St. George Academy

Course Schedule

Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Art Foundations

Instructor: Luna Hutter
Elective grades 8-12
This course is designed for students to learn and develop art-related skills and techniques. In this course students will experiment with the art mediums of: graphite, charcoal, ink, collage, and mixed media.

Art History

Instructor: Luna Hutter
Elective grades 10-12
Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of Art History through the ages, from the Paleolithic period to contemporary times. Students will learn to analyze, critique, and evaluate works of art in a variety of art media and styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, and drawing.
*Prerequisite: Art Foundations

Drawing 1

Instructor: Luna Hutter
Elective grades 9-12
Focus is on drawing skills. Students will focus on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. We will learn multiple drawing techniques and experiment in the media of graphite, charcoal, and pastels.
*Prerequisite: Art Foundations

Drawing 2

Instructor: Luna Hutter
Elective grades 9-12
A continuation of Drawing I, focusing on black and white, or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination. In this course we will learn to draw the figure, create portrait drawings, as well as printmaking.
*Prerequisite: Art Foundations and Drawing I

Painting

Instructor: Luna Hutter
Elective grades 9-12
Students will learn and develop skills and techniques to work in multiple painting mediums, such as watercolors, acrylics, and oils.
*Prerequisite: Art Foundations

Studio Art

Instructor: Luna Hutter
Elective grades 9-12
This course is for students interested in a focused study in Art. This course is based on the student creating a body of quality artwork in the medium of their choice.
*Prerequisite: Art Foundations

Choir

Instructor: Margarita Castro
Elective grades 8-12
Students will learn basic music and singing guidelines. Students will also explore famous composers and musical styles of the Baroque/Bach, Classical/Beethoven, and Romantic/Brahms periods. Students will perform artistic work with technical accuracy while self-assessing and documenting personal growth as a musician.

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education

Digital Literacy

Instructor: Jennifer Reid
Required grade 8
This is a state-mandated course intended for students to learn concepts associated with key application software, basic computing fundamentals, and ethics and appropriate behavior while using technology as a tool in the classroom and in life.

Digital Studies

Instructor: Jennifer Reid
Required grade 9
A requirement for graduation intended to advance students from being computer users to being computationally literate creators. To achieve this, the course includes competencies associated with the field/discipline of computing, aligned to current trends in technology, provide problem-solving, reasoning, communication, and computational thinking.

Game Design

Instructor: Jennifer Reid
Elective grades 8-12
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and project based experience of fundamental gaming development concepts relating to STEM. These concepts include game design, scripting, creation of digital assets, graphic resources, animations, understanding hardware, problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and project management. Students learn programming and scripting languages, Java & JavaScript as well as common industry physics engines like Unity & Unreal Engine.

Graphic Design

Instructor: Jennifer Reid
Elective grades 8-12
A course in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and promoting products to business and consumer audiences. This course prepares individuals in any of the applied art media including: drawing, painting, computer graphics, and others. Students learn to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere.

Facility Conservation

Instructor: Director Jones
Elective grades 8-12
May be repeated as many times as desired for elective credit. Students will help maintain campus facilities including cleaning the school building and maintaining the grounds. They will receive on-the-job training and go through performance evaluations in order to gain practical work experience that will prepare them for life outside of school.
*Instructor permission required

Principles of Electronics

Instructor: Jose Saraiva
Elective grades 8-12
A semester-long class where the student will learn basic electronics circuits principles and have the opportunity to build circuits like: amplifiers, control circuits, etc.

Programming 1

Instructor: Jennifer Reid
Elective grades 8-12

This course is designed to introduce students to various programming languages: C++, Python, & Java. Students use code in practical application, they create real-world apps and programs as well as games in several virtual environments.

Web Development

Instructor: Jennifer Reid
Elective grades 8-12
This course is designed to guide students in a project-based environment, in the development of up-to-date concepts and skills that are used in the development of today’s websites. Students will learn the fundamentals of how the internet works. They will learn and use the basic building blocks of the World Wide Web; HTML5 coding, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript. They will follow the steps to create a website by planning, designing, developing, deploying, and maintaining of website projects. Students will learn and use different scripting technologies to create more dynamic and interactive websites. They will learn what it takes for a career in Web Development as they complete projects and create their own website.

Health and Wellness

Instructor: Desiree Gentry
Required grade 8 and 10
The health education curriculum emphasizes developing positive, life-long, health-related attitudes and behaviors. The primary goal of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to becoming health-literate: understanding the medically accurate principles of health promotion, disease prevention and support healthy living.

Participation Skills/Fitness For Life

Instructor: Desiree Gentry
Required grade 9 and 11
Includes exploration into various forms of physical exercise and sports, as well as a solid understanding of how nutrition affects brain, body and emotional functioning. Students will be taught effective ways to manage stress, reduce toxic load and how to function as a whole person in various situations and circumstances.

