Our academic courses are designed to inspire students’ intellectual curiosity, enrich their content knowledge, and build the skills necessary to ensure their success in college and beyond. New York State Regents courses comprise the foundation of our academic program while a wide selection of Advanced Placement courses and rigorous electives ensure our students college readiness.

The Advanced Placement courses offered in 2016-17Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, United States History, World History.

Core Courses and Electives Offered in School Year 2016-17


Studio Art: This course integrates art history and the foundations of studio art. Students will learn to create works of art from direct observation, as well as conceptual works. They will use mediums and techniques such as charcoal, pen and ink, collage, oil pastel, and graphite. Throughout this course, students will focus on developing their drawing skills and enriching their visual arts vocabulary (Fulfills Art Requirement).




REQUIRED SEQUENCE: English 9; English 10; English 11 or AP English Language and Composition; English 12 or AP English Literature and Composition

9th Grade English (EES81 – EES82)The goal of freshman English at NEST+m is to help students develop analytical reasoning and writing skills, establishing the foundation for success in high school and college. Throughout the year, students will actively engage in careful reading and critical analysis of poetry, drama, fiction both long and short, and essays both formal and informal. They will write a variety of essays and creative pieces, as well as make oral presentations. Among the major literary texts we will study are Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, The Odyssey, by Homer, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, and Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. (Required English/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

10th Grade English (EES83 – EES84): Building on the freshman year’s focus on world literature and expository writing, students will carefully read and critically analyze fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and visual texts as they experience, interpret, and evaluate selected literary works. As part of their critical analysis of literature, students will write expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Class texts come from a variety of sources, including Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, and online readings / articles from periodicals such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times (Required English/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:E1-E2).

11th Grade English (EES85 – EES86): Students in English 11 focus primarily on American Literature as they carefully read and critically analyze fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. As part of their critical analysis of literature, students will write expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Among the major literary texts we plan to study are The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Great Gatsby,by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, and The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. Students will also be given independent reading assignments (Required English/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:E3-E4 or AP English Language and Composition).

12th Grade English: (EES87 – EES88): Description will follow (Required English/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:E5-E6top

AP English Language and Composition (EES85X- EES86X: The purpose of this course is to simulate a college-level English composition class and, in so doing, help students write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and daily lives. Students will read a variety of nonfiction texts as well as writing and revising their own expository, analytical, and argument-based essays. Though the intended outcome of the class is a high score on the AP exam taken in May, the course has a broader aim: refining students’ relationship to writing. Students will read and analyze essays by a variety of American and European writers, as well articles in periodicals such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. (English Elective in lieu of E5-E6/Full year course/AP & English Regents exams/Pre-Requisites:E3-E4top

AP English Literature and Composition (EES87X-EES88X): In this college-level course, students will do careful reading and critical analysis of poetry, drama, and fiction, as they experience, interpret, and evaluate selected literary works. As part of their critical analysis of literature, students will write expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Among the major literary texts studied areOthello, by William Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf,Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner, and New York Trilogy, by Paul Auster. Students take the AP exam in May.(English Elective in lieu of E7-E8/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:E55X-E66Xtop

Poetry and Creative Prose: Discovering the World Around us Through Writing: This workshop-style course is designed to provide students an opportunity to write creatively in poetry and short fiction, and to experience the rewards of sharing their work in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Students will craft their own original pieces in this community-based classroom, as well as study the works of other poets and short fiction writers in order to understand the elements of a successful piece of poetry or short fiction. We will cover key strategies utilized in fiction, such as characterization, dialogue, imagery, and language, and also examine the basics of poetry, such as rhythm, syntax, and sound. We will play and experiment on the page using classroom writing exercises, and work together to read and comment on each other’s work. Students who choose to take this course must fully commit to becoming thoughtful and positive members of our classroom community, to participate and share on a regular basis, and to write and revise their work on a daily basis  (English Elective/one year course).

Advanced Creative Writing: Students in Advanced Creative Writing build upon skills they developed in “Poetry and Creative Prose” and apply their writing skills in a workshop format. Students explore challenging poetic forms such as the Villanelle, Sonnet, and Prose poem and also develop their skills in fiction writing through scene study, modular design, and emulation of major authors of short fiction such as Raymond Carver, Alice Walker, and Tobias Wolff. Students build a print or digital portfolio of their work throughout the year and also work on teams to construct, revise, edit, and publish our annual literary magazine, Epoch.

 During Shakespeare’s lifetime, his plays were enjoyed by rich and poor alike, from the educated elite to the illiterate “groundlings.”  Even Queen Elizabeth I came to watch performances—the seventeenth-century equivalent of the Obamas catching a popular movie.  In this class, we work on that full experience of appreciating Shakespeare’s unparalleled art, from the scholarship of wordplay and literary analysis to the joys and challenges of bringing the Bard’s work to life.  Among the texts studied are selected sonnets, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Twelfth Night, and King Lear.


