Deerfield Academy 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. Courses which include “AP” in the title prepare students for the AP examination. Courses designated “AP” without those letters appearing in the course title have been shown to prepare students for the exam, but students should consult with their instructors.

ENG200
Voice & Vision
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12
FWS
FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Developing their distinctive, expressive voices as writers and clear visions as readers, ninth graders explore familiar and unfamiliar realms in literary genres drawn from sources across time and the world. In formal and informal written responses, students begin to recognize their individual styles and refine their techniques. An examination of the fundamentals of English grammar, mechanics, and punctuation complements the seminar study of literature. All ninth graders write and deliver a literary reading and participate in a poetry contest.
ENG300
Defining Literary Traditions
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12
FWS
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Tenth-grade 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, Romantic poets, nineteenth-century novelists, and post-colonial authors. Tenth-graders also select, memorize, and deliver a declamation from a literary work.
ENG500
American Dreams
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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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 AnziaYezierska.
ENG503
American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
An interdisciplinary course combining honors U.S. History and eleventh-grade English, American Studies tracks intersecting threads of history, literature, art, and culture throughout the development of the United States. By examining contemporary sources as well asthe works of historians, artists, filmmakers, and writers looking back on the past, students develop a nuanced understanding of the political, cultural, intellectual, and social forces that shaped the country and continue to influence the present. Close analysis of primary and secondary sources, discussion and debate, research, and reflection will form the foundation for a variety of creative and analytical assessments that ask students to advance arguments of their own about the challenges and opportunities inherent in the country’s evolution. Meeting for two periods each day, American Studies is a team-taught course that also preparesstudents for AP exams in US History and English. Selection is made by the department
ENG506
American Echoes
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Carl Sagan once declared, “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.” What is literature, then, if not the echo of words spoken years ago? In this course we will seek to hear such echoes in the work of American authors who sought to give voice to the country they knew, thecountry they suffered for, the country they dreamed of. We will also attempt to discern in these writers the various ways their poems, stories, and plays speak not simply to the readerbut to one another as well. In addition to core texts from Fitzgerald, Whitman, and Dickinson, we will likely encounter novels from Cather, Twain, Chopin, and Kesey; poetry from Frost, Hughes, and Stevens; short stories from Poe, Walker, and London; and drama from Arthur Millerand Lorraine Hansberry.
ENG507
American Freedom
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10
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12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
From Frederick Douglass to James Baldwin, from W.E.B. DuBois to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,Black authors have navigated a complex set of concerns around the meanings of Black racial identity in America. Black novelists, poets, and playwrights have utilized literature to makesense of the Black American experience, to reflect on the formation of a cohesive self in a world awash with anti-Black imagery, and to bring readers to greater knowledge about the country as a whole. These Black authors’ work provides a standpoint by which to consider not only questions of Blackness but of gender, class, ability, sexuality, and power and justice more broadly. This course will investigate these concerns through reading, writing, and talking about a wide range of material. Students will hone their skills as close readers as they attend to the nuances of our course texts, develop their analytical and creative voices while writing a series of argumentative and personal pieces including the junior declamation,and grow as seminarians while engaged in a collective search for meaning. Possible texts include works by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, W.E.B. DuBois, Nella Larsen, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Adrienne Kennedy, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, Colson Whitehead, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates,and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
ENG509
American Understandings
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
We typically come to new understanding through our own experience. And so in this course we will explore the many ways writers across the American experience have captured particularunderstandings of what it means to live and work and write inside the American context, within its particular history, cultural preoccupations and assumptions. What do we see and hear in these texts? What questions do we hear these writers asking? And in what ways do the texts ask us to interrogate our own preoccupations and assumptions? Our reading will offer opportunity to consider issues of class, race, gender, power and social justice (among other forces), as we seek to situate our own experiences, arrive at our own new understandings. Students will hone their skills as close readers and seminarians, writers and editors, as we encounter works by Melville, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Morrison, Whitehead, Lahiri, Solnit, Alexie, Dickinson, Diaz, Kushner, and Akhtar.
ENG511
In the American Grain
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
What does it mean to write, and to live, in the American grain? When William Carlos Williams sought to answer that question, he looked to the diverse origins of the country’s character in the innovators who defined its historical past. Similarly, most efforts to teachand study creative writing in America have begun with the premise that writing what’s new is inextricably linked to reading what’s come before. With that in mind, this three-genre creative writing workshop offers a survey of American literature focused on works that were deemed creative, or innovative, in their time. As we survey the innovations of the past, we’ll use their works as a lens for looking closely at how to write creatively in the present. We’ll read poets like Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Nathaniel Mackey, short story writers and novelists like Thomas Pynchon, Donald Barthelme, and Lydia Davis, and essayists like Williams, David Antin, and Eliot Weinberger, in addition to recent works by Claudia Rankine and Maggie Nelson which intertwine aspects of multiple genres. As we study each genre, students will create, present, workshop, and revise significant works of their own in that genre. Although most writing will be creative in nature, students will practice their critical and analytical writing skills in responses to work written by their peers.
ENG560
American Voices
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
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W
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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 bydiscussing 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.
ENG610
Future Shock: Contemp. Lit.
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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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 andgrowing 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.
ENG618
Poetry Now!
9
10
11
12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
“Poetry is news that stays news,” said poet Ezra Pound.”Poetry makes nothing happen,” said poet W.H. Auden, on the other hand. Meanwhile, poet Muriel Rukeyser, in her seminal book, The Life of Poetry, argues that the creative life is the only meaningfully engaged life a responsible person can live. In this course, we’ll attempt to bridge some of the distances between these three positions about poetry and the world. In addition to reading widely from contemporary poetry published by living, breathing citizens of the world, we’ll read the news, perform some experiments to see whether poetry does or doesn’t make anything happen, and engage fully with the responsibilities of the creative life. In an effort to extend the concerns of the course into the contemporary world beyond the Pocumtuck Valley, we’ll make efforts to enter into dialogue with poets and publishers as we read their work, and to attendpoetry readings at local colleges. Students will have the opportunity to write, share, and discuss their own poetry throughout the year. By the end of the course, students should be fluent readers of contemporary poetry in print and on the internet, as well as being preparedto engage in meaningful conversations about poetry, artistic process, and current events.
ENG622
Jazz Age and Lost Generation
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Paris, Harlem, Greenwich Village: Why were these places such powerful magnets for a generation of writers, artists, and musicians? Students will discover how a diverse range of Americans at home and abroad responded to the cultural climate of the 1920s, a decade characterized by enormous artistic upheaval in the midst of a balloon of economic prosperity.Special attention will be paid to the space Paris, Harlem, and Greenwich Village occupied in the cultural imagination of the 1920s. Students will not only study literature but also how jazz has shaped modernism in American poetry and fiction. Among the writers students will encounter will be James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, William Faulkner, Claude McKay, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Toomer. Writing assignments will include personal and analytical essays, as well as creative pieces inspired by modernist models.
ENG625
Central Questions
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12
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Elective
NCAA
AP
When Hamlet asks, “To be, or not to be? That is the question,” he utters what has become,unfortunately, a cliché. In the context of Shakespeare’s play, however, this question rippleswith Hamlet’s anxiety, with his wondering as to how (or whether) he should move forward with his life. This course will explore works, like Hamlet, characterized by protagonists who grapple with similar “central questions,” questions like: What defines me? What does it mean to be a good daughter/son? To what extent has my family, race, gender, and/or choices determined my future? To what extent do I have the power to make my own choices at all? How do people see me? Which path should I take? These questions are visceral and real to the characters we will encounter; yet, the asking of big questions is not (or certainly shouldn’tbe) something done only by fictional characters. To that end, at the same time that the classwill be analyzing these figures and their defining questions, students will be keeping journals in which they will log their day-to-day experiences. In the winter, as students approach the writing of their meditations, each will read his/her own journal as a text, and,in so doing, isolate the questions that emerge as central in their own lives. This course is designed to exercise the skills of analysis, critical thinking, and writing, as well as the practice of regular self-reflection. Texts may include White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Maus by Art Spieg.
