High School courses are for Grades 9-12. Math and Science classes such as Algebra II, Biology, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Physics are available. Be sure to sign up for the test preparation courses and programs available for SAT I, SAT II, AP (Advanced Placement) exams.
Geometry teaches students how to apply mathematical thought to the understanding of everyday shapes. The course begins in the summer with an introduction to proofs and basic theorems, and students will continue to apply these ideas to solve problems involving two- and three-dimensional shapes.
Algebra II / Algebra 3-4
Algebra II / Algebra 3-4 begins by reviewing fundamentals of algebra that students should have learned for the first time in Algebra I (Algebra 1-2). From then, it progresses quickly to the analysis of various functions, including quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. Students who wish to study ahead may take part in Spotlight’s Algebra II summer course, which introduces students to the major concepts of Algebra II, which they will then master during the school year. Additionally, any student who is able to master subjects in Algebra II during the summer course may take Precalculus during the school year in order to complete Calculus earlier.
Precalculus / Math Analysis
Precalculus / Math Analysis starts in the summer with a quick survey of topics in mathematical analysis and trigonometry. The course continues during the school year with an in-depth review of summer topics in order to guarantee mastery of the subjects, and continues on to cover analytic geometry and probability.
* Students who take Precalculus at Spotlight during the summer and master the material are advised to join us in our SAT II Math 2C or AP Calculus AB courses.
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus AB introduces students to the study of differentiation and integration. Students begin by learning about limits, then apply this by mastering derivatives. Calculus AB ends after students are introduced to the concept of integration.
AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus BC teaches students about differentiation and integration. This course begins with limits and differentiation, then continues on to teach advanced methods of integration. The course ends with the application of calculus to sequences and series (such as Taylor series approximations) and calculus with polar coordinates and parametric equations.
AP Physics B
AP Physics B is college physics for non-physicists. It covers a wide variety of topics, including mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, waves, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Each topic is discussed with the goal of teachings students how physical objects act in the real world. Mathematics at the level of Precalculus is used heavily throughout the course. Students who are interested in taking the SAT II Physics test should take Physics B.
AP Physics C: Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism Tests
AP Physics C is college physics for physicists and engineers. Students who study Physics C will be able to expand their understanding of the physical world beyond the specific cases studied in high school physics and tackle even the most specific problems. Because of the depth of study, Physics C only covers two subjects: mechanics and electricity and magnetism (E/M). Students must have a solid understanding of calculus before attempting this course.
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