Course Descriptions

English
اللغة الإنكليزية
 

The High School English courses are designed to develop a love and critical understanding of literature and to equip students with language skills needed for academic life after BBS. Students will acquire the skills to read for research, understanding and enjoyment, to write with fluency, and to speak with purpose and effectiveness. Teachers present a wide range of activities to enable students to develop these essential language skills. 

English 9
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0

Ninth grade English covers the standard topics of written English with a focus on reading and writing skills. Students learn how to critically read literature and write in a variety of forms with a focus on analysis. An on line vocabulary program, Membean, will reinforce student understanding of the course readings and facilitate skill development.  Students will be introduced to discussion seminars and engage in other oral presentation activities. Shakespeare, his language and times, is introduced in a Macbeth unit of study.  Skills needed for writing research papers (using the MLA format) are introduced as well as in-text citation (using MLA) for literary analysis. 

TEXTS: The Odyssey, Macbeth, Antigone, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbirdand a variety of fiction and non-fiction selections.

English 9 Honors
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:  Student must receive a grade of A or better in English 8 or B or better in English 8 Honors and obtain a letter of recommendation from their English teacher

The grade 9 honors course is an enriched, accelerated version of grade 9 English that aims to foster a love of reading. This means that the same texts from grade 9 English will be covered in addition to classical and modern works of literary merit. Students can expect an essay and a creative writing assignment to accompany each work of literature studied. Students can also expect to work individually and in groups on academic presentations, class discussions, seminars, online blog posts and visual and/or dramatic representations of text. Students will be using the vocabulary program Membean to enhance their vocabulary. Students will also be introduced to critical theory and rhetorical analysis, MLA style research papers and literary analysis to prepare them for 10 Honors English.

TEXTS: Selections from The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Inferno.
Antigone, Macbeth, Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbirdand various non-fiction essays, poetry selections and short fiction.

English 10
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites: Completion of English 9

Tenth grade students will continue their study of literary analysis and the mechanics and techniques of effective writing for a variety of purposes.  An on line vocabulary program, Membean, will continue to reinforce student understanding of the course readings and facilitate skill development. Emphasis in writing is placed on research skills and synthesis of sources as well as a continuation of literary analysis; more formal and longer essays are required at this level.  Students will continue to develop the skill of seminar discussion. 

TEXTS: Lord of the Flies, Julius Caesar, Of Mice and Men and Wuthering Heights and a variety of fiction and non-fiction selections.

English 10 Honors                                                                                                 
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0                          
Prerequisites: Student must receive a grade of A or better in English 9 or B or better in English 9 Honors and obtain a letter of recommendation from their English teacher

The grade 10 honors is a pre-Advanced Placement course with the focus on more in-depth analytical and critical thinking, speaking and writing than the regular 10th grade English course.  Vocabulary expansion will continue through exposure to a greater variety of literary terms.  Students will participate in discussion seminars where students, singly or in groups, present and defend a thesis or assertion with critical challenges from other students as well as group analysis and criticism of literature and student presentations.  Writing will include expository and persuasive essays with emphasis on development of logical arguments.  By the end of the course a student will have completed a year and a half worth of content in preparation for entering AP Language and Composition.

TEXTS: Anthem, Lord of the Flies, 1984, Julius Caesar, Hard Times, The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finnand various non-fiction essays and short fiction.

English 11
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites: Completion of English 10

Grade 11 English continues to develop the skills and techniques introduced in grades 9 and 10.  Students will more closely examine literary devices such as mood, tone, figurative language, allusion, etc. by reading poetry, short stories, drama, and novels. Attention will be focused throughout the year on the theme of prejudice and the persuasive/argumentative essay format.  Writing skills will focus on continued literary analysis and the argumentative essay, but students will also be introduced to the synthesis essay and will be challenged with more technical material and topics. Vocabulary development continues.  The media studies unit expands to include the effects of media images on our societies.

TEXTS: The Great Gatsby, Hamlet, short stories and various media selections.

AP English Language
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites: Student must receive a grade of B or better in English 10 Honors and obtain a letter of recommendation from their English teacher

This course is for grade 11 students who wish to challenge themselves with an AP course during their grade 11 year. This course focuses on nonfiction content with extended work in language and writing in preparation for the AP demands. Taking the AP English Language Exam in May is mandatory.  Students will be exposed to a wider range of genres and texts and will be trained in the techniques of thematic and rhetorical analysis. Vocabulary development continues.

TEXTS: Everything’s An Argument, The Essay Connection, A World of Essays, Heart of Darkness, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and various nonfiction selections, essays and speeches.

English 12
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:Completion of English 11

English 12 has a strong focus on the skills necessary for university level work. More in-depth development of various forms of writing and research skills will be addressed. Refinement of writing mechanics and techniques to produce clear and concise work is a central focus of the senior year. Literature and analysis will focus on the relationship between the outsider and society. Additionally, more technical reading is presented through articles from international magazines/journals and newspapers. Vocabulary development continues.

TEXTS: Outliers, Othello, other selected novel excerpts, various non-fiction essays, poetry and selected texts.

AP English Literature                                                                                    
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites: Student must receive a grade of B or better in AP English Language and         
                         obtain a letter of recommendation from their English teacher

The AP course is designed to give the student an overview of world literature in preparation for taking the AP exam in late spring. Students will examine a variety of literature including poetry, essays, drama, short stories, and novels. In addition, AP students will continue to build their vocabulary skills and to explore literary devices and themes. Students are expected to engage in detailed analysis of selected works. Timed, in-class essays are frequent and mandatory. Taking the AP English exam in May is mandatory.       

TEXTS: King Lear, Wuthering Heights, Notes From the Underground , The Great Gatsby, A Doll’s House, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Raisin in the Sun and various selected readings.

Drama
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0

This course will introduce students to the history of theatre and the basics of live theatre production. It will provide opportunities for students to develop skills in critical listening and thinking, communicating with confidence, as well as stage presence, the technical/organizational elements of theatrical production (e.g., set, lights, costumes, props and sound) and theatre literature. This course involves hands-on, practical work; students are expected to work individually and in groups, culminating in periodic classroom and/or public performances. Students will be assessed in a variety of ways in this project-based course; these including, journals, teamwork, memorization, performance, as well as the opportunity to  analyze performances outside of school. The objective of this course is to provide opportunities for students to connect the literature being studied to a variety of cultures, history, and other content areas; and develop 21st century skills that will help them be successful after high school.
TEXTS: Excerpts of Greek, Shakespearean and Modern Dramatictheory/plays.

Public Speaking                                                                                                    
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0

Surveys have shown that most people claim public speaking is their number one fear, yet the ability to speak in front of people is an important one in many careers.  This course will help develop those skills and overcome this fear.  Throughout the school year you will deliver a variety of speeches including speeches to inform, to persuade, to motivate, to entertain, to argue as well as participate in multiple debates and a full mock trial.  In class, you’ll cover techniques for writing and delivering speeches as well for engaging the audience.

