196 Courses Offered
STEM Courses such as Robotics, Engineering, Quantum Computing, AI, Design & Fabrication, and Cybersecurity
18 Advanced Placement Courses
56 Honors Courses
5 Modern & Classical Languages
Unique Elective Courses
For a more detailed explanation of courses and pathways to fulfilling graduation requirements,
scroll down to Course Catalogue.
- Advanced Placement
- Fine Arts
- Health & Physical Education
- Modern & Classical Languages
- Social Studies
- Student Support
- Technology & Engineering
While all courses at BMHS are college preparatory, our Honors and AP courses offer a more challenging course of study for students who are academically prepared and highly motivated to take a more active role in their learning process. Students are recommended for Honors and AP courses through the admissions process (grade 9) or by their current teachers (grades 10-12), based on their performance in prior classes, testing scores, and any required applications/auditions. Students may be removed from Honors and AP courses at any time if their performance does not meet expectations, for example failing to complete summer assignments. These courses have a weighted GPA of 4.5 for Honors and 5.0 for AP. Students enrolled in AP courses have the option of taking the corresponding AP Exam in May, to earn credit at participating colleges and universities; registration information will be sent to enrolled students and parents via email (see also the AP Program page on the BMHS website). Space in these classes may be limited.
AP Course Offerings at BMHS
Note: Each year all courses are reviewed, including AP® courses. These listed courses may or may not represent all the choices available in the years to come.
- Gateway Seminar - In this one-semester course, students develop useful mental habits that are essential for lifelong learning, success, and well-being. Through a project-based approach, students build their emotional intelligence and creative confidence. Topics include collaborative problem-solving, applied digital skills, digital citizenship, Holy Cross leadership, and effective learning strategies.
- English 9 - Course readings include novels, short stories, plays, and poetry, read through the lens of personal and community identity. Students will read both classic and contemporary literature and will be instructed in narrative, literary analysis, and nonfiction writing. This course will include the study of grammar and vocabulary.
- Honors English 9 - This course takes a more intensive study of novels, short stories, plays and poetry including more sophisticated texts, read through the lens of personal and community identity. Students will read both classic and contemporary literature and will be instructed in narrative, literary analysis, and nonfiction writing. This course will include the study of grammar and vocabulary.
- English 10 - Read through the lens of social justice and marginalized peoples, students will critically interpret literature, both fiction, and nonfiction, with an emphasis on critical thinking and rhetorical theory. Students will develop the fundamentals of academic writing, MLA style research, text-based discussion, copyediting, and vocabulary.
- Honors English 10 - Through the lens of social justice and marginalized peoples, students will read more sophisticated literature, both fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on critical thinking and rhetorical theory. Students will develop the fundamentals of academic writing, MLA style research, text-based discussion, copyediting, and vocabulary.
- English 11 - Students will survey American literature through novels, short stories, essays, plays, speeches, poetry, film, and podcasts. Students will analyze texts through close reading and discussion, while strengthening writing skills, research skills, grammar, and vocabulary. They will complete a 1500-word research thesis paper centered around a book of choice. Students will experience narrative, literary analysis, and research writing concentrating on voice and style.
- Honors English 11 - Students will survey American literature through novels, short stories, essays, plays, speeches, poetry, film, and podcasts. Students will analyze texts through close reading and discussion, while strengthening writing skills, research skills, grammar, and vocabulary. They will complete a 1500-word research thesis paper centered around a book of choice. Students will experience narrative, literary analysis, and research writing concentrating on voice and style.
- AP English Language and Composition - Students will read historical speeches and essays studying rhetoric and the power of persuasion. This is an intensive writing course in preparation for advanced college courses and the AP exam in English Language and Composition. In addition, students will read fiction, plays, and short stories by American authors with extensive analysis and discussion. Students will write synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argumentative essays.
- English 12 - This survey course features an intensive study of classic and influential world literature from a variety of time periods while preparing students for college-level writing. Students will read & analyze short stories, novels, plays, essays, and poetry and engage in a variety of formal and informal writings, including literary analysis essays, narrative essays, and a research paper.
- Honors English 12 - This survey course features an intensive study of classic and influential world literature from a variety of time periods while preparing students for college-level writing. Successful completion of the senior thesis paper, which meets the minimum qualifications for an acceptable entry-level college essay, is a graduation requirement.
- AP English Literature and Composition - The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns with an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. Successful completion of the senior thesis paper, which meets the minimum qualifications for an acceptable entry-level college essay, is a graduation requirement.
- Black Lit Matters: A Survey of African American Literature - This course will survey African American literature from the 1700s to the present, serving as an introduction to great works of black literary expression and an invitation to explore what exactly constitutes African American literature. Students will chronologically examine how African American literature has evolved from slavery to the present day.
- Contemporary Film and Criticism - Students view a number of contemporary films and critique the films based on theme, direction, characterization, and photography. Selected works may include documentaries, historical fiction, and films that investigate contemporary issues and culture. The writing portion of this course will emphasize composition skills and literary analysis.
- Creative Writing - Students will exercise and enhance their creativity through low-pressure writing opportunities, peer editing, and weekly sharing sessions, as they pre-write, draft, and revise poetry, short stories, and other creative works. Whether they are already bursting with creativity or seeking help with writing, this class will increase students' ability to use a variety of writing skills in artistic ways.
- Advanced Creative Writing - This class encourages students to continue developing skills gained in the Creative Writing course. Students will experiment with new styles and genres, work independently to set individual goals and collaborate with other writers through workshops and other activities.
- Journalism 1 - Students in this course produce the school newspaper, and are considered the official staff of The Stampede. Working as reporters, editors, photographers, or designers, students learn interviewing techniques, copy editing, photojournalism, page layout, and the basics of news, sports, and feature writing. All students have the opportunity to write articles and editorials about a variety of subjects, for publication online or in print.
- Honors Journalism 2 - These experienced students oversee the production of the newspaper and pursue advanced skills in interviewing, photography, editing, writing, and page design. As leaders of the newspaper staff, these students also gain specialized knowledge in approaches to newsroom management, Associated Press style, design software, and modern trends in the news industry.
- Honors Journalism 3 - This advanced course is for experienced students who wish to continue working on the newspaper while refining their journalistic skills and leading the newspaper staff. A special focus will include in-depth reporting and multimedia storytelling.
- Honors Journalism 4 - This advanced course is for experienced students who wish to continue working on the newspaper while refining their journalistic skills and leading the newspaper staff.
- Yearbook Journalism - Students in this course are responsible for producing the school yearbook. Students learn skills necessary to write stories, headlines, and captions, shoot and coordinate photographs, and use graphics to organize and design layouts. Students will recognize the purpose of a yearbook and consider how school philosophy impacts editorial and design choices.
- SS Reading Lab - This summer-term course is designed to help students advance their reading comprehension and vocabulary through an instructional program that emphasizes independent reading of self-selected texts and direct instruction on how to read a text closely. The course offers students time to read, access to books and texts that represent a wide range of characters and experiences, and ongoing conversation and support within a “reading community” of teachers and peers.
