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Studies In Film

This course will explore the movies and talents of Steven Spielberg, beginning with the many influences on his earliest films and his development of the blockbuster movie. The focus of the class then switches to Spielberg’s career after the blockbusters, including his recent Oscar-nominated works. Special emphasis will be placed on Spielberg influences such as Hitchcock, Ford, Wyler, Kubrick, Curtiz, Lean, etc. The class will also explore the movies’ themes and their significance ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 28

Psychology Through Film

This elective course uses film to help better understand the topics covered in this introductory class. The choice of film will be based on the topic being covered. The structure of the course is to introduce topics in class prior to viewing a film, watch the film and complete a study guide, write an essay and then discuss the film and study guide in class. Through this course students will increase analytical skills, recognize their own psychological and emotional responses to film, learn ho... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 28

Percussion Ensemble

Full Year Course   This ensemble is for gr 7/8 students who are not in Band Ensemble and are interested in learning techniques and performance skills on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The ensemble will perform globally diverse music styles and genres, as well as, their own class composition. This course will take place during the school day and will require an on-campus performance.      Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 14

Advanced Visual Art, Grades 7-8

Full-year course   This course is offered to students in grades 7 and 8 interested in expanding their learning process through visual arts. Students will explore advanced artistic techniques and methods while refining their creative skills. Also, students will explore more of a creative license to develop their creativity and interests while learning about historical  art periods and artists of the world.     Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 14

Drawing for Architects, Designers and Engineers

Before creating a 3-D structure or object, the ability to transfer concepts from imagination to drawings is an important and necessary skill for architects, designers, and engineers. This course focuses on a variety of topics and skills including 1, 2 and 3-point perspective drawing, product rendering, how to draw interiors and exteriors, urban sketching, how to draw vehicles, and orthographic projection basics.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Game Design 

If you’ve ever been interested in creating your own game, this course is for you. Game design is about creating challenges, setting, and achieving goals, and making the world a better place. Games can bring people together or provide a private place for players to escape to. Students will work solo and in teams to create a variety of games including, but not limited to video games as they learn about digital design, audio design, 3d modeling, animation, programming, and project manageme... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

XR (Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are emerging technologies that lead to a wide variety of careers in the fields of engineering, education, games, architecture, and many others. In this course students will use a variety of cutting-edge technologies, such as the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift, to create experiences, worlds, and tools to solve problems and explore these constantly evolving technologies. Students will learn about 3d modeling, audio design and programming.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Multimedia Design

In this course students will learn the design process to create designs such as logos, digital illustration, infographics, 3d package design and web sites using online tools and professional level software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Premier. This class focuses on user centered problem solving and developing creative, innovative solutions.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Robotics (Design, construct, and drive the bot) / Design

Robotics is a course that focuses on different aspects of engineering problem solving and design. This introductory course gives student an idea about the integration of mechanical components, electrical devices, and programming dynamics. Mechanical and electrical components that will be used are factory manufactured, but the idea is to get hands on experience using these together. To integrate the programming field, we will use “OnBot” also the form of “Blockly” slowl... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Facing History & Ourselves 

This is a one year course with resources that have been selected by Facing History and Ourselves that is sequenced in order to deepen the ethical and moral reasoning of students and to challenge their critical thinking and literacy skills. The course is divided into twelve sections that guide students through an in-depth study of the Holocaust and an intellectual and emotional journey through and exploration of universal themes that raise profound and disturbing questions about human behavior... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French III HL  

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.   This course will... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French III SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French II HL 

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.    &nbs... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French II SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.    &nbs... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin III HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.  This course will int... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin III SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.    This course will... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin II HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin II SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin I

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Spanish III HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Jan 27

Spanish III SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more. This course will introduce students ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Jan 27

Literacy, PK3

Learning about literacy is a fundamental skill for all of our Lower School students. This is especially true for our Pre-Kindergarten three-year-olds. Within PK3, students are introduced to phonemic awareness authentically through daily classroom routines and activities. These include small group centers, one-on-one time with their teacher as well as learning different poems and songs to help promote letter recognition. For writing skills, PK3 students gain exposure to the Phonics units of st... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Literacy, JK

Building on skills learned in PK3, our Junior Kindergarten students focus on phonemic awareness authentically through daily classroom routines and activities. Additionally, they learn to recognize and spell snap words and high-frequency sight words, understand rhyming words, and express their learning through pictures and sentences in writing journals. Students also participate in morning meeting messages from teachers to students and daily read-aloud books and independent book choices. Commu... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Literacy, SK - Grade 4

