Academics

Set Apart For Excellence

New York Military Academy, established in 1889 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, is a private, international boarding school serving grades 7 through 12. NYMA is dedicated to a comprehensive and substantive process of developing young leaders who are ‘Set Apart for Excellence.’ Our goal is to prepare our cadets for success and fulfillment in college and in life.

Utilizing a community model and a rigorous academic curriculum grounded in the classical disciplines, NYMA graduates are thoughtfully prepared to seek out extraordinary lives of accountability and service. Academy Cadets pursue a 21st century academic curriculum and can also take part in a structured Military Leadership Program. Not only is this method a proven educational approach, but this model also provides cadets with opportunities to develop confidence and personal accountability through peer-to-peer leadership development. This unique setting is not available to aspiring young leaders in most other public or private schools.

NYMA prepares students for the challenges of college. By the time they graduate, NYMA Cadets will have had access to: a variety of meaningful leadership experiences, a robust curriculum geared toward 21st century priorities (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication), and a solid core of lifetime fitness and outdoor learning skills. These are the intangibles that make NYMA an excellent educational experience.

Curriculum
8th Middle SchoolGrade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12
Middle School English
Middle School Publishing
English 9
English Electives
English 10
English Electives
English 11
AP English
English Electives
English 12
AP English
English Electives
Middle School History Global History 1 Global History 2 US History
AP US History
History Electives
American Government / Economics
AP US History
History Electives
Middle School Math
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
Algebra I
Geometry
Geometry
Algebra II
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus
Math Electives
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus
Math Electives
Middle School Science
Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
Science Electives
Chemistry
Biology
Science Electives
Physics
Science Electives
Advanced Physics
AP Biology
Environmental Science
Science Electives
Foreign Language
Intro to World Languages
Intro to Mandarin
French 1
Spanish 1
Foreign Language
Intro to Mandarin
French 1
Spanish 1
Mandarin 1
French 2
Spanish 2
Mandarin 2
French 3
Spanish 3
Mandarin 3
French 4
Spanish 4
Middle School
School Motivation
Leadership Education & Training ILeadership Education & Training IILeadership Education & Training IIILeadership Education & Training IV
Studio Art / Music Studio Art / Music Studio Art / Music
Art Electives
Studio Art / Music
Art Electives
Studio Art / Music
AP Art
Art Electives
Middle School HealthHS Health is a graduation requirement and can be completed in grades 9-12
ESL A, B, CESL A, B, CESL A, B, C ESL C
TOEFL Prep
ESL C
TOEFL Prep
Middle School Phys EdDaily required participation in the afternoon program including interscholastic athletics.
MATHEMATICS & SCIENCECadets are required to complete 7 credits for graduation between the Math & Science Departments starting in the 9th grade.
In the Mathematics Department cadets must have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.
In the Science Department cadets must have completed Biology, Chemistry, and an upper level Science course.
Cadets may choose among a number of electives in either department for their additional credit.
International Students and English as a Second Language

New York Military Academy has students from all over the globe. International students are fully integrated into all aspects of life at the academy. Students whose first language is not English can take ESL courses designed to improve grammar and vocabulary as well as writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills. The academy offers three levels of ESL instructions. ESL courses tend to have a very low student-to-teacher ratio and are led by ESL-trained instructors.

Grading System
LetterGPAScale
  A+
A
 A-
  B+
B
 B-
  C+
C
 C-
  D+
D
 E/F
4.0
4.0
3.7
3.3
3.0
2.7
2.3
2.0
1.7
1.3
1.0
0.0
97-100
93-96
90-92
87-89
83-86
80-82
77-79
73-76
70-72
67-69
65-66
Below 65
Graduation Requirements
  • English – 4 credits
  • History – 4 credits (Including US History, American Government/Economics, Western Civilization, and Modern World History)
  • Mathematics & Sciences – 7 credits
    Required Math Levels – Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.
    Required Science Levels – Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Electives include advanced math and science courses.
  • World Languages – 3 credits (ESL students can substitute ESL courses for World Languages credit)
  • Fine Arts – 1 credit (Studio Art and Band may be repeated for elective credit)
  • Health – ½ credit required
  • Physical Education – 2 credits (Required participation in the afternoon athletics program)

* Classes taken prior to 8th grade are not credited toward graduation requirements.

