
    COMMUNITY                                                                                                                                        (802) 751-2372                   (802) 751-2414
    To encourage each individual to understand his or                                                                                                sfadden@stjacademy.org           dscavitto@stjacademy.org
    her relationships, rights, and responsibilities within                                                                                           Patrick Guckin                   Cynthia Stanton ’73
    a community that is itself part of the larger world.                                                                                             Career and Technical Education   Director of Special Services
                                                                                                                                                     (802) 751-2320                   (802) 751-2394
                                                                                                                                                     pguckin@stjacademy.org           cstanton@stjacademy.org
                                                                                                                                                     Steven Jolliffe                  Dale Urie '86
                                                                                                                                                     English                          Health and Wellness
                                                                                                                                                     (802) 751-2070                   (802) 751-2342

    Contents
                                                                                                                                                     stjolliffe@stjacademy.org        durie@stjacademy.org
                                                                                                                                                     Nikki Krysak
                                                                                                                                                     Library Director
                                                                                                                                                     (802) 751-2100
    Course Selection Guide.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 3                                 nkrysak@stjacademy.org
    Courses of Study .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6
     Freshman Humanities.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6
                                                                                                                                                     Other Contacts
     Senior Capstone.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6
     English. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6   Sharon Howell                    James Mazzonna
                                                                                                                                                     Headmaster                       Chief Information
     Social Studies .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8               (802) 751-2033                   Technology Officer
     Mathematics.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10                  showell@stjacademy.org           (802) 751-2371
                                                                                                                                                                                      jmazzonna@stjacademy.org
     Computer Science.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 12                            Nicole Biggie '92
                                                                                                                                                     Director of Admission            David McGinn
     Science.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 13
                                                                                                                                                     (802) 751-2440                   Athletic Director
    		 Biomedical and Health Sciences Certificate Program .  .  . 15                                                                                 nbiggie@stjacademy.org           (802) 751-2121
    		 Engineering Design and Development Program .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 16                                                                                                           dmcginn@stjacademy.org
                                                                                                                                                     Tammi Cady ’88
    		 Environmental Studies Field Semester .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 17		                                                      Assistant Headmaster             John Robillard '83
                                                                                                                                                     for Advancement                  Dean of Resident Students
     Languages .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 17             (802) 751-2010                   (802) 751-2357
     English as a Second Language .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 19                                                tcady@stjacademy.org             jrobillard@stjacademy.org
     Health and Wellness .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 20                                 Beth Choiniere                   James Ryan ’89
     Learning Support .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 21                        Assistant Headmaster             Director of Resident Life
                                                                                                                                                     for Campus Life                  (802) 751-2007
     Fine Arts.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 22        (802) 751-2024                   jryan@stjacademy.org
    		Performing Arts.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 22                      bchoiniere@stjacademy.org
                                                                                                                                                                                      William Vinton
    		Visual Arts .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 24             John Cummings                    Dean of Academics
                                                                                                                                                     Associate Headmaster             (802) 751-2050
     Driver Education. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26                       (802) 751-2131                   wvinton@stjacademy.org
     Career and Technical Education.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26                                                  jcummings@stjacademy.org
    Appendix .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 31         John Driscoll
     Procedure for Course Selection .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 31                                                 Dean of Students
                                                                                                                                                     (802) 751-2472
     Faculty. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 32     jdriscoll@stjacademy.org
     Colleges Attending .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 34                            Carol Lyon
     Sample Course Schedules .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 35                                         Assistant Headmaster
                                                                                                                                                     for Business Services
     Board of Trustees.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 37                        (802) 748-7703
     Accreditation. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 38                 clyon@stjacademy.org

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Course Selection Guide
St. Johnsbury Academy is a comprehensive, co-educational                                                                   St. Johnsbury Academy will not accelerate graduation. Students must
secondary school serving students in grades 9 through 12 and a                                                             achieve four calendar years of study at the secondary level in order to
post-graduate year. In describing itself as comprehensive, the                                                             qualify for graduation from the Academy.
Academy intends that its curriculum will meet the needs of all of
our students. We offer a wide range of subjects and sequences at                                                           Levels of Instruction
different levels of difficulty. A careful reading of this curriculum                                                       As a comprehensive school, we admit students with a wide range
guide will help ensure that parents and students make the best                                                             of skills, interests and backgrounds. We believe that students learn
choices from the extensive options available.                                                                              best when the material that they experience is presented
                                                                                                                           in a form and at a degree of difficulty matched to their previous
                                                                                                                           achievement. In nearly all of our academic departments,
Grade Progression                                                                                                          students are homogeneously grouped; that is, they are placed in
St. Johnsbury Academy is a four-year institution. Students normally
                                                                                                                           instructional sections with students of similar previous achievement
progress from the ninth through the twelfth grades and graduate by
                                                                                                                           and academic preparation.
accumulating credits through successfully passing courses of study. As
long as a student has acquired sufficient credits so that they can make                                                    All of our academic departments offer courses at four levels
up missed credits and graduate with their current class, even if they                                                      of instruction: basic, standard, accelerated, and Advanced
have fallen behind in their required courses, they will advance from                                                       Placement™ (AP).
grade to grade with their class.
                                                                                                                           • Students who are placed at the basic level have demonstrated a need
                                                                                                                             for instruction in the foundational skills required to learn the material
Graduation Requirements
                                                                                                                             of the course. They benefit from a more gradual introduction to the
In order to be granted a diploma by St. Johnsbury Academy,
                                                                                                                             subject material that allows them to master the content of the course
a student must complete four years of study at the secondary
                                                                                                                             with the supports that will help them achieve success.
level and accumulate 26 credits. (See the chart “Graduation
Requirements”.)                                                                                                            • Students who are placed at the standard level of a course have
                                                                                                                             demonstrated levels of achievement and background typical of
The decisions that students and parents make in their choice of
                                                                                                                             most high school students. They possess the skills and the requisite
courses and in the sequence of courses are extremely important.
                                                                                                                             information that enable them to be successful in this college
The choices made for the freshman and sophomore years will strongly
                                                                                                                             preparatory curriculum.
affect the options available for the junior and senior years. To help
visualize several options, we have included model paths that typical                                                       • Students who are placed in the accelerated level of a course
students might follow at the Academy. They can be found starting on                                                          have demonstrated high levels of achievement and demonstrate
page 35.                                                                                                                     deep background knowledge in the subject. They possess skills
                                                                                                                             and information that enable them to master material at an
Please refer to the individual departmental sections for further
                                                                                                                             accelerated pace.
explanation of graduation requirements.
                                                                                                                           Students new to the Academy are placed in various levels of
                                                                                                                           instruction after careful study of standardized and placement tests
                                                                                                                           they have taken, transcripts from previous schools, recommendations
                                                                                                                           of teachers and guidance personnel, parental and student wishes, and
   GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                 consultations with the appropriate department chair. Students are not
                                                                                                                           placed automatically at a given level of instruction in any department
   COURSE                                                                                              CREDITS
                                                                                                                           simply because they are in that level of instruction in another
                                                                                                                           department. It is quite common for students at the Academy to be
   Senior Capstone.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1 credit
                                                                                                                           placed at different levels of instruction in different departments.
   English.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 4 credits   Furthermore, if students experience success at a specific level, we
                                                                                                                           encourage students to move to a higher level. In particular, it is the
   Science .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 3 credits
                                                                                                                           aim of the basic courses at the Academy to equip students to move
   Mathematics.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 3 credits                 to the standard levels of instruction as soon as possible. In each
                                                                                                                           department, personnel meet regularly to make sure that students
   Social Studies. .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 3 credits               are appropriately placed.
   Physical Education.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1 ½ credits
                                                                                                                           Many of our non-academic and some of our academic courses are
   Computer Literacy .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . ½ credit                          heterogeneously grouped; that is, a student will be placed in them
                                                                                                                           without reference to already acquired skills and knowledge. Some
   Health Education .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 1 credit                     of these courses are Senior Capstone, Computer Literacy, Physical
   Electives .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 9 credits      Education, Health/Critical Skills, and some technical courses.

