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International Baccalaureate Program

The high school curriculum consists of a challenging and integrated set of courses culminating in the Capstone and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. By combining innovative content with the traditional disciplines of English, mathematics, the sciences, social studies, world languages and fine arts, students develop the wisdom to make educated decisions while maintaining their unique perspective of the world. The curriculum is designed for students in the 21st Century, focusing on both the local and global issues of social equity, economics, and the environment. Extensive use of technology is a critical component of the curriculum, and every student uses a laptop computer to enrich their learning inside and outside the classroom. Learn more about an IB education here. You can also contact Journeys School's IB Coordinator David Porter with any questions.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Journeys School was authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 6-10 in 2013. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. The MYP prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Program (grades 11-12), in college and beyond. For more information, visit the official IB website.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Journeys School was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program (grades 11-12) in 2010. The IB Diploma program is a rigorous, innovative and international curriculum that is a component of the Capstone curriculum and allows students to work towards an IB diploma and possible college credit. The effect of this program is a globally connected, internationally-respected, final capstone experience. The course of study will prepare students for entrance into the “best-fit” college; including the most highly-selective college academic programs. All students at Journeys School are enrolled in International Baccalaureate classes beginning in 11th grade and prepare for exams at the end of the 12th grade year. Detailed course descriptions and requirements are provided below.

The IB Diploma Program is different from other pre-university courses or assessments in that it is a comprehensive, integrated program that emphasizes international perspectives and fosters the development of skills and attributes to prepare students for university and life.

The IB Diploma Program is an integrated program in six subject areas that incorporates critical thinking, research and intercultural understanding, compared to the single-subject focus of other programs and assessments.
IB assessments include multiple, varied forms of external and internal assessments as opposed to a heavy reliance on multiple-choice or short-answer examinations.
In addition to the rigorous assessment and curriculum in six subjects, the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action and service components in the IB Diploma Program encourage the development of well-rounded students who are committed to lifelong learning.

IB Certificate Program

Recognizing that the full IB Diploma Program may not be for everyone, Journeys School offers the IB Certificate program for the six different areas of study. IB Certificate candidates take courses in the six subject areas and, upon completion of these classes, may choose to sit for higher-level or standard-level exams in certain subject areas. They receive an IB Certificate for each course successfully completed. For more information, visit the official IB website.

 

Academic Departments and Core Courses

English

School curricula are changing as we begin to see the effects of mass communications and the impacts of a global economy. Students must be prepared to think quickly and critically in the 21st century, and the English curriculum is designed to teach students how to think, how to reflect and how to respond to the world in which they live. Over four years, students will develop skills in the contexts of world religions, poverty, the environment, class, sex and gender, conflict and power struggles, medicine, systems theory and class. Throughout the four-year program students study and write a variety of expository and creative texts including essays of definition, classification, comparison and contrast, description, process analysis, narration, illustration, cause and effect, argumentation and persuasion and reflection. Students write daily.

Discussion and sharing are integral to success in the English class. Students must be prepared to discuss readings in depth, and all students are expected to share their writing with the class on a regular basis. The class also studies films that are appropriate to our literary study when time and subject matter allow. Respect for everyone’s ideas is of the utmost importance. Upon completion of all English courses, students will have developed the skills to identify and write about a variety of world literatures and literary genres. The students’ literary analysis skills will have improved, allowing the student to better appreciate and comprehend sophisticated language and writing. Students will have broadened their vocabulary through practiced speech and writing.

IB MYP English (Grades 9-10)

English for grades 9-10 is a comprehensive 2-year course balanced between the study of literature and the creation of writing, including writing ranging from exposition, research, and analysis/argumentation to creative writing. At times, students will respond directly to texts with formal argumentation and analysis, and other times students will develop innovative and sometimes indirect responses by paralleling the methods of texts and authors or developing entirely original materials. The emphasis throughout will be in helping students continue their development as enthusiastic, passionate and capable readers and as flexible, sound and confident writers. In both instances—reading and writing—students will emerge as thinkers always aware of the demands of purpose and audience and of the continuum between facilitating communication and creating beauty.

