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High School Courses - Christ Episcopal School

High School Courses Offered


Freshman English (English I or English I-Honors)          one credit                   Full year

Freshman English is essentially a survey course offering extensive inquiry into writing and literary analysis.  In this course, literature study focuses on varying themes that are traced through pieces from around the world, both canonical and non-canonical.  Heavy focus is placed upon literary analysis and response as thinking in depth about a text is how we make meaning.  Composition study requires the students write both analytically and creatively in several modes for a variety of purposes and audiences.


American Literature (English II or English II-Honors)  one credit                   Full year

American Literature provides a study of literature and qualities of writing that are uniquely American and allow for students to develop an understanding not only on impactful themes throughout American history and literature but also to develop an understanding of what it means to identify oneself as American.  The literature that is studied varies from year to year as our students vary from year to year, but significant literary analysis is required in every instance.  Composition study requires that students write both analytically and creatively in several modes for a variety of purposes and audiences (with requirements and expectations exceeding those of freshman English).  Students work towards creating a major piece of writing by year’s end (some examples of this major piece might be a multi-genre research paper, a lyric essay, or a large research paper).

World Literature (English III)                                            one credit                   Full year

British/World Literature provides a study of literature and qualities of writing that are representatives of cultures and people from around the world (with a heavy first semester focus on British Literature).  Literary pieces span time and region and will vary from year to year just as our student body does but as in every course taught by our English department, quality of in depth literary analysis is paramount.  Composition study requires that students write both analytically and creatively in several modes for a variety of purposes and audiences (with requirements and expectations exceeding those of freshman English and American Literature).  Students also work towards creating a major piece of writing by the year’s end (some examples of this major piece might be a multi-genre research paper, a lyric essay, or a large research paper).


Advanced Placement Language and Composition            one credit                   Full year

Advanced Placement Language and Composition is essentially a college level writing course in which rhetorical strategy and structure is explored in depth both through the writings of others as well through student composition.  Our readings differ in this course from others, as the focus is very heavily centered on non-fiction pieces.  Students are now analyzing the composition itself and the strategies employed by the writer rather than the usual literary analysis where they are looking more for the meaning buried in the text.  Writing is obviously at the core of this class, so students should expect to compose abundantly in various forms for various purposes.  All students sit for the Advanced Placement Examination in May.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition           one credit                   Full year

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition requires intensive study and close reading of texts of merit from various genres and periods.  Though a variety of texts will be read, students should expect to become very familiar with a few of them.   As a reader at this level, students should take the time to dig into the literary work and its complexity and to analyze the textual detail as well as the historical context.  Interpretation and evaluation of the texts read will be represented in composition.  As always, students will be required to write personal responses to the literature read, but will also be expected to compose essays that reflect analysis of language and structure, analysis of artistry, examination of social values, etc.

Senior Speak                                                                         one-half credit           One Semester

Senior Speak is a senior project reflective of the individual and a self-selected course of study.  At the start of the senior year, a theme or topic of interest is chosen by the student with the intent of further investigation.  In years past, students have selected topics such as conjoined twins, the increasing violence of male characters on television, Ulysses, critical pedagogy, and many others.  One a topic is selected and approved, students then begin their inquiry through the reading and evaluation of several texts, both fiction and non-fiction.  It is the expectation that through broadening the individual’s understanding of the topic, he/she will then better be able to select a topic to research further.  The ultimate goal of this project is the composition of a 10-15 paged research paper on the specific area of interest on which the student is now an expert, as well as an evening presentation in the style of a TED talk.  This self driven study is the capstone to our English program, and one that reflects the individual as well as his/her accomplishments as a thinker and a writer thus far.

Shakespeare                                                               one-half credit          One Semester

In this course students are exposed to a variety of works composed by William Shakespeare in an effort to better understand the origin of components of our current dialect as well as to investigate the timeless relevance of issues and themes such as ambition, power, love, isolation, etc.  Texts studied in this course will vary from year to year but broadly consist of a sonnet study, a look at how tragedies and comedies are similar yet not, and if time a study of one of the histories.

Fiction                                                                      one-half credit          One Semester

Fiction is a discussion-based course that gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into the world of fiction. Not only do students in this course read, analyze and discuss quality texts, but they also consider what qualities are present in works of great fiction as well as what writers have to do to include them.  Short fiction is studied and discussed as are novels. Particular texts and themes for the course change from year to year but the rigor of the study does not.

