Course Catalog

Language and Literature – Lower House

Love and Rage
Kiran Chaudhuri & Liana Donahue
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” –James Baldwin
This literature seminar is about the hidden motives that shape our personal lives. At the same time, it is about the collision between gender dynamics and race in our society. We will read short stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Kurt Vonnegut, and Stephen Grosz, and the novel If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. We will read literature that offers profound insight into the human condition and that serves as a model for our own thinking and writing. We will ask the questions that psychoanalytic, gender, and race theorists ask: “How do these works illuminate the dark aspects of ourselves that we hide, repress or disown?” “How do these works lay bare issues of sexuality, power and identity?” “How do they reinforce – or disrupt – racist ideology?” “How do they expose exploitation?” We will read these theorists’ analyses, and write literary analysis papers of our own, evaluating which literary theory makes the best lens for looking at a given text. And we will discover that writers craft words – that literature is constructed, and that we have acquired the academic language with which to describe it.

Engendering Gender
Faye Colon & Jessica Jean-Marie
Feminism: What does this word mean? Who owns it? Is it a temporary state? Are men allowed to be feminists? Does this word carry negative connotations? Does this “ism” exist in other countries? How does this “ism” differ based on one’s race? Globally and historically, women and men have grappled with gender and the role it plays in our daily lives. The perception of women has changed over time and is influenced by culture and society. This course will be taught thematically with topics ranging from, but not limited to, women and the media, women and religion, identity, sexuality, and politics. Through an examination of gender politics and feminism we hope to deepen the awareness of gender for both sexes, and an increased respect among women and between women and men. Through this course, students will understand how gender and gender relations have developed through time and how this history has constructed the gender politics of today.

Kafka and the Children in the Woods: Psych Lit
Sheila Kosoff
Fairy tales and magical stories are told to children to help them make sense of their world. But in most of these tales children are usually the victims of violence and abandonment. They are left to make sense of a hostile and unfriendly world. How are they traumatized through their interactions with adults? Do adult protect or damage children? In this course we will focus on Hansel and Gretel, Kafka’s great classic Metamorphosis, and Like Water for Chocolate. We will apply Jungian and Freudian Psychology to make meaning of the characters in these texts.

Playing with Gender
Beth Krone
Glance around you. As you are reading this course selection sheet, observe the people in your room. What clothes are they wearing? How are they sitting in their chairs? How long is their hair? While everything might seem “normal,” each person around you is both a product of and a resistor to stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. This class will expose the ways in which individuals constantly perform and contest our identities. Together, we will read five plays, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project, Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun, Suzan Lori-Park’s Topdog Underdog and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which characters bend gender across racial, economic and biological boundaries. Participants should be ready to both read extensively and take the stage and fully embody these characters in order to address questions like, “How has our society constructed what it means to be a man or woman? “ and “How do we perform gender in verbal and non-verbal ways?” So if you are ready to “play” with gender, enter stage right.

Beth Krone
Have you ever wondered how the skills you learn in your Harvest literature classes relate to your real life? Have you done lit device musical chairs and asked yourself, why should I even care what a metaphor is? Have you agonized over the connotation of the words you use in a text message to your crush? Have you bored your friends by lecturing them about the gender roles in the Hunger Games trilogy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Pop! is the class for you! In this class we will rotate through a weekly schedule in which we read collegiate-level literary theory including the work of Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault and Eve Sedgwick. Then we will apply these critics’ ideas to pop cultural texts across media genres. As we transcribe and closely read texts that range from movie trailers and videogames to Facebook pages and songs, we will slowly unpack the ways in which our epistemologies are always already constructed by the texts we encounter. Students should not only be prepared to analyze the texts of TV shows, cereal boxes, and rap songs, but also to lead contentious seminar-style discussions and to write weekly literary analyses.