- Band & Orchestra
- Broadcast Journalism & Film Production
- Classical Dance
- Traditional African Dance & Music
- Visual Arts
9610 Concert Band
The Concert Band is a full instrumental concert ensemble intended for students of all musical backgrounds. The course also caters to students interested in starting music for the first time, or switching instruments. The class focuses on teaching, reviewing and elaborating upon basic musical concepts.
9612 Honors Concert Band
Students can elect to be in the Honors class at the beginning of the school year. The Honors Class incorporates private lessons and extra projects into the curriculum.
9615 Symphonic Band
This is a full instrumental concert ensemble focusing on intermediate music levels. The group focuses on refining musical techniques and knowledge.
9617 Honors Symphonic Band
Students can elect to be in the Honors class at the beginning of the school year. The Honors Class incorporates private lessons and extra projects into the curriculum.
9620 Wind Ensemble
This is the highest-level instrumental concert ensemble at Bishop McNamara. Students concentrate on various levels and genres of music.
9625 Honors Wind Ensemble
Students can elect to be in the Honors class at the beginning of the school year. The Honors Class incorporates private lessons and extra projects into the curriculum.
9660 String Orchestra
This course is open to students with prior string experience on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students will be exposed to many genres of orchestral music from classical through contemporary.
9665 Honors String Orchestra
Students can elect to be in the Honors class at the beginning of the school year. The Honors Class incorporates private lessons and extra projects into the curriculum.
9630 Jazz Ensemble
In this big band style ensemble, students learn all genres of music including swing, Latin, funk, rock, and new age. The ensemble consists only of jazz instrumentation.
9640 Percussion Ensemble
This course focuses on a variety of genres and literature.
Broadcast Journalism - This one-year course is designed for the study and practice of the basic elements of broadcast journalism and video production. This course will emphasize news-gathering, writing, video recording, editing, and the study of mass media. Students will learn the basic elements of news value and vocabulary specific to broadcast writing. They will also identify various news sources and use interview skills to create stories using video and editing software. This course also explores the world of digital video and television production. Students learn on professional equipment in a modern digital TV studio. Students work in collaborative teams to produce projects using cameras while learning the basics of studio and field production, lighting, and sound.
* Film Production - This semester course explores the basic fundamentals and techniques of film production. Students are introduced to camera operation, audio control, basic directing, lighting, and editing. The art of film production will be learned through hands-on experiences, such as filming sports events, Fine Arts performances, and various other school activities. Students will create a final project, which will be a culmination of the semester’s assignments.
- Concert Choir
- Honors Concert Choir - The Concert Choir is designed to teach the rudiments of choral singing and to present a variety of musical styles as part of the song repertoire. Principles of music theory as well as sight singing will be included in the general curriculum.
- Honors Chorale - The Chorale course is an intermediate choir, designed to build on the fundamentals of music theory and vocal technique. One focus of the course is to strengthen sight singing through exercises and varied repertoire. A close examination of vocal and choral works will underscore the necessary tone, color, and diction for various musical genres. Students will be expected to participate in masses and other performances for grades throughout the year. Students will also listen to various composers and examine compositions from different musical time periods.
- Chamber Choir
- Honors Chamber Choir - Chamber Choir is offered to those students exhibiting a high level of vocal expertise and precision. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of historical and 20th-century musical styles. Students will have an opportunity to study music theory and harmony.
- Show Choir - The Show Choir course is designed to offer choir students an opportunity to perform varied song repertoire with choreography. The focus of this course will be on lyrical analysis, expressive singing, stage presence, and choreography. Students will have the opportunity to choreograph and teach the dances chosen. The class will work towards presenting a choreographed show that contains a number of choral selections.
- Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Students will have the opportunity to work on jazz repertoire from past to present. An emphasis will be placed on jazz lyrics and phrasing. This course is open to any student who wishes to sing and has some choir experience. The Ensemble will perform on occasion with the school’s jazz band ensemble.
- Dance 1 - Students will receive Dance instruction at the Introductory level. Training will include fundamental techniques and concepts associated with Dance. Students will learn dance choreography in multiple genres and experience the joy of participating in a performance. In addition, students will receive dance history, vocabulary, and theory.
- Dance 2 - Students will receive training in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary (incorporates jazz, lyrical and modern dance), and tap techniques at the beginner/intermediate level.
- Dance 3 - Students will receive training and dance composition in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary (incorporates jazz, lyrical and modern techniques), and tap techniques at the intermediate level. Improvisation will be introduced at this level.
- Dance 4 - Students will receive training and dance composition in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary (incorporates the jazz, lyrical and modern techniques), improvisation, and tap techniques at the intermediate/advanced level.
- Honors Dance 4 - Students will focus on the development of their artistry and choreographic skills. Proper technique, body alignment, conditioning, and strengthening will continue to be stressed while exploring artistry and learning the mechanics of choreography for every student. This course incorporates group and contact improvisations, creating and performing dance studies, discussion, critical analysis, resume building, e-portfolios, dance film, journal writing, and group service projects.
- Tap 1 - This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of tap. It is designed to develop rhythm, style, and musicality. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Tap Dance history and terminology are also included in this course. Students will learn to tap choreography to experience the joy of participating in a performance.
- Tap 2 - This course provides a review of basic tap fundamentals. History research projects and new terminology are introduced. Tap technique is taught on a Beginner/Intermediate skill level incorporating the introduction of Improvisation.
- Tap 3 - Students will increase their tap vocabulary and technical skill level to Intermediate. Improvisation and composition will be included in this course. Increased performance opportunities will be offered at this level.
- Tap 4 - Students will increase their tap vocabulary and technical skill level to Intermediate/Advanced. Improvisation and choreography are explored deeper at this level. Increased performance opportunities will be offered at this level.
- Honors Tap 4 - Students will focus on the development of their artistry and choreographic skills. Proper advanced tap techniques continue to be stressed while exploring artistry and learning the mechanics of choreography for every student. This course incorporates group improvisations, discussion, critical analysis, resume building, e-portfolios, dance film, journal writing, and group service projects.
- Introduction to Theatre - This course is designed to introduce the student to the many components of theatre: acting, directing, design, script analysis, and history. Students will focus on each topic through reading, lectures, in-class exercises, and assignments. In addition, there will be numerous practical assignments through which the student, individually or with others, will gain valuable experience in the ways these various elements work together in the creation of a fully realized dramatic experience.
- Acting - This course introduces the student to the variety of techniques used to produce the art of acting. Assignments will be arranged sequentially to focus on each technique culminating in the use of the entire skill set for actual performance. Exercises will be based on the theatre techniques developed by, but not limited to, Konstantin Stanislavski, Viola Spolin, and Arthur Lessac. Major areas of focus include observation, physical and vocal expressiveness, building a character, text analysis, monologues, scene work, and professional development. Students will be evaluated on performance, written assignments, tests, progress, and participation.
- Honors Advanced Acting - This course further develops the techniques introduced in Acting. Students will conduct independent research, present acting techniques, and exercises to the class, lead warm-up exercises, and select challenging performance material.
