CAMBRIDGE COURSE OFFERINGS AT NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL
CAP English 9 Literature
In Cambridge English 9, students will engage deeply in reading, writing, speaking, and listening as they explore and analyze a wide realm of classic literature. With countless opportunities for cooperative learning and class discussion, students are expected to participate avidly. They will enhance their critical thinking, writing, and vocabulary skills as they experiment with different formats and genres in this rigorous class.
CAP World History
Cambridge IGCSE History looks at some of the major international issues of the twentieth century, as well as covering the history of Germany from 1919-1945 in more depth. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Students will learn about the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies. IGCSE History will stimulate any student already interested in the past, providing a strong foundation for further study in Advanced Placement courses, and also encouraging a lifelong interest in the subject.
CAP Physical Scicence
Cambridge IGCSE Science Grade 9 is concerned with creating an in-depth understanding of the principles of chemistry and physics. These principles are applied to of Plate Tectonics in 9th grade and to cellular biology in 10th grade. This course is designed to prepare the student for the higher level Cambridge Chemistry in 11th grade and AP Physics in 12th grade.
CAP Algebra 2/Precalculus
This option is for students who have completed two years of high school math in middle school and successtully completed the placement exam. Students will explore topics typically covered in a high school Algebra 2 curriculum, along with topics covered in a high school Precalculus curriuclum, preparing them for the second course in the CAP math program. In the second year, students will cover the remaining topics in Precalculus, and then begin Intro to Calculus. This pathway will prepare students for AP Calculus in their Junior year.
This option is for students who have completed one year of high school math in the middle school and successfully completed the math placement exam. This course covers topics typically covered in a high school Geometry course. However, it is at the honors level, so it is a faster, more rigorous course for all students.
CAP Biology 10
Cambridge Biology enables students to better understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Students learn about the basic principles of biology through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. Students also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study in biology, skills which are useful in everyday life. As they progress, students learn how science is studied and practiced, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.
Cambridge Biology covers all of the requirements for the IGCSE certificate in Biology, as well as all related Delaware State standards in Biology.
AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments
AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000–5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.