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Upper School Curriculum

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Advanced Honors Physics

This is the department’s most advanced physics course and explores topics in mechanics and electricity and magnetism from a calculus-based perspective.

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This graded course provides a conceptual and practical understanding of student government and leadership for elected members of the Associated Student Body Council (ASBC).

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This course provides a thorough introduction to the increasingly important field of biology.

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Bishop's Chorus I/II

This introductory choral performance group is open to all upper school students who enjoy singing and would like to improve their singing technique.

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In this course students will explore limits, derivatives and integrals, and develop the skills necessary to solve problems within these topic areas.

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Ceramics III

This course is designed for students who are self-directed and committed to their personal expression in ceramics.

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This course familiarizes students with the underlying principles that govern the chemical reactions in our world.

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Chinese III

This course prepares students to engage and produce paragraph-length discourses on concrete and factual topics.

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Chinese IV

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.

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Digital Media II

Students will advance their editing and shooting techniques with animation, special effects, professional lighting and sound.

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Digital Media III

Students will have the option of advancing their skills and creating projects in still photography, film, video, animation, installation and sound art. 

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Engineering Physics

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.

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French II

In French II, students further develop interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills.

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French IV

French IV is a two-semester course designed to further develop accuracy in the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

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The health curriculum is designed to encourage active student involvement in the development of a healthy lifestyle.

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Honors Art Portfolio

This is a college-level course that welcomes students who demonstrate an advanced ability to create visual artwork with technical skills and a mature approach to art making.

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Honors Biology

This advanced course is rigorous, fast-paced and equivalent to a first-year college biology course and is taught with a college textbook.

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Honors Chemistry

This course emphasizes laboratory investigation and making connections between seemingly disparate topics within chemistry.

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Honors French III

The course focuses on students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through group discussions, role-play, oral presentations, extensive reading, and essay-length writing assignments.

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Honors French IV

French IV Honors at Bishop’s deepens students’ proficiency level across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational).

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Honors Greek

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.

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Honors Physics

Honors Physics is a challenging, college-level, non-calculus-based physics course which is designed to investigate fundamental principles of physics.

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Honors Psychology

This course explores the behavior and mental processes of human beings through the lens of various subfields of psychology.

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Honors Spanish IV

Spanish IV Honors expands and deepens students’ proficiency across the three communicative modes: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. 

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Honors Statistics

This college-level course introduces students to the discipline of statistics as a science of collecting, understanding, and analyzing data.

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Jazz Band I/II

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.

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In this course, students learn and practice core concepts in journalism: principles, news gathering and reporting.

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Latin I

This course combines the material covered during the two years of middle school introductory Latin.

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Latin II

This course continues with the introduction to Latin grammar and vocabulary begun in Latin I or Latin IA/IB.

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Latin III

Latin III extends the foundation laid down in Latin II by completing the survey of Latin verb constructions, with particular focus on the subjunctive mood.

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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.

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Mathematics 4 Enriched

The unifying subjects for this course of advanced algebra and geometry are straight lines and the figures they produce − polygons and polyhedra.

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Mock Trial

Mock Trial is a course that gives students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, public speaking and teamwork skills.

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Peer Support

The Peer Support Team’s mission is “to better educate ourselves and our community on issues and matters relevant to student life.

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Precalculus Core

This course prepares students for the Calculus course by continuing the concepts from Core Mathematics 5 through the study of functions and logarithms.

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Race and Religion in America

In this course, we will explore the religious and theological foundations of racial categories and racist ideology across various American congregational communities.

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We consider Shakespeare’s plays for their philosophical value, ethical ambiguity and political prescience.

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Spanish I

This course presents an introduction to Spanish and develops the four essential skills of language learning.

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Spanish IV

In this course, students expand on the knowledge acquired in previous courses and incorporate new strategies that improve speaking, listening, reading and writing abilities.

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Studio Art III

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.

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Studio Art I/II

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.

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Theater Arts II

This course builds on the foundation laid in Theater Arts I with additional study of historical periods and cultures.

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