REQUIRED MATH SEQUENCE: Algebra – Geometry – Trigonometry/Algebra 2

Algebra 1: Students learn fundamental concepts such as integers, linear equations, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, factoring of polynomials, and solving quadratic equations. (Required Math/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:None)

Geometry: Students explore the relationships and measurements of shapes as they connect to algebra, logic, and trigonometry. They use varied approaches to solve real-world problems. Formal proofs will be introduced, and students will learn to construct and evaluate both direct and indirect geometry and logic proofs. Students will be expected to communicate mathematical ideas both orally and in writing. The use of technology such as calculators and computer programs will be required.(Required Math/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:ME21-ME22)

Algebra 2/Trigonometry: In this course, students are introduced to more advanced topics in mathematics, building on the solid foundation established in Algebra 1 and Geometry. Students learn to use algebra, logic, and trigonometry to solve real-world problems. They communicate mathematical ideas both verbally and in writing, and explore more sophisticated applications for their graphing calculators. Topics include relations and functions, transformation geometry, trigonometric functions and graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric equations and identities, complex numbers, statistics, probability, sequences, and the binomial theorem. (Required Math/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:MG21-MG22)

2015-16 Pre-Calculus: The purpose of this course is to prepare students for learning calculus by developing the skills necessary to solve lengthy, multistep problems. The course also involves a variety of pre-calculus mathematical concepts. Topics include functions, polynomial and rational functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions of real numbers, trigonometric functions of angles, analytic trigonometry, analytic geometry, sequences and series, and limits and infinity. (Math Elective/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:MR21-MR22top

AP Calculus AB: This yearlong course requires a thorough knowledge of basic functions and their properties. Comparable to a one-semester college course, AP Calculus AB allocates time for review and reinforcement of polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and piecewise-defined functions, as well as mathematical tools acquired by the students in previous courses. The objective of this course is not only to perform well on the AP exam, but to also gain a solid foundation in order to continue to higher-level math courses. Every new concept is approached analytically, graphically, and numerically; students are encouraged to work together and form study groups. It is recommended that students complete a pre-calculus course before entering AP Calculus AB, however, it is not required; calculus students should be proficient in the use of a graphing calculator. Students take the AP exam in May.(Math Elective/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:MR21-MR22 and 90+ math averagetop

AP Calculus BC: Description to follow (Math Elective/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:MC1X-MC2X and 90+ math average) top

Computer Science: This course aligned to the CS50 Freshman Computer Science course at Harvard University, is a rigorous and engaging introduction to computer programming designed for students with little or no prior programming experience. CS50 provides a practical, hands-on introduction to programming techniques in a differentiated format. Students work through a variety of modules and problem sets that increase in difficulty / complexity as the year progresses. The goals of this course are to provide a basic introduction to programming skills in Java, to introduce algorithmic program-solving, and to provide knowledge of the fundamental concepts of computer science. Upon completion of this course, students have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course.

AP Computer Science PrinciplesDescription to follow





2015-16 AP Music Theory (UUS21X-UUS22X):Objectives are to learn basic musical language and grammar including note reading, musical notation, harmonic analysis, and part writing which will lead to a thorough understanding of musical composition and theory, to obtain and practice ear training skills and skills required for sight reading music literature, to recognize the development of music from an historical and cultural perspective and expand musical awareness beyond music currently familiar to the students, and to prepare for the AP Music Theory Exam taken upon completion of the course. (Music Elective/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:AUA1 or Teacher approval signature)

Piano Keyboard: In both of these performance-based classes, we are exploring composition, performance, and fundamentals of music theory through Keyboard performance. The class is performance-based. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Advanced Piano Keyboard: NOT OFFERED 2014-15 In both of these performance-based classes, we are exploring composition, performance, and fundamentals of music theory through Keyboard performance. The class is performance-based. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16)top

2015-16 Jazz Ensemble (UJS21-UJS22): Jazz Band is a small ensemble by audition only. Students must have several years of experience on their instrument and be at an advanced level of performance.Attendance at the Upper School music concert is mandatory. (Music Elective/One term or one year course/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

2015-16 Chorus (UVS21-UVS22): In this course students will rehearse and perform a diverse program of choral music, ranging from Renaissance melodies through modern music. They will also learn to read music and sing in solfeggio. Any student is eligible for this course and no audition is required for admission. However, students will be expected to audition during the first week of class to assign voice parts. Attendance at the Upper School music concert is mandatory. (Music Elective/One term or one year course/Pre-Requisites:None) top

2015-16 Wind Ensemble (UW21-UW22):This course is designed for students who have an intermediate or advanced level of performance on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. (Music Elective/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:None) top


REQUIRED: 7 Semesters of Physical Education & 1 Semester of Health

Physical Education Grades 9 and 10 : The goal of Physical Education, which is required each year, is to encourage a lifelong interest in exercise and health and to promote self-esteem, teamwork, and sportsmanship. All classes are coed. In 9th and 10th grade, an emphasis is placed on sequential instruction and participation in team and individual sports. The program includes soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, track and field, recreational sports, dance, and physical fitness. (Required Course/One year course meets every other day/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

