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Limudei Kodesh Curriculum

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Iyun I

Iyun II

Iyun III

Iyun IV

Halacha – Orach Chaim Chelek Aleph and Bais

Halacha – Orach Chaim Chelek Aleph and Bais

Hilchos Shabbos

Mishna Berurah

Chumash I

Chumash II

Chumash III

Chumash IV

Bekius I

Bekius II

Bekius III

Bekius Seder

Parsha

Parsha

Parsha

Parsha

Mussar – Meslas Yesharim

Mussar – Orchos Tzadikim

Mussar – Chovos Halevovos

Mussar Seder

General Studies Curriculum

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade **

Secular                           Judaic

Concentration               Concentration

English I

English II

English III

English IV*

Mussar Seder
3:00 – 3:30pm

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II

Analysis/Trigonometry OR Pre-Calculus

Bekiyus Seder       3:30pm – 5:00pm

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Nutrition

English IV*

World Geography

World History

U.S. History

Government*             (1/2 credit)

Government*              (1/2 credit)

P.E.                                 (1/2 credit)
(or one year of Basketball)

P.E.                                         (1/2 credit)
(or one year of Basketball)

Economics*               (1/2 credit)

Economics*              (1/2 credit)

Health  (1/2 credit)

Speech                      (1/2 credit)

Fine Arts OR Music                      (1 credit)

Computer Applications by exam

Computer            Applications by exam

*Dual college credit program for qualified students.
**Decision to follow Senior Judaic or Secular track must be made by the end of the Junior year.

Qualified Seniors may opt for additional classes and/or college credits

Curriculum for Judaic and General Studies

Limudei Kodesh 9th -12th Grades

The core subjects of the Judaic curriculum remain the same through all four years of high school.  Each year advancing to a higher level and building on the past year.

Gemara

The cornerstone of our Judaic Studies curriculum is the Gemara Program. Our goal is not merely completion and memorization of the material. Rather, we strive to give our students the orientation, outlook, and methodologies necessary to teach them how to learn, so they will possess the vital tools needed for their success in understanding Gemara, Rashi, and Tosfos as well as all of the classic commentaries.

Tanach

The goal of the Tanach program is to develop the skills necessary to study and understand the classical Rishonim (Rashi, Ramban, S’forno, Ibn Ezra). Additionally, the students will be taught to glean insights both in Jewish ethics and Jewish philosophy.

Halacha

The Halacha class is designed so that a student becomes well versed in the Laws of Orach Chaim. Special focus is placed on practical Halacha for daily living.

Mussar and Ethics

Mussar is a vital tool for developing one’s strength of character. A Mussar class utilizing classical Mussar works will precede the Gemara class. Mussar shmuesen are delivered weekly.

Judaic Studies – Crossover Classes to General Education

Foreign Language

Students learn to read, write, and speak the Hebrew language through their Judaic classes. Students will gain proficiency in the speaking and writing of the modern Hebrew language.

Speech

Students will develop public speaking skills as part of their Judaic studies. Students will see, read and hear examples of speeches and learn the components of a good speech, regardless of what kind of speech they are giving. Students will have opportunities to write and present speeches in a variety of settings.

General Studies 9th Grade

Algebra I

Beginning with a review of middle grades math, this course emphasizes various ways of graphing data, concepts of relations and functions, and the use of variables in expressions and equations. Emphasis is also placed on the development of graphing functions and solving equations and inequalities of the linear, quadratic, and absolute value types. Concepts of domain and range, rate of change, families of functions, simple matrix operations, probability, polynomials, and exponential functions are introduced to be expanded upon in later courses. Each student is required to have a graphing calculator for use throughout the course. Demonstrations by the teacher will utilize the TI-84+ graphing calculator, the model recommended for use by the student.

Biology

Students student biology and biological systems. There will be opportunities to conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scientific problem-solving. Students will study a variety of topics that include: structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth; and development of organisms; cells, tissues and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems; and plants and the environment. There is no math proficiency requirement for this course.

English I

Is a fusion of communication skills including: writing, reading, creating, researching and orally presentations. The writing component includes sentence structure, paragraphing, composition, and research. Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary are major focuses throughout the course. Reading various literary forms are also pursued (e.g., poetry, essays, drama, short stories, non-fiction). A minimum of four novels are assigned. Students will complete projects based on the novels and make presentations to the class.

World Geography

Students will develop knowledge and social science skills as they study World Geography. Successful completion of the World Geography course will ensure the student has mastered the social science skills necessary to complete more advanced courses. Students will learn and practice skills including geographic literacy, visual analysis, critical thinking and reading, and communications. They will be challenged to master these skills through critical thinking questions, and the study of maps, pictures, charts, and graphs.

Physical Education

Physical Education classes provide students will time to exercise and to complete in athletic games with their classmates.

General Studies 10th Grade

Geometry

Geometry students’ study Euclid’s postulates and theorems as the basis for an axiomatic system. Time will be spent on the analyzation of geometric shapes.  Direct and indirect proofs are emphasized. Coordinate graphing and basic constructions are studied. Opportunities to study real world applications and uses of Geometry are included throughout the course.

Chemistry

Chemistry students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methodology to conduct investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Many topics are covered during the course including: characteristics of matter; energy transformations physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; the periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fusion and nuclear fission; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical equations; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions. Students will investigate how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives. Students need mathematic skills that are including in Algebra 1.