                                                                                                                           After courses have been assigned, level changes are made only
   Total Needed .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 26 credits
                                                                                                                           by the relevant Department Chair or the Academic Dean.

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COURSE SELECTION GUIDE

       Advanced Placement Program                                                 Currently, the courses offered for dual credit include: Rhetoric
       The Advanced Placement program of the College Board is offered to          and Composition, Studies in Literature and Composition, Creative
       students who have demonstrated a superior understanding of the             Writing, Applied Statistics, Applied Calculus, United States History,
       subject matter and have signified their desire to achieve college credit   AP Microeconomics, and Cryptology. There needs to be a minimum
       for courses taken while they are still in high school (sophomores,         of 6 students per class enrolled in the dual credit option in order to
       juniors, and seniors only). Successful completion of an AP exam is         offer the course for college credit.
       recognized by many major colleges and universities for advanced
       placement or credit, at their discretion. The Academy offers 30            The Academic Support and Enrichment
       Advanced Placement courses including: English Language and                 Services Center
       Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States             The Academic Support and Enrichment Center (also known as the
       History, European History, World History, United States Government         Learning Center) is professionally staffed with faculty representing
       and Politics, Microeconomics, Psychology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC,        core disciplines. The Center offers a resource for students to seek
       Statistics, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Biology,      support or enrichment in their studies as they pursue their academic
       Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C:          interests and realize their potential. Students can access the Center
       Electricity and Magnetism, Environmental Science, Studio Art:              during their unscheduled blocks or study halls.
       Drawing and Painting, Studio Art: 2D, Studio Art: 3D, Music Theory,
       French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture,                 Grade Reporting
       Japanese Language and Culture, Latin, and the AP Capstone Program          Grades are reported to students and parents four times a year:
       (AP Seminar and AP Research). Students who take Advanced                   mid-semester and at the end of each academic term. Report cards
       Placement courses are required to take the nationally administered         consist of a list of courses taken, the teacher of each course, and
       Advanced Placement exam at the end of each course. Payment for the         the grades for the period being reported. After the name of each
       Advanced Placement exam is due prior to the exam.                          course there is a parenthetical abbreviation which signifies the
       Advanced Placement Capstone DiplomaTM                                      level of instruction at which the course was offered. There are
       and CertificateTM Program                                                  five abbreviations: IS (Individualized Services), BA (Basic),
       The AP Capstone Program is a two-course sequence consisting                ST (Standard), ACC (Accelerated), and AP (Advanced Placement).
       of AP Seminar and AP Research that allows students to explore              Students will earn credit in all courses that they have successfully
       real-world issues while developing the analytic, research,                 completed after each semester of work.
       problem solving, and communication skills that colleges look               The Academy acknowledges superior student achievement with two
       for in an applicant.                                                       published lists, the high honor roll and the honor roll. Honor rolls are
       Students typically take AP Seminar in the 10th or 11th grade, followed     determined by mid-semester and semester grades. To achieve high
       by AP Research in 12th grade. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher      honor roll status, a student must achieve an overall average of 90 or
       in the AP Seminar and AP Research courses and on four additional AP        better. To achieve honor roll status, students must achieve an overall
       Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. This         average of 85 or better.
       signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of
       college-level academic and research skills.

       Alternatively, students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the
       AP Seminar and Research Exams only will receive the AP Seminar
       and Research Certificate.

       SNHU in the High School
       Southern New Hampshire University in the High School’s dual
       enrollment program allows high school students the opportunity to
       earn early college credits while in high school. At St. Johnsbury
       Academy designated courses have been aligned to meet the same
       content, rigor and learning outcomes as that of the University. The
       high school teachers instructing these courses met the University’s
       adjunct faculty requirement and have been approved by the
       University. Students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the
       dual credit opportunities at the beginning of the courses by completing
       an application and submitting the course registration fee for each
       class. Once the registration period closes, students will not be allowed
       to register for college credit. Since these courses are college courses,
       grades earned while enrolled in the course are recorded on a SNHU
       transcript. Portability and transferability of credits rests solely with
       individual colleges and universities as they have varying policies on
       accepting transfer credits; thus, it is the students’ responsibility to
       consult with higher educational institutions to determine whether
       the SNHU course(s) can be transferred. Additional information
       regarding the program can be directed to Director of Guidance.

