Program of Studies

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The Academy offers 150 courses in our Program of Studies.

General Information

Introduction

The goal of our educational program is to provide the opportunities and challenges necessary for students to achieve their full potential as women of faith in today's society. To achieve this goal, the curriculum offers students a variety of learning experiences in liberal and creative arts, mathematics, science, and career education.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation.

4

English (taken in all semesters)

4

Math (taken in all semesters)

3

Science

Including Biology and Chemistry

Note: all courses have a lab component

3

History and Social Studies

(½ Government, 1/2 Geography, 1 US History, 1 World History or other eligible social studies course as indicated in course description, ½ elective)

4

Theology (taken in all semesters)

3

World Languages

2 in same language

Health and Physical Education

(Health, PE I and PE II)

*Effective 2019-2020, a dance course can fulfill the PE II requirement.

½

Visual Arts

(Studio Art I, Photography I, Ceramics I, or Graphic Design I)

½

Performing Arts

½

Technology

Senior Project

All students must also complete a comprehensive Senior Project during their senior year. Information regarding this long-standing program is provided to students in the fall of senior year.

Social Justice Commitment

Students are required to complete service hours that fulfill their Social Justice Commitment. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are required to complete 20 hours of service each year. Due to the demands of the Senior Project, seniors must complete 15 service hours by the end of the 3rd quarter. All service sites must be approved by the Social Justice Office prior to the students beginning service.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is my daughter’s schedule organized?

We follow a modified block schedule with a recurring sequence of Purple and White Days. On Purple Days, periods 1-4 meet; on White Days, periods 5-8 meet. All classes are approximately 90 minutes long. Most students enroll in seven classes (six core courses and one elective, typically), as well as a study hall. Students must enroll in 6 courses and may have two study halls, provided those study halls fall on opposite days.

What is the difference between Honors- or AP- or IB-level and On-level courses?

The required critical thinking skills, as well as synthesis and analysis of materials are more advanced in an Honors-, AP-, or IB-level course; the required, day-to-day workload is also more intense than in an On-level course. The Honors-, AP-, and IB-level courses move at a faster pace, encourage deeper analysis, and require greater independence than On-level courses.

If my daughter does not take an Honors-level course, will she be eligible for AP courses?

Yes; placement in advanced-level courses is determined by past academic performance and department approval is required. We encourage our students to challenge themselves in areas where they feel they excel; students who are engaged in their learning typically perform better in class. We do not track students and therefore we encourage all students to strive for advanced classes. We recommend that students speak with their current teachers and counselors to determine which courses are right for them.

What grades are required in current courses in order to enroll in Honors and AP courses?

Students currently enrolled in an Honors and AP courses in a given department require a grade of B or higher in order to continue with further Honors and AP courses in that content area. Students in on-level courses in a given department require a grade of B+ or higher in order to enroll in Honors and AP courses in that content area. Students who do not meet the grade requirement may seek special permission to take Honors and AP courses during the registration process. The final determination for enrollment is made by the Assistant Principal for Academics, in consultation with the Department Chair.

Are students able to change levels (move from On-level to Honors, for example) at the semester?

We generally do not move students at the end of the semester because the curriculum between the two courses does vary. That being said, students are encouraged to discuss any potential move with their teacher and counselor.

Why and how are placements made for incoming freshman students?

Incoming students may take placement tests in Math (if they have been recommended to move to a higher level) and Language (if they are continuing with the language they have been taking). We look at scores from the High School Placement Test as well as prior academic performance to determine which courses students should take.

Are students required to sit for AP exams and write IB papers at the end of their AP or IB class?

Students in the IB Diploma Programme are required to complete all IB assessments in order to earn their IB Diploma; students in AP courses are also required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year. IB courses are offered in two formats: Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). Students who are enrolled in an SL course, but who are not IB Diploma candidates, are strongly encouraged but not required to take the SL exam. All students enrolled in an HL course are required to take the HL exam.

Can students take for-credit classes in the summer to create space in their schedules the following year?

There are two scenarios in which a student may take for-credit classes in the summer. As stated in our Student and Parent Handbook, if a student fails a course, she must repeat the course and earn a passing grade in summer school (offered outside of the Academy) in order to be eligible to return to the Academy. Holy Cross also offers two courses in the summer intersession: Physical Education and Public Speaking. Current students may enroll in these courses to satisfy graduation requirements and to create additional options for elective courses in their regular academic year schedule. Incoming Freshmen may enroll in the summer Physical Education course.

If a student participates on a Holy Cross athletic team, is her Physical Education requirement waived?

No; we require all students to complete PE I and PE II, and we encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities provided through our Athletics program.

How does dual credit and dual enrollment with Marymount University work?

Students who are interested in dual credit and dual enrollment options with Marymount University should speak with their college counselor to receive information and an application. Fees for dual credit and dual enrollment are paid directly to Marymount University; students also submit their application and course registration directly to Marymount University.

What is Project Lead the Way and how does my daughter become involved?

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) provides the hands-on, project-based model used at Holy Cross to introduce students to the field of Engineering. Students in any grade level may pursue Project Lead the Way courses provided they have successfully completed Algebra I. All students must begin the sequence with the Introduction to Engineering course.


Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

The Academy of the Holy Cross offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP courses are those for which a College Board Advanced Placement examination exists; the curriculum for these courses follows guidelines established by the College Board and is externally approved each year in which a given course is offered. A qualifying score on an AP exam may give a student credit or advanced standing in that subject in college.

Students who are currently in an advanced-level course within the department in which an AP Course is offered require a grade of B or higher or special departmental approval to enroll in further AP courses; students in On-level courses require a B+ or higher, or special departmental approval.

All students who enroll in an AP Course are required to take the AP exam, offered in the spring of the year. Students who do not complete this exam will not be granted weighted AP credit on their transcript.

AP Courses have fees associated with their culminating examination. For the May 2018 exam session, the cost for each AP exam is $94.


AP Courses in the current Program of Studies include:

English:

AP English Language & Composition

AP Literature & Composition

Mathematics:

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

Technology:

PLTW/AP Computer Science Principles

History and Social Studies:

AP Human Geography

AP US History (resumes 2020-21)

AP US Government (alternating years)

AP Psychology

AP Comparative Government & Politics

Science:

AP Biology

AP Physics C Mechanics

AP Environmental Science

PLTW/AP Computer Science Principles


AP Language Exams Note: students who are interested in writing the culminating AP examination in a World Languages course after completion of IB Spanish, IB French, or IB Latin may arrange to do so in consultation with the Chair of the Department of World Languages and the Assistant Principal for Academics.


DUAL ENROLLMENT / DUAL CREDIT WITH MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

The Academy offers a dual credit/dual enrollment program in partnership with Marymount University to afford eligible students two opportunities to earn college credit. Dual credit allows eligible seniors in strong academic standing to fulfill a high school academic requirement while simultaneously earning college credit for a course. These courses are taught on our campus during the school day by Holy Cross faculty members who have achieved adjunct faculty status at Marymount. These credits may be transferable to other colleges and universities, depending upon the school and its policies. As with AP and IB courses, students enrolled in these courses receive 0.7 additional grade points towards their GPA upon successful completion of the course with a grade of C- or higher. (For more information, please refer to the grading scale in the Holy Cross Student and Parent Handbook.)

Under the dual enrollment arrangement, rising seniors at Holy Cross become eligible to take courses at Marymount University in Arlington, VA at a substantially discounted rate.

Dual Credit Courses in the current Program of Studies include:

English: Creative Writing and Short Fiction

Theology: Religions of the World

History & Social Science: Microeconomics


PROJECT LEAD THE WAY Engineering Program

The Academy introduces students to the field of engineering through a nationally recognized, hands-on, project-based curriculum that draws upon their knowledge of math and science through the model of Project Lead the Way (PLtW). PLtW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer and adapt a problem-solving mindset. The program engages students in collaborative, real-world activities such as working with a client to design a home or programming electronic devices or robotic arms. As students work together to design and develop solutions to local and global challenges, they engage in problem-solving strategies and critical and creative thinking. Students will also be afforded an opportunity to develop hands-on engineering capabilities through their participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Project Lead the Way Courses include:

Honors Introduction to Engineering

Honors Principles of Engineering (Honors Introduction to Engineering is a prerequisite)

AP Computer Science Principles


International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses and IB Diploma

Students who are enrolled in an SL course but are not IB Diploma candidates are strongly encouraged, but not required to take the SL exam. Students who do not write the IB SL exam will be required to complete a school-based assessment. All students enrolled in an HL course are required to take the HL exam.

All IB Diploma Candidates must sit for all SL and HL exams, as well as complete the core components (ToK, EE, and CAS) in order to be eligible to earn the IB Diploma. A breakdown of points required to earn the IB Diploma is also available in the IB Programme Handbook.

Like AP courses, IB courses have fees associated with their culminating examinations. For the May 2017 exam session, these costs were $119 per exam, plus a $172 registration fee. A detailed Timeline of Fees is available in the IB Programme Handbook.


ONLINE COURSES

The Academy offers online courses through both One Schoolhouse and Pamoja Education. Our courses are selected from those available in a given year.

Note that online courses have additional associated fees and the Assistant Principal for Academics must approve enrollment. Students interested in taking an online course must complete the Online Course Request form, available on the Useful Forms page of the Student (or Parent) Portal.

For course descriptions, please see the related sections in this Program of Studies.

One Schoolhouse and the Online School for Girls (OSG)

The Academy of the Holy Cross is a member of One Schoolhouse and the Online School for Girls (OSG), a consortium of over 70 girls’ schools from across the country. Membership in the OSG allows us to expand our course offerings and connect our students in meaningful, academic pursuits with students around the country and around the world in a blended-learning environment.

We believe that providing the best tools for the way girls learn is critical to ensuring their success academically. With that in mind, we believe that online education is particularly well suited to girls who are independent, motivated, and mature. Online education is the fastest growing segment of education today. More than three million high school students and more than six million college students took an online course last school year as part of their curriculum at their face-to-face schools. We know that these numbers will only grow in the future as more and more schools and professions look to online education and training.

One Schoolhouse believes in and has dedicated itself to:
Emphasizing connection among participants
Incorporating collaboration into the learning experience
Inspiring and rewarding creativity

Engaging in real-world problems and applications while having students probe the social and ethical dynamics that define and stretch our global society

One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Language have been approved by NCAA as core-courses. AP courses have been approved by the College Board.

Note regarding fees: OSG courses have an additional associated fee; in 2018-2019, this was $1,525 per course. Enrollment also requires approval from the Assistant Principal for Academics. Students interested in taking an online course must complete the Online Course Request form, available on the Useful Forms page of the Student (or Parent) Portal.

Note regarding required courses for graduation: in certain circumstances, where school-based courses needed to fulfill graduation requirements are not offered because of factors like low enrollment, The Academy of the Holy Cross will pay the enrollment fee for an OSG course. For instance, a student who enters Holy Cross at an advanced level in Mathematics, taking Algebra II as a freshmen, could enroll in OSG’s Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations course as a senior at no cost to her.


