Course Catalog

Use the filters below to sort through all of Deerfield’s course offerings. Please note that Period numbers only apply to spring electives.

ENG200
Classic and Contemporary Lit
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Elective
NCAA
AP

The freshman course seeks to engender creativity in thinking, reading, and writing.
Students read a diverse collection of short stories, The Odyssey, a contemporary novel, a
Shakespeare play, and a selection of poetry to foster their close reading skills and literary
sensibilities. Students encounter a range of writing assignments to develop formal and
informal writing skills and to improve vocabulary and grammar. All freshmen deliver a
literary reading and participate in a poetry contest.
ENG210
English as a 2nd Language
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP

In this course new students work to improve their ability to write English sentences,
paragraphs, and compositions, and to comprehend and discuss literary works. Course work
includes grammar and vocabulary exercises, composition writing and correcting, and close
study of American short stories, novels, and poetry. The course meets one year of the
school’s graduation requirement in English if taken in place of mainstream English. It can
also be taken along with another English course. Admission to the course is by placement test
.
ENG300
Defining Literary Traditions
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10
11
12
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Sophomore English emphasizes critical reading, focused discussions, and a variety of
writing assignments connected to the study of literature derived from the British tradition.
Close reading assignments and class discussions encourage students to analyze and to
appreciate the elements of literature. Teachers choose core texts from works by Chaucer,
Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, a 19th-century novelist, a contemporary author, and a modern
playwright. Sophomores also select, memorize, and deliver a declamation from a literary work.
ENG320
Standardized Test Prep (p/f)
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12
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Students will review and reinforce essential math, grammar, vocabulary, and critical
reading skills through online lessons, exercises, and practice tests. Students can choose to
complete the SAT Math, SAT Verbal, or ACT syllabus. Whichever they choose, students will be
required to attend two class meetings a week, during which they will work individually on
their computers with guidance from the instructor. Skills honed in the Verbal course will
prove useful in both history and English curricula, as well as on the SAT and ACT
standardized tests. Students may take the Standardized Test Prep course multiple terms if
they would like to complete more than one syllabus
ENG330
The Writer’s Craft
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Before encountering the demands of extended essays and narratives, students meet one
period a week to review and reinforce essential composition skills, including questioning
evidence, forming and structuring arguments, sustaining unity, varying syntactical patterns,
understanding punctuation, and revising drafts. In a workshop setting, the students receive
individual attention and also learn to judge their work more critically. They take this
exercise-intensive pass/fail course in addition to English 300. (Freshman teachers identify
candidates.)
ENG500
American Dreams
9
10
11
12
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FW
F
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Elective
NCAA
AP

The American Dream is a familiar phrase, but what does it mean? Whose dream is it? Is
there just one dream for all Americans? How has it evolved over time? Do considerations of
gender, race, ethnicity, or class affect the pursuit of this dream? To gain an understanding
of how the pursuit of the distinctive American Dream helped to shape the culture and
literature of the United States, students examine texts from different genres and time
periods. Texts may include Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills, Nella Larsen’s
Passing, Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, and short stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Anzia
Yezierska.
ENG503
American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This is an interdisciplinary course combining American Literature and honors-level United
States History. The course fulfills both the junior English and History requirements, and
prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in United States History. In a team-taught
double period, students examine the social, economic, political, and cultural heritage of the
United States through a combination of primary documents, interpretive secondary sources and
representative works of American literature and art. Close, critical analysis, responsible
oral discourse, and expository writing are emphasized. American Studies is team-taught and
meets for a double period.
ENG510
American Styles
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10
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12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Post Grads require permission of instructor

This interdisciplinary course will examine the evolution of American writing styles
alongside parallel developments in the visual arts (paying particular attention to the
mediums of painting, photography, and film). In addition to core texts by Twain, Emerson,
Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, and Fitzgerald, we will study Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also
Rises, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and
David Auburn’s Proof as well as modernist and contemporary American poetry by William Carlos
Williams, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, A.R. Ammons, John Ashbery, and
Jorie Graham, among others. This course will place a significant emphasis on student writing:
students will be encouraged to hone their critical and creative writing styles through a
variety of exercises.
ENG520
American Power
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Who speaks? Who listens? Authors, politicians, activists and artists in other mediums
have long used the Word as more than a rhetorical device; they have combined the aesthetic
experience of reading, listening and speaking with the power to create new realities, to
bring new truths into existence, to rewrite old truths and histories. We will look at
language: what is the difference between a rock and a stone? What is the impact on the reader
and the world if we use many commas, or none at all? Most of all, we will explore what we
find, see, read, notice. In this class, with readings by the likes of Morrison, Thoreau,
Didion, Whitman, Ginsberg, Rich, Miller, Dickinson, Fitzgerald, and contemporary younger
authors, we will explore who is and has been given the power to create, who controls the word
, not only as author, but as character, narrator, subject. And we will write responses in
multiple genres out of those explorations and questions.
ENG540
American Stages
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12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

American writers continue to expose the tension between the conventional and
unconventional impulses as individuals struggle to find their place in or apart from a larger
community. The clashes play powerfully on the stage or screen, and by adding those genres to
their exploration of the American character, students encounter the gender and economic
tensions in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, love’s deceptions in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar
Named Desire, the deadening social conformity in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence
and Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation, the decadent American dreams in Francis Ford Coppola’s
The Godfather, and the battle between intolerance and redemptive love in Tony Kushner’s
Angels in America.
ENG550
American Currents
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10
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12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Founded on cooperation between thirteen individual colonies, America has at its core a
tenuous balance between empowering the individual and sacrificing for the community.
America’s literature reflects this tension, its heroes and villains, settings and journeys,
heartbreaks and triumphs evolving to represent and define society’s shifting currents. This
American tug-of-war is now being played out in the 21st century amid an emerging global
community where resources are scarce and the playing field is rapidly leveling. Running
alongside the AP/Cambridge: Global H2O seminar, this course will examine the arc of America’s
struggle to reconcile its veneration of self-reliance and its dependence on and advancement
of communities. Students will explore how American literature embodies the philosophies
underpinning the AP/Cambridge: Global H2O seminar topics: resource management and
distribution, environmental law, and water quality. In addition to the core English III
writers — Fitzgerald, Dickinson, Thoreau, and Emerson — this course will include writers
from throughout American history who wrangle with this paradox: Thomas Jefferson, Willa
Cather, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edward Abbey, Barbara Kingsolver, Ernest Hemingway, W. S. Merwin
, John Steinbeck, and August Wilson. This course must be taken concurrently with AP Capstone.
(HIS500 or SCI500)
ENG560
American Voices
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

In addition to the core texts, Gatsby, Huck Finn, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, we will
also use a wide range of American short stories and novels to sample the many voices and
issues that have populated American literature. Students will encounter writers ranging from
Edith Wharton and Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 19th century to Ernest Hemingway, John Updike
and Toni Morrison in the 20th. The variety of story styles and ideas helps students to
understand better how literature has changed over time and to hone their analytical skills by
discussing how the stories work. The purpose of the course is to provide a breadth of
exposure as well as a chance to sample modern literature.
ENG600
Walking Shadows: Shakespeare
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12
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Elective
NCAA
AP

The course begins with an extended, intensive focus on various forms of expressive
writing. While short nonfiction and fiction readings will serve as models, the emphasis will
be on the writing process. When the workshop ends, the students segue into an exploration in
which they will seek some sense of their own natures in the “walking shadows” who “strut and
fret” across the stage in Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, romance The Tempest, and
tragedy Hamlet. Honing critical reading and writing techniques, the participants attempt to
view and explore the plays as actors, critics, and audience members through seminar
discussions, essays, staging exercises, and improvisations.
ENG601
Race, Ethnicity & Assimilation
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Elective
NCAA
AP

America has often been called “The Melting Pot,” where people from all races and cultural
backgrounds are included in the mixture that makes up our diverse country. Are all
connotations associated with this label necessarily positive? Are all parts of the mixture
always considered equal? In the 20th century, how seamlessly did immigrants and Native
Americans actually assimilate to an already established dominant culture in this country? We
will both dissect and build upon these questions through the varied lenses of the writers
listed above.
ENG603
Honors: Choice and Consequence
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10
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12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Honors Literature addresses choice in all its variety. Authors exercise choice, as do
readers; directors and translators make choices; so do critics; characters nearly always
encounter choices. The daily conversation relies on the question “Why?” We approach all
genres with special attention to the choices made by those who create, interpret, inhabit,
and receive. The emphasis of the class is on close textual analysis, class discussion,
written critical response, research, and a meditation. Because students have chosen the class
and established themselves as suitable candidates, the quality of the conversation depends
heavily on them. In the fall, attention will focus on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Christopher
Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Poetry is the topic of winter’s
study and includes Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, William Butler Yeats’ The
Tower, and Seamus Heaney’s Field Work. In the spring, the class reads fiction, which will
include The Quiet American, Graham Greene; Beloved, Toni Morrison; and stories by Alice Munro
.
ENG604
Oxford: Literature and Form
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This course investigates the evolution of literary forms through two questions: what is
the relationship between old and new? And what is the influence of form on meaning? We will
begin with vibrant contemporary poetry and prose–and then cast ourselves far back in time,
looking at folk tales and early epics, following the transition from oral to literate culture
, investigating the development of increasingly complex forms, and then immersing ourselves
in the boundary-breaking inventiveness of the 20th century before reconsidering the chaotic
present in the context of the past. In each time we will ask: how does the memory of the past
become the vision of the future? Students will write critically and creatively, pairing
formal analyses with their own experimental prose and verse. Readings will partner classic
literature with contemporary writers. Texts will include works in translation; poetry by
Kleon, Bakkila and Bender, Frost, Eliot, Carroll, Dickinson, and Hopkins; drama by Stoppard
and Shakespeare; fiction by Foster Wallace, Joyce, Woolf, and Conrad; and readings by Gleick,
Pinker, Chomsky, Tolkein, Emerson, Dehaene, E. O. Wilson, and Moretti. During the two weeks
of spring break, we will take our study to Oxford, where we will deepen our understanding
through lectures and take the opportunity to have our work examined by university readers.
ENG610
Future Shock: Contemp. Lit.
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Elective
NCAA
AP

