Curriculum

SEOUL SCHOLARS INTERNATIONAL OFFERS 36 COURSES IN ART, ENGLISH, MATH, AND SCIENCE. THE COURSES ARE BASED ON AN AMERICAN ART INSTITUE CURRICULUM AND CENTER AROUND A PRACTICAL ARTS EDUCATION. THE CURRICULUM ALSO MEETS THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR REQUISITE COURSES FOR COLLEGE ENTRANCE.

All artistic classes are designed to maximize student creativity and to help them recognize and reason with a new perspective. With a focus on studio creative activities, arts and aesthetic theory classes are provided. Students learn how to express their ideas creatively through visual and linguistic means.

Every Seoul Scholars International student learns how to actively live a creative life. The art counselors, professional artists who are active in the arts, will be responsible for the students’ academic and artistic well-being. They will teach a variety of artistic techniques and help develop each student’s own unique views and expressions. To accomplish our goals, Seoul Scholars International spends a lot of time on student success while actively communicating with students outside the institute.

Along with art classes, students take courses in English, Math, and Science. The world is currently entering an era of convergence, which spans and integrates information and society. The most important thing in this age is the ability to create new things by linking different knowledge and information. Therefore, the general curriculum of Seoul Scholars International is aimed at developing a comprehensive thinking ability that enables students to effectively acquire diverse knowledge and information then put it to use.

The general curriculum classes at Seoul Scholars International are taught in English. Through discussion sessions with native English-speaking teachers, graduates of some of the top universities in the United States and abroad, students learn an essential critical perspective and effective ways of communicating.

The curriculum of Seoul Scholars International combines practical with theoretical, and arts with general education in a pertinent and flexible way. This will enable students to adapt to a rapidly changing world and to become world-class artists with creativity and ability.

English 

  • English 9
    This course is structured to give students the ability to write literary commentary essays and to critique various works of literature. Topics covered include essay writing, delivering presentations, analyzing speeches, short stories, and various works of American literature.
  • English 10
    This course familiarizes students with a comprehensive overview of literary elements and analytical techniques important for AP Literature or Language classes. Topics covered include Shakespearean and other world literature, poetry, short stories, and various styles of essays.
  • English 11
    This course is designed to support the learner’s appreciation of literature, and development as a critical reader and thinker, and as a competent writer. As such, the course will prepare students for exemplary performance in college-level work of every subject in an English-medium educational environment. In this course, students will be required to develop good academic habits and learn to confidently use the tools required for advanced reading and communication in English and English-speaking cultures.
  • English 12
    This course is designed to further support the learner’s appreciation of literature, and development as a critical reader and thinker, and as a competent writer. As such, the course will prepare students for exemplary performance in college-level work of every subject in an English-medium educational environment. In this course, students will be required to develop good academic habits and learn to confidently use the tools required for advanced reading and communication in English and English-speaking cultures.
  • AP English Language & Composition
    The AP English Language and Composition course aligns with an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

Mathematics

  • Algebra I
    This first course in algebra focuses on the study of linear and nonlinear functions. Topics include the structure and language of real numbers; equations and inequalities; linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, and radical functions; systems of equations and inequalities; exponents and polynomials; data analysis and probability.
  • Geometry
    This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. Geometric figures such as lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles are explored. The course also includes the study of similarity, area of plane figures, surface area and volume of solids, transformations, spatial reasoning, and right triangle trigonometry.
  • Algebra II
    This course in algebra is designed to give students a college‐prep‐level understanding of algebraic and geometric concepts. Functions are studied in depth: linear, quadratic, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, rational and radical functions. Other topics include matrices, complex numbers, sequences and series, probability and statistics, conic sections, and trigonometry.
  • Pre-Calculus
    This course prepares students for college‐level mathematics and will cover the following topics: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Complex Numbers, Trigonometry, Vectors, Conics, Parametric and Polar Functions, Systems and Matrices, Statistics and Probability, Limits and Continuity, and Sequences and Series.
  • AP Calculus AB
    This college-level course in the calculus of functions of a single variable will prepare students for the College Board AP Calculus AB examination. The course is suitable for students with a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics. The overall goal of this course is to help students understand and apply the three big ideas of Calculus AB: limits, derivatives, integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Embedded throughout the big ideas are the mathematical practices for AP Calculus: reasoning with definitions and theorems, connecting concepts, implementing algebraic/computational processes, connecting multiple representations, building notational fluency, and communicating mathematics orally as well as in well-written sentences.
  • AP Statistics
    This course is equivalent to a one-semester college course in statistics and will prepare students for the College Board AP Statistics examination. Students will develop strategies for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students will frequently be required to prepare written and verbal analysis of data.