Advanced Public Speaking an Debate                                                              
Length of Course:     One Year        Credit Value: 1.0

Advanced Public Speaking and Debate builds on the proficiencies developed in Block 2 Public Speaking.  The course emphasizes both analytical writing and formal debate skills. Students will be required to complete individual speeches and debate assignments as well as collaborate with small and larger groups of peers. Opportunities to judge and evaluate debate events along with active participation will be required. This is to ensure a well-rounded understanding in the art of debate. 

Block 2 Public Speaking is not a mandatory prerequisite but suggested. It is recommended for students who have a proficient background and experience in public speaking including, but not limited to, MUN, the Speech and Debate team or drama.

Humanities
علوم إنسانية
 

Psychology
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Psychology is designed to expose students to a variety of topics in the subject area. These topics include biological, cognitive, developmental, behavioral, psychodynamic and humanistic perspectives. Although there are a number of approaches to psychology, the emphasis in this course is on scientific methodology and empirical methods. The purpose of the course is to give an appreciation of psychology as a social science and as a body of knowledge that is relevant to the student’s life.

TEXT:             Thinking About Psychology. (C.T. Blair & R.M. Ernst) Broeker and Worth Publishing, 2008

AP Psychology
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade B+ or better in Psychology, an overall GPA of B+ or better, and one completed Humanities Teacher Recommendation form to be obtained by any Humanities teacher.

Advanced Placement Psychology is a university level course that requires students to read and study daily as is expected at any university. The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals.  Students are exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology.  They also learn about methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Taking the AP exam in May will be mandatory.

TEXT:             Psychology: AP Edition. (Zimbaro, Johnson, Weber, Gruber). Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2007.

World History I:  Ancient Civilizations
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course introduces students to basic issues in the general history of civilization. Students will pay close attention to the political and cultural factors that contributed to the transformation of the world before 1500 CE. Students will also develop basic skills related to the social sciences, read primary sources in class and engage in independent research.

TEXT:             World History: Human Legacy.  Holt McDougal, 2008.

World History II:  The Modern Era
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course covers the global changes that created the modern world in the five centuries from the Renaissance to the Age of Imperialism. Students will learn about politics, economies, and culture of the period on a global scale. They will see how people and events have affected our lives in the world today. In addition to this, students will learn how to analyze the importance of people’s actions and decisions by reading selected primary resources and engaging in independent research.

TEXT:             World History: Human Legacy.  Holt McDougal, 2008.

20th Century History
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course will pursue an understanding of how events that occurred from 1900 to the present day have shaped our modern world and its current events.  Students will tackle questions such as:  What is globalization and why should I care?  Are there universal human rights and is it our responsibility to protect the rights of people in other countries?  Will technology save or destroy us?  Students will analyze various moments in history by reading selected primary resources and engaging in independent research.

TEXT:             World History, Human Legacy. Holt McDougal. 2008

AP World History
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade B+ or better in Geography, World History 1, World History 2, 20th Century History, OR Political Science, an overall GPA of B+ or better, and one completed Humanities Teacher Recommendation form to be obtained by any Humanities teacher.

Advanced Placement World History is a university level course that requires students to read and study daily as is expected at any university. The course is designed to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies.  This course will highlight the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.  It will emphasize relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.  Taking the AP exam in May will be mandatory.

TEXT:             Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World:  From the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present. (Tignor, Et Al). W.W. Norton and Company, 2010.

Political Science
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course will look at countries around the world using a lens of power, politics, and privilege. Students will learn about the main political ideas and forms of government in the world today. Students will analyze different government structures from around the world in addition to critiquing laws.  Students will read primary and secondary source documents, including current-day newspaper articles. Besides acquiring basic information, students will learn more about the world in which they live.

TEXT:             Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture. 9th Ed. (G.M. Roskin) Pearson Education, 2007.

World Cultures
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This freshman course introduces students to the various cultural regions of the world, climates and landforms, and major themes in the study of the seven elements of culture. Regions focused on are Europe, Eurasia, East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Emphasis is placed on aspects of culture such as art, economy, politics, and religion. Another very important part of this course is learning how to read and analyze maps.

TEXT:             People, Places, and Change, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2003

World Geography
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of human and physical geography.  Students will know the five themes of geography and be able to apply them to various locations and circumstances in the world. They will also be exposed to concepts involving maps, the earth’s atmosphere and climates, water, global landforms, cultures, population, resources, and environmental change.  Emphasis is placed on aspects of human-environmental interactions, such as art, economy, politics, and religion.

TEXT:             World Geography Today. (R.J. Sager and D.M. Helgren). Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2008.

Social Studies 9 (Arabic)
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 0.5

This is a required course for all grade 9 students. Students study the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education curriculum that includes the following about Kuwait: physical geography, history of Kuwait, oil production in Kuwait, Kuwaitis’ role in building Kuwait, the social structure, and Kuwaiti society. Additionally, students study the unity, structure, and formation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Gulf states.

TEXT:             The Arabian Gulf, (Arabic). Ministry of Education, Kuwait.

 

الاجتماعيات للصف التاسع
مدة المقرر: سنة دراسية                            عدد الوحدات:  0.5   ساعة معتمدة

هذه المادة إجبارية لطلاب الصف التاسع وهي مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت، يدرس الطلاب المواضيع التالية: يتناول المقرر المواضيع التالية: دراسة الكون والإنسان والبيئة,السكان وتوزيعهم ومشاكلهم,قيم الحياة المدنية والتحديات والتطلعات التى يمر بها عالمنا,كما يهتم هذا المقرر بدراسة علاقة دولة الكويت بدول العالم .

الكتاب:               مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: الخليج العربي

Social Studies 10 (Arabic)
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 0.5

This is a required course for all grade 10 students, Students study the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education curriculum that includes the following topics about the Arab World:  resources, the Arabs’ role in human civilization, colonization of the Arab World, the Arab struggle for liberation, the common culture of the Arab World, issues and problems of the Arab World, and relations of Arab countries with the rest of the world.

TEXT:             The Arab Countries, (Arabic). Ministry of Education, Kuwait

الاجتماعيات للصف العاشر
مدة المقرر: سنة دراسية واحدة                   عدد الوحدات: 0.5   ساعة معتمدة

هذه المادة إجبارية لطلاب الصف العاشر وهي مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت، يدرس الطلاب المواضيع التالية: الخصائص الجغرافية لدول الوطن العربي من موقع جغرافي مهم/طاقات بشرية واقتصادية/الحضارات القديمة التي سكنت دول الوطن العربي، بالإضافة إلى القضايا والمشكلات العربية/التحديات والمتغيرات والمنظمات العربية والدولية/كما يهتم هذا المقرر بأهمية التكامل والتضامن العربي كوسيلة فعالة في مواجهة المتغيرات السياسية والعالمية.

الكتاب:               مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: الوطن العربي

Sociology ( Arabic )
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course is for students in grades 11 and 12. The student will learn about: the beginnings of the Social Science and its branches, how this relates to other fields of science, the curriculum of social research, social phenomenon, educational and social establishments.  Practical implementation of Sociology will be explored.  This course is recommended for students planning to attend Kuwait University in the Humanities Department.

TEXT:            Basics Sociology, 2nd edition. Al Hadad, Bourisly, Ahmed. 1999.

