Graduation Requirements: Three arts
credits are required for graduation after completion of Freshman Seminar.
For students entering Upper School for the 2012-2013 school year, the
credits may be distributed among the Visual Arts, Music, and Theater courses
described below. For students who
entered the Upper School before the 2012-2013 school year, the credits may be
distributed as either two credits of studio art or one credit of Studio Art and
one credit of Performing Art.
Visual Arts Philosophy:
The Tatnall fine art curriculum emphasizes the cultivation of each
student’s own unique creative voice. Our art faculty believes that the critical
and creative processes inherent in all artistic endeavors are important and
highly transferable life skills. Tatnall’s art curriculum provides students
with a wide scope of art experiences to promote innovative use of materials,
creative exploration, and a range of technical skills in a variety of media.
Tatnall art students learn the vocabulary and historical context of specific
media, subjects and styles. The artwork our students produce is a result of
each individual’s ability to think creatively, to solve problems, and to
Visual Arts Courses
DESIGN (1 credit) Students will experience a
broad based overview of key architectural ideas and formal approaches and begin
to understand architecture as cultural and social expression. Students will
complete a series of introductory design and model making assignments before proceeding
into the conceptual development and plans for an original site-specific design.
The term will culminate in a series of student presentations and a gallery
exhibition showcasing the final architectural models. Instructor
DIGITAL MEDIA (1 credit) This course emphasizes the inherent potential of the
human-computer interface as a site for creative production and possibilities.
Students will be introduced to the sophisticated capabilities of the Adobe
Photoshop CS6 to create original digital files for press. Also, students will
experiment with creating and manipulating visual content using text and image
through graphic design-based projects. Course projects include works of digital
art, experiments in typography, packaging design and graphic communication.
DRAWING AND PAINTING (1 credit) This course emphasizes the
importance of honing observational skills and mastering a variety of drawing
and painting techniques in order to create successful representational images.
Students will work observationally from still life, landscape and the figure.
Students will also learn strategies for mixing colors and creating color
harmonies. Spatial considerations and principles of compositional design will
also be explored in-depth. Students will also be exposed to key figures in art
history to reinforce technical demonstrations and other course concepts.
FOUND OBJECT ART (1 credit) Students will create a series of fine art pieces utilizing
found object materials in combination with traditional art materials and
techniques. Natural, recycled, and found materials will form the basis of each
finished work of art. Students will also examine the approaches of contemporary
artists using found materials to expand their appreciation for alternative
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: VISUAL ART (0.5 credit)
Pass/Fail This introductory
foundation course equips students with the fundamental skills needed to
undertake more advanced exploration in art and design. The course emphasizes
both the design process and a solid understanding of the elements and
principles of design. Students also learn to apply critical thinking skills
throughout the creative process as well as in formal class critiques.
HONORS ART (3 credits) Tatnall’s Honors Art curriculum is designed to provide serious and
committed Upper School fine art students an opportunity to develop a
college-level fine art portfolio. Students are expected to maintain a
sketchbook to function as a resource for artistic development. Honors Art
students are expected to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the elements
and principles of art and to use studio time in a disciplined and mature
manner. The course moves from primarily instructor-led assignments to more
independent explorations. Students will learn how to plan, develop and research
a concentration project. Students will also participate in both formal and
informal class critiques to sharpen their critical thinking skills and expand
their artistic vocabulary. Prerequisite: Enrollment in 12th grade.
(Drawing & Painting, plus one additional studio elective course will
also be prerequisites beginning in 2013-2014) Instructor recommendation
JUNIOR ART PORTFOLIO (1,
2 or 3 credits) This course provides committed juniors
with an opportunity to develop skills and ideas from previous fine art
coursework and to create an advanced body of work. Students will strengthen
their portfolios in areas of design, painting, drawing, and concept. Students
interested in preparing a portfolio for college admissions, fine art
scholarships, and to prepare for Honors Art senior year are encouraged to take
Junior Portfolio. Junior Art Portfolio includes the following:
DRAWING PORTFOLIO In this course, students
will expand their drawing vocabulary of line, texture, value and contour
explored in earlier foundation elective coursework to pieces that successfully
balance form and content. Students will create a minimum of four pieces over
the course of the term exploring a range of drawing media including charcoal,
pastel, ink and non-traditional approaches to drawing. Students will also have
the opportunity to work from a live figure model.
2D DESIGN Students will learn how to
employ two-dimensional design principles to effectively communicate content in
a personal visual language. Students will complete a minimum of four pieces in
a range of techniques and materials including printmaking, painting, digital
art, sequential art and mixed media. This course includes a field trip to the
Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
3D PORTFOLIO Students will learn how
to integrate three-dimensional design principles to create three-dimensional
works of art and design including sculpture, ceramics and apparel design. Students
will apply the design process as a systematic approach to creative
decision-making to create a minimum of four three-dimensional objects that
address issues and ideas specific to each student.
are encouraged to take all three consecutive terms of Junior Art Portfolio,
however each term can be taken as a one-term elective if scheduling issues
arise. Instructor permission required.
(1 credit) Students will explore a variety of
printmaking processes including relief, intaglio, solar plate, collagraph,
monoprint, and serigraph (silkscreen). Students are encouraged to be
experimental and innovative in their approach to printmaking. Students will also
be exposed to the history of printmaking and examine the work of contemporary
printmakers such as Rauschenberg, Warhol and others.
SURREALISM & ABSTRACTION (1 credit) In this course, students will explore key modern art
movements and the ideas and concepts underpinning their representational style.
Students will create a series of pieces exploring the ideas and techniques of
modern art movements, primarily in two-dimensional media including painting,
drawing and mixed media. The term culminates in a series of student
presentations and a final project based on specific art movement.
The philosophy of the Tatnall Upper School Music Department is to
educate students according to the National Association for Music Education’s
National Standards: (1) Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of
music, (2) Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied
repertoire of music, (3) Improvisation, (4) Composition, (5) Reading and
notating music, (6) Critical listening, (7) Evaluating performances, (8)
Understanding relationships between music and the arts, and (9) Understanding
music in relation to culture by offering all students a well-rounded and
musically diverse experience through various performance and academic based
courses. We seek to attract each student to a lifelong relationship with
The Upper School Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, and Jazz Band
challenge students with a wide variety of literature that allows the student to
appreciate not only the learning process, but also the satisfaction of a
successful performance. A deeper understanding of musical concepts such
as melody, harmony, form and rhythm, along with the improvement of the
instrumentalists’ tone quality and intonation will be stressed.
The choral music offerings include two entry-level ensembles:
Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus. The Concert Choir and Tatnall Singers
are choirs formed from these groups by audition only. The focus of these
selective ensembles is the development of the students as choral artists
equally trained as vocal technicians, musicians, and theatrical performers.
Students enrolled in Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, or Chorus
will receive three credits with an additional credit for participation in
either Concert Choir or Jazz Band.
SEMINAR (0.5 credits): MUSIC Pass/Fail. Students complete both individual and group projects. Students
learn about the essential place music holds in many aspects of our lives, such
as dance, film, video games and marketing. Within this context, students study
music history and learn how to identify the elements of different musical
genres. Students learn how and why music affects the brain, both as a listener
and as a music-maker. Students also study the process involved in making music
in our current time, especially the people and funding involved in creating a
musical performance or recording. Students learn to critique music of different
genres are required to attend a musical performance.
CHORUS (3 credits) Men’s Chorus performs in a
broad range of musical styles to foster a love and appreciation for music.
This ensemble is designed to help students develop a concept of good
vocal tone and build the basics of good vocal technique. Students increase
music reading skills and work toward understanding the choral score. The
group sings in three part harmony in male only music and often combines with
the Women’s Chorus to perform mixed chorus music in four or more parts.
Men’s Chorus meets three days a week all year. The group performs
in at least three concerts each year.
WOMEN'S CHORUS (3 credits) A basic aim of this group is to develop a love of music in general
and singing in particular. Women’s Chorus studies and performs many different
musical styles. The group works to develop a concept of good tone and
incorporate exercises in good vocal technique. In addition, students
study music reading skills that increase their understanding of the choral
score. The Women’s Chorus sings in three and four part harmony and often
combines with the Men’s Chorus to perform mixed chorus music in four or more
parts. Women’s Chorus meets three days a week all year. The group
performs in at least three concerts each year.
CONCERT CHOIR (1 credit) The group performs especially challenging music and often performs
with other area choirs. All styles of music are performed from the
Renaissance madrigal to major choral works, sometimes with orchestra. The
group has traveled to Europe to participate in choral festivals. Concert
Choir is a year-long commitment and meets twice a week, including Monday
evenings. Prerequisite: Membership in either Women's Chorus or Men's
Chorus and consent of instructor.
TATNALL SINGERS (no credits) Up to 20 students may be selected each year from the Concert Choir
membership to perform as the Tatnall Singers. This select group challenges
those highly motivated students who have special vocal talents. The group
performs a range of music from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary Broadway
musicals. At times a student is selected to direct this group. The members have
significant input into the repertoire of the group. The rehearsal schedule is
flexible and the group meets all year. Members are expected to work on music
outside rehearsals. The group may perform at Upper School concerts and is
invited to perform at other school and non-school functions.
SYMPHONIC BAND (3 credits) Students can develop the ultimate ability to appreciate all types
of music through active participation in the Symphonic Band. Prior
instrumental experience is not necessary in order to participate in the
symphonic band. The aesthetic beauty of an outstanding performance and
the camaraderie that comes from a team effort provide a rewarding experience,
which will remain with the student throughout life. Members are expected to
prepare their music and participate in all performances. Private study is
encouraged, but not required.
JAZZ BAND (1 credit) Students with prior ensemble experience learn to play big band
jazz music. A high level of musicianship is to be maintained. Jazz Band meets
twice a week throughout the year. Students are expected to prepare for and
attend all rehearsals and performances. Jazz Band performs at festivals during
winter and spring.
STRING ENSEMBLE (3 credits) The Tatnall Upper School String Ensemble provides experienced
violin, viola, cello and upright bass players the opportunity to perform
chamber music of various styles and genres. Through performance
experience students gain an in-depth understanding of musical form, melody,
harmony, rhythm and history.
TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (1 credit) This course
provides an introduction of concepts and hands-on experience in the field of
music technology. Students will use commercially available music-related
computer hardware and software, and classes will be devoted to gaining a
practical understanding of computer systems and electronic instruments and
their applications in the areas of music composition, orchestration, recording,
performance, instruction, and the Internet. Special attention is given to
hardware and software that supports the Musical Instrument Digital Interface
(MIDI) including keyboards, tone modules, sequencers, notation packages,
interactive composition software, and educational programs. An
introduction to digital audio principles and applications is included.
Musical resources and data formats related to the Internet are explored.
Student assignments will be in the form of several projects designed to
provide a practical understanding of how technology can be used by musicians.
ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC (1 credit) This
course challenges the students to learn and to listen to music in new and
unique ways. While some music theory will be inherent in the materials, this
class will cover the Five Periods of Western Art Music (Renaissance to Modern)
by taking one piece from each period and studying it in depth. Further
“encounters” will require a research project from any period of Western Art
Music including Jazz.
