12th Grade Courses - High School | Oak Meadow

World Literature: Africa and Beyond

Coming January 2023! This course explores the topics of home and exile in three books that feature Africa. Each of the novels in this course is a unique coming-of-age story. The course examines how and why people leave their homes to seek refuge elsewhere. Needing to leave home and migrate elsewhere—or being forcibly removed from

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American Literature: Social Transformations

Coming January 2023! American culture has undergone countless social transformations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Today, new social transformations are underway. In this course, students will study how American literature reflects and contributes to social transformations. Presenting a diverse set of voices, the course centers on the intersection of literature, history, and current events.

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Global Climate Change in the 21st Century

In this single-semester science course, students are carefully guided through the complex information and systems related to global climate change. They learn to consider multiple ways of knowing that include scientific, data-driven knowledge as well as Traditional Ecological Knowledge that is based on a long-term and profound understanding of the land and surrounding ecosystems. Students

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Chemistry Matters

Chemistry is the study of matter through observation and experimentation. In this course, students get a rigorous hands-on introduction to the topics, tools, terms, mathematics, and practices of the study of chemistry. This full-year course includes 16 labs plus dozens of hands-on activities, inquiry-based quick labs, written assignments, and creative ways to explore on chemistry

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Race and Ethnic Studies: Power and Perspective

Critical race and ethnic studies emphasize the intersections of forms of social differentiation, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, ability, and sexuality, and examine how these forms of differentiation provide advantages for some groups and disadvantages for others. This course looks beyond cultural identity to consider inequality, power, and social change while examining how race and

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United States Government: By the People, for the People

In this single-semester course, traditional topics related to U.S. government (the Constitution, three branches of government, federal and state governments, etc.) are covered, as well as lessons on media and bias, research methods, evaluating resources, philosophies of government, citizenship, landmark cases of the U.S. Supreme Court, infrastructure, and tribal government. Reflection and discussion prompts are

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Psychology: Journey Towards Self-Knowledge

This engaging and rigorous psychology course is designed to help students become more aware of themselves as unique individuals. Delving into their own experiences, students are encouraged to be scientists in the process of exploring themselves and their place in the universe. They will examine a variety of topics including memory, biology of behavior, stress,

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American Literature: The Westward Journey

This American Literature course explores how the United States developed its shape and character throughout the 19th century by way of the movement called the Westward Expansion. By reading and reflecting on the words, artwork, and novels that contain their stories, students will gain an understanding of the authentic experiences and perspectives of those who

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Foodways: Sustainable Food Systems

Food is fundamental to human existence. Historical events, cultural traditions, social structures, geographic features, and economic practices all factor into our food choices and options. Many people are fortunate enough to not have to think much about where our food comes from, but many others experience food scarcity or a lack of access to healthy

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Forensic Science

Forensic Science is a hands-on laboratory and project-based learning course that will lead the student through a foundation of law and criminal justice, history of forensics, and modern scientific advances in the field. Hair, fibers, DNA, ballistics, serology, poisons, drugs, arson, explosions, fingerprinting, forgery, and entomology are studied in detail. The scientific method, data analysis,

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