Freshman/Sophomore Electives


Foreign Language

Most Frisch freshmen choose to enroll in a foreign language class, studying either Spanish or French. Students who begin a foreign language in Grade Nine are expected to take a second year in Grade Ten. For course description, click here.


Elective 1Instead of a foreign language, freshmen with strong math and science skills can apply to enroll in a two-year elective in Scientific Engineering for ninth and tenth graders. For course description, click here.

Art & Music Tracks

Students admitted into the Arts and Music Track will pursue their selected Arts specialty (visual arts or music) as their daily elective course. For course description, click here.

Junior Elective Offerings

Students can choose to take AP History and Science instead of the Advanced level.

AP American History

Students who are strong in English and History and who have been in Honors sections during their sophomore year can choose to take the AP American History course instead of the Advanced “A” level History course.

AP Physics

All Frisch juniors are enrolled in physics which is taught on several levels. Students in Math 10A & 10B are given the option of either AP or Honors Physics.

In its recent revision of the AP Physics curriculum, the College Board has divided AP Physics into two one-year courses called AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. Each course covers one semester of college physics over the course of an academic year. At the end of each course, an AP examination is offered. AP Physics 1 has been designed to be a first-year course in physics and covers Mechanics, Electrostatics, Circuits (DC resistors only), Mechanical Waves and Sound. The laboratory component meets one day a week after school throughout the year.

Full-Year Junior Electives:

Foreign Language- Spanish or French

AP Statistics

In the contemporary world, we are inundated by statistical claims about every area of life.  Whether it’s health, education, climate policy, or criminology, the questions are the same: were the data collected in a way that makes them significant, and are the conclusions drawn from the data valid?  A.P. Statistics introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  This course will equip students to generate statistically meaningful answers to questions, and to assess the validity of statistics used by others to support their claims. Statistics is a required course in many areas of social science, health science, and economics.

AP Art History

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Human Anatomy

Anatomy is offered as an elective in 11th grade.  Students have the opportunity to study the structures and organs of the human body, and the systems that they comprise.  This course builds upon the study of the cellular and molecular building blocks of life in 9th grade Biology, and is of interest to students interested in understand more about how the human body works as well as those interested in pursuing further study in the health sciences.

Advanced Scientific Research

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One-Semester Junior Electives:

Digital Media

In the Digital Media elective we explore the digital world.  We begin the year creating our own website using Weebly and Wix.  Students learn to create their own graphics using Photoshop.  Students will create and edit their own videos using a number of online tools.  In this course students are encouraged to learn by “doing”.   The class is entirely hands-on; there are no frontal lessons.

Rhetoric & Public Speaking

This class provides a thorough introduction to public speaking.   Students learn about the key elements of effective communication.  They will work both on content and delivery.  Over the course of the semester, each student must present four speeches: autobiographical, informative, persuasive, and a final presentation showcasing their grasp of what they learned in class.

Introduction to Studio Art

This course introduces students to various visual arts media and techniques.  It is designed for students who are serious about exploring their artistic talent, as well as those considering applying to art programs which require them to present a portfolio.


The Journalism class reviews the basics of print and photojournalism with students and has them begin writing articles for publication on Frisch Off The Press. While students learn by doing, and seeing their work published, they also learn aspects of journalism ranging from legal issues to stylistic choices and job responsibilities in traditional and cutting edge news outlets.

Math Workshop

The Math Workshop course prepares students for the types of questions and topics covered on the math section of the SAT.  Each math topic, including concepts as well as relevant procedures, will be reviewed on a topic-by-topic basis and students will have the opportunity to work practice problems.  Students will learn how to approach questions using effective math strategies.

Introduction to Communication

Introduction to Communication covers the development and application of various modes of communicating. Starting with the origins of written and spoken language, the class moves forward to cover the philosophy, ethics and legal dimensions of communication in all its varied forms. From there, students learn about the communication industries and study mass media in its theoretical and actual forms.

Supreme Court Cases

Supreme Court decisions over the past 200 years have shaped our understanding of government’s role and individuals’ rights.  This course will introduce students to the background, arguments, opinions, and societal impact of some of the Court’s most important cases.

Senior Electives

AP Art History

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AP Biology

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AP Chemistry

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AP Computer Science

Students in Computer Science will work on learning the Java programming language from the ground up, studying the language and exploring how it can be used to solve real-world problems.  Computer Science involves understanding the foundations of how computers encode information and what all modern computers have in common, as well as developing practical skills for software engineering.   The study of introductory data structures, algorithms, and object-oriented programming paradigms (as they are implemented in Java) will prepare the students to take the AP Computer Science A exam offered by The College Board.

Students will also embark on independent software development projects after mastering the foundations of the Java language.   By working with examples, they will learn how to build software with rich graphical interfaces and how to design network-aware applications for the Internet age.