MUSIC THEORY (1 credit). Students will
learn about melody, harmony, and rhythm through transcribing, listening, and
composing. This course is appropriate for all levels: music theory
fundamentals for beginners as well as opportunities for advanced instruction
for experienced students. For students who are not planning to major or minor
in music, this course will provide the fundamentals needed to read, play, and
write music in various genres. For
the most advanced student, the course will give students an opportunity to
prepare for a college entry-level theory exam and the AP music theory exam.
Theater Arts Philosophy
The Theater Department offers an extensive, hands-on program in
all aspects of theatrical performance and production. We believe in the power
of theater to transform—to entertain, to educate, and to enlighten. Our program
produces challenging and engaging shows while providing intensive training in
all aspects of theater. The curriculum offers technical training, classroom
instruction, and production experience in a variety of opportunities, beginning
with our Freshman Seminar (Introduction to Theater) and including electives in
technical theater and in acting.
Showcase, the cornerstone of the theater
program, mounts the school’s major dramatic production at mid-year and carries
academic credit as an upper-level elective (“Advanced Theater: Design and
Production”). Each company member learns several theatrical skills, engaged
perhaps not only in acting but also in set design and construction, costumes,
props, technical matters, and publicity. In the fall, Playbill students produce
a Broadway-style musical. As in the other drama groups at Tatnall, Playbill relies
heavily on student input, talents, and dedication in all areas, ranging from
on-stage duties to in-the-pit music to behind-the-scenes lighting, set design,
and make-up. The final play of the year, produced by the Drama Club, is
designed to give students a chance to learn stagecraft in preparation for
Showcase and Playbill as well as to provide theater veterans a chance to develop
a new skill, including design and direction. All of our theater courses
and productions emphasize direct student engagement, teamwork, problem solving,
and creative thinking. In short, there are many substantive ways for students
to be involved in theater and to continue to develop and broaden their talents
and interests in the arts.
SEMINAR: INTRO TO THEATER (0.5 credit) Pass/Fall.
This is a credit-bearing course on the essentials of stagecraft, lighting
design, sound design, scenic design, and production management. Taught by
the technical director of the PAC, the class will contain both group and
individual instruction in the Marvin Theater of the Laird Performing Arts
Center. A small project is required.
ADVANCED THEATER: DESIGN AND PRODUCTION (SHOWCASE)
(1 credit) Showcase is the major dramatic
production of the year. The director selects the ensemble during an open
casting-call (interviews/auditions) the preceding spring. Each company
member is expected to be engaged in several theatrical skills like acting, set
design and construction, costumes, props, technical matters, and publicity.
Students selected are expected to work some evenings in addition to the
regular classroom commitment. Consent of instructor required.
THEATER (1 credit) A comprehensive class covering three
major areas of technical theater: scenery design and construction,
lighting design and implementation, and audio design and implementation.
In the scenery portion, students will learn proper tool and shop safety,
basic construction techniques, theatrical painting techniques, and set
placement. The lighting section will cover basic lighting theory
including script analysis, angle, color, and placement. Audio design will
include script analysis and use of sound effects in stage plays as well as
basic microphone usage.
The Computer Science program recognizes that
technology permeates the lives of all our students. It is essential for
students to appropriately integrate technology to support their learning.
Critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration are strengthened and
enhanced through the courses in our program.
A Tatnall student understands fundamental
computer literacy issues through a seminar designed specifically for freshman
as a foundation for their academic career in the Upper School. Students acquire
skills to access information, manipulate data, synthesize concepts, and
communicate concepts and ideas. They are also taught to be responsible and considerate
users of technology.
Tatnall students have the opportunity to
pursue depth of study in a diverse set of elective courses available to
students in grades 10-12. Topics range from programming concepts and languages
to more creative applications such as web and digital media design. A Tatnall
student who engages with the elective program becomes a more experienced
problem solver who develops higher-level computer and logic skills. Every
student can benefit from additional exposure to computer science beyond the
required freshman seminar.
Requirements for Computer Science:
All Computer Science courses are elective and
open to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
SEMINAR: COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (0.5 credit) Pass/Fail. This course is designed to introduce freshman to
the Upper School computing policies and ethics, hardware, software, servers,
and internet. In addition, this course teaches students how to word
process, use spreadsheets, and design presentations using the MicroSoft Office
MODELING LANGUAGE (1 credit) This course teaches students how to create dynamic virtual worlds and
sensory-rich virtual environments on the internet. It allows students to grasp
complex three-dimensional topics such as global and local 3-Dimensional
coordinate systems, object translations and rotations, as well as graphics
manipulations in these virtual worlds on the computer. Students explore their
creativity while learning VRML language programming skills. Software used
is Smultron text editor and FreeWrl Player.
PROGRAMMING (1 credit) Every business, school, or corporation uses a database to catalog and
manipulate important information. This course teaches students about basic
database concepts such as records, fields scripts, calculations, display
appearance, and flow. Students will create many databases during this course
and will learn how to publish databases over a network. Software used is
AND AUDIO (1 credit) This course was
designed to introduce students to the fascinating world of digital image and
sound editing and production. Industry leading software will be used to collect
and process digital data from digital video cameras, digital still cameras, and
a host of other sound generating devices.
WEB DESIGN (1 Credit)
introduces student into the ever-changing world of designing web pages and web
sites. The Adobe Creative Suite 3 software is used in this course to manipulate
digital images for web-ready publication, and to design web animations. The
basics of Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop software are taught in the course.
No previous experience with web design is necessary.
English Statement of Philosophy
The English Department offers all Tatnall students the opportunity
to experience some of the most compelling works of American, British, and world
literature. In a world in which communication skills and intellectual
flexibility are increasingly valuable prerequisites, our literature-based
program also provides a strong foundation for success at the college level in
such areas as critical and inferential thinking, reading, and writing. Ninth
and tenth graders study a core curriculum of genres and classical literature,
while juniors and seniors choose from a selection of electives. Some
sophomores may accelerate their study in an honors course and with selected
electives, and juniors and seniors may elect AP courses with departmental
Our courses in film, drama, and theater complement the English
Department’s focus on literary texts by considering films and plays within
similar contexts of study: historical, technical, theoretical, and
aesthetic. The additional goal of these courses is to make students more
thoughtful analysts of visual and performance media. Successful Tatnall
English students, upon graduation, will be culturally literate and equipped to
think clearly, speak and write fluently, and read critically at the college
level and beyond.
Testing for English students:
Juniors and seniors who have earned at least a B average in any
Advanced Placement English course are strongly encouraged to take the AP exam
in May. Either the Literature and Composition test or the Language and
Composition test is appropriate. Students should confer with their
teachers for recommendations about timing. Students with at least a B
average in any AP English course are encouraged to take the SAT Subject Test in
literature in June of the junior year or at the beginning of the senior year.
Graduation Requirements for English:
9th Grade: English 9: Elements of Literature, Grammar Review
10th Grade: English 10: Bible, Myth, and Epic
11th Grade: Upper Level Electives (3 credits) At least one credit
must be in an American Literature course correlated with American History
study. AP English courses satisfy this requirement.
12th Grade: Upper Level Electives (3 credits)
Upper level students may take more than the required three credits
of English per year.
ENGLISH 9: ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE (3 credits) This course introduces students to a range of literature
(including print and nonprint texts) that survey several genres with the goal
of helping them develop the strategies of active, critical readers. They will develop
basic knowledge of the forms and techniques characteristic of prose (fiction
and nonfiction), poetry, drama, and nonprint media. They will not only build
reading skills but will also develop insight into the human condition as it is
lived in a variety of circumstances. Students will also develop fluency and
versatility in spoken and written language in order to communicate with a
variety of different audiences for different purposes and in several rhetorical
modes. Students are also introduced to research skills.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR - GRAMMAR REVIEW (0.5
Credits) The emphasis in this class will be
on the technical components of writing, including grammar and mechanics. The
approach is practical and constructivist, and the course is aimed to provide all
students with the necessary background to meet the writing expectations of the
Upper School. Students prove mastery of the material via classroom
participation, homework, and in-class assessments. This course is
graded for the term but is pass/fail for the year.
ENGLISH 10: BIBLE, MYTH, AND EPIC (3 credits) This course is designed to help students establish solid
cultural and literary backgrounds. Students will read a variety of foundational
texts including western and nonwestern mythologies and epics and selections
from Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Instruction will focus on developing
students’ reading fluency and comprehension along with thinking, speaking, and
writing skills. Mastering course content will allow students to gather a
classical knowledge base that will inform their diverse studies. In the process
of achieving these goals, course work is designed to build upon and expand the
basic literary skills introduced in 9th grade. Students will also improve
fluency and versatility in spoken and written language in order to communicate
with a variety of different audiences for different purposes and in several
rhetorical modes. Students expand and refine research skills introduced in
HONORS ENGLISH 10: BIBLE, MYTH, AND EPIC (3 terms)
This course is designed for students
who have shown exceptional reading and writing ability in their ninth grade
English course. Enduring patterns of meaning will be introduced which
have animated Western literature and society throughout recorded history.
Beginning with a thorough overview of world mythologies and the
foundational stories of various world cultures, the curriculum moves swiftly
into the epics of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, and Beowulf.
The Biblical stories that compose much of the fabric of the European and
American canon follow, and the course journey ends with a return to Classical
literature as we read selected Athenian plays, examine Platonic philosophy, and
survey excerpts from The Aeneid. Participating students should be
prepared for significant reading loads and substantial weekly writing
may rotate from year to year.)
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (A) (3
credits) Faulkner, Fitzgerald and Hemingway: This portion of the course is
an intensive study of selected novels and stories of these great American
writers. In addition to literary considerations, the course focuses on
the authors' lives and cultural contexts and on such issues as race, history,
and alienation. Novels to be considered include The Sound and the
Fury, Light In August, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, The Sun Also
Rises, and A Farewell to Arms. Critical writing is a key component to
this course. Masterworks of American Drama: This portion of the course is a close study of the five
major American playwrights of the twentieth century. The focus will be on the
text in performance, examining each play both as literature and as theatrical
experience. We will do script analysis as well as discuss each play as a staged
event by considering such dramatic elements as set design, acting, and
lighting. As part of our classroom activities, we will view classic
performances of the following plays: Long Day’s Journey into Night by
Eugene O’Neill, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, The Glass Menagerie and
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, All My Sons and Death
of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and “Zoo Story” and Who’s
Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. Prerequisite: Consent
of English Department
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (B) (3 credits) Hero in America: How do major writers differ in their
conceptions of the American hero? How do they define “the American identity”?
