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Class XII Co-Curricular Course Descriptions

SENIOR SEMINAR (required of all students in Class XII): a yearlong class that encompasses health education, life skills, college advising and the transition to college.

ADVANCED SCIENCE RESEARCH SEMINAR: three-year sequence that includes reading and discussion of peer-reviewed scientific articles with authors who visit Brearley from various New York City research institutions; laboratory experiments that may include RNA interference, polymerase chain reaction and DNA barcoding. The program accepts five to seven students from Class IX at the end of each year to compose a group of 15 to 21 students. Not for credit.

POETRY WORKSHOP: a yearlong focus on student work and a rigorous apprenticeship to the art of poetry writing. Students learn to write about what they know (e.g., family, grief, place) as a metaphor for the broader human experience. Over the course of the year, they develop their skills in using imagery, figurative language, lineation, repetition, meter, rhyme and syntax. In addition to completing writing assignments, students are expected to read modern poetry and other relevant literature to deepen their understanding of their practice. Not for credit.

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