2018-2019 Course Catalogue

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Students benefit from learning a second language in a number of practical and individual ways. In studying another language, whether modern or classical, a student develops knowledge of another culture, which provides a point of reference for expanding knowledge...

This course begins the development of proficiency in the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Students communicate both with each other and their teacher on select familiar topics using...

This course continues to build on the work begun in French I in order to develop proficiency further in the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) through increased emphasis on reading, writing, and speaking. Students expand their vocabulary and...

This intermediate course prepares students for greater self-expression through the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational). Students will be challenged by extensive practice with past tenses and the development of a greater...

French III Honors is an in-depth, fast-paced course for the motivated language student. This course demands a willingness to participate fully in class discussions and frequent interpersonal activities. Students must possess an excellent foundation of key grammatical...

This course provides enhancement of the language skills learned in previous levels of French. Throughout the process of refining the ability to communicate in French as well as conveying understanding of the peoples, products and practices of Francophone...

In this advanced language course, students engage thoroughly in all modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational). As they move toward more creative manipulation of the language and the ability to understand the peoples, products and perspectives of...

The emphasis in this course for fifth or sixth year students is on self-expression through French films, dialogues, vocabulary development, grammar review, and literature. The second semester focuses on contemporary culture and regions in France, including the study of food...

This course is designed for the dedicated, well-motivated language student who can understand spoken and written French at an advanced level. Students must be able to write French accurately and proficiently. Students must be willing and able to speak in French at all times, showing a...

This course introduces students to the Attic dialect of ancient Greek. Greek I Honors is open to all students in their second year of modern/classical languages as a supplement, not as an alternative, to a second language. Greek cannot fulfill the classical/modern language graduation...

Emphasis in this course is placed upon accurate translation; appreciation for style and figures of rhetoric; and command of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. English to Greek composition is a regular feature of the course. This course meets before traditional school hours and requires...

This course introduces students to elementary Latin vocabulary and grammar and begins to build their ability to read simple Latin stories. Because Latin is the origin of over 60% of English words, students gain valuable insight into their own language, and through integrated...

This course reviews and builds upon the material introduced in Level I and completes the basics of Latin grammar and vocabulary. Complex sentence structures, including indirect discourse and the subjunctive mood, are introduced to help students prepare to...

Students receive extensive practice and review of grammar and vocabulary while reading adapted mythological stories in preparation for the transition to authentic Latin texts. Selections from Cicero and Catullus are introduced gradually as students gain proficiency in reading, translation, and...

This course is designed for students whose demonstrated mastery of fundamentals indicates a readiness for authentic literature. An overview of the history and culture of the late Roman Republic accompanies an in-depth examination of selected letters and orations of Cicero and...

The cultural milieu of the Roman Empire is the backdrop for readings throughout the year. Students explore prose authors such as Pliny and Tacitus before beginning a study of two prominent poets of the Augustan Age, Ovid and Horace. There is an emphasis on the rhetorical...

This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Latin Examination. The course follows the outline of the College Entrance Examination Board, with students reading for pleasure and understanding the selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico and Vergil’s Aeneid...

This course begins the development of proficiency in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Students communicate both with each other and their teacher on select familiar topics using language they have...

This course continues to build on the work begun in Spanish I in order to further develop proficiency in the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) through increased emphasis on reading, listening, speaking, and writing in the target language. Students...

This is an intermediate language course for students who have successfully completed Spanish II. Students continue to work within the three modes of communication - presentational, interpersonal, and interpretive. This course further develops students’ oral and...

Spanish III Honors is an in-depth, fast-paced course for the seriously motivated language student. This course demands a willingness to participate fully in class discussions and frequent interpersonal activities. Students entering into this course must possess an excellent foundation...

In this advanced language course, students engage thoroughly in all modes of communication – interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational – in both speaking and writing. Students enrolled in this course should be entirely willing and able to work with both their teacher and their peers...

This a communication-based course that addresses a variety of topics related to the Spanish-speaking cultures of the world. The goal of the course is to increase cultural awareness and practical proficiency in the language within the three modes of communication – interpersonal...

[Spring semester only.]
Through music, art, literature, and film, students study the history and culture of Spain. This semester course expands and refines students’ spoken and written skills in Spanish. Class...