ENG631
Mystery Madness and Lies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
This course will examine the importance of narrators to fiction. We will consider the function of the narrator as fundamental to how a reader interprets a text. What happens when an author intentionally includes an untrustworthy, unreliable and even unstable narrator? What about a narrator who only knows part of a story but tells it anyhow? How much does who is telling the story influence how the story is described or expressed? Through reading textswith different types of narrators, we will explore these and other questions to gain an understanding of how narrative form complicates the meaning of the text as a whole. The goal of the course is for every student to make the transition from talking about what a text saysor what happens to making interpretive arguments about how a text works and what its meaningsare. Students will also develop a vocabulary for discussing, analyzing and writing about narrative form. Authors may include Chris Bohjalian, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf and others.
ENG656
Classics in Translation
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10
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12
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FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
??d?a µ?? ???epe, µ??sa, p???t??p??…”Muse, tell me of the many-turning man.” So beginsHomer’s epic tale about the prevarications and arrivals of Odysseus, the man whose winning way with words lends him a place alongside Achilles and Aeneas in the firmament of epic heroes. While”many-turning” may be the closest literal approximation of polytropos, Odysseus’ Greek adjective epithet, English translators through the ages have instead landed upon”of twists and turns,””complicated,””wandering,” and even”for wisdom’s various arts renown’d.” What motivates a translator to generate such distinct iterations? How does each choice resonate with the word’s original meaning, and how do those choices manipulate understandings of the story? This course will explore questions such as these, and examine the various other ways that the Classics, the literatures and languages of the ancient Greeksand Romans, have echoed across the millennia. By reading a wide range of texts, from preliterate oral poems like Homer’s Odyssey to contemporary artist’s books like Anne Carson’sNox, students will confront and consider the choices that translators have made throughout time, explore their own points of reception, and consider the successes and failures of languages to articulate essential human experiences, all while absorbing the stories and characters from which Western literature grew.
ENG657
New York Stories
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10
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12
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FW
F
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Writers have said of New York City that”the present is so powerful…that the past is lost,” but for anyone who has wandered through the streets or around the boroughs, the city’sstories unfold in mystery, magic, and a myriad of voices. Drawing on the novels This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, and Sophie’s Choice by William Styron, plays by Stephen Karam and Lynn Nottage, and a selection of stories, poems, documentaries, films and memoirs, students will experience the city perhaps through differentperspectives or in startling accents. Written assignments will vary among analytical, imaginative, and meditative responses.
ENG669
Slavery’s Literary Legacy
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10
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12
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
This course will examine both the historical and contemporary impact of telling the storyof slavery in America. From first person narrative and science fiction to magical realism andpoetry, we will explore the many ways in which writers from 1700 to today have presented thisblight on America’s history and identity. This course will examine both the historical and contemporary impact of telling the story of slavery in America. From first person narrative and scie¬nce fiction to magical realism and poetry, we will explore the many ways in which writers from 1700 to today have presented this blight on America’s history and identity. Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer just four short years ago for his reimagining of the Underground Railroad. Slavery was abolished by federal mandate more than 150 years ago, and yet America still grapples with its shadow. How do authors use slavery stories to tackle modern day issues, such as mass incarceration and racial profiling? We will engage with this question and many others through literature by writers from Langston Hughes to Natasha Trethewey, through films from throughout the 20th century, and through first person narratives from the likes of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.
ART100
Intro to Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Taylor
This course is intended to be a first experience in the visual arts. It prepares studentsfor 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.
ART201
Photography
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10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Trelease
This course offers an opportunity to investigate the formal elements of both digital and film photography, while exploring the potential for creative expression and visual narrative.Students study and experiment with the nomenclature of DSLR cameras and advanced computer software, as well as film cameras and darkroom printing. Projects take inspiration from greatphotographers of the past and present to foster intentionality with design and content. The course concludes with the assemblage of a digital and printed portfolio.
ART202
Digital Filmmaking
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This two-term course offers hands-on experience in all aspects of digital filmmaking, including camera operation, lighting, sound, direction, acting, and editing. Inspiration is derived from the history of film along with a substantial library of exemplary student work. Projects draw from a variety of genres with an emphasis on cinematography and visual storytelling. Final projects are often featured in Deerfield’s student film festival in the spring.
ART255
3-D Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Focused on the understanding of design elements, the exploration of material, and the development iterative process, this course challenges students to develop 3D artwork through a variety of techniques. Students will sketch and build using both hands-on and digital toolsets, using a variety of media, recycled material, and found objects.
ART412
Art of Architectural Drawing
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10
11
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FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Drawing is the primary method by which architects communicate their design ideas, but thedrawings themselves are frequently overlooked as works of art. Principles and elements of two-dimensional architectural representation are taught using both traditional and digital media. Projects range from drawing traditional architectural views (plan, section and elevation) by hand and with AutoCad to rendering drawings using colored pencils and watercolors.
ART415
Architectural Design
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10
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FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Students receive instruction in architectural design, drafting, planning, and materials and construction methods. Plan, section and elevation drawings are produced as well as study and final models. Students will design a range of buildings and spaces, including residentialand civic projects. Studio work is supplemented with readings in the history and theory of architecture.
ART501
AP Art: 3D
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10
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12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Previous design course or departmental permission
Through a series of exercises, this year-long course will require students to develop an understanding and working knowledge of three-dimensional designs through drawing and both hands-on and digital building processes. Formal design concepts will be introduced, includingpositive and negative space, color, shape, texture, and value. The study of buildings and architectural components will serve as a precedent for additional artistic expression. A personal vision for each student will be developed over the course of numerous projects and students are encouraged to be independent, creative, and passionate about their individual paths. Students will utilize a variety of steps, including research, preliminary sketches, process models, and peer critiques, to arrive at a final product. Students are expected to submit a portfolio to the College Board at the end of the course to receive an Advanced Placement score. May also be taken as 6th course: ART501P.
ART501P
AP Art: 3D (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Previous design course or departmental permission
Through a series of exercises, this year-long course will require students to develop an understanding and working knowledge of three-dimensional designs through drawing and both hands-on and digital building processes. Formal design concepts will be introduced, includingpositive and negative space, color, shape, texture, and value. The study of buildings and architectural components will serve as a precedent for additional artistic expression. A personal vision for each student will be developed over the course of numerous projects and students are encouraged to be independent, creative, and passionate about their individual paths. Students will utilize a variety of steps, including research, preliminary sketches, process models, and peer critiques, to arrive at a final product. Students are expected to submit a portfolio to the College Board at the end of the course to receive an Advanced Placement score.
ART510
AP Studio Art (Photography)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Previous photo course or departmental permission
This course expands on the one-term Photography course, with continued emphasis on the history of photography, the formal elements and principles of design, and creative storytelling with the camera. Students work to build a portfolio of images with a range of subject matter, levels of abstraction, varying points of view, depth of field, color, and lighting. Digital and film cameras will be employed, along with a vast array of printing processes. The class routinely takes field trips to a myriad of locales around the northeast.The course concludes with the submission of an A.P. portfolio to the College Board in the spring. May be taken as a 6th course: ART510P.
