English 9 prepares students for the New York State Regents exam in English 11. We practice intensive reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills beyond the surface level. We focus on various texts, including short stories, personal narratives, Shakespearean plays, Young Adult Novels, poetry, and more. We write creative narratives, short responses with textual evidence, Argumentative essays, Literary Analysis essays, and more! These skills enhance students’ future experiences in and out of the classroom.
Algebra 1 Common Core formally develops the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students to succeed in advanced courses. In particular, the instructional program in this course provides for the use of algebraic skills in a wide range of problem-solving situations. The concept of function is emphasized throughout the course. Topics include Number & Quantity, Algebra, Functions, and Statistics.
In the Living Environment course, we begin the year exploring the nature of science. That is, we explore the scientific method, measurement, and the means of proper scientific writing. As we advance, students will examine Earth's living and non-living entities. Starting with the most basic unit of life, the cell, we closely examine what it means to be alive and how organisms interact with their environments. As we close out the course, students will use their acquired knowledge of biology, learning knowledge relevant to the human body and our environmental impacts.
In the global society we live in, it is imperative students have a strong understanding of the foundations of peoples from around the world. To prepare students for their role as citizens in the 21st faculty will inspire critical thinking and in depth study of culture and history around the globe.
Bilingualism is an asset for all students as the world they live in becomes an ever more global society. In addition, studies have found that speaking more than one language has great benefits to the cognitive process; and students studying a foreign language tend to fare better on standardized tests.
Syracuse Academy’s high quality Physical Education program provides regular, healthy physical activity for students k-12. Moreover, our curriculum is designed to maximize teamwork, cooperation and enhance leadership abilities. Benefits of PE in schools include: stronger peer relationships, improved self- confidence, goal setting experience, self-discipline and improved academics.
Technology, Engineering & Computer Science
Syracuse Academy offers courses in Technology, Engineering and Computer Science that will ensure students are prepared for the transition to technical majors in college, and to succeed in the workplace of the 21st century. Classroom hours are enhanced through hands on activities and experiences both on campus and through site visits with professionals in respective fields.
Visual and Performing Arts
The mission of the visual and performing arts (VPA) department at Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is to give all students an encounter with the creative experience through the mediums of visual arts, theater arts, and music. Students are challenged in a rigorous curriculum developed for higher levels of learning. Students of all levels of artistic aptitude and prior experience will receive quality instruction aimed at challenging them to reach a greater level of artistry. The connections of the arts into the STEM culture creating STEAM benefits the student body to become the critical and creative thinker that is in such high demand in our current workforce. The VPA programs will prepare our students for postsecondary education, careers, or other creative fields and instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts. By valuing the creativity and innovative thinking that is the embodiment of the VPA department, the students become proficient in higher level thinking and critical analysis through the use of art criticism, art appreciation, as well as artistic development and design planning.
9th Grade Supply List