High School Course Descriptions

English

English courses at a High School level are dedicated to prepare students to face the demands of college academic writing and to use critical thinking skills needed for academic dialogue. With a curriculum based on the Common Core Standards, the English Department includes active learning activities to develop students’ skills in the following areas: reading fiction, nonfiction, writing and ´speaking and listening.  By using the Common Core Standards and creating an active learning environment, students are also immersed in the skills needed to live in the 21st century – teamwork, problem solving, research skills, creativity, leadership, ITC literacy and global awareness.

Students are presented with varying novels, poetry, drama, current issues, and historical documents to spur debate and conversation, allowing students to develop skills to speak and write more powerfully and evocatively. We believe in the empowering of students to work for their own academic and social development; to embrace ideas and points of view in solving problems using properly their language skill. 


BIOLOGY

Our aim in Biology is for our students to have a journey thought living matter. The course introduces concepts of the diversity of the earth’s living organisms in which students can explore important biological principles and solve problems applying the scientific method.

The emphasis is placed on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, classification, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. Besides acquiring new knowledge, students refine their laboratory skills: making careful, quantitative observations, asking good questions, forming testable hypotheses, designing laboratory procedures, effectively and safely manipulating laboratory apparatus, gathering, analyzing, and presenting laboratory data, and coming to reasonable conclusions.

Our students enjoy interactive experiences while learning and understanding biological concepts and principles. The course integrates inquiry, student centered classrooms, hands-on activities and the use of technology including iPads, and model building which enhances the learning experience. This Biology course helps students understand and develop an understanding in biology from a personal or global perspective.


Chemistry

Our Chemistry course centers on cooperative learning activities, enabling students to work together in learning groups. It emphasizes problem-solving strategies, experimentation, teamwork, and the fundamental principles of physical science. To that foundation it adds an understanding of modern theoretical concepts, multi-step calculations, and qualitative and quantitative laboratory work.

The fundamental concepts of Chemistry are introduced in this course, providing the student with the understanding of generalized Chemistry concepts such as:  the atom, properties of the subatomic particles; energy levels in atoms atomic orbitals; atomic structures and periodicity; bonding in molecule; ionic and covalent bond, shapes of molecules; stoichiometry; chemical equation; the gas laws; kinetic theory; explaining the gas laws; the structure of solids; types of solids; liquid state; changes of state; properties of solutions; solubility; acids and bases; and the chemistry of hydrocarbons.

It emphasizes scientific practices including asking questions, constructing models, planning investigations, analyzing data, using math, forming explanations, evidence based argument, and communication.

The iPad is an important tool in our classroom helping us discover how chemistry can be a connection to a changing world.


SPANISh

Our Spanish department aims to promote a love for our native language in each of our students. Our main goal is the development of higher levels of thinking such as: analysis, synthesis, comprehension, creation and assessment in order to accomplish the progression of skills necessary for a course in language; namely reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Our Department is made up of a team of highly qualified professional teachers who promote a love of reading, a pride for our native language and an enjoyment of artistic activities such as theater, poetry, literary creation and public speaking.

We envision our students to be tolerant, honest critical thinkers for an ever-changing global environment. Our method of teaching is active and collaborative in which our students are the protagonists of their own learning. As a team we discover, experiment and learn. Our role as teachers is to be the facilitators who accompany the students throughout the process of achieving success.

Our Spanish Department focuses on strengthening three important elements: literature, writing, and oral expression. The spot light centers on Honduran, Central American and Latin American authors and novelists.

The use of the iPad in our courses gives us the fundamental resources necessary to allow students to explore the wonders of a language through sites, applications and virtual dictionaries by the tip of their fingers. The students are able to probe into worlds of reality and fiction that embraces their creativity and imagination.


Social Sciences

At DCIS we believe that the study of Social Sciences is the foundation of a liberal arts education, and that our disciplines, Economics, History, Civics, Sociology, Geography, Psychology, and Philosophy are the basis for the building of great individuals who are able to apply their experiences to the national and global context and develop understanding of how people live, think and act. Our Social Science Department strive for our students to be able to consider human values and attitudes in both the past and the present, as well as considering how society is organized and how it develops.

