15 to 18 Year-Olds (Entering Ninth Grade)

Isagani Celzo


Isagani Celzo has been teaching for 19 years. This is his third year at SAS teaching Math 8/8+. He is passionately committed to student development, establishing productive learning environments, and designing enriching lessons and activities that inspire and motivate students.

Algebra I


Course Description

Note: This course is a four-week course and students must take all four weeks. Students get high school credit* upon completion of this course.

This is the standard high school Algebra I course designed for students who have mastered the basic mathematics skills and concepts of Pre–Algebra. Algebra I covers linear, quadratic, rational and exponential functions, systems of inequalities and equations, and statistical analysis. The approach used will emphasize problem solving, oral and written communication, and reasoning skills. This course is aligned with Common Core Standards with a strong emphasis on technology.

*To receive high school credit for Algebra 1, students are required to take the courses for four weeks.


 

Darlene Poluan 

 Cherie de Zwart 


Darlene Poluan's eighth year at SAS. She is currently a Quest advisor and math teacher in the high school, teaching specifically data analytics and statistical programming along with research methods. Cherie de Zwart has been teaching high school mathematics at SAS since 2011 and enjoys empowering mathematics learners.

Geometry


Course Description

Note: This course is a four-week course and students must take all four weeks. Students get high school credit* upon completion of this course.

Math Prerequisite: Algebra I or Math 8+

Approval from eighth grade math teacher required to select this course in ninth grade. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra I. Students deepen their understanding of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. The course includes transformations, similarity, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, triangle trigonometry, circles, and area and volume of two– and three–dimensional figures. Coordinates, problem solving, and other elements of algebra are prevalent. This course is fully aligned to Common Core standards.

*To receive high school credit for Geometry, students are required to take the courses for four weeks.


 

Jay Kumpel


Jay Kumpel has been teaching at SAS for 17 years. He is currently working in the science department where he teaches biology, marine biology, and physiology. He loves relating biology to everyday life and empowering students to dive deeper into their learning journeys here at SAS. 

Biology


Course Description

Note: This course is a four-week course and students must take all four weeks.

Biology at SAS is a college–preparatory curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As the course centers on the study of the living world, it is of special relevance and accessibility to students. Students will learn to use and improve their science processing skills in order to solve problems. Laboratory and field-based investigations will allow students to have first–hand experience with modern methods of analysis. There are five life science topics in high school as outlined by NGSS:

  1. Structure and Function,
  2. Inheritance and Variation of Traits,
  3. Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems,
  4. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, and
  5. Natural Selection and Evolution.

The NGSS performance expectations for high school life sciences blend core ideas with science and engineering practices and cross–cutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge that can be applied across the science disciplines.

*To receive high school credit for Biology, students are required to take the courses in both sessions.


 

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