2019 – 2020 New Courses

Hello students!

We are excited to offer the following new courses for the academic year of 2019-2020. Make sure to check the MAST site periodically for updates.


World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions.

URBAN STUDIES- Ms. Maldonado

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester college course on Urban Studies that . The content focuses on theories and practices of the process of global urbanism and how flows of people, outcomes, and ideas cut across social, political and spatial divisions. Prepares students to be solution-thinking global citizens who understand urban conditions and processes in various parts of the globe in relation to New York City and State.

It is also focuses on Community Development & Planning. Examines the production and development of cities from different community perspectives and teaches how cities are planned and built, and the power dynamics that influence inclusion and exclusion from urban spaces and political processes. Explores new strategies for producing better cities and improving urban conditions.


AP Comparative Government and Politics is equivalent to an introductory college course. Our study will focus on important themes and concepts in comparative government through the lens of six core countries and one supranational body: United Kingdom, Mexico, Nigeria, Iran, Russia, China and the European Union. Students will engage in thoughtful cross-country comparison as we explore each case study. This course emphasizes the diversity of political life around the world and the challenges and opportunities facing states in the 21st Century.


AP Psychology is an introductory course in the study of human behavior and mental processes. In this course students will learn to think like a psychologist as they become critical evaluators of psychological research. Topics of study cover the history and evolution of the field of psychology through eight psychological perspectives: Biological, Psychoanalytic, Behavioral, Humanistic, Cognitive, Social, Evolutionary, and Abnormal. Students will study the major contributors, key theories, research methods, therapies, and criticisms of each psychological perspective. Throughout this course, students will draw connections between their own lives and the psychological theories they are learning in order to better understand their own thoughts, behaviors, and interactions with people and the world around them.


In this course, students will utilize scientific practices to discover knowledge and overarching concepts related to physical science. Students will recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of Physics including one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, accelerated and circular motion, and momentum. Students will also explore energy, charging and electrical circuits, and waves, including sound, color and light. The curriculum integrates critical thinking, experimental design and laboratory skills. These skills will be developed using, mathematical modeling, data interpretation and graphical analysis.


In this course, students will look at important and influential Black Leaders in the United States of America, as well as, globally (primarily the United Kingdom, the Caribbean & Various African countries). Along with exploring each Black Leaders significance starting with the likes of King Tut, & Mansa Musa of Mali to contemporaries such as, Barack Obama, students will aim to contextualize their rise to prominence. What enabled them to break through barriers and achieve unrivaled success. In order to do this, students will analyze and discuss the context that enabled these Black Leaders heroic rise. Through the use of letters, newspapers ads, speeches, and new broadcasting (in more recent times), students will have access to the living memories of these individuals. These primary sources will give students unrestricted access into the past, it will be their job to interpret and examine the long-lasting legacy of each Black Leader.

PRE-CALCULUS- Ms. Boularhmane

Pre-Calculus weaves together previous study of algebra, geometry, and mathematical functions into a preparatory course for calculus. The course focuses on mastery of critical skills and exposure to new skills necessary for success in subsequent math courses. Throughout the course, Common Core standards are taught and reinforced as the student learns how to apply the concepts in real life situations. Topics include fundamental concepts of Algebra, functions and graphs, polynomials and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, topics in trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, conic sections and analytic geometry, sequences, induction, probability, and an introduction to Calculus.

SCIENCE ENGINEERING DESIGN: Growing a Modern Garden- Mr. Ota and Ms. Slinger

Agriculture has been one of the building blocks of human civilization for the last 12,000 years. Humanity has changed a lot since civilization first began and that includes the way we grow our plants. Students will explore different agricultural structures and incorporate emerging resources to cultivate a technologically enhanced botanical space. Students will also tackle challenges like growing plants in space-conscious environments for a rapidly growing population and together discovering the future of sustainable gardening.

SCIENCE ENGINEERING DESIGN: Creating a Cable-Suspended Camera System (Drone) -Mr. Gandjian, Ms. Gonzalez and Ms. Wright

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope! It’s a suspended camera system! This type of system allows cameras to move vertically and horizontally through an established area. Instead of watching a camera zoom around an environment, students will create one! In this course students will be challenged to create a camera system that can take a picture while suspended off the ground.