This course is designed for the dedicated, well-motivated language student who can understand spoken and written Spanish at an advanced level. The student must be able to speak and write Spanish accurately and proficiently. The student must be willing and able to...

The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies...

The English Department strives to develop in each student strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and to provide an intellectual framework that encourages students to consider a wide range of ideas and human experiences. Literature courses introduce...

This yearlong course introduces students to the concept of literature as an expression of cultural tradition and identity through the exploration of works from the world canon. While reading literature from many continents over many ages, students strengthen and...

This yearlong course provides intensive practice writing non-literary essays in rhetorical modes and enhances students’ skills in literary analysis. As they practice varied rhetorical approaches, students also develop a sense of purpose in their essays and learn to write...

This survey course covers authors and works in the literary movements comprising the American canon from 1620 to the present. The course addresses the historical and cultural contexts of each major literary era and author to encourage students to engage with the religious, political...

[Open to juniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This survey course in major authors and works of the American canon is intended for students who possess a genuine interest in a challenging and rigorous study of...

[Open to juniors through application. Must be taken concurrently with the same course in the History Department.]
The Honors American Studies course centers on the study of the history, culture, and society of The United States...

[Open to seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
AP Literature and Composition focuses on in-depth literary analysis of both canonical and contemporary works of western culture. Students are required to demonstrate college-level mastery...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
Defined primarily by two catastrophic world wars and the demise of the British colonial empire, 20th century British Literature reflects the changes, doubts, and uncertainties...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
The Romantics are visionary explorers and idealistic rebels who guide us to perceive ourselves and the world anew. They remind us that there is more to this world than first meets the eye and enchant us with the notion that...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
A hero, a monster, and a giant’s sword; knights, damsels, and a magic battle; storytellers, liars, and a competitive journey; God, the Devil, and a great fall. From epics to quests to pilgrimage stories, the verse narratives of early British...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
Many classic British novelists have offered striking visions of dystopian future societies as a way of urging readers to look critically at their present-day societies. In this class, students will...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
What does it mean to be human? Why do we love? Why do we hate? To what do we aspire? What motivates our individual thirsts? What do we regret and grieve? Shakespeare’s complex exploration of life’s fundamental questions...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
As the oldest form of western literature, tragedy has long influenced playwrights, novelists, and poets, and its influence still pervades even contemporary art. This survey of tragedy focuses on tragedy’s origins in Ancient...

The Department of History and Social Sciences seeks to give students a broad understanding of the sweeping changes marking the human experience. The study of history serves as “citizenship training” for students in a democratic society, linking the struggles...

[Required of all freshmen.]
While Europe provided the basis for American democracy, the rapid globalization of the world’s economy and its information resources necessitates a multi-national historical perspective. In World History I, ninth grade...

[Required of all sophomores.]
The World History II course is the completion of the World History curriculum for freshmen and sophomores. The course focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The communication, technological, and...

[This course, Honors American Studies, or US History AP is required after completion of the World History curriculum.]
This course examines key issues in American political, social, and economic history. United States History emphasizes...

[Open to juniors through application. Must be taken concurrently with the same course in the English Department.]
The Honors American Studies course centers on the study of the history, culture, and society of The United States of America, from...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement. This course, US History, or Honors American Studies is required after completion of the World History curriculum.]
AP United States History is designed to develop students’ analytical...

[Open to seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
The Advanced Placement course in European History traces the basic narrative of events and movements in European history from 1300 to 2000. This involves a study...

[Open to juniors and seniors per departmental guidelines and placement, with priority given to seniors.]
This yearlong course is equivalent to a college introductory course in American government and politics. It is designed...

[Open to juniors and seniors per departmental guidelines and placement, with priority given to seniors.]
AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The yearlong...

[Semester seminar open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This course examines the central social, economic and political conflicts of the post-World War II era through the lenses of mass culture, athletic competition, and...

[Honors semester seminar open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
Art acts both as a mirror of reality as well as a medium of idealism. It often provides historians with glimpses into the social...

[Honors semester seminar open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This semester-long honors seminar begins with an introductory survey of human rights concepts including the historical foundations...