Tricksters, Fools, & Scoundrels: Comedy as a Window on the World
Gina Moss
Jokes. Satire. Wit. Mirth. Hilarity. What makes something funny? Laughter is a universal human response to stimulus, but why do we laugh at different things? What does what we laugh at say about us? Many cultures around the world turn to tricksters, fools, and other types of comics to reveal aspects of the world that might be too uncomfortable to look at directly. In this course, we will examine irony, satire, farce, slapstick, and wordplay in canonical texts such as Voltaire’s Candide and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as in film, contemporary comedy, and political satire. We will use literary theories to examine and write about what these texts say, and what they say about the cultures that produced them. We will also explore traditional comic/truth-teller characters from other cultures, including the Chinese Monkey King and spider tricksters from both West African and Native American traditions. Be prepared to laugh.

True Stories
Zoe Roben & Frankee Grove
You’ve been told bedtime stories, family stories, gossip, tragic news stories, and all other sorts of stories, but do you know how to wield the power of a story? How can you use a good story to get into college? To get a job? To get a date? To start a political movement? In this course, you will read stories to understand how writers do all of these things and will apply their tools and tricks to your own writing. You will stand up for your core beliefs in a “This I Believe” essay, perform a personal story without notes in a “Moth Story Slam”, and weave story, facts, and digital images together by presenting your own ‘TED Talk.’ You will produce writing every week and revise your drafts multiple times until they are of publishable quality. This course is also an opportunity to hone your public speaking skills through reading your writing to an audience on a regular basis.

Mathematics – Lower House

Algebra I: Track and Field through an Algebraic Lens
Monifa Kelsey
New high school scholars often ask why do we study mathematics and when will we ever use it? This course is designed to take a practical approach to Algebra and connect to everyday life. Algebra is simply the study of numbers and patterns. We will develop and apply problem solving, reasoning and proof, and communication skills. Over the course of this semester we will explore the journey of a talented young track athlete who aspires to become a decathlete and participate in the 2020 Olympics. T& F will apply an algebraic lens onto our athlete’s training, competing, and financing. We will study functions, data analysis, and systems, in depth, and with precision. Smaller projects, activities, performance tasks and assessments will grow into a culminating task where students discuss track and field events and financing for our Olympic hopeful. Students will also be required to produce a 3-D model of one of the track events.

Algebra I: Making Sense of Numbers (#MSN)
Laura Mourino & Katia Genes
How will we approach the study of mathematics for four years at Harvest and beyond? What does it mean to validate a mathematical response? How do we communicate our mathematical thinking effectively so it makes sense to others? What different strategies are available to solve a problem? This course is designed to assist in answering these questions and many more while developing and strengthening more advanced Algebraic skills. Students will constantly be challenged in their problem solving approaches to think outside the box and appreciate that not every mathematical problem has an answer, while instilling the school’s norms and expectations within the math classroom. The final project for this class will be an oral, visual and written presentation on an assigned topic that incorporates at least 60% of all the concepts throughout the semester. The final project will be assigned very early in the semester with various outputs required every 3 weeks or so. Students are expected to constantly edit and add to this project until it’s final due date in June.

** Required class for all Freshmen, unless you have passed the Algebra Regents with 75+ or take an optional placement test the afternoon of orientation.

Financing a NYC Lifestyle
Laura Mourino
This supplementary math class (to support student understanding in addition to the required year of algebra and geometry) will cover math survival skills like budgeting, figuring out salaries, taxes, discounts, loans, credit applications, figuring out odds and probabilities, etc. Students will be constantly creating budgets and figuring out long-term financial projections.

Geometry: Measure your World
John McCrann & Katia Genes
The Greek prefix “geo” means earth and “metry” means measure. The mathematical discipline of Geometry was founded literally to measure the earth. In this class you will find ways to quantify the space in our world and analyze those quantities to solve problems. Join us for this class and your world will grow alongside your spatial reasoning and quantitative understanding!

