10th Grade Academics


10th Grade Honor English

This course is for 10th grade students seeking advanced studies in English language arts.  Students who successfully pass the course will be prepared to enroll in AP English language and composition for their 11th grade year and AP English literature and composition for their 12th grade year.  In this course, students focus on effective expression through the study of classic world literature. They will gain the confidence, know-how, and ability to prepare and deliver an effective message in a variety of ways for different audiences (practice the art of rhetoric). Students will learn how to conduct an interview, use visual aids during a speech, and give a speech on an academic topic. Emphasis is also placed on refining listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing skills, and academic vocabulary.

An honors course is intentionally rigorous.  Students must complete more assignments than they would in the regular level English II including a substantial creative writing project which will take the entire school year to finish and involved multiple occasions for peer review and revision. All 10th grade students take the PLAN test (designed by the ACT organization) at the end of the year. It is recommended that students in the Honors English II course also enroll in AP World History.


Algebra II

In Algebra II, students inquire mathematical structures, encounter complex numbers, write polynomial and rational expressions, get a deeper understanding of functions by using different representations, and create and solve equations and inequalities.

The students learn to use graphing calculators in a variety of situations. The functions studied include trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic relationships, as well as quadratic and polynomial functions. Conics are studied to the extent of circles and parabolas. Statistics involves the study and use of normal distributions to make inferences for populations.


Modern World History

Students in this course look at the modern world through different perspectives, with the intent to prepare them for future AP (advanced placement) and college curriculum.

Students will analyze primary source documents as well as relate the events in history to current events. Major themes include geography, social and political change, technological developments, politics, human rights, economics, culture, and globalization. Student will learn to untangle these themes through in-class discussions, think critically through essays and writing assignments, and develop their speaking abilities through presentations.

After completing this course, the students will have a firm grasp of the exploration of the New World by European settlers, the rise and fall of Monarchs, the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the rise of Nationalism, the Industrial Revolution, the Age of Democracy, the Age of Imperialism, World War I, World War II, all the way to the present day.


Chinese IV Honor

Chinese IV is an advance level Chinese language course designed for high school students who have either passed the AP Chinese language test or have equivalent proficiency. This course has an honors designation from UC, students’ GPA will be boosted.

This course is intended to further develop their language and literacy skills and understanding of traditional Chinese culture. Students will read a variety of genres and texts including two full length novels, short stories, poetry, fiction and nonfiction works, and analyze them in different aspects. They will understand historical influence, consider the philosophical and cultural stance of the authors, and draw inferences. Students will expand their vocabulary while focusing on the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will also gain exposure to traditional Chinese written language and culture. They will demonstrate research techniques and an ability to write with an understanding of audience and purpose.

Over the one year course, they will produce a range of writings including reading logs and journals, character studies, speeches, creative pieces, drama scripts, and compare and contrast, analytic, expository, narrative, reflective, persuasive, and research essays. There will be writing workshops taught throughout the course. Students will start by writing short essays in order to improve their technique. The course will culminate with a 1500 word essay as a final project.



This course introduces the fundamental concepts of chemistry, the central science, as well as the experimental techniques of modern chemistry and its applications in daily life. The course focuses on hands-on, active-learning application of the scientific method to reinforce foundational chemical principles. The course emphasizes the interrelationship between experimentation, observation, and scientific theory. Students are expected to express themselves in detailed responses that show a deep understanding of the material, as well as the ability to critique and synthesize principles underlying chemical phenomena. Topics covered include atomic theory, ionic and covalent bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical reactions and reactivity, thermodynamics, kinetic-molecular theory, and fundamentals of organic and nuclear chemistry.