HOW TO USE THE COURSE OF STUDIES
Review the graduation requirements that are printed in this booklet. There are certain required courses, as well as a required overall credit total that must be earned. A specified number of credits are required from the course clusters. It will be necessary to plan ahead so that you will have satisfied all graduation requirements by the end of your senior year. Note that in certain departments, courses are organized into levels. Where levels exist, class enrollment tends to be more homogeneous. In all other courses, the enrollment tends to be heterogeneous.
The description of a course in this Course of Studies indicates the ability of the Long Trail School staff to provide the experience. However, if an inadequate number of students select a specific course, it will not be possible to offer the course that semester. In cases where courses are oversubscribed, priority for enrollment will be given first to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores, and finally freshmen, provided they satisfy course prerequisites. Students who are unable to be enrolled in a course for their first choice will be offered an alternate course to ensure a six course minimum program.
The level designations for courses mean the following:
- ADVANCED courses are recommended for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement through a combination of ability and motivation. These courses contain considerable enrichment and acceleration. Instruction will assume that students are able to grasp concepts on initial presentation and will, therefore, emphasize observation, analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. There will be little practice or repetition within the classroom. Students are expected to be able to organize their time, to plan long- term assignments, and to seek help when necessary, all on their own initiative. Placement in advanced courses is by teacher recommendation only.
- IB STANDARD LEVEL (SL): It is essential for any pre-university education to equip students with the depth of discipline-specific knowledge and skills that they will need for their chosen academic and career paths. However, this must be balanced with the breadth needed to develop well-rounded students who can draw connections between the different disciplines. As such, the philosophy of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is that students should engage with a range of subjects while being able to explore specific areas of personal interest in greater depth. SL courses ensure students are exposed to a range of disciplines that they might otherwise opt out of.
- IB HIGH LEVEL (HL): Higher level courses allow students to spend more time with subjects they are more interested in by exploring options in addition to the SL core curriculum. HL courses typically also include a range of additional elements designed to allow students to explore areas of interest within the subject in more depth.
Schedule your program with the future in mind. Make your decisions carefully and take advantage of all of the advice available from your parents, teachers, advisers, college counselor, and the Dean of Academics. If you have a question about the types of courses you should take, consult with the Dean of Academics.