Tenth Grade at Calvary Day High School

Tenth grade at Calvary Day School is a time focused on academic challenges and personal changes. Planning for college admittance is on the forefront of many sophomore minds, and Calvary’s Guidance Counselor makes sure that students are making commitments that count. During this school year, tenth graders take the PSAT for the second time, they take the Stanford 10 achievement test in the spring, and they participate in “prepping for college” meetings with the Guidance Counselor.

As many students earn their driver’s licenses and take control of a car, they also take more control over their choices in the classroom. A tenth grader may take an AP course or become a community service leader through organizations such as the National Honor Society. Likewise, he or she may become a leader by taking part in chapel services, Spiritual Emphasis Week, or a Bible study group.

Tenth graders have more elective course offerings than do ninth graders, and a student who excels in math, science, or history has the chance to take two courses in one subject in order to advance at an accelerated pace. Motivated tenth graders can boast a highly personalized schedule that challenges them in all the right areas.

In every way, tenth graders are prepared to go far.

World Literature and Composition 10 (also offered at the honors and Pre-AP level)

The High School English Department at Calvary Day School fosters critical thinking and effective communication through appreciation for literature. Students continually read and analyze works of poetry, short stories, novels, essays, and drama from various literary periods. Grammatical lessons and vocabulary building activities are also ongoing components of each grade. Students develop sound oral communication skills through lively class discussions and assigned presentations. Written communication skills are honed through critical analysis of texts, major research assignments, persuasive essays, creative writing, and journal writing. English 10 is a survey of World Literature with a focus on expanding critical vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing, and examining the relationships formed between texts and readers, geographies, time periods, and other texts. Special emphasis is placed on the cultural and historical contexts of the works read in class. Some of the works read are Oedipus the King, Things Fall Apart, Jane Eyre (college prep), The Odyssey (college prep), Othello (college prep), Much Ado About Nothing (honors and Pre-AP), One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (honors), Candide (Pre-AP), and The Metamorphosis (Pre-AP).

Modern World History (also offered at the honors level)

Modern World History is designed to present students with broad historical themes from 1450 to the present that provide meaning for events in the past and show how they affect contemporary life. A major focus is placed upon the development of human thought from the Early Modern Era to the present. Understanding the adventures of humankind throughout the centuries gives students the opportunity to learn about the past and recognize its contribution to the present and to the future. This course assists students in mastering the fundamentals of history and imparts a context within which to analyze current events. The course is designed as a continuation of the ninth grade world history course which covered the ancient world through 1453.

AP European History

AP European History is designed to teach students to demonstrate knowledge of basic chronology and major events and trends from the High Renaissance to the present. The broad themes of intellectual-cultural, political-diplomatic, and socio-economic history form the basis of the course within a chronological framework. The principal themes of modern European history are studied, and students learn to analyze historical evidence and express that understanding and analysis effectively in writing. Primary sources such as documents, maps, charts, pictorial and graphic evidence are analyzed. Students also learn better note-taking techniques and clear and effective written expression. At the completion of this course, students are well-prepared to take the AP European History exam.


Geometry at Calvary Day School emphasizes understanding of the topics discussed in euclidean geometry. Students learn to understand geometry’s importance as they gain logical thinking skills from this branch of mathematics. This course aims to develop students’ visualization skills and inductive and deductive reasoning through the study of logic and proof, polygons, trigonometry, circles and perimeter, and area and volume.

Honors Algebra II

Honors Algebra II continues to develop students’ facility with algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers and roots, and functions based on these concepts. Students study logarithmic, trigonometric, and polynomial functions along with other special functions as tools for modeling real-world situations. This course applies and enhances previously learned geometrical ideas, including transformations and measurement formulas.

Biology II

Biology II is an anatomy and physiology course designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Students study cells and tissues, the integumentary system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the reproductive system, special senses, the body’s defenses, and blood. This course presents students with a detailed understanding of the various systems of their bodies and how these systems work to keep them alive.

