BEYOND THE BASICS

At Augustine Hills School, we know that offering a wide variety of academic options for learning is key to engaging students in an environment of discovery and possibility. Pairing students and teachers 1-on-1 enables us to design learning without bounds. 

Augustine Hills School is a Delaware Department of Education-approved school offering the four core curriculum areas of English/language arts, math, social studies and science, as well as electives for all grades which include foreign languages, business courses, psychology, study skills, art, music, drama, computer literacy, and many other subjects.

Middle school is a turbulent time in the lives of many adolescents. Augustine Hills School provides a safe, caring environment conducive to exploring each child’s unique strengths and interests. At Augustine Hills School, instructors focus on the fundamental academic disciplines that will be used throughout middle and high school years, while strengthening skills taught in the elementary grades.

Augustine Hills School offers students in grades 9-12 a challenging academic course of study with the option of popular electives such as Chinese, environmental science, entrepreneurship and more. Augustine Hills School graduates receive a high school diploma and many go on to college or trade school.

CURRICULUM

Augustine Hills School offers a comprehensive curriculum which is customized and designed for each student. Once a decision to enroll is made, parents and their student meet with the Placement Coordinator to select course work that will meet the student’s needs. Considerations are made of the student’s current achievement levels and the student’s educational plans and goals when selecting appropriate coursework. 

MATHEMATICS

The focus of math program at Augustine Hill School is to help students understand their world mathematically. Students need to understand how mathematics relates to the world around them. Understanding math in this way prepares students for the use of rote calculations and concepts found throughout their academic careers. Methods employed in our math program include online learning, direct instruction, and application to real-life situations.

6th grade mathIn Grade 6, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

7th grade Math  In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples

8th Grade Math  In Grade 8, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem

Algebra 1  Algebra 1 is designed to give students a foundation for all future mathematics courses. The fundamentals of algebraic problem-solving are explained. Students will explore: foundations of Algebra, solving equations, solving inequalities, an introduction to functions, linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, polynomials and factoring, quadratic functions and equations, radical expressions and equations, and data analysis and probability. Throughout the course, Common Core standards are taught and reinforced as the student learns how to apply the concepts in real-life situations. 

Algebra II  Fundamental skills of mathematics will be applied to such topics as functions, equations and inequalities, probability and statistics, logarithmic and exponential relationships, quadratic and polynomial equations, and matrices. Technology will be used to introduce and expand upon the areas of study listed above. Use of computers and graphing calculators will be incorporated into each chapter.

Geometry  This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem-solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed.  It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.

Pre-Calculus  This course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections.  Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.  This class is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.

Calculus  This course covers the following topics; Functions and Models, Limits and Derivatives, Differentiation Rules, Applications of Differentiation, Integrals, Applications of Integration, Differential Equations, Infinite Sequences and Series, Vectors and the Geometry of Space. Students will explore the mathematics behind each topic and apply to real-world scenarios

Statistics Through Applications   Course provides students with an introduction to important topics in statistics by focusing on the statistical thinking behind data collection and analysis. It helps students be more discerning consumers of statistics, teaching them to interpret the numbers in surveys, election polls, and medical studies. Topics include sampling, surveys, experimental design, organizing data, distributions, probability, and inference

SCIENCE

Augustine Hills School’s Science program teaches students to view the world around them through the eyes of a scientist. Students learn to problem solve using the scientific method and to analyze results to determine if they have found a viable solution. Students explore how the world around them interacts and the impact those interactions have on their lives. Students are introduced to the diversity of life, the building blocks of life, and the forces at work in our world on daily life. Students also learn what mankind knows about the world beyond our planet. Through direct instruction, technology, and hands-on activities, students learn the vital role that science plays in their life.

6th Grade Science  One goal of 6th Grade Science is to keep students interested in science and cause them to believe that they can be successful science students. It will be important for students to learn to recognize the science that is all around them. Whether it’s when they ride a bicycle, run, throw a ball, turn on the faucet, use a flashlight, take a picture with a camera, fly a kite, or notice changes in the weather, basic scientific principles are at work. Equally important will be to help students understand how scientific principles affect the Earth in such areas as weather patterns, droughts, erosion, ecosystem damage, and even diseases and aging.

