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Course Description Guide 2021-22

Electives (2021-22)

All courses beyond the minimum graduation requirements are considered elective credits. Yearlong and semester classes designated as elective courses are intended to supplement a student’s regular program. This page represents the most commonly selected electives, but may not be exhaustive. Some year-long courses from other departments may qualify as electives.

English

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  • Contemporary Literature & Composition - Grades 9-12

    Grades 9-12
    1 credit

    This course will expand on students’ skills in the major areas of communication: reading, writing, researching, speaking, and critical thinking. Students will practice and apply these skills as they continue to improve their abilities as creative, independent, and critical thinkers. Students will demonstrate their progress and mastery of skills through a variety of writing pieces and project-based assessments. The units will be taught thematically with overarching guiding essential questions that require students to synthesize their reading, research, and writing in order to fully answer. All reading pieces will be contemporary with an emphasis on 21st Century literature and media. Students will hone their research skills to demonstrate that they are responsible and critical consumers of digital information while continually practicing their presentation skills to become engaging and effective communicators. 

    Units of Study
    Home & Family
    Identity & Culture
    Love & Relationships
    Conformity & Rebellion
    Heroes & Villains
    Art & The Artist
  • Beginning Communication - Grades 8-12

    Grades 8-12
    .5 Credit

    In this course, students will practice the art and craft of foundational communication. Each day, students will participate in individual and group games and exercises that will build up their stage presence and confidence as speakers in both academic and real-world settings. For academic settings, students will learn basic presentation skills, including slideshow design and presentation technology. Students will practice group discussion and debate, using conversation skills to advance academic arguments. Students will also study professionals at work as they practice interviewing skills and create an “elevator speech” for a business setting. Additionally, students will practice social speeches, including toasts and introduction. This is a hands-on, highly participatory class where students can expect to give and receive constant feedback. Throughout the course, students will reflect on their growth as speakers and listeners.

    Units of Study
    Speaking Confidence
    Conversation Skills
    Stage Presence
    Basic Presentation
    Interviewing and Business Etiquette
    Social Speech
  • Creative Writing - Grades 8-12

    Grades 8-12
    .5 credit

    Creative Writing offers an introduction to fiction writing in a collaborative, relaxed atmosphere. Short stories are read and discussed that model basic elements such as description, dialogue, action and plot. Students learn and grow as writers both by writing but also through the elements of peer review, workshop and revision. Individual pieces are revised and changed and then re-submitted in a final portfolio at the end of each quarter. This semester elective can be taken more than once for credit with the instructor’s permission.

    Units of Study
    Description
    Dialogue
    Plot
    Revision
    Story Arcs and Planning
  • Public Speaking - Grades 10-12

    Grades 10-12
    .5 credit
    Prerequisite: Teacher permission

    In this course, students will begin with an introduction to communication that helps to build confidence in basic communication, storytelling, and presentation skills. From there, students will create more complex speeches and presentations. As students become familiar with the rhetorical relationship between speaker, text, audience, and context, they will become skilled at tailoring their speeches to different kinds of audiences and situations. Types of speeches will include an Informative Speech, a Demonstration Speech, a Persuasive Speech, a Celebratory Speech and a Business Proposal. As they write, organize, and practice their speeches, students will receive constant individual and peer feedback. Throughout the course, students will reflect on their growth as speakers and listeners. 

    Units of Study
    Beginning Communication
    Introduction Speech
    Pet Peeve Speech
    Effective Presentations
    Demonstration Speech
    Sales Pitch
    Motivational Speech
    Graduation Speech
  • Rock & Roll Lit - Grades 9-12

    Grades 9-12
    .5 credit
    Prerequisite: None

    In this course, students will study the history and literature of Rock and Roll from the bluesmen of the 1920’s through the indie rock movement of the early 2000’s. Students will read short stories, rock criticism, and excerpts from well-known biographies and autobiographies, while maintaining a focus on the close-reading of song lyrics. Students will develop an appreciation for active listening, perform close-readings regularly, write album reviews, and perform and present research and analysis on artists or movements of their choosing. This is a semester-long elective for students in grades 9-12--especially those with particular interest in rock and roll music and/or poetry analysis.

    Units of Study
    The Blues
    Rock and Roll Pioneers
    The Beatles
    Love Songs
    Protest Songs
    Sad Songs--Alienation, Depression, Isolation, Addiction, Death
    Existentialism and Religion: Why are we here? What’s all this for?
    Pastoral Songs
    Teen Angst
    Narratives

Math

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  • AP Statistics - Grades 10-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors with a grade of B or higher and English grade of B or higher
    Required Tools: TI-84 Plus Series calculator 
    Additional Fee: Students in this course are expected to take the AP exam.  A fee applies to all students taking this exam.

    This course closely follows the recommendations of the Committee on Statistics of the Advanced Placement Program. While the class is in the mathematics department, 99% of computation is done on the calculator. The class emphasizes discussion of these calculations and the meaning of the numbers. Most learning is done through traditional lectures with practice problem homework assignments. Activities and experiments are done for demonstration of concepts where appropriate and time permitting. A successful student will have strong reading comprehension and good number sense.

    Units of Study
    Displaying Data
    Modeling Distributions
    Least Squares Regression
    Designing Studies
    Probability
    Random Variables
    Sampling Distributions
    One Sample Confidence Intervals
    One Sample Hypothesis Tests
    Comparing Two Populations
    Chi-Squared Tests
    Regression Inference
  • Introduction to Statistics - Grades 11-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite: Algebra 2/Trigonometry
    Required Tools: TI-84 Plus Series calculator

    Introduction to Statistics is a course designed to give students a feel for what the course of statistics is about and give them a strong foundation for any college level introductory statistics course. Most learning is done through traditional lectures with practice problem homework assignments. Hands-on activities and experiments will be done to demonstrate certain topics as time permits. Memorization of formulas and definitions is not required. Students may use notecards on tests and quizzes.  This course is excellent preparation for students with an interest in business, science, education, law, computer science, and related fields.

    Units of Study
    An Introduction to Statistics
    Describing Data Using Graphs and Tables
    Describing Data Numerically
    Describing the Relationship Between Two Variables
    Probability
    Random Variables
    Sampling Distributions
    One Sample Confidence Intervals
    Hypothesis Testing
    Two Sample Inference Methods
    Chi-Squared Tests and Regression Inference
  • The Art of Problem Solving - Grades 10-12

    Grades 10-12
    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites: Geometry and teacher recommendation

    Designed to introduce students to higher level mathematics in a fun way, this course seeks to weave together many different aspects of math to create strategies to solve problems, both in and out of the classroom. The course focuses on the study of logic and of problem solving techniques; students will also be briefly introduced to proof techniques. This course will enhance students’ abilities to problem solve in every class, math or otherwise. To be successful, students should maintain a positive attitude and an open mind.  This is not a traditional math course and students should be prepared to think outside the box, work hard, and have lots of fun!

