2019/20 Course Schedule
New Course Offerings
Introduction to Business, 9-12This class is an introduction the field of business including topics such as management, finance accounting, marketing, production, computers, international business, small business, investments and other areas of general business interest. Introduction to Business is designed to expose students to many functions of modern business and the multitude of career fields in the areas of business. By managing and operating the school store Journé Café, students will also learn real life job skills that can be used on resumes.
Peer Taught Worldbuilding: Grades 9–12
(Students may take either or both semesters, if their schedule allows.)
1st Semester: Peer Taught Social Studies Special Topics - Students will explore fictional writing from a new perspective as they work together to collaboratively build an intricate and interesting world, creating such details as tectonic structure and ocean current patterns. The class will delve into the histories of the rise and fall of empires and the change of culture, relating the their fantasy world to the real world.
2nd Semester: Peer Taught Language Arts Special Topics - In the second semester, students will dive into the lives of the individual people in their world, writing sagas about the heroes of their world and using role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons to simulate these great adventures.
Community Science: Grades 8-12
A field-based class where students explore scientific topics through community service and outreach opportunities. We will partner with community organizations such as the Anchorage Parks Foundation, Food Bank of Alaska, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, UAA, etc. Weekly field trips will take students into the community and parents/guardians will need to support transportation efforts.
Phenomenon (Projects-based) Science: Grades 9-12
This course uses an inquiry-based approach to community science. Students will work individually or in small groups using social or scientific inquiry about the local community. Each student selects an area of study from one of the active monitoring projects at Polaris and prepares a project presentation using the Alaska State Science Fair format. Frequent fieldwork supports these projects; students must be prepared to be outside in wet, muddy, and freezing weather conditions. Students should plan to present at the fair in March.