In Senior Kindergarten through fourth grade, literacy skills are taught through the Reading and Writing Workshop model that all of Lausanne's Lower School teachers are trained in at the Columbia University Teachers College. This curriculum model incorporates mini-lessons where skills are explicitly taught through guided reading and writing groups, independent work time and conferring with a teacher and learning specialist. Reading workshop teaches reading and comprehension strategies... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 5

The 5th grade English curriculum integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Different genre novels are explored throughout the year, along with learning to write in that style: Historical fiction, realistic fiction, non-fiction, and Fantasy/Mythology. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewr... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 6

In sixth grade Language and Literature, students enhance their skills in four core areas: analysis, organization, producing text, and using language. We read four core texts: Wonder by RJ Palacio, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Outsiders by SE Hinton, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. With each of these texts, we explore themes of courage, kindness, loyalty, freedom, and the importance of staying true to yourself. Each book also focuses on the variety of ways you can be an upsta... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 7

Students in seventh grade Language & Literature focus on the four Language Arts components: writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students in this course are expected to do the following: engage in independent, self-selected readings as well as teacher-assigned readings; read for meaning and thematic analysis in literature; make associations and connections between literature and real-world concepts; learn to analyze different types of selections (such as short stories, novels, primar... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

English 8

Students in eighth grade Language & Literature focus on the concept of “big ideas” which takes them into lifelong adventures in learning that are both within and across disciplines and subjects. Four key ideas that have been identified as the framework for language and literature are communication, connections, creativity, and perspective, and four objectives are used to set standards for evaluation:  analyzing, organizing, producing text, and using language. In Language &... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP English SL

DP English Literature, Standard Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international-mindedness. Students who successfully compl... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP English HL

DP English Literature, Higher Level, is a course designed to develop and strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a variety of teacher-initiated and student-centered activities. These activities incorporate and advance ideas related to literature, history, culture, political and natural environments, and interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships with the goal of furthering critical thinking and promoting international mindedness. Students who successfully complet... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Prehistory & the Rise of Civilization, Grade 5  

Fifth graders step back in time to learn about Prehistory and the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China and India. They learn about humans' complex lives through the lenses of geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, and social structure. Students use their knowledge to understand the impact on today's world. Etymology is also incorporated as a yearlong vocabulary unit of study focused on the use of Greek morphemes.    Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Ancient History, Grade 6  

In Sixth Grade, students look at present times through Ancient History. We study the major themes of Social Studies like Geography, Economy, Government, and Human Rights through directed Units of inquiry. The course begins with an intentional building of community and understanding of various cultures and diversity. We then move into Human Rights, where students study, reflect on, and evaluate Speeches and, in turn, deliver a Human Rights Speech of their own. We then pick up where fifth grade... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

American History, Grade 7

Students in seventh grade will learn about the history of the United States. From the first Americans up to the 20th Century. As we learn about history, we will be looking at various perspectives on the impact of major events in the past. We will learn about the country's history through eight historical themes:  Patterns of Population    Power    Trade and Exchange   Access to Resources    Expressing Identity    Science, Technology and the Envir... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Global History, Grade 8

In Eighth Grade, our central theme is globalization. Our key focus within globalization is how trade and technology have made the world into a more connected interdependent place but has also led to worldwide conflicts and economic problems. We do this through a series of aligned historical events which are outlined in the following units of study:   The Industrial Revolution   The Age of Imperialism   World War I   The Worldwide Great Depression   The Rise of ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Business SL

The DP Business Management course develops an understanding and application of business theory, principles, and practices through an integrated study of key business functions – organization/management, marketing, human resources, operations and finance. This Standard Level (SL) course provides an examination of how individuals and groups interact in a dynamic and increasingly competitive business and organizational environment with limited resources. It encourages a holistic view of th... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Business HL

The Higher Level (HL) study of Business Management course is a more in-depth study of the concepts and techniques covered in the SL level, with emphasis on strategic analysis and mastery of more complex business quantitative tools and skills. The course culminates with two essay exams based on business case studies. Students will also design a project and formal research paper in which they use primary and secondary research to investigate a real-world challenge facing an existing company, ap... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Economics SL

The purpose of the DP Economics SL course is to encourage students to analyze how individuals, institutions, and societies deal with the central problem of scarcity. In the first year of the course, students will examine this issue from a microeconomic level (decisions made by individuals and specific institutions and firms), as well as macroeconomic (decisions made by entire nations/economies). In the second year of the course, students will explore issues in international economics (free tr... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Economics HL

