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Academic Tutoring: High School

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High School Mathematics

  • High School Math introduces students to more complex algebraic and geometric concepts in preparation for future careers in STEM. 
  • Whether following the standard progression (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II) or the newer integrated model (Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3), students will encounter concepts such as 
    • Linear, absolute value, quadratic, exponential, radical, and rational functions
    • Arithmetic and geometric sequences and series
    • Probability and permutations/combinations
    • Trigonometry with triangles and circles
    • Surface Area and Volume of 3-Dimensional Shapes
    • Statistical methods including standard deviation
  • All of this makes high school level math often a more challenging class for students, who might need additional support through more targeted one-on-one instruction and additional practice. 
    • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus 
    • Integrated Math 1, 2, 3, and 4 (as well as Enhanced variants)
    • Calculus AB, Calculus BC
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High School English

  • In high school English, students will explore a wide variety of English-language literature, poetry, and short stories. Through analysis, class discussions, Socratic seminars, students will refine their understanding of theme and literary devices, paving the way for more sophisticated academic essay writing.
  • Additionally, students begin to practice more public speaking through presentations and persuasive speeches.
  • Students will also have access to more advanced courses, such as AP Language, AP Literature, and IB Literature, as well as special electives on journalism, creative writing, and specific literary genres.
  • Finally, some schools, such as Northwood High School, have special English/Humanities  curriculums, for which students might need more specialized assistance with. 
  • Courses we offer support in include:
    • All English Courses (including honors)
    • AP Language and AP Literature

High School Science

  • In High School, students dive deeper into biology, chemistry, and physics, building upon their middle school science foundations to bridge the gap to entry-level college science content. 
    • In Biology, students learn about ecosystems and ecology, evolution, the world of the Cell, DNA and genetics, and a deeper investigation of systems like Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. Although not math heavy, Biology challenged students through the sheer quantity of new terms and systems to understand.
    • Chemistry explains the world of the Elements, from the periodic table and reactions, to the exchange of matter in Stoichiometry and of heat in Calorimetry. Students are often least familiar with these concepts from their previous science courses, and begin to incorporate math in new ways such as “Sig Figs” and Stoichiometry.
    • Finally, Physics is a math-heavy science course that introduces students to the rules and principles of Newtonian physics, with an emphasis on learning formulas and applying them to different scenarios, such as a ball being thrown, a car turning and braking, a door swinging open, and the tension in a cord suspending an object.  
  • Courses we offer support in include:
    • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, including honors variants 
    • Integrated Science 1, 2, and 3
    • AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1 and 2 
    • AP Comp Science Principles, AP Comp Science A, Python Programming Language
    • AP Environmental Science and AP Psychology
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High School History and Social Studies

  • High School greatly expands the range of history that students are exposed to. Not only are students expected to engage with a more expansive sweep of events, but essay writing and presentations become a much larger part of their coursework. 
  • AP History classes are often a student’s first taste of what an intensive college-level humanities course is like, with expectations for reading, note-taking, and discussions at a much higher level than students are often used to. 
  • Most school programs have students take some form of World History, US History, and then US Government and Economics for their three required years of history.  
  • Courses we offer support in are
    • All CP and Honors sequence history courses
    • AP World History Modern, AP US History, AP Human Geography, AP European History, AP US Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government, AP Art History
    • Philosophy, Sociology, and AP or IB Research Projects