COURSES OFFERED

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

and entertainment.

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

assembly.

 

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.

 

Fine Arts

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.

 

Modern Languages

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.

 

 

Mathematics

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

is expected.  

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

Quizlet/Edmodo https://www.self.com/story/fitness-terms-to-know-before-working-out

 

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

Seniors)

Religion

Students are required to take a Bible class during each year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist secondary

school.

 

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.

 

Science

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:

Biology.

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

their significance.

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.

 

Social Studies

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)