11th Grade Curriculum
What 11th Graders Will Learn
Advanced Mathematics: Topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis are interwoven to form a fully integrated course. A rigorous treatment of Euclidean geometry is also presented. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. With this practice, students will be able to solve challenging problems such as rate and work problems involving abstract quantities. The graphing calculator is used to graph functions and perform data analysis. Conceptually-oriented problems that prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets.
Advanced mathematics includes such topics as conic sections, permutations and combinations, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions, graphs of sinusoids, rectangular and polar representation of complex numbers, De Moivre's theorem, matrices and determinants, the binomial theorem, and the rational roots theorem.
United States History up to the 20th Century: Topics studied will be prominent figures who helped to develop the United States from its beginnings to the start of the 20th century. Influences of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution on that development will be studied and discussed.
Latin III: Students engage with the writings of real Romans. The course of study begins with Latin prose, reading and discussing Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Cicero’s pro Caelio. Students recite a portion of Cicero’s oration. Readings focus on the last years of the Roman Republic and its transition to the Principate. Students see the effects of persuasive speaking, word choice, bias, and propaganda. Art history, geography, and culture continue to play an important role as students begin to see the impact of Latin and the ancient world on the modern world of today. Students may also continue the study of Ancient Greek.
Physics: Watching a Geiger counter react to a radioactive substance, students cannot help but wonder at the source of radioactivity. That is just one of the numerous imagination-inspiring activities that form the core of the physics course. Students will listen to the sounds produced by a tuning fork, watch wave interference patterns, and create complex electrical circuits. But they will also participate in a water rocket challenge to see the practical applications of Newtonian mechanics. We connect the practicality of algebra and geometry by calculating the mathematics of the activities observed.
English III: Non-fiction works will be the focus of student reading. Essays, satirical works, propaganda, speeches, journalistic pieces, and personal memoirs will comprise the reading list. Students will explore rhetorical devices and logical fallacies to better understand the art of persuasive writing. Through projects and research, students will discover the pervasive nature of such writing throughout time. Students will develop a wide variety of writing pieces that are reflective of the works read and intended for publication.
Each academic day, students participate in courses focused on one of the following important academic and life skills.
Students will learn about the history of the dramatic form. There will be dramatic presentations, as a group and individually. The year culminates with an Oratory Contest.
Each year, students will rotate through Art, Music, Dance, and Drama, advancing in their skills and studies.
Students hone skills learned in earlier grades with applications to specific content areas, with the addition of interview skills.
Students continue to learn about themselves and their place in the world. Students will develop leadership skills. They will begin discussing college plans and majors, as well as standardized test preparation. Interest inventories and personality tests will help students narrow their focus.