علم الاجتماع
مدة المقرر: سنة دراسية واحدة                   عدد الوحدات: 1 ساعة معتمدة

هذه المادة اختيارية لطلاب الصفين الحادي عشر والثاني عشر، يدرس فيها الطلاب المواضيع التالية: البدايات الأولى لعلم الاجتماع وفروعه، وعلاقته بالعلوم الأخرى، ومناهج البحث الاجتماعي والظواهر الاجتماعية، والمؤسسات التربوية والاجتماعية والتطبيقات العملية للدراسات الاجتماعية

الكتاب:               مبادئ علم الاجتماع، تأليف د. محمد سليمان الحداد، طه سلطان بورسلي، حسن حسين أحمد، الطبعة
                        الثانية 1999

French I
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

In this course students will acquire basic skills in French reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The course features an immersion format whereby most instruction and conversation with the instructor occurs in French.  Students will gradually build a sound working vocabulary as well as an introductory acquaintance with French grammar.  Students will also learn about French culture, including attitudes, monuments, celebrities, cuisine and customs.  Students enrolling in French I should expect to continue into French II.

TEXT:             Allez Viens 1! Holt, 2006.

 

French II
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Passing grade in French I

This course builds upon the foundation skills they learned in French I.  Students will further expand their vocabulary, as well as their listening, reading and writing skills.  Conversation will be an integral part of the course.  French culture, including attitudes, customs, habits and beliefs will be studied.

TEXT:             Allez Viens 2! Holt, 2006.

 

 

French III
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Passing grade in French II

This higher-level French course will consolidate and expand upon the skills learned in French I and French II.  Students will broaden their vocabulary base and enhance their capabilities in writing, reading, speaking, and listening.  Students will compose longer paragraphs, read novels and poetry, and take part in discussions in French concerning a wide variety of subjects.

TEXT:             Allez Viens 3! Holt, 2006.

Spanish I
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

In this course students will acquire basic skills in Spanish reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The course features an immersion format whereby most instruction and conversation with the instructor occurs in Spanish.  Students will gradually build a working vocabulary as well as an introductory acquaintance with Spanish grammar.  Students will also learn about Spanish culture, including attitudes and customs.  Students enrolling in Spanish I should expect to continue into Spanish II.

TEXT:             Avancemos. McDougal, 2007.

Spanish II
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Passing grade in Spanish I

This course builds upon the foundation skills students learned in Spanish I.  Students will further expand their vocabulary, as well as their listening, reading and writing skills.  Conversation will be an integral part of the course.  Spanish culture, including attitudes, customs and beliefs will be studied.

TEXT:             Avancemos, Level 2. McDougal. 2007

Spanish III
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Passing grade in Spanish II

This higher-level Spanish course will consolidate and expand upon the skills learned in Spanish I and Spanish II.  Students will broaden their vocabulary base and enhance their capabilities in writing, reading, speaking, and listening.  Students will compose longer paragraphs, read novels and poetry, and take part in discussions in Spanish concerning a wide variety of subjects.

TEXT:             Avancemos, Level 3. McDougal. 2010

Business Studies
 
 

Introduction to Business
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This introductory course is geared towards students desiring to learn the basics of business. Students will learn and work with such topics as the function of business, entrepreneurship and business enterprise, the role of business in society, the ethics of business, securities and investment, money and banking, human resource management and marketing. To be successful in this course, students should possess skills in effective note-taking, critical thinking, writing and speaking clearly in English, and conducting research.

TEXT:             Introduction to Business. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2008

Marketing
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

In this course, students will learn about the basic components of marketing, its methods and uses to businesses. Marketing focuses on the promotion of various products offered by businesses. Products may include either goods or services. There are many specific characteristics we will study that involve the marketing of goods and services; the process by a which marketing plan is developed by a company, the disadvantages and benefits of specific marketing techniques, the comparative differences between various techniques. Students will gain an idea of the effective analyses used in marketing to determine the most effective ways to sell a product.

TEXT:             Marketing Essentials. Glencoe, 2006.
Supplemental materials: Glencoe problems, student portfolios and other readings. 

Accounting
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             Satisfactory completion of Algebra I and computer applications

This course introduces the basic concepts of accounting: credits and debits, the accounting equation, and a double-entry accounting system. Students will learn how to keep accurate records for a small business. Further, they will learn to use this information to help in the running and maintenance of a small business. Students will perform problems involving data categorization, recording, and analysis. In addition, students will produce records that record capital flows, book value of a stock, and statements of owner equity. While not a math intensive course, accounting does require some math. Students should also possess a working knowledge of spreadsheet use as well.

TEXT:             Glencoe Accounting, Real World Applications. Glencoe, 2004.
Supplemental materials: Glencoe problems, student portfolios.

Economics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

The introductory economics course offers students an economic way of viewing the world as a set of scarce resources and the choices people must make. Students will learn about microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students will learn how economic concepts can explain the effects of governmental and private decisions. The course will introduce such topics as supply and demand, elasticity, government interference in the marketplace, consumer choice, and market structures. This course will particularly emphasize the economics of every-day decision-making. Students who can apply concepts to real life scenarios, through critical thinking, would enjoy this course. The course serves as a prerequisite for Advanced Placement Economics. Calculators are not allowed.

TEXT:             Economics: Today and Tomorrow.  Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2008.
                        Supplemental materials: Additional material handed out in classroom

AP Microeconomics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade B or better in Economics

Advanced Placement microeconomics is a college course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics as they apply to individual decision-making units, including individual households and firms. Students taking the course will spend time examining the theory consumer behavior, the theory of the firm, and the behavior of profit-maximizing firms under various market structures. They will evaluate the efficiency of the outcomes with respect to price, output, consumer surplus, and producer surplus. Students will have an opportunity to examine the behaviors of households and businesses in factor markets, and learn how the determination of factor prices, wages, interest, and rent influence the distribution of income in a market economy. Students will also consider instances in which private markets may fail to allocate resources efficiently and examine various public policy alternatives aimed at improving the efficiency of private markets.

TEXT:             Principles of Economics. (N.G. Mankiw), 2003.

AP Macroeconomics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Economics Grade B or better in Economics

Advanced Placement macroeconomics is a college course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics in examining aggregate economic behavior. Students taking this course can expect to learn how the measure of economic performance, such as GDP, inflation and unemployment, are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. Students will also learn the basic analytical tools of macroeconomics, primarily the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model and its application in the analysis and determination of national income, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal policy and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Recognizing the global nature of economics, students will also have ample opportunities to examine the impact of international trade and finance on national economies. Various economic schools of thought are introduced as solutions to economics problems are considered.

TEXT:             Principles of Economics. (N.G. Mankiw), 2003.

Personal Finance
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course will inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts, gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions leading to financial independence.

Fine Arts
الفنون الجميلة
 

The Art Program consists of courses that develop students’ creative abilities and visual communication skills. Students will participate in project that will explore the use of a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional arts materials. Through individualized and group instruction, art teachers stress the importance of experimentation and balance this with the more guided development of technical skills with specific art materials. The courses currently being offered by the Art Department have been designed to sharpen students’ critical and creative thinking skills and to increase students’ confidence in their own creativity.