Poetry                                                                       one-half credit          One Semester

A semester long poetry seminar is offer once a year as students request it regularly, so its content varies from year to year.  However, what is guaranteed is that students work under the premise that in order to understand poetry and to really study it, they need to work from two angles:

  1. Understanding what it means to be a poet
  2. Understanding the craft of the composition

This class elicits challenges in both directions. Mentor text poems are read and studied for their craft and young poets seek their own mentor texts as well to better understand what moves them and who they are as a writer. Once grounded in the form, they begin to write their own poems and to work as a community of writers to better them.

Creative Writing                                                         one-half credit          One Semester

Creative Writing is a workshop based seminar in which students study the craft of writing creatively in a variety of forms and work to plan, compose, and revise their own texts. Students in this course will have the opportunity to work play with words and structures as they write poetry, short fiction, songs, etc. A writers circle exists in this class as a place to share our work and to receive commentary and critique from our fellow writers to allow us to move forward with our revisions and with our craft.

Harlem Renaissance                                                    one-half credit          One Semester

This course is a study of the art, music, and writing of the Harlem Renaissance. Here, students will be immersed into the time period and the experience of African American writers, artists, and musicians of the time period. Appreciating music of Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton is just the beginning of the excursion.  Representative writers include Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, and Langston Hughes. Of importance as well is to look at the flip side and to study works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and others to see how race truly divided the American experience.

20th Century Literature                                                one-half credit          One Semester

This discussion-based course allows students to dive into the literature of the 20th century. This course is not U.S. centric in that students are attempting to better understand the 20th century experience globally and not just regionally. Texts are selected to reflect that objective but also present students with rigorous coursework and the opportunity to be involved in deeper class discussions.  Short fiction and longer pieces as well as poetry and non-fiction are included in this course.


Myth and Literature                                                     one-half credit          One Semester

This course offers students the opportunities to not only investigate mythology from around the world and to understand its intent and purpose, but also allows for exploration of how mythology has influenced literature throughout time.  In addition to the reading and study of myths, other works studied include poetry, novels, film/drama, and short fiction.


Vonnegut: The Questions and The Answers to A Moral American Society  one-half credit            One Semester

Kurt Vonnegut remains a polarizing figure in American literature.  With the publication of Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut became a voice for many who held strong beliefs about war and corruption within the government; however, to others, he was seen as a traitor and being unpatriotic to America.  Through science fiction, humor, and bluntness, Vonnegut questions some of the core beliefs of the perceptions of the foundation of America.  In this class, we will find some of the questions Vonnegut posed to us, that we all, as American citizens, should ask ourselves, while also attempting through his other texts and contemporary writings of the day to answer some of the questions Vonnegut has left behind for us, while also understanding why it is that we believe what we do.


Psychology and Fiction                                                        one-half credit           One Semester

It has often been said that art imitates life or life imitates art; so, if that is the case, there should be some understanding of the human psyche in both what we read and what we watch in movies and on television. In this course, we will study some of the most notable theories of psychology while applying those theories to texts (both visual and written) in order to understand a new perspective of the texts, a new perspective of the authors, and a new perspective of ourselves.  As we delve into the minds of authors and texts, we will counter that with our own belief system to uncover not only how we would react in a certain situation but also why would we react that way.  We will attempt to diagnose characters within texts, and the texts themselves.  In addition to the reading and analysis of texts, we will spend a semester exploring a television series through a psychological perspective as we compose our thoughts in essay form and also we will create creative pieces which explore some of the same psychological topics discussed in class,


Speech I, II                                                                            One Credit                 Full Year


Speech is designed to develop individual public speaking skills, broaden understanding of human communication, and to study and apply core historical and contemporary theories of persuasive argumentation. All speaking involves a series of choices regarding vocal presentation, argument construction, and physical affect that, whether made consciously or by default, project information about the speaker and his or her topic. This course provides training in effective vocal, verbal, and nonverbal communication through a progression of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice, augment self-awareness, focus on the connection of breath and sound, free and release the voice and develop precise articulation.  In this course the student discovers and develops his or her own unique voice through critical analysis of persuasive messages, speech writing of various message types, and oral interpretation of mentor texts. To this end, students will develop keen listening skills and work with fellow students as peer tutors to achieve course goals.


Debate/Speech                                                                       One Credit                 Full Year

This course was developed to support the competitive tasks of CES High School Speech & Debate team.  Students work in collaborative groups and are coached individually in their categories.  The program encourages the inclusion of students new to the debate style of interaction.

