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Upper School Curriculum

Here at The Independent School, we provide an exceptional college preparatory curriculum featuring Honors and Advanced Placement courses along with a variety of unique electives that highlight the individual and collective strengths of our outstanding faculty. 

2018-19 Course Catalog


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English/Language Arts

Humanities — Language: Art History. Music History. World religions. The Independent School biography. Japanese culture. MLA research. Public speaking. Vocabulary. Grammar studies. Writing: creative, compare/contrast, journals, romantic, narrative, dialogue, persuasive, screenplay, song writing, poetry. 

Humanities — Literature: Bless Me, Ultima, Flatland, The Lives of a Cell, Silent Spring, Siddhartha, Night, The Lilies of the Field, The Inferno, The Merchant of Venice, The Lord of the Flies, Hiroshima, 1984, The War of the Worlds, other selected works. Writing: journals, reading logs, parody, and literary analysis. Language development, literary terms.  

Math

Algebra I. Geometry or Honors Geometry. Algebra II or Honors Algebra II.

Science

Biology or Honors Biology. Chemistry. Astronomy. 9th grade students typically take Biology or Honors Biology. 

Social Studies

World Geography. Fundamentals of geography. Cultural and human systems, environment and society. Physical systems. Analytical writing and research. Map analysis. Intro to Psychology. 

Foreign Languages

Spanish I. Spanish II. Honors Spanish II.

Latin I. Latin II.

Physical Education

Intro to Physical Education: Skills testing. Flag football. Soccer. Basketball. Baseball. Ultimate frisbee. Floor hockey. Racket sports. Tri-ball. Team handball.

Strength & Conditioning: Total body strength. Safety techniques. Nutrition. Program design. Athletic attribute training. Flexibility, agility, cardio, speed training.

Health & Wellness: Mental and social health. Nutrition. Substance abuse. Communicable and emergent diseases. Critical issues. Safety and first aid. 

Technology

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): Design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

Principles of Engineering (POE): Mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics.

Computer Applications: Photo editing, audio editing, 3D design and printing, app building, web page design.

Computer Science Principles: Develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet.

Broadcast Journalism: Produce live online broadcasts of school events. Plan, film, and edit various video projects. 

General Music

Chamber Choir. Music Theory. 

Band

Pep band and Level 3-5 band literature. March and sonata form. Chord analysis and intonation. US athletic performances. Central Plains League Music Festival: Solo, ensemble, large group, KSHSAA Regional: Solo, Ensemble, Large Group. KSHSAA State: Solo, ensemble. Concerts.

Visual Arts

Intro to Visual Arts. Pottery & Sculpture. Mixed Media. Drawing & Painting. 

Drama & Communication Arts

Acting: Stage directions; Major Acting Techniques; Beats and Tactics; Theatre Terms

Stagecraft: Roles of Theatre Departments; Tool Safety; Basic Set Building Techniques; Basic Lighting Concepts

English/Language Arts

American Literature: The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, Old Man and the Sea, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, Billy Budd, A Separate Peace, Our Town, The Glass Menagerie, Daisy Miller, Julius Caesar, Slaughterhouse Five, A Raisin in the Sun, Units on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, Unit on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, contemporary poetry, short stories, various essays. 

Writing: narration, description, compare/contrast, argument, cause-effect. Language development and vocabulary. Honors American Literature adds vocabulary, literature, compositions for a Pre-AP track. 

Elective: Journaling with Digital Photography

Math

Geometry or Honors Geometry. Algebra II or Honors Algebra II. Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus. 

Science

Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, Physics, or AP Physics 1, Astronomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Zoo Science. 10th grade students typically take Chemistry or Honors Chemistry. 

Social Studies

World History or Honors World History. Business & Personal Law. Intro to Psychology. AP Human Geography.

Foreign Languages

Spanish I. Spanish II. Honors Spanish II. Spanish III, Honors Spanish III.

Latin I, Latin II, Latin III.

Physical Education

Intro to Physical Education: Skills testing. Flag football. Soccer. Basketball. Baseball. Ultimate frisbee. Floor hockey. Racket sports. Tri-ball. Team handball.

Strength & Conditioning: Total body strength. Safety techniques. Nutrition. Program design. Athletic attribute training. Flexibility, agility, cardio, speed training. Advanced

Physical Education: Advanced sports skills and strategies. Fitness concepts and conditioning techniques. Team and leisure time activities. 

Technology

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): Design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

Principles of Engineering (POE): Mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics.

Computer Applications: Photo editing, audio editing, 3D design and printing, app building, web page design.

Computer Science Principles: 

Develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet.

Broadcast Journalism: Produce live online broadcasts of school events. Plan, film, and edit various video projects.

General Music

Chamber Choir. Music Theory. 

Band

Pep band and Level 3-5 band literature. March and sonata form. Chord analysis and intonation. US athletic performances. Central Plains League Music Festival: Solo, ensemble, large group. KSHSAA Regional: Solo, ensemble, large group. KSHSAA State: Solo, ensemble. Concerts. 

Visual Arts

Intro to Visual Arts. Pottery & Sculpture. Mixed Media. Drawing & Painting. Glass Art. AP Art History

Drama & Communication Arts

Theatre History: Basic styles and time periods in theatre evolution; Key plays and playwrights of each period

Theatre Design: In depth study of chosen field; production timeline; hands on design element

Advanced Acting: In depth look at major acting techniques; Building a character; motivation

English/Language Arts

British Literature: Oryx and Crake, classic novel of choice, Beowulf, Chaucer, Macbeth, Milton, Pepys, Swift, Pope, Frankenstein, Pride & Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, Heart of Darkness, Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, The Mousetrap, Things Fall Apart, other selected works.

