Advanced Track Courses
Art History: Advanced Track (grade 10 – 12)
The advanced track Art History course will engage students at the same level as an introductory college art history survey. This course involves critical thinking and develops an understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other media. Students will also learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures.
Calculus AB: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP Calculus AB exam. This course is divided into two semesters and is designed to acquaint students with calculus principles such as derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
Computer Science A: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
Computer Science A is an introductory course in computer science. Because the design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. This course is rigorous, but no prior computer knowledge or programming skills are required.
English Literature: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course focuses on world literature through an intensive analysis of works from the 1600’s to the present that represent various literary genres: poetry, novels, short stories and dramas. The complexity of the works studied require students to read with a discerning eye, recognizing that the depth of the literature offers rewarding insights into the “human condition.” This course will prepare students to take the AP exam for college credit.
Environmental Science: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. Unlike most other introductory-level college science courses, environmental science is offered from a wide variety of departments, including geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.
Government and Politics: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This one-semester course encourages students to raise and explore questions about policies, institutions, beliefs, and actions in a political science context. Students will describe functions and workings of policy-making institutions and analyze the major developments in civil rights and civil liberties in America.
Prerequisite: successful completion of World History.
Human Geography: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
The purpose of the Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’ s surface. The following topics will be covered in the course: Geography’s nature and perspectives, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use.
Music Theory: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course will introduce and develop the student in musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills will include dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony. Students will need to read and write musical notation. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired thorough performance skills in voice or on an instrument. Students may opt to take the AP Music Theory Exam in May in efforts of earning a score of 3 – 5, which will yield credit towards music theory college courses.
Psychology: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. To accomplish this, the course provides instruction in each of the following fourteen content areas from a Christian view: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, and Social Psychology. It is important to distinguish secular psychology concepts with wisdom from Christian perspectives.
Spanish: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Spanish language examination and provides a transition to the AP Spanish Literature course. Students consolidate skills of narration, description, exposition and hypothesis on different topics. Students engage in readings, conversation, composition and research projects. Emphasis is also placed on acquisition of vocabulary and mastery of the grammar and idiomatic expressions.
Statistics: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course is an excellent preparation for college bound students to gain essential research tools. Students will be introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students design, administer, and tabulate results from surveys and experiments. Probability and simulations aid students in constructing models for chance phenomena. Sampling distributions provide the logical structure for confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Students use a TI 84+ graphing calculator, Fathom statistical software, and Web-based java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analysis of real data. Several individual and group projects are assigned throughout the year to provide an opportunity to apply the statistical techniques studied.
US History: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP US history exam. Students will learn to compare and contrast alternate interpretations of an historical figure, event or trend. Students will evaluate primary materials such as historical documents, political cartoons, and first-person narratives. Students will also evaluate secondary materials such as scholarly works or statistical analyses.
World History: Advanced Track (grade 11 – 12)
This course in world History is a rigorous, college-level course designed to explore human history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students will acquire the analytical thinking and writing skills necessary for success on a collegiate level. To this end, the course devotes considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography (the principles, theories, or methodology of scholarly historical research and presentation) and inquiry into global connections that have shaped our present world. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam, including historical writing through essay and document-based questions (DBQ) as well as objective evaluations.
Sample Class Schedules
Tuition is per semester. (see Tuition/Fees)
Course Level Guidelines
The course levels listed in parentheses (excluding Torrey Academy Classes) are guidelines. We realize that homeschoolers often cross grade-level "boundaries" for many subjects; therefore students are welcome to enroll in any class that suits their level of achievement. Please remember that our core courses are college preparation level, and students will be expected to maintain these high standards.
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