High School Curriculum

Applied Studies
All DAIS students participate in the Applied Studies curricular strand each semester and may repeat the same course multiple times. The high school student body meets for Applied Studies at the same time, enabling collaboration between students from different courses. Each semester, students in each course begin by developing a learning plan and setting goals in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students identify the performance tasks they will pursue as part of their learning plan and the group project. Curricular standards associated with Applied Studies will remain largely constant, but performance tasks will vary over time and with the changing needs and interests of the student body. An element of assessment for each student includes a presentation of learning and reflection to the school community.

  • MUN - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Publications - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Business Management - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Government - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Environment - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Drama - Grade 11 or 12
  • Engineering and Design - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Video Production - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12


Independent Study
Some students may find that their specific academic interests and/or needs are not fully addressed within the DAIS program of study. To meet identified learning goals, students may elect to take an online course provided by an approved, accredited school. All such courses need to be approved by the Guidance Counselor.

Language Arts (English)

  • Ancient World Literature and Composition - Grade 9
  • Modern World Literature and Composition - Grade 10
  • American Literature - Grade 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement English Language and Composition - Grade 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement English Literature - Grade 11 or 12
  • Speech - Grade 11 or 12
  • Film Studies - Grade 11 or 12

Mathematics

  • Geometry and Algebra - Grade: 7, 8, 9, or 10
  • Geometry, Algebra, and Transformations - Grade: 8, 9, 10, or 11
  • Functions, Trigonometry, and Advanced Algebra - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Topics and Introduction to Calculus - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Calculus AB - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Calculus BC - Grade 11 or 12
  • Engineering and Design - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Statistics - Grade 11 or 12

Music

  • Chorus - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Chamber Ensemble - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Guitar - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Foundations of Music - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • AP Music Theory - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12

Natural Sciences

  • Integrated Science I: Biology and Chemistry - Grade 9
  • Integrated Science II: Biology and Chemistry - Grade 10
  • Environmental Studies - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Physics - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Organic/Biochemistry - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Chemistry - Grade 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Biology - Grade 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Physics - Grade 11 or 12

Physical Education

  • Lifelong Fitness - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Team Sports - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Individual and Dual Sports - Grade 10, 11 or 12

Senior Studies
Within the framework provided by the instructor for the course, students develop a research question and intensively study the topic in an attempt to answer the question. Students learn skills of researching, documentation, and logical development of ideas. The outcome of the research will be published as a research paper. For the final assessment, students defend their process of research and idea development to a panel of adults. Students also have the opportunity to learn more about college application preparation and to hone college success skills.

Social Sciences

  • Ancient World Studies - Grade 9
  • Modern World Studies - Grade 10
  • United States History - Grade 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement United States History - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Placement Microeconomics - Grade 11 or 12
  • Introduction to Psychology - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Philosophy and Ethics - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Current Issues - Grade 10, 11 or 12

Visual Arts

  • Studio Art I - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Studio Art II - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Studio Art III - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Studio Art - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Introduction to Design - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Ceramics - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12

World Languages

  • Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture 1 - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture 2 - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture 3 - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Pre-AP Chinese - Grade 9
  • Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture - Grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Mandarin Literature - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Advanced Mandarin Literature - Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12
  • Independent Study: World Language (online provider) - Grade: 9, 10, 11, or 12

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Jinzhou New District
 

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Jinzhou Xinqu
 

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