This is a course for the serious acting student and includes advanced work on characterization, improvisation, scene study, directing and other areas of study that vary from year to year.
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This course delves much more deeply into biochemistry; emphasizing the structure and function of the molecular machinery of life.
Students investigate topics relating to organic synthesis, drug design and natural products with applications to biochemistry, pharmacology and biotechnology.
This course is designed to deepen students’ immersion into the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world and to prepare students to attain Advanced-Low to Advanced-Mid level on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
This college-level course establishes a strong understanding of the structure and interpretation of computer programs with an emphasis on project management skills using agile methodology.
Students taking the Advanced Honors Economics are enrolled in one of the sections of Honors Economics: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
This course offers the most accomplished seniors advanced literary analysis of representative works of poetry, fiction and drama.
If a student wishes to enhance speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, Advanced Honors French is the place.
This course takes the same approach to selecting material as Latin IV Honors.
This course focuses on differential equations and develops that topic by using techniques from Linear Algebra.
Multivariable Calculus takes the concepts covered in single variable calculus and extends them to multiple dimensions.
In this course, students begin by studying topics in elementary number theory.
This is the department’s most advanced physics course and explores topics in mechanics and electricity and magnetism from a calculus-based perspective.
In this course, students perform experiments in which the term “unknown” means literally that.
This course is designed to engage students in the exploration of various cultural and social topics through the study of Spanish and Latin American film and literature.
The first-semester objective of this course is to examine some of the most important Mexican literary expressions studied from a historical perspective.
This course is for serious technical theater students who wish to continue their development as theater technicians and artisans.
American Studies is an interdisciplinary, discussion-based, writing-intensive course that fulfills both the United States History and English III/IV course requirements.
This year-long course provides an overview of the role of a software engineer, different aspects of the profession, and extensive use of languages and tools for developing web applications.
Applied Robotics is a course that builds on the existing curriculum in robotics and computer science.
This graded course provides a conceptual and practical understanding of student government and leadership for elected members of the Associated Student Body Council (ASBC).
Big History surveys the entirety of history from the beginning of the universe to the present day to even predictions about the future.
This course provides a thorough introduction to the increasingly important field of biology, covering the core concepts of biochemistry, genetics, natural selection and ecology.
Modern molecular tools have revolutionized the fields of medicine, forensics, agriculture, genetics, evolutionary biology and anthropology.
This introductory choral performance group is open to all upper school students who enjoy singing and would like to improve their singing technique.
This course is an advanced, audition-only treble choral ensemble for more serious singers.
This course in an audition-only mixed choral ensemble for the more serious singers.
This course explores limits, derivatives and integrals through, whenever possible, applications and problem solving.
This course is designed for students’ self-expression, using clay as the medium.
This course gives greater freedom to select a personalized program in ceramics.
This course is designed for students who are self-directed and committed to their personal expression in ceramics.
This course familiarizes students with the underlying principles that govern the chemical reactions in our world.
In this course students learn the fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language.
This course builds on the skills mastered in Chinese I or Chinese IA & IB.
Students who complete this course build practical skills in all three modes of communication and attain the Intermediate-Mid level on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
This course covers the material of Chinese III in greater depth and at an accelerated pace
Students who complete this advanced Chinese course build practical skills in all three modes of communication and attain the Intermediate-High level on the ACTFL proficiency scale.
This course covers the material of Chinese IV in greater depth and at an accelerated pace.
This first course in upper school computer science introduces students to the basic computer programming constructs.
All ninth grade students are placed into Conceptual Physics or Conceptual Physics Enriched.
This class is designed to introduce students to basic construction techniques and elements of costume design.
This course builds on the construction techniques and information learned in Costume Design and Production I.
In this course students develop artwork that utilizes digital electronics.
This is an introductory course in which students investigate various design principles and how they apply to web media, industrial design, and publishing.
This course is designed to explore decision making at all levels as students explore how individuals and societies manage scarce resources in an attempt to satisfy unlimited wants.
This course is a hands-on introduction to building and understanding electronic devices.
In this project-based course, students apply knowledge of fundamental principles of physics to a variety of hands-on engineering projects designed to illustrate these principles.
This course teaches students how to read the most important literary genres − novels, drama, short fiction and poetry − and how to write clearly, directly, and creatively in and about those genres.
This writing-intensive, student-driven course offers an overview of African-American literature from the Colonial period to the current day.
This writing-intensive course aims to help students sharpen their skills as creative and critical thinkers and writers.
This accelerated, college-level, year-long course offers a survey of American literature organized thematically to assure student exposure to a variety of voices, styles, and genres.
