We offer core and elective courses that challenge students to develop their own ideas.

We cultivate our students to be active learners, not passive, who will graduate from our school confident in their ability to tackle any problem they encounter.

9/10 Mythology (Greg): 
This course introduces students to mythology and its role in creative writing. Students will build extensive content knowledge of world myths and cultivate the skills necessary to both write high quality creative writing that highlights student voice/style and to analyze the influence source texts have on their own and other writers’ works. The semester focuses on three key units: 1) creation myths, 2) mythological allusions and references, and 3) the hero’s journey archetype.

11/12 When 2+2=5: Dystopian Literature w/(Greg and Jenny

In this course, we will read many dystopian fictions in an effort to explore the fears and predictions that great writers have expressed via dystopian literature. We will also ask questions about the contemporary fears and societal problems that birthed the dystopian worlds presented in the texts. At the same time, we will investigate and read nonfiction texts from today that focus on some of the most “dystopian” events of recent history, like genocides, modern technological perversions (e.g. Russian Meddling in the US Election, bots on social media, ChatGPT etc.), extreme consumerism, and other student selected issues of concern. Students will produce their own writing that begins to blur the lines between traditional literary analysis, research papers, and lyrical essays. Our first unit will focus on several short stories from diverse writers in an effort to understand and define the dystopian genre. Our second unit will focus on a dystopian novel that explores questions around how far technology can go and how it impacts our identities and humanity. Our third unit is an author study of Ray Bradbury, in which we explore how a collection of one writer’s work helps us to understand their fears. Our final unit dives into a graphic novel that explores authoritarianism.
9/10 Literature (Jenny)
This semester we are focusing on historical texts that are engaging, sometimes disturbing, and always thought provoking. History is most easily learned in the form of a well told story and these texts will bring complex events to life for our students while building curiosity as well as schema. Our three class texts, Never Fall DownSold and Maus I all show the dehumanization and impact of war, genocide and political control can have through very different lenses. Maus I takes readers through the Holocaust in a highly symbolic and layered graphic novel, and Never Fall Down is one young boy’s story of living through the horrors of the civil war in Cambodia during the time of the Khmer Rouge. Both are based on true accounts as told to the authors. We will also provide options for book clubs using other historically based texts so students will have some choice and variety within this semester long study. As we read, students will work to independently check for comprehension, make inferences, and analyze themes and characters.

Some essential questions that will guide our analysis in both reading and writing throughout the course:
What do we learn about human nature across cultures?
Why have humans often resorted to violence during the course of history?
Are humans inherently destructive?
What are some ways people step up within an oppressive and savage situation?
Should we have faith in our future as humans?

11/12 Allegory (Jane)
This semester, we will be diving into the world of allegory! Specifically, we will be analyzing how authors use animals in order to make larger commentaries on human nature and behavior. We will consider the following questions as we move through our three units:
– Why is allegory an effective tool for storytelling?
– What is the author saying about morality? (Morality = concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior)
– Why use animals instead of humans to tell a human story?
– How do allegories make us think differently about the world we live in?
– How does allegory help us explore complicated or controversial topics?
11/12 Endings (Jackson, Jane)

Creative writing is daunting. Often teachers ask students to construct effective short stories without providing them with the tools to construct an engaging and well-structured narrative. Instead, throughout this course we will only be rewriting the ENDINGS of the stories. This way, the students will be able to engage with the style and structure of the story and still make the story their own. Throughout our literary journey, we will be analyzing the works of literature and deconstructing them to understand what makes them great. Inside the story we will investigate characterization, figurative language, dialogue, diction, symbolism, voice, tone, and irony. After we learn how the author crafted their tale, then we will be able to let loose our own creative twists to their stories. Hopefully this combination of analysis and creativity will both challenge the students and inspire them.

This course is a rigorous exploration of creative writing, asking students to develop both their creativity and their writing skills. This course also emphasizes the importance of social and historical context when learning about any piece of literature. Students will also hone in on different genres and styles of creative writing. Students will be pushed to read a large amount of material inside and outside of class, while investigating and imitating that material in the classroom. Students will also be pushed to revise their writing to further engage in the writing process. We are reading a tremendous amount of short fiction and will expose the students to an impressive variety of authors and styles.

