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Upper School Courses (Grades 9-12)

2016 Class offerings

Periods 1 and 2: 8 a.m.-Noon

Hawaiian Print Studio

New Course! Earn Semester Credit

This studio art course will focus on Hawai‘i Island’s endemic flora and fauna. Students will learn trend research to inspire print designs while researching and raising awareness of endemic and endangered Hawaiian species. Native plants and ocean forms will be drawn, photographed, and carved into woodblock prints. Using different printmaking techniques, students will create a series of accessories and fabrics.

Marine Science Seminar

Earn Semester Credit

This four-hour seminar is a scientific, hands-on discovery of the unique Hawaiian marine environment. Students gain a basic understanding of Hawaiian marine biology and ecology and the fundamental role marine ecosystems play in the world as a whole. Classes include exploration through field trips, experiments, and lectures. Digital imaging and computer technology are applied to produce lab and classroom projects. Students earn a half elective credit upon successful completion of the course.

Required: Basic swimming skills, a set of snorkel gear, and enthusiasm for the sciences are required.

Open Water Scuba Certification with an Introduction to Hawai'i's Coral Reefs

Earn PADI Certification and Semester Credit

In this four-hour, 19-day class, students will earn their open water diver certification and use their underwater expertise to study Hawaiian coral reef ecology. During the first two weeks, students will complete the course and water skills necessary to complete the PADI Open Water Dive course. Following this, students will be introduced to coral reef ecology focusing on the common inhabitants of Hawai'i's coral reefs and their interactions through the use of scuba, student projects, photography, and class presentations. Safe diving practices will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will need to complete a swim test, be comfortable in the ocean, and complete a medical statement form prior to commencement of the course.

Period 1: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Driver's Education

Available to Hawai'i Residents

Hawai‘i State Law requires any person under the age of 18 to enroll in a certified course to obtain a State of Hawai'i Driver’s License. This course produces a young person capable of driving in a safe, responsible, and courteous manner. The program instructor is certified by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation.

The course includes the required 30 hours classroom instruction and six hours “behind the wheel” instruction. (Behind the wheel instruction is scheduled with the instructor and may extend beyond the end of Summer Session).

Students are required to be 15 ½ years old by the first day of class, have a social security number and learner’s permit.

Introduction to Algebra II Trigonometry

This course follows the mathematics curriculum delineated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Increased emphasis is placed on reading comprehension, problem solving, and the use of functions as tools for modeling real-world situations. Some of the topics in this course include: solving linear and inequality functions, graphing and solving linear systems in two-dimensions, matrices, and quadratic functions with complex numbers.

Robotics

In this Robotics course, students will build electronic circuits, control these circuits through code and then use the circuits as integral parts of a mobile robot. Teacher led introductory sessions will progress to small group, project-based efforts which will test the students' understanding and perseverance. Students will learn to think like a computer scientist, with a strong emphasis on problem solving. Additionally, collaborative skills will be developed to enhance team efforts needed to successfully compete with other groups.

Three Dimensional Art

Students will create three-dimensional art and solve problems with three-dimensional solutions. Topics of study will include some sculpture pieces and functional design pieces. In the course, students will learn the elements of design and incorporate these into their three-dimensional works. Students will work with a variety of media including recycled materials. Students will be expected to work daily in the art studio and participate in regular group critiques.

Period 2: 10 a.m.-Noon

Algebra I

Algebra I focuses on the essential topics for competence in Algebraic manipulation. This includes solving equations and inequalities, graphing and interpreting linear and quadratic functions, application of the laws of exponents and exponential equations, and computation of polynomials. Algebraic thinking skills are developed through a variety of classroom activities, including group and individual investigations, hands-on manipulatives, real-world problem solving, projects, class discussions, and utilizing technology.

Decode the Code

Learn a programming language that is challenging and rewarding! Coding is a sequence of instructions that specifies how to perform a computation. Students will be introduced to a high level language which is commonly used in industry for controlling robots, collating data, creating applications and games. Students will learn to think and plan in a progression of short, simple and very concrete steps. After initial teacher led lessons, students will start with small projects leading to larger tasks which will test their understanding and allow them to gain confidence and seek even greater challenges.