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Language Arts and communication

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Language Arts and communication

Writing Foundations

(Language Arts 8)

Instructor: Angie Merkley
Required grade 8
Students will be introduced to the foundations of writing, grammar, and literary analysis. Through studying the elements of writing, students will learn how these elements inform readers of the human experience. Students will practice their ability to communicate through academic writing, collaborative discussions, and personal spoken responses.

Academic Writing

(Language Arts 9)

Instructor: Angie Merkley
Required grade 9
The focus is on the structure of academic writing, including thesis, support, citations, and argument. Students will master the foundations of writing, grammar, and literary analysis. By analyzing text through a historical lens, students will interpret how these circumstances inform readers of the present world we live in. Students will practice their ability to communicate through academic writing, collaborative discussions (Socratic Seminars), and personal spoken responses.
*Prerequisite: Writing Foundations or instructor permission.

Research Writing

(Language Arts 10)

Instructor: Darren Edwards
Required grade 10
The primary purpose of this course is to teach students proper researching skills across multiple disciplines. Students will apply understanding, compare and contrast differing perspectives and synthesize a final paper from multiple sources. Students will practice proper grammar and syntax.
*Prerequisite: Academic Writing or instructor permission.

World Literature

(Language Arts 10)

Instructor: Angie Merkley
Required grade 10
Tenth grade English will introduce students to literature from around the globe. They will begin with origin stories, progressing through to prominent modern day literature. Students will examine literature through the lens of archetypes, mastering theme, symbol, tone, and style in multiple contexts.
*Prerequisite: Academic Writing or instructor permission.

British Literature

(Language Arts 11)

Instructor: Darren Edwards
Required grade 11
Students will study the works of several notable British authors. They will explore the historical importance of British literature. In class discussions of readings as well as written analysis of readings will be central to the students final grade.
*Prerequisite: World Literature or instructor permission.

Mythology

(Language Arts 12)

Instructor: Christy Hall
Required grade 12
This course delves into the themes of ancient civilizations and explore parallels to our modern social issues. We will interpret the hero through Joseph Campbell and Jungian Archetypes. We will analyze modern media through the lens of ancient works. We will also compare eastern and western thinking, deducing why our modern cultures can be so divergent.
*Prerequisite: World Literature or instructor permission.

Creative Writing

Instructor: Darren Edwards
Elective grades 8-12
This class will introduce students to a variety of creative writing genres. Depending on the semester, students will learn to write poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and play writing.

Journalism/Publication

Instructor: Darren Edwards
Elective grades 8-12
Journalism covers a wide range of mediums, from print, to podcasts, to news. Students will get to present their own news stories in each format. Students will also be introduced to cognitive bias, types of appeal, and logical fallacies.

Academic Approach to the Supernatural

Instructor: Darren Edwards
Elective grades 11/12
Semester one of this class will focus on tales of the supernatural from a Folklore perspective. We will not be examining if the stories are true or not, but
rather what the stories say about the people and cultures that tell them. Semester two of this class will focus on the use of pseudo-science to explain “proven” supernatural phenomenon. As with semester one, the goal of the class is not to determine if the phenomenon discussed are real, but rather, to examine the methods used to explore the phenomenon.

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Foreign Language

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Foreign Language

ASL I

Instructor: Lorell Loosle Elective grades 8-12 American Sign Language I is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). Includes basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community.

ASL II

Instructor: Lorell Loosle Elective grades 8-12 ASL II is a continuation of ASL I. This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language expressive and receptive skills, grammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness, and related terminology. *Prerequisite: ASL I or instructor permission.

Spanish I

Instructor: Desiree Gentry Elective grades 8-12An entry level Spanish speaking and writing course. Will introduce students to basic conversational skills and vocabulary. Students will also be introduced to the basics of cultures that speak Spanish.

Spanish II

Instructor: Desiree Gentry Elective grades 9-12 An intermediate level Spanish speaking and writing course. Will introduce students to basic conversational skills and vocabulary. *Prerequisite: Spanish I or instructor permission..

Japanese

Instructor: Nate Van Dam Elective grades 8-12 An introduction to the Japanese language through a look at the phonology, writing systems, and syntax. Throughout this course students will learn to read and write the two syllabries of Japanese: hiragana and katakana. They will also gain a deeper appreciation of Japan by looking at the culture, cuisine, geography, and history.

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Mathmatics

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Mathmatics

AP Calculus AB

Instructor: Christy Hall Elective grades 11-12 This course will engage students in rigorous study in order to prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam. Students will explore fundamental definitions of Calculus concepts, including limits, derivatives and integrals, and apply them in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. *Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math III

Geometry

Instructor: Amanda Gerry Required grade 8 Geometry includes an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem situations. Topics include logic, parallel lines, polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills as they relate to logical reasoning and argument.

