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Upper School Curriculum

2D Studio Art I

This course concentrates on building fundamental drawing and painting skills through application of techniques and exploring a variety of media.

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2D Studio Art III

This class concentrates on intensifying the creative experience through advanced abstract as well as traditional media work, technical skill and artistic style.

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2D Studio Art IV
2D Studio Art Paper Garment Fashion Design
Algebra I

Algebra I involves the study of algebraic expressions, real number operations, equations, including multi-step and with variables on both sides, and inequalities with the same characteristics.

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Algebra II

Algebra builds on the math students have learned up through Geometry and extends those concepts in depth to number systems, radical expressions, imaginary numbers, polynomials, matrices, logarithms, and functions.

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Anatomy & Physiology

This project-based course focuses on the individual body systems as well as how each pertains to the subsequent running and maintenance of the human body as an organism.

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AP 2D Studio Art
AP Chemistry

The goal of the course is to help the student develop a conceptual framework for modern chemistry by addressing certain themes, including science as a process, the relationship of structure and properties, chemical reactions, chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, acid-base and buffer systems, and electrochemistry.

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AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world.

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AP Government

Students are challenged to think critically in order to not only prepare for the test but to also begin the transition into becoming voting adults.

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AP Latin

This course follows the AP Latin curriculum set by the College Board with a view towards preparing students to take the AP Latin examination in the spring.

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AP Spanish Language

Upon completion of this course, students demonstrate understanding of diverse cultures, incorporate interdisciplinary topics, make comparisons between languages and cultures, and use Spanish in real-life settings.

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AP Spanish Literature

Students are able to understand, analyze, and compare various works of literature from different time periods and countries in the Spanish-speaking world.

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AP Statistics

The course consists of both descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on statistical literacy and the development of statistical thinking.

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AP U.S. History

AP U.S. History is the equivalent of a two-semester, college-level survey course that will provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge required to deal critically with the problems and challenges of U.S. History, from the earliest inhabitants of North America through the current political, social, and economic globalization of our world today.

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Biophysics

Students engage in investigating how the human body works from the perspectives of both biology and physics, and exploring the intersections and synergy between these two fields.

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Calculus

Students explore average rates of change in real world situations and then use limits to compute and apply instantaneous rates of change.

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Classical Mythology

This course broadly surveys the canonical mythology of Ancient Greece and Rome, focusing especially on issues of culture and history in addition to philosophical and social questions raised by the myths.

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College Algebra

This course will begin with a basic review of concepts from Algebra II and then will continue to enhance algebraic skills.

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Contemporary U.S. History

This course focuses on the 1980s through 2010 U.S. history and culture with a focus on politics, diplomacy, and advancements made in science and human rights.

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Creative Writing

This course will concern itself with the at times seemingly magical ability of the written word to discover and convey the depths of our individual and collective lives.

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Debate

This course emphasizes the development of debating skills that may be used in the formal debate context as well as life situations.

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East Meets West

This is a one-semester elective course designed to provide students with a general understanding of Far Eastern history, with particular emphasis on China and Japan.

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Eleventh Grade U.S. History

This is a year-long, challenging survey chronicle that begins with a discussion of North America’s earliest inhabitants and concludes with the United States’ current role in the ever-increasing political, social, and economic globalization of our world.

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Engineering: Solar Car

Students will participate in the design, building and racing of a solar powered electric car in order to participate in the Solar Car Challenge during the summer.

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English I

The English 1 classes introduce students to the academic practice of creating and discovering meaning in engagement with complex, multi-genre texts, primarily through thematic and formal analysis.

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English III

The English III classes focus on developing an understanding of more challenging and diverse literary texts.

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English IV

English IV exposes students to a wide range of literary genres including fiction, short stories and drama in order to gain a global perspective and appreciation of the relevancy of the written word from any time period.

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Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship students will learn collaborative problem solving, design thinking, research and presentation skills through their work with local and national entrepreneurs.

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ESL 1

This class is to provide personalized and rigorous support for international students who need development in several key areas of their English language skills.

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ESL 2

This class is to build on solid fundamental skills in ‘Advanced’ English so that students can increase their confidence in English conversations, read longer texts and broaden skills in writing to communicate.

