NEW 2017-18 Course Registration Catalog


English Department

Overview

The mission of the HHP Department of English is to foster the development of a community of student and faculty writers and scholars. The English department seeks to educate that community through scholarship and rigorous writing activities, culminating in collegiate level work. The purpose of this community is threefold:

to support the acquisition of skills for understanding the language itself

to guide the development of its use as a means of communication

to encourage an appreciation of its artistry as expressed in literature.

All English courses at Hilton Head Prep encourage a love and respect for the English language and for literature. The courses aim to develop students’ critical and creative thinking, researching, reading, and speaking abilities. Through the study of great literature—fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry—we help students develop their own voices as writers and speakers, becoming careful, confident and effective communicators. Our curriculum is designed to expose students to important works of the English language and to create an awareness of traditions from other cultures and times. At the heart of our literary selections is the attempt to balance the need to read both canonical works and contemporary pieces. At every level our courses include instruction and assessment in vocabulary, grammar, analysis, research, critical reading, and sound inference making.

Graduation Requirements: Students must complete at least one English class each year of attendance in grades 9-12. Required courses include Fundamentals of Writing, World Literature, American Literature (or AP Language and Composition), and British Literature (or AP Literature and Composition).

Fundamentals of Writing (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 9

Description: Fundamentals of Writing is an intensive writing course required of all freshmen. Students continue to build the more basic building-blocks of reading and writing taught in middle school, while also developing a more analytical approach to reading and writing. In class discussions, students share their ideas and develop ways to decipher the more complex readings, which range from the traditional to the contemporary. Students produce frequent reader response writings and in-class essays to extend the class discussions on paper and to allow them to be more comfortable thinking independently. The course emphasizes vocabulary and grammar as tools that further all written and verbal communication. The course imparts research skills culminating in a research paper that is an extension of the numerous smaller writing assignments students have completed throughout the year.

World Literature (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 10

Description: World Literature places a strong focus on reading comprehension, effective inference making, critical thinking, and composition. The writing instruction will build on analytical, grammatical, and stylistic skills established in grade 9. The literature is modern and contemporary and will represent many countries and cultures. In addition to promoting close reading abilities and structural analysis the works selected are thematically linked and are intended to generate discussion about a core set of questions. How do technology, thought, and language interact? What are the consequences of urbanization, industrialization, and globalization? What does modern art including literature show us about how identity is challenged and problematized by events during modernity? This course also emphasizes vocabulary and grammar as tools that further written and spoken communication. Students will participate in individual and group oral presentations. The class culminates in a major research paper.

American Literature (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 11

Description: American Literature focuses specifically on the key works which define “American literature” as uniquely American. Along with the works and authors themselves, students will study the important events of American history which shaped its literature. The study of American Literature has a secure, necessary foundation in the events and emotions which color our history. Readings in American Literature will follow chronologically those specific events which helped shape that history and will be taken from all the major genres: poetry, short stories, novels, drama, songs and chants, and informal essays. There is a culminating end of course research paper.

British Literature (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 12

Description: British Literature explores works from the Anglo-Saxon period through modern times, focusing on the development of the English language and the progression of British literary and social movements. The primary goal of the course is to further develop students’ abilities in close reading, critical thinking, sophisticated writing, and cultural understanding. To that end, students will read and analyze literature from all major genres including poems, short stories, novels, plays, films, and essays. Through class discussions, varied writing assignments, and individual research, students will make connections among authors, periods, settings, and themes. There is a culminating end of course research paper.

AP Language & Composition

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Description: Advanced Placement Language & Composition is an intensive, college-level, analytical reading and writing course aiming to improve students’ understanding and use of rhetoric. By engaging with various texts including fiction and nonfiction works, students are given models by which to hone their rhetorical and analytical skills. In this course, students become aware of the deliberate interactions among a writer’s purposes, his/her audience expectations, and selection of subject material (the “rhetorical triangle”). Additionally, they become able to identify the ways in which authors employ generic conventions and all the resources of language to create memorable and effective prose. The study and acquisition of vocabulary is rigorous as students expand their awareness of the nuance and connotations of words, while also learning a vast amount of rhetorical and linguistic jargon. Current events and literacy of social issues are also stressed. There is a major end of the year research paper. The focus of this course culminates in the AP Language & Composition exam given in May of each year. All students are required to take the AP exam in May. This course may be taken in place of American Literature.

AP Literature and Composition

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 12 (11 with special permission)

Description: Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is an intensive, college-level reading and writing course that presents a distinctive level of challenge through readings as recommended by the College Board. The pace is accelerated and copious, student-centered independent work further identifies this course. Assigned readings are from all the key genres: novels, short stories, plays, essays, and poetry. Vocabulary work includes both a traditional workbook and contextual study. There are frequent and demanding timed writing assignments and revisions. AP Lit students will prepare a research paper that requires extensive engagement with literary criticism. Students will develop high-level synthesis skills as they investigate, evaluate and apply different theoretical approaches to reading and writing about literature. Students will build upon their existing abilities in public speaking, discussion and academic discourse as they push each other in their interpretation and analysis. The focus of this course culminates in the AP Literature & Composition exam given in May of each year. All students are required to take the AP exam in May. This course may be taken in place of British Literature.

ELECTIVE ENGLISH COURSES

The courses listed below may be taken IN ADDITION TO – not in place of any of the aforementioned English Department courses.

Creative Writing (elective credit)

Duration: 1 Year (Honors Available)

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Creative Writing offers an introduction to the principles and techniques of creative writing in the major genres--poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenplay writing. It is aimed at developing the student's creative process. The unit on creative nonfiction will focus on writing, revising and refining college application essays. Coursework and assignments will include regular reading, writing exercises, and workshop sessions that will culminate in a portfolio of revised student work, some of which will be submitted to the school’s literary journal. In addition to continuing to hone literary critical skills, students will also be asked to read with the eye of a writer. Therefore, there is a close connection between reading, discussion, and writing. As a discussion-based class, students are expected to be engaged participants, active listeners, and productive members of the creative community. Students are asked to research authors, movements, compositional theories, and approaches to writing.

Literature and Film (elective credit)

Duration: (1 year)

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: This course explores the complex interplay between film and literature. Selected novels, short stories and plays are analyzed in relation to film versions of the same works in order to gain an understanding of the possibilities—and problems—involved in the transposition to film. Students will hone their reading, thinking, writing and researching skills while engaging in structural analysis to improve their appreciation of literary devices and cinematic techniques. They will also learn to think of texts as cultural artifacts and to construct sophisticated arguments about historical context.

