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Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTION BOOKLET 2017-2018


You may read course requirements and descriptions below online or download a PDF of this year's Course Description Booklet here. Course descriptions are listed by department.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

NDA Learning Community Hallmarks

Course Requirements

Diploma Requirements

Course of Study

Religious Studies Department

English Department

History & Social Studies Department

World/Classical Language Department

Mathematics Department

Science Department

Visual & Performing Arts Department

Health Education

Physical Education

Guidance Seminars



INTRODUCTION

The information provided in this Course Selection Guide is to guide students in making appropriate educational choices. Students and parents are encouraged to carefully read the guide, to confer with teachers and guidance counselors, and to evaluate past academic performance in determining course selections. Please refer to college websites for course requirements as many selective colleges require or strongly recommend four years of mathematics, three or four years of science, three or four years of a modern world language, and three or four years of history/social studies.

The Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community Hallmarks describe the essential characteristics, values, and activities of a Notre Dame learning community. The Notre Dame Hallmarks emerged in response to the question from both the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their co-workers: “What makes our school a Notre Dame school?”

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, in collaboration with the learning communities, began a process to explore this question. The process gave birth to these “living statements”, statements that will continue to develop over time and are relevant to the times, ones which inspire faithfulness to the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for generations to come.


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NOTRE DAME HALLMARKS

These Notre Dame Hallmarks Are Used Through A Reflection-Action-Reflection Process, Whereby Each Learning Community, On A Regular Basis, Metaphorically Takes A Look In The Mirror And Based On What It Sees, Makes Choices For Its Continued Development. Thus, The Hallmarks Give Values-Based Direction For Decisions And Activities So That The Learning Community Continues To Express The Spirituality And Mission Of The Sisters Of Notre Dame De Namur.

HALLMARK ONE: We Proclaim By Our Lives Even More Than By Our Words That God Is Good

HALLMARK TWO: We Honor The Dignity And Sacredness Of Each Person

HALLMARK THREE: We Educate For And Act On Behalf Of Justice And Peace In The World community.

HALLMARK FOUR: We Commit Ourselves To Community Service

HALLMARK FIVE: We Embrace The Gift Of Diversity

HALLMARK SIX: We Create Community Among Those With Whom We Work And With Those We Serve

HALLMARK SEVEN:We Develop Holistic Learning Communities Which Educate For Life


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COURSE REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete six full-credit courses successfully each year, as well as required partial-credit courses. All courses are college preparatory with two levels, Honors and Advanced. Advanced level courses are offered as designated in course descriptions. Please be aware that Advanced level placements are determined by criteria set forth by the specific department and require a teacher recommendation.

Grade 11 and 12 students may carry seven full-credit courses based on an individual meeting with the guidance department, the counselor’s subsequent approval in writing, and departmental approval.


DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

Required Full-Credit Courses

Course Discipline

Credits

Religious Studies

4

English

4

Mathematics

3

World Languages

2

Science

3

History/Social Studies

3

Required Partial-Credit Courses

Physical Education

Grades 9-12

Creative Arts

Grade 9

Latin Studies

Grades 9 & 10

Mandarin 1 & 2

Grades 9 & 10

Health Education

Grade 10

Communication

Grade 11

Guidance Seminar

Grades 9-12

Required Non-Credit

Senior Project

Grade 12


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COURSE OF STUDY

Grade 9

  • Religious Studies I
  • English 1
  • Algebra 1 or 2 (Based on successful completion of Algebra 1 and demonstrated proficiency on NDA Placement Test)
  • Modern World History
  • Biology I
  • French 1or 2 or Spanish 1 or 2 (Based on successful completion of first year of language and demonstrated proficiency on NDA Placement Test)
  • Physical Education
  • Latin Studies 1
  • Mandarin 1 (one semester)
  • Creative Arts
  • Freshman Seminar

Grade 10

  • Religious Studies II
  • English 2
  • Geometry
  • U.S. History I
  • Chemistry
  • French or Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Sophomore Seminar (one quarter)
  • Mandarin 2 ( one semester)
  • Latin Studies 2
  • Health Education

Grade 11

  • Religious Studies III (including Love in Action)
  • American Literature
  • Algebra 2 or Pre-calculus
  • U.S. History II
  • Science
  • Elective
  • Physical Education
  • Junior Seminar (one quarter)
  • Communication

Grade 12

  • Religious Studies IV (including Love in Action)
  • World Literature
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Physical Education
  • Senior Seminar (one quarter)
  • Senior Project

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT

The Religious Studies Department provides a comprehensive program which is faith-based and academic. The content and philosophy of the program can be found in Scripture and in the rich Tradition of the Catholic Church. This program underscores the mission of the school and the learning styles and needs of the students. Through the courses, students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their faith. The teaching methodologies are varied and are continually reviewed to include new technologies, current scholarship, and cooperative learning activities.

