Curriculum Bulletin 2020-2021 - FRYEBURG ACADEMY

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Contents                        SENIOR LEADERSHIP

                                ERIN P. MAYO
                                Head of School

                                Assistant Head of School
                                TRACY WEITZ
CLASS SCHEDULE		           7    Director of Studies & Director, Center for International Students

RESEARCH CENTER                 Dean of Student Life/Class of 2023 & 2024

                                Assistant Director of Studies and Dean, Class of 2021
                                CLASS DEANS
FA INTERNSHIPS		           10
                                JOSEPH MINNICH
THE BION R. CRAM LIBRARY   10   Dean, Class of 2021

                                Dean, Class of 2022
                                CHARLES TRYDER
       ARTS			13                Dean of Student Life/ Class of 2023 & 2024
       ENGLISH		15


                                Director, Post-Secondary Planning & School Counseling and
       SCIENCE		21              Resident Student Post-Secondary School Counselor
       SOCIAL STUDIES      25
                                NICOLE COTE-CROSSKILL
       TECHNICAL ARTS      27   Post-Secondary School Counselor
       TECHNOLOGY		28 

       WELLNESS		29             MICHELLE DAVENPORT
                                Post-Secondary School Counselor
       WORLD LANGUAGES     30


Mission Statement
  Fryeburg Academy is an independent secondary school that serves a widely diverse population of local day
  students and boarding students from across the nation and around the world. The Academy believes that a
  strong school community provides the best conditions for learning and growth. Therefore, we strive to create
  a supportive school environment that promotes respect, tolerance, and cooperation, and prepares students for
  responsible citizenship. Within this context, the Academy’s challenging and comprehensive academic program,
  enriched by a varied co-curriculum, provides the knowledge and skills necessary for success in higher education
  and the workplace.

DEPARTMENT CHAIRS                                          OTHER CONTACTS
MICHAEL SAKASH                    Arts                     SARAH ARSENAULT		                 Special Services                          Coordinator

MELANIE ALLEN		ESOL                                        LAURA AYER       		Director of                       		       Communications

HAYDEN DRAPER		 English                                    JESSICA BROOKS                    Director of                             Residential Life

MICHELLE SEAVEY		 Mathematics                              DEDE FROST       		Director,                              Pequawket Valley
                                                           				                              Alternative School

JENNIFER RICHARDSON               Science                            DAWN GALE        		Director,
                                                  Academy Fund
                                                           				& Alumni Relations
RICHARD TAYLOR                    Social Studies
                                                           BRUCE HALL			             Director of
BILLIE L’HEUREUX                  Wellness        Information                              				Technology

                                                           DYLAN HARRY			             Director,
HEIDI PAULDING		 World Languages
                                                  Outdoor Learning
                                                           				& Research Center

                                                           BETH ROSS			                      Sr. Associate Director
                                                 		       of Admission

                                                           WALTER GRZYB			                   Director of Campus

GRADUATION                                                       from that institution. Fryeburg Academy accepts transfer
                                                                 credit from other institutions in the following ways:
REQUIREMENTS                                                     1. For students who enter into the Academy after the first
One Carnegie Credit is defined as two semesters of work.         semester of their freshman year, Fryeburg Academy will
                                                                 transfer in credit from accredited institutions These credits
 Courses                 		             Carnegie Credits
                                                                 will count towards the students’ graduation requirements
 English				 4
                                                                 but will not be factored into GPA or class rank. The specific
 Math				 3
                                                                 determination of which courses are awarded credit and how
 Science			 3
                                                                 they count towards graduation requirements is determined
 Social Studies			 2
                                                                 by the Director of Studies.
 U.S. History			   1
 Fine Arts			      1
                                                                 2. Fryeburg Academy will accept students to a specific grade
 Wellness			 2
                                                                 based on previous course work. If this course work is not
 Electives			 5
                                                                 done at an accredited U.S. institution, the Academy will most
 Total Needed			21
                                                                 likely not transfer in the credit but may use it to accept a
  • Students are required to earn four credits to qualify as     student to a higher grade. Students accepted to the 10th,
    a member of the sophomore class, nine credits for the        11th or 12th grade are subject to the three-year, two-year and
    junior class, and 15 credits for the senior class.           one-year graduation requirements, respectively, as found in
                                                                 the curriculum bulletin. The Academy does not transfer in any
  • To qualify for a Fryeburg Academy diploma, students
                                                                 credit from primary or middle schools.
    must complete four years of study with a minimum of 21
                                                                 3. For current students, Fryeburg Academy will transfer in
  • Students must take four consecutive years of English.        credit from accredited or otherwise approved institutions
                                                                 with pre-approval from the Director of Studies. These credits
Fryeburg Academy regards four years of sequential high           may count toward graduation requirements but will not
school study as educationally and developmentally appropriate.   count toward GPA or class rank. The number and type of
Therefore, the Academy does not grant requests for early         transfer credits which students will be awarded is determined
graduation.                                                      by the Director of Studies. The Director may also limit the
                                                                 number of non-Fryeburg Academy credits that will count

REGISTRATION                                                     towards graduation.

