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HIGH SCHOOL

In the High School, students are expected to be more accountable for their daily progress and time management. They have a subject specialist for each of the six courses, and an Academic Coach for all non-instructional assistance and mentoring. Teachers are responsible for reviewing all student work and providing instructional feedback within three school days. The student is expected to move at a more consistent pace with her or his class in each subject, though there is room for flexibility.

Our Learning Coaches plays an important supportive role to help the student stay on task and to help ensure the student follows through on his or her assignmentsbut the student is expected to begin managing his or her own time and schedule more directly.

 

Our High School offers an expansive curriculum of over 150 course choices, including Core, Comprehensive, Honors and AP level courses, plus a wide variety of World Language options.

To graduate and receive a High School diploma, students must earn 24 credits in the following subject areas and be enrolled full-time for at least two consecutive semesters.

English   4 credits
Math   4 credits (Algebra 1 and higher)
Science   4 credits (must include 2 lab science credits)
History and Social Sciences   4 credits
World Language   2 credits (must be 2 credits of the same language; must be a non-English language course)
Physical Education   0.5 credit
Health   0.5 credit
Electives   5 credits
Total   24 Credits

Students must complete a minimum of six (6) credits and must spend one academic year enrolled as a full-time student with IS Berne Online, to be eligible for an IS Berne Online diploma.

Upper School Course Levels

  • In Core courses, topics are broken into discrete modules that are taught in tandem with the framework students need to develop strong study skills. Rich, engaging content with interactive demonstrations and activities help students absorb and retain information.
  • In Comprehensive courses, students do more extensive writing and research projects, and tackle problems that require more analytical thinking. Course projects and activities also demand more independent thinking and self-discipline than projects in Core courses.
  • Honors courses hold students to a greater degree of accountability, and demand even greater independence and self-discipline. Students synthesize and evaluate information and concepts from multiple sources and read texts typically assigned in college-level courses. Students also demonstrate college-level writing in essays that require analysis of primary and secondary sources, responsible use of evidence, and comprehensive citation of sources.
  • AP® courses are college-level courses that follow curriculum specified by the College Board. These courses are designed to prepare students for success on AP exams, providing students the opportunity to earn credit at most of the nation’s colleges and universities. Our AP courses include a companion AP Exam Review course that provides practice for multiple-choice exams and essay writing, as well as provides students an individualized study plan based on their results.

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