The key components of all courses offered in the high school program at Ilm Academy are independent thinking, collaborative learning, intellectual discourse and connecting content and concepts with everyday life. We believe our youth need to be provided with a learning environment where they can explore and investigate for deeper conceptual acquisition. All courses are mapped out and implemented in a way that gives our students a chance to sharpen their creative minds and skills, devise innovative solutions to problems and through these experiences discover their potential to make an impact to bring about a positive change in their lives and the lives of others..
All math courses are designed and implemented with the objective of giving students opportunities to develop independent thinking, creative approaches to problem solving.An important element of our Math courses is Interactive and collaborative learning. Students explore concepts through discussions, planning and carrying out investigations, obtaining and evaluating information and presenting their individual approaches with evidence and appropriate tools. Students are individually supported in all levels.Students can take courses in Math course by testing into a level. After school sessions for remediation as well as to advance a student are offered regularly.
Geometry: Geometry course is designed for students to explore and learn concepts that make connections between abstract mathematical ideas with real world applications.Logical reasoning and argumentation based on evidence is an essential component of this course. Topics include Plane geometry, reasoning and proofs, congruency, similarity, trigonometry, transformations, circles, and surface area and volume.
Algebra II: This course introduces students to concepts beyond basic Algebra and prepares them for more advanced courses in Math. Topics include graphing, interpreting and transforming linear, quadratic, trigonometric, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. This course also includes complex numbers and sequences and series.
PreCalculus: This course is a continuation of Algebra II course and integrates topics from all prior math levels. Topics in this course are advanced with emphasis on applications. This course prepares students for Calculus and other college level math. Students expand their knowledge of functions and continue to build skills of analysis through graphing, modeling and real life problem solving. Topics such as vectors, sequences and series, limits, introduction to derivatives gives them the essential background for Calculus course.
AP Calculus: AP Calculus if offered to students who have demonstrated the ability to successfully complete the advanced math course. Prerequisites for this course include completion of Algebra II and PreCalculus with 80% and above grade in both these courses. Topics include Limits and continuity, differentiation and application of differentiation, integration, parametric equations, infinite sequence and series.
Science courses focus on experimental design to explain phenomena where students approach concepts with an investigative lens. We have adopted NGSS course standards for content and skills.
Our courses incorporate phenomena as a basis of learning that makes topics engaging by presenting the material through a three dimensional approach which includes interdisciplinary concepts, science and engineering practices, core ideas that bring into focus the concept and organizing principles.
Students take Physics in 9th grade, Chemistry in 10th grade and Biology/AP Biology in 11th grade. In their senior year students are supported with taking additional college courses that can help them towards their major or future field of study.
Physics: Physics is a phenomenon driven and inquiry based course. Students explore concepts through investigation, research and experimental designs. Topics covered in this course provide foundational knowledge of matter and its interactions which are essential for understanding complex phenomena in Chemistry and living systems. This course covers mechanics in one dimension, mechanics in two dimensions, momentum and energy, waves and light, electricity and magnetism, and subatomic physics, as well as cross-curricular earth science topics.
Chemistry: Chemistry course focuses on building an understanding of fundamental nature interactions between matter and energy. This is a phenomenon driven and inquiry based course where students investigate, do research and design experiments to explain real world phenomena.
Topics included in this course are measurements, matter and energy, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical stoichiometry, chemical equations, gases, liquids and solids, solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium and kinetics.
Biology: This course focuses on the study of living systems. This is a phenomenon driven and inquiry based course where students investigate, do research and design experiments to explain real world phenomena. Topics in this course include chemistry of life, cell structure and specialization, Evolution, heredity and genetics, ecosystems and interdependence.
Ap Biology: Prerequisite for Ap Biology is completion of Chemistry and Physics. This course focuses on science practices and skills such as visual representation of concepts, explanation of concepts, data interpretation and analysis and argumentation, Experimental design. Topics included in this course are Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure and Function, Cellular Energetics, Cell Communication and Cell Cycle, Heredity, Gene Expression and Regulation, Natural Selection, Ecology
High School ELA is designed to prepare students for college level English which requires skills of critical thinking and analysis. The course includes textbooks with selections of fictional, nonfictional works, poetry, analysis, and literary activities to keep students engaged and motivated towards producing work that provides a strong foundation in writing essays, analyses, reflections, and opinion pieces. There is a keen focus on analysis of real world issues which are elaborated as discussions on topics that compel students to think critically and outside the proverbial box.
As supplementary readings, students study longer pieces of fiction and nonfiction apart from the textbooks. These include ‘Robinson Crusoe’ by Daniel Defoe, one of the classics of English Literature and the first English novel in the genre of novel. Students read classics to compare and contrast the evolution of the English language over the centuries. Students explore the idea that language is living and it evolves over time with advancement of human thought and the level of human perception and reflection. Modern classics include ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, a book selected for the themes it analyzes–primarily human nature, civilization, and the weak and the strong.
In the 21st century global society village, these themes are critical in ascertaining positive and constructive behavior patterns with diverse groups of people. Non-fictional works include books such as ‘The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference’ by Malcolm Gladwell. Non-fiction books are selected to inspire students to aim for success by looking at the bigger picture through real life examples.