English II

English II continues the foundation provided in English I. Basic writing skills, including advanced sentence structure and paragraphing. Grammar, usage, and style are emphasized. Vocabulary development is a major focus. Reading various forms which represent major writers throughout the world is presented.  Discussions of the criteria needed to judge the worth of a piece of literature are held. Students will also have opportunities to develop their writing skills. A minimum of four novels are assigned.

World History

This is a survey course in which the students will learn about the development of major cultures and civilizations from the early Egyptians up to the 20th century. Students will use maps of the civilizations to learn how geographic location impacts civilizations. This is a foundational course in the study of world cultures and events. Students will develop skills in the study events and historic patterns.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts class is designed to provide a survey course in a large variety of art applications. The specific topics will change from year to year. Topics include drawing, painting, art appreciation, photography, and many other areas of study. The diversity of topics is designed to include something for students with all areas of interest. No previous Art experience is necessary.

SAT Prep

The SAT Prep curriculum is designed to assist students in the preparation for the PSAT and SAT. Students enrolled in the 10th and 11th grade will take the PSAT in October. The SAT and ACT exams are used as college entrance exams. Students should plan on taking the SAT two years before they plan to apply for college.

General Studies 11th Grade

Algebra II

Basic Algebraic concepts emphasized are data analysis, modeling, and functions. Mathematical concepts included in the Algebra I curriculum will be further developed and new concepts introduced. Some of the key topics covered include linear relations and functions, linear systems, matrices, quadratic equations and functions, polynomials and polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, permutations, probability and statistics, sequences and series, and quadratic relations. The graphing calculator is used extensively and the TI-84+ model is recommended. Pre-requisites for this course are Algebra I and Geometry.

Physics

Physics students study the foundational Physics topics that include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservations of energy and momentum; force; thermodynamics; characteristics and behavior of waves; and quantum physics. Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. This course provides students with a conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical and scientific skills. Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry is required for this course.

English III

The English 3 course builds upon and expands the skills taught in English I & English II. Formal writing of multi-paragraph essays is a focused area of skill development. Vocabulary development using SAT terms is emphasized. Reading various genre which represent major American writers is included as a major part of the curriculum. A minimum of six novels are assigned. Students are encouraged to analyze and discuss universal themes and movements that run through major literary works. Students are practice skills tested for several standardized tests (e.g., Iowa Test, PSAT, and  SAT). Writing a college entrance letter is also assigned.

American History

Students will learn about the people and events that shaped the United States of America. From the early explorers and colonization through the 20th century, students will be able to identify aspects of American culture that were shaped by American History. Students will use graphs to illustrate important trends in population, economics and politics throughout the course of American History. The course will focus on common themes and the events that shaped the American ideals and values that still exist today.

Principles of Engineering

The Principles of Engineering class is a project-based course where students work together to create innovative projections. Students learn the principles of electrical circuitry, and many other engineering applications. Students spend most of the year creating innovative projects that they will use to compete in a contest with high school students from across the country.

General Studies 12th Grade

Pre-Calculus

The Pre-Calculus course is designed to help the student in his transition to the study of calculus. The coursed curriculum includes a review of algebra and geometry as well as lessons over exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, vectors, complex numbers and conic sections. The study of trigonometry comprises almost half of the course. Pre-requisites for this course are Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.

 

Science Applications

The Science Applications course is designed to be a survey course over many science topics. The course objective is to provide students with insights and knowledge about how science impacts their lives and world. Students will conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. No math requirement.

English IV

The English IV course expands on the concepts and skills developed in prior English classes and focuses on skills needed for college English and the business world. A primary focus is the research and preparation of a research paper. Reading various genre which represent major British writers is presented with a major focus on Shakespeare. The history of the English language is also provided. A minimum of eight novels are assigned. Students are practice skills tested for several standardized tests (e.g., TAKS, SAT). Writing a college entrance letter is also assigned.

Government

Government is a single semester course, that will outline the branches and functions of the United States Government with a focus on the Constitution and citizen involvement. Students will understand the responsibilities of both the government and the citizens in all aspects of governmental affairs. Using primary sources such as the Constitution and Supreme Court rulings, students will analyze and discuss political movements and decisions throughout American History and gain a solid understanding of how the political process works.

Economics

The course of Economics is the study of how people try to satisfy seemingly unlimited and competing wants through the careful use of relatively scarce resources. This course also helps you to become more informed citizens and better decision makers. Students will learn how the concepts of Supply and Demand drive the United States economy.

Public Policy

The Public Policy course is a study of the public policy development process. Students learn how public policy ideas develop and the impact the legislative process and politics have on the final product. Students will research, present, and defend different positions on policy during the class.

Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind and how it works. Students will learn the different theories and applications of psychology.

Legal Applications

The Legal Applications course is designed to develop the students understanding of the law and the legal process. Students will learn about the law, courts, and law enforcement. How these areas interact and impact their lives. The course is designed to provide students with knowledge and understanding of these areas to prepare them for any future interactions they have at any level in the future.

Constitution and Law

Constitution and the Law is a course designs to help students learn the concepts behind the constitution and how the constitute impacts legal decisions and the law. Students will develop a deep understanding of the U.S. Constitution, laws, court cases, and the legal process.