Welcome to 12th Grade


BRITISH LITERATURE (12): In British Literature, we will read a variety of different stories that span from oral tradition to contemporary fiction. The idea is to look at how British Literature helps to provide the basis of storytelling for the entire world. From myths to pioneering visions into the darkness in all people's souls. British Literature has given rise to many ideas that have influenced a multitude of different authors' writing styles and concepts from around the world. These influences have pushed the world from darkness into the light, as they expose the elements that most want to keep secret. 


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 CALCULUS I: A rigorous first course in calculus, which roughly parallels the AP syllabus. Topics studies include limits and continuity of algebraic and trigonometric functions, the derivative, techniques of differentiation, implicit differentiation, many applications which include related rates, graphing, max/min problems, and rectilinear motion, summations, integration, applications, area, volumes, arc length, surface area, logarithmic and exponential functions, inverse trig functions and hyperbolic functions, simple differential equations and L'Hopital's Rule.


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.


HISTORY: Italian History (11-12): This is a survey of Italian history. Beginning with a quick look at events around the founding to the fall of the Roman Empire. The class began a more detailed study of Late Antiquity and Medieval Italian History leading up to the conquest of Italy in the 1500s. The survey covered a quick review of the Hapsburg and Bourbon rule then began a more detailed study of the unification of Italy to the end of World War II. We are studying Italy during the Cold War.


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


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.


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 III or IV: 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 will develop their communicative competence by interacting orally and in written messages in Spanish. They will 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.