In what ways have we modified these images in literary and cultural terms? This
course explores the various types of heroes and heroic action in American
culture, past and present. Such topics as innocence, initiation, violence,
race, class, and the American Dream will be a part of our consideration of such
cultural icons as the frontiersman, the outlaw, the soldier, the businessman,
the politician, and the private-eye. We will examine these texts (as well as
film and other elements of popular culture) within their specific historical
contexts and from our own contemporary perspective. Modern European Novel: In this portion of the course, we
will read modern novels centering on man’s unsettling perception of a new world
and new self-image. The nature of this new consciousness will be examined as it
relates to some of the greatest novels of the 20th Century (German, French,
English, Russian). We will attempt to define “modernity” in terms of both
society and the individual--attention will be paid to psychological, social,
moral, and philosophical issues. In addition to reading, writing about, and
discussing the novels, a good deal of time will be spent on the lives of the
writers in order to examine the relationship between the “inner lives” of the
artists and the thematic concerns of the writings. Finally, the idea of “the
modern” will be considered in the philosophy, science, painting, history, and cinema
of the first half of the 20th Century.
Prerequisite: Consent of English Department.
LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (E): LITERARY REVISIONS (3 credits) This class allows us to look at original works of literature and
the modern texts that play off of their characters and themes. We will
study the limits of epic, poem, novel, and play as we analyze the ways in which
each group of texts compliments its counterparts. Students should expect
significant reading and writing assignments both in class as and homework; we
will also practice and prepare for the Advanced Placement test in English
Literature. Prerequisite: Consent of English Department.
LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (A): LITERARY NONFICTION (3 credits) The primary purposes of this course are to help students
appreciate an overlooked literary form and to prepare them for college writing.
In addition to reading some of the best modern and contemporary essayists and
memoirists, students generate an "anthology" of class essays for
discussion. We consider questions of style and try to determine just how
written language communicates (or in some cases miscommunicates) meaning.
Prerequisite: Consent of English Department
AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (B): THE JOURNEY-INWARD,
OUTWARD, AND FORWARD (3
credits) In this course,
students will continue to develop their critical reading and writing skills by
studying a variety of genres, authors, and literary time periods. In
preparation for the AP Language and Composition exam, we will spend
considerable time exploring rhetorical devices used, not just in non-fiction,
but in other genres as well. We will consider authorial intent as well as
audience expectations in our interactions with the texts we read, and we will
explore the conventions that are specific to each genre. The unifying motif of
this course is “the journey,” but we will interpret this motif in a few
different ways. Studying authors such as Shakespeare, Thoreau, Wordsworth,
Coleridge, and Dillard, we will explore the metaphorical journeys that writers
take when forming connections between the natural world and human nature.
Looking at the journey in a more literal sense, we will read stories of quests
and pilgrimages by authors such as Chaucer, Conrad, Updike, and Kerouac.
Finally, we will examine the personal journeys toward edification and
self-awareness of protagonists created by Austen, Dickens, Joyce, and Ellison.
Prerequisite: Consent of
LITERATURE (1 credit) This course begins by tracing
the African-American experience in American history from slavery to the civil
rights struggle to the present day. We examine how this heritage influenced and
influences this group’s literature, from W.E.B. DuBois to Toni Morrison. Other
representative authors include Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Richard
Wright, and Langston Hughes. This course satisfies the American Literature
requirement for 11th grade.
AMERICAN CINEMA/AMERICAN CULTURE (1 credit)
How does a film create meaning? How
does a camera "tell" a story? How does editing make it move? How do
lighting, sound, and composition create a narrative? This survey of
masterpieces of the American cinema will focus on the relationship of our
movies to their wider cultural/historical contexts. At the same time, students
will be introduced to various film genres and will develop a vocabulary
appropriate to film criticism through screenings, lectures, reading, and substantial
critical writing (critiques, reviews, essays, and research).
AMERICAN FILM NOIR (1 credit) Tough guys, dangerous women, double-crosses, scams,
paranoia, losers on the run, and the mean streets of urban jungles-- this is
the world of classic Film Noir, one of American's most popular film genres.
This "dark cinema" is especially notable for such stylistic
traits as expressionistic lighting, ornate composition, first-person narrative,
and a mood of despair. Classic American Film Noir is characterized by the
subversive tone of cynicism and anxiety which strips bare the myth of the
American Dream and offers a bleak nightmare vision of our fragmented urban
society following World War II. There will be required critical readings
and writing in addition to detailed consideration of such films as The
Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Kiss Me Deadly, D.O.A., and Chinatown.
Critical writing is an important component of this course.
AMERICAN LITERATURE 1 (1 credit) This course is a survey of selected American writers from our
founding through the 1840s. Parallels will be drawn between our early
literature and the rich narrative of our country’s first two centuries.
Although the emphasis will be on the writing of our emerging nation, attention
will be paid to our history as well as to the emerging “American character.”
Such major authors as Edwards, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Poe and Hawthorne
will be considered. Critical writing is a key component of this course. This
course satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
AMERICAN LITERATURE 2 (1 credit) By focusing on selected works, this course surveys the development
of American literature from Walt Whitman through T. S. Eliot. The primary
emphasis will be on comprehension of the written work as expressed by students
in oral and written discussions and analyses. In addition students will
learn about the various literary periods represented in the course and the
larger cultural conditions that give rise to them. The course is designed
to coordinate with the second term of Junior-level American History. This
course satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
AMERICAN LITERATURE: THE AGE OF EXPANSION (1 credit) This course investigates the magnetic
pull that the natural world has on us as human beings. It questions our
desire to challenge, to climb, to explore and it notes the role that nature
plays in comforting those who need to heal some broken element within their
soul. Featured authors include London, MacLean, Krakauer, Whitman, Thoreau and
Hemingway. Assessments will include tests, essays, research projects, and
journals. This course satisfies the American Literature
requirement for 11th grade.
LITERATURE: MINORITY VOICES (1 credit) Within the
patchwork of America, there is a wide variety of human experience. This
course will require students to read and to comparatively analyze prose, poetry, essay, and drama of American authors from different
ethnic and cultural groups. Authors will include Ntozake Shange, Toni
Morrison, Chaim Potok, Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Allison Bechdel, and Amy
Tan. This course satisfies the American
Literature requirement for 11th grade.
AMERICAN NOVEL POST-1950 (1 credit) Major concerns of such post-World War II American novelists as
Salinger, Kesey, Capote, Vonnegut, and Plath are discussed and written about in
this course. This course satisfies the American Literature requirement for
ANCIENT GREEK WORLD: DRAMA, POETRY, AND PROSE (1
credit) This course introduces students to
major figures in Greek literature and culture from the heroic age to the Age of
Pericles and slightly thereafter. Centering ideas in this study are the origins
and development of drama and the heroic ideal. Representative authors are
Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Sappho, Plato, Aristotle.
THE ANTI-HERO IN LITERATURE (1 credit)
Building upon the foundation of
literature presented in Bible, Myth, and Epic, this course will explore texts
that present less traditional protagonists who, instead of reaching a moment of
anagnorisis, descend into madness throughout their respective narratives.
In order to continue the development of students’ critical thinking
skills, the course will include close study of the troubled minds of these
marginalized characters from both literary and psychological perspectives. In addition to studying the literature,
we will continue to work on students’ critical writing skills throughout the
BRITISH LITERATURE 1 (1 credit) This course surveys the development of the literature of England.
Authors covered are Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, along with selected
Elizabethan, Cavalier, and Metaphysical poets.
BRITISH LITERATURE 2 (1 credit) This course surveys English literature of the Rationalist and
Romantic periods, including Swift, Wordsworth, Coleridge, M. Shelley, and
BRITISH LITERATURE 3 (1 credit) This course focuses on the development of the novel and specifically,
on the major novels of England in the 19th and 20th centuries. Poetry and drama
are secondary emphases. The authors studied may include Dickens, Conrad, Woolf,
COMPOSITION (1 credit) Building upon the framework established
in earlier English courses, this class helps students correct weaknesses
and develop their styles. The course stresses the process of writing and
is based upon the “6 + 1 Traits of Writing”: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word
Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Presentation. Within this
framework of the “6 +1 Traits,” students will work on descriptive, narrative,
and analytical essays. The instruction on descriptive and narrative
writing is particularly significant for juniors and seniors as they prepare to
write personal essays for their college applications.
CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVE (1 credit)
By reading a selection of contemporary novels such as The Life
of Pi, Atonement, and Everything is Illuminated, and by
viewing films such as Big Fish and Fight Club, students will
examine the human impulse to tell the stories of our lives either as they did
happen or as they should have happened. Instruction will encourage
critical thinking through class discussion and activities, writing exercises,
and a variety of assessment modes.
CLASSIC ESSAYS OF WORLD LITERATURE (1 credit) In
this course, we look at the essay and all of its rhetorical possibilities. By reading and writing essays in the
personal, comparison, editorial, and expository modes, we polish the skills students
already possess. We will study the
work of authors such as E.B. White, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nancy Mairs, and
many others. This class relies upon diligent completion of homework assignments
and a determination to achieve excellence and fluency
CULTURE OF THE SIXTIES (1 credit) The decade of the 1960s in America was a turbulent one in which issues such as civil disobedience, minority rights, the war in Vietnam, and feminism began to find full expression in the arts and letters. Included in this course are representative fiction, journalism, speeches, and essays of the period. Close attention is also paid to mass media/popular culture (music, film, language, etc.) in an attempt to understand this very important time in our history. Lectures, discussion, and critical writing will be major components of this course.
POE, HAWTHORNE AND MELVILLE (1 credit) This course focuses on three of America’s greatest 19th
century fiction writers, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman
Melville. Each of these writers pushes off from the purely external world of
human society and turns his probing eyes inward. Their writing evokes a sense
of the indefinite and ambiguous darkness in man’s soul, a realization that
often ends in self-destruction. In addition to reading, writing about and
discussing the works themselves, we will consider the biographical and cultural
backgrounds of the writers. Critical writing is an important component of this
course satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
(1 credit) This course is an introduction
to the critical study of and appreciation for film as a major art form. Through
the analysis of approximately twelve classics of the cinema, we shall consider
the relationships between thematic content and basic film techniques, between
word and cinematic image. Reactions to such films as The Graduate, Bonnie
and Clyde, and Dead Man Walking will be sought in discussions as
well as in writing. Analytical writing is the major component of this
GRAIL QUEST (1 credit) In this class we study the Quest for the Holy Grail as it changes
from the classic legends of Geoffrey de Chretien to the modern works of Bobbie
Ann Mason. The quest adapts itself to the needs and philosophies of each
political era, and our reading of authors such as Tennyson, Tolkien, and others
will analyze that change as we discuss the novels. Evaluations include tests,
essays, journals, and projects.
SCORSESE (1 credit) This course is an in-depth
study of seven great films by two extraordinary filmmakers. Both Alfred
Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese have created striking cinematic images and
complex interpretations of contemporary life while exploring the dark side of
the human psyche. Careful, active viewing and criticism are expected. In
addition to the required writing, there is a research component to this course.
THE ILIAD (1 credit) This in-depth study of Homer’s first great epic features the
accessible Robert Fagles translation. Students will delve into each aspect of
this work, including epic form and technique, and will examine the questions
about war, heroism, and culture that it raises. Besides the extensive primary
source reading, students will be exposed to secondary criticism and background
information and will be required to complete a research project and paper as
their culminating assessment in the course.
INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE (1 credit) This
course exposes students to the three major genres of Shakespeare’s plays:
Comedies, Tragedies, and Histories, while placing them in a historical context.