  • Students new to an MSAD 72 sending town must get FA
    registration approval from the MSAD 72 superintendent.
                                                                 ACADEMIC PROGRAM
                                                                 SEMESTERS I AND II
  • A registration form must be completed and signed by          Our goal is to prepare each student for success in institutions
    a parent or legal guardian.                                  of higher learning and the workplace.
  • Students cannot be registered without complete               To help students identify and follow a pathway to post-
    academic and medical records from their previous             secondary study, the Academy has identified standards which
    school.                                                      prepare students for higher education. School counselors
                                                                 and class deans work with parents, advisors, and teachers to
  • All students who do not reside in MSAD 72 must apply
                                                                 aid students with their academic program.
    for admission through the Fryeburg Academy Office of
                                                                 The Academy reserves the right of final student placement in
                                                                 individual classes. Research has shown that class size is one
TRANSFERRING CREDIT                                              of the strongest determinants of educational quality, so we
FROM OTHER                                                       strive to create the smallest possible, evenly-sized classes.
                                                                 Therefore, we cannot honor requests for specific sections or
INSTITUTIONS                                                     teachers.
Fryeburg Academy only recognizes credits from other
                                                                 MAY TERM
accredited institutions. Home schooling work does not
                                                                 During the three-week May Term, students take up to four
receive credit unless it is done under the aegis of an
                                                                 courses. May Term courses are worth between 0.25 and 1.0
accredited, recognized institution and a transcript is issued
                                                                 credits. Students must register for classes that together total
from that institution. Fryeburg Academy accepts transfer
                                                                 1.0 credit. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects and are
credit from other institutions in the following ways:
                                                                 listed in the May Term supplement.
CHOOSING A CURRICULUM                                               • Students must take four years of English, mathematics,
                                                                      and science, and three years of social studies including
Fryeburg Academy offers three levels of study, each of which          United States History.
is designed to meet the demands of differing post-secondary
                                                                    • We also recommend that students take at least three
placements. Students are placed in the appropriate ability
                                                                      years of a foreign language.
level by subject, depending on their learning needs.
                                                                    • This curriculum is considered “demanding” by four-year
Competitive College Curriculum                                        colleges.
  • The competitive college curriculum is comprised of
    honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and college level (CL)       Vocational/Technical Curriculum
    courses and is designed to meet the requirements of the         • The vocational/technical curriculum is designed to meet
    most competitive colleges.                                        the requirements of two-year colleges or vocational/
                                                                      technical schools.
  • Students may take more advanced courses depending
    on their prior preparation and achievement.                     • Students must take four years of English, should take
                                                                      four years of mathematics and several other required
  • Students should take four years of the same foreign
    language and as many honors and AP courses as
    possible and appropriate.                                       • Enrollment at Lake Region Vocational/Technical Center
                                                                      or in technical courses at the Academy are important
  • This curriculum is considered “very demanding” or “most
    demanding” by competitive colleges.
                                                                    • From this curriculum, students can continue studying at
College Preparatory Curriculum                                        a college such as Southern Maine Community College,
  • The college preparatory curriculum is designed to meet            attend a technical school, or seek job placement.
     the requirements of a wide range of colleges.

The following sample programs are provided as helpful illustrations only. Each student’s actual program should be
individualized to meet interest and post-secondary goals. All students are required to carry at least six courses each
semester. All students must take an English class each semester.

Competitive College Preparatory Program
FRESHMAN YEAR                   SOPHOMORE YEAR                   JUNIOR YEAR		                   SENIOR YEAR
English                          English                         English                          English
 English I H/L1                   English II H/L1                 English III AP or H              English IV AP
Math                             Math                            Math                             Math
 Geometry H/L1                    Algebra II H/L1                 Pre-Calculus H                    Calculus AP and/or AP Stats
Science                          Science                         Science                          Science
 Biology H                        Chemistry H                     Physics H                         Bio AP, Chem AP, or Phys. AP
Social Studies                   Social Studies                  Social Studies                   Social Studies
 Western Civ. H                   Global Colonialism              U.S. Hist. AP                    European Hist. AP
World Language                   World Language                  World Language                   World Language
 Second Year Lang.                Third Year Lang.                Fourth Year Lang.                Language AP
Wellness                         Elective 1                      Elective 1                       Elective 1
 Fitness/Health                   Fitness/Arts/Technology         Math/Sci/Hist/Arts/Tech          Math/Sci/Hist/Arts/Tech
Elective                         Elective 2                      Elective 2                       Elective 2
 Arts/Technology/Study Hall       Arts/Technology/Study Hall      Internship/Study Hall            Internship/Study Hall

College Preparatory Program
FRESHMAN YEAR                 SOPHOMORE YEAR                JUNIOR YEAR		                     SENIOR YEAR
English                       English                       English                           English
 English I LI/H                English II L1/H               English III L1/H                  English IV
Math                          Math                          Math                              Math
 Algebra 1 L1                  Geometry L1/H                 Algebra II L1/H                   AP Stats/ PreCalc H
Science                       Science                       Science                           Science
 Biology L1/H                  Chem H/ Env. Sci. L1          Physics L1/H or Chemistry L1/H    Physics L1/H or AP Options
Social Studies                Social Studies                Social Studies                    Social Studies
 World Studies L1              Global Issues L1              American Studies                  Elective
World Language                World Language                World Language                    World Language
 First Year Lang.              Second Year Lang.             Third Year Lang.                  Fourth Year Lang.
Wellness                      Elective 1                    Elective 1                        Elective 1
 Fitness/Health                Fitness/Arts/Tech             Math/Sci/Hist/Arts/Tech           Math/Sci/Hist/Arts/Tech
Elective                      Elective 2                    Elective 2                        Elective 2
 Arts/Technology/Study Hall    Arts/Technology/Study Hall    Internship/Study Hall             Internship/Study Hall

Two-Year College or Technical School Preparatory Program
FRESHMAN YEAR                 SOPHOMORE YEAR                JUNIOR YEAR		                     SENIOR YEAR
English                       English                       English                           English
 English I L1/L2               English II L2/L1              English III L2/L1                 English IV
Math                          Math                          Math                              Math
 Intro. or Alg 1A              Algebra 1A or 1B              Algebra 1B/ In. Alg. 2            In. Alg. 2/ Finance
Science                       Science                       Science                           Science
Desc. Biology                  Env. Sci. L2/L1               Applied Chemistry                 Elective
Social Studies                Social Studies                Social Studies                    Social Studies
 World Studies L2              Global Issues L2              American Civics                   Elective
Wellness                      Wellness/Technology           Elective 1                        Elective 1
 Fitness/Health                Fitness/Technology            Vo. Tech/Internship               Vo. Tech/Internship
Elective 1                    Elective 1                    Elective 2                        Elective 2
 Arts/Tech Arts                Fitness/Arts/Tech Arts        Arts/Tech Arts                    Arts/Tech Arts
Elective 2                    Elective 2                    Elective 3                        Elective 3
 Arts/Technology/Study Hall    Arts/Technology/Study Hall    Arts/Technology/Study Hall        Arts/Technology/Study Hall

COURSE SELECTION                                                   • The following is the recommended course of study for
                                                                     international students who wish to earn a Fryeburg
PROCEDURE FOR NEW                                                    Academy diploma:

STUDENTS                                                         One credit is defined as two semesters of study.
                                                                 1-Year Students: Must earn a minimum of five credits
Parents and students are encouraged to take an active            including : 1 English, 1 math, 1 science, 1 U.S. history, 1
role in the course selection process. Students and parents
should consult with advisors, college counselors, teachers,
or class deans whenever they have a question or concern.         2-Year Students: Must earn a minimum of ten credits
Incoming students from Molly Ockett Middle School                including : 2 English, 2 math, 2 science, 1 U.S. history, 3
(MOMS)                                                           electives
  • Students begin the course selection process in the late      3-Year Students: Must earn a minimum of 14 credits
    Spring through a meeting with the Director of Studies        including : 3 English, 3 math, 3 science, 1 U.S. history, 1 social
    or Freshman Class Dean. Students receive a copy of the
                                                                 studies, 3 electives
    curriculum bulletin and should begin discussions with
    teachers and parents regarding their courses of study for    4-Year Students: Same as the general graduation
    the following year.                                          requirements found on page 2.
  • Once all courses are requested, the Freshman Dean,
    working with teachers, school counselors, students
    and parents, places students in the proper courses and       COURSE SELECTION
    creates the master schedule based on the needs and
    interests of students.                                       PROCEDURE FOR
  • Students receive a copy of their individualized schedules
    in early June. The schedule the student receives in June
                                                                 RETURNING STUDENTS
    may not include teacher names, as teaching assignments         • All students are required to carry at least six courses
    are not finalized until the summer.                              each semester.