Summer School Courses offered for-credit

Two courses are offered on a for-credit basis during the Summer Intersession at The Academy of the Holy Cross. These are Physical Education and Public Speaking, both of which carry a value of ½ credit, and are open only to current Holy Cross students. Incoming Holy Cross students may enroll in Physical Education.

Physical Education may be used to fulfill the Physical Education I or Physical Education II graduation requirement, depending upon which of these the student has not yet completed. A student may choose to take this summer course in order to create additional elective options in her schedule.

Public Speaking may be used to fulfill a ½ credit of the Performing Arts graduation requirement. As with Physical Education, a student may choose to take this summer course in order to allow additional elective options in her schedule; she may also enroll in this course to complete a requirement for the Madeleva Scholars Program. Beginning with the class of 2022, this course will not fulfill the required ½ credit in Performing Arts.

Note regarding fees: There is an additional fee associated with enrolling in a course during the Summer Intercession. Please see the Assistant Principal for Academics if you are interested in enrolling in either course. Students must also complete the Summer Course Request form, available on the Useful Forms page of the Student (or Parent) Portal. In 2017, the fee for summer courses was $450.


Suggested Curriculum for Freshmen

A typical incoming freshman will enroll in seven classes and a study hall.

English
English I or Honors English I

World Languages (placement based upon placement tests and previous academic performance)
French
Latin
Spanish or Honors Spanish

Science
Biology or Honors Biology I
Honors Introduction to Engineering (optionally, and based upon prerequisites)

Math
The particular course is based upon placement tests and previous academic performance in the subject.

History and Social Studies (one semester of each)
US Government or Honors US Government, and Geography

Theology
Knowing God or Honors Knowing God(Fall Semester)
Loving God or Honors Loving God (Spring Semester)

Study Hall


Students do not take all of the following semester-long courses, but will choose from these categories to complete their schedule. The majority of freshmen enroll in Health and one additional course from the list below.

Physical Education & Health
Health
Physical Education I

Performing Arts
Modern Dance, Musical Theater Dance
Glee Choir, Madrigal Singers, Honors Madrigal Singers,Guitar Seminar, Instrumental . Ensemble Introduction to Acting

Technology
Yearbook
Multimedia Journalism
Technology Concepts and Applications
Introduction to Computer Programming

Visual Arts
Studio Art I
Ceramics I
Photography I


The Registration Process

Registration for the next academic year’s courses begins in January of the current year. Students are introduced to the process and provided guidance by grade-level. Individual academic counseling is also provided, after students have completed a draft of the Registration Form and had an opportunity to consult with faculty members.

Students currently attending Holy Cross complete a Course Registration form available to them online through the Student Portal Page for their Class. This form is reviewed by counselors or the Assistant Principal for academics and submitted online to a designated dropbox, also available on the student’s Class Advisory page.

Enrollment Note: courses offered in the Program of Studies are dependent upon enrollment. In many instances, when minimum enrollment numbers are not met for a given course, an online alternative is available.


Special Approval for advanced-level course

During two school days in January, students are given time at the beginning of each of their classes (A through H Periods) to consult with their current teachers about recommended courses for the following school year in given content areas. Students who are not approved by their teachers at this point for an advanced-level course may complete the Request for Advance-level Course Consideration form, which is available from the Assistant Principal for Academics. Completion of this form does not ensure acceptance into an advanced-level course. In consultation with the Department Chair, the Assistant Principal for Academics will make the final determination of placement.


List of Courses Requiring Alternates

English

AP English Literature

Women’s Voices: Coming to America

Fantastic Realities

Creative Writing

DC: Short Fiction

DC: Approaches to Creative Writing


History and Social Studies

US Government & Honors US Government

Microeconomics

Criminal and Civil Law

Constitutional Law

AP Psychology

AP US Government

AP Comparative Government and Politics


Performing Arts

Glee Choir

Guitar Seminar

Instrumental Ensemble

Madrigals & Honors Madrigals

Film Studies

Jazz/Hip-Hop I and II

Modern Dance

Musical Theater Dance

Physical Education and Health

Physical Education I

Physical Education II

Introduction to Sports Medicine


Science

Neurobiology

Global Health

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science


Technology & Electives

Technology Concepts and Applications

Introduction to Computer Programming

Yearbook

Multimedia Journalism

Peer Ministry

PLTW/AP Computer Science Principles


Visual Arts

Studio Art I & II

Honors Studio Art III

Ceramics I & II

Photography I & II

English

ENGLISH

Chair: Alison Westfall
4 credits required

The members of the English Department value the responsibility of guiding students in deepening their knowledge of the English language and literature, while sharpening their critical and analytical thinking skills. The critical and creative thinking involved in this study, and the emphasis on clear written and oral communication are essential to the individual student's success in higher learning and her future professional endeavors. Moreover, literature can open a student's mind and heart to the world around her as she encounters the voices and ideas of writers of different eras, from diverse backgrounds, and from various geographic locales. In considering composition, the goal is that students will be able to express themselves correctly, gracefully, and effectively whether applying themselves to analytic, expository, creative, or personal writing. Realizing that students have many different skills and talents, members of the department endeavor to engage them on different levels - cognitive, affective, and aesthetic - and to stimulate them with teaching that addresses their needs as readers, writers, communicators, and members of a learning community.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

English I and

Honors English I

English II and Honors English II

English III

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

IB English HL II


Women’s Voices: Coming to America

Fantastic Realities

Creative Writing

DC: Approaches to Creative Writing

DC: Short Fiction


201 English I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

In the first year of the English program, students trace a broad theme of love and loyalty as they initially acquire a background in mythology and read Sophocles’ Antigone while developing skills in analytical reading and writing. In the second semester, freshmen read such works as the epic poem Beowulf and a play by Shakespeare, and then trace themes and other literary elements in a modern novel. Students will work throughout the year on increasing their vocabulary, honing their grammar, and developing composition skills, particularly on the analytic essay. Students will carry out small research projects, prepare oral presentations, and produce creative writing and other projects to enhance their engagement and understanding.

251 Honors English I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

Prerequisite: department approval required

While tracing a broad theme of the changing views of the Hero/Heroine and his/her journey, students acquire a wide background in mythology and then read the Odyssey in translation, while engaging in the process of analytical reading and writing. In the second semester, in order to appreciate the foundations of literature in the English language and to acquire an understanding of the techniques of literature, they read examples of early English works, such as the epic Beowulf, excerpts from Chaucer, poetry, and a play by Shakespeare, and then trace themes and other elements in a modern novel. In conjunction with their reading, students will work throughout the year on the craft of writing analytical essays on aspects of the works studied. Students will carry out small research and creative projects, prepare oral presentations, and engage in discussion about their work. The Honors course moves at a faster pace, encourages deeper analysis, and requires greater independence than English I.

202 English II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 10

Tracing a broad theme of individuals in their environments, students continue developing their analytic skills through the study of American and British literature. They read short stories, novels, essays, and poetry, and a play, The Crucible, in order to understand literary techniques and to appreciate viewpoints and expressions of a variety of voices in the world. They continue to hone their composition skills, writing different types of essays, and producing a well-documented research paper in the second semester. In addition, students continue throughout the year to develop their vocabulary and grammar skills, produce individual and group creative projects, and engage in discussion about their work.

252 Honors English II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 10

Prerequisite: department approval required

While tracing a broad theme of individuals in their environments, students continue developing their analytic skills through the study of American and British literature, beginning with a play, The Crucible, and progressing to the early 20th Century. Over the course of the year, students examine a variety of genres from different time periods, including drama, poetry, the essay, and the novel. Students continue honing their composition skills, and in the first semester, write a research essay on a work of British or world literature. The course explores additional types of literary response such as satires and personal essays, and students produce additional individual and group projects. Students continue to develop their vocabulary, grammar, and composition skills to achieve a higher degree of effectiveness and elegance in their writing and speech. The Honors course moves at a faster pace, encourages deeper analysis, and requires greater independence in both reading and writing than English II.

203 English III (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 11

Students examine the development of American literature and thought, beginning with colonial period and progressing into selected 21st century writings, representing various genres and voices. Over the course of the year, students examine motifs of American literature, changing traditions, and developing genres, such as essays, short stories, poetry, the memoir, and the novel. Students continue honing their analytic reading and writing skills, and their research skills, in addition to responding creatively to their reading.

217 AP English Language and Composition (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 11

Prerequisite: department approval required

The course focuses on the development of American culture and character from the beginnings of the American tradition through the present. Students read, discuss, and analyze works in a range of genres, including nonfiction essays and editorials, novels, poetry, and short stories. In addition, through the study of the structure and form of language and rhetorical strategies, the course specifically prepares students for the AP Language and Composition exam, which all students are required to take in the spring of the year.

218 AP English Literature and Composition (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: department approval required

Tracing such themes as the Tragic Hero and Women in the Modern World, students engage in the careful reading of literature and the careful analysis of many works in order to sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of the writer's craft. Students read each work and write about it with the critical awareness of the full range of its stylistic features, its structure, its meaning, and the perspectives offered by critical interpretation. Through units on poetry, the novel, and drama drawn from diverse time periods and different locales, students develop critical standards essential for the independent appreciation of any literary work and increase their appreciation of literature as a shared experience. Successful students are highly motivated to engage in college level reading, writing, analysis and composition. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.

231 Fantastic Realities (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12

This survey course examines the genre of fantastic fiction including the sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. The course focuses on a variety of contemporary authors from the mid-twentieth century and beyond. Students will submit both written and oral responses to works of this fascinating but often neglected literature. Texts include Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and short stories by Haruki Murakami.

226 Creative Writing (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12

Note: Students who have completed EN 270 Approaches to Creative Writing are not eligible for this course.

Students develop their writing skills by studying the components of poetry and fiction. Students look at creative writing as a process that involves reading, writing, and revision. Students use contemporary poems and stories as models for developing their own sense of craft, style, and voice. Students discuss their writing in a workshop environment, producing a portfolio of their work throughout the semester.

228 Women’s Voices: Coming to America (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12

This class will examine the experiences and literature of female immigrants to America from the 19th century onwards. In addition to poetry, short stories, and novels, this course will consider first-hand accounts of women who immigrated to America and their first generation children, and will also ask students to consider their own (female) ancestors’ experience in coming to America. Potential authors to be considered will include Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Marilyn Chin, and Colm Toibin, as well as primary sources from women immigrating from various countries around the world. Students will engage in close reading and analysis, and examination of how an author depicts her immigrant experience, both before and after her arrival to America, and how American literature (and history and culture!) is shaped by female immigrant voices.

EN 270 Approaches to Creative Writing (Marymount University Dual Credit (3 college credits); fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA; AP English Language and Composition or IB English HL I; department approval required.

Note: Dual credit allows eligible seniors in strong academic standing to fulfill a high school academic requirement while simultaneously earning college credit for the course. This course is taught on Holy Cross campus during the school day by Holy Cross faculty members who have achieved adjunct faculty status at Marymount. Dual credit students have access to the Marymount Library. Marymount bills and enrolls the accepted student directly ($360 per course). These credits may be transferable to other colleges and universities, depending upon the school and its policies.