** 23 total credits required for graduation

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2023-2024 Courses Offering

9th Grade English: Relationships, Duty, and Consequence

Class Description: English 1 is all about relationships and how people relate to other people and the world around them. There will be a particular emphasis on comparative, in depth essay writing with using parenthetical documentation to support our claims. We will get our first look at a Shakespearean play that has thrilled audiences for hundreds of years; Romeo and Juliet. In this class we read, write, listen, speak, reflect and share. We will get creative with both our thoughts, the ways we read and our writing. As always, we will cover a variety of genres including poetry, science fiction, nonfiction, and mystery.

Required Texts:

“The Glass Menagerie” T. Williams  ISBN-10: 0811214044

Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury ISBN-10: 1451673310

Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare ISBN-13:9780743477116

A Separate Peace, Knowles ISBN-10: 0743253973

Animal Farm, Orwell ISBN-10: 0451526341

Ethan Frome– Wharton ISBN-10: 0486266907

 

Course Description: 10th grade English seeks to improve your skills as a reader, writer, and critical thinker.  It does so first by asking you to read a wide variety of texts drawn from the length and breadth of Global literary traditions.  It then asks you to respond to those texts through a variety of means including class discussion, in class writing, in class worksheets, and out of class assignments. In addition, we’ll devote a certain amount of time each week to developing your vocabulary through chapters in Book 10 of the Wordly Wise workbook.  Throughout the class, we’ll work on improving your writing by revisiting strategies for successful composition. 

While we’ll find all manner of connections among these texts as we go through them, I would like to foreground the theme of duty. So as you read each text, you should ask yourself, “What is the role of duty in this narrative?  What is the protagonist’s duty?  What is standing in the way of it?  How does s/he complete it?” 

Required Texts:

Achebe, Chinua                      Things Fall Apart (978-0385474542)

Golding, William                    Lord of the Flies (978-0399501487)

Hodkinson, Kenneth(ed.)       Wordly Wise 3000 Book 10  (978-0838876107)

Homer                                    The Odyssey (in Elements of Literature textbook [9th grade])

Mo Yan                                   The Garlic Ballads (978-1611457070)

Orwell, George                       1984 (978-0451524935)

Shakespeare, William             Hamlet  (978-0743477123)                                                                          

Wiesel, Ellie                           Night (978-0374500016)

 

11th Grade English: American Literature
 

11th grade English seeks to improve your skills as a reader, writer, and critical thinker. It does so by asking you to read a wide variety of texts drawn from the length and breadth of the American literary tradition and to respond to them through class discussion and written assignments. While we’ll find all manner of connections among these texts as we go through them, I’m starting the school year thinking about the theme of individual voices. The United States is, as its very name suggests, a collection of diverse communities. Throughout the course of its history, different groups have sought to become part of the cultural mainstream, in part through literary expression. We’ll consider the way in which these literary works have expanded our sense of what the American experience encompases.       

Required Texts:

Douglass, Frederick               Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (9780486284996)                                  

Fitzgerald, F. Scott                 The Great Gatsby (9780743273565)       

Hansberry, Lorraine               A Raisin in the Sun (9780679755333)

Miller, Arthur                           The Crucible (9780143129479)

Salinger, J.D.                          Catcher in the Rye (9780316769174)

Silko, Leslie Marmon             Ceremony (9781440621826)              

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 11 Student Edition (4th Edition) ISBN: 9780838877111 (PART 1 of BOOK)

 

Over the course of the school year, we will also read fiction, poetry, and essays in the Prentice Hall American Experience textbook. 

 

12th Grade English: Rhetoric and Analysis

The title for 12th grade English is Rhetoric and Analysis. It seeks to improve your skills as a reader, writer, and critical thinker, all as a means of helping to prepare you for college next year. The class does this by asking you to read an idiosyncratic selection of texts and to respond to them through class discussion and written assignments. While we’ll find all manner of connections among these texts as we go through them, I’m starting the class with the theme of moments of crisis in mind. Of course, moments of crisis are natural focal points of narratives. We’ll consider the way(s) in which these moments arise in each narrative, and then the way(s) in which the characters confronting these crises respond to them–you might say, how they do/do not rise to meet them. We’ll also consider the fall out from the characters’ actions. The novelist and literary critic John Gardner once described fiction as choice and its consequences; during this class, we’ll look closely at examples of this dynamic.      