Elements of Art
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Realistic drawing skills are not necessary to achieve success in this course. It allows students to develop and expand skills in art and continue the exploration of art as a means of visual expression. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of art through classroom assignments and studio projects. Students will work with variety of art materials. In addition to improving drawing and design skills, students will be encouraged to communicate their own ideas. Concentrations include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. Upon completion of this course students should: 1) have developed drawing and design skills, 2) have developed a broader understanding of how artists combine skill with art materials with the creative process in order to communicate ideas and feelings. The course includes art school presentations and participation in year-end Art Exhibition.

TEXT:             Exploring Visual Design. Davis Publications,
Sketchbook is required.

Drawing and Painting I
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Students explore a variety of media providing a foundation in the elements and principles of art with an emphasis on drawing and painting. This course, students learn to draw and paint through direct observation. Students learn to apply a variety of techniques and media to create compositions that incorporate the elements and principal of design. The study of art history, cultures, and artists will provide vocabulary skills and a foundation for students to discuss and evaluate their own work in a supportive atmosphere. The course includes art school presentations and participation in a year-end Art Exhibition.

TEXT:             Exploring Visual Design. Davis Publications,
Sketchbook is required.

 

 

Drawing and Painting II
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Elements of Art or Drawing and Painting 1

Each drawing and painting unit extends and refines the skills taught in the beginning Drawing and Painting course.  Units should continue to build student confidence in drawing from life as well as challenge students with developing their own “voice” through individual choices in composition and the elements and principles of design.  Addressing conceptual ideas through the media and considering diverse “points of view” in compositions should also be included in units. Students continue to refine a variety of techniques to create compositions that incorporate the principles of color and design. The course includes art school presentations and participation in a year-end Art Exhibition.

TEXT:             Exploring Visual Design. Davis Publications,
Sketchbook is required.

Art and Design
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Students explore a variety of media, with an emphasis on design, and enhance design skills with experiences in a variety of two-dimensional media. The two-dimensional media may include: painting, printmaking, collage and digital media. Students will be introduced to Photoshop as a tool for manipulating and enhancing traditional studio media.  The three-dimensional media may include: sculptural clay, functional clay, wood, paper product sculpture, jewelry, textiles, or stained glass. The study of art history, cultures, and artists will incorporate vocabulary and the elements and principles of design. The principles of design will be explored through assignments that may include: printmaking, digital imaging, typography, collage, graphic design, and commercial art. Art Craft & Design students will develop their portfolio as part of this class. The course includes art school presentations and participation in a year-end Art Exhibition.

TEXT:             Exploring Visual Design. Davis Publications,
Art and the Human Experience: A Global Pursuit. (Katter & Stewart) Davis Publications, 20
                        Sketchbook is required.

Ceramics
Length of course:      One year                     Credit value:  1.0

This is an introductory Ceramics course that will cover the making of ceramic objects (both pottery and sculptural forms) using a variety of clay working techniques both hand-building and wheel thrown.  Strong emphasis will be put on the three hand-building techniques of pinch, slab, and coil methods.  Application of surface design and glazing will be covered with all assignments. Students will be challenged to develop their sense of design and level of craftsmanship as the year progresses.  An appreciation of the ceramics of the past and present will be included in the presentation of assignments.  Students will have a solid introduction to the craft of ceramics, the proper use of its equipment and tools and the basics of studio safety in their use.

TEXT:             Sketchbook is required.

 

Studio Art
Length of course:      One year                     Credit value:  1.0
Prerequisite:              Elements of Art or Drawing and Painting 1

Studio Art is designed for the serious student, who is highly motivated to be challenged in an exploration of all media and interested in seriously developing their creative skills. It develops the skills, aesthetic learning and artistic vocabulary needed to be successful in art. Expanding on basic design theory and foundation skills, students will work in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Students will build upon concepts, principles and skills learned in previous art courses. Units should specifically engage students with the challenge of creating a "breadth" (variety of media approaches) or “concentration” (theme for a body of work) of work as part of the class.  A wide range of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art materials will be explored in a structured studio setting. Students should know the rubrics for the Advanced Placement portfolios (Drawing & 2D Design) and use the rubrics as part of assessment strategies for individual reflection or group critiques. The course includes art school presentations and participation in a year-end Art Exhibition.

TEXT:             Exploring Visual Design. Davis Publications,
Art and the Human Experience: A Global Pursuit. (Katter & Stewart) Davis Publications, 2005
Sketchbook is required.

AP Studio Art
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade B or better in Studio Art

The course provides an opportunity for grade 12 students to develop aesthetic and creative faculties. It provides experience in a variety of art media and art criticism skills. It is intended for students who have successfully completed two or more years of high school art. The nature of the class and the work will provide the opportunities for personal growth and exploration. This is a continuation of Studio Art class. The two primary goals of this course are to (1) prepare a portfolio of 29 pieces of work for the AP exam by the end of April, and (2) develop your art and yourself as an artist. This class is a highly independent course requiring organization, motivation and completion of specific deadlines. All students will maintain and expand their portfolio for critique and grading. Students will choose one of the following portfolios subjects: Drawing, 2D Design, or 3D Design. The course includes art school presentations and participation in an end-of-the-year Art Exhibition.

TEXT:             Art and the Human Experience: A Global Pursuit. (Katter & Stewart) Davis Publications, 2005

General Music
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Never played an instrument or perhaps have had a couple of years on piano and would like to play another instrument? Then, this is the course for you.  This course is designed to challenge oneself  and for the beginner to develop skills, technique, and to learn how to listen and perform with sensitivity and imagination.  Like all our courses, you will have the opportunity to create your own short compositions on your instrument and with the use of computer technology.  You will also learn all the correct music terminology and its use.  An introduction to the various historical eras will be briefly explored as well. Also this course is designed to develop the singing ability of the student.  Through various voice exercises students will participate in choral music.  Student will also be exposed to folk music from around the world and learn how to sing Arabic skills. Students will be expected to perform their songs.

Instrumental Music 1
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

The Instrumental Music Program is designed to extend the boundaries of the gifted student beyond the limits of the standard high school curriculum.  In addition, instruction in Music Theory, Composition, and Music History is made available to the interested student, all of which combine to provide a venue for the specific creative needs of both the group and the individual.

Instrumental Music 2
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course is designed for students who are fluent in playing the different instruments , open to all students 11-12 who have skills on a band instrument and a desire to improve these skills, both individually and in an ensemble setting. This course will focus on fundamentals of music, including scales, tonal exercise, articulation, rhythm, technique, theory, and ensemble playing by learning and preparing musical repertoire from different time periods as well as improving playing skills and tone production. A required performance schedule provides opportunity for demonstration of the mastery achieved by This course. Students learn different pieces of Arabic and Western music. Students are expected to participate in classes and contribute by playing various instruments.
 

Percussion
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Students in this course will learn about music concepts and elements of music. The students in this class will learn how to read and play music on percussion instruments like: mallets, snare drum, bass drum...etc. Students will discover where their interests lie related to various percussion instruments.

Chorus
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Chorus is a class in vocal music, open to all students in grades 11-12 who have some musical skills and a desire to improve those skills, both individually and in an ensemble setting. This course will focus on music fundamentals: scales, basic theory, articulation, rhythm, intonation, tonal exercises. Also the course is designed to develop the singing ability of the student.  Through various voice exercises students will participate in choral music.  Student will also be exposed to folk music from around the world and learn how to sing Arabic skills. Students will be expected to perform.

