Twelfth Grade Curriculum Outlines

(Compiled from all faculty who teach 12th grade subjects)

Language Arts (English 11&12: American Literature).

The equation: "American Literature = American History + Literature" (Castillo) essentially encapsulates what this class is about. Students will be examining the effects various events in American History have had on the discipline of Literature and the society of which they are part. Guided discussions and debates become the primary modes of teacher/student exchange. In addition, the expansion of various writing skills as well some strategies for the SAT verbal section will be brought to the forefront.

  • ♦ Shostack, Jeremy. Vocabulary Workshop, Level G. New York: Sadlier-Oxford, 2002
  • ♦ Skiba, Laurie et al. (eds.) Literature and the Language Arts: The American Tradition. Minnesota: EMC/Paradigm Publishing, 2001.
  • ♦ The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • ♦ The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Robert Edwin Lee
  • ♦ The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
  • ♦ The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • ♦ Black Boy by Richard Wright

Students will also be reading pertinent essays throughout the year.


Texts: Saxon Math (see below)

Students in grades 5-12 are tested and placed in the level of math they will be most successful in. Students who are accelerated will be tested and given the opportunity to take more advanced math levels. Saxon is a comprehensive system through pre-calculus, which emphasizes learning in small increments and review of all previously learned concepts throughout the year. Each night's homework consists of many different types of problems from all previous lessons.

  • ♦ Math 8/7 (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Algebra 1/2 (Pre-Algebra) (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Algebra 1/Geometry (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Algebra 2/Geometry (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Advanced Math - Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ AP Calculus - Advanced Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry (Saxon & Wang)
  • ♦ Practical Math - Consumer Applications (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1998)


Science courses are normally completed by the 11th grade.

Social Studies.

Core Social Studies courses are normally completed by the 11th grade.

The following two courses have been taught some years as student interest and time allowed:


Text: Economics: Today and Tomorrow by Roger LeRoy Miller (Glencoe-McGraw Hill, 1999)


Text: Psychology: An Introduction by Charles G. Morris and Albert A. Maisto (Prentice Hall, 2002)

Foreign Language: Korean.

The Korean language program is designed for students to develop and polish their skills in reading, writing, and speaking the Korean language. In addition, students will be able to identify Korean language and culture through a variety of special activities.

Ninth through Twelfth Grade: Students will attend class five times a week. They will develop fluency in speaking, reading, and writing the Korean language. They will learn from Korean Textbook and Korean Reading III. They will learn to read, write, and speak a higher level of Korean.

Foreign Language: Spanish.

Ninth through Twelfth Grade: Acquire knowledge of Spanish language step by step using the textbook, workbook, audio and visual aids and a Spanish/English dictionary. There will be several modes of instruction ranging from lectures to group discussions and activities in which all participate. This course is divided into Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Memorize and apply the vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish language through oral, written, reading, and audio exercises. To review basic grammatical structures already studied followed by more advanced structures needed to acquire better proficiency. Classroom activities progress from drills to exercises of a more communicative approach. The course will consist of the following: Lecture by instructor, the use of the textbooks (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels respectively), workbooks, oral activities, listening activities, Internet activities, written activities, and cultural activities.

Evaluation: Homework, project assignments, class participation, quizzes, textbook unit tests, midterm and final. Required Texts: Paso A, Paso I, II, and III (Prentice Hall).

Character Education.

Text: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Health (including Marriage & Family).

Text: Health (Glencoe McGraw Hill, 1999)

Other sources:
  • ♦ I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
  • ♦ Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray
  • ♦ RQ: Relationship Quotient by Richard Panzer

The focus of this course is making informed and healthy life choices. The course covers:

  • ♦ Fitness and nutrition
  • ♦ Mental and emotional health
  • ♦ Body systems
  • ♦ Growth and development
  • ♦ Medicines and drugs
  • ♦ Disease and disorders and injury prevention and safety
  • ♦ Healthy relationships

Information Technology.

11th and 12th Grade

Prerequisite: New Hope Academy Technology courses through grade 8 and NHA 10th grade Technology; or equivalent course or tutorial. Testing will be done prior to acceptance in this course to determine if skill level is adequate.

  • ♦ Video Editing: Using video editing software to edit video, create music
  • ♦ Robotics: Using the Lego robotics system in hands-on experience of creating and programming the robot (math and science, and computer and design technology.)