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Academic Overview

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Students at Palm Beach Day Academy are training for a lifelong educational journey in a learning environment like no other.

PBDA is rigorous and nurturing. Challenging and warm. Students in Grades 4 through 9 are placed in flexible groups based on ability, performance, maturity and readiness in math and language arts.

We ask more of our faculty and students because we believe striving to achieve a goal is its own reward. This habit of mind prepares PBDA students for success in secondary schools of excellence – and life.

We prepare PBDA students for admission and success at appropriate, excellent secondary schools. Reaching that goal requires substantial effort from both students and teachers. Faculty members design a rigorous program and strike a balance between challenging students and providing them with all the support they need.

Community service provides students with a personal understanding of the needs of others. This is an extension of our core belief that, as a school family, we are all in this together — locally and globally, academically and socially. Collectively, students contribute thousands of hours of year of service to the community.

Even more than our rigorous academic program, even more than our talented teachers, the sense of community PBDA families enjoy must be experienced to be understood. It’s created through many small, wonderful moments together: participating in the morning ritual of placing a hand on the school creed in the lobby; gathering in friendly competition between PBDA Pelican and PBDA Flamingo families on Field Day; and watching in awe as your child achieves more independence and confidence than you ever imagined.

Curriculum Overview

Grade 6

  • English
    • English Six Students learn the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, complements, phrases, clauses and sentence structure before moving on to pronoun usage, agreement, and punctuation. Students learn to create persuasive, opinion, informative, and entertaining written pieces. As well, students frequently write responses to articles written by authors chosen because they present a point of view that is mildly controversial. Students participate in literary discussions throughout the year, which includes novels, short stories and poetry. In the final trimester, students are involved in a Holocaust unit that focuses on the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. To prepare for this unit, the teachers work closely with FAU’s Center for Holocaust Studies, who provides various materials and speakers for the students. This unit culminates with an oral/written presentation by the students that tests their knowledge of history, grammar, spelling, narrative writing, and point of view.
    • Honors English Six Students will complete frequent writing assignments ranging from single paragraph development to 500-800 word compositions concentrating chiefly on expository writing.Concepts, specifically related to composition will be introduced (Run-ons, fragments, clauses, phrases, agreement, pronoun use, verbs, modifiers, coordination and subordination, clear reference, parallel structure, unnecessary shifts). Weekly vocabulary tests will require students to use words in multiple forms (noun, verb, adj., adverb) in sentences. Students will be encouraged and expected to demonstrate critical thinking in their writing and discussionsGrammarAll previous grammar material – parts of the sentences (subject, D.O., I.O., etc.) will be reviewed initially.  New concepts, specifically related to composition will be introduced (Run-ons, fragments, clauses, phrases, agreement, pronoun use, verbs, modifiers, coordination and subordination, clear reference, parallel structure, unnecessary shifts.)  Grammar usage and mechanics will be constantly reviewed and implemented in writing assignments throughout the year.CompositionStudents will complete frequent writing assignments ranging from single paragraph development to 500-800 word compositions concentrating chiefly on expository writing.VocabularyWeekly vocabulary tests will require students to use words in multiple forms (noun, verb, adj, adverb) in sentencesLiteratureThe following novels will be assigned during the year: The Human Comedy, Little Women, Captains Courageous, Hiroshima, Great Expectations. Books will be discussed in class regarding theme, mood, plot, etc.  Writing Assignments will include book material.Critical ThinkingStudents will be encouraged and expected to demonstrate critical thinking in their writing and discussions.
  • Math
    • Mathematics 6 – The Mathematics 6 course will review and reinforce arithmetic skills while introducing higher mathematics concepts. Content will include whole numbers, decimals, fractions and an introduction to percents, ratios and proportions. Beyond basic skills, instruction includes foundational topics of geometry, measurement (both metric and standard), pre-algebra skills, integers, probability and statistics.  The depth of the content will depend on the ability of each child.
    • 6th Honors Pre-Algebra – The Honors Pre-Algebra course is designed to bridge the gap between regular mathematics courses and Algebra and Geometry. Students will master concepts in rational numbers, exponents, square and cube roots, multi-step one variable equations and inequalities, ratios, rates, proportions, percents, introduction to linear and non-linear functions, data collection and analysis, probability, geometry including area, surface area and volume, and transformations.
  • History
    • Sixth Grade History is a yearlong study of ancient world history. The year focuses on people, culture and events, and ideas of the ancient world and the beginning of civilizations up to the Renaissance.  World geography (physical & cultural) and current events are also incorporated into this course. Throughout each unit, various skills are emphasized including: map skills, study skills, outlining, note-taking, vocabulary development, and critical thinking. In addition, essay writing is introduced at this level.  Each trimester students are expected to complete one major outside project (Pyramid Project, Student Documentary, Create Your Own Culture project), which reinforces what we do in the classroom.
  • Science
    • 6th Grade Earth ScienceThroughout the year, we will be exploring many aspects of the world around us. It will be our quest to discover, using science tools, how and why certain things take place on Earth. For example, how does the Sun’s heat energy reach Earth, and how does that energy set things in motion? What is the Earth made of? How do mountains and volcanoes form? What drives the currents in our oceans? These are all questions we will answer as scientists.
  • Physical Education/Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grade Six participate in team sports every day. Practices are differentiated by the athlete’s skill level, always keeping in mind that fundamental skills are imperative. Student-athletes compete within a Grade Six league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Playing time is guaranteed for all players.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, GolfGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf
  • Fine Arts Wheel
    • 6th Grade Forming This is a 3D sculpture class. Students learn about using the art elements and a variety of materials to create 3D art that is unified.
    • 6th Drama Students will learn theatre and staging terms through the task of working on and performing a one-act play. 
    • 6th Grade General Music and Percussion Ensemble This course focuses on putting together knowledge from 4th and 5th Grade music classes to a more advanced level of playing in a percussion ensemble, singing and dancing. Students review basic music skills from 4th-5th Grades, keeping in mind that some students are new to our school. Students learn about percussion instruments and the techniques of playing different types of percussion instruments. Students also review good vocal techniques and learn basic choreography. Students then learn two selections of music reading traditional notation during a 9 week period that is memorized and performed at a school-wide assembly. Other opportunities to perform are the South Florida Fair and the STEAM Family BBQ.
    • Grade Six Chorus This course focuses on putting together knowledge from 4th and 5th Grade music classes to a more advanced level of playing in a percussion ensemble, singing and dancing. Students review basic music skills from 4th-5th Grades, keeping in mind that some students are new to our school. Students learn about percussion instruments and the techniques of playing different types of percussion instruments. Students also review good vocal techniques and learn basic choreography. Students then learn two selections of music reading traditional notation during a 9 week period that is memorized and performed at a school-wide assembly. Other opportunities to perform are the South Florida Fair and the STEAM Family BBQ.
  • Learning Strategies
    • This course is designed to help facilitate a smooth transition to middle school, and provide opportunities to develop skills and habits to establish effective learning strategies.  The creation of organizational systems and development of time management strategies are integrated, along with the direct instruction of learning strategies such as reading textbooks, taking notes, preparing for tests and managing assignments.  Instruction focuses on curriculum support, while also integrating work designed to improve reading comprehension, increase reading fluency and develop written expression.
  • World Language
    • Spanish
    • The class meets five times per week for 45 minutes. Students review previously learned vocabulary and grammatical concepts, and continue to expand their knowledge of the language.  Topics covered include the introduction of possessive and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, present progressive, uses or ser and estar, more irregular present tense verbs. Geography and cultural differences are presented. Students participate in oral projects with dialogues, research, and presentations. Students are encouraged to communicate in daily conversations, and continue to develop their reading and writing skills.Textbooks used may include: Realidades A Textbook and Workbook – Core/Guided Practice and/or Realidades 1 Textbook and Workbook – Core/Guided Practice.
    • French
    • The class meets five times per week for 45 minutes. The primary goals are to strengthen the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and to provide the students with an opportunity to use these skills in the classroom. Students review previously learned vocabulary and grammatical concepts, and continue to expand their knowledge of French. Topics covered include the introduction of possessive and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, regular -RE verbs, irregular verbs to do, to go, to come, to take and to drink. Geography and cultural differences among some countries in the Francophone world are presented. Students participate in oral projects with dialogues, research, and presentations.  Students keep a binder in which basic vocabulary and notes are written to help them retain this new material. Textbooks used include Exploring French, 3rd Edition by EMC and workbook.
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL novice-high level. It uses task-based learning, group-based activities, games, and guided practice to help the students build language proficiency. The students use Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part 2 as their primary textbook source and Practical Chinese as a secondary source. Pop-up Chinese: Novice Level language podcasts are used for listening practice, and carefully designed reinforcement worksheets will be used for grammar and vocabulary reinforcement. The lessons in this class focus on expanding high-frequency vocabulary and grammar knowledge that is required for obtaining a novice-high language proficiency. Topics covered in this class include; weather, dining,  asking for directions, attending a birthday party, seeing a doctor, relationships, renting an apartment, sports, travel, and being in an airport. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge about food etiquette, eastern medicine, tea, birthday norms, developing friendships, housing conditions, and public transportation in China.

