11TH GRADE

The curriculum in 11th Grade challenges students to engage with ideas more deeply and to choose projects of personal interest for in-depth study. Juniors are faced with a more challenging academic program that demands increasing independent student responsibility, maturity and intellectual sophistication. During the first semester visiting college counselors from both the U.S. and the Dominican Republic begin to provide students with general advice and information during class meetings and small-group student meetings. Various College Fairs will be held in the city throughout the year. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend these fairs and begin considering different options for university. The Community for Learning offers interest surveys to students to help them discover their areas of interest for post-secondary studies. Students are urged to prepare for the SAT’s and to take them for the first time during the spring semester. Throughout the spring semester the school counselor meet individually with students to begin to explore student interests, college possibilities, and application guidelines.

Math:

The 9th – 12th Grade math program features interwoven strands of algebra and functions, statistics and probability, geometry and trigonometry, and discrete mathematics. In the 11th Grade program we develop the student’s ability to construct and reason with linked quantitative variables and relations involving several variables and several constraints.Students develop an understanding of how public opinion can be measured. The situations analyzed include elections (where there are more than two choices) and sample surveys, including political polling. The math program also develops the student’s ability to represent and draw inferences about algebraic relations and functions using symbolic expressions and manipulations. It introduces students to formal reasoning and deduction in geometric settings. Students extend their understanding of the measurement of variation, develop their ability to use the normal distribution as a model of variation, and are introduced to the probability and statistical inference involved in the control charts used in industry for statistical process control.

Students review\ and extend their ability to recognize different function patterns in numerical and graphical data and to interpret and construct appropriate symbolic representations modeling those data patterns. Finally, the program extends student ability to represent, analyze, and solve problems in situations involving sequential and recursive change.

Language Arts and Lenguaje:

Eleventh graders are seeking greater and greater independence, demanding more autonomy and respect as adults. Language arts teachers attempt to meet the needs of these students by using a curriculum that connects academic learning to real-life situations, helps them prepare for their post-high school lives, and respects their growing maturity. At the eleventh grade level, the Language Arts program focuses on World Literature, looking at literature from a variety of countries and cultures. In conjunction with this vocabulary instruction looks at the cultural and contextual meanings of words. Reading instruction continues to offer young adults opportunities for improvement through growing sophistication in interaction with a variety of texts. Writing moves to analysis and interpretation of multiple ideas and perspectives to extend thinking and demands synthesizing of ideas to form conclusions and recommend actions. Inquiry skills are focused on synthesizing information in preparation for presenting research results.

Science:

In the 11th Grade physics class students face real life situations related to nature of matter in physics. Students are expected not only to solve problems with a certain level of complication focusing on science methodology but also to reflect and understand their common application in daily activity. Students will understand the relation between force, mass, and acceleration and factors determining the strength of gravitational and electric forces along with the importance of conservation and transfer of energy, basically light energy and its properties in the physical world.

Social Studies:

The 11th Grade History program takes an in-depth look at 20th Century conflict, beginning with a study of the factors that led to World War I and the type of combat that took place. Students will then debate whether we have any mechanisms in place today to keep this from happening again. Students will study the factors that led to the global great depression and how the depression set the stage for fascism and dictatorial rule. Finally we will look at the mistakes the allies made at the end of World War I that eventually led to World War II. Students will research different events in WWII and will look at how they shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

In Geography students will plot different battles of WWI and WWII on the map. They will also identify the countries that formed the axis and allied powers.

In economy students will explain the economic affects of the massive casualties sustained by both sides, in WWI. They will explain how the stock market works and how a collapse of the stock market affects the economy. They will look at  FDR’s “New Deal” and how it stimulated the U.S. economy and set the country on the path to economic recovery.

In Civics they will study the role of the United Nations, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and the U.S. Constitution. They will also look at what fascism and dictatorship are. Finally, they will study theories of international relations.

Sociales:

11th grade Sociales deals with two interesting issues in history. On one hand, students will study the historical evolution of Islam, its main characteristics, ethical and moral values, and contributions up to the present time. On the other hand, students will study and analyze important current Latin-American events. The countries to be studied are México, Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Haití and Puerto Rico, focusing on the origins of the present conflicts and the possible solutions.

Throughout their study of history, students will look at the natural resources and political geography of the countries studied. They will also analyze the relationship between geography and historical events. They will take an in depth look at Dominican geography giving them a more complete vision of the geography of the country, the rivers, precipitation, climate protected zones, the geological origin of the island and its location. Students will also explore how geography influences our way of life, as well as the opportunities, strengths and weaknesses of our Dominican geography.

In Economics, we will study the evolution of and the current economic situation of the countries above. We will also analyze the relationship economic activities in the Dominican republic and its geography.

In Civics we will study the organization of the state, the rise of powers, and the possible conflicts between them. We will also look at economic corruption, and the implications for our country, as well as some possible solutions

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