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  • 1.Online High School Course Catalog 20142015 220 Panama Street, Stanford, California 94305-4101 650.721.9422 ohs.stanford.edu

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Online High School | Course Catalog 20142015 2 Stanford Online High School Course Catalog 20142015 Table of Contents Our Mission............................................................................................................. 3 The Academic Program............................................................................................ 4 Middle School Program....................................................................................... 5 Core Sequence........................................................................................................ 6 English.................................................................................................................... 8 Humanities............................................................................................................ 12 The Arts.............................................................................................................. 12 History................................................................................................................ 13 Foreign Language............................................................................................... 15 Cross-Listings in the Humanities....................................................................... 18 Mathematics.......................................................................................................... 19 Computer Science............................................................................................... 22 Economics........................................................................................................... 24 Science.................................................................................................................. 25 Other Courses...................................................................................................... 29 The Malone Schools Online Network (MSON)....................................................... 30 Sample Courses of Study...................................................................................... 31 Stanford OHS Graduation Requirements............................................................. 34 20062014. Stanford University Online High School. All rights reserved. This document is subject to revision without notice. The information contained in the Course Catalog is accurate as of February 20, 2014. Current information can be found on the OHS website at ohs.stanford.edu. Note: The courses listed in the catalog are subject to minimum enrollments in order to be offered any given semester/year. 3. Online High School | Course Catalog 20142015 3 Our Mission The Stanford University Online High School (OHS) creates a worldwide learning community of diverse, intellectually passionate students and teachers. Through vibrant seminars, the rigorous curriculum challenges students to reason analytically, think creatively, and argue critically. Beyond the classroom, collaborative extra-curricular activities cultivate lasting relationships among students and teachers. The Schools supportive environment fosters independence, strength of character, and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. A Unique School While online, Stanford OHS is first and foremost a school that draws strength from its students and teachers. It is a school for gifted students, for intellectual risk takers, and for those who are engaged in significant pursuits beyond the classroom. It is a school for instructors unparalleled in their expertise who have passion for teaching students in this environment. It is a school located within Stanford University, and thus at the forefront of learning. It is this combination of students, instructors, and place that makes Stanford OHS a school unlike any other. About Stanford OHS The Stanford University Online High School (OHS) is an independent school for gifted students in grades 712. The school was founded in 2006 as a three-year high school, and has since expanded to include grades 79. Stanford OHS has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 2006 and has been approved as an online course provider by the University of California since 2008. The mission of Stanford OHS is to provide a stimulating and challenging education that equips and inspires talented students to academic and professional success. The schools approach to fulfilling this mission consists in an emphasis on rigorous and advanced academic offerings, the development of skills in written and oral communication, acquisition of a mastery of the principles of criti- cal thinking and argumentation, and the promotion of intellectual maturity and responsibility. Beginning at the earliest grades, this mission informs the academic program that Stanford OHS students pursue, in the content of its classes, the methods and media of instruction, and the composition of the required courses of study. Students are guided through their studies by instructors who are chosen for their expertise and accomplishment in their disciplines and their experience and dedication to teaching highly talented students at the high school and college levels. The flexibility of the Stanford OHS academic program and enrollment options, which include full-time, part-time, and single course enrollment, can accommodate the varied needs and interests of our students. The online instruction, which combines seminar-style and directed-study courses on a flexible college-style class schedule, both encourages independence, discipline, and strong time- management skills and allows our students to pursue their diverse interests and exceptional talents. The strong community at Stanford OHS supports students in acclimating to an inviting yet academically rigorous environment. Students work closely with instructors, counselors, and each other to achieve their academic and personal goals. Beyond the online classroom, students engage in a rich array of student clubs that build on student interests. An intensive residential summer program at Stanford University presents students with further opportunity to connect with each other and their instructors, while learning about and preparing for college and benefitting from the vast resources of a world-class university. 4. Online High School | Course Catalog 20142015 4 The Academic Program The academic program of the Stanford Online High School is designed to introduce students with a wide range of exceptional aca- demic talents and interests to the advanced work and instruction that will provide the appropriate development of these talents, and will situate graduates for success at the best colleges and universities in the world. In completing the rigorous course of study available at Stanford OHS, students acquire a mastery of content and skills that are articulated by instructors who are experts in their fields and that are further integrated into a distinctive intellectual framework. Students additionally hone an independence and responsibility that allows them to take productive advantage of the college-style learning environment of Stanford OHS. The Stanford OHS curriculum comprises courses treating advanced and challenging material at every level in the school, culminat- ing in post-AP and university-level courses in a growing spectrum of disciplines, including mathematics, economics, physics, biol- ogy, English, and history. In working towards these courses, students gain a preparation that will allow them to begin work in college already at an advanced level. But the content of these courses does not exhaust the unique preparation that Stanford OHS provides. A defining feature of instruction at Stanford OHS is the close interaction that each student has with teachers who have the passion and expertise of dedicated practitioners of a discipline. At the level of course design, this means that Stanford OHS courses are created with an expert-level understanding of what university and professional study in a subject consists in, and also of what it takes to get to that level of proficiency. Stanford OHS courses, therefore, model and practice the professional methods, skills, norms, and intellectual habits of each discipline. In science, students imbibe the central perspectives of hypothesis-formation, experimentation, and analy- sis; mathematics courses stress proficiency in problem-solving; students of English develop habits of daily writing and intentional use of language to communicate to specific audiences and within particular contexts; language learners work to acquire a functional proficiency that facilitates an appreciation of literature and culture; and in history, students prepare to engage substantively and pro- ductively in the historical discourse by learning to assess a variety of primary sources, to evaluate theses presented by scholars, and ultimately to formulate their own. Individually, each Stanford OHS course offers not only discipline-specific knowledge and methodology, but also more generally appli- cable skills, such as an understanding of evidence, strategies of argumentation, criticism, and persuasion, familiarity with the analysis of data, and careful, critical reasoning. The discrete study of these foundational skills across the curriculum is further unified in the four-year Core sequence, whose function it is to provide a common intellectual experience and identity among Stanford OHS students consisting in systematic exposure to and practice of structures of reasoning in a spectrum of disciplines. Students who complete the Core sequence as part of their full course of study at Stanford OHS will possess the precision of writing, reasoning, and argument that is a hallmark accomplishment of the Stanford OHS educational experience. Critical to the fulfillment of the