[Fall semester seminar open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This seminar examines broad themes of freedom in United States history. The course explores changing definitions of freedom across the American experience, and how...

[Honors semester seminar open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
In this era of instant communication and an ever-shrinking world community, it is imperative that students develop an...

[Open to juniors and seniors. This social science elective does not satisfy the history graduation requirement.]
This is a yearlong course covering both microeconomics and macroeconomics. As such, students take both...

[Open to juniors and seniors. This social science elective does not satisfy the history graduation requirement.]
This yearlong course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and...

The goal of the Mathematics Department is to develop our students’ mathematical understanding so that they may succeed in college and later on in their professions. The curriculum is based on a broad understanding of principles and applications in traditional...

Algebra I is a review of pre-algebra skills and includes the study of various topics in algebra in the context of investigations and problem solving. The topics include linear equations and inequalities, solutions of systems of equations, graphing, data analysis, variation equations, and...

Algebra IB includes the second half of the traditional Algebra I course with additional time for review topics and investigations. The topics include linear equations and inequalities, manipulating algebraic expressions, factoring, solving quadratic equations, graphics, and problem solving.

Geometry provides a thorough introduction to classical Euclidean geometry and emphasizes the deductive reasoning process. The course includes a study of lines, angles, triangles, circles, polygons, solid figures, and how they are related. It uses the concepts of coordinate...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
Honors Geometry covers the topics of geometry in greater depth and includes additional topics from logic, symbolic logic, and transformational geometry.

Algebra II/Trig is a continuation and extension of the skills and concepts developed in Algebra I. It includes a study of real and complex numbers, linear equations and inequalities, factoring and its applications, systems of equations, functions, graphing, rational and...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
Algebra II/Trig Honors includes many of the same topics as Algebra II/Trig but at a deeper level and quicker pace and contains additional proof work and applications of the topics...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This course is designed for students who have completed Algebra II/Trigonometry. The course provides further study of advanced algebraic concepts and topics including...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This course is designed for students who have completed Advanced Functions and Trigonometry or Algebra II/Trig (Honors), or who meet placement guidelines to enter after completing...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
Pre-Calculus Honors, designed for students with very strong mathematical ability, is a thorough preparation for college level mathematics courses, including calculus. It focuses...

[Open to seniors.]
This course is sequential to the Pre-Calculus course. Course content includes review of the more challenging and essential topics from Pre-Calculus as well as an introductory study of calculus topics. These topics...

[Honors semester course open to qualified students. Course availability depends upon enrollment and staffing considerations.]
This course covers introductory topics of probability and statistics. Topics from probability...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students examine five broad conceptual...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
AP Calculus (AB) is equivalent to most first year college calculus courses and prepares the student for the AP Calculus-AB exam, which is required for any student taking...

[Open to students per departmental guidelines and placement.]
AP Calculus (BC) contains all of the topics of AB Calculus and also includes sequences, series, parametric equations, and vector analysis. The course prepares...

Charlotte Latin School’s science program is designed to expose students to a range of scientific disciplines that will enable them to be responsible, informed citizens, and to allow them to pursue further studies in those areas of science in which they are most...

[Open to freshmen and new students.]
This course covers the basic principles and theories of physics from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. Content is grouped into units and each unit follows a modeling cycle where students interactively develop and then use...

[Open to freshmen and new students, according to placement requirements.]
The basic principles and theories of physics are studied from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. Major topics covered include scientific methods, linear motion, Newton’s...

[Open to sophomores.]
The Chemistry course is designed to be an interactive experiential treatment of basic chemical principles and concepts. As such, students are expected to take an active part in classroom and lab discussions and regularly...

[Open to sophomores per departmental guidelines and placement.]
Honors Chemistry is designed to be an interactive experiential treatment of basic chemical principles and concepts. Additionally, this course is intended to prepare highly motivated...

[Open to seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken during the first year of college. Students in this course attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals in...

[Open to juniors.]
This course covers the full spectrum of life science, ranging from the molecular to the organismal level (biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, physiology, taxonomy, and ecology). The goal is to cultivate students’ awareness of...

[Open to juniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
Honors Biology is designed to be an interactive experiential treatment of basic biological principles and concepts. Additionally, this course is intended to prepare highly motivated students...

