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Curriculum

Religion

The Religion Curriculum is designed to help students study the teachings of the Catholic Church while encouraging them to develop their relationship with God and His people. Attending Mass frequently, participating in devotions, and performing six hours of community service each academic quarter helps our students live out what they learn in class. Our program follows a revised version of the framework established and adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Grade 9 — Salvation History / Christology I

In the Fall, students explore the nature of God as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures through Moses and the Prophets, in the New Testament through Jesus Christ, and in man’s relationship with God. In the Spring, students begin an in-depth study of the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament, especially the Gospels, and in the Tradition of the Catholic Church.

Grade 10 — Christology II / Church

In the Fall, students continue their study of the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament, especially the Gospels, and in the Tradition of the Catholic Church. In the Spring, students explore how their relationship with God is grounded in the Church and Sacraments, with the recognition that the Church is itself a sacrament.

Grade 11 — Morality / Christian Commitment

In the Fall, students explore how God’s love for man, expressed through the life, teachings, and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, is the measure of all moral actions and judgements. Students are confronted with the ideas of right & wrong and good & evil, and challenged to learn how to make good, conscious, moral decisions. In the Spring, students examine what it means to live as Jesus taught us — to live in a loving relationship with God and others. Among the themes examined, they study acceptance, inclusion, forgiveness, reconciliation, and friendship.

Grade 12 — Social Justice / World Religions

In the Fall, students study the summary teachings of the Church regarding the meaning of justice and what that means for the community of man.  In the Spring, students study, compare and contrast the religions of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.
 
Grade 12 — Ethics (elective; semester)
 

The Ethics course is a one-semester senior elective designed to explore the notions of right and wrong from a logical and philosophical perspective. Students will learn some fundamentals of logic and philosophy, address the differences between moral relativism and objective truth as well as ethics and morality, and explore some of the writings of great philosophers surrounding the issues of a life lived ethically.

 

 

English

The English Curriculum is designed to help students become critical readers and eloquent writers so that they can better communicate with others in the world. Students are exposed to different genres of American and World Literature, giving them the experience of reading good writing. Vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills are also integral to preparing students to writing well-constructed essays and papers.

English 9

In this course, students are engaged in expository writing that will develop competence for high school academic writing. Nonfiction and fiction literature selections are used to connect with student’s current knowledge, to develop literary analysis skills, and to broaden students’ views of the human experience. Students also expand their vocabulary to make reading more efficient and enjoyable.

English 10

In this course, students focus on the Five Steps of the Writing Process (Pre-Write, Draft, Revise, Edit, and Publish) as students write for varied purposes and audiences. Students also read, analyze, and write on a variety of literature, including short stories, novels, poems, and articles.

English 11

In this course, students continue to demonstrate their understanding of the Writing Process by writing for varied purposes and audiences. Students begin reading a wide variety of literature with increasingly complex language and themes, including a number of longer, classic texts.
 
English 12

In this course, students continue to demonstrate their understanding of the Writing Process by writing a research paper and an essay for their college application. Students continue reading a wide variety of literature with increasingly complex language and themes, including a number of longer, classic texts.

Mathematics

The Mathematics Curriculum is designed to help students respond to the problems of daily life that require well-learned facts, strategies, and creative solutions. Students become familiar with the language of numbers and operations so that mathematics will not be a hinderance to daily life, but a tool to efficiently solve problems, predict outcomes, and determine reasonable answers to various issues they will face in life.

Grade 9 — Algebra I

In this course, students learn and apply the basic concepts of Algebra including integer operations, rules of exponents, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, greatest common factor, least common multiple, slope and intercept in graphing, factoring, solving systems of equations, performing operations with radicals, and solving quadratic equations.  Numerous opportunities are presented for application of concepts in problem solving.

Grade 10 — Geometry

In this course, students study the major topics of Euclidean Geometry, including congruency, similarity, symmetry, area, volume, circles, and parallel lines.  Students demonstrate their knowledge by problem solving and construction of models.

Grade 11 — Algebra II

In this course, students develop mastery of skills studied in Algebra I, exploring them in greater depth. Additional topics include exponential and logarithmic functions, simplifications involving complex radicals, and complex numbers.

Grade 12 — Statistics & Trigonometry OR Pre-Calculus

Seniors are required to take a fourth year of mathematics.  Stats & Trig is a course that extends the math concepts learned in Algebra II; Pre-Calculus offers a more complex set of concepts and skills that prepare students for college Calculus.

Science

The Science curriculum is designed to teach students about the construction and workings of the universe in order to make them more conscious of the processes and functions that impact life. Through the study of science in its various disciplines, students learn to observe, investigate, hypothesize, and develop means of adaptation to optimize the health, safety, and preservation of life on Earth.

Grades 9 — Biology

In this course, students study living organisms, genetics, anatomy, and physiology. This class is primarily conducted as a laboratory course, providing students with hands-on investigation of various topics.

Grade 10 — Chemistry

In this course, students study matter and the changes that it undergoes in various contexts as evidenced by daily life. Topics include: chemical equilibrium, acids, bases, compounds, and the periodic table. Laboratory investigations and creations of models are emphasized to give students a hands-on investigation of various topics.

Grade 11 — Physics

In this course, students study matter and energy. Topics include: motion, energy, and force. Specific emphasis is given to how the principles of physics apply to technology, the environment, and daily life. 