The Love-in Action Community Service Program for juniors and seniors complements the religion curriculum by providing students with a tangible opportunity for community outreach. Our Religious Studies is further enhanced by the preparation of seasonal Liturgical celebrations as well as a yearly retreat experience.

611 Foundations of Religion
Required/Full credit/Grade 9
Using the Christian Scriptures as basis, students grow in their knowledge of Jesus, the sacraments, spirituality, community, liturgy, and prayer. Students learn about the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and are introduced to their foundress, St. Julie Billiart. The various seasons and feasts of the liturgical year are explained and celebrated. Through discussions of videos on contemporary issues and topics in the weekly magazine Spirit, students integrate their religious beliefs into their daily lives. Examination of global issues and an ecumenical focus are maintained throughout the religious studies curriculum.

621 Growing in Christian Morality
Required/Full credit/Grade 10
This course studies the principles of moral decision-making and explores some of today's complex moral issues. Students reflect on the thematic question: “What kind of person am I and what kind of person do I want to become?" There is a special focus on the moral virtues of wise judgment, justice, courage, wholeness, honesty, compassion, peacemaking, respect for persons, creation, and human life. The course concludes with preparation for participation in Notre Dame's Love-in-Action program.

631 Scripture Studies
Required/Full credit/Grade 11
Through readings and critical analyses of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, students investigate the history of salvation from Genesis to the development of the early Church in Acts of the Apostles. This course explores the lasting contributions to faith and culture of the most popular and enduring characters of the Bible with a focus on the role of significant women active in the history of salvation.

641 World Religions
Required/Full credit/Grade 12
This course presents the major religions of the world within the context of the human need for meaning. Students will become familiar with the origins, principle ethical tenets, religious practices, prayer forms and cultural influences of the major traditions including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. This course will assist the students to form a positive and respectful attitude as they compare and contrast the faith responses from the world community. The goal of this course is to develop a more tolerant and informed understanding of religion and religious issues.

635 & 645 Love-in-Action Community Service Program
Required/Partial credit/Grades 11, 12
Students give service at a site of their choice for approximately 120 hours over two years. Integrated into the religious course of studies, it includes journal reflections, participation in ministry, self-evaluation, and supervisor evaluation. This program prepares students to assume their role in the world as women of love and service.


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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

The English Department provides a comprehensive program that stems from the school’s mission and is consistent with the needs of students. During the students’ four years of English, they read, discuss, and write about literature of increasing complexity and breadth, from genre units as freshmen to world literature as seniors. The wide scope of material, encompassing over 3,000 years and cultures from around the world, allows them to consider all aspects of experience at an appropriate developmental pace. Students are encouraged to connect their personal, cultural, ethical, and religious insights to the works that they read. The program is also developmental in its approach to writing. The freshmen journal and compose paragraphs and essays; the sophomores focus on primary source analytical essays; juniors complete a multi-genre literary research paper and project; and seniors synthesize the skills they have acquired, publicly presenting a comprehensive research paper as part of the Senior Project. The English program also maintains continuity in the teaching of grammar and usage. The students receive a comprehensive overview during their freshman and sophomore years.

212 English 1
Required / Full credit / Honors / Grade 9
English 1 Honors stresses the development of basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, thinking, and studying. Literature selections introduce the student to the genres of epic, short story, memoir, dramatic tragedy, poetry, and the novel. Students develop writing skills through expository, descriptive, and narrative paragraphs and essays as well as daily journaling. Students also study vocabulary, grammar, usage, punctuation, sentence construction, and paragraph organization.

221 English 2
Required/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 10
English 2 Advanced follows the development of British literature and examines the period’s prose, poetry, and drama. A more challenging and demanding course than English 2 Honors, Advanced English 2 requires students to read additional texts, demonstrate notable sophistication in their writing, and show proficiency in using databases and other library resources. Students increase their understanding and use of literary terminology to enhance critical analysis and discussion.

222 English 2
Required/Full credit / Honors / Grade 10
English 2 Honors stresses the continued development of critical reading and expository writing skills introduced in grade 9, while building students’ vocabulary and oral skills. By using a chronological approach to the British canon, students learn to place works historically, and to analyze important works of poetry, prose, and drama. Students write critical essays on themes, character, and style while developing their literary vocabulary. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using library sources, especially regarding academic databases.