  • Students from MOMS and their parents are encouraged            • In March, students receive a copy of the curriculum
    to schedule individual meetings with the Freshman class          bulletin and should begin discussions with their advisors,
    dean in May, June, and July.                                     teachers, college counselor class dean, and parents
                                                                     regarding their course of study for the following year.
  • It is important to remember that the Academy does not
    accommodate course changes based on the teacher or             • Students will complete their course selection using Net
    on friends’ schedules.                                           Classroom with the help of their advisors and current
Incoming commuting day, domestic boarding, and local
day students not coming from MOMS                                  • When all course requests have been submitted, the
  • Students should contact the Director of Studies to               master schedule is created.
    schedule an in-person or phone conference once they            • Students receive a copy of their individualized schedules
    are officially enrolled at the Academy. Based on this            in June. Students should review this schedule with
    conference, previous course work and sending school              parents, advisors, and college counselors. The schedule
    teacher recommendations, students will receive an                the student receives in June may not include teacher
    individualized schedule.                                         names, as teaching assignments are not finalized until
  • Upon arrival, all new students take a placement test             the summer.
    to verify their course placements and to identify any          • It is important to remember that the Academy does not
    individual learning differences.                                 accommodate course changes based on the teacher or
Incoming international students                                      on friends’ schedules.
  • Upon arrival, international students take an English and a
                                                                 *Students and advisors are encouraged to consult the four-year
    math placement test.
                                                                 plan that each student has developed with his or her school
  • Following testing, the ESOL faculty meets with               counselor.
    international students individually to choose courses.
  • Every international student will receive a class schedule
    during orientation and will start classes on the first day
    of school.
       							 COLLEGE LEVEL
         A		4.00			4.50			5.00
         A-		3.67			4.17			4.67
         B+		3.33			3.83			4.33
         B		3.00			3.50			4.00
         B-		2.67			3.17			3.67
         C+		2.33			2.83			3.33
         C		2.00			2.50			3.00
         C-		1.67			2.17			2.67
         D+		1.33			1.83			2.33
         D		1.00			1.50			2.00
         D-		0.67			1.17			1.67
         F		0.00			0.00			0.00

COURSE CHANGES                                                     GRADING
    • Parental approval is required for core course changes.       • Grades are posted on the first Monday of each month.
                                                                     These grades are progress reports.
    • For the first two weeks of a semester, students may
      change most courses by consulting with their class dean      • Grades are cumulative over the entire semester.
      and school counselor.                                        • The final semester grades are the only official grades
    • After that date and until the first marking period ends, a     recorded on transcripts and permanent records.
      student may drop or add a course by filling out a drop/      • During the May Term, the same grading scale is used,
      add slip which requires the signatures of all concerned.       but there are no progress reports. May Term grades are
      (After a period of a few weeks, it is not likely a student     recorded on the transcript and count toward GPA.
      will be allowed to add a course because too much work
      will have already been missed).                              • Each marking period will include an Effort Grade. Effort
                                                                     Grades do not appear on transcripts.
    • A course that is dropped during the first two months will
      not appear on the transcript.
    • Later in the semester, the same drop/add procedure is
      followed, but a WP for Withdrawn Passing or a WF for
      Withdrawn Failing is registered on the transcript.

GRADE WEIGHTS                                                    • Because individuals may be separated by hundredths of
                                                                   a point in GPA, class rank will be reported as a decile, not
Courses are weighted by level. Level 1 and Level 2 classes are     a specific number. Students will be informed annually
given no extra weight. Honor Classes will be awarded .5 extra      (after completing three semesters) if they are in the top
toward a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). Advanced             10%, 20%, 30%, etc. of their class.
Placement (AP) and College Level (CL) classes will be awarded
                                                                 • In order to receive decile ranking, students must have
a full 1.0 extra toward GPA. Please refer to the grade weight
                                                                   attended the Academy for three or more semesters.
chart, above.
                                                                 • A GPA of 3.0 is necessary for honors and 3.67 for high
HONOR ROLLS AND                                                    honors. A student who receives a ‘D’ or lower or an
                                                                   incomplete is ineligible for honors and high honors.
CLASS RANK                                                       • Honor roll designations on the commencement program
  • Honor rolls are calculated after each semester. To be          are determined for graduates after the first semester of
    considered for the honor roll and class rank, students         their senior year.
    must be carrying a minimum of 3 credits per semester.
                                                                 • Independent Studies do not factor into a student’s GPA
    Exceptions may be made for seniors in special
                                                                   or class rank; they are, however, listed with the grade on
                                                                   a student’s transcript
  • Honor rolls and class rank include weighted grades given
    to Honors and AP courses.