Grade 12 — Environmental Science (elective; semester)

Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the natural world and human interactions. The course will be divided into four main units: air, land, water, and energy.

Grade 12 — Anatomy (elective; semester)

In this class, students will learn about the human body’s major systems and organs in a variety of labs and classroom-based activities, including dissection.

Social Studies

The Social Studies Curriculum is designed to educate our students in the history of the United States and the world so that they might better appreciate our heritage and become educated citizens. Students are encouraged to identify, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate past and current events that influence people, places, and organizations.

Grade 9 — World History

In this course, students study history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, providing students a look into the culture and development of Europe. Scientific development, art, culture, government, and prominent leaders will be emphasized as students are challenged to make connections between the past and present.

Grade 10 — United States History I

In this course, students survey the History of the United States from the Colonial Era to Reconstruction. Particular emphasis is given to first-order concepts (ex: revolution, civil war, independence, nationalism), second-order concepts (ex: continuity and change, cause and effect, chronology, empathic understanding, the use of evidence) and learning skills (ex: organizing knowledge and ideas about history, making generalizations, recognizing similarities and differences, finding patterns, establishing connections).

Grade 11 — United States History II

In this course, students survey the history of the United States from Reconstruction to modern times. Particular emphasis is given to first-order concepts (ex: revolution, civil war, independence, nationalism), second-order concepts (ex: continuity and change, cause and effect, chronology, empathic understanding, the use of evidence) and learning skills (ex: organizing knowledge and ideas about history, making generalizations, recognizing similarities and differences, finding patterns, establishing connections).
 

Grade 11 – The Holocaust (new in 2017-18)

 

In this semester elective course, students will study the events leading up to and culminating in the massive attempt by Hitler’s Third Reich to eliminate the Jewish race and other “undesirable” groups.

 
Grade 12  American Government & Issues 
 
(New in 2017-2018.)
 
Grade 12 Psychology (elective; semester)

In this semester course, students will learn about the scientific study of mental processes and human behavior in order to better understand themselves and others.
 

Grade 12 – Contemporary Issues (elective; semester)

 

In this semester course, students will focus on the post-World War II era and how and why America and the world have changed.


 Grade 12 Consumer Finance (elective; semester)

In this semester course, students will learn the basics of banking including savings, checking, credit cards and taxes. They will also learn the basics of financing including home loans, car loans and student loans. Finally, students will learn the basics of investing including bonds, stocks, annuities and mutual funds.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language Curriculum is designed to help our students better communicate in our multilingual world. The program emphasizes proficiency in the four basic language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Grade 9 — Spanish I

In this course, students are introduced to the Four Basic Language Skills, which are developed throughout the year. Students are required to participate orally everyday in class, allowing students to improve pronunciation and increase aural comprehension through the use of authentic vocabulary and grammatical structures. The class is structured through a thematic approach, introducing ideas and concepts as applicable to everyday situations.

Grade 10 — Spanish II

In this course, students continue to develop and refine the Four Basic Language Skills introduced in Spanish I. A major emphasis is placed on the continued development of vocabulary and grammatical structure. Students are also introduced to important elements of Spanish culture. The course is structured in thematic units that are rooted in context and used meaningfully.

Grade 11 — Spanish III

In this course, students strive to more easily and effectively communicate with people for whom Spanish is their primary language. Connections are made to the variety of cultures in which Spanish is spoken so that students gain an understanding for how Spanish is used in today’s world. Practice is highly encouraged. The course is organized by important, intriguing questions for which there may not be simple or quick answers. In essence, this course attempts to take students beyond talking about themselves and instead help students communicate in Spanish about ideas that effect them, society, and the world.

Grade 12 Spanish IV Honors

Students become fluent in writing and oral presentation, as well as becoming immersed in the Spanish and Hispanic cultures of the world.

Physical Education/Health

The Physical Education Curriculum is designed to nurture the health and fitness of adolescents while developing life-long skills and the habits of a healthy lifestyle. Although competition is a natural element of the various games and skill-building exercises, students learn to embrace the ethics of sportsmanship and fair play.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Curriculum is designed to help foster students’ talents, encourage students to appreciate the Fine Arts, and give them an opportunity to artistically and creatively express themselves. The Music Curriculum is geared towards developing student mastery of music theory and performance. The Art Curriculum is geared towards developing student creativity and ingenuity using various forms of media.
 
Black and White Photography (elective; semester)  
 

Students will view history through the lens of the beginnings of Photography. The work of Brady, Curtis, Smith, Burroughs, Stieglitz and Adams will be examined so that students can put these time periods into context. Students will learn about the rudimentary beginnings of Photography, make their own pin hole cameras, understand the chemistry and processes of B&W photography, develop negatives from their pin hole cameras, convert negative images to positive ones and practice difference layout techniques and illustrate the principles and elements of Art within their print work.

 

History of Popular Music

Music Appreciation 
 
Chorus and Guitar 

Art: 3-D Exploration 

Introduction to Art
 
Drawing, Pottery, and Black & White Photography 

Technology

The Technology Curriculum is designed to prepare our students to communicate, work, and live in an increasingly technological world. Classes are structured to give students the basic skills necessary to use technology efficiently and appropriately.
 
Web Design

Introduction to Technology 
 
Multi-Media and Desktop Publishing