IB DP English SL/HL (Grades 11-12)

The comprehensive 2-year course will include intensive study of a variety of novels and poetry, depending on one’s grade level. Students will analyze published texts and use them as models of good writing, employed literary techniques and rich vocabulary. Over the course of the two years, students will study and write a variety of expository and creative texts including critical analyses, analyses of brief literary passages, personal essays and poetry. Students will write daily. The work in IB English will be experiential in nature. Students will experience the text through reading and discussion. Writing is always experiential. There will be many opportunities for adapting texts for performance in class. Students will prepare and deliver formal and informal oral presentations. Students’ essays and reading exams will be the major assessments throughout the school year. All steps of the writing process will be assessed. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB English HL or SL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

IB DP Extended Essay (Grades 11-12)

The extended essay is the capstone project for the IB Diploma Program. Started in the junior year and completed during the senior year, this independent research and writing project provides an opportunity for students to focus on a strenuous academic investigation of a topic in much greater depth and focus than available in traditional courses. The process highlights students’ skills at analytical and critical thinking, exposes them to the academic sources they will encounter regularly in higher education and develops their ability to produce sophisticated arguments in written expression of significant length (4,000 words). The project culminates with a public oral defense.

IB DP Theory of Knowledge (Grades 11-12)

Rather than develop new knowledge or discipline-specific content, this course focuses on students as “knowers” and helps develop their abilities to ask questions about how knowledge is acquired and employed and to scrutinize how knowledge overlaps across disciplines. Largely a critical thinking course, together with study in basic epistemology, students will constantly examine “How do I(we) know what I(we) know?” and pursue other questions derived in parallel fashion to this essential question. They will learn to differentiate knowledge from belief, discern fact from opinion, and will discuss with depth the implications of living within a global information economy. A mainstay of the course will also be the examination of how different cultures formulate and apply knowledge. Students will reflect on the knowledge they have gained in their first seventeen years of learning and begin to anticipate the needs they will have as learners as they move forward in life and in higher education

Mathematics

Mathematics at Journeys School covers topics found in the traditional sequence of pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, advanced math, trigonometry, statistics and calculus. Textbooks designed for the International Baccalaureate program are used to guide the program. The emphases of these courses are to promote the development of mathematical thinking and problem-solving capabilities. Each student is expected to master prerequisite concepts for the study of higher math at the college level. At the end of four years of math at Journeys School, students will have developed a variety of tools to solve many “real-world” problems, as well as a fluency in the language of math and an appreciation of the underlying structure of mathematical systems. These systems of problem solving are critical in all other areas of academic study. Logical reasoning and solving complex challenges are two basic ways that mathematics can be utilized outside of the classroom. Clarity in communication through concise and logical steps is fundamental to any practice where you are trying to convey a message or understand a problem. These skills, along with the pure mathematical skills, are an integral part of the mathematics curriculum.

IB MYP Algebra

Students in this course will gain the knowledge and understanding of prerequisite skills for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Math courses. Units of study include polynomials, linear algebra and quadratic algebra. Teachers will assess student learning through class discussion, math review, daily problem sets, oral presentations and individual and group projects/investigations. Exams will be the major assessments throughout the school year. All exams expect students to demonstrate strong written communication skills and to demonstrate clear lines of logical reasoning.

IB MYP Geometry

Students in this course will gain the knowledge and understanding of prerequisite skills for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Math courses. Units of study include sets and Venn diagrams, expand and factor, radicals, algebraic fractions, algebraic patters, quadratic equations, inequalities, Pythagoras and lines, polygons, trigonometry, statistics, probability, functions and exponents. Teachers will assess student learning through class discussion, math review, daily problem sets, oral presentations and individual and group projects/investigations. Exams will be the major assessments throughout the school year. All exams expect students to demonstrate strong written communication skills and to demonstrate clear lines of logical reasoning.

