The high school curriculum consists of a challenging and integrated set of courses. By combining innovative content with the traditional disciplines of English, mathematics, the sciences, social studies, languages, and the arts, students develop the wisdom to make educated decisions while maintaining their unique perspective of the world.
Beginning with the 11th grade class in 2010, students will be enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program as part of their Journeys School experience. This rigorous, innovative and international curriculum will become a component of the Capstone curriculum allowing students to work towards an IB diploma
Mathematics (Levels 3-7) at Journeys School follows a classic sequence of pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, advanced math and calculus. The emphasis of this course is 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.
The effects of mass communication technology and the impacts of a global economy have greatly changed school curricula. Students must be prepared to think quickly and critically in the 21st century, and the English language arts curriculum is designed to teach students how to think, how to reflect and how to respond to the world they live in.
The High School Fine Arts program integrates visual, music and performance art into a three-year cohesive cycle that builds a student’s skill base and creativity. Frequently, the fine arts curriculum is integrated into other content areas.
Physical Education and Health 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.
In the 21st Century, science continues to play a powerful role in guiding our world’s decision making and our progress towards sustainability. Underneath this paradigm of sustainability, Upper School Science incorporates an environmental focus into traditional disciplines through relevant and innovative curriculum within a four-course sequence of Modern Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Applied Physics and Advanced Biology.
As we discover an increasingly global community, the study of other human cultures and systems, past and present, is of ever-greater importance. Students are exposed to the social studies through a four-year course progression in the upper 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 their learning.
This segment of the high school program focuses on the Spanish language and Latino culture. High school students are required to take three years of Spanish with an optional capstone year. Students balance skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as outlined in the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) national standards.
Journeys School’s core approach to learning is instruction outside of the classroom. A journey is a direct experience in the ecological or cultural environment that serves as an essential part of learning.