THE MAY TERM SCHEDULE                        first aid, and grow into leadership roles. On a capstone trip,
                                             students develop lesson plans for teaching skills to general
The schedule for the May Term is as follows: participants and other AE certificate students, and receive
        							feedback on their group facilitation. Whether students just
        Time: (Monday - Friday)
        				 		                              want to engage in outdoor recreation responsibly, or are
        8:00 - 9:25            A             interested in exploring careers in the outdoor industry, this

        9:30 - 10:55           B             certificate provides support, resources, and a community of

        10:55 - 11:40       LUNCH            students and faculty that share their interests. Completion
        						                               of this certificate fulfills 0.5 credits in wellness.
        11:40 - 1:05           C

        1:10 - 2:35 D
                                                                   AE Certificate requirements:

SPECIAL PROGRAMS                                                     • Participate in a minimum of 200 hours of trip time and
                                                                       submit a written reflection for a minimum of six trips to a
                                                                       personal AE portfolio.
Outdoor Learning and Research
                                                                     • Demonstrate consistent Leave No Trace ethical behavior
Center                                                                 on trips.
Among American high schools, the OLRC is a program of                • Train and participate as a student leader on the
uncommon scope and possibility, centering on experiential              challenge course advisory programs.
learning to cultivate inquiry, exploration, environmental
stewardship, and leadership. Aiming to take best education-          • Complete at least one of the following classes,
al advantage of our region’s abundant natural resources and            submitting a supplemental assignment to a personal AE
to forge connections with local community organizations                portfolio that highlights the connections between the
and projects, the OLRC provides place-based, hands-on                  academic coursework and trip programs.
programming for Fryeburg Academy students.                                     • Field Science/ Botany
                                                                               • Environmental Science (any level)
All FA students are introduced to the OLRC in ninth grade                      • Research Design
when they visit the challenge course with their advisory.            • Complete a certification in wilderness first aid.
The course is situated below campus on our 63-acre field; a
                                                                     • Complete at least two approved experiential adventures:
floodplain of the Saco river that is cultivated for hay and also
                                                                       certain May term classes, summer camp experiences,
features our garden, outdoor classroom, and cross country
                                                                       personal trips.
running path. The challenge course facilitators guide them
through several challenges that incorporate elements of              • Complete one semester of OLRC internship, during
the experiential learning cycle and encourage students to              which time the capstone trip is organized and led.
explore their social-emotional experiences. Later in the year,
ninth grade students build the beginnings of an OLRC port-
folio, which could include pieces from their English class,
                                                                   OLRC Certificate in Research Design
accounts of personal adventurers in the White Mountains, or        This certificate is for highly-motivated students that want to
reports from their study of the monarch butterfly populations      develop their academic skills by exploring complex prob-
with their biology class.                                          lems and conducting field-based research. The core of this
                                                                   program is an honors-level Research Design class and the
Towards the end of each spring semester, 9th and 10th              sequential Independent Study Research Project. The Re-
grade students use their portfolios to apply for one of two        search Design class presents the principles of qualitative and
OLRC certificate programs; either adventure education, or          quantitative research through a series of projects. In the fall
research design.                                                   semester, an emphasis on environmental science research
                                                                   takes students into the surrounding forests and fields for data
OLRC Certificate in Adventure                                      collection, while the spring semester emphases are analysis,
                                                                   mapping, and social sciences. Several projects require col-
Education                                                          laboration with other FA classes and with local organizations.
This certificate is for students seeking experiences that          Students that go on to the independent study select a faculty
extend beyond our campus into the mountains and rivers             member as an adviser for their self-designed project, which
around Fryeburg. Outdoor adventures provide a context              culminates in a presentation to the community. Successful
in which aspiring recipients of this certificate engage in         completion of Algebra I is required for enrollment in the Re-
discussions about local environmental issues and Leave             search Design class, which is designated as an elective credit.
No Trace ethics, study risk management and wilderness
RD Certificate requirements:                                       Lake Region Vocational-Technical
Complete all four of the following courses:
   • Honors and/or AP Environmental Science (1 credit)             Program
   • Honors Research Design (1 credit)                             Lake Region Vocational Center, located in Bridgton, ME, offers
                                                                   a variety of sequential two-year programs and one four-year
   • Statistics (any level, at least 0.5 credits)                  program. These programs are designed to give students
   • Research Project (at least 0.5 credits; project must be       an entry-level skill in an occupational area and/or serve as
     approved by OLRC) director                                    preparation for further career education/training.
   • An exhibition of your research                                Students who attend the Pre-Vocational Program (Diversified
                                                                   Occupations) at Lake Region and/or the Vocational Programs
   • Complete one semester of OLRC internship, assisting
                                                                   will receive 4 credits for a full year of work (2 credits per semester).
     with field data collection and project management.
                                                                   No additional credits are awarded for May Term. Credits
                                                                   earned through Lake Region are awarded by Fryeburg Academy
Fryeburg Academy Certificate of Arts                               and will be distributed to subject areas as determined by the
The FA Certificate of Arts program gives students the oppor-       Director of Studies so as to fulfill Fryeburg Academy’s high
tunity to enhance their arts training through course work          school graduation requirements. Grades received in Lake
and extracurricular offerings on and off campus. With the          Region programs are recalculated to conform to Fryeburg
guidance of an arts faculty mentor, students earn a Certificate    Academy’s grading system. Programs are as follows:
of Arts that accompanies their FA diploma. Students apply
                                                                     •   Automotive Technology I & II
to the Certificate of Arts program during their freshman or
                                                                     •   Cooperative Education “Co-Op”
sophomore year. Exceptions can be made for students
                                                                     •   Construction Technology I & II
transferring in as juniors. Accepted students may choose
                                                                     •   Culinary Arts I & II
General Arts or one of two areas of concentration- Visual
                                                                     •   Diversified Occupations
Arts or Performing Arts. Students are paired with an arts
                                                                     •   EMT/Fire Fighting
faculty mentor who monitors yearly progress and facilitates
off campus activities that fulfill student goals and satisfy the     •   Health Occupations – CNA, Health Professions
requirements of the certificate. Students in the Certificate of      •   Law Enforcement
Arts program meet with the arts faculty once each semester,
including a final meeting during the spring semester of each       The Center For International Students
student’s senior year. Following this meeting the arts faculty
will determine if the student has satisfied the requirements       The Center for International Students (CIS) at Fryeburg Academy
of the certificate.                                                serves all international students, regardless of language ability.
                                                                   Our CIS includes English for Speakers of Other Languages
Requirements:                                                      (ESOL) courses, TOEFL prep courses, specialized college and
  • Fryeburg Academy Arts Courses: 10 (minimum). An                financial aid assistance, and a senior English course to prepare
    internship approved by the arts faculty may be                 international students for college-level reading and writing.
    substituted for one arts course                                Our faculty members also work with students on topics such
  • Arts Experiences: A minimum of two pre-approved                as course selection and cultural issues.
    extracurricular or community arts experiences
  • Capstone project or performance                                Entrepreneurship Studies
Applications are available from the Director of Studies;           All classes in this area during the school year and May Term
students may apply up to the end of the fall semester of           are taught by entrepreneurs with over 20 years of experience
their sophomore year.                                              in business and teaching.

