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Tenth grade students continue to have a core experience in English, History, Math, and Science, but with increasing emphasis on abstract ideas and more sophisticated analytical skills. We expect students to write longer term papers and work with both primary and secondary sources as they develop a personal writing style.

Upper School: Tenth Grade

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HUMANITIES

Analyzing power structures In this segment of our two-year English sequence, we read works that explore the relationship of the individual and society. How is power achieved, exerted, and institutionalized? How does power or its lack shape individuals? Students produce full-length essays that require them to formulate a thesis and support it with well-reasoned arguments and specific evidence. Â

STEM

Exploring abstract concepts

ARTS AND MUSIC

In Algebra II students deepen their ability not just to solve equations but to also explain their reasoning, construct mathematical arguments, and use language to explain concepts such as the difference between polynomial and linear equations.

Creative choices Theater, music, and visual arts electives allow students to both expand and refine their interests. In tenth grade, most students choose to focus on either the visual or performing arts.

Students explore principles of Chemistry through practical and creative projects that might include soap making, cheese production, or writing an essay on the role of a specific element throughout history. We emphasize conceptual understanding, inquiry-driven learning, and communication skills.

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ABOVE: Learning at Riverdale involves presentations and discussions led by both students and faculty members. LEFT: Students take advantage of having a wide variety of arts courses and a whole arts building available to them.

SPECIAL PROJECT

Jolli Humanitarian Award The award honors an outstanding citizen of the world. Each year, students enter a contest to name the next recipient. The nomination process includes writing an essay and making an oral presentation to the class.

Learning Experience

In the continuation of our thematic study of modern History, we examine the ideologies of 19th-century Europe: liberalism, social Darwinism, and nationalism, the dynamics of imperialism, the world wars of the 20th century, and complex issues facing the contemporary world. One important assignment is a term paper that requires students to make sense of secondary sources that have contradictory interpretations of the same historical question.

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The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...

The Riverdale Learning Experience (2019)  

The Riverdale learning experience is influenced by many factors: the growing science of how children learn, the role of character strengths...