Geometry: Prove You’re Ready
John McCrann & Katia Genes
Mathematical proof is a process which people have been developing for a long time, one that requires a rigorous commitment to evidence and logic. To develop this knowledge, students need to explore how mathematicians argue and experience the kinds of things mathematicians argue about. To move to Upper House Mathematics all students must show that they have developed a rigorous and tenacious Habit of Evidence – that they validate every claim they make and require others to do the same. Are you ready to do this? Prove it!

Science – Lower House

BioFoundations: Atoms to Humans
Angelo Garcia
In this introductory Biology course we will explore the underlying molecular mysteries that build up to create life and in the process attempt to answer: What is the relationship between the small and the large? How do systems emerge from their parts? How do simple things when combined yield new capabilities and properties? We will investigate and resolve several BioCases as we develop our skills as science thinkers and use our knowledge of Biology to save the world from the Zombie Apocalypse.

Exploring Ecology and Evolution through Scientific Illustration
Pamela Hallsson & Julissa Llosa
Can you see the art in science? How about the science in art? In this class students will be investigating three major topics in science through the lens of an artist. The topics we will be investigating are Ecology, Evolution and Animal Behavior. We will explore the relationship between behavior, mutation, and survival and find out how it dictated the diversity of organisms on Earth. You will be experimenting with theater, visual art, and music.

STEM Foundations (required for all incoming students)
Paul-Michael Huseman
STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — will give you the tools to tackle science inquiries. Science is the systematic pursuit of knowledge; engineering is the application of knowledge to solve real-world problems. Scientists perform carefully designed experiments to test their questions; engineers build prototypes to test their solutions. In this course, you will play the role of both the scientist and the engineer. As a scientist, you will pose questions and design experiments to understand physical systems, from cars on ramps to parachutes, and you will carefully analyze your data to find patterns and discuss the significance of your results. As an engineer, you will use the engineering design process to study real-world problems, develop solutions, and demonstrate your understandings using physical models, virtual models, and presentations. This design process will be used to construct earthquake-proof towers and develop solutions for sustainable energy. Throughout the course, your work will be documented through lab reports, presentations, and research papers.

Intro to Chemistry
Angelo Garcia
You are surrounded by stuff. You are made of stuff. The dyes that color your clothes, the plastic that covers your cell phones, the batteries that make toys go, the aspirin you took to relieve your headache, the shiny gold in the jewelry shop, and many other things around you are made possible by our knowledge of Chemistry. The goal of this course will be to give you the foundations in Chemistry that will help you better make sense of all this stuff around you while also building your skills as an investigator and engineer. This course gives you one of the required credits towards one of the lower house STEM courses.

Chemistry: The Matter with Models
Ashraya Gupta & Julissa Llosa
According to scientist Richard Feynman, the atomic hypothesis — the idea that everything is made of atoms — is the most important piece of scientific knowledge we can pass on. How did we develop our modern model of the atom? Why should we trust in it? In this course, you will interrogate the assumptions of chemistry by developing models to explain the particulate nature of matter, the behavior of gases, and the structure of the atom.

Social Studies – Lower House

Restorative Justice—No Justice, No Peace: The Quest for Restorative Justice
Joshua Vasquez
How do we define justice? Who gets to define justice? Who gets to enforce this idea of justice—the state, the community or the individual? Who gets to define who or what is criminal? Can we restore a community once its broken? If so, how, exactly, do we restore a community? These are tough questions to answer, I know. But we will have help! Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his Discourse on Inequality will help us examine the nature of inequality and how our understandings of inequality may impact our applications of justice. Alexis de Tocqueville and his Democracy in America will help us examine whether the promise of democracy may suggest the best ways to apply justice. Their ideas will inform our study on how people, throughout history, tried to restore broken communities. How did the ancient Babylonian, Greek and Romans think about and practice equity and justice? How did Medieval Spain apply justice and equity in Europe? And how was Restorative Justice applied in modern Argentina, Chile and Mexico? Research papers will document our answers to these questions, culminating in a written proposal on how best Harvest Collegiate can practice Restorative Justice. This is course seeks to develop the Habit of Perspective, Habit of Responsibility and Habit of Creative Contribution in our democratic school community.(Guest speakers to be announced)

