FrontEdge High School challenges students to perform at the highest level, while providing support vital to academic and personal achievement. Designed to prepare students for college, the courses develop students’ independence and motivation to excel.
Select one of the departments below to learn more about courses offered at FrontEdge High School and how many credits each course is worth.
This course introduces students to basic algebra skills and techniques. In the beginning of the year, students work with numbers more often than variables, learning to simplify and evaluate increasingly complex numerical expressions.
Prerequisite: Geometry or equivalent course.
This course is an analytical, graphical and numerical study of functions. The topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, radicals, complex numbers, absolute value, polynomials including quadratic equations, rational expressions, and an introduction to trigonometry.
Prerequisite: Algebra I or equivalent course.
Geometry is a course in argument, both inductive and deductive. The aim of the class is to prepare students to think critically about nature and mathematics while they learn the vocabulary and skills required to articulate those thoughts.
Prerequisite: Algebra I or equivalent course and Department recommendation
This is an enriched course in geometry similar in content to Geometry. In addition, students in this course study inductive reasoning and indirect proof. The class addresses the conceptual, intellectual and motivational issues often encountered by accelerated mathematics students, preparing them for continued study.
Prerequisite: Geometry, or equivalent course and department recommendation.
This accelerated course prepares students with high aptitude in mathematics for the study of calculus. Course topics include analysis of functions and relations, logarithmic and exponential functions, circular and trigonometric functions, complex numbers, theory of polynomials, and systems of equations including matrices and determinants.
Prerequisite: Algebra II e and department recommendation.
This course prepares students for calculus by engaging them in the deeper logic of problem-solving, challenging the most basic levels of their thought strategies.
Advanced Placement Calculus I and II
Prerequisite: Pre-calculus or Advanced Algebra and Department recommendation.
In preparation for the Advanced Placement examination, this course follows the syllabus in calculus, a study of differential and integral calculus in one variable. This course approaches topics from multiple points of view: numerical, graphical, algebraic, geometric, and verbal.
English I covers a diverse selection of American and European works in multiple literary genres: novels, allegories, dramas, short stories, and poetry.
Prerequisite: English I
English II focuses on literature with protagonists facing great physical, psychological, and moral challenges. Students are introduced to “dystopian literature,” exploring important philosophical and social themes relevant to our society.
Prerequisite: English I I
Junior English is a survey of English and American Literature. The course offers a solid foundation in literature from medieval times through the twentieth century. Students’ work in literary analysis will help prepare them for senior English courses and college level study.
Advanced Placement English III: Language & Composition
Prerequisite: English II and Sophomore English Teacher’s Recommendation
This is a college-level course that focuses primarily on non-fiction works and a few select novels.
English Elective Course: Drama
This course is offered for students who have a particular interest in the literature of the theatre. Students spend the semester studying theatre
history and dramatically reading plays from each period or genre studied. Students discuss the period in which the plays were written, examining how each play is socially, historically, and politically a reflection of its time.
English Elective Course: Creative Writing
This course is designed for students interested in experiencing the artistic side of writing. Students explore several genres – poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction – using contemporary readings as models for their work. Students will be expected to work toward mastery of the fundamentals of good writing, from correct grammar and punctuation to figurative language and graceful style.
This course is an introduction to the core concepts of classical and modern physics. The class surveys the traditional fields of physics: mechanics, matter and energy, thermodynamics, waves, sound, optics, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.
This introductory course presents both conceptual and quantitative approaches to the chemical sciences. The course builds on the general science knowledge and provides a foundation for Biology, the next course in the sequence.
Prerequisite: Open to all students who have fulfilled the program course requirement.
This introductory course goes beyond the basic topics and facts of biology, teaching students to think, write, and speak in a way that communicates their understanding of why and how things happen the way they do, not just that they happen.
Advanced Placement Biology
This class is a college-level introductory course in biology. Topics covered include biochemistry, cell structure and function, energetics, genetics, biology of organisms (with emphasis on plants and humans), evolution, animal behavior, and ecology.
Advanced Placement Chemistry
Advanced Placement Chemistry is the equivalent of a first year college course in general chemistry. The fast-paced course is designed for students who have demonstrated strength in biology and quantitative problem-solving in other courses.
Elective Science Courses
Astronomy is a survey of our current understanding of the universe beyond the Earth. This is a descriptive course that focuses on the processes that lead to planetary and star formation.
This semester-long science elective challenges students to explore both sides of ethical issues related to biology. The class begins with a basic overview of ethics, then delves into discussions of complex moral issues related to the practice of medicine.
This introductory elective focuses on the description of natural events occurring on the surface and in the interior of the earth.
This elective is an introduction to fundamental concepts of genetics and modern genetic techniques.
World History I
Prerequisite: Generally only open to ninth grade students.
Students in this course examine civilizations of the ancient and medieval worlds.
World History II
Prerequisite: Generally only open to tenth grade students who have taken World History I.
This course covers the early modern world from the 15th century European Renaissance through the contemporary world of de-colonization and the Cold War after World War II.
United States History
Prerequisite: Open to eleventh grade students and to twelfth grade students who have not yet fulfilled the U.S. History requirement.
