High School Introduction


Beijing SMIC Private School was invested and established in 2005 by SMIC. It includes Kindergarten, elementary and junior high school with distinctive bilingual characteristics. Senior high school will officially enroll in the fall of 2018. There are two programs ; students select either the College Entrance Examination Program or the International Program.


The College Entrance Examination Program aims at cultivating children into famous universities in China and insists on character education and English teaching.


The International Program adopts Common Core and AP (Advanced Placement) courses. Academic and visual and performing arts courses, taught in English, instill communication skills, collaboration, self-directed learning, and critical and creative thinking. The aim of the International Program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills for success in western universities.


Course Catalogue

COURSECATALOGUE, 2018-2019


ENGLISH

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

English

English 1 Mainstream

9

YEAR

Placement test

English

English 1 Advanced

9

YEAR

Placement test

English

English 2 Mainstream

10

YEAR

Placement test

English

English 2 Advanced

10

YEAR

Placement test

English

Drama I

9, 10

YEAR


English

Public Speaking

9, 10

Sem 1, Sem 2


English

Informational texts

9, 10

Sem 1, Sem 2


English

Extensive Reading and Response

9,10

Sem 1, Sem 2

Mainstream placement


English 1

In EnglishI Mainstream 9th grade students develop abilities to analyzecomplex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicatethoughtfully—the must-have skills for college and career. With a digital andprint approach, Collections transcends the traditional with state-of-the-artfeatures that resonate with today's students.


EnglishI Advanced helps 9th grade students developabilities to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, andcommunicate thoughtfully—the must-have skills for college and career. Thiscourse is designed to facilitate the necessary reading and writing skills forAdvanced Placement courses.


English2

In EnglishII Mainstream 10th grade students develop abilities to analyzecomplex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicatethoughtfully—the must-have skills for college and career. With a digital andprint approach, Collections transcends the traditional with state-of-the-artfeatures that resonate with today's students.


EnglishII Advanced helps 10th grade students developabilities to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, andcommunicate thoughtfully—the must-have skills for college and career. Thiscourse is designed to facilitate the necessary reading and writing skills forAdvanced Placement courses.


Drama I

Inthe Drama class, students explore the fundamentals of acting as the actor useshis voice, mind, and body, through the utilization of exercises and game. Studentswill develop ensemble and individual performance skills.


PublicSpeaking

Students are introduced to public speaking asan important component of their academic, work, and social lives. Studentsstudy types of speeches (informative, persuasive, dramatic, and special occasion),read and listen to models of speeches, and prepare and present their ownspeeches. Students learn to choose speaking topics and adapt them for specificaudiences, to research and support their ideas, and to benefit from listenerfeedback. They study how to incorporate well-designed visual and multimediaaids in presentations and how to maintain a credible presence in the digitalworld. Students also learn about the ethics of public speaking and abouttechniques for managing communication anxiety.


InformationalTexts

This course is designed to bring together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessmentsand insights to supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject.Content covers non-fiction topics that today’s students care about, thatconnect to core curriculum, and are aligned to standards. Learning to readinformational materials and write appropriately in response are the aims ofthis course which is a prerequisite for Advanced Placement coursework.


Extensive Reading and Response

Extensivereading provides learners with rich background knowledge, vocabularyrecognition skills, and higher motivation for more reading. In addition, it canalso lead to the development of rapid reading skills, and the discovery ofreading strategies. After each reading, students will be required to provideone of a variety of types of response to the literature, improving both theirwriting and presentational skills.


DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

EAP (does not count towardgraduation)

Listening and Speaking (EAP)

9, 10

Sem 1, Sem 2

Placement test

EAP (does not count toward graduation)

Extensive Reading and Response (EAP)

9, 10

Sem 1, Sem 2

Placement test



Listening and Speaking (EAP)

Thiscourse is designed to hone aural and oral skills in English so that studentsare prepared for the rigors of regular English courses.  The course will develop listening,note-taking, study and test-taking skills. Active listening, interactive and presentational oral skills will beanother focus of the class.  The studentmust successfully pass this course with a score of 60% or higher before beinggranted acceptance to the regular English program.  This course does not count toward graduationrequirements.


Extensive Reading and Response (EAP)

Extensivereading provides learners with rich background knowledge, vocabularyrecognition skills, and higher motivation for more reading. In addition, it canalso lead to the development of rapid reading skills, and the discovery ofreading strategies. After each reading, students will be required to provideone of a variety of types of response to the literature, improving both theirwriting and presentational skills in preparation for full inclusion in regularEnglish classes. The student must successfully pass this course with a score of60% or higher before being granted acceptance to the regular Englishprogram.  This course does not counttoward graduation requirements.


MATHEMATICS

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

Math

Algebra 1

9 , 10

YEAR


Math

Geometry

9, 10

YEAR


Math

Algebra II and trig

9, 10

YEAR



Algebra1  

Algebra 1 is typically the first highschool math course. It will guide students through expressions, systems ofequations, functions, real numbers, inequalities, exponents, polynomials,radical and rational expressions.