Required Texts:

Abelard, Peter                   The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (1986935779)

Camus, Albert                    The Stranger (978-0679720201)

Gardner, John                    Grendel (9780679723110)

Headley, Maria (trans.)      Beowulf (97803741100031)                                                                                                      

Hua, Yu                                To Live (9781400031863)

O’Brien, Tim                       The Things They Carried (9780618706419)

Shakespeare, William       Macbeth (9780743477103)                                                                                                                                     

Sophocles                          Antigone (NYMA copy)

Whitehead, Colson            The Nickel Boys (9780345804341)   

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 11 Student Edition (4th Edition) ISBN: 9780838877111 (SECOND HALF OF BOOK)

8th Grade English: Identity and Society

Course Description: English 8 is an exciting course filled with an array of texts that will keep you interested and engaged.  In this course we focus on how to write comparative essays.  We will be focusing on an in-depth author study of Edgar Allan Poe, read an ancient Greek Tragedy, explore Science Fiction, myth, mystery and complete a poet study of the works of Maya Angelou and Alicia Keys.  We also will be creatively writing individual and original sci-fi short stories. 

Required texts:

Speak, Anderson ISBN-10: 0312674392

Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck ISBN-10: 0140177396

To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee ISBN-10: 0060935464

Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom ISBN-10: 1401308589

“Oedipus” (NYMA has)

Also Ray Bradbury Unit, Poet study of Maya Angelou/ Alicia Keys

AP ENGLISH

Course description: In this class you will be responsible for doing a vast amount of reading and writing. One of the goals of this class, besides offering you an array of texts to appreciate and fall in love with, is to prepare you for the College Board’s Advanced Placement exam in May. It is imperative that you read the materials assigned, take notes and try your best to participate in class discussions and activities. This class spans three trimesters.

Major texts used:   

Wilson, August  Fences

Shakespeare, WIlliam  Romeo and Juliet / The Merchant of Venice

Sophocles  Antigone

Shelley, Mary  Frankenstein

Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest / The Great Gatsby

Course Description: This course enables students to explore and gain a better understanding of our interactions with, and interdependence upon, the Earth processes and the changes in these processes over time. There are four main interconnected fields in this discipline: Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Astronomy. Students will gain and master the skills of georeferencing, identification of minerals, analyzing seismic waves and earth quark, interpretation of station modeling/ the weather pattern, astronomy, and impact of climate change through laboratory/field work.

Textbook: Glencoe, G. Earth & Space Science: McGraw-Hill Education, 2008. ISBN:978-0-07-874636-9

  • Notebook and a scientific calculator.

Our living environment is full of color, exuberance, and wonder. Life is more vibrant, brought about by TMI (too much information) or social media hype (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik-tok, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Roblox, Fortnite and endless other platforms) the fascination is endless. Biology weaves into our lives the same way. This course aims to always keep that spark and sense of awe for every student. The ten (10) Big ideas in Biology will make our study and appreciation more concise and simplified. From the very basic unit of life which are cells, to information and heredity (DNA, not to ignore cloning which is quite controversial these days) Stem Cell research and practice in the field of Medicine and Biotechnology, how organisms grow, develop and decay to support life itself, diversity (no matter how different we all are we are still connected with every living organism: unity), Balance or Homeostasis, structure and function (do we consider a virus a living organism?) and Biology of today involving world health issues (Covid-19 Pandemic), social and economic strata (hunger, housing, jobs and social differences). The science of Biology has come a long way. This course will help our students understand the connection from our past to present day events and onward to our future.

We have a standard textbook issued including a workbook and laboratory manual. We will also investigate Science Journals and current science events locally and internationally. To complement the theory and practice of each Big Idea, laboratory investigations are partnered for each skill and concept. This will also include research, projects, virtual field trips and real time/place field trips soon. All we need is an inquiring mind, the exciting mode of wanting to learn more about our natural world, the willingness and patience to figure things out and always wanting to discover and rediscover new things. We hope each student will learn, practice some of these skills in real life and will forever be amazed.

