Academic Overview

Fenwick is a Catholic, college preparatory, co-educational secondary school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges is committed to offering opportunity for greater achievement, with the following academic objectives:

    • A challenging but flexible academic curriculum that fosters life-long skills of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and independent judgment.
    • A focused, four-year Fenwick writing program that provides a strong foundation for mastery of the mechanics of clear writing across all disciplines.
    • A fine arts curriculum that awakens a sense of creativity, nurtures imagination, and develops technical skills.
    • A physical education program that develops physical skills, a sense of fair play and habits of good health.
CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Technology

The Technology curriculum ensures that students have an understanding of technology's role in society, and the skills necessary for active and responsible participation. All students are required to take a Computer Applications course so that they are proficient in using an integrated office suite, which they will use in other curriculum areas. They may elect to take advanced computer courses, which focus on advanced concepts and problem-solving skills.

Students may apply in an online course through The VHS Collaborative. Although these courses include all curriculum disciplines, students who take computer and software courses are monitored by the computer department.

703/704 BASIC COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

This computer literacy course uses Windows and Microsoft Office Professional. It is designed to teach students the computer applications that they will need to successfully complete the various computer projects they will encounter in their courses at Bishop Fenwick. They will cover Word, Excel, and OneNote.

711 Virtual High School (VHS)

Full Year

Virtual High School is a collaborative of high schools from around the world which contribute on line courses to students from member schools. As a member, Bishop Fenwick students may apply to take an online course provided certain requirements are met: the course meets the standards of Bishop Fenwick, the course is not offered at Bishop Fenwick, the student meets the pre-requisites for the course. Course lists and descriptions may be obtained from the guidance office or on line at www.thevhscollaborative.org. Some of the more popular courses include AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, Bioethics, Eastern & Western Thought, Investing in the Stock Market, Pre-veterinary Medicine, Entrepreneurship and Irish Literature. Although these courses are taken during the school day they are treated as “independent study” courses and therefore students must be approved before enrolling. Application forms are located in the guidance office and must be filled out in addition to the standard course selection form.

Pre-requisite: Meet pre-requisite of courses as specified by VHS and approved Application form.

713/714 Virtual High School (VHS

First/Second Semester

Sample VHS Courses

See VHS course catalog for more options.

Computer Animation with Scratch Grades 11,12

One Semester One-half Credit

In this course, students will begin by programming simple shapes to move and interact with each other. Then, they will learn how to add sound effects and music to their project. Soon, each student will have a full portfolio of their own art, stories, and games. The class will even have an “interactive dance party!” Students who enjoy working on the computer, creating characters, writing stories, or playing games will all find a fun opportunity with Scratch. Students will spend time every week working on ideas in an online design journal, and they will provide creative and technical feedback to each other through discussions and group activities.

Computer Science - Honors Grades 11,12

One Semester One-half Credit

This course is an introduction to computer science, covering the basic concepts and elements of the Java programming language and introducing object-oriented programming. Students will gain experience writing programs that are well documented according to industry standards and will have the opportunity to create Java Applets and learn about Graphical User Interface programming with swing. Additionally, the students will be encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively to solve practical problems that illustrate application-building techniques.

Programming in Visual Basic Grades 11,12

One Semester One-half Credit

This course is an exploratory programming course that uses one of the easiest programming languages in the world today, Visual Basic. It’s a graphically-oriented language that allows for the easy construction of useful programs. Students will gradually build a vocabulary and syntax to create programs that meet specific guidelines. The logic and creativity used in solving the course problems will enlarge a student’s capacity for problem-solving in all other disciplines.

Web Design Grades 11 12

One Semester One-half Credit

Through collaborative and individual activities, students will gain historical background, explore the current status of web design, and take a peek into what the future holds. They will examine the relationships between goals, audience, content, and function of websites. Students will learn how to effectively plan both basic and advanced design elements, including typography, graphics, audio, video, and animation, in order to develop a website that appeals to both client and audience alike. They will learn to work with a client, solicit feedback from your audience, and respond to suggestions from many spheres.

English

Fenwick’s English Department guides and encourages students in the study and practice of all aspects of the English language, helping students master skills in order to read critically and appreciatively, to communicate clearly both in writing and speaking and to use all research tools available, both traditional and technological.

Fenwick students grow as knowledgeable, reflective, creative and contributing members of society, knowing that the preservation of our democracy depends on an informed, thoughtful citizenry.

The Fenwick Writing Program

Fenwick’s liberal arts curriculum has been designed to provide students with greater opportunities for greater academic achievement. Our four-year writing program fortifies these efforts by providing a strong foundation in mastering the mechanics of clear writing across all disciplines.

Fenwick’s writing program:

  • Teaches students to think clearly and organize thoughts.
  • Teaches students a clear understanding of the mechanics of writing in order to communicate clearly.
  • Proactively provides writing opportunities, particularly in English and History.
  • Challenges all students to create well-organized papers with the increasing frequency in written assignments as high school progresses.
  • Prepares Fenwick students for greater achievement in college and the workplace.

201 ENGLISH I - Honors

This survey course introduces students to the major literary genres: short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. The literature studied ranges from classical to contemporary authors. Students supplement classroom study with outside reading assignments. Students complete a variety of writing assignments including critical analysis. All papers stress the elements of good writing including usage, vocabulary and structure. Vocabulary is an integral part of the program. Oral presentations and class discussion are an integral part of this course. All students are required to write a research paper.

203 ENGLISH I

This course provides an integrated approach to the study of literature and composition. Students are introduced to the major literary genres and learn to analyze and critique short stories, poems, drama, and novels. Students will experience a variety of writing assignments. Analytical writing, vocabulary and grammar are emphasized. All students are required to write an acceptable research paper.