In addition to reading Shakespeare’s dramas, we will also conduct a
thorough study of many of his sonnets. In addition to studying the literature,
we will continue to work on students’ critical writing skills throughout the
(1 credit) This practicum course will
introduce fundamentals of news reporting, writing, editing, and production for
print and electronic media. It will result in the publication in print and on
the Internet of a student newspaper and news web site based on sound principles
of responsible journalism. The course will include web-based readings, guest
lectures, and visits to area news operations. Students will learn basic
newswriting styles including inverted pyramid, feature, and opinion, and gain
first-hand experience in producing print and electronic news publications. .
JOURNALISM 2 (1 credit) Journalism
2 builds on and expands the work of Journalism 1 by requiring more rigorous
reporting and news writing including more investigation and analysis.
Additional emphasis will be placed on feature writing and copy editing. The
course also will explore the role of new media in news production and the
impact of citizen journalism. All students will be responsible for writing,
editing and producing The Buzz online news site, including multimedia
production. Prerequisite: successful
completion of Journalism 1.
PHILOSOPHY (1 credit): In this course, we will read several
novels in which the characters question and challenge their own belief systems.
We will investigate these beliefs in terms of both private reflection and
public practice. The texts will draw from a variety of cultures and time
periods. In addition to studying the literature, we will continue to work
on the students' critical writing skills throughout the term.
LITERATURE OF THE SOUTH (1 credit) In
this class we study some of the major authors of the 20th century through the
lens of their Southern heritage. While reading both fiction and non-fiction,
the class focuses on the consistent themes and struggles that O'Connor, Walker,
Faulkner, and Williams present in their works. This course satisfies the
American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
LITERATURE OF WAR (1 credit) This
course will introduce some of the greatest modern American war fiction (and a
few films), exploring how literary and cinematic representations of combat
address questions of heroism, cultural stereotypes, the use of violence, and
the morality of warfare. Students will read such literary classics as A Farewell to Arms, All Quiet on the Western
Front, Slaughterhouse-Five, Dispatches and The Things They Carried. A significant amount of critical writing
is required (two critical essays. a midterm essay exam, and a critique
portfolio). . This course satisfies the American
Literature requirement for 11th grade.
MODERN AMERICAN NOVEL (1 credit) This is an introduction to five major American novels from the
first half of the 20th century. Novelists considered may include Anderson,
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, West, and Wright. A good deal of attention
will be paid to the cultural and historical contexts during which these works
were composed. Two critical essays are a major component of this course. This
course satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
MODERN AMERICAN POETRY (1 credit) This course will survey general trends in American poetry during
the early and mid-20th century. Poets studied in this course will include
Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Edna St. Vincent
Millay, e.e. cummings, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, and Sylvia Plath. In
addition, students will be responsible for a presentation on a modern poet of
their choice. This course satisfies the American Literature requirement for
MODERN DRAMA (1 credit) This course surveys American and European drama from the last
quarter of the nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth
century. Playwrights studied include Anton Chekov, Henrik Ibsen, Thornton
Wilder, and George Bernard Shaw. Students will consider the evolution of
dramatic structure as well as certain aspects of technical production of these
MYTH & FAIRY TALE(1 credit) This course will survey the works of Ovid, Grimm, and Anderson as
we study human transformation and escape in literature. We will also consider
modern interpretations of these ancient tales.
NEW ENGLAND FICTION (1 credit) New England is a region with a rich
literary history. Some could argue that American fiction began its development
in this area. In this course, we will examine works of fiction which trace out
the literary history of the region and paint a portrait of its local color. We
will read novels and short stories from a variety of authors including, but not
limited to, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, and John Irving. In
addition to studying the literature, we will continue to work on students’
critical writing skills throughout the term. This course satisfies the
American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVEL (1 credit) This course will
explore some of the greatest novels of the American 19th century. Such writers
as Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, James, and Chopin will be considered in their
cultural/historical contexts. Critical writing is an important aspect of this
course satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
BRITISH NOVEL (1 credit)
This course focuses on the development of the novel and specifically on
the major novels of England in the 1800’s. We will trace common themes
presented in these texts and explore how they relate to both the temporal and
spatial settings of these novels. We will read novels from a variety of authors
such as Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Hardy. In addition to
studying the literature, we will continue to work on students’ critical writing
skills throughout the term.
THE NOVELS OF JANE AUSTEN (1 credit) In this course, we will examine three
of Jane Austen’s novels in depth while placing them in a cultural, historical,
and political context. We will draw connections between the texts and
explore how they fit into the greater context of 18th
and 19th century British
Literature. In addition, we will view film adaptations of each of these
novels to explore modern interpretations of these texts. We will also
continue to work on students’ critical writing skills throughout the term.
POETRY (1 credit) This
course surveys the genre from its ancient origins to the current era, including
prose essays related to the philosophical underpinnings and subject of poetry.
Special attention will be given to poetic techniques and devices,
including scansion. Keystone assignments will include a short research
paper on a chosen poet, which will be accompanied by an explication of one of
this chosen poet’s poems; in addition, students will complete two separate
explications, numerous shorter writing assignments, and even generate their own
creative verse. Representative authors include but are not limited to
Sappho, (excerpts from) Homer, Catullus, Ovid, Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare,
Donne, Herbert, Pope, Wordsworth, Keats, Dickinson, Whitman, Tennyson, Hardy,
H.D., Eliot, Stevens, Auden, Brooks, Rich, Angelou, Neruda, Simic, Gioia,
FICTION LITERATURE (1 credit) This course will give an overview of
science fiction in both American and British literature. Students will
read novels and short stories by writers such as Ray Bradbury, George Orwell,
Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K.
Dick, and Margaret Atwood. Students will study the development of the
science fiction genre as it relates to 20th century history and will survey its
main subgenres. This course satisfies the American
Literature requirement for 11th grade.
COMEDIES (1 credit) The class serves as a perfect
antidote to the Shakespeare's Tragedies course. In this course we will explore
a variety of Shakespeare's comic plays, while acknowledging some of their
darker undertones. Plays studied will include Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure
and Much Ado About Nothing. In addition to
studying the literature, we will continue to work on students’ critical writing
skills throughout the term.
SHAKESPEARE’S HISTORIES (1 credit) In addition to his Comedies and Tragedies, Shakespeare wrote ten
plays about English kings and several plays based upon Roman history (that are
sometimes classified as tragedies). While his English histories explore
the complexities and development of the English monarchy, his Roman histories
reflect the Elizabethan admiration of the classical world. In this course, we
will read a selection of both English and Roman histories and draw parallels
between the two worlds, as well as identify connections with contemporary
American politics. To complement the reading of these texts, students
will view various productions of these plays (either recorded or live).
Critical writing will also be emphasized and practiced in this course
SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES (1 credit) The questions of existence, meaning, good, evil, suffering, and
free will are examined in three of Shakespeare's great tragedies: Hamlet,
King Lear, and Othello. In
addition to studying the literature, we will continue to work on students’
critical writing skills throughout the term.
SHORT FICTION: MODERN & POSTMODERN (1 credit)
This class introduces students to
experimental fiction by writers such as Barth, Barthelme, Borges, Coover,
Garcia-Marquez, Gass, Robbe-Grillet and others. The course encourages students
to read sophisticated material with confidence and a degree of critical acumen.
The stories themselves encourage speculation about the natures of fact
and fiction and the relationship between the two.
SHORT FICTION OF THE WORLD (1 credit) This course surveys literature from several cultures. Students
note both defining characteristics and universal similarities among the
selections. Writers covered include Dinesen, Fuentes, Ginzburg, Kawabata,
Mahfouz, and others.
TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN SHORT STORY (1 credit)
This course examines American short
fiction over the last century of its development. Style, subject matter, and
structure will be considered in this historical overview of such great writers
as Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Wright, Salinger, and Oates.
Attention will be paid to critical writing and reading skills. This course
satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
LITERATURE (1 credit) This course explores the
writing of women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. While not specifically
a class on feminist writing, the class does focus on the issues that women find
compelling enough to investigate through their writing. Authors may include
Chopin, Cather, Atwood, and a variety of short story authors. This course
satisfies the American Literature requirement for 11th grade.
Philosophy of Foreign Language:
ability to choose between modern and classical languages provides Tatnall
students with an opportunity to study their world at close hand both as it was
and as it is today. We believe it is essential for students to be exposed to
the cultures, languages and aspirations of other peoples in the world if they
are to understand their own. Our fundamental purpose, therefore, is to provide
students with a challenging and creative program that helps them appreciate the
diversity of our world.
Languages instruction follows a progression from understanding to speaking,
reading and writing. Technology supports attaining these goals. We seek out
balanced textbooks that do not neglect the more formal aspects of grammatical
study but which at the same time have modern reading selections that will
interest and motivate students and provide activities to develop speaking
instruction uses a reading approach to progress from basic grammatical forms to
more complex constructions and eventually to the translation of authentic Latin
prose and poetry. While the emphasis of the program is translation from Latin
to English, students also develop their English vocabularies by recognizing
Latin roots and improve their English grammar by discovering comparable
constructions in Latin. Our advanced courses are thematic ones that will appeal
to a broad spectrum of student interest in both classical and modern languages..
Our advanced courses are thematic ones that will appeal to a broad
spectrum of student interest in both classical and modern languages.
testing for Foreign Language Students:
Students are not required to take the SAT Subject Test or the AP
language exams, but those who are interested should speak with their
instructor. Generally, it is recommended that students interested in the SAT
Subject Test French, Latin, or Spanish wait until late spring of their junior
year to take the exam; for French and Spanish students, waiting until fall of
the senior year and taking the "SAT Subject Test with listening" is
Graduation Requirements for Foreign Language:
Each student will complete three levels of study in one foreign
language. Students are encouraged to go beyond this requirement.
Foreign Language Courses
FRENCH 1 (3 credits) Students will learn basics of first level French in this course by
developing their skills of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing
through a modified audio-lingual approach. Culture and civilization are
presented through videos, films, and discussion.
FRENCH 2 (3 credits) By the end of this course, students have encountered almost all
basic grammar structures and have expanded their usable vocabulary. In
addition to the cultural material that students encounter in the text, culture
is studied through videos and class projects. Prerequisite: recommendation
of French 1 teacher or, in the case of new students, successful completion of a
FRENCH 3 (3 credits) This course is a continuation of the study of French grammar and
expansion of vocabulary. History and culture are an integral part of the
textbook and are also reinforced through films. Students who complete
this course showing a high level of competency will be recommended for French
4. Prerequisite: recommendation of French 2 teacher or, in the case of new
students, successful completion of a placement test.
LATIN 1 (3 credits) Latin 1 will catapult students into a serious study of the
language and culture of ancient Rome. This fast-paced introductory course
surveys the history of ancient Latin Literature, with students reading
adaptations of classic authors such as Cicero, Caesar, Vergil, Ovid, and Tacitus,
while making connections between the language of the Romans and our own.
Students who take Latin will gain an understanding of language and culture that
will illuminate their studies across the curriculum.
