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English Department

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9

ENGLISH 9

Satisfactory completion of 8th grade English  & General acceptance into YULA

1

This is a year long survey course devoted to the study of the origins of Western literature. Intended as an introduction to the myths and archetypes that shape classical texts, this class will enable students to clarify the key themes that drive these texts by tracing the depiction of the hero from the epic through classical drama. In addition to exploring the concept of the hero, the students will develop their understanding of the difference between explicit and implicit language as they engage in an in-depth study of figurative language. Students learn basic literary analytical skills through the study of multiple genres of literature and translate these skills into learning to write the critical essay. Among the primary texts to be studied and analyzed for this course are Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, Homer’s The Odyssey, Sophocles’ The Oedipus Cycle, one outside novel and selections from The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Students will work to build their critical thinking and analytical writing skills individually, in pairs, and in groups. The emphasis of the class will be on developing the critical thinking, close-reading, and rhetorical writing skills essential to all academic endeavors. Grammar and usage will be emphasized. 

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10

ENGLISH 10

Successful completion of 9th grade English

1

The major emphasis of the 10th grade English curriculum is to survey a history of English literature beginning with Anglo-Saxon texts, where the quest for social and cultural identity is the thematic focus, to the 19th Century Romantics and their interpretation of the quest. The primary texts for this course include Beowulf, excerpts from The Canterbury Tales, a Shakespeare play, Romantic poetry (including an emphasis on the sonnet form) Frankenstein.  Students continue to refine their writing skills by writing more advanced essays and continue to develop the critical thinking, reading writing and editing skills introduced in 9th grade.

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10

ENGLISH 10 H

Prerequisites: B+ in English 9;  Placement exam, teacher recommendation, and departmental approval required.

1

In this in-depth study of British literature, students will read the primary texts listed in English 10, as well as additional texts such as The Misanthrope and Dr. Faustus . This course is qualitatively and quantitatively more rigorous than English 10. Honors students will begin to hone their research skills by reading, paraphrasing, annotating and analyzing academic articles related to the literature and complete a small annotated bibliography. The course will emphasize literary analytical essay writing and composing more sophisticated sentences and paragraphs. 

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11

AMERICAN LITERATURE

Successful completion of 10th grade English

1

Coinciding with the study of U. S. History, 11th grade English chronologically surveys a range of themes and authors found in the American literary tradition.  Students will read the established “greats” of American literature such as Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Dickenson, R.W. Emerson, Thoreau, Twain, James, Cather, and MalamudThe curriculum will build on the writing foundations established in English 9 and 10.  Students will be expected to use more sophisticated strategies for organization, sentence structure, and diction.  Students will gain practice in preparing for the SAT. 

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11

AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

Prerequisites: B+ or better in Honors English 10 classes or A- from a regular class. Placement exam, teacher recommendation, and departmental approval required

1

This AP course has 2 purposes:  first, an advanced study of American literature in which the student will read the “greats” of American literature such as Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Dickenson, R.W. Emerson, Thoreau; second, a preparatory course for the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition test. Since the AP Language test is essentially a rhetoric ans style test, based heavily on non-fiction, students will analyze the various styles and techniques writers employ in both fiction and nonfiction. Students will read extensively and write several essays, including research essays, that employ a variety of rhetorical strategies in order to gain important practice for the AP exam. Students will be expected to do considerable reading and writing for this course. Students enrolled in this class must take the Advanced Placement English Literature exam in May.

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12

ENGLISH 12

Successful completion of 11th grade

1

Students will begin the year by reading short memoirs and personal essays in preparation for writing their own memoirs and personal narratives. Second semester the literature covered is designed by the individual senior instructor.  Past classes have included a survey of Shakespeare’s plays, a range of contemporary fiction, and women’s fiction. Both semesters are designed for students to further cultivate the critical thinking, close-reading, and rhetorical writing skills introduced and developed in their previous English classes.

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12

AP LITERATURE

Prerequisites: A- in English 11 or B+ or better in AP Language & Composition (2nd semester). Placement exam, teacher recommendation, and departmental approval required.

1

This course is designed to fulfill the requirements of a one-year college English course and explores the major genres in literature, concentrating on close textual analysis and critical interpretation. The class operates along two methods of analysis:  (a) Socratic dialogue and Harkness discussion tables in which all students must participate, followed by (b) extended analytical essays.  This course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition examination in the spring.  Students will also undertake a research paper. Students should expect considerable reading and writing for this course. All students enrolled in this class must take the Advanced Placement Exam in May.

