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Introduction to Literature
This one credit, yearlong course encourages understanding of the world through reading, writing and speaking. Beginning with the genre of the short story, students will go on to read such classic novels as Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, or To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, explore poetry from different parts of the world, read William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, and learn about the tradition of the heroic epic poem through reading Homer’s The Odyssey. On the way, the instructor will emphasize literary terms and devices which will serve as a basis for further studies in literature. An understanding of these, along with building a broad high school level vocabulary, will be vital for success on college entrance exams such as the SAT. Students will have ample opportunity to develop a set of critical thinking skills which will serve them well across the curriculum as we analyze and connect what we read to what we already know. Through informal writing in journals to formal essay assignments, students will practice developing their ideas in a logical and grammatically correct manner. Emphasis will be placed on supporting ideas through providing evidence from the reading, enhancing understanding and encouraging a close reading of the text.
Prerequisite: Freshman Standing
British Literature / Honors British Literature
This one credit, yearlong course seeks to introduce our students to the classic English literary tradition, while also further developing the students’ abilities in effective communication. Major works of the British literary canon will be analyzed, including the anonymously authored Beowulf; The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan; Macbeth, by William Shakespeare; and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Using nonfiction texts, students will analyze and synthesize information to solve problems. Writing will include the production of informational, expository, and persuasive/argumentative papers, logically organized demonstrating knowledgeable judgments, and effective conclusions. Development of English grammar will continue through the application of rules for sentence formation, usage, spelling, and mechanics. Also, the student will expand general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and viewing.
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
American Literature / Honors American Literature
This one credit, yearlong course seeks to introduce students to both classic and contemporary American literature. Students will be able to identify the prevalent themes and characterizations present in major works of the American literary tradition, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain; and The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others. The student will be able to write clear and accurate personal, professional, and informational correspondence and reports for research and other applications. Grammar development will continue through the application of rules for sentence formation, usage, spelling, and mechanics. Finally, students will continue to develop and expand vocabulary in pursuit of more precise communication.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing
World Literature / Honors World Literature
This one credit, yearlong course aims to introduce high school seniors to selected masterpieces of world literature. Most of the works that will be studied were originally written or conceived in languages other than English, but have been made available in English through translation or original writing in English by non-native speakers. In time, they range from the works of the ancients that have stood the test of time to some fairly recent works by twentieth century writers. Typical authors whose works will be sampled include Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Dante, Petrarch, Rabelais, Cervantes, Moliere, Voltaire, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Camus, Soyinka, and other authors of similar caliber. Evaluation of student performance in the course will be done through a combination of methods: monitoring class participation, judging homework assignments, giving unannounced class quizzes, and through periodic unit tests and a final examination. Additionally, students will be required to write two term papers.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
AP English: Language & Composition
This one credit, yearlong course offers advanced placement credit. The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writers make as they compose and revise. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Additionally, they read and analyze rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts—including images as forms of text—from a range of disciplines and historical periods.
AP English: Literature & Composition
This one credit, yearlong course offers advanced placement credit. The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
This one credit, yearlong course continues the study of algebraic concepts. It includes operations with polynomials and matrices, creation and application of linear functions and relations, algebraic representations of geometric relationships, and an introduction to nonlinear functions. Students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to calculators and application software, will be used regularly for instruction and assessment.
Geometry / Honors Geometry
This one credit, yearlong course continues students’ study of geometric concepts building upon middle school topics. Students will move from an inductive approach to deductive methods of proof in their study of two- and three-dimensional geometric figures. Reasoning skills will be emphasized and students will broaden their use of the coordinate plane. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to calculators and graphics software, will be used regularly for instruction and assessment.
Honors Geometry also involves the study of geometric concepts with algebraic manipulation of these geometric concepts included. The course also includes a systematic study of the concept of proof. The course requires the purchase and use of a special calculator as designated by the mathematics department. The Honors Geometry course is taught at a faster pace than Geometry as well as examining problems that are more difficult. The student is expected to be an independent thinker and worker in order to be enrolled in an Honors level course.
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Algebra II / Honors Algebra II
This one credit, yearlong course continues students’ study of advanced algebraic concepts including functions, polynomials, rational expressions, systems of functions and inequalities, and matrices. Students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. Emphasis should be placed on practical applications and modeling. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to calculators and application software, will be used regularly for instruction and assessment.
