Academics

At Gentry Academy, education is focused on building tomorrow’s leaders. To prepare students for a lifetime of learning, we instill organizational strategies and study skills for them to excel in academics, athletics, and life.

Our academics encompass an active learning environment taught in a traditional classroom setting in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Our beautiful facility affords students individual classrooms with a student/teacher ratio that will never exceed 20:1 to ensure a higher level of learning.

We offer the four core subjects of math, language arts, science and social studies, and we are proud to include a very unique program in leadership and life skills.

At Gentry Academy, our students are afforded two hours of W.I.N. (What I Need) time electives. W.I.N. time gives students the opportunity to develop and master areas of education, leadership, and athletics, which is based on the area they need or desire extra work in. This helps to support the students’ individual aspirations and allows them to take ownership over both their academics and athletics. Ownership leads to confidence in school and in life.

Additionally through W.I.N. time, students may elect to skip or shorten athletic training at any time for further classroom or leadership time. This specialized learning environment allows for individualized attention so students can elevate their objectives or, if need be, catch up in academic areas that may need improvement.

Gentry Academy follows the Minnesota K-12 State Standards for Learning. The rigorous curriculum emphasizes investigation and independent thinking while providing a solid knowledge base in the academic disciplines. The instructional process is supported by regularly scheduled assessments that measure student progress to ensure concept mastery and identify areas for review.

Middle School Major Outcomes

Benefits

  • Experienced, licensed teachers.
  • Smaller, intimate class sizes that will never exceed 20:1 student/teacher ratio.
  • Maximized learning time with students.
  • Traditional classroom with comfortable and interactive learning environment.
  • Staff invested in the education of students.

Classes

Students attending Gentry Academy take Algebra in eighth grade and are on track to take Geometry; Advanced Algebra; Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST); as well Pre-Calculus (elective) by the time they graduate, if they so choose.

5th Grade - Everyday Math

  • Number Theory
  • Exponents and Negative Numbers
  • Estimation and Computation
  • Fractions and Ratios
  • Geometry Exploration
  • Coordinates, Area, Volume, & Capacity
  • Division
  • Volume
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Percent
  • Probability, Ratio, and Rates
  • Using Data; Adding & Subtracting Fractions, Algebra Concepts and Skills

6th Grade - Pre-transition Math

  • Integers and Fractions
  • Using Division
  • Decimals and Percent
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Using Addition
  • Area and Volume
  • Using Subtraction
  • Probability
  • Statistics and Displays
  • Angles, Shapes and Figures
  • Using Multiplication
  • Collecting and Comparing Data

7th Grade - Transition Math

  • Reading and Writing Numbers
  • Multiplication in Geometry
  • Using Variables
  • Multiplication in Algebra
  • Representing Numbers
  • Patterns Leading to Division
  • Representing Sets of Numbers and Shapes
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Patterns Leading to Addition and Subtraction
  • Statistics and Variability
  • Geometry

8th Grade - Algebra

  • Using Algebra to Describe and Explain
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Proportional Thinking
  • Slope and Patterns of Change
  • Powers and Roots
  • Quadratics
  • Linear Systems
  • Polynomials

5th Grade

  • Reading
    • Independent and guided reading in a variety of genres
    • Realistic fiction reading (Main novel: Frindle)
    • Historical fiction reading (Main novel: Bud, Not Buddy)
    • Fantasy reading (Main novel: The BFG)
    • Poetry
  • Writing
    • Narrative, expository/explanatory, and persuasive writing
    • Conducting research
  • Language
    • Grammar
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Figurative language
    • Spelling

6th Grade

  • Reading
    • Independent and guided reading in a variety of genres
    • Realistic fiction reading (Main novel: Wonder)
    • Historical fiction reading (Main novel: The Watson’s Go To Birmingham:1963)
    • Fantasy reading (Main novel: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief)
    • Poetry
  • Writing
    • Narrative, expository/explanatory, and persuasive writing
    • Conducting research
  • Language
    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Spelling
    • Figurative language