Women in Literature (elective credit)

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to The Literature of Magical Realism)

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Women in Literature will ask students to examine the nature of gender roles in society—how those roles evolved and whether they are appropriate today. Students will consider the treatment of women by our society as a whole—as objects of exclusion and violence, as sex objects, as nurturers, etc.—through reading, discussing, and writing about a range of texts from a wide variety of time periods: stories, essays, poems, novels, TV and films. Students will use also these sources as springboards to conduct their own research. The central focus is to better understand gender differences and to examine how society and culture influence our thinking about gender roles.

The Literature of Magical Realism (elective credit)

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to Women in Literature)

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description:A motorcyclist who is chased by Aztecs, a dirt-eating girl named Rebecca, a man who turns into a salamander—these are just a few of the characters that will accompany us in our study of magical realism. We will read a range of authors including Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, and Toni Morrison, who push the limits of the “real,” combining the quotidian with fantastic elements. As we read we will examine the historical contexts, noting the ways the works may be read as social and political commentaries. “If you can explain it, then it’s not magical realism.” --Luis Leal

Fine Arts Department

Overview

The Arts program strives to enhance appreciation for the arts through experience. Whether creating a painting, a character, or studying aside working practitioners, students not only become tomorrow's artists but tomorrow's arts advocates as well. Through active participation, students at all grade levels gain true appreciation for artistic excellence in all of its forms.

The Hilton Head Preparatory school artist takes form through a wide range of opportunities within our Fine Arts Department. Challenged and mentored by talented and experienced artist-teachers, students are encouraged to embrace their creative energies through a variety of artistic interpretations and media.

Graduation Requirement: Students must complete at least one Fine Arts class in grades 9-12.

Performing Arts

The goal of the Performing Arts courses is to cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for theatre, dance, music and film in all their various forms in a fun, non-threatening atmosphere.

Acting

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to Exploring the Scene)

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Through improvisation, script analysis and the study of monologue materials and scenes, students are introduced to the fundamentals of performance. Special emphasis is placed on interpretation and translation of the dramatic script as the basis for exploration of characterization, motivation and transition. This is a non-threatening class for students of all ages and abilities.

Exploring the Scene

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to Acting)

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description:Students in this class will focus on text-based work and the in-depth exploration of a small number of scenes. Skills learned during the first semester Acting course will be put to use and expanded upon in the context of telling stories to an audience.

Comedy: History and Performance

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level (s) Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Think you're funny? Then you need to be in this class. We'll explore the history of comedy from its beginnings in ancient Greece to the most up to date sketches from Saturday Night Live. In addition to learning about where comedy comes from and how it works, you'll also be trained in comedic performance. The first semester will focus on improvisation in the style of Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade. In the second semester, we'll have the opportunity to start writing our own sketch, stand up, and long form comedy.

Writing and Directing for the Stage

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s) Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 (Previous Theatre experience preferred.)

Description: Let's make art happen. In Writing and Directing for the Stage you will have the opportunity to explore the world of theatre through in-depth analysis of theatrical works. During the first semester, students will read and stage scenes from contemporary and classic plays. The second semester will be devoted to writing, work shopping, and staging their own plays. At the end of the year there will be a showcase of student works.

Upper School Orchestra

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description:The upper school orchestra class is designed for students that are proficient on a string instrument (or piano), providing them an opportunity to practice and perform in an advanced ensemble setting. Students are expected to learn two and three octave scales and arpeggios, to play in upper positions, develop and use left hand vibrato, develop understanding of basic music theory, basic composition, music notation and rhythm dictation. The orchestra participates in all school concerts throughout the year as well as attends adjudicated music festivals.

Band

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description:Beginning Band is the first full year of music instruction on their instruments. Ownership or rental of instruments is encouraged. This beginning band class develops skills on a variety of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Emphasis is given to providing a strong fundamental approach to their instrument. Rehearsal from the required Music Text will be accomplished daily, as well as developmental music theory. Performance outside of normal school hours are required as part of this course.

Commercial Music

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Do you love to sing and write your own music? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a professional performer? This new course emphasizes both performing and learning about the music industry. Join Prep’s newest singing group! Students will identify their vocal range and tempo of voice. They will also learn the foundation of reading and interpreting music---as well as writing. Professional Musicians will interact with students providing an authentic glimpse into this exciting field.

Upper School Studio Lesson

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Private violin, viola, cello or bass lesson. Open to students of any level. This is a private lesson and meets once a week for a full period. Instrument (ownership or rental) is required. Music will be provided. This course is not a credit-bearing class and will be assigned outside of the course registration process.

Visual Arts

The goal of the Visual Arts curriculum is learning through the creation of imagery. Whether through painting, drawing, photography or mixed media, students are encouraged to explore a variety of approaches as they come to understand composition through the elements and principles of design. Students at all levels of experience are welcome.

Art I

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description:The goal of Art I is to cultivate visual literacy, technical experience, sensitivity and artistic expression through assignments in a variety of media. All projects are explored through the elements and principles of design.

The major projects of the first semester are:

  • Abstract “Analog” in Colored Ink (Pointillism)
  • Value Painting in Acrylic (Black, White, Light Grey, Dark Grey)
  • Traditional Self Portrait in Graphite

Art II

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description The goal of Art II is to broaden your visual literacy, technical experience, sensitivity and artistic expression through assignments in a variety of media. All projects are explored through the elements and principles of design.

The major projects of the first semester are:

  • Abstract “Analog” in Pen and Ink
  • Color Value Painting in Acrylic
  • Traditional Self Portrait in Black and White Colored Pencil on Gray Paper

Art III

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: This course is designed for non A.P. bound students to continue their exploration of drawing and painting.

Art III, Honors

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): With Instructor Permission

Description:This course is for juniors who are working on an A.P. Studio Art portfolio over the course of two years.

AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): With Instructor Permission

Description:Advanced Placement Studio Art is graded on the basis of a portfolio (rather than by exam, as in other A.P. courses). Every assignment is geared toward building the portfolio. The portfolio is made up of 3 sections:

  • Section I, “Quality,” consists of five actual drawings that represent your absolute best work. (“Quality” refers to mastery of technique, concept and composition.) These drawings will be matted and mailed to the College Board for evaluation. They can be no larger than 18”x24” including the matte.
  • Section II, “The Concentration” is a body of related drawings based on an individual’s interest in a particular visual concern. It focuses on a process of investigation, growth and discovery with any idea in any medium. In this section you may submit a maximum of 12 images.
  • Section III represents the “breadth/variety” of your experience in drawing. This section consists of all non-concentration assignments (scratchboard, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, etc.). These assignments will emphasize drawing from life (observation) as well as abstract, non-objective and invented compositions. All section III assignments will emphasize the elements and principles of design. This section contains 12 images

All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

Photography I

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description:In this digital photography course, emphasis will be on using the photographic image to make a significant visual statement. Project work will be guided towards producing expressive and meaningful, well-composed images that are technically sound. Class time is dedicated to in-depth discussion of historical and contemporary photographers, demonstrations on technique, and class critiques. The class will use digital cameras, Apple computers, IPhoto and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Photography II

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description:This course is designed for students to continue their exploration of photography

AP 2-D Design/Photography (by permission of the instructor)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): With Instructor Permission

Description: Advanced Placement 2-D Design is graded on the basis of a portfolio (rather than by exam, as in other A.P. courses). Every assignment is geared toward building the portfolio. The portfolio is made up of 3 sections:

  • Section I, “Quality,” consists of five actual photographs that represent your absolute best work. (“Quality” refers to mastery of technique, concept and composition.) These photographs will be matted and mailed to the College Board for evaluation. They can be no larger than 18”x24” including the matte.
  • Section II, “The Concentration” is a body of related photographs based on an individual’s interest in a particular visual concern. It focuses on a process of investigation, growth and discovery. In this section you may submit a maximum of 12 images.
  • Section III represents the “breadth/variety” of your experience in photography. This section consists of all non-concentration assignments. All section III assignments will emphasize the elements and principles of design. This section contains 12 images.

All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

Web Design and Graphic Design

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to Programming)

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Interested in graphic design? Do you want to make your own dazzling photo manipulations or your own logo? Have you ever wondered about the art behind company slogans and advertisements, or how people create those funny fake animals? This class will introduce you to graphic design through the use of Photoshop and the elements of design themselves. You will come to understand how colors and color schemes are used for different emotions, the nuances of Photoshop, and more. With this knowledge, you will then learn how to make your own website - whether a portfolio to send to colleges, or a fan website to your favorite team or TV show - all while applying the lessons learned from graphic design to make it aesthetically pleasing.

Printmaking

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: This class introduces students to the hands-on art of printmaking. Students will learn about the nuances of the printing press and learn various forms of prints, including, but not limited to, printing designs on shirts and doing engravings in metal plates. Come learn about this often-overlooked art form!

Ceramics I

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: An introduction to hand building and wheel throwing techniques for making pottery, which is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Instruction for the pottery wheel is taught by the instructor and through YouTube tutorials. Hand building is facilitated by the use of specialized equipment such as: a slab roller, extruders, and commercial and student formed molds. Surface design is added with glazes, under-glazes, slips, stains, and washes. Surface texture uses mostly found objects for impressing design into the clay.

Ceramics II

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 10, 11 or 12

Description: This course parallels Ceramics I but incorporates additional time on the wheel, throwing more sophisticated, altered forms and added embellishments. Hand building usually involves two or more techniques in a single form. Experimentation with glazes will be required this year.

Ceramics III: Wheel Throwing

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Description: Third year Ceramic students will work exclusively on the wheel. Proof of growth in skills will be required. Third year students will provide additional instruction for Ceramics I and Ceramics II students on the wheel and will produce glaze combination samples on tiles. They will be required to assist in kiln loading.

Hand building and Sculpture

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Hand building is offered to new students and second year students that are not interested in throwing on the pottery wheel. (Past students have found hand building to be a method of working with clay that is more diverse and creative than novice wheel throwing). Focusing on hand building will provide more time for unique forms and more creative surface designs. Sculpture will be hand building with Red Earthenware clay on forms, stands or armatures. These will also be glazed and fired.

Mathematics Department

Overview

The Mathematics Department believes that mathematics is an essential skill for students. The department is devoted to developing critically minded students who will be prepared to use mathematical concepts. The curriculum is central in the process of making certain our students are prepared for and successful in their future education at the college level. The curriculum stresses conceptual understanding as well as problem solving skills and the use of technology to equip our students to reason and communicate effectively. The teachers in the math department are committed to meeting the needs of the individual student and providing the tools necessary for all students to meet their potential.

Graduation Requirements: Students must complete at least one mathematics class each year of attendance in grades 9-12. Coursework must include Algebra II and Geometry.

Algebra 1

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 9 or 10

Description: Algebra I is designed to provide the foundation for more advanced mathematics courses and to develop problem-solving skills. Topics include, but are not limited to, the real number system, first-degree equations and inequalities, relations, functions, graphs, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, integral exponents, rational and radical expressions, quadratic equations, and year-long work in problem solving.

Geometry

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9 or 10

Prerequisites: Algebra 1

Description: This course is designed to foster development in deductive thinking skills utilizing geometric proofs as a vehicle. Topics include, but are not limited to, logic and reasoning, Euclidean geometry of lines, planes, angles, triangles, similarity, congruence, geometric inequalities, polygons, circles, and geometric constructions.

Geometry Honors

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9 or 10

Prerequisites: Algebra I and teacher recommendation

Description: The purpose of this course is to give a rigorous, in-depth study of geometry with emphasis on methods of proof and the formal language of mathematics. Topics include, but are not limited to, Euclidean geometry and history, separation properties, angle concepts, triangles, quadrilaterals, proofs, perpendicularity and parallelism in a plane and in space, similar polygons, circles and spheres, constructions, coordinate geometry, and transformational geometry.

Algebra II

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Prerequisites: Algebra 1

Description: This course is designed to continue the work of Algebra I. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the real number system, relations, functions, graphs, polynomials, rational expressions, quadratic equations and inequalities, linear algebra, conic sections, rational and irrational exponents, logarithms and exponential equations and complex numbers.

Algebra II Honors

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9 or 10

Prerequisites: Algebra I and teacher recommendation

Description: This course is designed to continue the work of Algebra I. In addition to the Algebra II topics, included are number theory, history and problems of algebra, advanced linear algebra, trigonometry, and problem solving techniques.

Algebra III/Trigonometry

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra II

Description: This course is designed to prepare students for College Algebra. Topics will include, but are not limited to: solving and graphing equations and inequalities, systems of equations, matrices and determinants, logarithmic and exponential functions, as well as analytic and triangle trigonometry.

Pre-Calculus

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra II

Description: The first portion of this course is dedicated to the study of Trigonometry followed by a more rigorous study of Algebra II topics. Additionally, concepts of discrete mathematics will be introduced.

