Upper School

UPPER SCHOOL (AGES 13-17)

 

Students work in small groups on project based assignments. Through Socratic discussion, teens are challenged to think critically. The focus lies in preparation for adulting, vocation, and college.

Classrooms are set in nature-based environments, weather permitting. Small class sizes, certified tutors and teachers provide individualized attention in welcoming spaces. Great for socialization and making new friends.

THEATER
Speeches are short. Dialogue and vocabulary are appropriate for child performers ages 12+ years old. No one becomes the “star” or is expected to memorize too many lines. Upcoming plays include The Wizard of Oz, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Alice in Wonderland.
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FINANCIAL LITERACY
Students learn the basics including how to open a bank account, reconcile a checkbook, invest in the stock market, file taxes, and manage their earnings. Students are encouraged to think about markets, interest rates, and how they will enter into the American economy.

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Students are taught by native speakers. Instructors focus on speaking, reading, and writing with an emphasis on dialects, history, and customs. Languages offered include:

 

  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Braille
  • American Sign Language

 

AMERICAN REVOLUTION
This course explores the American Revolutionary era broadly. Students gain insight into the American resistance to British rule, the decision for independence, and America’s victory in the war.

Required Reading: I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (#15) by Lauren Tarshis

 
INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS
Students are taught by classically trained musicians. Lessons include music theory. Instrumental instruction is available for the following:
  • Guitar
  • Flute
  • Violin
  • Piano
LITERATURE ARTS
Courses focus on vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing processes and more. The goal for the program is to familiarize students with classic literature and encourage active reading and clear writing.

Required Reading: To Kill a Mockingbird, 50th Anniversary Edition by: Harper Lee June, 2010

 

 
CHESS
Students are taught by a nationally ranked chess instructor. Students learn the basics including how to identify chess pieces and their movements on the chessboard. All skill levels are welcome and opportunities to compete in school sponsored chess tournaments are offered twice a year.
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MATHEMATICS
Our curriculum begins with Geometry and Algebra I. We wrap up with Calculus, the highest level of math offered by most high schools and considered the gold standard of pre-college math preparation:
  • Geometry
  • Algebra I & II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
MUSIC CHOIR
HCHC’s Music Director engages students in music theory and history. Students learn contemporary songs and receive voice training from a trained professional. Two (2) recitals/concerts are scheduled.
 
S.T.E.A.M. TOURNAMENT
Students work together on a 10-month long collaborative project that culminates in state level competition with Odyssey of the Mind’s annual state tournament. Students incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to problem solve and win at state championships.
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Professional coaches instruct and guide students through individual and team sports training, including:
  • Archery
  • Basketball *
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

 

 
 
BIOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCES
ONLINE –  Students examine science as a process to understand basic biological concepts of cells, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Students learn to use materials to collect data and then use a variety of data analysis skills to interpret the data.
 
IN-PERSON – The dissection of preserved frogs is an engaging introduction to vertebrate anatomy and mature body systems. Exploring the anatomy of the frog allows discussions about adaptations and how anatomical structures are related to their functions.
SEWING
Students learn a practical skill to help them in adulthood. This class is for the beginner who wants to learn about how a sewing machine works while creating several projects. Four (4) simple projects will be sewn in order to build confidence and understanding of sewing related terms.
HCHC Leadership Academy