203A ENGLISH I

This course is a genre study (poetry, plays, short stories and novels, and non-fiction). The focus of the class is to nurture both critical and analytical writing skills. Vocabulary and grammar are emphasized as well. An important goal of the course is to develop strong study and organizational skills. All students are required to write an acceptable research paper to get credit for the course.

207 ENGLISH II - Honors

In this course, students analyze and evaluate significant developments in the American experience as reflected in the literature from the 16th through the 21st Century. The writing skills covered in this course stress literary analysis and research techniques. Vocabulary is an integral part of this program. Students are expected to master oral discussion skills through class presentations. All students are required to write a research paper.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in English I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors English I and Department Recommendation.

209 ENGLISH II

This course offers a survey of American literature from the Colonial Period to the 20th Century with an overview of the social, intellectual and philosophical developments in America. This literature includes excerpts from specific time periods in American literature as well as novels, plays, short stories and poetry. The application of the rules of correct English usage and the principles of composition are emphasized in critical papers including a research report. Other types of writing include narrative, persuasive and creative writing. Vocabulary is an integral part of this course. Students are presented with opportunities to enhance oral skills through class discussion and presentations. All students are required to write a research paper.

209A ENGLISH II

This course is a genre study (poetry, plays, short stories and novels) with a focus on American Literature, both traditional and modern. The focus of the class is to nurture both critical and analytical writing skills. Vocabulary and grammar are emphasized as well. An important goal of the course is to develop strong study and organizational skills. All students are required to write an acceptable research paper to get credit for the course.

213 ENGLISH - Language & Composition - Advanced Placement

This course is for students who wish to receive advanced credit and/or placement in college. The content of the course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The goals of an AP English Language and Composition course are diverse because the college composition course is one of the most varied in the curriculum. Readings will include, but will not be limited to a variety of biographies, autobiographies, literary criticisms, essays, political writings and fiction. In writing assignments, students will be encouraged to place their emphasis on content, purpose, and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing. Extensive summer reading, submission of an acceptable research paper, and completion of the AP Examination in English Language and Composition are requirements of this course.

Pre-requisite: English II Honors with an A- or better and Department Recommendation

215 ENGLISH III - Honors

In this course, students analyze and evaluate significant developments in the British experience from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st Century. The writing skills covered in this course stress literary analysis and research techniques. Students are expected to master oral discussion skills through class presentations. Outside reading is required. All students are required to write a research paper.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in English II and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors English II and Department Recommendation.

217 ENGLISH III

This course offers a survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st Century with an overview of the cultural, social, political, intellectual, religious, economic, and scientific movements in Great Britain. Students will study literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the modern era. Students will write a variety of critical, expository and creative papers. All students are required to write a research paper.

219 ENGLISH IV - Literature & Composition - Advanced Placement

This course is for students who wish to receive advanced credit and/or placement in college. The content of the course includes representative works from the four genres of literature, concentrating on the American and English traditions. Writing assignments include critical literary analysis, essays in exposition and argumentation, creative projects, and research papers. Extensive summer reading, submission of an acceptable research paper, and completion of the AP Examination are requirements of the course.

Pre-requisite: English III Honors with an A- or better and Department Recommendation.

221 ENGLISH IV - Honors

This course includes many of the great works of Western Literature from the Greek period through the 21st Century. Students become familiar with the cultural/historical background of each period and the influence of each upon the literature of the time. The poetry, prose and drama readings are extensive and the critical essay and the research paper are stressed. Outside reading is required. All students are required to write a research paper.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in English III and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors English III and Department Recommendation.

223 ENGLISH IV

Students in this course will examine some of the great works of Western Literature from ancient Greece through modern day. During the year, students focus on the close reading of the literature. By the end of the course, students will connect universal themes from early Greek times to modern day. In addition to class assessments, there will be outside reading, oral presentations, as well as critical and reflective writing. All students are required to write a literary research paper.

229 MASS COMMUNICATIONS

This course includes a study of various forms of media, such as internet and digital; gaming; music and radio; tv and cable; movies; mass media; media economics; public relations; media effects; legal controls; journalism. These topics are approached through the concept of media literacy and the critical process: Description, Analysis, Interpretation, Evaluation, and Engagement. Various creative projects include papers and oral presentations.

236 PUBLIC SPEAKING

This course provides students an opportunity to develop skill and confidence speaking in front of groups. Activities include brief communication exercises, debates, and presenting informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. Students make repeated use of writing and research skills and practice speaking from manuscripts, note cards and visual aids.

225 WRITING/SAT/ACT PREP

This course covers the knowledge and strategies needed for all sections of the two major college entrance exams: the ACT and the redesigned SAT. The course will familiarize students with general information about the structure, time limits, scoring, and strategies of both exams. It will also review previously learned skills and give students practice using these skills on real test questions. Subjects covered include SAT & ACT Math, SAT Evidence-Based Writing & Language, ACT Science, ACT English, ACT Reading, the SAT & ACT Essays, and college writing skills. Students will use course books, official practice test sections, and online resources for this course.

Fine Arts

Fenwick’s Fine Arts department serves as a vehicle for creativity, a means of self-expression, and a deeper appreciation of the arts. The uniqueness and creativity of each student as well as their talent, self-esteem, technical skills, ability to think independently, will be cultivated to reach their full potential.

The creative process and essential skills are taught sequentially and through examples, demonstrations, and verbal and written commands. Students have ample time to practice these skills, and then engage in a series of tests, quizzes, presentations, performances and exhibitions that demonstrates their level of mastery and how well they follow specific requirements.

Technology plays a significant role in art making. In photography, studio art, and general art classes, computers and scanners are used to create printed images, audio-visual presentations and graphic communications. Students use digital cameras and professional design software in a new digital media lab to complete several major projects. Students also use the Internet to research and explore art history and other topics in the arts.

