Students study families of functions and realistic problems through activities that engage them in data collection, the use of tables and graphs to organize and display data, the development of symbolic rules to model relations among important variables, and meaningful questions about those relations.
“My daughter participated in the Global Issues: Refugees class. It was awesome. Getting involved with the refugee community was such a great opportunity. It was absolutely lovely to have the teacher take advantage of the extended class time in that way. Five stars.”
- PD Academy parent
Need a head start for next year or perhaps a refresher before the year begins? PD Academy to the rescue! Click on the course names below to see the details. Course offerings are subject to change each summer; no classes July 3.
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In this course students expand upon their thinking skills through analyzing information and incorporating strategies for resolving problems.
Study the conceptual tools necessary to develop an understanding of some of the world’s diverse political structures and practices. Students will study the governmental systems of Great Britain, Nigeria, China, Russia, Iran and Mexico, providing a foundation for developing paradigms of different types of political systems.
Students will develop the correct techniques of keyboarding on the computer, learn the alphabetic and numeric keyboard, and build speed and accuracy in this course.
Game Development with Unity and C# (“C sharp”) is all about starting to learn how to develop video games using the C# programming language and the Unity game engine.
This course teaches students how mathematics can develop from a postulate system using deductive and inductive reasoning.
This global issues course will investigate issues related to sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including possible topics such as Global Migration, Population and Demographics, and The Sustainable Global City.
In today’s society, we are inundated with ideas about healthy living and what others suggest we do to improve our quality of life.
Students will study a variety of literary works and the use of the writing process to develop proficiency in paragraph writing and supplementary reading.
Middle School Math emphasizes continuous and recurring practice on the basic mathematical concepts and operations of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
This course is designed for self-motivated students who are ready to acknowledge fitness as it will be when they leave PDS.
This course is a combination of an in-class foundation and practical independent experience.
This course is for students who wish to improve their performance on the SAT. Students study types of questions found on the test by working sample problems and completing timed tests.
In this course, student writing constitutes the text. Frequent brief essays that draw upon students’ own experiences and knowledge provide students a body of work with which to practice revising and editing skills.