Honors Chemistry

Calvary Day School students enrolled in Honors Chemistry conduct a thorough study of matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the relationship between matter and energy. In order to ensure student comprehension of chemistry’s various concepts, students perform laboratory work in addition to completing traditional textbook assignments. Topics of exploration for this course include atomic structure; bonding and formation of chemical compounds; writing and balancing chemical equations; solids, liquids, and gases; phase changes; solutions; acids, bases, and salts; equilibrium; kinetics and thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction; nuclear chemistry; and organic chemistry.


The Physics course at Calvary Day School provides students with strong conceptual coverage of traditional and modern physics topics.  In this course, students will thoroughly cover the fundamental physical laws of mechanics.  Additional topics such as electricity, magnetism, and optics will be reviewed.  Students will also build proficiency of related math skills such as using scientific notation, performing unit conversions, and solving algebraic equations.  They will couple knowledge gained from lectures with lab experiences and demonstrations.  Through the knowledge and skills acquired, students will be able to make informed decisions regarding science and technology, be prepared for future coursework in science, and better understand the principles that govern the world they experience.

Preparing for Life or Exploring God’s Word

High School Bible courses at Calvary Day School are designed to help students think, act, speak, and live in conformity with the standards and expectations of our Creator. Students are taught truths and principles from God’s Word and are encouraged to develop a relationship with God. In an effort to help students to discover the abundant life that God promises, classes emphasize practical application of biblical principles to daily life. In addition to participation in traditional lectures and discussions, students create biblical timelines, write reader-response journal entries, watch films that enhance class materials, and display the results of pertinent research in oral presentations. Students also serve the community through a community service project for 10 hours during each of the nine weeks that they are in this course.

Preparing for Life, explores the truths of the Christian faith and shows students how to apply those truths to the questions they will face throughout their lives, and in the next decade in particular. Through constant exposure to a Christian worldview, students are enabled to emerge from Calvary as positive, godly individuals who minister to the world around them.

Exploring God’s Word is more free-form in the sense that students study books of the Bible and books about subjects in the Bible which are of particular interest to the teacher and the students. The purpose of this course, as in all other Bible courses, is to explore the truths of the Christian faith and to see the application of those truths to the questions and problems that the students will face throughout their lives.

French II or Spanish II

The foreign language courses offered at Calvary Day School are designed to enable mastery of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in either Spanish or French. In our introductory level courses, we begin building a foundation of real-world vocabulary and phrases for use in spoken and written discourse. Language skills are taught through dialogue between teachers and students as well as through a deliberate storytelling method that simulates the way we learn our native language. The Foreign Language Department enmeshes cultural lessons with grammatical ones. Students are instructed in the histories and cultures of the countries within their language’s regions. At Calvary Day School, learning is never limited to the pages of a textbook, and this truth extends to Spanish and French classes. Students participate in authentic dinners with regional foods, listen to popular musicians, explore current newspapers, and watch films that are pertinent to the language and its cultures. The linguistic and foreign cultural knowledge offered in French and Spanish classes at Calvary Day School only improve students’ perspectives of themselves as global citizens of our nation and the world we share.


Physical Education (semester elective)

Physical Education (P.E.) for grades 9-12 is designed to develop each student into a well-adjusted individual who will be able to live a satisfying and active life. Through participation in physical activities with their peers, students learn to lead as well as to function as a team member. As students contribute to each physical activity, positive self-expression and self-confidence emerge. Coursework informs students of the dangers associated with neglecting fitness and encourages them to strive for physical excellence at levels appropriate to their abilities. By working together to achieve physical goals, students improve their social bonds, emotional health, intellect, and spirit and have fun while doing so. P.E. teaches students tolerance of individual personalities through teamwork, and students gain self-esteem and an appreciation for an active lifestyle through the accomplishment of individual goals.

Weight Training (semester elective)

Weight Training focuses on developing strength, power, flexibility, work ethic, integrity, and overall fitness. Students design their own individualized workouts based on the results of their fitness and strength testing. The program includes use of free weights, kettle bells, medicine balls, and plyometric and cardiovascular training.