Science

  • General Science
    This course is a general introduction to high school science. The course introduces students to the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and biology. Students will conduct general laboratory experiments and explore the concept of energy and matter. The students will learn and utilize the core concepts to approach and develop research problems through practice experimentations. Through this course, the students will additionally become familiar with scientific reasoning principles. The purpose of this course is to not only prepare for a high school level science curriculum but also to familiarize the students with a basis in science, preventing them from common misconceptions.
  • Biology
    This course includes the study of 1) ecological networks, 2) cellular networks, 3) basic genetics and heredity, 4) evolution, and 5) basic human body networks. The students will develop skills for scientific investigation and understanding of scientific theories suitable for the given topics listed above. Students are required to record, analyze, model, and present data with their own investigations.
  • Chemistry
    This course follows the New York State Chemistry Core Curriculum and prepares students for a college-level Chemistry course. This course will cover the Physical Nature of Matter, Atomic Structure, Bonding, Periodicity, Stoichiometry, Kinetics and Equilibrium, Chemical Reactions, and Organic Chemistry.
  • Physics
    This course follows the New York State Physics Core Curriculum and prepares students for a college-level Physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as mechanics, energy, electricity and magnetism, waves, and modern physics.
  • AP Biology
    This is a college-level course focusing on conceptual understandings in biology through scientific practices. Students are required to provide scientific inquiries and reasoning skills by collecting and analyzing data to connect the concepts across domains. All students will prepare for the Advanced Placement and must take the advanced placement examination held in May.
  • AP Chemistry
    This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. This course will be year long and is structured around the six big ideas articulated in the AP Chemistry curriculum framework provided by the College Board. A special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices, which capture important aspects of the work that scientists engage in, with learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills.
  • AP Physics I & II
    AP Physics 1 and 2 are the equivalent of the first and second semesters of an introductory, algebra-based college Physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics including rotational motion, work, energy and power, mechanical waves and sound, and simple circuits.

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Geography
    Now that we have built great cities, and planes, and ships, and satellites, and we feel as though humans dominate nature and the world around us, it is easy – but a mistake – to forget that there are still certain things about the world, and in our lives, that are true, and unchangeable, and that we as humans have had to deal with, to survive. And the cultures that we have ended up creating have been shaped by this reality.
  • World History
    We will explore how and why have humans been able to go from barely more than apes in caves to dominating nature and spreading across the globe the way we have. We will look closely at some of the major breakthroughs in human history that led to improvements in survival, and then in ways to organize and lead our societies, and then some of the “GREAT” new ideas that caused other important leaps forward in our development.
  • U.S. History
    This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial and gender equality. The course extends to the early 1990s. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism, and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation.
  • Business Law
    The program covers contract law, criminal law, tort law, sales law, employment law, corporations and partnerships, family law and much more. Some course content includes practical skills for adulthood. This course is especially valuable for students who are considering careers as attorneys or in business. Many of the topics introduce core law school subjects.

AP SOCIAL STUDIES

  • AP World History
    According to the College Board, each AP History course “corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college history course.” But, while they naturally acknowledge that a major focus of the course is the study of a certain body of content, the description also frequently refers to a set of “themes” and “historical thinking skills” that are designed to “foster deep analysis by making connections and comparisons across different topics.” Continuous focus on these themes is designed to teach students the same “thinking skills and methods employed by historians when they study the past.” So, even if you do not major in History (or a similar major) in college, or continue on to a related career, I FIRMLY believe that developing these analytical skills, and the ability to write in coherent prose, and to support a logical argument with relevant and compelling examples, will turn out to be a skill-set that you will be glad you worked to build, in a surprising array of contexts, later in life.
  • AP U.S. History
    This course re-examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of the U.S. Constitution, and the Civil War.