This college course provides an introduction to the stylistic and technical elements of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for performance through assigned readings of professional examples and writing exercises. Students will discover and develop strategies for the composition and revision of poems, short stories, nonfiction essays, and short dramatic scenes. The course is provided in a workshop format and focuses on the production, critique, and revision of student writing.

EN 227 Short Fiction: (Marymount University Dual Credit (3 college credits); spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12
Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA; AP English Language and Composition or IB English HL I; department approval required.

Note: Dual credit allows eligible seniors in strong academic standing to fulfill a high school academic requirement while simultaneously earning college credit for the course. This course is taught on Holy Cross campus during the school day by Holy Cross faculty members who have achieved adjunct faculty status at Marymount. Dual credit students have access to the Marymount Library. Marymount bills and enrolls the accepted student directly ($360 per course). These credits may be transferable to other colleges and universities, depending upon the school and its policies.

In this Dual Credit “Short Fiction” course, students will study short stories and novellas from a variety of different times, genres, and cultures as they learn to identify and discuss elements of short fiction such as structure, characterization, plot development, and language. Students will progress through units based around elements of form and style, with several short stories and/or a novella serving as the backbone for each unit. Authors may include, but are not limited to, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Jhumpa Lahiri, Mia Alvar, Edwidge Danticat, and Shobha Rao.

284 IB English HL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: IB English HL I and department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates
Note: this is the second year of a two-year IB course.

The first part of IB English HL II covers the required “Detailed Study” of the IB curriculum, in which students read, analyze, and discuss one Shakespeare play, one work of fiction, and a body of poetry, drawn from literature written in English. Students will also present formal oral commentaries of texts studied in the course, to be monitored externally by the IB Organization. Students will read additional material to supplement the readings prescribed by IB, and will carry out writing and oral assignments, as typical of an advanced literature course. Works have been selected within the scope of the IB Prescribed Book List to prompt the students to reflect on the conflicts and responsibilities of women as individuals in their societies.

The second part of IB English HL II presents the required “Groups of Works” component of the IB curriculum. The students will study four works of the same genre representing a variety of voices and viewpoints in the English-speaking world. In addition to the assessments typically carried out for a course at the Academy, all students are required to take two two-hour exams to be marked externally by the IB Diploma Programme.

History & Social Studies

HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES

Chair: Maureen Morris
3 credits required

Required courses include: Government (½ credit), Geography (1/2 credit), US History (1 credit), World History or other eligible social studies course as indicated in course description (1 credit)

The remaining ½ credit is elective within this department

As a department, we prepare students to be active and informed citizens of their local, state, national, and global communities, through dynamic and engaged classroom instruction. We believe pursuing History and Social Studies gives students the opportunity to become more responsible leaders as well as to develop the critical thinking and technology skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

U.S. Government and Honors U.S. Government

Geography

Global Civilizations

AP Human Geography

AP Psychology


AP Comparative Government and Politics

Criminal and Civil Law

Constitutional Law

Honors Global Economics

DC: Microeconomics



956 Geography (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9

Students will develop the skills and knowledge about location, place, human and environmental interaction, movement and regions. Students will compare and contrast these themes across all continents. The course is rigorous and relevant with instruction that builds critical thinking skills to allow the students to apply their geographic knowledge to their community, state, nation, and world. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking, writing skills, and independent analysis.


936 US Government (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9

Students examine the structure of the United States federal government by investigating the branches of government, the Constitution, political parties, and elections. Students simulate Congress as they pass bills and engage in classroom debate on selected problems facing US democratic institutions and society. Other themes include federalism, constitutional development, and the role of media, campaigns, and elections in American government and politics. Particular emphasis is given to current events. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking, writing skills, and independent analysis.

957 Honors US Government (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9
Prerequisite: department approval and strong reading comprehension and writing skills required

Students examine the structure of the United States federal government by investigating the branches of government, the Constitution, political parties, and elections. Students simulate Congress as they pass bills and engage in classroom debate on selected problems facing US democratic institutions and society. Other themes include federalism, constitutional development, and the role of media, campaigns, and elections in American government and politics. Particular emphasis is given to current events. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking, writing skills, and independent analysis. Increased rigor in class discussion, homework, and assessments will be commensurate with an honors course.

958 Global Civilizations (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 10-11
Note: This course fulfills the World History requirement.

Students examine world history from the 15th century to the present by considering the economic, political, military, diplomatic, social, and cultural interactions that have shaped the world today. Students build an understanding of the complexity of our global relationships by examining past world history and making connections to similar concepts and forces at work today. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking, writing skills, and independent analysis.

959 AP Human Geography (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 10-11
Prerequisite: department approval and strong reading comprehension and writing skills required
Note: This course fulfills the World History requirement.

AP Human Geography presents high school students with the curricular equivalent of an introductory college-level course in human geography or cultural geography. Content is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem-oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human- environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.

969 Honors Global Economics (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: department approval and strong reading comprehension and writing skills required
Note: This course fulfills the World History requirement.

Economics is a social science that focuses on human behavior – specifically how individual and collective decisions are made within groups, nations or societies regarding the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses. Global Economics begins with a foundation in both micro and macroeconomics and extends to international economics and development economics. The course provides the student with an understanding of the basic principles of Western economic thought that will serve as the foundation for future studies in economics. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking, writing skills, and independent analysis. Increased rigor in class discussion, homework, and assessments will be commensurate with an honors course.

994 AP Comparative Government and Politics (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: department approval and strong reading comprehension and writing skills required
Note: This course fulfills the World History requirement. This course or AP US Government will run in a given year based upon requests for enrollment.

Students compare different political systems around the world in order to gain an understanding of the diversity of political life, policy, and policy outcomes. Political systems are compared at the structural, institutional and behavioral levels. Other important themes include modernization, democratization and globalization. The six countries that form the core of the AP Comparative Government and Politics course are: China, Great Britain, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria and Russia. Particular emphasis is given to current events as related to the countries discussed in this course. This rigorous course requires excellent reading, comprehension, and writing skills in order to succeed. Students must be willing to be independent learners and take on the responsibility of learning most of the material through the reading assignments. Class time is used in developing the analytical skills necessary to succeed in the course and on the Advanced Placement exam. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.

937 Constitutional Law (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 11-12

Note: This course is a department elective.

This course provides students with an understanding of the law and legal principles as used in everyday situations, emphasizing both legal rights and responsibilities. Students will learn to evaluate, analyze, and determine outcomes for legal issues and disputes with an intensive study of individual rights and liberties. This course begins with an introduction to our government and the federal court system and will proceed to discuss various freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. Students prepare for and conduct a moot court as a final project.

939 Criminal & Civil Law (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 11-12

Note: This course is a department elective.

This course provides students with an understanding of the law and legal principles as used in everyday situations, emphasizing both legal rights and responsibilities. Students will learn to evaluate, analyze, and determine outcomes for legal issues and disputes with an intensive study of criminal law and procedure. This course begins with an introduction to our government and the court system, including Maryland (state) law. This course will proceed to discuss crimes against the person, crimes against property, juvenile justice, and consumer law. Students prepare for and conduct a mock criminal or civil trial as a final project.

995 AP Psychology (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: department approval and strong reading comprehension and writing skills required
Note: This course is a department elective.

This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and 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. This rigorous course requires excellent reading, comprehension, and writing skills in order to succeed. Students must be willing to be independent learners and take on the responsibility of learning most of the material through the reading assignments. Class time is used in developing the analytical skills necessary to succeed in the course and on the Advanced Placement exam. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.

ECO 210 Microeconomics (Marymount University Dual Credit (3 college credits); fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA; any AP level math class, Calculus Applications, or Precalculus; department approval required
Note: This course is a department elective.

Note: Dual credit allows eligible seniors in strong academic standing to fulfill a high school academic requirement while simultaneously earning college credit for the course. This course is taught on Holy Cross campus during the school day by Holy Cross faculty members who have achieved adjunct faculty status at Marymount. Dual credit students have access to the Marymount Library. Marymount bills and enrolls the accepted student directly ($360 per course). These credits may be transferable to other colleges and universities, depending upon the school and its policies.

Principles of Microeconomics is an introductory college level course that teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics – including the market mechanism of supply and demand, market structures, market failures including monopoly power and externalities, resource markets, and the theory of the firm. Students will apply microeconomic principles to current topics such as minimum wage legislation, farm subsidies, rent controls, pollution, welfare programs, and the trade-off between equity and efficiency.


Mathematics

MATHEMATICS

Chair: Damaris Kinney
4 credits required

The Mathematics Department of The Academy of the Holy Cross is committed to providing a curriculum in Mathematics which will enable each student to attain success at her highest potential level of achievement by offering a variety of courses in each subject. The department aims to build a solid foundation for a student’s future work in Mathematics, not only in college but throughout her life, by developing her sense of numeracy and her appreciation for the many applications of Mathematics in all aspects of her life. Students are expected to strive for mastery of concepts as well as to attain the skill to apply those concepts accurately. Critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Use of graphing calculators is incorporated in all courses as a supplemental tool to develop students' mathematical capabilities. Students are supported in their endeavors by the faculty through Math Lab, regularly scheduled outside of class help sessions.

Course Offerings 2018-2019 (detailed descriptions follow):

Algebra I and Honors Algebra I

Geometry and Honors Geometry

Algebra II, Algebra II with Analysis

and Honors Algebra II with Precalculus

Statistics (with Trigonometry and Other Advanced Topics)

Precalculus and Honors Precalculus


Calculus Applications

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

IB Math Studies SL

IB Math SL II


412 Algebra I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

Students begin with a fast-paced review of arithmetic topics including order of operations, absolute value, and operations with rational numbers. Major topics include algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, functions, exponents, polynomials, factoring, quadratics, radicals, and rational functions. Graphing skills are developed and utilized throughout the entire curriculum. Students apply algebraic skills to problem solving in all units of study.


415 Honors Algebra I (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9
Prerequisite: Department approval required

This course will include an in-depth study of linear and quadratic equations, absolute value equations and inequalities, factoring techniques and formulas, exponents and radicals, problem analysis, and solution techniques for multi-variable systems including graphing, elimination, and the use of determinants. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence


414 Geometry (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Honors Algebra I

Students study the properties, measurements, and relationships of points, lines, angles, planes, and solids. Major topics covered include parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, similarity, trigonometry with right triangles, tranformations, circles, areas and volumes, and coordinate geometry. Students use reasoning and logic as well as applying algebraic skills to the study of geometry throughout the course.


452 Honors Geometry (full credit, 1 credit)
Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Honors Algebra I and department approval required

Students study the properties, measurements, construction, and relationships of points, lines, angles, planes, and solids. Topics covered include parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, similarity, trigonometry with right triangles, tranformations, circles, areas and volumes, and coordinate geometry. Students engage in analytical thinking and problem solving, develop and write formal proofs, and apply algebraic principles to the study of geometry throughout the course. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.


416 Algebra II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-11

Prerequisite: Geometry and department approval

Students work with sets, real number properties, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities in two and three variables, polynomials, the complex number system, sequences and series, radical functions, rational functions, exponential functions, and logarithms. Graphing and problem solving are emphasized in each unit.


