Academics

US Supplemental Courses

Comparative Religions (CP, EP, H)
semester

This course provides a comparative survey of selected religious traditions from the East and West. Primary focus will be on Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Also, students will be exposed to a few lesser-known indigenous religions. The course affords students the opportunity to explore various dimensions of multiple cultures along with their accompanying religious traditions. This course is designed primarily for Grades 10-12

Study Strategies (CP)
semester

A semester-long course that may be repeated is designed for students who are or have previously been enrolled in the Transition Program. Enrollment requires an additional fee and permission of the Director of the Transition Program.

Tools 1—for Academic Success (CP)
semester

This semester-long course is geared toward preparing students for success in the classroom. While helping students set academic goals, the class will provide instruction in the following: organization, time management, note taking, and basic life skills. Grades 9-10

Tools2—for College Success (CP)
semester

This semester-long course is geared towards preparing students for academic success in college. The course emphasizes the importance of time management, organization, independence, and awareness of academic standing while providing a positive environment to help students work towards achieving their academic goals. Grades 11-12

Oral and Written Communication (Speech) (EP, H)

This course develops the skills necessary for argument construction and communication. The class focuses on two aspects to effective communication: Speaking Skills and Critical Thinking. As students learn to recognize valid interpretations of an argument, they apply this knowledge to develop and defend their individual interpretations of an argument. Students are expected to read critically, ask pertinent questions, recognize assumptions and implications, and evaluate ideas all within time constraints. Admission into this class requires the teacher’s approval in writing. For Honors credit, active involvement with the debate team is mandatory requirement.

Driver Education

Driver education is offered on the Upper School campus after school by Taggart’s Driving School. The results of the course will not be a part of the school record. The class meets the State of Georgia requirements for a qualified driver education program. Taggart will bill the course fee directly to the student. Successful completion of the course will qualify families for a direct tax credit by the state and usually a 10% discount on auto insurance. Further information on Taggart’s driver education courses can be found on their web site: http://www.taggartsdrivingschool.com/.