Physical Education Grades 11 and 12 : In 11th and 12th grade Physical Education, an emphasis will be placed on lifetime sports whenever possible. The program includes physical fitness activities, team sports strategy, step aerobics, project adventure, and weight training. (Required Course/One year course meets every other day/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

2015-16 HealthThis required course is designed not only to meet the state and national health education standards, but also to give the students the information and tools to live a healthy life. Topics include: planning and goal setting, stress management, mental and emotional health, violence and injury prevention, the human body and body systems, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drugs, tobacco, nutrition and fitness, basic first aid, environmental health, and consumer health. (Required Course/One term course/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

Ballroom Dance: This semester-long class will provide training in some of the classic styles of ballroom dance, including Merengue, Rumba, Salsa, Cha-cha-cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, and American Tango. Students experience the joy and challenge of moving with a partner as we focus on the historic, cultural, geographical, and artistic influences of each dance style. Homework, quizzes, and tests will be part of the class, and the final exam is a group performance during a school-wide assembly. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Gymnastics:  This introductory course in gymnastics focuses on tumbling skills. As students learn how to properly warm up and stretch different muscle groups, they will acquire body awareness, orientation, and improved posture. The class will go through a basic progressions of rolls, cartwheels, handstands, walkovers, and roundoffs, as well as building the strength necessary to perform these skills. Tumbling exercises are supplemented with yoga, Pilates, and pyramids, and we will also discuss famous gymnasts and competitions. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

2015-16 Weight Training (PFOW): This course will teach students how to implement the five components of health and fitness: strength training, weight management, cardiovascular exercise, nutrition, and flexibility training. Students will learn how to develop a comprehensive individual weight training program. (PE elective/One term course meets every other day/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop



REQUIRED SEQUENCE: Physics; Chemistry; Biology

Regents Physics (SPS21 – SPS22): This is a yearlong college preparatory physics class, consisting of a lecture in conjunction with laboratory experiments. Main focuses of this class include problem solving and interpreting data. Major topics include motion, forces, energy, momentum, gravitation, waves, optics, electromagnetism, electricity, and modern physics. Students will complete 20 lab reports, and will take the Regents exam in June. (Required Science/One year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

2015-16 AP Physics (SPS21X – SPS22X): AP Physics B is a survey course that covers topics in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics, and builds on the conceptual understanding attained in Regents physics. This course provides a systematic development of the main principles while emphasizing problem-solving to help students develop a deep understanding of physics concepts. It is assumed that students are familiar with algebra and trigonometry, although some theoretical developments may use basic concepts of calculus. In most colleges, this is a one-year terminal course including a laboratory component, which provides a foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, geology, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science. (Science Elective/One year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:90+ on Physics Regents exam; MG21-MG22)  top

Observational Astronomy : Observational astronomy is about how we observe the universe, what we observe, and how we interpret and understand these observations. We will look at a number of topics including the history of the universe, the life cycle of a star, and the motion of astronomical bodies. We will also learn about methods and technology used by scientists to observe the universe. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16) top

Regents Chemistry (SCS21 – SCS22): This class explores essential concepts of general chemistry with a focus on topics covered on the Regents exam. Units include atomic concepts, the Periodic Table, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, moles and stoichiometry, physical behavior of matter, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, and organic chemistry. This class includes a laboratory component where students have the opportunity to conduct experiments and observe and analyze data. (Required Science/One year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:SP1-SP2top

2015-16 AP Chemistry (SCS21X – SCS22X): This course covers the same main topics as a college-level, introductory chemistry course: stoichiometry, properties of matter, atomic structure, bonding, solutions, periodicity, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. The course will include frequent class examinations and comprehensive lab reports. (Science Elective/One year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:90+ on Chemistry Regents exam). top

Regents Living Environment (SLS21 – SLS22): This course provides students with a solid conceptual foundation in the biological sciences through critical thinking, problem-solving, and connecting biological, sociological, technological and environmental concerns that result from the study of living things. In addition to studying with several biology textbooks, students will complete at least twenty laboratory activities to support the course topics.(Required Science/One year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:SP1-SP2;SC1-SC2top

2015-16 AP Biology (SBS21X-SBS22X): This course provides students with a solid conceptual foundation in the biological sciences through critical thinking, problem-solving, and connecting biological, sociological, technological, and environmental concerns that result from the study of living things. This course is divided into ten theme topics: introduction to the science of biology, chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, structures and functions of plants and animals, ecology and environmental issues. Each marking period, students are required to submit a critical analysis of a biological and technological advancement, a discovery, or an environmental or health issue. Throughout the year, students will complete a set of at least 20 laboratory activities. (Science Elective/One year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:90+ on Living Environment Regents exam). top

2015-16 AP Environmental Science (SQS21X-SQS22X): The goal of this class is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The course will include frequent class examinations, written reports, and research projects. (Science Elective/One year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:SL1-SL2; SC1-SC2; SP1-SP2 and 90+ Science average). top

