Grade 12

This year, twelfth graders will be taking courses in four nine-week terms, called quarters or "minimesters." Students will rotate through their core courses and electives each quarter, taking half of their courses for the full year at any given time. This approach will allow students to be able to focus more deeply on three to four courses at a time during this time of distance learning, while still completing the full roster of courses for the school year. Below are overviews of what you can expect students will be learning in each of their core courses, as well as links to further details for each. Click here for more detailed plans by grade and content area.

English Language Arts

Given the unique context of the 2020-2021 school year, secondary English Language Arts teachers will be focusing on the 11 highest priority standards for student learning we have identified. This priority instructional content selected represents the standards most foundational to ELA instruction:

  • Close Reading of Complex Texts, and

  • Volume of Reading to Build Knowledge

The 11 priority content standards are:

Reading

  • Students read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

  • Students determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

  • Students interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

  • Students analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

  • Students read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Writing

  • Students write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  • Students draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

  • Students prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Language

  • Students demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • Students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  • Students acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

Though these standards are common across all secondary grade levels, instruction will be aligned to the corresponding grade-specific level of performance articulated in the common core standards.

Math

Twelfth grade students have a number of options for their math course. Possible courses include math analysis, statistics, calculus. Your student's counselor will help them identify a sequence that is aligned with college requirements as well as their individual interests.

Science

Students in high school will be working to complete a sequence of required laboratory science classes aligned with the a-g requirements. These typically include a sequence of biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as one or more science electives such as biotechnology or physiology. Your student's counselor will help them identify a sequence that is aligned with college requirements as well as their individual interests.

History - Social Studies

In history, students will be taking one quarter of Government, and one quarter of Economics. Their teachers will be prioritizing adapted lessons from among the following units:

Government Quarter:

  • Fundamental Principles of American Democracy

  • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens in a Democracy

  • Fundamental Principles of Civil Society

  • The Three Branches of Government as Established by the U.S. Constitution

  • Interpreting the Constitution:

  • The Work of the U.S. Supreme Court

  • The Electoral Process

  • Federalism: Different Levels of Government

  • The Fourth Estate: The Role of the Media in American Public Life

  • Comparative Governments and the Challenges of Democracy

Economics Quarter:

  • Fundamental Economic Concepts and Reasoning

  • The American Market Economy

  • Government Influence upon the American Economy

  • Labor Markets

  • Aggregate Economic Behavior

  • The Global Economy

You can read more about the details of each unit, such as the overarching questions that frame each, as well as highlighted projects and performance tasks here.