417 Algebra II with Analysis (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-11

Prerequisite: Geometry and department approval

Algebra II with Analysis covers all of the topics included in Algebra II. Additional topics covered include: transformations of functions as applied to real world applications and to the study of data analysis techniques to find the best-fit model. An introduction to matrices as a way of organizing and displaying data and a means of solving systems of equations will be covered. The emphasis in this course is on an increased depth in analyzing and describing relationships. Topics are explored graphically, algebraically and numerically, where possible.

456 Honors Algebra II with Precalculus (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-11

Prerequisite: Geometry or Honors Geometry and department approval required

Honors Algebra II with Precalculus is an advanced, fast paced course for the student who has mastered the concepts of Algebra I. Students work with linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, radical functions, and the complex number system.. Students also study sequences and series, conic sections, and probability. Students will complete the school year with an introduction to calculus concepts. Graphing is emphasized in each unit. Students engage in analytical thinking and problem solving. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.

433 Statistics (with Trigonometry and Other Advanced Topics) (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: Algebra II and department approval

Students will be introduced to statistics and probability, applying statistical methods to real world data sets, financial literacy and mathematical decision-making. During the second semester students will explore how to collect, display, interpret and analyze statistical data. Second semester will include the study of right triangle and circular trigonometry. Topics covered include periodic functions, radian measure of angles, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, and Laws of Sines and Cosines.

In addition to traditional assessments, students will be expected to collaborate with their peers to design their own surveys, collect and analyze the results, and present their findings.

429 Precalculus (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Algebra II and department approval required

Students study right triangle and circular trigonometry from both analytical and graphical perspectives. Topics covered include trigonometric identities, trigonometric graphs, trigonometric equations, Laws of Sines and Cosines, vectors, and complex numbers. Additional topics include exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, and probability and statistics. Students engage in analytical thinking and problem solving.


430 Honors Precalculus (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Algebra II with Analysis or Honors Algebra II with Precalculus and department approval required

Students explore the concepts in depth and use various perspectives including algebraic, numerical, graphical, and analytical thought processes. They apply their skills to the study of trigonometric and circular functions, identities and inverses, vectors, polar coordinates, and parametric equations. The graphing calculator is used extensively as a learning tool. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.


421 Calculus Applications (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Precalculus or IB Math SL I and department approval required
Note: students completing IB Math Studies SL may not enroll

Students begin by reviewing algebraic techniques that will be utilized in the course. The study of calculus begins with an introduction to limits and then the derivative. Students learn a variety of techniques for calculating derivatives, and then apply these skills to problems from business, economics, and science. Trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions are included in each area of study. Applications of the derivative include graphing, optimization problems, and related rates. The emphasis is on skills and applications, with less emphasis on theory. Students are also introduced to integration and some simple applications at the end of the course.


423 AP Calculus AB (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: IB Math SL I or Calculus Applications and department approval required

Students master the theoretical concepts and practical applications of analytical geometry, limits, functions, the differential and integral calculus of single variable functions. The course follows the AB Calculus syllabus as determined by the College Board. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


424 AP Calculus BC (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: IB Math SL I or IB Math SL II and department approval required

Students master the theoretical concepts and practical applications of analytical geometry, limits, functions, the differential and integral calculus of single variable functions, vectors, sequences and series, and Taylor polynomials. The course follows the BC Calculus syllabus as determined by the College Board. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


458 AP Statistics (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: IB Math Studies or Precalculus and department approval required; this course can be taken concurrently with another mathematics course.

Students will study topics in descriptive and inferential statistics including analysis of data, regression analysis, and hypothesis testing. Students will use computers and graphing calculators. Students will explore data, use sampling and experimentation to plan and conduct studies, anticipate patterns from simulations and use statistical inference. The course follows the AP Statistics syllabus as determined by the College Board. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.

481 IB Math Studies SL (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II; department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates
Note: students who have completed Precalculus or IB Math SL I may not take this course.

Students will master concepts associated with functions, probability, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, financial math, and introductory calculus and their applications. The course follows the IB Math Studies syllabus as determined by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

483 IB Math SL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: IB Math SL I or Calculus Applications; department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates

The aim of the course is to enable students to develop mathematical knowledge, concepts, and principles; to develop logical, critical, and creative thinking; to use and improve the ability to think abstractly and to generalize. The core topics of the two-year class sequence are algebra, functions and equations, trigonometry, probability, and statistics, vectors, and calculus. The course follows the IB Math SL syllabus as determined by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students will take the IB Math SL exam at the end of the second year.

Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTS

Chair: Laura Meehan
½ credit required

The Performing Arts Department is dedicated to utilizing the arts as a tool to help students further develop into young women of courage, compassion, and scholarship. While participating in classes in the areas of music, dance, theatre, film, and public speaking, students build confidence, foster creativity and intellectual curiosity, and discover the importance of teamwork, responsibility, initiative, maturity, dedication, and a range of other values that will eventually lead them to succeed not only in the arts, but also in any field they choose to pursue

For information regarding our extracurricular opportunities, please visit the Arts section of the website.

Course Offerings 2019-2020 (detailed descriptions follow):

Music Courses:

Madrigal & Honors Madrigal Singers

Glee Choir

Guitar Seminar

Instrumental Ensemble

IB Music HL II


Film & Theatre Courses:

Intro to Acting

IB Film HL II

Public Speaking


Dance Courses:

Jazz/Hip-Hop I & II

Modern Dance I

Musical Theatre Dance


MUSIC

512 Madrigal Singers (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: audition and department approval required
Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken in multiple semesters

Students study, rehearse, and perform choral music in an advanced ensemble. They explore advanced vocal techniques in both solo and ensemble settings, and they interpret music from all major musical eras, including music in foreign languages as well as contemporary music. The group performs publicly many times throughout the year, including at school liturgies and other functions. Attendance at these events is mandatory for all students in this class.

514 Honors Madrigal Singers (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: two semesters of Madrigal Singers
Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken in multiple semesters

Students study, rehearse, and perform choral music in an advanced ensemble. In addition, these students are leaders in the ensemble, and mentors for their younger peers. They explore and model advanced vocal techniques in both solo and ensemble settings. They interpret music from all major musical eras, including music in foreign languages as well as contemporary music. The group performs publicly many times throughout the year, including at school liturgies and other functions. Attendance at these events is mandatory for all students in this class.

526 Glee Choir (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken in multiple semesters

Students study, rehearse, and perform vocal music in both contemporary and traditional styles. They explore singing fundamentals in both solo and group settings. They develop skills in sight-reading music, and they describe and interpret a variety of songs and other musical numbers. Each semester students participate in public performances, and attendance at these events is mandatory.

523 Guitar Seminar (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple semesters

Students of all ability levels study, rehearse, and perform various solo and guitar ensemble music. Students will master reading music for guitar in the first position, basic, intermediate, and advanced chord shapes, and music theory as applies to the fretboard. In addition, students will become familiar with strumming patterns, fingerpicking techniques, and soloing. Performance will be a required element of this course, with additional group and solo performance opportunities throughout the year at liturgies and other events. No prior knowledge of guitar is required for this course, however, more experienced guitarists will have additional performance opportunities and will tackle more challenging repertoire for performance. Each semester students participate in public performances, and attendance at these events is mandatory.

521 Instrumental Ensemble (Fall Semester, 1/2 credit)
Grades 9-12

Note: This is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple times.
Note: This course is also available as a year-long, 1 credit course; please see below, 522 Instrumental Ensemble)
Note: This course is co-seated with 522, Instrumental Ensemble (full-year)

Students study, rehearse and perform band and orchestra music in both contemporary and traditional styles. They reinforce fundamentals of their instrument in both solo and ensemble settings. They develop skills in sight-reading music, playing with expressive dynamics, and they describe and interpret a variety of songs and other musical numbers. Each semester students participate in public performances, and attendance at these events is mandatory.

522 Instrumental Ensemble (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12

Note: This is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple times.
Note: This course is co-seated with Instrumental Ensemble (fall semester)
Note: Instrumental Ensemble is also available as a fall-semester, ½ credit course; see above, 521.

Students study, rehearse and perform band and orchestra music in both contemporary and traditional styles. They reinforce fundamentals of their instrument in both solo and ensemble settings. They develop skills in sight-reading music, playing with expressive dynamics, and they describe and interpret a variety of songs and other musical numbers. Each semester students participate in public performances, and attendance at these events is mandatory.

535 IB Music HL II (full-year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Note: this course is co-seated with Madrigal Singers

IB Music IB Film HL II is the continuation of a two-year course, which seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. Students study musical perception and actively listen to a wider range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures, and time periods. Students learn about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology, and context.

Involving aspects of the composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon music from their own background and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment. SL students in music are then required to choose one of three options: creating, solo performing, or group performing. HL students are required to present both creating and solo performing.


FILM AND THEATRE

544 Introduction to Acting (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

Students gain a better understanding of the art and craft of acting, both as a performer and audience member. Over the course of the semester, students will explore various acting processes related to physical and vocal awareness, development of the imagination and senses, observation and spatial awareness, collaboration in ensemble and group work, and independence in solo work and reflection. Course work includes scenes, monologues, memorization techniques, and improvisation.

584 IB Film HL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: IB Film HL I and department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates
Note: this is the second year of a two-year IB course

IB Film HL II is the continuation of a two-year course, which culminates in the spring with the submission of three IB assessments, one in each of the respective areas of the IB Film syllabus (film history and theory, film language and analysis, and film production). Students who enroll in this course are required to take the IB exam at the end of the year.

541 Public Speaking (fall or spring semester, ½ credit; also available in summer intersession, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12

Please note that this course is required for all Madeleva Scholars who are not IB Diploma candidates.
Prerequisite: English I
Note: Beginning with the class of 2022, this course will not fulfill the Performing Arts requirement.

Students learn how to be effective communicators by studying, writing, and performing persuasive, entertaining, and informative speeches. In addition, students will explore rhetoric in society and learn to become critical listeners.

Public Speaking is also offered during the summer. Students may choose to take this summer course in order to allow additional elective options in their schedule or to complete a requirement for the Madeleva Scholars program. There is an additional fee associated with enrolling in this course during the Summer Session. Please see the Assistant Principal for Academics if you are interested in enrolling in this course.


DANCE

564 Jazz/Hip-Hop I (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12

Note: students must provide their own dance attire
Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple semesters

Students spend equal time studying jazz and hip-hop dance, mastering basic movement, vocabulary, and dance technique for each style. Each semester, students participate in public performances; attendance at these performances is mandatory. Additional fees for costume-related items may apply.

566 Jazz/Hip-Hop II (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Department approval required
Note: students must provide their own dance attire
Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple semesters

Students continue their study of jazz and hip-hop dance, mastering more advanced movement, vocabulary, and technique for each style. Each semester, students participate in public performances; attendance at these performances is mandatory. Additional fees for costume-related items may apply.

569 Modern Dance (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

Note: students must provide their own dance attire
Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple semesters

This is a beginning course in modern dance designed to increase the movement vocabulary of the beginning dance student. It includes stretching, technical work and composition, and emphasizes energy contrasts, contraction and release, correct alignment, and musicality. Students participate in public performances, and attendance at these performances is mandatory. Additional fees for costume-related items may apply.

