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General Studies

GENERAL Studies

Futures without limitations.

MATH
Our math curriculum focuses on the beauty and logic in mathematics. Students will evaluate data and form sound conclusions. Students will learn to compute functions by hand and through the use of a graphing calculator. They will develop and master skills necessary for the ACT and SAT. Geometry, algebra, calculus, and statistics are
foundational skills for the future, helping them achieve success in all fields. Our classes include real life applications and allow for simplicity and clarity, engaging all types of learners.

Three years of required courses.
Elective courses available to upperclassmen.

Sample course offerings: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Language arts courses are based on the premise that reading is a source of continuous growth and knowledge, enabling intellectual progress across the spectrum. Through student-centered instruction, the girls are given the tools to express their ideas in analytical papers and creative pieces. Both reading and writing are opportunities for students to explore larger themes that apply to their lives.

Four years of required courses
Elective courses available to upperclassmen

Sample course offerings: World Literature, British Literature, American Literature, Shakespeare Theatre, The Art of Writing, Children’s Literature, Public Speaking, Journalism, AP English, Women in Literature.

SOCIAL STUDIES
Social studies provides students with the opportunity to think critically and analyze the ethical decisions that leaders, societies, and generations have made. People make choices and choices make history. We will evaluate those choices to become more informed and thoughtful citizens. Students learn to write persuasively and express their opinions in a cogent manner using primary and secondary sources. Students will explore a broad range of disciplines including geography, economics, history, and government.

Four years of required courses
Elective courses available to upperclassmen

Sample course offerings: Global History I, Global History II, American History I, American History II, Political Science and Government, AP Political Science, AP American History, AP European History, AP World History, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, American Judicial System, Business Law, The Civil Rights Movement, Film in History

SCIENCE
This skills-based, hands-on curriculum fosters a deep appreciation for the splendor and complexity of the world in which we live. Heavily based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,and Mathematics), our students work in labs and the classroom to engage in technology-aided data collection and analysis. Our curriculum emphasizes independent thinking and allows students to delve into both theoretical and applied science.

Three years of required courses
Electives courses available to upperclassmen

Sample course offerings: Biology, Chemistry, Forensics, Physics, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Nutrition, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP Computer Science

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Communicating in a foreign language provides students with a broader cultural understanding of New York and our world. All freshmen are required to take Spanish I.

Two years of required courses.
Elective courses available to upperclassmen.

Sample course offerings: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, French, Latin, Sign Language

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
With our new regulation-sized gym, students can choose from a range of fitness and recreational games. Our curriculum will encourage our girls to develop a lifelong commitment to healthy fitness habits, sportsmanship, and positive body image.

Four years of required courses.

Sample course offerings: basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, softball, yoga, modern dance, hip hop dance, aerobics.

FINE ARTS
At Shulamith, we believe that every student can find her artistic and creative flair. Our courses challenge students to discover their inner creativity while providing them with the tools and vocabulary to develop and appreciate art across all media.

Two years of required courses.
Elective courses available to upperclassmen.

Sample course offerings: Introduction to Visual Arts, Drawing and Painting, Sculpture and 3D Design, Photography, iMovie and film production, Graphic Design, AP Studio Art, AP Art History, Fashion Design, Interior Design.