                                                                   FRYEBURG ACADEMY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
                                                                   COURSE 0462/0463
                                                                   (Evening Class)
                                                                   The entrepreneurship program focuses on the writing of
                                                                   a business plan from an entrepreneur’s point of view. The
                                                                   subjects covered are: vision, mission, values, the development
                                                                   of an entrepreneurial culture, marketing [domestic and
                                                                   international], sales development, operations and financial
                                                                   planning. In addition, we stress the importance of critical

thinking, calculated risk taking, problem solving and supply          faculty, and area business/community representatives
and demand strategies for a business startup. We also place           upon completion of internship.
our discussions in the context of the current global economic
situation. We take field trips to interesting small businesses      Online Courses
and we have guest speakers who have various expertise in
                                                                      • Online credits are treated as transfer credits. In most
the subject matter of entrepreneurial development. Fryeburg
                                                                        cases, the number of online courses that will count
Academy has a partnership with the University of Southern
                                                                        toward graduation will be limited to two credits.
Maine School of Businesses Center for Entrepreneurship for
this course. The program delivery is similar to college. We           • Students must receive approval prior to enrolling in
expect the students to be self-starters and motivated. The              online courses.
students may choose any business idea that interests them           When students apply to post-secondary institutions, it is their
and develop a business plan for it. At the end of the spring        responsibility to make sure that they provide the institution
semester they must present the plan to the Head of School,          with official transcripts for non-Fryeburg Academy courses.
selected members of the faculty, and business community.            Students should also keep in mind that some post-secondary
                                                                    institutions may not view certain transfer credits as equal to
Fryeburg Academy Internships                                        those taken at Fryeburg Academy. Please see your school
                                                                    counselor for an approval form.
This program is an opportunity for junior and senior students
to gain business or other community-based experience in a
field of interest and to apply skills learned in FA classrooms.
                                                                    The Bion R. Cram Library
Internships are intended to broaden student awareness of            The Bion R. Cram Library has the challenge of meeting the
potential career fields, develop their workplace skills and         needs of the students from widely varied backgrounds. The
ethics, and contribute positively to business and services          mission of the library collection is to provide students with
in the Mount Washington Valley. Internships will conclude           access to a variety of media consistent with curricular needs,
with a formal presentation on the experience, and they              enrichment materials which are related to the curriculum, and
will be completed on a ‘pass/fail’ basis for either .25 or .50      recreational materials. While the library does not attempt to
credits, depending upon weekly time commitment. Intern-             satisfy all the needs of the local community, the community
ships will last for one semester; some may be renewed for a         may use our existing resources. The library supports the
second semester.                                                    mission of the school by not only teaching the use of the
                                                                    library, but also by providing an atmosphere consisting of
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may not receive compensation
                                                                    respect, learning, and growth. Using the library is presented
for internships. A student’s existing or potential part-
                                                                    as a lifelong skill. The library provides personalized service to
time employment will not be considered in an internship
                                                                    meet the needs of the students. We have carrels for quiet study,
                                                                    group study rooms, and easy chairs for reading. The library is
Sophomore and junior students who are interested in                 approximately 8,500 square feet.
community internships for their upcoming junior and senior
                                                                    The school archives collection is also housed here. We display
years will have an opportunity to indicate fields of interest
                                                                    items in the cases in the library lobby. In the outer lobby of
and submit an internship request during course-sign up
                                                                    the building is the Goldberg Gallery, which displays artwork
period in the spring. Interns report to internship sites at least
                                                                    by professional artists. This may be viewed by the community
twice a week during a study hall; they should not block out a
                                                                    during library hours.
separate internship period in their schedules. The following
are requirements for internship placement. A student must
  1. Be in and maintain good academic standing; have and
  maintain consistent record of good school citizenship.
  2. Make a commitment of at least 120 min. weekly for a
  3. Have parental permission (if under 18)
  4. Maintain five classes at the Academy
  5. Make a commitment to be professional, respectful, and
  a good representative of the Fryeburg Academy.
  6. Offer a presentation to an audience of FA administrators,

SPECIAL SERVICES                                                      ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
The faculty of the Special Services Department has a
humanistic outlook and considers the needs of the whole
                                                                      Pequawket Valley Alternative School
child. Instruction begins at a level where the student can
                                                                      The Pequawket Valley Alternative School (PVAS) at Fryeburg
succeed, and each student is accepted as a unique individual
                                                                      Academy is designed for 3rd and 4th year students who
with different learning styles. To enable students to develop
                                                                      have been unsuccessful in the traditional school setting
self-esteem through successful learning experiences, each
                                                                      and whose strengths may not have been reflected in their
student’s strengths are recognized and instruction is built on
                                                                      past school performance. Our faculty provides an integrated
those qualities. The faculty accents the positive. Realizing that
                                                                      curriculum focusing on the individual learning styles of the
adolescents with learning problems are apt to suffer from
                                                                      students with a strong focus on experiential education.
frustration after experiencing repeated academic difficulties,
rapport and trust between teacher and student are an integral
                                                                      Another core element of the PVAS curriculum is community
part of the program. We believe that all students benefit from
                                                                      service. In addition to many local projects, each year
the experience gained in school and from working with others
                                                                      students and faculty plan, fundraise, and partake in a large
of diverse abilities and differences. These interactions help
                                                                      service learning project. These opportunities integrate
students function more effectively as members of society.
                                                                      academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service,
                                                                      in keeping with our philosophy of experiential education
The Special Services Department provides specialized instruction
                                                                      while enriching the learning experience and teaching civic
and supportive services to students who have been identified
as having a disability which requires specialized instruction in
order to make progress in the general curriculum. Under the
                                                                      PVAS enrolls a maximum of sixteen students per semester
federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA, Maine
                                                                      with two full time teachers and follows the Maine State
is required to identify and evaluate students who have disabilities
                                                                      guidelines for all curriculum requirements. In addition to
and to offer them individualized education programs (IEP) for
                                                                      earning a high school diploma, students are guided through
special education and related services. Decisions regarding the
                                                                      the exploration process of post secondary education planning
services that are included in an IEP are made by a team using a
                                                                      and career choices. Students who are interested in learning
process specified in the law.
                                                                      more about this program should talk to their class dean.
504 Services
A person is considered to be a “disabled person” under
Section 504 when he/she “has a physical or mental
impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life
activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as
having such impairment.” 29 U.S.C.§706(8)(B)
“Students who are disabled under Section 504 qualify
for reasonable accommodations. Accommodations are
determined by the 504 team and must be relevant to the
disability as well as necessary, rather than just beneficial,
to the student. By definition, “changes in course/standard/
test presentation, location, timing/scheduling, expectations,
student response, and/or other attribute which provide
access for a student with a disability to participate in a course/
standard/test, which do not fundamentally alter or lower the
standard or expectations of the course/standard/test, and
which abide by conditions developed by the test maker or
course/standard designer so that the results are valid, and
curriculum/standard integrity is maintained.”
Students who qualify for Section 504 are only entitled to
accommodations and not modifications. If the regular
education teacher considers the accommodation to invalidate
the test or the integrity of that course (be an essential
component), the accommodation is no longer considered an
accommodation, but rather a modification.
COURSES AND LEVELS OF                                              with a 100% tuition scholarship for Maine students, though
                                                                   students are responsible for purchasing their own books.
STUDY                                                              Each successfully-completed course is worth three college
                                                                   credits and 0.5 credits at the Academy. In order for the
Advanced Placement (AP) and                                        student to enroll in a course, their School Counselor must
                                                                   approve the enrollment. Students must have demonstrated
College Level (CL)                                                 readiness, capability, and motivation to complete college-
AP and CL classes are the most challenging courses offered         level work. Parental approval is also required. These courses
at the Academy. AP courses are offered to those students           are available to non-Maine students at the CMCC tuition. See
who have demonstrated extensive knowledge and interest in          your school counselor if you wish to enroll.
the subject and desire to challenge themselves with college
level course work while in high school. Students who qualify
for work at this level have earned at least a B in an honors
class in the preceding semester. They also should maintain at
least a B to remain in the AP program. Students taking AP
courses are required to take the corresponding College
Board AP examination in May. Failure to take the exam for
reasons other than illness or family emergency will lose AP
standing for Semester II. Students who score well on the AP
examination receive college credit or advanced standing from
most U.S. colleges. The Academy currently offers 20 AP or CL

