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  • English

    6th Grade
    The objective in this course, is to gain exposure to the different styles of literary genres. Their writing skills will improve through in-class writing prompts and through the weekly Writing Workshop. With the assignment of a research paper, the students will become more comfortable writing an outline, using note cards, constructing a draft, editing and peer editing, and turning in a final paper. The sixth graders will be reading different novels throughout the year. The selection includes The Upstairs Room, The Yankee Girl, The Giver, and Dear America: The Fences Between Us.

    7th Grade
    The emphasis in this class, is on improving upon the skills that they were taught as sixth graders. Through poster projects, speeches, creative writing papers, and a research paper, the students will be able to explore many different ways that they can express themselves through the written word. Some of the books the students will be reading this year are Animal Farm, Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics, and And Then There Were None.

    8th Grade
    The goal in this course, is for each student to be able to identify Primary and Secondary Sources in a nonfiction source and evaluate it for accuracy and relevance, as well as identify the difference between Fact, Opinion, and Law. She will also be able to identify and analyze Setting, Mood, Climax, Figurative Language, Foreshadowing, Symbolism, Realism or Lack of Realism in a literary selection. Each student will be able to organize and articulate thoughts both orally and in writing and be able to take notes in an organized manner. The novels for this year are: The Crucible,The Pearl, and Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue.

  • Math

    6th Grade
    Both Regular and Accelerated levels of Mathematics are offered. The Regular level classes follow the Florida State Standards and topics include Decimals, Patterns and Variables, Number Theory and Fractions, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions, Ratios, Proportions and Percents, Data and Graphs, Tools of Geometry, Geometry and Measurement, Integers, Exploring Probability, Equations and Inequalities.The Accelerated level is following the Singapore Math curriculum. The topics covered are Integers on a Number Line, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Decimals, Ratio and Proportions, Percentages and Algebraic Expressions.

    7th Grade
    Students continue in the appropriate level of Mathematics, either Regular or Accelerated. Topics that are covered in the Regular class include: Decimals and Integers, Equations and Inequalities, Exponents, Factors and Fractions, Operations with Fractions, Ratios, Rates and Proportions, Percents, Geometry and Measurement, Patterns and Rules, Graphing in the Coordinate Plane, Displaying and Analyzing Data and Using Probability. On the Accelerated level, the students will further cover Real Numbers, Rational Numbers, more complex Algebraic expressions, Algebraic equations and inequalities and direct and inverse proportion, again following the Singapore Math methodology.

    8th Grade
    Students continue their studies based on their previous levels and accomplishments. The Regular level of Mathematics follows the Florida State Standards for Mathematics & Curriculum covering topics such as Integers and Algebraic Expressions, Equations and Inequalities, Graphing in the Coordinate Plane, Real Numbers, Applications of Proportions, Exponents and Powers, Geometry and Measurement, Using Graphs to Analyze Data, Probability. The Accelerated level of Math studies High School level Algebra.

  • Science

    6th Grade
    The study of Science in the sixth grade is divided into three major units. In the first trimester students explore Scientific Methodology and study Earth Science. The second trimester is devoted to Life Science and the third trimester to Physical Science. Many of the classes incorporate hands on Discovery lessons.

    7th Grade
    The students will further explore the concepts of Life Science following the Florida State Standards. This serves as a basic introduction to the Human Body, the Animal Kingdom and an appreciation for the planet we inhabit.

    8th Grade
    This year is divided between Concepts of Physics and Concepts in Chemistry. The eighth grade curriculum follows the Florida State Standards and prepares the students for high school level sciences.

  • History

    6th Grade
    This course will study the basics of Geography, Map Reading, and a brief overview of World History. Along with this, class-readings of Primary Sources from around the world, with each reading corresponding to a specific period in time.

    7th Grade
    This course will delve into the fundamentals of Civics. Students will learn the meaning of Citizenship and the Rights, Responsibilities, and Duties that come with it. Their course related vocabulary will expand and they will have a better foundation to understand politics and the United States government. There will be oral presentations throughout the year, that will help each student gain confidence in public speaking and learn how to organize and articulate her thoughts both orally and in writing. At the end of the year, each student will have a better appreciation of what it means to be an American citizen.