Mathematics 8

Instructor: Spencer Johnson Required grade 8 Students in this course will explore fundamental concepts of Algebra and Geometry including linear functions, polynomials, geometry theorems, and exponents, and then apply them in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes both verbally and in writing. Students are expected to master Algebra and Geometry vocabulary and formulas throughout the duration of the course.

Mathematical Decision Making for Life

Instructor: Jose Saraiva
This course includes mathematical decision making in finance, modeling, probability and statistics, and making choices. Students will make sense of authentic problems and persevere in solving them. They will reason abstractly and quantitatively while communicating mathematics to others. Students will use appropriate tools, including technology, to model mathematics. Students will use structure and regularity of reasoning to describe mathematical situations and solve problems. *Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math II or acceptable score on placement test

Probability

Instructor: Amanda Gerry Elective grades 8-10 A mathematical course that will explore the differences between theoretical and empirical probabilities and their applications in games, tables, and social situations. Students will perform experiments to test probability in the real world and explore famous probability problems. This class with include ACT prep for probability questions and probability notation.

Secondary Mathematics I

Instructor: Amanda Gerry Required grade 9 Students in this course will explore fundamental concepts of Algebra and Geometry including functions, polynomials, triangle theorems, trigonometry, and apply them in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. Students are expected to master Algebra and Geometry vocabulary and formulas throughout the duration of the course. *Prerequisite: C or better in Math 8 or acceptable score on placement test

Secondary Mathematics II

Instructor: Christy Hall Required grade 10 Students will engage in intermediate mathematical processes and notations to solidify concepts in algebra, trigonometry and statistics, including quadratics, polynomials, exponential and rational functions, and apply these concepts in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. *Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math I or acceptable score on placement test

Secondary Mathematics III

Instructor: Christy Hall Elective grade 11 Students will engage in advanced mathematical processes and notations to solidify concepts in algebra, trigonometry and statistics, including quadratics, rational functions, and logarithms and apply these concepts in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. *Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math II or acceptable score on placement test

Statistics

Instructor: Christy Hall Elective grade 11 Students will engage in advanced mathematical processes and notations to solidify concepts in algebra, trigonometry and statistics, including quadratics, rational functions, and logarithms and apply these concepts in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. *Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math II or acceptable score on placement test

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Science

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Science

8th Grade Science – Integrated Science

Instructor: Trevor Anderson Required grade 8 This is a year-long required course. It will cover benchmarks that include physical and chemical changes, changes in matter and energy, chemical reactions, plant and animal processes, rock and fossil formation, and changes to the earth’s surface.

AP Chemistry

Instructor: A.J. Basile Elective grades 10-12 This is an introductory college-level chemistry course. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore the four Big Ideas: scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and properties of substances; transformations; and energy.

AP Physics I or II

Instructor: Jose Saraiva Elective grades 9-12 The course is divided in four blocks: mechanics, heat/thermodynamics, electricity/magnetism and waves (light and sound). The difference from regular physics class is that in advanced physics students will be taught the same concepts but using more advanced mathematical and modeling applications. *Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math II or instructor permission

Astronomy

Instructor: Jose Saraiva Elective grades 8-12 The course objective is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of astronomy. Students will learn about the Solar Systems, Motion of the Planes, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe in general.

Big Science

Instructor: Trevor Anderson Elective (grades 8-12) Students will explore the big ideas in science. Big ideas in science span the cosmos, can show where all this stuff came from, can take up almost no space at all, can show us how life changes, and can teach us about ourselves. This course will take a deep look at the universe and how it applies to our shared history.

Biology

Instructor: A.J. Basile Required grade 11 This is a year-long required course. It will cover topics essential to the science of modern biology. These include biochemistry, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, genetics, evolutionary processes, and ecology.

Chemistry

Instructor: A.J. Basile Elective grades 11-12 This course primarily features principles of general chemistry. Some examples of topics to be covered include atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamic analysis, chemical bonding, relative reactivity, dynamic equilibrium, and acid-base interactions. Prerequisite: Secondary Math I

Physics

Instructor: Spencer Johnson Required grade 9, Elective grades 10-12 This course is designed to be a conceptual, non-mathematically focused introduction to physics and science. Some concepts covered include units and measurement, motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, electrostatic forces, energy, waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Scientific Reasoning

Instructor: Trevor Anderson Required grade 11 This course will explore scientific articles and topics to teach students how to approach reasoning and thought in science. It will also address graph, chart, and table analysis and other scientific skills necessary for the ACT.

