Academics

PROPOSED NINTH GRADE SCHEDULE

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MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:05 - 8:20 Arrival Arrival Arrival Arrival Arrival
T - 1 Shacharit Shacharit Shacharit Shacharit Shacharit
AM - 1 Breakfast
Be'ur Tefilla
Breakfast
Be'ur Tefilla
Breakfast
Be'ur Tefilla
Breakfast
Be'ur Tefilla
Breakfast
Be'ur Tefilla
AM - 2 MATH MATH ACADEMY EXPLORATION MATH PARASHAT HASHAVU'A
AM - 3 HEBREW NACH HEBREW HEBREW SCIENCE / STEM
Break Break Break Break Break
AM - 4 SOCIAL STUDIES SOCIAL STUDIES PHYSICAL EDUCATION SCIENCE / STEM SOCIAL STUDIES
AM - 5 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH DEEP DIVE
PM - 1 MISHNA SCIENCE / STEM MISHNA MISHNA DISMISSAL
PM - 2 ENGLISH ENGLISH DEEP DIVE CODING
T - 2 MINCHA MINCHA MINCHA MINCHA
PM - 3 JEWISH HISTORY HALACHA NACH HALACHA
PM - 4 CHUMASH CHUMASH ENGLISH CHUMASH
ADVISORY
T - 3 MAARIV MAARIV MAARIV MAARIV
5:35 DISMISSAL DISMISSAL DISMISSAL DISMISSAL
davening

BE'UR TEFILLA

Many people in our community find davening challenging. We will explore the development of tefilla and its structure. We will create tefillot and see how they differ from our tradition. Using this as a foundation we will analyze the brachot of Sh’ma and the Amida.

MATH - GEOMETRY

This is a hands-on course that will investigate the world around them through the lens of practical geometry. Students will learn about geometry through building, art, design, architecture, and engineering. They will gain an appreciation and exposure to architectural foundations. Furthermore, students will learn how to write proofs supporting their claims.

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ACADEMY EXPLORATION

In our school, we “shut down” to survey all the academic majors on Wednesdays. Experts, scholars, professionals, and teachers will guide students through the plethora of choices they will have in the years to come. In six week intensives, students will learn the basics of each academic major. By the end of this course, students will feel confident in choosing an academic major for the next three years on campus.

Sefer-Torah mizrachi

PARASHAT HASHAVU'A

We will look at the personalities and mitzvot of the weekly reading to discover aspects of the Torah we might never have considered.

HEBREW

The course of study, utilizing an ulpan style curriculum, will focus on building familiarity and comfort with spoken modern Hebrew.

NACH

Our prophets sought to impress upon us God’s expectation of us as a nation. We will analyze how different nevi’im sought to teach these messages. We will start with the importance of ethical behavior and the place of the Jewish people in the family of nations.

SCIENCE

Biological Sciences- lab and research-based, this hands-on course not only exposes students to the basics of the natural sciences but engages them in laboratory processes and thinking.

social studies

After a brief review of World History focused on significant problems that have existed and trends within those complex issues worldwide, we will spend the bulk of the year on globalization’s impact on communities across the globe.  Students will speak with and research people from all over the world.  They will examine people who are their age and people who are experts in various fields.  The purpose will be to hear about how each person’s community is impacted by globalization.  We will focus on how it has impacted global health, trade, employment (and professions), technology, equality, and law. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The main focus of PE will be the practical implication of physical activity. We will focus on core skills needed to participate in popular high school sports and the basics of working out. Students will also explore concepts of general fitness and health.

Deep Dive

This is the time for in depth study. Topics that arise in other areas of the curriculum will be discussed from a practical halachic perspective learned directly from the relevant sources. Students will have time to choose topics of interest to them to explore more fully.

Mishna

The focus of our study of Mishna is to gain knowledge and understanding of important Jewish concepts and halacha. We will start with Masechet B’rachot and then shift to Shabbat and Kiddushin. As the seasonal holidays approach, we will shift to learning about them in the mishnayot.

English

In freshman year, our primary focus is on research skills. We want students to read the research, conduct research, and analyze the integrity of research by way of comparing and contrasting it with other equally qualified sources. Students will conduct their own research and publish papers on a variety of academic major related topics. The year will conclude with a thorough appreciation and ability to understand contract theory and drafting. Students will “publish” their own contracts.

Coding

Students will begin the process of learning basic coding applications. Exposure to how to code and create websites and design games will be our primary focus.

Halacha

As part of our coordinated Judaic Studies curriculum, halacha will often focus on the practical daily applications of the mishnayot being learned. As with Mishna, halacha will shift to the chaggim at the appropriate times of year.

Chumash

Chumash is the foundation of Judaism. Our study will focus on the mitzvot found in the Torah. We will learn to use the punctuation of the Torah and its grammar to tease out the lessons Chazal saw in the eternal words of the Torah. The journey starts with the ethical rules in Kedoshim.

Advisory

In high school, students need a place they can call home. Part of the Builder Family Experience is to connect students with teachers that can serve as role models for them with whom they can relate. Teachers meet with small groups of students to advise them on academic, social, or future-planning issues. There is also an opportunity for students to plan service projects and participate in crafting community-wide school events.