Writing: poetry, narrative essays, journals, creative scripts, literary analysis, argument, reflections, and MLA research paper. Vocabulary and spelling mastery. Literary terms. Poetry recitation and class presentations. AP English Language adds selected essays from AP Reader, Waiting for Godot, Wordmasters contest, AP practice tests, rhetorical strategies.

Math

Algebra II. Intro to College Algebra. Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus. Calculus. AP Calculus AB. AP Calculus BC. AP Statistics. 

Science

Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, or AP Physics1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C (mechanics, electricity & magnetism) Astronomy & Physiology, Zoo Science.

Social Studies

U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present. AP U.S. History: Colonization to Modern Era. Economics. Business & Personal Law. Intro to Psychology. AP Psychology. AP Human Geography. Histories of the Possible: Studies in What Might Have Been. 

Foreign Languages

Spanish I. Spanish II. Honors Spanish II. Spanish III. Honors Spanish III. Spanish Conversation. 

Latin I.  Latin II. Latin III. Latin IV.

Physical Education

Intro to Physical Education: Skills testing. Flag football. Soccer. Basketball. Baseball. Ultimate frisbee. Floor hockey. Racket sports. Tri-ball. Team handball.

Strength & Conditioning: Total body strength. Safety techniques. Nutrition. Program design. Athletic attribute training. Flexibility, agility, cardio, speed training. Advanced

Physical Education: Advanced sports skills and strategies. Fitness concepts and conditioning techniques. Team and leisure time activities. 

Technology

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): Design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

Principles of Engineering (POE): Mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics.

Computer Applicatons: Photo editing, audio editing, 3D design and printing, app building, web page design.

Computer Science Principles: Develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet.

Broadcast Journalism: Produce live online broadcasts of school events. Plan, film, and edit various video projects. 

General Music

Chamber Choir. Musical Theory. AP Music Theory.

Band

Pep band and Level 3-5 band literature. March and sonata form. Chord analysis and intonation. US athletic performances. Central Plains League Music Festival: Solo, ensemble, large group. KSHSAA Regional: Solo, ensemble, large group. KSHSAA State: Solo, ensemble. Concepts. 

Visual Arts

Intro to Visual Arts. Pottery & Sculpture. Mixed Media. Drawing & Painting. Glass Art. AP Art History.

Drama & Communication Arts

Styles of Acting: Techniques to employ for each historical time period; improv; terms; major actors in each style

Design Independent Study: Create a theatrical design start to finish; Create an analysis of script used for project

Auditions Class: Terms used in the audition process; Types of auditions; Prepare monologues for auditions

English/Language Arts

World Literature: Invisible Man, The Metamorphosis, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Medea, A Doll’s House, The Visit, Hamlet, The Sorrows of Young Werther, The Stranger, Death of a Salesman, Ethan Frome, A Lesson Before Dying, Sula, Catcher in the Rye, Life of Pi, The Kiterunner, Endgame, selected poems and short stories. Writing: timed writings, literature response journals, college application essay, research paper, style analysis essays, poetry analysis, autobiography, creative presentation script. Vocabulary.

AP World Literature adds How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Long Form analysis. 

Math

Intro to College Algebra. Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus. Calculus AP. Calculus AB. AP Calculus BC. AP Statistics. 

Science

Students may choose from the following courses: AP Biology. Chemistry or Honors Chemistry. AP Chemistry. Physics or Honors Physics. AP Physics C (mechanics, electricity, and magnetism) Astronomy. Health in Science. Anatomy and Physiology. 

Social Studies

U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present. AP U.S. History: Colonization to Modern Era. Economics. Business & Personal Law. Intro to Psychology. AP Psychology. AP Human Geography. Histories of the Possible: Studies in What Might Have Been. 

Foreign Languages

Spanish I. Spanish II. Honors Spanish II. Spanish III. Honors Spanish III. Spanish Conversation. College Spanish. 

Latin I. Latin II. Latin III. Latin IV.

Physical Education

Intro to Physical Education: Skills testing. Flag football. Soccer. Basketball. Baseball. Ultimate frisbee. Floor hockey. Racket sports. Tri-ball. Team handball.

Strength & Conditioning: Total body strength. Safety techniques. Nutrition. Program design. Athletic attribute training. Flexibility, agility, cardio, speed training. Advanced

Physical Education: Advanced sports skills and strategies. Fitness concepts and conditioning techniques. Team and leisure time activities. 

Technology

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): Design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

Principles of Engineering (POE): Mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics.

Computer Applications: Photo editing, audio editing, 3D design and printing, app building, web page design.

Computer Science Principles: Develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet.

Broadcast Journalism: Produce live online broadcasts of school events. Plan, film, and edit various video projects. 

General Music

Chamber Choir. Musical Theory. AP Music Theory.

Band

Pep band and Level 3-5 band literature. March and sonata form. Chord analysis and intonation. US athletic performances. Central Plains League Music Festival: Solo, ensemble, large group. KSHSAA Regional: Solo, ensemble, large group. KSHSAA State: Solo, ensemble. Concepts. 

Visual Arts

Intro to Visual Arts. Pottery & Sculpture. Mixed Media. Drawing & Painting. Glass Art. AP Art History.

Drama & Communication Arts

Directing: Work with acting class to direct short scenes; create directing notebook for scene; directing duties; directing terms 

Capstone Design: Mentor underclassmen in field to create a full mainstage design; portfolio terms and needs.

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