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Grading Policy Latin School does not rank its students nor does it provide a cumulative GPA. At the conclusion of each school year, internal non-college GPAs are calculated for the purpose of faculty-selected honors societies and awards. In this calculation, all AP and honors courses are weighted more than college preparatory classes. Honors Latin is a member of the Cum Laude Society (students are eligible at the end of eleventh and twelfth grade); students may also be selected to the school's unique Erasmus Society beginning their sophomore year, which rewards intellectual curiosity and a love of learning beyond a concern for achieving high grades. The majority of discipline-specific awards are granted at the end of the senior year. *NOTE: Latin students are generally limited to no more than three AP/honors courses in a given school year. Students must petition for approval to exceed this limit. SUBJECT & REQUIREMENTS COURSES (honors and AP courses are in bold) ENGLISH Four credits including English 9-12 There are no honors courses in English English 9 English 10: African Lit English 10: Asian Lit English 10: East Asian Lit English 10: Eastern European Lit English 10: Eastern and Central Euro Lit English 10: Latin American Lit English 10: Mid East and South Asia Lit English 11: American Families English 11: American Seeker English 11: The New Chicagoans English 11: Shackled to Shadows English 11: Silenced America English 12: Writer's Workshop, Blended Learning English 12: Creative Writing English 12: Creative Writing: Blended English 12: Disenchantment and Fantasy Lit English 12: Mexican American Lit English 12: Modern and Contemporary Poetry English 12: Neil Gaiman's American Gods English 12: The Meaning of Life in Lit English 12: The Places You'll Go in Lit English 12: Science Fiction and Social Justice English 12: Shakespeare Journalism: A Blended Course HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES Three credits including one full-credit in Global Cities, the remaining credits must include at least one year of U.S. History, and at least one credit of a global studies elective Advanced Topics: American Politics Advanced Topics: Chicago Politics Advanced Topics: Comparative & Global Politics Advanced Topics: Drugs in History & Society Advanced Topics: Economics Advanced Topics: European History Advanced Topics: History of Schools & Society Advanced Topics: Psychology Honors European History Global Art and Culture Global Studies: Networks, Hierarchies, and Culture International Human Rights Law Middle East Modern China Nazi Mind Russian Revolutions Spice: Food, Trade, and Culture U.S. History What is Race?: Global Studies in Race and Racism World Religions MATHEMATICS Three or three and a half credits, dependent on track, must include Algebra 2 and Geometry Advanced Topics in Math Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Honors Algebra 2 Calculus Introduction to Differential Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Finance and Math 1 Finance and Math 2 Geometry Honors Geometry Introduction to Integral Calculus Honors Multivariable Calculus Honors Precalculus Honors Accelerated Precalculus and Diff Calculus Precalculus Probability & Game Theory AP Statistics Statistical Methods: Understanding Community 1 Statistical Methods: Understanding Community 2 SCIENCE Three credits including one year of Physics, Biology and Chemistry Bioethics Biology Honors Biology Honors Advanced Biology AP Chemistry Chemistry Honors Chemisty Organic Chemistry 1 Organic Chemistry 2 Cosmology Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Marine Science Medicinal Chemistry 2 Physics Honors Physics AP Physics C: Mechanics AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Honors Research in Molecular Genetics Stellar Astronomy COMPUTER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Computer Science Principles 1: Foundations Computer Science Principles 2: Applications Intro to Algorithms and Data Structures Modern Computers: From NAND to Tetris Principles of Programing Languages Software Development Lab-Blended ARTS Two credits including a half credit from the required ninth grade Global Cities program. The half credit must be in Performing Arts. VISUAL ARTS Courses offered in the following areas: CAD, Computer Graphic Design, Digital Media, Drawing, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Painting, Photography, Digital Photography, and Sculpture. Advanced Topics Art Portfolio Global Studies: Visual Arts Modern Art History Visual Communications for Artists & Entrepreneurs PERFORMING ARTS Courses offered in the following areas: Acting, Band, Chorus, Dance, Improvisation, Music Technology, Speech, and Stagecraft. Many of these classes are offered at multiple skill levels, including company-level execution. LANGUAGES Latin School follows a proficiency- based language model. Course titles may appear more than once, which reflects a progression in learning and not a repeated class. Particular level bands or skill levels may require a varying amount of time, exposure or both. (See ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines Pyramid) Proficiency-based programs in French, Latin, Mandarin and Spanish are offered and all students must successfully complete a minimum of three consecutive years of a language. The classroom experience is grounded in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational) for modern languages. French, Mandarin and Spanish classes are conducted in the target language and students use their skills in a variety of real-life situations. Through the Latin curriculum students develop reading proficiency. All languages offer opportunities abroad. MANDARIN All courses Intermediate Mid level and above are considered Honors courses. FRENCH AP French: Inter. High – Language and Culture Hon. French: Inter. High Honors French Adv. Low - Literature French: Culture & Conversation LATIN Hon. Latin: Advanced High Hon. Latin: Superior SPANISH Hon. Spanish: Adv. Low – Literature Hon. Spanish: Inter. High Hon. Spanish: Inter. High – Language and Culture Spanish for Heritage Speakers Curricular Highlights

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