Students learn basic terminology and art appreciation while developing a foundation in drawing, painting, sculpture, and design.
PD Academy offers fully-accredited academic programs for middle and high school students that satisfy semester or year credit. This is where you’ll find math, global studies, physical education, and more. Click on the course name to see all the details. Students should check transferability of credits with their school before registering. Questions about a for-credit course? Our Dean of Academics Randy Sienkowski can help you.
Students in Comparative Government and Politics will study the conceptual tools necessary to develop an understanding of some of the world’s diverse political structures and practices.
The "Global Issues: Asia" course has been replaced by "Global Issues: Themes and Challenges" for our summer course offerings.
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.
Students develop the correct techniques of keyboarding on the computer, learn the alphabetic and numeric keyboard, and build speed and accuracy in this course.
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 is a preparation course for algebra. Students will study integers, order of operations, evaluating algebraic expressions, monomials, polynomials, solving and graphing equations and inequalities.
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 today’s society, we are inundated with ideas about healthy living and what others suggest we do to improve our quality of life. With this in mind, the 9th grade health course is designed to empower students to follow three simple steps to attack and analyze relevant health topics.
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.
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.
In this course students expand upon their thinking skills through analyzing information and incorporating strategies for resolving problems.
This course teaches students how mathematics can develop from a postulate system using deductive and inductive reasoning.
This course will re-examine functions studied in Algebra II, contain an in-depth study of trigonometry, explore parametric equations and the polar coordinate system, and introduce units on probability and statistics.
This course will focus on the theme of migration and refugees. The summer term allows the class to travel off campus and study the theme from a “global” perspective, analyzing the issues comparatively and evaluating local and global policy and programs in the process.