231 American Literature
Required/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 11
American Literature Advanced is offered to highly motivated students who demonstrate a maturity in work ethic and in analysis of material and expression. The course examines the same subjects as American Literature Honors but is more academically demanding and requires additional readings.

232 American Literature
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 11
This course is a chronological and thematic study of the major writers and genres in American Literature. The novels, plays, poems, short stories, and nonfiction that the students read and discuss introduce them to diverse American subjects, ideas, and styles. The students further develop their research and writing skills by learning to compose a literary research paper and presentation. Independent reading and in-class projects are also included in the curriculum."


241 World Literature
Required/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 12
This advanced course is offered to highly motivated students who demonstrate a maturity in work ethic and critical analysis, both written and verbal expression. It covers the same material as the Honors course; however, it is more academically demanding and requires additional readings and projects. An AP Examination is offered in this course.

242 World Literature
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 12

The senior year World Literature course is a thematic and comparative examination of world literature from or relating to various countries. Students gain an appreciation for and discern the value of multi-cultural literature by using a touchstone text of essays, fiction, and poetry to connect the topics and motifs being studied. They learn different movements of literary theory and how to apply them to analysis, as well as engaging in literary criticism to develop depth in their analytical and critical approaches to writing. A variety of projects, individual and group, are assigned to assess the students’ application of literary comprehension and interpretation. Students also create an interdisciplinary senior project with the Arts Department.

245 Women Writers
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 12

This senior level elective examines the writing process as well as its implications on the female voice. To do so, students will read predominantly female authors along with representative texts of various genres (such as memoir, fiction, and poetry). Students will engage in critical and creative writing exercises in order to develop their craft, culminating in a portfolio. Students will also complete group projects on the history of women writers and individual projects focused on one specific female author. The dynamic of the course requires an open attitude and a willingness to workshop ideas; as such, students must engage in class participation regularly.

745 Senior Project/Required/Grade 12
The Senior Project is a theme-based collaborative which connects literature and the arts through themes, culminating in a formal presentation during the third quarter.


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HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

The History and Social Studies Department provides a comprehensive academic program that is consistent with the school’s belief about teaching and learning, supports the mission of the school and meets the needs of the students. During the students’ first three years, they are required to take the courses of Modern World History, US History I and US History II. In the fourth year electives are offered such as Psychology, Sociology/Economics and Twentieth Century History. The courses and curriculum are reviewed and adapted annually by the department members. The courses are designed to build on previous knowledge, and to develop proficiency in their understanding of historical concepts as well as their critical thinking, writing, and research skills. The developmental levels of the individual students are assessed annually for placement in the leveled courses so that they can achieve success in their studies. Teaching methodologies and the planning of programs are continually assessed to incorporate new technologies, textbook support, cooperative learning activities, library resources, and the strengths of the faculty.

312 Modern World History
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 9
This course traces the chronological developments of world events from the Renaissance to the present. In addition to political history, topics include society and culture, and economic changes. Students will learn to use maps and graphs, analyze data, interpret primary sources, and develop critical thinking skills. Attention is given to reading comprehension, taking notes in class, preparing for and taking a test, and using electronic resources.

323 United States History I
Required/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 10
This course covers the same content described in 324 United States History I but in greater depth and with an emphasis on essay writing and critical thinking. Students in this course read a college survey textbook.

324 United States History I

Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 10
This course traces the history of the United States from pre-contact through Reconstruction. Material is presented chronologically. Topics include politics, diplomacy, economics, social and cultural evolution, and intellectual influences. Critical thinking skills are stressed including drawing conclusions from statistics and graphs, analyzing primary sources, and synthesizing evidence from a variety of sources. Brief research projects and a major research paper are required.

331 United States History II
Required/Full Credit/Advanced /Grade 11
This course covers the same material described 332 United States History with greater emphasis on learning to express understandings through questioning, discussion, and writing. Students may elect to take the Advanced Placement U. S. History exam at the completion of this course.

332 United States History II
Required /Full Credit/Honors/Grade 11
This course traces the chronological development of the United States from the post-Reconstruction period through the 20th century. Focusing on the major political, social, and economic events as well as on the personalities and ideas that have shaped America, students acquire factual knowledge while learning to analyze data, use primary sources, and build critical thinking skills.

341 20th Century History
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 12
This course explores significant developments and defining events in history during the twentieth century. A topical approach is used and issues chosen for consideration may vary from year to year. Students learn with primary sources, documentary materials, pictorial evidence, as well as current technology.