Fine Arts

Art Studio I                                                                           One Credit                 Full Year

This year long studio course is an introduction to the fundamental skills and concepts of the visual arts.  Students work with a variety of media through the study of drawing design, painting, ceramics and sculpture.  Discussions, class critiques, writing assignments and field trips to museums and galleries will develop the ability to respond, analyze and interpret their own artwork and the work of others.

Art Studio II, III                                                                   One Credit                 Full Year

Building from Art Studio I, this year long studio course is for the student interested in developing in-depth art-making skills.  Students will work with a variety of media through the study of drawing, design, painting, ceramics and sculpture while working to develop their individual style and creative problem solving skills.  Discussions, class critiques, writing assignments and field trips to museums and galleries will develop the ability to respond, analyze and interpret their own artwork and the work of others.

Art Studio IV                                                                         One Credit                 Full Year

Art Studio IV is designed for the serious art student to work on his or her individual portfolio.  Students submit a proposal and develop a body of work that demonstrates their skill and personal interests.  Emphasis is placed on the creative process of problem solving with the instructor acting as a coach.

Fine Arts Survey                                                                   One Credit                 Full Year

Fine Arts Survey provides a large scope inquiry into the Arts of the Western tradition with an emphasis on visual art, music, drama, dance, as well as a consistent look to architecture and design.  The course consists of a broad study of aesthetic theory and the development of the Arts in the West. Course activities include participatory tasks in creative expression, individual inquiry into significant artistic movements and artists, critical analysis papers, field trips, journaling, lectures, essay reading and response, video presentations, class discussions, and tests.  Students will write critically about the formal aspects of art as well as investigate the social, political, and economic factors operating in the art event. Through individual projects and the ability to zoom in on topics of interest, students also construct a sense of his or her personal appreciation for art. Successful completion of this course fulfills CES High School and Louisiana State credit requirements in the Fine Arts.


Theater Tech I          I                                                                      One Credit                             Full Year

This course examines Theatrical stage set design and construction, costume design and production, finishing techniques, stage equipment uses and safety, scene shop equipment uses and safety.  Technical theater includes design and use of intelligent lighting and computer controlled lighting, stage sound techniques and practices including use of wireless microphones and sound effects, special effects and backstage crew practices and safety.  This course supports all school productions.


Theater Tech II                                                                                 One Credit                             Full Year

Advanced Technical Theater is a continued course of study in the design and production elements of theater.  Students will build upon and refine their skills in scenic design and construction, sound and lighting, and work as members of the crew for performances.  Students are encouraged to specialize in a particular discipline, and to further hone the design and production crafts.  This course supports all school productions.

Theatre  Performance  I                                                       One Credit                             Full Year

Theatre I—Fine Arts/Speech Credit

An introduction to the fundamental skills and concepts of theatre arts. The course focuses on physical, vocal and speech development for actors, as well as skills for playwriting, direction, and design with a study of text analysis, scene study, improvisation, monologue, ensemble performance, and devised theatre. This course emphasizes the multi-disciplinary aspect of theatre and encourages those who are interested to participate and learn about theatre performance, playwriting, design, and direction. This class can provide either a fine arts or a speech credit.

Theatre Performance II                                                       One Credit                             Full Year

Building from skills and knowledge base of Theatre I, students focus on discipline areas of interest in theater: acting, directing, and dramatic writing for drama and musical theater. The course is project-based with deeper instruction in ensemble and individual performance techniques, directing styles, playwriting, and working with play and musical scripts. Students select projects to develop and present.  This advanced course focuses on helping the student with his or her college goals in theatre and performing arts.  Fine Arts Credit.


Theatrical Costume Design and Beginning Execution                 One Credit                             Full Year

This beginning level costume design and workshop course is designed for students with an interest in theatrical design and exploring the depths of costume design, construction and application. Students will develop and craft designs based on script, directorial concepts as well as character analysis. Students will learn through exercises using the skills of research, design concept, rendering and execution. Foundation skills include accurate historical reference and the psychological influence of costuming in a production. Rendering of designs will be used to present and communicate during this process. Construction skills include basic sewing construction, pattern making and use and beginning crafting of armature for costuming beyond apparel. Students in this course will lend support the costuming needs of CES performances when applicable and also accept the challenge exercises to build a solid beginning foundation in costume design.


