Ninth Grade


Finding the Balance Between Extremes 
 
Ninth grade sees the unfolding of the force of intellect. The theme for the year is polarities, such as tragedy and comedy, as the foundation of abstract thinking. The ninth grade might be summed up in the question, “What is the world like?" The ninth grade curriculum is sensitive to the tremendous developmental changes students experience and provides the students with the opportunity of seeing their inner experiences reflected back to them in outer phenomena.
 
Required Classes:
 
English: Comedy and Tragedy, English Fundamentals, Short Story, Research Paper
 
History: Modern World History, Art History
 
Science: Organic Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Anatomy, Geology
 
Mathematics: Algebra 1 or Geometry, Permutations and Combinations, Descriptive Geometry
 
The Arts: Black & White Drawing, Drama, Clay Sculpting, Tailoring
 
Music: Orchestra, Chorus, Handbell Choir, Eurythmy
 
World Languages: German 1 or Spanish 1
 
The ninth grade student will:
  • Analyze how an automobile engine works
  • Manufacture chemical scents in an organic chemistry lab
  • Study rock formation and visit areas of plate tectonic activity
  • Learn to precisely draw complex geometrical forms
  • Enact scenes from great comedies and tragedies
  • Identify minerals and study their uses
  • Study art history from cave drawings to Picasso
  • Sculpt bones when studying anatomy
  • Write their own short story
  • Learn the fundamentals of acting