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12th Grade Curriculum

What 12th Graders Will Learn

Math

In the final year of study at CCA, the students have a choice to diversify their mathematical study. Choices include calculus, probability and statistics, and pre-calculus.

History

Modern United States History: We will discuss significant events, philosophical theories, and prominent figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will gain a better understanding of our country's evolving identity and values, and their role as citizens.

Latin

Latin IV: Students focus on the poetry of Catullus and Vergil, making connections between all of the authors studied, as well as the effect on modern authors and artists. Students are well prepared for the AP Latin exam and are easily able to move into the upper levels of Latin in any college Classics department. Students may also continue the study of Ancient Greek.

Science

Electives: Students will have the opportunity to choose from several science elective courses their senior year.

English

English IV: In their final year, students will focus on reading 18th century to contemporary works from writers around the world. Students will explore themes of the human condition represented across genre and region and throughout time. Building on these readings, students will write broadly, striving to develop their voice and contribute to the global conversation through fictional and non-fictional pieces. A senior thesis will be completed. Students will finalize a digital portfolio of their best writing across the curriculum.

Enrichment

Each academic day, students participate in courses focused on one of the following important academic and life skills.

Oratory

Students will focus on persuasive speaking in all its forms culminating in an original presentation in the form of a TED-talk.

Aesthetics

Each year, students will rotate through Art, Music, Dance, and Drama, advancing in their skills and studies.

Senior Capstone

As seniors, students identify an area of particular interest or curiosity for them. They develop a proposal and seek out a faculty advisor to design and pursue an independent study leading to the completion of a capstone project. The final product can take the form of a portfolio, work of art, published piece, presentation, or other tangible outcome that showcases the students' efforts throughout the year.

Guidance

Students will continue to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills. They will apply for college, weigh the merits of different programs, and fill out the FAFSA. They will begin to plan for living away from home and/or for a Gap-year experience.