curriculum

 Freshman Courses

Geometry and Algebra with Transformations

Through computer and calculator explorations with transformations, geometric concepts are discovered and studied. An introduction to matrices, complex numbers, polar coordinates and the conic sections are used to link geometric and algebraic concepts.

Interdisciplinary Studies I

An introductory course that introduces and develops study skills and computer literacy with special emphasis placed on problems that focus on the interrelationship of mathematics, science, technology and society. Students will use computers, calculators and other technological devices as tools for study, writing and problem solving. Beginning statistical concepts are introduced.

Biology I

A biological survey course that introduces cell biology, genetics, organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems. Special emphasis is placed on the scientific methods of problem solving, exploring ecological problems, lab work using computer technology and student team research.

Sophomore Courses

Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry

During this one-year course, students will review and extend ideas about linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and circular functions through computer & calculator modeling. Probability, statistics, complex numbers, and sequences & series are studied. The statistical concepts of the Design of Experiments model are explored.

Interdisciplinary Studies II

This one-year course provides students with fundamentals in statistical analysis of data, skill development in word processing, databases, and multimedia as it applies to mathematics and science. Students are also introduced to topics in Java programming and Solid Works.

Chemistry I

A chemistry survey course that involves the study of the structure and properties of matter with technology and societal applications. Special emphasis: laboratory investigations using calculator and computer technology. The course culminates with a final research experiment.

Junior Courses

Pre-Calculus with Discrete Mathematics

With the aid of technology, students can explore and model connections between problem situations and their mathematical representations. Topics to be explored are functions, trigonometry, fractals, parametric equations, complex numbers, and statistics. In discrete math, vectors, determinants, sequences, series, matrices, applications to computer systems, election theory and graph theory are investigated. A geometric introduction and algebraic rules to the derivative are included. Further topics in the Statistical Design of Experiments are explored.

Interdisciplinary Studies III

This course covers advanced topics in statistics and their applications to data analysis. Also, further study of Java programming and Solid Works is covered.

Physics I

A survey course introducing physics topics that range from the study of matter and energy to the application of superconductors and fiber optics. Laboratory experiences will include the use of the computer software, probes, sensors and the interpretation of data.

Senior Courses

Calculus

A one year course exploring calculus topics. Topics are presented three ways: geometrically, numerically and algebraically. Topics include the study of functions, finding derivatives by the rules and their applications, differential equations and approximations.

Advanced Placement Calculus

A one year course studying functions and limits, the derivative and integral with their applications, transcendental functions, advanced integration techniques and other related topics. The computer or graphing calculator will be used to extend and enhance student understanding. Students may elect to take the Advance Placement Exam.

Interdisciplinary Studies IV

A challenging course that combines Science with Technology. Advanced computer applications are studied, including HTML markup, Dreamweaver, and Flash animations.

Advanced Placement Biology/Chemistry/Physics (with Research)

A year of advanced scientific study emphasizing a team research project in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Students will concentrate on selected topics while utilizing statistical analysis and their research skills. Students will also prepare to take the AP exam in May if they so chose.