General Studies

General Studies


Our college-preparatory curriculum stresses independent learning skills. We teach our students not only to read critically and to listen actively, but also to write and to speak with cogency and confidence.

  • 9th Grade: Literary Genres
    The major goals in this course are to develop the student’s ability to think critically and to read, to write and to speak with increasing effectiveness.
  • 10th Grade: Literary Appreciation
    The major goals of this course are to provide the literary background integral to responding critically and analytically to a sophisticated body of literature and to increase student proficiency in writing and speaking skills.
  • 11th Grade: American Literature
    The primary goals of this survey course are to examine masterpieces from major periods in American Literature, to think critically and analytically about those works, and to develop an organized, cogent prose style, attending to grammar and usage and word choice through a more refined vocabulary.
  • 12th Grade: World Literature
    The course is designed to introduce a range of world literature that is culturally diverse and engaging to students.
  • Advanced Placement
    Students prepare to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination in Language and Composition, and Literature and Composition.


In every HHNE Hebrew language course, students engage in discussions, search for information, express thoughts and exchange opinions through listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hebrew.

  • Modern Hebrew I
    Modern Hebrew I covers the basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and understanding of grammatical forms necessary for oral communication. This is accomplished through the use of topics describing opinions, places, people and different moods.
  • Modern Hebrew II
    Modern Hebrew II explores the history and modern changes of the Hebrew Language. Views vary regarding the meaning of these changes, and the degree to which they present a threat or a natural evolution.
  • Modern Hebrew III
    Modern Hebrew III advances students’ proficiency in Hebrew using non-fiction texts about topics related to home, schooling and teaching. This is accomplished by having the students summarize and express information and their personal opinion on several of topics both orally and in writing. There is a focus on using impersonal expressions correctly, fluently, and naturally in the positive and the negative form: (lo) tzarich (there is (no) need), (i) efshar (it is/isn’t possible), (lo) kedai ((not) worthwhile), asur (forbidden), mutar (permitted) in all three tenses, orally and in writing.
  • Modern Hebrew IV
    Modern Hebrew IV advances students’ proficiency in Hebrew by examining classic literary pieces by preeminent Jewish figures. Students listen to short lectures and read short articles followed by both verbal and written discussion. Students also use role-play and discuss moral development issues based on the works of Lawrence Kohlberg. Grammar includes conjugating the active verbs in the nifal regular verb form correctly in all three tenses orally and in writing and completion of verbs using correct prepositions in various contexts. Students also learn to recognize and use causal expressions.
  • Modern Hebrew V
    Modern Hebrew V advances students’ proficiency in Hebrew by focusing on leadership in various social contexts. They will analyze both orally and in writing historical sources from Rabbinic midrashim to personal letters that discuss great Jewish leaders throughout history and examine the institution of leadership as a whole. Students will debate moral issues regarding leadership, discuss orally and summarize in writing abstract concepts related to those issues from a variety of viewpoints.Students will also examine and compare art work and caricatures depicting leaders, discuss the messages they aim to convey, and summarize the discussion in speech and in writing.


Our goal is to help our students to learn and to uncover the meaning of the core principles of mathematics.

  • Pre-Algebra
    Pre-Algebra gives students a strong background in the types of mathematical reasoning and problem-solving that serve as a foundation for future math study.
  • Algebra I
    Algebra I uses variables to extend the laws of arithmetic. Following a brief review of pre-algebra, the topics covered include real numbers, solving equations, operations on polynomials, systems of equations and graphs, radicals and exponents, fractional and quadratic equations and inequalities.
  • Geometry:
    Geometry takes an inductive approach to mathematics integrating arithmetic, measurement, algebra, formal geometry and logical reasoning.
  • Algebra II
    Algebra II extends the topics from Algebra I which may include: functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomial functions, quadratic functions, conic sections, rational polynomial expressions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, probability and statistics, trigonometric functions and identities.
  • Pre-Calculus
    Pre-Calculus serves as preparation for Calculus and provides a foundation for advanced math study.
  • Statistics
    Statistics emphasizes reasoning and logical thinking. The course uses theory and design to exemplify how statistics is used to picture and describe the world.
  • Advanced Placement Calculus AB
    AP Calculus (AB) includes functions, graphs and continuity and limits. Derivatives follow with slopes, velocity, the chain rule and trigonometric functions, differentiating algebraic functions, and applications of differentials including minimas/maximas, predicting hidden behaviors and polynomial functions.
  • Advanced Placement Calculus BC
    AP Calculus (BC) deepens students’ understanding of calculus concepts and further includes vectors, polar coordinates and areas, and polynomial approximations and series.


Science, as a discipline, provides a unique educational environment for students to develop critical thinking skills. It is the philosophy of the Science Department that all students can do science at a high level. Student-scientists will go beyond solely collecting facts by trying to understand natural phenomena and their interrelationships.

  • Introductory Physical Science (IPS)
    IPS focuses on the process of scientific inquiry, which includes making observations; raising questions; formulating hypotheses; designing and conducting experiments; analyzing, interpreting, communicating results; and finally, applying the results of the investigative activity.   
  • Chemistry
    Students explore the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts. Traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures.
  • Physics
    Physics continues to develop science process skills as students move from the micro-world of chemistry to the macro-world of physics. Here they engage in studies of motion, momentum, forces, waves and energy.
  • Biology
    Biology is strongly grounded in inquiry skills and represents the culmination of a vertical team effort to develop the skill sets necessary to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
  • Psychology
    Psychology is offered to upperclassmen at HHNE. Students will explore the human mind (such as consciousness and intelligence), how the biology of the human body is integrated into behaviors, and how the world around us is sensed and perceived.


Students progress from World History through American Government to include AP Government & Politics, U.S. History, AP European History, AP Comparative Government and senior electives such as Current Issues and History & Film.

  • Writing skills are stressed in each grade. Beginning in the sophomore year, all students in the history program have experience analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating primary and secondary source material, writing and sample DBQs (Document Based Questions) from the College Board AP program.
  • The Course Offering Guide  provides more detailed descriptions of all of the General Studies classes available to students.