Course Description: This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and the behavior of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

  • Textbook: Pearson Chemistry 2012 (authors: D. Staley, A. Wilbraham, M. Matta, and E. Waterman). ISBN-13: 978-0-13-252580-0  or  ISBN-10-0-13-252580-1
  • Notebook and a scientific calculator.

Welcome to the world of Crime Scene Investigation. Forensic Science is one of the most interesting, exciting, and amazing studies we have in today’s time. This course offers each student the experience and knowledge by observing and analyzing data through the eyes of the crime scene investigator. By stepping into the roles of detectives, investigators and even crime scene specialists, students will be able to interpret evidence they have collected. All these activities will link their skills and knowledge in several disciplines including (but are not limited to) math, sociology, psychology, analytics, computer science/engineering, art, biology, chemistry, and physics. Several resources will be incorporated within the duration of this course. Textbooks, manuals, short videos, laboratory exercises, re- enactments, mystery games, and crime scene investigations (mock scenes).

Forensic Science students will perform and analyze data by doing critical thinking investigations, employing Physical science experiments, incorporating life science laboratory procedures, and articulating studies on earth science, archaeology, and anthropology. Kits and materials including PPE (personal protective equipment) are all provided by our school. We hope that each student will enjoy every lesson and activity in this course but will also influence them to consider a challenging yet rewarding career in solving crimes.

An introductory course in high school physics which meets Regents standards and provides a deeper exploration than a standard Regents physics course.This course runs for three trimesters. Key topics in the course include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, circuits, waves and modern physics.

Algebra 1 aims to guide, teach, and help students practice mathematically correct, instructionally sound and student friendly concepts.  Every student will have different learning styles, this course is designed to impart relevance, opportunities to challenging and high-quality mathematics and real-life applications that every student can appreciate and apply into.  Algebra 1 is organized around families of functions with an emphasis on linear and quadratic functions.  Students will learn on how to create, design, organize, analyze, and formulate a conclusion using models of real-world situations using functions to solve problems arising from these situations.

Probability, data analysis, geometry will also be part of their lesson proper.  These math topics often appear on standardized tests.  There is a standard Algebra 1 textbook that is issued for each student, a variety of exercise packets and handouts, multiple choice questions, short response exercises as well as extended response activities.  The course aims to use both analog tools and digital materials incorporating several technologies as we tackle every day algebraic problems.  A prerequisite course for Algebra 1 will be Math 8 and or Pre-Algebra.  This course prepares the student for Algebra 2, Trigonometry but are not limited to only these courses.

Algebra 2 is a full-year mathematics course. Students will build on their understanding of linear,
quadratic, and exponential functions while adding polynomial, rational, and radical functions.
Students will expand their abilities to solve equations, including quadratic equations with
complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms.

Mathematics provides the conceptual basis for the structure of many things around us. In this course students will acquire tools to help them explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. These tools include Euclidean geometry, rigid motion transformations, dilations and similarity, and coordinate geometry. Students will learn how to prove various geometric facts about triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles by using axiomatic proof and coordinate geometry proof. Finally, students will model real world objects using geometric formulas for perimeter, area, and volume. Three dimensional objects such as prisms, pyramids, cones, cylinders, and spheres will be used in a variety of models.

The topics that are covered in trigonometry encourage students to use problem solving and prepare them for future pursuits that may include STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) careers. Trigonometry has uses in such areas as surveying, navigation, drawing and architecture.

Precalculus is a course designed to prepare students for topics covered in a Calculus I course at
the college level. It begins with a comprehensive study of functions and moves into an analysis
of rudimentary calculus concepts such as the difference quotient and the notion of “taking a
limit.” In addition to introducing students to terminology and concepts essential to the study
of Calculus, this course should also help students develop reasoning and analytical skills that
may be applied to problems outside the typical realm of mathematics.

Calculus is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics. The study of calculus involves three stages: the limit process, differentiation, and integration. The curriculum for this course is intended to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam, which is administered in May.

Space Math is a course in applied mathematics which explores problems pertaining to orbital mechanics and rocket science.