Looking for an Argument
Joshua Vasquez or Andy Snyder
Should teenagers vote? Should the U.S. open its borders? Does buying stuff make us happy? Should marijuana be legalized? Looking for An Argument is a debating and writing intensive course that spirals around essential skills of reasoning and writing: claims, counterclaims, reasons, and valid evidence. These essential components support critical thinking, college-readiness, and preparation for careers and life. The primary way we develop these skills is through a set of consistent routines that we follow on a weekly basis. These include: a) noting your 1st & 2nd Thought b) teacher debate c) reading & annotating a series of short, contrasting articles d) discussion in Socratic seminar and structured academic controversy e) outlining key parts of essay d) evaluating student & teacher examples and f) concluding with writing timed five-paragraph argumentative essays in class.

War and Imagery
Andy Del Calvo
While “Commitment to Peace” is one of the core values of our school, humanity throughout history has often instead waged war. In this course we will explore how war and violence have defined critical periods in history. While we will ground our investigations in fascinating historical documents, much of our modern understanding of conflict stems from visual images– television, the Internet and newspapers shape our emotional reactions and even influence what “side” we take. Focusing on two wars, World War II and the Sudanese Civil War, we will mine the rich visual and written record to consider the horrific atrocities, stirring victories and incredible strength of the human spirit. In grappling with these graphic moments of destruction, we will question the effectiveness and justness of such violence, exploring whether there is such thing as a “just war” and whether any conflict can truly be “won.” The course will conclude with original research on a war of your choice.

Genocide and Justice
David Sherrin
Is genocide the ultimately evil crime? Is patriotism and loyalty to our nation a virtue or a weakness? Is there a best way to achieve justice after genocide? These are some of the questions that we tackle as we engage in the study of two of the events that defined the 20th century and changed international politics forever: the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. We will focus on the complex causes of these events, the perspectives of perpetrators, victims, and upstanders, and, most importantly, the groundbreaking attempts to bring the perpetrators to justice. This class will include research on other genocides, film analysis, memoirs, role-playing, and recreations of the Nuremberg Trials and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Music & Art – Lower House

Amy Yamashiro
In this class, each student will learn to play a wide range of popular music from the last century on the keyboard. Through this repertoire, students will learn about building and playing major and minor chords and widely-used chord progressions and gain an introduction to reading notes on the musical staff. Student musicians will also research the songs they are playing and the composers and performers who made them popular.

Intermediate Piano
Amy Yamashiro
Pianists with previous experience will learn to read and perform music from Beethoven to Alicia Keys as soloists and as a group. The selection of repertoire will be based on prior musical experiences and motivation to rehearse familiar and unfamiliar songs. Musicians will learn to read notes on the musical staff as well as chord symbols, and to analyze a song’s form. All pianists will be invited and encouraged to perform on several occasions throughout the semester as they rehearse and in performances at the conclusion of the semester.

Colin McGrath
Members of this class will learn the basics of guitar playing – strumming, picking, and reading tabs – to play a wide range of popular music, from classic rock to video game music. Students will use their basic musical knowledge to create a song of their very own, to be performed and recorded in class at the end of the semester.

Intermediate Guitar
Colin McGrath
Guitarists with previous experience will learn to read classical musical notation, as well as more complicated tabs, to perform as soloists and small ensembles. The repertoire will be chosen based on individual musical ability. All students will be invited to perform in a concert at the end of the semester, and will be encouraged to take part in the 2015 NYSSMA festival.

Colin McGrath
All members of this class will form a choir that collaborates as an ensemble to produce a beautiful, healthy sound while singing a range of vocal texts – including folk, classical and pop repertoire. Choir members will learn to interpret Western musical notation to sing familiar and unfamiliar melodies and harmonies, and to analyze a song’s message and form. The choir and its individual members will be invited and encouraged to perform on several occasions throughout the semester during our rehearsal process and in concert at the conclusion of the semester.

