We offer a host of engaging courses for students in grades 7-12. Courses draw on real-life experiences, offer a global perspective, and help both students who want to leap forward or just catch up.
Click on the courses below to find out more about our curriculum.
The ICL Academy course structure allows considerable flexibility. Our curriculum permits each student to plan an individual program of study that takes into account personal passions and educational goals consistent with unique interests, prior experiences, and future ambitions. We strive to provide students with an education that provides both breadth and depth of knowledge in a wide variety of essential subjects. Within the limitations of requirements, students may also freely choose elective courses that play a special role in tailoring a student’s course schedule to their particular passions and interests. This section provides detailed descriptions of our course curriculum and course structure.
In English 7, students will learn to read a text closely, work with evidence, understand perspectives, and read for research purposes. Themes explored will include journeys and survival, identity, slavery, and the effects of screen time on the developing adolescent brain. Students will explore both fiction and non-fiction texts, sometimes side-by-side, and learn to use multiple texts to build a richer, more nuanced understanding of a topic. Units will include a variety of writing assignments, as well as more open-ended projects that allow students to make the learning their own. Vocabulary and grammar will be taught in context throughout the course.
In English 8, students will continue reading texts closely, working with evidence, and exploring different perspectives. They will build on these skills to learn how to conduct research and develop an informed opinion. Themes explored will include refugee experiences, taking a stand, sustainable food, and divergent experiences in World War II. Students will explore longer fiction texts, as well as a variety of non-fiction texts to build a rich, nuanced understanding of complex topics. Students will engage in both writing tasks and more open-ended, self-directed projects. Vocabulary and grammar will be taught in context throughout the course.
Seventh Grade Social Studies covers American history, from pre-Columbian habitation to the end of the Civil War. The course seeks to introduce students to American history and critical thinking through overarching themes such as geography, socio-economical and political trends, and human migration. The course is divided into six units: Geography and pre-Columbian Native American Society; Colonial Development and the Independence Movement; Early Republic and Expansion of Slavery; Westward Expansion and Native Americans; Industrialization and Early Reform Movements; Abolitionism, Anti-Federalism, and the Civil War. The course is structured for independent distance learners, and utilizes taught and self-guided project-based learning. Students will practice making connections between current times and historical content.
Eighth Grade Social Studies picks up from the end of Social Studies Grade Seven and covers Reconstruction to current events. The course seeks to continue students’ education in American history and critical thinking through overarching themes such as geography, socio-economical and political trends, human migration, globalization, conflict, and technological development. The course is divided into seven units: Reconstruction; Industrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization; Domestic and International Imperialism; Progressivism, World War 1, and The Roaring Twenties; The Great Depression and World War 2; The Civil Rights Era and Political Reorganization; The Cold War and Modern History. Students will practice making connections between their own times and the historical content they’re learning, and, where applicable, the histories, major players, taught skills, and thematics inherent to their passions/interests.
Grade 7 Science is a year-long course that covers a variety of introductory science topics. Earth and environmental science topics include earth systems, structures and processes. Life science topics cover the structure and functions of living organisms, evolution, and genetics. Physical science objectives introduce students to forces and motion, Newton’s Laws of motion, and energy conservation and transfer. Concepts and skills are reinforced by real-life applications and projects and the integration of other branches of science. Applications to society, individuals, and the utilization of technology are included.
The Grade 8 science course covers a variety of introductory science topics. Students will study matter and its properties and change. Topics include properties, physical change, reactivity, the Periodic Table, and balancing equations. Energy conservation and change will also be examined, including the evaluation of natural resources and fossil fuels. The study of earth systems, structures, and processes will include water distribution, oceans, estuaries, and upwelling. Earth history presents the history of Earth and its life forms. The structure and functions of living organisms will also be examined as well as ecosystems, evolution and genetics, and molecular biology. Concepts and skills are reinforced by real-life applications and projects and the integration of other branches of science. Applications to society, individuals, athletics, and the utilization of technology are included.