The ground-breaking “dystopian” novels of the 20th Century, such as Orwell’s 1984,
Huxley’s Brave New World and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, have produced an extraordinary and
growing body of literature that imagines future worlds shaped by current trends, for better
and worse. What kind of societies will cyberspace, genetic engineering, emerging technologies
, climate change, terrorism, population growth and resource wars produce? What will be the
fate of the institutions and ideals that presently define us? What will happen to our
fundamental notions of liberty, the individual, and human relationships? Will human beings
flourish or fail? This course will examine these questions through several of the finest
recent literary dystopias and will approach the reading in a primarily seminar-style,
discussion format. Writing assignments will be predominantly creative responses to the
reading, with an occasional foray into relevant essays, short stories and films. Possible
texts include Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell; Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood; The Road,
by Cormac McCarthy; The Dazzle of Day, by Molly Gloss; Fiskadoro, by Denis Johnson; Riddley
Walker, by Russell Hoban.
ENG615
City Lights
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

City lights have been beckoning men and women for millennia. Freed from cultivating the
land and in search of opportunity, more than 50 percent of the world’s population live in
cities today, and there is no end to this trend nor to the city’s central role in our
experience of modernity. The literature and critical questions of this seminar will grow from
the character of cities, both as geographical location and cultural production, as it is and
has been both represented by thinkers and authors through time and featured in each of our
own experiences. Some familiar and not so familiar authors will guide us through the streets
of New York (Teju Cole, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Malcolm X, Alfred Kazin, E.B. White)
to which we will compare and contrast Shakespeare’s London and contextualized Venice,
crossroads of east and west, in his controversial T he Merchant of Venice. We will make a
field trip to Lower Manhattan before the course returns to London in works by such diverse
authors as Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, William Blake, Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot. In early
winter, we travel to the French countryside to deepen the course’s theoretical perspective by
imagining with Gustave Flaubert’s Emma Bovary the poignantly nicknamed “City of Lights”
itself: Paris. This course begins with an extended, intensive focus on various forms of
expressive writing. Short nonfiction and fiction readings will serve as models, but the
emphasis will be on the writing process.
ENG620
Classic Fate & Modern Plight
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10
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12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is grounded in the idea of a single consciousness confronting an unknown
universe. Students should be willing to plumb creative depths while they explore wide-ranging
critical possibilities and strive to express the nuances of their thinking. The fall term
will focus on Hamlet as the ultimate classic literary work and Hamlet himself as the first
modern hero (or anti-hero). Throughout the fall students will keep a daily journal and write
weekly short critical and creative pieces inspired by the play, with a longer critical essay
at the end of the term, as well as a creative project. We’ll look at other works inspired by
the play, both in print and on film. The winter term turns its attention to the solitary
female consciousness, from both the male and female perspective, in Jane Eyre, Emily
Dickinson’s poetry, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and To the Lighthouse, with a look at related
works. We’ll contemplate the nature of consciousness; the relationship of consciousness and
gender awareness; the relationships between the natural world and the inner life, between the
physical and the abstract. Toward the term’s end students will write meditations, reflections
of their thoughts on consciousness so far.
ENG630
Creative Writing Workshop
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This advanced workshop is for accomplished writers who want to develop their craft by
experimenting in a variety of genres: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, personal
vignettes, and meditations. In class, students discuss the work of published authors,
practice different techniques, critique their peers’ work, and develop rewriting skills.
Texts include The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, Finbar’s Hotel, What If?, and
The Things They Carried.
ENG640
Reading Insanity: Am I Crazy?
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This course seeks to explore the concept of sanity and those to whom the label “crazy”
has often been attached. Through close-readings of texts that vary across genre and
historical lines, we will confront a series of complex and often overlapping questions: What
are the telltale signs of insanity, and who defines the criteria for determining it? What
sorts of power relations are implicit in such decisions? Is it possible to be “crazy” at one
moment, but wholly sane in the next? What happens when one willfully inhabits the label? Are
there any scenarios within which insanity might actually be a desirable condition? In
articulating responses to these and other questions, students will develop improved reading,
writing, and critical thinking skills. Texts will include fiction, poetry, prose, film, and
readings in psychological theory.
ENG650
The Empire Writes Back
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10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP

In this course our concern will be the literature of postcolonialism (all that’s written
after the colonizing force has gone home). In his poem “Conqueror,” W.S. Merwin frames many
of our questions, albeit without that mark of punctuation: “when they start to use your
language/ do they say what you say/ who are they in your words/ …do you know who is praying/
for you not to be there.” In addition to taking up the questions we hear Merwin asking—What
does it feel like to be the conquered? the one in power? How do you know the answers to those
two questions? What happens when the conquerors finally go away? Can they ever leave?—we’ll
also frame our own questions and engage critical theorists to give us a new language to
contain new ideas. Our path through the crowded landscape of writers concerned with
postcolonialist questions will be necessarily circuitous (geographically, temporally)—and
varied when it comes to genre: we’ll read essays, novels, poems, plays, and we’ll take in a
few films that amplify the postcolonial issues we’re exploring. In the Fall term we’ll focus
on literature of post-Independence India, writers from home and abroad (which is which?). In
the Winter term we’ll cast a wider net to include writers from other former British colonies:
the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria. We’ll turn also to Americans’ literary
presence in a postcolonial world. Our writing will span the spectrum: journal work, personal
narrative, critical essay, poetry.
ENG680
Othered Voices, Many Rooms
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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Elective
NCAA
AP

In “The Thing Around Your Neck”, Chimamanda Adichie’s narrator reveals, “You did not know
. . . that people could dictate to life. You were used to accepting what life gave, writing
down what life dictated.” Another character takes time off from university “to discover
himself”. We spend much of our lives searching for, creating, uncovering, and revising our
identities, and linked to our identities are our voices. How we see ourselves so often grows
out of how others see us, and how we are “othered” or “accepted”. In this course we will
discover the voices of others, and explore how they come to identity. We will find these
voices in both likely and unlikely places. We will look at hyphenated-Americans, and we will
look overseas. We will hear voices of both the traditionally and non-traditionally
marginalized. We will read REALLY good, compelling fiction and non-fiction, and skirt styles
that are as “other” as the writers writing them. We will read of family, country, war, love,
loss and renewal. And we will write – like the authors we read, and as ourselves – we will
explore new forms for creative non-fiction and practice some fiction as well. We will create
styles and genres that fit the voices and identities we are discovering in ourselves. Writers
may include Kushner, Adichie, Woolf, Capote, Hwang, Selasi, Faulkner, Safran Foer, Didion,
Shakespeare, Morrison, Rich, Shange, Ondaatje, Dubus, Hamid.
ENG690
Telling True Stories
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course begins with an extended, intensive focus on various forms of expressive
writing. Short nonfiction and fiction readings will serve as models, while the emphasis will
be on the writing process. Turning then to the practice of writing general nonfiction,
students will study contemporary nonfiction writing and develop research and reporting skills
. Frequent, shorter reading assignments will include work by John McPhee, Malcolm Gladwell,
Joan Didion, Gay Talese, David Halberstam, in addition to readings exploring the evolving
debate about nonfiction writing as art, journalism, or both. In addition to contributing
regularly to a course blog and writing numerous short and medium length pieces, students will
plan, research, and write one longer piece of nonfiction focused on a local issue in the
Pioneer Valley which will be sent to an appropriate publi cation for consideration.
HEA200
Health Issues
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course examines topics related to human sexuality, alcohol and other drugs, stress
management and general adolescent development. Through classroom presentations and
discussions, students will study a variety of issues, which are especially pertinent to their
own personal awareness and development.
HIS200
Topics in Western Civilization
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course examines major themes and episodes in the development of Near-Eastern,
Mediterranean, and European societies from antiquity to the French Revolution. Using a
diverse selection of historical and literary texts to highlight the tensions, ideas, and key
events that have shaped our world, the course also provides students with a foundation of
core skills, including source analysis, research methods, historical interpretation, and
analytical writing. Topics include the wars, politics, and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome,
the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, and the influence of
religion, in particular Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, on societies and cultures.
HIS210
Africa and Latin America
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course uses literature, along with a rich variety of historical sources including
documents and films, to study cultural and political developments in Africa and Latin America
. The course explores how the forces of conquest, colonization and commerce have shaped the
lives of individuals and communities on these continents. We also focus on the process of
upheaval and change associated with decolonization, independence and revolution in these
regions. Along with being interdisciplinary, texts rely heavily upon indigenous voices and
focus on a range of countries including Nigeria, Kenya, the Congo, South Africa, Mexico, El
Salvador, Brazil and Cuba. The course is designed to build each student’s foundation in key
historical skills including active reading, argumentative writing and inquiry-based research.
HIS220
Asia in World History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course serves both as an introduction for students who have never studied Asian
history and as a means, for those with foundational background, to further explore the
societies, politics and belief systems of India, China and the Middle East. While students
focus primarily on one of the three regional civilizations each term, they also trace the
complex web of commercial and cultural exchange paths that crossed Asia and stretched to
Europe, Africa, and Oceania. Along the way, they inquire into the relationship between these
early pathways and modern global ones. Secondary source texts provide scaffolding for the
course, but we also read from primary spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita, the Confucian
Analects and the Qur’an, as well as from early travelogues, histories and manuals on ruling
and warfare. Throughout the year, students develop and hone skills in active reading and
viewing (of film and still images), discussion and debate, historical research, and the
presentation of oral, multi-media and written arguments.
HIS230
Big History
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP

Where did everything come from? How did we get where we are now? Where do humans fit in?
Where are things heading? These are questions that origin stories from different cultures
have addressed for thousands of years. This course explores the modern scientific origin
story of how the universe and life within it has grown more complex over the last 13.7
billion years. This tale, itself thousands of years in the making, has been woven together by
a wide spectrum of scientists and historians. Together, students will engage powerful ideas
and common themes across the entire time scale of history, from the Big Bang and creation of
star systems to the emergence of the Earth’s first microorganisms and the recent rise of
human societies. The course juggles huge objects such as galaxies with tiny ones such as
atoms, while it examines both events that took a billionth of a second and stories that span
billions of years. Because Big History relies upon content, concepts and texts drawn from
many disciplines, students will need to carefully weigh how scholars develop and justify
their claims about the past, and how, over time, new claims serve to refute or refine earlier
ones. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own narratives, explanations
and arguments in response to Big History’s essential questions.
HIS400
United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This survey course charts the emergence of modern America through a study of its past.
More than a purely political and chronological review, the course also examines social,
economic and cultural aspects of our heritage. In addition to the basal textbook, the course
uses many primary documents, interpretive secondary sources, guest lectures, and multimedia
technology. Careful attention is given to the development of historical skills, from research
and writing to the conceptualization of individual historical interpretations. This course is
required of all juniors not enrolled in American Studies or Honors United States History.
HIS500
AP Capstone: Global H20
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry

Clean water is essential for the living world and the global economy, but the earth’s
supply of uncontaminated water is in danger of disappearing. This course will examine sources
of fresh water, global competition for this resource, the mitigation of pollution, and the
legal issues associated with the struggle to acquire and use water. Issues surrounding the
availability and use of clean water will be explored at local, national, and global levels by
means of investigative case studies. Through research and inquiry, students will evaluate the
“triple bottom line” by analyzing the economic, social, and environmental impacts of each
case. Employing an interdisciplinary approach designed to foster inquiry, global awareness,
and independent thinking, this seminar will feature guided discussion, student presentations,
guest speakers, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local sites. Fall and winter term case
studies will prepare students for team projects and individual presentations in the spring.
This course must be taken concurrently with American Currents – ENG550. To receive the AP
credential, students must continue with research and a capstone project during senior year.
HIS503
His: American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This is an interdisciplinary course combining honors-level U.S. history and American
literature. The course fulfills both the junior English and history requirements, and
prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in American history. Students examine the
social, economic, political, and cultural heritage of the United States through a combination
of primary documents, interpretive secondary sources, and representative works of American
literature and art. Close, critical analysis, responsible oral discourse and expository
writing are emphasized. American Studies is team-taught and meets for a double period.
HIS513
Honors United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP

This honors course goes beyond the U.S. History survey to approximate introductory
college course work in the field. The primary difference, however, is in degree and not kind
as students read a wider range of historical materials, especially primary sources from the
eras under consideration. Interpretive investigations and projects include both oral and
written assignments, and required term papers. Students in this course are expected to take
the AP examination in May.
HIS600
American Empire
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

At the dawn of the 21st century, the United States is a superpower without rival, an
immensely powerful, wealthy country whose influence stretches to every corner of the world.
This course charts the path that America has followed to gain this lofty global position,
from the early 19th century to the present day—a multi-faceted story that is political and
social, military and cultural, environmental and technological, national and international.
This history of triumphant struggles and bitter setbacks is about ideas too, so students also
study the champions and opponents of America’s imperial ascent. Because the idea of an
American empire is itself controversial, this course offers a comparison to some of history’s
other great empires in order to see what is distinctive about America’s imperial project.
This course also considers the internal and external challenges facing the United States in
the 21st century, a time when much anxiety exists about the future of the American empire.
HIS610
Modern Times:20th C. World His
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Dynamic, violent, and unpredictable, the past fifty years have been tumultuous—a time of
wonder and tragedy, of great breakthroughs and disastrous breakdowns. This course examines
important ideas of the past one hundred years, but concentrates mainly upon the major
developments, discoveries, trends, and tensions of the post-1945 period. The course may
address issues ranging from total war and its impact on thought and culture, the Cold War and
the collapse of communism, decolonization and nationalism in developing countries, genocide
and human rights, technological change, emerging environmental challenges, the impact of the
September 11 attacks, and the financial crash of 2008.
HIS620
India and China: 2.5B & Change
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

The world is changing at an astonishing pace, and India and China, with their high
economic growth rates and combined populations of more than 2.5 billion, contribute
significantly to that change. This interdisciplinary, topics-based course draws upon the
socio-political, economic, environmental and demographic histories of India and China not
only to better understand the impact of change on the two nations, but also to clarify the
degree to which our fates in the global landscape are bound to theirs. Topics include
controversial international policies (free trade, decisions regarding war and peace),
resource management (water, oil, coal) and history’s largest human migrations. Texts range
from scholarly journal publications to the morning’s Wall Street Journal. Students learn and
teach through discussion, debate, small group problem-solving exercises and position papers.
They complete the course with an analytical research project on a relevant topic of their
choice.
HIS630
Postwar: European His/Film/Lit
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

What happened in the last half century in Europe? How can we read history through film,
literature and politics? This course surveys the development of European civilization from
the end of the Second World War, through the era of the Cold War, to the present. Topics
include: the memory and legacy of total war; postwar reconstruction and nation-building;
decolonization and the retreat from empire; international sport and the Cold War; rock ‘n’
roll and the revolt of the postwar generation; political subcultures and terrorism; national
identity and transnational integration; the dissolution of the East Bloc; and the Yugoslav
wars of the 1990s. We end with an examination of the challenges and opportunities facing
Europeans in an age of crisis and globalization. Along the way we read classic works by
European authors and view twelve of the greatest European films of the era. The course
stresses critical thinking and discussion skills, and activities include debates, roundtables
, and simulations. Students acquire an up-to-date grounding in information literacy and
research skills that will serve them well in college and beyond.
HIS640
Economics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

In the first half of the year students are introduced to microeconomic theory through the
study of such concepts as supply and demand, the law of diminishing returns, marginal utility
and the theory of the firm and industry. The second half of the year focuses on macroeconomic
analysis and its historic development from Keynes to Friedman. Such concepts as national
income analysis and monetary and fiscal policy are covered in depth. We also focus on public
policy and current political/economic issues through the use of case studies and supplemental
readings.
HIS690
Hist. Research: Memory & Myth
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Our understanding of the past not only influences our policies for the future, but shapes
our identity. Yet that understanding is often flawed and rooted in myth, leading to
disastrous consequences. Using source material that ranges from the writings of historians to
films in popular culture, students examine how and why humans have interpreted and
reinterpreted the past, and the consequences of those interpretations for nations and
individuals alike. Topics may include the meaning and memory of the American Civil War, one
or two of the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War, and the recent
financial crash of 2008. Such case studies aim not only to develop the historical
sensibilities of students, but also the skills of research and writing to prepare students
for the second half of the course, during which students select a topic of inquiry, formulate
and revise a question, conduct extended independent research, and write a research paper.
ARA100
Arabic I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is an introduction to the Arabic language and Arabic-speaking cultures. With
an emphasis on developing communicative skills and solid grammatical structures, students
will work with a variety of media to master the alphabet, basic reading and writing skills,
and develop listening and speaking skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine
dialect. Students learn the basic linguistic structures of the Semitic Language family and an
appreciation of Arabic calligraphy art.Students in this class will have the use of iPads
through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include iPad
apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper.
Much of the content is introduced through homework and then honed and molded in the following
class through activities and speaking experience. Class is conducted mostly in Arabic with
some English when needed.
ARA103
Arabic I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Students in Accelerated Arabic are expected to advance through material at a more
rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 100.
ARA200
Arabic II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic I or the equivalent

This course builds upon skills developed in the first year of Arabic and follows a
similar format of course delivery, homework variations and a blended instruction format. The
emphasis on developing communicative skills and solid grammatical structures continues as
students work to master their communicative skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the
Levantine dialect.Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submit
a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites,
videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in
Arabic.
ARA203
Arabic II – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic I Accelerated or the equivalent

Students in Accelerated Arabic II are expected to advance through material at a more
rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 200.
ARA300
Arabic III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic II or the equivalent

This course builds upon skills developed in Arabic 200, and it follows a similar format
of course delivery, homework variations and a blended mode of instruction. Intermediate level
communicative skills and detailed grammatical structures continue as students work to master
skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. Students in this class will
have the use of iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning
mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true
pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA303
Arabic III – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic II Accelerated or the equivalent

Students in Accelerated Arabic III are expected to advance through material at a more
rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 300.
ARA400
Arabic IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic III or the equivalent

At this level of Arabic, students continue developing language skills through authentic
texts and literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom
discussions and activities. In Arabic IV, students continue expanding vocabulary, improving
listening comprehension and developing advanced communication skills in both the Levantine
and Egyptian dialects of Arabic. Students in this class will have the use of iPads through
which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps,
interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This
class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA403
Arabic IV – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic III Accelerated or the equivalent

Students in Accelerated Arabic IV are expected to advance through material at a more
rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 400.
ARA500
Arabic V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic IV or the equivalent

At this level of Arabic, students continue developing language skills through authentic
texts and literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom
discussions and activities. In Arabic IV, students continue expanding vocabulary, improving
listening comprehension and developing advanced communication skills in both the Levantine
and Egyptian dialects of Arabic. Students in this class will have the use of iPads through
which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps,
interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This
class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA503
Arabic V – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic IV Accelerated or the equivalent

This class focuses on the individual student’s stated goals and objectives as it
continues to develop language skills through authentic texts and literature in Modern
Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In
Accelerated Arabic IV, students continue to expand vocabulary and develop advanced
communication skills in the dialects of choice. Students in this class will have the use of
iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include
apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper.
This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARAOL1
ESA Introduction to Arabic
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

The Eight School Association offers an Introduction to Arabic course. It is a team-taught
pilot online class that integrates synchronous and asynchronous web tools in teaching and
learning. Students work with a variety of online media to master the Arabic alphabet and
sounds, build vocabulary, acquire basic grammar skills, and read and comprehend Modern
Standard Arabic. Students will learn how to speak about themselves, their families and their
environment, to maintain basic conversations, and to compose paragraphs. This course focuses
on Modern Standard Arabic with an exposure to Levantine colloquial through music, songs, and
short videos. By the end of this course, students will have both a solid command of basic
linguistic structures and skills, in addition to a further understanding and appreciation of
Arab culture and Art. Students’ progress is assesse d through performance on weekly
assignments and projects. This year-long course is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade
students, with permission of the department and is worth the equivalent of one term of credit
from the ESA. As such, it does not count as one of five required courses, nor does it satisfy
the Deerfield language diploma requirement.
CHI100
Chinese I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is an introduction to Chinese through exposure to listening, speaking,
reading, and writing. Students learn Pinyin Romanization and simplified characters. The
course emphasis is on oral proficiency as well as mastery of basic grammar structure. Oral
proficiency is developed through the use of communication activities, including class
discussion, role-playing, group projects, and presentations. Class work is supplemented by
various technology tools and online resources.
CHI200
Chinese II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese I or the equivalent