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Mathematics Department

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

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9

ALGEBRA 1

Completion of 8th grade mathematics course;
TI-84 Required; Departmental placement.

1

This is a full year course which will provide students with a solid foundation in the basic algebraic skills and concepts.  Applications, critical thinking, and student communication of mathematical ideas is stressed.  A TI-84 graphing and scientific calculator is required and will be used throughout the course.


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9/10

GEOMETRY

Grade of B or higher in Algebra 1;
Teacher recommendation, Departmental approval.

1

This is a full year course in Euclidean Geometry. Some of the topics covered are properties of angles, lines, planes, congruent and similar triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, area, and volume.  Algebraic skills, constructions, and coordinate geometry are used throughout the course as are inductive and deductive reasoning.  A compass, protractor, and calculator are required.

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9/10

GEOMETRY HONORS

Grade of A- or higher in Algebra 1; Passing grade on placement exam; Teacher recommendation, Departmental approval.

1

Students explore the undefined terms, definitions theorems and postulates associated with Euclidean two and three-dimensional geometry.  Topics include triangle congruency, properties of quadrilaterals, similarity, special right triangles, circles, area and volume.  Students see the power of deductive proof in establishing the validity of general results from given conditions. The honors course involves a more in depth exploration of the various topics with an added level of critical analysis. When appropriate, the students arrive at certain conclusions by means of discovery using the sketchpad geometry program.

As part of the course requirements there is a group project on a topic beyond the scope of a traditional geometry class. This project must incorporate the computer technology which is available to all of the students and must also demonstrate their ability to work with a variety of computer applications.


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10

INFORMAL GEOMETRY

Passing grade in Algebra 1;
Departmental placement.

1

This is a full year introduction to Euclidean Geometry.  It differs from Geometry only in the algebraic sophistication required of the students and the less rigorous nature of the proofs in the course.  A compass, protractor, and calculator are required.

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10/11

ALGEBRA 2

Grade of B or higher in both Algebra 1 and Geometry; Graphing calculators are required: TI-84; Departmental approval.

1

This second full year course in Algebra builds on the skills acquired in Algebra 1 and moves the students to greater algebraic sophistication.  Topics include linear functions, quadratic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, irrational and complex numbers, and exponential and logarithmic functions.

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10/11

ALGEBRA 2 H

Grade of A- or higher in Geometry or B or higher in Geometry Honors; Passing grade on placement exam; Graphing calculators are required: TI-84; Teacher recommendation, Departmental approval.

1

Honors Algebra II continues students' study of advanced algebraic concepts including functions, polynomials, rational expressions, systems of functions and inequalities, matrices and trigonometry. Students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. The course includes all topics covered in Algebra II, but is characterized by more rigorous assignments, an increased pace of study, and independent projects completed outside of class.  An emphasis will be placed on mathematical theory and higher order thinking skills that impact practical and increasingly complex applications, modeling, and algebraic proof. Technology will be used regularly for instruction and assessment.

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11

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Passing grade in Geometry or Informal Geometry; Graphing calculators are required: TI-84; Departmental Placement.

1

This full year course includes a review of Algebra 1 topics and an introduction to second year Algebra topics.  The course covers many of the same topics as the Algebra 2 course, but at a less rigorous level. 

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11/12

PRECALCULUS

B in Algebra 2.  Graphing calculator required: TI-84; Completion of Intermediate Algebra does not satisfy the prerequisite requirements for entrance to Precalculus; Teacher recommendation and departmental approval. 

1

This course covers advanced topics in preparation for Calculus.   Topics include analytic geometry, polynomial functions, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and sequences and series. This course covers advanced topics in preparation for Calculus. The topics include: circle and right triangle trigonometry, sequences and series, combinations and permutations, probability, statistics and an introduction to calculus.

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11/12

PRECALCULUS HONORS

A- or higher in Algebra 2 or B or higher in Algebra Honors; Passing grade on placement exam; 
Graphing calculator required: TI-84; Teacher recommendation and Departmental approval.

1

Honors Pre-Calculus is a continuation of Honors Algebra II or Algebra II, which is also a prerequisite.  Students focus on the use of technology, modeling, and problem solving. Functions studied include polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, radical, piece-wise, and trigonometric and circular functions and their inverses. Parametric equations, vectors, infinite sequences and series, limits and introduction to derivatives are also studied.

