2018-2019 Course Catalogue

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[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.]
This course explores the complexities and challenges of leadership. The study includes a profile of several prominent world leaders of the twentieth century, examining how they differed in style and philosophy, and the...

[Open to all Upper School students.]    
Offered to all Upper School students, this non-academic yearlong elective class offers instruction and practice in many elements of twenty-first century journalism, including interview and...

[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...

[Open to juniors and seniors.]
This yearlong course 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 Performing Arts Department offers an after-school drama and technical theater course each semester. On the successful completion of 60 hours, a student will be able to earn one semester credit in Theater. Students may accrue credits for one or...

The Music Program 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 is for anyone who would like to know more about music. Music reading ability is not required. Students will learn how to read, write, and understand how music works. Topics covered include: note...

[Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.]
This yearlong course prepares serious students of music for college theory. Music reading ability is assumed. The course explores the technique of written composition, counterpoint, ear training, form, advanced 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, open to enrollment in segments of half a semester’s length. On the successful completion of two segments of the course, a student will be able to earn one semester credit in the Visual Arts. Students may accrue credits for one or more years...

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...