Multi Disciplinary Interdepartmental Courses

Dana Kurilew, Counseling Supervisor,

Rebecca Lucas, Social Studies Supervisor,

Brendan McIsaac, English Supervisor,


NEW FOR 2018-2019:

New Multi-disciplinary courses for 2018-2019:

#MD094 AP Seminar for 5 Credits
#MD095 AP Research for 5 English Credits

From Mr. McIsaac: " Do you want to surround yourself with people who are just as interested in learning as you are? AP Seminar allows you to express yourself in a college-like, small-class setting and learn analysis techniques that will be useful for the real world. Most importantly, this class allows you to make presentations and write essays about what you are passionate about. You don't have to worry about just agreeing with what the teacher wants you to think; in this class you are allowed and encouraged to form your own opinions based on your research. The class also gives you ample time and practice in collaboration with classmates. Group discussions and presentations are a great way to bond with your classmates and have some of the most interesting conversations you'll ever have in an educational setting. And, although we run on a tight schedule, there is always room for a bit of fun!"

2018-2019 Course Descriptions:

#034 HONORS HUMANITIES – 10 Credits
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: #021 Honors English 2 or #022 English 2 and #160 Advanced Placement U.S. History, or #122 History 2

Honors Humanities is a year-long course that meets both English and social studies requirements. Students who opt to take this course will be working toward meeting the curriculum proficiencies for Honors Expository Writing, World Literature and Global Studies by engaging in a curriculum that integrates the three areas using a humanities approach. This course is designed to facilitate students’ understanding of diverse world cultures, human rights, and global security through the study of works of literature, non-fiction, newspapers, periodicals, electronic media, film, music and art. Using a multi-text approach, students will critically examine a variety of perspectives that they will use to inform their own ideas, beliefs and values. Based on their reading, discussion, research, and analysis, students will generate writings that emphasize an array of rhetorical modes and will participate in multiple service learning projects. Students receive 5 Honors Social Studies credits and 5 Honors English credits.

#035 SAT PREPARATION – 2.5 Credits
Prerequisites: #022 English and Geometry (any level)
Note: This course does not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and counts as a general elective credit only.

SAT Preparation is a course designed to help students prepare for the math and verbal sections of the SAT. Students will learn test taking strategies and improve their problem-solving skills through exposure to reading, writing and qualitative and quantitative reasoning tasks. Students can expect to strengthen their repertoire of skills in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry as well as critical reading, the study of vocabulary through context, a review of compositional skills, and the ability to write unified and coherent timed essays. Students will receive informative feedback from practice SAT tests.


AP Capstone Program is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses -- AP Seminar and AP Research -- and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

If a student scores 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing, they will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Alternatively, if a student scores a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research only, they will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. All students are expected to take the AP Exam in May.

Advanced Placement and Honors courses are designed to make rigorous demands on all students who are preparing for college. All Honors and Advanced Placement subjects are specifically designated as such on the student’s transcript. A differential of 1.0 is given for all AP and Honors courses.

#MD 905 AP SEMINAR - 5 Credits
Grades: 10-12

This foundational course, open to sophomores and juniors, provides students with opportunities to think critically and creatively, research, explore, pose solutions, develop arguments, collaborate, and communicate using various media. Unlike traditional AP courses, Seminar is not linked to any one subject area; it is interdisciplinary in nature. Rooted in student-designed questions, participants explore real-world issues through a variety of lenses and consider multiple points of view to develop deep understanding of complex issues. They make connections between these issues and their own lives, their interests, and other classes they are taking. Students read articles, research studies, and foundational and philosophical texts; listen to and view speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experience artistic and literary works to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of issues. Students are assessed with two performance tasks completed in class, one of which is a team project and presentation. Students will also take a more traditional end-of-course exam. The AP Seminar score is based on all three assessments and is reported on the standard 1– 5 AP scoring scale.  Students who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for that course; otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

#MD910 AP RESEARCH – 5 English Credits
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: AP Seminar

The second course in the AP Capstone experience allows students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. Through this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate the ability to apply scholarly understanding to real-world problems and issues. Students further the skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to build, present, and defend an argument. Students are assessed through the following culminating performance tasks:

  • Academic thesis paper (approximately 5,000 words) with a defined structure.
  • Presentation, performance, or exhibition and oral defense of research and presentation. The AP Research score is based on these components and is reported on the standard 1– 5 AP scoring scale.

Students who score a 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research as well as four additional AP exams, will receive an AP Capstone diploma.  Students who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for that course; otherwise, Honors weight will apply.