Grade

APPLIED MATH

C or better in Algebra 2 or Intermediate Algebra; must maintain a C average or better to remain in the class for the year. TI-84 graphing calculator are required.

12

This full year math course covers advanced algebra topics including trigonometry, statistics, probability, and the study of functions.

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12

CALCULUS AB

Grade of B or higher in Precalculus Honors or B+ or higher in Precalculus.  Graphing calculators are required:  TI-84.  Teacher recommendation and Departmental approval.

1

This is a full year college level course covering topics in differential and integral calculus.  In the Spring semester, students will take the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Examination for possible college credit for the course.  All students admitted to AP must stay the entire year unless a change is recommended by the teacher.  All students must take the AP test in May.

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12

CALCULUS BC

A- in precalculus or B or better in Honors Pre calculus; teacher recommendation.

1

This exceptionally rigorous college-level course delves deeply into applications of derivatives, integration theoryand practice, the behavior of series, and the nature of differential equations. The Calculus BC syllabus includes all Calculus AB topics, plus parametric, polar, and vector functions; slope fields; Euler’s method; L’Hopital’s rule; improper integrals; and polynomial applications and series. Students are expected to use technology in conjunction with paper-and-pencil techniques to solve problems and communicate their mathematical reasoning.

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Science

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9

HEALTH 9 - ONLINE

None - Required of all 9th graders

.5

Health is a course designed to help YULA Students make informed decisions that can positively impact their health and lives. They will learn healthy practices and behaviors to reduce health risks and maintain their wellbeing. Specific topics covered include: the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse; general hygiene and infections; nutrition and eating disorders; and stress management and sleep disorders.

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9

BIOLOGY 9

None

1

This course is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of the living world around them. Using ecology and evolution as a foundation, this class investigates biological systems in detail.  Beginning with a study of the biochemical composition of living cells and concluding with human body systems. By focusing on organisms increasing size and complexity (in structure, function, and chemistry), the course will proceed through the six biological kingdoms. Upon completion of this year, students should have a clear understanding of: basic biological principles, biochemistry, cell structure and function, DNA and RNA, basic Mendelian Genetics, viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, plants, and the 11 human body systems. Lab science requirement for U.C. system is satisfied by this course.

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9

BIOLOGY 9 HONORS

9th graders:  Math/Science Placement Exam
10th graders:  95% minimum in Integrated Science both semesters

1

Biology Honors is an accelerated Biology course for students who have shown excellence in 8th grade science and Yula Math Science Placement exam. Honors Biology course content is designed to prepare students for the SAT II in Biology either “E” or “M” versions in May. Biology Honors covers four areas of biological principles and processes : (1) macromolecules, cells, photosynthesis and respiration at the molecular level (2) genetics and nucleic acids/protein synthesis (3) viruses, bacteria, protists, and fungi (4) organisms and the body systems. This course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework and analytical skills necessary to understand and assess the rapidly growing science of Biology. This course consists of lecture and laboratory and use of technology. Summer course work is required. Lab science requirement for U.C. system is satisfied by this course.

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9

SCIENTIFIC ENGINEERING

 

1

Scientific Engineering is a new science elective open to 9th and 10th graders with department approval. The course is NOT a substitute for either Biology (9th grade) or Chemistry (10th grade). Enrollment is limited, and selected students will take Scientific Engineering AND their regular science course. A student’s schedule will be modified to make room for Scientific Engineering. A sound knowledge of Algebra is required. Scientific Engineering is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) class. It emphasizes small group collaborative work through use of hands-on experiments and basic engineering equipment that culminates in building a project.  Students are introduced to electricity and electronics, basic programming, and robotics.

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10

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Scientific Engineering

1

Biomedical Engineering is the continuation of Scientific Engineering with focus on biological control to biomedicine. Engineering aspects of the human cardiovascular & nervous system will be studied. Artificial devices such as pacemakers, heart valves, robotic prosthetics will be examined. Course cumulates in a final project. Enrollment is this course is limited.

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10-12

STEM SCIENCE SEMINAR - 1

None

.5

The YULA STEM Science Seminar is a program is offered to YULA High School students who are interested in potential careers in science or medicine. The course is designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of basic science and clinical research through individualized literature review and study of scientific works culminating in oral presentations. During the year-long introductory course, students are introduced to scientific literature review to develop and in-depth understanding of a specific and current scientific question. They are challenged to understand the biologic basis of their question and pose questions on potential future research. The program includes public speaking instruction and peer evaluations. The students are encouraged to join basic science or clinical research labs to continue on to the second year curriculum as mentors for the introductory course.