Honors Algebra II is a one credit, yearlong course that emphasizes problem solving and new skill development. Students are encouraged to develop a more independent style of reading and studying mathematics at a faster pace. All students must take a placement test toward the end of their year in Algebra II to help determine placement for subsequent math courses.
AFM (Advanced Functions and Modeling)
This one credit, year long course provides students an in-depth study of modeling and applying functions. Home, work, recreation, consumer issues, public policy, and scientific investigations are just a few of the areas from which applications will originate. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to calculators and application software, will be used regularly for instruction and assessment.
Prerequisites: Algebra II
This one credit, yearlong course provides students an Honors-Level yearlong course. Topics studied are Trigonometry, Advanced Functions, Analytic Geometry, and Data Analysis. Real-world applications and modeling are included in each topic area. Appropriate technology is used regularly to enhance instruction and assessment.
Prerequisite: Algebra II
This one credit, yearlong course is an Honors-Level, yearlong course which develops the student’s understanding of the concepts of calculus. It includes limits and continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and an introduction to integration and its applications. During the year, students will learn to recognize and express mathematical concepts graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and understand the connections between these representations. Appropriate technology, from manipulatives to calculators and application software, will be used regularly for instruction and assessment.
AP Calculus AB
These one credit, yearlong courses offer advanced placement credit. The courses develop the student’s understanding of functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, integers, polynomial approximations, and series. Students will express methods and applications using geometric, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations. Appropriate technology is used throughout the course. The advanced placement curriculum is followed and students participate in the AP testing program.
Prerequisite: B+ in Pre-Calculus Honors
Earth & Environmental Science / Honors Earth & Environmental Science
This one credit, yearlong course covers Earth processes and cycles, energy resources in the Earth system, matter and energy in the Earth System, the origin and evolution of the universe, environmental hazards, human impact upon environments, and scientific inquiry skills. Students gain an understanding of their environment and how they interact with Earth systems. Learning methods consist of assignments from the textbook, web-based supplements, current events evaluations, video presentations, and laboratory work where applicable. The primary textbook for the course is: “Earth Science, Geology, the Environment, and the Universe” by Glencoe. Honors Earth Environmental Science covers the course material with greater depth and emphasis on environmental impact of human interaction.
Biology / Honors Biology
This one credit, yearlong course involves the study of life. By the end of this course, students should have an understanding of evolution; homeostasis; energy, matter, and organization of living systems; reproduction and inheritance in living systems; growth and differentiation in living systems; and ecology. We begin with a review of scientific methods, microscope use, laboratory and safety techniques. Labs and hands-on activities are included with every unit to help reinforce concepts that were covered and to emphasize the scientific method. Honors Biology covers the course material with greater depth and emphasis on the study of life.
Chemistry / Honors Chemistry
This one credit, yearlong course is an introductory college preparatory course. Students will gain a basic understanding of principles of inorganic chemistry. Topics that will be discussed are chemical safety, intro to chemistry and matter, scientific measurement, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry and the formation of the elements, arrangement of electrons in atoms, the Periodic Table and periodicity, ionic and covalent bonding, nomenclature, chemical formulas, chemical quantities (moles), chemical reaction types and products, stoichiometry, 3 types of solution reactions, acids and bases, thermochemistry, and gas laws. Laboratory experience will acquaint students with basic laboratory practices in the qualitative and quantitative study of inorganic chemistry.
Co-requisite: Algebra II.
This one credit, yearlong course is designed for students who plan to enter careers that require extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Focus will be centered upon the orientation and organization of the human body, which will cover the major themes of anatomy and physiology, the chemistry of life, and cells. Support and movement of the human body will cover the integumentary system, tissues, and various body systems. Nerves and the nervous system will allow us to cover integration and control. Regulation and maintenance of the human body will mainly cover the circulatory, respiratory, and urinary systems. This course will include labs to physically demonstrate the mechanical principles
This one credit, yearlong course involves the study of the physical world: energy, matter, and how they are related. Physics is considered the fundamental science because learning physics helps us understand our physical world. The concepts include but not limited to Newton’s Laws, Energy, and Waves. This course has a heavy amount of math needed and is recommended post Algebra II. Physicists are valuable in research universities, engineering, computer science, medicine, sports, communications, and publishing.