ART510P
AP Studio Art (Photo) (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Previous photo course or departmental permission
This course expands on the one-term Photography course, with continued emphasis on the history of photography, the formal elements and principles of design, and creative storytelling with the camera. Students work to build a portfolio of images with a range of subject matter, levels of abstraction, varying points of view, depth of field, color, and lighting. Digital and film cameras will be employed, along with a vast array of printing processes. The class routinely takes field trips to a myriad of locales around the northeast.The course concludes with the submission of an A.P. portfolio to the College Board in the spring.
ART520
AP Studio Art – 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. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor. May be taken as 6th course: ART520P-(p/f)
ART520P
AP Studio Art – 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. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.
ART600
Topics: Post AP Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental permission
700This 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.
ART600P
Topics: Post AP Studio (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental permission
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).
ART700
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental permission
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.
ART700P
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)(p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental permission
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.
DAN100
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. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter and spring terms. May be takenas 6th course: DA100P.
DAN100P
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. 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. NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: DAN200P..
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. NO PREVIOUS DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
DAN300
Dance II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This intermediate level course continues the study of the dance techniques and choreography covered in Dance I. Students enrolled in this course may perform in and choreograph for dance concerts each term. They also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert. This course may be taken for the full year, or as a two term class in the fall and winter. May be taken as 6th course: DAN300P.
DAN300P
Dance II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This intermediate level course continues the study of the dance techniques and choreography covered in Dance I. Students enrolled in this course may perform in and choreograph for dance concerts each term. They also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert. This course may be taken for the full year, or as a two term class in the fall and winter.
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 cansign up either the full year, or two terms (fall and winter). May be taken as 6th course: DAN400P.
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 cansign up either the full year, or two terms (fall and winter).
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.
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
Advanced 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 pre-professional dancer. Students work closely with the dance faculty to hone their technique, and create solo and group choreography for our performances. May also be taken as 6th course: DAN600P.
DAN600P
Advanced 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 pre-professional dancer. Students work closely with the dance faculty to hone their technique, and create solo and group choreography for our performances.
MUS200
Fundamentals of Music/Studio
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Music can be defined as “organized noise”. Working in the classroom and recording studio we will listen and analyze music in a whole new way. EDM , Hip Hop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Early Music, and World music will all be discussed. In class presentations, learning and using terminology will be stressed.
MUS210
Composition: Songwriting
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Working in a recording environment we will listen and analyze music to gain an understanding of its parts, and compositional devices. Using this information we will composemusic, starting with the basics and moving towards a complete song or instrumental composition
MUS220
Studio/Production
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. VanEps
How is today’s music put together? What path does music take from the time it leaves the creator until it arrives in your ear . Working in the recording studio, we will learn all aspects of production. Starting with pre-production, then recording, then editing, then mixing. Students will need to do much of the homework in the studio itself. LIMITED NUMBER OFSEATS AVAILABLE
MUS300
Chorus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Pousont
Singing builds community, commitment, self-discipline, personal ownership, and responsibility to the group. Open to anyone, and focused on singing, this course will introduce and develop skills in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres,including regularly dividing into separate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass groups. Evaluations will be based on performance and growth across each term. May be taken as 6th course: MUS300P.
MUS300P
Chorus (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Pousont
Singing builds community, commitment, self-discipline, personal ownership, and responsibility to the group. Open to anyone, and focused on singing, this course will introduce and develop skills in interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurate intonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble will study and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres,including regularly dividing into separate Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass groups. Evaluations will be based on performance and growth across each term.
MUS303
Advanced Vocal Ensemble
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental permission
Mr. Pousont
Open by audition to advanced singers, this course builds on previously demonstrated skillin interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurateintonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble willstudy and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including serving as an SATB a cappella ensemble. Evaluations will be based on performances in and out of the classroom setting. May be taken as 6th course: MUS303P.
MUS303P
Advanced Vocal Ensemble (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental permission
Mr. Pousont
Open by audition to advanced singers, this course builds on previously demonstrated skillin interpreting musical notation and understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and aesthetics. Students will develop proper singing technique and healthy habits relating to body alignment, breath management, vowel formation, proper resonation, clear diction, and accurateintonation. Classroom activities include sight-singing, light calisthenics, breathing exercises, meditation, historical research, music games, and improvisation. The ensemble willstudy and perform a wide range of musical styles and genres, including serving as an SATB a cappella ensemble. Evaluations will be based on performances in and out of the classroom setting.
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.
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.
MUS320P
Academy Strings (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is offered to intermediate string players who wish to develop their technicaland musical skills to a more advanced level. This course is popular for students who wish to participate in our Chamber Music course but aren’t quite advanced enough to handle that repertoire. Most student who enroll in this course are eventually ready to join Chamber Music. The group meets twice per week for a group lesson with one of our applied string faculty. Students develop a variety of technical and musical skills. The content of the class is centered around the repertoire of the Deerfield Orchestra, but other music and exercises willalso be explored. Students are required to play in the Deerfield Orchestra (Tuesday nights) and take private lessons. Regular individual practice is expected. This class is only offeredpass/fail.
MUS400
Adv. Music Comp. & Analysis
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Department permission
What makes humankind’s greatest musical creations so great? Why does our favorite music move us so profoundly? From Bach to Beyonce, Josquin to Jay-Z, Johannes Brahms to James Blake, John Coltrane to Childish Gambino, Thelonious Monk to Kendrick Lamar, music touches our soul in a way that no other art form can. This class aims to unlock the secrets of what makesmusic magical. The course is built on a deep, multi-layered analysis of a wide variety of musical styles from the classical, jazz, hip-hop and pop realms from 1500 to 2020. We we willuse both score analysis (written) and aural analysis (using audio recordings) to break down and study elements such as harmony, rhythm, melody, architecture, structure, color, instrumentation/orchestration, studio production choices, and performance techniques. To somedegree, students will choose the repertoire that we analyze. Ultimately, students will compose multiple musical works, both large scale and small, inspired by the secrets that we unlock through our various analyses. Avid Sibelius® music composition software will be learned and used for composition projects. Ability to understand musical notation and basic music theory knowledge (such as those learned in MUS200) are required for this class.
MUS403
Advanced Chamber Music
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Department permission
This course offers our most advanced instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small ensembles, learning and performing repertoire by the world’s greatest composers. Class time consists of rotating coaching by Mr. Bergeron and our professional staff, performance classesin the Concert Hall (including peer feedback), student-led rehearsals, and guest artist visits (masterclasses and performances) from renowned chamber musicians. Students explore questions of performance practice, instrumental technique, emotion, expression, historical context, music theory, compositional architecture, performance psychology, and group dynamics. Each semester culminates with the Chamber Music Showcase Concert in the Concert Hall, whichis open to the public and professionally recorded. Daily practice is expected and participation in the Deerfield Orchestra is required of all chamber musicians except pianists. Chamber musicians should also be taking private lessons. May also be taken as 6th course – MUS403P.
MUS403P
Advanced Chamber Music (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Department permission
This course offers our most advanced instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small ensembles, learning and performing repertoire by the world’s greatest composers. Class time consists of rotating coaching by Mr. Bergeron and our professional staff, performance classesin the Concert Hall (including peer feedback), student-led rehearsals, and guest artist visits (masterclasses and performances) from renowned chamber musicians. Students explore questions of performance practice, instrumental technique, emotion, expression, historical context, music theory, compositional architecture, performance psychology, and group dynamics. Each semester culminates with the Chamber Music Showcase Concert in the Concert Hall, whichis open to the public and professionally recorded. Daily practice is expected and participation in the Deerfield Orchestra is required of all chamber musicians except pianists. Chamber musicians should also be taking private lessons.
