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Dresden Mod Journal ([info]dresdenmod) wrote,
@ 2011-04-07 09:54:00


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Entry tags:schedules

Classes and Schedule

At some point I'm going to try to simplify this, because right now it reads like stereo instructions.
It's laid out simply and clearly on the helpful tables link.

Schedules
Each day is divided into 10 periods of 40 minutes (with 10 minutes in between to allow students time to get to classes). 6th period is divided into two 20 minute sections (to cover lunch). The opposite half of 6th period is a mandatory study hall for all students.

11th period is for students taking Astronomy. It's scheduled according to sunset.

Classes are taught for the full length of the year. Core classes are taught to the entire class year (not divided by house, since the school is small). Electives are taught throughout the day and available for all students to fit into their schedules as they like.
Years 1-3 have a set schedule of classes. Years 4-7 have a flexible schedule around some required core classes.

4th years (freshmen) can take 1 elective class, or opt for 1 free period.
5th years (sophomores) can take 2 electives. They are allowed one free period.
6th years (juniors) can take 6 electives/advanced classes. They are allowed two free periods.
7th years (seniors) can take 6 electives/advanced classes. They are allowed three free periods.
Of note: It probably won't come up in game which period each class is. It's just nice to know which classes your character is taking in a given year. If enough people request concrete schedules I'll work something up.

Helpful Tables (for visual learners)

Who's taking which class: advanced | electives | university

Periods
(1) 7:00-7:40(2) 7:50-8:30(3) 8:40-9:20(4) 9:30-10:10
(5) 10:20-11:00 (6A) 11:10-11:30(6B) 11:30-11:50(7) 12:00-12:40
(8) 12:50-1:30(9) 1:40-2:20(10) 2:30-3:10(11) TBD


Core Classes
* Students are required to take core classes as scheduled in a progression.
Flying (1st year only)
Taught by: Frank Smith
A required class for first years. A student is strongly encouraged to bring their own broom.

Life Science (1st year only)
Taught by: Seamus Morgendorfer
A required class for first years. Students learn hygiene, laundry, cleaning, organization, financial skills, cooking, wizarding web safety, basic first aid, and dorm life. Students who do not pass this class must take it again until they do.

Basic Academics (2nd and 3rd year only)
Taught by: Christine Allen
Covers basics in muggle high school education (mathematics, English, science, history).

History of Magic (2nd year - 4th year)
Taught by: Lucy Tell
The history of magic, world and American. Lecture.

Care of Magical Creatures (1st year - 5th year)
Taught by: Maria Morgendorfer
A class in which one learns about magical and muggle fauna (animal life). Lecture and practical application. Weather permitting this class is sometimes held at St. George's Farm.

Herbology (1st year - 5th year)
Taught by: Val Crinshlow
A study of flora (plant life) in many of its forms. Lecture and practical application. Weather permitting this class is often held at St. George's Farm otherwise it's in the greenhouse or adjoining classroom.

Latin (1st year - 5th year)
Taught by: Markus Behrend
Students learn the basic language of magic.

Potions (1st year - 5th year)
Taught by: Gerard Best
Students learn how to brew potions following recipes. Lecture and practical application.

Transfiguration (1st year - 5th year)
Taught by: Orenthal Langley
A class that teaches the alteration of objects.

Charms/Wandwork (1st year - 7th year)
Taught by: Pilar Olivier
A class to learn simple spells and the proper way to cast with a wand. Practical application. Can be preempted in the 7th year for Wandless, though it's recommended to take both courses at the same time.

Defense Against the Dark Arts (1st year - 7th year)
Taught by: Gerlinde Von Brandt
Exactly what it sounds like. Lecture and practical application.

Astronomy (6th year - 7th year)
Taught by: Douglas West
A mathematical study of the movement of the stars and their meanings. Lecture and practical application (weather permitting on the roof of Dresden Hall).
Elective Classes
* Students may opt to take these courses in addition to their core classes. Table of students signed up for electives.
Advanced Flying (2nd to 7th year)
Taught by: Frank Smith
A second level flying class, in which proficient flyers can learn even more skills on a broom. Does not occur during the regularly scheduled day and can be taken by anyone.

Muggle Studies (4th, or 5th year)
Taught by: Christine Allen
A study of cultural differences between muggles and wizards. Recommended for students born to strictly wizarding families.