- Honors Great Stages of Drama - Throughout history, social, political, cultural, and philosophical forces have combined to create a fertile ground for great periods of theatrical activity. These “Golden Ages of Theatre” include Classical Greece, Elizabethan England, Neoclassic/Restoration, Romanticism, Twentieth Century Realism and Expressionism, and American Musical Theatre. This class will study the plays that emerged from these great periods, and examine the larger worldview that shaped them. Student projects will include scene performances and presentations on period design and historical background.
- Musical Production Cast
- Musical Production Crew
- Honors Musical Production - Each fall McNamara stages a musical theatre production that students may elect to take for credit and a grade. This course meets after school and all coursework is hands-on preparation to produce the musical. Students may participate on stage as actors, singers, and dancers, backstage as technical support, or in the pit orchestra as musicians. Students will learn all aspects of staging a musical including blocking, character analysis and development, plot analysis, choreography, vocal production, stage presence, theatrical vocabulary, set construction, lighting and sound design and production, costuming, makeup, and properties.
- Spring Production Cast
- Spring Production Crew
- Honors Spring Production - Each spring McNamara stages a non-musical theatre production which is a fine arts omega period class that students may elect to take for credit and a grade. This course meets after school and culminates in a fully staged play. Students may participate as actors or technical support. The concentration is on staging, plot, and character analysis.
- Theatre Technology A: Set, Lights - This one-semester course introduces the student to both the artistic and technical aspects of theatrical productions through stage carpentry, set design, theatrical lighting, and stage properties. Throughout the course we will work hands-on in the theatre to put our knowledge into practice, using Bishop McNamara’s well-equipped stage and professional theatrical equipment.
- Theatre Technology B: Sound, Costume - This one-semester course introduces the student to both the artistic and technical design aspects of costume, sound, and stage properties. Throughout the course we will work hands-on in the theatre to put our knowledge to practice, using Bishop McNamara’s well-equipped stage and professional theatrical equipment.
- Music Theatre Repertoire - This course introduces students to performing and studying the genre of musical theatre. Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of individual singing skills, how to build a repertoire, and the history of the genre of musical theater. Assignments for this course include solo and duet performances in class, musical theatre history, character and show research, and vocal pedagogy.
- 9879 Traditional African Music & Dance 1 - This course is designed to introduce the student to the exciting traditions and cultures of Africa through its African music and dance. Beginners are introduced to the basic level technique and style in traditional music and dance in Africa. It continues with the tradition of merging the two art forms for various cultural and traditional presentations. Dances, music, drumming, and singing are derived from across the continent. The essential component of communication between the drummer/dancer and performer/audience is emphasized, as the beginner gets more comfortable in this performance-oriented class.
- 9880 Traditional African Music & Dance 2 - This course will build on the lessons learned in the level one course. It will further develop practical training in the various traditional dances of the African continent with increased emphasis on drumming. It will continue exercises required for the traditional movement of the body language of the dancer. The dances and the music will include a wide range of traditional dances from across the continent with an emphasis on the dances and music traditions of West Africa.
- 9881 Traditional African Music & Dance 3 - This course is for those students interested in perfecting their African Dance and Drumming skills. It will offer intensive training in African dance traditions and focus on increasingly difficult choreography with drumming. Emphasis is placed on: origin, roles and meaning, stylistic differences, the language of drums, song text, dirges and praise poetry, paraphernalia of the dance (mask, costume, props, makeup), symbolism, and ritual significance.
- 9882 Traditional African Music & Dance 4 - This unique course is a natural progression for the advanced African Music and Dance student. It will build on the movements and explore the evolution of dance from the slavery times to the present. It also incorporates dance composition and an introduction to other dance forms, especially modern and Caribbean dance styles.
- 9874 Sankofa Company
- 9884 Honors Sankofa Company - This class is designed to hone the music and theatrical dance talents in preparation for the annual Sankofa Night Dance Production. Students work intensely on African, modern, and interpretive dance techniques, focusing on the characters in the production story. Students research topics related to the production theme. Students are also exposed to external artists and choreographers who share their different styles and perspectives in music and dance. The relationship between songs, dance, and theatre is emphasized, as well as the various elements and demands of theatrical dance productions. Above all, students are given the freedom to use their creative talents. This course is open to all levels.
- 9875 Sankofa Vocalist - Students work intensely on characterization and vocal performance, in preparation for the annual Sankofa Company production. The vocalist role is critical for connecting musical, dance, and theatrical elements of the narrative, which is developed in collaboration with students in Sankofa Company.
- 9512 Color - This course introduces students to basic color theory, with a focus on mixing techniques and design principles. Students will learn how to manipulate color to create realistic depth, three-dimensional forms, to express different emotions, and to create effective compositions. This course provides foundational skills for students interested in design careers. Students will work with acrylic paint, watercolor paint, oil pastel, chalk pastel, colored pencils, and collage materials. In addition, students will explore European and American art history movements from the 18th through the 20th centuries. No drawing experience is necessary.
- 9507 Drawing - This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental vocabulary and drawing techniques utilized by artists. Concepts like line, shape, space, and shading are explored through work in pencil, pen, and charcoal.
- 9521 Advanced Drawing
- 9522 Honors Advanced Drawing- This course explores more advanced drawing techniques and subject matter. There is a greater emphasis on drawing the human form than in the Drawing course. Work can be tailored to meet the needs of students assembling portfolios for college acceptance. Honors students are expected to work in a larger format and/or have additional objectives on assignments.
- 9525 Photography - This semester course explores the basic fundamentals and techniques of photography. Students are introduced to various skills including digital capturing, image editing, and digital printing. The art of photography will be learned through hands-on experiences. Students will create a final portfolio.
- 9527 Digital Art - This introductory course deals with controlling computer technology to produce an artistic image. Students will learn computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, digital camera use, graphic design visual literacy, and the principles and elements of art in composition. Art historical movements will also be studied as they relate to student projects. From painting to photography and now to computers, the ways in which art is made will always change.
- 9556 Advanced Digital Art - Students build on the skills and concepts they learned in Digital Arts as they develop their vocabulary of digital design elements. By the end of the course, students will have created a collection of digital art projects for their digital design portfolio.
- 9559 AP Studio Art 2-D Design - This course is designed for experienced, highly motivated digital art students. Twenty-four quality photographic works will be required for submitting an AP Studio Art 2-D Design Portfolio. While building the portfolio, students will explore a variety of concepts, techniques, and approaches designed to help demonstrate their abilities and versatility with problem-solving and idea generation. In the concentration section of the portfolio, students will investigate an idea of personal interest.
- 939 Active for Life - This required course develops health-related fitness while teaching the skills and habits necessary for a lifetime of activity. It is designed to instruct the student in basic motor skills, development of coordination and perception, organized game playing, teamwork, endurance, and strength training. Research tells us that the physical development of the student affects the whole student's development and is specifically interrelated to cognitive development. Students will also demonstrate an understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity.
- 935 Archery & Target Games - This course is designed for the beginning or novice archer, promoting instruction in international-style target archery. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic techniques of target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques, scoring, and competition. Students spend one quarter in target games introducing the theory, strategies, history, and teaching of different games. Students will understand that a player either throws, slides, shoots, or strikes an object with the goal of having the object land closest to or in a designated target.