Material is covered in depth, and the courses move at a
highly-accelerated rate. To qualify for honors classes, students
must earn a grade of A in a Level 1 class, a B in an honors
course, or receive the recommendation of a teacher. Work
at the honors level requires high productivity and presents
greater challenges than work in Level I classes. Students must
maintain at least a C or have instructor permission to remain
in an honors course.

Level I courses are college preparatory courses, offering
students the opportunity to explore their interests while
practicing skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and
developing a work ethic. Level I courses are designed to
prepare students for admission to a wide range of colleges
and universities.

Level II courses are designed for students to develop skills in
preparation for college, military service, or post-high school
employment. Students receive the opportunity to explore
their academic interests while acquiring knowledge and
developing skills.

In collaboration with Central Maine Community College,
Fryeburg Academy offers “On Course for College”. This
program is available to high school juniors in the spring
semester or to seniors during fall or spring semesters. A
maximum of six credits may be taken each academic year
     ARTS                                                          DEVELOPMENT 			1724
                                                                   Prerequisite: Art I
                                                                   Preference given to seniors.
The Arts curriculum is a participation-based program built
upon the idea that exposure to the arts leads to a desire for      This course is designed for self disciplined students to devel-
further enrichment and creative freedom. Students will:            op their own personal styles of expression. Self evaluation
                                                                   and group critique will be used as tools to revise and refine
  • Develop capabilities for creating, understanding,
                                                                   artwork and enhance communication through the arts. Em-
    performing, analyzing, and appreciating art.
                                                                   phasis will be placed on creating a portfolio of artwork that
  • Enhance communication through art by developing                communicates skills and personal strengths in the arts for
    intellectual, emotional, and physical faculties for            presentation to colleges. Students in this course are expect-
    designing, entertaining, and expression.                       ed to be focused and independently motivated.
  • Develop problem-solving skills.
                                                                   THEATER				                                       0740/0741
  • Develop self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation
                                                                   This course is designed for the student who wants to learn
    and cooperation.
                                                                   more about theatrical performance both through observa-
  • Enable life-long learning and achievement through              tion and through creative expression. During the semester
    sharing with the community.                                    students will attend professional performances and write
  • Develop an understanding of human experiences, past            evaluations to develop critical awareness of the varied com-
    and present, and the interdependence of work in the            ponents of stage performance as well as develop a deeper ap-
    arts and worlds of ideas and events.                           preciation for the relationship between performance and the
                                                                   diversity of culture. In the classroom students are expected to
                                                                   enhance self-expression through scenes, character study and
ART I: FOUNDATIONS OF ART                         0721             improvisation. Experience is not necessary- just a willingness
In this course, students will learn the basic principles of        to participate. Because the material is as varied as individual
design including drawing, composition, and color. Emphasis         choice and skill, students can elect to take this course multi-
will be placed on creating artwork that communicates an            ple times and receive credit.
understanding of fundamental principles of art using a
variety of media, techniques and processes. Students will          LIGHTING/SOUND TECH		                             0744
learn to use these elements to find solutions to specific visual   In this one-semester class students will learn to design and
arts problems and begin to use this vocabulary as a means of       run lighting and sound for a variety of theater and perfor-
creating and evaluating works of art.                              mance events at the academy. Students will learn about
                                                                   using computers to design sound and lighting needs for a
SCULPTURE AND 3D			1722                                            performance and about the instruments to make that come
Prerequisite: Art I                                                to life.
In this course students will demonstrate an understanding of
the principles of design while being introduced to a variety       BAND 					                                        0730/0731
of new mediums and processes including sculpture and the           This performance course is open to instrumental students of
pottery wheel. Students will begin to develop an awareness         all ability levels, and encompasses instrumental performance,
of periods and concepts that shape the arts with emphasis          theory, and ear training. The band performs standard concert
on the contributions of the 20th century. Students will            band literature and marching band literature. Students
demonstrate personal aesthetic and begin to understand             participate in a variety of performances, including concerts
criteria for critiquing artwork.                                   in the Performing Arts Center, marching performances at
                                                                   the Fryeburg Fair, occasional appearances at home foot-
ALTERNATIVE ART TECHNIQUES                        1723             ball games, and ceremonial music for Fryeburg Academy’s
Prerequisite: Art I                                                commencement services. Students in band are eligible to
                                                                   audition for Fryeburg Academy’s instrumental jazz ensem-
In this course students will further explore new mediums and
                                                                   bles. Honors credit can be earned by participating in a full
techniques while learning to communicate ideas through
                                                                   semester of an extra-curricular musical ensemble at Fryeburg
visual expression. They will be challenged to solve artistic
                                                                   Academy, such as Vocal Jazz or Big Band.
problems using their imaginations and knowledge of the
principles of design. Students will compose artworks that
express specific ideas, feelings and emotions, and use critique
as a means of interpreting and evaluating their influence on
the viewer.
CHORUS				0750/0751                                               pop, reggae, and allows students to experience song-writing
All students are welcome in this vocal music offering. The        and improvisation. No music experience is necessary to take
course focuses on rehearsal and performance of vocal music        this course, and instruments are provided.
from the 1400’s through modern days. Numerous performance