This course traces the path of American history from the colonial period to the present day.
This half-year elective for juniors and seniors introduces students to the major themes of micro and macroeconomics.
This course surveys the history and politics of the Middle East, from the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the present day.
Greek Intellectual History
This one semester course for juniors and seniors introduces students to the seminal problems and concepts of ancient thought, issues of lasting interest which underlie Western philosophy.
French, Spanish, or Latin I
This course is designed for students who have little or no previous exposure to the language. The course emphasizes comprehension, understanding basic structures and everyday vocabulary, and active communication.
French, Spanish, or Latin II
Prerequisite: Course I, or 2-year sequence in Middle School
This course introduces students to more complex conversational situations. While oral communication remains very important, this course emphasizes reading and writing of a more complex nature.
French, Spanish or Latin III
Prerequisite: Course II
Students learn to express their thoughts more naturally and effectively. Students complete their study of grammatical concepts and fine-tune their ability to use all verb tenses and moods (i.e., the subjunctive). Students make the transition from situation-based activities to more sophisticated conversations.
French, Spanish, or Latin V
Prerequisite: Course IV
This course is designed for students who want to continue with the language through their senior year, but not at the Advanced Placement level.
Advanced Placement French, Spanish, or Latin (AP)
Prerequisite: Department Approval
This course fine-tunes students’ communication skills. A review of grammatical areas of difficulty, the acquisition of extensive new vocabulary, weekly essays, and classroom discussion and conversation lead to increased depth and confidence in all language skills.
Introduction to Drawing
This course introduces both drawing and basic two-dimensional design. Class members work from observation, learning to discern the qualities of visual forms and spaces.
Introduction to Painting
This course is a study of basic painting and color theory. Emphasizing layering, composition, paint handling, and color, the class introduces students to traditional painting materials and techniques.
This course is designed to allow students to explore hand-built techniques in clay. The class experiments with various slab, coil, and pinch constructions to create a variety of forms, with an emphasis on functionality.
Digital & Color Photography
During this course, students use digital and video cameras to make color photographs and short visual pieces.
This hands-on course is designed to help students develop computer literacy by building their awareness and knowledge through interactive activities.
This is an introductory course in website design and implementation. Students learn basic visual design principles and participate in discussions about the mass media as they design websites using HTML and a variety of other computer programs.
Introduction to Computer Science: Scheme & Java
This introductory course teaches the basics of problem solving and solution design using the programming language Scheme.
Students explore an advanced repertoire of wind band music, developing music literacy and musicianship skills. Working together as an ensemble, students learn to perform musically, with correct phrasing and articulation, a good tone, accurate pitch, appropriate dynamics, and rhythmic precision.
Jazz Ensemble for Instrumentalists & Vocalists
Instrumentalists and vocalists learn to work with each other, developing important skills for “real-life” musical participation.
Singers learn to take individual responsibility for their performances, effectively communicate text, and develop a soloistic approach to singing.
Instruction and practice in the basic skills leading to passing the swimming proficiency test.
Practice and perfection of the techniques of the 9 strokes: front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, overarm sidestroke, trudgeon, and inverted breaststroke. This class may also cover turns and diving.
Introduction to Ballroom Dance
Instruction in social ballroom dancing. Dances taught include the Waltz, Rumba, Fox Trot, Swing, Cha Cha, Tango, Salsa and others.
Introduction to Boxing
Boxing's simplistic method has few techniques, yet the application of these techniques is the true art and science of the sport. Improve and develop your defensive and offensive skills, cardiovascular endurance, footwork, agility, speed, timing and power. Training will include shadow boxing, jump rope, two person drills, focus glove and heavy bag work.
Introduction to Karate
This introductory course is taught by an experienced black belt instructor. It provides the foundation required to develop mastery of several effective self-defense combinations involving stances, blocks, strikes, kicks, joint locks and throws. The focus of the class is on the repetitive practice of a small number of traditional karate combinations and includes a strong emphasis on partner work, as well as conditioning and strengthening exercises.
Introduction to Yoga
The course covers the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga, including basic postures, breathing techniques, and deep relaxation. Chanting techniques introduced
Introduction to Sailing
This course teaches the basic skills necessary to sail sailboats safely. Instruction will be done on both large and small boats to be able to accommodate different weather situations.
Golf (Beginning & Advanced)
Teaching geared to all levels of experience and ability.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding (Beginning & Advanced)
Teaching geared to all levels of experience and ability.
Cardio-Kickboxing is a series of movements that consists of kicks, punches, and blocks done to music. It is similar to a typical aerobics class except the moves consist of martial arts techniques.
Equitation (Beginning & Advanced)
- Basic I - For the beginning student who has never ridden a horse previously.
- Basic II - For the Student who has completed Basic I and can walk/trot a horse.
- Intermediate I - For the student who has completed Basic successfully with knowledge of walk, trot and canter, but little or no skill at jumping. Western and Saddleseat fit this skill level.
- Intermediate II - Requires that students have experience at walk, trot, and canter and the ability to jump a course of 2’ jumps.
- Advanced - Requires strong jumping and dressage skills. Riders should have experience showing, hunting or eventing.