World History / Honors World History
This one credit, yearlong course will study the history of ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, major world religions, the Reformation, Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Imperialism. It is also designed to introduce students to the various methods by which history can be examined and understood. The course touches upon the great intellectual, political, and philosophical ideas that fostered Western Civilization. It also touches upon the economic and religious forces have shaped Western Civilization. Students who graduate from this course will have a solid grounding of the history of the ancient world, western civilization, and of historical ideas, themes, and trends. This will allow them to better understand the other history-based subjects taught at Oak Ridge Military Academy. Along with material, students will learn to write analytical essays on various historical questions and proper note taking and study skills on a high school level. Honors students will complete extensive writing projects.
Prerequisite: Freshman Standing
American Government / Honors American Government
This one credit, yearlong course is a multi-level course that focuses on the evolution of the United States government from the founding of the Republic in 1776 to the present. Students will examine some of the European philosophies that helped create our government and they will examine the roles played by federal, state, and local governments. Students will also examine the three main branches of the federal government: legislative, executive, and judicial. By analyzing these branches students will gain a better understanding of the legitimate role of government in our society. Honors students will complete extensive writing projects.
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
US History / Honors US History
This one credit, yearlong course is a comprehensive survey course which examines the history of America from the earliest European exploration and settlement to the present. The course focuses on the political, military, and economic history of the Republic; however, both social and ethnic history is also included. The course stresses note-taking and organizational skills; critical thinking skills are also emphasized through class discussions. Students will leave the course with a broad knowledge of the main events and ideas which have dominated American life since 1492. Honors students will complete extensive writing projects.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing
AP U.S. Government & Politics
This one credit, yearlong course offers advanced placement credit. AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project.
This one credit, yearlong course empowers students to speak, read, write and comprehend Spanish and to do so in a culturally authentic manner. Clear and concise grammar explanations guide student to understand and use Spanish with increasing accuracy, while communication activities allow students to use Spanish in meaningful everyday situations.
This one credit, yearlong course is designed to accommodate the student that has completed his/her first year of Spanish. Spanish II is a one credit, yearlong course that uses communications, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities with interesting content, varied and effective methodology, interactive activities and an ongoing discussion of the wealth of opportunities available to students through the study of Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish I
This one credit, yearlong course is a continuation of Spanish II and accommodates the student that has completed his/her second year of Spanish. Spanish will be spoken throughout most of the course. Students will continue exploring the characteristics of Spanish-speaking cultures. The students will read and analyze Spanish literature.
Prerequisite: Spanish II
This one credit, yearlong course empowers students with developmental skills for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of English as a second or foreign language. While focusing on vocabulary and grammar, ESL promotes the development of all language skills in a variety of ways through an abundant variety of exercises, interactive communication activities and students’ own life experiences. Thus, students will be able to follow other studies done in the English language without being impaired by language weaknesses.
Ancient Languages: Greek & Latin
This one credit, yearlong elective course seeks to give students an introductory exposure to the ancient languages of Koine Greek and Classical Latin. Study of these languages has been a cornerstone of education in the Western world for centuries. By the end of the first semester, students will be able to do basic translation from Koine Greek, with a knowledge of the Greek alphabet, elementary grammar/syntax, and vocabulary. Focus in the first semester will be given primarily to portions of the New Testament, along with classical authors such as Πλούταρχος and Αἴσωπος (Plutarch and Aesop). The second semester will introduce students to the fundamentals of Classical Latin. By the year’s end, students will be able to do minor translation from Latin, focusing on a variety of authors including Cicero, Livy, Ovid, Seneca, and Virgil.
Archaeology is the study of human history through the examination of both biological and material remains, with the purpose of reconstructing past cultures and societies. This year-long elective course will take a contextualized approach to history while focusing heavily on the study and practice of archaeology, as well as exploring its relationship with allied disciplines and fields. We will delve into the surprising background of archaeology, investigate methods of excavation, analysis, and interpretation of finds, and examine various case studies from around the world and from multiple time periods. These studies will place a heavy emphasis on the research process, field and lab methods, and other essential aspects of archaeology. By the end of the year students will have a solid understanding of the goals and methods of archaeology. Students will have the opportunity to work hands-on with archaeological materials, as well as perform a mock excavation.
