On Mondays, Deerstream offers English for 9th and 10th grade students. The aim of this course is to help students learn to read great literature with insight and to write about it with clarity, organization, and style. Students will spend significant time outside of class on reading and writing assignments and will come together for excellent instruction and stimulating conversation.
On Wednesday mornings, we offer high school science geared for 9th and 10th graders (and the occasional 11th grader) alternating years between biology and chemistry. In 2023-24, we are offering Chemistry, giving students an excellent foundation through this rigorous, college-preparatory course. Class sessions will be devoted to lectures and labs, while weekly assignments will guide students through the study of chemistry. Tests, quizzes, and lab reports will be assigned.
On Thursday mornings in 2023-24, we will offer Civics for high schoolers.
This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of the American national government. Topics include the purpose of government; the foundations of American government; federalism; the three branches of government, including the bureaucracy; the tradition of civil rights and liberties; political participation and behavior; policy formation; and foreign relations. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system. Basic concepts of North Carolina state and local governments and their relationships with the federal government are also examined. For text, this course will emphasize the use of primary sources and historical case studies. Students will also use a traditional high school civics text, Magruder’s American Government, for background information and reference.
The course will not be partisan in nature; rather, students will be encouraged to employ historical study, critical thinking, and political analysis to become more educated and thoughtful citizens. They’ll begin the journey of considering how their faith impacts their participation in the public square. As with all our upper-level classes, students in this for-credit high school course are responsible to read, study, and write between class sessions. In class, they’ll synthesize information through lecture, interactive group projects and class discussions.