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Preparation for Pre-Algebra
Full-year course. Formerly Mathematics Foundations. This is designed as a course for students who have completed a K-6 math program, but have poor math skills or significant gaps in their math education. Therefore, some basic skills like measurement, time, and the metric system will not be covered. This course is designed to prepare students for upper middle school mathematics and science courses at the Well-Trained Mind Academy, including pre-algebra. Preparation for Pre-Algebra includes a review of basic arithmetic skills, including operations, number theory, decimals, percents, integers, variables, the Cartesian plane, and basic geometry. Emphasis is given to mastering fractions. The course also includes brief introductions to radicals and exponents, statistics, and probability.
Algebra I (AoPS)
Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper-level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra 1 focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment.
Algebra II (AoPS)
Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra II focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment.
Full-year course. Survey of introductory geometry, from points, lines, and planes, through triangles, perimeter and area, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, curved surfaces, transformations, and analytical geometry, to an introduction to trigonometry.
Full-year course. AoPS Pre-Calculus fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. Conceptually oriented problems that help prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets.
Full-year course. Saxon Pre-Calculus fully integrates topics from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Word problems are developed throughout the problem sets and become progressively more elaborate. With this practice, high-school level students will be able to solve challenging problems such as rate problems and work problems involving abstract quantities. Conceptually oriented problems that help prepare students for college entrance exams (such as the ACT and SAT) are included in the problem sets.
Introduction to Number Theory
One-semester course (Summer). This course will be a challenging introduction to number theory, a look at how integers work, how they can work together, and what patterns we can create. We will cover primes and composites, base numbers, modular arithmetic, linear congruences, special numbers such as palindromes, and much more.
Introduction to Statistics
One-semester course (Fall). This class is ideal for students who have mastered the basics of algebra and want to explore other fields of mathematics. The class will introduce students to interpreting categorical and qualitative data, descriptive statistics (averages, measures of dispersion, types of distributions), conditional probability and the rules of probability, techniques of sampling, making inferences, and justifying conclusions.
Counting and Probability
One-semester course (Spring). This class is ideal for students who have mastered the basics of Algebra and want to explore creative problem solving. The class will strengthen the student’s ability to wrestle with tough problems and explain answers in words. Topics include but are not limited to: permutations, combinations, Pascal’s Triangle, basic combinatorial identities, expected value, fundamentals of probability, geometric probability, the Binomial Theorem, and more.
Astronomy for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course (Spring only). This class studies astronomy at a logic-stage level. Students will use various internet-based sources, time lines, summaries, and outlines to learn about astronomy, from the earliest stargazing to the newest scientific discoveries.
Biology for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Biology for the Logic Stage is a course in the study of life and living things. This course will help us all to better appreciate the creatures around us, understand the marvels of the human body and the magnificent processes of life. Throughout the year, we will investigate why living things look and behave like they do. We will uncover the concepts of cells, DNA, classification and cycles in the biosphere, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, migration and defenses in animals and the human body.
Chemistry for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. This course is designed to provide inquiry-based instruction tailored to logic-stage (middle school) students of chemistry. Specific topics of exploration include the periodic table of elements, properties of matter and solutions, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, biochemistry, and the chemistry of industry. Throughout each unit of study, we will implement and discuss key components of the scientific method. Many of the concepts we explore build on each other, making it essential for students to continually reflect on their understanding of the content. Students will be expected to demonstrate connections through narrative summaries, complete independent and group assignments, collect and analyze data, and compose written scientific reports.
Physics for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Physics for the Logic Stage provides an exploration of the field of physics while teaching the basics of the scientific method. Throughout the year, we will address the concepts of forces and motion, friction and gravity, pressure and work, energy, thermodynamics, sound, light, simple machines, electricity and magnetism.
Full-year course. This course will provide a thorough survey of basic biological principles and topics including but not limited to biochemistry, cell structure and function, heredity, molecular genetics, evolutionary theory, organism diversity, and ecology. Upon completion of the Biology course, successful students will have a mastery of introductory concepts and principles of biology as well as an ability to think scientifically. Students will become more adept at applying their knowledge of biology and the scientific method to real scenarios, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of biological phenomena through laboratory investigation. In the Fall, students will conduct experiments related to the topics of ecology, biochemistry, cell structure and function, and bioenergetics. In the Spring, students will conduct experiments related to the topics of heredity, natural selection, plant diversity, invertebrate diversity, and vertebrate diversity. Course content includes but is not limited to study and application of the experimental method, composition of lab reports, peer review, and presentation of lab results. Biology Lab may be taken in the Fall, the Spring, or in both the Fall and Spring.
Full-year course. This course will provide a survey of basic principles in chemistry. Course content includes but is not limited to the fundamental principles of subatomic, atomic, and molecular structure and bonds; properties of different phases of matter; reduction/oxidation and other chemical reactions; acids and bases; organic chemistry; and other special topics in chemistry.
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of chemistry phenomena through laboratory investigation. Students will conduct experiments related to basic chemistry topics, including ideal gas properties, principles and properties of chemical reactions, solubility and pH, and thermochemistry. Course content includes, but is not limited to, studying and applying the experimental method, composing lab reports, engaging in peer review with classmates, and presenting lab results.
Anatomy and Physiology
Full-year course. This course will provide a thorough survey of the parts and functions of the human body. Course content includes but is not limited to the cellular basis of life, tissue structure and function, the human life cycle, and the inner workings of the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Anatomy and Physiology Lab
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of human anatomy and physiology through laboratory investigation. Students will conduct investigations related to the topics of cell structure and function, skeletal system structure and function, muscle physiology, and nervous system physiology. Course content includes but is not limited to study and application of the experimental method, composition of lab reports, peer review, and presentation of lab results. Anatomy and Physiology Lab may be taken in the Fall, the Spring, or in both the Fall and Spring.
Full-year course. This course will provide a survey of basic principles in physics topics including but not limited to force and motion, properties of atoms and phases of matter, thermodynamics, sound and light waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics topics including relativity and quantum mechanics. The class is structured in the manner of a “flipped” classroom, in which students will watch a video and read material from the textbook to prepare them for a class meeting focused on discussion and mastery of the material. Class assignments and assessments will focus on both conceptual topics and the use of relevant equations.
One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring). This course will provide an in-depth exploration of physical phenomena through laboratory investigation. In the fall, students will investigate topics including force and motion, stability, and energy and momentum. In the spring, students will investigate topics including thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Class meetings and assignments will require students to study and apply the experimental method (including use of relevant equations for data analysis), compose lab reports, engage in peer review with classmates, present lab results, and discuss special topics including scientific ethics and historic experiments in the field of physics. Upon completion of the Physics Lab course, successful students will have become adept at applying their knowledge of physics and the scientific method by designing and carrying out experiments, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, presenting their results for peer comment and review, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.
Expository Writing I
Full-year course. Building pre-rhetoric skills in organization, sentence structure, and research skills. Covers narrative summaries, chronological narratives, descriptions, biographical sketches, and sequences, plus beginning literary essays about both fiction and poetry; one- and two-level outlining; thesaurus use, note-taking, and documentation.
Preparation for Rhetoric Writing
Full-year course. One-year “crash course” preparation for high school rhetoric. Designed for high school students who have missed the prerequisites (at the suggested middle school grades) and need additional training before beginning a formal rhetoric course. Prepares students for entering Rhetoric I.
Full-year course. The first year of a 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. Introduction to the techniques of persuasive writing. Drawing on the extensive written tradition stretching from Plato to Montaigne, this course teaches students how to order their thoughts and words in the great patterns set down over the last few thousand years–patterns which are enriching and powerful.
Full-year course. The third year of the Academy’s 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. This course follows our Rhetoric II class. The focus is on writing mature argumentative essays across a number of topics and in different contexts; advanced skills in research and citation; analysis of modern scholarly essays, advertisements, and other contemporary forms. The materials used in this course are intended for mature high school students.
Single-semester course. Basic English grammar crash course: a survey of essential grammar concepts and skills, for students who do not have a solid grasp of basic grammar. Parts of speech and their uses, mechanics, verb tenses, and fundamental skills in diagramming.
Single-semester course. For students who have a solid understanding of basic grammar concepts. Builds on foundational skills and explores the definitions and functions of all parts of speech, reinforces mechanics, enhances understanding of verb tenses, and practices fundamental skills in diagramming.
Single-semester course. English grammar course for students who have an understanding of parts of speech and their functions but have not studied more advanced sentence structure. We will cover phrases, clauses, complex sentence structure, sentence transformations, and advanced diagramming.
Single-semester course. A truly advanced English grammar course for students who have mastered basic and intermediate concepts but have not studied advanced sentence structure and function. We will cover modifiers, advanced verbs, troublesome grammatical elements, and diagramming.
Creative Writing for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course with full-year option. Creative Writing for the Logic Stage is a semester-long elective course that will meet once per week. We will be exploring different aspects and genres of creative writing through analysis of an assortment of readings and completing various writing exercises.
Creative Non-Fiction Writing for the Rhetoric Stage
Single-semester course (Fall only). A semester-long workshop designed to introduce students to the craft and techniques of creative nonfiction. Students will explore the origins of creative nonfiction while practicing their own writing within the genre. In particular, students will read personal essays, both canonical and contemporary, that exemplify remarkable use of description, narration, characterization, openings, endings, and tension. The readings are aimed at developing the students’ own writing practice. The focus throughout is on identifying and applying specific prose techniques.
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