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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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11th Grade Physics
The physics curriculum includes interactions of matter and energy, velocity, accelerations, force, energy, momentum and charge. Students will be challenged to apply their knowledge of the laws of physics to solve physics related critical thinking problems. The material studied shows how technical concepts can be analyzed and applied to equipment and devices in mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal energy systems. The course is designed for students to explore and apply the principles of technology in a classroom setting with hands-on laboratory activities.
11th Grade American Literature
What defines us as uniquely American? As a country renowned for being a melting pot, each migrant group to the United States bring with them a rich cultural history that breathes new meaning into what it means to be American. The heart of the American experience stems from two major concepts: individual freedoms and the American dream. This year will begin by defining what concepts are understood as uniquely American through the analysis of the Great Gatsby. From there, we will transition into what the American experience looks like from the context of American citizens by examining the work known as The Other Wes Moore. We will refine what we've understood as unique characteristics of American society by refining these defining characteristics through an outsider's perspective by examining the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Once we've generated an understanding of what others and the collective of the United States feel, we will examine the direction of American Society through the reading of Walden and Citizen: An American Lyric. Once we've worked out way through the words and ideas of others on the concept of what it means to be American, students will choose a novel or literary work of their own to investigate their own understanding of their American Identity.
11th Grade U.S. History
This course will focus on this history of the United States from the late 19th century to the present day. Students will use the content as way to develop historical thinking skills: analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation. The class will explore United States history from a variety of perspectives, challenging students to consider how different experiences can give rise to a different historical narratives. Each unit will examine events, ideas, developments and individuals through different historical themes, including: society and culture, ecology and environment, gender, race, class migration, technological change and political power. The goal of the course will be to help students trace the present realities of the United States to their historical roots, and evaluate their role in the ongoing development of this nation. 
Algebra 2
The Algebra 2 curriculum is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts.  It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, and concepts and includes the study of trigonometric functions. It also introduces matrices and their properties. Topics that were first introduced in Algebra 1 will be built upon and applied to problems that require higher order thinking skills. 
11th Grade Spanish Beginners 
Beginners Spanish consists of a variety of activities and exercises including speaking in Spanish to practice pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish with classmates 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. The course deals with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar is studied to gain an understanding of how the language works. Although some students may feel nervous about making mistakes in front of others, we will work together to make the class atmosphere as tension-free as possible. Students will have the opportunity to learn about cultural aspects of various Spanish-speaking countries around the world and should expect to participate daily in class activities. Be prepared to move, act silly and have fun exploring another language and culture!
 
11th 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.

We will be using the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through a blend of class presentations and online learning, students will be exposed to common expressions, greetings, and grammatical structures. Spanish I will review basic grammar including the formation of plurals and negative statements, subject pronouns, the conjugation of regular verbs, and sentence writing in the present indicative.

We will learn question words, possessive adjectives, and some irregular verbs such as ser, estar, and ir. Stem-changing verbs such as querer and tener are on the syllabus, as well as direct and indirect object pronouns. Students will read aloud in class, answer questions after short lectures, and write sentences and short paragraphs on their own.
 
11th 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. Cultural awareness is therefore central to the Spanish II curriculum. Students will learn some of the early California history that relates to the state's Hispanic culture, such as the colonization of California by the Spaniards, Mexico's acquisition of California, the discovery of gold, the purchase of California by the USA, and the events surrounding California's statehood.

In Spanish II, we will review writing sentences with regular verbs in the present indicative, construction of descriptive sentences using “es/son”, and writing sentences in the present participle/gerund. We will learn irregular verbs such as ser, estar, and ir, as well as the stem-changing verbs querer and tener, direct and indirect object pronouns, and the verb form "me gusta". 

At the completion of Spanish II, students will be familiar with phrases, grammar patterns, and parts of speech such as nouns, adjectives, subject pronouns, verbs, conjugations, and adverbs.
11th 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.
11th 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.
11th 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.
11th 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.