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COURSE SELECTION GUIDE

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Courses of Study
                                                      Senior Capstone (Accelerated)                      hand, students need to master specific skills
    FRESHMAN                                          1 CREDIT (7701)                                    essential to the proper use of language. On

    HUMANITIES
                                                                                                         the other hand, students growing quickly into
                                                      This required, one-semester, heterogeneously
                                                                                                         adulthood need to know how to write, how
                                                      grouped, interdisciplinary course will serve
                                                                                                         to read, how to create, and how to be critical
    All freshmen are required to take this            as an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate
                                                                                                         thinkers in a world that demands increasingly
    course, which satisfies 1 English and 1           their ability to meet Academy standards as
                                                                                                         complex choices. These are talents whose
    Social Studies credit.                            a culmination of all of their previous course
                                                                                                         developments are interconnected, often
                                                      work and a springboard into their post-
                                                                                                         simultaneous, and never completed in a
    Freshman Humanities (Basic)                       secondary careers. The domain of the course
                                                                                                         lifetime. The English curriculum is designed
    2 CREDITS/FULL YEAR (1911/1912)                   will include three main components:
                                                                                                         to help students continue to improve their
                                                      1. Problem-solving: Discipline-specific            language skills and further expand their
    Freshman Humanities
                                                      research methods, field research, and              developing talents.
    (Standard)
                                                      critical inquiry
    2 CREDITS/FULL YEAR (1913/1914)

    Freshman Humanities
                                                      2. Communication: Discipline-specific
                                                      writing formats, editing, revision, and
                                                                                                         Core Courses
    (Accelerated)                                     public speaking
    2 CREDITS/FULL YEAR (1915/1916)                                                                      Studies in Literary Perspectives
                                                      3. Citizenship: Defining the characteristics       (Basic)
    This cross-disciplinary, writing-intensive
                                                      of a professional and acting and producing to      1 CREDIT (1031)
    course will introduce students to the skills
                                                      that definition.                                   Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities or equivalent
    necessary for their future success at the                                                            Open to Sophomores
    Academy. Students will apply the skills they      While the vast majority of seniors satisfy their
    learn in the areas of composition, critical       capstone requirement in the 7701 course,           Studies in Literary Perspectives
    thinking, and problem solving to the study        other courses that satisfy the Capstone            (Standard)
    of world history and literature. Students will    graduation requirement are:                        1 CREDIT (1033)
    examine primary and secondary historical          1062 – AP Research (English Department)            Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities or equivalent
    texts, canonical literature, and contemporary                                                        Open to Sophomores
                                                      7705 – Visual Arts Capstone (Fine Arts
    works as a means of building connections to                                                          Studies in Literary Perspectives
                                                      Department)
    the course’s guiding themes.                                                                         (Accelerated)
                                                      7703 – ESL Capstone (ESL Department)
    The course culminates in the Freshman                                                                1 CREDIT (1035)
    Inquiry Project which allows students to          4853 – Engineering Design and Development          Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities or equivalent
    partner with local institutions as a means        Capstone (Science Department)                      Open to Sophomores; with departmental approval
    of building connections to the course’s                                                              This Sophomore course emphasizes the
                                                      7706/Spring Semester – CTE Field Studies
    guiding themes.                                                                                      importance of inquiry while supporting skills
                                                      Capstone
                                                                                                         in reading, analysis, and research. Students
                                                      Must be combined with 4999/Fall Semester –
                                                                                                         will identify main ideas and arguments in
                                                      Environmental Studies Field Semester. Meets
                                                                                                         texts; identify ways in which writers develop
    SENIOR CAPSTONE                                   every other day. (Science Department)
                                                      7707 – CTE Capstone (Career and Technical
                                                                                                         these ideas through characterization, plot,
                                                                                                         structure, and other literary devices and
    1 credit required for graduation.                 Education Department)                              strategies; reflect on the effectiveness of
                                                      For more information on these offerings, see       literary arguments; and consider how context
    All seniors are required to complete a Senior
                                                      the entry for these courses in the appropriate     and occasion influence authorial decisions
    Capstone investigation. The Academy sees
                                                      department sections of the course bulletin.        and literary works.
    the Capstone course as a culmination of all
    previous learning; it serves as an opportunity                                                       Students will also be required to develop
    for students to demonstrate their mastery of                                                         their own perspectives and communicate
    our standards as they head to college, careers,                                                      via written, oral, and visual mediums, both
    and carry their overall Academy experience        ENGLISH                                            independently and collaboratively, and
    into their personal and professional lives. On                                                       synthesize a variety of genres and texts.
    Senior Capstone Day, in early December and        4 credits are required for graduation. For
                                                                                                         Upon completion of this course, students will
    early May, seniors present their Capstone         those students who have taken Freshman
                                                                                                         be able to analyze and evaluate a variety of
    projects to their peers, faculty members,         Humanities, 3 additional core credits are
                                                                                                         texts and have the ability to communicate
    trustees, and members of the community.           required for graduation. All students are
                                                                                                         ideas, using a variety of methods, supported
                                                      required to complete one core English course
                                                                                                         by evidence.
                                                      each academic year.
                                                      The English Department recognizes a double
                                                      responsibility to its students. On the one