Pre-Calculus Honors

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 10 or 11

Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra II with teacher recommendation

Description: The first portion of this course is dedicated to the study of Trigonometry, with an emphasis on proofs, followed by a more rigorous study of Algebra II topics. Additionally, concepts of discrete mathematics will be introduced. This is a very demanding course in preparation for AP Calculus.

Calculus Honors

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus with teacher recommendation

Description: This course is designed to provide a basis for developing further study of more advanced mathematics. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the study of limits, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and their applications. Students exiting this course will be well-prepared for a college calculus course.

Statistics

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 12

Prerequisites: Algebra II

Description: In this course, students will explore data, examine relationships, and make inferential decisions. Projects will apply the concepts presented. Upon completion of this course, students will have a strong background in statistical concepts to be well-prepared for a college level Statistics course.

AP Statistics

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 12

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus with teacher recommendation

Description: This course is designed as a college Statistics course. All topics required by the College Board will be extensively covered. These topics are divided into four major themes: exploratory analysis, planning a study, probability, and statistical inference. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

AP Calculus AB

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus with teacher recommendation

Description: AP Calculus is designed to develop mathematical knowledge conceptually, guiding students to connect topics throughout the course and to apply strategies and techniques to accurately solve diverse types of problems. The curriculum for AP Calculus AB is equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course. This course is intended to be challenging and demanding All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

AP Calculus BC

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB with teacher recommendation

Description: AP Calculus BC is an extension of Calculus AB; common topics require a similar depth of understanding. The curriculum for AP Calculus BC is equivalent to a first-semester college calculus course plus the subsequent single-variable calculus course. This course is intended to be challenging and demanding. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

ELECTIVE MATHEMATICS COURSES

The courses listed below may be taken IN ADDITION TO – not in place of any of the aforementioned Math Department courses.

Number Theory

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to History of Mathematics)

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Algebra II and permission of instructor

Description: Number Theory is a branch of mathematics devoted primarily to the study of integers. Topics include: division algorithm, integer proofs, irrational proofs, Euclidean algorithm, and Diophante equations.

History of Mathematics

Duration: 1 Semester (linked to Number Theory)

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Algebra II and permission of instructor

Description: This course will cover the great men and women of mathematics as well as their most important theorems. The course will begin with the earliest origins of mathematics and conclude with the latest developments.

Science Department

Overview

The science department strives to instill in our students an understanding of all sciences, with a special emphasis on the interconnection between these sciences and the world around us. Our students participate in hands-on learning experiences and are given tools to interpret these lessons and develop critical thinking skills. Using topics to which students can relate as a springboard, students are encouraged to apply their problem solving skills to issues pertinent to the things around them. When a student graduates from Hilton Head Preparatory School, they are prepared with the ability to apply scientific principles and critical thinking for a variety of issues they encounter. Our primary goal is to create a scientifically literate global citizen that will continue to be curious about the world around them and has the ability to critically think about the problems they encounter.

Graduation Requirements: Students must complete at least three science classes while in grades 9-12. Coursework must include Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (AP Biology required for those students that complete Biology in Grade 8).

College Prep Biology (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: Biology is the study of living things. The focus of this course is to explore biological sciences from the molecular level up to the biosphere. This will include an introduction to chemistry and energy, but will largely focus on cells, plants, animals, genetics, evolution, and ecology. This course details the understanding of living systems while emphasizing the scientific thought process through hands on labs and student projects. Additionally, students will be challenged to utilize the scientific method and exercise critical thinking skills. This will be emphasized through the completion of a science fair project.

AP Biology

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11, or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry Honors with grade of 90 or higher, concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2, Science Department recommendation.

Description: The AP Biology course is designed for students who have a sincere desire to accept the responsibility of college level work. Course work is advanced, and class lectures and experiments cover such topics as biochemistry, cell physiology, evolution, ecology, plants, animals, behavior, inheritance, and molecular biology. In order for students to be successful in this course they will need to develop a strong framework for conceptual biology, be self-motivated, and strong academic students. In addition, the scientific method is emphasized through the completion of a science fair project. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

College Prep Physics

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry, concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or Algebra III/Trigonometry.

Description: Conceptual Physics will teach students how to make observations about the world around them and inspire curiosity. The course will help the student learn to collect and interpret information, and to discover how one formulates hypotheses and makes further predictions to achieve knowledge of facts, principles and processes of the physical universe. Main topics cover the study of motion, Newtonian mechanics, electrodynamics, and some relativity [in an attempt to explain some of Einstein's projections]. In addition, the scientific method is emphasized through the completion of a science fair project.

Honors Physics I

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry Honors with grade of 90 or higher. Successful completion of Pre-Calculus. Science department recommendation.

Description: The Honors Physics I course is part of the AP Physics I course. Differentiation often includes using alternative homework assignments, the use of an equation sheet for assessments and alternative assessments. While students enrolled in Honors Physics I do attend the same class as AP Physics I, they do not take the AP Exam in May.

AP Physics I

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chemistry Honors with grade of 90 or higher, successful completion of Pre-Calculus and Science Department recommendation.

Description: The AP Physics I course is an intensive study of classical mechanics concepts with an introduction to electricity. The ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems and understanding the basic principles involved is the major goal of this course. The Physics I course seeks to be representative of topics covered in similar college courses. Laboratory experience is also essential to the AP Physics program. Students will be asked to design experiments, observe and measure real phenomena, organize, display, and critically analyze data, determine uncertainties in measurement, draw inferences and observations from data, and communicate results. In addition, the scientific method is emphasized through the completion of a science fair project. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

College Prep Chemistry

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11, or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I and Biology.

Description: Chemistry is considered the central science as it makes up everything around us. Students will explore such topics as properties and changes of matter, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, periodicity, formation and types of compounds, chemical reactions and equations, chemical bonding, and acids and bases. Abstract reasoning and mathematical skills are emphasized. Hands-on laboratory experiences reinforce classroom learning utilizing real life applications that help student relate to concepts. This course requires students to apply critical thinking by merging a number of concepts in a variety of methods. In addition, the scientific method is emphasized through the completion of a science fair project.

Chemistry Honors

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9 or 10

Prerequisites: Grades of 90 or higher in Geometry and Biology, concurrent enrollment in Geometry, Science Department recommendation

Description: Chemistry is considered the central science as it makes up everything around us. Chemistry Honors is a demanding, fast-paced, lab oriented course. It is designed to challenge the science-oriented student and prepare that student for the rigors and content associated with AP Biology and AP Chemistry. In addition to the topics covered in the college prep chemistry course, honors students will study redox reactions, electron configurations and emissions, and more in depth concepts of atomic properties and periodicity. Abstract reasoning and mathematical skills are emphasized. Hands-on laboratory experiences reinforce classroom learning utilizing real life applications that help student relate to concepts. This course requires students to apply critical thinking by merging a number of concepts in a variety of methods. In addition, the scientific method is emphasized through the completion of a science fair project.