    Units of Study
    Study of Logic
    Proof Techniques
    Problem Solving Techniques
  • Research and Writing in Mathematics - Grades 10-12

    Grades 10-12
    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites: Honors level in Math and English

    Research and Writing in Mathematics is a semester-long course that is designed to enhance students’ proficiency in reading, research, and writing in mathematics; this will also improve their reading comprehension in scientific fields that are closely related to mathematics. Students will learn how to efficiently and quickly read mathematical and/or scientific text while gaining a deep understanding of the material. Students will go on to learn how to research in mathematics, as well as how to write a mathematical paper. The course will end with a research project of each students’ choice, which will include researching the topic, writing an exposition on the topic, and a short presentation. This course is perfect for those students who may go on to study math, science, or a related field in college. Students should be ready to work hard, learn to think in new ways, and have fun researching topics that interest them.

    Units of Study
    Reading in Mathematics
    Writing in Mathematics
    Research in Mathematics
    Independent Research Project

Music

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  • Listen Up! Music Fundamentals - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit

    This 1-semester course explores the essence of what music is, how it's created and its uses in cultures throughout the world. Students will gain an understanding of the core elements in music: melody, rhythm, harmony, texture and timbre and learn how these are manipulated for artistic effect in a variety of musical styles. (Classical, Popular and World music) Students will learn to accurately identify musical aspects through focused listening and also acquire a familiarity with basic musical notation. (note and rhythm reading, scale and chord construction/identification, terms) In addition, the connections between music and its origin society/culture will be studied. Students learn through listening to a wide variety of music, with discussion and analysis of musical elements. They will learn to use music software including Garage Band and Sibelius to further understand and notate musical concepts. 

    Units of Study
    Rhythm
    Melody
    Harmony
    Music In Society
    Piano Keyboard
    Style and Form
  • Preparatory Band - Grades 8-11

    .5 Credit 
    Required Tools:  Once an instrument choice has been made, students will need to rent or buy that instrument from area stores (except for tuba or electric bass)

    This course develops the fundamentals of playing a school band instrument. (brass, woodwind, percussion or electric bass) Additionally, essential elements of music theory will also be explored. Students learn by playing as well as class discussion and analysis of musical selections. Students concurrently gain technique and musical knowledge, learn how to assess their playing, develop effective practice habits and build musical independence and confidence. This class is open to all students, especially those that would like to eventually play in the school's Pep, Concert and Jazz Bands. The main factors for student success in this course are some determination and a willingness to practice consistently. There are several performance opportunities throughout the year. Students that wish to play in the Advanced Band (including Pep Band) the following year, should enroll in this class for both semesters. (total of 1 credit)

    Units of Study
    Fundamentals: Instrument Assembly, Sound Production and Maintenance
    We're Underway: Initial Notes, Rhythms and Terms 1
    How to Practice, the Effective and Fun Way
    Listening All Around: Playing in a Group
    Rhythmic Subdivision 1: 8th Notes and Rests
    Creating Musical Drama: Articulations and Dynamics
    Playing in 2/4 and 3/4 Time 
    Musical Patterns: Bb, F, Eb, Ab, Db and C Major Scales
    Intermediate Notes (ranging beyond 1 octave), Rhythms and Terms 2
    Musical Flow: Structural Symbols
    Performances! (December, March and *May) * play w/Advanced Band for some numbers
    Dotted Quarter and Dotted 8th Notes
    Syncopation
    Advanced Notes (functional range for Advanced Band), Rhythms and Terms 3
    Musical Pattern: The Chromatic Scale
    Rhythmic Subdivision 2: 16th Notes and Rests
    Playing in 2/2 and 6/8 Time
  • Advanced Band - Grades 8-12

    1 Credit
    Prerequisite:  At least 2 years of playing experience in a supervised setting (school ensemble or private lessons) OR completion of the Preparatory Band course with at least a 'B' grade and teacher recommendation. The student MUST be able to read music well; if her/his music reading ability is not secure, then the best course choice is Preparatory Band. Percussionists should have at least basic familiarity of and playing skills on mallet instruments. Any student that reads music well but with less than the required experience needs to see the director for a playing assessment before enrolling in this course. 

    Required Tools:  Students must have their own instrument with the exception of the following: tuba, bassoon, oboe, baritone sax, bass clarinet. Percussionists should own a snare drum or drum set and a bell set or keyboard/piano. Students need to purchase the "Tuning CD" and a metronome (any type is OK). These are one-time purchases that can be used in successive years.

    This course is designed to further develop each student's playing technique, musicianship (theory, concepts, terms) and to employ these in creating artful performances. A wide variety of musical styles are performed each year. Students learn by playing in each rehearsal as well as class discussion and analysis via critical listening of musical passages during rehearsals. Students learn to assess their own playing, create and implement effective practice habits to refine their skills based upon the requirements of the music and work toward becoming independent and proficient musicians. This class is for musicians that enjoy the challenge of playing a wide range of music. This course is especially useful for any student wishing to pursue a career in music or that would like to build substantial musical skills that they can continue to enjoy in their post-school lives. The key qualities for students to be successful in this course are having enthusiasm, strong focus during rehearsals, consistent and effective practice habits and a desire to be a productive contributor to an ensemble that seeks musical excellence. All band students perform for several school concerts per year as well as have the opportunity to play in the Trinity Pep Band, which performs for numerous sporting events during the fall and winter sports seasons. Additional experiences such as participation in various ensembles (jazz ensemble, district, all-state honors bands) are available to interested students who meet the qualifying criteria. This class may be repeated for credit with teacher recommendation.

    Units of Study
    Individual Musicianship: Determining What the Music Tells You to Work Upon 
    Effective Practice: Planning and Implementation
    Ensemble Musicianship: Critical Listening to the Music, Group and Your Roles
    Developing Artistry: Tone, Intonation, Articulation, Phrasing, Dynamic Shading
    Musical Independence and Leadership
    Popular Music Styles and Performances: 1st Semester
    Concert Band Music Styles and Performances: 2nd Semester
    Cabaret! Annual Theme Show (November or January)
    Holiday Concert (December)
    Spring Concert (March)
    Final Concert (May Fine Arts Festival)
  • Chorus - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit

    This elective course is designed to further develop each student's singing proficiency, enhance general musicianship (theory, concepts, terms) and grow as a more artistic performer. Students will have the opportunity to perform in several school concerts during the year. A variety of musical styles will be explored. Students learn through listening and responding, performing, singing in small groups and large ensembles, and performing mock-auditions.  Any student, regardless of previous experience, can be successful in this class by participating fully and being willing to learn new musical skills. Additional experiences such as participation in select ensembles (District and All-State Chorus) are available to interested students who meet the qualifying criteria. This class may be repeated for credit with the instructor’s permission.