    8th Grade
    This course is a survey of World Geography. Students will examine the Earth’s physical features, and be able to use a map, read tables, graphs, and time lines. They will have a better understanding of the different climates around the world and they will study the Physical Environment, Resources, Populations, Governments, and Economy of: United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific Islands, and Australia. At the end of the year, each student will command an understanding of the world in which she lives, both historically and geographically.

  • Art

    6th Grade
    Students learn the Art Elements, Principles, and Techniques of Drawing and Painting with standards based on their grade level, personal talent, and skills. The Elements of Art include Line, Shape/Form, Value/Shading, Color, Unity/Balance, Space, Texture, and Perspective.

    7th Grade
    Students will further hone their skills as they learn the Art Elements, Principles, and Techniques of Drawing and Painting with standards based on their grade level , personal talent, and skills.

    8th Grade
    Students will build on the skills they have attained in the previous years as they continue to learn the Art Elements, Principles, and Techniques of Drawing and Painting.

  • Computers

    6th-8th Grade
    Students will be learning basic and intermediate Computer skills, including Typing, Physical Components, Operating Systems, Hotkeys, Navigation, Troubleshooting, Virus Protection, Key Applications (including but not limited to the basic Google Apps, i.e. Docs, Slides, etc).

  • Physical Education

    6th-8th Grade
    All students receive Physical Education and Health Instruction twice a week from our experienced fitness and health coach. The girls learn about proper Nutrition, Care for their Bodies, and the Importance of Exercise.

  • English

    9th Grade
    In the Writing Workshop the students will learn the following: Why do we write? Genre, Audience, and Purpose. Ethos, Pathos, Logos. What is ‘rhetoric’? All writing is persuasive writing. Writing as a Process. Focus on Genre: Writing Autobiographical and Personal Narratives. The Readings will include: 19 Varieties of Gazelle, American Born Chinese, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, Night, and Romeo & Juliet. The class also explores Poetry as a genre that involves rhythm, form, and style. Identifying themes in texts; formulating opinions, and supporting claims with reasons. Recognizing and using figurative language. Comprehending gist through context clues. Comprehending new vocabulary through context clues and prior knowledge. Differentiating between tone & mood, and how these two elements of literature relate to author’s purpose. There is an additional emphasis throughout Language Arts on Vocabulary & Grammar: Students will list parts of speech and their functions. New vocabulary will be defined either independently, as a class, or in pairs throughout the trimester. Students will learn new sentence patterns with each vocabulary list. Identifying parts of a sentence. Vocabulary will be generated from CollegeBoard’s recommended SAT Words, independent, and in-class Readings.

    10th Grade
    Students will ask questions about purpose, audience, and genre for their own writing. Students will understand the conventions of narrative writing. Students will generate ideas for personal narrative topics through a variety of brainstorming strategies. Students will understand that good writers revise, edit, and produce multiple drafts. Main texts include Persepolis, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Night, and Brain on Fire. Students will be able to identify themes in text and relate them to self and others. Students will recall distinctions between metaphor, simile, and other examples of figurative language. Students will discuss the ways in which texts defy genre-specific categorization. Students will distinguish between main ideas and supporting details. Students will learn effective note-taking and annotation strategies. Students will be able to scan non-fiction articles and identify headings and subheadings. Students will compare & contrast the effects of literary elements in different texts, and establish relationships between similar and disparate elements through analysis and inference. Vocabulary words will come from independent readings, in-class readings, and SAT vocabulary. Students will infer the meaning of new vocabulary based on their roots. Review Simple, Complex, Compound, and Complex-Compound Sentences. New Sentence Patterns: Loose Sentence & Periodic Sentence. Students will learn to differentiate between dependent and independent clauses, subjects and objects in sentences, and punctuation marks and their usage.

    11th Grade
    Language Arts and Literature in eleventh grade places a great deal of emphasis on Essay Writing, Critical Thinking and Preparation for high stakes college entry exams. The writing focuses on Genre, Audience, and Purpose. Genre as a Personal Statement for college admissions and personal narrative. Writing as a Process. Responding to literature in writing. Writing to learn / understand / reflect Using attributive tags in writing; MLA / APA style. Sustained research-based writing, writing a useful annotated bibliography, practicing logical citation strategies. Timed Writing. Main Texts include Hamlet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and Night. Making connections between social / cultural contexts and literature of Old English, the Medieval Period, and the English Renaissance. Identifying themes in texts; formulating opinions, and supporting claims with reasons. Recognizing and using figurative language. Comprehending rhyme scheme, sonnets, and other major conventions of poetry. SAT / AP Vocabulary. Sentence Structure. Punctuation and the mechanics of quoting. Academic conventions of analytical writing.

