High School students receive individual academic programs tailored to their academic needs as well as their goals and interests. The curriculum encourages students to apply the knowledge they’re gaining to real life situations, building critical thinking and problem-solving skills, rather than emphasizing memorization of facts or time spent in class. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in each course of study before moving on to the next course or subject.
In addition to rounding out their academic studies in literature, mathematics, writing, science, history and government, private High School students get practical understanding and experience in the subjects of leadership, integrity, and logic, as well as in management and organizational structure.
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Emphasis is on reading competence and exposure to a wide range of literary works, broadening the student’s framework for understanding the culture and civilization.
Students will develop a comprehensive vocabulary and will be comfortable reading a variety of literary works. They will read books selected from a list which includes biographies, autobiographies, fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction.
Literature seminars ensure students delve more deeply into selected works and help them to integrate the materials with their studies of history, government, and philosophy.
Writing assignments while reading the book focus on evaluating the ideas and viewpoints expressed in the literary work against the historical, social and political period, as well as against one’s own experiences.
Fundamentals in High School mathematics are the focus here along with a stress on the usability of the subject data in real-world applications.
Algebra I is the initial level of mathematics required in High School. (A firm foundation in pre-algebra is required and remedial study is done prior to Algebra I if needed.) Students will not only gain a thorough understanding of basic algebraic concepts and nomenclature but will become adept at practical application of these concepts in a variety of settings.
Algebra II allows students to gain a more advanced understanding of algebraic concepts and applications, including more complex systems of linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, translation between functions of conic sections and their graphs, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational algebraic functions and irrational algebraic functions.
Geometry covers both plane and solid geometry, with an emphasis on an ability to use the data to solve real-world situations and problems. Students address the nomenclature, measurements of area and volume of 2D and 3D shapes, construction, proofs of fundamental principles, three-view drawings and calculating curved surfaces.
Students interested in pursuing a career in any of the STEM fields are encouraged to enhance their Delphi Program by taking many of our advanced math courses in geometry, calculus, and trigonometry.
An understanding of science comes about through student participation in activities exploring the diverse areas and aspects of science. Each student studies three different sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics.
The emphasis is on practical application and a thorough understanding of basic principles. These include the component of cells, organs, and systems, environment and ecosystems.
Courses are designed for a practical understanding of basic chemistry principles, laboratory techniques, investigations into matter, atomic structure, chemical reactions and balancing equations.
Through investigations, students get a working knowledge of the basic physics principles including energy, radiation, electricity, mechanics, light and sound waves.
Extensive writing is required, and great attention is paid to full application of writing basics, grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. Students are expected to write a minimum amount per month, with good structure and very few errors.
Students are introduced to successful writing techniques on which to base the development of an excellent, vigorous, highly communicative personal writing style. Formal techniques for documented research in which students learn the skills needed to develop a thesis, search online and use more advanced library references round out the writing program.
Students will also do a course on communication skills, which is designed to aid in clear and commanding oral expression. Seniors take a course on public speaking, covering the basics of both developing and delivering a public address and requiring students to deliver several lengthy formal presentations. In another course covering communication skills, students learn how to improve situations and personal relations through good communication.
Being able to trace influential ideas through time and see the relationship between historic and current events constitutes the emphasis in this subject area.
American history is covered in a series of four sections, beginning with the pre-Columbian period and continuing through modern day. Focus is placed on enabling students to understand the geographical and historical context of national current events.
The world history course is broken up into three sections: ancient Egypt through the fall of the Roman Empire; the Middle Ages through the American Revolution; and the French Revolution through present day. Again, emphasis is placed on evaluating major world events in modern times with an understanding of their historical roots. As with American history, students participate in weekly current events seminars requiring individual research along with group discussion.
Students learn to analyze and interpret geographic data in order to better evaluate current world events and predict future world events.
The purpose of the Current Events Program is to raise the students’ awareness and activity regarding their relationships with their country and the world. The end result is students with an interest in improving the survival potential of humankind and an improved orientation to their world and the ideas that shape it.
Current events seminars are held weekly, often supplemented with guest speakers. Students participate in research and discussion on significant issues of the day.
The development of critical thinking skills is emphasized.
Students are introduced to logic basics for application, which teaches students to evaluate facts and to use reliable information to make effective decisions and implement correct solutions.
At the next level, students learn to properly trace down the basic cause of problems and implement realistic solutions based on thorough logical analysis.
With the advanced section of the Logic Series, students begin to refine their investigatory abilities, learning how to discover the correct reason for a decline or failure.
One of the most important senior level sections in the Delphi Program is on leadership. In this area, students learn the difference between good and bad leadership, how to be an effective leader and the relation of ethics to leadership.
Involvement in activities such as Student Council and Community Service gives students practical experience in leadership and its accompanying responsibilities.
Focus is on ethics and the value of living a moral life while developing a very high sense of integrity. Through courses like Integrity and The Code of Honor, students learn the impact of applying or not applying these concepts in their own lives.
As part of students’ initial study of mathematics in the High School, a special section in practical math is included in every student’s program. Practical math primarily addresses personal finances—calculating interest rates, taxes, budgeting, etc.
Throughout their tenure in the High School, students have the opportunity to attend regular seminars that focus on basic economic and business principles. Each seminar meeting typically addresses one or two specific types of businesses.
A wide variety of topics is offered to students interested in pursuing additional study in business. They include: the Basics of Organization; Financial Planning, Management by Statistics and Economics.
An education is useless unless it can be effectively applied to life outside the classroom. That’s why Delphi students spend a good part of their day in a variety of tasks that require they put what they are learning to real use. This hands-on approach takes the form of practical applications in which students participate in the student government, school and club projects, as well as apprenticeships that allow students to explore career options.
Emphasis on the practical application of academics ensures that each student gets a first-hand education in thoroughness, competence, responsibility and getting a job done.
To assist in this, each High School student has a required student-proposed project of minimum length. These projects can be in areas aligned with student interests and purposes, or in areas where students could benefit from increased interaction with the environment around them. It is through these projects specifically that students are expected to demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills.
Although art, music, and theater courses are not required in the High School, all High School students are encouraged to participate in arts-related electives and the school has a tradition of high-level participation in the arts on the part of nearly all its students.
Art offerings include courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture.
The High School program prides itself on hard work, discipline, sportsmanship, team spirit, and fun. Throughout the year daily sports classes perfect the basics, focus on more advanced strength and conditioning exercises, drill team strategies and develop and hone leadership skills. Seasonal activities include volleyball, basketball, and soccer.
All students participate in community service projects throughout the year. Involvement in Teens Behind the Scenes and The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Board run throughout the school year.
The flexibility of the Delphi High School Program easily accommodates personalization of study toward a student’s future goal. College preparatory level courses are available.
Individual programming from Freshman year through a student’s Senior year permits students to complete their entire High School Program in as little as 29 months. This speed of progress is normal when a student demonstrates excellent application of Study Technology, excellent attendance and a firm mastery of the reading program.
Whether students envision themselves as engineers, chefs, artists or teachers, Delphi prepares them for their next educational step.
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