346 Psychology
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 12
This course introduces students to psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In this course, students will examine the following: an overview of the history of psychology; the methods of research used in psychology; the basic principles of psychology; various approaches to the study of human behavior; the brain, body, behavior connection; sensation and perception; learning and cognitive processes; memory; thinking and learning styles; life span development; theories of personality development, moral development, cognitive development, social development, psychological disorders and types of therapy. With extra study, students may elect to take the Advanced Placement Psychology test at the completion of the course

348 Economics/Sociology
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 12
Economics/Sociology course is designed to give the students an introduction to the basic principles of Economics and Sociology. One semester will be dedicated to each topic of study.

Economics is the study of how people and entities choose to use resources (information, time, money, and raw materials) to create useful products and services in a market environment. The goal is to better understand the global economy, and how trade, investment, and the movement of people and resources across national boundaries tie the global economy together. Topics addressed in the course are supply and demand, types of businesses, labor unions, money and banking, trade, and taxation.

Sociology is the study of how people function in groups. Students will be exposed to such topics as culture, family life, the changing role of men and women, racial and ethnic relations, deviance and social control and how societies reform and change over time. In addition to traditional methods, students will learn through research, observation and experiment.


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WORLD LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

The goals of the NDA Language Department in its French and Spanish programs are to teach our students to use and appreciate a language other than English and to value other cultures. With proficiency in the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in another language and with a solid knowledge of other cultures, our students will be better prepared in participate in the multilingual, interdependent communities of the twenty-first century.

FRENCH

All French courses are offered for full credit. Placement is by examination and departmental approval.

412 French 1
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 9
French 1 is an introductory course for students who have had little or no French or whose language skills need strengthening before they advance to French 2. In this class, basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, verb forms, and idiomatic expressions are introduced. Students develop basic communication skills in spoken and written French through the use of interactive, communicative activities and through authentic materials appropriate for this level. Students are introduced to the varied cultures of French-speaking countries through readings and class discussions.

421 French 2
Required/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 9 or 10
This course continues to focus on communication skills through the study of grammar, continued vocabulary acquisition, expanded conversations, and through controlled and original composition. Students continue to develop their speaking, listening, and reading skills and continue to expand their knowledge of the varied cultures of French-speaking countries. Students practice their language skills through interactive, communicative activities and through the use of authentic materials appropriate for this level.

422 French 2
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 9 or 10
This course continues to focus on communication skills through the study of grammar, continued vocabulary acquisition, expanded conversation, and through controlled and original composition. Students continue to develop their listening and speaking skills through interactive, communicative activities and through authentic materials appropriate for this level. Students also continue to expand their knowledge of the varied cultures of French-speaking countries.

431 French 3
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 10 or 11
This course develops students’ conversational, listening, and writing skills while focusing on the accurate formation and usage of complex grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary. Students practice French through interactive, communicative activities and through the use of authentic materials.

432 French 3
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 10 or 11
In French 3, students develop their proficiency in French through correct formation of and practice with higher-level grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students practice their newly acquired forms through structured reading, speaking, listening, and writing activities. Students polish their language skills through interactive, communicative activities and through the use of authentic materials appropriate for this level. Concepts from French 1 and French 2 are reinforced.

441 French 4
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 11 or 12
Students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in French through the study of complex grammar and authentic French-language texts using an interactive, communicative approach. Within contemporary and meaningful thematic contexts, students revisit topics studied in previous French courses, master sophisticated grammatical structures, increase their vocabulary, and advance their cultural competency. Students work with AP* French texts, and students interested in taking the AP exam also meet with the teacher outside of class time for additional preparation.

442 French 4
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 11 or 12
Students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in French through more in-depth study of higher-level grammar and authentic French-language texts using an interactive, communicative approach. Within contemporary and meaningful thematic contexts, students revisit topics studied in previous French courses, master higher-level grammatical structures, increase their vocabulary, and advance their cultural competency.

451 French 5
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 12
In this class, students continue to increase their proficiency and accuracy in the use of French. Students practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the study of complex grammar and the use of authentic materials. Students polish their language skills through interactive, communicative activities. Students work with AP* French texts, and students interested in taking the AP exam also meet with the teacher outside of class time for additional preparation.

452 French 5
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 12
In this class, students continue to increase their proficiency and accuracy in the use of French. Students practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the study of higher-level grammar and the use of authentic materials. Students polish their language skills through interactive, communicative activities.


SPANISH

All Spanish courses are offered for full credit. Placement is by examination and by departmental approval.

