12th Grade Curriculum:

AP English Literature and Composition, Grade 12

This course will emphasize both American and British literature. Students are exposed to research skills and develop deeper analytic thinking and writing skills. In addition to analytic literary and rhetorical essays, students produce reading responses and creative assignments. This course focuses on reading, writing and speaking skills. During the last marking period students will be required to do a research project and complete a presentation in class. Students will read and analyze major American literary and cultural types, genres, characters, and traditions as well as printed informational texts. They will understand the variety and range of written communication forms and strategies while developing their own persuasive and expository writing skills. Students will do extensive work with AP sample response passages and multiple choice questions and discuss strategies for decoding and encoding AP Prompts. Students will prepare for the AP English Language and Composition Exam in May.

AP U.S. History, Grade 12

The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. Students will analyze American history from the migration of Native Americans to the present time. Emphasis is placed on critical and analytical thinking skills, essay writing, and on interpretation of primary and secondary sources. Students will master a broad body of historical knowledge and demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology, use historical data to support an argument or position, and interpret and apply data from original documents. Students will prepare for the AP Exam in May.

AP Biology, Grade 12

Students will understand key science practices that can be used to develop explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, which will be examined through laboratory investigations. Students will develop advanced reasoning and inquiry skills as they design experiments, collect and analyze data using mathematics and other methods, and interpret that data to draw conclusions.

Earth Science, Grade 12

Environmental Science is an introductory environmental science course which provides students with an understanding of how the natural world works, the interrelationships living things have with each other and with their environment, and how to identify environmental problems, natural and human-made. This course will also discuss legislation, both national and international, which is designed to protect the environment.

AP Calculus AB, Grade 12

This is an advanced college level course that is offered to students who have a thorough knowledge of analytic geometry and elementary functions in addition to college preparatory algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The purpose of the course is to prepare the student for advanced placement in college calculus. This course entails the study of: Algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, with emphasis on their properties and limits. Differential calculus will be studied and will include defining the derivative, taking the derivatives of functions, and applying the derivative to related rates problems and maxima-minima problems. In addition, the following topics of Integral Calculus will be taken: Antiderivatives; applications of antiderivatives – specifically, the area under a curve, velocity and acceleration, and volumes of solids of revolution; techniques of integration, the definite integral; and applications of the integral. After the Advanced Placement Exam, which is administered in May, students will study the concepts of plane analytic geometry and those of polar coordinates.

Pre-calculus, Grade 12

This course is a continuation of Algebra 2/Trig. In this course students will extend their learning from Geometry and Algebra 2 to prepare themselves for topics in Calculus.

Students study functions and their properties. Topics of study include parent functions, combinations of functions, inverses of functions, and transformations. Trigonometric functions are applied to real world situations. Connections are made to the unit circle and students analyze trigonometric and circular functions. Students will also simplify expressions and prove identities using trigonometric functions. In addition, students will use the law of sines and the law of cosines to solve problems. Students will extend their understanding of rational functions from Algebra 2 and extend their understanding of exponential and logarithmic functions from Algebra 2. Students will apply vectors and parametric functions to real world situations and explore different aspects of discrete mathematics, including counting principles, the binomial expansion theorem, and sequences and series.

Arabic IV/Advanced Arabic, Grade 12

Arabic courses are aimed at improving students’ proficiency as users of the Arabic language. Communicating in Arabic is the ultimate objective of teaching Arabic. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed using Islamic texts that discuss etiquette, friendship and character. Students will begin writing essays in the advanced level A course.

Islamic Studies/Quran Studies IV, Grade 12

Islamic Studies is a course that is aimed at both building character as well as providing students with background knowledge of Islamic faith, history, and culture. Quran recitation (tajweed) is taught as a skill. Meaning of Quran (tafseer) is emphasized.

Physical Education, Grade 12

The 3 standards for physical education include: 1. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sports activities. Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. 2. Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication. Students will be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants. Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity. They will be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs. Students will also be aware of some career options in the field of physical fitness and sports.

Computers: Web Design and Desktop Publishing, Grade 12

Students will learn web design technologies including HTML, CSS, frames, forms and basic Javascript. They will learn how to publish a website and use WordPress for content management. During this course students will also learn the basics of computer-aided publishing techniques to create posters and flyers for school-related activities and events. In addition, students will design the high school newsletter and yearbook using the latest graphics and publishing applications such as Microsoft Publisher and Adobe PhotoShop.