    Units of Study
    General Musicianship
    Solfege
    Rhythms
    Music Theory
    Languages
    Performance and Practice Skills
    Cabaret! Theme Show
    Winter Fine Arts Festival
    Spring Concert
    Spring Fine Arts Festival
  • Preparatory Strings - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Required Tools:  Students must have their own instrument. Several area stores rent/sell string instruments.

    This elective course is designed for students with no experience with a stringed instrument as well as those students who have limited experience and need additional instruction to be prepared for the Orchestra class. This course will introduce the fundamentals of string playing and musicianship, including basic music theory, history and note reading.  Students learn through listening and responding, participating fully during class and with regular practice time outside of class. Additional experiences such as participation in select ensembles (District and Regional Orchestras) are available to interested students who meet the qualifying criteria. This class may be repeated for credit with the instructor’s permission.

    Units of Study
    General Musicianship Skills
    Ensemble Playing Skills
    Stringed Instrument Knowledge and Care
    Music Theory
    Tone Production and Intonation
    Cabaret! Theme Show
    Winter Fine Arts Festival
    Spring Concert
    Spring Fine Arts Festival
  • Orchestra - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  At least 2 years of playing experience in a supervised setting (school ensemble or private lessons)  
    Required Tools:  Students must have their own instrument. Several area stores rent/sell string instruments.

    This elective course is designed to further develop each student's playing proficiency, enhance their general musicianship (theory, concepts, terms) and become more artistic performers. Students will have the opportunity to perform in several school concerts during the year.  Students learn through listening and responding, participating fully during class and regularly practicing outside of class. A variety of musical styles will be explored. Additional experiences such as participation in select ensembles (Central Regional and Senior Regional Orchestra, All-State Orchestra) are available to interested students who meet the qualifying criteria. This class may be repeated for credit with the instructor’s permission.

    Units of Study
    General Musicianship
    Ensemble Playing Skills
    Practice Skills
    Performance Skills
    Music Theory
    Stringed Instrument Care and Maintenance
    Cabaret! Theme Show
    Winter Fine Arts Festival
    Spring Concert
    Spring Fine Arts Festival
  • Studio Music Production - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  Any other Trinity music course with at least a 'B' grade or passing score on Music Skills assessment

    This course investigates the musical (creating good song flow, solid bass lines and chord progressions, singable melody) and technical (proper recording levels, mic choices and placement, effects such as EQ and compression, creating engaging mixes) aspects currently used in creating popular music. Students learn by critical listening to sample professional and student projects, active discussion of the topics being explored, and then application of these principles within their own audio projects. The bulk of class time is spent working on the audio projects. Students will learn how to create songs that have solid musical construction and professional production values as well as analyzing these facets in works of artists that they listen to. This class is for student musicians that wish to improve their song-writing and production skills, particularly those that are considering a career in any musical media field. Students need to be inquisitive and open to listening to and drawing ideas from successful music in a variety of styles, not just those that are their favorites. Additionally, students taking this course need a solid sense of discipline to apply the principles that are learned and be able to remain on task when working independently. This class may be repeated for credit with instructor recommendation.

    Units of Study (Original Course)
    Studio Basics: Hardware and Software
    Song Structure 1: Bass and Drums
    Song Structure 2: Major/Minor Scales and Chord Progressions
    Melody Writing
    Microphones: Types and Placement Techniques
    Effects 1: EQ and Compression
    Effects 2: Reverb, Delay and Other Time-based Effects
    Creating Dynamic and Engaging Mixes
    Independent Projects

    Units of Study (Supplementary Topics if course is repeated)
    Mastering and Distribution
    'Cover' Projects
    Lyric Writing
    Horn and String Section Writing
    Independent Projects 
    Stereo and Other Multiple Mic Techniques
    Video Game Scoring
    Jingle Writing
    Outboard Effects Processing
    TV and Film Scoring
    Creating an Audio Portfolio
  • Guitar 1 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Required Tools:  Students will need a functional Acoustic guitar for class. Ideally, they will provide their own instrument but there are a limited quantity of school instruments that may be checked out to a student for the semester if necessary. All students will also need a 1.5" 3 ring binder, an electronic tuner (preferably the clip-on type), 6 or more picks, 2 sets of extra strings for their style of guitar, and a capo. If a student borrows a school instrument, they will need to acquire these other materials and bring them to class.

    Guitar 1 investigates the universal language of music and how to express it with six strings. Beginning with rudimentary skills, the class works towards a solid understanding of both the instrument and basic music fundamentals. Students will learn about the elements of melody, rhythm, and harmony through an extensive variety of popular songs and other exercises.  In class, students will learn through interactive lessons and activities while playing songs together in a fun group environment. Students are also expected to use supplemental resources posted to Google Classroom and instructor’s website to continue learning and effectively practice what is taught in class. This is not a performance based class but students will be required to perform together once in the semesterly Fine Arts Festival.

    This class is appropriate for both aspiring players with absolutely no experience as well as guitarists who have experience but lack a strong comprehension of fundamental music skills. (Enrollment in Guitar 2 is contingent upon either completing this class or demonstrating proficiency in the skills covered by interview with the instructor)   Preparation, participation, focus, and respect is important for learning in a group setting and out of class, a routine of effective practice is imperative for improving skills.
     
    Units of Study
    Understanding Music as a Universal Language
    Instrumental Voices and Why the Guitar is Awesome!
    Transitioning from Enjoying Music to Playing It…
    What You Need to Know about Your Guitar and How to Use It
    Understanding, Speaking, and Reading Pitch as a Guitarist.
    Melody, Riffs, and Phrasing Musical Ideas as Conversation
    The Process of Progress: Effectively Learning and Practicing
    Comprehending, Reading, and Applying Rhythm as a Guitarist
    Building Harmony and Chord Shapes in the “Open Position”
    Chord Progressions, following Song Structure, and Common Strum Patterns
    Playing Songs in Different Styles/Genres using Similar Groups of Chord Shapes as an Application of Skills
    The Capo, How To Use It, and Making Difficult Songs Easy
    Pick Patterns, Basic Finger-Style, and Additional Techniques
    Preparing for and Performing as an Ensemble (December/May Fine Arts Concert)
    Life after Guitar 1
  • Guitar 2 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  Guitar 1 and/or teacher recommendation
    Required Tools:   Students will need a functional Acoustic Guitar, a 1.5" binder dedicated to the class, an electronic tuner, 2 extra sets of strings appropriate to their style of guitar, 6 or more picks, and a Capo.