 

GRADE

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10-12

STEM SCIENCE SEMINAR - 2

STEM Science Seminar 1

.5

This is a continuation of STEM Science Seminar 1. STEM 2 is for the students who have found and are working in a research lab. STEM 2 students mentor STEM 1 students on their first research paper presentations, attend joint guest speakers (once a month), they also must present to both classes the lab work they are doing.

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10

APPLIED CHEMISTRY

Satisfactory completion of Integrated   Science 1 and Biology

1

Applied Chemistry is a one year laboratory science course for students who would like an introductory chemistry course. The foundation for a basic understanding of inorganic, organic, and environmental chemistry is presented in a less traditional and math-intensive manner.  Lab topics include atoms and molecules, chemical formulas and nomenclature, qualitative and quantitative analysis, periodicity, chemical bonding, and energy.  The course takes a descriptive and practical approach to chemistry concepts and concentrates on "hands-on" activities.  Lab science requirement for U.C. system is satisfied by this course.  

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10

CHEMISTRY

Grade of B in IS1.
Grade of B in Algebra 1 (2nd semester)
Grade of B- in Biology 10 or Biology 10H, concurrent enrollment in Intermediate Algebra, Algebra 2 or Precalculus.
Teacher recommendation and departmental approval.

1

This course deals with the structure and composition of materials and the changes which these materials can undergo.  Laboratory topics include qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis,  acid/base titration and solubility.  Lecture topics include chemical formulas and nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and acid/base chemistry.  Students may be introduced to solubility equilibria and redox chemistry as time permits.  Lab science requirement for U.C. system is satisfied by this course.

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10

CHEMISTRY (H)

Grade of B in IS1.  Grade of B+ in Algebra 1
Grade of B+ in Biology 10 or Biology 10 Honors.
Minimum Score of 85% on the Chemistry Placement Exam.
Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or Precalculus. Chemistry Placement Exam and Departmental approval required.
Approval of previous math and science teachers and departmental approval required

1

This honors course deals with the structure and composition of materials and the changes which these materials can undergo.   Laboratory topics include qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, acid/base titration and solubility.  Lecture topics include chemical formulas and nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, redox chemistry, etc.  Chemistry Honors expands both the breadth and depth of regular Chemistry.  Lab science requirement for U.C. system is satisfied by this course.

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11

AP BIOLOGY

Completion of Chemistry Honors with a grade of B or higher or Chemistry with a grade of B+.  Grade of B or higher in Biology 10 Honors or grade of A in Biology 10.  Completion of Algebra 2 with a grade of B or higher. Completion of Pre-Calculus with a minimum grade of B or concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus.   Departmental approval required.

1

AP Biology is a rigorous full-year course designed to provide an in-depth study of biological interactions and processes for students who have demonstrated a high level of ability and interest in science.  This course covers the four “Big Ideas” of biology:
BIG IDEA 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
BIG IDEA 2: Biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain homeostasis.
BIG IDEA 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
BIG IDEA 4: Biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties.

A comprehensive view of such topics as cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, comparative anatomy and physiology; and ecology.  Emphasis is placed on developing college level communication skills such as essay writing and critical thinking.  AP Biology is lab oriented and students are required to complete the 13 AP labs as per the College Board.  All students admitted to AP Biology must remain in this course for the entire year unless a change is recommended by the teacher .

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11

PHYSICS

Concurrent Enrollment of Algebra 2

1

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts which describe the physical world.  Analysis of experiments, demonstrations and quantitative problem solving are used to reinforce the concepts being learned.  A major portion of the course is devoted to the topics of mechanics (motion, force, momentum, work and energy). Other topics include heat, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics.  Lab science requirement for U.C. system is satisfied by this course. 

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11

INTEGRATED SCIENCE 3

Completion of Biology and Chemistry

1

The goal of this course would be to focus on the areas of science (primarily biological) that are minimally addressed in other YULA courses, with a view on their role in the current global biosphere. The basic characteristics of specific Viruses, Prions, Prokaryotes (bacteria), Protists (protozoans & algae), Fungi, and Invertebrates will be learned as background to understand how they contribute, influence, and are affected by humans and their environment. This year course would qualify as a lab science elective for UC admissions. It would be taught at a semi-rigorous regular biology course level.

