High School

Since founding Gentry Academy, our goal has always been to develop leaders.

The relationships and personal growth enjoyed by Gentry Academy middle school students are vital to a rich educational experience. Recognizing this path should not end with middle school, which is why we have formed a high school that breaks the mold.

Simply teaching the curriculum of a high school is not enough. Our proprietary Pathfinder Program exposes our high school students to real businesses that are finding real solutions in today's world. Through our relationship with Gradient Financial Group and its family of companies, our students will have high school and college internship opportunities set aside for them, as well as employment opportunities after they graduate.

We prepare our students for the future and put real opportunities within reach. Our mission to build tomorrow’s leader today is wholly embodied within the creation of our high school.

College Accelerator Program

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that provides 11th- and 12th-grade students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses. Students will be offered traditional PSEO, generally at the campus of the postsecondary institution, and offered courses online. Postsecondary institutions are not allowed to charge PSEO students for tuition, textbooks or support services. Students may be charged for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed.

Gentry Pathfinder Program

The Pathfinder Program is designed to begin with the end in mind – an education with a purpose. It combines traditional classroom education with practical life and career preparation and real-world experience.


Freshman

As freshmen, students examine who they are and how they can reach their peak performance through The Winning Mind platform. The Winning Mind uses The Attentional & Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory – the world’s best assessment methodology – to help our students understand the conditions that undermine performance and help them operate more successfully under stressful conditions.


Sophomore

As sophomores, students learn about their individual personality type using a guided assessment to explore what motivates and energizes them. This helps them seek opportunities best suited to their identity.

Additionally, sophomores facilitate leadership training with our middle school students, providing a hands-on, leadership teaching moment to their younger classmates.


Junior

As juniors, students take career assessments designed to help them understand how personal attributes impact potential success in, and satisfaction with, different career options and work environments.

Additionally, juniors read “What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens.” This book helps guide our students to decide what additional schooling – and corresponding tuition costs – make sense for a chosen field.


Senior

As seniors, students’ hard work in the Pathfinder Program comes together with real-world, hands-on experience. Students elect which path of specialized educational opportunities they would like to explore in order to build momentum toward their dreams and aspirations. Our seniors are offered internships through Gradient Financial Group or one of its member companies.


Classes

Geometry

  • Prerequisite
    Algebra
  • Grade
    9
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Geometry

The principal emphasis of this course is to help students understand, apply, and master problem-solving techniques related to the world of shapes and space while learning to think critically and work cooperatively with others. The course covers topics such as sets, elements of Geometry, inductive and deductive reasoning, angle relationships, relations between lines and planes, congruent triangles, similar polygons, circles, arcs and angles, construction and loci, and coordinate Geometry. The purpose is to acquaint students with the basic concepts of Geometry, develop reasoning skills and to prepare students for advanced math programs.


Advanced Algebra

  • Prerequisite
    Algebra
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Advanced Algebra

This course will explore in detail many of the topics covered in Algebra as well as introduce new ideas that students will encounter in advanced high school math classes. Function families to be explored include linear, quadratic, power, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, rational, and polynomial functions. In addition, the course introduces conic sections, probability, and statistics. Multi-representation of functions will be utilized throughout. Technology will be used to support and enhance the understanding of algebraic concepts.


Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry

  • Prerequisite
    Geometry and Advanced Algebra
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Statistics and Probability

This course will strengthen students’ understanding of concepts taught in Advanced Algebra. First, students will investigate a variety of functions in greater detail. Next, they will examine many facets of statistics, including probability, simulations, permutations, combinations, and distributions. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of trigonometric ratios, exploring trigonometric relations, functions, laws, and applications and will be able to communicate this knowledge in standard mathematical notation. This course will prepare students for College Algebra or Precalculus at the college level. Graphing calculators are required.