Information Technology
تكنولوجيا المعلومات
 

Al-Bayan Bilingual School is committed to preparing its students to meet the challenges of a technologically changing world. We believe that meeting this challenge requires us to empower students with a practical, flexible education in technology, enabling them to think independently and analytically in solving substantive problems. Furthermore, we envision computers and technology, which must be recognized and used as interdisciplinary tools, as essentials of all curricular areas. The courses offered by the Information Technology Department are designed to reflect those beliefs. Assessment of student progress will test the student's ability to apply the skills presented in each course. The student's ability to grasp cognitive aspects of the subject areas will also be assessed. In this way, the strengths and weaknesses of each individual will be addressed and developed.

Computer Applications           
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

The course objectives are to provide the skills necessary to function in an increasingly technological world. The applications presented are dynamic and designed to extend the scope and sequence of the middle school computer programs. By completing the Computer Applications course students will be equipped with many advanced Office 2010 skills. Such as: research, organizational, and presentational skills, including data analysis, using spreadsheet and database software. Different challenging and critical thinking assignments, in addition to hands-on tests and projects, will be assigned periodically.

TEXT:             Learning Microsoft Office 2010 Deluxe. Suzanne Weixel and Jennifer Fulton, Pearsons Education, 2008.
Learning Microsoft Office 2010: Advanced Skills. Catherine Skintik. Pearson Education, 2009.

Graphic Design                                                   
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course builds understanding of computer-generated graphics, the principles of design, and the creation of a graphic design product from concept to presentation. Students in this course will learn about creating high-quality illustrations, images, and documents for print, web, and devices by using three major Adobe applications, so they will learn to design and create attention-getting products for a wide variety of media needs. Students will work with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign. Projects will be assigned periodically to reinforce the material. Different challenging and critical thinking assignments in addition to hands-on tests will be assigned periodically.

TEXT:             Learning Media Design with Adobe CS5, Pearson Prentice Hall Publisher, Catherine Skintik, 2010

Introduction to Programming (Visual Basic)
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course is an introductory course that orients students to programming concepts and logic without assuming any previous programming experience. Students will learn the basics that can be applied on any programming language. Students will be introduced to the basics of problem solving skills. Fundamental topics will be covered such as data types, control structures, modules, functions and libraries as well as object - oriented concepts and event-driven programming. Students will learn to write codes using Visual Basics.Net. to design simple programs using Visual Studio.

TEXT:             Starting Out with Visual Basic, Updated Fourth Edition. Tony Gaddis and Kip Irvine, Pearson, 2008

I.T. Programming Language
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course will provide a Step-by-step presentation which helps beginners understand the important details necessary to become skilled programmers at an introductory level. It motivates the study of both programming skills and the C++ programming language by presenting all the details needed to understand the “how” and the “why”

In Starting Out with C++: Early Objects, we cover objects and classes early after functions and before arrays and pointers. It’s clear and easy-to-read code listings, concise and practical real-world examples, and an abundance of exercises appear in every chapter.

TEXT:             Starting Out with C++: Early Objects, 8/E
Tony Gaddis, Haywood Community College, Judy Walters and Godfrey Muganda

Mathematics
الرياضيات
 

The High School mathematics department is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and solid background in mathematics. We offer the students a variety of courses: Algebra I & II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, Integrated Math and Statistics. Students are required to pass 3 courses in order to graduate. Our goals are to improve students problem solving skills and prepare them for university studies. Students follow a sequence of courses, of which they must pass before proceeding onto the next course.  Ninth graders entering the High School will be placed in either Algebra I or Geometry, and the students will follow a sequence of Geometry, Algebra II, then they may choose Pre-Calculus or Integrated Math in grade 11 followed by Calculus, AP Calculus in grade 12. They also have the option to take a Statistics course in grade 11, or 12.

The department uses a variety of methods for assessment and evaluation such as: tests, quizzes, activities, Project-based assessment and homework. We believe that if students participate in class, do their homework, and study on a daily basis, they will achieve very good results and better problem solving skills.

There will be a digital approach in the instruction of Math starting 2014-2015, where we will switch to e books in the courses of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Integrated Math 2.

Algebra I
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course covers linear equation, word problems such as "rate, time, distance problems, area, cost- income problems," polynomials, factoring, algebraic functions, ratios and proportion, lines and their slopes, graphing lines, and solving system of linear equation. Students are allowed to use calculators. This course prepares students for taking Geometry and Algebra II.

TEXT:             Pearson Mathematics Algebra 1 @2012

Geometry
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course is based mainly on plane geometry. It helps students use logic in analyzing problems and in organizing their thoughts.  Students should be able to use facts and givens to reach conclusions. The core topics of this course are deductive reasoning and writing proofs, lines and planes, congruent and similar triangles, metric relations in right triangles, quadrilaterals, areas of plane figures, and circles. There is one project per semester composed of a power point presentation that highlights a certain topic or area in geometry discussing definitions, features and real life applications.

TEXT:             Pearson Mathematics  Geometry @2012Geometry

Algebra IIThis is a required course for graduation starting with the class of 2017.
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             Passing grade in Algebra I and Geometry

This course is a continuation of Algebra I and prepares the students for Pre-Calculus.  It covers: inequalities, linear equations and functions, products and factors of polynomials, rational expressions, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, analytic geometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, triangle trigonometry and matrices and determinants. Throughout this course, students will learn how to analyze and interpret data to solve problems in preparation for Pre-Calculus.

TEXT:             Pearson Mathematics Algebra 2 @2012 

Pre-Calculus
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             Grade C- or better in Algebra II and Geometry

This university preparatory course prepares students for Calculus and AP Calculus. Sources in college-level mathematics begin with a good understanding of Algebra. The goal of Pre-Calculus is to help students develop this understanding. It is designed for students planning to major in science fields at the university level. The core topics of this course are functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithms, trigonometry, analytic trigonometry, sequences, counting principles, probability, and statistics.  Graphing calculators are used in this course.

TEXT:      Pre-Calculus: Graphical, Numeric, and Algebraic, 7th Ed. Pearson-Prentice

Calculus
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade C+ or above in Pre-Calculus

This course is a university level course based on functions and their limits, derivatives and anti derivatives and their application. Students taking this course should be informed that this course is not an alternative to the university course, and they are advised to take it again in their freshman year. Graphing calculators are required.

TEXT:             Calculus of a Single Variable, 9th Ed. Holt McDougal, 2010.

 

AP Calculus
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             Grade B or better in Pre-Calculus

AP Calculus is an advanced placement course that is comparable to a calculus course in university. It gives hard working and motivated students the opportunity to get ahead by earning advanced placement and/or university credit while still in High School, provided they get a score of at least 3 out of 5 on their AP Exam. The content of the course is based on functions, graphs and limits, derivatives and their applications, anti derivatives and their applications. Applying Calculus in real life situations is the main objective of this course. Thus, there will be an emphasis on developing and improving analysis and problem solving skills. Graphing calculators are used extensively.

TEXT:             Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic. (Kennedy). Scott Foresman.
Calculus: 6th Edition. Houghton Mifflin.