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8th Grade United States History
 
This course will cover the history of The United States from the late 19th century to the modern era. The course will focus on political, social, and economic aspects of American history. Students will examine how the American nation evolved and its effects on the continent. The course will draw from a variety of primary and secondary sources to include text, maps, graphs, and other visual materials associated with the Social Sciences. Students will develop their skills in reading, analysis, and evaluation of primary and secondary sources for content and bias. Also students will expand their writing skills through essays, DBQs, and other work. The course will examine various eras of United States history that will task students to make connections between different events that will show how American society has become what it is today.
 
The American Nation by Davidson and Stoff

Global History 1 traces the roots of the world you see around you. It is a course designed to familiarize you with a wide breadth of knowledge. While we will not be able to cover everything that has ever happened we will investigate many of the events and patterns which have shaped the world today. 

This course aims to instill historical skills, grow your reading and writing capabilities, while placing a large amount of content at your ready command.

The goal of this course is to introduce students to world history post-Renaissance and to examine global societies as they transition into the modern age. The class is organized chronologically, but will include recurring themes in each unit. Our outlook will be global, encompassing Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. We shall analyze how the patterns of Human history transcending borders and time. We shall explore how individual episodes from the past form a bigger picture of history, giving us a global understanding of how human societies developed and became what they are today.

United States History is the study of the creation of the unique American identity we have today. The United States is a mixture of many different cultures, from every part of the Earth. This course traces American history from before the founding of Jamestown until the turn of the Twenty-first Century, with particular attention paid to the political, economic, and social forces driving our story. Our study will not be limited to generals and presidents, but will pay great attention to the experiences of common people, women, Africans, and other groups who are equally important in building the most powerful nation in history. The first part of the year is very introspective, examining the ways the outside world came to North America and how our identity formed. The second half of the school year sees the United States pushing out and spreading our ideas to the rest of the world.

The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of human history through its artistic output. We shall discuss the traditional elements of the fine arts (i.e., sculptures, paintings, drawings), and ceramics, but also fashion, photography, calligraphy, advertisements, and much much more! We shall learn how to understand history through art, but also art through history. We shall explore the art history canon (e.g., the Ninja Turtles, Monet, & Van Gogh), but also aboriginal, Middle Eastern, and Asian art in order to understand how humans express themselves beyond the written word.

AP US History Course Description:  This course is a survey of America’s modern political, economic, intellectual, social, and religious development.  The course examines the history of the United States, by analyzing the different experiences of Americans’ethnically, racially, and economically diverse population.  

The format of the class will consist of lectures, discussions, and a few films.  Lectures and the textbook will provide students with conceptual frameworks and facts for understanding American history.  Students will also be called on to read and interpret a variety of primary sources, including fiction, autobiography, and other historical documents.  The course culminates with students sitting for the AP US History Examination.

 

Textbooks:                                                               

America: A Narrative History by George Brown Tindal and David Emory Shi

The American Revolution: Core Documents by Robert M.S. McDonald

Hale, Edward Everett: The Man Without a Country

Opposing Viewpoints in American History: Volumes 1 & 2 by William Dudley

American Government is the study of the philosophical foundations and operations of American government. In this course, students will look at the origins of governments throughout history, the formation of democratic thought in Europe and North America, and international influences on North American views of government and politics. The course will continue with a close look at the US Constitution and the structures of government that impact our lives. Finally, students will analyze the rights of all residents of the United States and understand the responsibilities of citizens. The future is in your hands; treat it well.

Economics is the study of how societies make decisions about scarce resources and the trade-offs humans must face. In this course, we will study different ways that societies have dealt with this problem, looking at how the ideas of supply and demand impact on people’s behaviors in the marketplace. The focus will be on the workings of the microeconomy in market economies. The course continues with a look at larger issues in macroeconomics, including the views of important economists who helped shape the global economy of the Twenty-First Century. Finally, we will study financial literacy in an effort to help all of our students succeed in the real world.

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We discover the basics of French to start our formation, leaving behind preconceived notions of the language while simultaneously building the foundation for further learning in this and other language.

We leap forward upon our foundation from French I, expanding our cultural and lexical knowledge of the language. We begin to put into practice more complex uses of the language, and start genuine classroom discussion in French.