7th Grade

  • Reading
    • Close reading of all types of literature, including fiction and non-fiction selections
    • Independent and guided reading in a variety of genres
    • Realistic fiction reading (Main novel: The Outsiders)
    • Historical fiction reading (Main novel: Crow)
    • Fantasy reading (Main novel: The Thief)
    • Poetry
  • Writing
    • Narrative, expository/explanatory, persuasive/argumentative writing
    • Conducting research
  • Language
    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Spelling
    • Figurative language

8th Grade

  • Reading
    • Close reading of all types of literature, including fiction and non-fiction selections
    • Independent and guided reading in a variety of genres
    • Realistic fiction reading (Main novel: TBD)
    • Historical fiction reading (Main novel: TBD)
    • Fantasy reading (Main novel: TBD)
    • Poetry
  • Writing
    • Narrative, expository/explanatory, persuasive/argumentative writing
    • Conducting research
  • Language
    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Figurative language
    • Spelling (Root words)

5th Grade - Science

  • Earth Structure and Processes
  • Changes of the Earth’s surface
  • Speed of change in the Earth’s surface
  • Erosions, landslides, and volcanic eruptions
  • Human interactions with Earth Systems
  • Simple Machines
  • Friction

6th Grade - Physical Science

  • Practice of Science - Scientific Method and Inquiry Skill
  • Measurement and Metric Conversions
  • Motion – speed and graphing speed and motion
  • Forces – balanced/unbalanced, mass vs. weight, contact/distance force
  • Energy and Machines - Energy and Conservation, Work and Power
  • Process of Engineering – Design process, engineered systems, advantages/disadvantages to technology
  • Continuing the Practice of Science - Scientific Method and Inquiry skills
  • States of Matter– Density, dissolving, physical properties and changes
  • Solutions and Chemical Reactions
  • Engineering – Engineering systems, process, risks and benefits, product design
  • Continuing the Practice of Science - Scientific Method and Inquiry skills

7th Grade - Life Science

  • The practice of science
  • Interactions among science and society
  • Matter and cells
  • Structure and function of living systems
  • Human interaction with living systems
  • The diversity of life
  • Human body systems

8th Grade - Earth Science

  • Light Energy
  • Properties of Light
  • Heat Energy
  • Heat Transfer
  • Solar System
  • The Moon, Tides, & Eclipses
  • Seasons & Stars
  • Water
  • Weather

5th Grade - The United States

  • Daily Geography
  • The Land and Early People
  • Exploration and Settlement
  • The American Revolution
  • A Growing Nation
  • Civil War Times
  • Growth and Reform

6th Grade - MN Studies

  • Studying Minnesota - Maps and Geography
  • Dakota
  • Ojibwe
  • Fur Trade
  • The Land Changes Hands
  • Civil War Times
  • Minnesota Grows
  • Minnesota Changes
  • Boom Bust and Conflicts
  • WWII and the Cold War
  • A Changing Landscape

7th Grade - Civil War to Present

  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • American's Move West
  • Industrial Age
  • Immigration and Urban Life
  • Beginning of Modern America
  • Becoming a World Power
  • World War I
  • Boom, Depression, and Conflict
  • Modern America

8th Grade - Global Studies

  • Intro Unit - Mapping, Culture, etc.
  • North America - Minnesota, USA, and Canada
  • Latin America - Central and South America
  • Europe - European Countries and Russia
  • Africa - A broad look at the many different regions of Africa
  • Middle East - Look at the 3 major religions in the Middle East
  • Monsoon Asia - All of Asia except Russia and the Middle East
  • Oceania - Australia and Antarctica

All Grades

  • Student ownership
  • Time management
  • Effective Planning
  • Organization skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Study strategies
  • Critical thinking
  • Accountability
  • Self advocacy
  • Responsibility
  • Self reflection

Students attending Gentry Academy take Algebra in eighth grade and are on track to take Geometry; Advanced Algebra; Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST); as well Pre-Calculus (elective) by the time they graduate, if they so choose.