7th Grade Science   7th Grade Science will cover the following topics; The Nature of Science, Earth and the Solar System, Life’s Building Blocks and Processes, Building Blocks of Matter, Reproduction and Heredity, Ecology and Waves, Sound, and Light.  The course is very hands on learning with numerous labs, online simulations, and projects. 

8th Grade Science   Eighth grade science focuses on providing students with hands-on, real world connections aimed at meeting the needs of individual learners. These activities are designed to generate higher level thinking and application skills. The students explore genetics and heredity,  properties of matter and energy, how substances react with each other and form new materials. They investigate electrical and magnetic currents, power, how unbalanced forces change the path of an object, and recognize that light and sound waves move at different speeds.

Physical Science Physical Science is the study of matter and energy and includes chemistry and physics. It is a basis for the further study of chemistry and physics. Labs or investigations are used to give students hands on learning and practical applications as well as to teach the material. Topics that will be studied include: matter, the periodic table, elements, mixtures, compounds, chemical reactions, light and electromagnetic spectrum, energy, heat, motion, Newton’s laws and momentum.

Biology  Students will investigate biological systems at the molecular, cellular, and macrobiological level. Hands-on laboratory exercises incorporating cellular biology, genetics, DNA technology, evolution, and ecology will be provided to assist students in their understanding of biological themes. Projects and reading assignments may be required with each unit of instruction.

Chemistry This course will focus on the major theories and concepts in Chemistry. The science of matter and how it interacts will be explored through lecture, demonstrations, readings, and laboratory work. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the composition of matter, how matter is categorized, how matter interacts, the Atomic Theory throughout history, the signs and causes of chemical reactions, and the properties and structure of matter. Furthermore, this course will allow students to improve upon your problem-solving skills and to begin to connect your schoolwork with the real world.

Physics The purpose of this course is to prepare students for college physics. This course provides an understanding of the basic principles involved with physical concepts and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems. The course content includes topics in mechanics, kinetic theory, electricity, waves and optics, and modern physics.

Anatomy and Physiology   This course is a preparation for advanced biological studies, biomedical nursing, and other science-based careers. Laboratory experiences and text-based activities provide student learning in the following topics: the major body systems; how the body systems work together to provide homeostasis; body functions in the healthy and diseased states; blood typing; muscle action; cranial nerve functioning; and bioethics. 

Environmental Science  Students will obtain a detailed understanding of ecosystems and human interactions with ecosystems. The lab component will feature basic tests of water, soil, energy consumption, waste and environmental health. Students will employ the skills necessary to examine various scientific explanations, acquiring knowledge gained through lab work and the use of support materials provided by the text, technology, and library resources.

Marine Biology  In this course, students learn about life in the ocean depths, at the Polar extremes, in coral reefs, estuaries, and in the open sea. Students learn about plants large and small, marine birds, reptiles, invertebrates and fish. How all these organisms connect with each other in the marine biome, and what threats are facing these ecosystems are also explored.

Ecology  Students will obtain a detailed understanding of ecosystems and human interactions with ecosystems. The lab component will feature basic tests of water, soil, energy consumption, waste and environmental health. Students will employ the skills necessary to examine various scientific explanations, acquiring knowledge gained through lab work and the use of support materials provided by the text, technology, and other resources.

SCIENCE

The Social Studies program is designed to be student-centered so that all students gain the educational, social and life skills that will ensure their success in college, careers and in their social and civic lives. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated learners and citizens. Our teachers motivate and expect students to give their own points of view and to defend them while being open to new and different ways of seeing the world. We approach our history classes not just as lessons on the past but as tools to be utilized to understand the present and shape the future. Students come away from our Social Studies courses understanding the cause and effect relationship and how to better lead their own lives.

6th Grade Social Studies  This course concentrates on ancient history and world geography but also follows current events in the nation and the world. The student will understand how ancient civilizations developed and how they contributed to the current state of the world. 