Fenwick’s music department provides a foundation for a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music. Every student gets the chance to experience music, regardless of ability level, and they actively use available digital technologies such as music writing and sequencing software, MIDI and keyboards. Students also use the Internet to research the history, and various forms of music.

Courses

801 INTRODUCTION TO ART

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of “Making Art.” Students will explore several media including ink, collage, pencil, colored pencil and many others. They will also have the chance to participate in an art show and display their best works.

803 DRAWING & PAINTING

Learning to draw means to make disciplined discerning judgments about the visual qualities of forms and the space they occupy. We do this by exploring various methods using traditional and invented tools as media. This course is the beginning of an involved foundation in preparation for the serious student in the field of art. Pencil, charcoal, watercolor, computers, and various other materials will be explored. Computers are used for art history and as an art tool.

Pre-requisite: Department Recommendation

807 STUDIO ART

This course explores the use of concepts integrated with technical skill. Students will use these skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, architecture, photography, 3-D sculpture and multimedia. Students will use computers as a tool to complete assignments for some projects. A strong emphasis will be placed on homework and drawing ability. This course is for the serious student.

Pre-requisite: Drawing and Painting and/or Department Recommendation.

809 ADVANCED ART - Honors

This course is designed to offer a rigorous in-depth program of study for those choosing a major in the field of art or wishing to study art in an intensive manner. The first and part of the second semester of this program will concentrate on portfolio requirements; part of the last semester will encourage personal artistic growth. The emphasis will be on visual and technical skills with student’s creativity. All students taking this course must exhibit in the Bishop Fenwick Art Show with an exit portfolio. Computers are used in this course for research.

Pre-requisite: Drawing and Painting, Studio Art, and/or Department Recommendation.

810 ADVANCED ART II - Honors

This class is designed to continue to develop a student's portfolio for college application. The independent pace of the class is rigorous and will require 4-6 hours outside of the class work each week. First semester has a strong focus on advancing technical and formal skills while building pieces for the portfolio. Second semester is dedicated to advance a personal style and content within the art. Students will arrange to visit three art museums independently over the course of the school year and provide short reflection papers on their visits. Students will be expected to produce a minimum of four suitable pieces for Scholastic Art consideration and other selected competitions.

Pre-requisite: Advanced Art and/or Department Recommendation.

813 SCULPTURE

This is a multi-leveled course in which students will develop skills in creating three-dimensional art. Projects will emphasize technique, form and content in both reductive and additive processes. This is a hands-on class where students will continue to explore the Elements and Principles of Design. All students will be expected to brainstorm ideas for projects assigned in class. Materials used include clay, cardboard, wire, soap, paper and found objects.

815 PHOTOGRAPHY

Students will learn how to use a digital camera and how to photograph a wide range of subjects. Students will learn how to use Photoshop, and iPhoto software applications to enhance/complete their projects. Projects typically include a publication design (book), advertising photos, a poster design, and numerous prints. Students must also present their work in the art show at the end of the year. Students are required to have a digital camera that captures at least 12 Megapixels for the course. Students will have at least two weeks from the first day of class to acquire a camera. Purchasing the right camera will be discussed on the first day of the course. Students should also be prepared to purchase photo quality printer paper and other supplies throughout the year.

Pre-requisite: Department Recommendation.

Students enrolled in full year art courses will incur additional expenses during the course of the year.

827 CONCERT BAND

This course forms an instrumental organization for intermediate and advanced players, and serves as the primary performing group in instrumental music. Music studies will vary in terms of style and level of difficulty. Concepts covered will include: good tone production and intonation, development of good technical facility, principles of ensemble playing, blend and balance, and sight reading. Preparation of music for performance is a major course objective. Private lessons are strongly recommended to supplement classroom work. Students are also expected to work on the music outside of classroom time. Beginning students must take private lessons in an after school program. Participation in concerts and various music programs and extra rehearsals as needed will be required. There are special dress requirements for concert appearances.

833 CONCERT CHOIR - Honors

This course involves young men and women in a specialized chorus, serving as the primary performing group in vocal music. The music studied will be fairly difficult, and mostly in 4 and 5 part setting. Concepts of proper breath support, sight-reading, good tone production, and diction will continue to be developed, with particular emphasis on blend and balance. Preparation of music for performance is a major course objective. Private lessons are strongly encouraged to supplement classroom work. Students are also expected to work on the music outside of classroom time. Participation in several concerts and various music programs, and extra rehearsals as needed will be required. Also, there are special dress requirements for concert appearances.

Foreign Language

Fenwick’s Foreign Language Department enables students to communicate in the target language and to foster an interest and understanding of other cultures and peoples. Specifically, the department follows the National Standards of Foreign Language Learning referred to as the 5 C's: Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Community.

Students learn, practice and apply the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing according to their readiness. The Foreign Language department has been a pioneer in incorporating technology into our program of studies.

301 FRENCH I - Honors

This course aims to develop and strengthen the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing while challenging and building a foundation of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Course work will include emphasis on reading and writing skills, oral interaction through speaking and listening practice, and exposure to French culture.

303 FRENCH I

This course aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing while introducing and building vocabulary and grammatical structures. The students’ foundation will be strengthened by oral and written communicative and cultural exercises with exposure to French culture.

305 FRENCH II - Honors

This course continues to develop and strengthen the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will challenge the students to master and retain fundamental grammatical principles. Increased emphasis will be given to reading and writing skills, oral interaction through listening and speaking practice, and continued exposure to French culture.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in French I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors French I and Department Recommendation.

307 FRENCH II

This course will continue to build on and add to the four language skills previously mastered. Listening and speaking skills will continue to be developed. Special attention will be given to the acquisition of writing skills through grammatical exercises and reading skills through cultural selections.

Pre-requisite: French I and Department Recommendation.

