ENGLISH

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INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

A complete examination of basic grammar, usage, sentence structure, and essay composition studied through the works of various genres with a focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary and critical analysis. There is a strong focus on correct and accurate expression of complex thoughts and opinions in this course.

WORLD LITERATURE

World Literature provides a thorough review of standard grammar, usage, sentence structure, and essay composition, with an emphasis on organization, clarity and persuasive thesis. Readings focus on critical analysis of world literature and drama.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR LITERATURE

A complete study of standard grammar, usage, vocabulary, sentence structure, and essay composition with persuasive thesis is integrated with the study of exemplary American and world literature. A focus on writing is a vital component of this class. Critical analysis of fiction and nonfiction is required. The Literature course is supported by carefully selected novels and essays. Students are able to express complex points of view and develop the skills necessary to communicate a robust persuasive argument.

MATHEMATICS

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ALGEBRA I

A study of numerical and algebraic relations using writing, sketching and solving equations, factoring quadratic equations, solving systems of linear equations, and algebra problems in the coordinate plane.

GEOMETRY

This course is a study of points, lines, angles, and geometric figures. It includes a brief review of Algebra I and a study of proofs.

ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY

A continuation of Algebra I and Geometry, this course focuses on rational expressions, real and complex numbers, quadratic expressions and equations, analytic geometry, functions, conics, exponents and logarithms, trigonometry and matrices.

PRE CALCULUS

Pre-calculus is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. Students then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals.

SCIENCE

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of physical science fundamental to future chemistry and physics studies. Proper laboratory and math computational skills are emphasized throughout the year.

BIOLOGY

This is an introductory course in the biological sciences. Students are exposed to basic concepts pertaining to: ecology, cytology, reproduction, genetics, metabolic processes (photosynthesis and cellular respiration), and selected human body systems (digestion and the immune system).

CHEMISTRY

This course focuses on chemical reactions; introduces fundamentals of the atomic theory; the mole concept; kinetic theory of matter; atomic structure and chemical bonding. Laboratory work is devoted to a study of chemical reactions, the similar properties of chemical families of elements, and qualitative analysis of unknowns.

SOCIAL STUDIES

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GEOGRAPHY AND WORLD CULTURES

This course is designed to give the student the tools necessary for further investigation in social studies, including map reading, interpretation of graphical data and research skills. Students become aware of the various cultures and religions of the world. They explore how civilization has been influenced by culture, conflict and religion. Students learn to see their own culture in a global context.

WORLD HISTORY

World History presents a chronological survey of history from prehistory to the present. The focus of this class is on civilizations that have had a global impact and on patterns of cultural diffusion which have created today’s multicultural world. Students explore how their own culture and country fits into the world and how it has been influenced by world events.

US HISTORY

US History traces the development of America’s history before the European arrival to the present day within the context of ideals common to humankind. Students make connections between their own country’s history and that of the Americas.

CONSUMER ECONOMICS

Consumer economics is a basic course designed to give students a fundamental understanding of personal finance. This includes topics on banking, budgeting, investment, consumer analysis and the future and present value of money. Students explore how this topic may be effective in developing improved control of resources within a Cambodian context.

GOVERNMENT

This course presents a survey of the complex issues in the study of US government, the connections to government worldwide and common aspirations of people across the globe.

Year 13

The 2013-2014 academic year sees the beginning of JPA’s first college-readiness program. Having successfully completed JPA’s high school curriculum, seniors begin a course which will prepare them for the rigor of university. Students will participate in online courses and take classes in math, the sciences, English and in academic writing and research. Students will receive guidance regarding available university options, entry criteria and assistance in selecting the most appropriate courses to further their life goals.