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Please note: Summer classes begin June 10 and Summer Grace Period ends June 30th. Fall classes start August 19 and Fall Grace Period ends September 15th.
Music History & Appreciation
One-semester course. Students will work through the major periods of western music history to gain an understanding of how music developed and how it both shaped and reflected the cultural changes of the time. This course will allow students to discuss music as it relates to major historical events; to see the innovation in each type of music; to know the historical value of major composers’ contributions to culture; and to learn how to listen carefully to music and analyze it using vocabulary we have learned.
Japanese Culture Through Film
Summer course. For decades, the animated films and TV series of Japan have delighted audiences throughout the world. But how closely related are the Japan of anime and the Japan of the real world? What can we learn about the history and culture of the Japanese people through their most famous and popular films? Students will explore these and related questions in this friendly seminar-style introduction to Japanese history, folklore, and pop culture.
Summer French Reading Club
Summer course. The French Summer Reading Club is designed to keep French students practicing their language skills and engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading and learn about the French language and the countries around the world where it is spoken.
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
One-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.
Mythology for the Logic Stage
One-semester course (Spring only). In this course, we will study Greek and Roman myths as told by ancient authors such as Hesiod, Homer, and Ovid. We will learn how these ancient civilizations used stories of gods, monsters, heroes, and transformations to better understand the world around them, and what the myths tell us about their cultures. We’ll also compare these stories to mythology in other traditions, explore the impact of classical mythology on literature, art, and culture of later time periods, and discover elements of mythology in the world around us today. At the end of the course, students will use their knowledge of the functions and common themes of mythology to create their own modern myths.
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.
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 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.
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.
Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
Single-semester course (Spring only). Introduction to Ethics and Moral Philosophy challenges the high school student to learn and to acquire the skills necessary to think about, analyze, and discuss ethical dilemmas. This course will center around a three-fold theme of questions regarding the meaning of the word “Good.”—“What is the Good?”, “How can we know what is the Good?”, and “Can we live the Good in our lives?” The course will examine seminal texts from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant, among others, and will continue to examine contemporary ethical issues through the lens provided by these classic authors. Because this will be the first introduction for many students to these key thinkers, the passages selected will be abbreviated and the student’s work will focus on learning how to read these key thinkers and consider the questions they ask.
Summer Reading Club 1
Summer course. The WTMA Summer Reading Club is designed to keep logic-stage students engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. Course Theme: “Unlikely Heroes and Epic Adventures”
Summer Reading Club 2
Summer course. The WTMA Summer Reading Club is designed to keep logic-stage students engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. Course Theme: “Magical Worlds and Talking Beasts”
One-semester course (Fall). In this course, students will go through a representative collection of some of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays, with a focus on enjoyment and appreciation of the Bard’s work. They will examine Shakespeare within his own context, how his works derive and relate to earlier literature and history, and Shakespeare’s prolific legacy in our world today.
The Graphic Novel: Between the Panels
One-semester course (Fall). This class aims to instill an understanding of graphic literature and how to read it. From the most basic elements of page and panel construction, to the psychological foundations of pictorial representation and image architecture, the student will emerge from the course equipped to analyze and assess all manner of graphic literature. Given its inherent ability to blur the boundaries separating text from image, silence from speech, sequential art—comics and graphic novels—is uniquely poised to pursue subjects that are equally resistant to categorization. In fact, it is this ability to distort and reconfigure expectations that makes thinking of the comic as simply a hybrid work of prose and graphics a wild underestimation. Because, when all is said and done, what happens between the panels, in the formal emptiness where both image and text end, is what allows the graphic novel to reveal so much about how and why we do what we do.
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.
Study Skills for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course. This course will provide direct instruction in such basic academic skills as close reading, note-taking, material review, and quiz and test preparation. The course will also emphasize study routines, strategies for meeting deadlines, personal organization, filing and storage of academic materials, and time management.
Study Skills with Introduction to Online Learning
Summer course. This course will cover the basics of successfully participating in and completing an online class. We will cover navigating the online classroom environment, engaging in productive online discussions, and computer literacy. The course will also emphasize note taking, time management, meeting deadlines, study strategies, and personal organization skills that can be applied in all class settings.
Life Skills for the Young Adult
Single-semester course (Spring). Life Skills for the Young Adult will serve as an introduction to the knowledge every young adult will need to successfully navigate the world. The foundation of the course is a focus on sound personal finance practices, combined with the ability to intentionally set personal and financial goals, and how to evaluate and achieve those goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
Kinesiology & Nutrition II: Nutrition and Healthy Choices for the Active Student
Single-semester course (Spring only). In Kinesiology & Nutrition II: Nutrition and Healthy Choices for the Active Student, students will examine the basic of nutrition, including the recommended dietary guidelines; selection, preparation, and serving of nutritious foods; building a strong foundation of lifelong nutrition; and the pitfalls of fad diets and other shortcuts that appear under the guise of nutrition.
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