American High School G9-12

ENGLISH
HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH CURRICULUM (Grades 9-12)
Grade 9: Language and Literature
In ninth grade English emphasis is placed on building vocabulary, exploring the writing process, and improving reading comprehension and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature genres and writing styles both classical and contemporary and will develop writing and analysis skills through practical daily activities. Reading, writing, and grammatical assignments along with team projects are frequent features of ninth grade English and should be expected by all students.

Grade 10: Language and Literature
Communication skills continue to be refined through writing, oral presentations, and practical daily activities. Special emphasis will be given to the writing process, including creative, expressive, and formal writing with particular concentration on the persuasive essay. A variety of literature genres and writing styles with a wide range of literary emphases will be studied. The student can expect frequent reading, writing, and grammatical assignments and plenty of team project work. In addition, SAT Preparation classes are given regularly in grades 10 and 11 to help students prepare for this vital test.

Grade 11: Language and American Literature
Using American Literature as a springboard, students will explore various authors, genres, and styles of both poetry and prose. The course is designed to develop the student’s analytical, comprehension, and analysis skills at a deeper level. While grammar is incorporated as part of the whole language process, greater emphasis will be given to writing, analysis, and communication skills. Students should expect frequent and comprehensive writing and analysis assignments along with team project work.

Grade 12: Language and British Literature
By exploring the various authors, genres, and styles of World writers of poetry and prose, students will further develop their analytical, comprehension, and analysis skills on an even deeper level. While grammar is incorporated as part of the whole language process, greater emphasis will be given to writing, analysis, and communication. Students should expect frequent and comprehensive writing and analysis assignments along with team project work.

Science
Grade 9
In ninth grade, students will be introduced to specialized courses covering, Diversity of Living Things, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Forces, Atomic Energy, Work and Machines.

Grade 10 Chemistry
Chemistry is a new course introduced to grade l0. This course gives the student a sufficient background about chemistry that would qualify the student to the advanced chemistry course that he would take in the upcoming high school years.

Grade 10 Biology
The Biology course in grade 10 preludes a good introductory foundation for the Biology SAT11 course. The curriculum courses different branches of biology including ecology, cellular biology, genetics, organismal biology.

Grade 11 Biology
The Biology course in grade 11 comprises the advanced part of the SAT II Biology course. The curriculum includes Molecular Biology, Advanced Parts of Genetics, DNA, in addition to the rest of organismal biology.

12 Biology
The Biology class is designed to prepare students for the SAT II test. The syllabus covers molecular biology, cell structure and functions, genetics and heredity, diversity of life, and interactions of ecosystems.

Grade 11 Chemistry
Chemistry will cover the concepts of chemistry in matter properties and changes, Periodic table, Ionic and covalent compounds, Chemical reactions, the mole and Hydrocarbons.

Grade 11 Environmental Science
Environmental Science will cover:

1-Ecology: Ecosystems, Evolution, Diversity of living things, Energy flow, Biomes, Aquatic ecosystems.
2-Population: Understanding population, Biodiversity, Renewable and non renewable energy, Waste.

Grade 11 & 12 Physics
A high school course in physics is structured to fulfill the general goals as well as prepare students for the SAT II test in Physics. The syllabus covers Motion in one and two dimensions, Forces and Motion, Work and Energy, Momentum and Collisions, Circular Motion and Gravity, Vibrations and Waves, Sound and Light, Electrostatics, and Electric Circuits and Electromagnetism.

Grade 12 Geology
The geology course covers the earth as a system, models of earth, composition of earth, History of earth, Weather in addition to Atmosphere and space.

Math
Grades 9 and 10
The syllabus combines Algebra and Geometry. In Grade 9, Algebra 1 is introduced, and it helps in solving numerical problems in geometry which are often used in SAT Math. In Grade 10, the course syllabus includes Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus introduction is given as a warm up. In Grade 10, SAT Test Prep Classes are offered, up to grade 12.

Grade 11
Pre-calculus mathematics and Algebra II are taught to all students. The science section students are taking a combination of Algebra II, Trigonometry, and some math applications, while the basic section students are taking a combination of Algebra II and Probability. Pre-calculus gives more in depth math to our students which helps most of our students pass SAT I by the end of Grade 11 with, in several cases, outstanding scores.

Grade 12
Calculus is taught to all of grade 12 students. It includes differentiation & integration and some of its applications in life. This helps students who are focusing on the engineering and science fields for entrance into the Egyptian universities and the students who are going to any college in the German University. In addition to Calculus, the classes in the science track will study Mechanics as part of their math.

STATISTICS
Statistics is taught as a separate subject in grade 12 which gives an introduction to statistics. Students who are going to study business or accounting at the university level benefit the most.

Arabic
Since we believe in striking a balance between the Egyptian and American culture, it is one of our school objectives to teach high quality Arabic, Religion, and Civics. Teaching Arabic starts from KG 2 to grade 12. Our approach is a very modern one in teaching the Arabic Language. Students use multimedia and videos, and all available teaching aids. Our students are also encouraged to do research in Arabic as much as they do in English and all other subjects.