Drama as Literature                                                                        One Credit                             Full Year

This course provides a strong foundation for an understating and appreciation of plays as literature and as a vital form of artistic expression and shaping of society. Students analyze play texts, explore dramatic writing, and learn aspects of play production and performance styles around the world.


AP Art History                                                                                 One Credit                             Full Year

AP Art History is designed to provide the same benefits to high school students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history. The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within a diverse historical and cultural context. In the course, students will examine major forms of artistic expression from the Paleolithic Age up to the 21st century. The course will teach students to understand works of art through visual analysis but also through an examination of the historical and cultural context of the work. While we will discuss artistic techniques, materials, and design principles, we will also explore issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, function, and ethnicity. Students will learn to look at works of art in a critical manner, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to analyze what they see. For the majority of the class, we will focus on artwork in European and American traditions, but we will also examine artwork from cultures in China, Japan, Ancient Egypt, the Islamic World, and the Ancient Near East.  No prior experience in studio art or art history is necessary to take the course. The course does require a high degree of commitment to academic work as it is designed to meet college standards.



Western Civilization                                                            One Credit                             Full Year


The purpose of the Western Civilization course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.  This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective faculty knowledge and appropriate analytical skills.  The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.  It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.  The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage.  Special emphasis is placed on examining the causes and effects of various military, cultural, and political events in history and on interpreting and contextualizing primary texts and documents.


Civics                                                                                      One Credit                             Full Year

Civics is a required program in the curriculum and can only have the substitution of AP American Government as a curriculum opportunity.  This academic course covers several aspects of government.  Civics will explore the origins of the American democratic system while looking at how the constitution embodies the values and purposes set up by the founding fathers.  The structure and function of the government will be analyzed on a national, state, and local level while showing how each level is interrelated.  This will launch the class into discussing how constitutional values relate to other nations and world affairs. Throughout the course we will focus on how the people play an active role in government and the importance each citizen contributes to society.  The course is normally offered to high school juniors and seniors.

AP American Government and Politics                             One Credit                             Full Year

The AP course on U.S. Government and Politics will give students an analytic perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics, the analyses of specific case studies and current events. The purpose of this course is to increase the understanding of the American political system, its framework, traditions and values, and to have the student pass the AP National Exam. This course is concerned with the nature of the American political system, its development over the past 200 years, and how it continues to function today. We will examine in detail the principal processes and institutions through which the political system functions, as well as some of the public policies which these institutions implement. This course will encourage informed participation in the political process and better citizenship.


American History                                                                 One Credit                 Full Year

Beginning with the arrival of the first Americans via the Berignia Land Bridge and continuing through the modern era, the American History course examines the on-going consequences of the interaction between Indigenous, African, and European cultures, the political and physical geography of the United States, and the events and personages that have helped to shape the American Republic.  History is about perspective, interpretation, evaluation, and analysis of available data, so in-class weekly writing assignments allow students to present their insights and opinions while continuing to improve their analytical and writing skills.  Lecture and primary documents emphasize chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative.  The study of history is essential in dealing with contemporary issues as it provides better insight, context and comprehensive understanding of the present, making the course relevant and personal for students.


AP European History                                                           One Credit                 Full Year

The Advanced Placement program in European History is designed as a college-level survey course that introduces students to the rich political, cultural, social, and intellectual heritage of Europe. It is designed to prepare students to be successful on the AP European History Exam while providing them the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will form a useful foundation for their continuing educational endeavors.  In addition to providing a basic exposure to the factual narrative, the goals of Advanced Placement European History are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to express that in writing. The course includes history as both content and methodology. Emphasis is placed on students developing intellectual and academic skills including effective analysis of primary sources, effective note taking, clear and precise written expression, and the ability to weigh the evidence and reach conclusions on the basis of facts.


AP United State History                                                      One Credit                 Full Year

AP U.S. History is a challenging course that is designed to be the equivalent of a freshman
college course. It is a two semester survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay
writing and interpretation of original documents. The goals of this class are to provide students with the opportunity to receive college credit, improve writing and research skills, and foster a passion for U.S. History and higher level learning. Themes of great importance are identity,
peopling, ideas, beliefs, culture, work, exchange, technology, environment, geography, politics, power, and America’s place in the world. Students learn the skill of historical research and writing.  After critical analysis and evaluation of authentic source materials, students synthesize the information as it relates to an historical event or year. The distinguishing characteristic of this course is the emphasis on analytical and interpretive writing.


