In 10th grade, students turn their focus outward and use an interdisciplinary approach to explore networks and complexity, learning about and connecting with the communities in which they live. Students gain an appreciation for the nuances and complicating factors that accompany problem-solving in the real world. Over the course of the year, they move beyond theory to understand how organizations, businesses, and governments actually work. Through civic engagement, students develop empathy and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of our world.


Opening Intensive

A 210 - Foundations in Digital Media
This three-week intensive begins with an overview of the foundational skills used in digital media, including photography, digital music production, and video production. Students also explore stop-motion animation, typography and poster creation, web design, and related skills. Throughout the intensive, students will visit creative professionals in the area and use the City Center as a studio for design. In the final week, students conclude their experience with a creative project in the form of a short film, podcast, and/or a promotional video.


History and Social Sciences

H 200 - American History
This course offers an introduction to the themes, texts, and content of United States history. Students explore issues of equality, justice, and power, and consider how different, and often conflicting, ideas about America have shaped this nation. They are expected to develop an understanding of various disciplinary modes of thought and analysis, and actively participate in discussions, projects, and presentations.


English

E 200 - American Literature
This course builds upon the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills introduced in E100, but within the framework of “America.” By analyzing a number of texts, students explore how differing voices have shaped the concept of “America.” Guiding questions include: “What is ‘America’?”; “How do different individuals relate to the concept of ‘America’”?; “What does ‘America’ mean in a country of so many diverse viewpoints and life experiences?” Students hone their speaking and writing skills through essays, research projects, creative fiction, personal reflections, Socratic seminar, and debate. Texts include Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Willa Cather’s My Ántonia; Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God; August Wilson’s Fences; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions. Grammar and vocabulary instruction are woven throughout.


Math

M 200 - Mathematical and Computational Thinking II
Students strengthen their algorithmic thinking and ability to fluidly connect concepts in this follow-up to Algebraic, Geometric, and Computational Thinking I. A major underlying emphasis of this course is patterns in reasoning, including formal proof, visual analysis, and problem-solving. Students cover the use of algebraic functions, trigonometric relationships, vector analysis, linear algebra, combinatorics, and probabilistic reasoning along central thematic units such as Water, Music, and Agricultural Economics among others. Students expand their Python programming skill set, learning to use expressions, variables, conditionals, and loops to approach problems computationally. The course uses experiential projects during, and skills-based assessments after each thematic unit, and a year-end, comprehensive skills-based assessment to offer students feedback on content mastery. Culminating projects under thematic units give students the opportunity to creatively apply their skills to highly relevant, real-world problems that are important to them.


Science

S 200 - Chemistry
This lab-based chemistry course builds students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry, effective laboratory techniques, quantitative problem-solving, and critical thinking through a variety of activities, including project-based approaches. Much of the course revolves around students’ developing the ability to use macroscale observations to infer nanoscale events. Major topics include, but are not limited to, atomic theory, molecular structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, thermochemistry, acids, and bases. Students use qualitative and quantitative data gathered during experiments to independently explore these topics. Laboratory work, independent research, and experimental design are emphasized and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding.


Spanish

L 200 - Your World and the Future
Students expand their skills in reading, writing, listening to, and speaking Spanish through an exploration of themes related to networks and complexity, including society, health, communication, science, technology, and innovation. They explore a wide range of cultural production (films, short stories, cultural practices) from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Classes are fully immersive; students use exclusively Spanish as they learn vocabulary and grammar through projects such as designing a house of the future and creating a cultural guide to a specific city. 


Closing Intensive: Art

A 220 - Advanced Digital Media
Building on the Foundations of Digital Media intensive, students can choose to pursue a passion for digital music production, photography, or video production. This project-based course includes visits from guest speakers and field trips to learn from industry experts in the greater Seattle area. Students develop individual projects in consultation with the instructor, and focus on developing digital skills, artistic techniques, and the ability to conduct a thoughtful critique of their own work and that of others.