[Open to juniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This course has the same objectives as a general biology course at the college level. It covers three broad areas: (1) molecules and cells, (2) individual organisms, and...

[Open to juniors and seniors.]
AP Environmental Science examines interactions among human systems and those found in nature, helping us understand the consequences of our interactions with our planet and make better decisions about our...

[Open to seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
In addition to developing the students’ understanding of the theories and principles of physics, this course also provides an introduction to new topics in physics. Content is...

[Open to seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This course prepares students for the C level Advanced Placement Examination in Mechanics. Its aim is to develop the student’s ability to interpret physical information, analyze...

[Fall semester course open to juniors and seniors. Course availability depends upon enrollment and staffing considerations.]
Aquatic ecosystems comprise nearly 72% of the Earth’s surface. Using examples from freshwater, marine, and estuarine...

[Spring semester course open to juniors and seniors. Course availability depends upon enrollment and staffing considerations.]
What flora and fauna inhabit our region? How do they interact? How are they affected by changes in weather, pollution, the introduction...

[Fall semester course open to juniors and seniors. Course availability depends upon enrollment and staffing considerations.]
How do we learn? How do we sense the world around us? Why do we act the way we do? All of these questions are addressed by...

[Spring semester course open to juniors and seniors. Course availability depends upon enrollment and staffing considerations.]
We hear medical terminology almost daily through family life, popular culture, and media content, but what exactly does it all...

Innovation and Design courses focus on principles of computational and design thinking within the fields of engineering and computer science, while focusing on developing students’ practical skills through project-based work. Students use problem solving strategies...

[Semester engineering elective open to all Upper School students, with priority for non-seniors.]
This semester course, offered both fall and spring, is a first course in engineering. Students build several projects using the...

[Semester engineering elective open to all Upper School students.]
Students continue to learn about the engineering method as the class focuses on electronics and microcontrollers, including...

[Fall engineering elective open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
Students will learn the engineering method in this hands-on, inquiry-based lab class. The focus will be on microcontrollers, the brains behind many of today’s technological...

[Spring engineering elective open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
We have seen incredible advances in the area of bioengineering in the past few years. Students can now make everything from functional prosthetics to microbial bio-fuel...

[Engineering elective open to seniors.]
This yearlong lab course introduces students to the software, methods, and hardware frequently used in college engineering programs. Students design and work on their own projects that are tailored to a self-identified topic...

[Fall elective open to seniors.]
This semester-long entrepreneurship course provides a multi-disciplinary approach to creative problem solving. Students apply skills from a variety of areas such as art, drama, engineering...

[Limited enrollment computer science elective, with priority given to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in that order.]
This yearlong course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science on a broad scale and challenges...

[Semester computer science seminar open to all Upper School students.]
This semester course focuses on the basics of programming and provides students with the foundational knowledge to pursue further study in computer science. Students...

[Computer Science elective open to juniors and seniors, or younger students by placement.]
This yearlong course is shaped by student interest. Specific areas of focus may include application development, computer hardware and design, artificial intelligence, machine...

[Open to all Upper School students.]
Students who are in their first year of speech and debate competition may enroll in this yearlong elective course. The curriculum provides basic skills for each of the various speech and debate events including Policy; Lincoln-Douglas...

[Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This yearlong course provides intensive tournament preparation for students continuing their participation in Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, or Congressional Debate as members of the Forensics Team. Enrolled students must attend...

[Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This yearlong course provides intensive tournament preparation for students continuing their participation in Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking or Dramatic, Humorous, Duo, and Program Oral...

[Spring elective open to seniors.]
Beginning with a classical look at leadership, including the works of Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke, this course explores the complexities and challenges of leadership in a variety of fields. The study includes a profile of...

[Open to all Upper School students.]    
In this yearlong non-academic course, students develop a variety of publication-related skills in the areas of graphic design, page layout/design, desktop publishing, photography and digital imaging, interviewing, and copy writing/editing...

[Semester or yearlong program open to seniors.]
The student internship program is designed to provide an on-campus opportunity for self-disciplined and motivated students to explore independently and engage in educational areas outside the scope of the standard...

