In MYP, Wesley International Academy introduces an Accelerated Program of Study (APOS), which allows our students to delve deeper and challenge themselves in their studies. Students do not take all of these classes, these are offerings available throughout the year.
The World Geography course provides students with an introduction to both physical and cultural geography. After an introduction to geography, students study each major region of the world. For each region, students learn about the importance of the physical geography and its impact on the region’s development. Students study cultural aspects of each region and examine the influence of geography on the cultural development of each region.
This Global Studies course provides students with the opportunity to examine global issues, the individual’s role in the global society and the events that shape our world. Topics and themes include global issues such as food and population, the spread of disease, human rights, sustainable development, empowerment of women, indigenous peoples, causes of poverty, ecological degradation, and migration. Structured around three thematic categories — culture and society, governance and conflict, and markets.
Law and Government
The Law and Government course provides students with a framework by which to understand the functions and structure of the United States government as well as its legal system and its affects on their lives as citizens. Students examine the philosophical foundations of the United States government and how that philosophy developed. Students also examine primary source documents in order to better understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state, and national government.
This course introduces selected works from the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from their literary beginnings through the 17th century. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to selected works.
Introduction to British Literature
An introduction to popular authors of British Literature over different time periods, spanning from Early and Medieval English Literature to the 20th Century. The nine weeks will focus on the 17th century (the Renaissance Period). The students will explore the works of William Shakespeare, the foremost dramatist and poet in the English language. The students will study two Shakespeare plays, selected by class vote. The plays will be read aloud, to bring out the characters in their voice and actions. Students will use context clues to define unfamiliar words and understand the main idea of longer speeches. There is an emphasis on both page and stage, and on enriching enjoyment and appreciation of Shakespeare’s work in the context of his own time and of ours. Students completing this course will join in a weekly session with the Shakespeare Tavern to experience the power of Shakespeare’s language and dramatic vision through play, passion, poetry, active participation, and performance using dynamic, language-based methods. Students will be evaluated by means of short essays, comprehension quizzes, oral reading, performance of the text, and participation in class discussions.
Students will be exposed to classic and multicultural literature designed to provide a deep understanding of historical context, setting, characterization, theme, and plot. The curriculum will encompass increasingly complex language and text that aim to develop students’ textual analysis skills and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, are often defined by the chosen language and cultures depicted. Students will learn preliminary aspects of comparative literature and text analysis.
Advanced Research and Technical Writing
This research and writing class will focus on the principles and practices of written technical communication for academic and professional settings, including visual and oral communication. Student will focus on the process of writing (including the planning, drafting, and revising stages) and look carefully at the work that goes into the final polished product. Student work will reflect the ability to solve problems, answer questions via research, and create work eligible for publication.
During the Accelerated or 6B/7 Advanced mathematics course, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and the application of proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two‐ and three‐dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
Accelerated/Advanced Mathematics and Pre-Algebra hybrid
In Accelerated 7B/8 Advanced Math, instructional time will focus on five critical areas: (1) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two‐ and three‐dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; (2) drawing inferences about populations based on samples; (3) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (4) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (5) analyzing two‐ and three‐dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
This course is the foundation for high school mathematics courses. It is the bridge from the concrete to the abstract study of mathematics. Topics include simplifying expressions, evaluating and solving equations and inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions and relations. Real world applications are presented within the course content and a function’s approach is emphasized.
Survey of contemporary environmental issues related to health and disease, nuclear waste disposal, water resources, energy use and conservation, land reclamation, global climate change, and industrial pollution. Scientific principles and data needed for gaining an understanding of environmental challenges on local, regional, and global scales will be emphasized.
Laboratory Study I is a project-based course intended to introduce students to the scientific research process. Students will work for the entirety of the semester to design and prepare a science project. Experiments will involve concepts related to biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology.
Students will be exposed to a curriculum designed to continue student investigations of the life sciences that began in earlier grades and provide students the necessary skills to be proficient in biology. This curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as the interdependence of organisms, the relationship of matter, energy, and organization in living systems, the behavior of organisms, and biological evolution. Students investigate biological concepts through experience in laboratories and fieldwork using the processes of inquiry.