This course is a continuation of Chinese I skills: speaking, listening, reading, and
writing. In addition, the course includes an in-depth study of grammar. Students strive for
accuracy while focusing on the ability to communicate in varied contexts and with proper
grammar. Class work is supplemented by various technology tools and online resources. Class
is conducted in Chinese.
CHI300
Chinese III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese II or the equivalent

This intermediate level course continues to develop proficiency in Chinese, emphasizing
self-expression through classroom discussions, compositions, communication activities, and
reading a variety of short stories. Students undertake a complete review of grammatical
structures. Class is conducted in Chinese and supplemented by various technology tools,
online resources, and other cultural materials.
CHI400
Chinese IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese III or the equivalent

This course aims to develop competency in advanced Chinese with an emphasis on fluency of
spoken language, reading, and writing. A variety of authentic materials is used to give
students a deeper knowledge of Chinese language, culture, history, and social issues. However
, a systematic study of Chinese vocabulary and grammar will continue to be emphasized and
practiced through the use of the textbook. Students in this class are introduced to the
format and material of the Chinese AP Language Examination. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI500
Chinese V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese IV or the equivalent

This course is for students with a high degree of proficiency in oral and written Chinese
who wish to pursue Chinese at an advanced level. Students explore a variety of texts and
materials in literature, history, social issues, culture, art, and music. Students are
encouraged to read and write critically. Independent study and research are also encouraged.
Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI699
Chinese Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This advanced course is a modern Chinese literature and writing class for students who
love to read and write. Students explore a variety of readings and practice a wide range of
writing styles in order to analyze and develop effective skills for literary analysis and
appreciation. Narrative fiction, films, poetry, and critical essays are included. Students
are expected to take an active part in class discussion. In addition, culture and history
will be an integral part of this course. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CLA450
Classics Smnr: Achilles Heal
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

No experience whatsoever in Greek, Classics, or Homer is expected or required for this
course. The Odyssey is not merely the story of Odysseus’ return from the Trojan War. It also
represents a rich, highly developed poetic tradition, replete with war-stories, sea yarns,
and tales of adventure that combined, creates a veritable tour de force of story-telling that
we know as the Odyssey. The poet of the Odyssey delights in the ability of story telling to
establish, promote, and preserve reputation. In our study of the Odyssey this spring, we will
examine this dimension of the poem as we learn to appreciate the continued power of its poet
not only to captivate and entertain, but also to ensure his own lasting fame.
FRE100
French I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is an introduction to French through exposure to listening, speaking, reading
, and writing. The course uses an aural-oral approach, which stresses oral proficiency as
well as mastery of basic grammar. Various resources include access to an online text,
technology sites (Edmodo, Voicethread, iBooksAuthor), and frequent filming of skits, songs,
and dialogues. Class is conducted in French.
FRE200
French II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French I or the equivalent

This course is focused on a continuation of the skills learned in French I through
exposure to listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course uses an aural-oral approach
with stresses oral proficiency as well as continuing the study of grammar. Various resources
include access to an online text, technology sites (Edmodo, Voicthread, iBooksAuthor), and
frequent filming of skits, songs, and dialogues. Class is conducted in French.
FRE203
French II Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French I, instructor permission, & curr teacher
approval

This accelerated intermediate level course is for students with a high degree of
aural-oral proficiency. In addition to an in-depth study of grammar, students develop
conversation skills and read a variety of short literary works from France and the
Francophone world. Language applications such as Voicethread, Explain Everything, Notability,
iBooks Author, and Book Creator will be used to enhance both written and oral production.
Class is conducted in French. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses
require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a
satisfactory manner.
FRE300
French III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French II or the equivalent

This intermediate level course uses a grammatical and thematically structured curriculum,
including a variety of readings. Using iPads, work in and out of the classroom is
supplemented by software and online resources such as Book Creator, Voicethread, Explain
Everything, YouTube, Prezi, and PowerPoint. In the course of the year, students will read
literary texts such as Le Petit Prince. Emphasis is on oral and written expression. Class is
conducted in French.
FRE303
French III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French II, instructor permission, & curr teacher
approval

This accelerated third year course emphasizes discussion and composition. A thorough
review of grammar is conducted. Students study the 19th century and read a variety of texts
by 19th-century authors. Technology sites such as Edmodo, Collaborizeclassroom, Voicethread,
iBooksAuthor, and filming of discussions and skits supplement class work. Class is conducted
in French. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial
and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE400
French IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French III or the equivalent

This course is for students who would like to pursue the study of French at a more
advanced level. Students review the fundamentals of grammar and continue to develop oral
proficiency. Technology sites such as Edmodo, Collaborizeclassroom, Voicethread, iBooksAuthor
, and filming of discussions and skits supplement class work. Students study the history of
certain periods in order to place the literature they read and read a variety of works by
writers from France and the Francophone world. Class is conducted in French.
FRE503
French IV Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French III, instructor permission, & curr teacher
approval

This accelerated course emphasizes oral proficiency, composition, and literary and oral
analysis. Students will read a variety of genres from the Francophone world. This class will
also examine French history through various films. Students are introduced to the structure
of the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination. Class is conducted in
French. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and
consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE510
French V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French IV or the equivalent

This is a literature seminar that continues to emphasize grammar and composition in order
to polish students’ writing skills. Students read works by a variety of authors from France
and the Francophone world. Oral presentations, debates and discussions are also used to
continue developing oral competency. Class is conducted in French.
FRE603
French V Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French IV, instructor permission, & curr teacher
approval

This accelerated course emphasizes oral proficiency, composition, and literary and oral
analysis. Students will read a variety of genres from the Francophone world. This class will
also examine French history through various films. This course prepares students for the
Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination. As with all honors classes at
Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to
master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE699
French Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This is a topic course for advanced speakers of French who have finished French VI-Honors
at Deerfield, or its equivent. It is a course especially designed for those students who wish
to continue their French studies. Readings will continue beyond the French VI-Honors
curriculum and explore French colonization and the questions emerging in its aftermath, both
in the colonized world and in France itself. This course may not be offered every year.
FRE703
French VI Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French V, instructor permission, & curr teacher
approval

This is a topics-based course for advanced speakers of French who have finished French
V-Honors. The course is especially designed for those students who wish to continue their
French studies at the college level. Readings explore a wide variety of topics such as issues
of contemporary France and the European Union. Open to students with permission of the
instructor. This course may not be offered every year. As with all honors classes at
Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to
master the material in a satisfactory manner.
GRE100
Greek I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This introduction to ancient Greek is offered to experienced language students who wish
to try something old and different. The goal is to learn to read ancient Greek as quickly as
possible. The pace, content, and texts are matched to the interests and experience of the
students in the class. Offered when three or more students request it, this course is open to
seniors, juniors, and, with permission of the instructor, sophomores.
GRE200
Greek II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is a continuation of Greek I, offering a review of and advance in the
fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax for qualified students. In the fall and winter terms
, students gradually engage more consistently with extended readings of authentic Ancient
Greek from the Greek literary canon. As a culmination of the course in the spring, students
will enroll in the Classics spring elective in which students engage in literary genres in
translation that are integral to the Classical tradition.
LAT100
Latin I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

The beginning course in Latin aims to provide students with the fundamental skills and
content necessary for the ongoing study of the Latin language and Classical history and
culture. The curriculum covers the elementary concepts of the language as well as the history
, cultures and geography of the Italian peninsula.
LAT200
Latin II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin I or equivalent

The continuation of the introductory Latin sequence, this course covers more complex
syntax and prepares students to read authentic Latin literature by the spring term. Readings
include passages from authors such as Augustus, Julius Caesar, Catullus and Suetonius.
History and culture topics focus on the development of the city of Rome and the spread of
Roman power and influence from the Early Republic to the Late Empire.
LAT300
Latin III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin II or equivalent

In conjunction with a systematic review of fundamentals, students engage in selected
readings of both prose and poetry. After a variety of readings in the fall, students progress
to Cicero’s ‘Somnium Scipionis’ in the winter and selections from the ‘Amores’ and
‘Metamorphoses’ of Ovid in the spring. Readings are utilized to consolidate and expand
knowledge of Latin and to increase understanding of Roman history and culture between the end
of the 2nd Punic War and the death of Augustus. The requisite grammatical material for
students who intend to take the College Board SAT II test in Latin will have been covered in
this course.
LAT500
Latin IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin III or the equivalent

This literature course provides an in depth study of the Roman national epic poem of the
age of Augustus. Through a close reading of extensive portions of the Latin text of the
Aeneid students expand their skill at reading Latin and enlarge their knowledge about the
life and history of the ancient Romans. The course covers the syllabus for AP Latin: Vergil
exam and familiarizes students with the nature of that test so that they may, if they wish,
sit for the exam in May.
LAT600
Latin V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin IV or the equivalent

This advanced course in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire asks
students to apply the skills developed/acquired in previous courses as they read more deeply
and produce more concrete analysis in both class discussions and in writing. This particular
period was one of tremendous ferment in which literary experimentation and creative
adaptation were hallmarks of the Roman cultural achievement. This achievement went hand in
hand with the political turmoil that resulted in the establishment of the principate and an
age of peace and stability known as the Pax Romana. Students will engage with a given genre
or genres and cultivate the ability to approach ancient texts critically in light of their
understanding of the historical and political context of this period. Classroom discussions
go beyond the translation of texts to explore the implicat ions of not only the thematic
content but also the style of the texts we read.
LAT699
Advanced Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

Advanced Tutorial may be offered to students who, in consultation with the department and
with its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in classical studies.
SPA100
Spanish I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is an introduction to Spanish, and it presents basic grammar and vocabulary.
Students develop their skills using text, video, and audio materials. Class is conducted in
Spanish. Open to all students; juniors and seniors need permission of the Academic Dean.
SPA200
Spanish II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish I or the equivalent

This extension of the student’s work in beginning Spanish includes an in depth study of
Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA300
Spanish III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish II or the equivalent

This course continues to develop the four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and
writing. Students study short literary works, write compositions, review basic grammar and
investigate a variety of cultural topics. The emphasis is on developing conversational
proficiency while reinforcing proper grammatical usage. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA303
Spanish III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
minimum 90% in Spanish II

