Class of 2025
Every morning, Sitara wakes up at 5:30 a.m in order to meditate and decompress. She likes to be able to rest herself in preparation for the day, while also finishing the homework she did not finish the night before.
She has breakfast and then gets ready for school, which she usually gets to via carpool. She arrives to school and starts her day off with her first class.
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.
8-9 AM | Music 6-7
Music 6–7 is designed to expand upon learned concepts through composition, vocal performance, and performance on guitar as well as on percussion instruments. Students will learn the complete diatonic tone set, advanced rhythmic patterns, and intermediate harmonic progressions.
Sitara’s first class today is her music class. She likes this class because it is super relaxing while still being engaging. She says that Mr. Vitale, her music teacher, makes her class fun because he is very enthusiastic and connects well with his students.
9-10 AM | Math Class
This class teaches students to use symbols and sets; variables and open sentences; solve equations and systems of equations; solve inequalities and systems of inequalities; use exponents, polynomials and factoring; solve quadratic equations and functions; and explore probability and statistics. This class leads students into the college preparatory mathematics sequence, which culminates with Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Calculus or other advanced math classes.
Her second class is math class with Mrs. Tyrel. Math is not a stressful subject for Sitara due to the fact that she has a very good teacher. Her teacher makes the class very enjoyable, and not like they are just doing busy work. The hardest part of this class is the homework because she gets a good amount of it.
10-10:25 AM | Break
Sitara uses her break as an opportunity to be productive and get some of her homework done.
10:25-11:25 AM | Physical Education
This physical education class utilizes a variety of activities and resources to provide students with the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation to pursue a healthy, fit lifestyle. Students will participate in daily physical activity, as well as daily practice of social skills.
Her third class of the day is Physical Education (PE) with Mrs. Kratzer. She enjoys PE because it is a nice way to decompress and helps her to relax. She says that Mrs. Kratzer wants them to be the best athletes ever.
11:25-12:25 AM | Study Hall
During her fourth class, Sitara has Study Hall or Campus Meeting, depending on the day. She likes to be able to have Study Hall because she really appreciates the extra time she has to do her homework throughout the day. It is one of her favorite periods because it helps her move on with her day because she gets her work done and will not be as stressed by the end of the day when she gets home.
12:25-1:15 PM | Lunch
Students eat and get to talk and play with their friends. The 50-minute block is plenty of time for both!
1:15 PM - 2:15 | Science
Emphasis is placed on technology in science and safety, a more comprehensive study of the nature of matter and energy, an overview of chemical bonding and materials science, and the chemistry of water and organic compounds in relation to living organisms. Students end the year with a study of the nature of science through discussions of molecular and classical genetics.
Her fifth class is Science with Mrs. Gallivan. She does not stress out too much about science even though she considers herself more interested in the Humanities than the Sciences. Overall she enjoys the class.
2:15 PM - 3:15 | Latin
Latin is the basis for many institutions we have today, most notably our own English. In this course students shall begin the study of the Latin language. Emphasis will be placed on learning to read and comprehend Latin sentences. Students shall also begin learning basic Latin syntax, such as verb conjugations, prepositions, and the case system.
Her sixth class is Latin, which she really loves. Her teacher, Mrs. Kiely, is great because she is super fun and makes the class interesting and enjoyable.
Two classes are dropped each day, but here is a glimpse at what else enriches the experience:
Ancient World History
The goal for this course is to familiarize the student with a fundamental body of history, ideas, and concepts that form the basis for understanding the world in which we live. Units include River Valley Civilizations, Mesopotamian Empires, Greece, Rome, China as the Middle Kingdom, the Islamic World, the Americas, and world religions.
Her seventh class is History which she also loves. She likes that this class gives the students a little more independence. Mr. Cvetich wants her and her classmates to be "independent scholars."
Introduction to World Literature
In this course, students will come both to understand and to appreciate the vital role that stories play in giving meaning and continuity to the human experience. Introduction to World Literature explores novels, plays, poems, and short stories from all parts of the globe by a multitude of voices from many different lands.
Her ninth class is English with Mrs. Kuhen. This is one of her more strict classes because Mrs. Kuhen gives no room for goofing off because she is very dedicated to her job.
After school Sitara has many activities. When it is theater season she does theater until 5 or 5:30 and after that she has fencing. She tries to do as much homework as possible during both theater and fencing. She fences for four hours and then gets home around 9:00 or 9:30, when she has dinner, finishes up the homework she did not do and then gets ready for bed.