414 Spanish 1
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 9
Spanish 1 is an introductory course for students who have had little or no Spanish or whose language skills need strengthening before they advance to Spanish 2. In this class, basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, verb forms, and idiomatic expressions are introduced. Students develop basic communication skills in spoken and written Spanish through the use of interactive, communicative activities and through authentic materials appropriate for this level. Students are introduced to the varied cultures of Spanish-speaking countries through readings and class discussions.

423 Spanish 2
Required/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 9 or 10
This course continues to focus on communication skills through the study of grammar, continued vocabulary acquisition, expanded conversations, and through controlled and original composition. Students continue to develop their speaking, listening, and reading skills and continue to expand their knowledge of the varied cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students practice their language skills through interactive, communicative activities and through the use of authentic materials appropriate for this level.

424 Spanish 2
Required/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 9 or 10
This course continues to focus on communication skills through the study of grammar, continued vocabulary acquisition, expanded conversations, and through controlled and original composition. Students continue to develop their listening and speaking skills through interactive, communicative activities and through authentic materials appropriate for this level. Students also continue to expand their knowledge of the varied cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

433 Spanish 3
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 10 or 11
This course develops students’ conversational, listening, and writing skills while focusing on the accurate formation and usage of complex grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary. Students practice their language skills through interactive, communicative activities and through the use of authentic materials.

434 Spanish 3
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 10 or 11
In this class, students develop their proficiency in Spanish through the correct formation of and practice with higher-level, grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students practice their newly acquired forms through structured reading, speaking, listening, and writing activities. Students polish their language skills through interactive, communicative activities and through the use of authentic materials appropriate for this level. Concepts from Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 are reinforced.

443 Spanish 4
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 11 or 12
Students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in Spanish through the study of complex grammar and authentic Spanish-language texts using an interactive, communicative approach. Within contemporary and meaningful thematic contexts, students revisit topics studied in previous Spanish courses, master sophisticated grammatical structures, increase their vocabulary, and advance their cultural competency.Students work with AP Spanish texts, and students interested in taking the AP exam also meet with the teacher outside of class time for additional preparation.

444 Spanish 4
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 11 or 12
Students continue to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in Spanish through more in-depth study of higher-level grammar and authentic Spanish-language texts using an interactive, communicative approach. Within contemporary and meaningful thematic contexts, students revisit topics studied in previous Spanish courses, master higher-level grammatical structures, increase their vocabulary, and advance their cultural competency.

453 Spanish 5
Elective/Full Credit/Advanced/Grade 12
In this class, students continue to increase their proficiency and accuracy in the use of Spanish. Students practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the study of complex grammar and the use of authentic materials. Students polish their language skills through the use of interactive, communicative activities. Students work with AP Spanish texts, and students interested in taking the AP exam also meet with the teacher outside of class time for additional preparation.

454 Spanish 5
Elective/Full Credit/Honors/Grade 12
In this class, students continue to increase their proficiency and accuracy in the use of Spanish. Students practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through the study of higher-level grammar and the use of authentic materials. Students polish their language skills through the use of interactive, communicative activities.

418 Mandarin 1
Required/Partial Credit/Grade 9
This course is designed to help students who are from non-Chinese speaking families to learn and develop basic communication skills, vocabulary, characters, sentence patterns and basic writing. Understanding and awareness of the Chinese culture will be integrated into the course.

428 Mandarin 2
Required/Partial Credit/Grade 10
Mandarin 2 is a partial-credit course that is a continuation of Mandarin 1. Students will continue to learn “pinyin”, the phonetic system for learning to pronounce Chinese characters. They will further their communication skills in listening and speaking on relevant topics. Understanding and awareness of the Chinese culture will continue.


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CLASSICAL LANGUAGE

The goals of the NDA Language Department in its Latin Studies program are to develop the ability to translate and appreciate some classical Latin literature and maxims, to value the contributions of ancient Rome to contemporary culture in the areas of law, science, architecture, and literature, and to connect Latin grammar and vocabulary to that of modern Romance languages and to English.

419 Latin Studies 1
Required/Partial credit/Grade 9
This course develops the ability to read and understand simple Latin. The study of Latin forms and syntax enhances the understanding of the structure of language while the study of Latin vocabulary expands English vocabulary through the study of roots and derivatives. Topics in classical mythology and Roman culture and history reinforce and amplify themes introduced in Grade 9 history, arts, and English courses.

429 Latin Studies 2
Required/Partial credit/Grade 10

This course is a continuation of Latin Studies 1 with the addition of ancient maxims as well as some legal, literary and rhetorical Latin terms in use today.


