The Saint Demetrios Preparatory School (SDP) program produces the complete individual who, upon graduation, is ready to take on a world of opportunities.
The High School program at St. Demetrios Prep school offers hands on college preparatory course work through our internal Advance Placement program and our University/College alliance program. We strive for experiences that equip our students to be pioneers, challenging themselves and each other as they develop life skills that prepare them for their roles as the world’s future leaders.
Students in the High School master challenging high school coursework, whether in our accelerated level curriculum, honors courses or through advance placement. All our classes are tailored to their individual learning style and needs to ensure success. Our math program is segmented via our students aptitude with our accelerated Freshmen starting with Geometry and our sophomores with Advanced Algebra 2. Our literature program rests with the foundation of the classics in American, British and Greek literature across genres, generating mastery of language and composition skills.
Our STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) courses, are ever involving and flexible due to the consistent advancement of our world sciences. At St. Demetrios we take pride of our ancestry accomplishments such as Archimedes, within the sciences and strive to provide a assiduous curriculum. Our laboratory studies and studio programs offer extensive, hands on opportunities in mathematics, computer science and database systems, robotics and engineering, biology and chemistry sciences, visual arts and performing arts.
At SDP, students learn by experiencing. Our courses include a myriad of opportunities outside the classroom. In addition, our seniors have the opportunity for dual enrollment at a local partner colleges to pursue independent study programs and apprenticeships.
The Saint Demetrios Preparatory School program produces the complete individual who, upon graduation, is ready to take on a world of opportunities.
English 9R Full year 1 credit
This course provides a sampling of short stories, poems, plays, and full-length novels of representative authors of the Western World, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, among others. Select works are studied to create an awareness of Western ideas and values and to develop an understanding of the historical context of those values. The writing component is literature-driven, and aims to nurture critical thinking skills, expository techniques, and a distinctive student voice.
English 10R Full year l credit
This course allows students to examine a wide variety of short stories, poetic forms and models, plays, full-length novels, non-fiction and informational texts; in addition, vocabulary acquisition and the thorough review of English grammar, usage, and mechanics continue to receive strong emphasis throughout. Extensive reading from a variety of genres is intrinsic to this course, as is the development of research skills. Literary selections have been chosen as a basis for the continuity of instruction and interdisciplinary understanding, and include a Shakespearean play and Elie Weisel’s memoir Night, among others. The composition program stresses both the analytical and personal response to literature along with primary modes of rhetorical discourse outlined in the NYSED Framework for the English Language Arts. Students will begin to prepare for the NYS Common Core English Regents and the PSAT/SAT exams.
English 11R Full year l credit
Representative American authors are studied with an emphasis on understanding their ideas and values, and also with a view towards helping students gain an awareness of historical context. The composition program continues to stress both the analytical and personal response to literature and informational text along with primary modes of rhetorical discourse outlined in the NYSED Framework for the English Language Arts. Since all students will take the New York State Common Core English Regents Examination, intense preparation is offered in realizing the New York State English Language Arts learning standards. Vocabulary acquisition and inquiry-based research skill utilization are stressed throughout the year. Preparation for PSAT/SAT exams is included in the curriculum; in addition, college-style writing and analysis is introduced and developed.
English 12R Full year 1 credit
This course presents a global approach to literature based on poetry, short stories, drama, novels, fables, myths and legends from around the world. Students will encounter some of the world’s greatest authors and will be challenged by the relevance of their works and the values inherent in them. Students develop a strong literary background and greater experience with literary discourse, which is utilized in the development of their writing skills. In addition, the course includes a mandatory Senior Project research paper and a variety of portfolio writing assignments. Numerous essays and short readings will be included in the curriculum to model writing techniques. College applications, college essay writing and SAT preparation are also features of this course.
Algebra I Common Core Regents
Common Core Algebra 1 is the introductory course in high school mathematics, developing skills and understanding critical to continued success in mathematics. Students will learn the fundamental principles of algebra and other foundations of higher level mathematics, methods to solve algebraic problems, and the skills to extend learning to a variety of applications, all at a high level of precision and rigor. It follows the New York State Regents for Algebra 1 Common Core. Students will learn about the different types of numbers represented in the real number systems. Problem solving techniques and situations will also be taught at a more challenging level for the students. Students will be introduced to different types of functions such as linear equations and inequalities and quadratic equations. They will learn how to solve and graph these functions. Simple exponential and radical functions will also be discussed in this course. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to collect and organize data in order to understand the concepts of statistics and probability. Students are required to take the New York State Regents exam for the Algebra 1 Common Core Regents in June.
