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In AP World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

In ELA 10, we will strive to analyze the complexities and nuances of various literary and cultural perspectives in the English language.  Over the course of the year, we will dive far past the surface of mere words to uncover new meanings, open new literary windows, and place ourselves in the overall conversation of scholarly literature.  It is my philosophy, as both a writer and an educator, that we must enjoy what we read to be able to analyze.  Therefore, we will approach each text simply for the pleasure of reading a new story.  Upon this, we will be able to enter the intellectual dialogue of language, literature, and overall complexities.
Course Overview The Pre-AP Algebra1 course is based on the illustrative mathematics curriculum. The primary objective of this course is for scholars to experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their abilities to apply math to real world situations. Scholars will explore algebraic situations and deepen their understanding of algebraic relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Statistics, Linear, simple exponential, and quadratic functions are emphasized in this course.Enter your text here...

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Pre-calculus is a two-semester course. Successful completion of Algebra II is a pre-requisite for this course. Pre-calculus topics emphasize the characteristics of elementary real functions. These characteristics include algebraic and graphical analysis, inequalities, absolute values, logarithms, trigonometry of real numbers, plane analytical geometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers and the binomial theorem. The TI-83/84 graphing calculator will be used throughout the course.

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This coursework is meant to provide students with a chance to earn advanced credit towards college via the AP exam in May. Students in the course will get exposure to concepts of chemistry on an initial college level that is added on to Regents chemistry.  

Instructional time is spent where students engage in lab investigations and classwork that require the students to use inquiry and reasoning skills, collect data, analyze the data, create models and representations, as well as the applying of mathematical skills through equations, and short responses.

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This is a general chemistry course in science designed to help students prepare for their NYS Chemistry Regents Exam in June. In this course, students will be focusing on the foundational knowledge and skills needed to understand what matter is, such as its properties, composition, behavior, and reactions. 

Key topics covered revolve around the main ideas of the structure and properties of matter, chemical bonding and interactions, chemical quantities and reactions, and chemical transformations. This includes a required 1200 minutes of laboratory work in the curriculum.

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Intro to Law is the first course offered in our Law Program and designed to give students an understanding of both civil and criminal law in this country. In this class, students will study the make-up of the legal system, explore their rights in this country, and take an active role in pursuing "justice for all". Through a mixture of lectures, debates, professional presentations, and off-campus visits, students will be provided with the necessary skills and information to embark on their path through John Jay's Law Program.
This class is designed to be a college-prep course taught in high school. Only motivated and disciplined students can expect to succeed in this course and on the exams. This is an intensive study of American legal history and human behavior. There are specific skills we will focus on developing this year, including analytical writing, document analysis, Cornell note-taking, group seminars, and a large amount of focused reading. All of these skills are absolutely necessary for success in college and your future profession.  Our goal at Law is to ensure that all of our students are prepared to earn a college degree.  This course will help you towards that goal.  Some of the topics covered in this course are “Constitution and Slavery; Sex, Gender, Race, and the Law; Immigration History; Civil Rights Cases 1875-1964; Interpreting and Evaluating Data (Populations at Risk); and Human Behavior and the Social Environment (Children). 
This course explores multiple disciplines that encompass social, economic, and political topics that are related to the law. Students engage in analytical writing and critical debates in the class. Topic such as abortion, elections, presidential impeachment, psycho-pathologies that concern crime and justice. There are specific skills we will focus on developing this year, including analytical writing, document analysis, Cornell note-taking, group seminars, and a large amount of focused reading. 

This year-long 11th grade course is designed to provide each student of USH with the opportunity to examine historical developments as a tool for formulating solutions to current and practical American problems!  This course will cover United States history from its pre-colonial period beginning in c. 1492 to the present. Included in the course is a strong emphasis on social, political, economic and contemporary issues. There are specific skills we will focus on developing this year, including analytical writing, document analysis, Cornell notetaking, group seminars, and a large amount of focused reading. All of these skills are absolutely necessary for success in college and future professions. At the end of this year long course all students will have the opportunity to take the AP US History Exam on Friday, May 10th, 2024 and NYS regents examination on Tuesday, June 18th, 2024.

In Pre-AP ELA, students will explore classics of American and international literature through novels, plays, poems and news articles. From Langston Hughes to Shakespeare, our students will experience a range of challenging and enlightening texts while honing their skills in literary analysis, research, discussion, debate and creative writing. This class will also focus on test-taking strategies to prepare students for success on their Regents exams, which they will usually take in their Junior year.