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MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

The Mathematics Department provides a comprehensive program of instruction that is designed to develop students’ abilities to prepare them for college level mathematics courses. Incoming students are evaluated by several measures in order to properly place them in an appropriate course sequence. The department collaborates at the end of the year to determine when an individual student’s academic growth requires a program change. The teaching in the discipline reflects and reinforces the mission of the school.

111 Algebra 2
Required/Full credit/Advanced/Grade 9
This course is offered to first-year students who have demonstrated an adequate level of mastery of Pre-algebra and Algebra 1 skills. The course begins with an accelerated review of prerequisite topics, and focuses primarily on graphing functions and solving quadratic equations. Logarithms, exponential functions and complex numbers are also studied. Technology and real-world application problems are integrated into the curriculum. A graphing calculator (T1-84) is required.

112 Algebra 1
Required/Full credit/Honors/Grade 9
This course consists of a comprehensive study of the fundamentals of Algebra. Included in the course are operations with signed numbers, solving equations in one variable, graphing and analysis of linear equations, introduction to functions, exploration of exponents and scientific notation, solving systems of linear equations. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving and use of technology. A graphing calculator (T1-84) is required.

121 Geometry
Required/Full credit Advanced/Grade 10
This accelerated course covers a complete geometry curriculum that emphasizes deductive reasoning and critical thinking. Students use what they learn about lines, triangles, polygons and circles to solve numerical algebraic geometry problems. Writing geometric proofs is emphasized in this course. Computer applications are integrated into this program. A graphing calculator (TI-84) is required.

122 Geometry
Required/Full credit/Honors/Grade 10
This course emphasizes the development of deductive reasoning and concise creative thinking. Students use what they learn about lines, triangles, polygons, and circles to solve numerical and algebraic geometry problems. The study of right triangle trigonometry and coordinate geometry is included in this course. Computer applications are integrated into this program. A graphing calculator (T1-84) is required.

131 Pre-Calculus
Required/Full credit/Advanced/Grade 11
This course begins with a sophisticated algebraic study of all functions and their graphs. A thorough exploration of trigonometry comprises much of the second half of the year, including verifying identities. Also included are an introduction to logarithms, sequences and series, and the concept of limits. This course is intended for students interested in the study of calculus during senior year. A graphing calculator (T1-84) is required.

132 Algebra 2/ Trigonometry
Required/Full credit/Honors Grade 11
This course covers linear and quadratic functions, inequalities, and polynomials. Topics introduced include analytic geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, and triangle trigonometry. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology. A graphing calculator (T1-84) is required.

141 AP Calculus
Elective/Full credit/Grade 12

This course covers all topics outlined for Calculus AB in the AP course description. This course is designed to meet the standards of the current AP exam and students may take the AP exam. It is offered to students who have excelled in Pre-Calculus and includes topics on limits, differentiation, and integration. The course will explore the graphical, numerical and symbolic approaches to problem solving. The use of a graphing calculator is mandatory, as is analysis without the calculator. It is an extremely rigorous course requiring the same expectations and demands of an introductory level college course. A summer assignment is a mandatory component of this course as well as completing weekly AP review packets.

142 Calculus
Elective/Full credit/Advanced/Grade 12
This course is similar in content to AP Calculus, covering the same topics using the modeling approach and calculators. However, this course does not specifically prepare students to take the AP exam.

143 Pre-Calculus
Elective/ Full credit/Advanced/Grade 12
This course prepares students for calculus. It covers probability, statistics, functions and their graphs, including trigonometric functions. A study of limits and an introduction to the derivative are offered. A graphing calculator (TI-84) is required.


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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

The Science Department provides a comprehensive program that strives to make students aware of what is happening in their lives, and how these events relate to the various fields of science. The department prepares students to make responsible and appropriate intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and ethical choices for themselves, and within the community. The department’s carefully constructed curriculum assures a continuous flow of information and learning as a student progresses through the program.

521 Biology 1
Required/Full credit/Honors/Grade 9
This is an introductory course to life science. Topics that are covered include the light microscope as an investigative tool, chemistry of life, the cell and cell processes, genes and heredity, theories of evolution, classification of living things and selected human body systems. Teaching methods include laboratory activities, projects, computer simulations, traditional lecture and group work.

531 Chemistry 1
Required/Full credit/Advanced/Grade 10
This course is intended for the student who is able to handle an accelerated pace. It covers the same topics as Chemistry 1 “Honors” and places the same emphasis on laboratory analysis; however, each topic is covered with greater depth and mathematical involvement. Research papers are an integral part of this course.

