Educate the powers of comparison through a study of processes.
Students are called upon to exercise powers of comparison, weighing contrary phenomena to determine their value and significance, and their origin.
In chemistry, the reactions of inorganic elements and the introduction of chemical nomenclature and equations; in physics, the principles of mechanics; in earth sciences, the complex processes involved in weather and climatic patterns—all these reveal the possibility of equilibrium arising out of the balancing of extremes.
Students discover that in the balancing of opposites, new forms can arise, whether in clouds and tides or new chemical compounds.
The objective is to help students find their own balance by discovering the process of balance in natural and human phenomena. This can prompt the curiosity to explore the origins of things.
Our school day begins at 8:40 with a ninrty-minute Morning Lesson period. There are nine four-week-long Morning Lesson Blocks in each academic year. In tenth grade, the nine blocks are:
- Ancient Civilizations
- Greek History
- Native American History
- Tenth Grade Class Play
- Biology: Embryology (lab science)
- Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry (lab science)
- Physics: Mechanics and Motion (lab science)
- Environmental Science: Ocean Ecology (lab science)
Beyond Morning Lesson, all tenth graders also study:
- one trimester of writing and research: Research Paper
- one trimester of literature: The Odyssey and The Double in Literature
- one trimester of Social Studies: US History
- three trimesters of Spanish or Mandarin
- three trimesters of Geometry
- three trimesters of Music (Orchestra, Choir, American Music or World Percussion)
- three trimesters of Art (six weeks each of Color Theory, Color Printmaking, Woodturning, Media Arts, Biosculpture and Farming)
- three trimesters of Social Sustainability
- three half-trimesters of Personal Sustainability
- three trimesters of PE (three one-hour periods per week)