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TREE Academy

8628 Holloway Drive

West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Tel: 424.204.5165

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Chemistry
The purpose of this course is for high school students to receive a more in-depth exploration and education into chemistry using Next Generation Science Standards in order to help prepare them for further studies in science, future science courses in college, and applications in everyday life. Students will learn about the structure, properties, and interactions of matter; nomenclature of molecules based on atomic structure and electron arrangement, molar concentrations and stoichiometry, molecular kinetics, solution dynamics and equilibrium, and energy dynamics. Through learning these foundations of chemistry, students will also be able to classify different forms of matter, identify and predict chemical reactions, and design their own experiments in order to further explore these concepts. Furthermore, this class will incorporate utilization of mathematical, analytical, data acquisition, and communication skills through hands-on laboratory experiences, group collaboration, and the integration of other branches of science. Not only will this course provide students with a strong physical science background needed for future education, but it will also hone students’ critical thinking skills needed to solve real-world problems, help them make informed decisions about the chemicals they choose to use in everyday applications, and know the impact chemicals found in everyday use have on the environment around them.
Literature

Unique world views are yielded once you take the time to step into the shoes of others; tantamount to this is our acceptance of categorical differences between one another. A simple perspective shift may yield you all you need to examine the ways in which societies can be seen as a global community, rather than disparate communities. Central to our unity is our experience of the human condition, whereby we are interconnected by our experience of this world and the structures our societies have created. To this end, the course will endeavor to discover the ways in which cultures, as different as they might seem, connect in surprising ways. Our analysis will begin with four central novels: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Sophie's Choice by William Styron.

Modern World History
In designing the curriculum for this course, we have aligned the California State Content Standards for 10th Grade History with the Common Core State Standards for History and Social Studies to ensure that students with a range of interests and learning styles get the most from this class. The entirety of World History cannot be taught in a single year. Historians make entire careers out of studying a single region over a narrow period of time, and even then must choose which sources to study in depth, and which to gloss over. For this class, we will focus primarily on events from the 16th century to the present. As a class, students will examine the process of globalization and how it has precipitated political, environmental, economic and socio-cultural in various regions throughout the world. As students become more familiar with the phenomena being studied, each will  pursue (alone or in small groups) more directed inquiry into the concepts and narratives that they find most compelling. By the end of the year, each student will be able to trace one or more present-day challenges or pressing concerns to its historical roots, and present a clear argument about the significance of this connection.
 
Geometry
This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions.  It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry.  Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed.  It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.  Students who complete Geometry should take Algebra II next.
 
10th Grade Spanish: Beginners 
In our classroom, we will do a variety of activities and exercises including talking in Spanish, practicing pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish in pairs and small groups. Much of the class is conducted in Spanish in order to offer as much exposure to the language as possible, but English is used when necessary to offer clarity and efficiency. In this course, we deal with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar is studied not so that a student can recite grammar rules, but so that students gain an understanding of how language works; you must speak in order to learn to speak. Some students may feel inhibited by the idea of making mistakes in front of others but we will work together to make the atmosphere as tension-free as possible. Students will have the opportunity to learn about cultural aspects from various countries around the Spanish-speaking world. Students should expect to participate daily in class activities and be prepared to move, act silly, and have fun exploring another language and culture.
 
10th Grade Spanish 1
Students will be placed in Spanish I or Spanish II according to their knowledge, not according to their grade or their age, to ensure proper placement for learning.

The State of California sets forth a uniform vision of what students should know and be able to do at the High School level in World Languages. The standards were developed to accommodate all languages and identify the various stages of acquiring linguistic and cultural proficiency. They provide an organizing principle to ensure the continuous development of student proficiency.

We will be using the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is a blend of language learning presented both in class and online through Doulingo and Kahoot. Students will be exposed to common expressions, greetings, and grammatical structures; they will ask and answer guided questions and are encouraged to ask their own questions both in class and on homework. Active participation is essential for success in this course. The group class meets twice a week. New vocabulary is introduced during the group class and is then reviewed, practiced, and advanced during one-on-one tutoring.

 
Spanish I students will study grammar, sentence formation, and vocabulary while being exposed to cultural knowledge and the Hispanic background of California.
 
10th Grade Spanish II
Students will be placed in Spanish I or Spanish II according to their knowledge, not according to their grade or their age, to ensure proper placement for learning.

California’s rich linguistic and cultural tapestry is tied with its Hispanic background. The State of California sets forth a uniform vision of what students should know and be able to do at the High School level in World Languages. The standards were developed to accommodate all languages and identify the various stages of acquiring linguistic and cultural proficiency. They provide an organizing principle to ensure the continuous development of student proficiency. Spanish language prepares students for employment and enables them to compete in the worldwide marketplace in the future.

 
Students in Spanish II shall be familiar with phrases, grammar patterns, and identifying parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives, subject pronouns, verbs, conjugations, adverbs, etc. In cultural awareness, they will learn some early California history that relates to Hispanic culture, such as the colonization of California by the Spaniards, California as a part of Mexico, the discovery of gold, the purchase of California by the USA, and how California became a state.
10th Grade Study Skills
Study Skills is a course designed to facilitate the executive functioning abilities needed to become an active learner. It does not focus on any particular academic subject, rather the concept and act of learning. This course will facilitate the growth of necessary confidence, organization, advocacy and self-awareness for students to succeed. It takes a whole-person approach to learning, not focusing on any one particular area of difficulty, but the whole learner. This course will be a foundation for their entire learning environment, providing reflection, inspiration, stability and a source of control over their education.

Goals: Balance, Organization & Advocacy. Establish and maintain customized organizational, time management, studying and advocacy skills for each TREE participant. Own their relationship to learning. Homeroom & Accountability. Students will have a reliable schedule to check in on organizational, planning, and development of various school projects/courses. Practical skills building for deeper level learning ex: presentations, essay construction, note taking etc. Future Planning. Create a home for college and career research, personal/professional development and exam/application preparation. The teacher will enrich student interest through strategic planning of Passion Projects.
10th Grade Learning Lab
“It’s more than just a quiet room for independent work. In many ways,
it’s the heartbeat of what we’re doing at TREE.” - Director of School, Darryl Sollerh

The Learning Lab is where the nexus of learning occurs. Students are taking what they’re exposed to in the classroom and putting that into practice. In addition to being a space for academic practice & guidance, the Learning Lab gives staff the opportunity to observe and learn how our students are absorbing and processing what is being taught in the classroom. As TREE strives to serve the whole student, the Learning Lab is where our community learns to thrive together.
10th Grade Inner Peace (Meditation)
Based on the forthcoming book by Venerable Burin, the inner peace curriculum explores how we can bring more equilibrium, calmness and mental focus to our everyday lives through the art and techniques of meditation based on age or principles.​
10th Grade Life Skills
The Life Skills course is designed to assist students in growing and deepening their capacity to build relationships and community. An integral part of this process is to further curiosity and challenge the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others, in order to become better able to understand and value differing perspectives.