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Individual classes based on your individual needs

Options for 11th and 12th graders

Foundry  Academy takes pride in its unique approach to education, and that different mindset is possible because many of its founders were proponents of alternative models for their own children through homeschooling and private school. They understood that educational choice is paramount to student success. 

 

For that reason, Foundry Academy has chosen to open its Junior and Senior level Upper School courses to home schoolers on an “a la carte” basis. Whether you need a class in calculus or would like to pursue an interest in aviation, creative writing, or zoology, our Custom Curriculum could have an option for you. 

 

Students taking advantage of the Foundry Custom Curriculum sign up for 1-3 classes and  participate in Exhibition Night.  However, they are not eligible for participation in other Foundry programs. 

 

Foundry Academy gives students the opportunity to learn subject matter from an expert through an authentic framework that is both rigorous and engaging and prepares students for the future. The Foundry transcribes the classes taken at the school to provide students with documentation to be added to their official transcript. 

 

The classes below identify the courses offered under the Foundry Custom Curriculum program, the cost associated, and any prerequisites needed to be able to sign up for the class. 

 

Cost per class: $1,000 (maximum three classes)

Application fee: $75

 

Calculus: 1 CU

Description: This is a course option for students who have completed Pre-Calculus or its equivalent. It includes problem solving, reasoning and estimation, functions, derivatives, applications of the derivative, integrals, and application of the integral. 

Pre Req: PreCalculus, Algebra II, Geometry

Schedule: Tuesday-Thursday 8:00-9:30 am

 

Physics: 1 CU

Description: The Physics curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-8 and provide students the necessary skills to be proficient in physics.  This curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as interactions of matter and energy, velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge.  This course introduces the students to the study of the correction to Newtonian physics given by quantum mechanics and relativity.  Students investigate physics concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.

Pre Req: Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry

Schedule: 9:35-11:35 am Tuesday and Thursday

 

Psychology: 1 CU

Description: Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It is a unique science that often necessitates the use of special measurements and research methods. The course has four sections: psychological foundations and research, biological foundations, change in behavior and cognition, and variability of behavior among individuals and groups. 

Pre Req: Biology

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 9:35-11:05

 

Writers Workshop: 1 CU

Description: This course offers opportunities for students to explore different writing genres: narrative, argument, and expository modes of discourse. The students will study a variety of writers and their writer's style in the modes of discourse studied in the course. The students will have opportunities to improve writing proficiency through a complete study of the components of solid writing:organization, fluency, style, diction, grammar and usage, imaginative expressions, and details. The course allows students to utilize the writing process to write independently to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing.  This course focuses on American literature and composition and is considered a senior level course.. This course is taught in conjunction with US in the World Arena.

Pre Req: three successful credits in ELA. Student will be expected to submit a writing sample to gain access.

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:00 pm

 

US in the World Arena: 1 CU

This course focuses on global interrelationships by analyzing strategic geographic, political, economic and social issues that influence the United States' relationships with other countries in an interdependent world. This course counts as a modern American history. This course is offered in conjunction with Writer’s Workshop and is considered a senior level course.

PreReq: World history 

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 2:05-3:30 pm

 

Fundamentals of Aerospace: .5 CU

This course is designed as the foundational course for both the Aviation Program. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge base in aviation history and regulations, the basic principles of flight, aerospace careers, and factors influencing work systems, aerospace technologies, and basic aviation meteorology. These concepts can later be applied to various aerospace occupations. Classroom and lab activities will assure students a thorough understanding of the aerospace environment.

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Schedule: Wednesday 8:00-9:30 am

 

Government: .5 CU

This course is an in-depth study of the American political system. It focuses on the foundation, principles, and structure of the American system of government; examines the role of political parties and social factors as they relate to the role of the citizen; and analyzes the decision-making processes that are a part of the system of American political behavior. This course meets the state’s Citizenship requirement for graduation. 

Prerequisite: None

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, first semester, 8:00-9:30 am

 

Economics: .5 CU

This is an introductory course into the principles of economics.  The course includes topics related to Fundamental Economic Concepts, Microeconomics Concepts, Macroeconomics Concepts, International Economics, and Personal Finance Economics.

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, second semester, 8:00-9:30 am

 

Chemistry: 1 CU

The Chemistry curriculum is designed to continue student investigations of the physical sciences that began in grades K-8 and provide students the necessary skills to be proficient in chemistry.  This curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as the structure of atoms, structure and properties of matter, characterization of the properties that describe solutions and the nature of acids and bases, and the conservation and interaction of energy and matter.  Students investigate chemistry concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.

Prerequisite: Algebra I, must at least be enrolled in Algebra II, Physical Science is helpful

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 2:00-3:30

 

Zoology:  1CU

In this course, students will recognize key features of the major body plans that have evolved in animals and how those body plans have changed over time resulting in the diversity of animals that are evident today. In addition to classification and recognition, this course teaches students about the anatomical and physiological characteristics of animals. These characteristics relate to how an animal functions and can help students see the connections uniting particular animal groups. An understanding of form and function allows students to study how animals have evolved over time and to relate animals to their particular role in an ecosystem. Finally, students will develop an understanding that all living things are interconnected. Students should realize that the worldwide activities of humans can contribute to animal diversity both positively and negatively. It should also be understood that humans are dependent on animal species for advances in medicine, ecosystem maintenance, and food supply.  Investigations include comparative studies done during laboratory observations and dissections.

Prerequisites: Biology

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 2:00-3:30 pm

 

Geographical Interface System (GIS):  .5 CU

GIS is a software system that creates, manages, analyzes, and maps all types of data. Students will connect data to a map, integrating location data with descriptive data to provide a foundation for software manipulation and analysis that is used in science and almost eerie industry. GIS enables students to understand patterns, relationships, and geographical context as well as better management and decision making.

Prerequisite: None

Schedule: Second Semester, Tuesday and Wednesday 12:30-2:00 pm

 

Personal Finance: .5CU

Financial literacy describes the skills needed for understanding the interactions of people with money and related matters.  The course is designed to help students develop that understanding by describing, analyzing, and evaluating many financial topics that most students will directly experience.  The standards in the course are consistent with nationally recognized concepts that are important to healthy financial literacy. 

Prerequisite: None

Schedule: First Semester, Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30 pm

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