Our independent curriculum promotes deep, student-centered learning within and beyond the classroom. English students can explore indepth electives such as Philosophies of the East, which samples works such as Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, and Contemporary Apocalyptic Scene, which examines the struggles of characters in works such as Life of Pi and Peace Like a River. Another elective, Literature of the American West, examines works such as A River Runs Through It, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, and Reservation Blues. Popular history electives include American History Through Film, Eastern Philosophy, and Global Studies, the latter in which students examine current events within a historical perspective.
All upper school courses at Sandia Prep are honors level. Newsweekprofiled the school in its 2005 "America's Best High Schools" issue. The article, entitled "Other Winning Equations," profiled one of our seniors who completed an internship at NPR's "All Things Considered" during the school's Senior Experience program. Sandia Prep's academic program has also been featured in education articles in theWashington Post and other national publications. Our innovative curriculum distinguishes our 100% college bound seniors as among the best prepared in the nation.
- Biology 2
- French 5 (The Commune to the Present Day)
- Contemporary American History Though Film
- Photography 3
- Society & Self: A Study in Alienation
- Environmental Science 1 & 2
- Calculus 2
Recipient of the Beveridge Family Teaching Award
This year-long class provides a chronological narrative history of the contemporary American experience using Hollywood films as a primary source through which to examine the formation of American values and ideology. Students learn how to “read” a film, mastering techniques of visual literacy and analysis. Students deal with myth, abstraction, and symbolism as they seek to place film within historical and cultural context. Thus, students might examine a classic film such as High Noon as a reflection of the values of the Cold War and McCarthyism rather than as a historical examination of the West Major topics considered in the class are: World War II, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and Watergate era. Students investigate these topics through film screenings, discussion, document analysis, historical research, readings, and compositions. This class is taught by Mr. Ron Briley, Assistant Head of School and history teacher, who recently received the National Council for History Education’s Paul Gagnon Prize, the highest national history teaching award.
I was worried about coming to college without any AP credits, but my science and writing classes at Sandia Prep have clearly prepared me more than the AP curriculum did for some other students here. I just wanted to say thank you for all the support. I don't think we realize the tools we acquire during our four years at SPS until we're in a mad dash for survival in college. ALICE L. HALTER '13, EMORY UNIVERSITY STUDENT