Authors Being Taught in Ending:
Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Annie Proulx, Kirsten Valdez Quade, Jhumpa Lahiri, Karen Russell, Flannery O’Connor, Langston Hughes and many others!

There are three essential questions that we will be investigating throughout the semester.
What is the benefit to the revision writing workshop model?
How can a student of literature benefit from the models of the past?
What makes a great ending? How does the ending relate to the purpose of the fiction?

9/10 Social studies – Culture and Power

The empires of ancient China and Rome invented systems of culture and power that have resonated for millenia. Similarly, in Buddhism and Christianity, each of these societies became the homes of world-spanning religions. This course examines how imperial states used culture to legitimize their authority, and how these two upstart religions threatened to undermine that authority until they could be brought under the emperor’s sway. By looking at the complex interplay of culture and power in the foundational civilizations of China and Rome, we can gain a deeper understanding of how ideas can be used to reinforce or resist authority in our own fractured society. 

Cyndy 11/12 Government

Constitutional Law is an exploration of U.S. history and current events through the examination of U.S. Supreme Court cases.  Students will think about important and enduring issues of U.S. Constitutional law connected to federalism, separation of powers, civil rights, due process, equal protection, etc.  Constitutional Law is designed to get citizen-students thinking about their power as citizens (or soon to be citizens) and the ways they might use that power, now and in the future.  

David 11/12 US History

NYC at War examines four Wartime periods in American history. Each war of study, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, The War in Vietnam, and the attacks of 9/11 will be investigated through two lenses. First students will develop a deep

understanding of the causes, events, and outcomes of this conflict. Second, students will conduct individual research about how the event was influenced by New York City and its people. 

Maurice 11/12 US History

In this course, students will study how American culture evolved throughout the 20th century and how that progress made us who we are today. With the humanities (music, art, literature, and more) as our lenses, we will critically analyze how and to what extent movements, events and historical figures changed, influenced and disrupted 20th century American history and culture.

9/10 Global Revolutions (Fayola and Greg)
The various revolutions and movements from the 18th to 20th centuries have had a variety of impacts on our current society, both positive and negative. Students will be tasked with exploring the context and implications of these revolutions through analysis of primary and secondary sources. Our goal is to identify changes and continuities to support youth in understanding larger historical trends over time. Unit 1 explores the history of the Enlightenment, and Atlantic Revolutions including the Haitian Revolution. Unit 2 explores various movements including the Industrial Revolution, and the development of Capitalism  and Socialism. Finally, Unit 3 explores various case studies related to how various societies responded to the rapid global changes that occurred between 1750 and 1917. 


9/10 Integrated Math w/ Brittney

In this course students will make connections between geometric shapes, art and history. They will be discovering properties of specific polygons, circles and coordinate geometry. They will begin by exploring the difference between topological and geometric equivalence through the lens of 3D and 4D and then work their way back to examining shapes based on the world that we live in and can see. 


9/10 Integrated Math w/ Veronica



11/12 Precalculus and Calculus w/ Sarah or Pearl

In this year-long class, similar to Functions and Applications 1 & 2, we will explore different types of functions and growth, including but not limited to: linear functions, quadratic functions, cubic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and  trigonometric functions.  We will also explore different series, sequences, as well as number visualizations and counting systems.   Using this base of knowledge, we will investigate more sophisticated applications and iterations of these understandings—including but not limited to derivatives, integrals, and formulas used for counting in sequences. 


We will make connections back to patterns explored in Algebra and Geometry, and we will dive deeper with trigonometry relationships.  We will also deeply explore how different types of functions relate to one another through

9/10 Decomposition w/ Charles

Students will investigate the ecology, evolution, and behavior of the black soldier fly. These insects are mighty decomposers. Scientists and young biologists are investigating these insects as a more efficient and environmentally sound means of processing food waste. Students will learn about the niche of this insect and design and execute a number of experiments using this insect as a model organism.