AP Chemistry

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: PSAT score of 61 or better, successful completion of AP Biology & Chemistry Honors with grade of 90 or higher, concurrent enrollment in Calculus (highly recommended), Science Department recommendation.

Description: AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. This course is fast paced and requires a strong math background. Topics of study are divided into six big ideas: atoms, elements and the building blocks of matter; chemical and physical properties of matter; chemical reactions, energy changes and redox reactions; chemical reaction and their rates; laws of thermodynamics and changes in matter; and equilibrium, acids and bases, titrations and solubility. Students are encouraged to take the SAT 2 Chemistry Exam at conclusion of this course. In addition, the scientific method is emphasized through the completion of a science fair project. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

ELECTIVE SCIENCE COURSES

The courses listed below may be taken IN ADDITION TO – not in place of any of the aforementioned Science Department courses.

Marine Biology

Duration: 1 Semester (Linked with Physiology)

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one high school biology and one high school chemistry class are prerequisites to enrollment.

Description: Taking advantage of the abundant natural resources on Hilton Head Island, this course will investigate physical, ecological, and biological concepts of ocean, estuary, and intertidal communities. The course primarily emphasizes hands-on experiences, student driven investigations and projects, and community engagement.

Physiology

Duration: 1 Semester (Linked with Marine Biology)

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one high school biology and one high school chemistry class are prerequisites to enrollment.

Description: Anatomy and Physiology will provide students with a lab-based approach to examine the form and function of complex organisms. This course will focus on the human body, but will also include multiple dissections of other mammals to aid students in their understanding of human body systems. Anatomy and Physiology is an elective recommended for students interested in a health-related career path. Students interested in this course should expect an academic approach to understanding all 12 organ systems of the human body and the underlying biochemistry that enables their function.

Introduction to Astronomy/Astronomy

Duration: 1 Semester or 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12 (Students must complete the introductory course in order to take the second semester Astronomy course)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II.

Description: An Introduction to Astronomy will provide an in-depth look at the universe and its development over the course of two semesters. The fall course will consist of a localized study of the Milky Way, including the evolution of our galaxy, the moon and sun, planetary structures (including dwarf planets), and an analysis of the night sky focusing on the importance of constellations to society over the centuries. Additional topics will include the International Space Station and the history of space travel. The spring course will consist of a broader look at the scale of the universe including black hole theory, stellar evolution, and a brief introduction to astrophysics (string theory and other exciting topics). Additional topics will include the Hubble telescope, the inner workings of telescopes in general, and a brief introduction to SETI. Extracurricular components will include evening and early morning night sky viewings. Students interested in this course should expect to be challenged to broaden their worldview through in class lectures, article-driven discussions, and student-led presentations. Research and science-based writing will be a large component of course assessments, and active class participation is required.

Social Science Department

Overview

The mission of the Department of Social Sciences is to foster the creation of a community of learners who possess a body of knowledge about human history and are able to find and evaluate information, make reasoned decisions, and effectively communicate in our interconnected world.

Graduation Requirements: Students must complete at least three social science classes while in grades 9-12. Coursework must include Western Civilization (AP World History may be substituted for Western Civilization with permission from the Social Science Department Chair) and American Studies (AP United States History may be substituted for American Studies with permission from the Social Science Department Chair).

Western Civilization

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 9 (10, 11, and 12 by instructor permission)

Description: Western Civilization is a survey course that allows students to study the major people, places and events of World History through thematic units. Students will be asked to examine beliefs and biases in order to better comprehend a range of perspectives on seminal issues that have arisen over time, such as the value of individual property rights, and student-led presentations and discussions of relevant current events will enable students to find connections between the past and our contemporary world. Special emphasis will be placed on analysis of primary sources and research leading towards the construction of written assignments and multi-dimensional projects. Select assessments include analytical thesis-driven essays, DBQs, PBL’s Menus and other projects that permit students the freedom to examine specific historical topics in greater depth, and formal and informal oral debates, presentations, and speeches.

American Studies

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 10 (11 and 12 with instructor permission)

Description: American Studies is a survey of the political, social, cultural, and economic themes that have developed in American society from the Age of Exploration through the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation, evaluation, and analysis of sources, questions, issues, and events. Supplemental readings will combine fundamental texts of historical scholarship and primary sources from the extant record. Students will also learn to master the writing of free response essays and document-based questions in addition to completing group work, presentations, and projects on topics of historical and contemporary importance.

ELECTIVE SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES

The courses listed below may be taken IN ADDITION TO – not in place of any of the aforementioned Social Science Department courses.

AP World History (Can be taken in place of Western Civilization with teacher recommendation and parent approval. A meeting with the Social Science Department Head is required prior to registering for this course.)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 9 (10, 11, and 12 by instructor permission)

Description: AP World History is a rigorous, college-level course designed to explore human history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. We will emphasize the development of analytical and writing skills necessary for success on a collegiate level. To this end, the course devotes considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography (The principles, theories, or methodology of scholarly historical research and presentation) and inquiry into global connections that have shaped our present world. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam, including historical writing through essay and document-based questions (DBQ) as well as objective evaluations. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

AP United States History (Can be taken in place of American Studies with teacher recommendation and parent approval. A meeting with the Social Science Department Head is required prior to registering for this course. This course may also be taken after completion of American Studies.)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12

Description: AP United States History is intended as an introductory college-level survey course of American History from the Age of Exploration through the modern day. Primarily, course materials are intended to hone students' analytical and critical thinking skills as well as prompt them to make connections between seemingly disparate concepts or periods in American history. Students will analyze major political, economic, and military events during the last five centuries of American history, as well as the social, cultural, and intellectual movements that precipitated, or were inspired by, those events. Emphasis will be placed on preparing for the national AP exam in May; written facets of that exam, including document-based and free response essays, compose a major element of in-class examinations. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

AP U.S. Government and Politics

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12 (10 by instructor permission)

Description: AP United States Government and Politics is designed as an introductory college-level survey course of the background, functions, and impact of government and governmental policies. From the constitutional convention through the current presidential election, events, policies, organizations, interest groups, and court cases will be analyzed via discussions, primary sources, and seminal secondary works of scholarship. Emphasis will be placed on preparing for the national AP exam in May; a majority of in-class examinations will mimic AP style and content, and shorter assessments will focus on cultivating writing, logic, and reasoning skills. This course will be offered in alternating years with AP European History (2018-19 School Year). All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