309 FRENCH III - Honors

This course will entail an intensive development of the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis will be placed on challenging the students with advanced grammar and vocabulary. Continued development of reading skills, refinement of writing skills, and literary and cultural exploration will be an integral part of the course.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in French II and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors French II and Department Recommendation.

311 FRENCH III

This course continues to reinforce the students’ language skills and to build their proficiency with increased vocabulary and grammatical structures. Continued development of reading skills via French cultural selections will be emphasized. Students will continue to improve their comprehension and retention and cultivate their writing abilities.

Pre-requisite: French II and Department Recommendation.

313 FRENCH IV - Honors

This course will consist of an intensive reinforcement of the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will enable the students to maintain, strengthen and further the language skills already acquired. Focus will be on the development of reading skills through a variety of selections in order to enhance the appreciation of literature and culture. There will also be a continued development of written skills with an emphasis to reinforce and strengthen grammatical knowledge.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in French III and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors French III and Department Recommendation.

315 FRENCH IV

This course is designed to reinforce and apply the language skills previously acquired, with an emphasis on a reading vocabulary and higher level grammar, enabling oral and written communication. Literary and cultural selections will be presented to enhance comprehension and to promote proficiency in written composition

Pre-requisite: French III and Department Recommendation.

317 FRENCH Language & Culture - Advanced Placement

This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their proficiency in the three modes of communication both orally and written: Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational. Authentic audio and written materials, reflecting the linguistic and cultural diversity of the francophone world will develop the students’ listening abilities and will enhance students’ vocabulary and reading ability. The course provides students with opportunities to develop their written and speaking skills reflecting viewpoints on various print and audio sources. A thematic approach will assist students to demonstrate comprehension of cultural perspectives and make comparisons between cultures and languages. All students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in French Language and Culture upon completion of the course.

Pre-requisite: French III Honors and Department Recommendation.

321 SPANISH I - Honors

This course aims to develop and strengthen the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing while challenging and building a foundation of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Course work will include emphasis on reading and writing skills, oral interaction through speaking and listening practice, and exposure to Hispanic culture.

323 SPANISH I

This course aims to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing while introducing and building vocabulary and grammatical structures. The students’ foundation will be strengthened by oral and written communicative and cultural exercises with exposure to Hispanic culture.

323A SPANISH I

This course centers on the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Focus will be on the pronunciation, writing and spelling. The students will acquire new knowledge of grammatical structures. Listening and reading comprehension skills will be developed through exposure to Hispanic culture.

327 SPANISH II - HONORS

This course continues to develop and strengthen the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will challenge the students to master and retain fundamental grammatical principles. Increased emphasis will be given to reading and writing skills, oral interaction through listening and speaking practice, and continued exposure to Hispanic culture.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in Spanish I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Spanish I and Department Recommendation.

329 SPANISH II

This course will continue to build on and add to the four language skills previously mastered. Listening and speaking skills will continue to be developed. Special attention will be given to the acquisition of writing skills through grammatical exercises and reading skills through cultural selections.

Pre-requisite: Spanish I and Department Recommendation.

329A SPANISH II

This course continues to develop the students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The students will acquire new knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary with an emphasis on improved writing and spelling skills. Listening and reading comprehension will be developed through exposure to Hispanic culture.

Pre-requisite: Spanish I and Department Recommendation.

333 SPANISH III - Honors

This course will entail an intensive development of the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis will be placed on challenging the students with advanced grammar and vocabulary. Continued development of reading skills, refinement of writing skills, and cultural exploration will be an integral part of the course.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in Spanish II and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Spanish II and Department Recommendation.

335 SPANISH III

This course continues to reinforce the students’ language skills and to build their proficiency with increased vocabulary and grammatical structures. Continued development of reading skills via Hispanic cultural selections will be emphasized. Students will continue to improve their comprehension and retention and cultivate their writing abilities.

Pre-requisite: Spanish II and Department Recommendation.

337 SPANISH IV - Honors

This course will consist of an intensive reinforcement of the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It will enable the students to maintain, strengthen and further the language skills already acquired. Focus will be on the development of reading skills through a variety of selections in order to enhance the appreciation of literature and culture. There will also be a continued development of written skills with an emphasis to reinforce and strengthen grammatical knowledge.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in Spanish III and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Spanish III and Department Recommendation.

339 SPANISH IV

This course is designed to reinforce and apply the language skills previously acquired, with an emphasis on a reading vocabulary and higher level grammar, enabling oral and written communication. Literary and cultural selections will be presented to enhance comprehension and to promote proficiency in written composition.

Pre-requisite: Spanish III and Department Recommendation.

341 SPANISH Language & Culture - Advanced Placement

This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate spoken and written proficiency in a variety of situations, employing the Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentation modes of communication. The course will emphasize an awareness and appreciation of cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will explore themes that enhance their vocabulary and promote their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities. All students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Spanish Language and Culture upon completion of the course.

Pre-requisite: Spanish III Honors and Department Recommendation.


Mathematics

Fenwick’s Mathematics Department teaches mathematical structure, concepts, theory, and skills so that students develop the expertise necessary to use mathematics in our technological world and achieve at a level required to access higher education. The program emphasizes problem solving, communicating, reasoning, and making connections in cooperative, student-centered classrooms. Mathematical study skills are emphasized with the daily use of notebooks and a multi-representational approach to solving problems, including calculator-based and computer-based activities.