7th Grade Social Studies  This course focuses on early civilizations in the Americas, Mediterranean Empires, The Medieval World, New Nations and a New Century. Students spend time studying primary source documents, secondary source documents, biographies of key figures in World History,and  stories from different cultures.

8th grade Social Studies  Students study the European colonization of the Americas, the American Revolution, the conflict over slavery, industrilization and urbanization. Students also conduct research projects into historical areas of interest. 

9th grade American History covers the time period from Reconstruction through the 2nd World War and into the modern era. In addition to the historical study of the United States, students will examine the political, social, and cultural aspects of America during this period of history

10th grade World History is designed to acquaint the student with the broad culture and society of which they are a part. The aim of the course is to increase awareness of human beings as social creatures and of the diverse cultures created by human beings

11th grade Civics and Governments examines rights, responsibilities, privileges, and duties of citizens · Students will analyze the purposes of government and compares different types of government.  Students Explain the importance of historical documents, events, and people that led to the development of the United States Constitution and analyze the fundamental rights of individuals as incorporated in the United States Constitution 

United States Geography Students engage in goal-oriented activities to enhance the study of United States Geography. Activities include, but are not limited to, constructing and interpreting maps, preparing foods, producing video scrapbooks, creating travel brochures, collecting and analyzing data, writing stories in which geography plays a major role in the plot or conflict, etc

World Geography The student will examine people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international levels from the spatial, human and ecological perspectives of geography. The course will emphasize how these perspectives work together to affect the human footprint in this world. We will analyze how location affects economic activities in different economic systems, identify the processes that influence political divisions, and compare components of culture that shape the characteristics of regions and nations. Students will use primary and secondary sources to practice problem-solving and decision-making skills to ask and answer geographic questions.

European History This course investigates the momentous events of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in Europe and the impact of these developments on the rest of the world. Over the course of the semester, we will explore the formation of European nations, states, and empires; the emergence of ideologies such as nationalism, socialism, communism, and fascism; the impact of technological developments, and the devastation of the wars and genocides that have shaped the modern period. 

ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS

Author Roald Dahl said, “Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” The English curriculum strives to give students that advantage. As students explore fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, they learn to appreciate the devices writers use to communicate ideas. Students also develop discussion and writing skills as they analyze and respond to literature. Vocabulary and grammar lessons are woven through coursework where appropriate.

6th Grade English & Language Arts  Students read a variety of literature associated with a theme and then compare and contrast elements of the various accounts they read. They explain similarities and differences across cultures over time and cover themes including fear, courage, right, and wrong. Students will read various selections of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama with these themes. Students will also learn how character, setting, plot, mood, tone, and theme are essential to literature. 

7th Grade English & Language Arts  Students read various selections of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama with themes of learning from experience, relationships,flights of imagination and· personal challenges and nothing stays the same Students also learn how character, setting, plot, mood, tone, and theme are essential to literature. 

8th Grade English & Language Arts Students read various selections of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama with the themes of insights rising to the challenge and the human spirit. Students also learn how character, setting, plot, mood, tone, and theme are essential to literature. Significant time is spent teaching students to write well. By the end of the year, the student should be proficient in writing the following One autobiographical incident an eyewitness report, a story analysis problem-solution essay, a compare-contrast essay, a persuasive essay and a research paper on the topic of the student’s choice (with guidance and suggestions provided by the instructor)

English 9  General Literature explores the following genres; short stories, nonfiction, poetry, modern drama, Shakespeare,  and the epic. The course also incorporates grammar, writing, communication, and vocabulary. Students in English 9 will read a minimum of three longer works. These works may be either fiction or nonfiction, and the student’s understanding of the readings are  evaluated. 

English 10  World Literature will cover the following types of literature:  Literature of the Ancient World Literature of the Middle East and Africa, Literature of the Middle Ages, Literature of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, 19th-Century European Literature and Modern and Contemporary Literature. In addition to reading selections from the textbook, each student should read at least three longer works (either fiction or nonfiction) pertaining to World Literature. The course also incorporates grammar, writing, communication, and vocabulary.

