Applied Arts & Technology
Exploring Computer Science (1 Credit)
This course engages students in computational thinking and practice, while developing creativity, communication,
collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Students will utilize a variety of software and web-based programs. This
course provides opportunities to explore, but is not limited to: Microsoft Office, Google Docs, PhotoShop,
multimedia production, 3D modeling and printing, cybersecurity, keyboarding, digital citizenship, and coding.
Film Studies (1 Credit)
The film studies course introduces students to film analysis, cinematic elements, genre, narrative structure, and
musical score. The course helps students to develop skills to recognize, analyze, describe and enjoy film as an art
Coding 101 (1 Credit)
This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving,
programming, physical computing, user-centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build
their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
College Prep/Life Skills (1 Credit)
This course helps students prepare to take the SAT and ACT standardized tests. Students are given test taking
strategies for all sections of the SAT and ACT tests. For college preparation, students are introduced to the
application process, financial aid information, scholarships and essay writing. Students are given information about
various careers and given ideas about future goals and how to begin to attain life goals.
Home Economics (1 Credit)
Home Economics Household Skills combines Kitchen Skills along with Home & Personal Management
Skills. The students will practice the necessary skills to help become proficient in the household,
personal life, around the kitchen, as well as in relationships with others.
Introduction to Engineering
Fundamentals of engineering will survey major engineering disciplines: aerospace and aeronautical; computer
engineering and computer science; electrical; mechanical and structural; robotics; and/or systems engineering.
The course is divided into two days of lecture and two days of demonstrations, project work, and hands-on
activities. The course work may also include teaching in additive manufacturing or 3D printing. Teams of students
complete race engineering and robotics activities. STEM skills include coding/ programming, design, and hands-on
English & Literacy
English 1 (1 credit)
English 1 is a study of the writing process, polishing writing skills, and refining the basic skills of critical thinking,
oral presentation, spelling, and grammar. In addition, students study a wide variety of literature through different
genres such as the short story, poetry, drama, and novels. Written and oral assignments relate directly to reading
assignments and class discussions. This course also introduces students to the process of writing and serves as the
foundation for other courses in the English program.
Honors English 1 (1 credit)
Honors I is an accelerated curriculum that expands students’ reading and writing experiences, building a
foundation for their high school and post-secondary academic careers. The course will allow students to improve
their reading, writing, and communication skills through various effective strategies found in the common
instructional framework including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups,
questioning, and scaffolding. Students will encounter various genres of literature and several styles of writing, with
a particular common core emphasis placed on evidence-based writing.
English 2 (1 credit)
English 2 examines the literature of the ancient world through the 20th century and emphasizes critical thinking
and in-depth writing skills. An integral part of the course is a literature-related composition program that
emphasizes development of specific writing, reading, critical thinking and speaking skills with a review of Standard
English usage and vocabulary. Prerequisite: English 1.
Honors English 2 (1 credit)
English II Honors is an accelerated curriculum that challenges students to explore and cultivate an understanding
of various genres of Literature. While reading numerous novels, plays, and poetry, students learn to analyze,
synthesize and evaluate a range of literary themes and concepts. Students aim to improve their reading, writing,
vocabulary and grammar skills by exploring and applying specific common instructional framework strategies.
Additional activities will require students to research, and create oral presentations either individually or as a
member of a group and collaboratively create multiple novel-based projects.
English 3 (1 credit)
English 3 covers the ancient literature of Africa and the Americas, as well as modern world literature. Literature-
related essay writing is emphasized. Research paper writing skills are studied in preparation for English 4.
Prerequisite: English 2.
English 4 (1 credit)
English 4 examines European literature from the Anglo-Saxon period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the
Enlightenment, the Romantic Period and the Victorian Age, and continues through the 20th century. The class also
familiarizes students with writing research papers. Tools and methods of objective research are explored. Students
learn the logical development and substantiation of a thesis. They discuss the problems of selecting, evaluating
and interpreting facts. Critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized. Prerequisite: English 3.