532 Chemistry 1
Required/Full credit/Honors/Grade 10
This is an introductory course that covers the major topics in chemistry: the atomic theory, formation and interaction of substances, acid/base concepts, and nuclear chemistry while stressing mathematical analysis. Laboratory sessions are conducted on a regular basis to help each student develop her analytical skills as well as to become more proficient in the use and handling of laboratory equipment. Students make use of the computer for problem solving and laboratory analysis. Research papers are an integral part of this course.

541 Anatomy and Physiology
Elective/ Prerequisites: Biology 1 and Chemistry 1
Full credit/Advanced/Grade 11

This course specifically addresses the major systems of the human body while building upon some of the basic knowledge acquired in both Biology I and Chemistry I. Initially, topics in biochemistry, histology, and oncology will be covered, then the body systems will be studied in detail. Recent scientific advancements as they relate to the human body and how it functions will be explored, and bioethical issues will be discussed throughout the year. Laboratory experiments in physiology will expose students to techniques such as EKG, blood pressure, and EMG, while the cat dissection will allow for viewing and comparing anatomical structures as they are studied in humans. Participation in lab experiments will enable each student to develop her analytical skills while becoming more proficient in handling and caring for sophisticated laboratory equipment. This course incorporates the use of videos, video discs, the microscope, physiological/medical equipment and techniques, dissecting tools, computer programs, and Internet research. A summer assignment is an integral part of this course.

542 Biology 2/Biotechnology
Elective/Prerequisites: Biology 1 and Chemistry 1
Full credit/Advanced/Grade 11

Building upon certain topics introduced in Biology I, this course stresses recent scientific advancements as they relate to the systems of the human body. Emphasis is placed on learning about molecular biology and gene expression. Topics in biotechnology are also included. This course incorporates the use of standard biological equipment and techniques, as well as instruments used in the field of biotechnology. Participation in laboratory activities and experiments, and the reading of current scientific literature are integral parts of the course. With extra study, students may take the AP Biology exam.

543 Physics
Elective/Full credit/Honors/Grade 12
This is an introductory course in physics with an emphasis on mathematics and laboratory investigations to deepen conceptual understanding of the laws of physics. Topics that are covered include Newton’s Laws of Motion, kinematic equations, mechanical, light and sound energy, static and current electricity. Teaching methods include laboratory investigations, computer simulations, traditional lecture and group problem solving.

544 Environmental Science
Elective/Full credit/Honors/Grade 12
The foundations of environmental science are introduced in this course. Students explore earth’s biosphere, ecosystem services, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, environmental policy, environmental health, biodiversity, and conservation ecology. These explorations are accomplished by examining case studies and through laboratory activities. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques, and practical applications as students focus on finding sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Students also acquire an understanding of their impact upon the world’s natural systems as they interact with these systems.

545 Chemistry 2
Elective/Prerequisites: Biology 1 and Chemistry 1
Full credit/Advanced/Grade 11

This is a college level course which provides students with a foundation for further advanced course work in chemistry while preparing them for the option of taking the AP exam. Students will study advanced topics such as thermodynamics, equilibrium reactions, organic chemistry, and kinetics, while exploring topics covered in Chemistry I at a greater depth and with more mathematical involvement. Lab experiments, inquiry based investigations, and use of technology, enables students to explore and analyze concepts both individually and in cooperative settings.


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THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

The Visual and Performing Arts Department has as its goals and objectives the use of the artist’s skills and training process as tools for life. A few of these objectives found in all Arts courses include tapping the creativity in the individual, developing skills of concentration and focus, valuing risk-taking as well as learning the world through a variety of artistic media.

ARTS DEPARTMENT

914 Creative Arts
Required/Partial credit/Grade 9
Designed to introduce students to the visual and performing arts and to encourage students to experience these arts as participators, this course is team-taught by members of the various arts departments. Students are introduced to the masters of dance, painting, music, and drama while they themselves learn some basics in acting, dance and music performance, and explore pottery, print making, painting, drawing, and sculpture. This course is designed to correlate with the Grade 9 history and English courses and culminates in the spring with an art exhibit of student work and a performance involving all the arts.

VISUAL ARTS

702 Contemporary Art
Elective/Full credit/Honors/Grades 11, 12
This is a course designed to incorporate art and technology. This studio art course will focus on the materials, techniques and processes of art in all mediums while demonstrating skills in the use of clay, wood, wire, plaster, computer arts, and digital photography.

703 Classic Art
Elective/Full credit/Advanced/Grades 11, 12
A visual arts course that will explore the art works of the Great Masters throughout history as well as expanding on the basic skills of drawing and painting. Classic Art will familiarize students with major developments in art and to establish an appreciation of art as an enhancement to their lives. A college textbook will be used.