9th Grade - Geometry

  • Points and lines
  • Language and logic of geometry
  • Angles and lines
  • Congruence transformations
  • Proofs using congruence
  • Polygons and symmetry
  • Applications of congruent triangles
  • Lengths and area
  • 3-dimensional figures
  • Formulas and volume
  • Indirect proofs and coordinate proofs
  • Similarity
  • Similar triangle and trigonometry

10th Grade - Advanced Algebra

  • Functions
  • Variations and graphs
  • Linear functions and sequences
  • Matrices
  • Systems
  • Quadratics functions
  • Powers
  • Inverses and radicals
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Polynomials
  • Quadratic relations

11th Grade - Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry

  • Exploring data
  • Functions and models
  • Transformations of graphs and data
  • Trigonometric functions
  • Counting, probability and inference
  • Polynomial functions
  • Sequences and series
  • Roots, powers, and logarithms
  • Binomial distributions
  • Normal distributions
  • Matrices and trigonometry

12th Grade - Pre-Calculus (Elective)

  • Polynomials
  • Rational trigonometric functions
  • Sequences
  • Two- and three-dimensional vectors
  • Logic and mathematical reasoning,
  • Mathematical induction and recursion
  • Combinatorics
  • Analysis of networks
  • Systematic sorting
  • Integers (discrete) and polynomials (continuous)
  • Rational numbers and rational functions

9th Grade - English 9 AP

  • Expository writing
  • Critical reading of literature and analyzing tone in fiction
  • Literature component: Making Connections in short stories, poetry, novels, Socratic seminar, and lenses across multiple genres (reader response, formalist, historical/biographical)
  • Writing component: Short essays (narrative, compare/contrast, literary analysis)
  • Literature component: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Myth epic poetry: “The Odyssey, by Homer (An Excerpt)” integrated w/ informational text
    • Critical Lens--Archetypal
  • Complex text: “Romeo and Juliet,” by William Shakespeare
    • Drama, Shakespearean theater, Elizabethan era, and Shakespeare biography
  • Introduction to Socratic seminar
  • Speaking component: Text-based discussions using questioning, valid reasoning, and relevant evidence
  • Reading efficiency

10th Grade - English 10 AP

  • Unit 1: Reading for exigence, audience and purpose
  • Unit 2: Rhetorical analysis
  • Unit 3: Scholarly research presentation
  • Unit 4: Poetry analysis
  • Unit 5: Literary analysis: Huckleberry Finn, Julius Caesar, Antigone
  • Unit 6: Understanding the art of revision
  • Unit 7: Public expository speaking

11th Grade - Literature AP

  • Encounters and foundations to 1800 (Puritanism and Rationalism)
  • American Romanticism: 1800-1860 (Romanticism and Transcendentalism)
  • Critical reading: Persuasion, public speaking, research, APA style/citation, synthesis, on-demand writing
  • Rise of realism: Civil War to 1914 (Realism and Naturalism)
  • The moderns: 1914-1939
  • Contemporary literature: 1939-Present
  • Research writing: Research, MLA or APA style/citation, synthesis, on-demand writing
  • Literary skills: Identify and analyze the elements of literature, style, figurative language, and rhetorical devices; understand and apply techniques of persuasion
  • Identify and analyze several genres of literature; and identify and interpret elements of poetry and poetic sound techniques
  • Critical lenses: Use reader response, historical/biographical, and cultural lenses to respond to, evaluate, and interpret literature.
  • Writing skills: Multiple drafts, revision and editing skills to reach a final product; write and speak in a variety of genres and for multiple purposes; use an expanded research process to find and analyze sources, work with online libraries and search engines, create a hierarchy of ideas, and refine a thesis; use appropriate support and evidence, create coherence through effective organization and transitions, effectively use reflection, and will meet specific criteria of MLA and/or APA format in style and citations.