562 Musical Theatre Dance (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

Note: students must provide their own dance attire
Note: this is an ensemble class and may be taken multiple semesters

Students learn basic movement, vocabulary, and technique most closely associated with musical theatre dance (including tap). No formal dance training or experience is required to be successful in this class. Each semester, students participate in public performances; attendance at these performances is mandatory. Additional fees for costume-related items may apply.

530 IB Music HL I/SL (full-year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Note: this course is co-seated with Madrigal Singers

This is the second year of IB Music HL, which seeks to develop students’ knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively. Students study musical perception and actively listen to a wider range of music from different parts of the world, musical cultures, and time periods. Students learn about musical elements, including form and structure, notations, musical terminology, and context.

Involving aspects of the composition, performance and critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon music from their own background and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment. SL students in music are then required to choose one of three options: creating, solo performing, or group performing. HL students are required to present both creating and solo performing.All students are required to take the IB exam for this course.


Physical Education & Health

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Chair: Cheryl King
1½ credits required

Required courses: Physical Education I (½ credit), Physical Education II (½ credit), & Health (½ credit)

Effective 2019-2020, a dance course can fulfill the PE II requirement.

The Physical Education and Health Department strives to educate through purposeful physical activity and by teaching strategies for the development of optimal health. We center our instructional program on improving our students’ physical, mental, emotional, and social health.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

Health
PE I: Team Sports
PE II: Lifetime Fitness
Introduction to Sports Medicine
Physical Education – Summer Course




601 Health (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9

Students discuss current adolescent issues and practices that affect social, mental, and physical well-being. Topics include self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, nutrition, decision-making, conflict resolution, substance abuse, stress, anxiety, and teen depression. This course covers skills and techniques that can be used to achieve lifelong health and overall well-being.


602 PE I: Team Sports (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-10

Students learn the skills necessary to participate in a variety of team sports, as well as the rules that govern them. Units in PE I include soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball, handball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Participation in fitness-related activities such as aerobics, recreational, and cooperative games is part of the class as well.


621 PE II: Lifetime Fitness (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-11

Prerequisite: Physical Education I

This course focuses on the five components of fitness. Students will self-assess these components and track their improvements as they participate in recreational and physical fitness activities. They will develop good personal safety practices and learn self-defense techniques. In addition, students will learn the skills associated with two independent sports: golf and archery.


642 Introduction to Sports Medicine (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12
Note: This course is a department elective

This course explores the physiology of exercise and nutrition. Students will develop an understanding and practical application of basic athletic training principles. Course includes both class work and practical hands-on application. Students will have the option to be certified in First Aid and CPR.



The following courses are offered during the Summer and may be used to fulfill the Physical Education I or Physical Education II graduation requirement, depending upon which of these the student has not yet completed. Students may choose to take this summer course in order to create additional elective options in their schedule, or to allow for an additional study hall period in one semester. There is a fee associated with enrolling in this course during the Summer Intercession. Please see the Assistant Principal for Academics if you are interested in enrolling in this course.

602/621 Physical Education (summer intersession, ½ credit)
Grades 9-11

Note that this summer course is offered only to incoming or current Holy Cross Students
Note that this course will satisfy the requirement for Physical Education I or Physical Education II

Students develop an understanding of the importance of life-long physical activity and create a personal fitness program. We discuss the importance of incorporating exercise into daily routine and partake in aerobics, weight training, and recreational and physical fitness activities that promote life-long health. Students learn the skills necessary to participate in a variety sports (both team-based and independent), and study the five components of fitness.


Technology

TECHNOLOGY

Chair: Dena Maye

½ credit required

We believe that at the intersection of technology and human values, true innovation occurs. By providing our students with the skills to achieve digital fluency, we are preparing them for a lifetime of creative and critical thinking. The Technology Department at The Academy of the Holy Cross strives to have students achieve an understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations; develop a positive attitude towards using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity; and model responsible digital citizenship. Through our course of study, students will engage in project-based learning to design websites, mobile apps, and other digital artifacts in order to develop the digital skills necessary for the 21st century workplace.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

Multimedia Journalism

Introduction to Computer Programming

Technology Concepts and Applications


Student Tech Team

Yearbook

PLTW-AP Computer Science



154 Technology Concepts and Applications (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

This course will introduce students to the practical and everyday applications of technology in today’s society. Students will be introduced to a variety of applications that will address multiple elements of Technology such as: Google Suites, Adobe Suites, Microsoft Office Applications, and many others. Students will develop the technological skills necessary for success in today’s academic and professional environments. These skills also speak to the many Technology Courses listed above.


158 Multimedia Journalism (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

The Multimedia Journalism course will merge the ever-changing field of journalism with interactive media production by combining practical application and hands-on experience. Opportunities to study broadcast journalism, technical writing, media broadcasting/editing, and desktop publishing will allow students to become experts in using a number of different technologies. The technical equipment which will be used in this course includes desktop computers, mobile devices, digital SLR/DSLR cameras, lavalier and boom microphones, tripods for cameras and other productional accessories (such as extension cords, batteries, chargers, miscellaneous cables/adaptors, headphones, and speakers), overhead projectors, digital voice recorders, as well as a diverse collection of online services and digital software.

Through their hands-on experience with communicative technologies (including graphic design/layout, digital media and entertainment production, photo imagery and video editing, animation, and non-linear video editing), students will cultivate the skills necessary to create an original, student-produced morning news television program for the AHC community. In addition, a professional digital portfolio will be maintained by each student and will contain all media produced by the student throughout the course of the school year. This course will also place an emphasis on the value and importance of journalistic integrity. In a world that is steadily shifting from print to online journalism, students enrolled in the Multimedia Journalism course will learn to appreciate the value of both as they engage and communicate with the world around them.


156 Introduction to Computer Programming (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

This course utilizes the CodeHS introductory computer science curriculum, inspired by the methods and approaches of Stanford University’s introductory Computer Science class. Through a series of learning modules, including video tutorials, quizzes, sample code, applied programming exercises, and programming challenges, students learn the fundamentals of computer science and are equipped with programming skills and knowledge that can be applied to the acquisition of other computer languages.


151 Yearbook (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12

This course supports the creation, publication, and distribution of Holy Cross’s yearbook, Cross and Anchor, a recipient of the Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award. Students will learn basic elements of design, layout, and photography, and will become familiar with Jostens’ online editor, Yearbook Avenue. Students will also be responsible for photography, layout, and page spreads, as well as the promotion and distribution of the final yearbook. Units of study include teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, yearbook campaigns, advertising and distribution. Actual work results in the current volume of the school’s yearbook. The publication strives to maintain a tradition of excellence in which the school and the community can take pride. Mastery of the goals and objectives fully verse staff members in all areas of publication production and provide students with a strong background in the field of journalism.


165 Student Tech Team (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: application and approval from the Instructional Technology faculty members.

Students are invited to apply to join the Holy Cross student tech team to fulfill their technology credit. The student tech team will serve as the technology leaders in the school amongst their peers as well as the faculty and staff. They will explore the impact of technology in the classroom and come up with strategies to better leverage this impact. The student tech team will be responsible for producing technology how-to guides, organizing and managing an iPad help desk, and maintaining social media guidelines to support the use of instructional technology amongst their peers.


159 PLTW-AP Computer Science Principles (full year, 1 credit in either science or technology)
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Programming or Honors Principles of Engineering, or departmental approval. Completion of Algebra II.

Computer Science Principles (CSP) is a PLTW course to implement the College Board’s new AP CS Principles framework. This is a rigorous college level course in computer science. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, PLTW Computer Science Principles aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to take the Advanced Placement exam for Computer Science and may result in college credit.

The course also aims to build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Each unit focuses on one or more computationally intensive career paths. Students are engaged in ethical discussions regarding issues raised by the present and future societal impact of computing.


Theology

THEOLOGY

Chair: Damon McGraw
4 credits required

The Theology Department recognizes religion as an essential dimension of human life.
We help each student develop an informed and reflective faith that offers hope, inspires love, and pursues justice. We provide a distinctively Catholic intellectual formation in the Holy Cross tradition that is open and hospitable to other religious identities and experiences as well as to questioning. We nurture and challenge our students as they journey from adolescent to young-adult faith that can sustain, integrate, and orient their lives long after they leave our care.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

Knowing God & Honors Knowing God

Loving God & Honors Loving God

Following Jesus & Honors Following Jesus

Being the Church & Honors Being the Church

Living in Christ & Honors Living in Christ


Serving God’s Kingdom

Honors Serving God’s Kingdom

Encountering World Religions

Religions of the World – Marymount University

IB World Religions SL II



700 Knowing God (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9

The purpose of this introductory course is to explore two fundamental questions of theology: who is God and how do we know Him? To answer these questions, we first seek to understand ourselves, our own identity, and our search for God through Natural Revelation. Students will then encounter God's revelation of Himself in Sacred Scripture, with a focus on God's covenant history with His people as a preparation for the coming of Christ.


717 Honors Knowing God (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9
Prerequisite: department approval required

The purpose of this introductory course is to explore two fundamental questions of theology: who is God and how do we know Him? To answer these questions, we first seek to understand ourselves, our own identity, and our search for God through Natural Revelation. Students will then encounter God's revelation of Himself in Sacred Scripture, with a focus on God's covenant history with His people as a preparation for the coming of Christ. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.


705 Loving God (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9

God has revealed himself so that He can be known and loved. This course will explore God's personal revelation of Himself in the Incarnation and how it encourages a response of love. Through engagement with Scripture, students will deepen their understanding of Christ, his teaching and his revelation of God as a Triune communion of love. Finally, in a unit on Catholic sexuality, the students will study how God created human persons to share in and reflect his love in our lives and with our bodies.


706 Honors Loving God (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 9
Prerequisite: department approval required

God has revealed himself so that He can be known and loved. This course will explore God's personal revelation of Himself in the Incarnation and how it encourages a response of love. Through engagement with Scripture, students will deepen their understanding of Christ, his teaching and his revelation of God as a Triune communion of love. Finally, in a unit on Catholic sexuality, the students will study how God created human persons to share in and reflect his love in our lives and with our bodies. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.


707 Following Jesus (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 10

This course explores the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ as the climax of God’s plan of salvation. We aim to understand the cosmic and personal implications of this central topic of Christian faith. Jesus is the true image of God and the way that we are able to experience God both in this life and the next. We will discuss how Jesus continues to be present for us and reflect on what it means to be his disciple.


708 Honors Following Jesus (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 10
Prerequisite: department approval required

This course explores the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ as the climax of God’s plan of salvation. We aim to understand the cosmic and personal implications of this central topic of Christian faith. Jesus is the true image of God and the way that we are able to experience God both in this life and the next. We will discuss how Jesus continues to be present for us and reflect on what it means to be his disciple. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.


709 Being the Church (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 10

This course explores what it means to accept and fulfill the call of Christ to be his living body in the world, to continue the incarnation of God’s love. We are invited to participate in Christ’s work of creating the communion and flourishing of God’s kingdom among all peoples on earth. We will focus on how to understand and live the four marks of the Church. We will also discuss the various ways that the Sacraments both connect us to God through Christ and empower us to carry out Christ’s mission in the world.


