Program Grade 10
- World Literature II
- Integrated Math II and III
- Catalan Language and Literature
- Physical Education
World Literature II
Students in the World Literature II course continue their journey by reading texts from around the world and exploring the roles of storytelling and language in different literary cultures. Throughout the year, they will study a variety of texts: nonfiction, novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and film. Together, students will also read Elie Wiesel’s Night, David Benioff’s City of Thieves, and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Finally, students will finish the year with an inquiry-driven research project that addresses real issues in our community.
Integrated Math II and III
The Integrated I course aims to deepen and extend student understanding built in previous courses by focusing on developing fluency with solving linear equations, inequalities, and systems. These skills are extended to solving simple exponential equations, exploring linear and exponential functions graphically, numerically, symbolically, and as sequences, and by using regression techniques to analyze the fit of models to distributions of data.
Based on student performance, teacher recommendation, and standardized test scores in math, students may be placed in the higher level Integrated Math II course.
The Integrated II course aims to formalize and extend the geometry that students have learned in previous courses. It helps students develop the concepts of formal proof, explore the properties of two- and three-dimensional objects, work within the rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships and prove basic theorems about circles. Students also use the language of set theory to compute and interpret probabilities for compound events. Concerning Algebra, students learn the fundamentals of quadratic functions by working with equations in standard, factored, and vertex form. Substantial work is put into real-life applications of quadratics.
Catalan Language and Literature
This course is divided into two main parts: the study of semantics and linguistics and Catalan literature. Students will be introduced to Catalan literature, from its origins to the end of the twentieth century. Works representative of the most important movements in Catalan literature will be examined. There will be oral presentations and debate, video and oral recordings, as well as written assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a Catalan theater performance. Note: Catalan is the language of instruction in this course and sufficient level of Catalan is required to take the course. Catalan as a Second Language may be offered where scheduling and numbers allow it.
This course exposes students to different lifelong recreational activities and sports, along with developing manipulative, locomotor and non-locomotor skills. Students are also taught basic fundamental fitness skills with proper warm up and cool down routines. Units include activities such as: floor hockey, badminton, softball, and ultimate frisbee.
Various electives and club activities are available to both ninth and tenth graders and are designed as semester courses to develop students’ knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas.
- Model United Nations (MUN)
- Speech and Debate
- Computational Thinking
- Maker (space)
English tutors at local schools
Model United Nations (MUN)
Elder Companion Activities
Sport and Fitness
World History II
World History II is a survey of modern world history that ranges from the second age of imperialism to globalization. The course is designed to help students develop the skills of historians through primary source investigation, contextualization and critical thinking using major events, concepts, trends and personalities. Students will also be asked to identify conflicts, issues and solutions within their historical studies and make connections with the world today. Major units of study include Imperialism, Crisis of Modernity, Interwar Years and WWII, and A New World Order.
This course is designed to give students a sound base in chemistry and demonstrate the practical applications of chemistry in our world. The course topics include atomic structure, chemical names, bonding (ionic, covalent and metallic), formulas, chemical reactions, equations ( molecular and ionic), stoichiometry, redox reactions , batteries, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry (hydrocarbons, functional groups, reactions including combustion, oxidation, addition and substitution) Students study both conceptual and analytical applications. Weekly lab experimentation supports the development of essential concepts.
A basic introduction to physics is given, covering a broad range of topics both conceptually and analytically. Basic algebra skills are required as problem solving skills with formulas are developed. Topics to be covered include math techniques, kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, machines, waves and optics, and imaging. Experimentation and report writing are also central components to the course.
Spanish History and Literature
The objective of this course is to learn about the History, Literature and society in Spain between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Students will be exposed to different texts from this period and will learn how to approach them analytically keeping in mind the historical and socio-political context. In order to achieve this goal, we will apply different strategies that will lead to a better comprehension of this crucial time of Spanish History, as well as Spanish Literature. Note: Non-native speakers of Spanish whose level of Spanish is not high enough to take part in this course take leveled Spanish Language Learners (SLL) with the goal of achieving fluency so that they can eventually be integrated into regular Spanish classes.
Visual Culture II
Visual Culture II will provide a platform to many other creative and analytic courses in High School. Grade 10 students will understand why images are produced, question their form and meaning and understand the powerful visual imagery currently used in the 21st century. Each quarter will deal with a different aspect of visual culture and be integral in the creation and understanding of images produced. In the last quarter, students will apply these skills in a service based way, and will be given the necessary skills to understand and appreciate the world that we live in today.
This course focuses on the development of life skills that will help you make good decisions regarding health, emotional, social and sexual issues. We focus on matters such as relationships, self-esteem, peer pressure, and strategies for dealing with them. We also partake in several team building activities that allow us to interact better and form special bonds within our group.