Amy Yamashiro
All members of this class will work together to create an ensemble that will produce a cohesive, healthy sound—from flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, or trombone—while performing musical works from a variety of genres. Band members are expected to learn to interpret Western musical notation on their individual instruments and will use their individual musical voices to contribute to the community’s (ensemble) sound. The Concert Band will be invited to perform a concert at the end of the semester.

Art Therapy
Julissa Llosa & Atash Yaghmaian
Creativity is a gift all of us are born with. Have you discovered the artist inside you yet? Art can help us solve problems and release emotions. This course will inspire you to connect to a deeper sense of yourself. Together we will explore and practice many different arts: drawing, painting, printmaking as forms of self expression. We will also engage in academic skill building and will work through academic blocks. As a class we will support each other creatively, emotionally and academically.

Executive Functioning: Ways with Words
Frankee Grove

Do you want to learn a system to stay organized—in your writing and in your life? Feel more effective at getting things done? Complete your Gateways? This course will hone the skills you need to tackle the challenges of high school and college by helping you with your self-management and written expression.

Physical Education – Lower House

Dance as Fitness
Shirlene Blake
This course will engage students in the fundamentals of dance and an appreciation of dance as a physical activity, art form, and lifetime activity. Students will participate in a daily dance warm-up and utilize a combination of movements that will build cardiovascular and muscle endurance, muscle strength and overall flexibility. We will explore a range of dance styles from Line Dances, Swing, Hip-Hop, and Social Dances. Students will also have the opportunity to express themselves through self-choreographed assignments.

Rob Fernandez
This course is designed to assist and provide students with their highest potential for health and physical fitness. Students will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and necessary attitudes for a lifetime of personal fitness and activity. This course promotes the development and maintenance of personal fitness and life-long skills.

Experiential Learning – Lower House

Urban Ecology – Our Global City
Laura Mourino
With a formal population over 8 million people spanning five boroughs and representing every single country/territory of the world , speaking every known language and dialect, and expressing every known type of religious belief and practicing sect, NYC is often referred to as the world’s capital. What are the benefits and challenges of living in a global city? What are the social and economic opportunities unique to NYC? Why is it people from all over the world want to come to NYC? We will explore all of these questions and many more through dialogue, research, documentaries and visiting various neighborhoods in NYC. This course will culminate by designing a mural to be showcased throughout Harvest Collegiate that summarizes our findings to our questions in NEW YORK STYLE.

Urban Ecology – Journal Junkies
Pam Hallsson
Harness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to express your feelings and thoughts. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, art techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. My mission will be to arm you with all that you need to explore artistic ways of recording your life and thoughts while gaining inspiration exploring NYC. Part sketchbook, part diary, part notebook, part dream journal, part daily planner, and part doodle pad, the art journal is different things to different people. Every week you will add to your art journal. This class is good for students who like to write or draw and be crafty or want to learn.

Urban Ecology – The People’s Art
Julissa Llosa
Graffiti is a revolutionary art. As one of the oldest art forms, people have used graffiti for centuries to express stories and their visions for social change. Drawings, paintings, wheat pastings and stickers bring life and community transformation to our own city. In this class, we will learn how to create murals, graffiti, tags, stickers, etc! We will explore NYC’s vast collection of graffiti/murals and learn from visiting street artists. Come join us to make art rooted in social justice!

Urban Ecology – Movie Magic
John McCrann & Heider Tunarrosa
In this course student will to write, create and produce a five minute short film. Every feature and short film, no matter the genre, has the ability to tell a story that follows a structure. Every New Yorker has a story to tell, what’s yours? How did the city shape your story?