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CO U R S E S O F ST U DY

AP Seminar                                          AP English Language and                             and Composition. College credit is available
1 ½ CREDITS (1060/1064)                             Composition                                         for this course through Southern New
Open to Sophomores and Juniors; with departmental   1 ½ CREDITS (1058/1059)                             Hampshire University.
approval                                            Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment with
In the first year of the two-year AP Capstone       AP Seminar                                          AP English Literature and
Program sequence, students will develop and
                                                    Open to Juniors; with departmental approval         Composition
                                                    This two-semester course leads directly             1 CREDIT (1079)
strengthen their analytic and inquiry skills,
                                                    to the taking of the Advanced Placement             Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in AP Research
exploring in detail three to five relevant issues
                                                    examination in English Language and                 Open to Seniors; with departmental approval
selected by the instructor. They will learn to
                                                    Composition in the spring. The course               This course leads directly to the taking of the
consider an issue from multiple perspectives,
                                                    prepares students for the AP examination,           Advanced Placement examination in English
evaluate the strength of an argument,
                                                    including critical reading, rhetorical and          Literature and Composition in the spring.
and make logical, fact-based decisions.
                                                    stylistic analysis, and argumentation.              The course introduces and reinforces skills
During the course, students will complete a                                                             that will allow students to do well on the AP
                                                    Students will refine their academic writing
team project and presentation, an individual                                                            exam. It engages students in a wealth of
                                                    and research skills through the Area of
reflection, and an individual paper and                                                                 literature and a range of genres, reading both
                                                    Inquiry research project. The class process
presentation. Students are required to take                                                             widely and deeply; students also write critical
                                                    will feature seminar discussions of the
the AP Seminar written exam.                                                                            analysis, including expository, analytical, and
                                                    assigned readings. Although primarily a
Technical Communications I                          study of nonfiction texts, the course will          argumentative essays. Students will refine
(Standard)                                          supplement its core readings with poetry            college-level critical thinking skills through
1 CREDIT (1063)                                     and fiction drawn from the major periods of         the interpretation of prose, poetry, and
                                                    American literature.                                drama, with a focus on British literature. The
Prerequisite: Studies in Literary Perspectives
or equivalent                                                                                           Senior Capstone experience required for
Open to Juniors                                     Technical Communications II                         graduation is also embedded in the course.
This standard-level course is open to juniors       (Standard)
who are enrolled in a technical education           1 CREDIT (1083)                                     AP Research
course and who anticipate continuing                Prerequisite: Technical Communications I or with    1 CREDIT (1061)
                                                    departmental approval
their education at a technical college or                                                               Prerequisite: AP Seminar and concurrent enrollment
institute. Students will be introduced to the       This course is open to seniors who are              with Accelerated English Literature and Composition
                                                    enrolled in a minimum of two blocks of              or AP English Literature and Composition
principles of effective communication in the                                                            Open to Seniors; with departmental approval
workplace. Special attention will be given          technical education and who anticipate
                                                                                                        Students will work on an independent
to workplace ethics. Students will research         continuing their education at a technical
                                                                                                        research project on a topic of interest. At the
topics of personal and vocational interest,         college or institute. Students will research
                                                                                                        end of the research project, they will submit
explore career plans and opportunities, and         topics of personal and vocational interest,
                                                                                                        an academic paper of about 5,000 words and
present information and opinions to various         explore career plans and opportunities, and
                                                                                                        defend their research through a presentation.
audiences. In class projects, students will         present information and opinions to various
                                                                                                        Additionally, students will present the
solve realistic problems using critical thinking    audiences. In class projects, students will
                                                                                                        application of their research at our spring
and decision-making skills.                         solve realistic problems using critical thinking
                                                                                                        Capstone day.
                                                    and decision-making skills.
Studies in Rhetoric and
Composition (Standard)
1 CREDIT (1053)
                                                    Studies in Literature and
                                                    Composition (Standard)                              Elective Courses
Prerequisite: Studies in Literary Perspectives      1 CREDIT (1073)
or equivalent                                                                                           Media Studies and Production I
                                                    Prerequisite: Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
Open to Juniors
                                                    or equivalent                                       (Accelerated)
                                                    Open to Seniors                                     1 CREDIT (1005)
Studies in Rhetoric and                                                                                 Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities
Composition (Accelerated)                           Studies in Literature and
                                                                                                        Media Studies and Production I examines
1 CREDIT (1055)                                     Composition (Accelerated)
                                                                                                        the intricacies of journalism’s new frontier
Prerequisite: Studies in Literary Perspectives      1 CREDIT (1075)
or equivalent                                                                                           and explores what it means to allow words,
                                                    Prerequisite: Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
Open to Juniors
                                                    or equivalent                                       images, and sound to interplay for effective
Through this Junior course, students immerse        Open to Seniors                                     communication with an audience of both the
themselves in argumentative and persuasive          This senior course teaches college-                 Academy community and the world at large.
writing. They will then refine academic             preparatory logic and analysis through              Students will explore the interplay of various
writing and research skills through the Area        reading, writing, speaking, and listening.          means of communication and compose audio
of Inquiry research project. Thematic units         The course examines significant works of            and video podcasts, visual narratives, and
provide a platform for critical thinking            world literature that reveal the diversity of       written articles. They will ultimately create
about American ideals and individual self-          human experience and the mandate to make            multi-layered media projects through the
understanding. College credit is available          the world a more humane place. Students             use of multimedia authoring software for
for this course through Southern New                write a variety of essays that build upon           online publication and digital storytelling.
Hampshire University.                               modes introduced in Studies in Rhetoric             Students will investigate 21st Century media