IB DP Math Studies SL

This 2-year course is designed to prepare students to enter college with a strong foundational background in math. Students cover geometry, trigonometry, mathematical modeling, statistics, probability, advanced algebra, finance, and the fundamentals of calculus over the course of two years. Woven into this content area is the application of two major themes that explore truth and explore our understandings of past, present, and the future. Students are expected to learn, when applicable, through inquiry. Official IB assessments include two papers and a project which is an individual piece of work involving the collection or the generation of measurements, and the analysis and evaluation of the information or measurements. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Math Studies SL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

IB DP Math SL – Precalculus/Calculus

This 2-year course is designed for the student who needs a sound background in mathematics for the purpose of further study in college or in career options such as science, economics or business. The course is challenging and requires a high level of mathematical ability as well as sustained effort and commitment. Topics of study include functions, differential and integral calculus, statistics, and probability. Students will be assessed on their mastery of content through quizzes and tests. Students will also complete portfolio projects throughout the year that will require them to use methods of formal proof or apply mathematical methods to solve real life problems. Written and graphical communication and appropriate use of technology will be assessed in these portfolios. This course provides learning in a range of analytical, critical and technical skills. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Math SL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

IB DP Math HL – Precalculus/Calculus

IB Higher Level Mathematics is the most demanding course designed for students who plan to use mathematics as a part of their future university studies. This 2-year course is designed for advanced students who are capable of a more rigorous course at an accelerated pace. Units of study include: number theory, complex numbers, advanced trigonometry, matrices, vectors, and statistics. Topics include basic derivative and integral rules, calculus of exponential and logarithmic functions; calculus of growth and decay; calculus of plane and solid figures and applications to physics topics. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are included in this course. Students will be assessed on their mastery of content through quizzes and tests. Students will also complete portfolio projects throughout the year that will require them to use methods of formal proof or apply mathematical methods to solve real life problems. Written and graphical communication and appropriate use of technology will be assessed in these portfolios. This course provides learning in a range of analytical, critical and technical skills. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Math SL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

 

Social Studies

As the people of the world find themselves as part of an increasingly global community, the study of other human cultures and systems, past and present, is of even greater importance. Students are exposed to social studies through a four-year course progression in the high school. In keeping with our philosophy of providing hands-on, practical learning, the program supports the concept that a student’s ability to ask questions about historical evidence, current events, or other cultures is a key element to his or her learning.

Students gain a variety of social studies skills with specific attention paid to chronological thinking, research capabilities, issues analysis and decision-making. Following a loose chronology, students gain an understanding of the major themes of U.S. and World history from prehistory to present including migration, trade, religion, technology, demographics, gender and the environment. Studies of the past gain additional relevance by tying them to current events.

IB MYP Individual and Society 1 (Grade 9-10)

Social studies for students in grades 9 and 10 is a 2-year course progression. The class supports the idea that a student’s ability to ask questions about historical evidence, current events, or other cultures is a key element to his or her education. While there is a period of study for this course, we follow this chronology loosely and concentrate more on major issues and trends. Topics to be covered include: human origins and migration, Model United Nations (annual event), the agricultural revolution and birth of civilizations, sustainable business planning, the second agricultural revolution (the modern food chain), the urban-wild interface and current events. Students will develop a variety of skills including chronological thinking, research capabilities, issues analysis and decision-making. Assignments may include journal responses, reading summaries, traditional exams, essays, research papers, oral presentations, class participation and other assessments of both the individual and small groups. We will also be taking part in a model United Nations with other area schools.

IB MYP Individual and Society 2 (Grade 9-10)

Social studies for students in grades 9 and 10 is a 2-year course progression. The class supports the idea that a student’s ability to ask questions about historical evidence, current events, or other cultures is a key element to their education. While there is a period of study for this course, we follow this chronology loosely and concentrate more on major issues and trends. Topics to be covered include: terrorism and democracy, the United Nations (Model UN), human rights and peacemaking, The age of exploration, globalization and international trade, industrialization and the National Park Idea and global environmental issues. Students will develop a variety of skills including chronological thinking, research capabilities, issues analysis and decision-making. Assignments may include journal responses, reading summaries, traditional exams, essays, research papers, oral presentations, class participation and other assessments of both the individual and small groups. We will also be taking part in a model United Nations with other area schools.