Marine Biology:This comprehensive survey of life in the saltwater ecosystems is an advanced biology elective, open to students who have satisfactorily completed their Living Environment and Chemistry requirements. The course offers students an overview of the physical characteristics of marine ecosystems and their communities, including the ocean, the salt marsh, the estuaries and lagoons, mangroves and coral reefs, the deep sea and the sea floor. We will also examine the intricate relationship between the biotic and abiotic components of these ecosystems, the classification of marine organisms, the importance of these ecosystems to humans, as well as the human impact on these ecosystems. The course covers Introduction to Marine Science, Kingdoms of Life in the Sea, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Vertebrates, Water Planet, Energy in the Ocean, and Marine Ecology. A minimum of 15 laboratory activities are required for this two-semester course. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Anatomy and Physiology: Description to follow (Not Scheduled for 2015-16) top

Science Research: This class provides an opportunity for students to pursue independent scientific research. The research is typically in the fields of astronomy, physics, chemistry, and engineering, and is shared with university professors. This class is responsible for coordinating science seminars given by professors from local universities who volunteer to come and share their latest work and research for all interested students and faculty at NEST+m.(Science Elective/Full year course/Pre-Requisites: SP1-SP2 and 90+ Science average) top



REQUIRED SEQUENCE: Global History; AP World History; US History or AP US History; Economics & Government

Global History (H1 – H2):
 The primary goal of this course is to prepare for the Advanced Placement World History course and fulfill the requirements for Global History, which is a graduation requirement for all students.  Global History begins with prehistory (before written records) and spans to the age of the first contacts among Europe, Africa, and the Americas. In addition to learning the skills necessary to interpret document-based questions, students will learn to write evaluative essays that incorporate voice and take a position on a particular topic. (Required History/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:None) top

AP World History (H3WX – H4WX): In this college-level course, students will examine themes found throughout world history, including interactions between humans and the environment; the development and interactions of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and the development and transformation of social structures. We will also discuss how we can better understand contemporary times by studying world history, the role of the internet in shaping the construction and uses of historical experience, and the roles of class, gender, and race in shaping history. Students will analyze a variety of primary sources, including paintings, artifacts, sculptures, government documents, letters, poems, and oral histories. (Required History/Full year course/AP exam and Global History and Geography Regents/Pre-Requisites:H1-H2) top

US History (H5 – H6): Description to follow (Required History/Full year course/US History and Government Regents/Pre-Requisites:H3WX-H4WX) top

AP U.S. History 2015-16: This two-semester college-level course covers American history from the Age of Exploration to the present. The course will provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to critically interpret issues throughout America’s past and lead to an understanding of America’s place in the world today. In addition to reading a college-level text, students will grapple with a multitude of primary source documents, including speeches, literature, lyrics, poetry, and art composed by people from all aspects of society. Students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given problem, their reliability, and their importance, in order to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Some of the topics we will cover include: the colonial experience, the road to revolution, slavery, the road to the Civil War, industrialization and immigration, American imperialism, the Great Depression, World War II, the civil rights movement, and the modern presidents. (In lieu of US History/Full year course/AP exam and US History and Government Regents/Pre-Requisites:H3WX-H4WX) top

AP European History: This college-level class covers European history from the Renaissance to the year 2000, focusing on the political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in Europe at that time. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16). top

American Government and Politics: This Senior Participation in Government (PIG) course is a requirement for graduation; the aim of the course is to foster critical-thinking citizens who will be proactive and productive. Our studies will focus on the three major branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, with an emphasis on federal, state, and local case studies, and we will seek to answer the crucial question: What is the responsibility of the government to the people? We will also analyze the rights of citizenship that are listed in our Constitution. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

AP Comparative Government : This college-level A.P. course introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and results of politics in a variety of country settings. The course illustrates the rich diversity of political life, shows available institutional alternatives, explains differences in processes and policy outcomes, and communicates to students the importance of global political and economic changes. By studying six countries — China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia — students compare political systems. They learn to analyze the policies countries have effectively initiated to address problems, or, indeed, what they have done to make things worse.

The course helps students begin to understand the political consequences of economic well-being. It also helps students begin to answer the question: Why are some countries stable democracies and not others? Is exporting democracy a realistic goal? Given our country’s ongoing efforts in this area, we will have many interesting discussions! The course prepares students for the AP Comparative Government exam. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Economics (H8): This course explores both micro and macro economy by looking at the modern-day American system as well as other world economies. The overarching question of the course is: How do we determine who gets what, when, and where? We will also seek to answer other essential questions, How does each culture construct its economic system? What is the role of the internet in shaping the construction and uses of economics? What role do class, gender, and race play in shaping economic inequalities? What role does government play in economic policies and decision-making? (History Requirement/One term course/Pre-Requisites:H5-H6 OR H5UX-H6UX)  top

AP EconomicsThe purpose of an AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth and international economics. A macroeconomics course introduces students to fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity and opportunity costs. Students understand the distinction between absolute and comparative advantage and apply the principle of comparative advantage to determine the basis on which mutually advantageous trade can take place between individuals and/or countries and to identify comparative advantage from differences in opportunity costs. Other basic concepts that are explored include the functions performed by an economic system and the way the tools of supply and demand are used to analyze the workings of a free-market economy. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16)  top