    Guitar 2 is intended for competent intermediate and advancing guitarists with a functional understanding of the material covered in Guitar 1. Students will move beyond the open position and delve into bar chord shapes, extended chords, building major and minor scales, relationships between chords and key, arpeggios, lead technique, improvising, and other areas of fretboard knowledge. This is not a performance based class, but students will be required to perform together once in the semesterly Fine Arts Festival.
    Building on the fundamentals acquired in Guitar 1, this course continues to investigate understanding the diverse language of music and how it can be expressed with the instrument. Students will learn to build their vocabulary by unlocking the fretboard and delve into more advanced skills, styles, and techniques as well as music theory applied through a broad range of songs.  In class, students will learn through interactive lessons, lecture, activities and playing songs together in a fun group environment. Students are also expected to use supplemental resources posted to google classroom and instructor’s website to continue learning and effectively practice what is taught in class.

    This course is intended for competent intermediate and advancing guitarists with a functional understanding of the material covered in Guitar 1 and a desire to learn more. Enrollment is contingent upon either completing Guitar 1 this or demonstrating proficiency in the skills covered by interview with the instructor.

    Guitar 2 prepares students for a more informed pursuit of their musical interests and to take other departmental classes such as Guitar 3, Studio Music Production. It also puts students on track to take IB Music or CoLAB if they aspire to do so.  With increasingly complex material, the importance of engagement , focus during class and routine use of resources for effective out of class practice become even more imperative.

    Units of Study
    Leaving the Open Position with “Floating” Chord Shapes
    Unlocking the Fretboard and Playing Melodically Beyond the 5th Fret.
    Introduction to Major Scale Theory, Key Signatures, Intervals, and Building
    The Circle of 5ths and Why It is Useful
    Introduction to and Application of Basic “Closed” Barre Chord Shapes
    Extended Harmony, Evolving Chord Shapes, and Arpeggios
    Introduction to and Application of Major Pentatonic Scales
    Relative Minor Scales, Natural Minor Scales, and Building Harmony in minor Keys
    Introduction to and Application of Minor Pentatonic Scales
    Expression and Additional Techniques
    Introduction to Improvisation and Innovation
    Critical Listening Development
    Appreciation of the History and Evolution of the Guitar in Popular Music
    Preparing for and Performing as an Ensemble (December/May Fine Arts Concert)
    Life After Guitar 2
  • Guitar 3 - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites:  Guitar 2 and Instructor Approval. This class may be repeated for credit with approval of Instructor as specific content taught varies each semester.
    Required Tools:  Students will need a functional Acoustic Guitar, a 1.5" binder dedicated to the class, an electronic tuner, 2 extra sets of strings appropriate to their style of guitar, 6 or more picks, a Capo, and a Guitar Strap.

    Continuing to grow from the knowledge, theory, and skills learned in previous courses, Guitar 3 moves towards exploration of instrumental communication on an advanced level through in-depth study of songs, playing styles, and influential musicians in the evolution of sonic culture. Specific songs and application of content rotates from year to year but students will continue to develop melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic skills, connecting chord and scale theory with playing techniques to build a stronger musical vocabulary.

    In class, students will learn through interactive lessons, lectures, and activities and by playing songs together in a fun group environment. Students are also expected to use supplemental resources posted to google classroom and instructor’s website to continue learning and effectively practice what is taught in class.  Guitar 3 prepares students for serious pursuit of musical interests beyond the classroom and opens the door for them to take either IB Music or CoLAB with approval from the instructor. Motivated learning, engagement and focus during class as well as routine use of resources for effective out of-class practice are crucial.

    Units of Study
    Review of Knowledge and Skills Expected to Be Known
    Recognizing Similarities and Differences Between Songs by Key
    Engaging I-IV-V Chord Progressions, Variations, and Riffs
    Songs by Notable Guitarists
    Stylistic Explorations
    Drop and Alternate Tunings, Partial Capo Techniques
    Improvising
    Fingerpicking
  • Collaborative Music Studies - Grades 11-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  Guitar 3 and/or demonstrates satisfactory proficiency with primary instrument to Head of Department.  Repeat enrollment in this class is possible at the discretion of Instructor.
    Required Tools:  Students are expected to provide their own primary instrument.

    CoLAB is about investigating the possibilities of what can be done with 12 notes, building confidence, practical skills and learning to navigate the experience of musical collaboration in a safe, structured, and supportive environment.  Student’s learn experientially by playing and exploring structured songs together, exercises designed to develop and apply practical skills, experimenting with instruments from the school’s collection, workshops and demonstrations by guest artists, using laptops in conjunction with studio resources to record and grow ideas, working towards the ultimate goal of performing together in a live setting.

    This class is appropriate for serious musicians who have achieved a strong level of technical proficiency on their instrument and are interested in developing practical collaborative skills working together with other musicians.

    Units of Study
    -What Are We Playing?: Jamming, Instigating Collaboration and Finding Common Ground in the Vast Potential of 12 Notes.
    The Art of Conversation: Leading, Following, and Dropping into Uncharted Musical Territory
    Getting it Together: Common Challenges and Pitfalls of Working with Musicians and How to Manage Them
    Bringing Songs to the Table, Building a Repertoire, and the Importance of Structure
    Improvising: Listening, Responding, and Learning to Take Risks with Confidence.
    Sonic Diversity and Developing Versatility from the Familiar
    Exploring the Un-familiar...Vocals and Other Instruments
    The Creative Cycle: Imitation, Inspiration, and Innovation
    Developing Ideas, Demos, and Studio Recording
    Gigging: Preparing, Rehearsing, and Doing it Live

Social Studies

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  • Faith in Film - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit
    Faith in Film does not count toward the religion graduation requirement.

    Faith in Film is a systematic theology class intended to examine and discuss the major tenets of the Christian faith.  These doctrines will then be illustrated through various genres of film. Students will analyze these doctrines and attempt to reconcile them to their personal beliefs.  Students do not have to confess Christianity to take this course but should have some interest in developing a deeper knowledge of Christianity. Certain movies viewed in the course are intended for mature minds; students must have parental consent to take this class. Key skills include: critical thinking skills, primary source document skills, and film analysis skills.

    Units of Study
    Christian Anthropology
    Demonology
    The Problem of Evil
    Paterology
    Christology
    Pneumatology
    Ecclesiology
    Eschatology
  • Personal Finance - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit

    Personal Finance is a challenging, engaging project-based course that presents real world concepts designed to help the student make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve personal financial goals. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts, gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes.. Students enrolled in personal finance should expect to complete case studies, plan monthly budgets, compete in a stock market simulation, listen to engaging guest speakers and participate in out of classroom experiences such as a field trip to the Federal Reserve.

