The Language Arts/English program will focus on reading, writing and oral communication. All courses will be rigorous and challenging. Students will be exposed to all genres of writing and reading and promote students to be fluent in all genres.
Grade 9 — English 1, Honors English I – Composition and Literature Classics
Grade 10 —English II, Honors English II – Nature and Transcendentalism
Grade 11 —English III, Honors English III – Middle Eastern, African, American, War Literature
Grade 12 —English IV, Honors English IV – Short Story Workshop, Poetry Seminar, Playwriting & Screenwriting
The history/social studies program is designed to provide a foundation in Western and world-culture and history and to be able to read analytically, write effectively in a variety of genres, and speak confidently and intelligently. Students will be exposed to current and past events, local and global issues, and have opportunities to be involved in local governing systems.
Grade 9 — World History to 1900, Honors World History to 1900
Grade 10 — US History to 1900, Honors US History to 1900
Grade 11 — 20th Century History, Economics and Government, Honors 20th Century History, Economics and Government
Grade12 Elective — CP/Honors Facing History and Ourselves, CP/Honors Environmental Economics
The Greene School will offer the languages of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Global population projections suggest these two languages will be important in the 21st century. Students will be required to take three years of the same world language.
Spanish I – III*
Mandarin Chinese I – III*
American Sign Language
*Beginning the second year of language, student may take Honors level course.
SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS and TECHNOLOGY
The mathematics program will prepare all students to be skilled in mathematical problem solving and logical reasoning. Each mathematics course will use the Core-Plus Mathematics to enhance mathematics understanding through real- life contexts.
Grade 9 — Algebra 1 or Foundations to Algebra 1, (H) Geometry, etc.
Grade 10 — Geometry or Algebra I, Honors Geometry, (H) Algebra II
Grade 11 — (H) Algebra II or Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors Geometry,
Grade 12 — Pre-Calculus, Algebra II or other math course, Honors Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Statistics (would be offered as an on-line course)
The science courses progression is based on emerging research that suggests that students who take Physics strengthens students’ algebra skills, which they are developing in ninth grade, and creates a grounding in physics and chemistry that is necessary to better learn biology. All science courses are inquiry and standards based using the Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations. Students will be immersed in investigations and expeditions that will make their learning rigorous and relevant while embedding many of the Applied Learning Skills.
Grade 9 — Environmental Physics * Meets RI GSE PS2(9-11)5b
Grade 10 — Environmental Chemistry* Meets RI GSE PS(9-11)-4
Grade 11 — Environmental Biology * Meets RI GSE LS2 (9-11)-3b
Grade12 Elective — Environmental Science and Sustainability* or AP Environmental Science
*Offered at a CP and Honors level
OTHER ACADEMIC STRUCTURES
Based on the Expeditionary learning model, craftsmanship is one of the most important components to quality work. The fine arts program will emphasize the performing and visual arts. The elective courses offered each year will vary. Two credits in the fine arts are required for graduation. Some examples of courses are:
Art I Studio Art
Art II Yearbook
Landscape Design Foundations of Music
Music Theory 1 American Musical Theater
World Drumming Beginning Piano or Guitar
Countercultural Music (Reggae, Rock and Rap)
Grade 9 — Curriculum Assistance
Grade 10 — Curriculum Assistance
Grade 11 — AP Psychology – 2nd Semester Course offered on-line through a College Board approved site
Grade 11 -12 — Service Learning and/or Independent Study (must be preapproved and a submission in writing of what student wants to study)
WELLNESS, HEALTH and ATHLETICS
All students will take Wellness, Health and Athletics each year. This program is designed to support students develop healthy attitudes and values related to life-long fitness. Students will receive approximately 120 minutes a week of instruction in this course which is aligned to the National Physical Education and Health curriculum. Instruction in adventure education will be integrated into this course as well. The student will receive a total of 2.5 credits for high school graduation.
Grade 9 — Wellness, Health, and Athletics
Grade 10 — Wellness, Health, and Athletics II
Grade 11 — Wellness, Health, and Athletics III
Grade 12 — Wellness, Health, and Athletics IV
All students take part in the crew program at the Greene School. Crew is designed to provide students with a daily opportunity to interact with grade-level peers and a crew leader. Crew groups are used to facilitate close relationships.
The Crew Program has several goals.
1. To build community among students in order to promote a positive peer cultur
2. To provide academic advising and coaching
3. To provide support for transitions to and from high school including post-secondary goal setting and planning
4. To enhance communication and involvement with parents
5. To provide a democratic structure for student governance.
Students are assigned to groups and paired with a crew leader. Crew meets for a total of 90 minutes per week. Crew leaders are expected to take a sincere interest in each of their Crew members and act as his/her advisor and mentor. Providing support and building relationships are the two most important aspects of this role.
Intensives are courses lasting for 5 full school days, which are offered 2 to 4 weeks after the close of the first and second trimester. These “mini courses” are short, intense opportunities for students to immerse themselves in a variety of learning experiences. Students either receive targeted academic support (support intensives) or participate in an in-depth study of a special topic (elective intensives).
SUPPORT INTENSIVES are offered in the fall and spring intensive sessions. Participation is determined by teacher referral and may take into account self-selection by students. Support intensives are not optional for students at risk of failing, and may be required for students whose work habits are weak, juniors in need of support for Junior Internship, or seniors in need of support for college applications or Senior Exhibitions.
ENRICHMENT INTENSIVES are offered in either the fall or spring intensive sessions. Topics for these intensives are identified by faculty and students. Students who are not at risk of failing and who have strong work habits select the intensive that is of most interest to them.
HONORS LEVEL WORK
Some core courses – math, English, science, social studies include an honors option within the heterogeneous classes. Students in grades 9-12 who wish to take on more rigorous and sophisticated work may do so within the honors program by engaging in advanced work, or a rigorous independent study with practical application. The classroom teacher will differentiate within the classroom to provide honor’s level work for the student. The work will be graded by the content-area teacher. Students whose work meets the standard are given honors designation for that content area on their transcript, which will then be reflected on the student’s GPA.
If a student wishes to take an “honors” level course, must meet 2 of the three requirements:
• B+ or above average in the subject area the year previous
• Teacher recommendation
• Parent/student contract
Students who perform at the highest level and maintain compliance with the prerequisites are eligible to stay at the honors level or advance to the AP level where appropriate. The student must sign up for the honors level course during the first two weeks of the school year.
CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES
Students that have a 2.0 to 2.4 in a core academic course (ELA, mathematics, science or history) may participate in Credit Recovery offered at The Greene School. Students do not receive credit unless they have a 2.5 or above in a given course. Students that have below a 2.0 at the end of the school year, will not receive credit for the course and if it is a required course, they must retake the course.