Pre-Calculus

  • Prerequisite
    Geometry and Advanced Algebra
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Precalculus

This course will expand on many topics students learned in Advanced Algebra and introduce several new topics, including polar coordinates, vectors, and limits. Precalculus will prepare students to study Calculus in either high school or college. Students will explore mathematical topics using graphs, tables, and algebraic symbols. Topics will include equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponentials and logarithms, trigonometry, trigonometric identities, analytic geometry, matrices, and statistics and probability. Graphing calculators will be used extensively throughout the course.


AP Calculus AB

  • Prerequisite
    Geometry and Advanced Algebra
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Precalculus

This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts of calculus, its methods and applications. The course begins with a brief review of Precalculus topics, followed by limits, differentiation, applications of differentiations, integration and application of integration. Students will solve problems from a numerical, analytical, graphical and verbal perspective. Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP Calculus AB Exam in the spring.

English 9

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    English 9

English 9 will encompass the language arts skills of literacy, analysis, writing, research, speaking, listening and media/digital literacy. Students will read contemporary and classic texts including novels, poetry, drama, short stories and non-fiction selections that reflect diversity in race, gender, age, economics, and geography. Students will develop critical thinking skills through text-based discussions, thinking maps, and other research-based cognition strategies. Differentiation for personalized learning through process, product and content will be a major component of this course so that all students have an opportunity for success. Intensive writing instruction will help students develop analytical skills and a personal voice. Students will write in multiple genres including descriptive, narrative, persuasive and critical analysis. Grammar and usage review will be both explicit and authentic, focusing on application of conventions to student writing. Research skills will be taught throughout the course. Regular instruction in vocabulary will use lessons and contextualized vocabulary to improve reading comprehension, oral and written expression, as well as ACT/SAT test scores. Students will also develop and practice effective speaking skills in individual presentations and group discussions.


English 10

  • Prerequisite
    English 9
  • Grade
    10
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    English 10

This course will encompass the language arts skills of literary analysis, writing, research, speaking, listening and media/digital literacy. Students will read contemporary and classic texts including novels, poetry, drama, short stories and non-fiction selections that reflect diversity in race, gender, age, economics, and geography. Students will develop critical thinking skills through text-based discussions, Thinking Maps, and other research-based cognition strategies. Differentiation for personalized learning through process, product and content will be a major component of this course so that all students have an opportunity for success. Intensive writing instruction will help students develop analytical skills and a personal voice. Students will write in multiple genres including descriptive, narrative, persuasive and critical analysis. Grammar and usage review will be both explicit and authentic, focusing on application of conventions to student writing. Research skills will be taught throughout the course. Regular instruction in vocabulary will use lessons and contextualized vocabulary to improve reading comprehension, oral and written expression, as well as ACT/SAT test scores. Students will also develop and practice effective speaking skills in individual presentations and group discussions.


Literature & Advanced Writing 11

  • Prerequisite
    English 10
  • Grade
    11
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    English 11

United States Literature and Composition fulfills the junior year English requirement. Students will read and analyze fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and film representative of the United States. By looking at texts through the framework of The Examined Life, The Examined Text, they will understand how to look closely at literature and what its examination reveals about the diverse values and experiences of this country.


Honors Literature & Advanced Writing 11

  • Prerequisite
    English 10
  • Grade
    11
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    English 11

The study of literature is more academic, abstract, and theoretical, and students will work more independently, often at a faster pace. To further develop their skills in complex analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literature, students will use several analytical tools. Works from authors from the United States before 1700 to the present include Hemingway, Lahiri, Franklin, Paine, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Whitman, Twain, Hurston, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Frost, Pound, Wilson, O’Brien, Kingston, and others. Research and oral presentations are important components of this course.


Creative Writing 12

  • Prerequisite
    Literature & Advanced Writing 11
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    English 12

This semester-long class helps students refine creative writing skills and processes. The structure allows students substantial independent writing time that is guided through mini-lessons and individual conferences with small groups and the teacher. The first quarter focuses on exercises that lead students to complete a collection of short stories and poetry. Play-writing, nonfiction, and revision of earlier work will shape second quarter. Their own pieces will demonstrate new knowledge of writing and reflect on more advanced ideas that include satire and author intent. At the end of the semester, students will have an extensive writing portfolio.