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12

AP PHYSICS C

Concurrent enrollment in Calculus; Math teacher recommendation

1

AP Physics is an accelerated systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry, and calculus. The major topics covered are mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves, and modern physics. Additional topics include motion in a plane, internal energy, geometrical optics, and nuclear physics. This class includes laboratory work and demonstrations.

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12

ASTRONOMY

Completion of Biology and Chemistry

1

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating subject of astronomy with an emphasis on the study of the Sun and other stars. Topics covered include the motions of the sky, a survey of the history of astronomy from Kepler to Einstein, gravity, radiation and matter, astronomical instrumentation, the Sun, stars, star formation, stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. The course gives a description of astronomical phenomena using the laws of physics.

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10-12

STEM SCIENCE SEMINAR - 1

None

.5

The YULA STEM Science Seminar is a program is offered to YULA High School students who are interested in potential careers in science or medicine. The course is designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of basic science and clinical research through individualized literature review and study of scientific works culminating in oral presentations. During the year-long introductory course, students are introduced to scientific literature review to develop and in-depth understanding of a specific and current scientific question. They are challenged to understand the biologic basis of their question and pose questions on potential future research. The program includes public speaking instruction and peer evaluations. The students are encouraged to join basic science or clinical research labs to continue on to the second year curriculum as mentors for the introductory course.

 

 

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History Department

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9

GLOBAL HIST. & GEOGRAPHY I

None required

1

This is a year course that presents a survey of global history from the beginnings of humankind in Africa to early modern Europe in the 17th century.  The emphasis is on the interconnections between the peoples of different regions of the world as well as an understanding of the relationship between history and geography through an examination of the Five Themes of Geography.  Students are expected to master basic map skills.

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10

GLOBAL HIST. & GEOGRAPHY II

Required of all students not taking                AP European History

1

This is a year course that presents a survey of global history from the Age of Exploration through the 20th century.  The Emphasis is on the interconnections between peoples of different regions, particularly responses of indigenous populations to European contact beginning with Africa and the Western Hemisphere and during the Age of Imperialism.  The end of colonialism and the rise of globalism are important topics as is the ongoing examination of the Five Themes of Geography.  The last five weeks of the course are devoted to the Holocaust through primary and secondary source reading.

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CREDIT

10

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

Grade of B+ or better in Global History & Geography I both semesters, passing grade on placement exam, and teacher recommendation.

1

AP European History focuses on the political, economic, and cultural changes that took place in Europe from the late Middle Ages through the modern era.  The course covers the period from 1300 to the beginning of 21st century, and develops the themes, people, and events that empowered Europe as the dominant continent.  The primary assessments are multiple-choice and essay examinations, but other measurements will be given.
All students admitted to AP European History will have a significant amount of reading over the summer in preparation for beginning the course in September.  All students must take the AP test in May.

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SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

11

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Required of all 11th graders not enrolled in AP US History

1

This is a full-year survey of American history that focuses on the 20th century.  The course provides a solid grounding in American political history with an investigation of the economic, social/cultural, and intellectual trends of modern America.

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CREDIT

11

AP U.S.  HISTORY

Grade of B+ or better in Global History and Geography II both semesters or grade of B or better in AP European History both semesters, passing grade on placement exam, and teacher recommendation.

1

This is a college-level survey of U.S. History that integrates American and American Jewish History; the period covered is from exploration and settlement in the 16th century through the late 20th century.  Students are required to do considerable reading in primary and secondary sources in both American and American Jewish History.  There is a summer reading assignment and an assessment on the reading soon after the start of class.  All students must take the AP exam in May.

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CREDIT

11/12

ADVANCED JEWISH HISTORY I - CLASSICAL JEWISH HISTORY

Departmental Approval Required

1

This advanced level course covers the period of what is known as the Classical Period of Jewish History. Starting from the conquest of Alexander the Great and Hellenism to, but not including, the Islamic period this class covers about a thousand years of history. Primary and secondary sources will be studied and examined. In addition the student is expected to read and master Lawrence Schiffman's Text and History and Text through History. In addition to the regular course load of quizzes and test the course culminates with the optional A.P. Exam. Receiving a 4 or higher on the AP exam will result in 3 college credits at Yeshiva University and credit at some other colleges as well.

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CREDIT

12

US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
(1 semester)

Required of all 12th graders not taking AP US Government and Politics

1

This is a one (1) semester course for 12th graders emphasizing the workings of the American system of government and the American political process. 

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CREDIT

12

AP US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
(First Semester)

Grade of B+ or better in U.S. History both semesters or grade of B or better in AP U.S. History both semesters, passing grade on placement exam, and teacher recommendation.

