Curriculum

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Foreign Language

Kiski’s modern language courses develop skills in reading, writing, and speaking and aural comprehension of Spanish and Chinese. These skills do not develop at the same rate, but the overall goal is to progress in all aspects of language learning. Early emphasis is on the development of speaking and aural comprehension so that the reading and writing skills can be built on this foundation. In all levels of instruction, the language program is also committed to presenting the culture, art, music, history, and customs of Spanish and Chinese speaking peoples of the world. Laptop computers and other technologies are integrated into the curriculum and, along with other authentic materials, enhance the classroom experience. Working with all these tools during the required three years of language, students’ language skills are advanced and the students are exposed to the cultural wealth of the Spanish and Chinese-speaking peoples of the world.
  • Advance Chinese

    Advanced Chinese is designed for the advanced and motivated linguist.  With the expectation of completely integrating the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – students are challenged to think and respond to worldwide cultural and political issues.  Students are expected to read and write at an advanced level and will also gain the ability to understand and speak Chinese in a variety of situations.  Passages from Chinese literature and readings on Chinese culture will be studied and analyzed.
  • Advanced Spanish

    Advanced Spanish deepens students’ understanding of the complex structures of Spanish syntax. The goal is to seek greater cultural awareness of Latin American and Spanish geography, history, and current social topics through the use of a variety of Spanish language materials. All of this requires more advanced usage of the four language skills. Students at this level seek to acquire a command of the key vocabulary and structures necessary for personal communication within the Spanish-speaking world. Students are also expected to reach an analytical and self-expression stage where they introspectively search for and express their thoughts and feelings on a wide variety of topics.
  • Chinese I

    Chinese I is designed to focus on the development of the basic communication skills and cultural understanding of the Chinese language.  Integration of the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – is emphasized, helping students to build a solid foundation for future learning in Chinese.  The students become familiar with pronunciation (Pinyin and tones), learn basic information of the Chinese writing system and discuss basic Chinese radicals and stroke order.  Topics covered include: basic greetings, familiar relationships, time and calendar, invitations, and hobbies.  Students use technology for a variety of activities, including vocabulary practice, grammar, research, and listening comprehension.
  • Chinese II

    The focus of Chinese II is to expose students to the richness of the Chinese language, culture and customs.  The usage of many Chinese learning tools will be introduced.  The integration of the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – continues to be emphasized.  Students learn to express their daily life, developing a vast vocabulary of complex grammar and language structures.  The students begin to read material which reinforce and advance topics discussed in class.
  • Chinese III

    In Chinese III, students focus on the development of their vocabulary and knowledge of Chinese culture, customs and writings.  Students begin writing in complex forms, expressing their understanding of a variety of topics.  Additionally, activities are designed to enable the students to practice their oral expression and challenge their ability to communicate in Chinese.  Students access and read Chinese websites in order to keep current on cultural and political events.
  • Chinese IV

    Chinese IV/V is designed for the advanced and motivated linguist.  With the expectation of completely integrating the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – students are challenged to think and respond to worldwide cultural and political issues.  Students are expected to read and write at an advanced level and will also gain the ability to understand and speak Chinese in a variety of situations.  Passages from Chinese literature and readings on Chinese culture will be studied and analyzed.  Chinese IV/V may be designated as an Honors or an Advanced Placement course, and may be repeated as themes vary from year to year.  Students earning the approval and support of the teacher may prepare and sit for the Advanced Placement Exam.
  • Spanish I

    Students in Spanish I are introduced to contemporary Hispanic culture while learning the vocabulary of everyday items and activities including family life, hobbies, food, furniture, school life and eating habits.  They experience life in Spanish speaking countries through authentic realia and video clips that reinforce the structures they study.  Students learn to express events in the present, future and past.  A variety of activities in each lesson enable the students to practice their oral and written expression, as well as test their ability to understand simple text.  Technology plays an important role in the Spanish I classroom with practicing verb forms, completing crossword puzzles, and writing activities in and outside of the classroom.
  • Spanish II

    Spanish II begins with a thorough review of the material learned in Spanish I. The content balances grammar with oral and written communication and vocabulary. The course takes advantage of an online digital learning environment designed to integrate reading, listening, and writing activities as well as video segments.  Students learn how to express daily routines in the present tense with reflexive and non-reflexive verbs, and to use both the preterit and imperfect tenses while describing actions in the past as the most relevant topics. The course also combines learning the Spanish language with an appreciation for various aspects of Hispanic cultures around the world.
  • Spanish III

    Spanish III is designed as the culminating course for the three-year language requirement. Previously studied vocabulary is expanded and new vocabulary is introduced thematically. Grammatical concepts become more intricate, such as the deepened knowledge of past tenses and the subjunctive mood. More time is spent on developing reading and writing skills, however listening, speaking and reading continue to be integral skills. By working with technology and other authentic materials, as well as by practice in real-life situations; the language experience is enhanced and students’ language skills are advanced. The students are also exposed to the cultural wealth of the Spanish-speaking people of the world, including culinary, musical, historical and artistic contributions of these countries, as well as their cultural attractions.
Explore your strengths.
Our expert faculty allows us to offer numerous courses in every department to satisfy the specific interests of our students. Boys with a penchant for science can delve into plate tectonics and electromagnetism. Those with historical leanings might choose to debate the new world order of the 21st century, or analyze the effects of tariffs on domestic unemployment, while the artistically inclined can express their creativity through paint, charcoal, wood, or other media.

Even those you didn't know you had.
Our departmental requirements ensure that all of our boys have the chance to discover a passion. This standardization also helps our students acquire content knowledge and develop intellectual habits that will benefit the boys here at Kiski, in higher education, and throughout their lives.

Departmental Components

Departmental Components

Every candidate for graduation from The Kiski School must successfully complete a total of 20 credits. Of these 20 credits, we require the following:
  • Four years of English
  • Four years of mathematics
  • Three years of the same foreign language
  • Three years of laboratory sciences
  • Three years of history
  • Two years of fine arts
Research Component
In addition to these courses, students must write a research paper during their junior year. This project allows our boys to investigate a subject of interest in greater depth than it may otherwise receive in the regular curriculum. Additionally, it allows our students to conduct research and express their findings as they will at the college level. Through close collaboration with a faculty advisor, students will work through the various phases of the research process, from gathering information to constructing an argument and revising their written work. The research advisor will assess each boy's performance during the process and in the final product.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes AP and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery.
Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.