Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required.
Law/Jewish Perspectives on Constitutional Law
This foundational course will explore the structure of the American legal system. Core concepts of contracts, property and comparative law will be discussed. The course will explore property through the lens of Holocaust art and property restitution and delve into issues of corporate social responsibility, including product liability, emerging technologies and the use of the internet. Comparison of American law with that of other nations, with an emphasis on Israel, will be included. Should time allow, we will explore outer space in addition to cyberspace.
In the second semester students examine the rules, principles, and sources of Jewish law. What does court procedure, including the rules of evidence, testimony, and adjudication tell us about the nature of Jewish law? How is the boundary between divine and human law constructed and negotiated? While the course will survey a wide variety of rabbinic materials, specific attention will be placed on selected sugyot from Masechet Sanhedrin. Traditional commentators (Rishonim and Achronim) will be studied alongside modern scholars of law, legal theory, and the sociology of law. Among the topics to be discussed are legal fictions and loopholes, the rebellious sage, agunot, rabbinic emergency powers of uprooting Torah law, and the death penalty. The course aims to give students a greater appreciation for the sophistication and complexity of Jewish law, its role in shaping Jewish life and culture, and its primacy in our own religious practice today.
Advanced Placement Psychology
This is an elective open to juniors. The focus of this course is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and the mental processes of both human beings and animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Among the topics studied are neurology, emotions, sensations, memory, thinking, human development, and psychological health and disorders. The students will have an opportunity to participate in experiments, research, and oral presentations. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
This is an elective open to juniors. AP Macroeconomics is a course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics by examining aggregate economic behavior. Students taking the course can expect to learn how the measures of economic performance, such as GDP, inflation and unemployment are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. Students will also learn the basic analytical tools of macroeconomics, primarily the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model and its application in the analysis and determination of national income, as well as in evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Recognizing the global nature of economics, students will also have ample opportunities to examine the impact of international trade and international finance on national economies. Various economic schools of thought are introduced as solutions to economic problems are considered. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
Computers, mobile devices and other technological advances play an increasingly important role in all areas of life. The overall goal of the computer science and technology department is to develop student’s computer literacy and technology proficiency with cutting edge devices, software, tools and social media in order to prepare them for the high-tech workforce they will soon be entering. Computers are used in just about every field, and successful careers will depend on employees’ ability to work within technological frameworks. With the proliferation of mobile devices, computational tools and the “always on, always connected” mentality, we must teach students to comprehend, manage and find balance in their lives.
In preparing students for our ever-evolving technological workforce, we encourage and often require students to use technology in their school classes to research, write papers and projects, compute mathematical formulas and perform scientific research, and create presentations and other computational artifacts. We also endeavor to build good digital citizens who are respectful of others, take technology usage seriously, achieve the appropriate balance with respect to digital experiences and leverage technology for the greater good and benefit to society.
In addition to its focus on technology integration across disciplines, the computer science department provides a robust offering with multiple classes, clubs and opportunities to learn about computer science and technology as a core focus.
There are multiple entry points for students to begin study and multiple paths: for example, programming languages and constructs and the study of technology and its impact in society. Students learn skills, use tools and build apps and applications that solve real world problems. They will also have the opportunity to submit projects to numerous expos and competitions.
All courses in the computer science department are electives. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required.
AP Computer Science A
This course is equivalent to a semester-long, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. The AP Computer Science A course includes a minimum of 20 hours of hands-on structured lab experiences to engage students in individual or group problem solving. Prerequisite: AP Computer Science Principles. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
Data Science and Intro to Artificial Intelligence
This course introduces students to the main ideas in Data Science (DS), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) through project-based learning. Students will learn to ask questions of data and represent data through visualizations. They will also use critical thinking skills to look at how data is presented to them or used in articles and social media. The projects will range from exploring how AI is used in image recognition or price predictions, to how Spotify creates a shuffle list of their favorite song list. The course will cover the technical side of DS and AI, where students will be introduced to software used in the industry: Python, Pandas, scikit-learn, Colab Notebooks. In addition, the course will examine the implications of DS and AI including Data Ethics, Data Privacy, and how AI impacts all areas of our life.
