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

ID 200 - What is the Good Life?
In this interdisciplinary class, 10th graders ask: What is the good life? And what does it mean to live a good life as an individual, as a member of a family, a culture, a nation, the world? Students explore ideas about the good life from sources including art, history, science, philosophy, and religion. Using the city as a lab, students take their questions to Seattle-area museums, government agencies, cultural groups, and religious centers to understand the depth and breadth of thinking on this topic. Drawing on their increasing understanding of the city and its inhabitants, students work in teams to explore answers to the complex question: What is the good life in Seattle? This three-week class culminates in a presentation of their ideas to city leaders. 


Integrated Studies

E 200 & H 200 - American Literature and History
This team-taught course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the themes, texts, and content of United States history and literature. It is informed by the belief that students’ understanding of, and appreciation for, American literature and history is enhanced by considering each discipline in conversation with the other. 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. Writing assignments include literary analysis, historical research, and creative writing. 


Math

M 200 - Algebraic, Geometric, and Computational Thinking II
Students strengthen their algorithmic thinking and ability to fluidly connect applications and concepts in this follow-up to Algebraic, Geometric, and Computational Thinking I. Units cover the use of algebraic functions, trigonometric relationships, three-dimensional spatial analysis, and probabilistic reasoning. Students expand their programming skill set, learning to use expressions, variables, conditionals, and loops to approach problems computationally. Problem sets enable students to practice and master key skills and procedures. Culminating projects give students the opportunity to creatively apply their skills to real-world problems that are important to them.  


Science

S 200 - Chemistry
Through project-based investigations, this lab-based chemistry course builds students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry, effective laboratory techniques, quantitative problem-solving, and critical thinking. 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 100 - Foundations in Digital Media
This three-week intensive begins with an overview of the foundational skills used in digital media, including digital music production, photography, and video production. Students may also explore animation, film scoring, and related skills. In the second part of the course, students learn 2D design and 3D modeling through experimenting with aspects of video-game production. They end the intensive with several game-ready assets and a strong understanding of the artistic process in video-game development.