With a new school year upon us, let’s take a look at some new classes that Chadwick is offering in the Upper School. Varying from art to language to statistics, a multitude of advanced levels of subjects are available, as well as a couple of totally new courses.
Concepts in Art, Concepts in Art Honors
Teacher: Annie Webster, with help from the entire Art department
This advanced level course is for seniors who desire the greatest amount of free choice in designing a project that is tailor-made to their interests. Students may choose to work independently or in groups to complete either one major piece or a series throughout the semester. The work in this course will involve some risk taking, working with independence and motivation, and possibly collaboration with other students. Students will continue to work with an independent study contract, defining their course of study in terms of overall concept, number of pieces, technique, scale, and duration of time allotted.
Constitution and Law
Teacher: Sanrda Piercy
A history elective course designed for first semester sophomores, Constitution and Law is organized around discussions of current political issues and legal and civil rights. While the course covers some legal history, the class focuses on how changing interpretations and applications of the law affect current practice in law enforcement and legal proceedings in both criminal and civil law. Students will learn and debate about civil rights, different legal and governmental philosophies and systems, rules of evidence and key court rulings.
Advanced Environmental Sciences
Teachers: Anita Shier Bruton, Tori Fay
This new advanced course in Environmental Science will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Students will also become familiar with the local environment of Los Angeles and the issues that are relevant to citizens in this area through regular examination and evaluation of current events. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of the environment and human processes through on-site examinations of ecosystems, a habitat restoration project, a water-treatment plant, an active landfill and a recycling plant.
AP Mandarin Chinese
Teacher: Jianmin “Jassy” Luo
The new Advanced Placement level added to the Mandarin Chinese curriculum at Chadwick is a highly advanced class that serves as both a Chinese language course as well as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Chinese culture. The main focus of the added course is to allow students to have the opportunity to experience a variety of themes and influences in Chinese history, geography, sociology, literature and politics. The course aims to enhance the students’ immersion into the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world as well as challenge the students to use language as a means to study different disciplines, subjects and topics, rather than just the language itself.
Teacher: John Braafladt
The purpose of the Advanced Statistics course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes to go about studying information: exploring data, describing patterns and departures from patterns; sampling and experimentation, planning and conducting a study; anticipating patterns, exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; and statistical inference, estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.