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Course Sequence for Class of 2022
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Dear Rising Seniors,

Your teachers introduced themselves and reviewed what you will be learning in the 2021-22 school year. While we still don’t know exactly what school will look like, we do know what subjects you will be learning. Students will receive their programs by the first day of school in September (TBD).

The summer assignment is a school-wide assignment. This will be posted on Friday, June 25 in your google classroom, “class of 2022.”  Below, you can read about your courses, teachers and course descriptions.

12th grade Courses










Course Name & Teachers

AP English Literature or English 12


AP Statistics, AP Calculus, College Calculus, or Introduction to Calculus & Statistics

Physics or AP Physics

AP Comparative Government/AP Economics or Government/Economics

Physical Education or external PE

Spanish 4 or AP Spanish


College Prep fall

Civics for All spring


Students apply for AP English or take English 12. Students will read literature and fiction, and the first unit of study is the college essay.

Students select from these four courses (not all courses will be available - it depends on student interest).

Students apply for AP Physics or take Regents Physics.

Students take Government or AP Comparative Gov in the fall. In the spring, students take Economics or AP Economics (students will have the opportunity to apply for AP Econ in January).

External PE is for students on sports teams, who earn PE credit for that season (fall or spring term.) A form to apply for External PE will come out in the fall.

Spanish 4 is an optional class students must apply for.

AP Spanish is an online curriculum, and students meet with their teacher once a week.

Students will see their advisors regularly. Advisories remain together for all 4 years of high school. Advisory provides socio-emotional support, and guides students through school.

Electives are one term. The whole 12th grade takes the same courses. Civics for ALL in the spring will support student’s completion of their Senior Exit projects. This counts toward required ‘elective credits’ for graduation.

Course Descriptions:

AP Statistics: In AP Statistics, we will follow four conceptual themes: Exploring Data, Planning a Study, Anticipating Patterns, and Making Inferences. This involves deriving methods to collect, summarize, analyze and interpret numerical information that relates to the real world. Probability is applied along with these statistical methods to observe consistent behavior in data and to develop rules such the Central Limit Theorem. This allows us to calculate confidence intervals to approximate results from data and to perform hypothesis tests and chi-square tests to check the validity of results from data. These statistical tools are used to make inferences and draw conclusions about data that go beyond what we are given.

AP Calculus: In AP Calculus, you'll learn to apply limits to define definite integrals and how the Fundamental Theorem connects integration and differentiation. ... Accumulation functions, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and definite integrals. Antiderivatives and indefinite integrals. Properties of integrals and integration techniques.

College Calculus: College Calculus is a college course taught by Professor Gregory at Baruch College. Upon completion of this course, students earn both high school and college credits. Students must take an entry exam to be placed in this course.

Statistics:Topics discussed include displaying and describing data, the normal curve, regression, probability, statistical inference, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests with applications in the real world.

Calculus: In Calculus, we will go beyond studying the relationship between two quantities and explore how the changes in one quantity with respect to changes in the other. Our knowledge of functions is used to solve two problems: The Tangent Line Problem and the Area Problem. In this process, we are introduced to three very important operations: Limits, Differentiation and Integration. These concepts become the analytic tools that enable us to describe real world phenomena.

AP English Literature: Students cultivate their understanding of literature through reading and analyzing texts as they explore concepts like character, setting, structure, perspective, figurative language, and literary analysis in the context of literary works.

English 12:  Students investigate identity, politics and literature. Students read texts surrounding 9/11, social activism and engage in socratic discussion on topics connecting to our world today.

Government: Students will explore some of the key political, economic and environmental issues confronting us as Americans and as humans, and analyze why and how these issues have arisen, what’s at stake in addressing them, and why there are disagreements over how to address them. Formulate evidence-based viewpoints on public policy issues, while keeping an open mind to evidence that may support alternative viewpoints. Reflect upon, identify and articulate the values underlying your own beliefs about people, the world and ethical decision-making. Learn to be a discriminating consumer and producer of news media, remaining skeptical of poorly supported claims, while appreciating the fundamental role journalists play in informing the public and attempting to reveal truth.

Economics: This course examines the principles of the United States free market economy in a global context. Students will examine their individual responsibility for managing their personal finances. Students will analyze the role of supply and demand in determining the prices individuals and businesses face in the product and factor markets, and the global nature of these markets. Students will study changes to the workforce in the United States, and the role of entrepreneurs in our economy, as well as the effects of globalization. Students will explore the challenges facing the United States free market economy in a global environment and various policy-making opportunities available to government to address these challenges.

AP Comparative Government & Politics: Comparative politics uses the comparative method to analyze and assess the diversity of political life, institutional alternatives, differences in processes and policy outcomes, and the impact of global political and economic changes. Students will compare economic/political challenges, trends and upheavals, and institutional characteristics across six nation states: China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia. Explore governments, politics, and societies from [these six countries] and Develop a framework to compare modern political systems and understand their interaction in a global environment.

Physics: A course in elementary physics, covers the basic concepts, principles and history of physics. Course topics will include selected topics in mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.

AP Physics: AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study, in-class activity, and hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory work as they explore concepts like systems, fields, force interactions, change, conservation, and waves.

Spanish 4: Students will continue to build your linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the Spanish speaking world. Each unit will be structured around a novel. We will use a variety of authentic texts, movies, songs, and articles to explore the themes discussed in the novel. Through the discussion of the novel and accompanying texts, you will learn about the culture of different countries, expand your vocabulary, and enhance your ability to use more complex grammatical structures in Spanish. In addition, we will watch some episodes of El Internado, a popular television show from Spain! We will explore the linguistic and cultural topics in this show and learn frequently used vocabulary.

AP Spanish: This course is a two semester, advanced language course that will prepare students for the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. Prior to this course, students must have successfully completed four years of high school Spanish. The course is conducted almost entirely in Spanish will focus on building proficiency in the three modes of communication –interpersonal, interpretive and presentational. Students will also broaden their cultural knowledge of the Spanish speaking world through the study of the 6 AP Spanish Language and Culture themes that are the core of each unit of study. These themes are: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities and Beauty and Aesthetics.

College Prep:  Students will use Naviance and the Naviance curriculum to begin the college process, including selecting a college, writing college essays, applying for financial aid and more.

Civics for All: In partnership with W!SE, students will complete a Quality of Life project, which includes independent research and presentation to a panel for graduation. Quality of Life INNOVATIONS (QLI) is a unique social entrepreneurship initiative that fosters a spirit of civic engagement and social innovation among high school students, while helping them prepare for college. Students identify a community issue they care about, conduct primary and secondary research to examine the issue and develop and implement feasible proposals for change. Proposals can compete for college scholarships.