Class of 2020
Aryan is a senior with a lot on his plate. On top of dealing with college applications, Aryan has a unique schedule including 2 math classes, 2 science classes, and 4 APs.
He is also a leader on the Sage Ridge debate team and the Editor-in-Chief for the school magazine. He might not sleep as much as he should, but he certainly is pursuing a life full of knowledge.
The Sage Ridge day is split into 6, 1-hour class blocks with a morning break and mid-day lunch placed evenly between. Students take 8 classes and drop 2 each day.
Aryan doesn’t usually have time for breakfast. However, he has a system down, and gets everything he needs to do done in time. He might not eat breakfast, but he usually takes a bagel and puts it into his lunchbox. Aryan talks to friends if he has time, but he often has to run to class.
8 - 9 AM | Independent Study: Communication Technology
Instead of taking a study hall, Aryan wanted to take this period as an opportunity to take his education a step further. He decided to help out Mrs. Thibault, Director of Communications, with marketing and communications. He typically gets a lot of work done on the website or other publication and design projects.
9 - 10 AM | Media Arts
In this class students elevate and hone their skills in photography, videography, digital design, and journalism as they broadcast the insider's story of Sage Ridge by publishing the yearbook, social media posts, and the student-run magazine, The Ridge.
As the Editor-in-Chief of The Ridge, having this class as a time to work on it can be a welcome advantage. Last year, Aryan managed to restart The Ridge with a very limited number of people. Originally a newspaper, The Ridge had not been published consistently in the couple years before Aryan took over. He has been interested in graphic design in the past, and this was the perfect opportunity to help the school out. This year, though, he has helpers in the Media Arts class. “It helps to have a staff, but there are more expectations that you have to deal with. You have to make sure that everyone is on the same page.”
10 - 10:25 AM | Break
Aryan checks homework answers with his friend Siena, talks to teachers about schoolwork, or he buys something from the snack bar.
10:25 - 11:25 AM | AP English: Literature and Composition
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is taught through an in-depth focus on British literature and is designed for students who wish to read and write at an advanced level. The course introduces students to British literature, surveying primary and secondary epics, lyric poetry, drama, essays, novels, and short works of fiction. Students read, among other authors, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Wilde, and Achebe.
As a senior, Aryan has really been enjoying reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A lot of the themes that are discussed in class can be related to modern life, and this is especially evident during seminar discussions. “The seminar discussions are quite useful. It is better to talk to classmates.” Any class that has seminars is a favorite for Aryan.
11:25 - 12:25 PM | Senior Seminar
Our Senior Seminar is designed to be a bridge course between high school and college. This course asks the student to critically examine the historical and cultural genesis of the foundational values of our representative system of governance and our belief that such a thing as “civil” or “human” rights exists. The readings explicate the origins and universalization of these values and celebrate the struggles of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to defend the idea that all men—and women—are created equal and with certain “inalienable rights.”
Aryan is glad that he gets to talk to his classmates about cool stuff, such as human nature, human rights, etc. “This community has really helped be become close to my classmates.” This class is really interesting because discussions get philosophical and are usually about the development of human rights. Listening to his peers’ different perspectives is very interesting, especially when talking about how we have gotten to the point we have today.
12:25 - 1:15 PM Lunch
Aryan often has meetings at lunch. One day per week, he meets with the Speech & Debate team and one day he meets with the editor-in-chief of the yearbook. When he has the time, however, you can often find him talking with his friends in the Loft during lunch.
1:15 - 2:15 PM | AP Chemistry
Subject matter students learned in Chemistry is revisited in greater depth in this class. The emphasis of this course involves striving for systematic, detailed understanding of the subject matter using hands-on, algebra-based classroom problem-solving sessions and laboratory experiments to lend relevance and enhance the grasp of conceptual material.
Aryan said, “I really like doing labs.” He feels that he can learn a lot more easily through labs, because you are more involved in what you are learning. Actually handling the chemicals they talk about in class makes everything seem a lot more relevant.
2:15 - 3:15 PM | AP Physics
AP Physics C is a comprehensive, calculus-based course covering topics for two seperate AP exams. Mechanics is covered first, and sometimes taken as a single year long class, or additionally electricity & magnetism is also studied.
Although this class only includes two students during Aryan’s period, it certainly isn’t a negative thing. Having such a small class makes Aryan feel that they can really interact with their teacher, as well as with each other.
AP Statistics is the high school equivalent of a one semester, introductory college statistics course. In this course, as they prepare to take the AP Statistics exam, students develop strategies for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students design, administer, and tabulate results from surveys and experiments.
Aryan finds this class interesting because it has made clear how inaccurately a lot of statistics are interpreted in the real world. He says that the class has been very eye-opening and that “what we interpret as an accurate source of statistics is almost never truly accurate because there are so many factors involved.”
Multivariable calculus is an extension of AP calculus BC and is generally the third quarter or semester of college calculus. It is considered a second year university level course that extends the tools and techniques of single variable calculus to functions of several variables and applications in three-dimensional space and beyond. The purpose of offering this course at Sage Ridge is to offer a challenging math course for seniors who finished AP Calculus their junior year and to keep calculus and math skills fresh for these mathematically oriented students.
Aryan thinks that it is really nice that Sage Ridge is able to offer this course for its students. Learning about three-dimensional models in math is really important for the real world. He says that it has made calculus more applicable to the real world.
Aryan usually has something to do after school, often with debate, or even working the lights for the school’s theater. Even when most after school activities aren’t happening on Friday, Aryan volunteers at our local library. When he goes home, Aryan works on extracurricular work first and then does homework at his desk, usually with his dog somewhere nearby. If he has time, he might stick in college applications. Before he goes to bed, he reads in his last bit of free time.
- Written by Kira Romberg ('22)