- 931 Lifetime Sports - Lifetime Sports is designed to provide the basic skills, rules, and strategies needed to participate in individual and team sports. Comprehensive activities may include Badminton, Pickleball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Softball, Kickball, Floor Hockey, Speedball, Ultimate, Basketball, and Team Handball. Ongoing assessments include both written and performance-based skill evaluations with a large emphasis on class participation. NOTE: This course may be taken more than once for credit. The comprehensive activities will remain the same but students will apply their knowledge and skills through refereeing or coaching, and also practice sportsmanship, citizenship, and cooperation in all activities.
- 940 Personal Fitness - This course is designed for those students interested in beginning or continuing a training program to improve their overall health and fitness. It will provide the fundamentals necessary to build a comprehensive weightlifting and fitness program. Each student will have a portfolio that will include their weight training and cardio goals. There will be lectures on various training programs, nutritional needs, proper sleep, and the effects of fatigue. Students will be expected to set and meet individual workout goals for their desired outcome by the end of the semester. NOTE: This course may be taken more than once for credit. These students will build on their prior knowledge, and spend more time on nutrition, types of weight training, and individual goals. College-bound athletes will also have an opportunity to do assigned workouts.
- 933 Walking for Wellness - This course is designed for students interested in walking as a lifetime exercise. The focus will be on teaching proper walking techniques, which will enhance the student’s overall cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, posture, and flexibility. A walking journal, a fitness walking test, and nutritional education will be included. We will also practice entering various Yoga movements. These exercises will be done slowly, with relaxed rhythmic breathing. Yoga helps avoid strains and injuries. The course will introduce meditative breathing throughout the semester.
- 942 Health - This is a one-semester required course. It provides a comprehensive look at current health topics today, including mental health, self-esteem, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, health disparities, nutrition, family life and human sexuality, and disease prevention and control. Students will analyze influences and gain an understanding of their impact on decision-making. Health education focuses on a student's development of protective life skills that promote health and well-being. By participating in a variety of learning experiences, students are able to develop adaptive and positive behaviors that will equip them to meet everyday life. Students are required to receive CPR certification.
- 514 Algebra 1 - This first course in algebra serves as a foundation for advanced math courses. It emphasizes evaluating polynomials, factoring, solving polynomial equations, graphing simple rational and irrational expressions, solving quadratic equations and inequalities, and problem-solving.
- 516 Honors Algebra 1 - This course is designed for motivated students who have a strong background in math but have not yet successfully completed a full year of Algebra 1 at the high school level. This course covers the Algebra 1 concepts such as evaluating and solving polynomial equations, an in-depth study of functions and their graphs, graphing rational and irrational expressions, simplifying and solving radical equations, and an in-depth study of problem-solving in an accelerated manner.
- 539F Honors Algebra 2 - This accelerated honors level course is designed for students with a strong background in Algebra 1 who are ready to proceed into Algebra 2. The course reviews topics in Algebra 1 and then extends these initial topics into the next level, Algebra 2. Students will also be introduced to new topics such as logarithms, rational functions, and conic sections.
- 522 Geometry - A course in plane and solid geometry covering definitions, theorems, and proofs related to parallel lines, angles, triangles, and circles. Coordinate geometry, areas, and volumes of geometric shapes and solids, right triangle trigonometry, and an introduction to trigonometric identities will also be covered within the curriculum.
- 520 Honors Geometry - This accelerated geometry course will include topics related to plane, solid, and analytic geometry. There is an emphasis on proofs of theorems using two-column proofs in the first semester of this course. The course also will cover topics relating to right triangle trigonometry.
- 521 Honors Geometry/Trigonometry - This accelerated course is designed for those mathematically capable students who have successfully completed Honors Algebra 2 or who have the approval of the department chairperson. Topics include plane, solid, and analytic geometry, and will finish with a comprehensive study of trigonometry.
- 539J Honors Algebra 2 - This is an accelerated Algebra 2 course that emphasizes algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers and roots, and functions based on these concepts. Students study logarithmic, polynomial, and other special functions. With department approval, this course can be taken in 10th Grade as a second math class, along with Honors Geometry, to prepare a student for taking Calculus senior year.
- 536 Algebra 2 - Students will build upon the concepts mastered in Algebra 1. Topics will include systems of equations, real numbers, graphing, linear systems, radicals, operations with polynomial equations, rational and irrational numbers, complex numbers, quadratic equations, and functions.
- 532 Honors PreCalculus - An advanced course in functions, trigonometry, and analytic geometry for students who plan to study science/engineering subjects in college. Juniors taking this course will ordinarily take Honors Calculus the following year.
- 533 Honors Advanced PreCalculus - An advanced course in functions, trigonometry, and analytic geometry for students who plan to study science/engineering subjects in college. Students taking this course usually take AP Calculus the following year. With department approval, this course may be taken in 10th Grade as a second math class, along with Honors Geometry/Trigonometry, to prepare a student for taking Calculus senior year.
- 547 Contemporary Math with Trigonometry - This course explores how mathematics plays a role in modern life. Topics include concrete applications of number sense, formal logic, algebraic concepts, consumer math, statistical measures and representations, regression analysis, probability, and trigonometry.
- 560 Statistics - This course teaches data analysis and probability so that students will be able to formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them; develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data; select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data; and understand and apply basic concepts of probability.
- 530 PreCalculus - This course includes the study of functions, analytic geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
- 586 Honors Calculus - After an in-depth review of core PreCalculus topics, students will study limits, differentiation, integration, and their applications.
- 550 AP Calculus AB - This AP-level course includes the study of limits, differentiation, integration, and conic sections. Students in this course are required to commit to more out-of-class work than is normally required for mastery of a high school course.
- 587 AP Calculus BC - This AP Calculus BC curriculum covers all topics in AP Calculus AB, as well as in-depth investigations of the following: polar, parametric, and vector equations, areas, volumes, particle motion, arc length, sequences, and series.
- 558 AP Statistics - This AP-level course is designed to explore important concepts in statistics. Students will study in-depth techniques and applications of statistics. Topics will include organizing data, averages and variation, regression and correlation, probability and binomial distributions, normal distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, difference testing, Chi-Square testing, and linear regression.
- 462 Personal Finance - In this one-semester course, students will acquire a basic knowledge of personal finance, including budgeting and long-term financial planning, banking, credit, investing, and taxes. Students will also explore strategies for sound financial decision-making. The course will provide a brief introduction to general financial principles for businesses as well.
- 590 Game Probability - In this course, foundational probability concepts are studied including the fundamental counting principle, odds, the three laws of probability, conditional probability, and basic combinatorics. Concepts are then applied to gameplay in various board, card, and casino-style games. Throughout the course, various “labs” will take place where students play games live and distinguish between empirical and theoretical probabilities. The course culminates with a game design project.
* 854 American Sign Language 1
This full year course will examine the history of American Sign Language (ASL), the basics of the language and the background of deaf culture, all of which are interrelated. Nuances of deaf culture will be presented, discussed and enjoyed, with the benefit of guest speakers who are deaf. Students will learn the American Manual Alphabet and a repertoire of signs that will enable them to engage in basic conversation with a user of ASL. ASL, which is a true language most similar to Mandarin Chinese in grammatical structure, will be studied in terms of grammatical structure, verb-noun use, parameters, and sentence types.