THE200
Acting I
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. May be taken as 6th course: THE200P.
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
This course follows Acting I (although preferable, it is not necessary to take Acting I prior to this class) and is an in-depth study of the actor’s craft. 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 havethe opportunity to study plays and theater practitioners from around the world. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: THE300P.
THE300P
Acting II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course follows Acting I (although preferable, it is not necessary to take Acting I prior to this class) and is an in-depth study of the actor’s craft. 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 havethe opportunity to study plays and theater practitioners from around the world. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
THE500
Act/Directing for Production
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
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.
THE500P
Act/Directing for Prod (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
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.
HEA100
Health Seminar I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this introductory health class students will engage in discussions that will expand their understanding of what it means to be healthy. We will embrace the motto,”healthy mind,healthy body, healthy you!” Topics covered include self-care, personal values, stress and stress management, relationships, and more.
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 that are especially pertinent to their own personal awareness and development. All three and four year students are required to takethis course during grade 10 regardless of a previous similar course. Course does not meet on Fridays.
ECN600
Economics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Department permission
In the first half of the year students are introduced to microeconomic theory through thestudy of such concepts as supply and demand, the law of diminishing returns, marginal utilityand the theory of the firm and industry. The second half of the year focuses on macroeconomicanalysis 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 supplementalreadings. This course prepares students to take the AP Micro and Macro Exam in May. Selectionwill be made by the department.
HIS201
Ancient Civilizations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course examines the development of a number of societies during the period from antiquity to circa 1200. Those societies may include Mediterranean, European, Asian, and Mesoamerican societies. Course materials include a wide array of historical and literary texts that provide insight into key events, themes and ideas. Topics may include the civilizations of classical Greece and imperial Rome, the culture of late antiquity, the nature of medieval civilization in Europe, and the origins and development of several major world religions. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS210
Africa and Latin America
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Using literature and a rich variety of historical sources, this course studies the cultural, political, and economic consequences of colonialism in selected countries in Africaand Latin America. Each unit explores how the forces of conquest, colonization, and commerce have shaped the lives of individuals and communities in these countries. The interdisciplinary course materials also focus on the process of upheaval and change associated with revolution, decolonization, and independence in these regions. The course texts rely heavily upon indigenous voices and investigate a range of countries that may include Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, the Congo, and South Africa. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including sourceanalysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
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. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS230
Big History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
How did the universe begin? How has the universe developed over time? How do humans fit into this evolving story? Where is the future 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 13.8 billion years. This tale, itself thousands of years in the making,has been woven together by a wide spectrum of thinkers and scholars from numerous scientific and historical fields. Together, students will engage powerful ideas and common themes acrossthe 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. BecauseBig 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. Each 200-level history course provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, discussion and debate, inquiry-based research, and analytical writing and presentation.
HIS400
United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course, a departure from the survey model, prioritizes depth over breadth in exploring certain critical junctures in the political, social, economic, and cultural historyof the United States from pre-colonial times to the present, including its relations with other countries. We will ask how history and identity are inextricably linked, consider the ways in which history is the set of stories we choose to tell, and examine the competing values that have shaped the development of the United States as well as the forces of continuity and change. This course stresses the skills of a historian, including careful reading, critical thinking, primary-source analysis, discussion skills and analytical writing; its core assessments will extend beyond writing to activities that include debates, roundtables, simulations, and research-based projects.
HIS502
AP Seminar: H2O & Food Systems
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this AP Seminar course students explore the complexity of global food and water access/delivery systems while developing their skills as critical thinkers and strong communicators. The course focuses on current local and global issues related to freshwater availability and infrastructure, agriculture and food production, and water and food insecurity. The course teaches students to develop their own strong research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, build and communicate their own arguments in both written and oral formats, and reflect on their increasing ability to engage with real world issues. Throughoutthis interdisciplinary course, students deepen their understanding of freshwater access and food systems through debates, seminar discussions, independent research, collaborative projects, oral presentations, guest speakers, and field trips to local farms, food producers,water sources and water treatment plants. Students research freshwater issues and the environmental, economic, cultural, and health impacts of widely differing food systems and learn to both collaboratively and independently propose solutions and work actively for positive change. Most of the second half of the year will be spent working on a team project and individual research-based essay as part of the College Board Assessments for AP Seminar.
HIS503
American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
An interdisciplinary course combining honors U.S. History and eleventh-grade English, American Studies tracks intersecting threads of history, literature, art, and culture throughout the development of the United States. By examining contemporary sources as well asthe works of historians, artists, filmmakers, and writers looking back on the past, students develop a nuanced understanding of the political, cultural, intellectual, and social forces that shaped the country and continue to influence the present. Close analysis of primary and secondary sources, discussion and debate, research, and reflection will form the foundation for a variety of creative and analytical assessments that ask students to advance arguments of their own about the challenges and opportunities inherent in the country’s evolution. Meeting for two periods each day, American Studies is a team-taught course that also preparesstudents for AP exams in US History and English. Selection is made by the department
HIS513
Honors United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course, for students who have demonstrated ¬¬aptitude in prior humanities classes, is a fast-paced survey of United States history from colonial times to the late 20th century.Using a college-level textbook that is supplemented daily with excerpts of primary sources, as well as occasional secondary source readings and videos, students examine major themes anddevelopments in social, economic, and diplomatic history within a framework of a political narrative. With an emphasis on careful reading, critical thinking, primary-source analysis, research, and analytical writing, students engage with one another and with the text to develop both a command of the substantial material, and the skills of a historian. Selection will be made by the department.
HIS523
Honors European History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
200-level history course at Deerfield or the equivalent
This course examines major topics and selected themes in the history of Europe, from the Renaissance to the recent past. Major topics include the Renaissance, the Reformation, politics, society and culture in early-modern Europe, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon, the emergence of modern political ideologies, nation-building and imperialism in the nineteenth century, the world wars and the advent of the Cold War. Special attention will be given to interactions between Europe and other regions of the world and to the influence of non-European regions on the development of European civilization. The course prepares students for the Advanced PlacementEuropean History exam. Selection will be made by the department.
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 one hundred 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, and traces these ideas through the major developments, discoveries, trends, and tensions of the post-1945 period. The course mayaddress WWI and its impact on thought and culture, Nazism and Stalinism, the Cold War and thecollapse 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.
HIS619
The History of Capitalism
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
With its celebration of innovation, return on investment, and creative destruction, capitalism appears to be about the future. But it can be understood only by studying its past. Together we will explore the global origins, development, and spread of capitalism from the18th century to the present, examining not just how it has changed the world, but how the world has changed it in return. We will pay special attention to property rights, markets, the corporation, labor movements, technology and the environment, race and gender, consumer culture, and the role of the state. Drawing on new historical scholarship, documentaries and podcasts, and a diverse array of primary sources, we will develop a critical understanding ofcapitalism as a system and ideology created and shaped by both social struggle and governmentactions. Students will have opportunities to extend their study of these themes through research on companies and parts of the world of their choice.