This one credit, yearlong course introduces students to the Microsoft Office Suite of products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Students will become familiar enough with each product to successfully create a document, spreadsheet, presentation, calendar, and a database. Students will learn some VBA programming. The focus is to learn just enough to use the suite of products in other classes and to provide a foundation for further exploration.
The objective of this elective course is to familiarize students with important information that they might not encounter in the regular curriculum. The course is research intensive and will help the students become more well-rounded by studying a plethora of interesting facts associated with the core classes, that are often neglected.
This one credit, yearlong course offers an exciting and demanding regimen of readings, discussions, and projects. By the end of the year, you will have a solid foundation of understanding regarding the origins of many of the conflicts we see in today’s world, the nature and evolution of modern warfare, as well as the tactics and strategies employed that made the great empires and civilizations of the modern world what they were and how they survive into the present day. There is a focus on classic works of modern military thinks such as Carl von Clausewitz’ On War, Alfred Thayer Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power on History, and others. The primary learning objectives of this course include an in depth investigation of the concepts and history of warfare in the modern world. In addition, there is a stringent focus on college-level academic skills such as primary and secondary source evaluation, analytical thinking, academic writing, time management, and interpersonal communication skills. Small and large group discussions are a part of classroom learning.
This year-long elective course features the Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum from Ramsey Solutions, the company of esteemed financial advisor Dave Ramsey. The course features video lessons taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of experts along with extensive in class discussions. Each of the 12 chapters covers important money topics that build financial confidence and inspire hope in your students’ lives. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of saving, budgeting, credit, debt, financial planning, insurance, income, taxes, giving, and global economics. At the end of this course, students will be prepared to be adults and handle money the smart way!
This one credit, yearlong course on the Presidents, will examine each one of the Presidents. The course focuses on the personality, quirks, behavior, and other little known interesting facts about each of the Chief Executives. Some time will also be devoted to each President’s most important political contributions. There is no textbook for the course. I use set of DVDs that provided a synopsis of each of the Presidents which are used to develop a set of research questions. A good deal of time is spent in the computer lab for the research.
U.S. Supreme Court
This one credit, yearlong course covers the history of the High Court from its beginnings to the present. It focuses on the following areas: The early years of the Court, The Nomination and Confirmation process, A Look at the Chief Justices, and a study important cases and rulings handed down by the Court. Students will also study current Court cases and decisions that occur during the school year.
Taking the Yearbook elective places a student on the Dress Parade staff, which completely produces the school’s yearbook. The Dress Parade staff will develop the cover, the overall organization of the yearbook, and the specific content for each page. The yearbook is published by Strawbridge, who provides access to their online tools for placing content and reviewing the overall organization of the yearbook.
SAT/ACT Prep Course
Oak Ridge Military Academy seeks to help students prepare for the SAT/ACT standardized college-entrance tests by utilizing Method Test Prep. With Method Test Prep’s self-paced program, students will receive a total of 25 hours of preparation (each for ACT and SAT) that can be molded to fit their strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. Take your PSAT in the fall, your ACT & SAT in the spring and you still have time to prep for a second ACT & SAT in the following fall if you choose to take it again.
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Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
As a high school level cadet at Oak Ridge Military Academy, the student will be required to participate in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program. The JROTC curriculum is based on a learning model in which lecture and reading is minimized, and in which group discussion, learning by doing, and teaching others is emphasized. JROTC levels I-IV each include 180 hours of classroom instruction, testing and administration, and leadership laboratory.
This one credit, yearlong course is a character and leadership development program which helps develop new skills that students can use in school and throughout life. This introductory unit gives students a greater appreciation of American symbols, customs, and traditions and the history and purpose of Army JROTC. An introduction to the Department of Defense and other services presents the differences and similarities of each service and their unique roles in the defense of the nation.