opportunities are provided during the school year in both         PIANO KEYBOARD/THEORY		                          0760
the classical and pop genres. Honors credit can be earned by      This course is designed to develop keyboard proficiency in
participating in a full semester of an extra-curricular musical   the novice pianist and a knowledge of music theory for any
ensemble at Fryeburg Academy, such as Vocal Jazz or Big Band.     musician. Students will progress from learning about pitches
No prior musical experience is required.                          and rhythms, to intervals and scales, and finally to chords and
                                                                  simple harmonization. Keyboard technique will be acquired
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY 0754                                 through playing scales, chords, and melodies in traditional
This course will examine basic music fundamentals with focus      and popular songs of the student’s choice, and becoming
on music reading, writing, and analysis. Concepts covered         a functional musician through reading and writing musical
will include note reading, minor/major key signatures, scales,    notation and chord symbols will be stressed. Each student
time signatures, form, harmony, chord analysis with Roman         will perform a “recital” at the end of the semester, which will
numerals, composition (limited to the ideas covered in the        include a melody composed and harmonized by the student,
course), instrument ranges, and a look at various musical         as well as a song of the student’s choice. No prior musical
styles. Exams will cover concepts mentioned above and may         experience is required. This course may be repeated with the
include take-home composition projects. No prior musical          permission of the instructor.
experience is required.
                                                                  GUITAR PERFORMANCE/THEORY                        0762
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY I		 0755                                         This course is an introduction to playing guitar or bass.
					Semester I                                                   Students learn to play a variety of musical styles including
Music Technology I introduces students to the world of audio      rock, blues, jazz, and folk. In addition to learning to play
engineering. The class looks at music production in both          guitar or bass, students will work together in four to five
studio and live settings, with a special focus on recording,      member rock bands. This allows the opportunity to try drums
mixing, and editing. Students will learn about different          and keyboard as well. A student may repeat this course (to
microphone applications, critical listening, production           advance) with the permission of the instructor.
management, and effective troubleshooting. In this class you
will have the opportunity to work on professionally recorded      JAZZ THEORY AND IMPROVISATION 0752
projects as well as projects we record in class.                  Prerequisite: At least two semesters in the Fryeburg Academy
                                                                  chorus or band.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY II 		                           0757             This course, for intermediate and advanced vocalists and
Prerequisite: Music Technology I 		                 Semester II
                                                                  instrumentalists, teaches jazz chord progressions through the
Music Technology II is available to those who want to take
                                                                  study of a limited number of standard jazz tunes. Students
their audio engineering skills to the next level. In addition
                                                                  will learn to improvise using the chords and scales related to
to taking a deeper look at the subjects covered in Music
                                                                  each tune. The class focuses on daily performance and ear
Technology I, you will have the chance to help run sound for
                                                                  training. Written assignments include solo transcriptions, solo
live shows at Fryeburg Academy’s state-of-the-art Performing
                                                                  compositions, and the creation of standard jazz lead sheets.
Arts Center.
                                                                  MUSIC THEORY AP                     		           0766/0767
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC		                             0764             Prerequisite: (One or more of the following and the
Prerequisite: One semester of band or chorus, or one year of      instructor’s permission) Introduction to Music Theory, Guitar
experience playing an instrument.                                 Theory, Piano Theory, two semesters of band or chorus.
Instrumental Music is a course designed to build skills on        This full-year course is designed to expand aural, theoretical,
a wind or percussion instrument, and increase a student’s         and technical skills in music. Music composition, melodic
knowledge of the repertoire of their chosen instrument.           practices, theory of harmony, sight singing, dictation and
Students will work in groups and one-on-one with Fryeburg         other musical concepts are studied, encompassing the
Academy’s music faculty to develop a practice routine, and        Common Practice Period (1600-1900). Students in this course
prepare music for solo or group performance.                      must take the AP examination given in May.

INTRODUCTION TO ROCK BAND                        0734             PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 1                           0711
This course provides a hands-on approach to learning guitar,      This course provides an introduction to digital photography.
bass, drums, voice or keyboard in the context of a band. The      The shooting focus of this course is on photographic
repertoire focuses on popular music such as rock, blues,          composition techniques. The photoshop focus is color
corrections to enhance the image and how to use basic             INDEPENDENT STUDY
editing tools and make basic composition images. Students         (in Art, Film, Photo, Music, or Music Technology)
have a shooting assignment each week to improve their skills.     Prerequisites: At least one semester in the subject area and
                                                                  the instructor’s permission.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2                             0712
                                                                  Students wishing to pursue an independent study in the arts
Prerequisite: Photo I
                                                                  must arrange a meeting with the instructor and develop a
This course focuses on taking students’ photographic talents
                                                                  project proposal BEFORE the beginning of the semester.
to a more advanced level. They will learn how to use manual
                                                                  Once the requirements have been established and agreed
camera settings to achieve desired results. The shooting
                                                                  upon, then the course can officially be added to the
focus is thinking more creatively and pushing outside of the
                                                                  student’s schedule. *Independent Studies do not factor into
box. Photoshop skills will also be brought to the next level by
                                                                  a student’s GPA or class rank; they are, however, listed with
focusing on quality of the final image.
                                                                  the grade on a student’s transcript.