12th Grade - English 12 AP

  • Critical Lenses
    • Distinguish between the seven critical lenses: archetype (4 types), formalist, gender, economic, psychological, cultural, and biographical
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the lenses through quote analysis
  • Romantic Archetype
    • Explain the Romantic Archetype lens
    • Identify the elements of the Romance archetype in a work of literature
  • Tragic Archetype
    • Explain the Tragic Archetype lens.
    • Identify the elements of the Tragic Archetype in a work of literature
    • Identify the elements of the Tragic Archetype in a work by Shakespeare
    • Comprehend the characters within a play and how they affect the action of the play
    • Explain how quotes in Shakespeare are significant to the play
  • Comedy/ Satire/Irony Archetype
    • Explain the Comedy Archetype lens
    • Identify the elements of the Comedy Archetype in a storyboard
    • Identify the elements of the Comedy Archetype in a work of literature
    • Distinguish tone and its effect on a work of literature
    • Explain the Satire Archetype lens
    • Identify the elements of the Satire Archetype in a work of literature
    • Explain the Irony Archetype lens
    • Identify the elements of the Irony Archetype in a work of literature
  • Formalism
    • Explain the Formalist lens
    • Identify the elements of the Formalist lens in a work of literature
  • Lenses of Power (Economic, Gender, and Cultural Lenses)
    • Explain the lenses of power (Economic, Gender, and Cultural)
    • Identify the elements of power in “The Doll’s House” through writing
    • Discuss the elements of power in “The Doll’s House” through seminar
  • Psychological Lens
    • Explain the Psychological and Historical Lenses
    • Respond to literature using details from a text
    • Edit and proofread with attention to Standard English convention
    • Find and use details in a text to support a thesis or main idea
    • Choose and focus a topic for a literary analysis

9th Grade - Physics

  • One-dimensional kinematics
  • Two-dimensional kinematics
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Impulse, momentum and collisions
  • Work and energy
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Waves and sound
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Optics: Modern physics topics

10th Grade - Chemistry

  • Measurement and data processing
  • Elements, atoms and ions
  • Modern atomic theory
  • Chemical bonding
  • Stoichiometry
  • Solutions
  • Acids and base
  • Oxidation: Reduction reactions
  • Gases

11th Grade - Biology

  • Cells structures and membranes
  • Cell division: Meiosis
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Evolution
  • Human health and physiology

9th Grade - Human Geography & Economics AP

  • Economics fundamentals
  • How markets work
  • Economic institution and organization
  • Economics of the public sector
  • Measuring and managing the economy
  • Globalization and the global economy

10th Grade - US History AP

  • Establishing the American republic: 1492-1896
  • Industrialism and reform: 1840-1920
  • Expanding American global influence: 1796-1921
  • Roaring Twenties and Great Depression: 1914-1944
  • World War II and Cold War: 1917-1960
  • Search for a better life: 1945-1990
  • Tumultuous times: 1954-1980
  • The making of modern America: 1980-Present

11th Grade - World History AP

  • Themes of world history
  • World religions
  • Decline of Feudalism
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Political development of Imperial China
  • Achievements of the Mayas, Aztecs and Incas
  • Transformations in Europe
  • Toward a global economy
  • Imperialism throughout the world
  • North Africa and Middle East
  • The rise of fascism and totalitarian states
  • World War II
  • Movements toward independence and democracy
  • Contemporary global issues

12th Grade - Government & Politics AP

  • Structure of government
  • Political beliefs and behaviors
  • Public opinion and the media
  • Minnesota government
  • Legislative branch
  • Executive branch
  • Judicial branch
  • Executive branch and federal bureaucracy
  • Judiciary
  • Civil liberties/civil rights

All Grades

  • Academic Enrichment Opportunities
  • Foreign Language
  • Performing Arts
  • College Prep
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Graphic Design
  • Film Production
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mock Trial
  • Community Outreach
  • Pathfinder Program

AP = Advanced Placement Available

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Students participate in a two-hour block of W.I.N. time daily in which a student can elect to master academics, leadership or athletics. Students will rotate between two weekly schedules that alternate morning and afternoon W.I.N. times, thus allowing them to interact and develop relationships with peers from other grade levels.

Schedule for AM W.I.N. Time
  • 8:25 AM - Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance
  • W.I.N. Time
  • Lunch
  • Core Subjects and Leadership & Life Skills
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • 3:30 PM - School Day Concludes
Schedule for PM W.I.N. Time
  • 8:25 AM - Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance
  • Core Subjects and Leadership & Life Skills
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Lunch
  • W.I.N. Time
  • 3:30 PM - School Day Concludes