Urban Ecology – Museums of New York City
Andy Del Calvo
What do blue whales, new immigrants and Picasso have in common? In Museums of New York, we will visit many of the City’s vast cultural institutions, including the Museum of Natural History, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Tenement Museum, among others. During our explorations we will not only explore the incredible exhibitions, but also how these institutions use their spaces and how that affects our experience. Using our knowledge of what makes a museum great, our class will culminate in the creation of the first Harvest salon, where we use our own interests to educate the Harvest community.

Community Service
Shirlene Blake
All Harvest 10th graders work with our Community Service Coordinator Shirlene Blake to select a site around the city–on issues of food scarcity, justice, parks, gardens and the environment, helping young children, the elderly or animals–where they can make a meaningful difference. The requirement includes 54 hours of service along with evaluation from your site advisor, reflective paper and research into the root cause of the issue.

Upper House


Upper House Students (mostly in 11th and soon to be 12th grade) please choose:
1 English
1 United States History II–Either Grassroots Organizing or AP US
1 Math–a continuation of Alg II or AP Statistics you currently take
1 Science–Chemistry if you haven’t taken it yet; Pam or Paul if you took Chem this fall.
1 PE–either Dance or Fitness
1 Language other than English (LOTE)–continue Spanish or French you are in now
1 Elective–a choice of another Upper House course (if you are in AP US, the second period counts for your Elective)
Extracurriculars (in a separate menu): You have a broad choice of over 20 clubs after school; it is a Harvest expectation that you attend twice a week.

Language and Literature – Upper House

Lit. Crit. & Grit: Literary Criticism & The Pursuit of Precision
Scott Storm
This is an inquiry into the method and practice of literary studies. We will begin by responding to and closely reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Then, we will read the literary criticism about Gatsby from the time of the novel’s publication in 1925 through to the present day. We will see how interpretation has changed throughout the various movements in literary theory from new criticism, structuralism, and Marxism to deconstruction, critical race theory, and cultural studies. This course is focused on building our writing skills. Each week a few students will write critical argumentative papers, which everyone will read and critique, and then we will conduct a formal seminar on each paper. We will develop ourselves as writers and strengthen our composition skills through drafting, revising, editing, and publishing our works. Finally this class is about building “grit” in us as thinkers. This course will explicitly work to teach us how to persevere even when tasks demand rigorous intellectual somersaults, require precise attention to detail, and need multiple revisions. So come with us as we interrogate literary criticism and work toward the pursuit of precision!

Jazz and Madness: Psych Lit
Sheila Kosoff
What happens when the American Dream is more like a nightmare? In this course we will explore the psychology of the Jazz in literature. How does the Jazz Age reflect the madness of the characters? We will explore the concepts of the dream in literature and the way in which it reveals desires and wishes of the characters. We will read American classics F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Toni Morrison’s Jazz, and Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams.

French II (for students who have completed at least one semester of high school French)
Gina Moss
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in another country and mingle with local people in their own language? What is it like to live in Morocco, Mali, Madagascar or Montréal? The second part of this beginning French course is designed to help you develop the vocabulary and language skills that will help you communicate in French-speaking places around the world. You will develop vocabulary through immersion in the French language and cultural studies of “la francophonie” (the French-speaking world) including music, comics, film, art, and cuisine. Through the study of a new language, you will also gain a deeper understanding of the building blocks of language itself. Please note that class is conducted mostly in French. Allons-y!

Spanish II: Latin American Poetry (for students who have completed at least one semester of high school Spanish)
Scott Storm
Poetry can help us probe our innermost thoughts. It can give power to the marginalized. It can unify people through shared themes of identity, nationhood, and humanity. Yet too often the poetry we study in school focuses on North American and European poets. Thus, this course looks at poetry from Latin America as we inquire into the nature of representation, reality, and community. This course focuses on improving vocabulary and literary analysis skills. We will closely read Latin American Poetry including works by Neruda, Borges, and others. We will read poetry in Spanish as well as analyze translations of these works. Students will write their own poetry in Spanish, and we will have multiple poetry slams throughout the semester. Additionally, students will be expected to memorize and manipulate vocabulary by using new words in context and explaining how words are etymologically linked. Finally, some of our essential questions will include: “is there really such a thing as a true ‘translation?’” and “does language describe reality or does language constitute reality?” Students at all levels of Spanish language proficiency are welcome.

