Thornton-Donovan School

Phone: (914) 632-8836






Welcome to 11th Grade


AMERICAN LITERATURE (11):  American Literature is a focus on the always in flux concept of "The American Dream". This course is developed around the rise of the female voice in American Literature. The course is chronological, and it weaves a narrative that harnesses both history and literature.  Also, over the course of this academic year, students learn the skills that will help them develop skills in writing research-based assignments. They learn to read, interpret, evaluate, and discuss secondary sources as means to enter into an academic discourse with those academics that came before them. 


ALGEBRA II & TRIGONOMETRY (11): A classic course in 11th grade algebra and trigonometry which includes operations with rational expressions, geometry of the circle, irrational and imaginary numbers, absolute value equations and inequalities, radical equations, functions and relationships, conic sections with applications, trigonometric functions and graphs including the inverse functions, trigonometric applications, equations, and identities, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and complex numbers. The student obtains sufficient knowledge to enter Calculus I.

THE GEOMETRY OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE (9-12): This is an interdisciplinary course, which traverses the interplay of art and architecture with mathematics from the ancient world through modern times. This journey takes us from the pyramids of Egypt to Plato to Rome and onto the art of M. C. Escher and the computer art of fractals. The students hear traditional lectures, but much of the year is devoted to guided hands-on projects in art and architecture and how mathematics influenced those works

HONORS PHYSICS (10-11): A rigorous introduction to mechanics which includes vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, types of forces, work and energy, momentum and impulse, circular motion, circular kinematics, angular momentum, rigid body motion, rotational equilibrium and dynamics, and planetary motion. If time allows, an introduction to fluid mechanics is included. Several projects are expected during the course of the year.


SCIENCE: (11-12) An upper division course covering a foundation in general chemistry. Students learn about the structure, reactivity, radioactivity and composition of chemical compounds. Students learn how to predict and identify the products of a chemical reaction, the mole concept and how to approach quantitative problems. Hands-on experiments are performed to provide a practical understanding.


THE EUROPEAN UNION (10-12): This is a history and political science course that studies the history and organization of the European Union. We follow general European history after the end of World War II and the evolution of the European Union. We look at the institutions that have been created to attempt to integrate Europe and the alternatives suggested. Finally we are studying the history of Europe and the EU in the early 21st Century.


LITERATURE: Divine Comedy (10-11) In a Great Books-style course, students read through the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso and learn to be able to speak about it through oral examinations.


HISTORY: Street Law (10-12): This is a course on practical law. How does the justice system work. What is criminal law and how do most people especially students come in contact with it. What is the civil court system and what are suits. What are contracts and warranties? For the last quarter we will be looking at civil liberties and how constitutional law works.


CULINARY ART (9-12): Students go from theoretical knowledge to practical appreciation of the cuisine related to our thematic education. Students spend 2 of the 5 periods per week preparing, in school, international dishes.


FASHION (10-12):  Students learn about the history of Fashion.  They learn about inventions, color theory, create mood boards, fashion sketches, and etc.  The students also learn basic sewing skills.


PHOTOGRAPHY (9-12): Using a DSLR, students learn the art of framing a shot, to tell a story with one photo, the various lighting techniques and how to produce excellent photos.


FRENCH II or III: This level of high school French is open to 10 to 12 grades depending on their ability. It focuses on targeted vocabulary and advanced grammar. This course integrates culture, geography of French speaking countries as well as art, and poetry.


ITALIAN III and IV (10 -12 depending on ability): These advanced students further master the language via continued grammar, reading, writing, and speaking.  They engage in learning more about famous Italian writers, artists, and etc.


RUSSIAN: This class is open to 6 through 12 grades depending on their ability.  This course, taught by a Russian native speaker, is designed for beginners and for students who have already learned the fundamentals of Russian language. 


SPANISH II (9-12 depending on ability): is a continued introduction to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students develop their communicative competence by interacting orally and in written messages in Spanish. They also develop their reading skills through various tales, poems and stories in Spanish.


SPANISH III (10-12 depending on ability): this course continues to develop and build upon the skills acquired in Spanish I and II. Students learn more advanced grammar concepts such as the subjunctive, future, conditional, and perfect tenses. A greater emphasis on oral and written assignments is also given.


LATIN I or II (9-12) is a nuts-and-bolts course in Latin as it existed during the Classical period. I teach the restored pronunciation and offer participants a chance to compete in the Latin recitation contest sponsored by the New York City Classics club. The medium for instruction is a compendium of Greek myths based on Ovid's Metamorphoses


LATIN PLUS (11-12) combines beginning Latin with a wide range of topics related to Roman literature and history, as well as Latin Language. Latin etymologies in English furnish an ongoing topic. 


TECHNOLOGY (11-12): Students are taught introduction to Website & Application Design, Networking Technology, and a Cisco Systems Certification course.  These classes include the following: Java Script, Node.JS, Python, Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and HTML5.  Networking Technology class introduce students to major corporate brands such as Cisco & Juniper Routers, Switches, Firewalls, VOIP Telephony Systems, Access Points (Wi-Fi), Surveillance, Access Control and Structured Cabling Systems (Copper & Fiber). Our Cisco certification course prepare students to pass the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) exam.  This certification immediately qualifies students for entry-level jobs paying $75K to $90K while they attend college.  Once completed, students are expected to qualify for jobs in the areas of websites/applications and large corporate networking infrastructure design, implementation, and management.


MUSIC: Students develop an appreciation and awareness of culture through music. This involves digging into the region's history, as well as listening, learning and performing on instruments from the thematic region. Each year new playlists are created, new sounds are discovered, and students develop a deeper understanding of music as a universal language.


ART: Learning and mastering new drawing/painting techniques including geometric pattern, pointillism, dry brush, glazing, impasto, chiaroscuro shadowing, watercolor double wash and water technique. Materials used include marker, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal and pencil Mural technique, relief sculpting in clay