* 855 American Sign Language 2
This full year course will build on the foundation established in ASL I. Students will build on their sign vocabulary. A more intense examination of the grammatical features of ASL will be studied. Descriptive features of ASL, especially those incorporating classifiers, use of space and proxemics will be developed. Students will work on their receptive understanding of ASL, a feature of the language that is notoriously very difficult for those who are not native ASL users.
* 8561 Honors American Sign Language 3
This course integrates and refines expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL), including recognition of sociolinguistic variation. Students take a practice oriented approach to language acquisition with a demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL). The curriculum also aims to increase fluency and accuracy in fingerspelling and numbers. Students will expand their vocabulary and enhance their expressive and receptive skills through class discussions, pair/group work, simulations, and presentations. The course is conducted in American Sign Language. It includes grammar review and features extensive discussions of Deaf culture.
- 848 Honors Arabic 1 - This introductory course focuses on the modern standard Arabic and dialects as well as reading, writing, speaking, listening, and culture. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the basics of the Arabic language and culture. At the end of this course, students should be able to communicate with Arabic speakers on a basic level.
- 849 Honors Arabic 2 - Following a review of the materials studied in the first year of the language, this course is a continuation of skills acquired in Arabic I, with growing awareness and appreciation of the language and cultures of the Arabic-speaking world.
- 850 Honors Arabic 3 - Following a review of the materials studied in the second year of the language, this course is a continuation of skills acquired in Arabic 1 & 2. It will focus on plural patterns, past and future tenses, comparing things, and conversational Arabic, along with a growing awareness and appreciation of the language and cultures of the Arabic-speaking world.
- 851 Honors Arabic 4 - Following a review of the materials studied in the second year of the language, this course is a continuation of skills acquired in Arabic 3.
- 881 Honors French 1 - This course follows the basic subject matter of that of French 1, but Honors differs in the pace of the course as well as in the independent assignments given.
- 883 Honors French 2 - The second-year French course focuses on developing communication skills. Topics learned in the previous French course will be reviewed, adding vocabulary and deepening knowledge of grammar. Students are also provided a deeper insight into French-speaking cultures and civilizations.
- 884 Honors French 3 - The third year of honors French language study begins with a brief review of the first and second years of grammar followed by a gradual development of more complex grammatical structures. Methods of learning and assessments include audio-visual activities, reading, writing, and conversation. Students are expected to speak French 80% of the time.
- 885 Honors French 4 - The fourth-year French course focuses on reading and listening comprehension, essay writing and continuously improving fluency in speaking. This course also emphasizes the mastery of complex grammar points so as to allow students to enjoy reading a complete novel in French.
- 871 AP French Language and Culture - This course prepares students to take the AP French Language and Culture exam in May. The focus here is on mastering the speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills necessary to go into the exam with confidence and competency.
- 888 Honors Latin 1 -Students are introduced to the basic structures of Latin through listening to and reading comprehensible narratives. Latin is treated as a true language that has been spoken and written for over a thousand years. They are introduced to Roman history, culture, and mythology, along with the study of how Latin has affected English vocabulary.
- 889 Honors Latin 2 - Students encounter more complex structures in Latin 2, including the passive voice, and work on their communicative skills with more writing assignments. They are introduced to grammatical theory. Cultural topics such as the role of women and slaves are addressed. At this point, they can begin to read ancient Latin texts with suitable scaffolding.
- 890 Honors Latin 3 - This course focuses on extended reading, beginning with Ovid’s mythological narratives. Students are introduced to the principles of scansion. All essential grammar of Latin should be covered by the end of the course. Students are also given the opportunity to write more extensively in Latin.
- 891 Honors Latin 4 - Students are given the opportunity to select classical or medieval texts that interest them and read them thoroughly. The course will include stylistic and thematic analysis of the chosen texts.
- 887 AP Latin - AP Latin is designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich and rigorous Latin course. Students who successfully complete the course are able to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose. Throughout the course, students develop their language skills through various activities: precise, literal translation of prepared poetry and prose; reading with comprehension of sight passages, both poetry, and prose; and written analyses that demonstrate the results of critical reading in clear and coherent arguments supported by textual examples.
- 893 Spanish 1 - This first year of Spanish language study introduces the student to basic vocabulary and grammar and teaches beginning conversation skills. Methods of learning and assessment include speaking, reading, listening, writing and audio-visual activities.
- 894 Honors Spanish 1 - This first year of Spanish language study introduces the student to basic vocabulary and grammar and teaches beginning conversation skills. Methods of learning and assessment include speaking, reading, listening, writing, and audio-visual activities.
- 895 Spanish 2 - This course stresses the audio-lingual approach with continued emphasis on conversation, reading, listening, and writing. Following a review of the material studied in the first year of the language, students will continue the study of Spanish by increasing their vocabulary and developing an understanding of and ability to produce more complex structural patterns. Students are also provided a deeper insight into Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.
- 896 Honors Spanish 2 - This course stresses the audio-lingual approach with continued emphasis on conversation, reading, listening, and writing. Following a review of the material studied in the first year of the language, students will continue the study of Spanish by increasing their vocabulary and developing an understanding of and ability to produce more complex structural patterns. Students are also provided a deeper insight into Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.
- 897 Spanish 3 - This third year of language study begins with an intensive review of grammar and vocabulary learned during the first and second years, followed by the development of more complex grammatical structures. The course will focus on present and past tenses, object pronouns, vocabulary acquisition, and conversational Spanish while emphasizing proper pronunciation. Methods of learning and assessment include audio-visual activities, reading, writing, and conversation. Students are expected to speak Spanish 60% of the time.
- 898 Honors Spanish 3 - The third year of honors Spanish language study begins with a brief review of the first and second years of grammar followed by a gradual development of more complex grammatical structures with a concentration on the subjunctive mood. Methods of learning and assessments include audio-visual activities, reading, writing, and conversation. Students are expected to speak Spanish 80% of the time.
- 900 Honors Spanish 4 - The fourth year of language study begins with an intensive review and in-depth investigation of the present, preterit, and imperfect tenses. In addition, this course will concentrate on the development of better conversation skills and more complex grammatical structures, specifically the command forms, the subjunctive mood, and the future and conditional tenses. Cultural products, practices, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking countries and connections to students’ own cultures will also be explored. Methods of learning and assessment include audio-visual activities, reading, writing, and conversation. Students are expected to speak Spanish 80% of the time.
- 873 AP Spanish Language and Culture - This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam in May. Students focus on mastering complex grammar, building up vocabulary, analyzing reading passages, honing listening and speaking skills, and writing clearly and precisely in order to go into the exam with confidence and a solid foundation.
- 643 Biology - The goal of the course is to extend science laboratory, inquiry, and analytical skills through the exploration of core biological themes of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is placed on the unifying concepts of evidence and explanation, form and function, and evolution. Laboratory investigations extend skills in experimental design and data analysis. This course is required for 9th graders not enrolled in Honors Biology.