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           to evaluate how messages are delivered with         whose post-secondary plans include creative        All Academy students are required to
           lasting impact and effectiveness.                   writing study.                                     successfully complete Freshman Humanities,
                                                                                                                  World Civilization, Post-1500, and United
           Media Studies and Production II                     Public Speaking (Accelerated)                      States History. These courses must be taken
           (Accelerated)                                       1 CREDIT (1001)                                    sequentially and elective courses may also
           1 CREDIT (1006)                                     Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors           be inserted into a student’s curriculum. AP
           Prerequisite: Media Studies and Production I        This course enables students to speak and          European History and AP World History may
           Media Studies and Production II further             write effectively for a wide variety of purposes   be substituted for World Civilization, Post-
           examines the intricacies of journalism’s            and audiences. Through the study of form           1500 and AP United States History may be
           new frontier and the ways in which words,           and communication, students learn to use           substituted for United States History.
           images, and sound interplay for effective           storytelling, personal statements, persuasion      Acceptance into AP courses requires the
           communication with an audience—both the             and vocal techniques to express their ideas        recommendation of the department.
           Academy community and the world at large.           at formal, informal and social events.
           Students will continue their exploration            Students will leave this class able to speak
           of various means of communication and               confidently and comfortably in front of            Core Courses
           compose nuanced audio and video podcasts,           almost any audience.
           visual narratives, and written articles for                                                            World Civilization, Post-1500
           publication. Additionally, students will            College Writing (Standard)                         (Basic)
           learn and practice the mechanical, decision-        1 CREDIT (1003)                                    1 CREDIT (2911)
           making, interpersonal, and supervisory              Open to Juniors and Seniors                        Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities
           skills required to successfully manage a
           professional newsroom.                              College Writing (Accelerated)                      World Civilization, Post-1500
                                                               1 CREDIT (1004)                                    (Standard)
           Creative Writing (Accelerated)                      Open to Juniors and Seniors; with departmental     1 CREDIT (2913)
                                                               approval
           1 CREDIT (1007)                                                                                        Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities
                                                               This course is designed to enhance the
           Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
                                                               language and writing of skilled college-bound      World Civilization, Post-1500
           Students will create portfolios of their
                                                               students. It will examine strategies for           (Accelerated)
           own work in the genres of short fiction,
                                                               writing effective college admissions essays        1 CREDIT (2915)
           poetry, and playwriting; the portfolio will
                                                               and will study the SAT with a particular           Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities
           contain selections from their daily writing
                                                               emphasis on vocabulary, timed-writing,             This course will explore the major themes
           journal as well as finished and revised
                                                               and reading comprehension.                         of historical change in the world from 1500
           pieces. Students will read widely in these
                                                                                                                  to 1800. Citizenship, government, and
           genres from selections of both older and
                                                                                                                  revolution are key strands of the course.
           contemporary works chosen by the class, and
                                                                                                                  It will also enable students to work on those
           achieve a sophisticated understanding of the
           fundamental elements of those genres. The
                                                               SOCIAL STUDIES                                     Social Studies department standards that
                                                                                                                  have not yet been mastered.
           course will include field trips to attend writing
                                                               3 credits are required for graduation. For
           festivals and poetry slams as well as trips to
           local colleges for readings. College credit is
                                                               those students who have taken Freshman             AP World History
                                                               Humanities, 2 additional core credits are          1 ½ CREDIT (2916/2917)
           available for this course through Southern
                                                               required for graduation. All Students are          Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities or with
           New Hampshire University.
                                                               required to complete Freshman Humanities           departmental approval
                                                               or the equivalent; World Civilization,             This college-level course prepares students
           Advanced Creative Writing
                                                               Post-1500, AP European History, or AP              for the Advanced Placement examination.
           (Accelerated)
                                                               World History; and United States History.          This course focuses on developing students’
           1 CREDIT (1008)
                                                                                                                  understanding of world history from
           Prerequisite: Creative Writing                      One of the stated objectives of education is to
                                                                                                                  approximately 1200 CE to the present.
           Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; with      produce good citizens. In a democracy, this
           departmental approval                                                                                  Students will investigate the content of world
                                                               means informed, involved citizens—persons
           Seniors who wish to pursue intensive study of                                                          history for significant events, individuals,
                                                               who are willing and able to understand and
           creative writing may take Creative Writing a                                                           developments, and processes in six historical
                                                               act upon the critical issues of their times. The
           second time for credit. In consultation with                                                           periods while they develop essential
                                                               Social Studies are replete with controversy:
           the instructor, the students in this course will                                                       historical thinking skills. The course focuses
                                                               questions of power, decision-making,
           embark on a demanding course of study in                                                               on five interconnected themes, encouraging
                                                               leadership, duties of citizens, goals for the
           two genres of his/her choice, one per quarter.                                                         students to make connections between
                                                               nation, freedoms for individuals, equity
           These may include poetry, short fiction, script                                                        different eras in regions, including Africa,
                                                               of opportunity, distribution of wealth,
           writing, the novella, and children’s literature.                                                       the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
                                                               war and peace; these are issues that must
           Students taking Advanced Creative Writing                                                              This course fulfills the World Civilization,
                                                               be studied in their historical context,
           will have class with Creative Writing students.                                                        Post-1500 requirement. This class will be
                                                               re-examined, and acted upon by each
           Admission will be reserved for those students                                                          held every other day in the first semester and
                                                               new generation of Americans. Divisions
           who have demonstrated a sincere, significant                                                           will meet every day in the second semester.
                                                               of opinion are inevitable but an informed,
           interest in pursuing creative excellence and        involved, critical thinker is better able to
                                                               pursue their task of citizenship.
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AP European History                                                                                     and economic impacts of government
1 ½ CREDITS (2918/2919)                             Elective Courses                                    policy through case studies from various
Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities or with                                                               administrations from the 1960s to the
departmental approval                               Vermont History and the                             present. Students will also design and
This college-level course prepares students         Identity of the Northeast                           execute behavioral economics experiments,
for the Advanced Placement examination              Kingdom                                             explore personal finance strategies, and
in European History. The course includes            1 CREDIT (2920)                                     write policy papers.
a profound study of European history                Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities

beginning with the late Middle Ages and             If history focuses on understanding our             AP United States Government
continuing through the Cold War, including a        place in the world, then history starts in our      and Politics
demanding reading schedule and the practice         own backyard. Vermont and the Northeast             1 ½ CREDITS (2178/2179)
of AP testing elements. AP European History         Kingdom share a long and storied history.           Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and United
                                                                                                        States History
meets for the entire year. The class will be        Students will learn local history from primary      Open to Seniors or with departmental approval
held every other day in the first semester          sources, and the award-winning book,
                                                                                                        This college-level course prepares students
and will meet every day in the second               Hands on the Land, which will serve as a
                                                                                                        to take the AP United States Government
semester. It fulfills the World Civilization,       supplementary text. Students will participate
                                                                                                        and Politics examination. It further prepares
Post-1500 requirement. This class will be           in a variety of learning experiences, including
                                                                                                        students for roles as community leaders
held every other day in the first semester and      field trips, investigation of primary sources,
                                                                                                        and responsible, active citizens using the
will meet every day in the second semester.         and self-directed research projects.
                                                                                                        competitive “We the People…” program, in
                                                                                                        order to strengthen their critical thinking
United States History (Basic)                       Sociology and Criminology
                                                                                                        and extemporaneous speaking skills. The
1 CREDIT (2151)                                     (Standard)
                                                                                                        “We the People…” program culminates in a
Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and World        1 CREDIT (2949)
Civilization, Post-1500                                                                                 State congressional hearing competition in
                                                    Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities
Open to Juniors                                                                                         January. Additionally, students investigate
                                                    This semester-long course is designed as
                                                                                                        core concepts of political science: consuming
United States History                               a compliment to both our Psychology and
                                                                                                        and producing polls, analyzing charts and
(Standard)                                          Career Awareness Curriculum. It provides
                                                                                                        graphs, predicting voting behavior, analyzing
1 CREDIT (2153)                                     students with a general overview of Sociology
                                                                                                        demographic data, and understanding
Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and World        while looking specifically at Criminology
                                                                                                        the essential ideas about political parties,
Civilization, Post-1500                             with a concentration on deviance and social
Open to Juniors                                                                                         campaigns, and elections.
                                                    control. Along with the topics such as, social
                                                    structure/socialization, sex and gender, race       Furthermore, by the end of the course,
United States History
                                                    and ethnicity, the family, crime, punishment,       students will understand influences on the
(Accelerated)
                                                    theories of deviance, recidivism and                policy agenda and the process of policy
1 CREDIT (2155)
                                                    rehabilitation, this course will allow for an       making and enactment. The course will
Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and World
Civilization, Post-1500                             individual concentration relative to a social       close with a study of economic naturalism.
Open to Juniors                                     group of the student’s choice. Each student         The class will meet every-other day in
This survey course will expose students to the      will be responsible for content knowledge           the first semester, and every day in the
history of the United States in a chronological     and individual research on this social group        second semester.
approach from the founding of the United            throughout the semester.
States to the present. The course will focus on                                                         AP Microeconomics
active citizenship and will highlight the study     Economics and Public Policy                         1 ½ CREDITS (2218/2219)
of United States history through political and      (Standard)                                          Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and United
                                                                                                        States History
economic lenses. College credit is available        1 CREDIT (2947)                                     Open to Seniors or with departmental approval
for this course through Southern New                Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion or current
                                                    enrollment in U.S. History and Algebra II or with
                                                                                                        This college-level course prepares students
Hampshire University.
                                                    departmental approval                               for the Advanced Placement examination in
                                                                                                        Microeconomics. Students will investigate
AP United States History                            Economics and Public Policy                         the core concepts of microeconomics.
1 ½ CREDITS (2158/2159)                             (Accelerated)                                       Students taking AP Microeconomics may
Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and World        1 CREDIT (2948)
Civilization, Post-1500, AP World History, or AP                                                        also elect to sit for the Advanced Placement
European History; with departmental approval        Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion or current   exam in Macroeconomics with approval
Open to Juniors                                     enrollment in U.S. History and Algebra II or with
                                                    departmental approval                               from the Social Studies Department Chair
This Junior college-level course is taught                                                              and Academic Dean. Additional out of
                                                    This course is meant for students who
to prepare students to take the Advanced                                                                class work will be required to prepare
                                                    have an interest in economics, public
Placement United States History exam and                                                                for the Macroeconomic Exam. This class
                                                    policy, and finance. Students will explore
requires a level of critical thinking and writing                                                       will meet every-other day in the first
                                                    the fundamental principles of economics
commensurate with college work. This course                                                             semester, and every day during the second
                                                    with an emphasis on practical applications
meets for the entire year. The class will be                                                            semester. College credit is available
                                                    through behavioral economics and game
held every other day in the first semester and                                                          for this course through Southern New
                                                    theory. Students will examine the social
will meet every day in the second semester.                                                             Hampshire University.