Geometry

Geometry isthe second math course in high school and will guide students through points,lines, planes, angles, parallel lines, triangles, similarity, trigonometry,quadrilaterals, transformations, circles and area.


Algebra II and trigonometry

Algebra 2 isthe third math course in high school and will guide students throughlogarithmic expressions, sequences and series, probability and trigonometry, aspecialized branch of mathematics that deals mainly with the properties oftriangles and the relationships between its parts.


NATURAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

Science

Biology

9 , 10

YEAR


Science

Chemistry

9, 10

YEAR


Science

AP Biology

9, 10

YEAR

Advanced English or Info Texts (can be concurrent)


Biology

Biology helps students develop a deeperunderstanding of biology by making connections visually across chapters andbuilding the scientific skills needed for success in upper-level courses.  Themes discussed will include the chemistryof life, the cell, genetics, mechanisms of evolution, biological diversity, plantand animal form and function, and ecology.


Chemistry

Chemistry isthe study of matter, energy and the interactions between them. This is an overview of general Chemistry topics,such as acids and bases, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, and chemical reactions.


AP Biology

The AP Biology course is designed to enable you to developadvanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collectingdata, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting conceptsin and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advancedtopics in subsequent college courses — a goal of every AP course. The courseprovides college-level material and instruction to prepare students for theoptional externally-moderated exam in May. Success on this exam can lead to university credit in the United States.


SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

Soc Studies

World History

9, 10

YEAR


Soc Studies

US History

9, 10

YEAR


Soc Studies

Intro to Econ

9, 10

YEAR


Soc Studies

AP Human Geography

9, 10

YEAR

Advanced English or Info Texts (can be concurrent)


World History

Students will explore the “bigideas” or patterns that connect history, with a focus on concepts such asrevolution, nationalism, imperialism, democracy, and dictatorship, in additionto political, economic and belief systems.  They will increase theirknowledge & understanding of modern world history. The students willanalyze the cause and effects of different world events while applyinghistorical principles to the situations presented to them.  The studentswill develop critical thinking and analysis skills using maps, primary sources,and thinking maps.  Special attention will be given to the development ofwriting skills using historical topics and the improvement of note-taking andstudy skills.


USHistory

Inthis course students will examine the major turning points in American historybeginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins ofour Constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War andReconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business andgovernment, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of theUnited States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class,ethnic, racial, and gender equality. Through documents and readings, studentswill analyze both primary and secondary sources and form opinions on Historicalissues. Students will learn to relate and draw conclusions as to how the pastrelates to the present through reading, research, discussion, and participationin individual and group work. These goals will equip students withan understanding of societal foundations, cause and effect through time andeveryday life, as well critical thinking skills which can be expressed inreading comprehension, writing, speaking, and research.


Introductionto Economics

Economics is the social science of studying the production, distribution andconsumption of goods and services. At its most basic, economics considers how asociety provides for its needs. Its most basic need is survival; which requiresfood, clothing and shelter. Once those are covered, it can then look at moresophisticated commodities such as services, personal transport, entertainment,the list goes on. This introductory course usesreal-life examples from around the world to make economic principles vivid andmemorable. The fundamental idea behind the course is that economics can beuncomplicated and informative.


AP Human Geography

The purpose of thiscourse is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns andprocesses that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth'ssurface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examinehuman social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learnabout the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.Students will learn to interpret maps and analyze geospatial data,understandand explain the implications of associations and networks among phenomena inplaces, recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processesat different scales of analysis, define regions and evaluate theregionalization process, and characterize and analyze changing interconnectionsamong places. Advanced Placement courses provide college-level material andinstruction to prepare students for the optional externally-moderated exam inMay.  Success on this exam can lead touniversity credit in the United States.


WORLD LANGUAGES

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

World Languages

Spanish I

9, 10

YEAR




Spanish I

Spanish I uses authentic resources and real-world-based activitiesto spark students’ curiosity. Studentsdevelop speaking and listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish whilefostering a love of new cultural experiences.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

IT

Yearbook design I

9, 10

YEAR


IT

AP Computer Science

9, 10

YEAR

Advanced English or Info Texts (can be concurrent)  and algebra



Yearbook Design I

This course is open to students with a backgroundor interest in journalism, computer skills, art or photography. Instruction inthis course relates to these four areas which are vital to the appreciation andproduction of printed materials. Students will work on problems and assignmentsdesigned to develop their appreciation for good design in page arrangements andliterary content. This course provides practical experience in advertising,journalism, photography, graphic arts, research, computer-designed lay-outs& illustrations, typography and printing methods. Photographers will workclosely with editors and writers to create ideas and develop them intomeaningful and well-designed pages for the school’s yearbook. Work willsometimes be required after school and evenings.


AP Computer Science

Thiscourse is equivalent to a first-semester, college level course in computerscience. It introduces students to computer science with fundamental topicsthat include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organizationof data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysisof potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing.The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving anddesign using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches fordeveloping solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large,complex problems. AP Computer Science material and instruction aredesigned to prepare students for the optional externally-moderated exam in May.  Success on this exam can lead to universitycredit in the United States.



VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

Vis and Perf Arts

Band I

9, 10

YEAR


Vis and Perf Arts

Wind Instruments I

9, 10

YEAR


Vis and Perf Arts

Studio Art 1

9, 10

YEAR


Vis and Perf Arts

Painting and Murals I

9, 10

YEAR




Band I

Theband program is an important part of student life.  The group represents a colorful, visible, andhighly disciplined segment of the school. The main concept of the band is to create pride in accomplishment,citizenship, and spirit.  The hard workand commitment of the band members lead to the success of the program. Work will be required after school andevenings.


Wind Instruments I

This is aprogram that prepares individuals to master a woodwind instrument andperforming art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Winds I includesinstruction in playing and personal style development.  Participation in the full band requires workafter school and evenings.


Studio Art I

In preparation of the portfolio requirements forA.P. Studio Art, students can begin completing the required assignments.Students will focus on the Breadth Section or the Concentration Section of aDrawing/2-D Portfolio. It is also recommended that students take additional artclasses/workshops/lessons beyond the school day.


Paintingand Murals I

Painting from still-life, landscape, and livemodels from observation will be geared toward realism; at the same time,various other painting styles could be explored.  Color theory, linear perspective,compositional structure, figure ground relationships, visual perception,special concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized. Thenstudents will apply these skills to the walls of the school.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

PE/Health

PE I

9, 10

Sem 1, Sem 2


PE/Health

Health

9, 10

Sem 1, Sem 2




Physical Education

Physical education helps students develop physical skillsand confidence. High school curriculum should focus on lifetime sports skillslike tennis or aerobic dance, with a secondary emphasis on team sports. Thecourse develops fitness and fosters the desire for lifelong participation inphysical activity.

Health

This course is designed to offer students inhigh school the opportunity to acquire knowledge, incorporate process and lifeskills, and develop positive attitudes about life. Building a solid foundationof good decision-making skills can contribute to a variety of healthy choicesfor themselves and others. Development of a healthy body and a healthymind will assist young people in living active, productive, and successfullives.


ELECTIVES

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/  YEAR

PREREQUISITE

Elective

Chinese Language and Culture I

9, 10

YEAR




Chinese Language and Culture I

Thisis the first in a sequence which can lead to the AP Chinese Language andCulture exam.  It prepares students todemonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency in interpersonal, interpretiveand presentational modes.  The aim is toprovide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to develop theirunderstanding of the richness of the Chinese language and culture.


LUNCH CLUBS (non-count forgraduation)

DEPARTMENT

COURSE TITLE

OPEN FOR  GRADES

SEMESTER/YEAR

PREREQUISITE

Lunch Club (does not count toward graduation)

Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education

9, 10

Sem 1


Lunch Club(does not count toward graduation)

Opening Minds

9, 10

Sem 2




PSHE Short Course

Thisaccredited course supports the delivery of Personal, Social, Health, andEconomic Education in a variety of settings. It consists of seven modules:Healthy Eating and Living; Conflict Resolution; Drugs Awareness; PersonalWellbeing; Sex and Relationships Education; and Becoming a Parent.  Successful completion of the course leads toan ASDAN- China certificate.


OPENING MINDS Short Course

OpeningMinds is an accredited course which equips students with skills andself-awareness to enable them to achieve their full potential at school, inuniversity and eventually to be successful in the workplace.  This short course contains modules in:Citizenship; Learning; Managing Information; Relating to People; and ManagingSituations. Successful completion of Opening Minds leads to an ASDAN- Chinacertificate.


HIGHSCHOOL COURSE REGISTRATION, 2018-19

CURRICULAR  AREA

Credits required for graduation

COURSE OPTIONS

Length and  credit

ENGLISH

4

English 1 (main)   _____  or English 1 (advanced)  _____

English 2 (main)   _____  or English 2 (advanced)  _____

Drama I  _____

Public Speaking ______

Informational Texts _____

Extensive Reading and Response ______

Listening and Speaking (EAP) ______

Extensive Reading and Response (EAP) ______

Yr/ 1

Yr/1

Yr/1

Sem/.5

Sem/.5

Sem/.5

Sem./ 0

Sem./ 0

MATH

3 (4  recommended)

Algebra I ______

Geometry _____

Algebra II and trigonometry _____

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

NATURAL SCIENCES

2 (3  recommended)

Biology _____

Chemistry _____

AP Biology ______

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

SOCIAL SCIENCES

3

World History _____

US History ______

Intro to Economics ______

AP Human Geography ______

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

WORLD LANGUAGE

2 (more recommended)

Spanish 1

Yr/ 1

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


Yearbook Design 1______

AP Computer Science _____

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

1

Band 1 ______ (after school)

Wind Instruments 1 ____

Studio Arts 1_____

Painting and Murals 1 _____

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

Yr/ 1

Yr/1

PE/HEALTH

2

Physical education   1 _____

Health ______

Sem/.5

Sem/.5

ELECTIVES


Chinese Language and Culture _____

Yr/ 1

TOTAL

24





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