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Mathematics

Algebra I

This first course in algebra focuses on the study of linear and nonlinear functions. Topics include the structure and language of real numbers; equations and inequalities; linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, and radical functions; systems of equations and inequalities; exponents and polynomials; data analysis and probability.

Geometry

This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. Geometric figures such as lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles are explored. The course also includes the study of similarity, area of plane figures, surface area and volume of solids, transformations, spatial reasoning, and right triangle trigonometry.

Algebra II

This course in algebra is designed to give students a college‐prep‐level understanding of algebraic and geometric concepts. Functions are studied in depth: linear, quadratic, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical functions. Other topics include matrices, complex numbers, sequences and series, probability and statistics, conic sections, and trigonometry.

Pre-Calculus

This course prepares students for college‐level mathematics, and will cover the following topics: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Complex Numbers, Complex Numbers, Trigonometry, Vectors, Conics, Parametric and Polar Functions, Systems and Matrices, Statistics and Probability, Limits and Continuity, and Sequences and Series.

AP Calculus AB

This college-level course in the calculus of functions of a single variable will prepare students for the College Board AP Calculus AB examination. The course is suitable for students with a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics. The overall goal of this course is to help students understand and apply the three big ideas of Calculus AB: limits, derivatives, and integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Imbedded throughout the big ideas are the mathematical practices for AP Calculus: reasoning with definitions and theorems, connecting concepts, implementing algebraic/computational processes, connecting multiple representations, building notational fluency, and communicating mathematics orally and in well-written sentences.

AP Statistics

This course is equivalent to a one-semester college course in statistics, and will prepare students for the College Board AP Statistics examination. Students will develop strategies for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students will frequently be required to prepare written and verbal analyses of data.

Science

General Science

This course is a general introduction to high school science. The course introduces students the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will conduct general laboratory experiments and explore the concept of energy and matter. The students will learn and utilize the core concepts to approach and develop research problems through practice experimentations. Through this course, the students will additionally become familiar with scientific reasoning principles. The purpose of this course is to not only prepare for high school level science curriculum, but also inform the students with a basis in science preventing them from common misconceptions.

Biology

This course includes the study of 1) ecological networks, 2) cellular networks, 3) basic genetics and heredity, 4) evolution, and 5) basic human body networks. The students will develop skills for scientific investigation and understanding of scientific theories suitable for the given topics listed above. Students are required to record, analyze, model, and present data with their own investigations.

Chemistry

This course follows the New York State Chemistry Core Curriculum, and prepares students for a college-level Chemistry course. This course will cover: the Physical Nature of Matter, Atomic Structure, Bonding, Periodicity, Stoichiometry, Kinetics and Equilibrium, Chemical Reactions, and Organic Chemistry.

Physics

This course follows the New York State Physics Core Curriculum, and prepares students for a college-level Physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as mechanics; energy; electricity and magnetism, waves and modern physics.

AP Biology

This is a college level course focusing on conceptual understandings in biology through scientific practices. Students are required to provide scientific inquiries and reasoning skills by collecting and analyzing data to connect the concepts across domains. All students will prepare for the Advanced Placement must take the advanced placement examination held in May.

AP Chemistry

This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. This course will be year long, and is structured around the six big ideas articulated in the AP Chemistry curriculum framework provided by the College Board. A special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices, which capture important aspects of the work that scientists engage in, with learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills.

AP Physics I & II

AP Physics 1 and 2 are the equivalent of the first and second semesters of an introductory, algebra-based college Physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics including rotational motion, work, energy and power, mechanical waves and sound, introductory, simple circuits.

Technology

Introduction to Computer Science

This is an introductory course to computers and programming. We will be looking first at basic computer skills such as how to type correctly and use basic applications like Microsoft office. As well as talking about online privacy and safety. The remainder of the course will be having an introduction and overview of the following: HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python and Java. The course culminates in students creating their own Android app.

AP Computer Science A

This course focuses on an object –oriented approach to problem solving using JAVA. It includes the study of common algorithms and the use of some of JAVA’s built- in classes and interfaces for basic data structures. Students in this class will also prepare for the AP Computer Science A examination.

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