Academic Programs

The Center School Robotics TeamOur comprehensive academic program includes Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

College Biology is a college preparatory level course.  It is academically challenging so as to prepare students for a college biology course.  The course is taught as a series of seven underlying themes.  Themes are major concepts that link facts and ideas together.  The themes will cover are energy, evolution, patterns of change, scale and structure, systems and interactions, unity and diversity, and stability.

Chemistry is a college preparatory level course.  It is academically challenging so as to prepare students for a college chemistry course.  In this course students will use the metric system, scientific notation, significant figures, and scientific calculators to solve measurement and conversion problems.  Students will recognize and describe the structure of atoms, molecules, and ions as part of matter.  Students will have an understanding of the periodic table.  Students will be able to write and balance chemical equations.  Students will be able to apply an understanding of chemical concepts to select issues in human health and the environment.  Students will perform laboratory experiments in basic chemistry to reinforce their understanding of chemical concepts using the scientific method, with an emphasis on the chemistry of daily life.

Computer Technology:
Course Descriptions:

  • Photo Editing and Illustrating
  • Video Production
  • 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Game Design
  • Desktop Publishing

High School Mathematics:
Course Descriptions:

  •     Photo Editing and Illustrating
  •     Video Production
  •     3D Modeling and Animation
  •     Game Design
  •     Desktop Publishing

PHYSICS – CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS:
In Physics, students learn essential concepts of physics through demonstrations, laboratory work, and discussion. Careful gathering and analysis of quantitative data is stressed. Some of the topics covered in this course are mechanics, electricity and magnetism, sound, and light.

Reading Development and the Speech/Language Program:
Classroom teachers at Center School are primarily engaged in providing curriculum based instruction tailored to individual students’ learning needs, whereas the role of the Speech Language Pathologist is to provide intervention that addresses underlying developmental lags and deficits. There is ongoing coordination between the classroom teacher and the Speech Language Pathologist

Art Education:
At Center School, all Elementary and Middle School students have art as part of a 5-week elective cycle. In High School, students are encouraged to think of themselves as part of a long cultural tradition of artistic production. Before each project, students examine historical and contemporary artworks and are introduced to relevant concepts from other subject areas: history, mythology, psychology, etc. Preliminary skill-building exercises help to build student competence in new media.

Performing Arts:
Visual, Performing, and Practical Arts:

Skilled teachers guide students to develop their full potential in a multitude of creative and practical projects. All students in elementary and middle school receive instruction in Art, Life Skills, and Music. Woodshop is offered to older elementary students and all middle school classes. High School participation in all areas is on an elective basis.