MUSIC

707 Chamber Chorale
Elective/Partial credit/Grades 11, 12
This is a small vocal ensemble open to students by audition only. Concentration is on a cappella singing and learning to read music as a vocal ensemble. Music varies from classical to pop and jazz. This group performs at all music department concerts and at many functions in the community.


741 Musical Expression
Elective/Full credit/Honors/Grades 11,12
This is a general music class with focus on understanding how music expresses ideas. The class covers basic fundamentals of western musical notation and surveys various styles including music of other cultures. A good portion of the class is devoted to following the historical progression of music, ancient to modern. There is also time given to jazz, rock, and other popular idioms.

751 Music Theory
Elective/Full credit/Advanced/Grades 11, 12
An AP Examination is offered in this course.
This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP exam. Concentrating on the study of western musical practices, students learn the fundamentals of harmony, four-part writing, dictation, and sight singing. A large portion of the class is devoted to a survey of musical form and analysis.

THEATER

742 Elements of Theater
Elective/Full credit/Honors/Grades 11, 12
This course is designed to introduce students to theater as an art form and to train them in the acting techniques of voice control and physical communication through character development. Classes are workshop in style and rely on active class participation. It is also the intention of this course to help students improve concentration and memorization skills and develop self-confidence.

743 Shakespeare
Elective/Full credit/Advanced/Grades 11, 12

This course is designed to make selected plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare accessible to the student. An appreciation of the playwright's style, rhetoric, and genius is fostered. Students analyze four major plays in their entirety as well as individual scenes and monologues. To provide a true appreciation of these plays, they are approached from an actor's perspective as dialogue. Classes are workshop in format.

235 Communication
Required/Partial credit/Honors/Grade 11

Communication develops student awareness of the art of communication. The first semester focuses on the development of clear and concise vocal communications while the second semester teaches the power of non-verbal communication through an introduction to American Sign Language and an awareness of body language.


HEALTH EDUCATION

Health Education is designed to introduce students to Holistic health. Throughout their sophomore year student’s knowledge is enhanced in a variety of health topics. Students will become familiar with the concept of holistic health, accept the challenge to achieve their optimal level of health, gain an understanding of a series of healthy behaviors, and become CPR certified.

925 Health Education
Required/Partial credit/Grade 10

This course provides students with the skills needed to make good choices to live a healthy life. Students are educated about various preventable illnesses in physical, mental, and social health. They also explore a better understanding of nutrition, women’s health, and mental health issues.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Physical Education program is designed with an emphasis on incorporating physical activity into life routines for the release of energy, development of a positive attitude, and concern for maintaining a lifetime wellness regime. Students are expected to demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior that reflects good-sportsmanship.

901 Physical Education
Required/Partial credit/Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Participation in physical education classes encourages students to appreciate and respect their bodies while teaching students sportsmanship, physical fitness, social interaction, cooperation, safety, and trust. Each student is encouraged to develop her own standards of achievement and take pride in her own effort. Activities include jogging, exercise walking, speedaway, ball games, aerobic exercising, Zumba, “Just Dance” Program, volleyball, tag games, pickle ball, Ultimate Frisbee, Nautilus training, floor hockey, Disc Golf and fitness challenge programs.


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GUIDANCE SEMINARS

The NDA Guidance Department assists students by providing support in their transition to high school, academic counseling, career decision-making, and college planning. To supplement individual meetings with students, the department offers a formalized curriculum that consists of the following courses.

913 Freshman Seminar/Digital Citizenship
Required/Partial Credit/Grade 9
This class provides students with scheduled support time during their transition to high school. Students learn to thrive in classroom instruction of active/cooperative education and are empowered to self-advocate and become independent learners.
Digital Citizenship teaches students to become responsible users of technology.

923 Sophomore Seminar
Required/Partial credit/Grade 10
During this class, sophomores explore the concept of work, both in relation to the students’ personal goals and in the context of work as a vocation. Through various self-assessment tools and research, students explore areas of interest and ability.

933 Junior Seminar
Required/Partial credit/Grade 11
Juniors begin their college search during this class. They more thoroughly explore college entrance exam options available and plan their spring and fall testing. They research colleges and college majors through printed materials and computer programs and learn about the procedures and guidelines for the college application process. Students develop a list of colleges to review with their guidance counselor.

943 Senior Seminar
Required/Partial credit/Grade 12
Students continue the college application process during this class with special emphasis on understanding the admissions process, completing applications, writing college essays, and interviewing. Detailed instruction is provided to students for online application submission.

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