.5

This one semester course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the Constitution and its impact on American government today.  The class explains the roles and powers of the institutions and political groups that shape the government.  Students will learn to think critically and analytically with respect to the actions and decisions of those who influence and shape policy within the American government.  All students must take the AP exam in May.

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SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

12

MODERN ISRAEL
(1 semester)

Required of all 12th graders

.5

This one semester course is an integrated study of the history of the Modern State of Israel.  The course studies the formation of Israel, from the aftermath of the Holocaust to the modern Zionist movement through Independence, the wars Israel has won for survival, Israeli politics and economics, Israel’s role in the greater world, the Arab/Israeli conflict, immigration to Israel, and issues facing Israel today. This course will utilize a blended learning environment that will include both online components and seminar style classes.

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CREDIT

12

MODERN ISRAEL HONORS
(1 semester)

Department approval; substitutes for Modern Israel. 

.5

This course is a survey of the modern Jewish experience from the 17th century through the creation of the State of Israel.  It is taught as a seminar, and involves extensive readings in primary and secondary sources. Modern Jewish History Honors is UC approved, and students taking the course have the opportunity to earn three (3) credits in Jewish history from Yeshiva University if they pass a YU exam with a 4 or 5. 

 

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Foreign Language Department

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

10, 11, 12

ARABIC 1

 

1

This course quickly makes students functional in reading, writing, and speaking the Arabic dialect spoken on the streets of Israel, Lebanon, and Syria. Students learn how to function in daily life - introducing themselves, talking about likes and dislikes, getting around, shopping and bargaining, among many other subjects. Students focus on the language's grammatical foundations that enable them to speak on any subject. The class also incorporates special events such as an Arabic cooking class, speakers, and field trips around LA to give students natural exposure to the language and the people who speak it.

Hebrew SAT Subject Test Policy

At the end of the 10th or 11th grade, a student may take the SAT Subject Test in Modern Hebrew.  If the student scores 700 or above on the test, he or she may choose not to take Hebrew 11 and/or Hebrew 12.  However, absolutely NO GRADE and NO CREDIT will be reflected on the transcript for a Hebrew 11 or a Hebrew 12 class not actually taken. 

In order for a student to receive a grade or credit for Hebrew 11 or Hebrew 12, he or she must actually take the class.  Therefore, the student who scores a 700 or above on the Hebrew Achievement Test may also choose to take Hebrew 11 and/or Hebrew 12 in order to receive credit and a grade on the transcript.
Students who earn a 700 or above on the SAT II in Modern Hebrew should meet with the General Studies Principal or the College Guidance Counselor to determine if dropping the Hebrew course is in the student’s best interest and if the student would have enough credits to graduate.

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CREDIT

9

HEBREW 1

Placement based on Placement test

1

This is a course in which students acquire the basics of grammar, comprehension, speaking, writing, and literature skills.

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SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9

HEBREW 2

Placement based on Placement test

1

This is an intermediate course in which students acquire higher level skills in the areas of grammar, speaking, writing and literature.  Students will complete semi-annual book reports.

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CREDIT

9

HEBREW 3

Placement based on Placement test

1

Students engage in debates and classroom conversation on a regular basis.  More sophisticated vocabulary and grammar are used.

GRADE

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PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

10

HEBREW 2

Hebrew 9-1

1

This course continues the basic skills development in grammar, vocabulary and literature.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

10

HEBREW 3

Hebrew 9-2

1

This course continues intermediate skills development.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

10

HEBREW 4H

Hebrew 9-3
A in Hebrew 9-3

1

This course continues skill development in grammar, vocabulary and literature as well as enhancing correct usage of the language.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

11

HEBREW 5H

A in Hebrew 10-3 or B+ in Hebrew 10-4 Honors

1

This is an intensive course that strengthens students’ abilities in verb conjugation patterns.  It also introduces students to medieval literature as well as contemporary literature and movies.  Students must complete Hebrew book reports.  Debates and class conversations are held periodically.  Strong preparation for the SAT II – Hebrew with literature component.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

12

HEBREW 12 ULPAN

 

1

This is an intensive course that will enable the students to learn conversational Hebrew.  Learning to speak in everyday situations such as restaurant, supermarket, going on the bus, etc….

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

12

ADVANCED HEBREW LANGUAGE

A in Hebrew 10-4 or 11H
B+ in Hebrew 10-3

1

This is an intensive course which includes reading of philosophic literature, syntax, and advanced book critiques.