World History                                                                       One Credit                 Full Year

This course explores Europe’s interactions with various parts of the globe from the Middle Ages through World War II.  Beginning with the Crusades, students will examine the cultural, economic, technological and diplomatic exchanges that shaped Europe and the United States between the time periods 1000-1960 AD.  Special emphasis is placed on examining the causes and effects of various military, cultural, and political events in history and on interpreting and contextualizing primary texts and documents.


Psychology                                                                             One Credit                 Full Year

This course introduces students with information that all individuals encounter not only concerning themselves but in their relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances. Students will learn about themselves – determining what influences their thoughts and behavior, as well as the best way to learn, how to improve their memory, how to handle stress and how to apply positive psychological concepts to their own lives.  Topics covered in the first semester include past and current perspectives of psychology, perception, nature vs nurture, states of consciousness, memory, learning and the symbiotic relationship between taking care of your brain and their own happiness and success.  The second semester we focus on human growth and development, personality, handling stress, motivation and emotion and ends with a unit on the basic areas of mental illness: abnormal behavior, treatments and therapy.  Class time is divided between lecture, films, discussion, readings current articles from scholarly journals as well as magazines such as BrainWorld, Psychology Today and Scientific American Mind.  Ted Talks and many other informational, yet entertaining, videos are utilized to demonstrate the exciting new concepts developing in neuroscience.


The Holocaust

This course allows students to encounter different kinds of representations and narratives that attempt to engage and make sense of the Nazi Holocaust of European Jewry. This endeavor is educative in two major ways: one, students will learn of the history of European Jewry and Anti-Semitism and absorb how witnesses of the Holocaust made narratives of their experiences, and two, students will be made to grapple with the complexity of representing such horrific human events as they are translated into novels, memoirs, documentaries, and feature films. Students will also be challenged with composing a longer analytical essay that must gain a critical perspective on its topic, make arguments about the themes and central issues of its subject text, and support such arguments with analysis of the text itself. See below for weekly schedule of readings, lectures, and activities.


The Mathematics curriculum is composed of two tracks—a traditional sequence of courses taught with lecture and drill intended to meet standard graduation requirements, and an integrated sequence of courses taught as colloquia (Harkness method) for students who have demonstrated a high degree of motivation.


Algebra I                                                                                One Credit                 Full Year

Algebra 1 is an introductory course designed to provide a solid foundation for the continued study of higher mathematics.  Objectives of the program include an understanding of variables, expressions, and equations and their use in problem solving.  This course explores the foundations of Algebra through a study of properties, and basic axioms.  Topics will be emphasized that include a focus on factoring and quadratic equations along with exponents and a system of equations.  Development of application skills in numerous problem-solving situations encourages the development of critical thinking skills.


Geometry                                                                               One Credit                 Full Year

This Geometry course continues the development of concepts in Algebra I and Geometry but also introduces some of the concepts needed in Trigonometry and some advanced math courses. The textbook used is Geometry by Glencoe McGraw Hill. Comprehension of important vocabulary and formulas is needed, but students are also encouraged to participate in lesson presentations by using questioning, peer teaching, and thinking skills.


Algebra II                                                                              One Credit                 Full Year

This Algebra II course continues the development of concepts in Algebra I and also introduces some of the concepts needed in Trigonometry and some advanced math courses. The text book used is Algebra and Trigonometry, Structure and Method, Book 2, by McDougall and Littell. Comprehension of important vocabulary and formulas is needed, but students are encouraged to participate in lesson presentations by using peer teaching and questioning and thinking skills.


Algebra III                                                                             One credit                              Full year

Math Essentials is a terminating mathematics course offered at the senior level of high school in mathematics for those students who are less skilled in their development of proficiency and competence in the learning of appropriate benchmark levels of math.  This program concentrates on Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and basic levels of Trigonometry.  This program requires the recommendation of the mathematics department and the high school division head in order to enroll.


Advanced Mathematics                                                       One Credit                 Full Year

The course covers traditional pre-calculus topics from a functional perspective. Topics include functional notation, concepts, and transformations, linear functions, polynomial and rational functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities are also investigated.  This course is taught in a lecture/drill format.  Text: Pre-calculus, An Investigation of Functions, David Lippman and Melonie Rasmussen, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


Pre-Calculus                                                                          One Credit                 Full Year

The Pre-Calculus course is an in depth study of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions during the first semester and is an expansion of the program offered in Advanced Mathematics.  It is a study of trigonometry during the second semester.  In both semesters students are asked to analyze functions both from an algebraic perspective as well as graphically viewed.  In addition, students study conic sections and their relations are derived using a locus of point analysis.