- 624 Honors Biology - The goal of the course is to thoroughly explore core biological themes of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology while extending students’ science laboratory, inquiry, and analytical skills. Emphasis is placed on the unifying concepts of evidence and explanation, form and function, and evolution. Laboratory investigations extend skills in experimental design and data analysis. This course is intended for students who wish to move at a fast pace and to study some topics in greater depth. This curriculum includes a summer assignment such as a poster project or assigned reading/report.
- 662 Chemistry - Chemistry is a lecture and laboratory course. The goal of the course is to acquaint students with modern chemical principles. Laboratory work provides the basis for the development of unifying principles. Careful attention will be given to the development of problem-solving skills, and to scientific process skills of measurement and equipment use.
- 661 Honors Chemistry - This course is a lecture and laboratory course, designed for students who are interested in pursuing a science-related career. The goal of the course is to acquaint students with modern chemical principles. Laboratory observations and measurements will lead to the development of unifying principles, which are used to interrelate diverse phenomena. Topics include atomic theory, the nature of matter, chemical periodicity, the mole concept, chemical reactions, acid-base behavior, oxidation-reduction, and chemical bonding. Careful attention is given to the development of problem-solving skills and to scientific process skills of measurement and equipment use.
- 669 Physics - This course is designed for students who wish to further understand and appreciate the laws that govern matter and energy and their interactions. The course will take a conceptual approach to cover topics such as mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism.
- 695 AP Physics 1 - This course is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, and power, and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits.
- 690 Earth and Space Science - This course will address three driving questions: (1) What is the universe, and what is Earth’s place in it? (2) How and why is the Earth constantly changing? and (3) How do Earth’s surface processes and human activities affect each other? Students will investigate natural phenomena through hands-on activities. They will compile data, analyze research, and learn how to make astronomical observations. Topics include the universe and its stars, Earth and our solar system, Earth materials and systems, plate tectonics, the role of water in Earth’s surface processes, weather and climate, biogeology, natural resources, natural hazards, human impact on Earth, and global climate change.
- 671 Food Science A - Food Science is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates many branches of the natural sciences, technology, and consumer sciences. In this lab-based course, students will actively develop a unique food product over the semester. While it is not a cooking class, students will gain experience in basic cooking skills and kitchen safety. As well, students will learn food safety, production measurements and calculations, baking chemistry, and food evaluation.
- 674 Food Science B - Food science is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates many branches of science and technology to improve our food supply and quality. This is a lab-based course that centers on experimental investigations and an active learning philosophy. While it is not a cooking class, students will gain experience with cooking skills and kitchen safety. As well, students will learn nutrition, food chemistry, applications of microbiology, technology used for food production, and chemical reactions of food.
- 689 Marine Science - This course builds on the physical science and life science concepts learned in previous science courses and applies that knowledge to the exploration of the living and nonliving environments of the bays and oceans. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of the various aspects of oceanography (chemistry, plate tectonics, sediments, ocean and atmospheric circulation, waves, tides, and coastal processes) and marine biology (plankton, algae, plants, animals, marine ecosystems, and ecology).
- 642 Zoology - This course introduces students to the evolution and diversity of animal life on Earth. Emphasis will be placed on form and function, adaptations, behavior, and evolutionary relationships among the different animal groups. The course is constructed on the philosophy that learning is best when the student is active in their learning rather than passive. Students will be expected to actively conduct research, work collaboratively in teams, analyze text and video, and solve problems. Laboratory skills within the biological sciences will be developed through experimental investigations and dissections.
- 651 Anatomy & Physiology 1 - Anatomy and Physiology provides an introduction to the study of the human body, its components, and how they function. The course and lab work will acquaint the student with the fundamental concepts of anatomy, and the physiological processes by which the body performs the many interrelated tasks of daily life. Themes that recur in the course are the relationship of structure and function, and homeostasis. Dissection is an integral and required part of this course. Outside reading and independent research are required of all students.
- 653 Honors Anatomy & Physiology 1 - This honors-level course will explore the structure and the function of the various systems in the human body. Emphasis will be placed on gross anatomy and basic physiological functions of the body in relation to maintaining homeostasis. The course is presented through class lectures, text readings, and laboratory activities. Dissection is an integral and required part of this course; therefore, all students will be expected to participate in the dissection labs. Students in the honors course will be expected to apply analytical reasoning to the topics discussed and to complete outside reading and independent research on related medical topics.
- 654 Honors Anatomy & Physiology 2 - This honors level course will build on the concepts and terminology learned in the previous anatomy and physiology course. The course will begin with a review of the structural levels of organization within the human body with an emphasis on cells and tissues. Focus will then be on the detailed exploration of the gross anatomy and physiological functions of the Lymphatic, Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary, and Reproductive systems. The course is presented through class lectures, text readings, and laboratory activities, including dissection activities.
- 625 AP Biology - AP Biology is the equivalent of a college introductory biology course. Therefore, students are expected to be active participants and maintain the expectations of a college biology class. Students will take the AP Examination in Biology for possible college credit. AP Biology includes detailed study of molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, principles of biochemistry, plant and animal physiology, and ecological systems. Laboratory exercises provide opportunities for students to learn about problem solving, techniques of research and the use of scientific literature. NOTE: This 2-credit course meets every day and requires two blocks.
- 660 AP Chemistry - AP Chemistry is the equivalent of a college introductory chemistry course. Students will take the AP examination in Chemistry for possible college credit. AP Chemistry includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structure, periodic law, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction reactions, kinetic molecular theory, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Lab experiments will be conducted in small groups and require either an informal or formal lab report. All topics are based on College Board syllabus #4.
- 640 AP Environmental Science - The AP Environmental Science course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course helps students identify and analyze natural and human-induced environmental problems. It enables them to learn how to assess the risks associated with these problems and evaluate alternative solutions for resolving and preventing them.
- 687 Forensic Science - This class will explore the application of science to criminal and civil law. Emphasis will be on the role of forensic science at a crime scene; evaluation of trace evidence such as hair, fingerprints, DNA, and blood splatter; cause, mechanism, and manner of death, related to natural, unnatural and violent deaths; ballistics; and forensic anthropology.
- 320 Civilizations - This course is a survey of the development of civilizations from the ancient to the modern world. Students will study the civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. In particular, this course will examine the history, art, literature, and philosophy of different civilizations and cultures, and how their ideas have influenced modern society.
- 321 Honors Civilizations - This honors course surveys the development of civilizations from the ancient to the modern world with an advanced emphasis on writing analytical essays. Students will study the civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. In particular, this course will examine the history, art, literature, and philosophy of these different civilizations and cultures, and how their ideas have influenced modern society. In class, students will learn to synthesize what they have learned by engaging in daily discussions and written responses.
- 322 Early American History - The first semester of this course will provide a general introduction to the evolution of different political systems adopted by societies throughout history. A variety of specific case studies will be used to analyze these political systems. The second semester will examine the political structures of local, state, and national governments in the United States. This course provides a critical foundation for concepts and events addressed in the subsequent three years of the core social studies curriculum. Reading, writing, and analysis requirements exceed those of the non-honors course.
