High School Departments and Courses
Please click on the links below to learn about the curriculum areas and the courses offered in each group.
- Group 1 :: Studies in Language and Literature
International Baccalaureate defines Language A1 as the student’s best language. It is obviously fundamental to the curriculum as it crosses the boundaries of the traditional disciplines. It is the basic tool of communication in the sense of enabling one to understand and to be understood, and to establish one’s own identity. Language is also the avenue by which one gains access to literature and thereby to the cultural treasury of civilization. Each course will focus on the instrumental function of language: listening, viewing, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as the study of literature, which encompasses a variety of periods and genres. Read more
- Group 2 :: Language Acquisition
Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiss nichts von seiner eigenen.
[They who are ignorant of foreign languages know not their own.]
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All students are required to study an additional modern language. Second language courses develop students’ powers of expression, provide them with a resource for the study of other subjects, and bring them into contact with ways of thought which may differ from their own. The principal aim for the courses in group 2 is to enable students to use the language in a range of contexts and for many purposes. Read more
- Group 3 :: Individuals and Societies
Courses offered in the freshman and sophomore years consist of both geography and history. The study of geography is intended to lead students from an understanding of the immediate environment to an appreciation of spatial phenomena at regional, national and global levels. Students acquire the ability to analyze, classify, explain and record spatial phenomena with increasing sophistication at each level. The study of history demands a truly international approach. It addresses a variety of cultures and times, and stresses their increasing interaction in our modern world. History within an international curriculum stresses the ability to analyze evidence, to use historical sources in a critical way, to detect bias, and to argue empathetically. Beyond factual knowledge, students are encouraged to develop the capacity to think and write historically and to enjoy and value the past for its own sake as well as a means by which to understand and appreciate the present.
Courses offered for the junior and senior years span the humanities and social sciences. An essential characteristic of these courses is that their subject matter is contestable and that their study requires students to tolerate some uncertainty. Studies of local situations and of global perspectives foster an appreciation of change and continuity as well as of similarity and difference. Students evaluate the major theories, concepts and research findings of the respective disciplines and learn each discipline’s methodology. Read more
- Group 4 :: Experimental Sciences
The study of science aims to provide the student with both a body of knowledge and an understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving. This dual role makes science an important means to investigate and understand the natural world. The ability to formulate hypotheses, design and carry out strategies to test them, and evaluate results, constitutes the framework within which specific content is presented. Among other skills, the student is expected to use basic laboratory equipment safely and efficiently, to measure and make sensible estimates, and to use classification as a system for grouping and organizing. As with other areas of the curriculum, students are encouraged to relate the content of the classroom and laboratory to the realities of life as they develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As well as providing a sustained, valuable academic experience, the science courses promote an awareness of the increasingly international context of scientific activity, its impact and limitations, as well as the constant evolution of scientific knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to consider science as a constantly evolving cooperative venture between individuals and among members of the international community, influenced by its social, economical, technological, political, ethical and cultural surroundings. Read more
- Group 5 :: Mathematics
The study of mathematics aims to deepen a student’s understanding of mathematics as a discipline and to promote confidence and facility in the use of mathematical language. Aims and objectives include understanding mathematical reasoning and processes, the ability to apply mathematics and to evaluate the significance of the results, the ability to develop flexible strategies for problems in which solutions are not obvious, and the acquisition of mathematical intuition. Students gain an appreciation that mathematics is a universal language with diverse applications and an understanding of how cultural, societal and historical influences from a variety of cultures have shaped mathematical thought. Read more
- Group 6 :: The Arts
The arts encompasses visual arts and performing arts and is of particular interest in an international programme. From the earliest times, artistic expression has been common to all cultures as human beings make statements through a variety of non-verbal forms and create objects which are aesthetically pleasing. Beyond the barrier of languages, the discovery of the cultural values of civilizations through their artistic production is one of the best ways to promote international understanding. The coursework brings students into contact with the art forms and aesthetic values of other cultures as well as their own, and helps to develop perceptions between ideas and art. Students are encouraged to identify particular creative abilities and to master techniques appropriate to that form of expression. In addition to developing the student’s own imagination and skills, the program seeks to acquaint young people with the creations of men and women whose works have proven to be of enduring worth. The various art courses are designed to help the student become a developing artist, one who is able to assess the level of skill and target the areas that need development. It organizes learning around the creative cycle, a dynamic, ongoing process of sensing, planning, creating and evaluating art, and one in which all the senses are involved. This cycle involves creative energy, communication, interaction and reflection. Read more
- Diploma Programme Required Courses
In addition to its academic requirements, the IB Diploma Programme (for students in grades 11 and 12 ) includes three fundamental features that contribute to its strength and success: Theory of Knowledge; CAS-Creativity, Action, Service; and Extended Essay. Through their involvement in these components of the programme, students develop skills that set them apart from other students when they progress to university or college. The student who satisfies the demands of the International Baccalaureate Diploma demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world. Read more
Carrollwood Day School recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for college, work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop 21st-century technology and communication skills. Technology resources at Carrollwood Day School are provided for the purpose of supporting the educational mission of the School. Read more
- Health and Physical Education
We believe that physical education is a vital component for the development of a student’s physical, mental and social well-being. It is our mission to provide equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities, for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, balance, agility, range of motion, and power. Our diverse program will allow students the opportunity to develop individual skills and introduce new, enjoyable experiences for life long physical fitness and well-being. We will provide information for knowledge in proper exercise techniques and practices, as well as good nutritional habits. Read more