Calculus I                                                                              One Credit                 Full Year

Calculus is a first year course in differential and integral calculus of real-valued functions of one variable.  The functions covered in this program are the algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions.  The topics are limits, continuity, derivatives, maximum-minimum and related rates word problems, Curve-sketching, indefinite and definite integrals, area, volume, and techniques of integration.  Pertinent topics in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are reviewed at appropriate times and opportunities.  The incorporation of advanced technology is part and parcel of the program.


Calculus II                                                                             One Credit                 Full year

This extension of Calculus I is for students who desire to take an additional year of mathematics but choose not to enroll in AP Calculus AB.  This second year of Calculus reviews the concepts of differential and integral calculus functions of one variable.  Improper integrals, infinite series, parameterized curves, polar coordinates, and first and second order differential coefficients are included in the focus on the material.


AP Calculus AB                                                                    One Credit                 Full Year

The curriculum for this program in differential and integral calculus is developed and prepared by the College Board.  The purpose of the course is to prepare students for the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Examination.  The College Board has designed a program “developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications.”  The course does emphasize an approach to calculus which is multi-representational, “with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.”  .


Algebra I-H                                                               One Credit                 Full Year

The course focuses on developing the ability to read problems carefully, analyze them, and develop appropriate abstract algebraic models for their solutions. Topics include real numbers, linear and quadratic equations and graphs, distinguishing linear data from nonlinear data, inequalities, the basic rules of exponents, and other traditional Algebra I topics.  The course is taught as a colloquium.  Phillips Exeter Academy Mathematics 1 problem set, http://www.exeter.edu/documents/math1all.pdf


Geometry-H                                                              One Credit                 Full Year

Mathematics 2 is a geometry course tied to algebraic processes. Students investigate lines, polygons, and vectors in both two and three dimensions. Right-triangle trigonometry is introduced, as are circles and parabolas, the latter viewed from a focus-directed definition. Linear motion is explored, using parametric equations in two and three dimensions. Optimal paths of travel are investigated with the use of graphing calculator applications. Similarity and congruence are studied by means of plane transformations—dilations and isometrics. Attention to the concurrence of special lines in a triangle allows for linear data analysis by the use of median-median lines.

The course is taught as a colloquium.  Phillips Exeter Academy Mathematics 2 problem set,



Algebra II-H                                                             One Credit                 Full Year

The purpose of the course is to enable students to expand their view of algebra and geometry to include nonlinear motion and nonlinear functions. The investigation encompasses circular motion and the functions that describe it, ellipses and hyperbolas, exponential and logarithmic functions, and dot products and matrices. Logarithms are used to straighten nonlinear data, and matrices are used to describe geometric transformations and various patterns of growth. Combinatorics and recursion are introduced, leading to the binomial theorem. Instantaneous rates of change and slopes of nonlinear graphs are approximated by means of difference quotients.  The course is taught as a colloquium.  Phillips Exeter Academy Mathematics 3 problem set,

http://www.exeter.edu/documents/math3all.pdf.  This course is a continuation of Mathematics 3.


Pre-Calculus-H                                                                     One Credit                 Full Year

This four-term sequence presents a comprehensive and inductive approach to calculus. Working within contexts whenever possible, key concepts are developed with applications in mind. Stu- dents learn to read the language of differential equations and to appreciate that the two principal divisions of calculus—differential (rate problems) and integral (accumulation problems)—are unified by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  The course is taught as a colloquium.
Phillips Exeter Academy Mathematics 1 problem set, http://www.exeter.edu/documents/math1all.pdf.


Calculus I-H                                                              One Credit                 Full Year

This course re-examines the differentiation and integration processes and investigates topics such as partial derivatives, level curves and gradients, moving frame description for space curves, the analysis of critical points, double and triple integrals, line integrals, vector analysis, the classical quadric surfaces, Lagrange multipliers, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, and Jacobean matrices.  The course is taught as a colloquium.  Phillips Exeter Academy Mathematics 5 problem set, http://www.exeter.edu/documents/math5all.pdf


Physical Education

The Physical Education program is focused on providing every student with a foundation of movement experiences and knowledge that eventually lead to an active and healthy lifestyle.  The program provides opportunities for students to learn how to move and to enjoy the process of discovering and exploring new ways to move.  The activities emphasize self-improvement, participation, and cooperation instead of winning and losing.  Every opportunity is taken to help each student be successful at the task.  There is an adequate of equipment so that each student is actively participating in the learning experience and not waiting in line.  The equipment is also modified to increase the success and enjoyment of the activity.