DIGITAL FILMMAKING 1		                             0774
This course will give students an overview of the many
aspects of digital film production. Students will be                   ENGLISH
introduced to a wide range of skills including writing, story
boarding, directing, lighting, cinematography and editing.        The English curriculum at Fryeburg Academy provides a
Students have the opportunity to use digital cameras and          systematic accumulation of skills that promotes each student’s
iMovie editing software to create finished film projects.         ability to construct meaning through reading, listening, and
                                                                  viewing. It also teaches how to present ideas and information
                                                                  through writing, speaking, and visual media. These skills
DIGITAL FILMMAKING 2		                             0775           developed through English language arts are essential for
Prerequisite: Digital Filmmaking 1 or prior experience/           communicating the many dimensions of human experience, for
interview with instructor.                                        working in other academic disciplines, and for engaging in the
This is a practical, hands-on course for students who want to     benefits and obligations of our culture and democracy. With a
continue with more advanced filmmaking skills leading to          primary focus on reading and writing, the English curriculum
                                                                  fosters understanding and appreciation of the English
the creation of their own short films. Professional cameras,      language in all its capacities. Our goals are to enable students
lighting and Final Cut editing software will be utilized to       to make the experience and enjoyment of English a central part
give students access to some of the same tools used by            of their lives, as they construct and synthesize meaning from
professionals in the motion picture industry. Students are        multiple sources, and to facilitate life-long learning. English
urged to submit their finished films to be shown during the       I - IV are taken sequentially at each grade level. Students may
                                                                  not take two of these courses concurrently other than for the
Fine Arts Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts
                                                                  purpose of credit recovery following a course failure.
                                                                  ENGLISH I           LEVEL 1		                      0112/0113
PHOTOSHOP		CL		1445                                               This course emphasizes cooperative learning and
					Semester I                                                   communication skills, including learning and practicing
Seniors Only. Registration fees apply.                            effective interpersonal and group communication skills.
This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop                 Students read at least three full-length novels each semester,
incorporating the basic principles of layout and design,          including at least one Shakespeare play. They practice reading
presented in a project-based format. Students will utilize        skills for a variety of situations and subjects; study vocabulary
selection tools, layers, retouching tools, colorization           through word lists developed by the instructor and the
techniques, and filters in the correction and manipulation        students from their reading; and learn the elements of fiction
of photographs. Three credits through Central Maine               and how to classify them in the texts they are reading. The
Community College. Students should see their school               writing curriculum consists of the basic organizations of
counselors to pick up CMCC’s course registration form in the      descriptive, expository, narrative and persuasive essays. Students
Spring.                                                           learn to research using a variety of sources and references and
                                                                  complete a substantial research project in the spring semester.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CL 0713                                       Grammar is a large part of the curriculum, with a focus on the
					Semester II                                                  basic structure of sentences and how to identify parts of speech
Juniors & seniors only. Registration fees apply.                  in a sentence.
This course will introduce the student to digital camera
functions using available light or a studio setting; and teach
how to edit, display and save photographs for printing and
the web. The student must have access to a 12MP or higher
digital camera with the capacity to control shutter speed,
ENGLISH I           LEVEL 2		                       0114/0115         ENGLISH II          HONORS 		                     0120/0121
This course is offered to freshmen who need to improve their          Skills addressed include strategies for analytical and
fundamental English skills. The reading program includes              interpretive reading, understanding the cultural backgrounds
contemporary writers, classics, and adolescent literature. The        of the literature, and the nature and implications of the
writing program includes instruction and guidance in the steps        language used in the texts. Students will learn to glean
necessary for writing a research paper, expository writing, and       appropriate information about the interpretations of the
personal essays, with an emphasis on the fundamentals of              texts from analytical articles. Also, a major focus of the class
grammar. Students work to improve their organizational and            will revolve around the process of writing and rhetorical
study skills. Programs are adjusted to meet the abilities and         applications, including research related support of thesis
needs of individual students.                                         statements. Standard English conventions will be addressed
                                                                      on a case-by-case basis. Class discussion and various
ENGLISH I           HONORS		                        0110/0111         presentations will focus on the process and delivery of
Work at the honors level requires high productivity and presents      speaking to an audience.
greater challenges than work in Level I English classes. Students
who sign up for this level should read at grade level or higher.      ENGLISH III         LEVEL 1 		                    0132/0133
At this level, the emphasis is on reading classic literature. Class   English III focuses on American literature, although at least
discussion and effective communication skills are emphasized.         one Shakespeare play is required reading. Relationships
Expectations also include a higher sophistication both in writing     between literature and culture are studied by considering
and in critical analysis of literature. Students are required to      the original context of writings, informed by the students’
complete the designated summer reading as it segues into the          knowledge of American history. Topics of discussion will
first literary unit in September. Students should also expect to be   include the American dream and how it has changed over
tested on the assigned summer reading.                                time. What has it meant to be an American in the past, and
                                                                      what does it mean now? Vocabulary exercises designed for
ENGLISH II          LEVEL 1 		                      0122/0123         SAT preparation are included in the curriculum. Speaking
This year-long course is intended for sophomores who have             skills are integral to classroom work every day and are crucial
every intention of applying to college. As such, the reading          to formal presentations and public speaking events. This
program features a diverse collection of writers, cultures,           is a rigorous, writing-intensive class requiring students to
and genres, with an emphasis on increasing the students’              complete many essays and a research project by the end of
understanding of figures of speech, imagery, inference,               the year.
symbolism, satire, and irony. Through writing multiple short
essays, students become proficient in analyzing and interpreting      ENGLISH III         LEVEL 2 		                    0134/0135
textual evidence from primary and secondary sources. Longer           This course is designed for the student who requires
essays hone the development and support of thesis statements.         more time and focus in reading comprehension and
Research skills are refined and practiced in at least one research    writing skills. It will include the study of major American
paper that requires multiple sources. Creative writing may            writers, a research paper and extensive review of English
include, but is not limited to, journal reflections, poetry, short    conventions. The program addresses the process of writing
stories, and one-act plays. At least one Shakespeare play is          using analytical reasoning. Assessment is based mainly on
required. Vocabulary and grammar skills are studied as essential      four to six thesis-based essays written during the semester,
to reading, writing, and oral communication. Each student is          reading comprehension quizzes, creative projects and skills
required to deliver an original speech by the end of the year.        development.

                                                                      ENGLISH III         HONORS                        0130/0131
ENGLISH II          LEVEL 2 		                      0124/0125         This course is intended to be a demanding survey of
This year-long course is designed for the student who requires        American literature, emphasizing the American classics
extensive time and focus in reading comprehension and writing         of poetry and prose. A variety of critical formats will be
skills. The reading program features a diverse assortment             introduced, and students will be required to write frequent
of writers and genres, with an emphasis on increasing the             critical essays using those approaches to the literature. This
student’s interest in and comprehension of various texts.             class should be seen as preparation for AP Literature and
Writing skills are addressed through multiple short essays to         Composition and will therefore develop the skills necessary
introduce the development and support of thesis statements,           for that course or for college English.
longer five-paragraph essays, creative writing, poetry, journal
reflections and research. Vocabulary and grammar skills
are studied as essential to reading, writing, speaking, and
professional communication. Each student is required to
deliver an original speech by the end of the year.

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