Divination I and II (5th, 6th, and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Octavia Whalon
Div I is a basic canvas of divinatory systems and practices and recommended to 5th years interested in Divination. Div II is a further study into divination practices with the use of tools (such as arithmancy, runes, tarot, I-Ching); it is recommended to 6th years and must follow Divination I.

Language Arts I, II, and III (5th, 6th, and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Jaime Hernandez
Offers a range of languages for study depending on student interest. Languages may be studied in sequence from I to III; students can opt out of further study at the end of each year.

Literature I and II (5th, 6th, and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Pike Setzer
Lit I focuses on Western literature both muggle and wizard. Lit II expands the focus to World literature.

Art (4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Pete Rosenthal
A year long study in muggle and wizarding arts. Part lecture, mostly practical application. Students are invited to take this class again for the experience.

Cultural Magic (4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Divya Singh
The study of magic in relation to specific cultures of which students wouldn't otherwise have personal experience.

Environmental Studies (4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Frank Smith
A study in humanity's impact on the environment and the art of farming in the modern age. Practical application on St. George's farm. Course updates yearly and may be taken more than once.

Magical Crafting (4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Pete Rosenthal
A class which goes over the basic techniques in building magical instruments. Students get theoretical study in the first semester and practical application in the second.

Music (4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Marianne LaForte
Basic study covers a catalog of muggle and wizarding music for students not inclined to play an instrument or sing.

Ritual Magic (5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Brennan Weeks
The study of ritualized, ceremonial magic.

Spell Theory (5th, 6th, or 7th year)
Taught by: Clive Montgomery
A class which covers the creation of spells, The class culminates in a group project to create a spell. Lecture.

Combative Magic (6th or 7th year)
Taught by: Amalia Vass
Akin to dueling club, except that students can get class credit for it. Students must have a parent or guardian sign a waver in order to participate in this often dangerous class.
Advanced/Specialty Classes
* Students must receive the recommendation of a professor to continue on to advanced studies. These classes are only available to juniors and seniors. Table of students signed up for advanced courses.
Advanced Care of Magical Creatures I and II (6th, and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Betsy Livingston
A study of rare magical creatures. Students can take one or two years.

Advanced Herbology I and II (6th, and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Lars Holden
A study of rare magical flora. Students can take one or two years.

Advanced Potions I and II (6th and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Templeton Morse
Advanced study in difficult/complicated potions. Students can take one or two years.

Advanced Transfiguration I and II (6th and/or 7th year)
Taught by: Claudia Anderson
Advanced forms of transfiguration. Students can take one or two years.

Advanced Divination (7th year only)
Taught by: Mother Criss
A study for those with "the gift" of second sight. It can only be taken after Divination I and II are completed.

Wandless (7th year only)
Taught by: James Walsh
For determined, gifted students to learn magic and spells without the use of a wand.

Animagus Study (Offered in Fall 2010, Spring 2011: read description)
Taught by: Claudia Anderson
For those truly gifted students who may have an animagus form. This class is only offered every other year for juniors and seniors.

Apparation Study (17 yrs and older)
Taught by: James Walsh
For students 17 years or older. Begins with side along apparation until a student is prepared to practice on their own. Akin to Driver's Ed. Students cannot test for apparation until they've passed the class. Three weekend seminar course offered on a rotating basis. Practical application. Pass/fail.
University Classes
Table of students signed up for university.

Founded in 2005, university is a relatively new experiment at the Dresden Academy. Essentially the university program is mentored independent study for advanced students who want continued, intensive study in a particular subject. Should the program prove viable it will certainly be expanded. Any current faculty is available as a mentor in their field.

These students are required to have a weekly or bi-monthly meeting with their mentor(s) to oversee their studies, but are otherwise trusted to be responsible for their work.

In 2007 a new facet was added to the program to enrich the student's education. Students are now required to act as teaching assistants for their mentor once or twice a week (though they can and are encouraged to TA every day). While helping in class they're expected to wear their uniforms, but the rest of the time uniforms are not required. They are usually assigned one class to work with for the length of the year, though they are sometimes invited to sit in on other classes for the experience. First semester students are encouraged to work with core classes, but the truly gifted are offered TA positions in advanced classes (or by mentor discretion).

Mechanics wise, mentors can be shared, but at present there may only be one TA per class. This will be decided on a first come, first served basis. A mentor may choose to pass a student off to the core professor as a TA.


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