High School Algebra
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:45 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
In this year-long course students will learn Algebra I at the high school level. The course will include teacher examples, students working collaboratively and individually on classwork, as well as some project and peer teaching opportunities. Students will study essential algebra skills such as equations, polynomials, quadratic equations, graphing linear equations, graphing quadratic equations, exponential expressions, inequalities, functions, and more. For more information, click here to view the full description in the course catalog.
High School Biology
Monday and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
This comprehensive course will cover all major topics typically covered in a high school level biology course with an emphasis on laboratory investigations. Students will begin their studies by examining the chemistry of life. Next, we will delve into the intricate workings of the cell, examining cell structure and processes. This will lead us into how proteins are made and the exciting field of genetics. Further topics of study will include: evolution, ecology, taxonomy, zoology, botany and human biology. This is a high school level academic course, and enrolled students should be committed to daily study (five days per week). A textbook resource and lab notebook will be required. Students will take class notes; perform lab experiments and dissections (including a frog); complete lab reports; and participate in class activities designed to reinforce core concepts in biology. Students will be expected to complete assigned reading and written homework, as well as research papers, one long-term project, and class presentations. For a more detailed course description, click here!
2019-2020: a-g credit offered by: Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain
2019-2020 high school credit offered by: Springs Charter
Fundamentals of Drawing for teens!
The fundamental skills of all art and design disciplines, whether in fine arts or commercial arts, start with observational drawings (life drawing). Although this class will have a heavy emphasis on drawing from life as it will help students develop their perceptual and pictorial skills, there will be plenty of opportunities for students to express their creativity. Learn about composition, perspective, lines, planes, and the dynamics of light. Students will work with a wide range of traditional materials such as graphite (pencil), graphite sticks, conte, chalk pastel, charcoal sticks, charcoal pencils but also explore non-traditional materials such as twigs, toothpicks, Q-tips, and other found objects.
This class is not designed as a stand-alone class for high school credit.
High School Classic Literature & Composition
Monday and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
9th-10th Grade Classic Literature & Composition is designed to involve the student in applying reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in an independent manner through meaningful interdisciplinary tasks. Students will first develop an appreciation for literature through the study of literary elements in classic selections. With a literary emphasis placed on classic world literature and non-fiction, students will craft expository, argumentative, rhetorical, and literary analysis writing responses in addition to writing a research paper. For more detailed information, click here!
High School Shakespearean Literature & Composition
Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
11th-12th Grade Shakespearean Literature & Composition is designed to involve the student in applying reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in an independent manner through meaningful interdisciplinary tasks. Students will first develop an appreciation for literature through the study of literary elements throughout a variety of genres. With a literary emphasis placed on Shakespearean drama and thematic threads that connect the plays with selections of British and American novels, short stories, essays, speeches, poetry, and the U.S. constitutional amendments, students will craft expository, argumentative, rhetorical, and comparative literary analysis writing responses in addition to writing a research paper. For a more detailed course description click here!
High School Physics
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.
This is a lab-based College Prep course in the fundamental principles of Classical Physics exploring the key concepts of Newton's laws to understand how and why objects move, with particular emphasis on the laws of conservation of energy and momentum. These ideas are then applied to systems as we explore the laws of thermodynamics, simple harmonic motion, and wave propagation. Finally, we apply these universal principles to understand the physics of electricity and magnetism. The final unit explores a research topic in modern physics. Click here to find out more information about the Physics class.
High School United States History
In this course we will begin by learning about the roots of American history from the colonial years and Civil War while then taking a special focus on the Modern Era including the 20th century and beyond. The class will cover American history in chronological order with special emphasis on certain themes that include: domestic and cultural issues, foreign engagements and conflicts, policy and Supreme Court cases that changed history, people who shaped our nation, and a general understanding of how the United States developed and defined itself in the last 150 years. Students will engage in class discussions and note-taking, written activities including research assignments and creative historical fiction, class presentations, cultural assignments including independently visiting museums and independently watching films related to content covered, and other inter-disciplinary projects. The goal of the class is to provide multiple view points on US History while enriching student understanding of how our past shapes our present.. For more information, click the class link here.
2019-2020 a-g credit offered by: Inspire, Sage Oak
2019-2020 high school credit offered by: Springs Charter
***Coming In 2020-2021!***
High School Chemistry
High School World History
High School World Literature & Composition
Can my student receive a-g credit for your high school classes?
The Arbor itself is not a credit-granting institution; however, many of the charter schools for whom we are a vendor give a-g credit to students taking Arbor high school classes. Please check with your charter to confirm.
How often do high school classes meet?
With the exception of High School Intro to Engineering Elective which meets only once per week, Arbor high school classes meet twice per week on Mondays and Wednesdays for 75 minutes each time for 30 weeks.
How many students are in each class?
Arbor classes generally max at 12 students unless they are team-taught, in which case they max at 16 students. Often high school classes are smaller than 12 students.
Do students receive grades for high school classes?
Yes. Students receive a semester grade that includes graded assignments, quizzes, chapter tests, and a final test or project each semester
Do the science classes meet a lab requirement?
Arbor high school science classes all feature a significant amount of time spend on lab experiments. Many charter schools do give credit for a lab science course, but please confirm with your charter.
What does it mean that the Literature & Composition class is on a two-year cycle?
We have two Literature & Composition classes that incorporate 9th and 10th grade requirements. One year focuses on a combination of American and British Literature, and one year focuses on World Literature. The classes are offered every other year.
Can a child join a High School class mid year?
If a family is considering joining a high school class mid-year the instructor's approval is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you into contact with the teachers to discuss the potential of joining the class. It is recommend to join as early as possible.