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Physical Education

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9-10

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

None

1

This is a year-long class which focuses on individual fitness, the development and improvement of basic motor skills, team skills, and cooperative games.

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Fine Arts Department

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9/10

STUDIO ART

None

1

In this introductory course, students will learn the foundations of Fine Art. We will analyze and practice an array of ideas and mediums including drawing, illustration, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking. In addition, the course will include discussions about Art History, its evolution from inception, and its importance to civilization. Ultimately, and most importantly, the projects and discussions will illuminate a path towards learning how to “think creatively;” an invaluable skill, that will help you excel in life whether you plan to pursue the NBA or an MBA. Art requirement for the UC system is fulfilled by this course.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

11/12

STUDIO ART

None

1

This course is designed specifically for the student who is interested in fine tuning his abilities in the fine arts.  This course will give students the chance to create a body of work using a large range of media including but not limited to glass, painting, sculpture, collaborative art, printmaking, drawing art history and crafts.  Perfect for students who need to submits works for a portfolio for colleges.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

11/12

ADVANCED STUDIO ART: 2D DESIGN

 Instructor Approval

1

This course is in review for AP approval, if approved it will be designated as an AP course and will require students to submit a complete portfolio in May. In this course we will analyze and practice an array of ideas and mediums tailoring a curriculum to each individual student based on their interests and skill level. An art portfolio will be submitted.


GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

11-12

CONTEMPORARY CINEMA STUDIES AND FILMING

None

1

This year-long class has a dual focus that will be explored simultaneously.  First, there will be a focus on the critical and analytical viewing and discussion of contemporary cinema (1960’s to today) in order to better gain an understanding of both the history of cinema, and the cultural influences both on and as a result of the various films we will critique. Next, there will be a transition into exploring and understanding the various stages and processes necessary for the making of a Hi-Def film on a micro-budget. Classes will be devoted to story, script, production breakdown, casting and directing of actors, lighting, camera, set design, shooting and post-production (editing, music, effects, etc.) Additionally—the first few weeks of this course will focus on familiarizing students with a glossary of common film terms.  Art requirement for the UC system is fulfilled by this course.

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Music Department

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9-12

MUSIC ENSEMBLE

None

.25

 

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

10-12

INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC PRODUCTION

None

.5

This class will explore the evolution of techniques in producing and recording popular music from the 1950’s to the present. We will discuss music theory from the perspective of the record producer: song structure, songwriting, music for film and TV, understanding chord charts, and the function and capabilities of each instrument.

We will investigate the history of music technology and its effect on the artists of the past sixty years. Participants will become comfortable with the operation of a basic recording studio, gain a perspective on the art of production and will appreciate nuances in their favorite music in a historical framework.

 

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Additional Courses

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

9

TECH 9 (1 semester)

None

.25

We live in the 21st century where technology is all around us. This course will instill the knowledge and skills required for students to succeed in a technology-rich environment. We will cover topics such as word processing (Word, Pages, Mellel), digital storytelling (iMovie, GarageBand), presentations (Keynote), spreadsheets (Excel, Numbers), mind- mapping (MindNode), and Internet safety. The class schedule, announcements, assignments, and grades will be posted on Haiku. Students should check Haiku regularly to stay current with course information.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

10

WITNESS TO HISTORY

None

.5

A year-long course that explores the events leading up to and including the Holocaust.  Students are introduced to the various historical, economical, and social events that took place in Europe prior to and including World War II.  Students are also given the opportunity to hear from a variety of lecturers including survivors and political activists related to Holocaust issues.


GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

11

SAT PREP Elective

None

.25

One semester course open to junior to prepare them for the SAT.  Students will cover the reading, mathematics and writing sections with periodic practice tests.  The course will be taught by a professional SAT teacher.  This is a Pass/Fail class and .25 credits will be granted.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

12

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS (1 Semester)

None

.50

This course is designed to give students who have an interest in business an overview of the priciples of business, finance, economics, accounting, and business law.

GRADE

SUBJECT

PREREQUISITE

CREDIT

12

FAMOUS JEWISH CASES (1 Semester

None

.25

In this one semester course, students will study landmark U.S. legal cases including the Dreyfus case, Leo Frank, Leopold and Loeb, the Rosenberg trial, the Triangle Shirtwaist trial, Son of Sam prosecution, the Scooter Libby trial, and more.

