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Curriculum

What We Teach

Association House is known for small classes with engaging, individualized instruction. Our classes meet core learning standards, while providing additional academic supports to ensure students are well-equipped for success. Technology is integrated in all classes. 

Creative Writing

Ms. Vicens

In Creative Writing, we focus on developing students writing skills. We cover different styles of writing such as poetry, short story, plays, biographies, etc. We also cover common grammar rules and conventions, editing and reviewing skills in order to improve students written work.

Civic Engagement and Protest

Mr. Grijalva

A traditional civics class will likely focus on the functions of government, the constitution, and voting. Instead, this class focuses on the power of the PEOPLE to make change. Explore topics such as violent/nonviolent protest, building social justice movements, and challenging the powers that be.

Statistics

Mr. Zschunke

Statistics involves the practice of collecting and analyzing meaningful data. This includes measures of central tendency and variation, graphical representations, sampling techniques, and probability calculations.

Algebra

Mr. Zschunke

Algebra is the study of properties and operations of the real number system, solving and graphing equations and inequalities, translating word problems into equations, operations with and factoring of polynomials, and solving simple quadratic equations.

Biology

Ms. Czarkowski Ng

Biology is the study of life. We will introduce students to the scientific method, and then explore living systems from the molecular level up through cells, organisms, and whole ecosystems. We will cover the topics of microbiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology. This year we will additionally focus on understanding the COVID-19 virus and vaccine, so students can make healthy choices for themselves and their community.

Contemporary Literature

Ms. Vicens

In Contemporary Literature, we focus on modern day novels and how they connect to our current world. We study issues of societal differences, government, and adapting to new situations, as well as character and plot development. Contemporary Literature focuses on the here and now, and what the future could be, rather than what has already passed.

Humanities

Mr. Grijalva

Are we in a dream right now? How does my brain work? Why do people do what they do? Humanities encourages students to find answers to the largest questions human beings have ever asked. Explore subjects like philosophy, psychology, sociology, and more!

Integrated Math

Mr. Pilger

Integrated Math integrates many topics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analysis.

Anatomy and Physiology

Ms. Czarkowski Ng

In Anatomy and Physiology class, we will study the structures of the human body and how they function. We will learn about each of the body systems to understand how they work together to make us who we are. We will also learn to recognize how diseases or disorders can cause the body to be out of balance, so that we can try to help fix that. This is a great class for anyone who might be interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, or anyone who wants to be more aware of their own health during their lifetime.

Culinary Arts

Ms. Fisher

Culinary Arts is a student driven cooking apprenticeship provided to expose students to a home and commercial kitchen environment, the art of food preparation, cooking techniques, and presentation. Through instruction and practice, students obtain the necessary skills to plan, prepare, and cook a fabulous meal.

Dual Enrollment Program

Each Spring, the Dual Enrollment Program gives Association House High School students the opportunity to enroll in courses at City Colleges of Chicago, gaining college credits for free. This important program exposes students to the college experience. Past courses have included Intro to Computer Information Systems and Administration of Justice. 

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Giovanni, a hispanic male student from Associaiton House High School.

"My favorite class was English Literature. I love reading. I love writing about what I read."

- Giovanni, Class of 2021

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