Grade 7

  • English
    • English 7 While a major focus of this class is composition, it is imperative that the students have a clear understanding of grammar mechanics and usage. The focus is writing a well organized, unified and coherent paper/paragraph, sound in grammar mechanics and usage. Students will brainstorm, build outlines, write drafts, proofread and peer edit. As well, they will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of elements from a variety of fiction and literary texts to develop thoughtful responses to literary selections. Vocabulary, which will be assessed weekly, is meant for students to be comfortable using the vocabulary words in the student’s writing and speech.
    • Honors English 7 In Grade 7 Honors English students will practice reading, writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and nonfiction writing. We will read short and longer works from various genres. A focus throughout the course will be increasing writing proficiency in various modes of discourse, as well as learning and applying literary terms and becoming familiar with literary genres.Throughout the course we will review and practice grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary. Students will increase their proficiency in recognizing, categorizing, discussing, and evaluating key elements of literature, including, but not limited to: narrative structure, point of view, characterization, style, voice, tone and attitude, diction, syntax, irony, and figurative language.
  • Math
    • Mathematics 7 – The Mathematics 7 course will reinforce arithmetic skills while expanding knowledge of higher mathematics. Content will include a deep investigation of rational numbers, percents, ratios and proportions.  Curriculum deepens understanding of geometry, measurement, pre-algebra skills, probability and statistics.  Students are introduced to algebra concepts such as variables, expressions and basic equations.
    • PreAlgebra – This Pre-Algebra course is designed to bridge the gap between regular mathematics courses and Algebra and Geometry. Students will master concepts in rational numbers, exponents, square and cube roots, multi-step one variable equations and inequalities, ratios, rates, proportions, percents, introduction to linear and non-linear functions, data collection and analysis, probability, geometry including area, surface area and volume, and transformations.
    • Honors Algebra I, part 1 –  Students in this class will take Honors Algebra 1 over a two-year period, starting in 7th grade and completing in 8th grade. Part 1 will include topics involving algebraic expressions, equations, functions, linear equations, linear functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities.
    • Honors Algebra I  This is a rigorous  high school Algebra I course taught at an honors level. The course includes the following concepts: operations with real numbers, linear and non-linear functions, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, exponential and quadratic relationships, graphing functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radical functions and geometry, rational functions and equations, statistics and probability.
  • History
    • Students in 7th grade study the history of the United States from the exploration of North America through the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Units of study include the colonization of North America, the American Revolution, and Manifest Destiny. A significant amount of time is spent studying the Constitution and the roles of the three branches of government. Students build on note taking skills learned in grade 6 and practice written expression on assessments that vary from one paragraph responses to multi-paragraph responses. A variety of supplemental materials are used to provide multiple sources of information.
  • Science
    • 7th Grade Physical Science Physical Science is an introductory physics and astronomy course. At this level, the student studies, by means of laboratory activities, the concepts of force, work and energy. The second trimester is devoted to introductory and observational astronomy. Near the end of the course, the student constructs mental models of electricity and heat; these are tested and modified according to new observations made by the student.
  • Fine Arts
    • VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Yearbook
    • Yearbook class is for 7th through 9th grade students and we meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for one period.  Students are instrumental in chosing who the yearbook will be dedicated to and the theme. Students are  trained on the Studioworks program to help layout, design, edit and proof the book. We create ½ of the 280 page yearbook.
    • Art Appreciation
    • This course meets daily for 7 weeks.  This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. The class includes brief Art History studies, with more in depth studies in the elements of art and how and WHY art is created. Students will create projects based on Art styles, and Periods or Elements that we discuss in class.
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Designed for the 7th- 9th grader, students develop their own drawing skills, understand the different media, and study the principles of design.  After drawing exercises, the students are introduced to the principles of painting, the process of painting is studied, accumulating in a portfolio of work;  various media are explored from pencil to charcoal to ink, and oils to watercolors to acrylic.
    • 9th Grade Play
    • Students will create and write a 10-minute play, following the formal format and guidelines. The unit will culminate with a staged reading of their pieces, as well as enter their plays into a local Young Playwrights Festival for competition.
    • FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
    • The Art Department offers Upper School electives.  Meeting twice a week classes included include Photography, Yearbook, Ceramics, Steel Drums, Performing Arts, and Studio Art.  These classes are designed to broaden the student’s artistic horizons by offering a hands on approach.
    • Digital Photography
    • This course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision.
    • 7-9 Art Expressions
    • This is an elective class with emphasis on various forms of art including 2D, 3D, and Mixed Media. Art Elements are studied and used with every piece of artwork. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art.
    • 7-9 Ceramics
    • Students are challenged to create both hand built and wheel thrown clay art. As well, students will observe and have a clear understanding of the glazing process. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary, form, art elements, and decoration in order for the student to create a unified ceramic piece.
    • 7-9  Grade Steel Drum Band
    • This is offered as an elective. Students practice reading music while learning a repertoire of Caribbean and popular music. This course is offered to students of all levels of steel drum playing. Students also perform at school assemblies and performances and in the community.
    • 7-9 Grade Handbell Ensemble
    • Students in Handbell Ensemble practice reading music while learning a repertoire of traditional and popular music. Each trimester, students perform at school assemblies and community engagements.
    • 7-9 Grade Chorus
    • In this course, the teacher will address the individual singer by developing vocal skills, increasing knowledge of his/her own voice, developing music literacy and providing opportunities for solo performances.  In addition, we will address the choral ensemble by developing group cohesiveness, building choral skills and fostering pride in participation.
    • To that end, the vocal program offers opportunities for the hesitant music learner as well as the highly skilled, gifted musicians. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Florida All-State Chorus.
  • Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grades 7-9 participate in team sports every day. Within these three grades, a Junior Varsity and Varsity squad are established, and our student-athletes compete within a JV/Varsity league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Within the Junior Varsity program, playing time in games is guaranteed. At the Varsity level, students must attend a week of try-outs. Varsity teams are in a nine-team conference and play for a championship.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, FitnessGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Fitness
  • Learning Strategies
    • This course is designed to solidify organizational systems designed to help students function optimally at school, study effectively and complete assignments efficiently.  In addition to curriculum support, students receive direct instruction in strategies such as taking notes, preparing for tests, and managing time.  Curriculum will also include targeted instruction in the areas of reading comprehension and written expression.  With an eye on increasing confidence, students will explore beliefs and mindsets that may hold him/her back from reaching his/her potential.
  • World Language
    • Spanish 
    • Classes meet five times per week for 45 minutes. Emphasis is placed on the use of practical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Each lesson presents everyday situations that are relevant to the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Grammar concepts may include, but are not limited to, present, preterite, radical verbs, affirmative commands, direct and indirect objects, and idiomatic expressions with tener and hacer. Cultural lessons are presented to include geography, literature and the arts. Students continue to acquire skills to understand oral and written discourse. Comprehension is enhanced through readers like “Realidad y Fantasía”.  Textbooks used may include “Realidades 1” or “Realidades 2”  and the “Workbook- Core/Guided Practice”, as well as, “Primer Libro”.
    • French 
    • The class meets five times a week for 45 minutes. Bien Dit, Level 1 (textbook and workbook) offering activities that correspond to the diverse learning styles. Assessments can be done on computers, self-assessments, along with additional exercises, are also assigned online. Ch 1-6 are covered: including a review of general greetings, formal and informal speech, how to describe self, school subjects and schedules, classroom objects, commands, school supplies, yearly calendar, weather expressions, time, numbers, family, sports, food, and common clothing items with adjectives and colors. Students communicate in the present tense, they review regular -ER, -IR and -RE verbs, irregular verbs: to be, to have, to go and to do. Students’ speaking skills improve as the year progresses. Oral and written presentations saved in a portfolio include backpack with all its content, their family tree and family heritage, and a French Francophone country of their choice. Some poetry, short theater plays, popular songs, and movies are presented to expand their discovery of the French language and its culture. When possible, students visit local museums to see a French exhibit, or eat at a French restaurant.
    • Mandarin Chinese 
    • The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL intermediate-low level. It uses task-based learning,  group-based activities, games, and guided practice to help the students build language proficiency. The Mandarin students use Integrated Chinese: Level 2, Part 1 as their primary textbook source. Pop-up Chinese: Intermediate Level language podcasts are used for listening practice and carefully designed reinforcement worksheets will be used for grammar and vocabulary reinforcement. The lessons in this class focus on expanding high-frequency vocabulary and grammar knowledge that is required for obtaining an intermediate-low language proficiency. Topics covered in this class include; starting high-school, getting a dorm, at a restaurant, purchasing items, picking classes, personal relationships, computers and internet usage, part-time work, education, and Chinese Geography. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge about studying in China, types of restaurants in China, bargaining with vendors, internet usage and gaming, work and educational norms, and each geographic region in China.