- 323 Honors Early American History - The first semester of this course will provide a general introduction to the evolution of different political systems adopted by societies throughout history. A variety of specific case studies will be used to analyze these political systems. The second semester will examine the political structures of local, state, and national governments in the United States. This course provides a critical foundation for concepts and events addressed in the subsequent three years of the core social studies curriculum. Reading, writing, and analysis requirements exceed those of the non-honors course.
- 332 United States History - This course is an examination of the social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century.
- 331 Honors United States History - This course is an examination of the social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century. Placement by the current teacher.
- 330 AP United States History - The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. Students will learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The course will cover pre-Columbian societies through the post-Cold War era. Students taking this course will be expected to take the AP Exam in U.S. History.
- 347 Global Studies - In this course, the focus will be given to the history, cultures, and contemporary issues of the non-Western world and its peoples, including East Asia, Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Native and Latin America, with emphasis on both indigenous cultural development and cross-cultural exchange. An understanding of and appreciation for diverse traditions, beliefs, behaviors, and points of view, will be emphasized.
- 346 Honors Global Studies - This honors course includes the same focuses as Global Studies but will hold students to a higher academic standard in the grading of exams, papers, and related classwork and will require students to apply both analytical and integrative thinking to the subject matter.
- 310 Introduction to Special Education - This course will examine the foundations of special education, gifted and talented conditions, the nature of sensorimotor exceptionalities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders. Students will observe and participate in special education settings, learn how to make modifications for special education students, relate the historical development of special education to current practice, and develop a portfolio project that investigates a special education topic of their choice.
- 376 History and Film - The popularity of film and television as cultural media has made it increasingly difficult to separate historical fact from Hollywood fiction. This course provides students the opportunity to critically analyze and understand documentary films, Hollywood depictions of historical events, videos they consume on social media, and other non-written forms of history. In essence, this class is a study in myth-busting, while also using films as a means to continue the great debate regarding past historical events, figures, and movements. The course will also investigate how cinematic depictions of the past help foster and reinforce popular opinions and misconceptions presented by both scholars and filmmakers, as well as encourage continued academic discussions concerning our knowledge of the human experience. Students will also learn some basic video editing skills as they create their own short historical film projects.
- 380 Documentary Film Studies - This course is focused on learning the foundational skills it takes to produce documentaries. Students will demonstrate their understanding of film production, by creating their own documentary. Students will learn about video editing, filming, audio recording and mixing, film technique and analysis, oral history and interviewing, research and archival work, community engagement, social justice advocacy, and collaborative fieldwork.
- 482 Economics - This one-semester course is designed to provide an overview of the roles of the individual, business, government, and foreign trade in the American economy. The individual economic roles of earning income, consuming and performing as a citizen are examined along with consumer activities of buying, saving, borrowing and investing. The supply of money, banking systems, and monetary and fiscal policies are reviewed. Additionally, the course discusses current events and the stock market to connect economic fundamentals to what is happening today.
- 370 Hip-Hop Studies - This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the evolution of Hip-Hop. Topics include the music and literary prose that led to the foundation of Hip-Hop; elements of Hip-Hop culture; social-economic, ethnic, and geographic influences on Hip-Hop; generational shifts, commercialization, and the various stages of Hip-Hop. Through analyzing lyrics and studying major artists, students will change the way that they see the music, and learn to pull out the academic elements including historical context, literary elements, and political and social references.
- 336 African American Studies - This one-semester course deals with the study of African American social, economic, cultural, and political history and intellectual life of American society from enslavement to modern-day history. This course will include a critical exploration of African American writers’ contributions to American fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and music.
- 351 Psychology - This course is the study of human behavior and mental processes. In this survey course, a variety of subfields will be explored including learning and behaviorism, memory, child and adolescent development, intelligence, personality, motivation and emotion, and abnormal and social psychology. Students will learn about the variety of psychological perspectives and research designs used to observe, predict and understand behavior.
- 352 AP Psychology - This course is equivalent to college Psychology 101. It will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the field of modern psychology. The focus will be on the study of behavior emphasizing the biological, behavioral, cognitive, and developmental perspectives. The conceptual issues that unify the subfields of psychology will be highlighted along with techniques and methods by which knowledge about the brain, mind, thought, and behavior is acquired and refined.
- 338 AP African American Studies - AP African American Studies is an interdisciplinary course that examines the diversity of African American experiences through direct encounters with authentic and varied sources. The course focuses on four thematic units that move across the instructional year chronologically, providing students with opportunities to examine key topics that extend from the medieval kingdoms of West Africa to the ongoing challenges and achievements of the contemporary moment. Given the interdisciplinary character of African American Studies, students in the course will develop skills across multiple fields, with an emphasis on developing historical, literary, visual, and data analysis skills. This new course foregrounds a study of the diversity of Black communities in the United States within the broader context of Africa and the African diaspora.
- 379 Women’s Studies - In this one-semester survey course, male and female students will be introduced to the basic ideologies and approaches of women’s studies in general, and will be provided a set of strategies by which the student may thoughtfully and analytically approach images and artifacts to learn more about the roles, experiences, and achievements of women in society.
- 723 Sports Marketing - Through a focused study of the business of professional and intercollegiate athletics, students will learn fundamentals of marketing, including social media, pricing strategies, crisis management, branding, and sponsorship. Special attention will be given to how changes in governing laws, such as the NCAA Name Image Likeness Rule (NIL), affect how amateur and professional organizations and athletes create revenue.
- 704 Study Hall - Not for credit. The study hall period offers students space and time to complete work as needed at their own discretion. Adult support is also available to address tasks like SAT prep, college searches, reading for pleasure, and other important academic endeavors.
- 705 Senior Privilege - Not for credit. This period offers students space and time to complete work as needed at their own discretion. Adult support is also available to address tasks like SAT prep, college searches, reading for pleasure, and other important academic endeavors.
- 701 Resource - Not for credit. This academic intervention period is a dedicated space to support students who are on Academic Warning or Probation. Students have access to adult support to address deficits such as organization and motivation. Students may opt into staying in resource after being moved off of Academic Warning.
- 705 Math Resource - Not for credit. This academic intervention period is a dedicated space to support students with mathematics.
- 702 St Joseph Resource - Not for credit. Not for credit. This academic period is used to support the learning needs of students in the St. Joseph program. Possible uses of time include but are not limited to front-loading information, utilizing graphic organizers and other intervention strategies, preparing for tests or quizzes, and utilizing the testing room to complete assessments.
- 703 St Andre Resource - Not for credit. This academic period is typically used in both semesters to support the learning needs of students in the St. Andre Program. Possible uses of time include completion of assessments for class and homework, frontloading of information, and social skills practice.
- 501 St Andre Mathematics - Following the TouchMath curriculum, students advance their mathematical knowledge and problem-solving skills. The goals are to increase number sense, counting, measurement, geometry, multiple-digit operations, and comparisons. The curriculum is enhanced through the use of manipulatives and cooperative learning structures.
- 201 St Andre Reading - Students elevate their reading skills, by reinforcing current strengths and introducing additional reading and writing strategies. The curriculum incorporates multiple genres, independent and small group analysis, and discussion along with written responses. The focus is primarily on improved comprehension skills and successful oral reading. Instruction also includes frequent independent reading of personally chosen works, as well as building on general knowledge expectations, skills of grammar and punctuation, and research and writing processes.
