Upper Learning Curriculum

The Upper Learning curriculum seeks to develop students as individuals through broad exposure and deep learning. Core courses ensure that our learning community has a bedrock of shared knowledge and proficiencies. Advanced courses, electives, and learning extensions build on that foundation to create an educational journey suited to each Galloway student’s interests and goals.

Upper Learning teachers design all courses to challenge and engage, forgoing “honors” courses for universally high standards and thoughtful differentiation to meet student needs. Advanced Placement courses are available in all disciplines. Electives ranging from marine biology to multivariable calculus to playwriting allow students to delve into particular sub-fields, extend beyond the AP level, and develop specialized skill sets.

Many classes contribute to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiatives. Students select from a full array of general and specialized math and science courses. Science labs and nearby ecological resources offer experiential learning and hands-on research. In our makerspace-style technology classroom, Galloway students code, design, and engineer. Perhaps most importantly, instructors seek opportunities for students to collaborate, making connections across STEM fields and beyond to the arts and other disciplines.

The humanities are also vital to a Galloway education, with particular focus on writing, analysis, and engagement with challenging texts. Course progressions in English, social studies, and world languages build developmentally appropriate skills at each grade level. Texts and class activities orient this work within the cultural events and forces that shape the human experience.

Courses in the visual and performing arts and in wellness demonstrate our investment in the whole person. Versatile instructors and well-appointed arts facilities provide Galloway students with access to many forms of two- and three-dimensional art, from drawing to ceramics to film photography. In other classes, students condition mind and body, write songs, build theatre sets, act, improvise, and more. Several performing groups, such as chorus and orchestra, develop their craft through arts classes, as well.

Taken as a whole, the wide-ranging curriculum in Upper Learning seeks to build a solid academic base on which students can build by taking on challenges and feeding passions. As a result, they develop vital skills as scholars, practitioners, future professionals, and citizens of the world.

Upper Learning Courses

Course offerings change from year to year so that students have access to varied learning opportunities. In the 2018-2019 school year, Galloway students are enrolled in the following:

English

  • English 9: Introduction to Literature and Composition
  • English 10: Close Reading, Close Writing
  • English 11: Creating Nonfiction
  • English 12: The Bard
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • Journalism

Science

  • Integrated Biology
  • Integrated Chemistry
  • Integrated Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Human Diseases and Conditions
  • Marine Biology
  • Introduction to Zoology
  • Astronomy

Mathematics

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Advanced Algebra II
  • Precalculus
  • Advanced Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Financial Algebra
  • Statistics
  • AP Statistics

Social Studies

  • Political Science
  • World History
  • AP World History
  • AP American Government
  • American Studies
  • AP US History
  • AP Comparative Government
  • Advanced Topics in European History: 15th-20th Centuries
  • Economics
  • Policy Debate

World Languages

French

  • French I
  • French II
  • French III
  • Le Francais Avance: Des Sujets Contemporains et de la Politique

Latin

  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Latin III
  • Latin IV/V

Spanish

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Advanced Spanish IV
  • AP Spanish Language

Computer Science and Design Technology

  • Fundamentals of Design Technology
  • Introduction to Animation
  • Design Engineering: How Things Work
  • Game Design 101
  • Advanced Game Production
  • Introduction to Python

Fine Arts

Dance

  • Mind Body Conditioning
  • Choreography
  • Galloway Dance Ensemble
  • Advanced Dance Ensemble: Performance Studies

Music

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Orchestra
  • Digital Music Recording
  • Music Composition and Songwriting
  • Introduction to Music Theory

Theatre

  • Galloway Theatre Company
  • Galloway Musical Theatre Company
  • Technical Theatre Crew
  • Playwriting
  • Acting I
  • Advanced Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Stagecraft

Visual Arts

  • Foundations of Art
  • Photography I
  • Photography II
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Advanced Art Studies
  • AP Studio Art

Kinetic Wellness & Movement

  • Kinetic Wellness
  • Kinetic Movement

Electives

  • Freshman Experience
  • Yearbook
  • Independent Study
  • Student Life Internship