LATIN 2 (3 credits) Latin 2 continues the steady attack on Latin grammar while
widening the scope of inquiry and study. While studying the fascinating and
under-appreciated works of medieval and Renaissance Latin authors, students
will complete their study of the structural foundations of the language. Then,
we will take a first look at unfiltered Latin literature, learning how to use
this knowledge to crack more challenging linguistic puzzles. Students who
complete this course will be prepared to understand the workings of the
language in its full complexity and will gain an appreciation for the influence
of the language throughout history. Prerequisite: Latin 2 is open to
students who have completed Latin 1 or 8th Grade Latin at Tatnall and to new
students who pass a placement test.
LATIN 3 (3 credits) Latin 3 is a year spent coming to terms with Latin literature.
Students will navigate the challenges and seek the rewards offered by ancient
Roman authors. The pillars of this course are Cicero and Catullus, two
essential literary figures who represent the extremes of their age. Latin 3
students will strive to demystify Cicero’s elevated prose and grab hold of
Catullus’ manic poetry. This study will give students a fuller sense of the
cultural underpinnings of ancient Rome and the fundamentals of the literary
canon. Students who complete this course will be prepared to read Latin
literature with confidence and enjoyment. Prerequisite: recommendation of
Latin 2 teacher or, in the case of new students, successful completion of a
SPANISH 1 (3 credits) In Spanish 1, students begin to develop proficiency in the skills
of listening, speaking, writing and reading. Grammar and cultural exploration
are integrated into the course material. Text coordinated videos, CD’s,
communicative pair activities and role play provide ample opportunity to
interact in Spanish in a variety of contexts. Students will develop
personally effective reading and writing strategies and build an extensive
SPANISH 2 (3 credits) In Spanish 2, students will further develop accuracy and
proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, writing and reading. By
the end of the course students will be able to produce almost all basic
structures and will have expanded their vocabulary significantly. Culture
is explored through videos coordinated with the textbook, writing, audio and
video workbook and classroom discussions. Students read short stories,
poems, essays dialogues and culture notes. Prerequisite: recommendation by
Spanish 1 teacher or, in the case of new students, successful completion of a
SPANISH 3 (3 credits) This course is a continuation of the study of Spanish
grammar and literature. Students will further develop their proficiency in all
four skill areas by a thorough review of grammar with a greater emphasis placed
on developing reading and speaking and listening skills. Culture will be
explored through authentic readings and videos, as well as individual written
and oral projects. Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency
will be recommended to take Honors Spanish 4. Prerequisite: recommendation
by Spanish 2 teacher or, in the case of new students, successful completion of
a placement test.
Advanced Foreign Language Courses:
HONORS FRENCH 4 (3 credits) The objective of this advanced French course is to improve the
student's speaking, reading, and writing skills in the language and lead the
foreign language learner to the independent and creative use of the language.
Speaking activities include debates, dialogues, group discussions, and oral
reports. Writing skills are further expanded and improved through compositions,
reports and special projects. Learning materials such as printed visual
and audio media in the language support the reading and listening skills.
Prerequisite: recommendation by French 3 teacher.
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE & CULTURE 5 (3 credits) This course is designed to prepare students for the new AP French
Language and Culture examination by providing a thorough review of French
grammar, intensive vocabulary and idiom building, and a heightened awareness of
francophone culture. The student reads, listens to, analyzes, and then
speaks and writes about various authentic resources based on the following
themes: Global Challenges, Science & Technology, Contemporary Life,
Personal & Public Identities, Families & Communities, and Beauty &
Aesthetics. Prerequisite: recommendation by Honors French 4 teacher.
HONORS LATIN LITERATURE (3 credits) Honors Latin Literature is a demanding course that examines the
works of ancient authors and prepares students to begin AP Latin the following
year. The slate of authors varies from year to year. The course emphasizes writing
and discussion, exploring the different ways Latin authors approached their
craft. Though the course is rigorous, students will have the opportunity to
engage creatively and unconventionally with the material. Honors Latin
Literature students will get a sense of the pace and demands of AP Latin in the
course of the year. Prerequisite: recommendation of Latin 3
AP LATIN (3 credits)
This course is designed to prepare students to
excel on the AP Latin exam. Students will translate, analyze, and discuss
selections from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s Gallic War. Paying
close attention to the literary devices, meter, and syntax of Vergil’s epic
poem, we discuss numerous themes including passion vs. reason, the importance
of pietas, and whether this work, which was considered the national poem during
the Roman Empire, is really as patriotic as it seems. As we read Caesar, we
strive for true mastery of his prose style and an understanding of his cultural
impact and political character. The course teaches and expects excellence in
the field of Latin Literature.. Prerequisite:
Recommendation of Honors Latin Literature teacher
HONORS SPANISH 4 (3 credits) The Spanish 4 course is designed to improve the student's
proficiency in all four skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking
by focusing on real communication in meaningful contexts. The textbook
Imagina is designed to incorporate on-line materials and videos in Spanish to
acquire new knowledge, to develop understanding of the cultures of the many
people who speak Spanish, and to use Spanish for effective day-to-day
communication. Students learn about the contributions of contemporary and
historic figures from the Spanish-speaking world in the fields of art,
literature, music, science, math, economics, trade and politics.
Additionally, students will be viewing original short films in Spanish
which incorporate the themes of each lesson. The course reflects ACTFL
Proficiency Guidelines for language learning. Prerequisite: recommendation
by Spanish 3 teacher.
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE (3 credits)
This course is designed to prepare
students for the AP Spanish language examination by providing a thorough review
of Spanish grammar and intensive vocabulary and idiom building. The
students speak, read, analyze and write about contemporary Spanish issues and
literary topics as a preparation to becoming independent readers and writers of
the Spanish Language. Students will read short stories as well as
articles taken from Hispanic newspapers and periodicals. Listening
and speaking competency is developed through the use of contemporary written,
visual and audio media. Students will receive intensive practice to
improve the four skills. Prerequisite: recommendation by Honors Spanish 4
Foreign Language Electives:
INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LANGUAGES (1, 2, or 3 credits)
In this course, students will embark
on a self-paced independent study of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German,
Italian, Japanese, or Portuguese via Rosetta Stone’s online software. Student
work will be monitored and evaluated by the Foreign Language Department
faculty. In order to qualify for this elective, students must have permission
from their most recent language teacher and the Department Head and must be
endorsed by their advisor as good independent study candidates. Students who
have been recommended for advanced language study may take this course in
addition to their current language but not as a replacement of their current
language. Prerequisite: completion of at least three levels of French,
Latin, or Spanish with a final grade of B or higher. This course cannot be used to fulfill a core course
Philosophy of the History Department:
The Upper School History Department has two major interrelated
goals. First, students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of the
complex world around them, and how it has been shaped by history. As this
process unfolds in the curriculum, they are expected to make connections, not
only between cultures, but between different epochs as well. Second, the
faculty works with students to develop age appropriate critical thinking and
writing skills. This is accomplished primarily through daily readings,
class discussion, film, and frequent writing assignments.
In addition, our faculty believes the study of history should be
engaging and relevant. Students must be fully prepared for the challenges of
college, as well as for the diversity and complexity of the twenty-first
century. Special emphasis is placed on the increasing interconnectedness
of the global community. Our faculty focuses on the responsible use of
the Internet and understanding the significant role of the media.
Research projects are fully integrated into the curriculum, with required
papers due in grades 10 and 11.
Finally, as students move through the history curriculum, our
faculty carefully considers their placement. To qualify for an AP course,
they must have a record of academic success, a strong sense of purpose, and the
recommendation of the appropriate teacher. After completing their course of study, our expectation is
that students are prepared to become active global citizens and agents of
Standardized testing for History students:
With the approval of their teacher, AP students are encouraged to
take the AP exam in May.
Graduation Requirements for History:
9th Grade: World History 1 (3 credits)
10th Grade: World History 2 (3 credits)
11th Grade: United States History/AP United States History (3
WORLD HISTORY 1 (3 credits) and WORLD HISTORY 2 (3 credits) This two-year course
is required of all ninth and tenth graders and is designed to provide a global
perspective to the study of humanity. The concentration in ninth grade is
on ancient and medieval history, with particular emphasis on skills such as note
taking, geographic literacy, and effective reading and writing. The tenth
grade course covers the modern world and encourages analytical thinking in oral
and written work. Technology is used in both on a daily basis. A
research paper also is required in both, and World History 2 students create
and present a research project.
UNITED STATES HISTORY/AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
(3 credits) Eleventh graders are required
to take one of these courses. Both the survey and AP courses examine
political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual forces that have
contributed to the development of America. Primary and secondary sources
are utilized, and a major research project is required of AP students.
The AP course is more thematic in approach and students are prepared for
the AP test in the spring. Consent
of the department is necessary for placement at the AP level.
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (3 credits) This course is presented as a college level seminar and is
offered to qualified seniors. The modern era in Europe, beginning with
the Renaissance, is examined in detail. Challenging readings are used as
a basis for class discussion and writing assignments. The use of a
variety of films is an important component in this course. Students make
one extensive research project presentation during the year and are prepared
for the AP test in the spring. The course culminates with a thorough
review of current challenges in Europe. Consent of the department is necessary for placement.
AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (3 credits)
The rise of government as a feature
of human life is among the most basic of needs of an organized society. This
course focuses on two main areas: an intense study of the United States system
of government, and the communication of ideas and opinions. The study of U. S.
government examines the constitutional basis for government, political beliefs
and themes, the role of special interests, mass media, institutions of
government, the interaction of government with the people, and protest
movements. Consent of the
department is necessary for placement.
AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM (1 credit) Whether viewed as a wilderness to be conquered or a sanctuary to
be preserved, the environment has always been a central theme in American
culture and history. This course examines how perceptions have changed,
and occasionally clashed, through history. Special emphasis is given to
the modern environmental movement.
AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY (1 credit) In this course students study the role of women in American
society and how it has changed over the past 400 years. Topics such as
gender roles, familial organization, work, and women's positions in the public
and private spheres are examined.
ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (1 credit) The modern world is forever indebted to the civilizations of
ancient Greece and Rome. How did these small Mediterranean villages grow to
change the world? This course will examine the art, architecture, history,
religion, and culture of the ancient Greek and Romans. It is a study of
the evolution of their societies and their impact and influence on later
ART HISTORY (1 credit) This course traces the growth of art from the prehistoric period
through the modern art movement. Emphasis is placed on how the art
reflects the goals, interests, and settings of the time in which it was
CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (1 credit) This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the
American Civil War. How and why was it such a transforming event in
American history? We will examine how conflicts over the basic principles
of the American Constitution contributed to the Civil War and Reconstruction
era. In addition to considering the underlying tensions and the immediate
causes of the Civil War, topics covered include: the role of the Republican
Party, the problems of the Confederate government, wartime strategies, and the
nation’s attempt to reunite.
CONTEMPORARY EUROPE (1 credit) Whether the topic is world war, nationalism, the Cold War,
or economic crisis and renewal, Europe has played a central role in world
affairs in the 20th and early 21st centuries. This course examines these
developments, as well as Europe’s evolving role in the world today.