English 11 American Literature will cover the following types of literature; Native American literature Myths, Folk tales, Colonial and Revolutionary literature, Historical narratives, Drama, Gothic literature, Literature from the Romantic Period, Realism, Regional literature, Poetry, American women’s literature, Literature depicting society, Trickster tales, “Western” literature, and Literature born of war and conflict. In addition to reading selections from the textbook, students will read at least three longer works (either fiction or nonfiction) pertaining to American Literature. The course also incorporates grammar, writing, communication, and vocabulary.

English 12  British Literature will cover Major periods of British Literature including medieval England, the English Renaissance, the Restoration and Enlightenment,the Romantic Period, and the Victorian Period. Literature from the 20th century including prose, poetry and poets, and modern drama will also be explored. In addition to reading selections from the textbook, each British Literature student should read at least three longer works (either fiction or nonfiction) pertaining to British Literature. The course also incorporates grammar, writing, communication, and vocabulary.

ARTS

The Arts Program at Augustine Hills School instills in students the ability to create and to appreciate the concept that the fine arts allow humans to express ourselves. The arts allow students to explore themselves and to express themselves in different ways. Students learn to make themselves and their ideas stand out. Some of our students may go on to make lasting contributions to the world through the arts. Others will become skilled at using the fine arts to design their ideas and develop creations that will be utilized in the everyday world. 

Beginner Guitar Student(s) will learn to play guitar pieces by reading sheet music and through the use of basic fingering and picking/strumming technique. Emphasis will be placed on playing single-line melodies, chords, and melody/chord combinations. Through playing these guitar pieces, student(s) will also learn note identification on the treble clef staff, chord diagrams, rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, and musical notation.

Intro to Piano Student(s) will learn to play piano pieces by reading sheet music and through the use of basic two-handed fingering technique (with emphasis on playing melody in the right hand and chord patterns in the left hand). Through playing these piano pieces, student(s) will also learn note identification on the grand staff, rhythms, time signatures and key signatures, and musical notation identifying articulation, tempo, dynamics and style.

Basics Piano Student(s) will be introduced to basic two-handed keyboarding technique and will learn to play melodies and accompaniment on the piano by reading sheet music. Student(s) will also learn to identify notes, rhythms, time signatures and simple key signatures as they appear on the grand staff and become familiar with musical notation identifying articulation, tempo, dynamics and style. In addition, time will be set aside during each class period for “free-style” creative piano playing.

Exploratory Art   This art course will include: 9 Projects considered MAJOR, 5 minor projects as well as several sessions of experimentation. Students will practice various art techniques including an intro to 3D drawing, intro to shading, drawing from observation, portrait drawing, intro to color, and intro to watercolor. 

Drawing 1 Provides a basic foundation of both design and realistic drawing. Basic techniques are presented to encourage personal creativity and a successful beginning artistic experience using a variety of materials and processes. This course prepares students for additional art opportunities in the intermediate courses.

Introduction to Digital Photography  Introduction to photographic techniques. Topics include exposure, camera controls, digital printing, file management. Exploration of creative possibilities and thematic modes of photography; working in series. NOTE: Basic computer skills are required for this class.

ELECTIVES

Elective coursework plays a vital role in a student’s education. Participating in elective classes allows students the opportunity to learn about and explore different fields of study and careers that may interest them. Augustine Hills School offers electives in many different areas including business, technology, foreign languages, study skills and others. Electives are selected with the consultation of the Placement Coordinator. 

Introduction to Psychology   Psychology is a one (1) semester course in the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, disorders and theories associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

High School Health The High School Health Course addresses the continuum of health promotion, risk reduction, and the prevention and management of health problems.  It is intended that our students will become creative contributing members of society who will enjoy a positive lifestyle in a safe environment. This one semester course provides the knowledge and the opportunity for students to develop the attitudes and skills they will need to achieve the highest level of wellness

Drama 12 Independent Drama covers the following topics; however, the choice of reading, viewing and performance selections to be studied is left to the discretion of the instructor. Introduction to drama, dramatic performance,  tragic performance, comedic performance, and play and performance. The course concludes with an original script and performance of 10 minute “One Man/Woman Show.”

