Other Curricular Areas

Health, Safety, and Physical Education

The course Health and Safety further develops students’ basic knowledge, life skills, and good habits in order to maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. It aims to impart knowledge and skills that can enhance the health, safety, and academic achievement of students. Major health areas include physical activity and nutrition, substance abuse, family life and physical health, unintentional injury, and violence prevention. Safety classes are incorporated into the curriculum and include important information on fire safety and prevention, emergency procedures, conservation of natural resources, highway safety and traffic regulations, as well as the dangers of substance abuse. The major health education skills covered include self-management, relationship management, stress management, communication, planning and goal setting, decision making, and advocacy.

Physical Education is required for all grade levels. Students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health. A daily Falun Dafa exercise routine helps students tone their bodies and helps them tackle their busy schedules with less stress.

Arts

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 and college-level courses at Fei Tian. For a full listing of courses currently being offered, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records.

Chinese Calligraphy and Painting helps students develop the basic knowledge and techniques in Chinese calligraphy and painting, two separate, yet closely related, major art forms in traditional Chinese culture. Chinese painting, also known in Chinese as “national painting” (國畫 guohua), has a long history and long-standing tradition in China. Students will learn the two main techniques in Chinese painting: “fine brush” (工筆 gongbi) and “freehand style” (寫意 xieyie). There will be painting sessions focusing on landscape painting, bird-and-flower painting, and figure painting. In calligraphy, students will be introduced to the theoretical bases of the art form as well as the practical skills. Throughout the course, students will imitate the works of famous painters and calligraphers in Chinese history with the purpose of developing an appreciation and aesthetic understanding of the beauty in them.

Drawing aims to help 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.

Pre-Calculus covers topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential, and trigonometric functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as the Law of Sines and Law of Cosines will be introduced. Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. It is an important prerequisite for Calculus and other college-level math courses.

Theater Technology is an introductory course to theater production with an emphasis on technical elements. Students will learn the basics of scenic, sound, and lighting design. They will have opportunities to participate in stage management and construct props, sets, and scenery. This is an experiential education course that is offered during the Spring semester in conjunction with a practicum. Students will have all theory and knowledge placed in the context of staging live productions. Each Spring semester carries 1/2 a unit of credit.

Cross-Cultural Communication 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 Cultures is an experiential education course designed to give the student a global perspective by examining cultural regions of the world. For each region, the students will explore and analyze the geography, history, religion/philosophies, value systems, and cultural factors such as language, art, music, economics, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course the student should be able to compare these cultural factors across a global perspective.