Geometry Common Core Regents
A one-year course for students who took Algebra 1 Common Core and follows the New York State Regents Curriculum for Geometry Common Core. The fundamental purpose of the course in geometry is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades. Students explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments.
Topics will include geometric relationships, logic, informal and formal proofs, properties of triangles and quadrilaterals, transformations, and volume and density. Students are required to take the New York State Geometry Regents in June.
Algebra II Common Core Regents
This course is a continuation and extension of the two courses that preceded it: Common Core Algebra 1 and Geometry. Students will explore algebraic, trigonometric, and statistical concepts in more depth than the previous courses while developing alternative solution strategies via technology. Students will also investigate the relationship between algebraic and graphical concepts while simultaneously applying this relationship to problem solving situations.
Topics include number systems extended to imaginary and complex numbers; operations of rational expressions, functions such as polynomial, absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and radical; function regression; trigonometric equations; statistics; and probability. Students are required to take the New York State Regents exam for Algebra II Common Core in June.
This course is a continuation of the Algebra II Common Core course. Students will explore algebraic and trigonometric concepts in more depth than the previous course, while simultaneously developing alternative solution strategies via technology. Students will also investigate the relationship between algebraic and graphical concepts, applying this relationship to problem solving situations. Students will gain exposure to topics that will be necessary for mathematics courses at the post-secondary level. This course will prepare the student for Calculus.
The topics discussed in the course range from discussing and analyzing the different types of functions to conic sections and analytic geometry.
Major Units of Instruction: Functions and their Inverses, Polynomial and Rational functions, Trigonometry and Complex Numbers, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Parametric Equations and Polar Curves, and Conic Sections.
This course is designed to prepare students for college Calculus and other math courses which are typically required of Business, Science, Mathematics, and/or Computer Science majors. Topics include functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, sequences, series and applications of these concepts. Students will not sit for the AP exam and placement is made at the discretion of the administration.
Finance/Probability & Statistics
A full year course. Students will learn basic probability and statistics as well as more advanced topics such as standard deviation, normal distribution, and hypothesis testing. Personal financial issues are also explored. Student will learn real world topics such as financial planning and money management, budgeting, insurance, consumer credit advantages and disadvantages, home ownership, and investments.
The aims and goals of physical education are very broad-based. It does not deal with physical well being alone. It should benefit the whole individual and aid his/her development in such a way that he/she is in a position to promote the well-being of the society in general. It should increase the individual’s physical, mental and intellectual capabilities for the benefit of the society. It also helps in developing leadership qualities and social skills as well as the ability to handle completion effectively.
All-round development of the personality
Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Socially, and Spiritually well balanced individual
Sport participation allows interaction with other students various other high schools team sports players
Make a fine tuned individual
Make high level performers
Stress on the individual needs
Participation in sports provides satisfaction and main thrust is given on recreation and relaxation
This course focuses on physical, social, emotional, and mental aspects of health. Students will explore the impact of physical activity and nutrition on one’s health; mental health; the impact of various legal and illegal drugs and medications, tobacco, and alcohol on the body; infectious and noninfectious diseases.
In this one-quarter course, students will be presented with material covering topics such as self-esteem, teamwork, communication, stress and anger management, self-discovery, and coping skills. This course will also prepare the student for independent living and for the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
First Aid will help each student to meet the needs of most situations when emergency first aid care is needed. It will incorporate personal safety and accident prevention information. Each student will be better prepared to assist others wisely and care for themselves in case of injury or illness. They will learn an orderly method of handling emergency problems according to priorities without confusion or panic. The instructor is certified by the American Red Cross.
This laboratory science course is designed for all students. This course is designed to meet the New York State Science Standards in the areas of Earth Science as well as Investigation and Experimentation. Topics explored include astronomy, plate tectonics, energy cycles, atmospheric and oceanic convection, climate, biogeochemical cycles, structure and composition of the atmosphere, and geology. Laboratory experiences are an integral part of the course and students can expect homework daily
This laboratory science course meets the New York State Science Standards in the areas of Biology as well as Investigation and Experimentation. Topics explored include cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and physiology. Laboratory experiences are an integral part of the course and students can expect homework daily.