    Units of Study
    Basics of Economics
    Banking Basics
    Income and Taxes
    Consumer Skills
    Planning for Living
  • Politics in Film - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit

    Politics in Film explores popular political topics such as education, civil liberties, and laws affecting teenagers. Students will engage and discuss the content of each issue. Film will be used as an interpretation and springboard to full analysis of the topic. Through journals and discussions, students will develop an understanding of how film informs and influences the way Americans view political issues. Certain movies viewed in the course are intended for mature minds; students must have parental consent to take the class. Key skills include: critical thinking skills, primary source document skills, and film analysis skills.

    Units of Study
    Equal Opportunity Laws
    Education
    Abortion
    Laws Affecting Teenagers
    Immigration Laws
    Lobby Groups
    Civil Liberties
    Foreign Policy

Religion

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  • Old Testament - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Old Testament satisfies the religion graduation requirement.

    “In the beginning when God created...” These words written thousands of years ago continue to impact humanity. This class is an introduction to the rich history, stories, and beliefs preserved by the Jewish people. Primary content is devoted to historical movements, biblical characters, and various forms of text criticism. Secondary content includes how Old Testament themes connect to the New Testament. Key skills include: critical thinking skills, scope and sequence skills, periodization skills.

    Units of Study
    Biblical Prehistory
    Patriarchs and Matriarchs
    Theocracy
    Monarchy
    Prophets and Exiles
    Restoration
  • New Testament - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    New Testament satisfies the religion graduation requirement.

    This course begins with Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus asked the apostle Peter, "Who do you say that I am?" The students will thoroughly examine the Gospels and learn how each writer uniquely depicts the life of Jesus. Paul of Tarsus wrote to the Corinthians, "Three times was I beaten with rods and once received a stoning." This course will explore what motivated Paul to have an unprecedented desire to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire. Primary content is devoted to historical movements, biblical characters, and various forms of text criticism. Secondary content includes how Old Testament themes connect with the New Testament. Key skills include: critical thinking skills, scope and sequence skills, periodization skills.

    Units of Study
    The Gospel of Matthew
    The Gospel of Mark
    The Gospel of Luke
    The Gospel of John
    Acts of the Apostles
    Epistles and Apocalypse
  • World Religion - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit
    World Religions satisfies the religion graduation requirement.

    This course is designed as a comparative study of the world religions and begins by attempting to answer "Why Religion?" Students will examine numerous civilizations and how they are influenced by religion. Ample time will be spent on history, beliefs, and how the religions of the world impact humanity today. Key skills include: critical thinking skills, scope and sequence skills, periodization skills.

    Units of Study
    Origin of Religions
    Hinduism
    Buddhism
    Islam
    Judaism
    Christianity
  • Independent Study in Religion - Grade 12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite: Teacher permission

    Independent Study in Religion is available to seniors, who have already fulfilled Trinity's religion requirement and now desire a deeper exploration into religious studies. This journey allows students to revisit topics addressed in Old Testament, New Testament, or World Religions. The study also welcomes seniors, who are considering ministry opportunities in college or a potential career in such fields as missions, pastoral ministry, or Christian education.  This study may only be selected once as a semester elective.

    Units of Study
    Defining a Topic
    Delving Deeper Through Research and Inquiry
    Presentation

Technology

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  • Discover Your Tech - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit

    Discover Your Tech is a survey course designed to introduce students to the technology available at Trinity. The course teaches basic computer skills as well as providing exposure to advanced tech opportunities. Students will learn how to utilize their school-assigned computer, program a computer game, program a robot, design and print a 3D object, code and develop an app, and create a digital movie. This is a project-based class and successful students will benefit from active engagement and participation.

    Units of Study
    Scratch and Block-based Programming
    Coding
    Game Design
    Robotics
    3D Printing
    App Development
    Design Thinking
    Videography
  • Information Technology Intern - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  Teacher permission

    This is a one-semester elective designed for the student with a strong interest in computers and information technology. Students are responsible for assisting the technology department in installing hardware and software on the Trinity network. Troubleshooting, configuring and assembling computer systems are included, as well as an introduction to coding languages. Students learn through a few classroom instruction sessions, but mainly through hands-on activities guided by the technology department instructors.

    Units of Study
    Overall Introduction to Computers and Networking Concepts
    Current Equipment and Networks Deployed at Trinity
    Methodology for Troubleshooting and Designing Technology Solutions
    Introduction to Coding Languages
    Hands-On Project work
  • Digital Videography 1 - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit

    Digital Videography counts toward the Fine Arts graduation requirement.

    Digital Videography 1 introduces students to cinematography and video production through a theory-based, hands-on approach. Students will learn the history of media and media production and will be able to demonstrate competency in pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will apply problem-solving skills in planning, editing, and evaluating quality video productions. Topics include the fundamental technical aspects of the digital video camera, camera shots, angles, composition, media literacy, aesthetic elements and techniques, sound and lighting, scriptwriting, directing, and editing.

    Units of Study
    Directors
    Camera Shots and Angles
    Compositional Elements
    Camera Movements
    Editing Techniques
    Storyboarding
    Scriptwriting
    Sound Design
    Lighting
    Interviewing
    Directing
    Green Screen
  • Digital Videography 2 - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  Digital Videography 1 or teacher permission
    Additional Fee:  Optional purchase of Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud ($20/month)

    Digital Videography 2 expands on what students have learned about cinematography and video production in Digital Videography 1 through a theory-based, hands-on approach. Students will learn about the history of media and media production and will be able to demonstrate competency in pre-production, production, and post-production to plan, create, and evaluate quality video productions and short films. Students will explore more of the technical aspects of the digital video camera, camera shots, angles, and composition, media literacy, aesthetic elements and techniques, sound and lighting, scriptwriting, directing, and editing.

    Units of Study
    Directors
    Camera Shots and Angles
    Compositional Elements
    Camera Movements
    Advanced Editing Techniques
    Storyboarding
    Scriptwriting
    Advanced Sound Design
    Advanced Lighting
    Character Development
    Directing
  • Programming Through Game Development - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit

    This course is designed as an introductory course to both programming and game development. Students will be taught elements of successful game development through coding, modeling, game design, and digital citizenship. This is a project-based course and successful students will benefit from active engagement and participation.

    Units of Study
    Block-based Programming
    Coding
    Game Design
    Game Mechanics
    Programming Languages
    Robotics
    Drones
    Circuitry
    3D Modeling
    Unity

Theatre

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  • Elements of Theatre - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Additional Fee:  Possible ticket fee if we attend performances
    Elements of Theatre is a semester course in which students are introduced to the art and craft of theatre making and theatre performance through participatory exercises and projects in mime, theatre games, improvisation, and rudimentary scene work as well as lecture/demonstrations on basic theatre terminology, direction, design and production. The course seeks to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the many elements that comprise a theatrical production and to develop the ability to analyze and evaluate these elements as both participant and spectator. This work culminates with each student creating a Production Notebook of their own. In addition, student's develop creativity, collaborative skills and comfort in presenting and/or performing for others. Consistent, active engagement and participation in the exercises, scenes and projects and respect for peers are the key components for success in the course.

