September 19 - October 2 (coursework)
October 3 - October 6 (expedition)
This course will occur over 10 consecutive school days during X-block. The course will be held outdoors on the Collierville Campus and will explore concepts such as forest ecology, preserving animal habitats, forest food webs, land management, and forestry. Students will also prepare for a four day backpacking trip. Students will learn skills such as wilderness first aid, gear maintenance, reading topographic maps, and cooking on the trail. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory and students must attend the four day expedition to receive credit. Please note that the four day expedition occurs over Fall Break.
January 7 - 17 (coursework)
January 18 - 21 (expedition)
This course will occur over nine consecutive school days during X-Block. The course will be held outdoors on the Collierville Campus and will explore concepts such as urban animals, wildlife corridors, stormwater, food deserts, and challenges with poverty in the urban core. Students will learn skills such as reading maps, first aid, and self-defense when traveling in cities. On the expedition students will spend four days exploring urban Memphis. We will spend nights at the St. George’s Bunkhouse and participate in service opportunities that help those with housing insecurity in our community. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory and students must attend the four-day expedition to receive credit. Please note that the four-day expedition occurs over the weekend and during the January MLK holiday.
February 25 - March 7 (coursework)
March 8 - March 11 (expedition)
This course will occur over ten consecutive days during X-Block. The course will be held outdoors on the Collierville campus and will explore concepts such as watershed ecology, water quality testing, pond ecology, fisheries, and wastewater treatment. On the expedition, students will spend four days traveling down the Wolf River via canoe. We will explore different pieces of the Wolf River watershed including the Ghost River section closer to the headwaters of the Wolf River, a rural stretch of the river near our campus, an urban section of the river, finally the mouth of the river as it empties into the Mississippi river. Attendance at all meetings is mandatory and students must attend the four-day expedition to receive credit. Please note that the four-day occurs over Spring Break.
The SGGO Exploration courses give 9th graders an opportunity to join peers in an in-depth study of a how ecology and human impact connect in an area of global importance. Students who choose to participate in an SGGO Exploration course will explore a specific environment in depth, culminating in an outdoor adventure expedition without encroaching on their academic or extracurricular schedule. The time on campus will utilize our campus as a living laboratory to expand their knowledge of ecology and global issues due to human impact. The corresponding expedition will allow them to see the concepts they have explored in action and build confidence to participate in SGGO adventures throughout high school.
Semesters: one, offered Fall and Spring
This course offers a hands-on exploration experience of the world of modern media. Over the course of a semester, students learn to be informed and ethical creators of media and marketing content by mastering a wide range of media tools and equipment including PhotoShop, Illustrator, various cameras and mics. Students become active participants in the world of media, learning to engage the larger community through news stories, video, social media, print and web design, branding and creative marketing campaigns.
Media Literacy offers a hands-on exploration-experience of the world of news media. Open to all upper school students, this course serves as an introduction to journalism for those planning on applying to the newspaper or yearbook, while also providing young citizens with the tools they need understand and engage with the media of today. Over the course of a year, students will learn to be informed consumers and ethical creators of news media. They will engage regularly and deeply with the news of the day while also examining the role of journalism in history, its place in our democracy, the current crises confronting the news industry, and the entrepreneurs who are changing the landscape of news as we know it. Students will not only learn by observing media in action; they will also become journalists themselves, developing pieces for print and the web.
Prerequisite: none but if registration exceeds enrollment capacity, preference given to students who have taken Media, Marketing & Design or Media Literacy
Yearbook Journalism is a course designed to produce The Legend, the St. George's yearbook which covers students in Grades PK-12 across three different campuses. Practical instruction includes layout and design, copywriting, art preparation, the history and purposes of the yearbook, photography, critical editing, and the use of equipment and tools of the trade, as well as managing deadlines. Driven by student leadership and creativity, Yearbook Journalism is intended to develop student journalists with a keen eye for design, effective time-management techniques, and the ability to work collaboratively towards a common goal. Enrollment in Yearbook Journalism is competitive, application-based, and open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For questions, contact the faculty advisor to The Legend, Emmy McClain, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Newspaper Journalism course serves as the newsroom of St. George’s award-winning school newspaper and website. This course focuses on real-world, hands-on, experiential learning through the production of both print and online news content. Driven by student leadership and student concerns, Newspaper Journalism is different each day and each year, but all students enrolled learn to develop and pitch stories, interview sources, write articles, take photographs, shoot video, edit copy, fact-check, and think creatively about design. While all St. George's students may contribute to the newspaper, enrollment in Newspaper Journalism is competitive, application-based, and open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For questions, contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Margaret Robertson, at email@example.com.
AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.
Prerequisite: previous coding experience, AP Computer Science Principles, or teacher approval
AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities. Students will be expected to work independently to meet curricular goals.
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