IB DP History of the Americas SL/HL (Grades 11-12)

History of the Americas is the first year of study of a two-year course preparing students for the Standard Level and Higher Level Baccalaureate Exams. Students will obtain a solid foundation in content as well as skills in researching, note-taking, analyzing primary and secondary sources, making inferences, generalizing, drawing conclusions, and presenting knowledge. This course covers major developments in the region from around 1760 to 2000: independence movements; the challenges of nation building (including the American Civil War); the emergence of the Americas in global affairs; the Great Depression; the Second World War and the Cold War, and their impact on the region, as well as the transition into the 21st century. Within each section, political, economic and social issues are considered and, when relevant, cultural aspects are included. The countries of the Americas form a region of great diversity but close historical links. Within the sections there will be, where appropriate, a case study approach in which students will have the opportunity to study their own or another national history of the region. An independent historical investigation is an integral part of the course. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB History SL or HL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

IB DP 20th Century World History SL/HL (Grades 11-12)

IB 20th Century World History is the second year of a two-year course preparing students for the Standard Level and Higher Level Baccalaureate Exams and covers major topics related to: the origins, ideology, form of government, organization, nature and impact of authoritarian and single-party states, East–West relations from 1945 focused on the Cold War and the development of the Arab–Israeli conflict from 1945 to 1979. Within each section political, economic and social issues are considered and, when relevant, cultural aspects are included. Students will obtain a solid foundation in content as well as skills in researching, note-taking, analyzing primary and secondary sources, making inferences, generalizing, drawing conclusions, and presenting knowledge. An independent historical investigation is an integral part of the course. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB History SL or HL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

 

Science

In the 21st century, science will continue to play a powerful role in guiding our world’s decision making and our progress towards sustainability. Underneath this paradigm of sustainability, our science program incorporates an environmental focus into traditional disciplines through relevant and innovative curriculum. Our four-course sequence includes MYP Biology and Physics, MYP Chemistry, IB Physics and IB Biology.

Our science program is both content and skill based. Students master the skills necessary to think and act like scientists in the modern world. Content standards are based on the National Science Education Standards written by the National Research Council. These standards incorporate traditional content and emphasize unifying concepts in science, inquiry-based approaches, and use of technology. Primary sources (data, journals, and experiments) and technology tools such as ArcView (GIS software), Vensim (modeling software), spreadsheet software, statistical software, and graphing calculators are used. Journals, articles, essays, and books from the scientific community and media are used to supplement each inquiry during weekly reading seminars.

Within each semester, science inquiries are based on an essential question, and the learning is driven by the students’ “need to know.” Students are challenged to address a relevant local question that contributes to the scientific knowledge base in the community. Assessment is conducted in a variety of forms, including formal research reports, essays, projects, teaching, traditional exams and oral presentations. All science students will understand the process of science after the program is complete. They will be able to explain natural processes using scientific evidence and knowledge. Students will be proficient in writing technical papers, discussing scientific concepts, conducting original research, and presenting results as well as demonstrating mastery of fundamental scientific concepts.

IB MYP Biology and Physics (Grades 9-10)

In this course students will develop an understanding of the scientific process in general as well as explore the fundamental concepts of biology and physics. Basic laboratory techniques and safe laboratory practices will be developed through a series of hands-on practical activities designed to reinforce the concepts being covered. Students will also develop the ability to communicate effectively using scientific language. This MYP course will help each student to become an inquiring and scientifically literate global citizen who can act responsibly. Students will think critically and creatively when solving problems that affect their community and the natural environment. They will have the opportunity to independently investigate relevant issues that they find interesting through the processes of research and experimentation. With the “one world” philosophy, students will reflect on the connections between science and the world, examining societal, environmental, and ethical factors.  My classroom is a place where everyone's ideas are respected and each individual will recognize their responsibility for their environment.

IB MYP Chemistry (Grades 9-10)

In this course students will explore the composition, structure, and properties of matter, the processes that matter undergoes and the energy changes that accompany these processes. Basic laboratory techniques and safe laboratory practices will be developed through a series of hands-on practical activities. Students will also develop the ability to communicate effectively using scientific language. This course will help students become inquiring and scientifically literate global citizens who can act responsibly and think critically and creatively when solving problems that affect their community and the natural environment. Students will independently investigate relevant issues through the processes of research and experimentation. Topics include the nature of science, matter and the structure of atoms, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, equilibrium and kinetics.

