Computer Skills

This course covers a general knowledge of how to use the computer for day-to-day applications such as Internet use, spreadsheets, databases, online shopping, and banking. (1 unit)
This course covers desktop publishing and digital camera techniques. (1 unit) 
Students learn about websites and Hyper Text Markup Language code through hands-on experience by creating their own websites and web pages. (1 unit) 
This course covers basic knowledge of computers and the Internet, and helps students develop the ability to use word processing and to master keyboarding skills. (1 unit) 
This course teaches students how to use multimedia software to create multimedia presentations. (1 unit) 

Health & Home Economics

Exposes students to a variety of health topics including basic principles of human growth and development, emotional health, nutrition, environmental health, family life education, diseases and disorders, consumer health, and healthful lifestyles. These topics are taught within a framework that focuses on skills and competencies necessary throughout life for health maintenance and promotion. (0.5 unit)
As a home economics course focusing on food, Nutrition provides instruction on: the specific nutrients found in each food group and their function in the body; calories and their relation to weight gain, loss, and maintenance; interpretation of food labeling. Students also learn how to prepare nutritious snacks and methods of food preparation that retain nutrients in specific foods. (0.5 unit)


Designed to instruct students in the fundamental concepts of listening and speaking skills, and in using correct grammar in building sentences. An intensive focus is placed on vowel sounds, initial and final blends, digraphs, and essential spelling rules. Emphasis on handwriting skills works to improve legibility, formation, and spacing. Writing skills are developed as students learn about writing informal letters, fictional stories, poetry, and directions via instruction, practice, and individual feedback. (1 unit)
Expands on the listening and speaking skills taught in English I through group discussion and work on critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpretation of non-verbal cues. The correct use of compositional grammar in sentence and paragraph-building is introduced. Students are instructed in writing letters, words, and sentences from dictation. Forms of composition covered in English II include narratives, critical essays, business letters, book reports, advertisements, news articles, and poetry. (1 unit)
Includes maintenance and practice of skills introduced in English I & II with additional instruction on deductive essay writing, literary character studies, research reports, book reviews, and editorials. (1 unit)
Structured to reinforce and refine achievements mastered in preceding English courses. Additionally, new composition skills are introduced in the genres of blank verse poetry and sonnets. Also introduced in English IV: scripts adapted from literature, the use of humor in writing, term research papers, speech writing, literary analysis, book reviews, and argumentative essays. (1 unit)


Students are taught to improve word recognition, reading comprehension, and fluency in oral and silent reading through the use of multi-sensory techniques including: Wilson Reading – Decoding; Reading Plus – Comprehension; Renaissance Reading – Comprehension; STAR – Assessment. Students read selected novels, plays, and poems, and are assigned written book reports and oral presentations throughout the year. Reading groups are organized according to student competency levels. (1 unit per year)


