• 9th Grade Course Descriptions 

    Below are all 9th-grade courses. Please check your Jumprope account to confirm classes your student is taking this semester. Please be sure to click on the course name for the class syllabus. 

     

    Course & Syllabus Course Description
    English 9

    Freshmen English is a survey course that creates the opportunity for students to engage with various genres such as novels, plays, poems and nonfiction works that will challenge their thinking. In addition, students hone their close reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are foundational and intended to set them up for success in the years to come.

    Introduction to Computer Science

    This course is a hands-on study of modern techniques for analyzing and creating computer programs. In this course, students will study Web-Based Communication, Python, Scratch, and Communication based applications that will prepare students for success in software engineering and computer science.

    Living Environment

    Living Environment is an introductory biology course that focuses on studying life from its smallest component, the cell, to its largest component, the environment. Units of study will include scientific inquiry, cells, homeostasis & body systems, reproduction & development, genetics, evolution, ecology and human impact on the environment, and Regents review. This course culminates in a Regents examination.
    Mandatory Lab Requirement: Students MUST have a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory time with completed lab assignments to take the Regents exam. Students who do not fulfill the laboratory requirements will not be able to take the Regents exam.

    Health

    Health is the building blocks of our lives, a state of complete mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Health is a mandatory New York State course that delves into inter- and intra-personal topics, such as nutrition, exercise, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, as well as sexual, emotional, and mental health. The core of the mastery-based Health curriculum seeks to equip students with foundational knowledge and essential skills enabling them to make good decisions about their overall health and safety.

    Earth Science Accelerated

    Earth Science is the name for a group of sciences that includes Astronomy, Meteorology, and Geology. Earth Scientists study the Earth’s processes responsible for the phenomena that we see and experience as humans on Earth. We will cite evidence to support different theories regarding Earth processes, make our own observations and draw conclusions about natural processes. This course culminates in a Regents examination on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 9:00 AM.

    Mandatory Lab Requirement: Students MUST have a minimum of 1200 minutes of laboratory time with completed lab assignments to sit for the Regents exam.

    Physical Education 9

    The 9th-grade Physical Education curriculum will be centered around the five Health-Related Fitness Components. These components are a necessary foundation for any person that attempts to engage in a lifestyle that involves physical fitness. Students will walk away with the necessary tools and knowledge to self-assess their overall fitness levels. 
    Students are also required to complete each of the six NYC FitnessGram assessments. The NYC FitnessGram is an annual fitness assessment for students in grades K—12 that helps students and their families develop personal goals for lifelong fitness. The NYC FitnessGram reports spark conversations about eating habits and levels of physical activity needed for good health.

    CC Algebra

    Common Core Algebra falls as the first course in the math sequence at AFSE. Students will learn about families of functions and connections will be made as to how functions represent real-life situations to help deepen student understanding and increase enrichment. Students will be encouraged to explore and take risks, cultivating a rich learning environment for all. This course culminates in a Regents Examination which will be administered on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 9:00 AM and Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

    CC Geometry Accelerated

    Geometry is dedicated to building a strong foundation of mathematical vocabulary and geometry resources after Algebra 1. We will build new knowledge upon our prior knowledge by using logical reasoning. As a class, we will learn how to work together in small groups and as a large group in order to maximize the learning that happens in class. This course culminates in a Regents examination on June 19, 2018, at 9:00 AM.

    Participation in Government

    This course is a thematic study of civic life, politics, and government. Students will examine the development of political philosophy throughout history, the structure of the American political system and explore the relationship of the American government in the international community. Instruction will provide students the opportunity to evaluate the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a constitutional democracy.

    Participation in Government

    This course is a thematic study of civic life, politics, and government. Students will examine the development of political philosophy throughout history, the structure of the American political system and explore the relationship of the American government in the international community. Instruction will provide students the opportunity to evaluate the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a constitutional democracy.

    Computational Algebra

    Computational Algebra is a course that bridges mathematics and computer science. Students learn to evaluate expressions, define values and functions and utilize a design process for solving problems. Computational Algebra is intended to strengthen students' foundation in the fundamental concepts that are common to both computer science and mathematics. Students build several projects over the course of the semester, but do not have a culminating exam. However, this course does align with the Common Core Algebra Regents.

    Command-Line Navigation

    Command-Line Navigation is a single semester course offered by the Computer Science Department whose chief aims are to 1) help students learn how to touch type accurately such that they can be productive when creating written digital submissions in their coursework and 2) give students an opportunity to practice this skill while learning about fundamental operating systems concepts via the command line.