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Academic Concentrations

A concentration is an overarching and interdisciplinary focus of study weaving together a series of classes, Connections projects, and Intersession programs. It carries with it the commitment to complete a capstone project within the area of study. The completion of a concentration will be noted on a student’s transcript. Students must indicate their interest and commitment to a Concentration in the spring of their sophomore year as a part of the course request process. Interested students should talk to the specific concentration advisor for more information and guidance. Certain prerequisites must be met to be accepted into the program.


Environmental Stewardship

Sam Horton, Concentration Advisor

Prerequisites
  • 9th grade math and science
  • 10th grade math and science 
  • 10th grade Environmental Leadership Connections Program 

Additional Courses
Courses that fulfill this concentration are listed below (not all are available in the current academic year). Students must take a minimum of two of the following courses:
  • Oceanology 
  • True Grit : History & Literature of the American West
  • Ecological Field Studies: Taylor Mountain Natural History 
  • Native American Literature
  • Literature & History of the American Environmental Movement
  • Advanced Studies in Environmental Science 

Other Requirements
  • Select one environmental and/or outdoor education themed Intersession course or a summer study/service program approved by the environmental stewardship advisor.
  • Select, or develop in consultation with the Director of Connections, an environmental- and/or outdoor education-themed Connections program for two quarters in the junior and senior years. Students may assist a faculty member in designing and offering an environmentally-themed exploratory course.
  • Complete a capstone project, which could be an academic research paper on a specific topic of their choice within the area of environmental stewardship, a multimedia presentation to the community, or a different in-depth project to be developed with the Environmental Stewardship advisor.

STEM

Lisa Zavieh, Sean Freese, Concentration Advisors
 
Prerequistes
  • Biology
  • Chemistry (any level)
  • Physics (any level)
  • Precalculus
Additional Courses
Courses that fulfill this concentration are listed below (not all are available in the current academic year). Students must take a minimum of two of the following courses:
  • Intro to Engineering
  • Intro to Programming
  • Intro to Robotics
  • AP Computer Science Principles OR* AS Computer Programming
  • Anatomy and Physiology OR* Genetics
  • AS Geology & Earth Science
  • AS Environmental Science
  • AP Statistics
Other Requirements
  • Select one STEM themed Intersession course or a summer research/internship position approved by the STEM concentration advisor(s).
  • Participate in, or develop, in consultation with the Director of Connections and the STEM concentration advisor, a STEM or STEM education-themed Connections program for the duration of junior year. Or, students may assist a faculty member in designing and offering a STEM-themed exploratory course.
  • Propose and complete a capstone project. Proposals are to be presented to and approved by a committee of the STEM concentration advisor and two additional faculty members or administrators.
  • Once approved, the capstone project may be completed as an independent study, or as part of a culminating summer research program. In both instances, the results of the capstone project are to be presented to the community in a manner to be developed with the STEM concentration advisor.

Global Citizenship

John Durgin, Concentration Advisor

Prerequisites
  • 9th grade humanities
  • 10th grade humanities
  • Levels I-IV world language (graduation requirement is level III)

Additional Courses
Courses that fulfill this concentration are listed below (not all are available in the current academic year). Students must take a minimum of two of the following courses:
  • Comparative Religions
  • African Studies
  • British Literature
  • Intro. to Economics or Advanced Studies in Economics
  • Comparative Revolutionary History
  • Cooperation & Conflict in Eastern Europe: Russian History
  • Intro. to International Relations
  • Race, Class & Gender in Modern America
  • Advanced Studies in Historiography
  • Advanced Studies in Art History
  • Lost Art Techniques of the Ancients
  • East Meets West in the Art of Puppetry

Other Requirements
  • Select one study/service abroad Intersession course or a summer study/service program approved by the Global Citizenship advisor.
  • Select or develop, in consultation with the director of Connections, a global issues-themed Connections program for two quarters in the junior and senior years. Students may assist a faculty member in designing and offering a Global Issues exploratory course or be approved to teach such an exploratory course.
  • Complete a capstone project, which could be an academic research paper on a specific topic of the student's choice within the area of global citizenship, a multimedia presentation to the community, or a different in-depth project to be developed with the Global Citizenship advisor.
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