Integrated Mathematics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II

This course is designed for students who will not major in science or mathematics at university level. The emphasis of this course is to study many topics covered in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. It involves students in explorations and activities. It also helps students make cross-curricular and life connections.

TEXT:              Pearson Integrated High School Mathematics 2 @ 2014

Statistics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

The objective of this course is to reinforce statistical literacy among our students, and make statistics accessible to every student, including those who do not have a strong math background. Students will learn how and where statistics is applied. They will learn the correct terminology that will help them decide and focus on correct analysis and process. There will be emphasis on critical thinking, and how to apply and interpret statistical results. Computers and calculators are used to provide the numerical results of statistical processes.

TEXT:             Understanding Basic Statistics. Brase/ Brase Fifth Edition, 2010

Physical Education
التربية البدنية
 

Physical Education 9
Length of Course : One Year
Credit Value : 0.5

Physical Education 9
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 0.5

Physical Education is a required course in grade 9. Male and female classes are similar in nature but are separate. The curriculum is focused on increasing levels of fitness and conditioning, which includes fitness assessments, individual and team sports. Active class work, skill development, and sportsmanship, are important components integrated within the class. Independent learning and collaboration are also part of 21st century skills that will be focused on as components of daily lessons. Specific units include volleyball, basketball, football, recreational activities, physical conditioning, and strength training.

Physical Education 10
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 0.5

Physical Education 10 is a continuation of Physical Education 9 and is a required course in grade 10. Male and female classes are similar in nature but are separate. The curriculum is focused on increasing levels of fitness and conditioning, which includes fitness assessments, individual and team sports. Active class work, skill development, and sportsmanship, are important components integrated within the class. Independent learning and collaboration are also part of 21st century skills that will be focused on as components of daily lessons. Specific units include volleyball, basketball, football, recreational activities, physical conditioning, and strength training. Technology use in the PE classroom, for assessment purposes, will also be incorporated in the form of ePortfolio development.

Health
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Health is an elective course offered to students in grades 11 and 12. In this class, students will explore the different dimensions that constitute health and wellness, which include Social Health, Emotional Health, Spiritual Health, Mental Health, Physical Health, and Environmental Health. Students will discover how all of these components work together to help create “Good Health and Wellness.”  They will learn to assess these areas and make realistic proposals for change that will influence their personal health. Special emphasis will be placed on Nutritional Health.

Physical Education 3 (PE3-Athletics)
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course will consist of rigorous physical training for athletic purposes. BBS student-athletes (G11/12), pre-selected by the varsity sport coaches, will be participating in sport performance training, which will consist of anaerobic and aerobic conditioning, sport performance testing, flexibility training, balance training, core training, plyometric training and speed, agility, and quickness training. Student-athletes will also be exposed to sport performance nutrition and mental training. Student-athletes enrolled in this class must be a returning varsity athlete and/or is projected to be a varsity-selected athlete for a sport during the upcoming year. Technology use in the PE classroom, for assessment purposes, will also be incorporated in the form of ePortfolio development.

Aerobics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

The goal is to offer students a variety of Aerobics activities broken down into 4 units. Each quarter students will participate in a different style of aerobic. This will include group aerobics classes, individual aerobics training, yoga, and cross training. In addition, students will understand the importance of this type of physical activity for maintaining a strong and healthy body. Assessment will be based on written tests, fitness tests, participation, uniform, and citizenship. Technology use in the PE classroom, for assessment purposes, will also be incorporated in the form of ePortfolio development.

Science
العلوم
 

The objective of the teaching of science to students is to enhance scientific thinking, i.e. analytical and critical thinking to acquire the required practical skills including the application of technology to solve problems by following the scientific method; to become independent learners; to work effectively as a member of a team; to lead by taking individual initiatives; to relate science to the environment and to appreciate the significant role of scientists in improving the quality of life.

Biology
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course is a required grade nine science course.  Grade 9 biology is an introductory life science course, exploring life in both the plant and animal kingdoms.  Providing students with a solid, basic biology foundation, which will prepare them for future biology or life science courses in their high school and college careers.  Students will begin the year studying about the scientific method and basic chemistry of life.  They will then go on to study ecology, cells and their functions, genetics, taxonomy, and the six kingdoms of classification.  This course will be enhanced with hands-on activities and labs to help students obtain a greater understanding of the course.

TEXT:             Biology. Prentice Hall, 2008.

AP Biology
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade B or better in Biology and Chemistry
                       
This course is the equivalent of an introductory Biology course taken by biology majors during first semester of university. Students need to have completed one year of High School Biology. They also need a good command of English, a good understanding of chemistry, and some mathematical skills. It is strongly advised to take Environmental Science as a prerequisite. The course includes 12 quantitative lab exercises recommended by the AP Biology curriculum. The major emphasis is on understanding biological concepts rather than an accumulation of facts. The course covers:
1) Molecules and cells
2) Heredity and evolution
3) Organisms and populations

TEXT:             Biology, 4th edition. (Campbell). Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company, 1998.

Chemistry
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This course is a required science course for all grade ten students. Chemistry is preparatory for the Pre-AP Chemistry course. Topics include electronic structure of atoms, the periodic table and trends, chemical bonding, chemical equations, and stoichiometry. This course is designed in such a way that students are encouraged to be independent learners and to be able to solve problems by applying scientific methods. Experiments performed in the lab provide students with data collection opportunities to reinforce concepts covered in class.

TEXT:             Chemistry. Prentice Hall, 2008.

Pre-AP Chemistry
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade B or better in Chemistry

This is a university preparatory course that prepares students for AP Chemistry, and is a prerequisite for AP Chemistry. This course is aimed to help students develop their conceptual, analytical and practical skills in Chemistry. The core topics are physical characteristics of gases, liquids, solids and solutions; understanding of acids and bases theories and acid-base titration; chemical equilibrium, oxidation reduction, organic compounds; and the study of representative metals and non-metals.

TEXT:             Chemistry: Principals & Reactions, 4th edition. HBJ College Publishers, 2001.
Supplemented with: Modern Chemistry. (Tzimopoulos, Metcalfe, William & Castka).
Holt Rinehart Winston, 1993.

AP Chemistry
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: Grade B or better in Chemistry, Pre-AP Chemistry and Algebra II

This course is designed to be equivalent to a general chemistry course usually taken during the first university semester. The topics covered emphasize chemical calculations and mathematical formulation of principles and the kind of laboratory work done by students at the university level. It covers the standard topics of Chemistry:

  1. Structure of matter, including atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding and nuclear chemistry
  2. State of matter, which includes, gas, liquid, solid, and solutions
  3. Reactions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium kinetics, and thermodynamics. The laboratory work is designed to enable the students to make observations of chemical reactions and substances to record data to calculate and interpreting results based on the quantitative data obtained, and to communicate effectively the results of experimental work

TEXT:             Chemistry: Principles & Reactions, 4th edition. HBJ College Publishers, 2001.