    12th Grade
    AP English Language and Composition. The components of the course, as in previous years , are based on Writing, Reading and Grammar . In the twelfth grade the students knowledge and skills are honed to prepare them for University. Focus on Genre: Literary Analysis. Writing as a Process. Responding to literature in writing. Developing style and voice in writing. Strategies for quoting texts, and using details and examples in timed writing exams. Writing for the AP exam. Creative writing. Sustained research-based writing, writing a useful annotated bibliography, practicing logical citation strategies. Main Texts include King Lear, Jane Eyre, The House of the Spirits, and Night. Making connections between social / cultural contexts and literature of Ancient Greek & Roman texts, and the Renaissance & Rationalism, as well as contemporary retellings of canonical literature. Identifying themes in texts; formulating opinions, and supporting claims with reasons. Recognizing and using figurative language. Comprehending rhyme scheme, rhythm / poetic structure and form. Making personal and literary connections in texts. Intertextuality. Reading scholarly texts. SAT / AP Vocabulary. Sentence Structure. Punctuation and the mechanics of quoting. Academic conventions of analytical writing.

  • Math

    9th Grade
    The Regular classes will master Algebra.The topics include Foundations for Algebra, Solving Equations, Solving Inequalities, An introduction to functions, Linear functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Exponents and Exponential Functions, Polynomial and Factoring, Quadratic Functions and Equations, Radical Expressions and Equations, Rational Expressions and Functions. The Accelerated level will learn Geometry.The topics include Tools of Geometry, Reasoning and Proof, Parallel and Perpendicular lines, Congruent triangles, Relationship within triangles, Quadrilaterals, Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry,Transformations, Area, Surface area and Volume, Circles.

    10th Grade
    The Regular level will study Geometry. The topics include Tools of Geometry, Reasoning and Proof, Parallel and Perpendicular lines, Congruent triangles, Relationship within triangles, Quadrilaterals, Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry, Transformations, Area, Surface area and Volume, Circles.The Accelerated level is studying Advanced Algebra.

    11th Grade
    Students may either choose Advanced Algebra or Precalculus.The precalculus course includes topics such as Function, Graphs, Applications, Trigonometry, Discrete Mathematics, Data Analysis, Limits and Introduction to Calculus. Advanced algebra students will study the nature of mathematical relations and functions. Mathematical modeling is an inherent component of the course. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to use a graphing calculator and mathematical software.

    12th Grade
    Students may choose between Pre-calculus, Calculus or Financial Math. Financial math course expects students to formulate a budget, use a checkbook, pay bills, and establish a cash flow chart for their predicted futures at college or seminary. Students will maintain a list of content vocabulary. Tests, quizzes and projects will be given to assess students progress. Topics covered include, The Stock Market, Mathematic Modeling a Business, Banking Services, consumer Credit, Employment, Income Taxes and Preparing a Budget. Calculus students will have a brief review of polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, followed by discussion of limits, derivatives, and applications of differential calculus to real-world problem areas, an overview of integration, basic techniques for integration, a variety of applications of integration, and an introduction to (systems of) differential equations.

  • Science

    9th Grade
    Biology. Topics include Cytology, Kingdoms, Ecology, Human Systems and Life Functions. The classes meet in the lab in order to facilitate hands-on learning experiences.

    10th Grade
    Chemistry. Topics in chemistry which follows the Florida State Standards include Matter and Change, Scientific Measurement, Atomic Structure, Gases, Solutions, Thermochemistry, Acid, Bases and Salts, Oxidation-Reduction reactions, Electrochemistry, Hydrocarbons, Nuclear Chemistry.