Advanced Placement (AP) English Language (1 credit)
AP English Language challenges the student’s intellectual abilities and seeks to improve their overall effective use
of verbal and written language. This course focuses on reading a wide range of print and visual texts through the
lens of understanding and creating argument and looking at authorial purpose. Texts selected for study include a
wide variety of cultural perspectives and an emphasis on representation from a range of literary periods. The
primary emphasis will be on non‐fiction writing. Prerequisites: English 2 or 3 and approval by the Administration.
Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition (1 credit)
AP English Literature and Composition aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use
language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and
themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include
expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
Many of the fine arts programs are performance-based and require the commitment of the student to a year-long
program. These groups give numerous programs during and outside of official school time. Members are required
to meet all these appointments. Absences from scheduled programs may lower the student’s grade or may be a
cause for dismissal from the organization. Members of choral groups must purchase uniforms. Each class in this
section will fulfill a Fine Arts requirement.
Performing Arts Courses
Camerata (1 credit- Honors)
This course combines Camerata, a select choir, and Music Theory to provide an advanced experience in vocal,
musical, and performance techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will have been exposed to a
variety of aspects of music including theory, style, and history. The performance schedule is the most varied of any
of the performing organizations. Prerequisite: students must audition for director of Camerata
Chorale (1 credit)
Choir is open to anyone who is interested in singing. Various techniques of voice projection, breath control, sight-
reading, stylistic interpretation and performance will be explored. The choir will participate in major school
performances, local church performances and a short tour. Full participation is expected of all members.
Flex Band (1 credit)
Flex band is open to those students who have had lessons in brass, woodwind or percussion instruments, or who
have advanced music and rhythm skills. Techniques such as rhythm, phrasing, performance skills and musical
interpretation will be emphasized. The band will perform at most major school events. Prerequisite: 2-3 years of
band, orchestra, or strings instruction.
Visual Arts Courses
Art Appreciation (1 Credit)
This course is designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts. Students focus on interpreting
and evaluating works of art within formal, cultural, and historical contexts, as well as exploring a survey view of art
history, including a deeper look at global artworks.
Graphic Design (1 Credit)
Students will learn the principles of great design and typography, while using professional-grade Adobe
design software to create digital drawings, logos, advertisements, magazine layouts, and more.
Spanish 1 (1 credit)
Spanish 1 develops the beginning student’s language skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Elementary grammar and awareness of Hispanic culture are also stressed.
Spanish 2 (1 credit)
Spanish 2 reviews language structures introduced in Spanish 1 systematically and presents the remaining basic
grammar for study and practice. Learning new vocabulary and oral practice bring the student to a higher level of
proficiency. Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: Spanish 1.
Spanish 3 Honors (1 credit)
Students continue to develop their communicative competence by interacting orally and in writing with other
Spanish speakers, understand oral and written messages in Spanish and making oral and written presentations in
Spanish. Prerequisite: Spanish 2.
Spanish for Native Speakers (1 Credit)
This course is designed for Native Spanish Speakers who have CLEP’d Spanish 1 and/or 2 or who are
deemed proficient in Spanish prior to being enrolled in AP Spanish. This course will assist students as
they learn more in depth about the Hispanic culture. Students will have an immersed exposure to the
language and have an opportunity to read works by various Hispanic authors, and to further improve
their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, as well as sharing cultural presentations. Students will
work in groups independently. Instruction will be primarily in Spanish.
Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish (1 credit)
AP Spanish is an independent study course for students proficient in Spanish in preparation for the AP Spanish
Language examination. Prerequisite: Permission and recommendation of the instructor. College credit is available
for students receiving high scores on the national examination. Eligible students must pay the required fee for the
textbook. Prerequisite: Spanish 3.
Algebra 1 (1 credit)
Algebra 1 is the basic course for all college preparatory mathematics courses. Students will study analysis,
probability, the real number system, linear and quadratic functions, operations with polynomials and matrices and
applications of these concepts. Students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic algebraic,
numeric, tabular and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. This
course will count towards the math course requirements of all diplomas.
Algebra 2 (1 credit)
This course extends the study of topics introduced in Algebra 1. The emphasis on linear, quadratic, exponential,
logarithmic, polynomial and rational functions are motivated by data investigations. A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing
calculator is required and is an integral part of this course, which will count towards the math course requirements
of all diplomas. Algebra 1 with a minimum grade of C- and completion of Geometry is recommended before
enrollment in this course. Prerequisite: Geometry.
