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The Thinking Series

First Semester

  • Building a Life of Character

  • Money Talk

  • The Tools of Argument: How to Think, Argue, and Win

Second Semester

  • Case Studies of Ethical Character

  • Logic: Building your Thinking Toolbox

  • Etiquette for a Global Citizen

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Literature Studies

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation

with the finest (people) of the past centuries.”

– Descartes

In 2011, Keith Oatley published an article in “Scientific American Mind” called, “In the Minds of Others” in which he explains how fiction helps readers understand people. “The process of entering imagined worlds of fiction builds empathy and improves your ability to take another person’s point of view,” he writes. “It can even change your personality ... The emotional empathy that is critical to our day-to-day relationships also enables us to picture ourselves living as the characters do when we read fiction.”

 

Through the books in our literature program, we aim to turn out thinkers who wield power through language. We want our students to love books, to learn how to navigate through a variety of situations,  and to establish what is moral and good; we want our students to learn through their readings how to be the best person they can be in any situation.

First Semester

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Second Semester

  • The Giver - Lois Lowry

  • 1984 - George Orwell

  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

  • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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Language Arts Studies

“Language is the blood of the soul into which

thoughts run and out of which they grow. ”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

We continue our rigorous writing series with more detail and higher expectations as we finetune our various writing skills. As we grow towards being college-level writers, students will learn how to research effectively, think critically, and present their ideas and findings clearly in well-written and well-organized papers. In these classes, we will expand our vocabulary with more vigor in preparation for standardized tests and more advanced literature study.

First Semester

  • Creative Writing: Short Stories

      Compare/ Contrast Essay

  • Persuasive Writing

       Literature Responses

Second Semester

  • Descriptive Writing

       Expository Essays (analytical writing and research reports)

  • Research Paper

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World History

"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."

-Winston Churchill

 

This course entails a study of human civilizations around the globe from prehistory to the modern period, with an emphasis placed on patterns of connectivity and diffusion across societies. Students will cover the development of global civilizations up to the year 1800. Students who complete this course will possess the ability to engage critically with primary and secondary source material, as well as construct and support original historical arguments in speech and writing.

 

First Semester

  • World History 1: Prehistory through Ancient Rome

  • World History 2: The Americas and the Middle Ages

Second Semester

  • World History 3: The Eastern Empires

  • World History 4: The Renaissance and Age of Absolutism

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Science

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers,

he’s one who asks the right questions.”

- Claude Levi-Strauss

First Semester

  • What is Evolution?

  • Dissections

  • Animal Specializations

Second Semester

  • Genetics

  • Astronomy

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Humanities and Global Studies

First Semester

  • Introduction to Diverse World Philosophies of Life

  • Current Events: A Debate of Wits and Wisdom

Second Semester

  • History Mirrored in Art and Music 

  • Understanding Your Brain: An Introduction to Psychology