The social sciences courses are designed to support high quality instruction that prepare students for college and career readiness.  The courses support teaching, learning, and assessment; and the content outlined through the Key Ideas and Conceptual Understandings is paired with Common Core Literacy Skills, Social Studies Practices, and grade content standards in an instructional and assessment-based context. The Social Sciences courses, learning activities, and assessment are embedded in DelCampo School’s mission and vision that strives to form and prepare a student who think critically, is a life-long learner, creative, and who is prepared to adapt to the constant changes in education and the surrounding world utilizing the resources and technology at hand. The Social Sciences course aim to be interactive where the students are active participants of their own learning and where the teacher is an enabler and a guide who facilitates students’ learning. 

Our department aims for our students to acquire the following skills by the end of each course:

  • Comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and integrate source material critically as historical evidence
  • Explain different approaches to, and interpretations of, historical events and topics.
  • Place events in their historical context.
  • Describe, analyze, and evaluate arguments of others.
  • Explain the causes and effects of historical continuity and change.
  • Present arguments that are clear, coherent, relevant, and well substantiated.
  • Create essays and research papers according to and following the proper writing styles. 
  • Interpret maps, charts, and graphs.
  • Describe, analyze, and evaluate arguments of others
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions from evidence

Sociology

Sociology offers students the opportunity to not only explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but to also develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past. The Sociology course is designed to introduce students to the sociological study of society. Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of social interaction, social organization, social institutions, and social change. Major themes in sociological thinking include the interplay between the individual and society, how society is both stable and changing, the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the social construction of human life. The students examine the foundations of Sociology, social life, and social interactions with a focus on everyday life.

Understanding sociology helps students discover and explain social patterns and see how such patterns change over time and in different settings. By making vivid the social basis of everyday life, sociology also develops critical thinking by revealing the social structures and processes that shape diverse forms of human life. The human being is social and interacts in society through a series of social-constructed norms and values. She/He is expected to conform to specific social patterns embedded in one’s culture which in turn is interconnected to language. There are different agents of socialization that carry norms and sanctions that the human beings should conform to. The Sociology course aims to make students aware of those norms and sanctions, how they differ from culture to culture and how human beings deal with and adapt to those. Students at this grade level will understand that conforming to social norms and rules should not be conditioned to the punishment or reward they carry.

Varied methods of teaching are used in Sociology especially the use of active and cooperative learning where the students is expected and encouraged to share the responsibility for their own learning.  The incorporation of the iPad for research, presentation, assessments, and other varied activities is a valuable tool in the process of learning.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes that follow are the observable/measurable knowledge and skills that students taking Sociology are expected to have acquired and demonstrated by the end of the course. These learning outcomes are aligned to the Common Core Standards and students should demonstrate achievement of such learning outcomes in both written and oral forms, as appropriate.

Knowledge

Students will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Sociological Terms, Concepts, and Perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Sociological Research Skills
  • Explore the connections between Culture, Society, and Socialization
  • Draw and articulate understanding of the connections between Social Groups and Social Interactions
  • Become aware of the Social Stratification, Deviance, and Social Control
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Demographics, Collective Behavior, and Social Change

Skills

Students will be able to

  • Show the relevance and reality of structural factors in social life
  • Describe, explain, and predict aspects of social problems
  • Describe the elements of the scientific method in the social sciences
  • Debunk individualistic explanations of behavior and identify social patterns
  • Identify and offer explanations for social inequality
  • Analyze labor force issues
  • Perform a content analysis of texts or news to identify possible sources of bias
  • Critique the media
  • Describe the elements of the scientific method in the social sciences
  • Critically assess web sites and electronic resources
  • Distinguish levels of analysis
  • Compare and contrast one’s own context with those in other parts of the world
  • Appreciate the role of human agency in social change
  • Express their conclusions and include in their writings suggestions for further thought and research

Philosophy

The philosophy course introduces students to the most prominent people, movements, and methods of Western philosophy from ancient times to the present. Students examine the fundamental problems that philosophers have dealt with, as well as the various approaches and arguments they have used. Students become familiar with the terminology used in philosophical discourse, learn about the historical development of the discipline, and develop their own skills for philosophical argumentation. Furthermore, the course emphasizes on strengthening moral principles by discussing ethical values of the most important philosophers in history. 

The discipline of philosophy has made, and continues to make, major contributions to human thought. Philosophy has provided a general framework for the continued investigation of fundamental questions from ancient times to the present. In addition, approaches, methods, and concepts that were developed in philosophical inquiry have been of central importance in the attempt to arrive at answers to fundamental questions. The DelCampo International School Philosophy course emphasizes clarity of thinking and communication in the investigation of various aspects of human experience and values. Since clear and cogent writing and speaking both demand an issue from clear thinking, this course will improve students' communication skills, which in turn will be of benefit in a wide variety of situations in which clear analysis and expression are important.