Advanced Algebra Concepts w/a focus in Statistics Accounting, Banking and Finance (1 credit)
Takoma Academy endeavors all students to achieve an acceptable level of mastery in mathematics as identified by
the College Board as necessary for college success. They include numbers and operations, algebra and functions,
geometry and measurements, data, probability and statistics, problem solving, representations, reasoning,
connections, and communication. Pre-requisite: Algebra 2.
Calculus Honors (1 credit)
This course covers all topics associated with functions, graphs, (including mathematical modeling), and limits;
derivatives and integrals (and the relationship between them as defined by the Fundamental Theorem of the
Calculus). Students are taught how to use graphing calculators to graph functions within arbitrary windows, to help
solve problems, conduct explorations, interpret results, and verify conclusions. Students determine the
reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement. Students also model
physical situations with a function, an integral, or as a differential equation. Graphing calculators are an integral
part of this course. Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus.
Geometry (1 credit)
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 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.
Pre-Calculus (1 credit)
This course covers transformations and functions: linear, quadratic and polynomial functions, exponential,
logarithmic, and trigonometric functions (and applications), inverse functions, and sequences and series.
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 grade of “B”.
Physical Education and Health
All students are required to earn 1½ credits of Physical Education (PE) and ½ credit of Health in order to graduate
from Takoma Academy. Only a valid medical waiver may exempt a student from the PE requirement. Waiver of the
PE requirement does not reduce the total number of units necessary to meet diploma requirements.
Physical Education (1 credit)
PE will train and test students in proper methods of warm-up, rules and drills, as well as health-related physical
fitness. Participation in sports such as flag ball, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, weight training and aerobics
Physical Education & Health (1 credit)
PE/Health expands students’ knowledge and skills in team sports, lifetime fitness (e.g., aerobic fitness, weight
training and conditioning), nutrition and wellness.
Students may seek .5 Physical Education credits in the following formats by notifying the Academic Support
Specialist within the first two weeks of each semester. Students are able to :
● Option 1: .5 Physical Education credits may be obtained when a student participates in a varsity level
sport on the TA campus. 1 time participation only beginning with the class of 2023.
● .Option 2: 5 Physical Education credits may be obtained when a student participates in a pre approved
organized sport...i.e. golf, tennis lessons etc. (36-48 hours of participation/practice or competition). 1 time
participation only beginning with the class of 2021.
● Option 3: .5 Physical Education credits may be obtained when a student participates in the Independent
Study PE option. 1 time only participation beginning with the class of 2021. Students must completing and
submitting the following:
○ Journal- Please document your physical activity of 30 minutes of active exercise 4 times
per week. You must have a total of 6 weeks (24 sessions of active exercise. This
documentation is to include the following- Start/Stop time; type of exercise (strength,
balance, aerobic, flexibility). Descriptions can be found here
https://www.livescience.com/55317-exercise-types.html Please rotate these exercises
throughout the week. Please notate/document before and after physical challenges, how
you feel, or any concerns you may have.
○ Heart Health- Create a Powerpoint or Prezzi that we can be shared with staff in reference
to heart health. It can include diet, exercise or other critical information.
○ How do you play- Please record yourself teaching someone to play/participate in a
physical game of your choosing (For example kickball, softball, volleyball, etc)
○ Final Exam- 25 Fitness Terms- Please study the terms. You will be assessed via
Health Independent Study (.5 credit)
Health furthers students’ understanding of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and consumer health. The
course includes a unit on reproduction, heredity, pregnancy and childbirth, as well as sexually transmitted diseases
such as AIDS. This course is an independent option taken during the summer for rising Sophomores, Juniors and
Students are required to take a Bible class during each year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist secondary
Bible 1: Encounter Bible (1 credit)
● God The I am
● God on a Cross
● God Gifts
Bible 2: Encounter Bible (1 credit)
● The God-Choice
● God’s Heart
● Sharing God
● God in My World
Bible 3: Encounter Bible (1 credit)
● God’s Word
● God is Our Victor
● God is My Victor
● God is My Guide.
Bible 4: Encounter Bible (1 credit)
● Perspectives on God
● Worldviews and God
● God in My Relationships
● The God of the Gospels.
