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English: Research and Composition

ID: 48525 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: English

In order to receive credit in English Research and Composition, students must meet the following requirements: research using credible sources, dynamic oral communication, engaging digital communication, and well–composed written essays. For the student–driven project the students will develop an informed research question, then gather and analyze scholarly journals, as well as completing a statistical analysis of their own data. Their research will culmintate in the writing of a thesis paper, thesis talk, and defense. Throughout the units the students will deliver multiple presentations that consider how style, content, and the advanced use of technology contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of a text (e.g. making documentaries, digital portfolios, websites, crafting arguments that rely on rhetoric to influence an audience). At the end of the year students will be able to communicate effectively in various formats while being mindful of audience and purpose.

AT English: Research and Composition

ID: 48526 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: English
Prerequisite: Completion of AP Seminar, AP Research, AT Seminar, AT Research and Catalyst, or AP English Language and Composition; or Semester I grade of A or higher in eleventh grade English course; or current English teacher recommendation.
Note: Quest students who completed AP Seminar and earned a score of three or better on the exam may choose to submit the thesis papers they produce in this course to the College Board for AP Research exam scoring. These students will be supported within Quest to follow the AP Research guidelines. To earn the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of three or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research exams and on four additional AP exams.

Please see above for detailed description of English: Research and Composition. Students wishing to earn Advanced Topic credit in English: Research and Composition will practice narrative, oral communication, digital communication, and argumentative skills at a level that demonstrates in-depth application of these skills. Students will complete one additional project per unit. These projects may be self-selected, but may also be suggested by the advisors.

Math: Data Analytics

ID: 48527 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Math
Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry; or recommendation of Quest advisor.

In order to receive credit in Math: Data Analytics, students are required to demonstrate their learning in interpreting categorical and quantitative data, making inferences and justifying conclusions and using probability to make decisions. Students do not need to dwell on the details of computation—the main focus is on understanding a few deep concepts and interpreting data and the results of statistical analysis. Students are required to collect, organize, represent, and analyze data through the use of statistical software or programming language.

AT Math: Data Analytics

ID: 48528 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Math
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2/Trig or higher level Math course with Semester I grade of B or higher; or recommendation of Quest advisor.

Please see above for detailed description of Math: Data Analytics. Students who wish to earn Advanced Topic credit will individually be held to a higher standard of skill acquisition and will need to demonstrate a high level of data processing and analyzing skills. Students are required to collect, organize, represent, and analyze their own data through the use of statistical software or programming language. Students will also be defining their learning objectives and how they personally go beyond the requirements.

Science: Design Thinking

ID: 48529 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Science
Prerequisite: Completion of a chemistry course; or current science teacher recommendation.
Note: For potential college athletes, this course does not meet the NCAA Division I core course requirement for Science. See counselor for details.

Students will learn to produce strong designs, become more effective problem solvers, and communicate effectively with high emotional and intellectual impact. This project-based course requires that students apply engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students will focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the right answer. In practice, rigor in process and tools must be balanced with flexibility and adaptability towards the problems they solve, so instruction focuses on teaching multiple tested, iterative design processes as well as techniques and mindsets to sharpen creative analysis. Guest lectures from all disciplines illustrate different approaches to design thinking. This course develops students’ skills to conceive, organize, lead, implement, and evaluate successful projects in any discipline.

AT Science: Design Thinking

ID: 485230 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Science
Prerequisite: Completion of a chemistry course with grade of B or higher; or completion of a physics course with grade of B or higher; or current science teacher recommendation.
Note: For potential college athletes, this course does not meet the NCAA Division I core course requirement for Science. See counselor for details.

Please see above for detailed description of Science: Design Thinking. AT-level students will be required to go above and beyond the college preparatory design thinking course requirements and demonstrate a higher level of rigor throughout the processes, vetting, production, application, and reflection that occur over the course of the year.

Cultural Awareness and Collaboration

ID: 485233 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Social Studies

Cultural awareness and collaboration requires students to participate in inquiry concerning various cultures in Singapore and around the world. When encountering people from various cultures, students are expected to understand the complexity of worldviews and to practice cultural awareness. They will demonstrate these skills in research, questioning, human interactions, and advocacy. In addition, students will practice and develop skills concerning collaboration with other members of Quest, the advisors, and the members of the wider community such as professionals in the field.

Creativity and Innovation

ID: 485231 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Elective

Creativity and innovation requires that students explore individual and organizational factors that stimulate and inhibit creativity in individuals and teams. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability and willingness to take risks while developing creative solutions and products for specific purposes. Students will reflect deeply within their portfolio and be assessed for their creative thinking processes around standards of courage, ethics, openness, originality, and practicality.

Critical Thinking and Reasoning

ID: 485232 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Elective

In order to receive credit in Critical Thinking and Reasoning, students are required to demonstrate their learning in explaining issues, selecting and using information to investigate a point of view or conclusion, thoroughly analyzing context and assumptions, taking a specific position and discussing the limits of position, and creating a logical conclusion based on the evidence and perspectives discussed.