College Python Programming
College Python Programming is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in programming. The course introduces students to coding essentials including problem solving and program design, algorithms (sequence, selection/decisions, iteration/loops), data collection (lists, sets, dictionaries and scalar values), abstractions (procedures, functions), graphical user interfaces and user experience design. This is a project-based learning course where Python applications will be created and explored within a backdrop of traditional problems and more current computer science fields such as data visualization, machine learning, web scraping and integration with engineering projects. Collaboration will also be a key component in the class. Students may opt to earn college credit through LIU upon successful completion of this course.
This course is the third year of engineering track. Students use their independent thinking skills to analyze and critique peer-reviewed hypothesis-driven scientific research articles. This course will extensively cover how to write a research paper that follows strict standards, including organizational techniques, proper citing and how to effectively construct graphs, diagrams and tables. Concurrently, students are expected to design and submit their own groundbreaking research projects to science and engineering fairs. Students will build robots to solve various tasks while learning how hardware interacts with software. Together as a class, students will figure out how to incorporate signal processing, machine learning and computer vision to detect potential or a desired change in a pattern of behavior. Yearlong group projects will require students designing and building mechanical engineering systems. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
The business world offers many opportunities for successful careers. The Business Department courses seek to educate students with real world practical knowledge and skills that they can apply to internships and careers, as well as to get them “college ready” for future business courses. Classes consist of lecture/discussion along with assignments and projects (which are the primary assessment tool) that apply learnings to real-world business scenarios. In addition to learning specific topics, for example Virtual Enterprise, Investing, and Marketing students will also learn important business skills such as teamwork and presenting. This is especially seen in the various College Accounting courses offered as well. There is strong use of technology including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as QuickBooks for accounting. Many of the business courses can be taken for college credit.
All business courses are electives. We have partnered with several local colleges to offer courses for college credits. Students may enroll in these courses at a significantly reduced cost and earn college credits. Enrollment must be approved by the administration.
College Accounting I
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the language of business--Accounting. At the conclusion of the class, students should be able to perform basic accounting functions, understand the concepts of accounting, and be able to use accounting data to make sound business decisions. Students will be able to use software to conduct accounting transactions, including QuickBooks and Excel. We will focus on real world applications of accounting principles. Students can earn three college credits. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
Investments and Entrepreneurship
This is a two semester course. In the first semester, which deals with investments, students learn the basic principles by which the modern corporation manages its assets, controls its liabilities and raises new capital. Topics covered include the valuation and rates of return on securities, financial statement analysis, forecasting, planning and budgeting, working capital management, introduction to capital budgeting techniques, and cost of capital considerations. There is also a focus on security markets and investment opportunities and real estate transactions. Students are exposed to the concepts of markets efficiency and risk and return. The objective is to provide a systematic method of analyzing investment portfolios. The second semester, Entrepreneurship, deals with marketing strategies and the application of required skills, resources, and techniques that transform an idea into a viable business. Entrepreneurial decision-making is stressed. Students may have the opportunity to engage in a specific entrepreneurial venture when they are given the opportunity to integrate entrepreneurship, marketing, and computer application skills in a simulation that provides students with an in-depth, real-world view of what it is like to run their own restaurant. Using Microsoft Office (or equivalent applications), they will assemble and create all of the documents that a “real” restaurant would need to open its doors. Guest speakers enliven both semesters, and both courses are available for college credit. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
College Virtual Enterprise
Virtual Enterprise is a live global business simulation in which students create and manage a virtual business. The program provides opportunities to develop valuable 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology. VE replicates all the functions and demands of real businesses in both structure and practice. As “employees” of the virtual business, students experience the expectations of the workplace and are accountable for the firm’s performance. Students can earn three college credits. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required for enrollment.
The study of art is the exploration of human creativity. Art students leave the classroom, not only with an appreciation of art, but also with a sense of empowerment because they have learned to become creative, original thinkers. Students see, feel, think, make aesthetic choices, explore a variety of media and self-evaluate as part of the studio experience. Higher level courses explore diverging interests. The search for original concepts, the integral development of technique and observational skills, and the cultivation of a respect for the elements of art and principles of design all foster a sense of limitless artistic possibilities for our students.
The curriculum will strive to be extensive and varied. There are courses for both non-art major students and those who seek to specialize. Our introductory classes will include foundational multi-media experiences in the elements of art (Elements: Line, Shape, Space, Color, Texture, and Pattern) and principles of design (Principles: Balance, Unity, Rhythm, Proportion, Color Interaction and Relationships). Specialized classes will include Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement Studio Art, Fashion Design, and Architecture.
