SSIS Link Handbook Compendium EA Courses & Curriculum ED HS Course of Studies 07 High School Courses 10 Electives

10 Electives

    Academic Writing 9

    Grade: 9   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0 elective        

    Prerequisite: Teacher/counselor selected

    Homework: LIGHT

    This course provides students with strategies and opportunities to strengthen their writing. The focus is on improving sentence fluency, word choice, and grammar and mechanics. Students practice these skills as they write a variety of text types for various audiences and purposes. This is  a required course for students identified by teacher recommendation or at the time of admission.

    Students in Writing Development 9 take this course in lieu of a Study Hall, Modern World Languages or Fine Arts course. The counselors will work with students placed in Writing Development 9 to find the best scheduling option for that particular student. All students in this course must also take English 9.

    Academic Writing 10

    Grade: 10   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0

    Prerequisite: Teacher/counselor selected

    Homework: LIGHT

    This course provides students with strategies and opportunities to strengthen their writing. The focus is largely on improving sentence fluency, word choice, and grammar and mechanics. Students will practice these skills as they write a variety of text types for various audiences and purposes. This is a required course for students identified by teacher recommendation or at the time of admission.

    Students in Writing Development 10  take this course in lieu of a Study Hall, Modern World Language or Fine Arts course. The counselors will work with students placed in Writing Development 10 to find the best scheduling option for that particular student. All students in this course must also take English 10.

    Academic Writing 11/12

    Grade: 11/12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: LIGHT

    This course provides students with strategies and opportunities to strengthen their writing in an academic context. Students will focus on writing analytical and argumentative pieces and will also receive instruction and support for college essays, extended essays and exam essay writing. They will work on adding detail, clarity and elaboration to their writing by studying model texts and by producing their own written pieces.

    This course is open to all interested Grade 11 and 12 students; however, students who have a teacher recommendation will be given priority.

    App Programming

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12    Length: 1 semester Credit: 0.5

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

    Homework: LIGHT

    App Programming students program mobile devices using web interfaces on their MacBooks. Topics include event-driven programming, animation, sensors, voice recognition, and data storage. Completed projects are posted to individual online portfolios.

    Introduction to Computer Science

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12   Length: 1st semester only or 1 year   Credit: 0.5 or 1.0

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation for grade 9, strong math background recommended

    Homework: MODERATE

    This course is based on Charles Dierbach's Introduction to Computer Science using Python. It is aimed at students who have little or no programming experience, but are highly motivated to understand computational approaches to problem solving. Topics will include Data and Expressions, Control Structures, Functions, Text Files, Object-Oriented Programming and Recursion. Starting second quarter students selecting this course can expect to spend 5-7 hours per week of programming outside of class. Students completing this course will be well-prepared to take IB Computer Science or an introductory college-level programming course.

    Yearbook

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12   Length: 1 year   Credit: 1.0    

    Prerequisite:   None

    Homework:  

    Students enrolled in the Yearbook course form a photojournalism staff whose mission is to produce the very best book that they can for their main audience: the high school students who attend SSIS; their secondary audience: the school staff and other employees; and their tertiary audience: the greater school community and posterity.

    A yearbook fulfills six roles identified by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association: 1) an educational book which provides the staff an opportunity to develop skills in writing, design, photography, technology, and teamwork, 2) a picture book, 3) a history book that documents the school year, 4) a reference book, 5) a public relations book, and 6) a fun book.

    Only one of these purposes focuses on the students in the course; the others are essentially service goals. The yearbook staff then primarily serves the school and its traditions while adhering to the highest standards of the journalistic endeavor.

     

     

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