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           Modern East Asia (Standard)                       cultural approach by reading original works of     presented, theory, and an appreciation
           1 CREDIT (2922)                                   thinkers of all regions and periods, from Plato    of mathematics as a language. Graphing
           Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities and World      to Rumi, Axial-Age China to modern day             calculators are used to facilitate the teaching
           Civilization, Post-1500 or with departmental      England, and beyond. Students will examine         of these courses. One goal of the courses in
           approval                                          issues such as free will, justice, religion,       this sequence is to prepare students for AP
           This course will examine the rich and             individual responsibility, and the quest to        mathematics courses and beyond. Courses
           complex history of East Asia, particularly        find meaning and fulfillment in the living of      in this sequence differ from the equivalent
           the modern nations of China, Japan, and           one’s own life.                                    standard-level course by the pace of the
           Korea and will focus on the post-1945 period.                                                        course, the amount of required homework,
           The growth of China into a world leader,                                                             and the level of abstraction and formal proof.
           the dynamism of Japanese culture, and the
           ongoing struggle between the north and the
           south in Korea will be explored. The course
                                                             MATHEMATICS                                        Permission to take an accelerated-level
                                                                                                                course is normally predicated by maintaining
                                                                                                                a grade of at least 80 in the previous
           will take the form of a seminar, in which         3 credits required for graduation
                                                                                                                accelerated-level course or at least 90 in the
           students will be expected to actively engage
                                                             The sequence of courses will permit students       previous standard-level course.
           with course content in classroom discussion,
                                                             to have the following experiences in math:
           as well as out of the classroom in writing.                                                          All courses use graphing calculators
                                                             • View math as a blend of patterns instead of a   and/ or computers to enhance the learning
           Psychology (Standard)                                set of isolated topics.                         of mathematics. In addition, all students
           1 CREDIT (2923)                                                                                      are expected to write about their
                                                             • Make connections; construct models and
           Prerequisites: Freshman Humanities; open to                                                          mathematical processes.
                                                                theories that order their understanding of
           Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors
                                                                their environment.
                                                                                                                Algebraic Foundations I (Basic)
           Psychology (Accelerated)                          •Relate mathematical ideas to everyday            1 CREDIT (3210)
           1 CREDIT (2925)                                    experiences and real-world situations.
                                                                                                                This course is the first part of a two-part
           Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities
           Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors          • Discover how to adjust procedures to solve      Algebra I course. The topics of the course will
           Students will gain a knowledge of the basic          new problems.                                   include the real number line and operations
           theories of human behavior and interaction                                                           of those numbers. Exponents, powers, and
                                                             • Spend more time on each topic, enabling
           through readings, discussion, multimedia,                                                            order of operations will be explored through
                                                                invention and practice.
           and field research                                                                                   problem solving. Equations will be identified
                                                             • Create “real” connections and study those       in the world around, including the workplace,
           AP Psychology                                        connections from concrete to abstraction.       and will be modeled through application.
           1½ CREDIT (2928/2929)                             • Develop communication, reasoning, and           Students are taught the correct and
           Open to Juniors and Seniors; with departmental       problem-solving skills.                         appropriate use of a graphing calculator.
           approval
                                                             Three mathematics courses are required             Algebraic Foundations II (Basic)
           This college-level course prepares students
                                                             for graduation. The mathematics program            1 CREDIT (3212)
           for the Advanced Placement examination in
                                                             includes course offerings designed to              Prerequisite: Algebraic Foundations I
           Psychology and includes an in-depth study
                                                             provide opportunities for all students to
           of the biological, cognitive, developmental,                                                         This course completes the two-part Algebra
                                                             learn meaningful mathematics. At several
           social, and clinical aspects of psychology.                                                          I course. The topics of the course include
                                                             points during their academic career, student
           This class will meet every day in the                                                                further investigation of equations and their
                                                             placements are reviewed to ensure that they
           first semester and every other day in the                                                            application in the real world. Equations
                                                             are working at a level consistent with their
           second semester.                                                                                     will be developed using technology. After
                                                             goals and achievement.
                                                                                                                investigating operations of exponents using
           Contemporary Issues                               Students who take standard level courses           manipulatives, students will learn to apply the
           (Accelerated)                                     acquire a sound preparation to pursue              concept to scientific notation. Applications
           ½ CREDIT (2946)                                   four-year college programs, two-year               of systems of equations will be studied
           Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities                 technical programs, on-the-job training, or        using both algebra and analytic geometry.
           This course focuses on the study of issues that   armed forces experience. Themes that are           Data analysis and linear regression will be
           are affecting the world today and requires the    emphasized throughout include problem-             explored using the graphing calculator. This
           use of newspapers and discussion to enhance       solving, applications of the ideas presented,      course will also include the language of
           knowledge of current events. This class will      use of the graphing calculator, writing            BASIC using the programming functions of
           be held every other day.                          process, and collaboration.                        the graphing calculator. Applications of ratios
                                                             Students who enroll in accelerated                 and proportions prepare students for the
           Philosophy (Accelerated)                          math courses will be prepared to pursue            transition to Algebra II.
           1 CREDIT (2935)                                   competitive four-year college programs.
           Prerequisite: Freshman Humanities                 These are highly motivated students with
           This course will introduce students to the        strong mathematical achievement. Themes
           study and uses of philosophy, as well as          emphasized through this sequence include
           the history of ideas. Students take a multi-      problem solving, applications of the ideas

