• 12th Grade Course Descriptions 

    Below are all 12th-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 12 - Writing Seminar

    Senior Writing Seminar (ELA 12) is a year-long capstone writing course which serves as a culminating study of writing with a focus on creative writing, personal expression, persuasion, and activism. In this course, students will focus on three tenants: Voice, Vision, and Variety. Throughout the year Seniors will engage in work ranging from college personal statements, 10-minute plays, National Novel Writing Month, and spoken word to short films, and Moth-style storytelling. This course requires a biannual portfolio presentation.

    Precalculus

    Fall Precalculus extends and develops more deeply those topics discussed in Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. Exploration, inquiry, discovery, reasoning, and problem-solving are at the heart of the course. The first half of the semester focuses on number sense, equations, functions, and graphing. At the root of our exploration of functions are rates of change. We will constantly ask: How does one thing change relative to another? Group work, collaboration, and discussion are paramount in the class. Students are expected to work as a team, discuss their solutions paths, and - above all - engage in practices that demonstrate that, in mathematics, the process is far more valuable than the answer.

    Precalculus

    Fall Precalculus extends and develops more deeply those topics discussed in Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. Exploration, inquiry, discovery, reasoning, and problem-solving are at the heart of the course. The first half of the semester focuses on number sense, equations, functions, and graphing. At the root of our exploration of functions are rates of change. We will constantly ask: How does one thing change relative to another? Group work, collaboration, and discussion are paramount in the class. Students are expected to work as a team, discuss their solutions paths, and - above all - engage in practices that demonstrate that, in mathematics, the process is far more valuable than the answer.

    AP Calculas AB

    AP Calculus is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important. The course culminates in students taking the AP Calculus AB Exam on May 15, 2018.

    AP Biology

    AP Biology is a college-level introductory biology course. The course focuses on four Big Ideas: Big Idea 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. Big Idea 2: Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. Big Idea 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes. Big Idea 4: Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties. The laboratory component is extremely important; 25% of the course will be dedicated to lab. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP Biology exam on May 14th, 2018 at 8:00 AM.

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Anatomy & Physiology is a curriculum that focuses on the study of the human body, creating many opportunities for students to engage in inquiry learning through scientific investigations and research. Units of study will include (1) The Five Senses, (2) Cardiovascular System, (3) Urinary System, and (4) Nervous System. The course will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate the following overarching skills: collecting and organizing scientific data, summarizing scientific texts, and finding relevant evidence to support a claim. This course does not have a Regents exam.

    Robotics and Parametric Design

    Robotics & Parametric Design is a senior elective within the computer science program at AFSE. The course revolves around three big ideas - design, robotics, and manufacture. Our first goal is to cultivate a firm understanding of design and design thinking. We'll learn how to manufacture our designs using the CAD tools we have in our classroom - 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC routers. Lastly, we'll develop our understanding of electricity, circuits programming, and robotics so we can build and program designs that interact with their environment. This is a project-oriented class. There will be many projects along the throughout and one culminating project that will be submitted at the end of the semester.

    Music Performance

    This course is an Elective Course for Seniors interested in performing instrumental music.

    This class will be responsible for putting on the talent show in the fall.

    Physical Education 12

    The 12th grade Physical Education curriculum will focus primarily on the implementation of the Sport Education model, in which the central goal will be to educate Senior students to become competent, literate and enthusiastic sports individuals. Following a student-centered classroom environment, students will participate at a developmentally appropriate level while working effectively within a group towards achieving a common goal, while sharing the planning and administration of a variety of sport experiences. Students are also required to complete each of the six NYC FitnessGram assessments.

    Photography

    Our photography class will start off with learning about the basics such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO. From there, we will explore different styles of photography, the various types of equipment we will be using and most importantly, the use of light to help bring our visions to life! Students will be participating in photo exercises such as photographing people, places and products for advertising projects.

    Computer Science Capstone

    The Computer Science Capstone is the culminating course in AFSE's Computer Science sequence. It will give students the opportunity to work as a professional software engineer does. Emphasis will be placed on students developing large projects in small teams using real world software engineering tools and professional best practices. In previous years, students have developed games, physics simulations, and biological models to achieve these goals.

    NOTE: Course utilizes significant amounts of content from AP CS A. Motivated students who have not taken AP CS A can still take the course--HOWEVER these students should be prepared to invest significant amounts of time outside of class to master AP CS A concepts.

    Spanish I - 1 of 2

    This course is the first semester of two semesters of Spanish 1. During this first semester of Spanish language study, students will learn to listen, read, speak in Spanish and learn basic grammar, vocabulary and phrases. Students will practice using literature, authentic media and technology, and learn about customs and culture from Latin countries. Students will demonstrate their understanding of Spanish including reading and speaking aloud, using media, responding to readings in Spanish, and creating projects. Differentiated class assignments for beginner and advanced speakers will be available.