Grade 8

  • English
    • English 8:In Grade 8 English students will practice reading, writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and nonfiction writing. We will read short and longer works from various genres, as well as nonfiction works. Students will increase their writing proficiency in persuasive and expository writing. A focus for the course is synthesis of text evidence from primary and secondary sources using clear quote integration. Students will also write and present speeches to their peers.Throughout the course we will review and practice grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary. Students will increase their proficiency in recognizing, categorizing, discussing, and evaluating key elements of literature, including, but not limited to: narrative structure, point of view, characterization, style, voice, tone, diction, syntax, irony, and figurative language. The Accelerated level of this course will move at a faster pace as well as including additional readings and assignments.
    • Honors English 8  All previous grammar, usage, mechanics material will be reviewed and strengthened through the year in conjunction with writing assignments. Frequent papers on the chosen novels, plays and magazine articles will be assigned throughout the year. All students will compose a 5,000 word Educational Biography of a student’s formal education from pre-school and primary to current eighth grade. In addition to factual information accumulated during those years, students must demonstrate how they have grown intellectually, emotionally and empathetically. Finally, all students will participate in an intensive public speaking unit during the last eight weeks of school. In addition to two weeks of lecture notes, students will give ten one-minute speeches, followed by a three, five, seven, eight and ten-minute speech during the remaining six weeks.
    • Grammar  All previous grammar, usage, mechanics material will be reviewed and strengthened through the year in conjunction with writing assignments.
    • Composition  Frequent papers on assigned novels, plays and magazine articles throughout the year.  A 5,000 word Educational Biography of a student’s formal education from pre-school and primary to current eighth grade will be completed by Spring Break.  In addition to factual information accumulated during those years, students must demonstrate how they have grown intellectually, emotionally and empathetically.
    • Vocabulary  Continuation of 6th Grade vocabulary program
    • Literature  Students will read three of the following novels in addition to The Count of Monte Cristo, which is required for all: Jane Eyre, Catcher in the Rye, The Guns of Navaronne.   All students will read Our Town, Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac.
    • Public Speaking  An intensive public speaking unit will fill the last 8 weeks of school.  In addition to 2 weeks of lecture notes, students will give 10, one minute speeches, followed by a three, five, seven, eight and ten minute speeches during the remaining six weeks. During this time the students will be speaking in front of not only their class, but also other classes and visitors.
    • Critical Thinking  Throughout the year, students will be encouraged and expected to demonstrate critical thinking skills through their writing and speaking.
  • Math
    • Pre-Algebra – 8th grade – This course will place strong emphasis on mastery of concepts relating to rational numbers, percents, ratios and proportions with an emphasis on problem solving. Curriculum integrates Algebra readiness skills such as variables, expressions, equations and inequalities throughout the course.  Content will also include a deeper exploration of geometry, statistics and graphing concepts.
    • Algebra I  This is a traditional high school Algebra I  course which includes the following concepts: operations with real numbers, solving linear and quadratic equations, simplifying polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, functions, graphing, inequalities, radicals, systems of equations, and word problems.
    • Honors Algebra I, part 2  – This is a continuation of the Honors Algebra 1 Part 1 course, started in 7th grade. Part 2 reviews Part 1 and then covers exponential and quadratic relationships, radical functions and geometry, rational functions and equations, statistics and probability. After completion of this course, the student will have completed Honors Algebra 1.
    • Honors GeometryGeometry Honors is a rigorous proof-based course covering Euclidean Geometry. Topics include triangles, circles, polygons, congruence and similarity, space figures, the Pythagorean theorem, area, volume, transformations, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, locus and constructions. Advanced topics are studied.
    • Honors Algebra II  This rigorous course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts.  It develops advanced algebra skills including functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic relations,, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, conics, sequences and series, probability and statistics, trigonometric functions. and matrices and their properties.
  • History
    • Students in 8th grade study the modern history of the United States beginning in the post-Reconstruction era and continuing to the present. Units of study include the Industrial Revolution, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, as well as current issues facing the country. Students continue to fine-tune note taking skills and expand on writing assessments with five-paragraph essays being the norm. Numerous primary sources supplement the curriculum in addition to several novels and works of nonfiction.
  • Science
    • 8th Grade Chemistry This course is designed as an introductory chemistry course. Students will examine the role of chemistry in their own lives through facts, concepts, processes, principles, and relationships.  Throughout each trimester, a progressive approach to topics will be achieved, whereby fundamental chemistry lab skills, mathematical skills, and principles of chemistry are addressed.
  • Fine Arts
    • VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Yearbook
    • Yearbook class is for 7th through 9th grade students and we meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for one period.  Students are instrumental in choosing who the yearbook will be dedicated to and the theme. Students are trained on the Studioworks program to help layout, design, edit and proof the book. We create ½ of the 280 page yearbook.
    • Art Appreciation
    • This course meets daily for 7 weeks.  This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. The class includes brief Art History studies, with more in depth studies in the elements of art and how and WHY art is created. Students will create projects based on Art styles, and Periods or Elements that we discuss in class.
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Designed for the 7th- 9th grader, students develop their own drawing skills, understand the different media, and study the principles of design.  After drawing exercises, the students are introduced to the principles of painting, the process of painting is studied, accumulating in a portfolio of work;  various media are explored from pencil to charcoal to ink, and oils to watercolors to acrylic.
    • 9th Grade Play
    • Students will create and write a 10-minute play, following the formal format and guidelines. The unit will culminate with a staged reading of their pieces, as well as enter their plays into a local Young Playwrights Festival for competition.
    • FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
    • The Art Department offers Upper School electives.  Meeting twice a week classes included include Photography, Yearbook, Ceramics, Steel Drums, Performing Arts, and Studio Art.  These classes are designed to broaden the student’s artistic horizons by offering a hands on approach.
    • Digital Photography
    • This course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision.
    • 7-9 Art Expressions
    • This is an elective class with emphasis on various forms of art including 2D, 3D, and Mixed Media. Art Elements are studied and used with every piece of artwork. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art.
    • 7-9 Ceramics
    • Students are challenged to create both hand built and wheel thrown clay art. As well, students will observe and have a clear understanding of the glazing process. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary, form, art elements, and decoration in order for the student to create a unified ceramic piece.
    • 7-9  Grade Steel Drum Band
    • This is offered as an elective. Students practice reading music while learning a repertoire of Caribbean and popular music. This course is offered to students of all levels of steel drum playing. Students also perform at school assemblies and performances and in the community.
    • 7-9 Grade Handbell Ensemble
    • Students in Handbell Ensemble practice reading music while learning a repertoire of traditional and popular music. Each trimester, students perform at school assemblies and community engagements.
    • 7-9 Grade Chorus
    • In this course, the teacher will address the individual singer by developing vocal skills, increasing knowledge of his/her own voice, developing music literacy and providing opportunities for solo performances.  In addition, we will address the choral ensemble by developing group cohesiveness, building choral skills and fostering pride in participation.
    • To that end, the vocal program offers opportunities for the hesitant music learner as well as the highly skilled, gifted musicians. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Florida All-State Chorus.
  •  Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grades 7-9 participate in team sports every day. Within these three grades, a Junior Varsity and Varsity squad are established, and our student-athletes compete within a JV/Varsity league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Within the Junior Varsity program, playing time in games is guaranteed. At the Varsity level, students must attend a week of try-outs. Varsity teams are in a nine-team conference and play for a championship.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, FitnessGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Fitness
  • Learning Strategies
    • The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire and use strategies and skills to increase independent learning and aid the development of self-advocacy skills. The focus of this class is to provide curriculum support, as well as explicit instruction in the areas of organization, test taking skills, exam preparation and note taking methods.  Goal setting along with time management strategies including short and long term planning will also be emphasized.
  • World Language
    • Spanish  Classes meet five times per week for 45 minutes. Students continue to expand their vocabulary, grammar and cultural understanding. Themes are revisited for review and in greater depth. Grammar skills presented may include, but are not limited to, irregular preterite, reflexive, imperfect, present perfect, subjunctive, and the future tenses. Culminating activities are presented to students to apply in everyday situations. Comprehension is enhanced through readers including “Realidad y Fantasía,” and/or  “La Gran Aventura de Alejandro”.  Textbooks used may include “Realidades 1” or “Realidades 2”  and the “Workbook- Core/Guided Practice”.
    • French  The class meets five times a week for 45 minutes. The second half of the textbook Bien Dit Level 1(Ch. 7-10)  is covered. Written practice is reinforced in the workbook and additional material on education, sports, hobbies, body parts, clothing, food, family life, city and country life, travel, music and art, are selected. Grammar includes interrogative, possessive and demonstrative adjectives, direct and indirect objects, reflexive verbs, irregular verbs, past tense of regular and irregular verbs with avoir and être, ending the year with the future of regular verbs. Special projects saved in a portfolio include: a research and presentation on a monument of Paris, a French province or a region, a Francophone city, and a presentation of a French famous person or a Francophone artist. Students read additional texts, including parts of “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de St Exupéry. They also write detailed paragraphs describing their house, their daily chores and responsibilities, and save them on their portfolio. When possible, students visit local museums to see a French exhibit, or eat at a French restaurant.
    • Mandarin Chinese  The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL intermediate-mid level. It uses task-based learning, group-based activities, games, and guided practice to help the students build language proficiency. The Mandarin students use Integrated Chinese: Level 2, Part 2 as their primary textbook source. Pop-up Chinese: Intermediate Level language podcasts are used for listening practice and carefully designed reinforcement worksheets will be used for grammar and vocabulary reinforcement. The students will also be required to build a portfolio that displays a collection of projects and short essays completed during the school year. The lessons in this class focus on expanding high-frequency vocabulary and grammar knowledge that is required for obtaining an intermediate-mid language proficiency. Topics covered in this class include; Chinese festivals, changes in China, travel, life and wellness, gender equality, environmental protection and energy conservation, money management and investing, Chinese History, interviewing for a job, and foreigners in China. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge about pollution in China, urban vs. rural environments, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, city development in China, and living as an expat in China. The students will take a Mandarin I credit test at the end of the school year. Students at this level are able to communicate effectively in daily conversations as well as by short essays.

