At the high school level at Busan Foreign School, grades 9-12, all students are placed in a rigorous AP college preparatory program.Our current foundational core courses are in the Advanced Placement program in English, History, Economics, Chemistry, and Psychology. These courses are primarily for our upper level students – grades 11 and 12.
Students are granted one graduation credit per year of either a core required or a year of an elective course. Students must successfully complete an array of required and elective courses equally 24 credits through 2016. From June of 2017 on, all BFS graduates must have completed 26 full year credits.
Families and students can refer to the Student Handbook for specific graduation requirements.
The course descriptions for the 2017-18 school year can be found here.
English Language Arts (ELA)
BFS offers ELA lessons adapted to each grade level and an AP Language and Composition course available from grade 10.
Grade 9 Introduction to Literature
This class focuses on expanding students’ understanding works of literature through a genre approach. The goal is to provide students with a strong foundation in literature as they progress through high school. Literature will include short stories, poetry, a young adult novel, mythology, selections from The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet and non-fiction, among others. In addition, vocabulary, through the study of Greek and Latin roots, and grammar will be addressed. Writing skills will focus on the essay and using evidence effectively to support a thesis.
Grade 10 American Literature Survey
This course is designed for students with very good to excellent reading skills ready for challenging American Literature as well as a faster paced class. Readings will involve a wide variety of forms chronologically from the Puritan through contemporary periods with focus on preparing students for success in Advanced Placement courses. Class activities will include Socratic seminars, informal small and large-group discussion, close reading strategies, dialectical journals, webquests, presentations, research, essays, and written responses. Occasional ties to American history class may occur. Vocabulary and grammar will be studied as time and need permit.
Grade 11 Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking
This class will focus on nonfiction reading (memoir, nonfiction articles, and informative popular nonfiction as time permits) and writing. Writing activities will center on introductory strategies for database research and documentation, text patterns (definition, cause/effect, /problem/solution, compare/contrast, persuasive, and expository), effective sentences, and revision and avoiding plagiarism. Students will research a career as well as write a personal essay suitable for a college application essay. Speech activities will emphasize organization, effective use of visual aids, pauses, attention to audience, and use of notecards and outlines. Grammar benchmarks will be taken from the Common Core benchmarks.
Grade 12 Senior English: College Preparation Literature and Composition
This course, specifically designed for BFS seniors will have several purposes: the college application process, preparation for writing at the collegiate level, and an in-depth look at upper level literature. Literature may vary from year to year. For 2015-2016 readings will focus on British and World Literature. Students will reflect and analyze timeless and universal themes and consider their place as a world citizen confronting the world beyond high school and in many cases beyond South Korea. In addition, students will formally research topics using library databases, for a variety of rhetorical purposes (expository, argumentative, and a synthesis essay analyzing a trend) and produce an appropriate paper through the entire writing process, document sources. Speaking activities may include Socratic discussions, formal speeches or informal group work.
Grades 11,12 AP Language
The expectations, curriculum, and course load are directly correlated to a college level English course. Students come into this class with a strong background in both reading and writing in English. The skills of synthesis and analysis are key components that are addressed throughout the year. Extensive reading and writing and high a level of discipline towards these tasks is necessary for success. Writing assignments, timed writings and extensive essays, are frequent Nonfiction readings are the core materials of this class. A strong commitment beyond the classroom is essential for students in AP Language.
Busan Foreign School has many mathematics lessons available and open to our High School students:
Grade 6 Mathematics Course 1
In this enriched class, students will investigate and explore fraction operation, two- and three-dimensional measurement, rational numbers, similarity, proportional reasoning, integers, exponents, variables, equations, linear relationships, and probability. Emphasis will be placed on fully communicating mathematical work, understanding mathematical notation, and multiple representations, i.e., exploring mathematical concepts simultaneously through graphs, tables, equations and written explanations.
Grade 7 Pre-Algebra
In this enriched class, students will investigate and explore rational and real numbers, integer and exponential operations, data analysis and probability, plane geometry, proportional reasoning, equations and inequalities, slope, sequences and functions, polynomials and logic and discrete math. Emphasis will be placed on fully communicating mathematical work, understanding mathematical notation, and multiple representations, i.e., exploring mathematical concepts simultaneously through graphs, tables, equations and written explanations.
Grade 7, 8, 9 Algebra I
In this enriched class, students will investigate and explore equations, inequalities, functions and linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, factoring polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, data analysis and probability. For advanced students, some of Algebra II topics will be introduced (exponential, radical and rational functions and equations). Emphasis will be placed on fully communicating mathematical work, understanding mathematical notation, and multiple representations, i.e., exploring mathematical concepts simultaneously through graphs, tables, equations and written explanations.