    Units of Study
    Tell Me a Story
    Talking Theatre
    Theatre Practice
    Putting It Together - Theatre Making
    Improv – Fake It Until You Make It?
    Your Mind's Eyes and Ears - Production Notebook
  • Entertainment Lighting Design and Technology - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite: Technical Theatre or instructor permission
    Additional Fee:  Possible ticket fee if we attend performances, events, or conferences

    Light, or its absence, plays a major role in shaping our perception of the world around us. This is especially true in the managed environments of entertainment. From theatrical productions to dance, opera, architecture, concerts, spectacles and more, the intentional manipulation of light is a cornerstone in the process shaping the spectator’s experience. This course provides students the opportunity to learn, research, analyze, and apply the properties, theories and technologies of light and lighting in order to serve and enrich various forms of entertainment. Students will study and apply the processes of creating and implementing a lighting design and develop the artistic, collaborative and technical skills required for successful realization of the design. Upon completion of the core units, each student will choose a track specific to their individual interest, Design or Technology, and develop and implement their collaborative thesis project within their chosen track. 10 Practical lab hours required.

    Units of Study
    Introduction to Entertainment Lighting: Storytelling & Environments
    What does what U C say 2 U?
    Qualities, Characteristics and Functions of Light 
    Color
    Projection & Media
    Design Basics
    Design Process
    Welcome to the “Real World” - Design Application
    Don’t get ZAPPED: Electrical Theory and Practice
    Hardware: don’t BE a tool – KNOW your tools.
    But what’ll it look like? - Communicating the Design Idea
    Makin’ it REAL: Communicating the Design Realization
    Lighting Production Team: Organization and Responsibilities
    Getting Along: Collaboration
    Bits, Bytes and Blackouts: Programming
    Just do it! Thesis Project Tracks:
    • Designer
    • Electrician
    • Programmer
  • Technical Theatre - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Additional Fee:  Possible ticket fee if we attend performances

    This course offers students the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamental methods and skills used to technically support a theatrical performance. The class combines lecture/demonstrations with applied, hands-on labs and projects. Students will learn the basic processes and materials used in theatrical scenery construction, lighting and sound with an emphasis on safety. Students will be instructed in, develop and demonstrate the skills required for the proper use and application of standard hand and power tools as well as a variety of common construction materials and techniques which are utilized by both theatrical technicians and DIYers. No prior skill or knowledge is needed - only an interest in basic construction and/or technical theatre and a willingness to be an active participant. This class may be repeated for credit with the instructor’s permission.

    Units of Study
    Telling Stories
    Safety First!
    Tech Talk
    Hammer Time! The Essential Basics
    What's' Up Doc? Telling the Technical Story Visually
    If You Build It.... 
    Lights Up!
    That Sounds Good!
    Knot Now!
  • Acting - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit

    Prerequisite: Elements of Theatre or instructor permission

    Additional Fee:  Possible ticket fee if we attend performances

    The Acting class is open to those students who have demonstrated a focused interest in performance. The course is designed for the dedicated student of acting and is based on a process/workshop approach. Through a combination of readings, research and scene work students will study and develop their acting technique. Specifically, students will develop their skills in script analysis, line memorization, character analysis and development, monologues and improvisation. Students are required to keep an actor's journal, participate in the performance projects and attend school productions as well as participate in post-performance critiques. A final project consisting of an in-class presentation and performance is required. Students are assessed on the honesty and consistency of their work ethic as well as their willingness to support and collaborate with their peers. "Talent" is not a factor in assessment.

    Units of Study
    To Be….or…Not….
    What a Character!
    Words, Words, Words and the Sound of Silence
    The Magic If
    Do You Hear What I Hear?
    Full of Sound and Fury…
    Go Ahead...Make a Scene

Science

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  • Sustainable Systems: Rethink, React, Resolve - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit
    This course does not count toward the lab science graduation requirement.

    This semester long course explores and promotes the science behind a sustainable way of life. Students rethink ways we live now, react to information about the impact of those lifestyles, and resolve to improve. Students learn what a carbon footprint is and why it matters. They pursue questions like what is the impact of an agricultural monoculture? Is organic food more nutritious and worth the cost? How are governments and businesses incorporating sustainability into their missions? Is the local Richmond community becoming more sustainable? Students in this course cultivate answers to these questions and more by working in the Trinity garden, greenhouse, and tower garden, taking field trips to the river and listening to guest speakers who specialize in these areas. This course includes multiple projects in which students learn and present, allowing them to gain first-hand experience with a variety of technology and media tools. The class pursues paperless learning and helps with on campus programming designed to support a culture of sustainability. This course may be repeated for credit with instructor permission if space permits.

    It is recommended that students bring in a pair of rain boots or old shoes, as the class frequently works in the garden or does field studies.

    Units of Study (will vary by season)
    What Does It Mean to Live Sustainably?
    Good Garden Practices
    Sustainable and Non-sustainable Food Supplies
    Sustainable Workplaces
    Sustainable Cities
    United Nations Sustainability Goals

Visual Arts

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  • Design Fundamentals - Grades 8-10

    .5 Credit
    This course is a requirement for IB Visual Arts.

    This academic art class explores the fundamentals of two and three-dimensional works of art. Classes consist of lectures, cooperative learning experiences, and reflection and responses to art, both historical and contemporary. Students will understand different mediums and techniques used to explore composition, expressive qualities, and intent of the artist. Formal critique writing skills evolve throughout the semester. The overall goal is for students to develop a visual vocabulary, theories, and concepts that can be applied to their own creative process. Throughout the class, students develop their own criteria for successful art. Design Fundamentals is a prerequisite for all IB Visual Arts classes.

    Units of Study
    Art in Our World
    The Elements of Art
    The Principles of Art
    Art History
  • Drawing and Painting 1 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    This semester long studio course will provide students with the foundations in the various media of drawing and painting and introduce them to pencil, colored pencil, pen & ink, tempera paint, acrylic paint, watercolor and printmaking. Students will learn about and be informed by the elements of art and the principles of design and how they apply to the history of art as well as to their own art making processes.  Students will begin to be able to discuss art, critique art and learn about the rich history and importance of drawing and painting throughout time.

