English curriculum has two aims: to give students a sense of the clear and traditions of literary expression, and to teach them the analytical skills needed for critical writing. All English courses call for intensive reading, writing, and critical thinking, as well as classroom discussion. Through this process, students learn to express complex ideas in writing style that is both logical and polished.
-In class, teachers challenge students to get involved with the literature they read. Having competitive classes allows for thoughtful (and sometimes heated) discussions as students work to see how their reading is relevant to daily life. Students also write critically about what they read, formally and informally. The department educates our students to be clear and effective communicators of the English language both as speakers and as writers.
The Math curriculum teaches both the concepts and the necessary skills to prepare students for advanced work-and its practical application-in mathematics and the sciences. Almost all classroom experiences target one or more of the elementary functions: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, irrational, exponential and logarithmic, as well as graphical analysis and integrated geometric concepts.
The Department seeks to develop students who are adept problem solvers, able to focus clearly on the needed result, and then arrive at solutions using a variety of strategies at their disposal. Students are led to develop logical thinking and manipulative skills necessary to obtain solutions. Students will be helped to become rational thinkers, capable of applying abstract concepts to real world problems, a primary skill needed to cope successfully in a world of rapid change.
in their study of history, students learn to hold two perspectives: First, they realize the fundamental truth that human beings all share basic similarities challenges and opportunities, triumphs and frustrations, joys and sorrows. Second, they learn to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse ways in which people of the world’s many cultures have experienced and come to grips with these universal human conditions.
To facilitate their learning, students read both history texts and primary documents in a sharply focused, analytical way. This encourages open dialogue and debate both central to instruction in history. In regular writing assignments, students are asked to think analytically, form clear and coherent thesis statements, and incorporate historical evidence to support their arguments. Assessments are designed to improve students’ comprehensive understanding of important historical material and to encourage clear written and oral expression of complex ideas.
The Science Department gives students a solid grasp of the fundamental sciences and an appreciation for the scientific process. The curriculum has been designed to help students develop their ability to understand their surroundings and to make wise decisions regarding the natural world; and to provide opportunities for students to explore a particular branch of science in greater detail. Every science course involves laboratory work that encourages a sense of discovery and enables students to employ the basic elements of scientific inquiry: critical observation, measurement, and deductive and inductive reasoning.