Public Speaking 12

  • Prerequisite
    Literature & Advanced Writing 11
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    ½ English 12

This course is designed to teach students basic public speaking skills. The course helps students develop an understanding of the basic principles of oral communication, with a focus on improving skills in researching, writing, and organizing effective presentations that are appropriate to particular audiences. Students will develop, improve, and gain confidence in basic delivery skills. Students will also learn to critically evaluate speeches and develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, the responsibilities of ethical communication.


Journalism

  • Prerequisite
    Literature & Advanced Writing 11
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    ½ English 12

In this course students will explore the foundations and future of print, broadcast and digital journalism. Students will complete multiple writing, editing and video exercises. Students will work on the skills of research, reporting, drafting, editing, publication and broadcasting. Students will showcase the refinement of these skills in a final web log project published online. In addition, students will showcase their broadcasting talents in podcasting and a television show. In order to develop critical analysis, students will explore all aspects of print and broadcast journalism including history, law, ethics, standards and the shaping role of technology in the discipline.

Physics

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Physics

This year-long course emphasizes a conceptual understanding of the fundamental principles governing the universe. This solid foundation in Physics will prepare students for success in all other areas of science. This course will cover motion, forces, waves, sound and light, electricity, magnetism and nuclear physics. Problem solving and laboratory skills will also be emphasized.


Chemistry

  • Prerequisite
    Physics
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Physics

This year-long course is designed to meet the needs of those students who are college-bound, and whose interests generally lie in the social sciences and humanities. It is less mathematically oriented than Enriched Chemistry. Topics include the scientific method, properties of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, energy relationships to chemical reactions, formula writing and equations, mole concepts, acid-base chemistry and chemical bonding. Laboratory work is extensive and includes qualitative and quantitative analyses. Students will be expected to solve basic algebra problems.


Honors Chemistry

  • Prerequisite
    Physics
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Chemistry

This year-long course is designed for students with strong interest in the natural sciences. It is the most mathematically intensive of the two first-year chemistry offerings. Topics include the scientific method, properties of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, energy relationships to chemical reactions, formula writing and equations, mole concepts, acid-base chemistry and chemical bonding. Laboratory work is extensive and includes qualitative and quantitative analyses. Students will be expected to work algebraic and numerical problems readily. The course lays the foundation for future study of biology, a graduation requirement, and meets state requirements for additional elective science course work.


Biology

  • Prerequisite
    Chemistry
  • Grade
    11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Biology

Biology focuses on biological concepts, theories, and principles through investigation and analysis of cells, organisms and ecosystems. Course topics will include information about biodiversity, biological evolution, cells, ecology, genetics and living systems. Students will conduct experiments and investigations that may be instructor designed or independently created by the students.


Honors Biology

  • Prerequisite
    Chemistry
  • Grade
    11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Biology

Honors biology is an accelerated biology course, which focuses on cellular biology, genetics, biological evolution, biodiversity, living systems and ecology. Laboratory investigation and written exercises will enhance students’ understanding of the subject matter. Both traditional and contemporary techniques in science will provide a strong foundation for students interested in further study of the life sciences.


Honors Environmental Studies

  • Prerequisite
    Chemistry
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course focuses on the natural systems of the world and the interrelationships between humans and the environment. In this class, students will study the different natural systems including environment and organisms, ecosystems and communities, and population principles. Students will also look at the human connections to these systems by studying sources of energy, environmental ethics, land, water and air quality issues, and environmental policy and decision making. This course is designed for motivated students interested in field biology and environmental studies.


Advanced Anatomy & Physiology

  • Prerequisite
    Chemistry
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology is a course designed for students who have an interest in exploring, in depth, the structure and function of the human body. Conception, development, and the 12 body systems will be explored through labs, discussion, lecture, videos, and computer research.