This course is for students able to pursue Spanish at a more comprehensive level and
faster pace than those of Spanish III. In comparison to the Spanish III course, greater
emphasis is placed on oral work in class, the grammar review is more sophisticated, and
literary skills are more aggressively developed. Class is conducted in Spanish. With
permission of the instructor, the more successful students may move from this course to the
advanced courses, skipping Spanish IV.
SPA400
Spanish IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish III or the equivalent

This course continues to develop proficiency in Spanish through study and practice in
conversation, composition and reading. Through the study of Latin American and Spanish
literature and history, students improve critical reading, writing skills, cultural awareness
and grammatical precision. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA403
Spanish IV – Community Service
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish III or Spanish III-H

This course follows the readings and curriculum in the regular Spanish IV course but adds
a community service component. Students will teach Spanish to third and fourth graders from
Deerfield Elementary every other Wednesday during the seventy-minute period. Open to students
who have finished Spanish III or III-H at Deerfield and who wish to serve the community while
continuing with their Spanish studies. Interested students should simply sign up as a first
choice. Only 12 will be selected and those not selected will be automatically placed in
Spanish IV. This course is a full academic year commitment. Speaking with Dr. Invernizzi
about your interest before signing up typically increases the student´s chance of being
selected. You will leave this course ready to teach Spanish or English (both as a second
language) to children anywhere in the world. You will possess the tools and experience to
make your class fun, exciting and productive. Excellent if you plan on summer jobs that
require these skills.
SPA500
Spanish V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish IV or equivalent

In this course students continue to develop oral and written proficiency in Spanish
through the study of the history, culture, and literature of contemporary Spain. By analyzing
literary texts, periodicals, and film of twentieth and twenty-first century Spain, students
expand their vocabulary and develop more sophisticated language skills. Students are
introduced to the format and material of the Spanish AP Language Examination, but they are
neither required nor expected to take it. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA600
Honors Latin Amer. Literature
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This course is divided into three distinct terms. In the fall we explore Latin American
literature from its beginnings starting with pre-Columbian texts such as the Popol Vuh. Odd
and even years will read different texts yet they will all come from the Conquest and the
Colonial era. Winter term takes us to attempt longer and more contemporary texts. Some works
read may be One Hundred Years of Solitude or Leafstorm by García Márquez. In the spring,
though we typically begin with some short stories by such greats as Borges, Cortázar and
María Luisa Bombal, we also delve into the world of film. This is an honors-level, year-long
course and seniors may not drop in the spring.
MAT101
Algebra I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This is a course in first year algebra with emphasis on such topics as the properties of
the real number system, solving first degree sentences in one variable, the fundamental
operations involving polynomial and rational expressions, systems of linear equations in two
variables, fractions, factoring, ratio, proportion, variation, exponents, roots, quadratic
equations, and problem solving. All of the material of a typical first year of algebra will
be completed as well as a variety of enrichment topics.
MAT102
Algebra I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This is designed for a student who has already studied some or much of the material that
is covered in a typical first year algebra program, but who would benefit from additional
work with the topics of Algebra I. The fall term is devoted to a review of the basic skills
and ideas of Real Numbers, followed by single-variable equations and inequalities which then
leads to work with linear relations and their applications in the late fall and winter.
Students end the winter with the study of quadratic relations and their applications, and
then spend the spring term on introductions to exponential relations, probability and
statistics, and the idea of functions.
MAT201
Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Math 101/102 or the equivalent

This course is designed for students who would benefit from significant reinforcement of
topics from Algebra I as they pertain to geometric problems. The emphasis in this course is
on recognizing the geometric relationships in shapes and solids. New concepts are introduced
using inductive reasoning and exploration. Students who complete this course will be prepared
for a 300-level course.
MAT202
Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT102 or the equivalent

This course integrates material from both plane and solid geometry. However, the
development of the material requires extensive use of the skills and concepts already studied
in algebra. The major emphasis is the study of the properties of two and three dimensional
geometric figures from both a deductive and inductive reasoning approach. Additional topics
include material from analytic geometry, exercises in logic, the graphing of functions and
relations and elementary trigonometry. Students who complete this course will be prepared for
a 300-level course.
MAT203
Honors Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Outstanding ability in MAT101/102 or the
equivalent

This is an enriched version of Math 202 and is designed for the well-qualified math
student. The course covers the same geometric topics as Math 202 but in greater depth.
Students investigate additional topics at the discretion of the instructor. Successful
completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 303.
MAT301
Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT101/102 and MAT202/203

This course meets the standards of a solid course in second year algebra. However, it is
designed for students whose background indicates a need for a review of material from
previous courses. As such it moves at a somewhat slower pace than Math 302. Students who
complete this course are prepared for a 400-level mathematics course.
MAT302
Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT202/203 and MAT302/303

This course is intended for students who have achieved success in Math 102 and Math 202
or the equivalent. The material is developed with an emphasis on the functional approach and
most topics include a range of applied problems. The main focus of the course is the
analytical development of the linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic
functions. Other topics developed include an analysis of both the real and complex number
systems, systems of equations in two and three variables, and an introduction to
trigonometric functions. Students may take a 200-level and this 300-level course concurrently
. Students who complete this course are prepared for a 400-level mathematics course.
MAT303
Honors Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT202/203 and MAT302/303

This is an enriched version of Math 302 and is designed for the well-qualified student.
The course develops the same material as Math 302 but in greater depth. Students in this
class are frequently asked to solve non-routine problems and to apply familiar concepts in
new problem situations. Students may take a 200-level and this 300-level course concurrently.
Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 403.
MAT401
Functions, Statistics & Trig.
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT301/302 or the equivalent

This is intended as a follow-up to Algebra II or an equivalent course. It is designed to
complete the study of the elementary functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic,
and trigonometric). Additionally, the course will develop some material from finite
mathematics including an introduction to probability and statistics. While the topics cover a
wide range of mathematics the course does not include the rigor of a precalculus course, and
the pace allows for a review of some concepts from Algebra II. Throughout the entire course
modeling of real phenomena is emphasized. A Deerfield Academy laptop is required.
MAT402
Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT302 or the equivalent

This is a follow up to Math 302 and as such continues the development of functions and
relations. The course includes a thorough study of polynomial, rational, exponential,
logarithmic and trigonometric functions, an analytical development of conic sections, polar
equations and graphs, matrices, and an introduction to data analysis. Calculator based
graphing technology is incorporated into the course, and the instructional approach is
greatly influenced by the fact that all students have immediate access to this technology.
MAT403
Honors Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT303 or the equivalent

This is designed as a continuation of Math 303. The topics covered in this accelerated
course include all those listed under Math 402 but the pace is such that the material will be
completed by the end of the winter term. Successful completion of this course normally
advances a student to Math 603 (AP Calculus BC).
MAT450
Discrete Math. & Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT401 or the equivalent

This course follows Math 401. It is also intended for students who have completed 402 and
who do not wish to study calculus at this time. This course provides a continued emphasis on
the development of functions and relations, including a thorough study of polynomial,
rational, exponential, logarithmic, and power functions. Further, data analysis and
difference equations are used to model real world phenomena. Calculator and computer based
graphing technology are incorporated into the course.
MAT501
Calculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Math 502 and/or Math 402 or the equivalent

This course offers an introduction to the derivative and the integral. The pace of this
course allows for a review of precalculus topics when necessary.
MAT502
AP Calculus AB
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT402 or the equivalent

This course follows the Advanced Placement AB syllabus, which incorporates an
introduction to the derivative and the integral and their applications. Students in this
course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT503
AP Calculus BC
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT 403 or the equivalent

This course follows the Advanced Placement BC syllabus, which incorporates an
introduction to the derivative and the integral with their applications and work in infinite
series. This four-term course, which begins in the spring term of the sophomore or junior
year, is for students who are outstanding in mathematics. Open to students who have completed
Math 403 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics
students entering Deerfield in the fall term with demonstrated excellence in precalculus may
consult the mathematics chair as to placement in the fall. Students in this course are
required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT503A
AP Calculus BC – Spr term
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT502 or the equivalent

This course follows the Advanced Placement BC syllabus, which incorporates an
introduction to the derivative and the integral with their applications and work in infinite
series. This four-term course, which begins in the spring term of the sophomore or junior
year, is for students who are outstanding in mathematics. Open to students who have completed
Math 502 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics
students entering Deerfield in the fall term with demonstrated excellence in precalculus may
consult the mathematics chair as to placement in the fall. Students in this course are
required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT510
AP Statistics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Math 302 or 303 with permission, or Math 401 or
402

This course follows the Advanced Placement Statistics syllabus, which introduces students
to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.
Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data by observing patterns
and departures from patterns, planning a study by deciding what and how to measure,
anticipating patterns by producing models using probability and simulation, and studying
statistical inference by confirming models. May be taken concurrently with a 400-level or
higher course. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT600
Adv Calc & Diff Equations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT502/503 or the equivalent

This course is for outstanding mathematics students. The content includes work on
multivariable calculus, vector calculus, optimization problems, the calculus of fields, and
ordinary differential equations, both linear and non-linear. Mathematica, the symbolic
mathematics software, is used extensively in the course for displaying 3-D graphs, performing
advanced numerical analysis, and analyzing non-linear differential equations and systems of
such equations. A licensed copy of the software is provided to all students.
MAT700
Adv. Mathematics Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT600 or the equivalent

On an individual basis, further study in mathematics may be pursued. Topics vary from
year to year, depending on the interests of the faculty and the students, but may include
proof writing, number theory, probability, statistics, linear algebra, abstract algebra,
advanced differential equations, special functions and complex function theory. Graphics
calculators may be required.
MAT800
Independent Study in Math
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT700 and department permission

Topics not covered in MAT700 will be pursued as agreed upon by the interest of the
student and instructor.
PHI200
Ethics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

What is “the good life?” How do you define “right” and “wrong”? What do you do when
confronted with an important decision that pits “right vs. right”? Students explore and
sharpen their own moral reasoning as they investigate the strengths and weaknesses of major
ethical theories. The class grapples with the ideas of such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle,
Mill, Kant, Bentham, and Hobbes. Class discussions focus on the applications of theories to
ethical issues and personal stories. Assessment includes analytical writing and independent
research projects.
PHI300
Eastern Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

