Upper School

10th Grade

Sophomores at Moses Brown enjoy a broad menu of course offerings that both strengthens their overall academic skills and offers them the opportunity to hone special talents.

Whether analyzing the literary and rhetorical depth of Shakespeare or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or learning about the atomic interactions that make molecular chemistry tick, they are constantly engaged by material that is as challenging as it is fun.

They can expand their abilities to code, program robots, perform, and create in a wide variety of classes, clubs, and state-of-the-art facilities, including a 33,000-square-foot performance center and a 5,000-square-foot maker space.

Additionally, there are ample opportunities to learn beyond the campus gates, with exciting trips to places like China, Florence, Mount Rainier, and the Dominican Republic.




All year long, students practice various modes of composition, with special emphasis on critical analysis.  Along the way, they’ll study a Shakespearean comedy, a contemporary novel that deals with questions of place, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s masterpiece critique of racial injustice in America. Every week, their writing assignments will challenge them...

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Tenth grade students at Moses Brown typically enroll in Algebra II. In addition, they learn computer programming with Python (a popular programming language), and how it can be used as a tool for computational thinking and mathematical discovery. Some students enroll in Geometry or Precalculus, depending on previous coursework. At every upper school grade level,...

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At Moses Brown, tenth graders take a semester-long course in religious studies and one in 20th-century world history. Students begin with an introduction to the academic study of religion, focusing on the five major religious traditions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.  They explore the plurality of traditions within each religion, and...

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At Moses Brown, the Science department strives to nurture a spirit of inquiry in every tenth grader. Laboratory experiments, field observations, and group work guide students as they study the natural and physical sciences and consider the implications of science in modern life. In every discipline, students apply the scientific method and their best critical...

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In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, students need to be able to create digital environments, not just use them.  Coding stresses computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can understand.  After all, in the 21st century, the ability to code will be as critical...

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World Languages

Tenth graders at Moses Brown extend their abilities in the world language of their choice.  Mastery of a foreign language is critical to understanding one’s native culture and worldview, and those of others.  Of course, it also opens a myriad of travel opportunities and ways of connecting with other people and cultures.

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Tenth graders at Moses Brown have an extensive menu of fine and performing arts opportunities available to them.  On page, stage, and canvas, they are regularly challenged to discern what they think and feel, and to hone their technical ability to realize that inner vision.  Arts classes frequently overlap with other subjects, giving students multiple ways...

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