Conceptual Physics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

Conceptual Physics is a course designed to address major topics of the essential physics high school science content expectations in order to provide a solid conceptual base in physics in support of subsequent courses. It will be offered in the freshman year of the physics first course sequence. This course will allocate the time necessary for students to develop conceptual mastery of physics concepts using a well-structured, student centered instruction. The course opens with a critical unit called ‘Forces and Energy.’ This unit familiarizes students with nature of scientific inquiry in physics, the reasoning required around measurement and data and the collaborative abilities necessary for the curriculum. The units that follow address the standard topics in physics (e.g. motion, sound and light, electricity and magnetism) as they are applied to interesting contexts (e.g., roller coasters, sports on the moon, study of the universe).

TEXT:             Conceptual Physics.Paul G. Hewitt, 2002.

Physics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             Grade C- in Algebra II or C+ or better in Pre-Calculus

This course is a college preparatory course for students who will major in science or mathematics. It covers the standard topics of physics: mechanics and electromagnetism. This course is aimed at encouraging students to be independent learners, to enable them to solve problems and to apply solutions to the problems faced by society. Laboratory exercises provide students with hands on opportunities for understanding physical concepts through direct observation.

TEXT:             Physics. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2006.

Honors Physics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             B or better in Algebra II in grade 10 and MUST take Pre-Calc in grade 11

Honors Physics covers classical physics areas in depth with an inquiry-based approach.  The goal of this course is to prepare students with above-average interest and ability in science and math for first year college physics in the US or for those intending to take AP Physics. Through minds-on activities, hands-on experiments, and demonstrations in the classroom, students will learn how to classify the phenomena around us within the framework of the basic physical laws. Students will connect these laws to everyday life. All course assignments, including home-assigned problems, readings and lab write-ups, are designed to develop expert problem-solving skills and reinforce the application of mathematics skills. Topics include measurement, kinematics, dynamics, energy, universal gravitation,  heat, light, electricity, and magnetism. Required study will include readings from the textbook, laboratory reports and home assignments. Students will be responsible for completing independent research projects and will be expected to work nightly on homework.

TEXT:             Physics. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2006.

AP Physics 1
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisites:             A in Chemistry and B in Algebra II 

This course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding, problem-solving ability and practical experiments.
TEXT:             Giancoli, Douglas C. 2005. Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th edition.                                Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Environmental Science
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0

This is a general environmental science course. It covers the subject on a global perspective with emphasis on living things in our ecosystem, how our ecosystem works, kinds of ecosystems, water, air, atmosphere, climate, land, food, bio-diversity, energy, waste and population growth. This course helps the students to understand the environment and its problems, to recognize the global perspective of the environment, to be able to make environmental decisions based on sound scientific methods of thinking and to recognize the effective role of scientists and ordinary people in protecting the environment. The students are asked to carry out a variety of assignments, including research papers. Practical work is included.

TEXT:             Environmental Science. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996.

AP Environmental Science
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Grade of “B” or better in Biology and Chemistry, Environmental Science.

This course is the equivalent of an introductory college course in Environmental Science.  Students need to have completed High School Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science (or have a “B” or higher in biology and chemistry; can take this without Introductory Environmental Science with Teacher approval or recommendation).  They also need a good command of English and mathematics to the Algebra II level.  This is an interdisciplinary science course which encompasses the rigors of scientific experimentation and theory as well as the sociological, ecological and political aspects which affect our world both today and in the future.  The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

The major unifying themes of this course include:

  1. Ecology
  2. Biodiversity
  3. Populations
  4. Sustainability
  5. Energy

TEXT:             Environmental Science: A Global Concern, 10th Edition.  Cunningham and Cunningham.  McGraw-Hill, New York.  2008.

Robotics
Length of Course:     One Year                    Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite:              Algebra II

This is a beginning course in robotics.  We will be utilizing Lego Mindstorms kits, EV3 PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE (PC/MAC) and various Lego Robotics materials.  The objective of this course is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies.  This course will involve students in the development, building and programming of a LEGO Mindstorms robot.  Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress.  Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems.  Student designed robots will be programmed to compete in various courses as developed by First Lego League. We hope that this class will provide motivation for students to continue in computer science and engineering courses.

TEXT:             None.

Islamic Studies
التربية الإسلامية
 

مدة المقرر: سنة واحدة                                    
 عدد الوحدات: نصف ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب إلى هذه المادة : عليه إتمام مادة التربية الإسلامية بنجاح في الصف الثامن.
هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتحضر الطالب للدراسة الجامعية, وتهدف إلى خلق الوازع الديني في نفسه وتقويم سلوكه بما ينسجم مع القيم الإسلامية والإنسانية , وتزويده بمعلومات وخبرات ومهارات ومعرفة شاملة بأصول الإسلام في مجالات العقائد والعبادات وعلوم القرآن الكريم والحديث النبوي الشريف والسيرة النبوية العطرة وميدان الأخلاق والآداب والثقافة الإسلامية والقضايا المعاصرة.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب التربية الإسلامية للصف التاسع: الجزء الأول والجزء الثاني

التربية الإسلامية للصف العاشر
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                                    عدد الوحدات: نصف ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام مادة التربية الإسلامية بنجاح في الصف التاسع.
هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتحضر الطالب للدراسة الجامعية ، وتهدف إلى خلق الوازع الديني في نفسه ، وتقويم سلوكه ، بما ينسجم مع القيم الإسلامية والإنسانية ، من خلال المفاهيم التالية: الاعتقاد بوحدانية الله تعالى أساس الإسلام, العبادة طهارة وتهذيب للنفس, القرآن الكريم رسالة ومعجزة, السنة النبوية ومكانتها في التشريع, تشريع الحلال والحرام حماية لحقوق الإنسان,الإسلام يحدد وينظم مسؤولية الأفراد في المجتمع, توثيق الحقوق في الإسلام وواجبات المسلمين نحوها.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب التربية الإسلامية للصف العاشر

التربية الإسلامية للصف الحادي عشر
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                                    عدد الوحدات: نصف ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام مادة التربية الإسلامية بنجاح في الصف العاشر.
هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتحضر الطالب للدراسة الجامعية ، وتهدف إلى خلق الوازع الديني في نفسه ، وتقويم سلوكه ، بما ينسجم مع القيم الإسلامية والإنسانية ، من خلال المفاهيم التالية: الإيمان بالغيب يزيد المؤمن هداية وتقى, أسس قيام المجتمع المسلم, التناقض والتعارض في بعض القيم وأنماط السلوك من سمات المجتمع المعاصر نتيجة التغير الاجتماعي, الإسلام يضع التشريعات ليعد الفرد للحياة الزوجية الناجحة وينظم حياة المجتمع بتشريعاته للأسرة, الإسلام يبيح الفرقة بالمعروف عند الاختلاف وتعذر الاتفاق, القرآن الكريم والسنة النبوية مصدر تربية المسلمين.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب التربية الإسلامية للصف الحادي عشر

 

 