This accelerated, college-level, year-long writing course explores how literature and rhetoric work, collectively and respectively.
In this course, we explore the functions and failures of memory through stories.
This course examines literature that foregrounds marginalized, excluded, and otherwise unconventional protagonists.
This course introduces students to modern and contemporary poetry in all its forms while paying heed to the great poets and poems of past.
English I is a writing-intensive course that asks students to analyze a variety of literary texts through a writer’s lens.
This interdisciplinary class introduces students to environmental topics and current issues facing our community and planet through inquiry-based learning, and laboratory and field investigation.
This course helps students become better equipped to challenge the patriarchal voice that seeks to devalue the role of women in the 21st century.
This hands-on production course is an introduction to film and digital media.
This course expands on Film and Digital Media I.
This course expands on Film and Digital Media II. Students advance their skills and focus on their personal projects in this media.
This course attempts to define why food matters to every one of us.
This course introduces students to areas of biology, chemistry, physics and geology that are applied in analyzing evidence found at a crime scene.
This course is a combination of the middle school introductory courses.
In French 2, students further develop interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills as defined by the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
This course continues to build on the skills acquired in French II.
This continuation of French II introduces more extensive in-class discussion and compositional writing.
This course is organized around the study of French and Francophone films.
French IV Honors at Bishop’s deepens students’ proficiency level across the three communicative modes.
This curriculum includes various introductory level activities related to fitness.
This semester-long study of major issues affecting the world today offers students a global overview of political, economic, social and cultural issues that are shaping their future.
The health curriculum is designed to encourage active student involvement in the development of a healthy lifestyle.
This advanced course is rigorous, fast-paced and equivalent to a first-year college biology course and is taught with a college textbook.
This is a college-level course on differential and integral calculus, but not including power series.
This is a college-level course on differential and integral calculus including power series and topics, such as the calculus of polar graphs that go beyond the scope of the AB syllabus.
This course emphasizes laboratory investigation and making connections between seemingly disparate topics within chemistry.
Honors Comparative Government and Politics explores the rich diversity of political systems in our world.
By concentrating on data structures and algorithms, you will obtain the basic building blocks by which all large software projects are built.
This course is designed to give the students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the science of decision making.
This college-level survey course traces the rise of European modern nation-states beginning from the Renaissance to the present day.
In this course students study Classical Greek, beginning from the alphabet and ending with some reading of some authentic and unadapted texts from ancient Greece.
The course spans the development of global art and architecture from pre-history to the present day.
This course offers students an opportunity to delve deeper into musical understanding.
This class introduces students to basic philosophical concepts and forms of argumentation.
Honors Physics is a challenging, college-level, non-calculus-based physics course which is designed to investigate fundamental principles of physics.
This course explores the behavior and mental processes of human beings through the lens of various subfields of psychology.
This course offers students an opportunity to “do history” by piecing together evidence in order to gain a better understanding of the past.
This is an introductory course on modern statistics and its primary methods.
This is a college-level course that welcomes students who demonstrate an advanced ability to create visual artwork both with technical skills and a mature approach to art-making.
This college-level course explores United States history from precolonial times to the modern era with an emphasis on the political, economic, social and cultural forces that have given shape to the nation.
This course examines the constitutional background of American government, as well as its institutions, political beliefs, political parties, interest groups and civil rights issues.
This course explores the structure and function of the organs and organ systems of the human body.
This course is an introduction to the many writings compiled into what is called the Bible.
In this course, students build critical communication skills through research, preparation and delivery of persuasive speeches.
This class is an applied philosophy course that uses the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 as a way of connecting pressing contemporary issues with a broad range of philosophical ideas and controversies, drawn from multiple traditions and many centuries.
In this class students perform and improvise over standard repertoire with a focus on scales and rhythmic devices, chord/scale relationships, standard harmonic progressions, and fluency in reading rhythm.
Jazz III/IV students perform advanced arrangements and study more complex techniques and chord progressions.
This course focuses on the development of introductory theatrical dance vocabulary.
This is an intermediate level continuation of Modern Dance I/Jazz Dance I.
In this rigorous, writing-intensive class, students take responsibility for producing and distributing a publication regularly.
This course combines the material covered during the two years of middle school introductory Latin.
This course continues with the introduction to Latin grammar and vocabulary begun in Latin I or Latin IA/IB.
This course provides a thorough review of grammar previously studied before proceeding to the reading of a series of fully authentic and unadapted Latin texts.
Latin III Honors serves as a bridge course between the textbook-based learning of grammar in Latin II.