    11th and 12th Grade (combined classes)
    Following state standards for three years of required science, students in the eleventh and twelfth grade may chose between either Physiology or AP Biology. Topics in Physiology include Structure and Function of Cell Organelles, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Cellular Transport, Human Digestive System, Human Respiratory System, Cardiovascular and Circulatory System, Basics of Microscopes, Osmosis, Cellular Transportation Lab. Topics in AP Biology include Structure and Function of Cell Organelles, Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Cellular Transportation, Enzymes, pH, Metabolism and other topics covered in this College level course.

  • History

    9th Grade
    World History from the development of civilization in Mesopotamia to post-WWII. They will be concentrating on Critical Thinking Skills such as: Analyzing Historical Resources, Synthesizing Information, and Crafting Historical Narratives.

    10th Grade
    Economics/Government. The first half of the year is devoted to Microeconomics, including a concentration on individuals and businesses in the marketplace, and an attention to understanding Investment Options and Federal Taxes/Expenditures. The second half of the year is devoted to U.S. Government, where the students will build upon their knowledge of the American Government System and Electoral Process.

    11th Grade
    AP US History. As a college-level course, the students will be working on the following historical thinking skills: Analyzing and Interpreting Primary/Secondary Sources, making Historical Connections, Chronological Reasoning, and Creating and Supporting an Argument. The skills will be applied to learning and understanding U.S. History from roughly 1492 to the present. The students will be learning both social and political implications of each historical time period, corresponding with the Advanced Placement guidelines.

    12th Grade
    History for this year is Holocaust Studies (see Judaic Studies Curriculum).

  • Computers

    9th-12th Grade
    Students are building on their prior learned skills as they cover the basics and intermediate computer skills, including Typing, Physical Components, Operating Systems, Hotkeys, Navigation, Troubleshooting, Virus Protection, Key Applications (including but not limited to the basic Google Apps, i.e. Docs, Slides, etc), and basic HTML.

  • Physical Education

    9th-12th Grade
    All students receive Physical Education and Health Instruction twice a week from our experienced fitness and health coach. The girls learn about proper nutrition, care for their bodies, and the importance of exercise.

  • Electives for Grades 11 and 12

    Overview
    Students of the 11th and 12th grade are offered a number of Elective Options. Electives are full credit subjects which allow students to choose subjects that they have a particular interest in and will advance their journey to higher education.

    Current Events
    This class is a fluid and timely class based on understanding how the media is presenting current newsworthy events. The end goal is not the accumulation of specific information, but the ability to analyze what is currently happening in the world, based on various news sources (i.e. not just Fox or MSNBC) and to investigate each event to decide for themselves what kind of impact it has. Students learn to detect media bias as well as make them more aware of the greater world around them.

    Speech
    The students are covering the four basic types of speeches (Informative, Entertaining, Demonstrative, and Persuasive), with the four basic types of presentation (Extemporaneous, Impromptu, Transcript, Memorized). This includes how to write a speech, standard speech formats, factoring in audiences, and research. Additionally, we will learn basic, intermediate, and time allowing, advanced Journalism, ranging from ethics, interviewing, and investigative reporting.

    Advanced Art/Art History
    Recognition of art through the ages. Drawing. Focus on linear quality, shading, values, etc. Drawing focusing on gesture, line quality, shading, color, value, portraiture, composition, perspective, painting, collage and personal expression. Students also master the techniques of classical drawing, 3-dimensional object definition, foreground/background, line-shading and color.

    World Languages
    ( Both Hebrew and Spanish are taught as a requirement for graduation) The Hebrew classes are listed under the Judaic Studies Curricula.

    Spanish
    Students who have already begun the study of Spanish in earlier grades are continuing to enhance their Speaking and Reading ability in classic Spanish.

    AP Psychology
    A college level introductory Psychology course. This AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

    Graphic Design
    Includes lessons on Adobe Photoshop Section, Photoshop vs. Illustrator, layers (selecting, editing, locking, merging, magic wand tool, opacity), selection tools (marquee tools), painting (erasing), masks and channels and photo editing (cropping, clone tool, dodge tool, sponge tool).

    FLVS (Florida Virtual School)
    Students may also opt to take advanced classes through the Florida Virtual School and receive High School credit towards graduation.

    Senior Project
    In addition to their coursework in Twelfth grade, every senior is working on a year long independent study on a topic in which they are interested. At the end of the school year, the students will have to present a written journal of their project, as well as demonstrate what skills and knowledge they have gained by doing this particular project.