The creative writing class is designed to encourage students to hone their creativity through writing poetry, first person narratives, and reflective pieces with the objective to influence and motivate an expression of ideas with a unique stamp of individuality. Creative writing assignments are tailored for inclusion in the school magazine and publications, and to be entered in a variety of national competitions including those sponsored by the New York Times and The Library of Poetry, among others. Ilm Academy seeks to see its high school students’ work in the national spotlight and the Creative Writing class is geared towards making this possible.
Arabic is offered in collaboration with Bay Area Arabic academy, which offers accredited Arabic language courses. Students are placed in the classes based on their placement test performance
Courses offered are Arabic I, Arabic II, Arabic III
Arabic I: This course aims at giving the students an introduction to the speaking, reading and writing of Elementary Arabic language, as one of the most important languages of the world
Arabic II: This course continues to build on students’ speaking , reading and writing skills. Arabic II is an intermediate course with focus on developing skills that can help them take on advanced Arabic III course,
Arabic III: This course aims at giving the students an advanced understanding of the Arabic language. Advanced speaking, reading , writing and listening skills are the focus of this course.
The high school history curriculum is designed to educate students with the information, understanding and skills they will need to think beyond their current frame of reference and to see other points of view and understand multiple perspectives at the same time. Furthermore, it provides students with collective memory that informs the present and fosters their ability to be educated participants in democracy. Through their study of history, students develop political intelligence, morality, and personal growth. The curriculum includes a comprehensive, in-depth survey of world civilizations, cultures and geography, as well as United States history, and finally civics and the principles of American Democracy and economics. Comprehensive texts including primary sources are chosen to supplement and enhance the student’s learning experience.
High School students begin with an in-depth look at the great civilizations, kingdoms and empires of the ancient world. They focus on the leaders, thinkers and institutions of those times, understanding why they rose to prominence, how they conducted affairs of state, and their lasting impressions and influences. Students also deepen their understanding of geography, focusing on a society’s location and environment and their effects on relationships outside that society. Students strengthen their map reading skills and overlay their topographic knowledge of places with population, political and natural resource information. From this knowledge students form a sophisticated appreciation for history as it is shaped by people, who are in turn shaped by their physical environment.
Students move on to examine Modern U.S. History scrutinizing the growth of the federal government starting in the late nineteenth century through to the present. They explore what it means to be an American today and how the U.S. established itself as a world leader and superpower. Students also develop their appreciation for the diversity of the United States population as well as its distinctive geography. This survey covers a period of nearly 150 years of developments and includes consideration for culture, religion, literature, art, music, and education, as well as politics both foreign and domestic.
American Government and Civic responsibility
High school students culminate their history studies with the principles of American democracy and civics. This concentration delves into the key elements of representative democracy as they developed over time. Students will contemplate the trade-offs of majority rule and the protection of individual rights, how much power the government should have, and their responsibilities as citizens within the U.S. democracy. Furthermore, students will study the U.S. government with the goal of understanding how it works, including elections, passage of laws, executive powers and responsibilities, as well as judicial oversight. They will also understand their rights and responsibilities as they relate to participating in their government through voting, community service and government activism.
The mission of Ilm Academy’s Physical Education Program is to develop physically educated students who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Physical activities are critical to the development and maintenance of good physical and mental health. It is the goal of the school’s PE Program is to provide students with developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. All students will be provided opportunities to develop health-related fitness, physical competence, cognitive skills, and positive attitudes about physical activity that promote a healthy and physically active lifestyle.
A physically educated etudent will:
- Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns to perform various of physical activities.
- Participates regularly in physical activity.
- Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
- Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
- Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
- Values physical activity for health enjoyment challenge, self- expression and social interaction with peers.
Our Art program is designed to give students opportunities for creative expression and interpretation through different mediums. Students explore classical and contemporary art with emphasis on cultural, political and societal influences on art forms.
Students create individual as well as collaborative works that focus on skills such as synthesizing different approaches, techniques, ideas and values. Students also engage in constructive critique with peers, revise and refine their artwork while maintaining their personal artistic vision.
Students learn to apply formal and conceptual vocabularies of art and design to view surroundings in new ways through different mediums.
Under the umbrella of history, students will spend a semester studying the principles of economics. They will learn to use the science of economics to understand the impact of the government on the lives of its citizens. Economics informs decisions not only about household budgeting, but how governments allocate resources. Students will learn about scarcity, investment, growth, employment, competition, protection, entrepreneurship and markets. They will furthermore understand the U.S. economy as it relates to the global economy. Students will apply basic economic principles and methods of analysis to understand economic, social and political issues at the local, state, federal and international levels.
High school students have the opportunity to enroll in community college through our dual enrollment program. Students are supported to take UC transferable courses for their GED requirements. The school’s academic counselor supports students to chart out their classes and plan for their future field of study.
At Ilm Academy our goal is to prepare our students for advanced courses. PSAT is a college board assessment that helps us collect data to support our students in the subjects of Math and English. Students from 8th grade and above take PSAT every year. It provides our students with exposure to standardized testing environments. Student scores and performance on this exam informs the teachers of the support that students may need in the subject areas. PSAT exams also help students prepare for SAT’s .