International Division Courses

 

Academic Writing for High School
Offered for CFM Humanities Track
This class will provide a vehicle for students to fortify high school level reading and writing skills and provide a framework for academic writing. Students will address topics and questions by molding facts, speculations, beliefs, and opinions into cogent, powerful statements and arguments. Through reading, class discussions, and group work, students will investigate different styles and forms of writing that provide a range of models for approaching academic writing and thinking. Emphasis will be on learning to refine critical thinking and on improving writing through editing, peer-review, and rewriting. Students will be assigned approximately 2-4 pages of writing per class, in addition to regular reading assignments.
ID3421.1
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Javier Huerta
ID3421.2
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Javier Huerta

 

Introducing American Society and Culture
Offered for CFM Humanities Track
Students in this course will use tools from the social sciences and humanities to pursue a rich understanding of American culture. We will consider a variety of source material, including key events in American history and politics, themes in American literature and popular culture, and rituals and symbols that represent and permeate daily life in America. Through ongoing discussion and a variety of reading and writing exercises, students will identify the ways in which American habits, beliefs, and values are communicated and maintained. This language-heavy course will also give students an opportunity to strengthen their English fluency. Topics include education, family, diversity, business, and government.
ID3422.1
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Gabriella Wyatt
ID3422.3
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Jonathan Shelley

 

Advanced Biotechnology
Offered for CFM Science Track
In this course, students will conduct advanced biotechnology experiments, including DNA extraction, PCR, bacterial transformation, and protein gel electrophoresis. Students will also research and design their own inquiry-driven experiments, which they can then continue during the school year in preparation for the science fair. Additionally, we will explore ethical and political implications of biotechnology; topics include genetically modified organisms, cloning, reproductive biotechnology, and stem cell research. Students who have already taken “Introduction to Biotechnology” are welcome to apply.
ID3423
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM William Skinner

 

Advanced Chemistry
Offered for CFM Science Track
This course provides an opportunity for students who have already taken high school chemistry to deepen their knowledge. Laboratory activities and discussions focus on how chemists can control the types of reactions that occur—everything from color changes to explosions. Topics include bonding, chemical reactions, moles, elementary thermodynamics, and quantum chemistry. This class is ideal for students who want either to review their knowledge or to learn more chemistry in preparation for an AP Chemistry course.
ID3424
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Tia Madkins

 

Architectural Design
Offered for CFM Architecture Track
This course explores the built environment and introduces students to the architectural profession. The class focuses primarily on the formal principles of architectural design by examining examples from lectures and by visiting buildings on and off campus. Students will also develop an understanding of concepts in two-dimensional composition, furniture design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Students will express their ideas in scaled models and drawings. The course consists of several week-long projects, including architectural drawings of existing buildings, abstract sculptural design, furniture design, and designing new landscape and architectural structures. While working individually and in teams, students will be able to explore their creative potential and develop their ability to work effectively in groups. Knowing how to draw or build models is not a prerequisite.
ID3425
M T W T F
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mona Taghikhani

 

Business, Finance and the US Economy
Offered for CFM Professional Track
This course is a concentrated, practical and exciting introduction to business, finance and the US economy. Students will explore fundamental principles of finance and economics, including the basics of valuation, risk and return, and demand and supply. The course will emphasize real-world application through applied problems and projects. We will study how firms make decisions, the role of banks and markets, and we will explore timely macroeconomic topics such as government debt and deficits, currency fluctuation, recession, and financial and currency crises. Throughout, students will increase their financial literacy and gain tools for personal financial planning for college and beyond, including how interest accumulates, budgeting, investing, and the pitfalls of credit. Students will find that the connections between these topics and the mathematical concepts they have learned in school will make their math classes more interesting and relevant.
ID3426
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Madison Alexander

 

The Practice of Law
Offered for CFM Professional Track
This course will provide an overview of social institutions and functions addressed in the practice of law. Students will participate in each of the lawyer’s roles: investigation, research, advocacy, negotiation, trial preparation, and dispute resolution. In the process, students will examine the nature and history of law, interrogate parties, argue hypothetical cases, arbitrate conflicts, and draft legal documents. This class will require active participation in lively classroom activities and projects, which will include simulated trials, oral argument, and case briefing. Students will be encouraged to participate freely in robust classroom discussions and debates, with a premium placed on the open exchange of ideas and opinions. The course will culminate in a mock trial conducted in a local courtroom before a judge. College-level texts will be used.
ID3427
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Gary Kitajo