This laboratory science course meets the New York State Science Standards in the areas of Chemistry as well as Investigation and Experimentation. Topics explored include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, organic and biochemistry, and nuclear processes. Laboratory experiences are an integral part of the course and students can expect homework daily.
This laboratory science course meets the New York State Science Standards in the areas of Physics as well as Investigation and Experimentation. Topics explored include motions and forces, vectors, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves, electric and magnetic phenomena. Students perform laboratory activities using various technologies. Students can expect homework daily.
The New York State Education Department requires all students enrolled in laboratory based science classes to complete 1,200 minutes of laboratory experiences. Students must submit the corresponding laboratory reports as evidence of satisfactory content mastery and task completion. Students who fail to meet the minimum time requirements will be prevented from taking the culminating Regents Examination in June.
Global History & Geography I
The Global History and Geography I course is the first year of the Global History and Geography curriculum. Global I is organized around the NYS Social Studies Standards of the New York State Department of Education including history, geography, economics and civics.
It is presented in chronological order beginning in the Neolithic Era and continues up to 18th Century Europe.
Major units include: Early Civilizations in Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Meso-America, Ancient Greece and Rome, Middle Ages in Europe, the Renaissance, Growth of Nationalism, Early Imperialism, Era of Global Exchange, Religions and Belief Systems, Industrial Revolution, the Age of Imperialism, the Era of Absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. In order to prepare for the Final Exam, a review unit at the end of the year will reinforce the major themes developed throughout the year.
Global History & Geography II
This course consists of the continued study of Europe and Non-European World History. It consists of the study of the political, historical, social, cultural and economic events that shaped history from the 1700’s to the present. All students will take the Global History & Geography Regents Examination (a comprehensive exam consisting of both Global I and II courses.) Local Diploma students must receive a grade of 65 or higher to fulfill graduation requirements. An 85% or above on this Regents is considered Mastery Level.
U.S. HISTORY & GOVERNMENT
This course will deal with a thorough analysis of the Constitutional foundations of the Republic. Key Constitutional principles such as separation of powers, check and balances, judicial review and the Bill of Rights will be examined. The remainder of the year is based on American History from 1865 to the present. Special attention is given to the American Civil War, American foreign policy, Civil Rights struggles of various minorities, and the impact of supreme court decisions on American Society. Students will be required to take the New York State Regents Examination in U.S. History and Government. All students must receive a grade of 65 to fulfill diploma requirements. This course is required by the New York State Education Department for all students for graduation.
PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS
This senior course satisfies the graduation requirement. The Participation in Government course is taught during the fall term. The curriculum includes a study of the American system of government. The Constitution is a focal point of study and it is examined from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will also be involved in a “participation in government” experience. The Economics course is devoted to an examination of the American economy. Basic economic institutions will be examined including banking, labor, taxation and international trade. Comparisons will be made with other economic systems.
The Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Saint Demetrios Prep strives to educate, create, and inspire young artists to be passionate actors, singers, musicians, visual and graphic artists.
Through a wide variety of educational courses and extracurricular activities, Saint Demetrios Prep provides students interested in the arts with a rigorous and exciting educational experience. Theatrical productions, concerts, art shows, workshops and field trips are just some of the many avenues of instruction that the department offers to its prospective students.
In this mandatory course, students will learn to recognize and utilize the elements of art. They will focus on creating successful compositions in each finished work of art. Students will develop skills in two-dimensional design, observational drawing, one-point perspective and watercolor painting.
Principles of Design
Students will explore a variety of media, including ebony pencil, pen and ink, collage, acrylic, watercolor and papier mâché. An introduction to contemporary and historical art will be provided through PowerPoint presentations, readings, and computer research. Students will be evaluated based on their portfolio and presentations.
Graphic Arts I
This course provides a basic understanding of graphic arts, printing technology, and their processes through the use of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop programs. Assignments include a personal logo design, program cover, T-shirt designs, and others.
This is an introductory course in the study and utilization of digital photography as a medium of creative expression and visual communication. Students will develop a technical understanding of using a digital camera and apply this knowledge to create specific image results. Using digital image manipulation software, students will learn to design images to evoke specific messages, moods, or results. Students will study the history of photography, photographic artists, principles of design, color theory, and composition to create powerful and significant images. Students will use the knowledge of using a digital camera, digital image manipulation software, and the creative process to complete assigned projects engineered to encourage self-discipline, innovation, problem solving, creative thinking, and cultural appreciation.
