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academics

Our community of adult learners at TechBoston Academy will focus on increasing student engagement and critical thinking by developing student agency in authentic, relevant learning opportunities that may occur anytime or anywhere so they will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to exceed standards and to be prepared for college, career and life in the 21st century.

Learner-Centered Environment (LCE):

TechBoston Academy strives to enable all students to be leaders of their own education through the use of the six elements of a Learner-Centered Environment:

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:

For the 2018-19 school year, TechBoston Academy offers Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, Government & Politics, Calculus AB, Physics, Computer Science, and English Language & Composition.

These courses offer students the most rigorous and challenging curriculum available, which will help them stand out when applying to highly selective colleges. Students should expect and increased workload, similar to a college class, and will be required to attend after school and summer sessions. All AP students are also expected to participate in the AP exam.

AP Course Offerings:

The very essence of modern biology is based on evolutionary processes. The goals of this course are to assist the students in gaining an appreciation for science as a process, not a collection of unrelated facts. The course emphasizes how scientists use their reading and observation skills to ask questions that can lead to new experiments.

In addition to class time and monthly Wednesday after school sessions, students will be required to attend a 3-day workshop at the end of June and monthly after school workshops during the school year at the Harvard Medical School.

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.

All students will be required to attend a summer program at Northeastern University.

This course is designed for students who have a strong interest in the study of science and who are leaning toward further study of science at the college level.The primary goal is to prepare students for the successful completion of the AP exam.In attaining this goal, the course aims to develop several skills necessary for the successful study of science.These include the ability to think critically and to synthesize divergent pieces of knowledge in order to solve a problem.Students will also be able to communicate scientific information both orally and through writing.They will be able to interpret experimental results and to practice the scientific method by suggesting further experimentation based on results.

The Computer Science Principles (CSP) course at TechBoston Academy is designed to provide students with a broad-based introduction to technology, and more specifically computer programming. We will be coding in a language called Javascript and the course outline will mirror the College Board AP CSP course. Much of our work will be project-based, working both individually, and increasingly as the year goes on, in groups.

Major Topics Include: The Internet, Digital Information, Algorithms and Programming, Big Data and Privacy, Building Apps

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is, at its core, an intense, college-level exploration and analysis of effective language and rhetoric. As a student in this class, students will become adept at analyzing the rhetorical choices that precede effective communication, and will work tirelessly to replicate these choices in their own writing.

The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to instruct students in three major skill areas—rhetorical analysis, synthesis and argument—the overarching intention of this course is to deepen their ability to comprehend and analyze language in all forms, and to emerge from this course as a profoundly sophisticated thinker, writer and communicator.

AP Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course is an intensive study of the formal and informal structures of government and the processes of the American political system, with an emphasis on policy-making and implementation. This course will go beyond just how the government “works.” Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well as their rights and responsibilities as an American citizen.

TBA Core Classes:

History/Social Studies

  • Ancient Civilization (Middle)
  • Geography (Middle)
  • Civics (Middle)
  • US History I: U.S. Through Reconstruction
  • US History II: U.S. since 1877
  • World History
  • African American Studies
  • World Cultures
  • Civics in Action
  • AP Government and Politics

Mathematics

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Senior Seminar in Mathematics
  • Hon. Calculus
  • AP Calculus

Science

  • Life Sciences (Middle)
  • Chemistry (Middle)
  • Engineering and Physics (Middle)
  • Earth Science (Middle)
  • Biology
  • Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science
  • Intro to Chemistry
  • Intro to Physics
  • AP Computer Science

Language Arts

  • Read 180
  • ELA 6-12
  • (students explore a variety of texts and develop their reading and writing skills)
  • AP Language and Composition
  • Spanish I & II
  • French I & II

STEAM Studio is a high-agency learning environment where students learn through interdisciplinary projects focused first on personal identity and then community issues. Students have significant choice in how and what they learn. With this increasing freedom, freshman are provided an abundance of support through a dedicated guidance counselor, small advisories, and academic flex blocks.

As part of STEAM Studios, students have an opportunity to regularly venture outside the walls of the school in order to extend their learning in various community organization.

STEAM Studio is supported through a generous grant from: