MYP and DP Course Syllabi

  • English

    MYP English 9

    In the first semester of this year-long course, students focus on literature that addresses social and cultural issues as well as learning about MLA research practices and formatting. In the second semester, students study Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, analyzing the poetic language of each text. This course includes the beginning phases of the personal project, which is completed in conjunction with the MYP English 10 course.

    MYP English 10 

    In this year-long rigorous course, students will learn about the nature of comedy and tragedy, as well as differences and rhetorical strategies employed in poetry and in prose, and how to organize and deliver an effective oral commentary. Students will be expected to meet high standards in reading, writing. A research project of the student’s choice is required.

    DP Language A 11th and 12th Grade

    This two-year course focuses on a global literary approach to the human experience.  Successful completion for this course, which may be awarded college credit, is illustrated through rigorous daily tasks as well as formal assessments which are both internally and externally assessed:

    Junior Year:

    • Individual Oral Presentation (10-15 minute oral presentation)
    • Written Assignment (1200-1500 word argument essay)

    Senior Year:

    • Individual Oral Commentary (20 minute oral presentation)
    • Paper 1 Essay (analytical essay on a poem/excerpt)
    • Paper 2 Essay (comparative analysis of two works studied in class)

    AP English Literature

    The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to teach college-level writing through analysis of complex texts. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of skills and abilities in literary analysis on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam.

    • AP exam in May.  Although students may be able to earn college credit by passing the AP exam, they should focus on the learning of the course to prepare them to be successful learners in college.
    • This course will require 3-5 hours of homework per week, on average.

    World Languages

    MYP Spanish II

    Prerequisite:  Should be changed to Spanish 1 recommended but not required.

    Description:  This course will include the rigor of two years of Spanish in one.


    MYP Spanish III

    Prerequisites:  Should be changed to MYP Spanish 2 (no just Spanish 2).


    Honors  French 2

    Prerequisites: Honors French 1

    In Honors’ French 2, we learn more vocabulary about our daily lives, as well as our childhood: so we also learn to speak and write in the past tense.

    • Students report studying from 15 minutes to 5 hours a week their new vocabulary. Projects do require a few additional hours from time to time.
    • Students report learning most about francophone cultures and vocabulary. Reading and writing in the past tense is challenging at times.

    French Diploma Program

    In ib (Diploma level) French 3 and 4, we learn about cultures, global issues such as immigration, sustainability, cultural heritage.

    • On average, students spend about 1 1/2 to 3 hours a week studying for their French classes. Projects do require a few additional hours, from time to time.
    • Students report learning the most about francophone cultures and how to communicate ideas effectively by writing and speaking. Keeping up with their journal and reflections are the biggest challenges for ib students.


    IB History I: AP/IB US History

    This is a very challenging, broad United States History class that prepares IB and AP students for the AP US History exam and senior IB exams. Content begins with Christopher Columbus and ends with the events surrounding 9-11, 2001. Students must be prepared to read a difficult, college level textbook outside of class in preparation for frequent quizzes and multi-chapter exams. This class is extremely valuable for those planning on attending college.

    IB History II:

    Seniors in the IB program will study 20th century European and US History topics (Stalin, Hitler, Causes of World War II and Cold War) in preparation for IB history papers 1, 2, and 3 at the end of the year.

    • The class also includes a 2200 word Internal Assessment, research paper,
    • challenging 3-4 page essay exams and is a very valuable class for college preparation.


    Biology: Coming Soon

    Physics: Coming Soon

    DP Chemistry

    Chemistry is often a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science, some engineering degrees and environmental science. The DP chemistry course allows students to develop

    a wide range of practical skills and to increase facility in the use of mathematics.

    • Pre-Requisite is passing regular chemistry. It is recommended that you pass regular chemistry with an A or a B.
    • As with all the group 4 sciences, you are expected to go on the group 4 overnight retreat and then present your project findings. You will be required to do an individual investigation and compete in the local science fair.



    "Students in Geometry will select and apply mathematical problem-solving techniques to authentic, challenging, and familiar and unfamiliar real-life problems as well as justify their solution. They will apply Euclidean Geometry to solving these problems in an in-depth and accelerated course."


    Basic concepts and properties of algebra are introduced early to prepare students for equation solving. Concepts and skills are introduced algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally. Students will develop critical thinking and decision-making skills by connecting concepts to practical applications. As a result, students will be able to communicate mathematically, make connections within algebra, and between algebra and other disciplines.

    Algebra II: coming soon

    Math Studies (name changing)

    Students in IB Math Studies SL will spend 130 hours of instruction on eight topics in preparation for the IB exam.  Topics include:  Introduction to the graphic display calculator, Number and algebra , Sets, logic and probability , Functions, Geometry and trigonometry , Statistics,  Introductory differential calculus, and  Financial mathematics. Throughout the course, students will develop research skills as well as global mindedness by incorporating the IB learner profile traits into the course.  

    Math SL: Coming Soon (with a name change)

    Fine and Performing Arts

    Intro to MYP Visual Arts

    In this Freshman level studio art course you can expect to gain a basic knowledge of media, Technique, and composition in the areas of drawing, painting, pottery, photography, graphic arts, and art history.  A portfolio of artworks will be developed along with a Visual Arts Journal.  Students will develop the skills and prerequisite learning necessary to be successful in IB Visual Arts.  This is not a prerequisite for IB Visual Arts. Research workbook required.

    DP Visual Art I

    Grade Weight: 5.0

    Description: The IB Visual Arts program is comprised of 60% studio work and 40% research.  The studio art focuses on creativity, persistence, and design/technical skills.  The research is focused on independent topics, critical vocabulary, and awareness of social and historical issues pertaining to art.  Drawing, painting, ceramics, and art history are some of the areas studied.  A personal portfolio and one-person exhibition will be developed. This class is available to non-IB students.

    DP Visual Arts 2

    Grade Weight: 5.0

    Description: After successful completion of IB Art 1. The studio art focuses on creativity, persistence, and design/technical skills. The research is focused on independent topics, critical vocabulary, and awareness of social and historical issues pertaining to art. A personal portfolio and one-person show will be developed. All internal and external assessments for the IB program will be completed.  This class is available to non-IB students.

    MYP Theatre 1: coming soon


    MYP Theatre 2: coming soon


    DP Theatre 2 year course: coming soon


    DP Film 2 year Course

    Students study and analyze film texts, explore film history, theory, cultural backgrounds, and techniques to talk about film, write about film, and create film using the language of film. Students must be able to work both individually and within a group. Roughly 3/4 of the films studied will be foreign.  Assessments: Textual Analysis-written analysis of prescribed film text based on a chosen extract; Comparative Study-students compare two films from a chosen area of focus and present their discoveries in a recorded multimedia form; Film Portfolio- students collect examples of 3 film production roles, noting their intentions and skills along with a completed short film; Collaborative Film Project-students work as a team to plan and create an original completed film. No pre-reqs; Any interested student may take the 2 year course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


    Subject Course Guides:

    Biology SL                CAS 2016          Chemistry SL 2016        Extended Essay 2016        Film HL


    History SL 2016        Language A        Language B                  Math HL                           Math SL


    Math Studies             Music                Physics SL                    Theatre HL 2016               TOK


    Visual Arts HL 2016