Adventures for the Independent Spirit

*Please note that some classes are restricted to certain age groups.*

This half (.5) credit course lays the foundation of a two-part introduction to high school mathematics. The course will include a study of variables, rational numbers, solving equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations, and writing equation of lines. It is intended for students who have not yet begun their study of Algebra.

This half (.5) credit course is the second installment of a two-part introduction to high school mathematics. Topics include systems, polynomials, exponents, exponential functions, quadratic, radical and rational equations and functions. You will also be introduced to basic geometry concepts in an algebraic framework. You must have successfully completed Algebra IA or the equivalent prior to taking this course.

As an instruction to basic biological principles, this course will cover life processes and biochemistry, cells human systems structure and function, genetics, evolutionary history and behavior and populations. The material will be presented through lectures, discussions, laboratory investigations and audio-visual displays. You will be expected to invest at least one hour per night in reviewing and preparing for the next class. You will receive a midterm and a final grade. This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for AP Biology and is equivalent to a year of high school science.

The basic principles and skills of a full-year, introductory chemistry class will be covered: matter and energy; measurement and calculations; nuclear and electronic structure; periodic trends; chemical bonding; chemical nomenclature and reactions; stoichiometry; phases of matter; solution chemistry; acid and bases; and thermodynamics. Biweekly laboratory investigations will support concepts introduced in class and make the lessons come alive. At least one hour of reading and/or problem solving will be assigned each night. You will receive a midterm and final grade. This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for AP Chemistry and is equivalent to a full year of high school science.

The topics of this course include parallel lines, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, similar triangles, right triangles, circles, areas and volume. Geometer’s Sketchpad, a mathematics software, will be used to enhance understanding of geometric relationships. A solid understanding of Algebra 1 is expected. This course is equivalent to a year of high school math and moves at an accelerated pace.

This standard high school physics course covers the concept of mechanics, energy, electricity, and magnetism, wave theory, sound and light. Each class will consist of review, lectures, videos and student-based laboratory work. Laboratory experiments will provide an opportunity for discovery learning in which you will prove classic physics theories. You must have completed Algebra II in order to enroll. You will have nightly homework assignments and receive a midterm and final grade. This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for AP Physics and is equivalent to a year of high school science.

This two-hour course offers a thorough review of those aspects of pre-algebra most needed for success in Algebra 1. It is intended for students who have completed pre-algebra but need to establish a stronger background of skills before taking Algebra 1. Each week is organized by topic, though the full three weeks is recommended.

**Week 5:** Properties of Algebra, Operations with Integers and Fractions, Percents

**Week 6:** Variables, Simplifying Expressions, Solving Equations, Factors, Exponents

**Week 7:** Ratios & Probability, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Radicals

This two-hour course offers a thorough review of the essential lessons from Algebra 1. It is intended for students who have completed Algebra 1 but need to establish a stronger background of skills before taking Algebra 2. You should bring your own graphing calculator to class each day, as you will develop familiarity working with this technology throughout the course. Each week is organized by topic, though the full three weeks is recommended.

**Week 5:** Simplifying Algebraic Expressions, Solving and Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities, solving Linear System of Equations

**Week 6:** Operations and Factoring with Polynomials Expressions, Solving Polynomial and Rational Equations

**Week 7:** Solving Radical Equations, Functions and Relations, Graphing Quadratic Functions.

This intensive course provides introduction to the types of questions students may encounter on the PSAT and the SAT Reasoning Test, including the 25-minute writing sample. Skill building in active reading, thinking, and writing will also be reinforced. Other topics may include: how to identify the main idea and supporting information, skimming and scanning, comparing and contrasting, additional reasoning skills, editing for grammatical errors, and vocabulary in context.

The math section of this course is designed as a review of the mathematical concepts (arithmetic, algebra and geometry) found on standardized tests. Topics covered include percents, averages, properties of signed numbers, factoring, linear equations, simple quadratic equations, probability, Pythagorean Theorem, geometric figures, angle and side relationships, area, perimeter, volume, and coordinate geometry. Logical reasoning and problem solving will be included as well as practice with a calculator. Students should bring the calculator they will use when taking the SAT. **Prerequisite courses include Algebra I and Geometry. **

This course stresses strategies that students can use when writing analytical essays. They will write in response to literature as well as current events while stating and developing an argument, and perfecting the language skills needed in high school and beyond. Students will be taught and expected to use the writing process (brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and revising) for every assignment.