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Non-Departmental Courses

Freshman Foundations

Credits: 1

Overview: The program is designed to help freshmen understand themselves as individuals, understand their role in a global community, and make informed choices related to their health, interaction with others, and daily responsibilities. Students meet four times over the course of the fall trimester. These meetings are scheduled during their regular Study Hall/Study Skills classes. This is followed by a class taken in either the winter or spring trimester. In addition, there is one freshman class field trip.

Study Hall/Study Skills

Credits: 0

Overview: All grade 9 students and all new grade 10 students are enrolled in Study Hall/Study Skills for the first marking period (roughly 5 weeks). Study Hall/ Study Skills provides some structure to the academic day, reinforcing skills needed for students to organize papers and schoolwork, update a daily/weekly planner for work, start homework or study for assessments. Proctors are present to help students remain organized and to answer any questions they may have.

College Counseling Seminars

Credits: 0

Overview: This required series of courses has been developed by the College Counselor to aid our students in researching and selecting the colleges or universities that will best meet their needs and to assist them in the process of application.

Sophomore Seminar This course has been designed to help our students find educational opportunities – primarily programs of study in postsecondary institutions – that are consistent with the their occupational interests. All sophomores are administered the Self-Directed Search Assessment in the spring trimester.

Junior Seminar This course is designed to aid our juniors systematically and comprehensively in the college search process. This mandatory pass-fail course meets once a week during the winter trimester.

Senior Seminar This course is designed to assist our seniors with their college essays and their college applications. This mandatory pass-fail course meets once a week during the fall trimester.

Global Thesis Capstone Project (Global Scholars)

Credits:

Level: Advanced, open to grades 10 and above

Overview: The Global Thesis Capstone Project offers students an opportunity to select a topic of significant global concern – either inspired by their travels or personal interest – and engage in scholarly debate on such topic through deep research, consideration and contemplation. Students will formulate a thesis and either defend a position, posit a new theory, formulate a call to action, or provide a solution to a problem. Students are expected to meet weekly meetings with a faculty advisor; complete of a minimum of 30 hours of research; create of 15-20 page documented research paper; and make a public presentation in the Shenkman Trading Center at the conclusion of the project. This is a two-trimester program. Students may choose to begin in the spring, with final presentations scheduled for early winter. Or, they may choose to begin in the winter term, with final presentations in the spring.

Prerequisite: A one-page proposal must be sent to the Dean of Curriculum for approval

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