Our curriculum accommodates students’ varied interests and art industry trends, providing our students with the ability to engage higher-level problem-solving techniques and develop fine-tuned technical skills. Upon completion, they will be able to produce professional grade portfolios and meet the admissions criteria of the most selective art schools. Our many goals will be achieved by an integration of four components in every course offered in the art curriculum: the Creative Component, the Critical Component, the Cultural and Historical Component, and the Artistic Philosophical Component. Courses in the various areas are sequential in nature. Assessment is accomplished teacher evaluation and student participation.
All courses in the Art Department are electives. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval recommendation are required.
Studio Art I
This is the basic art course in which students will acquire knowledge that is intended to lead to a mastery of skills related to the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. In this course students will maintain an active sketchbook and journal and learn how to use a variety of media and illustrative materials. They will gain a historical knowledge of art by studying facets of art history and exploring artistic reference. Current trends and inspiration of the art world will be included in their studies. Museum and Gallery trips are planned.
Studio Art II
Studio Art II is a second-year course that provides an opportunity for students to expand on the drawing and painting concepts introduced in Studio Art 1. Emphasis is placed on a deeper understanding of design principles, drawing techniques and painting skills leading to the development of abilities that are necessary for advanced art courses. Students are given more in depth problems to solve creatively while becoming more adept through a broad exposure to various media. Students will advance both technically and conceptually, preparing them for the next level of art at North Shore. In addition to refining their artistic skill set, the students will learn about 21st century art and have the opportunity to visit contemporary art institutions. Prerequisite Studio Art I.
AP Art I
Advanced Placement Art I is a distinctive and rigorously demanding course of study which teaches students how to elevate their creative process, critical thinking, investigative skills and ‘student voice’ in preparation of effectively completing The College Board requirements of the AP Studio Art Exam administered at the end of Senior year. The AP Studio Art Exam consists of a student developed body of successful artwork which will be submitted in a portfolio. The culmination of the student produced artwork during the school year is aimed at conceptualizing and targeting their sustained investigation. The Sustained Investigation section of the AP Art and Design portfolio is a series of works that are very consistent in theme and approach or it may evolve and develop as the visual idea is explored, ending in a different place than where it began and will be scored according to a three-point scale for each of four separate sets of criteria: inquiry; practice, experimentation and revision; materials, processes and ideas; drawing skills. Pre-requisite Studio Art I.
Fashion Design I
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of fashion design. They will acquire knowledge and skills related to the principles of fashion illustration and design by utilizing a range of media and a variety of techniques to create versatility in their work. Students will learn the proportions of the fashion (croquis) figure. They will learn through the elements and principles of design as they pertain to fashion, design terminology for apparel and recognition of design styles are also included as components of the course. Students will be required to demonstrate creative use of inspiration and design experimentation through various projects and a design journal and will be assessed on their knowledge of terminology, styles and applicability of the elements and principles. Museum and fashion show trips are planned.
Fashion Design II
This design course further encompasses the fashion design process from inspiration through production learned in Fashion Design I. Focus is on developing the fashion silhouette and fabric rendering techniques using a variety of materials. Students will study the interconnectivity between fabric weight/texture and garment representation based on rendered croquis. Principles and creative standards common to all design fields will be introduced. Projects will deal with pragmatic and creative issues. Assignments are progressive so that students will have the opportunity to establish their professional identity. They will utilize a range of media and a variety of techniques to create versatility in their work and portfolio. Additionally, sewing basics will be introduced to students. Students will be exposed to how a historical timeline of fashion is reflective of society. This will help illustrate the ways in which material use has been affected by the technological changes in manufacturing. Museum, fabric store trips, and fashion show trips are planned. Prerequisite Fashion I
This is a course in which basic fundamentals of architecture are examined and perfected. While design will be the main emphasis for this level and the student should have a good background in basic mathematics. Students will learn about the design process and explore the architectural concepts of space, form, function, and technology. Students will learn how to create mechanical and freehand drawings, draw in 1, 2 and 3pt perspective, interpret and create floor plans, create orthographic and isometric drawings, understand drawing to scale and read blueprints, construct scale models, consult with groups on various approaches to design problems, address environmental concerns and conservation efforts, learn to render architectural styles, explore the history of architecture, reference the internet for architectural sources and create computer renderings using CAD. Trips to or visits by working architects are anticipated.