Grade 9 Geometry
This course involves the student as a problem solver, one who can reason mathematically and who can communicate and make connections among various mathematical ideas, including the following: points, lines, planes and angles, parallel lines and planes, transformations and congruence, congruent triangles, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, areas of plane and solid figures, volume and surface area of solids, organizing proofs logically and using formulae to solve problems.
Grade 10 Algebra 2
In this course, students will be investigating Algebra as a tool for calculation and problem solving. We’ll start with some review of Algebra I and Geometry and focus on quadratic functions and factoring, polynomial functions, rational exponents and functions, rational functions, data analysis and statistics, sequence and series, quadratic relations and conic sections. Students will start learning how to use graphic calculator with activities and work on research projects for in-depth understanding.
Grade 11 Pre-Calculus
In this course, the students will review and learn more depth in Trigonometric, Geometric, and Algebraic techniques and how to integrate them to prepare for the study of calculus and strengthens their conceptual understanding of problems and mathematical reasoning in solving problems. In addition to work out problems by hand, the students will learn how to use technology such as TI 83/84/89. These standards take a functional point of view toward those topics. The most significant new concept is that of limits.
Grades 11-12 AP Calculus AB/BC
In this college level math course, students will learn real world problem solving using math and explore all aspects of single-variable calculus. Students will study limits, differentiation, applications of differentiation, integration, applications of integration and basic differential equations. The students will learn both algebraic approach and geometric approach to understand calculus with help of technology (TI 83/84/89) and graphical analysis. At the conclusion of the course, students are encouraged to take the AP Calculus exam (AB).
Grades 10-12 AP Statistics
The purpose of this AP course in statistics is to strengthen students’ understanding of the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:
1 . Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
2 . Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
3 . Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
4 . Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
The AP Statistics course is an excellent option for any secondary school student who has successfully completed a second-year course in algebra and who possesses sufficient mathematical maturity and quantitative reasoning ability. Because second-year algebra is the prerequisite course, AP Statistics usually will be taken in either the junior or senior year.
The decisions about whether to take AP Statistics and when to take it depend on a student’s plans:
- Students planning to take a science course in their senior year will benefit greatly from taking AP Statistics in their junior year.
- For students who would otherwise take no mathematics in their senior year, AP Statistics allows them to continue to develop their quantitative skills.
- Students who wish to leave open the option of taking calculus in college should include Pre-Calculus in their high school program and perhaps take AP Statistics concurrently with Pre-Calculus.
Students with the appropriate mathematical background are encouraged to take both AP Statistics and AP Calculus in high school. Students who take the AP Statistics course are strongly encouraged to take the exam.
Many are the subjects available to BFS students on the Social Studies area, whether History or Psychology, students are sure to find a subject of interest.
Grade 9 Asian History
This course offers a detailed study of Asian history, geography, and cultures as it follows the social and political development of the Asian continent. Students will be able to describe the physical geography of Asian countries. They will become familiar with the major religions practiced and how these religions shaped the development of each country. They will discover the how the past has influenced the development and present of Asian countries. Students will be assessed through tests, quizzes, homework, and group and individual projects.
Grade 10 U.S. History
This social studies course is aimed at developing an understanding of the history of the United States. The course content takes you through a somewhat comprehensive journey through U.S. History with an emphasis on the most impactful periods in U.S. history. Students will learn about the institutions, individuals, groups, ideas, circumstances, and events (both good and bad) which shaped the U.S. into what it is today. Throughout the learning process, students will work to gain an understanding of key historical, political, geographical, and economic concepts which can be applied outside the context of U.S. history. In addition to content, students will work to develop their academic reading, writing, research, presentation, and communication skills to better prepare them for future coursework. Students must complete reading assignments, notes, and participate in discussion in order to be successful. Assessment will take place through frequent quizzes, tests, and projects.
Grades 11, 12 Intro to Sociology
Students in this course will study human societies and social behavior. How do groups of people interact with each other and why? This new BFS social science course will ask students to observe students and adults at BFS and make inferences about why people may act the way they do. How do agreed upon values get reflected or represented in society. This class will deal with how we act towards each other and what happens with us if we deviate from acceptable behaviors. The course will cover a wide range of topics including culture, deviant behavior, social controls and more. You’ll never think about your social life in society the same after studying Sociology.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 History Through Film
In this course students will examine how United States history is told and explained by Hollywood by viewing major motion pictures including such films as 1776, Good Night and Good Luck, Malcolm X, and Selma. Students will create a variety of video responses, essays, and projects to demonstrate their understanding of historiography, how accurate Hollywood movies are, and why people use movies to understand the past.