History of China: This reading intensive course will explore Chinese history from the Xia Dynasty until the present.  We will seek to use primary sources where available to interpret periods of Chinese history as well as develop an understanding of how the present secondary sources are interpreting the same topics.  This course would fall under the humanities concentration. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16) top

Modern-Day International Studies: Modern-Day International Studies course is designed to study the political and economic changes that have occurred around the world since 1989. Through social and cultural analysis, students will study how race, culture, class, gender and religion continue to shape human identities and interactions. This is a workshop style course, which means almost no class notes, but a lot of class discussion grounded on college level academic texts. This course culminates in a project portfolio at the end of the year. This course places particular emphasis on academic historical research, take-home readings, and class discussions. Students will explore major international issues, with the hope of hypothesizing solutions and promoting global change for social and economic equality. In essence, this is a foreign policy studies class, which seeks to study major issues affecting the international community today. Evaluations such as tests and quizzes are take-home only and a 2-3 page paper requirement due every two weeks of class.(Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Psychology: Description to follow. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

AP Psychology 2015-16: The goal of this course is to learn about the field of psychology through in-depth study, discussion, and hands-on activities. Students will ask, “How do psychologists think?” The psychologist David Myers wrote that to think as a psychologist, one must learn to “restrain intuition with critical thinking, judgmentalism with compassion, and illusion with understanding”—a worthwhile goal, no matter what career path the students may follow. By the end of the course, students will be prepared to take the AP Psychology exam. (History Elective/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:H1-H2/85+ over all GPA) top

Social Justice: Social justice embodies the concepts of human rights, economic egalitarianism, and equality regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other social category. In this elective, we will explore the meaning of social justice through the experiences of different people in the world today and throughout history. As part of this course students are expected to engage in a cause of their own choosing, and to work to bring social justice to the world in the ways they see fit. By the end of the year the students will begin the process of educating their classmates, the school, and the community about what social justice means to them. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Latin American History through Cinema in Translation: This course is designed to expose students to major cultural and political events in Latin America through film. At the end of this course students should be able to discuss major political movements in Latin America, as well as understand cultural behaviors and traditions. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16)

Robotics Description will follow (Elective/One term or one year course/Pre-Requisites:computer facile)

2015-16 AP Computer Science (ML1X – ML2X): Description to follow (Math Elective/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:ML1 and 90+ math average) top

French (FF1 – FF2): French 1&2 is designed to expose students to the French language through the four modalities of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will also explore the culture, history, and geography of La Francophonie, the French-speaking world. The course is guided by the text Allez, Viens! as well as various authentic resources and multimedia. By the end of the course, students will develop basic communication skills in the language as well as an appreciation for French culture throughout the world.Description to follow (Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

French (FF3 – FF4): A basic knowledge of French is mandatory for this course. During the first month, we will review of the vocabulary and grammar learned in French 1 and 2. Then we will focus on learning new verbs, going deeper into tenses and expressions in past and future. We will also study direct and indirect object pronouns and the use of conjunctions. For vocabulary, we will focus on topics that may be used on trips to French-speaking countries, including welcoming people, giving compliments, describing places, asking for opinions, and giving advice. French culture will be explored in conversations about the French school system, geography, history, and music. (Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Pass on Proficiency or FF1-FF2top

French (FF5 – FF6): FF5 and FF6 are courses are designed to expose and immerse students to the French language through the four fields of communication: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students will also be exposed to European, Caribbean, African, and Asian geography as it pertains to the study of the French language worldwide. Students will earn a grade reflecting the work they complete for each semester. Each semester grade is cumulative. All work is awarded points for accuracy and completion. Students will take the Comprehensive French Regents Exam at the end of FF6. (Language Requirement/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:FF3-FF4top

French (FF7 – FF8): Students may take French 7 & 8 if they have passed the Regents exam and want to further their knowledge of French language and culture. During the first month, we will review important grammar chapters from previous years. Then we will focus on topics such as tenses (past, future, present), conditional and subjunctive mode, comparisons, and pronouns. We will also study conjunctions and introductory words to help students organize their writing. Vocabulary lessons will cover topics such as traveling, medical problems, directions, and personal relationships. Cultural topics include daily life in French-speaking countries, historical facts, art, politics, and people. (Language Elective/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:FF5-FF6top

AP French: This course is equal to college-level French, and it is taught entirely in French. Students continue to develop their four language proficiency skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while studying the five Cs (communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities). By the end of the course, students should be able to understand spoken French, express themselves coherently in various contexts, and have a sufficient vocabulary for reading newspaper and magazine articles, literary texts, and other writings without dependence on a dictionary. They will also be prepared to take the Advanced Placement French exam in May. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16) top

