The students now become the revered leaders of the student body. A flowering of intellectual ability and confidence in their own opinion manifests both as rebelliousness and as a heightened sense of responsibility, even graciousness. Their gaze is increasingly fixed on the future. This year’s focus is whole systems, building up the complex picture of the modern world.
The History curriculum covers a vast arc, from Shakespeare to the present. As the students prepare to break with their past, they study the Age of Revolutions, the Civil Rights movement, the World Wars, and contemporary struggles for independence through biographies of major figures. What happens after a revolution? What is freedom? Political and economic systems are compared; thorny issues and paradoxes abound. The story of Gandhi, who reversed traditional conceptions of strength and weakness, leads to the realization that the most revolutionary act may not be one of violence.
In Geography the earth is examined as a whole with its landmasses, wind and ocean currents. This leads into Meteorology: as emotional storms and sunshine alternate, students discover the complex interactions that create the world’s weather. In Physics, experimentation, observation and conclusion are the key to solving fascinating riddles of gases, liquids, and electromagnetism. Anatomy and Physiology reveal the intricacies of the Skeletal, Muscular, and Nervous Systems. In Organic Chemistry the study of Nutrition helps determine healthy diet and lifestyle choices.
Discovering different Number Bases is a minirevolution in basic assumptions about numbers. Algebra explores equations and polynomials. Mastering the Square Root Algorithm is difficult and rewarding. In Solid Geometry, the Platonic Solids are constructed. Formulas for area and volume are derived experimentally. The mysterious symmetry of Conic Sections concludes the mathematical
journey through the grades with a return to the beauty of numbers, now not only heartfelt but illuminated by comprehension as well.