In addition to the formal academic courses listed, opportunities for involvement in drama and musical productions exist throughout the school year for all interested Upper School students.

This yearlong course focuses on acting technique for theater and film. Students will learn basic techniques for creating dynamic and truthful characters through monologue and scene work. By studying training from the “method” tradition as well as more contemporary advances...

This yearlong course is for seniors. Advanced Theater Lab will focus on directing and playwriting and is required for directing in One Acts in the spring.

Prerequisite: Theater Lab or instructor approval.

This yearlong course will focus on the aesthetic principles of cinema, as well as practical techniques for making films. Students will study and analyze films and how they are made, as well as the basics of shooting and editing footage. Over the course of the year, each student will make... 

This semester elective is offered to students who are interested in the backstage workings of the theater. Other aspects of the entertainment industry are included as well. Students are introduced to theater and scenery composition, audio, lighting, props, and stage direction...

This semester elective is a continuation of Technical Theater I. The student’s technical knowledge is further challenged as he/she learns to design scenery, lighting and audio, and implements these skills for one or more of the productions during the semester. In order to gain practical...

The Music Department provides students the opportunity to pursue a range of performance and non-performance musical activities. Involvement in performing ensembles is a full-year commitment, and students are permitted to enroll in each course in subsequent years for credit...

Band is a yearlong course open to all students with previous sequential study on a band instrument who are seriously interested in pursuing the study of material written for wind and percussion instruments. The students should be able to perform at their grade level of ability as assessed...

Concert Choir is a yearlong course open to students seriously interested in pursuing the study of choral music. Enrollment is limited with an eye to distribution of new singers over the four vocal parts, with priority given to students with previous vocal experience, especially those...

Participation in Orchestra is open to all students with previous sequential study on violin, viola, cello, or bass who are seriously interested in pursuing the study of material written for string instruments. The students should be able to perform at their grade level of ability as assessed by...

[Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This yearlong course prepares serious music students for college theory. The course explores the technique of written composition, counterpoint, ear training, form, advanced harmonic analysis, part-writing, sight-singing, and harmonic...

The Visual Arts Program helps students gain an understanding of fundamental art and design concepts through two- and three-dimensional problem solving. Students experiment with line, shape, color, balance, and composition. Although the primary...

This course teaches the basic principles and elements of art and how to use various media effectively. Instruction gives students experience in developing unique images through drawing, painting, mixed media, construction, design, printmaking, and sculpture. Each student works...

An advanced course, Art II covers all the same areas of instruction as Art I. Creative use of imagery and media is encouraged with more emphasis on refining skills.

Prerequisite: Studio Art I.

This is an individualized art course that allows the student to begin specializing in areas of particular interest. Expectations are high, and students develop portfolios of their work.

Prerequisite: Studio Art II.

Art IV is a highly individualized art course in which self-motivation and independence are encouraged. Expectations for well-developed, finished artworks are very high. Uniqueness of image, student involvement in finding and developing subject matter, and work ethic...

The Visual Arts Department offers an afternoon studio course each marking period. On the successful completion of two marking period courses, a student will be able to earn one semester credit in the Visual Arts. Students may accrue credits for one or more years of studio...

All students at Charlotte Latin are required to earn one year of Physical Education credit or its equivalent. This requirement may be achieved by taking Physical Education every day all year in ninth grade for a full credit, by taking it every day for a semester in ninth grade for...

[Required for freshmen.]
The goal of the ninth grade Physical Education class is to promote lifelong health and fitness through exposure to fitness activities, lifetime sports, health education, and cooperative activities. Students rotate through a variety of units...

[Fall elective open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This course, for which students in grades ten through twelve earn one-half P.E. credit, is an introduction to the field of athletic injuries and athletic training. This course allows...

Charlotte Latin School, in collaboration with the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, offers online courses through the NCAIS VISNet program. These courses are rigorous, and while they offer some flexibility in terms of when students work...

[Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This beginning-level course, offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages, introduces the student to a variety of areas of Mandarin Chinese. Students begin their introduction to Chinese by focusing on the four key areas of...

[Open to juniors and seniors.]    
This intermediate-level course, offered through Middlebury Interactive Languages, continues the student’s study of Chinese by further expanding his or her knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students...