GLOBAL ISSUES (1 credit) Global Issues will investigate, discuss, and debate the major
issues of our world today. The course focuses on issues such as globalization
and trade, human rights, the global environment, the role of the U.S. in the
world, international relations and efforts to promote peace. Particular
topics are chosen in light of current events and their global significance.
Students are expected to read background materials, do research on
current events on the internet and databases, make presentations, clearly
articulate their own views, and participate in simulations and debates.
HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST (1 credit ) The Middle East is one of the most volatile areas of the world. Students
examine the region historically, with topics for study including the rise of
Islam, colonialism, the development of the modern state of Israel, and the
emergence of Arab nationalism. The course culminates with the study of
HISTORY OF THE SIXTIES AND THE VIETNAM WAR (1 credit)
This course considers one of the most
tumultuous decades in American history (1955 through 1973). We will
explore major cultural and political movements including civil rights, student
radicalism, and the Vietnam War.
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS (1 credit) This course introduces students to the fundamentals of economics.
Both micro (opportunity cost, supply and demand, and how firms make decisions)
and macroeconomics (Gross Domestic Product, the Federal Reserve System) are
CHINA & JAPAN (1 credit) East Asia
represents the most dynamic area of the world in the early twenty-first
century. This course examines the unique histories of China and Japan, and
their potential role in the new world order.
WORLD RELIGIONS (1 credit) Students examine significant world religions
including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. Our study
is historical, and focuses on points of commonality (including comparisons to Judeo-Christian
traditions) as well as contemporary developments. The study of primary
sources and frequent writing assignments are important components of this course.
NATIONALISM (1 credit) In this course students explore the modern historical and
political phenomenon of nationalism. What is it? How/why does it
begin? Is it always associated with violence and conflict? This
course uses a case study model to explore the concepts of nationalism, starting
with its development during the French Revolution. Subsequent manifestations
are studied in Ireland, the Balkans, and India, before students complete a
research project on a nationalist movement of their choosing.
REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA AND THE CONSTITUTION (1 credit)
As John Adams stated, "The
Revolution was in the Minds of the people...before a drop of blood was drawn at
Lexington." This course will examine the Revolutionary Era and trace how
British subjects created a new nation and political ideal. Particular
attention will be paid to the ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the
THE SIXTIES (1 credit) This course considers one of the most tumultuous decades in
American history. The movements for civil rights, student radicalism, and
the Vietnam War are examined.
Tatnall’s Upper School mathematics teachers strive to offer an
appropriately challenging curriculum that reflects the Tatnall School Mission
and the Philosophy of the Upper School. The curriculum is coherent and
connected at each level, offering openings to engage students at many levels,
corresponding to their unique skills and gifts.
Tatnall mathematics in the Upper School involves a
blend of skills and computation with a development of reasoning and problem solving.
This combination allows students to explore the elegance of pure
mathematics as well as the many applications of mathematics in the modern
The Upper School mathematics classrooms utilize a
variety of technological tools in prompting students to become active and
creative problem solvers. Projects and opportunities for collaboration
cultivate confidence and independent mathematical thought as students
learn to explore ideas, develop conjectures and verify their results.
Standardized Testing for Math students:
Mathematics Department recommends the following standardized testing options. While
standardized tests are not required by the department, individual students
should use these recommendations as guidelines for personal decisions.
SAT subject tests for mathematics are divided into Level 1 and Level 2.
Students who have completed Algebra 2 are prepared for Level 1. Students who
have completed Precalculus are prepared for Level 2. The breakdown of topics
covered on each test is available from Educational Testing Services (ETS). A
primary component of Level 1 includes Geometry. A primary component of Level 2
American Mathematics Competition is a national math exam given at two levels:
AMC-10 for grades nine and ten and AMC-12 for grades eleven and twelve. This
exam is an opportunity for students to try a competitive, timed format of
challenging problems. Selection for participation is made by the Math
Department. Qualifying students may progress to the next level, the American
Mathematics Invitational Competition.
enrolled in Advanced Placement math courses (AB Calculus, BC and Multivariable
Calculus or AP Statistics) may elect to take the appropriate AP exam in May. While
the taking of these exams is not required by Tatnall, many colleges grant
credit or placement based on AP exam scores. Students who take the BC Calculus
exam will get two scores, one on the AB component and a second on the BC
component. Students should discuss their particular needs with their teachers
and college counselors when deciding whether to schedule an exam.
Graduation Requirements for Mathematics:
student will complete four years of mathematics in the Upper School. In
addition, each student must complete the study of trigonometry.
ALGEBRA 1 (3 credits) This course provides the
basics of real number properties, solving equations and inequalities (linear
and quadratic) in one and two variables, systems of equations, exponents,
polynomials, proportions, rational equations, functions, and radical
expressions. Since a solid foundation in Algebra 1 is key to success in
continuing math classes, this course may be required for students whose algebra
background is incomplete or who require additional reinforcement.
GEOMETRY (3 credits) This course emphasizes an
understanding and appreciation of basic geometric structure. It combines
an integrated approach (with algebra) and an investigative approach (with
hands-on and computer activities), develops logical reasoning and connects with
meaningful applications to the real world. Specific areas of study
include angles, triangle congruence, similarity, right triangles, circles, and
areas and volumes. Appropriate emphasis is placed on formal proof and
depth of study of individual topics.
ALGEBRA 2 and HONORS ALGEBRA 2 (3 credits) This
course serves to review the familiar concepts of real numbers, linear and
quadratic equations, inequalities, functions and polynomials. It then
introduces the student to matrices, conic sections, logarithms, and arithmetic
and geometric sequences and series. This course does not include
trigonometry, which will be studied in a subsequent year. Prerequisite:
Algebra 1. Honors section requires placement testing and consent of
PRECALCULUS AND TRIGONOMETRY and HONORS
PRECALCULUS AND TRIGONOMETRY (3 credits) This course includes a review
and extension of advanced algebraic concepts. New concepts covered
include unit circle trigonometry and extending its applications to polar
coordinates and vectors. A core theme of the course is the study of functions,
both algebraic and transcendental, including trigonometric, as a preparation
for calculus. Further topics include series and probability.. Prerequisite: Algebra 2. Honors section requires consent
FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, AND TRIGONOMETRY (3 credits) Emphasis is
placed on a graphic approach to modeling data with linear, quadratic, and
exponential functions. The field of statistics is explored, with a focus
on the measures of center and spread. Additionally, the topics of
probability, and sequences and series are introduced. A formal study of
trigonometry fulfills the student's graduation requirement. Prerequisite:
CONCEPTS OF ADVANCED MATHEMATICS (3 credits) Designed as an alternative
capstone to Calculus, this course will cover topics in the mathematics of
social choice first term. The second term will cover financial topics
including long term savings and loans. The third term will be an
introduction to the basic statistical concepts of data collection, description,
and analysis. Prerequisite: Functions, Statistics, and
CALCULUS (3 credits) This course introduces concepts of
calculus with an emphasis on graphic, numeric, analytic and verbal approaches.
Limits, differentiation, integration techniques, and applications of
calculus are presented. The focus includes both theory and modeling of
real world applications. Prerequisite: Precalculus
AP CALCULUS AB (3 credits) This course
is a college level class in calculus which follows the syllabus for the AP exam
in Calculus AB. A list of the topics for study can be found on
apcentral.collegeboard.com. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, the
applications of derivatives, integrals, and applications of integrals. Students
investigate functions and their behaviors through a variety of methods aimed at
allowing the students to reason graphically, analytically, and numerically.
Emphasis is also placed on mathematical communication, both written and oral. Prerequisite:
Precalculus. Requires consent of department.
AP CALCULUS BC AND MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS (3 credits) This course
is a continuation of Calculus AB. Students cover material which is on the
syllabus for the AP exam in Calculus BC as well as additional material in
multivariable calculus. Topics include series, techniques of integration,
differential equations, partial derivatives and multiple integrals with
applications. Prerequisite: AB AP Calculus. Requires consent of
AP CALCULUS BC (ACCELERATED) (3 credits) This
course is a college level class in calculus that follows the syllabus for the
AP exam in Calculus BC. The course includes all material from AB AP
Calculus as well as BC Calculus topics. This list of the topics can be
found on the apcentral.collegeboard.com website and include limits,
continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and applications,
differential equations, Taylor series, and the calculus of polar functions.
Students investigate functions and their behaviors through a variety of
methods aimed at allowing students to reason graphically, analytically, and
numerically. Emphasis is also placed on mathematical communication, both
written and oral. Prerequisite: Precalculus. Requires consent of
ADVANCED CALCULUS HONORS (3 credits)
AP STATISTICS (3 credits) Four main
themes of statistics will be studied in this course: exploratory data
analysis, methods of collecting data, probability as a tool in distribution of
data, and statistical inference. A hands-on approach with emphasis on
graphical representation, simulation, technology and experimentation will be
used. The use of a TI-83/84 graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite:
Algebra 2 and consent of department
ADVANCED MATH SEMINAR (1 credit) Recent topics
include fractals, finance, game theory, cryptology and others not usually seen
in a high school curriculum. Students may elect to take this more than
once as the topics will change. Prerequisite/co-requisite: Algebra 2
or higher, or consent of instructor.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (1 credit)
INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
(1 credit) This course is taught concurrently with the Concepts of Advanced
Mathematics course. The basic concepts in the field of discrete
mathematics beyond permutations and combinations, which have been covered in previous
courses, will be explored. Topics to be covered include the mathematics
of social choice including voting and weighted voting systems, fair division
and apportionment, and Euler and Hamilton circuits will be covered if time
INTRODUCTION TO CALCULUS (1 credit) This course
is designed for the senior student who elected to take AP Statistics and has no
experience in a Calculus course. It will be taught in conjunction with
the third term of the Concepts of Advanced Mathematics course. The
concepts of limits, derivatives and integrals will be introduced using
elementary functions. Emphasis will be placed on the derivative as a rate of
change and the integral as an accumulation function.
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS (1 credit) This course entails an introduction to fundamentals of
one-variable statistics, including data collection, visual display, numeric
description, and the foundations of inference. In addition to text-based
study, students will develop a statistical question, design a data collection
strategy, and use the tools of the course to analyze the results.
MATH OF FINANCE (1 credit) This
course will explore a variety of topics relevant to personal finances.
Students will use Excel spreadsheets extensively to explore such topics
as inflation, long-term savings, personal loans, and mortgages. Each student
will research a variety of important components of financial decision making,
including interest rates, stocks, bonds, bankruptcy, and retirement accounts.
Students will end the term with a summative project.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND ATHLETICS
The Physical Education program is an integral part of the total
education of the student. We challenge students to make informed decisions
about their lifestyles now and in the future.
Through their experiences in the Physical Education Department,
graduates of Tatnall possess a solid foundation in human health and physiology
and the benefits of exercise. Our classroom offerings focus on the latest
developments and issues in human health while maintaining a practical focus on
nutrition, human anatomy, principles of athletic training and first aid.
