Curriculum

Typical 4 Year Program

  • English: English 9 (Pre-AP, CP)
  • Theology: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Christology: Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Sciences: Honors Chemistry, Honors Biology, CP Biology
  • Mathematics: Honors Algebra I, CP Algebra, Geometry (Honors, CP)
  • Social Studies: CP World History
  • World Languages:  French I or II, Spanish I or II
  • Health
  • Performing or Visual Arts

  • AP Seminar
  • English:  English 10 (Honors, CP), Creative Writing I, II
  • Theology: Church History, The Church
  • Sciences: Chemistry (Honors, CP); AP Biology; Marine Science or Earth Science
  • Mathematics: Geometry (Honors, CP) or Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, CP Algebra
  • Social Studies: U.S. History I (Honors, CP)
  • World Languages: French II or III, Spanish II or III (Honors, CP)
  • STEM: Principles of Engineering (CP)
  • Performing or Visual Arts
  • Other: Quiet Study, Elective(s)
  • English: AP Language & Composition,  English 11: American Literature (Honors, CP), Creative Writing I, II
  • Theology: The Sacraments, Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ, Christian Morality, Life in Jesus Christ
  • Sciences: AP Biology,  Honors Anatomy and Physiology, CP Earth Science or Marine Science, Chemistry (AP, Honors, CP), Physics (AP, Honors, CP)
  • STEM: AP Computer Science Principles, CP Principles of Engineering
  • Mathematics: Honors Algebra II/ Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus (Honors, CP), AP Statistics, CP Algebra II
  • Social Studies: U.S. History II (AP, Honors, CP), Economics (Honors, CP), Psychology (Honors, CP)
  • World Languages: French III or IV (Honors, CP), Spanish III or IV (Honors, CP)
  • Performing or Visual Arts
  • Other: AP Seminar, AP Research, Quiet Study, Elective(s)
  • English:  AP Literature and Composition; English 12 (Honors, CP)
  • Theology:  Social Justice, Living as Disciples of Jesus Christ; Mission and Evangelization in the 21st Century
  • Science: AP Biology, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, CP Earth Science, Chemistry (AP, Honors, CP), Physics (AP, Honors, CP), CP Marine Science, CP Bioethics
  • STEM: AP Computer Science Principles, CP Principles of Engineering
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus (Honors, CP), Calculus (AP, Honors, CP),College Mathematics, AP Statistics
  • Social Studies: AP U.S. Government & Politics, Economics (Honors, CP), Psychology (Honors, CP)
  • World Languages: French IV or V (Honors, CP), Spanish IV or V (Honors, CP)
  • Performing or Visual Arts
  • Other: AP Seminar, AP Research, CP Intro to Western Philosophy, Leadership Studies and Practicum, Quiet Study, Elective(s)

Course Levels

The curriculum is designed to prepare all students for postsecondary education. Course levels are weighted to determine grade point averages. Some courses are not offered at all levels. Please consult the course descriptions for each department in this catalog for information about course level offerings.

The placement of students in appropriate levels is a collaborative process that reflects our desire to create the best possible academic experience for each student. The goal of level placement is to have each student sufficiently challenged by a rigorous academic program while ensuring that he/she has the aptitude and skills to be successful in the classroom.

Courses are offered at the following levels of depth and pace to address the needs of students with varying aptitudes and learning styles.

Advanced students are offered the opportunity to engage in college level study in several disciplines as part of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. In order to participate, students must demonstrate superior aptitude and achievement and a willingness to commit to considerable independent study. Admission to these courses is by application. All students in these courses are required to take and pay the fee for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination. Some colleges award credit to those students who receive a satisfactory score on the examination.

Honors level courses are designed to challenge students who have demonstrated a high level of academic aptitude and achievement. The pace of instruction is rapid and topics are explored in greater depth than in the College Preparatory level. School recommendation is required for enrollment in honors courses. Students are expected to complete independent research, group work, and long term assignments. Assessments emphasize the development of critical thinking skills, originality and creativity, and the ability to make connections within the subject area as well as with other academic disciplines.

This level provides students who have demonstrated above average/average aptitude and achievement with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the subject area and the application of concepts. Emphasis is placed on fine tuning skills as well as developing the capacity for more critical thinking. Students are expected to complete daily homework assignments as well as some long term assignments and projects. Frequent and varied assessments characterize this level.

Emphasis is placed on developing a strong understanding of the course fundamentals, the capacity for independent and critical thinking, and the learning skills necessary for more advanced study. Daily homework is assigned to provide students with practice in working with new concepts, review of previously learned material, and structure in their learning process. Long­-term assignments are frequently broken down into several components. This level is placed by school recommendation only.

Theology • 4.0
English • 4.0
Mathematics • *3.0
Science • *3.0
Social Studies • 3.0
World Language • *3.0
Health • .5
Fine Arts • 1.0
Electives • 4.5
TOTAL CREDITS • 26

*Minimum required for graduation, however more are recommended for college preparation.

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