HIS624
Sun Tzu to Suicide Bombers
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course will examine the causes, conduct, patterns, and effects of guerrilla warfare from antiquity to ISIS, with a significant focus on the wars in Iraq and Syria. To examine these topics, we will ask four fundamental questions: What is modern war? What paths has it traveled in the post-World War II era? What lessons can we learn from military leaders and strategists of the past? And: how is sustainable peace brokered, and the legacy of conflict addressed, in post-war societies? The course will draw on primary sources, historical texts, films, and case studies to reflect multiple perspectives. While those case studies may range from Spartacus to Syria and from the Algerian FLN to the Colombian FARC, our common goal is to develop a framework for understanding the role of the United States in the fight against ISIS. Towards that end students will read academic theories of political violence in order toenhance their capacity to engage in social science research about topics that may include terrorism, truth and reconciliation, de-radicalization and reintegration of fighters, the role of intelligence services, and counterinsurgency tactics such as torture. Major themes ofthe course include the role of memory and identity in the construction of narrative and ideology; the primary skills it develops are critical thinking, writing, and discussion, assessed through debates, roundtables, and a major research project.
HIS625
Latin America’s Cold War
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Focusing on the 20th century, this course investigates both democratic and anti-democratic regimes in Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Nicaragua and evaluates why these nations experienced revolutions, violent civil wars, and repressive dictatorial regimes in the Cold War era. How were democratic governments established and what economic, social, and political challenges did they face in the early 20th century? What role did the popularity of Marxism in Latin America play in undermining democratic institutions from both the left and the right? To what extent were these dictatorships the result of contentious hemispheric relations and American intervention in the region? How did democratic institutions return and what recurrences of dictatorial tendencies have emerged in the 21st century? To explore these questions, the course relies on historical scholarship as well as documentaries, memoirs, and primary sources. The class wrestles with the local, regional, andglobal significance of the Cold War in Latin America and the lessons to be learned today. Assessments include leading class discussion, response papers, and an independent research project.
HIS626
Global Environmental History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course explores the changing relationship between human societies and global ecologies over time. It uses as its central question: How has the world environment shaped human history and how have humans altered the environment? To help make sense of a topic of this magnitude, the course is organized around three important transformative periods – the Early Modern World (1500-1800), Industrialization and Energy Transitions (1800-1950) and the Great Acceleration (1950-Present). A variety of themes, such as water and air pollution, environmental justice, and population growth, require students to trace the evolution of environmental forces over the last five hundred years. Specific case studies may include the transformation of the Rhine River into the world’s greatest commercial stream, the implications of global trash trading, the debate over large dam construction in the American West, and the transformation of the Deerfield River which passes through our lower campus. Inaddition to developing a deeper understanding of the complicated relationship between humans and the environment over time, students will conduct historical research at several points throughout the course including an extensive study of an environmental issue of their choosing.
HIS630
Postwar: Europe since 1945
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
What has happened in Europe since 1945? 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 1990s. 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 important works by European authors and view several landmark films of the era. The course stresses critical thinking and discussion skills. This course is offered every other year and alternates with Modern Europe, 1890-1945.
ARA100
Arabic I: Introduction
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to the Arabic language and culture. Students work with a variety of media to master reading and writing the Arabic alphabet and develop listening and speaking skills in both the Modern Standard Arabic that is understood by more than 300 million Arabs around the world, and the Levantine dialect used in Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon. With an emphasis on developing communicative skills and an understanding of grammar, Students learn the basic linguistic structures of the Semitic Language family and develop an appreciation of Arabic calligraphy art. Through a blended instructional format, students use iPads to complete online homework through 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 practiced and activated in class through collaborative activities and speaking experiences. Class is conducted mostly in Arabic with some English when needed.
ARA200
Arabic II: Intermediate
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 100 or the equivalent
This course advances students’ Arabic skills into the intermediate level of proficiency in all language skills, both in the communicative Levantine dialect as well as in the Modern Standard Arabic. This class continues the blended instructional format, students continue to build their communicative skills and expand their knowledge of grammar. In class, students are exposed to authentic material and are engaged in collaborative work that fosters a deeperunderstanding of the values and practices of the Arabic culture. Students in this class continue the use of iPads to submit a variety of homework assignments through apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted mostly in Arabic.
ARA300
Arabic III: Intermediate High
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 200 or the equivalent
This course builds upon students’ language skills developed in Arabic 200 or its equivalent, to advance into the Intermediate-High level of communication skills in the language. Students at this level continue to expand their knowledge of grammar as they apply their skills through collaborative real-world assignments. This continues to help students advance their language skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. Students continue to learn through a variety of homework assignments, apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA400
Arabic IV: Advanced
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 300 or the equivalent
At this level, students continue developing their language skills through authentic material in the Levantine dialect alongside literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In this class, students expand theirunderstanding of grammar and enrich their vocabulary as they engage with the material throughhomework assignments apps, interactive websites, and videos. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA500
Arabic V: Advanced Plus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic 400 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 alongside a variety of textbook activities online. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In Advanced Plus, students continue to expand vocabulary and develop advanced communication skills in the dialects of choice. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and truepen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARATBD
Arabic – awaiting placement
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Select this course if you’re interested in a language that you some experience in. You will be assigned the correct level after a placement determination.
CHI100
Chinese I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with little or no background in the language. Students learn the basic communication skills in Mandarin and explore related cultural aspects. The course begins with an introduction to the sound system and moves on to basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students develop their language skills and culture awareness through daily collaborative activities and practice using text, audio and video materials as well. By the end of the year, students are expected to have good pronunciation, oral and aural proficiency for basic communication, and foundational grammar for simple sentences and short paragraph building.
CHI200
Chinese II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese 200 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 200 or the equivalent
In this intermediate level course, students reinforce what they have acquired in the previous levels and expand and deepen their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by studying a variety of materials. Students focus on speaking and writing in a coherent, linguistically appropriate manner, using well-formed paragraphs through daily practice, storytelling and projects. Cultural content is integrated into each topic of discussion. Finishing the course, students are to be able to carry out rather fluent conversations about daily life and personal experiences and have acquired solid reading and writing skills to get ready for the next level.
CHI400
Chinese IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese 300 or the equivalent
This course aims to develop competency in advanced Chinese with an emphasis on fluency ofspoken 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 400 or the equivalent
This course is for students who wish to pursue the study of Chinese at a more advanced level. Students will further develop overall language proficiency through studying a variety of authentic materials and audiovisual sources that cover topics including culture, values, education, art, fashion, social issues, as well as controversial issues in contemporary Chinese society. They will expand their vocabulary and enhance their grammar to handle these broad subjects in both reading and writing. They will also build fluency with confidence and competency in Chinese by engaging in discussion, collaborative work, and projects about various topics. Furthermore, students will develop a more enriched understanding of the traditions and changes in Chinese culture and society.
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.
CHI709
Chinese Advanced Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Advanced Tutorial may be offered to students who, in consultation with the department andwith its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in Chinese.
CHITBD
Chinese – awaiting placement
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
FRE100
French I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this introductory course, students learn basic French communication skills – while also exploring the cultures of France and Quebec. They engage in their own learning through collaboration, investigation and practice using text, video and audio materials. Students areexposed to, and expected to master, the present tense, a future tense, the command forms and two past tenses that they will use in their writing and speaking. An emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and basic writing guides the course. Students leave the introductory levelexcited and interested in further French language acquisition.
FRE200
French II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 100 or the equivalent
This second level course focuses on increasing communicating skills, both in written and oral form, through the lens of grammatical acquisition. Students are exposed to, and expectedto master, the past tenses, the future tenses, and the conditional that they will use in their writing and speaking. The study of negatives, and several pronoun categories will be integrated along the way. Reading a variety of Francophone texts, along with video skit performances, daily oral participation, and individual and group projects will establish the natural use of the acquired grammar.