Grade 9

  • English
    • English 9/Honors English 9:  In Grade 9 English students will practice reading, writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and nonfiction writing. We will read short and longer works from various genres, as well as nonfiction works. A focus throughout the course will be increasing writing proficiency in all modes of discourse, as well as learning and applying literary terms and becoming familiar with literary genres. Students will be introduced to literary theory and practice close reading and analyzing texts through the lens of various critical approaches. Throughout the course we will review and practice grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary.Students will increase their proficiency in recognizing, categorizing, discussing, and evaluating key elements of literature, including, but not limited to: narrative structure, point of view, characterization, style, voice, tone and attitude, diction, syntax, irony, and figurative language.We will focus on information and media literacy as students prepare for secondary school and beyond.
  • Math
    • Algebra I  This is a traditional high school Algebra I course which includes the following concepts: operations with real numbers, solving linear and quadratic equations, simplifying polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, functions, graphing, inequalities, radicals, systems of equations, and word problems.
    • Geometry  Geometry is a  proof-based course covering Euclidean Geometry. Topics include, triangles, circles, polygons, congruence and similarity, space figures, the Pythagorean theorem, area, volume, transformations, coordinate geometry, locus and constructions.
    • Honors Geometry  Geometry Honors is a rigorous proof-based course covering Euclidean Geometry. Topics include, triangles, circles, polygons, congruence and similarity, space figures, the Pythagorean theorem, area, volume, transformations, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, locus and constructions. Advanced topics are studied.
    • Honors Algebra IIThis rigorous course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts.  It develops advanced algebra skills including functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, conics, sequences and series, probability and statistics, trigonometric functions. and matrices and their properties.Honors Functions, Statistics, and TrigThis course extends concepts covered in Algebra II in depth. Topics in functions, statistics and trigonometry are explored. Students are exposed to Pre-Calculus topics included in a Pre-Calculus course.
    • Honors Pre-CalculusThis course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Extensive trigonometry is covered.  Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.
  • History
    • Students in 9th grade study world history beginning with the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century. Units of study include the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Industrialization of Europe, European colonization, the French Revolutions, the Russian Revolution, and comparison of modern forms of government. The World Wars and the Cold War are studied with a European perspective.
  • Science
    • 9th Grade Biology This course is designed as an introductory study of life from the biochemical to ecological frame of reference. Throughout each trimester, a progressive approach to laboratory and content will be achieved, whereby four principles will be addressed: Unity within Diversity, Homeostasis, Emergent Properties of Living systems, and Transfer of Energy. All in all, an appreciation for the natural world and the interconnectedness among disciplines is a key intention for the year.
  • Fine Arts
    • VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Yearbook
    • Yearbook class is for 7th through 9th grade students and we meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for one period.  Students are instrumental in chosing who the yearbook will be dedicated to and the theme. Students are  trained on the Studioworks program to help layout, design, edit and proof the book. We create ½ of the 280 page yearbook.
    • Art Appreciation
    • This course meets daily for 7 weeks.  This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. The class includes brief Art History studies, with more in depth studies in the elements of art and how and WHY art is created. Students will create projects based on Art styles, and Periods or Elements that we discuss in class.
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Designed for the 7th- 9th grader, students develop their own drawing skills, understand the different media, and study the principles of design.  After drawing exercises, the students are introduced to the principles of painting, the process of painting is studied, accumulating in a portfolio of work;  various media are explored from pencil to charcoal to ink, and oils to watercolors to acrylic.
    • 9th Grade Play
    • Students will create and write a 10-minute play, following the formal format and guidelines. The unit will culminate with a staged reading of their pieces, as well as enter their plays into a local Young Playwrights Festival for competition.
    • FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
    • The Art Department offers Upper School electives.  Meeting twice a week classes included include Photography, Yearbook, Ceramics, Steel Drums, Performing Arts, and Studio Art.  These classes are designed to broaden the student’s artistic horizons by offering a hands on approach.
    • Digital Photography
    • This course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision.
    • 7-9 Art Expressions
    • This is an elective class with emphasis on various forms of art including 2D, 3D, and Mixed Media. Art Elements are studied and used with every piece of artwork. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art.
    • 7-9 Ceramics
    • Students are challenged to create both hand built and wheel thrown clay art. As well, students will observe and have a clear understanding of the glazing process. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary, form, art elements, and decoration in order for the student to create a unified ceramic piece.
    • 7-9  Grade Steel Drum Band
    • This is offered as an elective. Students practice reading music while learning a repertoire of Caribbean and popular music. This course is offered to students of all levels of steel drum playing. Students also perform at school assemblies and performances and in the community.
    • 7-9 Grade Handbell Ensemble
    • Students in Handbell Ensemble practice reading music while learning a repertoire of traditional and popular music. Each trimester, students perform at school assemblies and community engagements.
    • 7-9 Grade Chorus
    • In this course, the teacher will address the individual singer by developing vocal skills, increasing knowledge of his/her own voice, developing music literacy and providing opportunities for solo performances.  In addition, we will address the choral ensemble by developing group cohesiveness, building choral skills and fostering pride in participation.
    • To that end, the vocal program offers opportunities for the hesitant music learner as well as the highly skilled, gifted musicians. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Florida All-State Chorus.
  •  Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grades 7-9 participate in team sports every day. Within these three grades, a Junior Varsity and Varsity squad are established, and our student-athletes compete within a JV/Varsity league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Within the Junior Varsity program, playing time in games is guaranteed. At the Varsity level, students must attend a week of try-outs. Varsity teams are in a nine-team conference and play for a championship.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, FitnessGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Fitness
  • Learning Strategies
    • The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire and use strategies and skills to increase independent learning and aid the development of self-advocacy skills. The focus of this class is to provide curriculum support, as well as explicit instruction in the areas of organization, test taking skills, exam preparation and note taking methods.  Goal setting along with time management strategies including short and long term planning will also be emphasized.
  • World Language
    • Spanish  Class meets five times per week for 45 minutes. Textbooks are chosen with the level of proficiency of the students in mind with the support of technology through the use of a computer.  The curriculum for Ninth Grade (Spanish I -II) may include, but is not limited to, the preterite, commands, imperfect, future, direct and indirect object pronouns, reflexives, imperfect, present perfect, and the subjunctive. The curriculum for Spanish III will include, preterite vs. imperfect, affirmative and negative commands, past perfect, past subjunctive, conditional, passive voice, the past perfect subjunctive, and the conditional perfect. Oral and written presentations about daily life, including literature or pop culture themes, are required from each student to demonstrate fluency as well as to create a digital portfolio.
    • French  Classes meet five times a week for 45 minutes. Holt’s Bien Dit: French 2 and Activity Workbook level 2  are used. Students are encouraged to expand their reading abilities and improve their vocabulary mastery. More writing is done in class to improve their style and add to their online portfolio. A selection of readings taken from Nouvelles Lectures Libres by Valette & Valette (D.C. Heath and Company) is added. Poems by Prévert and Hugo are studied, newspaper articles, internet sites such as Apprendre et enseigner avec TV5, and pertinent online resources are used as supplement materials. Grammatical concepts include: irregular adjectives, comparative and superlative, past tense of verbs with avoir and être, reflexive verbs, present and past, imperfect, future, and conditional of regular verbs.  Special projects saved in their portfolio include: a research on a francophone holiday, the designing of ads, postcards and banners, a presentation on a French famous recipe (how to cook it and serve it), and a paragraph on the student’s daily routine using reflexive verbs in the past. Students take a French I or II credit test at the end of the Eighth and Ninth Grade, to determine if they have successfully mastered the language content to fulfill their first or second year high school’s requirement in French.
    • Mandarin Chinese  The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL intermediate-high level. It primarily uses task-based learning projects, authentic texts from various sources, and audio podcasts from multiple sources. The task-based learning projects will include; drafting a children’s book, making an advertisement for travel, making a presentation for a company, making a cookbook, audio-visual poetry video, developing a health and wellness diagram, completing a photography project, and completing an interview of a native Chinese speaker. Each of these artifacts will be included in the portfolio that was started in the 8th grade. The authentic texts will be used to expand vocabulary and grammar implicitly and may include news articles, poetry, and textbook chapters. The audio will include lessons from Pop-up Chinese: Intermediate Level and BBC China History Podcast. The lessons will be focused on developing self-motivated study habits and will require students to work together to complete complex language tasks. The teacher will offer critical feedback and support for each of the projects assigned to the students. The students will take a Mandarin II credit test at the end of the school year. Students at this level are able to communicate effectively in daily conversations and are able to meet all practical writing needs.