Designed to teach fundamental mathematical skills in numbers and numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. Provides introduction to: fractions, decimals, and percents; money, time, and measurement; basic problem-solving. Provides the student with a solid mathematical foundation for further pursuit of academic and functional math. (1 unit)
Reinforces the fundamental mathematical skills taught in Math I in addition to teaching graphs, charts, tables, and maps. Provides the student with a solid foundation for the continued study and use of math. (1 unit)
A survey course of functional math skills with particular focus on fractions, decimals, percents, and pre-algebra. Emphasis on the relevancy of math to occupations and independent living skills. The student continues to build a solid foundation for the continued study of academic or functional math. (1 unit)
A survey course of functional math skills building on the knowledge and skills from previous Maths. The student continues to maintain and use fundamental math skills, particularly fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions, pre-algebra, and geometry. Emphasis continued on the relevancy of math to occupations and independent living skills. Continued work on a solid foundation for the further pursuit of an academic and/or functional mathematical tract. (1 unit)
Algebra. Coursework prepares the student for pursuing further academic education, vocational training, and/or test-taking skills that require algebra. The student is taught fundamental algebra and learns to apply algebraic skills to real life situations. (1 unit)
Geometry. The student studies measurement (distance, area, and volume) and the relationships of lines, angles, plane figures, and solid figures. The student learns the relevancy of geometric skills used in many occupations today and how to apply them to real life situations. (1 unit)
Designed to teach a wide variety of functional mathematical skills. Students further develop problem-solving skills and use manipulatives to work towards a greater level of abstraction. Provides opportunity for class participants to form a community of active learners, and to gain proficiency with English mathematical language through practice. Consumer mathematical topics covered include: income, saving accounts, checking accounts, budgeting, consumer credit, purchasing a vehicle, taxes, and investments. (1 unit)
Functional math course designed to teach, review, and build upon skills and concepts taught in Math Transactions I. Topics covered include: earning money, take-home pay, budgeting, personal banking, becoming an informed shopper, making a purchase, buying food, transportation, and housing. Math Transactions I is not a prerequisite. (1 unit)
A comprehensive review and study of computer and consumer math skills that apply to both personal and vocational business opportunities. Constructed around real life scenarios faced by adults in today’s world, this course covers practical skills in online shopping, finances, taxes, budgeting, and online banking. Prerequisite: One year of Computer classes. (1 unit)
Parts of a three-year program that teaches the same mathematical topics as those covered by contemporary Algebra I/Geometry/Algebra II sequences. The difference is in the organization of the content, as Algebra and Geometry are taught in each of the three years of Integrated Mathematics. Additionally, topics including logical reasoning, measurement, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and functions are interwoven throughout the Integrated Mathematics coursework. (1 unit)
Designed to teach fundamental mathematical skills in a variety of areas including: numbers and numerations of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; rational numbers, decimals, and integers; ratios and proportions; concepts, computation, and functional applications of percents; basic algebra and geometry. Provides opportunities for students to develop problem-solving skills and practice the use of manipulatives as active learners. Also provides students with opportunities to grow in proficiency in English mathematical language by using this language in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (1 unit each) 


Biology I consists of 5 major topics: The Cell and Its Properties; Biological Building Blocks; Human Body Systems; Animal Life; and Ecology. (0.5 unit)Biology II consists of 4 major topics: Micro-organisms; Human Body Physiology; Plant Life; and Environmental Conservation. (0.5 unit)
Presents fundamental functional concepts and skills of earth sciences logically. Students develop critical thinking skills through activity-based, inquiry-oriented instructions, and discover the relationship between science and everyday life as they gain information about the earth and its relationship to the entire solar system. (0.5 unit)

Covers 3 major topics:

  1. The Earth and the Solar System – Students study the sun and other stars, planets, the moon and other satellites, gravity, revolution, rotation, and space exploration
  2. Climate and Weather – Students gather information about the atmosphere, seasons and climate, the water cycle, clouds, precipitation, temperature, humidity, and storm types
  3. The Earth’s Surface – Studies include the characteristics of the earth’s land and water, weathering and erosion, earth movements, and changes in the earth’s surfaces

(0.5 unit)

Covers 4 major topics:

  1.  Inside the Earth – Students learn about the composition of the earth, earth’s layers, mountain formation, earthquakes, volcanoes, and energy inside the earth.
  2. Materials of the Earth – Involves the study of minerals, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, ore, fossils, and fossil fuels.
  3. Regions of the Earth – Studies include climate, zones, deserts, forests, grasslands, mountains, and the Arctic.
  4. Conservation – Studies include the earth in balance, saving the soil, keeping the air and water clean, and saving our resources.

(0.5 unit)

This course is divided into two sections (0.5 units each):

  1. Physical Science II (A) involves the study of matter and measurement, elements, compounds, mixtures, and chemical reactions.
  2. Physical Science II (B) is designed to teach types of energy, conservation, and the usefulness of machines. This section also includes a unit on Robotics.