401 ALGEBRA I - Honors

This course provides a comprehensive and challenging study of algebraic concepts using multiple representations to highlight the connections between various approaches to problem solving. Emphasis is placed on fostering thinking and self reliance. Major topics include: Solving linear equations and inequalities, graphing functions, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, factoring polynomials, radical expressions, rational expressions and an introduction to quadratic functions. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

403 ALGEBRA I

This course provides a study of linear concepts and skills development, application of these skills, and development of analytical thinking in problem solving situations. Multiple representations of concepts will be used to highlight the connections between various approaches to problem solving. Major topics include: simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, graphing functions, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, factoring and radical expressions. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

403A ALGEBRA I

This course provides a study of linear concepts and skills development, application of these skills, and the development of analytical thinking in problem solving situations. Basic math skills will be reviewed throughout this course. Major topics include: operations with real numbers, simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities, graphing functions, solving systems of linear equations, operations with polynomials and factoring. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

407 GEOMETRY - Honors

This course provides a challenging and rigorous study of geometric concepts and principles. Students will explore varied techniques of geometric proof and logic. Topics covered in depth include parallel lines and planes, congruency, quadrilaterals, similarity, inequalities in geometry, right triangles, circle relationships, area and volume. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A or better in Algebra I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Algebra I and Department Recommendation.

409 GEOMETRY

This course is designed to develop the student’s spatial visualization while building his/her knowledge of the relationships among geometric elements. Topics covered include geometry basics, parallel and perpendicular lines, transformations, congruence, properties of polynomials, right triangles, and circles, similarity, and area and volume. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: Algebra I and Department Recommendation.

409A GEOMETRY

This course is designed to develop the student’s spatial visualization while building his/her knowledge of the relationships among geometric elements. Spiral reviews will be utilized throughout the course to maintain mathematical proficiency. Topics covered include geometry basics, parallel and perpendicular lines, transformations, congruence, properties of polynomials, right triangles, and circles, similarity, and area and volume. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: Algebra I and Department Recommendation.

413 ALGEBRA II - Honors

This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive foundation of pre-college algebra; the course will lead the student to an understanding of algebra as a field of numbers, real and complex. Development of comprehensive solutions to analytical problems will provide the student with the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge of mathematics to both practical and theoretical situations. Some topics covered are quadratic equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, polynomial equations and functions, sequences and series, radicals and irrational numbers and exponents. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A or better in Algebra I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Algebra I and Department Recommendation.

415 ALGEBRA II

This course is intended to further extend linear algebra concepts with emphasis on developing quadratic and higher degree concepts. Problem solving with various applications will be explored throughout the course. Some topics covered include quadratic equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, polynomials and polynomial functions, rational equations and functions, radicals, rational exponents, and complex numbers. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: Algebra I and Department Recommendation.

415A ALGEBRA II

This course involves an in-depth review of the topics covered in Algebra I and a concentrated approach to the skills and concepts of Algebra II. Emphasis is on the study of functions, rational expressions, radicals, quadratic equations, and problem solving. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: Algebra I and Department Recommendation.

419 ADVANCED ALGEBRA & STATISTICS

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to further reinforce his or her algebraic skills and to provide an introduction to statistics. First quarter will incorporate SAT/ACT preparation. Major topics include: multiple representations of linear, quadratic, exponential, and rational functions as well as operations with polynomials and radical expressions. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: Algebra II (415A) and Department Recommendation.

421 PRECALCULUS - Honors

This course provides a strong foundation of precalculus concepts, techniques, and applications to prepare students for advanced work in college level mathematics. Students will use graphing calculators and/or the computer as tools to facilitate learning. Major topics include: multiple representations of polynomial, power, rational, exponential, logistic, logarithmic and trigonometric functions plus sequences and limits of functions. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in Algebra II and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Algebra II and Department Recommendation.

423 PRECALCULUS

This course is designed to help students make the transition from algebra into college level mathematics. Students will acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills. Students will use graphing calculators and/or the computer as tools to facilitate learning. Major topics include: multiple representations of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logistic, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required for this course.

Pre-requisite: Algebra II (415) and Department Recommendation.

425 CALCULUS - Advanced Placement

This course provides the opportunity for students to earn college credit and/or advanced placement in calculus. The content areas include: limits, derivative of a function and applications, indefinite and definite integral and applications, slope fields, Euler’s formula, transcendental functions and methods of differentiation and integration. Each student is required to have a TI-84 graphing calculator for this course. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Calculus

Pre-requisite: Precalculus and Department Recommendation.

427 CALCULUS - Honors

This course provides the opportunity for students to complete rigorous college level work in calculus. The course will partially cover the AP Calculus curriculum which includes limits, the derivative and its applications, and indefinite and definite integrals and their applications. Students will not take the Advanced Placement Exam in Calculus upon completion of the course. A TI-84 graphing calculator is required.

Pre-requisite: Precalculus and Department Recommendation.

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness department creates in each student an awareness of the importance the body and mind play in their development. Each student learns that a healthy individual is not only physically fit, but also socially and emotionally well rounded. Through physical activity each student gains self-confidence and realizes the benefit fitness plays in their maturation. Team sports create awareness of total health and its relationship to leading a healthy life.

Through a comprehensive health unit, all freshman and sophomore students learn how to handle breathing and cardiac emergencies that require immediate medical response, and are made aware of the behaviors and decisions that could lead to risk of injury or illness.

901 HEALTH AND WELLNESS

This course will include understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle and other major health issues including eating disorders, AIDS, smoking, bullying and substance abuse. All Freshmen students will receive a certificate of completion of CPR for Students at the end of the course. The health unit will be one of four quarters and will be academic in nature. Team concepts and individual skills will be covered in a variety of sports such as soccer, flag football, volleyball, basketball and softball.

903/904 HEALTH AND WELLNESS II

This course helps build trust, self-confidence and develops problem solving methods. These skills will be worked on through new games and life-time sports such as archery, tennis and golf. The health instruction will include a refresher in American Red Cross “Adult CPR”, the topics of substance abuse, nutrition, stress management and overexposure to the sun. The health unit will be one-half of the semester, (one quarter), and will be academic in nature.