710 Honors Being the Church (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 10
Prerequisite: Department approval required

This course explores what it means to accept and fulfill the call of Christ to be his living body in the world, to continue the incarnation of God’s love. We are invited to participate in Christ’s work of creating the communion and flourishing of God’s kingdom among all peoples on earth. We will focus on how to understand and live the four marks of the Church. We will also discuss the various ways that the Sacraments both connect us to God through Christ and empower us to carry out Christ’s mission in the world. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence


719 Living in Christ (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 11

Jesus tells his followers that he came to give "life more abundant." The purpose of this course is to explore and to understand how the life of moral virtue is the way we live this abundant life—a life full of purpose and meaning, the only kind of life which will ultimately satisfy and fulfill us. Students will examine the moral doctrine of the Church and its foundations in human nature and the Scriptures. Students will be invited to deepen their ownership of the habit of virtue as it relates to their personal identity in Christ, as opposed to understanding morality as uncritical submission to authority, custom, or fashion.


720 Honors Living in Christ (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grade 11
Prerequisite: Department approval required

Jesus tells his followers that he came to give "life more abundant." The purpose of this course is to explore and to understand how the life of moral virtue is the way we live this abundant life—a life full of purpose and meaning, the only kind of life which will ultimately satisfy and fulfill us. Students will examine the moral doctrine of the Church and its foundations in human nature and the Scriptures. Students will be invited to deepen their ownership of the habit of virtue as it relates to their personal identity in Christ, as opposed to understanding morality as uncritical submission to authority, custom, or fashion. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence.


713 Serving God’s Kingdom (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 11

During his ministry, Jesus preached, "Repent: the kingdom of heaven is at hand." The purpose of this course is to explore how the Church's social doctrine--its teaching on the family, on work, and on civil society--is a blueprint for the kingdom of God on earth: a kingdom which is already here but is also still being built. We will examine the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and their inseparable connection with the virtue of justice. Students will be invited to reconsider their political identities and allegiances in light of their call to be ambassadors of God's kingdom.


724 Honors Serving God’s Kingdom (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 11
Prerequisite: Department approval required

During his ministry, Jesus preached, "Repent: the kingdom of heaven is at hand." The purpose of this course is to explore how the Church's social doctrine--its teaching on the family, on work, and on civil society--is a blueprint for the kingdom of God on earth: a kingdom which is already here but is also still being built. We will examine the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and their inseparable connection with the virtue of justice. Students will be invited to reconsider their political identities and allegiances in light of their call to be ambassadors of God's kingdom. Honors students are expected to handle the associated demands of increased volume, complexity and independence


787 Encountering World Religions (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

This year-long course surveys five major, international religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism – as well as Greco-Roman and indigenous religions. It integrates the academic study of religion with the Catholic practice of inter-religious dialogue. We examine the histories, beliefs, rituals, and contemporary forms of these diverse religions in a systematic, analytical, and empathetic way. We analyze the contribution that each religion makes to the search for ultimate meaning and purpose in human existence. We aim to understand what it is like to practice each of these religions and how different religious identities constitute unique ways of living, seeing, and being. Our studies culminate in living encounters and dialogues with members of the faiths that we are studying.


786 IB World Religions SL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12
Prerequisite: IB World Religions SL I
Note: this course fulfills the World History/Social Studies requirement

This year-long course builds upon the introduction to five major, living, international religions that students received in IB World Religions SL I. It includes the completion of the Internal Assessment (an independent investigation and analysis focused on a topic of each student's choice), In-Depth Study of Islam and Buddhism, and preparation for Paper 1 & 2 IB Exams in May 2020. The In-Depth Studies are organized around Five Themes: Rituals, Sacred Texts, Doctrines and Beliefs, Religious Experience, and Ethics. Emphasis is placed on personal encounter with living representatives and sites of Islam and Buddhism.

TRS 202 Religions of the World - Marymount University (Marymount University Dual Credit (3 college credits); full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA; department approval required.
GPA; department approval required.

Note: Dual credit allows eligible seniors in strong academic standing to fulfill a high school academic requirement while simultaneously earning college credit for the course. This course is taught on Holy Cross campus during the school day by Holy Cross faculty members who have achieved adjunct faculty status at Marymount. Dual credit students have access to the Marymount Library. Marymount bills and enrolls the accepted student directly ($360 per course). These credits are transferable to other colleges and universities, depending upon the school and its policies.

This year-long course surveys five major, international religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism – as well as Greco-Roman and indigenous religions. It integrates the academic study of religion with the Catholic practice of inter-religious dialogue. We examine the histories, beliefs, rituals, and contemporary forms of these diverse religions in a systematic, analytical, and empathetic way. We analyze the contribution that each religion makes to the search for ultimate meaning and purpose in human existence. We aim to understand what it is like to practice each of these religions and how different religious identities constitute unique ways of living, seeing, and being. Our studies culminate in living encounters and dialogues with members of the faiths that we are studying. The assessments in this course are more rigorous and essay-based than those used for Encountering World Religions, and this course has college-level textbooks and readings.


Science

SCIENCE

Chair: Alison Simon
3 credits required

Required courses: Biology (1 credit) and Chemistry (1 credit); one additional credit.

The remaining credit is elective within this department

The Science Department at The Academy of the Holy Cross believes that students who study science can make informed decisions, are able to ask thoughtful questions, and can clearly communicate those questions and findings to those around them. Students come in contact with multiple science experiences that nurture and foster an increased curiosity and understanding of what they observe and investigate. They advance their ability to offer reasonable explanations, make predictions, and learn to respect nature and their environment. Science strengthens the skills they need to think effectively, objectively, and creatively through the process of inquiry.

Our students understand that science, technology, and society are interwoven and interdependent. They learn to:

  • Use the major ideas of science in rational, creative thinking;
  • Demonstrate competence and confidence in applying the knowledge, processes, and attitudes of science in making informed decisions;
  • Use the process skills of observing, classifying, inferring, predicting, measuring, and communicating;
  • Demonstrate an attitude of stewardship toward both the local and global environment and consider the ethical implications when applying scientific knowledge; and
  • Demonstrate a willingness to re-evaluate existing ideas as a result of new information.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

Biology & Honors Biology

AP Biology

IB Biology HL II

Chemistry and Honors Chemistry

Neurobiology

Global Health

AP Environmental Science

Physics and Honors Physics

AP Physics C Mechanics

PLTW: Honors Introduction to Engineering

PLTW: Honors Principles of Engineering

PLTW/AP Computer Science Principles



803 General Biology (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

This science course is designed to teach students the concepts and principles of biology through lab-based learning. Students will develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of life science. Students will engage in the scientific process, molecules and cells, cellular reproduction and genetics, evolution, ecology, energy, and systems. Laboratory activities stress the development of important skills such as detailed observation, accurate recording, and data interpretation and analysis.

852 Honors Biology (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

Prerequisite: department approval

This honors level science course is designed to teach students the concepts and principles of biology. Students will master a conceptual framework for modern biology and recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of life science. Students will participate in a thorough and in-depth investigation of the scientific process, molecules and cells, cellular reproduction and genetics, evolution, ecology, energy, and systems in an inquiry-based classroom. Laboratory activities stress the development of important skills such as detailed observation, accurate recording, experimental design, and data interpretation and analysis.

816 General Chemistry (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Biology

Students investigate and perform experiments focused on matter, its classification, and its interactions. Topics include states of matter, measurement, atomic theory, bonding, periodicity, formula writing, equations, the mole concept, stoichiometry, kinetic molecular theory, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, and acid/base chemistry.

856 Honors Chemistry (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Biology and department approval

Students investigate and perform experiments focused on matter, its classification, and its interactions. Topics include states of matter, measurement, atomic theory, bonding, periodicity, formula writing, equations, the mole concept, stoichiometry, kinetic molecular theory, solution chemistry, acid/base chemistry, gas laws, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. The Honors curriculum is focused to challenge the reasoning and analytical skills of responsible and academically motivated students.

817 Physics (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12
Co-requisite: Algebra II

This laboratory course focuses on concepts and principles that explain many naturally occurring events in the world. Students develop strong problem-solving skills as they build an understanding of straight line and rotational motion, gravitation, momentum and energy, electricity, and magnetism. Presentation of concepts allows students to relate physics theory with real-world and laboratory experiences.

857 Honors Physics (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Algebra II, Chemistry and department approval

Students learn mathematical problem-solving skills by studying linear, two-dimensional, and circular motion. Through in-class discussion and hands-on laboratory experiments, students learn basic concepts in mechanical physics such as force, inertia, momentum, work and energy. Students are introduced to more advanced concepts in physics such as atomic structure, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Students are also introduced to selected topics in modern physics.

855 AP Physics C Mechanics (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Honors Physics and department approval required

This course covers topics that include the translational and rotational quantities and concepts associated with statics, kinematics, dynamics/torque, circular motion, gravity, work, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, universal law of gravity/orbits, and oscillations. The course will utilize guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. Students will perform hands-on labs to enhance their understanding of the concepts. Some calculus will be used in the course. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.

823 Neurobiology (fall semester, ½ credit)
Grades 11-12
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

This semester course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of neurobiology, emphasizing how the nervous system is built during development, how it changes with experiences during life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how it is disrupted by stress, injury, and disease. The course will begin with basic functions of single nerve cells, neural circuits, and neurochemistry. Then using the framework of the three major components of the nervous system--sensory input, processing of information, and motor output--students will investigate the senses, the brain, and the relationships with the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Teaching methods include case studies, dissections, laboratory investigations, modeling, readings, and discussions.

826 Global Health (spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 11-12
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, this semester course will provide students with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today, including hunger, bioethics, communicable diseases, and reproductive health. Students will study how various microbes have contributed to major epidemics and how the immune system works to combat these pathogens. Teaching methods include case studies, dissections, laboratory investigations, modeling, readings, and discussions. The course will feature an interdisciplinary design project on the impact of neglected tropical diseases on developing nations that will encompass anatomy and physiology, ecology, microbiology, and epidemiology.

854 AP Biology (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and department approval
Note: To meet the demands of AP Biology curriculum and required time in laboratory, students are expected to attend an extended class period on a weekly basis that class meets, starting at 7:30am.

Advanced Placement Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory survey course in Biology. This rigorous course focuses on four underlying principles, called Big Ideas, encompassing evolution; cellular processes and homeostasis; genetics and information transfer; and ecology and biological interactions. It also emphasizes inquiry-based learning and the development of science practices and skills. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in student-directed laboratory investigations throughout the course as well as modeling, group projects and problem-solving to complement lectures in class and reading for understanding outside of class. All students are required to take the AP exam for this course.