Lecture course designed to introduce students to the elements and history of music. Exploring the music of the past, present and future, students will relate commercial music to classical music and appreciate the musical culture of different places and times. Videos, audio and live concert performances will enhance the musical experience.
This course will provide students with a solid foundation in different dance techniques. Students will also study the origins and development of these dance styles along with learning to recognize various choreographers and praised performers. This course is designed to teach students to express themselves emotionally and creatively as they explore the dance elements of body, space, time and energy.
Saint Demetrios Preparatory believes that language is the basis of human relationship and communication. Multi-lingualism is essential in an ever-changing, global society, and it opens the door to opportunities. Proficiency in a foreign language demands the ability to communicate purposefully, while appreciating contemporary and classical cultures in an intercultural population.Students will be enabled to communicate with native speakers of that language and to understand other cultures better.
This course will survey the history of ancient Greece from the Minoan civilization in the second millennium BC to the end of the Classical Period in the 4th century BC. We will investigate the major political, intellectual, economic and social factors that contributed to the nature and development of Greek history. We will pay particular attention to the Golden Age of Athens in the 5th century BC and its relations with the Persian Empire, Sparta and the other Greek city-states. Also, we will look at the many political and cultural institutions that combined to make this age unique. Finally, the course will close with the Greek’s efforts to cope with the rising power of Macedon.
This course will survey the major achievements of ancient Greek civilization. Arranged on a roughly chronological basis, the readings and lectures will move from the epic poetry of Greece’s heroic Bronze Age, through the great intellectual innovations of the Archaic Age, to the Classical era dominated by the contrasting contributions of Sparta and Athens.
The STEM curriculum provides students with not only a thorough knowledge of basic computer applications, but also advanced skills which they will utilize in college and beyond. Computers have become a major part of American society today. In the 21st century, computers are prominent tools in a wide variety of areas such as research, education, banking, government, and news. It is our goal to acquaint students with the history of technology, basic and advanced computer applications, and the importance of computers in today’s society.
Computer Programming I
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
This course introduces the JAVA language, which has become the standard for the World Wide Web. Students will be introduced to the syntax of the language through pre-written programs. Students will be asked to edit as well as debug programs. Students will learn how to write programs using JAVA through the use of variables, data types, loops, arrays and vectors, applets, multithreading and animation and graphical user interfaces. Hands-on programming will be strongly emphasized throughout the course.
Programming with Python
This year-long course is an introduction to structured programming using the computer language Python. Students will learn the steps to program development and testing, The students will be introduced to Object Oriented Programming (OOP), will create algorithms to solve problems; will create programs that solve sequential problems, branching problems and repetitive (looping) problems; will create programs that accept data and produce output, all using the programming language Python.
Computer Applications and Keyboarding
In this course, students learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and to create, analyze, edit, share and publish information for a variety of audiences and purposes. Through step-by-step tutorials and a project-based approach to learning, students become familiar with the key concepts and basic skills of today’s information technology sector. Students will also learn touch typing as a skill for use in all future endeavors.
Foundations of Web Design
This class focuses on Web page planning, basic design, layout and construction, and setup and maintenance of a Website. HTML/XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, MySQL and various other Web page and image creation tools are taught in the course. The course may be taught on Macs or PCs, but all skills are transferable from one format to another.
3D Game Programming
The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of computer programming and problem-solving in the context of computer game program construction. The concepts and strategies used are not limited to game programming, but are also applicable to other application context. Learning ActionScript 3.0 will lay a foundation for students to learn other programming languages in the future.
Financial Management and Applications
This course will allow students to understand how to create a realistic budget, prioritize financial responsibilities, and make sound future financial decisions by using office applications and tools to analyze
Saint John’s University Computer Science Course
(CSC) 1000 Introduction to Computing for the Liberal Arts Computers for the non-specialist with an emphasis on microcomputers. Hardware and software principles; elementary programming in a current language; computer applications involving word processing, spreadsheets, database; personal and social impact of computers.
Prerequisites: SAT Math Score over 500
Saint Demetrios Prep is a school committed to nurturing the traditions of our Christian faith throughout our entire school system. Education for us is more than learning the necessary academic subjects. It is about cultivating the individual as a whole. Incorporating our faith in our education has been an intrinsic part of St. Demetrios school since it’s inception.
Religion class is offered to all our students and is taught by our clergy throughout the entire school system. At least once a month throughout the academic year, the school day begins with Divine Liturgy in our church. This strengthens the foundation of our community among our St. Demetrios family.