Math 7 is a full year long course that introduces students to essential mathematical literacy and reasoning skills. Students will begin by learning about the number system including properties of integers and rational numbers. Students will then learn about Linear Equations, Proportions and Similarity, Linear Functions, Percents, Data Analysis and Probability, Volume and Surface Area, Measurement and Proportional Reasoning, Transformations, and Geometry and Spatial Reasoning. The course will incorporate real world examples and illustrative projects to expose students to a wide variety of applications for these important skills.
This class will review the basic operations of arithmetic on whole numbers, fractions and decimals. These operations will be used in dealing with ratio, proportions, percent, simple geometry and algebra. As students master these basic concepts, they will move into basic algebra. Students will be expected to understand basic operations with integers, rational numbers, irrational, and real numbers; the use of variables; properties of numbers and of equality; solving equations and inequalities; problem solving; relations and functions; and polynomials.
This first-year course introduces students to the fundamentals of Spanish grammar and provides them with the cultural context to enrich second language learning. Authentic speaking and writing activities will give students the opportunity to practice greetings, respond to basic requests and questions. Topics include greetings, expressing likes, dislikes, and personal information as well as an introduction to the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will implement their knowledge through real-world tasks and personalized assessments. They will achieve a level of basic conversational competency and understand the importance of learning a LOT to interact in a globalized world.
This is a second-year course that focuses on interpersonal communication through speaking and writing while providing cultural context in order to enrich second language learning. Topics include, expressing opinions, asking for and giving directions, and making cultural comparisons. Analysis of short documentaries and texts relevant to students’ passions will allow for a more personalized experience. Students will continue to develop their listening comprehension skills and make connections to home culture through authentic documents and popular culture.
Chinese 1 is a unique combination of Chinese culture and language, weaving cultural comparisons with the study of basic Chinese. While examining various cultural elements of the Chinese-speaking world such as traditions and lifestyles, students will learn the Chinese phonetic system Pinyin and gain an understanding of the Chinese writing system, Hanzi (Chinese characters). Grammar is introduced incrementally through storytelling as functional chunks for meaningful communication. Vocabulary is practiced in a thematic and communicative way. Through various synchronous and asynchronous assignments, including hands-on projects and face-to-face communication, students will develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Chinese. The ultimate goal of this course is to build basic communication skills in Chinese and raise awareness and appreciation for different cultures. This course is appropriate for beginner-level students.
Chinese 2 continues with a unique combination of Chinese culture and language, weaving cultural comparisons with the study of basic Chinese. Students will continue to develop language skills and cultural competency to communicate in different scenarios. Grammar is introduced incrementally through storytelling as functional chunks for meaningful communication. Vocabulary is practiced in a thematic and communicative way. Through various synchronous and asynchronous assignments, including hands-on projects and face-to-face communications, students will develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Chinese. The ultimate goal of this course is to continue to build basic communication skills in Chinese and raise awareness and appreciation for different cultures. This course is appropriate for students who demonstrate the mastery of Chinese 1 skills, or a proficiency level of Novice Mid according to the ACTFL standards.
The ICL curriculum has been crafted to ensure that our work is having maximum, measurable impact in our communities. With over a decade of experience in creating impactful training that is relevant and accessible to global youth, we continue to transform student enthusiasm into authentic action. Participants of our lectures, training sessions, programs, and academies all build skills, discuss environmental and social issues, and come to see themselves as agents of change, not waiting for the right time, but ready to take action today.
The Business of Performance/Financial Literacy curriculum is a unique elective designed to combine elements of economics and personal finance with case studies regarding professional performance industries (including athletics and the arts). One of the challenges that is often faced by students as they exit secondary education is identifying what career paths they will enjoy and understanding how to achieve those careers. The curriculum in this course is built to work with the individual performance goals of each student, helping them identify their skills and motivations and providing them with a framework to move forward in pursuing a performance industry career.
ICL Academy course preview of chemistry curriculum with our science teacher
Your child will be attending an NCAA-approved school. This is integral to a school’s perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reassessment based upon student achievement.
Additionally, ICL Academy is a registered independent school with the State of California (CDS Code: 19647336150239), and all courses will be NCAA approved.