Grades 9, 10, 11,12 Global Issues/MUN
The world has become much smaller in recent years as new technology increases the speed and flow of information from one part of the world to the next. In this course, students conduct inquiry into contemporary and emerging global issues. Students work to gain an understanding of how history, culture, politics, and economics play important roles in shaping many of the global issues of our time. The course will also promote and enhance research, collaboration, and multimedia presentation skills which can transfer to future academic coursework. Students will participate in the Model United Nations (MUN) competition through the South Korea Activities Conference (SKAC) and will have the opportunity to participate in an international MUN competition.
Grades 11,12 AP Macroeconomics (2016-17) / Microeconomics (2017-18)
Economics is a social science that studies how individuals, governments, firms and nations make choices while attempting to satisfy unlimited needs and wants with limited resources. You and I practice economic behavior every single day, without even knowing it.
The purpose of the AP course in Macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole . The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.
The purpose of the AP course in Microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply specifically to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, includes the study of factor markets, and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Whereas macroeconomics is the study of the behaviors and goals which drive the economy as a whole, microeconomics focuses on the individual units that make up the economy, such as the common behaviors of businesses and individuals.
Grades 10,11,12 AP Psychology
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
As student progress through High School a wider variety of science related courses are available.
Grade 9 Biology
Biology is a one-year course covering the study of life. Topics covered include evolution, ecology, animals, biochemistry, genetics, and many aspects of human biology.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Environmental Science
Using skills and tools that all scientists use, this environmental science course will show how living things, including humans, affect and interact with their environment. Based on current issues and a knowledge of all the earth sciences and social sciences, we will explore how people use natural resources and, at times, create serious issues that need attention. This applied science is intended to provide practical solutions to current environmental problems and students will become aware of their own surroundings and the ways in which they can minimize harm to their surroundings and the planet. Be ready to debate the issues, create authentic projects that improve and protect our surroundings, and discover ways we can enhance the planet we have inherited from our ancestors.
Grades 11,12 Physics
Physics is the study of the motion of matter, energy, and forces. The objectives of this course are to provide students with a general knowledge of physics and to prepare students for a general physics course in university.The course topics are: lab safety and lab materials, the science of physics, motion in one dimension, two-dimensional motion and vectors, forces and the laws of motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion and gravitation, fluid mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, vibration and waves, sound, light and reflection, refraction, and interference and diffraction.
Grades 11,12 AP Biology
AP Biology is the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. Students will learn through classwork, discussion, homework, labs, and projects. Students will be evaluated through labs/projects, participation, tests, a midterm, and a final exam. The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of a general biology course in university.
BFS offers electives in high School in the areas of Life Skills, Technology, Arts, and world languages.
Grades 11, 12 Contemporary Literature Through Film
This course will explore the relationship between contemporary pieces of literature and the films based on them. Students will read short stories, plays, and novels. Students will analyze the complexities of transitioning the written word onto the screen. Students will be expected to read, analyze, and discuss the texts and the films on a regular basis, and assessments will include essays, Socratic seminars, and oral presentations.
Grades 9, 10,11, 12 Marine Science
Oceans cover more than 70% of the surface of our planet, yet scientists report that less than 5% has been explored. Considered a part of the field of Earth Science, Marine Science is the exploration and scientific study of the ocean including its chemistry, physical properties, ecosystems, and biology of life forms within the water. Students will participate in lab and field experiences to dive into a deep study of that which makes our planet Earth known as the “Blue Planet”. Tides and currents, physical and chemical properties of ocean water, and life in marine environments will form the basis for studies in this course. This applied science will also examine the human influences on the oceans.
Grades 9,10,11,12 Physical Education / Health
The best way to live a healthy life is to prevent health problems before they occur. This course creates opportunities for students to apply new skills and knowledge to experiencing the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. Students will be required to complete a mixture of physical activities, tests, and a research paper—and to record in their workout log cardiovascular, flexibility, strength and endurance activities. They will learn about proper weight, good diet, and managing stress. By the end of the course, they will have gained the knowledge needed to begin developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Grades 9,10,11,12 Digital Media Creation
As technology and social trends change the way that people create and consume media, it is becoming more important for corporations, organizations, and individuals to stay updated on the most effective ways to create digital media that helps us spread our ideas. This course will combine short case studies, student creativity, proven structures, and technology to create digital media projects that can be used in short-term or long-term promotional campaigns. Students will learn practical skills that they can apply to help future extra-curricular clubs, non-profit organizations, etc. Through application within a team atmosphere, students will improve writing, photography, video editing, journalism, presentation and promotion skills. Members of this class will also create multiple Shark Tank episodes throughout the school year.