- 799 Office Aide
- 798 Teacher Aide - Students learn professional skills while assisting faculty and staff in assigned tasks in a workplace environment. Office aides work in an office setting, for example, the attendance office. Teacher aides assist in a classroom setting, for example assisting in science labs. Exact responsibilities will vary depending on the supervising teacher. This course is not for credit.
- 435 AP Computer Science Principles - AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem-solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.
- 418 Web Design - This is an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites, including a foundation of coding in HTML and CSS. Students learn how to critically evaluate website quality in terms of web design standards, as well as how to create and maintain quality web pages. The course progresses from introductory work to a culminating project in which students design and develop their own functioning websites.
- 407 Computer Programming - This online semester course covers the basic concepts and elements of the Java programming language and introduces object-oriented programming. Students will gain experience writing programs and creating Java Applets and learn about Graphical User Interface programming. Students will be encouraged to solve practical problems that illustrate application-building techniques.
- 431 Foundations of Robotics - This one-semester course is an amalgamation of VEX EDR curriculum and basic robotics engineering principles. Students will walk through the design and build a mobile robot to play a sports-like game. During this process they will learn key STEM principles and robotics concepts. At the culmination of this class, they will compete head-to-head against their peers in the classroom. This modular and project-based curriculum teaches the design process in an engaging, hands-on manner to help teachers challenge, motivate, and inspire their students. By moving students through an actual engineering project, students quickly understand the relevance of what they are learning.
- 591 Foundations of Engineering A - This one-semester course introduces students to the fields of Civil, Aerospace, Software, Sound, Environmental, Mechanical, and Robotics Engineering. Through a series of project-based design challenges, students are engaged in the engineering design process, as they learn to collaborate with others, develop innovative solutions, and grow their confidence and technological literacy.
- 592 Foundations of Engineering B - This one-semester course introduces students to the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. Through a series of project-based design challenges, students are engaged in the engineering design process, as they learn to collaborate with others, develop innovative solutions, and grow their confidence and technological literacy.
- 594 Engineering For US All
- 436 AP Computer Science A - AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem-solving, design strategies, and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem-solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.
- 419 Cybersecurity - This course is for students who are considering IT as a career with a specialization in cybersecurity. Students are introduced to the layered approach to networking, explore ways to be safe online, learn the different types of malware and attacks, learn measures used by organizations to mitigate the attacks, and research their career opportunities. The curriculum also explores the characteristics of and tactics used by cybercriminals, including the technologies, products, and procedures cybersecurity professionals use to combat cybercrime.
- 437 Digital Making - Learn to make interactive games, music, and wearable technology, through creative projects that teach the basics of digital making. This introductory course familiarizes students with digital tools that are found in the LaReine Science and Innovation Center. The ultimate outcome of this course is a heightened sensitivity to the design of digital objects and systems, along with an increased inclination and capacity to shape one’s world through building, tinkering, re/designing, or hacking.
- 440 Design & Fabrication - Learn how to use modern tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and a CNC machine, alongside tools such as a table saw, miter saw, sewing machine, and drill press. This introductory course familiarizes students with tools and materials that are found in the La Reine Science and Innovation Center. The ultimate outcome of this course is a heightened sensitivity to the design of digital objects and systems, along with an increased inclination and capacity to shape one’s world through building, tinkering, re/designing, or hacking.
- 432 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us, from self-driving cars, digital assistants, and ride-share apps, to banking applications. Experts say AI will change 100% of jobs over the next 10 years. This course prepares students to lead the shift to AI, by teaching the foundational concepts of artificial intelligence, including perception, representation and reasoning, machine learning, natural interaction, and societal impact.
- 444 Quantum Computing - This course introduces students to the exciting world of quantum computing. Quantum is the next frontier of computing technology and will impact fields such as healthcare, finance, and cybersecurity. Students do not need a background in quantum computing or computer science to take this course. The course will teach students everything they need to know, from basic linear algebra and probability to Python coding basics. We will also spend time exploring the “weird” physics properties of quantum mechanics that make quantum computers so powerful. By the end of this course, students will be able to code quantum gates and circuits, implement quantum algorithms, and even run code on a real quantum computer. This is a college-level course and thus carries a weighted GPA.
- 191 Theology 9: Holy Cross Experience, The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture & Who Is Jesus Christ?, “Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ” - This freshman-level course is designed to achieve two goals. First, it acts as a primer for students by establishing a basic knowledge of the Holy Cross tradition and essential Catholic beliefs. After this introduction, students will study Sacred Scripture in depth. As they survey the stories and the teachings of the Bible, with the goal to see the history of God’s loving interactions with humanity, they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In this course, students will learn about the Bible, authored and inspired by God, and its value to people throughout the world. Students will study salvation history from Adam and Eve to the Incarnation, the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation coming to understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, students will also learn who He calls them to be.
- 192 Theology 10: The Mission of Jesus Christ & the Mission Continues in the Church, “Who do you say that I am? You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” - During the sophomore year, students will examine both Jesus’ mission and how that mission continues in the Church. Students will begin by examining the mysteries of Christ’s life through an intensive study of the Gospels, at the heart of which, “...we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only son of the Father…” (CCC426) and then studying how the Church continued Jesus’ work through the first centuries of Christianity. This course will consider in great depth Jesus’ public ministry and the Paschal mystery which accomplished our salvation and how that impacted first his apostles and then all those to whom they spread the Good News. In the second semester, students will study more closely early ecclesiology as revealed in Acts and the rest of the New Testament, as well as through the writings of the church fathers and early church councils, especially the Council of Nicea. This course is designed to introduce students to the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament and illuminated by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as they developed over the centuries.
- 193 Theology 11: Life in Jesus Christ, Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society, “Love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself” - The purpose of this class is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plan for their lives. Students are taught the moral concepts and precepts that govern their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. These topics are augmented by an introduction to Catholic social teaching. These lessons demonstrate how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. Connecting the previous years of religious instruction and formative experiences of Campus Ministry, this course ultimately serves as the religious and spiritual culmination of the student’s high school experience, leading to a better understanding of God’s plan for them.
- 194 Theology 12: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus, Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues, "Let us be always seeking the ways which lead to peace and the ways in which we can support one another." - The purpose of this course is to expose students to the sanctifying grace experienced through the sacraments as well as develop an understanding of the religious world around them. The course begins by helping students to understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, especially through the Eucharist. In order to develop this level of understanding, students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life. The course continues by looking at the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to the other major world religions. As students explore the five major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, they will recognize ways in which important spiritual truths of Catholicism can be found in other religions as well. Through this intensive study, students will ultimately develop a comprehensive religious literacy through which they will be able to competently engage in interreligious dialogue.
- * 171 Peer Ministry - This course is for students selected by Campus Ministry for the role of Peer Minister. This course aims to help students build self-awareness, develop a spirituality based on contemplation and action, and investigate, both spiritually and academically, the roles of Christian service and leadership. Through course readings and discussions, students will develop skills they will use as student leaders for the Kairos retreat and as peer mentors for 9th-grade students.
Registration counselors assist students in selecting their courses and planning to earn credits required for graduation. Contact the Counseling Office for more information.