FRE203
French II Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 100, 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. Various technology sites will be used to enhance both written and oral production. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, French II Honors requires 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 200 or the equivalent
The third year of language study is pivotal. Using the skills gained in the first two levels as a springboard, the students expand and deepen their knowledge and comfort level with language use. Intensive grammar review of the items covered in the previous levels allows students to move to the study of the conditional past, if clause structures, and an introduction to the subjunctive. Naturally the student’s language production becomes more sophisticated. The reading of their first substantial novel opens them up to the diverse francophone diaspora. An end of year project puts to use all of the skills acquired in the first three levels of language study.
FRE303
French III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 200, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
The honors track for level III continues exposure to advanced grammatical structures, which includes all tenses within the indicative and subjunctive moods, and a more sophisticated application of pronouns. The study of 19th century French history and literature are the center of the class – Balzac, Rimbaud, Hugo, Daudet, and Pagnol. Through the study of these texts, students understand grammar and structure in context. Papers, skits, daily analysis, and class debates engage the students with the material. Although the SAT preparation book is used for practice tests, students are not required to take the test at the end of the year. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, French III Honors requires 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 300 or the equivalent
This course is for students who would like to pursue the study of French at a more advanced level. Students examine grammar more deeply through literature, continue to develop oral proficiency through discussion, and further hone their reading comprehension through thestudy of certain historical periods and their accompanying texts. A textbook is also used when grammar and structure review is necessary. Papers, skits, daily analysis, and debates help students engage with the material. Although the SAT preparation book is used for practice tests, students are not required to take the test at the end of the year.
FRE503
French IV Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 300, 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. As with all honors classesat Deerfield, French IV Honors requires 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 400 or the equivalent
This is a literature seminar that continues to emphasize grammar and composition in orderto polish students’ writing skills. Students read works by a variety of authors from France and the Francophone world. Papers, oral presentations, debates and discussions are also used to continue developing oral competency.
FRE603
French V Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 503, 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. Strong students in this course can choose to take the AP exam. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, this course requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE703
French VI Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 603, 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 issuesof contemporary France and the European Union. Open to students with permission of the instructor. This course may not be offered every year. Strong students can choose to take theAP exam. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, this requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE800
French VII Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French 703 and department 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 issuesof contemporary France and the European Union. Open to students with permission of the instructor. This course may not be offered every year. Strong students can choose to take theAP exam. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, this course requires a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRETBD
French – awaiting placement
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
GRE100
Greek I-Foundations Ancient Gr
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor approval
Who were the ancient Greeks? What did they think? How did they express themselves? And what is their relevance today? This course provides an introduction to the Greek language, specifically the dialect of Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. Precise, intricate, and beautiful, Attic Greek was a language of philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), history (Thucydides), oratory (Demosthenes), tragedy (Sophocles, Euripides), and comedy (Aristophanes). The course introduces students to the vocabulary and grammar of Attic Greek, while exploring themes in Greek history, literature, and mythology. Offered as part ofa two-year sequence. Does not fulfill Language graduation requirement.
GRE200
Greek II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Greek 1 or its equivalent
The second year of ancient Greek is designed to bring students from the rudiments of grammar to authentic texts. Beginning with a comprehensive review of Attic morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, the course graduates to advanced topics in Greek grammar and relevant social and historical content. Students proceed to authentic texts in both poetry and prose during the first term; the second term of Greek II will be spent on Plato’s Crito, an accessible and foundational example of classical Greek prose and ancient philosophy.
LAT100
Latin I: Foundations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Who were the Romans? What did they say about the world and how did they say it? What makes their language and culture relevant today? This course helps students start developing the tools they need to read Latin and engage with the literature and culture of the ancient Romans. We will explore strong connections between English and Latin as we focus on how wordswork together to make meaning. Studying Latin emphasizes self-discipline and nurtures creative problem solving in the context of language. Group work and project-based learning help us develop critical skills relating to cooperation and collaboration. We routinely explore how each one of us can be critical of our own learning as we manage the process that begins with comprehension and ends with mastery. Cultural content focuses on the geography ofthe Italian Peninsula and early influences on Roman culture.
LAT200
Foundations in Latin II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 100 or equivalent
In this course we finish constructing a solid foundation in Latin so that we can start reading authentic texts and learn from the Romans themselves. Building on the structures of the Latin language we learned in the first year course, we will study the variety of components that make up complex sentences. We will focus on the logical process of translating to help us unlock the meaning in the Latin we read. Exploring the history of the Roman Republic will help us establish a cultural context for the texts we will read in this course and in the upper levels of Latin at Deerfield.
LAT300
Latin III: Intro to Latin Lit.
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 200 or equivalent
In conjunction with a systematic review of fundamentals, students engage in selected readings of both prose and poetry during the year. Texts, for which students may be asked to identify parallels to modern examples of ancient literary and documentary genres comprise thefall term. Students progress to Cicero’s ‘Somnium Scipionis’ in the winter and an explorationof what it means to be an effective citizen of a diverse and sprawling community that is in need of wise, informed guidance. Selections from authors that may include Ovid, Catullus, Vergil, and Caesar constitute the spring syllabus, in which students, confronted with love, conflict, purpose, and destiny in their own lives, meet these themes writ large in Roman history and culture between the end of the 2nd Punic War and the death of Augustus.
LAT500
Latin IV: Leadership & Empire
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 300 or the equivalent
This course explores the ethics of leadership and the onus of empire through the lens of Vergil’s epic Aeneid, one of the most enduring monuments of Roman civilization and a profoundmeditation on the human condition. Latin 500 is a rigorous course. Students continue to develop the skills of contextualization, translation, and philological analysis introduced inLatin 300. But Latin 500 is more than grammar. It’s as much about history, ethics, and mythology as it is about language; students will be encouraged to engage directly with texts,develop intellectual independence, and interrogate the values and assumptions surrounding classical literature. Students enrolled in this course may elect to take the Advanced Placement exam in May; some excerpts from Julius Caesar’s Comentarii de bello gallico will beincluded, and the syllabus will align generally with the AP.
LAT600
Latin V: Roman Lit. in Context
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin 500 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 implications of not only the them atic 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 andwith its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in classical studies.
LATTBD
Latin – awaiting placement
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
SPA100
Spanish I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this introductory course, students learn basic Spanish communication skills – including vocabulary and grammar – while exploring new cultures and traditions. They expand their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and engage in learning through collaboration, investigation and practice using text, video and audio materials. An emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and basic writing guides the course. Students complete this level excited for and interested in further Spanish language acquisition. Class is conducted primarily in Spanish. Open to all students; juniors and seniors need permission from the Academic Dean’s Office.
SPA200
Spanish II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 100 or the equivalent
In this course, students continue their exploration of Spanish by focusing on Spanish grammar and vocabulary, applied to “real life” situations. We work to further develop the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, while at the same time exploring the Spanish-speaking world through a wide variety of materials, including literature, film, music, periodicals, and various web-based resources. Students develop theircommand of Spanish structures and vocabulary, their ability to communicate when writing and speaking, and a deeper understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Class is conducted primarily in Spanish.
SPA300
Spanish III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 200 or the equivalent
Spanish 3 is an intermediate level course in which students review the grammatical structures from the beginning sequence while developing their communicative abilities. The class also studies in greater depth the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, using articles, books, films, and other authentic materials as starting points for studying topics pertinent to Latin America and Spain. Conversational fluency is developed through daily pair and group activities, and oral exams and projects push students to express longer and more complex thoughts. The class also focuses on more extensive reading and writing practice, and students are frequently required to write reflections and essays in Spanish. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA303
Spanish III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental approval
Spanish 3 Honors is designed for students who have excelled in Spanish 2. Students reviewall of the major grammatical structures at a fast pace while developing their communicative abilities. The class also studies in depth the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, using articles, books, films, and other authentic materials as starting points for studying topics pertinent to Latin America. A full term is devoted to reading a Latin American novel. Conversational fluency is developed through daily pair and group activities, and oral exams and projects push students to express longer and more complex thoughts. The class also focuses on more extensive reading and writing practice, and students are frequently required to write reflections and essays. The students who excel in Spanish 3 Honors are recommended for Spanish 5. Class is conducted in Spanish. Selection will be made by the department.