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Algebra I (Standard)                                    applications. Advanced topics of solving               transformations of functions, and polynomial
1 CREDIT (3213)                                         rational expressions, transformations,                 and synthetic division. A review of
With departmental approval                              and exponential growth and decay are                   trigonometric functions and the unit circle
                                                        also included.                                         is also included.
Algebra I (Accelerated)                                                                                        In this course students will explore broad
1 CREDIT (3215)                                         Geometry (Standard)                                    applications of mathematical ideas as they
Prerequisites: Above average Placement Test and         1 CREDIT (3253)
                                                                                                               pertain to the field of business, the social
recommendation based on prior achievement; with         Prerequisite: Algebra II; with departmental approval
departmental approval                                                                                          sciences, computer science, and number
This course consists of the rules of algebra            Geometry (Accelerated)                                 theory. The goal of this course is to prepare
with an emphasis on linear functions.                   1 CREDIT (3255)                                        students to interpret data, to construct
Students will learn to evaluate and simplify            Prerequisite: Algebra II; with departmental approval   algorithms, and to build mathematical
algebraic expressions and linear equations. In                                                                 models to analyze and solve problems. Topics
                                                        This course consists of the principles of
addition, students in this course will evaluate,                                                               include probability, data analysis, sequences
                                                        Euclidean geometry supplemented by logic.
analyze, and graph functions and relations.                                                                    and series, and logic.
                                                        Areas of study will include basic geometric
Applications of systems of equations will               figures and relationships among them,
be studied using both algebra and analytic                                                                     Applied Calculus (Standard)
                                                        properties of polygons with emphasis on
geometry. Data analysis and linear regression                                                                  1 CREDIT (3280)
                                                        triangles and quadrilaterals, properties of
will be explored using the graphing calculator.                                                                Prerequisites: Trigonometry and Precalculus; with
                                                        circles and related concepts, congruence               departmental approval
This course will also include the language of           and similarity, and applications of measure
BASIC using the programming functions of                and area problems. The student will learn              Applied Calculus (Accelerated)
the graphing calculator.                                right triangle trigonometry and have an                1 CREDIT (3286)
                                                        introduction to trigonometric functions.               Prerequisites: Trigonometry and Precalculus; with
Integrated Math (Basic)                                                                                        departmental approval
1 CREDIT (3251)                                         Trigonometry (Standard)                                This course will serve as an introduction or
Prerequisites: Algebraic Foundations I and II or        1 CREDIT (3273)                                        survey of the fundamentals of differential and
Algebra I (Standard)
                                                        Prerequisite: Geometry or with departmental            integral calculus. Students will be encouraged
This course provides a bridge to Algebra II.            approval                                               to study these concepts in practical tangible
It includes an intensive review of Algebra I                                                                   applications through hands on projects,
skills and concepts. The geometry concepts              Trigonometry (Accelerated)                             classic lectures, and direct research. While
of congruence, symmetry, translations, and              1 CREDIT (3275)
                                                                                                               each student will learn the fundamentals of
reflections are explored. Modeling of area              Prerequisites: Algebra II and Geometry or with
                                                        departmental approval                                  differentiation and integration, this course is
and volume is investigated through two- and                                                                    not intended to be an alternative to the
three-dimensional objects. Topics of statistics         This course allows the student to study
                                                                                                               AP Calculus course. College credit is
and probability are examined using graphing             many different areas within trigonometry.
                                                                                                               available for this course through Southern
and volume, principles of proof and logic,              Topics will include angles and rotations, the
                                                                                                               New Hampshire University.
symmetry, and transformations.                          unit circle and right triangle trigonometry,
                                                        trigonometric functions, and circular
                                                                                                               Applied Statistics (Standard)
Algebra II (Standard)                                   functions and their graphs; trigonometric
                                                                                                               1 CREDIT (3287)
1 CREDIT (3233)                                         identities; and proofs of identities. Concepts
                                                                                                               Prerequisite: Trigonometry; with departmental
Prerequisites: Algebraic Foundations I and II,          will be applied in a variety of areas such as          approval
Algebra I, Grade ≥ 75; with departmental approval       civil engineering and science. Students
                                                        will make extensive use of graphing                    Applied Statistics (Accelerated)
Algebra II (Accelerated)                                calculators. Arc length and polar coordinates          1 CREDIT (3282)
1 CREDIT (3235)                                         are also included.                                     Prerequisite: Trigonometry; with departmental
Prerequisite: Algebra I; with departmental approval                                                            approval
Freshmen may start their math sequence with this
course if a satisfactory score has been earned on the   Precalculus (Standard)                                 This course will give students an opportunity
department placement test.                              1 CREDIT (3283)                                        to design and conduct surveys and
This course consists of the rules of algebra            Prerequisite: Trigonometry or with departmental        experiments using statistical methods.
                                                        approval                                               Results of sampling and data collection will
with an emphasis on linear and quadratic
functions. Areas of study will include                                                                         be displayed using statistical representations.
                                                        Precalculus (Accelerated)                              Journal articles and published research
understanding and using number and                      1 CREDIT (3285)
operation concepts with emphasis on                                                                            will be analyzed and interpreted from a
                                                        Prerequisite: Trigonometry or with departmental
the number system. The students will                    approval                                               statistical perspective. The basic rules of
be introduced to styles of proving,                                                                            simple probability, the fundamental counting
                                                        This course develops the analytic skills
evaluating, and simplifying algebraic                                                                          theorem, conditional probability, and
                                                        necessary to describe the behavior of
expressions. There will be emphasis on                                                                         probability distributions will also be explored.
                                                        mathematical functions. Topics include
solving complex or unfamiliar problems                  algebraic expressions, u-substitution,
using appropriate analysis techniques and               higher degree polynomials, rational,
reasonable estimation. The students will                logarithmic, and exponential functions,
learn to generalize results from specific               function composition, inverses of functions,

