9th Grade Courses

Biology I

Biology I is a course based on the following core topics: cellular structure and function, matter cycles and energy transfer; interdependence; inheritance and variation in traits; evolution. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation, by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory, and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

English 9

Our English 9 curriculum combines the study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication, focusing on literature which explores themes of identity and self-discovery.  Students write responses to literature, informative, narrative, and argumentative/persuasive compositions, and sustained research assignments. Students deliver grade-appropriate oral presentations with attention to audience and purpose and access, analyze, and evaluate online information.

Historical Global Perspectives

This blocked course follows the Cambridge International AS and A Level Classical Studies curriculum through the lens of Citizenship & Civics during the first semester and Ethnic Studies during the second semester. 


In this class our students learn about the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, and gain an appreciation of the diversity of the Classical world. They use a range of original sources and develop their abilities to interpret, analyze and evaluate a range of evidence.

Integrated Mathematics I or II

Integrated Mathematics I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from middle school.  Together with the content standards, the Process Standards prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.


(For students who passed Algebra I with a C or higher)

Integrated Mathematics II focuses on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions by comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Integrated Mathematics I.  The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, rounds out the course.

Physical Education

Physical Education I focuses on instructional strategies through a planned, sequential, and comprehensive physical education curriculum through an online platform.  Additionally, students will participate in physical activities, such as yoga, hiking, dance, and team sports, all of which are within the framework of the skills, knowledge and confidence needed by the student for a lifetime of healthful physical activity and fitness. To supplement the curriculum, Thrival Indy students participate in weekly yoga classes, led by local certified instructors.

World Language

Spanish I encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to make and respond to basic requests and questions, understand and use appropriate greetings and forms of address, participate in brief guided conversations on familiar topics, and write short passages with guidance. This course also emphasizes the development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as reading isolated words and phrases in a situational context and comprehending brief written or oral directions. Additionally, students will examine the practices, products and perspectives of Spanish-speaking culture; recognize basic routine practices of the target culture; and recognize and use situation-appropriate non-verbal communication. 


(For students who passed Spanish I with a C or higher)

Spanish II, builds upon effective strategies for Spanish language learning by encouraging the use of the language and cultural understanding for self-directed purposes. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to make and respond to requests and questions in expanded contexts, participate independently in brief conversations on familiar topics, and write cohesive passages with greater independence and using appropriate formats. 

Year 1 Advisory

Social-Emotional Learning

Through group exercises and activities such as , challenge courses, restorative circles, and reflection, students develop their interpersonal skills and become more aware and in control of their own emotions and reactions.

Self-Discovery and Goal-Setting

During biweekly one-on-one mentoring meetings with their advisory teachers, students set personal and academic goals, reflect on their progress, and establish a meaningful relationship with an adult who is invested in their success.

College & Career Exploration

Through coursework provided by Naviance, students explore personal aptitudes, interests, values, and goals; examining multiple life roles and responsibilities as individuals and family members; planning and building employability skills; transferring school skills to life and work; and managing personal resources.