Social Studies

Fenwick’s Social Studies department develops the student’s ability to analyze, comprehend, interpret and relate the materials as they apply to the global community. Courses teach students to think critically, to make informed decisions and to understand major world cultures.

601 UNITED STATES HISTORY I - Honors

This course is a survey from colonial times to the Industrial Revolution as an overview of the development and maturation of American society in the “New World” as well as an introduction to historical thinking and writing. This course will stress the interconnectedness of social, economic, and political history. Students explore critical thinking skills of analysis, evaluation, and interpretation from the historians perspective with multiple supplemental readings and papers.

603 UNITED STATES HISTORY I

This course is a survey from colonial times to the Industrial Revolution as an overview of the development and maturation of American society in the “New World” as well as an introduction to historical thinking and writing. This course will stress the interconnectedness of social, economic, and political history. Students explore critical thinking skills of analysis, evaluation, and interpretation from the historians perspective with supplemental readings and papers.

603A UNITED STATES HISTORY I

This course is a survey from colonial times to the Industrial Revolution as an overview of the development and maturation of American society in the “New World” as well as an introduction to historical thinking and writing. This course will stress the interconnectedness of social, economic, and political history. In this course more attention will be paid to organization and analysis skills.

605 EUROPEAN HISTORY - Advanced Placement

This course covers an in depth analysis of the major events, themes, and impact of European History from approximately 1450 (the High Renaissance) to the present. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge used in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. This course will focus on the cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political, and social history of Europe from 1450-2001. The entire chronological scope and a range of approaches are incorporated throughout the course. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Test.

Pre-requisite: US History I Honors with an A- or better and Department Recommendation.

607 WORLD HISTORY - Honors

The first part of this course will challenge the student to be “interactive” and “think” about the cultures of India, China, and Japan, understanding their impact on the global society. The second part of this course will survey Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with emphasis on revolutions, socialism, communism, and capitalism.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in US History I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors US History I and Department Recommendation.

609 WORLD HISTORY

The first part of this course will challenge the student to be “interactive” and “think” about the cultures of India, China, and Japan, understanding their impact on the global society. The second part of this course will survey Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with emphasis on revolutions, socialism, communism, and capitalism.

609A WORLD HISTORY

The first part of this course will challenge the student to be “interactive” and “think” about the cultures of India, China, and Japan, understanding their impact on the global society. The second part of this course will survey Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with emphasis on revolutions, socialism, communism, and capitalism. In this course more attention will be paid to organization and analysis skills.

Pre-requisite: Department Recommendation.

613 UNITED STATES HISTORY I - Advanced Placement

This is an advanced level course challenging the student to do college work. The Advanced Placement credit given for this course is recognized and accepted by many colleges and will allow the student to move to more advanced courses at the college level. It is a full year course covering from the Colonial Times to present day of American History. Emphasis is placed upon the political, social, and economic institutions of the United States. Present day problems, domestic and international are discussed. Particular attention will be given to supplementary readings and the successful completion of a many papers. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Test.

Pre-requisite: US History Honors (strongly encouraged) with an A- or better average and Department Recommendation.

615 UNITED STATES HISTORY II - Honors

Emphasis will be on significant developments in the American Experience from the Industrial Revolution until present day and students will be analyzing and evaluating these developments. They will be expected to work towards a personal stance with respect to values and issues in contemporary America. To do this, students will participate in a wide range of educational activities such as readings, discussions and an independent research paper.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in US History I and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors US History I and Department Recommendation.

617 UNITED STATES HISTORY II

American History is designed to examine the political, social, economic and intellectual development of our nation from the Industrial Revolution until the present day that put America in a place of world leadership. Students will be asked to reflect upon choices which our country has made in light of possible options available at the time. Emphasis will be placed in the major historical events of the 20th and 21st centuries. The students will develop an open-minded approach to the trends of history as well as the necessity for factual information he/she will use to support interpretation. Multiple supplementary readings are required and all students must accept an acceptable research paper in order to receive credit for the course.

619 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS - Advanced Placement

This is an advanced level course that challenges high school students to complete the equivalent of an introductory college course. The course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. The class will also attempt to bring familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Much of the course is lecture based and advanced writing skills are necessary. Current world issues are studied in the second half of the course through the use of news magazines. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination.

Pre-requisite: US History II Honors with an A- or better and Department Recommendation.

621 GOVERNMENT & WORLD ISSUES - Honors

This course is an in-depth study of various types of government such as democracy, socialism, and communism. Special emphasis is given to the understanding of the American federal government and influence in everyday life addressing the topics of political parties, propaganda, foreign and economic policies. Current world issues are studied in the second half of the course through the use of a news magazine. There will be extensive supplementary readings and class discussions.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in US History II and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors US History II and Department Recommendation.

623 GOVERNMENT & WORLD ISSUES

This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to study about government: federal, state and local. The laws of such governments are studied in relationship to the political and economic system of capitalism, socialism, and communism. With the understanding of such concepts, students will have a greater depth of comprehension when studying current world issues, such as: nuclear war, terrorism, overpopulation and depleting resources. Basic textbooks, a news magazine and related readings, supplement this program.

625/626 PSYCHOLOGY

This course is concerned with the study of human behavior. The topics discussed are personality, motivation, emotions, mental health, and social behavior. It is directed toward developing the students’ awareness of psychology as being the mechanics of everyday living. There will be outside supplementary readings and projects.

627/628 LAW STUDIES

This course will provide an understanding of practical law (criminal, civil, and individual’s rights) which will be of use to students in their everyday lives. An analysis of case law will provide the opportunity for the student to improve analytical skills and promote critical thinking. The course will expose the student to the many vocational possibilities which exist within the legal system. The student will be required to submit a research paper and make supplementary readings.