889 AP Environmental Science
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology or Honors Biology, Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and department approval
Note: additional fee required for Chesapeake Bay trip

Advanced Placement Environmental Science is designed to be the equivalent of a one semester, introductory college survey course in environmental science. This curriculum stresses scientific principles and analysis, including an intensive laboratory component. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in student-directed investigations throughout the course as well as group projects and problem-solving to complement lectures in class and reading for understanding outside of class. As environmental science is an interdisciplinary study, the following themes will be the cornerstone of the course: science as a process, energy conversions underlie all ecological processes, Earth is a an interconnected system, humans alter natural systems, environmental issues have cultural and social contexts, and human survival depends on the development of practices that support sustainability.

All students are required to participate in a 2½-day overnight data-collection activity with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, giving them the opportunity to investigate a local ecosystem. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.

882 IB Biology HL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: IB Biology HL I and department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates
Note: this is the second year of a two-year IB course

This second year of the IB Biology HL course continues its emphasis on inquiry, problem solving, and scientific investigations. Students will complete their internal assessment in the first semester. Major topics covered during this year include plant biology, metabolism, human anatomy & physiology, a more in-depth study of evolution and ecology. All students are required to take the IB exam for this course.

842 Honors Introduction to Engineering Design (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Note: while all students must complete both Biology and Chemistry, this course does satisfy the third credit of Science required for graduation. A freshman may co-enroll in Honors Introduction to Engineering Design and Biology. A sophomore may co-enroll in Honors Introduction to Engineering Design and Chemistry.
Note: This course also satisfies the requirement of ½ credit in technology.

This is an honors level high school foundation course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program.
Students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software (Autodesk Inventor).

843 Honors Principles of Engineering (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either Introduction to Engineering Design or Physics, department approval required

This is an honors level high school foundation course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program.
Using activity-, project-, and problem-based learning, students are introduced to mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The course consists of four major topics: (1) energy and power; (2) materials and structures; (3) control systems; and (4) statistics and kinematics. The course includes the construction of robots using a Vex robotics kit and learning to program them in ROBOTC.

159 PLTW-AP Computer Science Principles (full year, 1 credit in either science or technology)
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Programming or Honors Principles of Engineering, or departmental approval. Completion of Algebra II.

Computer Science Principles (CSP) is a PLTW course to implement the College Board’s new AP CS Principles framework. This is a rigorous college level course in computer science. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, PLTW Computer Science Principles aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to take the Advanced Placement exam for Computer Science and may result in college credit.

The course also aims to build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Each unit focuses on one or more computationally intensive career paths. Students are engaged in ethical discussions regarding issues raised by the present and future societal impact of computing.


Visual Arts

VISUAL ARTS

Chair: Rebecca Cornelius

½ credit required

The Department of Visual Arts recognizes the importance of fostering our students’ discovery of their artistic talents and abilities. We believe in developing our students’ aesthetic awareness and confidence in art production by offering them the opportunity to master a broad range of artistic skills and exposing them to the history and cultural diversity of world art. Our approach to every course is integrative, relating what is learned in the art classroom to every subject in school.

We believe that art is vitally important to education and that it positively influences thinking and reasoning skills beyond the art studio. The most recent research in education has determined training in the arts to be essential to the development of deductive and associative reasoning as well as to creative thinking and innovative approaches to problem solving. Beyond that, we believe that the study of art enhances our students’ understanding of culture, thereby enriching their lives.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

Studio Art I, II, & Honors Studio Art III

Ceramics I & II

Photography I & II




011 Studio Art I (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12

Students enrolled in Studio Art I will explore the elements of art and the principles of design, keep a visual arts journal, and create artwork in the following areas: drawing, charcoal, pastel, painting, and printmaking.


012 Studio Art II (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Studio Art I, Ceramics I, or Photography I

Students will build on experience gained in prior visual arts courses and have the opportunity to create works of art in a larger variety of mediums, while learning about the techniques, styles, and history of artisans from around the world. Students will create artwork in the following areas: sculpture, 3D mixed media, digital art, and design.


023 Honors Studio Art III (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Studio Art I and Studio Art II

An honors level advanced art class, Studio Art III is for the visual art student looking to create a portfolio for college. Students will build on experience gained in Studio Art I and II and have the opportunity to continue to create more complex artwork in a variety of 2D and 3D mediums. Students will be encouraged to choose a specific area of interest that includes a focused study or series of pieces to exhibit in a school art show.


019 Ceramics I (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12
Note: Based upon enrollment, this course may be co-seated with Ceramics II

Students learn and apply the basic methods involved in preparing clay (wedging) and various hand-building techniques, such as pinch, coil, slab, and drape. They create sculptural forms, and learn a variety of glazing techniques including layering and under glazing.


021 Ceramics II (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Ceramics I
Note: Based upon enrollment, this course may be co-seated with Ceramics I

Students focus on skills to perfect the technique of throwing on the potter's wheel and enhance their hand-building skills using a variety of clays and glazing techniques. The curriculum includes advanced projects while continuing the use of four basic hand-building methods: pinch, coil, slab, and drape.


029 Photography I (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12
Note: Students are required to have a digital camera capable of manual adjustments of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed
Note: Based upon enrollment, this course may be co-seated with Photography II

Students will learn the basics of operating a digital camera and be introduced to Photoshop for editing purposes. They practice black and white and color photo techniques, balance, composition, depth of field, contrast, and design in photography. Critical analysis of professional photographs, as well as the work of other students will be a focus. Students will maintain an investigative journal and produce a portfolio of individual prints that demonstrate their experience with a variety of photographic modes of expression.

030 Photography II: Digital Photography (fall and spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Photography I
Note: Students are required to have a digital camera capable of manual adjustments of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed
Note: Based upon enrollment, this course may be co-seated with Photography I

Students will expand upon their knowledge of photography, the artistic use of digital photographs, and the use of Photoshop for image enhancement. They will maintain an investigative journal and produce several series of prints that explore a single theme.

World Languages

WORLD LANGUAGES

Chair: Gabriela Saibene

3 credits required; 2 of these must be in the same language

The members of the World Languages Department bring a world of languages and cultures to life in our classrooms through immersion, technology and media, and active use of authentic language. We believe that language empowers students to be curious about the world, to be lifelong learners, and to become vibrant members of a multi-lingual and multi-cultural world. We strive to empower our students to be knowledgeable global citizens by developing functional proficiency and intercultural understanding in a world language.

Course Offerings 2019-20 (detailed descriptions follow):

French I

French II

French III

French IV

IB French HL II


Latin I

Latin II

Latin III

Honors Latin IV

Spanish I & Honors Spanish I

Spanish II & Honors Spanish II

Spanish III & Honors Spanish III

Honors Spanish IV

IB Spanish SL II

IB Spanish HL II

FRENCH

3311 French I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9
Note: this course is intended for students with little or no previous study of French

In this introductory course, students will begin to develop the fundamental skills of the language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through the year, they will acquire basic grammar, structures and vocabulary that will allow them to communicate and express themselves confidently in a variety of real life situations. They will actively practice their communication skills through a variety of oral and written activities and projects. Students will also begin to explore the Francophone world through videos, music, readings and discussions. This course is conducted in French.


312 French II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-10
Prerequisite: French I or equivalent

In this course, students will continue to develop the basic oral and written skills they started to acquire in French I. Authentic material (short stories, press articles, song) will complement the traditional manual as learning support. Through these sources, the students will increase the scope of their vocabulary, consolidate their grammar and start to use more advanced structures to express themselves in more complex situations and complete more complicated tasks. They will continue to work toward proficiency throughout a variety of oral and written activities and projects. While continuing to increase their awareness of the entire French-speaking world they will experience a deeper discovery of France and its various regions. This course is conducted in French.


315 French III (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: French II or equivalent

In this course, students will continue to strengthen their ability to express themselves with proficiency in any given situation, confidently progressing towards accuracy. A variety of authentic sources (press articles, short stories, novels, poetry, songs, movies, podcast) will constitute the main support of learning. Students will listen, read, and analyze material and then they will use their French to present, discuss, and write about a variety of topics. Throughout the year, students will also deepen their understanding and increase their knowledge of the Francophone world in general as well as of specific French-speaking countries of their choice. This course is conducted in French.


317 Honors French IV (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: French III or equivalent

In this course, while students will continue to get many opportunities to strengthen and perfect their grammar, the language will truly become a means of communication and expression rather than a goal in itself. The objective of this course is for the students to gain a better understanding of France as a country and the French people through a better understanding of the country’s History and its implication on its culture. Through a variety of authentic sources that the students will study in depth (classics novels, plays and poems) the students will explore centuries of French History from Antiquity to the 20th Century. The study of additional sources (comic books, songs and movies, but also paintings, sculptures and pieces of architecture) will enhance the course for the students.


383 IB French HL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

This challenging advanced French class motivates students to continue to put intopractice all linguistic skills acquired in previous classes. Through a selection of authentic sources (press articles, podcasts, videos, news reports, movies), students will strive to heighten their awareness of global issues and their understanding of current events impacting the Francophone world. Students will also read, study and discuss pieces of French literature. Through a variety of oral and written activities, students will have ample opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the French language and their understanding of its culture acquired over their years of French.


LATIN

301 Latin I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

Note: this course is intended for students with little or no previous study of Latin

Students begin to develop a reading knowledge of Latin through examination of the nature and structure of the language. They learn basic Latin vocabulary and grammatical structures while reading about the famous city of Pompeii in the Cambridge Latin Course, an interactive textbook available on the iPad. Students study English derivatives and loan words, daily life in ancient Rome, the influence of Roman art and architecture, and the lasting cultural legacy of classical civilization.


302 Latin II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: Latin I or equivalent

Students increase their reading proficiency by learning additional vocabulary and grammatical structures and continue to study English derivatives and loan words. Students continue to use the Cambridge Latin Course while also being introduced to unadapted Latin of Roman authors. Student will continue to study Ancient Rome and its influence on Western Culture through readings and projects.


306 Latin III (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-11

Prerequisite: Latin II

In the third year of Latin, the culmination of two years of language study brings students face-to-face with the Roman past. Students read and study selections of various Roman authors from Ovid to Caesar. The culture and history of Rome reflected in these works are examined and interpreted as well. Regular review of grammar and vocabulary, integrated with the works read, will help students reinforce their understanding of the language. Students will learn figures of speech and scansion of Latin poetry.


307 Honors Latin IV (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 10-12

This course will solidify students' knowledge of Latin and Roman Culture through an exploration of selections from some of most important works of Rome’s literary achievements. In addition to other works, students will focus on Vergil’s epic poem, The Aeneid. To better understand the political motivation of this work, students will read Roman historians in Latin to enrich their reading of the The Aeneid. Students will study meter, figures of speech, diction, syntax, mythology, and the socio-political culture in which the poem arose.


SPANISH

321 Spanish I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

Note: this course is intended for students with little or no previous study of Spanish

In this first-year course, students are immersed immediately in Spanish as they begin to acquire the four basic skills: culture, speaking, reading, and writing. The language program simulates real-life scenarios that reflect the diversity of the many Spanish-speaking cultures. Varied activities that stimulate learning for all types of learners are used on a daily basis, such as producing skits, watching video segments, and listening to, understanding, and replying to auditory stimuli. Internet-based activities that are both challenging and fun will be incorporated into class. Active class participation is strongly encouraged.