Calvary Singers (year or semester elective)

The Calvary Singers elective course at Calvary Day School builds upon foundational music skills previously acquired through the Middle School Song and Stage program. Students further develop proper vocal techniques in order to become a group of blended musicians who perform on a competitive level. Singing is done alone or with others, and the course includes a varied repertoire of music. Our choral literature offers traditional choral pieces, spirituals, lullabies, folk, jazz, pop, and gospel songs, as well as various period pieces from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and twentieth-century periods. In addition to learning to read and notate music, students develop criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of performances. Solo or ensemble opportunities include performing at the weekly chapel, clubs, nursing homes, sporting events, and other special events at school. Students may also participate in the Southeastern Choral Arts Festival, the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Festivals, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Literary Meet, as well as the Fall Variety Show, the Christmas Concert, and the Spring Musical held on campus. Students in Calvary Singers work effectively as responsible team members, which enables them to become positive leaders in the group and in life.

Band (year elective)

The band courses at Calvary Day School aim to enrich students’ lives through the study of music, instrumental performance, music history, theory, and culture. Students learn to respond appropriately to conducting techniques, to participate effectively as a member of performing ensembles, to read and sight-read music, as well as to evaluate and critique music performed by the ensembles. The band courses also provide students with necessary music vocabulary and instruction about the composers of selected musical repertoire. In addition to learning how to perform a piece, students also learn the historical and cultural context.

Famous Artists (semester elective)

Each week, a famous artist will be the focal point. Students will create artwork that demonstrates this artist’s particular style. We will study such artists as Mary Cassatt, Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci, Georgia O’Keeffe and Vincent Van Gogh.

Elements & Principles of Design (semester elective)

Students in Elements & Principles of Design will learn about the elements and principles of design that artists use as their “tools” to create successful pieces of art.  With each one discussed, we will create pieces of art that demonstrate how the elements and principles are used.

Fibers/Paper/Ceramics (semester elective)

This course takes a look into some of the “other” art forms that use various media such as cloth, paper, and clay. We will learn the art of making paper and the many ways to use paper to create art.  We will also learn some of the techniques of book making.  The art of weaving, using various fibers and other media, will also be experienced.  We will also learn various techniques used in working with clay, like coil and slab building.  

Community Art (semester elective)

This course focuses on many aspects of community art, also known as “Dialogical art” or “Community-based art.” Students will brainstorm ideas for projects that we can do around our school community to help beautify our school, such as murals or other art beautification projects.  We will also work with various groups around Savannah to coordinate community projects such as the children’s unit at Memorial.  We will also work with various nursing home facilities to find ways to cheer up and beautify the lives of their residents.  Our goal in this class is to make our community a better place for everyone.

Drama (year or semester elective)

Drama explores various aspects of theatre, from the artistic to the technical, with primary emphasis on acting. Activities include improvisation, monologue and dialogue scene work, silent stories (pantomime), script and character analysis, artistic design (including sets, lighting, props, and costuming), among others. During the year there are performance events in which students participate. Even for those who do not envision themselves on stage, this course yields benefits in terms of public speaking, confidence for class presentations, and later on in the workplace. And let’s face it… it’s some of the most fun that students could be allowed to have between 8:30 and 3:00!

Written Communication (Yearbook) (year elective)

Students in Written Communication produce Calvary’s award-winning yearbook, Beacon. Acceptance into the course is competitive, and students must apply during the previous spring to be accepted. To apply for enrollment in the course, students must fill out an application, submit a full yearbook page layout, go through an interview process, and receive a teacher recommendation. Only 12-15 students are accepted into this course each year. Students who are chosen to be in the course produce a very high-quality yearbook, as is evidenced by the honors the yearbook receives. Beacon Awards

Journalism (year elective)

Students in Journalism learn multiple skills used in journalism professions such as: First Amendment law, court cases that have affected student journalism, journalistic ethics, interviewing, feature writing, news writing, editing, and photojournalism. These students also produce Calvary’s quarterly online magazine, VISION. The students do all writing, photography, and design of the magazine.

Newspaper and Journalism Elements (year elective)

Newspaper and Journalism Elements is designed to give students a basic understanding of journalism and newspaper writing techniques. Students write, edit, and layout four issues of the school newspaper, both in print and in an online version as well as submit various news articles to local community newspapers. Students in this course do all the work for publication of each issue of the paper. They develop their writing abilities and editing skills by creating several articles for the school paper, and they also develop skills in photography and comic drawing. The course also requires some after-school deadlines as well as some out-of-school time for news coverage.