    Units of Study
    The Elements & Principles of Art: Define and Adopt into Art Making Practices
    Pencil: Drawing, Shading, Highlight, Value, Dimension Accuracy
    Colored Pencil: Drawing, Shading, Highlight, Value, Dimension, Color Blending
    Pen & Ink: Pattern, Value
    Tempera Paint: Color Making, Mixing, Value, Dimension, Toning, Blocking in, Accuracy
    Acrylic Paint: Value, Dimension, Toning, Blocking in, Accuracy
    Watercolor Paint: Color Making, Mixing, Value, Accuracy
    Printmaking: Lino-cuts, Lino Prints
    Exhibition
  • Drawing 2 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting 1
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    This semester long studio course deepens student skill and knowledge specifically in drawing, extending techniques learned in Drawing and Painting 1. In Drawing 2, students will continue to learn dry media techniques in order to hone and build upon their drawing skills. Students will be exposed to contemporary and historical artists and history in order to further develop and solidify their growth in the drawing process. Pencil, colored pencil, and pen & ink techniques will continue to be explored, including, but not limited to black and white charcoal, chalk pastel, conte, and even some cut paper techniques.

    Units of Study
    Pencil: Review of Drawing
    Colored Pencil: Review of Drawing
    Pen & Ink: Shading 
    Charcoal
    Chalk Pastel
    Conte Crayon
    Cut Paper
    Exhibition
  • Painting 2 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting 1
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    This semester long studio course deepens student skill and knowledge specifically in painting, extending techniques learned in Drawing and Painting 1. Painting 2 encompasses a deeper understanding and knowledge of wet media as well as the history, importance and appreciation of painting throughout time. Students will continue to grow and hone their skills in acrylic paint as well as watercolor. They will be introduced to oil painting and continue their journey through printmaking as well, furthering their skill level and knowledge of this medium.

    Units of Study
    Acrylic Paint: Still Life, Portraiture
    Watercolor
    Oil Paint
    Printmaking: Reductive Printmaking
    Exhibition
  • Studio Workshop: Drawing and Painting - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites:   Drawing and Painting 1, Drawing 2 or Painting 2, and teacher recommendation
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    This studio course allows drawing and painting students to continue to grow and develop their skills and hone their craft in various mediums and techniques. This course is open to both IB path students and non-IB path students. Students have choice and freedom in their work and will continue to exercise their craft in varied ways with guidance from the teacher. Students will complete work in media and/or subject matter of their choice and be able to start down a path that both challenges and engages the artist to continue to be their best.  This course may be repeated for credit with permission of the teacher.

    Units of Study
    Further Practice with Various Media - Review of Techniques
    Making Individual Choices in Art Making with Guidance
    Independent Exploration of Techniques of Interest in Depth
    Independent Studio Practice with Guidance and Assignments
    Exhibition
  • Ceramics 1 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Required Tools: Sketchbook

    This semester course provides an overview and introduction into the fundamental processes, techniques and practices of creating with clay. The students will learn 3 hand building techniques: pinch pots, coils and slabs and 3 wheel thrown techniques: cylinders, bowls and plates as well as how to trim their pots and glazing. Emphasis is placed on skill development, studio practices, quality craftsmanship, experimentation, creative problem solving, and self-expression. 

    Units of Study
    Handbuilding Techniques:  Pinch Pot, Coil Building, Slabs
    Wheel Thrown Techniques: Cylinders, Bowls, Plates
    Exhibition
  • Ceramics 2 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites: Ceramics 1
    Required Tools: Sketchbook

    This course follows Ceramics 1 and is designed particularly for students who have a strong interest in ceramics. New techniques will be built upon the skills learned in Ceramics 1, such as: handles, lids, combination pieces, shaping clay, throwing larger, alternative firing techniques, exploring surface design and creating sets. Emphasis is placed on skill development, studio practices, quality craftsmanship, experimentation, creative problem solving, and self-expression. Students are expected to make critical judgements of their work and challenge their creative process. Following this class, students can decide to pursue IB art or the Studio Workshop level.

    Units of Study
    Independent Handbuilding Project
    Wheel Thrown Dinnerware Project 
    Teapot Project
    Exhibition
  • Sculpture 1 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    This semester course covers the fundamental skills, knowledge, attitudes and technology necessary to begin to understand sculpture. Various sculptural processes are explored and students work with a variety of materials and tools. Students learn to make critical judgements about their own art and the art of others and are exposed to the historical and contemporary role of sculpture throughout the world. Students explore various materials such as clay, paper, wood, cardboard, wire and metal. Basic three-dimensional design will be considered with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design.

    Units of Study
    Modeling
    Cultural Mask Making
    Found Objects
    Post Secret
    Exhibition
  • Sculpture 2 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites: Sculpture 1 
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    Sculpture 2 is designed for the student who wants to continue exploring the techniques and mediums introduced in Sculpture 1. This class will focus not only on technique but personal message, the relationship between content and medium, and an exploration of sculptors past and present. Students are expected to work independently with clear deadlines for critiques and exhibitions.

    Units of Study
    Carving: Clay and Plaster
    Storytelling through Sculpture
    Exploration of Negative Space
    Site Specific Environmental Art
    Exhibition
  • Studio Workshop: Ceramics - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites: Ceramics 1 and 2 or Sculpture 1 and 2 and teacher recommendation
    Required Tools:  Sketchbook

    This class follows Ceramics 2 or Sculpture 2 and is designed particularly for students who have a high interest in developing their sculptural and ceramics’ skills and artistic voice but who do not want to pursue the IB path. New techniques will be built upon the skills learned in Ceramics 2 and Sculpture 2, such as altering pieces, alternative firing techniques, experimenting with scale, sculpting, and surface design.  This course will ultimately be guided by independent student interest. Emphasis is placed on skill development, studio practices, quality craftsmanship, experimentation, creative problem solving, self-expression and pushing boundaries. Students are expected to make critical judgements of their work and challenge their creative process. This class can be repeated based on teacher recommendations.

    Units of Study
    Altering Wheel Thrown Pieces/Alternatives in Sculptural Materials
    Alternative Firing Techniques/Alternative Surface Resolution in Sculpture
    Experimentation of Scale
    Experimentation of Surface Design
    Exhibition
  • Photography 1 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Required Tools:  Students must supply their own digital camera with manual capabilities. Both DSLRs and non-DSLRs are acceptable. If the camera requirement presents an obstacle for enrolling in the class, accommodations may be available. Contact the photography teacher for additional information.

    This studio course provides an overview and introduction into the fundamentals of photography as a fine art, balancing technical proficiency with the development of individual artistic expression. A digital photography platform is utilized in this introductory level class, no prior experience is necessary. Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop are provided to students for use on their school laptops throughout the semester and the photography lab comes equipped with individual second monitors. Following this class, students who wish to continue to the next level should enroll in Photography 2.