In Philosophy, students will develop their imaginative, critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills through oral and written discussions and presentations. Guided practice in analytical reading and writing of well-argued philosophical prose will help students to articulate, examine, and reflect on their own and others' ideas. Study of formal and informal reasoning will enable them to develop these skills systematically. As students become acquainted with philosophical questions and methods, they will be able to think with more insight and clarity about issues in their own lives.

Since disciplined philosophical study will help students to increase their knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them, the philosophy course will provide a basis for further studies in the social sciences and humanities, as well as an understanding of the foundations of natural science and its place in the modern world.

Teaching methodology includes interactive lectures, group presentations, applications to real-life situations through Socratic seminars, journaling on philosophical debates, and chapter and unit assessments. Technology is integrated through student made multimedia presentation, and iPad applications such as Khan Academy, Schoology, Keynote, and Wiley Philosophy.  

The learning outcomes that follow are the observable/measurable knowledge, skills, and values that students taking Philosophy are expected to have acquired and demonstrated by the end of the course. Students should demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes in both written and oral forms, as appropriate.

Although the outcomes are listed under the separate categories of knowledge, skills, and values, they are interrelated and can be achieved and demonstrated in a wide variety of learning activities.

Knowledge

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of some major philosophers and schools of thought;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some of the main concepts in philosophy, including definitions of concepts;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of examples of philosophical explanations taken from such sources as philosophical and scientific texts;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of methods of philosophical inquiry;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the terminology and main techniques used in formal and informal logic;
  • Explore the current limits to knowledge and the limits to understanding, and examine possibilities for increasing knowledge;
  • Articulate an understanding of connections between reason and feeling and between cultural and intellectual traditions;
  • Express their conclusions with awareness of the degree to which these conclusions are supported by evidence;
  • Include in their writings suggestions for further thought and research.

Skills

Students will be able to:

  • Identify assumptions that underlie theories, arguments, and positions in selected writings and the media, and in everyday life;
  • Demonstrate imaginative, creative, and reflective abilities by articulating philosophical insights;
  • Detect fallacies and evaluate arguments by assessing validity and soundness and the relevance of conclusions to premises;
  • Demonstrate increased use of reasoned argument to support their views;
  • Articulate counter-arguments to their own positions;
  • Present effectively in writing an extended argument on a topic of philosophical significance;
  • Think, write, and speak clearly, and recognize clarity of thought in the work of others;
  • Ask questions to clarify problems further;
  • Extract central ideas and arguments from print and non-print sources.

Values

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate openness and intellectual humility by approaching situations involving a conflict of views in a spirit of inquiry;
  • Identify and reflect on values through analysis of case studies in such areas as racism, justice, violence, and the impact of humans on the environment;
  • Reflect on their intellectual and intuitive responses to issues concerning values;
  • Demonstrate growth in intellectual curiosity and the ability to reflect by posing increasingly wide-ranging and probing questions;
  • Demonstrate increasing awareness of the complexity of issues and of the necessity of examining issues from many different perspectives;
  • Recognize that there are alternative approaches to apprehending truth and reality.

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

At DelCampo International School, the Math Department believes that every student is different and has special needs, and that is why we have created math divisions according to levels:

 INTERMEDIATE LEVEL for the average math student and HONORS LEVEL for those students who have excellent math skills. The Honors level is especially designed for students with strong math foundations and for those who wish to study math related careers.

Our primary objective is to prepare our students for college, and therefore, for life.

Our philosophy is that our students learn to apply math concepts in their everyday life, to become problem solvers and to think critically. We include as much active learning as possible in our classes because we are aware that math is about practice. Different strategies are used to assure our students will be able to succeed in our courses, including the use of technology among other resources.

Our curriculum is based on the COMMON CORE STANDARDS. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics are organized by grade level in Grades K–8. At the high school level, the standards are organized by conceptual category (number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, modeling and probability and statistics), showing the body of knowledge students should learn in each category to be college and career ready, and to be prepared to study more advanced mathematics. 

Students are being prepared in the areas of ALGEBRA I and II, GEOMETRY, TRIGONOMETRY, PRE-CALCULUS and CALCULUS.

We also expect our students to become independent learners and to use all the tools provided to achieve this goal.

Math at DelCampo International School is a wonderful experience and if you have the right attitude we are sure you will have everything to succeed!