“The more you know, the less you understand.” Lao Tzu. Together we will explore the
incredibly rich landscape of Eastern philosophy. While deceptively simple, our texts
invariably lead to meaningful self-discovery and insights about the world. The students will
be asked to consider the significance and relevance of these perspectives. Can they help us
navigate our own lives? Have they subtly influenced western thought when we were not looking?
Along with the classic texts of Western interpretation, we will consider works such as Zen in
the Art of Archery, Tao Te Ching, What the Buddha Taught, and The Analects of Confucius.
PHI400
Political Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Should there be a government? If so, what should be its responsibilities? What should be
the extent of its authority? This course explores classic and contemporary debates in
political philosophy. The students undertake a rigorous and critical examination of classic
texts on issues such as leadership, justice, civil disobedience, human rights, and social
contract theory. Texts by influential political theorists (including Sophocles, Plato, Locke,
Marx, Nietzsche, Rawls) supplement a discussion of present day issues. Lively class
discussions and independent research projects help students develop their ability to merge
politics and philosophy.
REL200
The Bible
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

The course examines themes in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. A close reading of
selected sections of The Bible provides the basis for examination of the historical and
ethical significance of this literature.
REL300
Native America
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

“My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life.” With these words, Black Elk
retrospectively compounds deeply experienced Native sorrow with a profound reverence for all
life, in whatever form and color it may come. It is true that Native people inhabited the
Americas well before the “white man” arrived from Europe on large ships in the 16th century.
The contributions of Native cultures are inextricably tied to the American story, and few
regions are as ripe for inquiry in this regard as Deerfield. This course begins to tell the
story of Native peoples through their history, their spirituality and their present lives on
reservations. Particular attention will be given to the Native populations that consider the
land of their people to be in the New England states and southeastern Canadian provinces.
During the fall long weekend in October students will be invited to participate in a
multi-day off-campus cultural immersion experience in Kahnawake, Quebec, as guests of the
Mohawk community.
REL400
Religions of the World
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

The course begins with an examination and analysis of religious questions in the broadest
sense. What is religion? What does religion attempt to explain? How can one be a “successful”
adherent to this tradition? Students then survey major world religions: Hinduism, Jainism,
Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Class discussion and independent reading focus on
the great books of these religions in an attempt to discover both the common and the unique
elements.
ANA400
The Musculoskeletal System
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

This a detailed examination of the musculoskeletal system in form, function, and
pathology. Students will learn the entire human skeleton and muscular system, examining other
species for similarities and differences, and will explore musculoskeletal pathologies in
clinical groups. Topics will include tissue development and repair, tissue mechanics, and
recent medical advancements. Group and individual presentations are required on a biweekly
schedule.
ANA410
Organ Systems
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Biology & completion of science graduation
requirement

This a detailed examination of the nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.
Detailed studies of cardiac function, nerve conductance, and respiratory mechanics will lead
into clinical groups specializing in pathologies of these systems. Group and individual
presentations are required on a biweekly schedule.
AST400
Evolution of the Solar System
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

This course examines the region of space that surrounds us most closely, our solar system
. Topics covered in this course include the sky and celestial motions; ancient astronomy;
gravity, orbits, and the formation of the solar system. The course also examines the
formation and lifecycle of our Sun and the stars in addition to the planets that orbit our
Sun and other stars. Additionally, the course explores the origin of life on Earth, our
search for life beyond our planet and the Sun. May also be taken as PHY 400.
AST410
Cosmology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

Cosmology is the study of the beginning of everything, the evolution of the Universe
itself. How old is the Universe and how do we know? What lies beyond the reach of our Sun,
beyond the Milky Way? Does the Universe have an end in space and time or does it extend to
infinity? The course examines the evidence humans have gathered to support our idea of how it
all began and how it will all end. The course includes Einstein’s theories of Special and
General Relativity, Dark Energy and the physics of black holes. The course will examine the
“BIG” questions, what we think the answers are, how we have come to those conclusions and
what the next era of research will entail. May also be taken as PHY410
AST600
Astrophysics Research
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Phy 1A or AP B excellence,BC Calc enrollment,or
permission

This is a three-term research course in which student teams conduct a year-long
investigation in astrophysics or cosmology. Astrophysics is an effort to understand how
everything in the universe works, from black holes to galaxies. Cosmology is a study of the
nature of the universe itself that addresses questions like, “How did the universe begin?”
and “What is the ultimate fate of the universe?” This course will begin with a survey of many
fascinating topics in astrophysics and cosmology. This survey will serve to spark interests
and questions students may like to pursue through research. Students will then work in groups
using quantitative research methods to investigate questions of interest to the group using
existing data. Examples of potential projects include modeling exploding stars (supernovae)
that can briefly outshine entire galaxies, and u sing galaxy clusters as cosmic telescopes to
study the first galaxies to form in the universe over 13 billion years ago. Students in this
course will develop skills that will serve them in a variety of career paths, including
research methods, critical analysis of other’s research, effective collaboration, and how to
communicate one’s work accessibly. Students will leave this course with a better
understanding of the field of astronomical research generally, as well as an in-depth
understanding of their chosen topics and those of other groups.
BIO400
Biology I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry

This is an introductory biology course. Through guided inquiry activities and thorough
self-designed investigations students will explore central understandings in the discipline
of biology. The topics of evolution, ecology, genetics, and anatomy will serve as vehicles
for students in the application of the scientific process.
BIO403
Biology I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry

This single period class is intended for students with a high proficiency in chemistry.
Biology IA is a comprehensive introductory survey of biology. The themes of molecular biology
, cell biology, genetics, anatomy, ecology and evolution provide the conceptual framework of
the course. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II subject test upon completion.
BIO500
AP Biology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry

Advanced Placement Biology is a demanding college-level course designed for students with
high aptitude and strong interest in science. The underlying principles of evolution, cell
biology, genetics and systems interactions are developed in depth in accordance with the
course syllabus issued by the College Board for Fall 2012. Emphasis is placed on
inquiry-based laboratory activities and student-centered projects that complement the
lectures and discussions. Students are expected to take the AP Biology examination upon
completion of the course.
BIO600
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Biology & instructor permission
Excellence in science
This course is designed to involve students in all aspects of orthopaedic research,
including literature searches, critical reading, experimental protocol design, experiment
execution, computer modeling, data collection, data analysis, and multimedia project
presentations. Delving into the overlap between engineering and anatomy, students work in
small teams based on common interests, sharing daily workload and developing their own
specialties within the group. Topics to-date have included bruise mechanics, modeling Medial
Tibial Stress Syndrome, meta-analyses of child abuse symptoms, studies of intimate partner
violence cases both present and historical, arthropod exoskeleton mechanics, and general
functional anatomy. Course expectations are for students to work collaboratively in teams,
generate weekly progress reports, manuscript production, and often in collaboration with
professionals outside Deerfield. This course requires team work outside of standard class
hours.
BIO620
Experimental Neurology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Biology and instructor permission

From a conceptual perspective, Experimental Neurology will study cell physiology,
neurotransmitter biochemistry and neuroanatomy. Experimentally, students will explore
signaling in cockroach neurons. Students will construct microelectronic circuit boards
allowing for cell-to-cell signals to be measured from short-lasting voltage spikes in which
the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls; indicative of an action
potential. Furthermore, short-term cell cultures will be initiated for purposes of studying
cellular structure. Imaging and photography of cell cultures will be used to understand
function from structure.
CHE300
Chemistry I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics I/IA or department permission

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the fundamental properties of
matter that provides the foundation for the development of quantitative models of chemical
systems. Laboratory work, guided inquiry learning, group discussion and lecture are
integrated into most aspects of the year’s work. Students who do very well in this course may
elect to take the SAT II Chemistry test at the end of the year.
CHE303
Chemistry I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics or concurrent Algebra II or H Geometry

The course is intended for students with high aptitude for science and math. Chemistry I
Accelerated emphasizes inquiry learning through the development of problem solving and
laboratory skills. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II Chemistry test upon the
completion of this course. The exceptional student who is considering ChemIA might
alternatively consider enrolling in AP Chemistry.
CHE500
AP Chemistry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent or completed Honors Algebra II

This is a chemistry course for students with strong interest in science and exceptional
quantitative skills. Meeting daily over double periods, the course meticulously covers the AP
lecture syllabus and laboratory syllabus. Students are expected to take the AP exam upon
completion of this course.
COM300
Intro to Java Programming
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

In this course students with little to no computer programming experience learn the
basics of the Java programming language. Students also learn algorithmic thinking, and
program design. This is a hands-on course and students learn to program by programming both
individually and in small teams. Students learn condition, loops, arrays, and dictionaries.
Modular, function-based programming is stressed.
COM310
Programming Robots
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Using the Scribbler 2 robotics system and the Python programming language students are
introduced to the basic concepts of programming using a high-level language. Students learn
the iterative process of programming and debugging. This is a hands-on lab based course where
each student gets their own robot and learns to problem solve and program it to interact with
the real world. Control structures, such as conditional statements and loops are emphasized.
This course culminates in fun, non-competitive challenge-based performances.
COM500
AP Computer Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent Honors Precalculus or instructor
permission

This is a course for students who have a serious interest in studying computer science.
In this course students learn an object-oriented approach to programming, with the emphasis
being on problem solving, algorithm development, and data structures. The course is demanding
and requires significant work out of class. Students are expected to take the AP Computer
Science A exam upon completion of this course.
COM600
Advanced Computer Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Computer Science

This course follows AP Computer Science. Students study advanced topics including lists
and trees, computer design, real world processing and problem solving with robotics. Students
learn electronics and how to create function, interactive autonomous devices. Topics vary
somewhat from year to year and student interests can help shape projects and areas of study.
GEO400
Geomorphology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

This course describes the physical and topographical features of the Earth. Features are
categorized by the processes that formed them and provide clues to the history of the planet.
The effects of climactic and geological processes are considered over the geological time
scale, with students becoming familiarized with the processes and resulting rock types and
formations. This is an outdoor field laboratory course as well as a laboratory practical one.
PHY200
Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This is an introductory physics course. Through guided inquiry, group discussion, and
hands on investigations students will come to a functional understanding of the principles of
physics. We study phenomena including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and others
. Students create their own experiments, test their ideas, engineer and build their own
structures and communicate their ideas to others. This course focuses on the concepts,
principles, and ways of thinking that will underlie students’ further study of science.
PHY203
Physics I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Algebra I