IB DP Physics SL (Grades 11-12)

IB Physics is a 2-year course that covers a range of topics through applied and conceptual lessons. Topics to be covered are a basic overview of physics: mechanics, thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and energy, power, and climate change. Each year, additional topics will be studied based upon student personal interest. Classes utilize Vernier probe technology in frequent lab applications. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Physics SL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

IB DP Biology SL/HL (Grades 11-12)

IB Biology is a 2-year course that provides a college level introduction to the scientific field. Understanding how the diversity and abundance of life originated and how we fit into the complex ecology of our planet is critical for living in a sustainable way. Core and optional topics that will be covered include: statistical analysis, ecology, evolution, human anatomy, human health and physiology, cells, the chemistry of life, genetics, nucleic acids and proteins, cell respiration and photosynthesis, and plant science. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Biology SL or HL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

Spanish

Spanish students balance skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as outlined in the national standards of the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, conversations, games and writing activities. Students use this environment as a motivation to acquire vocabulary, verbs and other grammatical tools. Class work is integrated with semester themes and other academic classes. The primary tool to succeed in these courses is a strong desire to communicate. Where possible, curriculum is integrated with the nature and the culture of Jackson Hole. Recognizing a growing Latino population in our community reflects this growth on a global scale. Students will become proficient in using language skills in order to communicate in real-world situations. Over several years, students will develop skills for greater interactions in their community, travels, as well as university studies. Spanish classes are adapted to meet the various levels of Spanish fluency from beginners to native speakers. In grades 9-10, core knowledge of language and grammar skills is stressed in order to give students a strong base for language learning. In IB courses, this core knowledge is taken to a more advanced level of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In all levels of Spanish, classes are active, often facilitated by students and include a wide variety of projects and activities.

IB MYP Introductory Spanish (2 year course sequence)

Spanish 1 is a course designed for high school students with little or no prior experience with Spanish. The objective of the course is to develop students’ skills in oral communication, visual interpretation, reading comprehension and writing. Students learn vocabulary and grammar within the framework of curricular essential questions and explore topics related to daily routines, Spanish in our local community, celebrations in Latin America and Spain, artistic observations, and accidents and medicine. Students develop language skills through interactive activities, games, projects, presentations, readings, writing assignments and tests. In addition, intercultural understanding is emphasized, and each unit examines the culture of a different Spanish speaking country.

IB MYP Spanish 2/3 (2 year course sequence)

In Spanish 2/3, students participate in a completely immersed classroom, many for the first time. Core linguistic skills and advancing grammatical concepts are practiced daily through the four methods of communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students increase their cultural awareness as well as language acquisition through units that utilize the high school essential questions and a variety of topics and assessments. Each student will receive a grammar workbook that supplements lessons covered in class and provides a reference at home. Whenever possible, authentic resources are used from all Spanish speaking countries in order to expose students to the many different variations of the language. Each unit has a grammatical and cultural focus. Most units assess throughout for content (grammar and vocabulary) and all units have a summative assessment generally incorporating all four aspects of communication. These projects range from individual to group work, as well as researched based to completely creative. This class is designed to prepare students for the expectations of the standard level or higher level International Baccalaureate Spanish class.

IB DP Spanish ab initio SL (Grades 11-12)

The Spanish ab initio course is designed for students with little or no prior experience with Spanish. The course is organized into three themes: individual and society; leisure and work; and urban and rural environment. Each theme has a list of topics that provide the students with opportunities to practice and explore the language as well as to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students should be able to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations. Spanish ab initio units incorporate the Journeys High School’s essential questions. Students learn vocabulary and grammar within the framework of these questions and the three themes of study. Students may explore topics related to markets and shopping, resources in our community, medicine and emergencies, the environment, media and technology, migration and prejudice and world citizenship. In addition, each unit examines the culture of a different Spanish speaking country. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Spanish ab initio SL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

IB DP Spanish SL/HL (Grades 11-12)

The standard level and higher level Spanish classes for the IB diploma program are intended to provide students the necessary skills and cultural knowledge for successful communication as well as global awareness and appreciation. Language acquisition arises intrinsically through classroom experiences. All resources are varied, global, and authentic, providing each student the opportunity to understand the diversity in the Spanish speaking world. Students are assessed in their receptive, productive, and interactive skills. Focus is not on grammar as much as a student’s ability to produce a clear message, demonstrate appropriate register, and organize their work in an exceptional manner. This is assessed both orally and in written communication. Grammar is reviewed throughout the term and often approached independently to suit each individual’s needs. Advanced grammatical concepts such as the subjunctive tense and compound tenses are taught and integrated in evaluations. Students will be assessed in a variety of ways: reading comprehension and reaction to different texts, ability to produce specific text-types or styles, message delivery, oral interaction, and oral presentation. IB HL students will read an entire novel each year and develop the ability to analyze themes and appreciate a literary work in the target language. All students in this course are required to sit for the IB Spanish SL or HL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