Accounting I  This course will teach you how to complete basic accounting functions as they relate to proprietorships and partnerships in both the service and merchandising industries. You will become familiar with appropriate accounting vocabulary, as well as gain the ability to complete basic accounting functions, including analyzing the accounting equation, journalizing transactions, posting to ledgers, developing financial statements, and completing adjusting and closing entries.

Spanish I This course is an introduction to the study of the Spanish language and its culture. It allows students to perform the most basic functions of the language and to become familiar with some elements of its culture. The emphasis is placed on the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within a given context extending outside of the classroom setting when possible. The context focuses on the students’ lives and experiences and includes an exposure to everyday customs and lifestyles. Grammar is integrated throughout the course and is selected according to the language needs.

Spanish II. Spanish 2 builds on the fundamental language elements taught in Spanish 1 and continues to focus on the four language skills, which are reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the target language. Through this course, students broaden their knowledge of Spanish grammatical structures and vocabulary allowing them to freely communicate ideas using various tenses. Students are challenged through their lessons and assignments to improve and further develop their language skills and their comprehension of Spanish.

Spanish III  In this expanding engagement with Spanish, students deepen their focus on four key skills in foreign language acquisition: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, students read significant works of literature in Spanish, and respond orally or in writing to these works.

Spanish IV  Spanish IV aims at developing and improving student’s oral and written communication through the continued study of the language, literature and culture of Spain, Latin America and Hispanic communities in the United States. It also seeks to improve students’ ability to read and appreciate literary and non-literary texts in Spanish, deepening this way students’ awareness and understanding of the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. 

French I French I is an introduction to French language and culture. The fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities (group/pair work, video, audio recordings, computer assignments, etc.). This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language or culture. 

French II    This course continues to develop basic concepts in French language and culture including French pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Students will enhance and further develop their use of French a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The importance of communication and cultural awareness is stressed through a wide variety of activities (group/pair work, video, audio recordings, computer assignments, etc.). 

French III In addition to the foundations from the preceding French courses, students’ acquisition of the language is progressively achieved through a variety of means. All aspects of learning are emphasized. Particular attention to written and oral proficiency is addressed by means of activities in class, and chapter projects. French III focuses on multiple verb tenses throughout the year.

FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY SERVICE

At Augustine Hills School, we embrace this research to help our students learn—and create memories that will last a lifetime.

FIELD TRIPS

Field Trips are unique ways to provide a learning experience for every child, no matter what his learning style might be. Research shows that these are critical tools for creating episodic memories that enhance learning through the five senses, as well as the emotions. Our field trips are designed to enhance the community within the Augustine Hills School, and to connect what students learn in the classroom to real world experiences. We are careful to tailor each event to the interests and education of the students enrolled. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We also feel strongly at Back to Basics about giving back to the community, so each year our students volunteer to support nonprofits in need. In past years, students have visited local animal shelters and dining halls.

EDUCATIONAL FUN DAYS

Additionally, we provide special in-house learning events, “Education Fun Days” outside of the typical 1-on-1 learning environment. Through these events, students have opportunities to hear scheduled speakers, and to interact and network to build peer relationships while collectively learning new ideas and relevant, real-world concepts and applications with their teachers in a group setting.  

2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Students may enroll in Augustine Hill School at any point during the school year. Contact us to learn more.

9/3 – Labor Day

9/4 – First day of school/Parent orientation

10/14 – Columbus Day

11/1 – End of Q1

11/25 – Parent/Teacher conferences

11/25-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break

12/23-1/3 – Winter Break

1/20 – No School

1/24 – End of Q2

2/17 – No School/Presidents Day

3/28 – End of Q3

4/10-4/17 – Easter Break

5/25 – No School/Memorial Day

6/3 – Last Day of School

6/4 – Graduation/Closing Ceremony

10/16 – Boss Appreciation Day

4/22 – Administrative Assistants’ Day

5/4-5/8 – Teacher Appreciation Week

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