Government

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Government

This course satisfies the Government requirement for students who have not completed US Government 9. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive analysis of the authority, structure and procedure of American government. Major topics include the constitutional foundation, the politics of democracy and the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches in the federal system. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. In addition, students should develop the skills of inquiry and research necessary to interpret and make judgments regarding government actions in a complex society and world. Contemporary events, as they relate to course topics, are discussed through the year.


Honors Government

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Government

This course satisfies the Government requirement for students who have not completed U.S. Government 9. This course involves the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics. It familiarizes the student with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality. The course focuses on the following topics and questions: the Constitutional underpinnings of the United States government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest groups, institutions and activities of the national government, civil rights and civil liberties, and America's role in the world.


World History

  • Prerequisite
    Government
  • Grade
    10
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    World History

This year-long course will have a global focus using geographic themes, especially migration of people, ideas, trade etc. Other themes may include regional comparison and human environment / interaction. Students will learn through lecture and traditional work, cooperative work and research. Assessment will include tests, essays and projects.


Honors World History

  • Prerequisite
    Government
  • Grade
    10
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    World History

The Honors World History course is designed for the highly motivated student who is ready for higher level work, develops a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. The course is built around six overarching themes: patterns and impacts of interactions among major societies, change and continuity across world history, impact of technology and demography, systems of social structure and gender structure, cultural and intellectual developments, and changes in functions and structures of states. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms another organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course.


U.S. History

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    U.S. History

This course also satisfies the Geography requirement upon completion of a World History or European History course. In this course the student will study the development of the political, social, economic and diplomatic history of the United States with emphasis on the years 1877 to the present. Programs of various presidential administrations and major economic and political ideas that have influenced the development of our American system will be studied. The fourth quarter will be devoted to the study of the United States in a world setting. Emphasis will be placed on how other countries relate to the United States in terms of current economic, political, environmental and social issues. A study of how decisions made in the United States affect other nations and cultures will also be investigated.


Honors U.S. History

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    U.S. History

This course also satisfies the Geography requirement upon completion of a World History or European History course. This course is an intensive analysis of American history for the college bound student. Topics will be studied chronologically with special emphasis on major interpretive questions that derive from the study of selected themes. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgments and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively. Materials will include a basic college text, collections of selected documents, and a variety of interpretive works.


Economics

  • Prerequisite
    U.S. History
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    Economics

In this course students will analyze the systematic ways in which people address the problem of allocating scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants, with particular emphasis on the American capitalistic system. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of micro and macroeconomics, and will be expected to apply these principles to problems concerning the individual firm, and the national and international economies.


Honors Economics

  • Prerequisite
    U.S. History
  • Grade
    12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    Economics

The microeconomics portion of the course seeks to evaluate the efficiency of the market system by examining supply and demand, various business structures in the product and resource markets, market failures, and the role of government. In the macroeconomics section, students will analyze the business cycle, indicators of economic performance (such as unemployment and inflation), money and money creation, monetary and fiscal policies, international trade, and currency exchange. The course places special emphasis on the analysis of current economic problems and presents several different economic schools of thought.


Psychology

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    11, 12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course will examine how the various sub-fields of psychology scientifically describe, predict and explain behavior and mental processes. We will survey a broad range of psychology topics and consider the several perspectives, or lenses, through which psychologists study and understand behavior. Course topics include history and methods, bio-psychology, consciousness, learning, development, memory, personality and psychological disorders.

Latin I

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course is a foundational study in Latin language and culture. It includes Roman and Greek mythological studies along with reading and comprehension of simple Latin sentences. Students will take the first steps acquiring the fundamentals of Latin grammar through reading the stories of a family in ancient Pompeii.


Latin II

  • Prerequisite
    Latin I or instructor approval
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course is a continuation of the Latin I curriculum. Students continue to read about the adventures of the Caecilius family. Through reading stories in Latin, they learn about life in the Roman provinces, their religious customs, and architecture. New grammatical structures will be studied along with expanding the vocabulary and derivative studies from previous year.