Through required participation in the Athletics program, Tatnall
graduates understand teamwork, proper conditioning, and their own physical
strengths and abilities. Students choose from a wide range of interscholastic
sports, including both traditional team-centered athletics and individually
focused lifelong sports.
Graduation Requirement for Physical Education,
Health and Athletics:
In addition to the completion of Freshman Seminar: Introduction to
Health, each student is required to complete a minimum of two credits per year
for participation on an athletic team sport. One credit is given for
participation in each interscholastic sport. Any student seeking athletic
credit through independent credit, or weight training (minimum of 2 credits)
must apply to the Athletic Committee for an exemption. Requests for such
credit will be reviewed by the Athletic Committee members. One credit per
year, but not more than a total of three credits, may be granted by the
department/committee in this fashion. Joining a team as a manager does not
qualify as participating in a team sport. Student/athletes who are
physically unable to participate in a given sports season or are injured during
the season must submit a copy of the Physician’s Physical Recommendation Form
(available from the athletic trainer) which will explain the extent of the
injury and the physical limitations and capabilities of the student/athlete in
regards to their placement in our weight training program until they are
cleared to resume participation in their sport or until the end of the season.
All juniors and seniors will be required to participate in two
major school activities per year. For many students, these activities
will both be team sports. However, students may qualify for a second
credit by receiving an endorsement from the Athletic Committee for significant
leadership in another on-going, time intensive, non-curricular activity such as
music, performing arts, student government or running a service program.
Health courses do not satisfy the department requirement.
Senior students may not participate in a sport as a member of the 3rd
ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY (1 credit) This course is designed to study the anatomical makeup of the
human body and how muscles propel the body during movement. Basic anatomy
will be taught with all muscle origins, insertions, and actions being studied.
We will then study how these muscles are used in the actual physical
movement of the body during exercise.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION (1 credit) This course will emphasize current health and nutrition theories
in relation to athletics. A general overview of anatomy and the basic
systems of the body will be covered, along with such pertinent topics as the
effects of alcohol, smoking, drugs, supplements and diet on the human body and
specifically on the performance of the athlete.
INJURY ASSESSMENT AND FIRST AID (1 credit)
The major portion of the course will
consist of learning how to administer basic first aid and emergency care for a
wide variety of injuries. We will also cover advanced CPR/AED training
and identifying risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Students will learn
how to communicate with health care providers and lay rescuers regarding
emergency care. Through the use of an interactive CD ROM skeleton system
program, we will be able to view the areas of the body that are affected by the
different types of injuries.
STUDENT TRAINERS' WORKSHOP (1 credit) This course includes the general knowledge and understanding
needed for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
Special attention will be given in educating students in sport nutrition
and in learning how foods can help or hinder health and athletic performances.
An opportunity to enroll in Advanced Student Trainer is available as an
independent study to students who have completed this workshop and have the instructor’s
permission. Exceptional students will be eligible to assist the athletic
trainer in his duties.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH (0.5 credit)
Freshman Seminar will give the
students a preview of the four physical education classes that will be
available to them as electives in the future. The class will cover
current topics in health and nutrition, exercise, diet, heart disease, drugs,
anatomy, first aid, as well as recognizing, treating and rehabilitation of
All students are required to participate in interscholastic
athletics. Students receive one credit for each after-school team sport
completed in good standing. Daily participation/attendance is required.
We will attempt to include every student who desires to be a member of a team
sport, as most of our facilities warrant a no-exclusion policy. However,
students who want to play tennis or golf may have to try-out for a team due to
limited practice space and/or use agreements with outside facilities.
Participation in the ice hockey program requires payment of an additional fee.
Cross Country (Men’s & Women’s)
Field Hockey (Women’s)
Basketball (Men’s and Women’s)
Ice Hockey (Co-ed)
Swimming (Men’s and Women’s)
Winter Track (Men’s and Women’s)
Lacrosse (Men’s and Women’s)
Tennis (Men’s and Women’s)
Track (Men’s and Women’s)
Weight Training (2 terms required for one credit; department
WEIGHT TRAINING (1 credit) Weight Training is a course for eligible students who are
rehabilitating an injury, who have special athletic needs, or who petition to
enter the course after discussion with the Athletic Director. This course
is not open to freshmen. Eligible students that enroll in this course
will be enrolled for two terms and receive one credit. A maximum of three
credits will be granted to eligible students in grades 10 through 12.
Written consent of instructor is required.
The faculty of the science department believes that the study of
science is essential for every Tatnall Upper School student. As the impact of
scientific innovations, applications and information increasingly permeates our
daily lives, it is imperative that our students have a solid base of
understanding and the skills to be critical thinkers in order to function as
knowledgeable citizens, consumers, and decision makers in our
We believe that:
1. science instruction will be an appropriate background for
continued study in college and beyond.
2. the level of difficulty of a science class should challenge the
3. students will develop understandings about scientific inquiry
and the abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
4. students should develop an understanding of the cell, molecular
basis of heredity, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter,
energy and organization in living systems, biological populations, and the
behavior of organisms.
5. students should develop an understanding of the structure of
atoms, the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, motions and
forces, conservation of energy and increase in disorder, and interactions of
energy and matter.
6. students should develop an understanding about how technology
is used in science.
7. students should develop an understanding of science as a human
endeavor, the nature of scientific knowledge, and historical perspectives on
8. science classes should be fun, exciting and engaging.
9. the atmosphere in the classroom and lab should be one that
allows students to feel comfortable and safe to question, discover, and learn.
Graduation Requirements for Science:
A total of nine credits of Science must be successfully completed
prior to graduation. This includes three credits each for the courses entitled
BIOLOGY and either CHEMISTRY or HONORS CHEMISTRY. The remaining three
graduation credits should come from completion of Physics or Honors Physics.
(Physics or Honors Physics is required for all juniors who have completed or
are enrolled in Precalculus, Honors Precalculus, Calculus or AP Calculus
classes. Beyond completion of the nine required graduation credits, all
students are advised to complete one other year (three credits) of science.
Standardized Testing for Science Students:
The Science Department recommends that individual students should
consult with their teachers about the appropriateness of taking the SAT Subject
Tests in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement science classes (AP
Physics, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Psychology) may elect to
take the appropriate AP exam in May. While the taking of these exams is
not required by Tatnall, many colleges grant credit or placement based on AP
test scores. Students should discuss their particular needs with their
teachers and college counselors when deciding whether to take AP tests.
HONORS BIOLOGY (3 credits) Honors biology is a one-year laboratory course for ninth graders
that focuses on the living world around us. Major topics include cells, cell
processes, inheritance, evolution, and overviews of plants, animals, fungi, and
bacteria. The curriculum is designed to provide the pace and depth that will
challenge highly motivated and engaged students. Members of this class
will be expected to work well independently and to study material in greater
depth than the biology class. Success in this class will permit a student
to move on to more advanced science classes in their sophomore year. Prerequisite:
Consent of the instructor
BIOLOGY (3 credits) Biology is an introduction to high school science which focuses on
the living world around us. Biology provides the student with the solid
foundation necessary to comprehend the expanding role of biology in society.
Major topics include cells, cell processes, inheritance, evolution, and
overviews of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria. This course of study
combines lectures, a practical laboratory component, and online activities that
help students connect the content to their lives and prepare to study Chemistry
and other science courses in the future.
CHEMISTRY (3 credits) Chemistry is a one-year laboratory course that explores the
principles of matter and how it changes. The concepts of chemistry are
essential to understanding all other sciences, so students are encouraged to
build “big picture” understanding of topics such as atoms and their structures,
chemical reactions, and interactions between energy and matter. Students are
challenged to develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
necessary for the mastery of chemistry, which will in turn allow them to be
successful as they observe and interact within their own physical world. Prerequisite:
SCIENCE (3 credits) Environmental Science is a year-long
course that explores ecology, living systems and environmental problems. The
class is divided into three terms: natural resource conservation, conservation
biology and wildlife conservation and ecology. The class is a combination of
lectures and lab activities that include fieldwork on the Tatnall campus as
well as bench labs and computer simulations. This class is also designed for
students who would like to improve their note taking, scientific reading,
qualitative and quantitative observing and analyzing, researching and
CHEMISTRY (3 credits) Honors Chemistry is a one-year
laboratory course that covers the foundational concepts of chemistry, exploring
the composition of matter and the changes that it undergoes. The curriculum is
designed to be challenging and fast-paced so that maximum in-depth exposure is
given to the concepts of this first-year chemistry course. Additionally,
students in Honors Chemistry are expected to approach learning with
independence and dedication to excellence. As chemistry is essential to
understanding all other sciences, success in this course will permit a student
to pursue further studies in the more advanced sciences offered at the Tatnall
School. Pre-requisite: Biology, consent of instructor
Full-year (Three Credit) Science Electives
Prerequisite: BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY (reg. or
ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 2 (HONORS) (3 credits)
This course explores two areas of advanced chemistry at an
introductory level: organic chemistry and biochemistry. Highly recommended for
students intending to pursue science in college, this course allows students to
discover the vocabulary and concepts of key topics in these two important areas
of chemistry with correlated opportunities to explore these ideas in the
laboratory. Students will design and conduct original research projects as well
as visit local research facilities and hear from professionals in the
field. In this course, students
will be challenged to become more proficient with scientific literacy in order
to be effective communicators within the scientific community. Prerequisite:
Chemistry or Honors Chemistry; Physics or Honors Physics, or Physics
concurrently, or teacher recommendation.
AP BIOLOGY (3 credits) This course is designed to approximate a two-semester, college
level biology course for biology majors. The course covers topics traditionally
discussed in college level courses including evolutionary theory,
biosystematics, structure and function of organisms, biochemistry, ecology, and
genetics. A college level textbook is used, and there is considerable
independent reading in this text. The course is designed to provide students
with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary
to understand and analyze modern biological theory and problems. Prerequisite:
Biology and Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, enrollment in or completion of
Physics or Honors Physics.
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3 credits) The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide
students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methods required to
understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students will analyze
environmental problems, evaluate risks associated with these problems, and consider
solutions for preventing such problems. Among the topics studied are population
issues, water and water pollution, air and air pollution, renewable and
nonrenewable fuels, farming, and pesticides. We look at problems from a local,
national and world perspective. Students will conduct classroom experiments as
well as analyze data on actual environmental issues. Students will also study
the policies and laws that impact these problems. Prerequisite: Biology,
Chemistry or Honors Chemistry, consent of the instructor
AP PHYSICS: MECHANICS (3 credits) This second year course is a calculus-based in-depth study of
mechanics. This course is equivalent to a first semester college course for
engineering and science majors. Topics studied include kinematics, Newton's
laws of motion, energy and momentum, rotation, oscillations, gravitation, and
Lagrangian dynamics. An emphasis is placed on concepts, problem solving and
in-depth lab work. Students are expected to take the AP Physics C Mechanics
exam in the spring. Prerequisite: Honors Physics, calculus (or independent
calculus study), and consent of instructor
AP PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) This is a college level course with commensurate work. Students
are expected to read the entire textbook, as well as write essays and reviews
of research articles. Students are also expected to participate in classroom
discussions and experiments. In addition, students design and carry out
original research with a fellow student. After the students conduct their study
and gather data, they will present their findings at an AP Psychology
conference in the spring. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
DESIGN: THESIS (3 credits) This Honors
level course is designed to allow students to conduct original research in
biology and related fields, to publish their findings, and to interact with
other scientists. During the first term students will conduct several small
experiments designed to model appropriate procedures, logic, and logistics of
experimentation, they will design and carry out individual research projects,
and they will read and discuss current literature in various fields of
scientific study. During the second term data collection and literature
discussion continues as data analysis begins. During the final term students
will fully develop their data analysis, complete a detailed written report, and
begin the process of publishing their findings in appropriate journals. Students
will contact and confer with experts in several fields of study during the
course in order to more fully enrich their experience. This course is for
nominated students only who think and work independently, and who can fully
dedicate themselves to in-depth study. Some lunchtime meetings are required. Prerequisites:
(1) Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or enrolled concurrently in
Physics. (2) Nomination and consent of Science Department faculty.
