Academics

UPPER SCHOOL ELECTIVES

Developmentally appropriate, elective classes allow students to explore their interests and talents as they prepare for choices they will have in the future. Upper School students will select two electives, one per semester. Students will receive numerical grades for elective courses, each counting for 0.5 credit. Electives taught each semester will vary depending on student interest and enrollment.

Typical Upper School Electives:

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Choral Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Physical Education
  • Study Skills
  • Shakespeare
  • Astronomy
  • Science Olympiad
  • Yearbook
  • Great Books
  • Criminology
  • Art in World Culture
  • Psychology
  • 3D Art – Modeling
  • Game Design
  • VB.net Programming
  • Java Programming

VISUAL ARTS 1

This course is a broad, general introduction to the elements of art and principles of design where students will develop a visual awareness and appreciation of art – they will begin to see the world in a new way.  Students will work on skills and techniques while studying a wide range of art areas including drawing (graphite, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink), painting (watercolor, acrylic, watercoloring pencil), printmaking (collograph, monoprint, and/or silkscreen), pottery, and various crafts.  Where possible, crafts and topics will be associated with the country and cultures that are the schoolwide quarterly focus. Students will build and maintain a personal art website where they will post works, reflections, and artist’s statements. Students will be required to enter at least one contest or show. 

VISUAL ARTS 2

Pre-requisite:  Visual Arts 1

Students will continue to develop art skills through a greater depth, understanding and application of the elements of art and the principles of design in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking (linocut), pottery, and crafts. Emphasis will be placed on expressing their personal voice through their art works. They will demonstrate progress over time and develop a body of work which will be organized into a portfolio (physical and digital) and continue to build and maintain their personal art website. Students will be required to enter at least two contests or shows.  

VISUAL ARTS 3 

Prerequisite:  95 or above in Visual Arts 2 or approval by the instructor

This course is for the advanced art student who is capable of working independently. Students will become more independent thinkers and self-directed learners. In addition to exercises and class projects, students will have independent study projects where they will choose their own medium and create their art work based on personal interest, expression, and/or problems posed by the instructor. The student will continue to add to their portfolio (physical and digital) and use their website as a source of personal expression. Students will be required to enter at least two contests or shows.  

DRAMA

The Epiphany School of Global Studies drama program is structured to develop a community of equals. Regardless of native talent, each student’s contributions are emphasized. Our program is geared to develop imagination, physical presence, and the skilled use of the voice through ensemble playing and script analysis. Upper School students attend workshops, competitions, and present four annual 
productions. Upper School students also may participate in an active technical theater program that includes an introduction to TV production. Students refine their acting and production talents by presenting quality stage works, such as the annual student directed one-act festival and a mid-year musical, which features orchestral accompaniment and professional choreography, costumes, and sets. 

MUSIC

Upper School students, through vocal or instrumental music, learn to explore their own creativity, and to appreciate others’ talents. By performing in ensembles, students also learn the value of teamwork while reinforcing their individual performance skills. As students progress, their music education program grows more sophisticated, and the distinct nuances of various musical styles are studied. Written study guides help students as they consider the musical form of a major work, such as its phrasing and harmonies, against the backdrop of its historical period. By understanding the historical context of various works, students learn to discern and appreciate stylistic differences and their own musical taste. Upon this foundation a lifelong love of music is built, opening a door that will continue to enrich the lives of Epiphany students long after they leave our practice rooms and performance halls.  

What a TES student will know and be able to do in Music:
  • Choral Music – beginning music theory:  note durations, names and definitions; key signatures; solfege; treble & bass clef; major & minor scales; sight reading; and performance in choral concerts
  • Honors Choral Music – beginning music theory:  note durations, names and definitions; key signatures; solfege; treble & bass clef; sight reading; chord progression (I-IV chords); and performance in choral concerts, competitions, and public performances
  • Instrumental Music – modern popular music, music notations, chords, tablature, diatonic theory