Spanish I

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course is designed for students who have no previous experience in Spanish. Students learn basic Spanish expressions, vocabulary and structural forms. As students skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing increase, more complex grammar and sentence patterns are studied. Spanish and Latin-American cultures are also integrated within the classroom learning activities through the use of authentic texts and audios.


Spanish II

  • Prerequisite
    Spanish I
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course is a continuation of the Spanish I curriculum. Students review previously studied structures and vocabulary before learning more advanced sentence structures. Communication is emphasized as students improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to a practical level. Cultural topics acquaint students with Spanish-speaking people and their cultures.


Spanish III

  • Prerequisite
    Spanish II
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course is designed to develop the students' confidence, build on their previous knowledge and refine their ability to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish. The class is taught primarily in Spanish to promote oral and listening proficiency. Communication skills, through speaking and writing, are emphasized and students are expected to use Spanish in class to converse about practical, contemporary situations. Students are also exposed to short stories, authentic materials and Hispanic cultures. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II or instructor approval.


Spanish IV

  • Prerequisite
    Spanish III
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Full Year
  • Meets Requirement For
    Elective

This course is geared towards students who would like to continue in the language. This course is conducted in Spanish and students continue to develop and refine listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students review previously studied grammar, focusing more intently on accuracy in speaking and writing, before learning more sophisticated grammar to further their communication skills.

Introduction to Dance

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    ½ Fine Arts Elective

Want to learn how to execute that cool Hip-hop move? Need to improve your balance and coordination for hockey? Ever wonder what it would be like to dance in the ballet? Then “Introduction to Dance” is the course for you! Available to sophomores, juniors and seniors, Dance Class counts as your performing arts credit or as a general elective credit. This introductory course to movement is designed to teach students the basics of contemporary, cultural, and classical dance styles. Students learn the rudimentary steps that all dance genres are based upon and how to properly execute these movements. Students will then build upon these movements to learn the basic steps of several dance styles. These styles include: Yoga, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap and Swing.


Digital Photography I

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    9, 10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Semester
  • Meets Requirement For
    ½ Fine Arts Elective

This introductory level photography course will cover the history and technical elements of photography, design and composition and operation of a manual digital camera. Students will have the opportunity to participate in project presentations and critiques. It is highly recommended that students have easy and regular access to a digital camera that allows for manual control of exposure, aperture and shutter speed.

Aerospace Engineering

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Semester

This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles. Aerospace Engineering explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel and orbital mechanics.


Graphic Design

  • Prerequisite
    None
  • Grade
    10, 11, 12
  • Length
    Semester

This course brings students into the world of digital imaging and computer graphics. Course work will be completed on computers, using digital cameras, scanners and printers. We work with software concentrating mainly on Photoshop and Illustrator, which have become the benchmark for digital imaging. Students will develop an idea into a design by practicing basic drawing and tracing techniques, create line art, logos, packages and poster design. Learning to use Adobe Creative Suites is a must for students pursuing careers in marketing, business, journalism, PR work, design, advertising, illustration, web design and video game design. Students will participate in weekly critiques.


High School Schedule

Students participate in core subjects, leadership program, and two-hour block of W.I.N. time daily, allowing students to focus on their desired disciplines and passions in a flexible environment through our four schools focused on academics, arts, athletics and corporate integration and entrepreneurship.

Students will also be granted time for additional enrichment through clubs, personal fitness, and other selections, thus allowing them to interact and develop relationships with peers from other grade levels.

Times Schedule Credits
8:15-9:45 Math/Science 2
9:50-11:20 English/Social Studies 2
11:20-11:45 Lunch
11:50-12:15 Leadership: Pathfinder 0.5
12:20-1:05 World Language/Elective 1
1:20-2:50 WIN Electives 2
2:55-3:25 Enrichment: Clubs & Powerhaus