Humanities Workshop
Sally Abdelghafar
As an essential school, we focus on the content and skills that are most important to your success in college—as well as your life as person, we hope. If you’ve felt overwhelmed or would like more help to tackle the challenges of Upper House and Capstones, this course is for you. Students may elect to take Workshop in place of their elective for extra time and help in completing the challenging work of their classes while learning key skills of writing, time management and organization.

Mathematics – Upper House

Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Grant Chen & Monifa Kelsey
How do waves move? How are triangles connected to waves? In this course, students will work to make the connections between triangles and oscillating movement, such as waves and rotations. Students will explore how to model motion of Ferris wheels, planetary orbits, and polynomials. The course aims to apply algebraic functions and tools to model motion in the world around us.AP Statistics
Grant Chen
Use M&Ms to test goodness of fit with a Chi Square analysis . . . Design surveys and experiments, gather and analyze data numerically and graphically, and apply inferential statistics to draw conclusions for a population . . .The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns, 2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study, 3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, 4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.

** Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry.**

Science – Upper House

Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll: A Biological Soundtrack
Pamela Hallsson & Sally Abdelghafar
You live with it 24 hours a day. But how well do you really know it? This course will be your owner’s manual to a remarkably complex, resilient, and endlessly fascinating structure: the human body. We will be exploring the major systems of the body, explaining exactly how things work and why they sometimes don’t. In this course, we will use rock and roll music to explore the biology behind sex, drugs, and the rock and roll lifestyle while learning about anatomy and physiology. We will understand sex through the examination of human reproduction, STDs, and pregnancy. Drugs will take us into the world of street and over-the-counter drug use, addiction/dependency, and the ethnobotanical history of each of these drugs. The rock and roll lifestyle is filled with consequences like hearing loss and overdoses, so we will also delve into these phenomena from a cultural perspective. Investigating the lives and music of people like Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Mötley Crüe, Janis Joplin, and Elvis through books, videos, and movies will give us a human perspective on some exciting biological processes while allowing us to enter the most extreme version of this musical lifestyle. We will also examine the interactions of body systems as we explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. You final project will be to design a Capstone experiment to investigate the structures and functions of the human body. In this course you will be developing hands-on dissecting skills and learning the inner workings of our bodies both in the lab and through discussions.

Computer Programming & Physics
Paul-Michael Huseman
When you play a videogame, you are watching a character or object interact with a virtual world. But when Super Mario jumps, how does he “know” to land on a platform or bounce off of a Goomba? How does he rise and fall under the influence of this virtual gravity? Physics gives us the power to understand these phenomena, but how has physics been programmed into this world? In this course you will study both the physics and the computer programming needed to build a virtual world. First, you will learn how equations can be used to describe the motion of objects. You will then use the programming language Scratch to create virtual models of motion, from the rolling bounce of a basketball to the collision of two cars. This work will culminate in a Science Capstone in which you create an interactive world that simulates the laws of physics. This course is designed to help you prepare for your Capstone as well as college-level work and will therefore be much more demanding than previous math/ science courses. You will be asked to work much more independently and with fewer check-in points.

Chemistry: The Matter with Models
Ashraya Gupta
According to scientist Richard Feynman, the atomic hypothesis — the idea that everything is made of atoms — is the most important piece of scientific knowledge we can pass on. How did we develop our modern model of the atom? Why should we trust in it? In this course, you will interrogate the assumptions of chemistry by developing models to explain the particulate nature of matter, the behavior of gases, and the structure of the atom.