This course is for the student who has completed the requirements for Introduction to Architecture 1 and plans possibly to pursue his or her architectural studies as part of their college education. Students will reinforce skills they learned in the earlier course and focus in on design techniques, as well as review and study the history of architecture, build scale models from plans and build vertically, understand shape, convex and concave, space, light, acoustics, circulation, enclosure, boundaries, path, threshold and portal, understand the use of planes and their relationship to patterns, consider issues dealing with commercial/ public space, render hand illustrations using a variety of media, become aware of the need for conservancy and the need for buildings that reflect respect for environments and future generations and learn about the history and evolving technologies of modern architecture. Emphasis will switch to vertical construction and consideration of public space vs. private space as well as architectural production as a process of analysis, critique and synthesis. Students will study architectural design as a mode of cultural communication and imaginative experimentation. They will work at a variety of scales, with a variety of techniques in a variety of research situations while being asked to comprehensively address architectural problems. This course aims to broaden and deepen the students' awareness of architecture as a discipline as they work on preparing a portfolio for presentations to colleges: Pre-requisite Architecture I
Speaking another language opens up another world. Language is not only a medium of communication; it is also a means of gaining understanding of the customs, thoughts, and beliefs of the people who speak it. Proficiency in a foreign language is a valuable practical tool in this era of global telecommunications. Fluency in the written and spoken word is a powerful life skill, and our goal is to provide this tool to our students.
The methodology of teaching in the department is audio-lingual, and the teachers attempt to communicate with the students almost exclusively in the target language. We encourage the creative use of the language. A “no-fault” approach is utilized in the early curriculum. Students converse without worrying about their conversations being micro-dissected for errors. In this way, they become comfortable in the initial stages of mastery in oral recitation.
Each of our courses places emphasis on the acquisition of appropriate levels of excellence in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. We offer a diversity of experiences in the literature of the target languages. Readings are drawn from literary (stories, essays and novels) and non-literary texts (articles) texts.
Assessments include: midterm and final exams, at least two exams per marking period, quizzes, oral projects, listening comprehension activities, on-the spot speaking responses and evaluations of articles concerning international events, national issues, local events, entertainment and sports in foreign language newspapers for upper level classes. We encourage our students to become proficient in all aspects of communication of the specific language studied. The goal of the faculty is to accomplish this purpose with a curriculum that is progressively more challenging with each additional year of study.
All courses in the World Language Department are electives. Students are encouraged to pursue their study of foreign language if they have completed advanced levels in previous years. Teacher recommendation and administrative approval are required.
The students continue to develop the four basic language proficiencies in a communicative setting. Emphasis continues to be on the acquisition of an extensive active vocabulary that will enable them to communicate in a wide variety of real-life situations. French language skills are enhanced by written application and reading and writing abilities are polished. Maximum communicative practice is afforded by additional concentration on listening skills. French newspapers, short stories and films are presented to stimulate discussion and reading comprehension.
The students continue to develop the four basic language proficiencies in a communicative setting. Emphasis continues to be on the acquisition of an extensive active vocabulary that will enable them to communicate in a wide variety of real-life situations. Spanish language skills are enhanced by written application and reading and writing abilities are polished. Maximum communicative practice is afforded the student with additional concentration on listening skills. Spanish newspapers, short stories and films are presented to stimulate discussion and reading comprehension.
The students enrolled in this course master topical vocabulary, grammar, idioms, and practical expressions on an advanced level. They discuss a variety of contemporary themes gathered from authentic materials, including novels. Newspaper article analysis assigned weekly and written paragraphs and essays submitted. This course emphasizes aural comprehension and oral proficiency. Those students wishing to enroll can take this course for college credit from Adelphi University. Three college credits may be earned. (Adelphi Spanish 122)
Students in Mandarin I begin to develop proficiency in listening and speaking the Chinese language. Proper pronunciation is modeled, and students engage in simple conversation. There is extensive emphasis on vocabulary acquisition. Basic grammatical structures are learned and gradually, with the use of authentic practical materials, they develop the necessary skills for effective and accurate basic oral communication. The culture and civilization of the Chinese-Speaking world is explored.
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