 

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Torah Studies Department

לימודי קודש

Grade 9

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

9

Biblical Lit. 9

1

Intensive study of Chumash Shemot with an emphasis on developing translating skills, reviewing Rashi’s Biblical commentary, analyzing the basic themes of the text to understand the long-term ramifications of the narratives and basic comprehension of the legal codes included in this sefer [A and B tracks].

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

9

Biblical Survey 9H

.5

Self-study review of the weekly Torah portion including Rashi, with a weekly examination of each week’s portion. [AGT only].

GRADE

SUBJECT

 CREDITS

9

Prophets 9

1

Books of Yehoshua and Shoftim.
                                                                       


GRADE

SUBJECT

 CREDITS

9

Rabbinic Lit 9

1

Study of the Mishnah, selected tractates from Moed.
                                                                                                           


GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

9

Talmud 9

1

Introduction to Talmud study, emphasis on the methodology and structural dynamics of the Talmudic dialogue, use of Rashi as the major commentary to the Talmud, limited study of the major tosafot [A and B tracks].

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

9

Talmud 9H

2

Intensive study of a tractate with Rashi, Tosafot and other early commentaries [AGT only].
                                                                                               

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

9

Talmud Survey 9H

1

Talmud Survey 9H – Study of an entire tractate of the Talmud [AGT only].
                                                           


GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

9

Jewish Law - Halacha Yomit

.5

Grade 10

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Biblical Lit. 10

1

Intensive study of Chumash Bamidbar including portions of Rashi’s and Ramban’s commentary, analysis of the different approaches of each commentator, review of the halachot in each parashah [A and B tracks].
                                                                                                           

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Biblical Survey 10H

.5

Self-study review of the weekly Torah portion including Rashi, with a weekly examination of each week’s portion. [AGT only].

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Prophets 10

1

Study of the Books of Shmuel I-II.
                                               

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Rabbinic Lit 10

1

Study of the Mishnah, selected tractates from Nashim.
                                                                                                                                   

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Rabbinic Lit 10AE

1

Study of the entire order of Nezikin [AGT].
                                                           

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Talmud 10

1

Talmud with Rashi and selected Tosafot, introduction to the establishment of halachah from the Talmudic dialogue [A and B tracks].                                                   

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Talmud 10H

2

Advanced, intensive study of a tractate with Rashi, Tosafot and other early commentaries focusing on enabling students to understand the logical basis for Talmudic disputes and the different approaches of the halachic decisors [AGT only].                                                                                                                                                                   

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Talmud Survey 10H

1

Study of an entire tractate of the Talmud [AGT only].

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

10

Jewish Law - Halacha Yomit

.5

 

Grade 11

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Biblical Lit. 11

1

Intensive study of Chumash Devarim including contemporary commentaries such as Malbim, Netziv, Meshech Chachmah and Hirsch, review of the halachot in each parashah [A and B tracks].
                                                                                                           

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Biblical Survey 11H

.5

Self-study review of the weekly Torah portion including Rashi, with a weekly examination of each week’s portion. [AGT only].

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Prophets 11

1

Study of Book of Melachim I-II.
                                                                                                                                               

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Rabbinic Lit 11

1

Study of the Mishnah, selected tractates from Nezikin                       

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Talmud 11

1

Advanced Talmud with Rashi and all major Tosafot, analysis of methodology used in the establishment of halachah from the Talmudic dialogue [A and B tracks].
                                                                                               

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Talmud 11 H

2

Advanced, intensive study of a tractate with Rashi, Tosafot and other early commentaries focusing on enabling students to understand the logical basis for Talmudic disputes and the different approaches of the halachic decisors [AGT only].
                                                                       


GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Talmud Survey 11H

1

Study of an entire tractate of the Talmud [AGT].

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

11

Jewish Law - Halacha Yomit

.5

 

Grade 12

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

12

Biblical Lit. 12

1

Continued intensive study of Chumash Bereishit including contemporary commentaries such as Malbim, Netziv, Meshech Chachmah and Hirsch [B track].                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

12

Talmud 12

1

Continuation of Talmud 11 [A and B tracks].

                                                                       

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

12

Talmud 12H

2

Continued advanced, intensive study of a tractate with Rashi, Tosafot and other early commentaries focusing on enabling students to understand the logical basis for Talmudic disputes and the different approaches of the halachic decisors [AGT only].
                                                                                                                                                           

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

12

Talmud Survey 12H

1

Study of an entire tractate of the Talmud [AGT].                                                    
           

GRADE

SUBJECT

CREDITS

12

Jewish Law 12

.5

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