Latin (FL1 – FL2): This course introduces students to Latin, the language of the ancient Romans. As Rome grew to become a worldwide empire, so will students expand their knowledge of Latin in grandeur. The course starts with basic vocabulary acquisition and noun/verb paradigms. The curriculum will include discussions on grammar and syntax. This class will also introduce students to the history, culture, and literature of the Ancient World. Topics will include epic poetry, legends, and mythology. By the end of the year, students will value Latin as a living language through its prevalence in modern-day society.(Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-requisite:None) top

Latin (FL3 – FL4): Description to follow (Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Pass on Proficiency or FL1-FL2) top

Latin (FL5 – FL6): Description to follow (Language Requirement/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:FL3-FL4) top

Mandarin (FM1 – FM2): This course is designed for students with little or no Chinese language background. Students will acquire the necessary skills to communicate effectively in socially, culturally, and developmentally appropriate ways. As students develop their oral-language skills, they will be introduced to the writing of Chinese characters and will learn to understand and appreciate the cultural practices and perspectives of the Chinese culture.(Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Nonetop

Mandarin (FM3 – FM4): This intermediate course is designed for students to attain novice to novice-high proficiency in Mandarin through a standards-based approach. Students will give brief oral reports and presentations in each thematic unit and write sentences in Chinese characters on the topics covered.(Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Pass on Proficiency or FM1-FM2top

Mandarin (FM5 – FM6): Description to follow (Language Requirement/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:FM3-FM4top

2015-16 AP Chinese Language & Culture: This course is equal to the fourth semester of college-level Chinese, and it is taught entirely in Chinese. Students continue to develop their four language proficiency skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while studying the five Cs (communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities). Discussion topics include Chinese holidays, traveling, careers, famous people, sports, and cinema, and students are introduced to Chinese cultural traditions such as calligraphy, paper cutting, classical music, poetry, art, and literature. We will view Chinese movies including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Raise the Red Lantern, and Eat Drink Man Woman. (Language Elective/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:FM5-FM6/ Teacher approval signaturetop

2015-16 Chinese Culture and History Before & After 1949: This course intends to suggest an intellectual method to understand a few important concepts in the Chinese History and the deep-seated & most cherished values in Chinese culture. The course is divided into two main sections: Ancient China and Modern China. In the section of Ancient China, the main goal is to acquire a broad understanding of the historical development of Chinese civilization from its origins in the Neolithic period through the second century C.E. a second goal of this course is to develop one’s ability to interpret texts and images as historical evidence by considering such material within its particular cultural context. The ultimate goal of the course is to acquire a richer understanding of both Chinese culture and the practice of studying the history of ancient civilizations.

In the section of Modern China, the topics will be discussed in class are, not limited to: human rights; freedom; democracy; the Legislative System of China, which are based on the socio-political definition of modernity. Students are encouraged to make comparative studies for a better understanding of the nuances of their meanings in different cultures. In a world that is deeply interconnected technologically, economically and is often the understanding of and respecting for different cultural identities is of great value. We aim at a keener sensitivity to different cultural identities and a more understanding approach to cross-cultural affairs in this globalizing age.

Spanish (FS1- FS2): All Spanish courses are designed to immerse students in the Spanish language through the four fields of communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will also explore Latin American and Peninsular history and geography.(Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:None) top

Spanish (FS3 – FS4): All Spanish courses are designed to immerse students in the Spanish language through the four fields of communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will also explore Latin American and Peninsular history and geography. (Language Requirement/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:Pass on Proficiency or FS1-FS2top

Spanish (FS5 – FS6): All Spanish courses are designed to immerse students in the Spanish language through the four fields of communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will also explore Latin American and Peninsular history and geography.(Language Requirement/Full year course/Regents exam/Pre-Requisites:FS3-FS4top

Spanish Literature (FS7 – FS8): St. John’s University college credit option. (Language Elective in lieu of AP Spanish Literature/Full year course/Pre-Requisites:FS5-FS6)

AP Spanish Literature (FS9X – FS10X): The equivalent of a third-year college literature course, this class will introduce students to the formal study of Spanish literature, journeying from Spain’s Medieval literature to Latin American’s contemporary literature. In conjunction with St. John’s University, this Curso de literatura Iberoameriana offers students up to six college credits by the end of the spring semester. (Language Elective/Full year course/AP exam/Pre-Requisites:FS5-FS6/Teacher approval signaturetop

2015-16 AP Spanish Language & Culture: Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture is intended to cover the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced Spanish composition and conversation. Spanish is used almost exclusively in class and students are encouraged to do likewise. Emphasizing the use of Spanish for active communication, it encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. The course objectives are to help students comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish; acquire vocabulary and a grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as of modern literature in Spanish; compose expository passages; and express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines. Integration of the four skill areas (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) will be essential to preparation for the Advanced Placement Spanish Language & Culture Exam. Training in integrating language skills and in synthesizing written and aural materials is an integral part of the AP Spanish Language & Culture course. Course content will reflect a wide variety of academic and cultural topics (the arts, history, current events, literature, culture, sports, etc.). Students will develop cultural awareness through authentic resources in the form of recordings, films, videos, newspapers, and magazines. Activities include conversations, compositions, games, puzzles, interviews, oral presentations and skits. Students will sit for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam in May of each academic year. Prerequisites: LOTE Exam, completion of Spanish 5/6 course.