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ESL 3

In this course, students will further develop their skills in academic writing and advanced reading by engaging with college-level texts.

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Ethics and Social Justice

Students ask age old questions about justice, virtue, and morality as they investigate the major philosophical traditions of moral thought and practice.

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Film Appreciation

In this yearlong course, we will survey and analyze cinema including history, film techniques, production procedures, selected motion pictures and cinema’s impact on and reflection of society.

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Filmmaking II

This is an advanced course in all aspects of filmmaking. Students will produce short films in both the narrative cinema and documentary genres.

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Forensics

Forensics introduces the application of scientific investigation and analysis of crime scenes that can be used in a court of law.

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Geometry

This course is an investigation into Euclidean Geometry using customary and discovery approaches.

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Greek II Honors

Students continue the study of Greek by building vocabulary, looking into more complex grammatical structures, and developing reading and translating skills.

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Honors College English I: Inquiry & Analysis

Honors College English 1: Inquiry and Analysis is an interdisciplinary course in which students will both study and practice the Humanities as a collaborative discipline that allows them to create products (texts, experiences, outcomes) that address not only classroom concerns but events and issues at work in the larger world.

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Introduction to Christian Thought

Students will develop critical thinking skills in regard to main theological themes in Christian traditions and wrestle with ethical application of those concepts to current life.

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Introduction to Ornithology

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of birds. Students will learn the anatomical structure, behavioral habits and migratory patterns of several species, including many species native to North Texas.

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Japanese II

Students further their language studies through scenarios that they might encounter if they were to go to Japan (shopping, ordering at a restaurant, staying with a host family, etc).

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Jazz/Rock Ensemble

The group is primarily made up of singers, guitarists, drummers, and pianists, but all instruments and voice types are welcome

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Latin II

This course continues the study of Latin by building on students’ vocabulary, looking into more complex grammatical structures, and developing reading and translating skills.

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Latin III

This course introduces students to the reading of real Latin texts written by ancient Roman authors.

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Latin IV/V

Students further develop their understanding of the Latin language, building on vocabulary, grammar, reading skills, rhetorical devices, writing style, content, and the context of the passages and authors studied.

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Medical Microbiology

Students explore the microbial world, studying topics such as pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, laboratory procedures, identifying microorganisms, drug resistant organisms, and emerging diseases.

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Musical Theatre

There will be coaching involving singing and dance, and will focus on creating a character through song and dance, and how to best convey the story while performing musical theatre.  

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Physics

Students apply critical and logical thinking to formulate scientific questions which guide investigations.

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Poetry

From the poets of old to the contemporary music scene, poetry is used to convey the ambiguity, complexity, and emotion of the human experience.

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Psychology

The Psychology course will cover an array of topics, including the biology of the brain, social psychology, research methods, and more.

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Senior Capstone Design

Capstone Design builds on the Junior Honors Thesis program by providing students an opportunity to conduct extensive empathy work and partner with a local or national organization that aligns with their personal interests.

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Spanish for Business

Students deepen their understanding of the language by communicating on a variety of topics including, marketing, finance and investments, and economics.

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Spanish IV

Students are able to express more complex thoughts and ideas as they are introduced to advanced tenses and grammar concepts.

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Statistics

Students explore patterns in data, learn to recognize different types of bias in studies and experiments and the difference between statistical and practical significance.

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Topics in Biotech

The course centers on contemporary topics in biology and biotechnology including microbiology, pathology, and genetic technologies.

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Women's Choir

The Women’s Choir will sing advanced SSA and SSAA music, sight-read at an honors level, and continue the study of advanced music theory and music history.

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World Religions - Abrahamic Traditions

This course explores the diversity of religious expression of the religions that trace their history back to Abraham with the goal of fostering intellectual and personal empathy towards people and intellectual traditions.

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World Religions - Eastern Traditions

This course explores the diversity of religious expression in and around Asia with the goal of fostering intellectual and personal empathy towards people and intellectual traditions.

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Yearbook/Publications

In this course students learn the basics of graphic design, photography, and copywriting as well as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop software programs used in the production of the yearbook.

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