Zoology

Instructor: Spencer Johnson Elective grades 10-12 Zoology is the scientific study of the behavior, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals. It emphasizes the study of the nine major phyla of the animal kingdom in life classification. This course will focus on these nine phyla and their evolutionary traits on how they are classified. The class will also examine the devices of evolution and how they have developed the biodiversity of the animal kingdom. Understanding evolution and its process is paramount in understanding the science of life and its discoveries. Also, the science of phylogenetics and cladistics will be a central focus of the class as they are necessary to understand the process of classifying organisms. *Prerequisite: Biology

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Social and Behavioral Science

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Social and Behavioral Science

Anthropology

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis Elective grades 8-12 Anthropology is a one-semester elective designed for 8th – 12th grade students. Course materials will overview the various premises of anthropological studies including introductory overviews of various sub-disciplines including: archaeology, cultural studies, linguistics, and human evolution. Course content will be based on lectures and online YouTube materials. *Prerequisite: Instructor permission

Challenges of Global Power: (US History II)

Instructor: A.J. Basile Required grade 11 Challenges of Global Power is a one-semester (spring) course, covering American history from the end of the First World War era (1920) to the start of The War on Terror (2001). Special attention will be paid to the dialectic conflicts of commercialism, communism, fascism, and mass media in the inter-war era. Students will explore the development of a unique American Cold War identity rooted in the complex realities of global power and cultural change. Final course lectures will explore themes of transnationalism, post-industrialism, and extremism in the immediate Post-Cold War era.

Financial Literacy/Economics

Instructor: Joan Cartmill Required grade 12, elective grade 11 This course covers stocks, bonds, the financial marketplace, investing, budgeting, time value of money and risk management. Students learn to avoid common pitfalls including the improper use of debt, impulse buying. Content covers hidden economic forces including inflation, coercive practices, cyclical exposure, fraud, college and career planning, retirement, and charitable giving.

Foundations of Modernity (US History II)

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis Required grade 11 Foundations of Modernity is a one-semester (fall) course, covering American history from the crisis of the Civil War (1860) to the end of the First World War. Special attention will be paid to the inter-linked phenomenon of industrialization, immigration, urbanization, and world-trade networks in the rise of the United States as a world power. Students will explore the development of a unique American identity in the shifting of global frontiers and the rise of radical ideologies.

Political Philosophy

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis Elective grades 8-12 Introduction to Political Philosophy is a one-semester elective designed for 8th – 12th grade students. Course materials will overview classical philosophy in the Western and Eastern traditions, identifying the ideological trends leading to the development of modern government. Course content will be based on lectures as well as videos from the Crash Course Philosophy and School of Life channels on YouTube.

Sociology

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis Elective grades 8-12 Introduction to Sociology is a one-semester (spring) elective designed for 8th – 12th grade students. Course materials critically evaluate the importance of sociological inquiry in the era of globalization. Students will be introduced to the major thinkers, theoretical models, and methodologies of sociological inquiry. Course content will be based on the Crash Course Sociology channel on YouTube.

US Government

Instructor: Nate Van Dam Required grade 12 Constitutional Principles is a one-semester (fall) course required for graduation. Students will explore theories of human organization and power through studying classical political thought and American governmental structures outlined in the US Constitution. This course prepares students for the USCIS Civics Test (state requirement for graduation).

US History I (8th Grade)

Instructor: Joan Cartmill Required grade 8 Focus is 18th and 19th-century settlement of North America and early development of the United States. Topics include: European Exploration in the Western hemisphere, North American Colonization, American Revolutionary War, US Constitution, Westward Expansion, US Civil War and Reconstruction. Geography and current events are woven throughout the course.

World Geography

Instructor: Nate Van Dam Required grade 9 World Geography is a one-semester (fall) course required for graduation. This course utilizes geographic and political-science methods as tools for students to understand our world. Students will examine environments, populations, and political structures using cartographic (map) sources. Course content combines elements of natural history with resource allocation in understanding the earth’s climate, boundaries, and ecosystems.

World Global Culture

Instructor: Nate Van Dam Required grade 9, elective 10-12 World Cultures is a one-semester elective, building upon the foundations of World Cultures. This course utilizes anthropological and sociological methods as tools for students to understand our world. Students will examine cultural exchange, international trade, linguistic diversity, and global development using social scientific and humanities sources. Course content highlights elements of popular culture in global cultural diffusion.

World Global Culture

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis Required grade 10 This course charts the origins of human existence from 10,000 BC to Columbus’ voyage in 1492. Students will examine how unifying themes of world civilizations have developed over time through global trade, philosophical inquiry, religious diffusion, and the rise of Empires. Core content addresses the development of civilizations, the dominance of Asian power centers, and the rise of Europe.

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