631 PSYCHOLOGY - Advanced Placement

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and the mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn the ethic and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Particular attention will be given to supplementary readings and the successful completion of research based assignments. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Test

Pre-requisite: A- or better in the nearest Honors History course.



Science

Fenwick’s Science department fosters critical and analytical thinking across the disciplines of life science, physical science and chemistry. Students learn how to make observations, ask questions, use concepts to guide scientific investigations, use technology to conduct investigations, understand the construction and revisions of scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence, recognize relationships among patterns, and recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models.

Students develop:

  • the ability to solve problems using the scientific method
  • the ability to interpret data from laboratory experimentation, charts, graphs and tables
  • good laboratory techniques, especially the handling and disposal of chemicals and organisms
  • knowledge of safety procedures and precautions, minor first aid practices, and how to use the laboratory equipment
  • the ability to measure, organize and communicate scientific information in written and oral forms
  • decision-making skills by analyzing scientific and technological problems

501 BIOLOGY - Honors

This laboratory course requires the use of logic and critical thinking skills as an approach to problem solving. Underlying molecular biological concepts are stressed as the student investigates topics such as cell structure and function, genetics, living systems and evolutionary theories. Reading comprehension is an important component of the course. Lectures, laboratory activities and reports, presentations, written papers, and various projects will all serve as assessments to achieve the course objectives.

503 BIOLOGY

The content of this laboratory course will include the development of basic biological principles such as cell life processes, cell theory, Mendelian genetics, evolution, classification and biodiversity. The student will develop an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which humans and all other living organisms interrelate with each other and the environment. Lectures, laboratory activities and reports, presentations, written papers and various projects will serve as assessments to achieve the course objectives.

503A BIOLOGY

This laboratory course introduces topics which include life processes, the cell, biochemistry, genetics and biological diversity. To explore these core biological concepts lab activities and reports, lecture and projects are emphasized. Lectures, laboratory activities and reports will serve as assessments to achieve the course objectives.

507 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES

This laboratory course is designed to provide an understanding of physical and chemical principles. Major topics include motion, speed, energy, simple machines, waves, atomic structure, chemical reactions and solutions. Emphasis is placed on collecting, recording, graphing and analyzing scientific data in a well-written lab report.

Pre-requisite: Department Recommendation.

509 CHEMISTRY I - Honors

This laboratory course is an intensive and challenging chemistry program with emphasis placed on the development of problem solving and laboratory skills. Lectures, demonstrations, laboratory experiments and discussions will be used to stress the major concepts and principles of this course. Mathematical skills from algebra I will be applied in problem solving. Written lab reports are required following each experiment. Some of the topics to be covered include: measurement and conversion, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical nomenclature, types of reactions, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base theory and reduction-oxidation reactions. A scientific calculator is required.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in Biology and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Biology and Department Recommendation.

511 CHEMISTRY I

This laboratory course involves the study of matter, its structure and properties and the changes it undergoes. Both qualitative and quantitative types of analyses are required. Mathematical skills from algebra I will be applied in problem solving. Written lab reports are required following each laboratory experiment. Among the topics covered are: measurement, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding, types of reactions, stoichiometry, kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base and the gas laws. A scientific calculator is required.

Pre-requisite: Biology and Department Recommendation.

513 PHYSICS I - Honors

This laboratory course covers kinematics, vectors, projectiles, dynamics, work and energy, linear and angular momentum, torque, circular motion, universal gravitation and other topics as time permits. The topics are treated mathematically at the level of algebra II, including trigonometry. The laboratory component includes the use of CBL (computer-based lab) equipment and software. Laboratory reports, independent work, and projects are expected of each student. A graphing calculator is required.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an A- or better in Chemistry and receive Department Recommendation. Honors level students must have a B or better in Honors Chemistry and Department Recommendation.

515 PHYSICS I

This laboratory course covers kinematics, vectors, projectiles, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and other topics as time permits. The topics are treated mathematically at the level of algebra II, including trigonometry. The laboratory component includes the use of CBL (computer-based lab) equipment and software. Laboratory reports, independent work and projects are expected from each student. A graphing calculator is required.

Pre-requisite: Chemistry and Department Recommendation.

519 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY - Honors

This laboratory course will provide a platform for those wishing to pursue a career in the health related fields such as medicine, nursing or physical therapy. The main emphasis of the course is the relationships between the structure and functions of life systems and the body’s homeostasis. Current medical terminology, lectures, labs, dissections and films will be used to achieve this knowledge. In addition, diseases and disorders will be focused upon. Individual project(s) will also be assigned.

Pre-requisite: A student must have an B or better in Chemistry and receive Department Recommendation.

521 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

This laboratory course teaches the structure and function of the human body, the general concepts behind the anatomy and physiology of these systems, along with the terminology and clinical examples necessary for understanding each will be covered. This course will provide a basis for students interested in such diverse fields or careers in nursing, physical therapy, art and physical education. Included will be lectures, labs/dissections and films. A research project may be required.

Pre-requisite: Chemistry or Introduction of Physical and Chemical Principles and Department Recommendation.

523 BIOLOGY - Advanced Placement

This laboratory course is designed for the student who wishes to receive advanced credit and/or placement in college. Advanced Placement Biology stresses independent study and research as a means of acquiring scientific knowledge. Self-motivation and an intense interest in biology are necessary for the student to be successful. Excellent reading, writing and interpretative skills are required. Laboratory work will include enzyme assay, chromatography, DNA fingerprinting, bacterial transformation, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, diffusion and osmosis and populations studies. An independent research project will be conducted at the end of the second semester. Each student is required to take the Advanced Placement Examination. Independent reading is necessary during the summer prior to taking the course. A syllabus for the reading will be provided.

Pre-requisite: Department Recommendation.