Social Studies

American History I covers material from the first Americans through the early Americans. (0.5 unit)American History II covers material from the Civil War era through modern American leadership. (0.5 unit)
Designed to enable the student to identify and locate the fifty US states, distinctive geographic features, the seven continents, and countries in each continent. Students also acquire map-reading skills and learn how to use a globe. (1 unit)
Covers the cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Contemporary crises and global concerns are examined in the context of each region’s location, history, and culture. This course also examines the historical and global context of New York State.
Students are exposed to different types of government including Monarchy, Democracy, Communism, and Totalitarianism, with an emphasis on Democracy. Flowcharts are created to depict federal, state, and local governments in the United States. Students explore the relationship between Government and Economics, and study the basic ideas and values of the United States economic system such as private ownership, free enterprise, laissez-faire policy, monopolies, and government regulation. Economic data is studied and evaluated. (1 unit)


As one of Maplebrook’s core structural learning supports, tutoring classes are built right into student schedules. Individualized or small-group tutoring provides intensive instructional support to students in their weakest subject areas, drawing on materials both from class and supplemental.

Fine Arts Electives

Students learn about the materials and processes used in art and are creatively challenged with assignments meant to improve their skills of observation, drawing, and creative vocabulary. Each student is granted freedom of expression within a particular subject matter to encourage them to learn how to work experimentally and creatively (0.5 unit)
Students learn about fundamental drawing techniques such as perspective (1, 2, and 3-point), shading (cross-hatching, dotting, etc.), HSMF (horizon, sky, middle ground, foreground), and other drawing techniques. Historic pieces of art are used as demonstrations as often as possible. Students are encouraged to critically examine different cultural art forms and symbols. (0.5 unit)
Students explore the background, artwork, and architecture of different historical periods and have the opportunity to work on an art project from selected historical periods, such as creating their own Egyptian relief, Byzantine mosaic, or Gothic stained glass window. This course combines lecture, research, and hands-on learning to help students gain an understanding of art history. (1 unit)
Provides students with better understanding of how we listen to music, how music is made, and how music enriches our lives. Covers a wide range of topics such as songwriting, music technology, music in visual media, industry terminology, careers in music, basics of recording, significant musical eras, and defining musical genres. Students are challenged to listen to music new to them and to hear music differently; students also develop greater musical vocabulary to express opinions and to aid in the creation of their own musical pieces. Classwork includes both individual and group projects, journal entries, and class discussions.
Students learn to use the instrument of their voice to create correct and pleasing singing sounds. In addition to learning proper vocal production techniques, students also learn music performance skills. Chorus also allows for students to develop team-building and leadership skills. This is a performance-based class. Participation in concert productions provides students with the opportunity to practice performing in front of an audience.
Students learn the basics of directing plays, including blocking, working with actors, script analyzing, and more. Students direct small scenes and present them during Lyceum (special sessions held on Wednesdays after lunch). Students also act in each other’s scenes, and are required to participate either in a drama production or in a stage class.
Introductory course to the technical areas of live theater. Students explore elements of theatrical lighting, stage make-up, drafting, set design, and scenic art. Students learn and practice actual techniques used by theater technicians, and have the opportunity to experience working as part of a behind-the-scenes team to create a live theater production.

Other Electives

Two Interpersonal Psychology courses present important concepts and skills of social interaction. By working through both courses, students can significantly improve their effectiveness in navigating a variety of social situations. The courses form a comprehensive program covering 30 different skill areas such as conversation and friendship, social cooperation, and conflict resolution. Students develop skills by means of reading, writing, and especially role playing. (0.5 unit)
Students learn practical writing and reporting skills, as well as develop stronger communication and social skills through both individual and group work. Students learn to prepare a newspaper from start to finish. (0.5 unit)
This creative expression class encourages students to utilize their artistic talents in putting together the school yearbook. Students strengthen social and teamwork skills, as well as take ownership in the project by planning layout, writing content, and taking pictures to be used in the yearbook.


Maplebrook School | 5142 Route 22 | Amenia, NY 12501

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