 

Fine Arts

The high school fine arts program integrates visual, music and performance art into a two-year cohesive cycle that builds a student’s skill base and creativity during 9th and 10th grade. During the 11th and 12th grade year, students focus on the visual arts as part of the International Baccalaureate Program. Frequently, the fine arts curriculum is integrated into other content areas. The curriculum content is based on the 9-12 Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning standards and International Baccalaureate expectations. Whenever possible, visiting artists are invited to help teach the students. The students use the community as a classroom, visiting areas outside of school to complete projects. Curriculum includes core classes in music, dramatic performance, and visual arts. Electives in studio arts, graphic design, film and architecture may be offered in various years.

World Language Elective

Independent study in world language is possible with faculty approval. The course will be completed online.

IB MYP Visual Art (Grades 9-10)

The Visual Arts course includes studio production with a variety of different art media, processes and techniques. Students will research, analyze and compare art from different cultures and times. The elements and principles of art and art vocabulary are taught through each unit. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of these through art making, written reflection and research, and art critique. Visual Arts will be experiential in nature. Students will explore and experiment with a variety of media, processes, and techniques. Students will reflect and make critical observations on these experiences in their developmental workbook and through class critiques. There will be many opportunities for students to exhibit their work both on the Journeys School campus as well as in the local community. Art media include pencil, pastel, charcoal, marker, acrylic, oil, watercolor, india ink, linoleum, clay, wire, plaster, wood, found and recycled materials.

IB MYP Performing Arts (Grades 9-10)

The Music section of the course covers the fundamentals of music. The playing of the guitar and higher level music theory is emphasized culminating in a semester end performance. The Drama portion of the course covers the basics of designing and acting in a drama. Each student has the opportunity to lead a section of the drama, whether it is to lead the sound effects, props, costume design, or a lead role in the drama. There are school wide performances at the end of the semester.

IB DP Visual Arts SL/HL (Grades 11-12)

The course is intended to prepare students for the IB Diploma Program exams and college coursework and to develop a life-long appreciation for the arts. The course will include intensive study of a variety of different art media, processes and techniques. Students will research, analyze and compare art from different cultures and times including attending local gallery exhibitions. Students will complete 3-5 pages each week of sketchbook work in their investigative workbooks and produce at least one studio art project per month. Students will explore and experiment with a variety of media, processes, and techniques. Students will reflect and make critical observations on these experiences in their IWs and through class critiques. There will be many opportunities for students to exhibit their work both on the Journeys School campus as well as in the local community. Art media include pencil, pastel, charcoal, marker, acrylic, oil, watercolor, india ink, linoleum, clay, wire, plaster, wood, found and recycled materials. All students in this course are required to submit workbook and portfolio materials for the IB Visual Arts SL or HL exam which takes place in May of the 12th grade year.

Physical Education

(Grades 9-10, Semester Course)

Physical Education is offered as a semester long course for 9th and 10th grade students. Students involved in athletic teams with the public school district or other physically active pursuits such as dance or horseback riding can receive credit for their participation. The mission of the Physical Education program is to develop students who possess the motivation and intellect to make healthy choices and the physical competence to participate in a variety of active pursuits for a lifetime. Thus sportsmanship, leadership, fitness concepts, and healthy student attitudes towards physical activity are weaved into fitness activities, competitive sports and psychomotor skill development. Journeys School physical education is standards based, deliberately sequenced, accessible to all students, and focused on lifetime skills and physical fitness. FitnessGram assessments are interlaced into this program, which assess students in the five areas of health-related fitness:; aerobic capacity, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition. Through this assessment, students become self-aware of their personal fitness in comparison to the “healthy fitness zone” for their age and gender. Additionally, Journeys School partners with community organizations to teach all students dance, gymnastics, and mixed martial arts. The annual Winter Sports Program consists of alpine skiing or snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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