Grades 9,10,11,12 Yearbook
In this course, students will become journalists, editors, photographers, and graphic designers as they carefully create each page of the 2015-2016 BFS yearbook. This class offers students the opportunity to dive into graphic designing programs, Photoshop, and other computer programs. Through interviews and data collection, students will use their creative writing skills to craft articles documenting all of the exciting events and activities of the BFS Sharks. Students will learn how to best capture each memory in a photo to add visual content to the yearbook. After researching designs and layouts, students will create each page using a yearbook software. Yearbook students will help preserve school memories in a fun and creative way.
Grades 6 – 12 Visual Arts
Explore visual arts! Using a variety of media (such as pencil, paint, collage and sculpture), students create projects that range from the political to the personal and whimsical—for example, a collage that makes a powerful visual statement about an important issue or a Picasso-like sculpture splashed with color and pattern. A key focus is the language of art, known as the Elements and Principles of Design. Some key art movements are studied as well as the larger question: “What is Art?” Feedback and reflection are other important parts of the learning process, facilitated by our art teacher. This class will open students’ eyes to new ideas about art and creativity.
Grades 6 – 12 Studio Arts
This is a class designed with the serious art student in mind. We will emphasize art as an ongoing process that involves you making informed and critical decisions while working in a number of different artistic realms: painting, drawing, and creating various 3 dimensional pieces. You will add to your technical artistic skills and become more aware of all aspects of visual artistic elements. Original pieces will be created and critiqued by both peers and the instructor.
Grades 6 – 12 Orchestra A/B
This performance based class includes music composed for small instrumental ensembles and performed without a conductor. Traditionally intended for performance in a room or reception hall, often solely for the performers’ own pleasure, chamber music is now often heard in concert halls. Students will hone their musical skills and perform publicly numerous times throughout the year.
Grade 8-11 Spanish I
This first-year Spanish sequence will introduce students to the basics of Spanish and give them confidence to begin to express themselves in a new language. While “traveling” around the Spanish-speaking world, students communicate about their family and friends, likes and dislikes, school, food and healthy lifestyle choices. Lessons focus on specific strategies to help students improve in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Grades 9 – 12 Spanish II
This second-year Spanish course will build on skills learned in Spanish I. This course will cover more verb tenses and topics such as the body and health, stores and the city, and travel. Through songs, books, videos, and other authentic materials, students will be immersed in the Spanish language and culture. Students will continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
Grades 9 – 12 Spanish III/IV
This advanced Honors Spanish course will review and build on prior skills learned in Spanish I and Spanish II and move students closer to fluency. This level of Spanish instruction assumes a basic-intermediate knowledge of grammar concepts and vocabulary introduced in Spanish I and II. Emphasis is on communicating in Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in various aspects of time. Students also study Hispanic culture, geography, and history. Social and cultural topics will be explored through literary texts, film, and other readings. Students will participate in individual, paired, and group activities as well as complete written and oral exercises to practice new vocabulary and grammar concepts. Students will also write papers on assigned topics in Spanish and demonstrate speaking and listening proficiency throughout the year.
Grades 10 -12 Spanish V
This advanced Honors Spanish course will review, build upon, and greatly enhance prior skills learned in Spanish I -IV. This level of Spanish instruction assumes an intermediate-high knowledge of grammar concepts and vocabulary. The course will be structured much like a Humanities course, with strong emphasis is on inquiry, composition, and communication in Spanish, rooted in literature and in-depth projects. Students will be expected to actively participate (individually, in partners, and as a whole class) through speaking, listening, reading, and writing in various capacities. Sample topics include: Comparing cultures through the examination of El Día de los Muertos, Developing cultural empathy through shared tragedies, and Magical Realism.
Grades 9 -12 Korean for Non-Native Speakers
This course is for non-native speakers of Korean only. It is a beginning class – very basic to advanced beginner – and students within the class will receive lessons appropriate for their level of Korean understanding.
Grades 9 – 12 Korean for Native Speakers
This course is for Korean students who want to learn academic Korean language. In this course, we deal with news article and Korean literature. And also students will have chance to write essays and presentations in Korean.