Grade 6

  • English
    • English Six Students learn the parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, complements, phrases, clauses and sentence structure before moving on to pronoun usage, agreement, and punctuation. Students learn to create persuasive, opinion, informative, and entertaining written pieces. As well, students frequently write responses to articles written by authors chosen because they present a point of view that is mildly controversial. Students participate in literary discussions throughout the year, which includes novels, short stories and poetry. In the final trimester, students are involved in a Holocaust unit that focuses on the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. To prepare for this unit, the teachers work closely with FAU’s Center for Holocaust Studies, who provides various materials and speakers for the students. This unit culminates with an oral/written presentation by the students that tests their knowledge of history, grammar, spelling, narrative writing, and point of view.
    • Honors English Six Students will complete frequent writing assignments ranging from single paragraph development to 500-800 word compositions concentrating chiefly on expository writing.Concepts, specifically related to composition will be introduced (Run-ons, fragments, clauses, phrases, agreement, pronoun use, verbs, modifiers, coordination and subordination, clear reference, parallel structure, unnecessary shifts). Weekly vocabulary tests will require students to use words in multiple forms (noun, verb, adj., adverb) in sentences. Students will be encouraged and expected to demonstrate critical thinking in their writing and discussionsGrammarAll previous grammar material – parts of the sentences (subject, D.O., I.O., etc.) will be reviewed initially.  New concepts, specifically related to composition will be introduced (Run-ons, fragments, clauses, phrases, agreement, pronoun use, verbs, modifiers, coordination and subordination, clear reference, parallel structure, unnecessary shifts.)  Grammar usage and mechanics will be constantly reviewed and implemented in writing assignments throughout the year.CompositionStudents will complete frequent writing assignments ranging from single paragraph development to 500-800 word compositions concentrating chiefly on expository writing.VocabularyWeekly vocabulary tests will require students to use words in multiple forms (noun, verb, adj, adverb) in sentencesLiteratureThe following novels will be assigned during the year: The Human Comedy, Little Women, Captains Courageous, Hiroshima, Great Expectations. Books will be discussed in class regarding theme, mood, plot, etc.  Writing Assignments will include book material.Critical ThinkingStudents will be encouraged and expected to demonstrate critical thinking in their writing and discussions.
  • Math
    • Mathematics 6 – The Mathematics 6 course will review and reinforce arithmetic skills while introducing higher mathematics concepts. Content will include whole numbers, decimals, fractions and an introduction to percents, ratios and proportions. Beyond basic skills, instruction includes foundational topics of geometry, measurement (both metric and standard), pre-algebra skills, integers, probability and statistics.  The depth of the content will depend on the ability of each child.
    • 6th Honors Pre-Algebra – The Honors Pre-Algebra course is designed to bridge the gap between regular mathematics courses and Algebra and Geometry. Students will master concepts in rational numbers, exponents, square and cube roots, multi-step one variable equations and inequalities, ratios, rates, proportions, percents, introduction to linear and non-linear functions, data collection and analysis, probability, geometry including area, surface area and volume, and transformations.
  • History
    • Sixth Grade History is a yearlong study of ancient world history. The year focuses on people, culture and events, and ideas of the ancient world and the beginning of civilizations up to the Renaissance.  World geography (physical & cultural) and current events are also incorporated into this course. Throughout each unit, various skills are emphasized including: map skills, study skills, outlining, note-taking, vocabulary development, and critical thinking. In addition, essay writing is introduced at this level.  Each trimester students are expected to complete one major outside project (Pyramid Project, Student Documentary, Create Your Own Culture project), which reinforces what we do in the classroom.
  • Science
    • 6th Grade Earth ScienceThroughout the year, we will be exploring many aspects of the world around us. It will be our quest to discover, using science tools, how and why certain things take place on Earth. For example, how does the Sun’s heat energy reach Earth, and how does that energy set things in motion? What is the Earth made of? How do mountains and volcanoes form? What drives the currents in our oceans? These are all questions we will answer as scientists.
  • Physical Education/Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grade Six participate in team sports every day. Practices are differentiated by the athlete’s skill level, always keeping in mind that fundamental skills are imperative. Student-athletes compete within a Grade Six league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Playing time is guaranteed for all players.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, GolfGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf
  • Fine Arts Wheel
    • 6th Grade Forming This is a 3D sculpture class. Students learn about using the art elements and a variety of materials to create 3D art that is unified.
    • 6th Drama Students will learn theatre and staging terms through the task of working on and performing a one-act play. 
    • 6th Grade General Music and Percussion Ensemble This course focuses on putting together knowledge from 4th and 5th Grade music classes to a more advanced level of playing in a percussion ensemble, singing and dancing. Students review basic music skills from 4th-5th Grades, keeping in mind that some students are new to our school. Students learn about percussion instruments and the techniques of playing different types of percussion instruments. Students also review good vocal techniques and learn basic choreography. Students then learn two selections of music reading traditional notation during a 9 week period that is memorized and performed at a school-wide assembly. Other opportunities to perform are the South Florida Fair and the STEAM Family BBQ.
    • Grade Six Chorus This course focuses on putting together knowledge from 4th and 5th Grade music classes to a more advanced level of playing in a percussion ensemble, singing and dancing. Students review basic music skills from 4th-5th Grades, keeping in mind that some students are new to our school. Students learn about percussion instruments and the techniques of playing different types of percussion instruments. Students also review good vocal techniques and learn basic choreography. Students then learn two selections of music reading traditional notation during a 9 week period that is memorized and performed at a school-wide assembly. Other opportunities to perform are the South Florida Fair and the STEAM Family BBQ.
  • Learning Strategies
    • This course is designed to help facilitate a smooth transition to middle school, and provide opportunities to develop skills and habits to establish effective learning strategies.  The creation of organizational systems and development of time management strategies are integrated, along with the direct instruction of learning strategies such as reading textbooks, taking notes, preparing for tests and managing assignments.  Instruction focuses on curriculum support, while also integrating work designed to improve reading comprehension, increase reading fluency and develop written expression.
  • World Language
    • Spanish
    • The class meets five times per week for 45 minutes. Students review previously learned vocabulary and grammatical concepts, and continue to expand their knowledge of the language.  Topics covered include the introduction of possessive and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, present progressive, uses or ser and estar, more irregular present tense verbs. Geography and cultural differences are presented. Students participate in oral projects with dialogues, research, and presentations. Students are encouraged to communicate in daily conversations, and continue to develop their reading and writing skills.Textbooks used may include: Realidades A Textbook and Workbook – Core/Guided Practice and/or Realidades 1 Textbook and Workbook – Core/Guided Practice.
    • French
    • The class meets five times per week for 45 minutes. The primary goals are to strengthen the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and to provide the students with an opportunity to use these skills in the classroom. Students review previously learned vocabulary and grammatical concepts, and continue to expand their knowledge of French. Topics covered include the introduction of possessive and demonstrative adjectives and pronouns, regular -RE verbs, irregular verbs to do, to go, to come, to take and to drink. Geography and cultural differences among some countries in the Francophone world are presented. Students participate in oral projects with dialogues, research, and presentations.  Students keep a binder in which basic vocabulary and notes are written to help them retain this new material. Textbooks used include Exploring French, 3rd Edition by EMC and workbook.
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL novice-high level. It uses task-based learning, group-based activities, games, and guided practice to help the students build language proficiency. The students use Integrated Chinese: Level 1, Part 2 as their primary textbook source and Practical Chinese as a secondary source. Pop-up Chinese: Novice Level language podcasts are used for listening practice, and carefully designed reinforcement worksheets will be used for grammar and vocabulary reinforcement. The lessons in this class focus on expanding high-frequency vocabulary and grammar knowledge that is required for obtaining a novice-high language proficiency. Topics covered in this class include; weather, dining,  asking for directions, attending a birthday party, seeing a doctor, relationships, renting an apartment, sports, travel, and being in an airport. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge about food etiquette, eastern medicine, tea, birthday norms, developing friendships, housing conditions, and public transportation in China.

