Curriculum & Culture

5th – 8th Grade

In grades five through eight, our Middle Schools, students continue to develop both academically and artistically. All content areas are now divided and taught by department, thus allowing students to experience each subject more thoroughly and distinctly. Novels are read through both independent reading and guided instruction. ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science round out the academic program. Students may take advanced classes in grades seven and eight. If students take Algebra in the eighth grade, they must also take the Keystone exam at the conclusion of the course.

9th – 12th Grade

High School begins in ninth grade and concludes with graduation in grade twelve. A typical ninth grader’s school year consists of five academic blocks, one extended majors class, one lunch period, and one advisory / mentoring period.

Our innovative high school curriculum makes learning meaningful, using Project-Based Learning and mobile-first technology to ensure classes are relevant, riveting, reachable, and rigorous to and for all learners.

Honors credit is available for all courses to students meeting honors expectations. Our Competency-Based Learning model allows students to demonstrate mastery and complete required courses at an optimal pace, unlocking opportunities and time within flexible schedules to access college courses (both onsite AP and CLEP aligned options and Dual Enrollment courses at local universities) when they are ready.

String Theory Schools’ curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System (SAS), http://www.pdesas.org/, and the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards, www.corestandards.org.

High School Courses

The following courses are typically offered as part of our core academic program:

  • Math: Algebra I, Algebra II, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus
  • English: English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12
  • History: World Cultures, American History, US Government, African-American Studies
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science
  • World Language: French I, French II, Advanced French Study
  • Wellness: Health, Physical Education, Advisory

In addition to core academic courses, all high school students engage in one of the following major courses of study:

  • School of Performing Arts: Dance (Classical Ballet and Contemporary), Vocal Music, Instrumental Music (String Orchestra and Concert Band), Television and Broadcast Arts, Theatre
  • School of Science and Technology: S.T.E.M., Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Engineering & Robotics
  • School of Design: Fine Arts, Digital Design, 3D Design, Experience Design

In addition to our core programs, students have opportunities to choose from an abundance of special programs, internships, and onsite electives connected to real-world organizations, opportunities and applications that focus on everything from entrepreneurship to pursuit of individual passions. Some of these include:

  • Pathways to Passion: Bloom Entrepreneurship, Particle Gaming, Cafe Vine, Internships
  • Electives: Creative Writing, Financial Literacy, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Science, Stories & Society, Visual Arts Engaged, Advanced Language and Composition, Advanced Music Theory, Advanced Statistics, Concert Band, Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Music Production, Earth and Space Science, Theatre Tech

College programs exist for students beginning in tenth grade, and qualifying students are able to attend local universities for one course per term, in addition to the regular in-school program. Various schools, such as Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania, offer programs for our high achieving high school students.

Visit our College Partnerships page.

STS Guide to Literacy and Language Learning

Literacy leaders representing all String Theory Schools campuses came together to align ELA structures across all grade levels to best practices informed by timeless and current research. Our goal is to build teacher confidence and knowledge by sharing core practices and expectations, writing models, lesson structures, resources, and rubrics. As opposed to specific curriculum materials, this guide is designed to help you prioritize the learning that will most directly and positively impact student achievement, engagement, and joy.

This first edition PDF publication is not yet comprehensive. We hope to engage all of you in the important work of tailoring this resource to best meet your needs as a professional. We have new chapters planned for future editions, including guidance on topics such as project-based learning, interventions, technology integration, creativity, and using data to differentiate. We are also planning to include more specific guidance by grade band, elaborating on the structure of the high school addendum included at the end of this document. If you have any other ideas for chapters or features to include, please email dshylit@stringtheoryschools.org with the subject “STS Literacy Guide Request.”

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