HONORS PHYSICS (3 credits) This is an algebra-based physics course for those who are
especially skilled in mathematics and science and wish a challenge beyond the
level of regular physics. The course is lecture and laboratory-based, with an
emphasis on problem solving. Topics covered include kinematics, Newtonian
mechanics, conservation laws, electricity, magnetism, sound, optics, and
nuclear physics. The course is rigorous, covers material at a rapid pace, and
requires both independent thinking and perseverance in problem solving.
Students who are successful in this course are eligible to take AP Physics in
their senior year. Corequisite: Precalculus, Calculus, or Advanced Placement
PHYSICS (3 credits) This is a conceptually-based introduction to the major principles
of physics that also emphasizes the development of algebraic problem-solving
skills. The laboratory and problem-solving approach are designed to give the
student a basic understanding of physical concepts in oscillations, waves,
sound, light and optics, Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, kinematics,
and electricity. Students should be adept at manipulating simple algebraic
equations and graphing. Co-requisite: Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Advanced
Placement Calculus. (This co-requisite may be waived by consent of the science department.)
Term-long Science Electives (Prerequisite:
BIOMECHANICS (2 credits) Biomechanics is the science that examines the internal and
external forces acting on the human body and the effects of those forces. The
result of applied force is motion. This course examines the principles of human
motion and uses computers and high-speed video cameras to measure the motion of
students as they walk, run, throw, and perform other activities. Topics
covered: human bone and muscle anatomy, movement terminology, sports
projectiles, computerized measurement of human motion, basic mathematical
applications to sports and every day movement patterns.
BOTANY (1 credit) The primary objective of this course is for students to
complete a plant collection on and around the grounds of the Tatnall School.
This project involves proper use of taxonomic terminology, collection of
plants, use of taxonomic keys for plant identification, and presentation of
specimens. Field trips to unique habitats in the region allow students to
observe and measure plant species in complex plant communities.
COMPARATIVE VERTEBRATE ANATOMY (1 credit) The overall objective of this course is to provide a more in-depth
study of vertebrate organ systems and anatomy than covered in Biology. Students
will dissect a freshwater drum, dogfish shark, leopard frog and fetal pig. They
will observe variations both between individuals within a species and between
organisms from different classes of vertebrates. The approach to learning in
this course is very “hands-on”, and the majority of exams are verbal. At the
end of the course, the students complete an online human dissection. The
culminating written exam consists of summarizing the key similarities and
differences between the different classes of vertebrates included in the
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A: NATURAL RESOURCE
CONSERVATION (1 credit) Natural resource conservation will focus
on the principles underlying the proper management of our resources: water,
air, soils, minerals, fossil fuels, forests, and wildlife. It will also focus
on the current and past attitudes relating to the resources with the
interaction and complexities of humans' interests. Emphasis will be placed on
current conservation issues such as climate change, fracking, and alternative
energy. Class will include lecture, discussions, projects, computer
simulations and lab activities.
SCIENCE B: CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (1 credit) Conservation
biology applies biological principles to the conservation of biological
diversity. The course integrates topics from ecology, economics, genetics,
biogeography, behavior, sociology, and wildlife management. Some topics include
describing patterns and scales of biological diversity, examining threats to
biodiversity, managing populations and ecosystems, and the social aspects of
conservation. Class will include lecture, discussions, projects, computer
simulations and lab activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE C: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY
(1 credit) Wildlife conservation and ecology is an
introduction to the issues, problems and solutions associated with the
conservation of wildlife. The class discusses the basic principles of wildlife
ecology with focus on the ecological and sociological importance of wildlife
and their habitats. We evaluate and discuss the importance of wildlife to our
past, present and future with emphasis on wildlife conservation issues such as
habitat loss, endangered species, pollution, urbanization and invasive species.
Class will include lecture, discussions, and lab and field activities.
ECOLOGY (1 credit) Field Ecology is a course that
meets outdoors on the Tatnall campus and surrounding areas to provide
experience in designing and performing ecological experiments in the field.
Each student is required to perform a term long collection and identification
project as part of a group study of a designated ecosystem. Animals, plants,
insects, fungi and their environments are observed closely, and some
experiments that quantify the interactions between these organisms are designed
PHYSIOLOGY (1 credit) This course provides the
student an opportunity to study the chemical and mechanical nature of human
organ systems including the nervous system, cardiopulmonary system, digestive
system, and excretory system. Students will use internet resources as the
primary source of information. Daily classes may include lectures, labs,
debates, student led discussions, and computer simulations.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY (1 credit)
This course is designed to introduce
students to topics in both psychology and sociology. The topics covered
in psychology range from neuroscience, social psychology, mental illness, and
therapy. The topics covered in sociology are family, culture, and social
stratification. Students will write short papers, participate in
experiments, conduct experiments in both fields, and view videos, as well as
participate in classroom discussions. Students’ understanding will be
assessed via tests and papers.
MICROBIOLOGY (1 credit) This course provides the opportunity to study microscopic
organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Many facets of the
diversity, structure, and physiology of these organisms are investigated in
lectures and lab exercises. In addition, students study the effects of microbes
on other organisms, culturing and staining techniques, and genetic engineering
theory and application.
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (1 credit) This course is a survey of the theory and techniques
used in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Lecture and lab exercises will
cover restriction enzymes, electrophoresis, PCR, vectors, RFLP, blotting,
cloning, and DNA sequencing. Students also will gain an understanding of
current issues concerning use of genetically engineered products in society.
OF HORTICULTURE (1 credit) This course
introduces the principles and practices of the use of plant materials in
horticulture. The topics discussed include horticultural techniques, floral
design, and landscape architecture. Several field trips to commercial
businesses, Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Museum illustrate the principles.
Students will design several floral and landscape projects using techniques
discussed in class.
AT LARGE UPPER SCHOOL COURSES
DRIVER EDUCATION (1 credit) (Pass/Fail) Driver Training is mandated by the state of Delaware for all
enrolled tenth grade students. The course includes both classroom and in-car
instruction. Successful completion of classroom and road work satisfies state
requirements for a driver's license prior to the student's eighteenth birthday
(for Delaware residents). Students are assigned to class by birth date.
Road work sessions are assigned by the instructor and based on the
student's availability. The school guarantees the completion of class
work and road work by the end of the school year but not necessarily by the
student's sixteenth birthday. The course will assist non-residents to
prepare for their state written and road tests as well as to satisfy some
insurance requirements. There will be a charge for all out-of-state
students for this course.
These seminar courses are required for all freshman students.
They consist of five areas of study: The Arts, Computer
Applications, Health, Grammar, and Research. Students must choose two of
the following Arts courses: Visual Arts, Theater, or Music. Each course
meets for one-half of a trimester. Seminars are graded on a pass/fail
basis except for Grammar Review and Research which are graded courses.
Freshman Seminar as listed on the transcript will be Pass/Fail.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: VISUAL ARTS (0.5 credit) Pass/Fall. This
introductory foundation course equips students with the fundamental skills
needed to undertake more advanced exploration in art and design. The course
emphasizes both the design process and a solid understanding of the elements
and principles of design. Students also learn to apply critical thinking skills
throughout the creative process as well as in formal class critiques.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: INTRODUCTION TO THEATER (0.5 credit)
Pass/Fall. This is a credit-bearing course on the essentials of
stagecraft, lighting design, sound design, scenic design, and production
management. Taught by the technical director of the PAC, the class will
contain both group and individual instruction in the Marvin Theater of the
Laird Performing Arts Center. A small project is required.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: MUSIC (0.5 credit)
Pass/Fall. This course will be project-based, with students
completing both individual and group projects. Students will learn about
the essential place music holds in many aspects of our lives, such as dance,
film, video games, and marketing. Within this, students will study music
history and will learn how to identify the elements of music in different
genres. They will learn how and why music affects our brain, both as a
listener and as a music-maker. Students will also study the process
involved in making music in our current time, especially the people and funding
involved in creating a musical performance or recording. Students will
learn to critique music of different genres and will be required to attend a
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (0.5 credit)
This course is designed to introduce freshman to the Upper School
computing policies and ethics, hardware, software, servers, and internet.
In addition, this course teaches students how to word process, use
spreadsheets, and design presentations using the MicroSoft Office Suite.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH (0.5 credit)
Pass/Fail. Freshman Seminar will give the students a
preview of the four health classes that will be available to them as electives
in the future. The class will cover current topics in health and
nutrition, exercise, diet, heart disease, drugs, anatomy, first aid, as well as
recognizing, treating and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR - GRAMMAR REVIEW (0.5
credit) The emphasis in this class will be on the technical components of
writing, including grammar and mechanics. The approach is practical and
constructivist, and the course is aimed to provide all students with the
necessary background to meet the writing expectations of the Upper School.
Students prove mastery of the material via classroom participation,
homework, and in-class assessments. This course is graded for the
term but is pass/fail for the year.
FRESHMAN SEMINAR: RESEARCH (0.5 credit) This course is designed
to reinforce and/or introduce tools essential to students as they engage in the
research process. Students will be taught how to correctly use Noodle Tools and
TurnItIn.com, as well as how to cite in text using direct quotations,
paraphrasing, or summarizing. Specific discussions about plagiarism will also
be included. In addition, students will write two short research papers in both
history and the science.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (1 credit) This course is
designed to introduce students to the basic terms, fundamentals, and workings
of business today. Students will use class and homework discussion topics to
analyze the decisions that individuals and firms make. Students will be exposed to a variety
of concepts including marketing, management, human resources, globalization,
outsourcing, ethics and communication.
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT (1 or 2 credits) This course is an optional program for juniors or seniors who wish
to work in a professional field of their choice. Students who have a
particular vocational interest are encouraged to take part in this course.
Students are responsible for locating a cooperating professional for the
project. A major paper is prepared for review by a faculty advisor who is
chosen by the student. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty advisor.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PRACTICUM (1 credit) (Pass/Fail)
In this program, a student assists in a
Preschool or Lower School classroom. The course includes some reading in early
child development and either keeping a journal of daily activities and
observations, writing a research paper, or completing an approved creative
project relevant to their experience. Prerequisite: Consent of