Grade 7

  • English
    • English 7 While a major focus of this class is composition, it is imperative that the students have a clear understanding of grammar mechanics and usage. The focus is writing a well organized, unified and coherent paper/paragraph, sound in grammar mechanics and usage. Students will brainstorm, build outlines, write drafts, proofread and peer edit. As well, they will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of elements from a variety of fiction and literary texts to develop thoughtful responses to literary selections. Vocabulary, which will be assessed weekly, is meant for students to be comfortable using the vocabulary words in the student’s writing and speech.
    • Honors English 7 In Grade 7 Honors English students will practice reading, writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and nonfiction writing. We will read short and longer works from various genres. A focus throughout the course will be increasing writing proficiency in various modes of discourse, as well as learning and applying literary terms and becoming familiar with literary genres.Throughout the course we will review and practice grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary. Students will increase their proficiency in recognizing, categorizing, discussing, and evaluating key elements of literature, including, but not limited to: narrative structure, point of view, characterization, style, voice, tone and attitude, diction, syntax, irony, and figurative language.
  • Math
    • Mathematics 7 – The Mathematics 7 course will reinforce arithmetic skills while expanding knowledge of higher mathematics. Content will include a deep investigation of rational numbers, percents, ratios and proportions.  Curriculum deepens understanding of geometry, measurement, pre-algebra skills, probability and statistics.  Students are introduced to algebra concepts such as variables, expressions and basic equations.
    • PreAlgebra – This Pre-Algebra course is designed to bridge the gap between regular mathematics courses and Algebra and Geometry. Students will master concepts in rational numbers, exponents, square and cube roots, multi-step one variable equations and inequalities, ratios, rates, proportions, percents, introduction to linear and non-linear functions, data collection and analysis, probability, geometry including area, surface area and volume, and transformations.
    • Honors Algebra I, part 1 –  Students in this class will take Honors Algebra 1 over a two-year period, starting in 7th grade and completing in 8th grade. Part 1 will include topics involving algebraic expressions, equations, functions, linear equations, linear functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities.
    • Honors Algebra I  This is a rigorous  high school Algebra I course taught at an honors level. The course includes the following concepts: operations with real numbers, linear and non-linear functions, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, exponential and quadratic relationships, graphing functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radical functions and geometry, rational functions and equations, statistics and probability.
  • History
    • Students in 7th grade study the history of the United States from the exploration of North America through the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Units of study include the colonization of North America, the American Revolution, and Manifest Destiny. A significant amount of time is spent studying the Constitution and the roles of the three branches of government. Students build on note taking skills learned in grade 6 and practice written expression on assessments that vary from one paragraph responses to multi-paragraph responses. A variety of supplemental materials are used to provide multiple sources of information.
  • Science
    • 7th Grade Physical Science Physical Science is an introductory physics and astronomy course. At this level, the student studies, by means of laboratory activities, the concepts of force, work and energy. The second trimester is devoted to introductory and observational astronomy. Near the end of the course, the student constructs mental models of electricity and heat; these are tested and modified according to new observations made by the student.
  • Fine Arts
    • VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Yearbook
    • Yearbook class is for 7th through 9th grade students and we meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for one period.  Students are instrumental in chosing who the yearbook will be dedicated to and the theme. Students are  trained on the Studioworks program to help layout, design, edit and proof the book. We create ½ of the 280 page yearbook.
    • Art Appreciation
    • This course meets daily for 7 weeks.  This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. The class includes brief Art History studies, with more in depth studies in the elements of art and how and WHY art is created. Students will create projects based on Art styles, and Periods or Elements that we discuss in class.
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Designed for the 7th- 9th grader, students develop their own drawing skills, understand the different media, and study the principles of design.  After drawing exercises, the students are introduced to the principles of painting, the process of painting is studied, accumulating in a portfolio of work;  various media are explored from pencil to charcoal to ink, and oils to watercolors to acrylic.
    • 9th Grade Play
    • Students will create and write a 10-minute play, following the formal format and guidelines. The unit will culminate with a staged reading of their pieces, as well as enter their plays into a local Young Playwrights Festival for competition.
    • FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
    • The Art Department offers Upper School electives.  Meeting twice a week classes included include Photography, Yearbook, Ceramics, Steel Drums, Performing Arts, and Studio Art.  These classes are designed to broaden the student’s artistic horizons by offering a hands on approach.
    • Digital Photography
    • This course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision.
    • 7-9 Art Expressions
    • This is an elective class with emphasis on various forms of art including 2D, 3D, and Mixed Media. Art Elements are studied and used with every piece of artwork. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art.
    • 7-9 Ceramics
    • Students are challenged to create both hand built and wheel thrown clay art. As well, students will observe and have a clear understanding of the glazing process. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary, form, art elements, and decoration in order for the student to create a unified ceramic piece.
    • 7-9  Grade Steel Drum Band
    • This is offered as an elective. Students practice reading music while learning a repertoire of Caribbean and popular music. This course is offered to students of all levels of steel drum playing. Students also perform at school assemblies and performances and in the community.
    • 7-9 Grade Handbell Ensemble
    • Students in Handbell Ensemble practice reading music while learning a repertoire of traditional and popular music. Each trimester, students perform at school assemblies and community engagements.
    • 7-9 Grade Chorus
    • In this course, the teacher will address the individual singer by developing vocal skills, increasing knowledge of his/her own voice, developing music literacy and providing opportunities for solo performances.  In addition, we will address the choral ensemble by developing group cohesiveness, building choral skills and fostering pride in participation.
    • To that end, the vocal program offers opportunities for the hesitant music learner as well as the highly skilled, gifted musicians. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Florida All-State Chorus.
  • Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grades 7-9 participate in team sports every day. Within these three grades, a Junior Varsity and Varsity squad are established, and our student-athletes compete within a JV/Varsity league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Within the Junior Varsity program, playing time in games is guaranteed. At the Varsity level, students must attend a week of try-outs. Varsity teams are in a nine-team conference and play for a championship.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, FitnessGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Fitness
  • Learning Strategies
    • This course is designed to solidify organizational systems designed to help students function optimally at school, study effectively and complete assignments efficiently.  In addition to curriculum support, students receive direct instruction in strategies such as taking notes, preparing for tests, and managing time.  Curriculum will also include targeted instruction in the areas of reading comprehension and written expression.  With an eye on increasing confidence, students will explore beliefs and mindsets that may hold him/her back from reaching his/her potential.
  • World Language
    • Spanish 
    • Classes meet five times per week for 45 minutes. Emphasis is placed on the use of practical vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Each lesson presents everyday situations that are relevant to the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Grammar concepts may include, but are not limited to, present, preterite, radical verbs, affirmative commands, direct and indirect objects, and idiomatic expressions with tener and hacer. Cultural lessons are presented to include geography, literature and the arts. Students continue to acquire skills to understand oral and written discourse. Comprehension is enhanced through readers like “Realidad y Fantasía”.  Textbooks used may include “Realidades 1” or “Realidades 2”  and the “Workbook- Core/Guided Practice”, as well as, “Primer Libro”.
    • French 
    • The class meets five times a week for 45 minutes. Bien Dit, Level 1 (textbook and workbook) offering activities that correspond to the diverse learning styles. Assessments can be done on computers, self-assessments, along with additional exercises, are also assigned online. Ch 1-6 are covered: including a review of general greetings, formal and informal speech, how to describe self, school subjects and schedules, classroom objects, commands, school supplies, yearly calendar, weather expressions, time, numbers, family, sports, food, and common clothing items with adjectives and colors. Students communicate in the present tense, they review regular -ER, -IR and -RE verbs, irregular verbs: to be, to have, to go and to do. Students’ speaking skills improve as the year progresses. Oral and written presentations saved in a portfolio include backpack with all its content, their family tree and family heritage, and a French Francophone country of their choice. Some poetry, short theater plays, popular songs, and movies are presented to expand their discovery of the French language and its culture. When possible, students visit local museums to see a French exhibit, or eat at a French restaurant.
    • Mandarin Chinese 
    • The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL intermediate-low level. It uses task-based learning,  group-based activities, games, and guided practice to help the students build language proficiency. The Mandarin students use Integrated Chinese: Level 2, Part 1 as their primary textbook source. Pop-up Chinese: Intermediate Level language podcasts are used for listening practice and carefully designed reinforcement worksheets will be used for grammar and vocabulary reinforcement. The lessons in this class focus on expanding high-frequency vocabulary and grammar knowledge that is required for obtaining an intermediate-low language proficiency. Topics covered in this class include; starting high-school, getting a dorm, at a restaurant, purchasing items, picking classes, personal relationships, computers and internet usage, part-time work, education, and Chinese Geography. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge about studying in China, types of restaurants in China, bargaining with vendors, internet usage and gaming, work and educational norms, and each geographic region in China.