AP European History

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12 (10 by instructor permission)

Description: AP European History is intended as an introductory college-level survey course of European History from the Late Middle Ages through the modern day. Primarily, course materials are intended to hone students' analytical and critical thinking skills as well as prompt them to make connections between seemingly disparate concepts or periods in European history. Students will analyze major political, economic, and military events during the last six centuries of European history, as well as the social, cultural, and intellectual movements that precipitated, or were inspired by, those events. Emphasis will be placed on preparing for the national AP exam in May; written facets of that exam, including document-based and free response essays, compose a major element of in-class examinations. This course will be offered in alternating years with AP United States Government and Politics (2017-18 School Year). All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

American Politics and Society

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12

Description: This two-part course explores American politics and society across two semesters. In the fall semester, we will closely follow the progress of the 2017 fall state elections in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia. Students will explore major issues in electioneering and public policy. In the spring semester, we will undertake readings in contemporary political ideas including social democracy and reform conservatism. Students will gain a better understanding of the issues, institutions, history, and individuals that comprise American government and politics. Our students will become better able to engage in thoughtful, critical thinking about U.S. politics and issues of power and justice as they play out in the American political system.

Psychology

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12 only

Description: The following fundamentals will be covered in Psychology such as theories, research methods, life span, thinking and learning, psychological disorders, and therapy as well as other areas of interest; for example, abnormal psychology, social interactions, body language, and emotions. Students will gain a better understanding of oneself and the role relationships play in life.

Economics (linked to Ethics)

Duration: 1 semester

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12

Description: This course will give the students a greater understanding of economics ranging from the viewpoint of the individual consumer or small business owner to the global economy. The course will study the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finances and influence on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation cycles. The course relates history and politics to the study of economics.

Ethics (linked to Economics)

Duration: 1 semester

Grade Level (s): 11 and 12

Description: Ethics is an introduction course to the philosophical study of morality, including the theory of right and wrong behavior, the theory of value (goodness and badness), and the theory of virtue and vice. Students will understand and apply different approaches to ethical thinking and identify advantages and limitations of ethical theories like utilitarianism, virtue ethics, deontology, and situation ethics. Besides providing familiarity with the primary questions addressed within moral philosophy and the most influential answers given by well-known philosophers, this course is designed to help students develop their abilities to read, explicate, analyze, and evaluate ethical case studies, write and express themselves well about their own ethical positions, and think critically and analytically about ethical issues. The class will also explore biomedical ethics, legal ethics, business ethics, and neuroscience research on morality.

World Languages Department

Overview - The World Language department seeks to develop the fundamental skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, with the aim of guiding students toward proficiency in a second language and cultivating an appreciation of a culture other than their own. Students engage in an active learning environment to build their vocabulary in the target language and build a strong foundation of grammatical structures. Communicative learning challenges students to work within the target language and to extend their learning outside of the classroom. Advanced students follow current events, read, analyze, and discuss literary works, and explore their historical and cultural context. Additionally, these students improve their communicative proficiency and engage in intensive practice of all language skills.

The study of Spanish is introduced in Junior Kindergarten. Upon entering the Upper School, students choose between continuing their Spanish studies or Chinese 1. Placement of transferring students will be done by evaluating previous experience in the language and may include a test and/or interview.

Graduation Requirements: Students must complete at least two world language classes while in grades 9-12. Coursework must include two consecutive years of the same language. Three World Language credits (taken in grades 9-12) are strongly recommended for top tier college admission.

Spanish I (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 9 and 10 (11 with departmental permission)

Description: Spanish 1 is an introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The course focuses on the development of the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) through the acquisition of contextually appropriate vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts. The course helps to develop confidence in communication and an appreciation of Spanish-speaking cultures around the world. Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of the language and culture through a variety of performance-based tasks with the goal of communication in the target language at a novice level.

Spanish II (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Spanish 2 builds on Spanish 1 material, allowing students to begin to express themselves more fully in the target language using the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Existing vocabulary and grammatical concepts are strengthened while new ones are introduced and practiced through in and out-of-class activities. The course also presents important Spanish and Latin American cultural topics with relevant performance-based tasks and assessments.

Spanish III - (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Spanish 3 builds on Spanish 1 and 2 material, enabling students to begin to more independently express themselves in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Students will use a widening variety of performance-based tasks and assessments in order to showcase their growing knowledge and understanding of the target language. Advanced vocabulary and grammar topics will be accompanied with numerous authentic texts, allowing the students to engage with the Spanish language and associated cultures.

Spanish IV (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12 (10 with departmental permission)

Description: Spanish 4 is an instructor-approved, elective course that strengthens students’ skills and knowledge acquired in levels 1-3 in order to communicate at a higher level while preparing students for the grammatical rigors of the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and/or the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature courses. All topics covered will be culturally and contextually relevant, offering greater insight into Peninsular Spanish and Latin American civilizations and their significance to past, present, and potential future fields of study. All assessments will adhere to the development of the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Additionally the course will provide further opportunities for each student to interact with the literature, cultures, history, and contemporary life of many Spanish-speaking countries. The following themes from the AP tracks will be addressed:

1. Los desafíos globales 1. Las sociedades en contacto

2. Las identidades personales y 2. La construcción del género

públicas

3. La vida contemporánea 3. El tiempo y el espacio

4. Las familias y las comunidades 4. Las relaciones interpersonales

5. La belleza y la estética 5. La dualidad del ser

6. La ciencia y la tecnología 6. La creación literaria

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12 (10 with departmental permission)

Description: Comparable to an introductory college language course, AP Spanish Language and Culture teaches students how to engage in conversations and present formal oral presentations, write in both interpersonal and presentational settings, and correctly interpret authentic audio sources. The course will focus on equipping the students with skills to enable them to perform meaningful language functions. They will also develop significant cultural awareness and applicable knowledge while simultaneously preparing for the performance-based AP assessment that has potential to earn college-level credit. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12 (10 with departmental permission)

Description: Comparable to an introductory college literature class, AP Spanish Literature and Culture introduces students to the study of Peninsular, Latin America, and Hispanic literature from the United States. Students with develop their communication proficiency in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes. Students will examine literary works, critical essays, and films in their historical and cultural context. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

Chinese I (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 9 or 10 (11 with departmental permission)

Description: Chinese 1 is an introduction to the Chinese language and culture. Students will learn functional Chinese, theme-based vocabulary words, and will become familiar with the sound system through the study of pinyin (western alphabet) and language structures. Students will explore, compare, and contrast various cultural topics. The emphasis will be on speaking skills training. After a successful completion of this course, students will reach Novice Mid in Chinese by ACTFL standards.

