High School Electives

Fei Tian offers elective courses as well as Advanced Placement (AP) courses on an as-needed basis. The following is a non-exhaustive list of elective courses at Fei Tian. For a full listing of courses currently being offered, please contact the Registrar.

Cross-Cultural Communication

This course prepares professional artists with the communication skills and cultural awareness needed to express their artistic intentions to the public. The course also explores some of the fundamental ways in which Eastern and Western art and music differ. Students learn skills in public speaking, oral presentation, etiquette, and the media. Students learn how to conduct successful interviews and produce media advisories and press statements.

World History II

This is an advanced course designed to deepen a student’s knowledge of world history and geography. The course covers selected topics from prehistory to present, delving into cultural, economic, political, and ideological themes as well as global and comparative geography. Students study cause and effect relations; major historical developments such as imperialism, nationalism, modernization, and industrialization; and how historians seek to create “history” out of systemic research and unbiased analysis. By the end of the course, students will be able to explain why and how major historical developments occurred. Students are encouraged to take the SAT subject test in World History upon completion of this course.

U.S. History and Government II

This advanced course engages students in a study of U.S. history and government from pre-Columbian times through the present. The course deepens students’ understanding of the economic, social, political, and cultural history and foreign policy of the United States. The majority of the course’s focus is on American history and government after 1790. Students will examine information and facts through the lens of major themes running throughout United States history such as evolving definitions of freedom and democracy, tensions between state and federal governments, and the extent of the government’s role to protect and regulate. Projects and assignments throughout the year include frequent essay writing, reading and interpreting primary sources, research, debate, and oral presentations. Students are encouraged to take the SAT subject test in U.S. History upon completion of this course.

Pre-Calculus

This course covers advanced algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Topics include functions and function theory; types of functions such as polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic; the study of conics, sequences and series; normal probability distributions, non-linear regression, and hypothesis testing; and an introduction to calculus that includes limits, critical points, and continuity. Upon completion of this course, students are well-prepared for college-level Calculus, and are encouraged to take the SAT subject test in Math Level 2.

Biology II

Biology II involves the scientific study of living organisms. The course considers the interactions among the vast number of organisms that inhabit planet Earth. It presents the basic form and function of these organisms, from cells to organ systems, and from simple viruses to complex humans. It delves into interactions between organisms, and between an organism and its environment. Scientific process and laboratory skills are emphasized along with biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines. Students learn scientific writing skills and also examine current bio-logical issues. This course promotes scientific thinking through problem solving, a process that encourages curiosity and careful inquiry. Students are encouraged to take the SAT subject tests in Biology-E (Ecology) or Biology-M (Molecular) upon completion of this course.

Physics

Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interactions. It provides a systematic under-standing of the fundamental laws that govern physical, chemical, and biological processes. The major topics covered are conceptual study of laws of motion, forces, energy and momentum; properties and states of matter; heat and thermodynamics; wave motion; sound; light; and electricity and magnetism. Additional topics include geometrical optics and nuclear physics. Students must have taken or be enrolled in Algebra II and Trigonometry. Students are encouraged to take the SAT subject test in Physics upon completion of this course.

Drawing

Students develop the ability to represent three-dimensional spatial relationships accurately on a two-dimensional plane. These early drawings are a vital tool for training the eye to see correctly. Each step of the drawing process is demonstrated and reinforced through repetition. Students use both charcoal and pencil and start by drawing geometric shapes and still life. They also use plaster casts to develop a sense for the shapes of the human figure.

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

This course focuses primarily on the proper brush and ink techniques for the two major styles of scripts: Kai Shu (Standard Script) and Li Shu (Clerical Script). This course is particularly useful for those who are interested in learning more about Chinese characters and the Chinese language. Historically, the practice of Chinese calligraphy has been seen as a way to improve character and is considered a necessary habit for a learned person to acquire. Students are also introduced to the role of calligraphy in Chinese painting and in Chinese culture as a whole.