Grade 8

  • English
    • English 8:In Grade 8 English students will practice reading, writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and nonfiction writing. We will read short and longer works from various genres, as well as nonfiction works. Students will increase their writing proficiency in persuasive and expository writing. A focus for the course is synthesis of text evidence from primary and secondary sources using clear quote integration. Students will also write and present speeches to their peers.Throughout the course we will review and practice grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary. Students will increase their proficiency in recognizing, categorizing, discussing, and evaluating key elements of literature, including, but not limited to: narrative structure, point of view, characterization, style, voice, tone, diction, syntax, irony, and figurative language. The Accelerated level of this course will move at a faster pace as well as including additional readings and assignments.
    • Honors English 8  All previous grammar, usage, mechanics material will be reviewed and strengthened through the year in conjunction with writing assignments. Frequent papers on the chosen novels, plays and magazine articles will be assigned throughout the year. All students will compose a 5,000 word Educational Biography of a student’s formal education from pre-school and primary to current eighth grade. In addition to factual information accumulated during those years, students must demonstrate how they have grown intellectually, emotionally and empathetically. Finally, all students will participate in an intensive public speaking unit during the last eight weeks of school. In addition to two weeks of lecture notes, students will give ten one-minute speeches, followed by a three, five, seven, eight and ten-minute speech during the remaining six weeks.
    • Grammar  All previous grammar, usage, mechanics material will be reviewed and strengthened through the year in conjunction with writing assignments.
    • Composition  Frequent papers on assigned novels, plays and magazine articles throughout the year.  A 5,000 word Educational Biography of a student’s formal education from pre-school and primary to current eighth grade will be completed by Spring Break.  In addition to factual information accumulated during those years, students must demonstrate how they have grown intellectually, emotionally and empathetically.
    • Vocabulary  Continuation of 6th Grade vocabulary program
    • Literature  Students will read three of the following novels in addition to The Count of Monte Cristo, which is required for all: Jane Eyre, Catcher in the Rye, The Guns of Navaronne.   All students will read Our Town, Julius Caesar, Cyrano de Bergerac.
    • Public Speaking  An intensive public speaking unit will fill the last 8 weeks of school.  In addition to 2 weeks of lecture notes, students will give 10, one minute speeches, followed by a three, five, seven, eight and ten minute speeches during the remaining six weeks. During this time the students will be speaking in front of not only their class, but also other classes and visitors.
    • Critical Thinking  Throughout the year, students will be encouraged and expected to demonstrate critical thinking skills through their writing and speaking.
  • Math
    • Pre-Algebra – 8th grade – This course will place strong emphasis on mastery of concepts relating to rational numbers, percents, ratios and proportions with an emphasis on problem solving. Curriculum integrates Algebra readiness skills such as variables, expressions, equations and inequalities throughout the course.  Content will also include a deeper exploration of geometry, statistics and graphing concepts.
    • Algebra I  This is a traditional high school Algebra I  course which includes the following concepts: operations with real numbers, solving linear and quadratic equations, simplifying polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, functions, graphing, inequalities, radicals, systems of equations, and word problems.
    • Honors Algebra I, part 2  – This is a continuation of the Honors Algebra 1 Part 1 course, started in 7th grade. Part 2 reviews Part 1 and then covers exponential and quadratic relationships, radical functions and geometry, rational functions and equations, statistics and probability. After completion of this course, the student will have completed Honors Algebra 1.
    • Honors GeometryGeometry Honors is a rigorous proof-based course covering Euclidean Geometry. Topics include triangles, circles, polygons, congruence and similarity, space figures, the Pythagorean theorem, area, volume, transformations, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, locus and constructions. Advanced topics are studied.
    • Honors Algebra II  This rigorous course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts.  It develops advanced algebra skills including functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic relations,, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, conics, sequences and series, probability and statistics, trigonometric functions. and matrices and their properties.
  • History
    • Students in 8th grade study the modern history of the United States beginning in the post-Reconstruction era and continuing to the present. Units of study include the Industrial Revolution, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, as well as current issues facing the country. Students continue to fine-tune note taking skills and expand on writing assessments with five-paragraph essays being the norm. Numerous primary sources supplement the curriculum in addition to several novels and works of nonfiction.
  • Science
    • 8th Grade Chemistry This course is designed as an introductory chemistry course. Students will examine the role of chemistry in their own lives through facts, concepts, processes, principles, and relationships.  Throughout each trimester, a progressive approach to topics will be achieved, whereby fundamental chemistry lab skills, mathematical skills, and principles of chemistry are addressed.
  • Fine Arts
    • VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Yearbook
    • Yearbook class is for 7th through 9th grade students and we meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for one period.  Students are instrumental in choosing who the yearbook will be dedicated to and the theme. Students are trained on the Studioworks program to help layout, design, edit and proof the book. We create ½ of the 280 page yearbook.
    • Art Appreciation
    • This course meets daily for 7 weeks.  This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. The class includes brief Art History studies, with more in depth studies in the elements of art and how and WHY art is created. Students will create projects based on Art styles, and Periods or Elements that we discuss in class.
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Designed for the 7th- 9th grader, students develop their own drawing skills, understand the different media, and study the principles of design.  After drawing exercises, the students are introduced to the principles of painting, the process of painting is studied, accumulating in a portfolio of work;  various media are explored from pencil to charcoal to ink, and oils to watercolors to acrylic.
    • 9th Grade Play
    • Students will create and write a 10-minute play, following the formal format and guidelines. The unit will culminate with a staged reading of their pieces, as well as enter their plays into a local Young Playwrights Festival for competition.
    • FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
    • The Art Department offers Upper School electives.  Meeting twice a week classes included include Photography, Yearbook, Ceramics, Steel Drums, Performing Arts, and Studio Art.  These classes are designed to broaden the student’s artistic horizons by offering a hands on approach.
    • Digital Photography
    • This course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision.
    • 7-9 Art Expressions
    • This is an elective class with emphasis on various forms of art including 2D, 3D, and Mixed Media. Art Elements are studied and used with every piece of artwork. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art.
    • 7-9 Ceramics
    • Students are challenged to create both hand built and wheel thrown clay art. As well, students will observe and have a clear understanding of the glazing process. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary, form, art elements, and decoration in order for the student to create a unified ceramic piece.
    • 7-9  Grade Steel Drum Band
    • This is offered as an elective. Students practice reading music while learning a repertoire of Caribbean and popular music. This course is offered to students of all levels of steel drum playing. Students also perform at school assemblies and performances and in the community.
    • 7-9 Grade Handbell Ensemble
    • Students in Handbell Ensemble practice reading music while learning a repertoire of traditional and popular music. Each trimester, students perform at school assemblies and community engagements.
    • 7-9 Grade Chorus
    • In this course, the teacher will address the individual singer by developing vocal skills, increasing knowledge of his/her own voice, developing music literacy and providing opportunities for solo performances.  In addition, we will address the choral ensemble by developing group cohesiveness, building choral skills and fostering pride in participation.
    • To that end, the vocal program offers opportunities for the hesitant music learner as well as the highly skilled, gifted musicians. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Florida All-State Chorus.
  •  Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grades 7-9 participate in team sports every day. Within these three grades, a Junior Varsity and Varsity squad are established, and our student-athletes compete within a JV/Varsity league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Within the Junior Varsity program, playing time in games is guaranteed. At the Varsity level, students must attend a week of try-outs. Varsity teams are in a nine-team conference and play for a championship.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, FitnessGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Fitness
  • Learning Strategies
    • The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire and use strategies and skills to increase independent learning and aid the development of self-advocacy skills. The focus of this class is to provide curriculum support, as well as explicit instruction in the areas of organization, test taking skills, exam preparation and note taking methods.  Goal setting along with time management strategies including short and long term planning will also be emphasized.
  • World Language
    • Spanish  Classes meet five times per week for 45 minutes. Students continue to expand their vocabulary, grammar and cultural understanding. Themes are revisited for review and in greater depth. Grammar skills presented may include, but are not limited to, irregular preterite, reflexive, imperfect, present perfect, subjunctive, and the future tenses. Culminating activities are presented to students to apply in everyday situations. Comprehension is enhanced through readers including “Realidad y Fantasía,” and/or  “La Gran Aventura de Alejandro”.  Textbooks used may include “Realidades 1” or “Realidades 2”  and the “Workbook- Core/Guided Practice”.
    • French  The class meets five times a week for 45 minutes. The second half of the textbook Bien Dit Level 1(Ch. 7-10)  is covered. Written practice is reinforced in the workbook and additional material on education, sports, hobbies, body parts, clothing, food, family life, city and country life, travel, music and art, are selected. Grammar includes interrogative, possessive and demonstrative adjectives, direct and indirect objects, reflexive verbs, irregular verbs, past tense of regular and irregular verbs with avoir and être, ending the year with the future of regular verbs. Special projects saved in a portfolio include: a research and presentation on a monument of Paris, a French province or a region, a Francophone city, and a presentation of a French famous person or a Francophone artist. Students read additional texts, including parts of “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de St Exupéry. They also write detailed paragraphs describing their house, their daily chores and responsibilities, and save them on their portfolio. When possible, students visit local museums to see a French exhibit, or eat at a French restaurant.
    • Mandarin Chinese  The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL intermediate-mid level. It uses task-based learning, group-based activities, games, and guided practice to help the students build language proficiency. The Mandarin students use Integrated Chinese: Level 2, Part 2 as their primary textbook source. Pop-up Chinese: Intermediate Level language podcasts are used for listening practice and carefully designed reinforcement worksheets will be used for grammar and vocabulary reinforcement. The students will also be required to build a portfolio that displays a collection of projects and short essays completed during the school year. The lessons in this class focus on expanding high-frequency vocabulary and grammar knowledge that is required for obtaining an intermediate-mid language proficiency. Topics covered in this class include; Chinese festivals, changes in China, travel, life and wellness, gender equality, environmental protection and energy conservation, money management and investing, Chinese History, interviewing for a job, and foreigners in China. In addition, students will acquire cultural knowledge about pollution in China, urban vs. rural environments, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, city development in China, and living as an expat in China. The students will take a Mandarin I credit test at the end of the school year. Students at this level are able to communicate effectively in daily conversations as well as by short essays.