    Units of Study
    Manual Camera Operation
    Digital File Management
    Exploration of Various Photographic Subject Matter
    Natural and Artificial Lighting Techniques
    Compositional Techniques
    Skill-based and Personal Projects
    Journaling as Part of the Creative Practice
    Photo Editing and Image Manipulation
    Exhibiting Artwork and Photo Finishing
    Artist Presentations
    Artist Websites
  • Photography 2 - Grades 8-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite: Photography 1

    This course builds on skills learned in Photography 1 while applying them to a traditional black and white darkroom. In addition to furthering proficiency with the camera, lighting techniques, and photographic aesthetics, students will learn to develop 35mm film and create darkroom enlargements by hand. Working to further refine their personal style and explore photography as a creative medium, students begin to develop a body of work based around their personal interests and artistic vision. Following this class, students can decide to pursue IB Art or the Studio Workshop level. The camera and materials are provided for this course. 

    Units of Study
    Refinement of Manual Camera Skills
    Developing 35mm Film 
    Darkroom Operation and Creating Enlargements 
    Long Term Project Development
    Journaling as Part of the Creative Practice
    Critiques
    Exhibiting Artwork
    Alternative Processes
    Artist Presentations
    Artist Websites
  • Studio Workshop: Photography - Grades 9-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisites:   Photography 1, Photography 2, and teacher recommendation
    Required Tools:  In addition to using their digital cameras from Photography 1, students have the option of purchasing a 35mm camera if they wish to continue utilizing the darkroom. The cost to purchase one of these cameras is around $100. Options for film cameras will be discussed at the start of the class. If either of these camera requirements presents an obstacle for enrolling in the class, accommodations may be available. For additional information, speak to the photography teacher. 

    This studio course is the third level on the photography path and will continue to allow students to grow and develop their skills and hone their craft. It is open to both pre-IB Art students and individuals not pursuing the IB path. This class will be highly independent with individualized instruction. There will be a thorough introduction to contemporary photographers via field trips, lectures and visiting artists. Both analog and digital platforms will be utilized for refinement in technique and individual expression; and opportunities will be provided throughout the semester to experiment with alternative and non-traditional processes. Students are expected to make critical judgments of their own and others’ work, to challenge their own creative process and continue to strengthen their work ethic. This course may be repeated for credit with the instructor’s permission.

    Units of Study
    Film and Digital Camera Reintroduction
    Darkroom Processes and Photoshop Reintroduction
    Mixed Media Experiments
    Concept Research
    Creative Planning
    Test Images
    Independent Project Work 
    Working Critique
    Independent Project Completion
    Art Show Preparation
    Final Critiques 
    Advanced Lighting and Lens Introduction
  • Visual Arts Intern - Grades 11-12

    .5 Credit
    Prerequisite:  3 semesters of Visual Arts courses:  1, 2, Studio Workshop; Application 

    This class is designed for the student who wants to enrich their knowledge of the management and running of an art studio. Students will be responsible for studio organization, maintenance of equipment and tools, and other medium specific tasks. Students will gain insight and understanding of the working studio, and will be prepared for studio assistant work on the college level. 

    For each semester, there will be 2 interns for the Ceramic Studio, and 1 each in Drawing and Painting and Photography.  Students will be chosen through an application process directed by the Visual Arts Department.

    Units of Study
    Systems of Organization for Studio Equipment & Tools
    Maintaining the Studio Space
    Best Practices in Studio Management

Non-Departmental Electives

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  • AP Computer Science A (through Virtual Virginia)

    Grades 11-12

    As an upper level course in Computer Science, this course seeks to provide students with the opportunity to use critical thinking in developing solutions to problems through the use of Java language.  Students learn coding strategies, consider how to process data, and develop an awareness of the social and ethical aspects of computing. This course is analogous to a first semester university course in Computer Science and can help prepare students for study in technical, engineering, and science fields.  Success in this course requires students to be very self-motivated, persevere through challenges, and be self-directed.

    There are special circumstances associated with this course, so students wishing to take it must talk with the Associate Head of School.  
  • Life Essentials- Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit

    This semester-long elective is open to 10-12th graders and will focus on developing skills to be utilized both inside and outside of the classroom. It covers topics that are essential to success beyond high school. Areas covered include but are not limited to job search skills, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, public speaking, basic etiquette, personal finance, goal-setting, personal safety, communication skills, marketing savvy, automotive maintenance, and laundry. The class will cover life skills outside of the academic curriculum that can serve students both in high school and throughout their lives.

    Students learn through a variety of lectures, class discussion, experiential learning, group projects, research, and presentations. The class uses Junior Achievement's Finance Park curriculum for the Personal Finance unit and visits the JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill Library for a day-long experiential field trip at the conclusion of the unit. The class is useful for older students as they prepare to live independently. Students must be enthusiastic participants with an interest in engaging with the class material.

    Units of Study
    Social Dynamics and Communications Styles
    Etiquette and Personal Safety
    Personal Finance
    The World of Work-Employment
    Consumer Savvy
    Insurance, Retirement, Taxes-What Fun!
    Heading Out on Your Own: Nuts, Bolts, and Automobiles
  • Sport and Society - Grades 10-12

    .5 Credit

    Whether you are an athlete, a sports fan, or both, you've come to the right course! Sports and Society will focus on the enormous impact sports has played--and continues to play--in society, with an emphasis on U.S. society. Students will explore issues of race, gender, economics and politics in relation to sports. Current topics in the news such as violence, safety, performance enhancing drug use, and whether college athletes should be paid, will be discussed and analyzed in a vibrant, respectful community of learners. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of activities including: weekly seminar discussions, research projects, and group activities. This class is designed to improve students’ critical thinking, discussion, research, and writing skills in preparation for college. 

    Units of Study
    Youth and College Sports
    Ethics in Sports
    Discrimination in Sports
    The Business of Sports
  • Psychology - Grade 12

    1 Credit

    This course is designed to give student a general idea of what psychology is, how information is developed, what we have learned about ourselves, and how psychology is applied to help improve people’s lives. Students learn through focused readings and class discussions as well as through interpreting scientific data and observations. Skills in critical analysis, observation, research, and writing are all emphasized. This course is a year long elective for senior students. This course is a solid foundation for students enrolling in a psychology 101 course in college. Students should be open-minded and curious about human behavior. Organized and independent learners will be successful in this class.

    Units of Study
    Psychology’s Roots, Big Ideas and Critical Thinking Tools
    Neuroscience and Consciousness
    Developing Through the Life Span
    Gender and Sexuality
    Sensation and Perception
    Learning
    Memory
    Thinking, Language and Intelligence
    Motivation and Emotion
    Stress, Health and Human Flourishing
    Personality
    Psychological Disorders
    Therapy
    Social Psychology