First Semester Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions


American Civil War course begins with the study of the causes of the Civil War, and moves through an exploration of the war, its battles, and the social climate of America during the War. As we celebrate, seemingly daily, the anniversaries of a multitude of momentous events that occurred during this pivotal era, this class looks to put these events into a usable current context. The course format combines lectures and discussion. Reading is expected both in the text and through access to outside sources.

Graphic Design is a course designed to introduce students to the design process as it pertains to digital imagery. Focus is placed on the creation process and the idea of storytelling though digital design. Software applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are used to simulate real world labs and design experiences. Techniques such as layering, selecting, enhancement, composting, path and pen skills are taught, as well as the fundamentals of graphic design. Successful completion of this course may qualify a student for college credit through Saint Joseph’s College.

CAP America at War surveys American military history, using select wars to investigate the relationship of the past to the present. The course studies the causes and effects of select wars, examining particular battles and extant home front issues. Students connect past strategies, events and debates to later times, along with themes of politics, society and culture. CAP America at War seeks to addresses the question: Has the US become a warrior nation? Successful completion of this course may qualify a student college credit through Plymouth State University.

Introduction to Sociology examines the relationship between a person’s private life and the social world around him, specifically that personal, everyday experiences affect and are affected by the larger society in which we live. The true value of sociology lies in this unique ability to show the two-way connection between our personal thoughts, behaviors, and experiences to the groups, organizations, and cultures to which we belong. We will examine significant past, present, and potential future events that can influence the way we live our everyday lives.

Introduction to Theatre explores the historical evolution of drama and theatre from Ancient Greece to modern times. Students will be able to answer the question, “What is theatre?,” identify elements of a theatrical production, analyze scripts, and evaluate how theatre reflects society. Students also have the opportunity to view local theatres and productions, as well as perform scenes of their own.

Journalism is a field of changing skills and presentations. Audience, method, and content have all seen recent developments turn the industry on its head. However, the need for great storytelling has not changed. This course explores different types of media while focusing on the content created here at Bridgton Academy. The content will be student produced and presented and will include video, podcast, social media, and traditional written work.



Anatomy and Physiology is a full-year course. This course is an introductory level course in the human sciences that includes examination of the following areas: cytology, histology, genetics, and the major systems of the body. The objective of this course is to provide each student with basic knowledge of the human body’s parts and how this anatomy functions to create and sustain life. Practical application of the scientific knowledge is stressed to each student.   Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based class and, as such, will include dissection.

CAP Genetics is a science elective which provides an understanding of the kinds of questions that science can and cannot address, while exploring topics in cellular biology, the structure and function of genes, and biotechnology. Discussions probe the bioethical implications of our growing knowledge and application of technologies involving manipulation of cellular and genetic processes. This course also includes experiences in a laboratory setting to conduct basic experiments that elucidate the structure of cells and the function of genes. Successful completion of this course may qualify a student for college credit from Saint Joseph’s College.

Microbiology is a CAP course that concentrates on the physiology and pathogenicity of microorganisms, primarily bacteria and viruses. An introduction to epidemiology explores the distribution and control of disease in populations. Learning the key features of the immune response allows students to understand how they are able to combat invading microorganisms. Laboratory investigations include methods of microbial culturing, Koch’s postulates, and horizontal gene transfer. Successful completion of this course may earn students 4 hours of college credit from Saint Joseph’s College.

Introduction to Environmental Issues examines, in a one-semester elective, the origins of and solutions to pressing current environmental issues. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to environmental problem solving is stressed, and students will explore the scientific, legal, economic, and social aspects of the issues in order to better understand the complexity of these problems.

Introduction to Meteorology is an introductory course that explores the composition, structure, and physical properties of the Earth’s atmosphere. The course focuses on the basics of heat balance, atmospheric stability, precipitation processes, and understanding the importance of clouds.  We also study cyclonic activity, weather analysis, and very basic weather forecasting techniques.  Particular attention is paid to the causes, structure, and impact of tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and other severe weather systems.


Please note: Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are not NCAA-approved.