We immerse ourselves in French in order to promote student-centered discourse and propulsion into the French language. Our main objective is to remove ourselves from 1:1 translation through prior knowledge and routine structure. Apart from cultural practices, we ask ourselves about our own culture in relation to language, finding links between our target language and our native tongue.

The goal of the course is to develop students’ basic Chinese communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with more focus on speaking and listening. Starting with pinyin, students will gradually build up their communicative competency in Chinese. They will be familiarized with the character writing system; unit topics include greeting; numbers; countries; family; sports; food and etc. Culture topics include history, geography, festivals, games. etc. Moreover, the course will integrate Chinese culture to promote students’ cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

This course introduces students to more challenging standard Mandarin Chinese language material in order to establish a solid foundation for the use of the language. Students in this course focus on building on past language exposure to improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Students expand their oral expression abilities by increasing vocabulary, improving understanding of grammar concepts, strengthening pronunciation abilities, focusing on listening comprehension, and building on previously studied Chinese characters. This course introduces new language concepts to allow students to speak about topics pertaining to their daily lives and also focuses on deepening knowledge of Chinese culture and customs. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to engage in basic daily conversations, read simple texts, and write for daily needs.

Students will gain listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in standard (Mandarin) Chinese, attaining approximately the Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate-High level on the ACTFL/ETS proficiency scale. Specifically, students will be able to achieve the following:
 
Listening: Understand paragraph-length utterances pertaining to a wide range of topics related to daily life(including lodging/living quarters, dining, shopping, the Internet, work, travel, etc.).
 
Speaking: Handle a wide range of tasks and social situations related to the topic areas mentioned above, and participate in casual conversations. They will also be able to narrate, describe, and compare and contrast.
 
Reading: Identify key facts and some details in descriptive material about daily life and discern connections between sentences in simple paragraphs. They will also be able to understand some authentic texts that serve a functional purpose, such as signs, public announcements, and short instructions.
 
Writing: Compose notes and simple letters, summaries of biographical information such as work and school experience, and other multi-paragraph pieces of writing.

In this standard course sequence students will be introduced to the basics of Spanish. Students will start to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The learning activities will focus on situations students are likely to encounter in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will develop their ability to express basic ideas and needs, comprehend the language in everyday context, and read short dialogues and texts in Spanish. Students will acquire the ability to write basic sentences and short compositions. Through readings, students will acquire an understanding of the cultural aspects of the language. Students will improve and expand their vocabulary and enhance the understanding of how the language works and to apply that knowledge to continue the learning process of the target language.

Prerequisite: Students should pass Spanish I.

In this standard course sequence students will practice and enhance basic proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Learning activities focus on situations students are likely to encounter in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will enhance their ability to express basic ideas and needs, comprehend the language in everyday context, and read dialogues and short texts. Students will improve their ability to write short sentences on familiar topics. Through readings, students will acquire a basic understanding of the cultural aspects of the language. Students will improve and expand their vocabulary and enhance the understanding of how the language works and to apply that knowledge to continue the learning process of the target language.

Prerequisite: Students should take Spanish I and Spanish III.

In this standard course sequence, students will practice and enhance basic to intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Learning activities will focus on situations students are likely to encounter in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will enhance their ability to express ideas and needs using basic and intermediate grammatical structures, comprehend the language in everyday context, and read dialogues and short literary texts. Students will improve their ability to write short essays on familiar topics. Through readings, students will acquire an understanding of the cultural aspects of the language. Students will improve and expand their vocabulary and enhance the understanding of how the language works and to apply that knowledge to continue the learning process of the target language.

English as a Second Language is a rigorous class that aims to develop student’s English proficiency levels in all four domains of language (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). It is also meant to support students in their other general education classes through the development of critical thinking skills, academic vocabulary, and writing skills. This class will allow students to develop more advanced English vocabulary and grammatical structures so that they can successfully communicate. Also, students will develop literary and analytical skills which will enable them to be successful in future courses.

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Health is student-centered, person oriented course offered with the intent of encouraging harmonious, healthful living by helping to develop self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence. These qualities lead to intelligent and mature decision making regarding important health related topics.

Studio Art is a broad overview class covering several art materials and concepts such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. We will focus on major themes like self-identity, social injustice, and mythology. It will also be concentrated on your growth as an artist and making your own choices in regard to your artwork.

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