Chinese II (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Chinese 2 builds on Chinese 1 material. Students will continue to learn functional Chinese and use theme-based vocabulary words built on Chinese 1. Students will explore, compare, and contrast various cultural topics and develop their four language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening— through three modes: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. The emphasis will be on speaking skills training. After a successful completion of this course, students will reach Novice High in Chinese by ACTFL standards.

Chinese III (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Chinese 3 builds on Chinese 1 and 2 material. Students will learn more complicated functional Chinese and theme-based vocabulary words built on Chinese 1 and 2. Students will explore, compare, and contrast various cultural topics. Students will further develop their four language skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening— by using three modes: interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. After a successful completion of this course, students will reach Intermediate Low in Chinese by ACTFL standards.

Chinese IV (Honors Available)

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 or 12 (10 with departmental permission)

Description: Chinese 4 is an instructor-approved, elective course that strengthens students’ skills and knowledge acquired in levels 1-3. Students will learn more complicated functional Chinese and theme-based vocabulary words. Expanding vocabulary and mastering important but difficult words and phrases become the primary goals. Students will explore, compare, and contrast various cultural topics. The emphasis will be on reading and writing skills training. After a successful completion of this course, students will reach Intermediate High in Chinese by ACTFL standards.

AP Chinese Language and Culture

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12 (10 with departmental permission)

Description: AP Chinese Language and Culture is comparable to an advanced college language course. Students will learn not only functional Chinese, but also more intellectually and linguistically challenging topics. The course will present more authentic material that will engage learners. The emphasis will be on reading and writing skills training. After a successful completion of this course, students will reach Advanced Mid in Chinese by ACTFL standards and be ready to take the AP Chinese and Culture Exam. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

ELECTIVE WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES

The courses listed below may be taken IN ADDITION TO – not in place of any of the aforementioned World Language Department courses.

Spanish Language through Conversation

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 11 and 12

Description: Spanish Language through Conversation will allow junior and senior students who have completed Spanish III to continue their language and culture studies through current discussions of movies, songs, Twitter feeds, trending hashtags, news stories, literature, and critiques. The course will be ideal for those students who would like to further their Spanish studies but not to pursue an AP track. The goal of the course is personal improvement of language skills at each student’s individual level, and projects will be tailored according to what is going on in the world – both online and elsewhere in the United States, Spain, Latin America, and beyond. Students should be ready to engage in daily small group and large group conversations and debates, motivated to consider a variety of perspectives from around the world, and ready to make comparisons across cultures in the target language.

American Sign Language I

Duration: 1 year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11 or 12

Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to begin to acquire proficiency in American Sign Language through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach. Emphasis is placed on the development of receptive and expressive signing skills and on the acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. An exposure to Deaf Culture will be presented, and students will learn about the history of Deaf education, American Sign Language, and important Deaf Americans.

Intensive English Department

Overview

The Intensive English Department is dedicated to helping international students whose first language is not English develop a level of fluency that allows students to be successful at Hilton Head Preparatory School, the college level, and beyond. Experienced teachers work in conjunction with the English department and other academic departments to seamlessly integrate the students into the mainstream courses.

To ensure that each student is successful, Hilton Head Preparatory School has developed one of the most intensive and advanced English programs available. Students are placed into the Intensive English program based upon their individual needs and advance through the program at a rate that reflects their efforts and abilities. Our goal is to be able to move the Intensive English students from the beginning levels to the mainstream English classroom as quickly as possible while still ensuring that the student is successful in language acquisition. Typically, we can expect our students to move through one level each semester, while some students may move at a faster or slower rate depending on the effort and dedication they put into their studies.

Composition I

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Various types of composition such as personal narratives, descriptive essays, and expository essays are introduced as fundamentals of writing are emphasized. Students learn grammatical structures and formal rules of English grammar, as well as writing structure and mechanics.

Literature I

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Reading comprehension skills, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary building are taught while special attention is given to recognizing the main idea and supporting details. In addition, students also learn elements of fiction, biographies, autobiographies and nonfiction.

History I

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Through geography and ancient world history students continue to develop reading skills, writing skills, and vocabulary. Students also learn research methods in order to prepare for mainstream history courses.

Integrated Science I/II

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Through the content of physical, life, and earth science reading comprehension skills are learned and new vocabulary is understood. Students use note-taking skills and graphic organizers to learn science content and students perform various hands on science activities.

Composition II/III

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Various types of composition such as personal narratives, descriptive essays, expository essays, and persuasive essays are introduced as fundamentals of writing are emphasized. Students learn grammatical structures and formal rules of English grammar, as well as writing structure and mechanics. Writing prompts for TOEFL are introduced and writing as a process is emphasized.

Literature II/III

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Reading comprehension skills, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary building are taught while special attention is given to recognizing the main idea and supporting details. In addition, students also learn elements of fiction, biographies, autobiographies and nonfiction.

History II/III

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10 or 11

Description: Through the content of American History (the American Revolution, Civil War, WWI, and WWII) for students in Level 2, and Introduction to Western Civilizations for Level 3, students continue to develop reading skills, writing skills, and vocabulary. Students also learn research methods in order to prepare for mainstream history courses.

Intensive English Seminar

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11 or 12

Other: Pass/Fail, ½ Credit/Semester

Description: In this supplemental course, support is provided for Intensive English students who are in the mainstream English classroom. It provides extra emphasis on critical thinking skills, reading comprehension skills, and writing skills.

Other Required Courses/Credits

Physical Education

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, or 12

Other: Pass/Fail, 1 credit

Description: Credit can be gained via participation in one full season of a school sponsored team, participation in one season of after-school conditioning, or participation in a significant off campus athletic endeavor that is approved by the Head of the Upper School.

Freshman Seminar

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 9

Other: Pass/Fail, ¼ credit

Description: Freshman Seminar is a uniquely designed course intended to ensure a successful transition from middle school to our college-prep high school. All freshman will meet in their seminar classes 1x week for a full year. This seminar class serves many purposes, but most importantly it helps develop personal relationships with the college counseling staff as well as other counseling and academic professionals in the school. Topics covered include: Personality and Learning Styles, Study and Organizational Skills, Career/College Major Exploration, College Readiness, Early College Planning, and College Expectations, Service Learning/Community Service, Health and Wellness, and Logic and Critical Reasoning.