We believe in providing a balance of skills, games, rhythm, and movement experiences to improve the physical development of each student.  We teach by using a variety of individual, dual, and team activities.  We give physical fitness tests to assess the fitness level of the student and to help them understand the importance of health related fitness.  The students are given opportunities to work together for the purpose of improving their social and cooperative skills.  We recognize that the abilities and interests of each student differ.  It is important that the dignity and self-respect of each student be maintained, so every student develops a positive self-image and to promote a lifetime of physical activity.





Biology                                                                                   One Credit                 Full Year

Biology is the study of living things and their interactions with their environment.  This course is designed to study in-depth issues dealing with biological processes and principles.  Students will learn to think critically about biological concepts and apply these skills in making personal, social and professional decisions in the future.  Topics will include experimental design, terminology, cells, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, gene expression, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, evolution, taxonomy, and human body systems including the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, endocrine system, reproductive system, digestive system, excretory system, and immune system.  The year culminates with a dissection of a fetal pig.

***Honors credit for this course will be attained by completing the topics described above in a more in depth manner and at a faster pace.  Honors will also participate in extra labs.


Chemistry                                                                              One Credit                 Full Year

This course introduces students to a discipline that overlaps all of the other sciences.  Featured in this course will be the structure of the atom with special emphasis on the behavior of its electrons, the nature of bonds with special emphasis on how the properties of compounds are influenced by the kind of bond present, the assorted reactions involving reactants becoming products, the concept of the mole in specifying a quantity of material, kinetic theory with emphasis on the effects of pressure and temperature influencing the substance’s state and the influence of energy in chemical reactions.  Appropriate labs are conducted throughout the course to reinforce important concepts and promote correct technique in the use of lab equipment.  All students will do an experimental science project, utilizing the scientific method, during the first semester.


Physics                                                                                   One Credit                 Full Year

This course introduces students to a conceptual approach of physics and unites it to familiar experiences in their everyday world. Mathematics is employed as a tool to quantitatively verify the truth of the concept.  Featured in this course will be the classic work of Galileo and Newton which establishes physics as a legitimate science. Energy will be the unifying theme as motion, heat, sound, magnetism, electricity and light are explored. The course will conclude with Einstein’s vision of special relativity.  Students will come to appreciate that physics is not merely a classroom experience but an actual part of their surroundings.  Appropriate labs will be conducted throughout the course to reinforce important concepts and promote correct technique in the use of lab equipment.  All students will do an experimental science project, utilizing the scientific method, during the first semester.


Human Anatomy and Physiology                                       One Credit     Full Year

Anatomy and physiology is an honors course that covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical & medical terminology, cells, and tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.  Students will also learn about common human disease processes.  Throughout the year, students will learn body structures through dissection and the end of the year culminates with the dissection of a cat.


Environmental Science                                                        One Credit     Full Year

Environmental Science is an applied discipline; it incorporates concepts from other science disciplines and applies that knowledge to real world problems. In this course, students will explore complex environmental issues, including the benefits of biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources, and the human impact on the environment, through project based learning. Also, students will be involved in on-going environmental projects on the CES campus. This course will begin by asking “What makes Earth unique among planets?” We will then go on to answer that question beginning with ecology. Our research will include the basics of the different Earth systems: geophysical systems, the atmosphere, and the ocean. The role of humans as part of the overall ecosystem will be explored, as well as learning what is needed to sustain human life. The effects of human actions on the different natural systems will be examined through a study of land use, air and water usage, biodiversity issues, and the extraction of resources.




 The Christ Episcopal School Spanish curriculum aims to develop near-native speakers and practitioners of the target language.  The goal at all levels of high school Spanish is to create an environment for authentic learning where communication through speaking, reading, and writing in the target language is the main goal.  As the students study and apply language structures and vocabulary through the various forms of communication, they also gain insights into the culture of the target language.  Therefore, classes are conducted in Spanish in varying degrees, depending on the level of advancement, and students are expected to respond as often as possible in the target language.  In this way, a mini-immersion environment is created, and students apply what they know in an authentic manner.  Some explanations, particularly of grammatical structures, may be given in English as need at the Spanish I and Spanish II levels.  Ultimately, students are working their way toward fluency.  By Spanish III and Spanish IV, classes are conducted entirely in the target language, with students responding mainly in Spanish at the Spanish III level and only in Spanish at the Spanish IV level.