In this course, the Aeneid of Vergil is read in its entirety in English with significant portions read in Latin.
The primary focus of Latin IV Honors: Caesar and Vergil is the prescribed syllabus for the Advanced Placement Latin examination.
This course explores topics, authors, and/or genres within Latin literature.
Regardless of age, year in school or skill set, every student can become more advanced in their personal understanding, decision making and ability to lead others.
This course provides a basic introduction to the patterns and processes found in marine systems and the relationships between living things and their marine environment.
Math 3 is the first course in the integrated Algebra I/Geometry/Algebra II sequence.
Math 3E is problem-centered, but is more demanding than Math 3, considering a greater number of problem types, moving at a faster pace, and providing less instruction and support before homework on any given topic is assigned.
Math 4 is the second course in the integrated Algebra I/Geometry/Algebra II sequence.
This is a more methodical and deliberate approach to the general topics of Math 4.
The unifying subjects for this course of advanced algebra and geometry are straight lines and the figures they produce − polygons and polyhedra.
Math 5 is the third course in the integrated Algebra I/Geometry/Algebra II sequence.
This is a more methodical and deliberate approach to the general topics of Math 5.
This course completes the study of advanced algebra and geometry begun in Mathematics 4 Enriched.
This survey course examines the history of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe from the 19th century to the present day.
Musical Theatre Workshop is an exploration of the uniquely American art form of Musical Theater.
Music Production I introduces students to the basics of recording, mixing, and sequencing original music.
Optimal Performance is an in-depth functional training program designed to improve strength, speed, flexibility/mobility, agility, and overall health and well-being for any student regardless of their sport, activity or ability.
The Peer Support Team’s mission is “to better educate ourselves and our community on issues and matters relevant to student life.
This is the most advanced dance class in the program and, fundamentally, operates as an adolescent theatrical dance company.
The aim of Photography I is to introduce students to the technical, historical, and scientific elements of the world of photography and design.
This course is an amplification of Photography I, with an introduction to alternative media besides digital photography.
Further development of technique with students working entirely in digital, black and white or a combination of both is stressed in this course.
This course prepares students for the AP Calculus AB course.
This course prepares students for the Calculus course by continuing the concepts from Core Mathematics 5 through the study of functions and logarithms.
This honors version of Precalculus completes the study of advanced algebra topics begun in Mathematics 5 Enriched.
In this course, we will explore the religious and theological foundations of racial categories and racist ideology across various American congregational communities.
This seminar style course delves into enduring questions surrounding the darkest chapters in human history.
The purpose of this course is to explore the related fields of theatrical design and implement them into other creative projects.
This course offers students the opportunity to learn and apply mathematical, scientific and computer programming skills through robot design and construction.
This course is about discovering how you can be engaged in the work of transformative justice.
This year long course provides students with a solid foundation in software development.
This course presents an introduction to Spanish and develops the four essential skills of language learning.
Spanish II is an intermediate course that develops students’ communication skills.
Spanish III provides a solid review of the fundamentals of Spanish I and II.
This course is designed to further develop accuracy as well as spontaneity in the four basic communicative skills.
In this course, students expand on the knowledge acquired in previous courses and incorporate new strategies that improve speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities.
At the core of this course are six groups of learning objectives identifying what students should know and be able to do across the three modes of communication.
This course is designed for the student who is committed to the development of his or her personal artwork through the construction of an art portfolio.
These courses introduce students to the use of both dry (graphite, pastel, charcoal, etc.) and wet (watercolor, ink and acrylic) media in drawing and painting
This course helps students find their voice in art and encourages students who plan to take AP Studio to work on their portfolio development.
This performance-based course is a continuation of jazz and modern technique work.
Similar to a large symphony orchestra, but smaller in size, the symphonic orchestra is meant for the more serious and dedicated instrumental musician.
This course focuses on the development of introductory/intermediate theatrical tap dance vocabulary.
This course is the basic requirement for all the more advanced high school theater performance courses.
This course continues the acting work begun with Theater Arts I with a more rigorous approach to technique both in text work and improvisation.
This course offers the students hands-on training in the behind-the-scenes world of performing arts productions.
This course continues the hands-on element of Theater Design and Production I, with students continuing to further their knowledge and expertise in all areas of theatrical production.
A study of the Holocaust focused on the moral and religious dilemmas it raises for Jews and Christians.
This course begins with an exploration of the biblical model of prophecy.
This course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural developments that have shaped our nation.
The lives, struggles and contributions of ordinary Americans are examined in this course.
This is a full-year academic course in which students produce The Bishop’s School annual.