AP Macroeconomics

The purpose of the AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. AP Macroeconomics is an introduction to how the market system works, how prices are determined, why shortages and surpluses occur, and why incomes differ.  The ideas of academic macroeconomics will frequently be illustrated and reinforced by real-world examples, so that students see concretely how economic theory both informs and interprets everyday decision-making by business and government actors.

AP Government and Politics–U.S.

Advanced Placement Government and Politics–U.S. seeks to afford students a better understanding of the political system under which we live.  The course will examine the structure of the United States government, paying close attention to the texts of the founding documents.  The course will then examine the workings of each branch of government, as well as the considerable role played by non-governmental actors in shaping law and policy.  Throughout, the course will analyze timely examples taken from the news that illustrate how the subjects of study in political science are alive in the world around us.

AP Psychology

Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes.  It is a science with roots in the fields of biology as well as philosophy.  The philosophical background causes psychologists to wonder about the behavior and thinking of humans, while the science allows us to test hypotheses.  Discussions, lectures, and assignments are aimed at introducing the student to developing an understanding of and interest in human behavior.  The primary questions addressed in the course will be “Why do people act the way they do in specific situations?” and “How can people change their behaviors?”

The purpose of this course in business is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of business management that apply to the functions of a decision maker within the larger economic system.  It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of the product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.  This course will provide foundational skills for those students interested in pursuing careers in business fields.

Senior Judaic Studies Electives

College Quandaries

This course covers major halakhic issues with which college students deal. Can my non-Jewish roommate help me on Shabbat? May I take courses which deal with Biblical criticism? The topics will be drawn from surveys given to current college students and Hillel leadership.

Music in Judaism

This course covers the role of music in world cultures in general and within Judaism in particular. We begin by studying primary sources from the Tanakh and Rabbinic literature which discuss the nature of shira. We cover the Jewish philosophical applications of the role of music in our contemporary world, and we conclude with a survey of music in a variety of different Jewish cultures, including, but not limited to: klezmer, chazzanut, R’ Shlomo Carlebach, and Hasidism.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

From Understanding to Advocacy: This course examines the various conflicts that are occurring presently between Israel and its neighbors. The class looks at the historical underpinnings that have shaped the region and specific incidents that have impacted the reality that Israel is facing today. A number of morally complex positions are discussed, and skills are developed to enable students to sift fact from fiction when discussing the conflict. The course teaches the fundamentals of advocacy, in particular on the college campus.


This course analyzes central messages and insights in Torah from the perspective of the Chassidic masters of yesteryear until modern day. What is unique about the approach of chassidus as opposed to the classic commentators? How does Chassidut balance the emotional/ passionate approach to worship of God together with the intellectual focus on the study of Torah and Mitzvot?

Directed Study

Self-motivated students have the opportunity to pursue an area of interest in Talmud, Halakha, or Tanakh. Guided by a faculty member, the student researches his/her particular area of focus. Students present research papers to a faulty panel at the end of the semester.

The Big Questions

In this class, great ideas of Jewish and Western thought are explored. Questions relating to faith, reason, free will and morality are probed and analyzed through various texts, demonstrating both the confluence and conflict of Jewish and secular learning. The course is discussion-based, focused on an exchange of ideas that fosters intellectual and religious growth.

Davening 1

Understanding Tefila

This class approaches prayer from 3 different angles. We begin with the השקפה / philosophy of davening. Why is there an obligation to daven – why can’t we just daven when we have something important to ask from God? And even if there is an obligation to daven, why must it be 3 times a day and not just once? Why does there have to be a set text for davening? What kind of כונה must we have? Next we turn our attention to the siddur and study the meaning of the actual paragraphs and words of prayer. We compare the 3 daily תפילות to one another, and within each one, we try to understand each of its components. Finally, we study the הלכות related to Tefila.)

Directed Study Electives for seniors- two options:
Merging Halachic Judaism with Modern Life

Students will learn Hilchot Shabbat including the laws of Boneh, Gerama and Meniat Hamina.

Students will explore the Halachic implications and how they manifest in modern life. Students will be exposed to the Zomet Institute with its current research, innovations and discussions that led to high tech developments. Technological advancement is viewed from a religious perspective of partnering with Hashem.

All students will be required to work in groups, research and come up with a written proposal of a relevant project within the framework. Students will be required to build a working prototype in the lab and will have access to engineers at Zomet to consult on their projects.

Jerusalem Science Competition

The Jerusalem Science Competition is an international science competition for high school students. The Walder Science Center in Chicago, whose mission it is to enhance science education for Jewish students worldwide, coordinates the program, which is sponsored by Integrated DNA Technologies and The Jerusalem College of Technology. Students explore an advanced science topic, submit examinations on the material and prepare a researched presentation on current developments in the field and their intersections with Jewish life.  This year’s course of study will be “The Science and Technology of Light – Optics”.

Students participate in the contest via a series of online lectures in both science and its relationship with Judaic topics, directed study, school-proctored examinations, and their final presentations.  Contestants will also have access to an invitation-only blog, through which they will be able to communicate with their fellow participants in a forum-type atmosphere.