This one credit, yearlong course teaches students about leadership: How to BE a leader; what you need to KNOW when you are influencing others; and what things you DO when you are leading. Students will learn about character and values, leadership theories and principles, and human behavior. Students will have the opportunity to take the leadership lessons learned in the classroom to the drill field. Most important, this unit will help students build their relationships in their community service projects and their daily participation in school, work, and community. Cadets learn Geography and Earth Science which helps cadets develop a global perspective and awareness of environmental issues by engaging them in interactive activities that explore the use of maps, map reading, and orienteering through Oak Ridge’s outdoor land navigation course.
Prerequisite: JROTC I
This one credit, yearlong course is designed to provide cadets with hands-on experiential learning activities that will build self-awareness, essential life skills, and the ability to set and achieve goals. Content areas include communication, diversity, study skills, conflict resolution, decision-making, and service learning. Cadets learn about Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid. Cadets receive training on basic First Aid and life saving measures. Cadets learn about substance abuse, intervention, and prevention.
Prerequisite: JROTC II
This one credit, yearlong course prepares cadets for their future after high school. Cadets study financial responsibility, stock market, and investment strategies. Cadets receive extensive work on where and how to apply for scholarships, requirements for attending college, financial aid, history of military academies, and the different branches of the military. This unit also includes advanced history lessons for seniors as well as appropriate service learning projects.
Prerequisite: JROTC III
Middle School Academy
This yearlong course is designed to teach students the value of a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn how regular physical activity and a healthy diet can dramatically improve their physical and mental well-being. Proper techniques will be addressed for strength training and conditioning. Upon completion of this course students will be well prepared to implement healthy lifestyle choices.
7th Grade Course Descriptions
Math, Grade 7
This year long course provides opportunities for further study and practice of basic math concepts in preparation for the pre-algebra course. The major concepts explored will include independent and dependent variables; the distributive property; number theory; solving two-step equations; calculating integers, fractions, decimals, and percent’s; and finding probability.
American History, Grade 7
This year long course is a chronological study of American history from its earliest events to the Reconstruction Period (1865-1877). The focus of the study will be on the establishment of the United States of America as an exceptional nation and its growth through decades of changes, division that led to the Civil War, and finally the reuniting of the North and South.
Science Survey, Grade 7
This year long course will explore the life, earth, and physical sciences. It will be divided into six units of study: earth’s air and water, the human body, interactions of organisms in the living world, genetics, the nature of matter, and chemical interactions. Hands-on activities and experiments will be included in the learning process.
English, Grade 7
This year long course will focus on the review, practice, and utilization of grammar skills with the intent to produce accurate and effective writing. Students will cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. They will determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. An emphasis will be placed on the study of parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, word usage, sentence structure, and the basic mechanics of writing. Attention will also be given to vocabulary and spelling. Literature will be interwoven with the study of grammar in order to promote critical thinking and spark ideas for creative writing
8th Grade Course Descriptions
World Geography, Grade 8
This year long course is for students in the eighth grade. It will cover the physical, cultural, and current political geography of all the continents. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge of maps and current events. Students will complete projects on each region that utilize comprehension skills and research skills. The purpose of this course is to give students a firm understanding of the geographic and cultural world around them, and to prepare them for high school history courses.
English, Grade 8
This year long course will focus on the review, practice, and utilization of grammar skills with the intent to produce accurate and effective writing. Students will determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. They will analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept. An emphasis will be placed on the study of parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, word usage, sentence structure, and the basic mechanics of writing. Attention will also be given to vocabulary and spelling. Literature will be interwoven with the study of grammar in order to promote critical thinking and spark ideas for creative writing.
Science, Grade 8
This year long course is an introduction to chemistry and physics. The course begins with fundamental scientific concepts and procedures. The first semester is a study of chemistry. Students will learn the structure of atoms and how this relates to chemical and physical properties. Students will gain an understanding of the Periodic Table and how it can be used as a helpful scientific tool and finish with a lesson in writing chemical formulas and balancing equations. The second semester is a study of physics. Students will learn the principles of waves as well as study a unit on the electromagnetic spectrum. The principles of wave energy will be covered including electricity and magnetism. The course concludes with a unit on movement, force, and acceleration. The goal of the course is to prepare students to succeed in high school lab classes in Chemistry and Physics.
This year long course focuses on algebra and geometry concepts and reasoning. The major topics include algebraic equations, geometric properties of polygons, and graphing equations and polygons on a coordinate plane.