SPA400
Spanish IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 300 or the equivalent
Which works of art reveal a moment in the history of a country? Which songs unveil the stories of its people? Which films transport us to a different place and allow us to experience another culture? Throughout the year, students are exposed to varied cultural materials and experiences that foster a deeper understanding of the values and practices of the target culture. Individual and collaborative work allows students to develop greater proficiency in the structures of the language and expand their knowledge of the diversity of voices within the Spanish-speaking world. Activities include in-class discussion, group activities, compositions and journal writing centered on the active use of language and a review of the most important aspects of Spanish grammar. Materials include extensive readings(literary and journalistic texts) and audiovisual sources (film). Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA402
Spanish IV – Community Service
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Departmental approval
This course follows most of the curriculum from the regular Spanish IV course but adds a community service component. Students teach Spanish to third and fourth graders from Deerfield Elementary most Wednesdays during the seventy-minute period. The Spanish IV-CS course is open to those who have finished Spanish 3 or 3 honors at Deerfield and who wish to serve the community while continuing their Spanish studies. This course is a full academic year commitment. We ask that students speak with their current teacher prior to signing up for this class to express their interest in the student teaching component. Students will acquire the tools and experience to prepare fun, exciting and productive elementary Spanish classes. Class is conducted in Spanish. Selection will be made by the department.
SPA500
Spanish V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 400 or the equivalent
In this advanced course, students continue to develop oral and written proficiency in Spanish through the study of literature, culture and politics of contemporary Spain, with a special focus on the time period following the Civil War in 1939. An exploration and analysisof authentic cultural materials such as literary texts, films, periodicals and web-based resources provide students with the opportunity to develop a more sophisticated understandingof Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Themes of the course include exile and political persecution, resistance to totalitarianism, gender and politics, the evolution of art and literature, and issues in contemporary Spain. Students are introduced to the format and material of the Spanish AP Language Examination, but they are not required to take it. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA603
Spanish VI: Honors Lat Am Lit
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course allows our most advanced students of Spanish to delve further into the language, cultures and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world. The course readings includea broad sampling across both traditional and modern literary genres, so students might read novels, short stories, essays, and theater, and they will also learn about blogs, new media, film, and other visual arts. Through this development of visual literacy students will hone their analytical and critical thinking skills and deepen their appreciation of the depth and range of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. By the end of the course, the students will be able to use Spanish flexibly and effectively for both academic and intercultural purposes. This is an honors-level, year-long course.
SPA704
Advanced Tutorial in Spanish
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish 603 or native fluency in Spanish
Advanced Tutorial may be offered to students who, in consultation with the department andwith its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in Spanish.
SPATBD
Spanish – awaiting placement
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
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
MAT101/102 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 preparedfor 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 studiedin 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 fora 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
MAT101/102 and MAT202/203
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
MAT102/102 and MAT202/203
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
Precalculus & Statistics
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 develops material from finite mathematics including an introduction to probability and statistics, and the normal distribution. Throughout the entire course modeling of real phenomena is emphasized.
MAT402
Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT302/303 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 becompleted 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 andwho 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
MAT402 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 completedMath 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
MAT403 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 completedMAT402 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics studentsentering 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
MAT303 with permission, or MAT401/402
This course follows the Advanced Placement Statistics syllabus, which introduces studentsto 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.
MAT602
Adv Calc w Intro to Multivar
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT502 or the equivalent
This course continues the study of single variable calculus and introduces topics from multivariable calculus. Topics may include understanding the relation of series and convergence to calculus, work with parametric, polar, and vector forms in more than two dimensions, optimization problems, advanced integration, and a broad introduction to differential equations. An open-source textbook and Sage, an open-source software package which does symbolic manipulation and advanced graphing, is used extensively in this course.
MAT603
Multivar Calc & Diff Equations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT503 or the equivalent
This course covers the major topics of Multivariable Calculus, including optimization problems and vector calculus, and concludes with an introduction to ordinary differential equations. Mathematica, the symbolic mathematics software, is used extensively in the course for displaying 3D graphs, performing advanced numerical analysis, and analyzing nonlinear differential equations and systems of such equations. A licensed copy of the software is provided to all students.
MAT705
Linear Algebra
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT503 or 600 or department permisison
Linear Algebra begins with the concept of systems of linear equations. From this foundation, Linear Algebra uses the mathematical objects and operations derived from vectors and matrices to construct a more abstract system of concepts that has broad relevance in higher mathematics as well as myriad practical applications. Topics studied include linear independence, subspaces, linear transformations, bases and dimension, orthogonality, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and matrix diagonalization. Applications investigated include simple economic models, predator-prey ecological models, cryptography, and Markov chains. This course may be taken concurrently with MAT603.
MATTBD
Math – awaiting placement
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
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.
PHI400
Political Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Before you pass along that meme about fascism or what Marx thought about capitalism or what the founding fathers actually intended, ground yourself in the political philosophy behind it. We’ll examine the deep, and deeply relevant questions, of the purpose of states, and how they shape and are shaped by differing notions of liberty, justice, and equality. We’ll consider both how they do, and also ought to, operate through readings and projects that start with ancient western writings, introduce models from other cultures, and conclude with modern critiques from voices often left out of power.
REL600
Religion & American Politics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Since America’s inception, the nation and religion have been constant bedfellows, and theapparent decline of religious fervor has not diminished religion’s place in American politics, but only complicated it. The first half of this course considers religion’s role in the development of the nation in a historical lens. The second half of the course turns to the manifestations of religion in modern America and the effect that religious diversification has had on politics and religion. Using case studies and contemporary scholarship, we will explore the role religion plays in influencing policy and ethics, the challenge of accommodating America’s religious plurality in a distinctly Christian framework, and the question of how religion can play such a fundamental role in a purportedly secular country.
ANA401
Anatomy & Physiology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Biology
This course is an in-depth treatment of the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems using pathology to provide perspective on normal form and function. Students explore the systems from both a functional and clinical perspective using prosected specimens, radiographic imaging, and electronic monitoring devices such as ECG. Grades are based on weekly assessments, in-class clinical presentations, class participation, and end-of-term exams. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
AST401
Exploring the Cosmos
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This two-term introductory astronomy course explores the origin, evolution and fate of our universe, the rules that govern its contents, and how we observe it. Topics may include the nature of science, key physics concepts, astronomical observation, the solar system, other planetary systems, stars, exotic objects (like black holes and supernovae), galaxies, and cosmology. The course format incorporates group work, student projects, student presentations, online guest visits by astronomers, extensive use of the planetarium, and observations with the school’s various telescopes. Students will develop useful skills, including effective collaboration, how to communicate science accessibly, and critical analysis of scientific claims. The objective of the course is for students to leave with a better understanding of and enthusiasm for astronomy and it’s role in our daily lives, as well as the ability to follow astronomical developments throughout their lives. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
BIO400
Biology I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course introduces students to biology from the level of organic molecules, to cells,tissues, organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. The major themesof the course include form and function, inheritance, ecological interactions with the environment, system feedback and regulation, energy and metabolism, unity and diversity, adaptation, and evolution. Students are expected to attend and participate in laboratories, collaborate, critically assess data, and present findings to the class. Grades are determinedby assessments, lab reports, and in-class presentations.