AP Studio Art: Description to follow.(Not Scheduled for 2016-17) top

Art Appreciation: This course is designed to help students gain a greater appreciation for the visual arts—including drawing, painting, and sculpture—through classroom lectures, readings, written assignments, and studio projects. We will explore important periods and principles that helped define artistic expression in major works of art. Studio work in this course is evaluated on the basis of the student’s thoughtful approach and application of relevant principles, as well as on its artistic merit. (Not Scheduled for 2016-17top

Advanced Studio Art: Advanced Studio Art builds upon the fundamental knowledge established in Foundations in Studio Art. Students will explore advanced mediums and techniques such as linocut printmaking, acrylic paint, plaster casting, and mixed media. During this class, students will learn how to implement complex concepts in their artwork while integrating personal expression. Students will develop a professional portfolio that can be used for college applications.(Not Scheduled for 2016-17top

Art Portfolio: Art Portfolio builds upon the artistic knowledge established in both Foundations in Studio Art and Advanced Studio Art courses. Students will create a body of work based on a specific topic/theme using a variety of mediums. New mediums and techniques will be introduced throughout the course. Students are required to develop an advanced professional portfolio that can be used for college applications and will be presented to a panel of working artists for critique. (Not Scheduled for 2016-17)  top

Digital Media Art: This introductory course utilizes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design for digital media production for both print and web in a Mac environment. Students will learn the fundamentals of each program and how they work together to create dynamic web graphics and print presentations. Through a variety of digital media projects students will integrate the worlds of fine art, digital tools and media literacy to create cutting edge graphic projects. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Documentary Expression:
 This course will introduce students to the art of documentary practice. Students will view work, make work, and read about the theory and practice of documentary filmmaking. We will develop technical confidence in shooting, lighting, sound and editing. Students will learn how to edit with Final Cut Pro Express. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

2015-16 Drawing, Painting and Printmaking (ANS21QD-ANS22QD): Students will explore advanced media and techniques such as linocut printmaking, watercolor, conté crayon, and mixed media. During this class students will learn how to implement complex concepts in their artwork while integrating personal expression. Students will begin to develop a professional portfolio that can be used for college applications. (A 2-semester course)

Graphic Arts Portfolio: Students will further develop their digital tools using Adobe CS4 and create a variety of graphic projects that incorporate brand, identity and design while creating brochures, posters and book designs. Additionally, students will learn intermediate and advanced Adobe Photoshop skills for both print and web design. and Students will create pieces to build their portfolio. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Video Production, Set Design and Non-Linear Editing for the Modern Age: This is a half-year course designed for students who want to learn about the work that goes on behind the cameras. The course will focus on the different types of video formats, including feature films, short films, commercials and YouTube videos. For each format students will learn how to design a video set, the components of lighting the set, sound/music choices and non-linear editing using Mac laptops and software. Each topic will culminate with the students creating their own videos. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16)



Digital Story Telling: Keeping with the theme of “new explorations” at NEST+m, we will contribute to the emerging genre of “digital storytelling,” using the tools of narrative writing, photography, cinematography, and editing to create a collection of short, image-music-and-voice-based videos. In this course students learn how to create digital films using programs such as iMovie and the more advanced Final Cut Pro, having first learned basic directorial and cinematographic techniques. The course is analysis- and writing-intensive and the final product is a digital story that presents a significant moment in the student’s life. Using basic cameras and NEST+m’s Macintosh lab, students will not only develop their cinematography and editing skills, but also learn major periods and genres in the history of film making. The course will help students analyze films in terms of how lighting, camera position, and editing create a “language” that parallels written narrative and literary devices. A class visit to The Museum of the Moving Image will be incorporated into the course. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16) top

Intro to Philosophy : 
This course embeds a selective history of European philosophy in a semester-long discussion of big questions, including “What is reality?,” “Who are we?,” and “What are we to do in life?” The course would be writing intensive, and culminate in a group-based poster presentation answering a big question of the group’s choice, based on philosophical grounds.  Source texts (from the Pre-Socratics to the Post-Structuralists) would be provided, in limited “fair use” quantities, by the instructor.(Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

This course introduces students to the myths, fairy tales, and folklore of the world. Studies begin with the classical mythology of the Greeks and Romans, as we explore major and minor gods, heroes, and monsters. Throughout the course, students will examine how myths operate, as well as their purpose in the classical and modern worlds. In addition, connections are made to modern counterparts in literature, art, theater, and film. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Newspaper :
The Scoop is NEST+m’s student body newspaper. The Scoop staff is made up of a small number of hard-working students interested in honing their writing skills and willing to constantly engage in the writing and editing process. Students learn the ins and outs of journalistic style. They learn to use Quark and create newspaper layouts. They sell to and design ads for local businesses. As The Scoop continues to develop more dedicated students are needed to be part of the process. If you are a sophomore, junior or senior interested in joining the staff please see your guidance counselor.  (Not Scheduled for 2015-16) 