Digital Photography/Summer Yearbook

Dive into your passion for photography as you find inspiration amid the rolling green hills of the Kohala Mountains, the crystal blue water of Hapuna Beach or the cowboys and cowgirls of Kamuela! In this class, students will be armed with digital cameras and shown the magic of Hawaiʻi Island for them to capture and share. Together we’ll take plenty of candid shots to create a yearbook of Hawaiian memories the students will carry with them long after they leave the island.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Ceramics

Ceramics is one of the oldest forms of archaeological findings on record, remaining timeless and eternally sparking inspiration in artists worldwide. This medium has the ability to take many forms and mimic surfaces such as wood and bone. In this class, students will create their own anthropomorphic forms. In addition to their sculptures, each student will compose a story to further explain their creature. Our only limitation is our imagination. Students will explore pinching, coiling, slab and wheelwork, and carving. Course work will conclude with the students photographing their work for a collaborative book of the class’s sculptures.

Foundations in Test Prep

New for Grades 9 and 10

Foundations in Test Prep will be offered for under classmen (grades 9-10) who would like to work on mastering the skills tested on the ACT and the SAT. Best SAT instructors will guide students through lessons on English grammar, critical reading, rhetorical skills, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Students can practice with questions presented in both the ACT and the SAT format, gaining valuable experience as they start their test prep journey. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks will be provided.

SAT and ACT Prep

Prepare for the SAT and ACT exams with tutors from Best SAT Tutorial Service. This comprehensive test prep class for upper classmen (grades 11-12) features three practice exams, 24 hours of SAT and ACT instruction, and six hours of free extra help available during evening study hall. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks and supplemental materials will be provided; students required to bring a pencil and a TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator. Each class is limited to 10 students.

Summer Writing Potpourri

Creative Writing students will write on a broad range of topics, exploring new genres and new ideas while strengthening their hold on the essentials of written language. Students will read a potpourri of texts; as they explore modern short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, they will be asked to note and experiment with other authors’ techniques as a means to shaping their own individual writing styles. Students also will learn to participate in group critiques, editing and enriching the work of their peers. Every-class-period staples of the course will include check-in, a daily lesson in metaphor through which students express their mental and emotional states before diving into the work of the day, and opening write, a daily exercise in which students respond to a prompt with 10-20 minutes of thoughtful writing. Students also will take miniature field trips around campus and explore different media to enrich and expand their creative writing experience.

Period 3: 1-3 p.m.

Capture the Big Island

Gain a basic understanding of digital photography techniques and nature photography. Students practice and acquire confidence in the field as the Big Island reveals its natural beauty and breathtaking scenery through the lens. Inspired by their fieldwork, students work together to capture images and to develop special projects.

Required: To participate in this class students must have their own digital camera and USB cable or memory card reader.

Food, Culture, and Fun: Foodie Tours Around the World

Hawai‘i is an amalgamation of many cultures, and through this class, students get a glimpse into different parts of the world. Students will embark on a cultural journey that includes the exploration of music, language, art, and food. Each week students will explore a new theme and culture. Students will experience the culture and cuisine of Japan, India, Latin America, and Hawai‘i.

Limited Edition Printmaking

Create your own unique, limited edition print designs inspired by nature, tradition and craft of the Hawaiian culture. Students in this art course will learn various printmaking methods such as block carving and bamboo stamps to transfer their original designs onto textiles and paper. Dyes will be extracted from natural materials from local resources.

Foundations in Test Prep

New for Grades 9 and 10!

Foundations in Test Prep will be offered for under classmen (grades 9-10) who would like to work on mastering the skills tested on the ACT and the SAT. Best SAT instructors will guide students through lessons on English grammar, critical reading, rhetorical skills, pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. Students can practice with questions presented in both the ACT and the SAT format, gaining valuable experience as they start their test prep journey. Best SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks will be provided.

SAT and ACT Prep

Prepare for the SAT and ACT exams with tutors from BEST SAT Tutorial Service. This comprehensive test prep class for upper classmen (grades 11-12) features three practice exams, 24 hours of SAT and ACT instruction, and six hours of free extra help available during evening study hall. BEST SAT instructors use the most student-friendly materials, and teach using a scaffolding approach. They believe that skills are built sequentially, and that a solid grasp of the basics is necessary for long-term success.

Textbooks and supplemental materials will be provided; students required to bring a pencil and a TI 83 or TI 84 graphing calculator. Each class is limited to 10 students.

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