Social Studies – Upper House

Grassroots Organizing in United States History
Andy Snyder & Sally Abdelghafar
Millions of Americans have taken time out of busy years of work and families to contribute to the larger society. In one way or another they’ve sworn the oath to remake their country with their vision and hard work. Rather than focus this US history course on Presidents, CEOs, and other famous people, we’re going to emphasize these regular people who organized together with others from their communities to try to make change happen. We will learn to apply their successful techniques as we attempt our own social change efforts. We might study the Jane Collective, the grassroots civil rights movement, modern Tea Party activists, unions, and the movement against police brutality. Big questions include; “How much should regular people care about politics?” and “What strategies help a movement succeed in the US?” We’ll learn about some regular people as unsung heroes who can light up a path for us to follow. Some of the regular people we’ll investigate made this country worse – and we’ll try to figure out why, how, and what to do about them too.

This course will be required for all 11th graders not in AP US History.

Role-Playing our World and Ourselves
David Sherrin
Much of our attempt to understand our history, our world, and ourselves comes from the ability to try to see the point-of-view of others and to grasp the multiple choices involved in any situation. This class will use role-plays to deepen our sense of perspective and decision-making. We will begin by practicing the steps of role-playing to understand what makes a strong role-play. We will then work together to turn stories of our past into role-plays that we perform and analyze. In groups, students will choose a key event from the past like the Indian Removal Act or Vietnam Protests and create a role-play that they will lead for the class or other history classes. The culminating piece will be for groups to create a role-play about an issue in our school culture, such as sexual harassment or the use of disrespectful language, to lead in their advisories.

AP US History
Steve Lazar
Through this class, students will develop a college-level understanding of US History and Historical Thinking. The second semester course will focus on US History since the Civil War. We will focus on the Historical Thinking Skills of Comparison, Contextualization, Periodization, and identifying patterns of continuity and change. After a very intense two and a half months of in class and out of class work, students will take the AP US History exam on May 8. In May and June, students will research and write historical research papers that satisfy the Capstone Requirement. This is a two period course that counts as both a student’s Social Studies and Elective courses.

Physical Education – Upper House

Dance as Fitness
Shirlene Blake
This course will engage students in the fundamentals of dance and an appreciation of dance as a physical activity, art form, and lifetime activity. Students will participate in a daily dance warm-up and utilize a combination of movements that will build cardiovascular and muscle endurance, muscle strength and overall flexibility. We will explore a range of dance styles from Line Dances, Swing, Hip-Hop, and Social Dances. Students will also have the opportunity to express themselves through self-choreographed assignments.

Rob Fernandez
This course is designed to assist and provide students with their highest potential for health and physical fitness. Students will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and necessary attitudes for a lifetime of personal fitness and activity. This course promotes the development and maintenance of personal fitness and life-long skills.

Experiential Learning – Upper House

College Now at Hunter College (Many Choices)
See Susan or website for more info

Harvest students have the special opportunity to take actual college courses at the Hunter College campus on 68th St and Lexington. Topics offered range from Computer Science to Community Health to Anthropology or Philosophy. College Now offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to take credit-bearing courses in a variety of topics at Hunter College for FREE! You will get a Hunter ID and have access to all the great facilities that Hunter has to offer. These days a college class costs around $1,000, and guess what? We’re paying that for you to be able to earn some college credits before you graduate high school!

Be prepared for a challenge.

Collegiate Futures
Susan Avery, Faye Colon, Betsy Nordlander
All Harvest 11th graders design their future by visiting colleges, learning about the college landscape and taking an in-house SAT prep course. They will emerge from Collegiate Futures with their personally researched college lists ready to apply. Second semester Collegiate Futures will include greater personalization as students chart their own paths, and perhaps work with a college mentor from NYU through a partnership with Strive for College.

Most Harvest Faculty
Advisory is the “heart” as well as the “liver” of Harvest where students come together in diverse groups of about 16 students to support each other in progress towards their goals. This takes the form of at least monthly parent contact, study skills and student-led discussions about relevant issues from teen concerns to world events.



Course Catalogs

Spring 2015 Course Catalog

Fall 2014 Course Catalog


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