Sophomore Seminar

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 10

Other: Pass/Fail, ¼ credit

Description: Sophomore Seminar a course designed to support the students’ social, emotional and academic needs. The students will experience a comprehensive health curriculum as well as college preparatory guidance. All sophomores will meet in their seminar classes 1x week for a full year.

Topics covered include: Emotional Wellness, Social Wellness, Diet and Nutrition, Drugs/Alcohol, College Readiness, Early College Planning, and College Expectations, Service Learning/Community Service, and Logic and Critical Reasoning.

Junior Seminar

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 11

Other: Pass/Fail, ½ credit

Description: Junior Seminar is designed to prepare students for the college application process.

In the fall, juniors will attend seminar class 2-3x a week. Students will be preparing for the ACT and SAT tests. The course is divided into two learning modules. One module is textbook based, the other is online learning. Students will be given test content instruction as well as test taking strategies. Their progress will be monitored and individual learning plans will be developed for each child so that they can reach their full potential.

In the spring, juniors will meet in Junior Seminar 1 or 2x a month to begin their college application process. They will continue to work on finalizing their college lists, request letters of recommendations from teachers, develop a standardized testing plan, begin their college essays and begin their Common Application.

Senior Seminar

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 12

Other: Pass/Fail, 0 credit

Description: Senior Seminar is designed to prepare students for the completion of college application process.

In the fall, seniors will attend seminar class 1x a week. Students will be working individually with their college counselor on their applications, essays, resumes and teacher letter of recommendations. All applications are due in the counseling office by December 1.

In the spring, seniors will meet in Senior Seminar 1 or 2x a month, participating in our “Getting Ready for College” workshop series. These workshops are taught by HHP faculty and or community professionals. Topics include, but are not limited to: Finance and Budgeting, Campus Safety, Developing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships and Organization and Study Skills.

Other Elective Courses

Introduction to Programming (linked to Web Design and Graphic Design)

Duration: 1 Semester

Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12

Description: This introductory course will allow students to experience a variety of coding languages and applications. This course is largely student-driven. The semester begins with a JavaScript tutorial, culminating in a simple project to demonstrate this newfound knowledge. Every subsequent language studied is chosen by the student, and projects are assigned for each language. The final exam will consist of a larger, self-guided project which shows the student’s development over the course of the semester.

Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12

Description: This course is designed for students who are serious about Computer Programming. JAVA requires a good mathematical background and strong problem solving skills. Topics include simple, user defined and structured data types, algorithm development, decisions and loops, arrays, recursion, searches and sorts, data abstraction, and classes. This course will be taught in the format of a massive online open course (MOOC). The course will consist of video lectures, daily programming exercises, longer coding assignments, regular quizzes, projects and exams. Students will also participate in online discussion forums. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science Level A exam in May.

Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 1, knowledge of functions and function notation. Previous computer programming is not necessary.

Cadet Teaching

Duration: Semester or Full Year

Grade Level(s): Grades 11 or 12 with teacher recommendation

Description: Cadet Teaching seeks to allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of the educational process, to develop and demonstrate good leadership qualities in and out of the classroom, and to reflect on individual self-growth and progress. Students will be exposed to lesson design, teaching, assessment, and other processes associated with academic instruction, as well as encouraged to build good rapport with student members of the course within which they are cadet teachers. This course can be taken as an instructor-approved elective on a pass or fail basis, for any junior or senior student interested in serving as a cadet teacher alongside an upper school faculty member for the academic year (1 credit) or for the academic semester (½ credit) . Students must have an available space in their schedule (in other words, a FREE PERIOD) in order to apply for acceptance to the program and placement is not guaranteed. Permission must be obtained from the desired course instructor, the program coordinator, and the Upper School Division Head in order to finalize the application process and move towards a final placement in the course. To remain eligible for enrollment as a cadet teacher, all accepted students must maintain a “C” average or above with NO failing grade in all enrolled classes at Prep. Students must also commit to weekly journaling or self-reflection, which will be reviewed through weekly or bi-monthly meetings with the sponsoring instructor. This course will be assigned outside of the course registration process

Literature of Social Reflection (elective credit)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 10, 11 or 12

Description: Literature of Social Reflection continues to focus on improving the clarity, precision and vividness of students’ writing and speaking, as well as their ability to critically and analytically engage in a wide variety of literary works, both teacher- and student-selected texts that center around contemporary and timeless social issues. In addition, students are asked to be reflective about their own beliefs, values and actions as they use literature as a way to consider the pressing issues of social justice in our times. This course is adapted from a syllabus taught by Professor Robert Coles at Harvard, who has written extensively about the key intersections of academic work, community service and intensive directed reflection on human society.

ENHANCED DIPLOMA OPPORTUNITIES

AP Capstone

AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses. In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments. In AP Research, students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research in order to produce and defend a scholarly academic paper. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and

AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. AP Seminar may also be taken as a stand-alone option.

AP Capstone Seminar

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11, 12

Description: AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

AP Capstone Research (Course will be available to Senior during the 2018-19 School Year)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 12

Prerequisite: AP Capstone Seminar

Description: Although the topic of each research study will vary, the course requires students to plan and conduct a study or investigation. The course provides opportunities (activities/assignments) for students to

• Understand principles of discipline-specific research methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed)

•Employ appropriate disciplinary research methods to develop, manage, and conduct an in-depth study or investigation in an area of student’s own interest, culminating in a 4000–5000 word paper (accompanied by an additional piece of scholarly work — where applicable — to be performed or exhibited).

• Present (using appropriate media) and defend the research design, approach, and findings to a panel.

•Document their processes and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio.

The Certificate of Excellence program allows exceptional and motivated seniors to have a one year capstone experience designing, developing, and executing both a major service initiative and a sustained inquiry or research project. As the culmination of their experience and in fulfillment of a final requirement students earning a Certificate of Excellence must give a formal presentation and defense of their work.

The Diploma of Distinction provides an intensive two year course of study and capstone experience for gifted, motivated, curious, and self-reflective students. Candidates for this diploma design, develop, and executing both an innovative and significant service initiative and a sustained inquiry or research project. In addition, candidates work closely in independent study and directed readings with a faculty advisors, explore opportunities for internships and outside the classroom learning, and take interdisciplinary seminar classes in research methods, theory of knowledge, and creative problem solving. As the culmination of their experience and in fulfillment of a final requirement students earning a Certificate of Excellence must give a formal presentation and defense of their work.

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