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2023 - 2024 Cedar Park Course Schedule


Here's another way to look at it!

2023 - 2024 South Austin Course Schedule


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Life Science

Grades 6-7
Teacher: Aubrey Saunders

Life Science is an honors-level middle school science course. This course is taught as a traditional science course, incorporating laboratory activities, virtual activities, short-term projects, long-term studies, and field investigations. No previous formal science classes are required to be successful in this class. Aubrey's classes emphasize discussion and active learning over a straight lecture format.


Grades 9-11
Teacher: Paige Kirsch

In Chemistry, students will study how atoms interact. Principal topics include atomic and molecular structures, gas laws, stoichiometry, changes of state, chemical reactions, and thermodynamics. Taught either online or in-person, this is an exciting course that combines mathematics and science to predict how chemicals will interact with each other. Students are provided PPE (personal protective equipment) and are taught how to properly handle and mix various chemicals. Throughout the course, various careers are highlighted to provide students context of how they could become a scientist in the field of chemistry.

ExperiMental Sciences

Grades 7-8
Teacher: Paige Kirsch

In ExperiMental Sciences, students explore the concepts of Chemistry and Physics in engaging and age-appropriate ways. This is a fantastic course that primes middle schoolers for future high school sciences. Students will explore chemical reactions, gas laws, thermodynamics, Newton's laws, and engineering. There is no textbook for this class, though we pull from various articles, videos, and PHET labs. To answer your child's burning questions: yes, we will be using hydrochloric acid and lighting things on fire. This class is fun! Students must be mature middle schoolers to register.


Grades 8-9
Teacher: Paige Kirsch

Biology is the study of life. From exploring DNA and cells to understanding complex environmental issues, students will be empowered to make informed decisions and conduct research about environmental and medical issues that our world is facing today. This course contains engaging labs that can be completed virtually or in person. The first semester focuses on microbiology; students will light food on fire to complete a calorimetry lab, isolate the DNA of various organisms, observe cells (including their own) under a microscope, and make creative cell models. The second semester focuses on how organisms relate to one another and their environments. We’ll study relationships between genetics and disease, explore cancer, dissect small organisms, and learn about environmental factors that are threatening our local ecosystems. Throughout the course, various careers are highlighted to provide students context of how they could become a scientist in the field of biology. The textbook Biology by Prentice Hall is required for the year.




English and Electives

Math Fundamentals

Grades 5-6
Teacher: Dawn Roberts

Math FUNdamentals is intended for late-elementary or early-middle school students, designed to prepare the students for success in pre-algebra. Hands-on activities, mental math challenges, and games will engage the students in sharpening their math skills. There will also be an emphasis on how to organize and show work that is critical to success in higher level math courses. Students will have homework outside of class to deepen their understanding of the mathematics concepts covered in class.

Algebra 2

Grades 9-10
Teacher: Dawn Roberts

Algebra II requires the student to develop critical thinking skills to solve real life problems. The author challenges the student with problems that combine several mathematical concepts and thus requires the deepening of algebraic and logical thinking skills developed in previous courses. A graphing calculator is required and the TI84+ is recommended.

Prerequisites: successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry.


Grades 7-8
Teacher: Dawn Roberts

Pre-algebra is designed to combine previously learned numerical concepts and prepare the student for success in algebra and beyond. This course covers concepts dealing with positive and negative numbers, decimal numbers, fractions, ratios, percentages, factoring, inequalities, graphing, and an introduction to polynomials and solving equations. Hands-on activities, games, and projects are used to re-enforce concepts that make math more fun. Students will have homework outside of class to deepen their understanding of mathematics. 


Grades 9-10
Teacher: Dawn Roberts

Geometry is the study of shapes. In this course, students will learn about geometrical concepts such as points, lines, and planes. Students will learn how to construct logically sound geometrical proofs, calculate area and volume, and measure angles. This course ends with a brief introduction to trigonometry and statistics.

Required materials for this course include the textbook, a scientific calculator, graph paper, a ruler, and a protractor.

Prerequisites: successful completion of Algebra I.

Algebra 1

Grades 8-9
Teacher: Paige Kirsch

In Algebra 1, we'll dive into using math to solve more complex, real-life situations. This class is structured to provide kids with assignments throughout the week that prepare them for class on Thursday. Students will view engaging videos and complete practice problems with immediate feedback. In class, we'll review the material together and apply what we've learned to accomplish various scenarios. One week, we might be business investors, and the next we'll be engineers. I grade all assignments and provide parents with grades throughout the course. No textbook is required for this course. Students will receive packets of notes and worksheets each unit.

Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

Grades 10-12
Teacher: Jo Lindberg

Pre-Calculus is designed as a full-year course following Geometry and Algebra II. This course will thoroughly cover trigonometry and increase the depth and understanding of different types of functions introduced in previous courses. Emphasis is placed on numerical, graphical, algebraic, and verbal understanding of the functions and concepts covered. A graphing calculator is required and the  TI84+ is recommended. (If you have questions about which calculator to get, please email Jo Lindberg at


Prerequisites: successful completion of Geometry and  Algebra II

Middle School English I

Gods and Goddesses! Mortals and Monsters!
Grades 6-7
Teacher: Anne Lynch

In this introduction to Middle School English course, we will explore the world of the ancient myths, legends and heroes.  We will also read and examine the modern take on mythology of the Percy Jackson novels. This class is highly interactive — we read, act, create artwork and write until we can write no more. During this year, we will lay a foundation in grammar, punctuation and vocabulary development. We will broaden our ‘word horizon’ by learning Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. In addition, students will begin to fully utilize the writing process through the exploration of a variety of creative writing styles. Students will compose personal pieces, short stories, myths, legends, poems, plays, descriptive and imaginative pieces. This class is an ideal introduction for the student who is new to the formal ‘classroom experience.’

Prerequisite: must be age 11 by the first day of class

High School Honors English II

O, Humanity! Love, Pride, Prejudice, Alienation, Domination
Grade 10
Teacher: Anne Lynch

In the Honors English II course, students will read and analyze a variety of texts in order to critically approach and respond to a diverse set of genres and styles.  We start the year with a unit on Science Fiction.  We study deeply human characteristics in literature — love, pride, prejudice, alienation, domination and hubris. In addition, students will continue to refine their writing skills by addressing all aspects of the writing process. We study logic and argumentation, culminating in major writing assignments focusing on both short fiction and non-fiction pieces and literary analysis. The main instructional approach of the course will be student-centered and focused on interactive instruction. The goal of this course is to increase student confidence and achievement in both critical reading and writing.

Prerequisite: High School English I or teacher approval

Middle School English II

All Things Magical and Mysterious
Grades 7-8
Teacher: Anne Lynch

In this Honors Middle School English course, students will read and analyze short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and novels.  We dive into magical realms, mysteries, romance and Shakespeare!  The ultimate goal of middle school English is to lay the groundwork for the literary analysis and critical thinking and writing necessary for entrance into English I.  The readings are targeted to the advanced 7th grader or 8th grader, and the class is best suited to the student who has had some 'classroom' experience and the maturity to keep pace. In addition, students will begin to fully utilize the writing process through the exploration of a variety of writing styles.  Students will compose personal pieces, descriptive and imaginative pieces, and a mini-research paper. Vocabulary building will be intertwined throughout the course. 

Prerequisite: Middle School English I or teacher approval

High School Honors British Literature with Study Tour

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England...
Grades 11-12
Teacher: Anne Lynch

This course is a survey of British literature from the Medieval period to the Modern while integrating a study of history in relation to the context of the literary work. This helps the reader's understanding and appreciation of the literature, as well as providing cultural context for University level study to come.  Students write critical and argumentative essays, engage in creative writing projects, and make technology-assisted oral presentations. Students also continue to prepare for the ACT, SAT, and college entrance exams. Choice of Shakespearean plays to be read will depend on the performance schedule of the Globe Troupe and Royal Shakespeare Company for the Summer season.

Prerequisite: High School English II, teacher approval, and must be age 15+

High School Honors English I

So You Say You Want a Revolution...
Grade 9
Teacher: Anne Lynch

In the Honors English I course, students will be exposed to a wide range of literature, including short stories, non-fiction works, poetry, plays, and novels.  We have a focus on Revolution - both social and political.  We examine why and how these massive changes occur, how rhetoric shapes them, and how we record them in fiction. In addition, students will utilize the writing process to produce a variety of written pieces, including short fiction, persuasive and expository essays, and a mini-research paper. Writing instruction will center on the organization and structure of ideas. The instructional approach will consist mainly of project-based learning, as well as more traditional reading and writing activities. The goal of this course is to expose students to a variety of texts in order to hone critical thinking skills.

Prerequisite: Middle School English II or teacher approval

Music History Class

South Austin Campus Only
Grades 6 - 8
Teacher: JP Ahmad

From Johann Sebastian Bach to Eddie Van Halen, this course will cover the history of western music from 900 AD to the present day. It will cover many subjects as brief overviews with a focus on specific composers, time periods, and musicians to highlight connections from past music to the modern day. Within this framework the basics of music will be introduced, such as harmony, melody, musical form, and the evolution of the size and make-up of the various musical ensembles through which we experience music today.   The course is aimed to bring interest and excitement to these ideas and begin introducing them to the students to enrich and empower them to dive into the incredible world of music. 

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