This is an introductory physics course with an emphasis on data collection and analysis.
Through guided inquiry, group discussions, and hands on investigations students will come to
a functional understanding of the principles of physics. Students will investigate phenomena
from the major themes of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and others. Students
will create their own experiments and be pushed to uncover, explain and extend patterns and
principles in nature. This will be done through extensive use of computer-based data
acquisition and analysis.
PHY400
Evolution of the Solar System
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

This course examines the region of space that surrounds us most closely, our solar system
. Topics covered in this course include the sky and celestial motions; ancient astronomy;
gravity, orbits, and the formation of the solar system. The course also examines the
formation and lifecycle of our Sun and the stars in addition to the planets that orbit our
Sun and other stars. Additionally, the course explores the origin of life on Earth, our
search for life beyond our planet and the Sun. May also be taken as AST400.
PHY410
Cosmology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of science graduation requirements

Cosmology is the study of the beginning of everything, the evolution of the Universe
itself. How old is the Universe and how do we know? What lies beyond the reach of our Sun,
beyond the Milky Way? Does the Universe have an end in space and time or does it extend to
infinity? The course examines the evidence humans have gathered to support our idea of how it
all began and how it will all end. The course includes Einstein’s theories of Special and
General Relativity, Dark Energy and the physics of black holes. The course will examine the
“BIG” questions, what we think the answers are, how we have come to those conclusions and
what the next era of research will entail. May also be taken as AST410
PHY420
Physics II: EV Engineering
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics and an additional lab science

Students design and build an electric vehicle and then enter the vehicle in a culminating
Electrathon competition. Beyond operational vehicle design and construction considerations,
students aim to build energy efficient vehicles. Theoretically and through practical
implementation, students study topics including, thermodynamics,
oxidation/reduction/electrochemistry, internal battery resistance, DC motors, fuses, switches
, motor controllers, variable resistors, aerodynamics and rolling resistance. In the course,
experiments are conducted that lead to informed conclusions regarding choices of materials,
energy storage systems and mechanics. Student construction of vehicles and their parts are
accomplished by work with tools in a shop/laboratory.
PHY500
AP Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Algebra II

This course is intended for students with a strong aptitude for science and a keen
interest in the physical world. The introductory physics syllabus is covered in depth and at
a rapid pace. Major topics include mechanics, the study of motion and forces, energy and
momentum; electricity and magnetism; geometric optics, waves and light. An advanced-level
textbook is used, and emphasis is placed on the development of problem-solving skills.
Students will be prepared to take the SAT II Physics Test upon completion of the course.
Students are expected to take the AP Physics B exam.
PHY550
AP Physics C
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Past or current Calculus BC and first year
physics

This is a second year course for students who have a serious interest in studying physics
beyond the introductory level. The AP syllabus is followed as the major themes of physics are
studied in detail through lecture, laboratory and demonstration. This course regularly uses
double periods, and the out of class work can be extensive and demanding. Students are
expected to take the AP Physics examination.
PHY600
Physics II: Exp Design/Robots
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Precalculus

This course is rooted in the idea that people learn best when actively engaged in
projects that are sustained, personally meaningful, and enjoyable. Through both research and
engineering design students learn the fundamentals of experimental design, data collection
and analysis. Students will work in teams to solve problems of common interest. Topics in the
past have included ballistics optimization, robotics, renewable energy assessment, and
computational simulations of complex systems.
SCI500
AP Capstone: Global H20
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry

Clean water is essential for the living world and the global economy, but the earth’s
supply of uncontaminated water is in danger of disappearing. This course will examine sources
of fresh water, global competition for this resource, the mitigation of pollution, and the
legal issues associated with the struggle to acquire and use water. Issues surrounding the
availability and use of clean water will be explored at local, national, and global levels by
means of investigative case studies. Through research and inquiry, students will evaluate the
“triple bottom line” by analyzing the economic, social, and environmental impacts of each
case. Employing an interdisciplinary approach designed to foster inquiry, global awareness,
and independent thinking, this seminar will feature guided discussion, student presentations,
guest speakers, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local sites. Fall and winter term case
studies will prepare students for team projects and individual presentations in the spring.
This course must be taken concurrently with American Currents – ENG550. To receive the AP
credential, students must continue with research and a capstone project during senior year.
SCI510
AP Environmental Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry or department permission

Advanced Placement Environmental Science is a challenging double-period course designed
for students with a strong interest in environmental issues. The central theme of global
sustainability is developed through lectures and debates and specific topics are explored by
means of case studies, laboratory activities and field trips to local sites. The material is
multi-disciplinary in nature and students are encouraged to draw upon a wide range of
academic resources, including readings in sociology, ethics, economics, law and ecology.
Students are expected to take the AP Environmental Science examination.
SCI600
Forensic Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry

This full-year science research course is a hands-on, in-depth examination of several of
the major fields of forensic science necessary in today’s post-CSI world. With criminals now
being warned to wear gloves and remove bloodstains, the fields of trace evidence, forensic
anthropology, and forensic toxicology have become more important than ever. Each term,
students will be exposed to the evidence-gathering methods of a different field. The students
will then use their understanding to independently investigate a series of re-enacted crimes.
SCI690
Is That True?
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Global H2O or any AP science and department
permission

Through the implementation of novel technologies, science clearly has a profound impact
on every citizen of the modern world. Additionally, many of the news stories presented by the
media stem from scientific discoveries or technological breakthroughs. Interestingly, a large
number of these so-called accomplishments are not true. Numerous policy and
resource-allocation decisions in the public and private sector are rationalized by the
science literature; it would behoove us to distinguish between fact and fiction. In this
course we will develop the ability to do so.
ART100
Intro to Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Taylor
P3
This course is intended to be a first experience in the visual arts. It prepares students
for AP Studio Art by introducing the fundamentals of drawing and painting – line, form,
composition, and color – through a variety of assignments involving the still life,
perspective, and interior spaces. A brief survey into 19th and 20th century art is included.
ART200
Digital Photography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course provides a foundation in the formal elements of photography while exploring
the potential for creative expression and visual narrative. Students begin with exercises
that address composition, depth of field, and contrast, and lead to theme-based projects that
allow for personal interpretation. Emphasis is placed on the history and appreciation of
photography as a major art form.
ART210
Videography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This is a workshop course, offering hands-on experience in creating original videos. From
writing screenplays and developing camera techniques, to editing with iMovie and
synchronizing sound, this course involves the production of several experimental videos.
Highlights from the history of film/video and a substantial library of previous student work
will be studied for inspiration.
ART220
Advanced Videography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
ART 210

This course builds on skills covered in the introductory videography course, while
providing an opportunity for unique collaboration and ambitious independent work under the
tutelage of the instructor.
ART230
Graphics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Principles and elements of two-dimensional architectural design and representation are
taught using both traditional and digital media. Projects range from drawing traditional
architectural drawings (plan, section, and elevation) by hand and with AutoCAD to rendering
drawings using colored pencils and watercolors.
ART243
Visual Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Projects in this course are inspired by major movements throughout art history and are
designed to teach the essential elements and principles of design. A variety of tools are
employed, including drawing and painting media, digital photography, and Photoshop. Students
develop original solutions to assignments by brainstorming, drawing from observation, and
synthesizing multiple sources. All projects conclude with a verbal and/or written critique.
ART300
Design for Human Impact
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Whether presenting operating instructions, safety information, statistics, advertisements
, or legal arguments, graphics often serve a critical role in guiding-—and responding
to—-human needs and behaviors. In this course, students will learn a Design Thinking process
that first considers human factors and then provides the critical tools and techniques needed
to develop impactful solutions. Students will use Design Thinking and graphics to solve
real-world problems ranging from the merely inconvenient to the truly life-threatening.
ART410
Architectural Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Students receive instruction in architectural design, drafting, planning, and materials
and construction methods. Floor plans, elevations, sections, and axonometric view drawings
are prepared as students design a condominium during the first term. Studio work is
supplemented with readings in the history of architecture.
ART500
AP Art History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Exploring history through artworks offers a fresh approach for understanding our global
community and is an effective way to review significant events from a visual perspective.
From prehistory to the present, artworks are examined in the context of their era’s dominant
ideas, political events, economic factors, and social structure. This approach examines a
significant canon of painting, sculpture, and architecture and prepares students for the AP
Art History exam in May. Visual literacy, critical assessment, analytical reading, class
discussions, and written expression will enable students to decode art, learn from it, and
appreciate the extraordinary creativity of people throughout history.
ART510
AP Studio Art (Photography)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This course expands on the Digital Photography course and includes aspects of the Visual
Design curriculum, with continued emphasis on formal skills and creative problem-solving. The
first half of the course is devoted to the elements and principles of design, while the
second half of the year involves a self-selected thematic concentration, using the medium of
photography. Digital and film cameras will be employed along with 19th, 20th, and 21st
century printing processes, including the wet darkroom. Students assume a photographic lab
fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The submission of an A.P. portfolio is
required. May be taken as 6th course: ART510P – (p/f).
ART510P
AP Studio Art (Photo) (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This course expands on the Digital Photography course and includes aspects of the Visual
Design curriculum, with continued emphasis on formal skills and creative problem-solving. The
first half of the course is devoted to the elements and principles of design, while the
second half of the year involves a self-selected thematic concentration, using the medium of
photography. Digital and film cameras will be employed along with 19th, 20th, and 21st
century printing processes, including the wet darkroom. Students assume a photographic lab
fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The submission of an A.P. portfolio is
required.
ART520
AP Drawing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This course involves concentrated study in drawing and follows the Advanced Placement
syllabus. scaThe fall begins with a review of fundamental technique and includes design
principles, creative process, historical perspectives and contemporary trends. Each student
is expected to do outside reading and studio work and to prepare an AP portfolio during the
spring term. All students are required to submit the eventual portfolio. Students assume a
photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. May be taken as 6th
course: ART520P – (p/f)
ART520P
AP Drawing (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

This course involves concentrated study in drawing and follows the Advanced Placement
syllabus. scaThe fall begins with a review of fundamental technique and includes design
principles, creative process, historical perspectives and contemporary trends. Each student
is expected to do outside reading and studio work and to prepare an AP portfolio during the
spring term. All students are required to submit the eventual portfolio. Students assume a
photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio.
ART530P
AP Studio Art (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission

Similar to AP Drawing, this course also includes work with color, painting, and sculpture
. Students will study contemporary trends in Western Art and participate in field trips to
museums. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their
portfolio. Enrollment with permission of the instructor.
ART600
Topics: Post AP Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended for the student who desires to pursue visual art beyond the
Advanced Placement studio art syllabus. The major focus is on studio work: drawing, painting
and sculpting in the style of a number of contemporary artists. Students gain a broader
perspective through slide lectures from visiting artists, field trips and films. From
Brunelleschi’s principles of linear perspective, to the palette of Monet’s haystacks, to
Christo’s wrapped coast, students discuss the importance of self-expression, and moments of
inspiration. “All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.”
(Grant Wood). May be taken as 6th course: ART600P – (p/f).
ART600P
Topics: Post AP Studio (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended for the student who desires to pursue visual art beyond the
Advanced Placement studio art syllabus. The major focus is on studio work: drawing, painting
and sculpting in the style of a number of contemporary artists. Students gain a broader
perspective through slide lectures from visiting artists, field trips and films. From
Brunelleschi’s principles of linear perspective, to the palette of Monet’s haystacks, to
Christo’s wrapped coast, students discuss the importance of self-expression, and moments of
inspiration. “All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.”
(Grant Wood).
ART690
Architecture Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Advanced Architecture

This is a project-based independent study for those who have completed Advanced
Architecture.
ART693
Video Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

ART694
Photography Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

ART700
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Drawing/Studio and Topics in Contemporary Art

This advanced course is for students who have exhausted the drawing/painting curriculum
including the AP level and “Topics in Contemporary Art”. Students will pursue a theme and
prepare work for a group show to be installed in the school gallery during late winter term.
May be taken as 6th course: ART700P – (p/f)
ART700P
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)(p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Drawing/Studio and Topics in Contemporary Art

This advanced course is for students who have exhausted the drawing/painting curriculum
including the AP level and “Topics in Contemporary Art”. Students will pursue a theme and
prepare work for a group show to be installed in the school gallery during late winter term.
DAN150
Intro to Dance
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended to be a first experience in dance. Elementary level boys and
girls study a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop.
This course also addresses the creative aspect of making dances through improvisation and
choreography. There is an emphasis on injury prevention for athletes through Pilates and yoga
classes. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter
and spring terms. May be taken as 6th course: DAN150P – (p/f).
DAN150P
Intro to Dance (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended to be a first experience in dance. Elementary level boys and
girls study a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop.
This course also addresses the creative aspect of making dances through improvisation and
choreography. There is an emphasis on injury prevention for athletes through Pilates and yoga
classes. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter
and spring terms.
DAN200
Dance I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory
level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for
this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled
in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts. May be taken as
6th course: DAN200P – (p/f).
DAN200P
Dance I (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory
level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for
this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled
in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts.
DAN300
Dance II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory
level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for
this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled
in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts. May be taken as
a 6th course: DAN300P – (p/f).
DAN300P
Dance II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory
level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for
this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled
in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts.
DAN400
Dance III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is geared towards the serious student of dance and is designed to meet
individual needs. Upper level intermediate dancers will train in a variety of techniques
including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. They’ll have the opportunity to
choreograph a dance collaboratively for our Student Choreography Showcase in the winter, and
rehearse a dance with a professional choreographer for our Spring Dance Concert. Students can
sign up either the full year, or two terms (winter & spring).May be taken as 6th course:
DAN400P – (p/f).
DAN400P
Dance III (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is geared towards the serious student of dance and is designed to meet
individual needs. Upper level intermediate dancers will train in a variety of techniques
including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. They’ll have the opportunity to
choreograph a dance collaboratively for our Student Choreography Showcase in the winter, and
rehearse a dance with a professional choreographer for our Spring Dance Concert. Students can
sign up either the full year, or two terms (winter & spring).
DAN500
Adv. Dance Ensemble
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is appropriate for dancers who are proficient in the techniques offered
through the program. Advanced dancers explore the craft of group choreography as well as the
art of the solo. Student work is showcased in all of our dance concerts, and there are also
opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year. May be taken as 6th
course: DAN500P – (p/f).
DAN500P
Adv. Dance Ensemble (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course is appropriate for dancers who are proficient in the techniques offered
through the program. Advanced dancers explore the craft of group choreography as well as the
art of the solo. Student work is showcased in all of our dance concerts, and there are also
opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year.
DAN600
Dance Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Adv. Dance Ensemble

This class is tailored to meet the individual needs of the advanced dancer. Students work
closely with the dance faculty and guest choreographers on solo and group choreography for
all of our performances. May also be taken as 6th course: DAN600P – (p/f).
DAN600P
Dance Tutorial (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Adv. Dance Ensemble

This class is tailored to meet the individual needs of the advanced dancer. Students work
closely with the dance faculty and guest choreographers on solo and group choreography for
all of our performances.
MUS200
Fundamentals of Music
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Working with the elements of music – melody, harmony, rhythm and timbre – students
develop their understanding of music through studying basic keyboard, composition and a wide
range of literature and performance styles. How are the elements of music used to create
distinctive styles? How do composers generate and develop their ideas? Music studied will
include pop, folk, jazz, film and art music. Course work will include listening, analysis,
class presentations and original composition.
MUS300
Academy Chorus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Students will receive instruction in singing technique, musicianship, music literacy, and
ear training, while learning a wide variety of repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present
. Students enrolled in the Academy Chorus are eligible to audition for the select a cappella
groups (the all-male Mellow-Ds and the all-female Rhapso-Ds). May be taken as 6th course:
MUS300P – (p/f).
MUS300P
Academy Chorus (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Students will receive instruction in singing technique, musicianship, music literacy, and
ear training, while learning a wide variety of repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present
. Students enrolled in the Academy Chorus are eligible to audition for the select a cappella
groups (the all-male Mellow-Ds and the all-female Rhapso-Ds).
MUS310
Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion
players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind
chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands.
Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are
drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique,
intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills. May be taken as 6th
course: MUS310P – (p/f).
MUS310P
Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion
players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind
chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands.
Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are
drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique,
intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills.
MUS320
Chamber Music/Orchestra
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course provides opportunities for instrumental musicians to collaborate, rehearse,
and perform in a variety of ensemble settings. Ensemble assignments are made by the course
instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff.
Students regularly coach each other in a uniquely collaborative seminar format, exploring
questions of performance practice, technique, history, theory, and performance psychology
while studying great works of chamber music literature. This course is open by audition to
string players (violin, viola, violoncello, and contrabass), pianists, and wind players who
demonstrate sufficient proficiency to play repertoire for chamber ensemble. May be taken as
6th course: MUS320P – (p/f).
MUS320P
Chamber Music/Orchestra (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course provides opportunities for instrumental musicians to collaborate, rehearse,
and perform in a variety of ensemble settings. Ensemble assignments are made by the course
instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff.
Students regularly coach each other in a uniquely collaborative seminar format, exploring
questions of performance practice, technique, history, theory, and performance psychology
while studying great works of chamber music literature. This course is open by audition to
string players (violin, viola, violoncello, and contrabass), pianists, and wind players who
demonstrate sufficient proficiency to play repertoire for chamber ensemble.
MUS500
AP Music Theory
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

Music is a language: this course examines and develops skill in using that language.
Following a brief introduction to the rudiments of notation (clefs, pitch, and rhythm), most
of the year is spent exploring structure and organization in music (tonality, meter, form,
and the four elements), and mastering idioms that convey meaning. Class and homework time is
divided between written work, ear training, and composition. Written work includes
counterpoint and figured bass realization. Aural skills are developed through regular melodic
and 4-part harmonic dictation, and through sight-singing. Composition offers opportunities
for students to apply their theoretical knowledge, to practice creating and developing
musical ideas, and to experiment with expressing themselves in this abstract language.
Students who do well in this course will be prepared to take the Music Theory AP examination
in May.
THE200
Acting I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of THE100 or THE105

This course explores the basic principles of acting including ensemble building,
improvisation, voice, movement, textual analysis and theater vocabulary. Class assignments
include writing and performing monologues and presenting scenes and projects. Students also
explore various texts from classical to contemporary. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS
NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: THE200P – (p/f).
THE200P
Acting I (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course explores the basic principles of acting including ensemble building,
improvisation, voice, movement, textual analysis and theater vocabulary. Class assignments
include writing and performing monologues and presenting scenes and projects. Students also
explore various texts from classical to contemporary. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS
NECESSARY.
THE300
Acting II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Completion of THE240 or THE245 or permission of
instructor

This course follows Acting I and is a more in-depth study of the actor’s craft. Building
on the techniques learned in Acting I, students explore more challenging texts and continue
to develop their ability to analyze and perform more complex characters. Ensemble work
continues to be the foundation of this class and students will continue to strengthen their
voice, movement and interpretive skills. Students will also have the opportunity to study
plays and theater practitioners from around the world. May be taken as 6th course: THE300P –
(p/f).
THE300P
Acting II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP

This course follows Acting I and is a more in-depth study of the actor’s craft. Building
on the techniques learned in Acting I, students explore more challenging texts and continue
to develop their ability to analyze and perform more complex characters. Ensemble work
continues to be the foundation of this class and students will continue to strengthen their
voice, movement and interpretive skills. Students will also have the opportunity to study
plays and theater practitioners from around the world.
THE500
Tutorial in Acting & Directing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
THE300 or instructor permission

After completing Acting I and II, committed and experienced acting students are
encouraged to progress to a more advanced study of acting. Students are encouraged to
contribute to the development of a creative ensemble as well as develop their
self-sufficiency as actors. In addition to learning advanced acting techniques, a major
performance project is presented at the end of the term. May be taken as 6th course: THE500P
- (p/f).
THE500P
Tutorial in Act & Dir (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
THE300 or instructor permission

After completing Acting I and II, committed and experienced acting students are
encouraged to progress to a more advanced study of acting. Students are encouraged to
contribute to the development of a creative ensemble as well as develop their
self-sufficiency as actors. In addition to learning advanced acting techniques, a major
performance project is presented at the end of the term.