Anatomy and Physiology Honors (1 credit)
This course is designed to introduce students to the structure and function of the human body. The concept of
homeostasis (maintenance of a stable internal environment) is introduced early and then emphasized throughout
the class. Also stressed is the understanding that loss of homeostasis leads to some kind of pathology or disease,
either temporary or permanent. Thus pathological conditions are introduced and integrated as appropriate to
clarify normal functioning. Chemistry, cells, tissues and the first organ system (skin) are treated in succession,
making the transition to organ systems more easily accomplished. These systems require a great deal of
anatomical terminology, and they are approached from simple to increasingly complex levels. Prerequisite:
Advanced Placement (AP) Biology (1 credit)
The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college introductory Biology course
usually taken by Biology majors during their first year. After showing themselves qualified on the AP Exam, some
students, in their first year of college, are permitted to take upper-level courses in Biology or register for courses
for which Biology is a prerequisite. Prerequisite: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry.
Biology (Lab) (1 credit)
Biology 1 is a study of zoological and botanical organisms, their classification, structure, function and
interrelationships. A belief in intelligent design is emphasized. Activities are organized to enable students to
recognize the importance of basic scientific research and the application of scientific concepts to people’s lives.
Critical thinking skills are developed, and the course goes beyond the presentation of facts to interpret and assess
Chemistry (Lab) (1 credit)
Chemistry includes a study of elementary inorganic chemistry. Topics include the Bohr-Rutherford atom, the
periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements, chemical bonding and valence electrons,
types of chemical equations and the Law of Conservation of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, dynamic equilibrium
and Le Chatelier’s principle, and solubility of gases and liquids. While the course is open to students interested in
any profession, it is especially designed to prepare the science student for college courses. Pre-requisites: A basic
course in Biology.
Physics (Lab) (1 credit)
Physics studies the fundamental laws related to mechanics, Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation, heat and
temperature, light and sound, AND electricity, and magnetism. It meets the needs of students who may be
required to take an introductory course in college physics. Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry and enrolled in
Algebra 2 or higher level mathematics course.
African American Studies (1 Credit)
This course examines the history and culture of Africa and the African-American experience in an interdisciplinary
format, including an analysis of the unique historical, cultural, and social developments from the Middle Passage to
the present day. The course will address the literary and artistic contributions of African-Americans to American
culture. Critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills are emphasized.
American Government (1 credit)
American Government is a study of the principles, organizations and functions of national, state and local
government. Students examine the Constitution, public policy, institutions of government and election law.
Particular emphasis is placed on current events. Prerequisites: World History and American History. This course is
required for graduation and should be taken in the senior year.
AP American Government (1 credit)
AP Government is a study of the institutions and political activities of the American government at the national,
state and local levels. Decision-making will be examined in foreign affairs, economics and logical issues with an
emphasis on contemporary problems. The United States Constitution will also be studied. Students will prepare for
the national Advanced Placement exam and may be eligible to receive college credit for high scores. Eligible
students must meet all Honors prerequisites. Prerequisites: US History.
AP US History (1 Credit)
AP US History is a rigorous survey course covering American history from the Pre-Columbian period to the
present. The class is taught in accordance with the AP US. History curriculum framework and is designed to
prepare students for the AP US history exam in May. Prerequisite: World History.
US History (1 Credit)
US History surveys United States history from the age of the explorations up until the present day. Topics covered
include political, military, economic, religious, social, and cultural development. Particular emphasis is placed on
the role of individuals in the founding and development of the United States. Prerequisite: World History.
AP World History (1 Credit)
AP World HIstory students cultivate their understanding of world history from c. 1200 CE to the present
through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as
they explore concepts like humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions,
governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.
World History (1 credit)
World History surveys ancient and medieval history through World War II with particular emphasis on the Western
world. Topics covered include political, military, economic, religious, social and cultural development. Emphasis is
placed on geography and current events. This class is required for graduation and should be taken in the freshman
or sophomore year.
Additional Electives/Applied Arts (Pass/Fail)
● Ambassadors (1 Credit)
● Creative Writing (1 Credit)
● HOSA- Allied Health Professionals (1 Credit)
● NSBE, Jr.- (1 Credit)
● Social Media (1 Credit)
● Yearbook (1 Credit)