525 CHEMISTRY - Advanced Placement

This laboratory course is designed to be fast paced and rigorous. Students are expected to be able to work independently at a high level of achievement and possess very good mathematical skills. Assignments will include graded problem sets, as well as laboratory reports and tests. Laboratory work will include gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis and instrumental analysis using a spectrophotometer. This course will include a more in depth treatment of first year topics with an emphasis on thermodynamics, rate, equilibrium, solubility equilibrium, acid-base theory and reduction-oxidation reactions. Students will use the Equation of State, the Clausius-Clapyron equation, the Arhenius equation, the Gibbs’ Free Energy equation and the Nernst equation as part of this course. Each student is required to take the Advanced Placement Examination. A scientific calculator is required.

Pre-requisite: Department Recommendation.

529 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This course involves the study of the planet’s ecosystems and how humans and the environment affect one another. Major topics include: the relationships of organisms to each other and to their environment, energy sources, land-use planning, land and energy conservation, soil and water quality, global climate change, local environmental problems, cost benefit analysis and environmental ethics. Lecture, laboratory work, group projects and independent research will be required.


Religion

Fenwick’s Religion department teaches scripture and the Catholic tradition, in hopes of nurturing a vital relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Courses in morality, social justice, and Christian vocations connect the life of faith with moral actions within both the immediate community of school and family, and the broader family of the world.

The Religion department is uniquely dedicated to carrying out the school’s philosophy and fulfilling its mission:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel so it can be integrated into students’ lives
  • Creating an experience of community which will foster the virtues of care, respect, forgiveness, fidelity, and faith
  • Providing opportunities to learn and serve, thereby empowering students to reach out to their neighbor and the world through works of mercy

101 RELIGION STUDIES I

This is a full year survey course designed to give students a comprehensive overview of Catholic beliefs and practice. Topics to be covered include Faith, Revelation, Scripture, Trinity, Church, Tradition, Sacraments, Spirituality and Prayer.

103 RELIGION STUDIES II

This course will integrate specific themes which are central to the study of both the Old and New testament. Some themes to be explored are Revelation, Covenant, Compassion, Faith, Forgiveness, Repentance, Justice, Service, and Trust. The goal of this course is for students to comprehend the roots of the Judeo-Christian tradition, to interpret present-day issues against this tradition, and to foster their spiritual growth.

105 RELIGION STUDIES III

The Religious Studies Program for juniors is divided into two sections.

Catholic Morality: This section deals with moral decision making in the light of Catholic Christian teaching. It examines various aspects of conscience formation, and is designed to help the student make intelligent, logical, and compassionate moral decisions which reflect their Catholic Christian education.

Social Justice: This section focuses on Social Justice. Jesus spoke of the world as a place in need of justice. Students examine the call to social justice, and look at a variety of contemporary areas of concern including right to life issues, poverty, hunger, sexism, racism, ecology, and peacemaking. This course is intended to encourage a creative and hopeful response to the call to justice.

109 RELIGION STUDIES IV

The Religious Studies Program for seniors is divided into two sections.

Christian Life and Vocation: Keeping in mind the growth of each student as an individual, this section explores marriage, the single life, and the consecrated/religious/ordained life within the Church and within the wider community. The importance of Communication and discernment is emphasized. It is hoped that, by means of class presentations, readings, and class discussions, each student will come to envision his/her future with deepened awareness.

Facing History & Ourselves: This section is intended to cultivate thoughtful, competent, and creative students who see themselves as active participants in creating a more just and compassionate society. Using the Nazi Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide of 1994 as extended case studies, students will be engaged in an examination of topics including: identity and membership, society’s influence on the individual, community and the common good, racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism, rights and responsibilities, reconciliation, the promotion of peace and participation in society. The students will also encounter role models of courage, compassion and profound faith as well as one survivor’s witness to the healing power of forgiveness. This program employs a creative and innovative pedagogy which encourages interactive learning and brings issues which lie at the heart of Catholic social teaching to life in the classroom.

All seniors must complete the Senior Service Project through Campus Ministry.

An important graduation requirement at Bishop Fenwick High School is the completion of 40 hours of community service. As a Christian community, Bishop Fenwick is committed to fostering in its students a particular appreciation and concern for the poor and marginalized in our world. The program is scheduled during senior year at the student’s discretion. Essential project requirements include volunteer work that focuses on serving and working with people in need conducted at a nonprofit agency.


Endicott College

633 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

A systematic approach to the understanding of social life. The process by which society emerges, the nature and variety of social groups and organizations, and the development and functioning of major institutions will be critically examined.

Pre-requisite: Guidance Counselor Recommendation.

707 BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS I

Focuses on the interdependencies in business while providing a foundation for advanced study and a framework for defining internship and career direction. Readings, exercises, team projects and the first internship experience are used to develop the analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills required for business success.

Pre-requisite: Guidance Counselor Recommendation.

634 American Pop Culture

Explores the many forms that America culture has taken throughout the country's history, including best sellers and beliefs, myths and movies, legends and laws. Students will learn to recognize and interpret cultural symbols and to better understand the complex world in which they live.

Pre-requisite: Guidance Counselor Recommendation.

636 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course provides an overview of the components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts and corrections. In addition the course provides an understanding of what crime is, why crime occurs, how much crime there is, the juvenile justice system and victims of crimes' rights in the criminal justice system. This course provides the foundation for all subsequent criminal justice and law courses.

Pre-requisite: Guidance Counselor Recommendation.

CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

  • 4 Religious Studies
  • 4 English
  • 4 Mathematics
  • 3 Science
  • 3 Social Studies
  • 2 Foreign Language
  • 1 Health & Wellness
  • 1/2 Fine Arts
  • 1/2 Basic Computer Applications
  • 5 Electives

Course Levels

  • Advanced Placement
  • Honors
  • College Prep