For all levels of Spanish (I, II, III, IV, V, and AP), the six basic areas of preparation and study include language structure and grammar, speaking and conversation, writing, and cultural knowledge.

Advanced Spanish I and II classes begin to receive cultural and historical information along with literature as the content from which to study all other areas of the language (listed above).  In Spanish III, student discussions in Spanish center on historical, cultural, and literary topics.  Students read short stories and poetry by both Spanish and Latin American authors and write essays in Spanish in response to their studies.  In addition, students begin to write creatively in Spanish at the Spanish III level.  By Spanish IV, students begin reading novels in Spanish and analyzing Latin American and Spanish movies.

AP Spanish Language has been introduced this current school year, and the students and teacher speak only in the target language.  An alternative to the advanced placement class is offered in Spanish IV which focuses more on the cultural aspects of Spanish plus its use as the target language.  Discussions center around topics on culture, current events, history, literature, and the like.  Students give presentations in Spanish on specific events and issues related to these topics as an evaluative measure of their progress.  Additionally with the 2016-2017 school year, AP Spanish Literature and Culture will be added as a second Advanced Placement program in Spanish.



Wilderness Education

Through a combination of field trips and class instruction, the Wilderness Education program helps to teach students the skills and knowledge to safely enjoy the outdoors.  The program provides opportunities for personal growth by engaging in challenging activities which increase self-esteem and confidence.  Students learn group cooperation and improve social skills through activities.  Leave no trace is practice to learn how to have a minimal impact on the environment.  The field trips expose students to many local environmental issues and natural areas that can be enjoyed for many years.



Students demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and safety of canoeing.

Students demonstrate basic skills in camping and backpacking.

Students demonstrate basic skills of fishing, map and compass, outdoor cooking, tent setup, and leave no trace.

Students show concern for safety for self and others.
Students gain an appreciation and understanding for the natural world around them.


High School students do a moving water canoe trip on the Bogue Chitto River.  A trip to Yosemite allows 9th grades to explore the environment and experience the giant sequoias.  The students learn about climate change, geology, hydrology, and the history of Yosemite.  In the 8th grade, students take a three to five day backpacking trip into the Sispey Wilderness area.

PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep                                                          Half Credit                            One Semester

This high stakes testing preparation course utilizes sophisticated and modern test-taking techniques and suggestions to introduce and develop skills for the individual student to assist in improving results in these national standardized tests.  Techniques that are included involve the elimination of common mistakes made by the test-taker, better preparation for individual segments of the tests, repetition, practice in timed settings, and class discussions of the manner and timing behind the test-taking sessions.  The class preparation cycle introduced is based not the calendar administration of the standardized tests.  The class is generally a fall semester course initiating with PSAT preparation, followed by the SAT, and completed with ACT techniques.  Generally this course is offered to high school juniors and seniors.


Personal Finance                                                                  Half Credit                            One Semester

Personal finance is the financial management which an individual or a family performs to budget, save, and spend monetary resources, taking into account various financial risks and planning for future life activities.  This program incorporates the suitability of a student’s needs in a cross-section of banking products, such as checking, savings accounts, credit cards and loans.   Additionally students are exposed to basic investment products as well as insurance and future monitoring of retirement plans.  Activities included application and understanding of income tax management, tracking of stocks and bonds, as well as the immediate future in college of the process of managing funds for tuition and expenses.  This course is designed to gain and apply skills in handling money.



Publications I (Journalism-Yearbook)                            One Credit               Full Year

Publications I is a journalism elective for Juniors and Seniors. This course gives students a broad introduction to published journalism, including First Amendment rights, Associated Press style of writing, interviewing and other forms of written journalism. Photojournalism is also taught and practiced in this course. Students learn professional level publishing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. All students in this course are responsible for publishing Christ Episcopal School’s yearbook.



Publications II   (Journalism-Yearbook)                                    One Credit                              Full Year

(Prerequisite: Publications I)  Publications II is a journalism elective for Juniors and Seniors continuing and building upon course materials in Publication I. Students build upon the software skills learned in Publications I and are required to display dramatic improvement from the previous course. In the production of the yearbook, Publications II students act as editorial stuff and act as leaders and publication supervisors for students in Publications I.