Speech Writing and Public Speaking: This course is designed to help students become effective public speakers, delivering both their own speeches and creative writings as well as interpreting and delivering the works of others. Students will study styles and examples of orations and dramatic monologues as they write their own persuasive speeches and monologues. They will practice interpreting and delivering the works of others as well as their own. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16)

2015-16 Advanced Theater Styles ( – ): Students will explore in-depth various dramatic performance styles through collaborative writing and performance. Units include drama for Social Issues, Commedia dell’Arte, Method Acting and physical Theater. (A 2-semester course)


Numbers in Real Life: In this elective class, students work in groups to create projects that integrate mathematics in various aspects of real life, such as finance, sports, fitness, leisure activities, and art. Each project will culminate in a final product or class presentation. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

Number Theory:  In Number Theory, the companion course to Group Theory, we go through some unusual math at an unusually careful pace. The emphasis is on the deep understanding of simple systems, not on grinding calculations, and a lot of the work is done in groups. Using number theory, you can invent your own tests for divisibility by any prime, and prove why the square root of two just has to be irrational. You can understand the original words and equations from 1801 of the greatest mathematician in history, find out how ancient astronomers could predict when the planets would line up, and figure out why repeating decimals can only repeat with certain lengths. On the way you will do labs with cups of water and pennies, and meet a number of theorems that teach us surprising ways to look at numbers. (Not Scheduled for 2015-16top

AP Statistics
 In AP Statistics, students will be introduced to both descriptive as well as inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics involves the collection, organization, and presentation of data, while inferential statistics involves analyzing data to make generalizations about the characteristics of a population.
The following topics will be covered:
• Constructing and interpreting graphical displays of distributions of univariate data
• Summarizing distributions of univariate data
• Comparing distributions of univariate data
• Exploring bivariate data
• Exploring categorical data
• Overview of methods of data collection
• Planning and conducting surveys
• Planning and conducting experiments
• Probability
• Combining independent random variables
• The normal distribution
• Sampling distributions
• Estimation (point estimators and confidence intervals)
• Tests of significance
(Not Scheduled for 2015-16)

2015-16 Linear Algebra (MQS21QA-MQS22QA): This course includes the study of vectors in the This course includes the study of vectors in the plane and space, systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vectors, vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Technology will be an integral part of this class. During the semester students will learn to recognize and express the mathematical ideas graphically, numerically, symbolically, and in writing. They will become self-regulated learners and help other students become cooperative learners.(prerequisite AP Calculus AP)

2015-16 Math Team (MQS21QMT-MQS22QMT): Math Team will explore college-level topics in Mathematics that are accessible to students who have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2. The course will run on a three-year cycle so that students may take the course for three consecutive years without repeating topics. Students will also work on mathematics contest problems and prepare for New York Math League contests and the AMC mathematics contests. The course will explore topics in Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics , Finite Mathematics, Graph Theory, Logic, and other fields of mathematics.   Math Team welcomes any philomath, regardless of mathematical ability. The math team meets every morning from 7:30 to 8:10. Students are taught mathematics problem solving techniques which should be helpful for all math courses. Students are given short answer and long answer problems to solve from various city, state, and national math competitions. All students are eligible to participate in the state and national competitions, which are administered in the morning, and team members are chosen to take the city competitions, which are administered in the afternoon. Text: Introduction to Number Theory, Second Edition Mathew Crawford 2013 – AoPS Incorporated

2015-16 Math Research (MQS21QM-MQS22QM): The focus of this class is to introduce students to thinking, writing and presenting mathematics. This is done through a series of small writing assignments building up to larger mathematical research papers and finally two full length mathematical research papers (one for the fall term and one for the spring term). Throughout the year students will work with current Math Major students (Juniors and Seniors) along with the teachers of the Math Major in doing their research. Students will also be asked to present their work and findings to the class as a whole. Students will submit their papers to the NYC Metropolitan Math Fair as well as other research competitions.
Topic Outline
I. Introduction to Mathematical Writing
➢ Writing Up Solutions to a Problem
➢ Creating New Questions from a Question
➢ Extended Solutions to a Problem
➢ Summarizing Math Magazine Articles
II. Intermediate Mathematical Writing
➢ Writing a Mini-Research Paper
III. Advanced Mathematical Writing
➢ Writing a Complete Research Paper
1. Problem Statement
2. Introduction
3. History
4. Mathematical Background
5. Investigation
6. Summary
7. Applications and Extensions
8. Reference
2015-16 Multivariable Calculus (MCS21QMV-MCS22QMV)Multivariable Calculus is the third Calculus course in the Calculus series offered at Nest+m High School. This course covers three-dimensional analytic geometry and vectors; the calculus of functions of more than one variable, including partial derivatives, vector-valued functions, multiple integrals, volumes, surface area, and the classical theorems of Green, Stokes, and Gauss, the basic concepts of ordinary differential equations. Students are assessed using a minimum of 3 major tests, quizzes and one project associated with each unit of the course.(Prerequisite AP Calculus BC)