The purpose of the DP Economics HL course is to encourage students to analyze how individuals, institutions, and societies deal with the central problem of scarcity. In the first year of the course, students will examine this issue from a microeconomic level (decisions made by individuals and specific institutions and firms), as well as macroeconomic (decisions made by entire nations/economies). In the second year of the course, students will explore issues in international economics (free tr... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

IB DP 20th Century History HL

This two-year course is a study of topics in 20th century world history and US history (with an emphasis on globalizing American history). DP History HL consists of three examinations and one internal assessment. For Paper 1, a skills-based assessment, students will examine the beginnings of the Second World War in both Asia and Europe. For Paper 2, students will study world history topics including Authoritarian States (specifically those of Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro); and su... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Social and Cultural Anthropology HL

The social and cultural anthropology course explores humankind in all its diversity through the comparative study of culture and society. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, the environment, globalization, human rights, inequality and poverty, technology, and violence. This course offers critical insight into the continuities as well as dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assu... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Social and Cultural Anthropology SL

The social and cultural anthropology course explores humankind in all its diversity through the comparative study of culture and society. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of contemporary issues, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, the environment, globalization, human rights, inequality and poverty, technology, and violence. This course offers critical insight into the continuities as well as dynamics of social change and the development of societies, and challenges cultural assu... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Psychology SL

The course provides students with an understanding of the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior. Students are encouraged to adopt an integrative approach based on scientific and investigative methods. The areas of psychology that will be addressed during the first year include the physiological origins of human behavior, language and thinking, memory, emotion, and sociocultural interaction. During the second year, students will learn more about ab... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP Psychology HL

DP psychology provides students with an understanding of the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior. Students are encouraged to adopt an integrative approach based on scientific and investigative methods. The areas of psychology that will be addressed during the first year include the physiological origins of human behavior, language and thinking, memory, emotion, and sociocultural interaction. During the second year, students will learn more about... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

DP 20th Century World History

This two-year course is a study of topics in 20th century world history. DP History SL consists of two examinations and one internal assessment. For Paper 1, a skills-based assessment, students will compare Civil Rights in the US and apartheid South Africa. For Paper 2, students will study world history topics including: the causes, practices and effects of 20th century wars (case studies include the Second World War, the Chinese Civil War and the Cuban Revolution); authoritarian states (spec... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math, PK

In PK-4th grade, we use the Everyday Math curriclum from the University of Chicago. In PK, math skills focus include number recognition and counting. Building upon these foundational skills, PK students also learn to connect numbers to quantities through one-to-one correspondence and even beginning concepts of adding together and taking away. All of this is taught through both direct instruction small group lessons and incorporated organically in daily routines such as group time, work time, ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math, JK

In Junior Kindergarten, math skills include building on previous knowledge. By taking number recognition and counting to a new level, students apply their learning and explore deeper concepts such as operations, measurement, graphing, higher level patterning, and positions and spatial relationships. All of this is taught through both direct instruction small group lessons and incorporated organically in daily routines such as group time, work time, and free play with classroom manipulatives. ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math, SK

Students continue to build on mathematical skills from the previous school year, and practice skills as well as gain new skills through math centers. All activities are taught through large and small groups as well as partner games to practice skills as well as work one-on-one with their teacher. Topics covered include numeration, operations and computation, data and chance, measurement, geometry and patterns, functions and algebra. Specific skills for this grade can be found at http://everyd... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 5

This course is aligned with the National Standards for fifth-grade mathematics and focuses on three critical areas. First, the students will become skilled at the addition and subtraction of fractions. They will continue to develop an understanding of the multiplication of fractions and learn to do some simple division of fractions. The students use the meaning of fractions, multiplication and division to understand why the processes for multiplying and dividing fractions make sense. Second, ... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 6

Sixth Grade Math focuses primarily on four areas. First, the sixth-grade math student will continue to build on fifth-grade fractional concepts and relationships and expand on their understanding of fractional division. In addition, the student will extend their understanding of the number system and quantities to include working with rational numbers such as signed integers. They will also apply reasoning about order and absolute value with regard to the location on the coordinate plane. Als... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16

Math 7

Seventh grade integrated math focuses on building skills in all five of the mathematics standards – Number System, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. We will focus on building computation skills, problem-solving strategies, improving communication with a mathematical focus, and reflecting upon the findings. The course will stress the essential role of mathematics within the school and in society: mathematics as a universal language, promoting analytical reasoning and pro... Read More
Posted by Steven Russell at Aug 16