9/10 Physics w/Charles 

Physics in motion is an introductory physics course that investigates the nature of objects in motion. Students will explore the factors that influence the motion of objects and the relationships between forces, acceleration, energy, and momentum.

Students will engage with the content by proposing questions and collecting data to investigate hypotheses in a lab setting. Students will be assessed by completing posters for poster sessions, by writing lab reports, and by completing problem sets and exams.


9/10 Evolution w/ Mah 

In this course we examine human biology and behavior from an evolutionary perspective by analyzing life characteristics, comparing our anatomy and physiology to various living species. We will also examine the relative roles of genes (“nature”) and environment (“nurture”), the biological basis of behavior, diseases and systems, and adaptations in modern science. Students will actively engage in the development of scientific thinking, become good consumers of science by way of evidence and research collection, and critically analyze as part of classroom experiences. Material covered will help prepare students to understand life as it relates to biological evolution in ways that transcends the scientific discipline to explain the human species as well as the human experience. 

9/10 Forensic Biology w/Mah



11/12 Chemistry w/ Liz

In this course we’ll get curious about what we observe in the world around us (the macroscopic level), the mystical inner mechanisms we can’t see (the microscopic level and smaller) and how these phenomena are represented (with symbols, equations, and models) in Chemistry. Knowing information at the atomic level helps to explain the behavior of matter on larger scales. Theoretical models are used to describe chemical behaviors of matter that are not directly measurable. By the end of this semester, students will better understand that precious metals, energy technology, and food can all be explained and manipulated through Chemistry.

11/12 Human Biology w/ Susie

Bodies is an 11/12 Human Biology class that focuses on the human body and its survival mechanisms. In this course, students will learn why organisms must maintain an internal balance and what happens something upsets that balance. They will also identify common life processes (circulation, nutrition, regulation), describe the functioning of organ systems and explain how these organs systems contribute to maintaining homeostasis. Students will also be able to explain the effect of common diseases (heart disease, diabetes, asthma) on organ systems and understand the relevance of these health problems in today’s society. Students will sharpen their scientific method skills by conducting physiology experiments on pulse, cardiac recovery rates, vital capacities, and visual reaction time, before designing their own panel project on one of these variables.

11/12 Computer Science w/Lev


Spanish 1

Spanish 1 is a course that will encompass elements of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The class will focus primarily on the language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to get students communicating in the target language from day 1. The course will be content rich; the products, perspectives, and practices of the Spanish-speaking world will be investigated in order to cultivate a deep and nuanced understanding of the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. 

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 advances the linguistic skills developed in Spanish 1  by providing ample opportunities for students to read, speak, listen, and write in Spanish. Students will complete interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational tasks that will require them to actively use the Spanish language in simulated and real-life contexts. A wide range of authentic materials will be employed from the Spanish-speaking world in order to foster curiosity and to expose students to multiple varieties of the Spanish language. 

French 1

French I is an introduction to French language and culture. The fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities (group/pair work, video, audio recordings, computer assignments, etc.). This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language or culture.

French 2

French 2 is a course that focuses on the continued development of the three modes of communicative competence: interacting with other speakers of French, understanding oral and written messages in French, and making oral and written presentations in French.  The class will continue to show greater accuracy when using basic language structures and be exposed to more complex features of the French language. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the use of French in the classroom as well as on the use of authentic materials to learn about the culture(s) of francophone countries. The importance of communication and intercultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities (group/pair work, video, audio recordings, computer assignments, etc.).  This course is designed for students with significant prior exposure to or at least one year of study of French language and culture.

11/12 Pop Culture and Social Change w/David

Pop Culture and America is a humanities class which leads students to individually and collectively explore the impact of sports, music, tv and movies on American history through activism. This course will focus on three units of study. First, students will learn about landmark moments related to pop culture activism. Second students will research and learn about individuals who have tremendously impacted the United States through their stances and activism. Finally students will learn and present about activism and activists in pop culture today.