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           Advanced Placement Post Calculus                                                                             COMPUTER
           AP Calculus AB                                         Multivariable Calculus                                SCIENCE
           1 CREDIT (3298)                                        1 CREDIT (3300)
           Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus (Accelerated) grade ≥ 85;   Prerequisite: Calculus BC; with departmental
                                                                                                                        ½ credit required for graduation
           with departmental approval; AP Calculus AB Prep is     approval
                                                                                                                        The courses in the Computer Science
           required for students who will not continue to
           AP Calculus BC                                         This upper-level calculus course is intended          department focus on the idea that
                                                                  for students with a strong interest in                students should not simply be consumers
           This course is equivalent to the first semester
                                                                  mathematics and a solid foundation in single          of technology, but that students should
           of college calculus. The topics include limits,
                                                                  variable calculus. The topics of this course          be able to create technology. Although
           derivatives, integrals and the Fundamental
                                                                  will include partial derivatives, gradients,          programming is a major component of
           Theorem of Calculus. Emphasis will be placed
                                                                  constrained optimization using Lagrange               computer science, computer science study
           on conceptual understanding: reasoning
                                                                  multipliers, double and triple integrals              also includes computational thinking, logic,
           with definitions and theorems, connecting
                                                                  with applications, as well as cylindrical and         problem-solving, working with algorithms,
           concepts, implementing algebraic/
                                                                  spherical coordinates, and using Jacobian             collaboration, and creativity. Our course
           computational processes, connecting multiple
                                                                  matrices to change coordinate systems.                sequence begins with introductory courses
           representations, building notational fluency,
                                                                  Vector calculus will also be studied including        that work toward demystifying the inner
           and communicating. This course follows
                                                                  line and surface integrals, divergence and            workings of computers and the Internet and
           the AP curriculum and leads directly to the
                                                                  curl, and the theorems of Green and Stokes.           the applications that are integral to the daily
           Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam.
                                                                  The use of computer algebra systems will be           lives of our students. Advanced coursework
                                                                  an essential part of the course.
           AP Calculus AB Prep                                                                                          could include programming in multiple
           ½ CREDIT (3297)                                                                                              languages and for multiple platforms, as well
                                                                  Linear Algebra                                        as introductions to emerging technologies.
           Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB; with departmental
           approval                                               ½ CREDIT (3301)
                                                                                                                        The Computer Science requirement may
                                                                  Prerequisites: Multivariable Calculus or SNHU dual-
           This course is a continuation of AP Calculus                                                                 be satisfied by either taking the Computer
                                                                  enrollment math course; with departmental approval
           AB and will strengthen skills and knowledge                                                                  Literacy course in the Freshman year,
                                                                  This course builds on the concepts of
           in preparation for the Advanced Placement                                                                    or by taking Robotics (in the Science
                                                                  three-dimensional space developed
           Calculus AB exam in the spring. AP Calculus                                                                  Department) or a higher-level computer
                                                                  in Multivariable Calculus and extends
           Prep meets every-other day during second                                                                     science course, with departmental approval,
                                                                  discussions of mathematical spaces to
           semester.                                                                                                    before graduation.
                                                                  include arbitrary dimensions. Topics covered
                                                                  in the course will include systems of linear
           AP Calculus BC                                                                                               Computer Literacy
                                                                  equations and how to solve them, the method
           1 CREDIT (3299)                                                                                              ½ CREDIT (7592)
                                                                  of Gaussian elimination, matrices and linear
           Prerequisite: Calculus AB grade > 90; with                                                                   Open to Freshmen
           departmental approval                                  mappings, determinants and their properties,
                                                                  eigenvectors and eigenvalues, and the                 Students are introduced to the rapidly
           This course is a continuation of Calculus AB
                                                                  diagonalization of matrices. The course will          changing technologies of the educational
           and is equivalent to second semester college
                                                                  incorporate computer algebra systems and              world. Digital citizenship is a key component
           calculus. In addition to further study of
                                                                  will seek to strike a balance between linear          of the program, with an emphasis on
           techniques of differentiation and integration,
                                                                  algebra’s abstract structures and justifications      online safety and etiquette, privacy,
           topics include sequences and series,
                                                                  and the rich collection of applications to            and digital footprints. Computing skills
           vector and polar functions, and some basic
                                                                  science and engineering problems that the             including software applications, computer
           differential equations. This course follows
                                                                  subject affords.                                      programming, and 3D modeling introduce
           the AP curriculum and leads directly to the
                                                                                                                        students to technology skills to enhance their
           Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam.
                                                                  Cryptology                                            personal and academic practice. Meets every
                                                                  ½ CREDIT (3302)                                       other day.
           AP Statistics
           1½ CREDIT (3289/3290)                                  Prerequisites: An AP math course or SNHU dual-
                                                                  enrollment math course; with departmental approval    Introduction to Computer
           Prerequisite: Trigonometry; with departmental
           approval                                               The course will include both cryptography             Science (Standard)
                                                                  and cryptanalysis. The science of making              1 CREDIT (3698)
           This two-semester course leads directly
           to the taking of the Advanced Placement                and breaking codes will be explored through           Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Algebra I;
                                                                  modular arithmetic, statistics, probability,          with departmental approval.
           examination in Statistics in the spring.
                                                                  permutation functions, algorithms,                    This course is designed for students who
           The topics discussed in this course include
                                                                  binary numbers, base twenty-six, primes,              have little to no experience in programming
           frequency, distributions and graphs,
                                                                  factorization, the Euclidean algorithm,               computers. Students will learn the basics of
           measures of central tendency, measures
                                                                  and Fermat’s Little Theorem. Classical                algorithmic thinking, and design programs
           of variability, confidence intervals, and
                                                                  cryptographic techniques, symmetric                   to solve simple problems. A number of
           hypothesis tests. In the first semester, the
                                                                  computer-based cryptography, and public key           different programming environments will
           course meets daily; in the second semester
                                                                  cryptography will be explored. College credit         be used including both highly-structured
           the course meets every-other day.
                                                                  is available for this course through Southern         languages and high-level programming
                                                                  New Hampshire University.

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