التربية الإسلامية للصف الثاني عشر
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                                    عدد الوحدات:  نصف ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام مادة التربية الإسلامية بنجاح في الصف الحادي عشر.
هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتحضر الطالب للدراسة الجامعية، وتهدف إلى خلق الوازع الديني في نفسه ، وتقويم سلوكه ، بما ينسجم مع القيم الإسلامية والإنسانية ، من خلال المفاهيم التالية : التفكير الصحيح في الكون سبيل الإيمان بالله تعالى ، الابتكار والاختراع والتجديد طريق المجتمع إلى الرقي والتقدم ، المسلم متمسك بشرع الله تعالى  يجتنب الحرام ويمارس ما طاب من الحلال ، المشكلات الفكرية والسلوكية التي يعاني منها المجتمع المسلم اليوم ، من خصائص التشريع الإسلامي : التوازن و الاعتدال ، المسلم يقبل على كتاب الله تعالى وسنة نبيه قارئا ومتعبدا, الحضارة الإسلامية أسسها وخصائصها, العالم الإسلامي بين الأمس واليوم.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب التربية الإسلامية للصف الثاني عشر

القرآن الكريم للصف التاسع:
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                                      عدد الوحدات:  ربع ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب إلى هذا المقرر عليه إتمام مادة القرآن الكريم بنجاح في الصف الثامن.
إن هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتهدف إلى تحفيظ الطلاب عدد من آيات القرآن الكريم وإجادة تلاوتها ومعرفة بعض أحكام التلاوة وفق المنهج المقرر من وزارة التربية، كذلك الاطلاع على تفسير سور محددة من القرآن الكريم.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب مادة القرآن الكريم للصف التاسع .

القرآن الكريم للصف العاشر:
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                                عدد الوحدات:  ربع ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب إلى هذا المقرر عليه إتمام مادة القرآن الكريم في الصف التاسع بنجاح.
إن هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتهدف إلى تحفيظ الطلبة عدد محدد من آيات القرآن الكريم واطلاعهم على تفسيرها ومعرفة المزيد من أحكام التلاوة وإجادتها من خلال النصوص القرآنية الكريمة المدروسة.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب مادة القرآن الكريم للصف العاشر .

القرآن الكريم للصف الحادي عشر:
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                             عدد الوحدات:  ربع ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب إلى هذا المقرر عليه إتمام مادة القرآن الكريم في الصف العاشر بنجاح.
إن هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين وتهدف إلى تحفيظ الطلبة عدد محدد من آيات القرآن الكريم واطلاعهم على تفسيرها ومعرفة المزيد من أحكام التلاوة وإجادتها من خلال النصوص القرآنية الكريمة المدروسة.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب مادة القرآن الكريم للصف الحادي عشر .

 

القرآن الكريم للصف الثاني عشر:
مدة المقرر:  سنة واحدة                        عدد الوحدات:  ربع ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب إلى هذا المقرر عليه إتمام مادة القرآن الكريم في الصف الحادي عشر بنجاح.
إن هذه المادة مقررة من وزارة التربية والتعليم في دولة الكويت على الطلبة المسلمين و تهدف إلى تحفيظ الطلبة عدد محدد من آيات القرآن الكريم واطلاعهم على تفسيرها ومعرفة المزيد من أحكام التلاوة وإجادتها من خلال النصوص القرآنية الكريمة المدروسة.

الكتب: مقرر وزارة التربية في دولة الكويت: كتاب مادة القرآن الكريم للصف الثاني عشر.

 

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اللغة العربية
 

اللغة العربية للصف التاسع

مدة المقرر     : سنة واحدة                    عدد الوحدات: 1 ساعة معتمدة

 لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام اللغة العربية بنجاح في الصف الثامن .
هذا المقرر إجباري لطلاب الصف التاسع وهو مكمل لما سبقه في المرحلة المتوسطة مراعيا النمو النفسي والأدبي والعاطفي للطالب ، هو يعرض مجالات متعددة من : قرآن كريم ، ومظاهر للحياة السياسية والاجتماعية ، وتعبير عن المشاعر الذاتية ، وحل مشكلة ، واكتساب معلومات وحقائق ، ومتعة .. إجمالا يعتمد زيادة الحصيلة الثقافية ، مراعيا فنون اللغة وفروعها في القراءة والكتابة والمحادثة والاستماع لزيادة الحصيلة اللغوية وقوة الأسلوب المطلوبة لهذا المستوى .

الكتب :          مقرر وزارة التربية في الكويت : كتاب اللغة العربية و كتاب قواعد اللغة  ونصوص خارجية مختارة

اللغة العربية للصف العاشر

مدة المقرر     : سنة واحدة                    عدد الوحدات: 1 ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام اللغة العربية بنجاح في الصف التاسع .
هذا المقرر إجباري لطلاب الصف العاشر وهو مكمل لما سبقه في سنوات سابقة متضمنا مهارات وفنون اللغة من : فهم واستيعاب ، وثروة لغوية ، وسلامة لغوية ، وتذوق فني ، وتعبير . ويتم ذلك بممارسة القراءة والكتابة والاستماع من خلال عرض للمجالات المتنوعة في الأدب: ( قرآن كريم حياة المجتمعات خبرات إنسانية تنمية الفكر سمو الاتجاهات العاطفية زيادة الحصيلة الثقافية.. ) فهو يشدد على زيادة الحصيلة اللغوية وسلامة الأسلوب الشفهي والتحريري .

الكتب :          مقرر وزارة التربية في الكويت : كتاب اللغة العربية  و كتاب قواعد اللغة العربية، وكتاب البلاغة، ونصوص خارجية مختارة

اللغة العربية للصف الحادي عشر

مدة المقرر     : سنة واحدة                    عدد الوحدات: ا ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام اللغة العربية بنجاح في الصف العاشر
هذا المقرر إجباري لطلاب الصف الحادي عشر ويهدف إلى الارتقاء بلغة الطالب اليومية وقدرته. والمقرر يراعي الموازنة بين مهارتي الحفظ والفهم ويوظف كل منهما في خدمة الأخرى ، معتمدا على الجهد الذاتي للطالب من خلال المطالعة الخارجية والبحث العلمي . ويتناول المقرر المواضيع الرئيسة التالية: (قرآن كريم، المجالات الإبداعية، مجالات القراءة لزيادة المعلومات، ومجالات الرد على فكر كاتب معين

الكتب :          مقرر وزارة التربية في الكويت : كتاب اللغة العربية للصف الثالث الثانوي  وكتاب النحو  وكتاب النقد والبلاغة، وكتاب تاريخ الأدب، ونصوص خارجية مختارة.

اللغة العربية للصف الثاني عشر

مدة المقرر     : سنة واحدة                    عدد الوحدات: 1 ساعة معتمدة

لينضم الطالب لهذه المادة: عليه إتمام اللغة العربية بنجاح في الصف الحادي عشر .
هذا المقرر إجباري لطلاب الصف الثاني عشر ويهدف إلى الارتقاء بلغة الطالب اليومية والتعبيرية، موازنا بين مهارتي الحفظ والفهم وتوظيف كل منهما في خدمة الأخرى ، ويركز هذا المقرر على الأدب المعاصر والمدارس  الأدبية المختلفة على الساحتين العربية والكويتية ،  معتمدا على الجهد الذاتي للطالب من خلال المطالعة الخارجية والبحث العلمي .

الكتب :          مقرر وزارة التربية في الكويت : : كتاب اللغة العربية و كتاب النحو، وتاريخ الأدب ، والبلاغة والنقد

ونصوص خارجية مختارة.