BIO403
Biology I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
Biology IA is a comprehensive introductory course intended for students who have a high level of interest in science and have demonstrated strong study skills. The themes of the unity and diversity of life provide the conceptual framework of the course and emphasis is placed on developing laboratory skills, collaboration and critical thinking. Students may elect to take the SAT II subject test upon completion of the course.
BIO500
AP Biology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry 1A or department permission
Advanced Placement Biology is a demanding, double period course designed for students with high aptitude and a strong interest in science. The principles of Biology are developed in depth in accordance with the course syllabus issued by the College Board. 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. Course meets during double period.
BIO602
Molecular Biology Research
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Biology or Biology 1A & instructor permission
Molecular Biology Research is an upper level research course intended for students who have a strong background in the sciences, and who wish to gain college-level research experience in molecular biology. Molecular biology, the inquiry into how life functions on a molecular level, has given us the tools to treat disease, and to make great advances in forensics and agriculture worldwide. Bio/Chem*** will allow students to immerse themselves inunderstanding the molecular machines and genetic codes that make life happen. Students will practice molecular biology from the beginning of the fall term, at first building the foundations of their research techniques, and then moving on to projects of their own design.Projects might involve investigation of a protein involved in disease, mutating a bacterial strain to alter its metabolism, combining pieces of genes to create a protein with a novel function or investigating how a small molecule elicits a response in a cell. All projects will stem from individual student interests and will develop with support from the instructor. Independent projects culminate in a written scientific paper and a presentation in a research forum that will be open to the DA community.
BIO620
Experimental Neurology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Bio, or Bio 1A and instructor permission
Experimental Neurology conceptually studies cell physiology, neurotransmitter biochemistry and neuroanatomy with application to modeling human addiction and disease. Experimentally, students explore mechanisms of signaling and regulating gene expression in Drosophila neurons using transgenic and optogenetic technologies. A major focus of the courseis on experimental design, data analysis and scientific writing.
CHE300
Chemistry I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
GR 9 – Physics I/IA and Algebra I; GR 10, 11, 12 – Algebra I
This course enables students to develop an understanding of the fundamental properties ofmatter 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 exceptionally well in this course may elect to take the SAT II Chemistry test.
CHE303
Chemistry I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
GR 9 – Physics I/IA and Algebra I;
The course is intended for students with a high aptitude and genuine interest in science and math. Chemistry I Accelerated emphasizes inquiry learning through the development of problem solving and laboratory skills. Students may elect to take the SAT II Chemistry test.
CHE500
AP Chemistry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Phys 1A, Chem & Algebra II or permission via placement test
This course is for students with a strong interest in science and exceptional quantitative skills. The course is equivalent to an introductory chemistry class at the college level and the major objective is to deeply learn and understand the fundamentals of chemistry. Students are expected to take the AP exam upon completion of this course. Course meets during double period.
CHE602
Introductory Organic Chemistry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chem 1A, AP Chem or instructor permission
Modern humans benefit from the natural and unnatural construction of complicated compounds from relatively simple building blocks. We will explore the rudiments of both laboratory- and biology-based production of organic compounds. The skills of retrosynthetic analysis, synthetic route-planning, chemical manipulation, purification and analytical characterization will be developed in order to intentionally isolate desired products. All ofthis will be done concurrent with a focus on the remarkable connection between molecular formand function.
COM300
Intro to Computer Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
9th grader may be eligible with permission of the instructor
In this two-term course, students with little to no computer programming experience will learn how to code. This course equips students with a basic understanding of the world of technology and fosters logical algorithmic thinking. Students will be introduced to core concepts and principles of programming, which will be applicable to different platforms and languages as students venture further into computer science. This course stresses problem decomposition with an emphasis on independent problem solving. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
COM500
AP Computer Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent Precalculus or departmental approval
This course teaches fundamental topics of computer science including problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, data structures, and algorithms. In this course, students learn an object-oriented approach to programming to develop solutions that can scaleup from small, simple problems to large, complex challenges. Students will write, test and debug solutions in the Java programming language utilizing standard Java library classes and interfaces. Students are expected to take the AP Computer Science A exam upon completion of this course. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
COM600
Data Structures & Algorithms
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Computer Science or departmental approval
This course follows AP Computer Science and covers the analysis and design of fundamentaldata structures. Students learn to use these data structures to code algorithms that effectively solve complex problems. Topics covered include linked lists, trees, graphs, breadth-first and depth-first searches, hash tables, and recursion. Through extended individual and collaborative projects, students learn principles for good program design, andthe use of data abstraction and modular program composition in writing clear and effective programs. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.
PHY200
Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an introductory physics course that includes the study of kinematics, forces, energy, and electricity and magnetism. Students create their own explanations for experimental observations by developing models through guided inquiry, group discussion, and collaborative hands-on investigation. They learn to communicate their thinking through a variety of visual, mathematical, and computational representations. 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 in-depth, fast-paced introductory physics course that includes the study of kinematics, forces, energy, and electricity and magnetism. Students create their own explanations for experimental observations by developing models through guided inquiry, groupdiscussion, and collaborative hands-on investigation. They learn to communicate their thinking through a variety of visual and mathematical representations. This course focuses onthe concepts, principles, and ways of thinking that will underlie students’ further study of science.
PHY402
Electric Vehicle Engineering
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics
Throughout the fall and winter terms, students in this class will convert a 6-wheeled amphibious utility vehicle to run on electrical power. In the spring, students will engage inthe essential step of ensuring maximum efficiency and safety of the vehicle by completing extensive testing of the componentry. This course offers students a unique opportunity both to problem solve practical designs, and to bring their ideas to fruition through the hands-onconstruction and implementation of their ideas. Students will be assessed on their ability tocollaborate effectively, demonstrate independence, resilience, and time management. Additionally, students will study topics including gear ratios, thermodynamics, DC motors, fuses, switches, motor controllers, variable resistors, rolling resistance, battery charging,battery management, torque, amperage draw, energy efficiency. This course requires students to spend a significant amount of time outside of the daily class schedule working in the garage.
PHY404
Robotics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course introduces students to building and programming autonomous robots. Beginning with DC motors, the course takes students through increasingly complex navigation tasks. Students next turn to implementing sensors for feedback, where they read environmental conditions. The students learn a variety of control algorithms, from relatively low complexity bang-bang algorithm up through PID control. Next, students move into a series of robot games to challenge their ability to balance competing requirements. Finally, the courseasks students to complete a project of their choice. Past projects include a self-balancing robot and soft robotics actuators.
PHY500
AP Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent or previous Algebra II
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explorethese topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simpleharmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. This course is appropriate for 11th- and 12th-gradestudents who have not previously taken a Physics course. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to take the AP Physics 1 exam and will be prepared to take the SAT Physics Subject Test.
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 physicsbeyond the introductory level. The AP syllabus is followed as the major themes of physics arestudied 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. Course meets during double period.
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. Course meets during double period.
SCI691
Research in Sustainability
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
The population of humanity is predicted to soon approach 9 billion and to be largely urban. The questions of how to provide clean air, clean water, and food in efficient, sustainable ways are pressing. Students design and carry out experimental, data-driven investigations into future solutions that could enhance human living environments. These projects will be driven by student interest and can be biological or chemical in nature or they could focus on designing computer control or sensing systems. At the end of the winter term, each student presents an academic paper that summarizes the research process, the findings and the implications of the results of the study. This course does not fulfill the Science graduation requirement.