Grade 9

  • English
    • English 9/Honors English 9:  In Grade 9 English students will practice reading, writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and nonfiction writing. We will read short and longer works from various genres, as well as nonfiction works. A focus throughout the course will be increasing writing proficiency in all modes of discourse, as well as learning and applying literary terms and becoming familiar with literary genres. Students will be introduced to literary theory and practice close reading and analyzing texts through the lens of various critical approaches. Throughout the course we will review and practice grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary.Students will increase their proficiency in recognizing, categorizing, discussing, and evaluating key elements of literature, including, but not limited to: narrative structure, point of view, characterization, style, voice, tone and attitude, diction, syntax, irony, and figurative language.We will focus on information and media literacy as students prepare for secondary school and beyond.
  • Math
    • Algebra I  This is a traditional high school Algebra I course which includes the following concepts: operations with real numbers, solving linear and quadratic equations, simplifying polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, functions, graphing, inequalities, radicals, systems of equations, and word problems.
    • Geometry  Geometry is a  proof-based course covering Euclidean Geometry. Topics include, triangles, circles, polygons, congruence and similarity, space figures, the Pythagorean theorem, area, volume, transformations, coordinate geometry, locus and constructions.
    • Honors Geometry  Geometry Honors is a rigorous proof-based course covering Euclidean Geometry. Topics include, triangles, circles, polygons, congruence and similarity, space figures, the Pythagorean theorem, area, volume, transformations, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, locus and constructions. Advanced topics are studied.
    • Honors Algebra IIThis rigorous course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts.  It develops advanced algebra skills including functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, conics, sequences and series, probability and statistics, trigonometric functions. and matrices and their properties.Honors Functions, Statistics, and TrigThis course extends concepts covered in Algebra II in depth. Topics in functions, statistics and trigonometry are explored. Students are exposed to Pre-Calculus topics included in a Pre-Calculus course.
    • Honors Pre-CalculusThis course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Extensive trigonometry is covered.  Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.
  • History
    • Students in 9th grade study world history beginning with the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century. Units of study include the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Industrialization of Europe, European colonization, the French Revolutions, the Russian Revolution, and comparison of modern forms of government. The World Wars and the Cold War are studied with a European perspective.
  • Science
    • 9th Grade Biology This course is designed as an introductory study of life from the biochemical to ecological frame of reference. Throughout each trimester, a progressive approach to laboratory and content will be achieved, whereby four principles will be addressed: Unity within Diversity, Homeostasis, Emergent Properties of Living systems, and Transfer of Energy. All in all, an appreciation for the natural world and the interconnectedness among disciplines is a key intention for the year.
  • Fine Arts
    • VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
    • Yearbook
    • Yearbook class is for 7th through 9th grade students and we meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for one period.  Students are instrumental in chosing who the yearbook will be dedicated to and the theme. Students are  trained on the Studioworks program to help layout, design, edit and proof the book. We create ½ of the 280 page yearbook.
    • Art Appreciation
    • This course meets daily for 7 weeks.  This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. The class includes brief Art History studies, with more in depth studies in the elements of art and how and WHY art is created. Students will create projects based on Art styles, and Periods or Elements that we discuss in class.
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Designed for the 7th- 9th grader, students develop their own drawing skills, understand the different media, and study the principles of design.  After drawing exercises, the students are introduced to the principles of painting, the process of painting is studied, accumulating in a portfolio of work;  various media are explored from pencil to charcoal to ink, and oils to watercolors to acrylic.
    • 9th Grade Play
    • Students will create and write a 10-minute play, following the formal format and guidelines. The unit will culminate with a staged reading of their pieces, as well as enter their plays into a local Young Playwrights Festival for competition.
    • FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
    • The Art Department offers Upper School electives.  Meeting twice a week classes included include Photography, Yearbook, Ceramics, Steel Drums, Performing Arts, and Studio Art.  These classes are designed to broaden the student’s artistic horizons by offering a hands on approach.
    • Digital Photography
    • This course uses the advanced digital camera to build basic skills in students who have an interest in photography, but no prior experience. Using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, this course will explore the basic photographic techniques and artistic concerns involved in making photographs. These include camera handling, composition, effective use of light, file management, digital image manipulation and developing a photographic vision.
    • 7-9 Art Expressions
    • This is an elective class with emphasis on various forms of art including 2D, 3D, and Mixed Media. Art Elements are studied and used with every piece of artwork. Students will work from life, as well as their imaginations, usually with an eye toward a theme or issue that is relevant to contemporary art.
    • 7-9 Ceramics
    • Students are challenged to create both hand built and wheel thrown clay art. As well, students will observe and have a clear understanding of the glazing process. Special emphasis is given to vocabulary, form, art elements, and decoration in order for the student to create a unified ceramic piece.
    • 7-9  Grade Steel Drum Band
    • This is offered as an elective. Students practice reading music while learning a repertoire of Caribbean and popular music. This course is offered to students of all levels of steel drum playing. Students also perform at school assemblies and performances and in the community.
    • 7-9 Grade Handbell Ensemble
    • Students in Handbell Ensemble practice reading music while learning a repertoire of traditional and popular music. Each trimester, students perform at school assemblies and community engagements.
    • 7-9 Grade Chorus
    • In this course, the teacher will address the individual singer by developing vocal skills, increasing knowledge of his/her own voice, developing music literacy and providing opportunities for solo performances.  In addition, we will address the choral ensemble by developing group cohesiveness, building choral skills and fostering pride in participation.
    • To that end, the vocal program offers opportunities for the hesitant music learner as well as the highly skilled, gifted musicians. Students have the opportunity to audition for the Florida All-State Chorus.
  •  Sports
    • As part of the curriculum, students in Grades 7-9 participate in team sports every day. Within these three grades, a Junior Varsity and Varsity squad are established, and our student-athletes compete within a JV/Varsity league that includes public and private schools in Palm Beach County. Within the Junior Varsity program, playing time in games is guaranteed. At the Varsity level, students must attend a week of try-outs. Varsity teams are in a nine-team conference and play for a championship.Boys Sports: Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, FitnessGirls Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Fitness
  • Learning Strategies
    • The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire and use strategies and skills to increase independent learning and aid the development of self-advocacy skills. The focus of this class is to provide curriculum support, as well as explicit instruction in the areas of organization, test taking skills, exam preparation and note taking methods.  Goal setting along with time management strategies including short and long term planning will also be emphasized.
  • World Language
    • Spanish  Class meets five times per week for 45 minutes. Textbooks are chosen with the level of proficiency of the students in mind with the support of technology through the use of a computer.  The curriculum for Ninth Grade (Spanish I -II) may include, but is not limited to, the preterite, commands, imperfect, future, direct and indirect object pronouns, reflexives, imperfect, present perfect, and the subjunctive. The curriculum for Spanish III will include, preterite vs. imperfect, affirmative and negative commands, past perfect, past subjunctive, conditional, passive voice, the past perfect subjunctive, and the conditional perfect. Oral and written presentations about daily life, including literature or pop culture themes, are required from each student to demonstrate fluency as well as to create a digital portfolio.
    • French  Classes meet five times a week for 45 minutes. Holt’s Bien Dit: French 2 and Activity Workbook level 2  are used. Students are encouraged to expand their reading abilities and improve their vocabulary mastery. More writing is done in class to improve their style and add to their online portfolio. A selection of readings taken from Nouvelles Lectures Libres by Valette & Valette (D.C. Heath and Company) is added. Poems by Prévert and Hugo are studied, newspaper articles, internet sites such as Apprendre et enseigner avec TV5, and pertinent online resources are used as supplement materials. Grammatical concepts include: irregular adjectives, comparative and superlative, past tense of verbs with avoir and être, reflexive verbs, present and past, imperfect, future, and conditional of regular verbs.  Special projects saved in their portfolio include: a research on a francophone holiday, the designing of ads, postcards and banners, a presentation on a French famous recipe (how to cook it and serve it), and a paragraph on the student’s daily routine using reflexive verbs in the past. Students take a French I or II credit test at the end of the Eighth and Ninth Grade, to determine if they have successfully mastered the language content to fulfill their first or second year high school’s requirement in French.
    • Mandarin Chinese  The class meets for 45 minutes daily. This class is designed to develop each student’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an ACTFL intermediate-high level. It primarily uses task-based learning projects, authentic texts from various sources, and audio podcasts from multiple sources. The task-based learning projects will include; drafting a children’s book, making an advertisement for travel, making a presentation for a company, making a cookbook, audio-visual poetry video, developing a health and wellness diagram, completing a photography project, and completing an interview of a native Chinese speaker. Each of these artifacts will be included in the portfolio that was started in the 8th grade. The authentic texts will be used to expand vocabulary and grammar implicitly and may include news articles, poetry, and textbook chapters. The audio will include lessons from Pop-up Chinese: Intermediate Level and BBC China History Podcast. The lessons will be focused on developing self-motivated study habits and will require students to work together to complete complex language tasks. The teacher will offer critical feedback and support for each of the projects assigned to the students. The students will take a Mandarin II credit test at the end of the school year. Students at this level are able to communicate effectively in daily conversations and are able to meet all practical writing needs.

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