329 Honors Spanish I (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 9

Prerequisite: Holy Cross language placement test and middle school records

In an immersion environment, students will cover the same material as Spanish I but will move at a more accelerated pace with additional activities to empower language learning. The four basic language skills will be developed simultaneously: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing. The classroom environment simulates real-life scenarios that reflect the diversity of the many Spanish-speaking cultures. Varied activities that stimulate learning for all types of learners are used on a daily basis, such as producing skits, watching video segments from around the Spanish-speaking world, and listening to, understanding, and replying to auditory stimuli. Internet-based activities that are both challenging and fun will be incorporated into class.


322 Spanish II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent

In the second year of Spanish, students continue their immersion in the language and culture as they develop the four basic skills begun in Spanish I. They broaden their vocabulary and build on their syntactic structures in order to communicate with greater ease. They explore the values and customs of the Spanish-speaking world using video, audio, and Internet-based resources.


372 Honors Spanish II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-10

Prerequisite: Honors Spanish I or Spanish I and department approval required

In the second year of Spanish, students continue their immersion in the language and culture as they further develop the four basic skills begun in Spanish I. They continue to broaden their vocabulary and syntactic structures in order to communicate with greater ease and fluency. They explore the values and customs of the Spanish-speaking world using video, audio, print media, and Internet-based resources, allowing them to explore literary as well as journalistic prose from around the Spanish-speaking world.


323 Spanish III (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Spanish II

Students further develop their understanding, speaking, writing, and reading skills. Immersed in the language, they will increase their proficiency by discussing reading selections, writing compositions, role-playing, and analyzing advanced syntactic structures. Students expand their knowledge of the Hispanic cultures using audio, video, and Internet-based sources.


373 Honors Spanish III (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Spanish II or Spanish III, department approval required.

This class motivates students to continue to put into practice all linguistic skills acquired in previous levels 1 and 2, as well as explore more complex expressions and texts in Spanish. Students will learn to communicate effectively in a wide range of situations and will be able to understand and respond appropriately to written and spoken prompts of average difficulty. Immersed in the language, they discuss reading selections of literary or journalistic prose, write a variety of essays, role-play, and analyze advanced syntactic structures found in authentic sources. This course is conducted in Spanish.


374 Honors Spanish IV (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Spanish III

Students develop a more advanced level of the four language skills in the immersion classroom: understanding, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on their oral communication and writing abilities. They continue to expand their knowledge of grammatical structures, as well as their ability to analyze and compare different Hispanic cultures. Through a variety of interactive activities that range from guided to communicative, students understand and appreciate the Hispanic world and engage in interesting conversations.


386 IB Spanish SL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates
Note: this is the second year (SL II) or the first year (HL I) of a of a two-year IB course.

At this advanced-level of language study, students continue to develop understanding, speaking, writing, and reading skills, as well as demonstrate heightened awareness of global issues and their impact on the Spanish-speaking world. Immersed in the language, they will increase their proficiency by discussing reading selections of literary or journalistic prose, writing compositions, role-playing, and analyzing advanced syntactic structures found in authentic sources. Students explore literature and journalistic prose of the Spanish-speaking world, watch and analyze the news, and read works by a variety of Spanish and Latin American authors. Students expand their knowledge of the Hispanic cultures using audio, video, and Internet-based sources.


387 IB Spanish HL II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: IB Spanish HL I and department approval required for non-IB Diploma Programme candidates
Note: this is the second year of a two-year IB course
Note: this course is co-seated with IB Spanish SL II/HL I

This challenging advanced class motivates students to continue to put into practice all linguistic skills acquired in previous classes. Students strive to heighten their awareness of global issues and the impact on the Spanish-speaking world. Immersed in the language, they discuss reading selections of literary or journalistic prose, write a variety of essays, role-play, and analyze advanced syntactic structures found in authentic sources. Students are required to take the IB exam at the end of the year.


Moreau Options Program

MOREAU OPTIONS PROGRAM

Director: Emily Montgomery

The Moreau Options Program is Holy Cross' program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Each student in the Moreau Program takes 2 - 4 classes a semester that are specifically designed for students with disabilities. Moreau classes are deliberately kept small, and an emphasis is placed on developing skills and knowledge that students can apply immediately in their inclusive classes and the broader Holy Cross community, as well as skills and knowledge that will help students develop independent lives as an adult. Assistive technology is integrated into all Moreau Options classes.

In addition to classes that are designed specifically for students with disabilities, the Moreau Options Program offers one class, Introduction to Special Education, which is open to all Holy Cross students.


Course Offerings 2019-2020 (detailed descriptions follow):

Pre-Algebra

Language and Composition I, II, III, IV

Academic Reading

Integrated and Applied Science

Introduction to Special Education

Career Internship


409 Pre-Algebra (full year)
Grade 9 –12
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program
Note: this class may be repeated

Pre-Algebra is a self-paced class. Technology is used to ensure that each student receives an individualized education that suits their abilities and learning needs. Major topics include computations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, geometry, measurement, and basic algebra. Hands on activities and applications to real-life situations are emphasized throughout the year.


209 Language and Composition I (full year)
Grade 9
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program

Students in Language and Composition I develop their reading, writing, and oral language skills while working on assignments from English I, and the freshmen theology classes.


210 Language and Composition II (full year)
Grade 10
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program

Students in Language and Composition II develop their reading, writing, and oral language skills while working on assignments from English II, and the sophomore theology classes.


211 Language and Composition III (full year)
Grade 11
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program

Students in Language and Composition III develop their reading, writing, and oral language skills while working on assignments from English III, and the junior theology classes.


212 Language and Composition IV (full year)
Grade 12
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program

Students in Language and Composition IV develop their reading, writing, and oral language skills while working on assignments from English IV, and the senior theology classes.


200 Academic Reading (Fall or Spring Semester)
Grade 9 – 12
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program
Note: class may be repeated

Academic Reading class is designed for students who need instruction on foundational reading skills including recognizing sight words, applying rules of phonics to decoding unknown words, and reading fluency.


809 Integrated and Applied Science (full year)
Grade 9 – 12
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program

This science course is designed to teach students the concepts and principles of physical science. Cooking projects and laboratory activities stress the development of important skills such as working safely, following directions, and observing and recording results.


185 Introduction to Special Education (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: application to and approval by Director of the Moreau Options Program
Note: this class is open to enrollment by all students
Note: students may enroll in this course for either fall or spring, or for both semesters

11th and 12th grade students are invited to apply for the Introduction to Special Education Class. Students in this class work with students in the Moreau Options Program in the Moreau Options classroom, and general education settings. Under the supervision of the Moreau Options Director, they create and implement lesson plans, and assist students with academic tasks. Outside of class, students complete readings and assignments related to the topic of disability, and to best practices in education for students with identified disabilities.


190 Career Internship
Grade 11, 12
Note: enrollment is limited to students in the Moreau Option Program

The Career Internship Program allows juniors and seniors in the Moreau Options Program to interact with, observe, and assist individuals who are employed in a field of interest. The intent of the internship is to help students develop career related skills, and to provide activities that will enable the student to make informed career decisions. Students may complete internships on or off campus.

Electives, One Schoolhouse, Pamoja

ELECTIVES (NON-DEPARTMENTAL)

Please note that these courses do not fulfill requirements for credits in specific departments.

EDCC 220 Foundations of Education- Trinity Washington University (Trinity Washington University Dual Credit (3 college credits); 1 semester (fall), ½ credit)
Grade 11-12

Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors who have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above; and/or administrative approval by the Principal.

The course allows the student, as scholar-practitioner, to explore some of the historical, philosophical, and cultural foundations of American education. Students examine curriculum content, organization and basic teaching competencies, as well as the implications of contemporary educational issues, policy, and decision-making.

The course would also afford students the opportunity of a 5- hour field experience in a local elementary school where they would observe teachers and students in an effort to combine theory and practice. This will be an intensive reading and writing course, which will also allow students to hone their presentation skills. There are no mid-term or final exams in the class, but rather performance-based assessments where students would have a voice in selecting topics for a presentation of education and pop culture and a 4-page scholarly research report.


102 Peer Ministry (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 12
Prerequisite: application and Campus Ministry approval
Note: the grade given for this course is pass or fail.

In the spring of the junior year, students are invited to apply for the role of Peer Minister through the Director of Campus Ministry. The course requires students to build self-awareness, develop a spirituality based on contemplation and action, and investigate both spiritually and academically the roles of servant-leadership. Ultimately, Peer Ministers serve as the spiritual leaders of the school community planning and leading our Campus Ministry programs including but not limited to prayers, sacraments and retreats. Please note: the grade given for this course is pass (P) or fail (F) and does not factor into GPA.


642 Introduction to Sports Medicine (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grades 10-12

This course explores the physiology of exercise and nutrition. Students will develop an understanding and practical application of basic athletic training principles. Course includes both class work and practical hands-on application. While student are not required to purchase a textbook, there is a lab fee of $45 for this course. All students will be certified in First Aid and CPR.


182 IB Theory of Knowledge II (full year, 1 credit)
Grade 12

Prerequisite: IB Theory of Knowledge I

Note: this course is open only to IB Diploma candidates and is the second year of a two-year IB course

Theory of Knowledge II continues the exploration of knowledge issues by challenging students to be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge and helping them recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected world. Students will continue to generate questions, consider alternate ideas, and explore multiple solutions, particularly in the areas of history, ethics, and the arts. Each student will make an oral presentation and write an externally reviewed, IBO-required essay that will identify and explore a knowledge issue. In addition to the Theory of Knowledge curriculum, meeting times during this class period will support students’ completion of the Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) components of the IB Diploma Programme Core.


185 Introduction to Special Education (fall or spring semester, ½ credit)
Grade 11, 12
Prerequisite: application to and approval by Director of the Moreau Options Program

Note: students may enroll in this course for either fall or spring, or for both semesters

11th and 12th grade students are invited to apply for the Introduction to Special Education Class. Students in this class work with students in the Moreau Options Program in the Moreau Options classroom, and general education settings. Under the supervision of the Moreau Options Director, they create and implement lesson plans, and assist students with academic tasks. Outside of class, students complete readings and assignments related to the topic of disability, and to best practices in education for students with identified disabilities.




One Schoolhouse and the Online School for Girls
Coordinator: John Sullivan, Assistant Principal for Academics

The Academy of the Holy Cross is a member of One Schoolhouse and the Online School for Girls. A consortium that includes over 70 girls’ schools from across the country, our partnership with One Schoolhouse allows Holy Cross to expand course offerings and connect our students to over 35 different AP and STEM courses in a blended-learning environment.

One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Language have been approved by NCAA as core-courses. AP courses have been approved by the College Board.

Note that OSG courses have an additional associated fee, which is $1,495 per course in the 2017-2018 academic year. Enrollment also requires approval from the Assistant Principal for Academics. Students interested in taking an online course must complete the Online Course Request form, available on the Useful Forms page of the Student (or Parent) Portal.

Below is a list of Courses offered at Holy Cross in recent years:

AP Psychology

AP Computer Science

AP Human Geography

AP Macroeconomics

AP Micro Economics

AP Music Theory

AP World History

Creating Tomorrow – Designing for the Digital World

Linear Algebra

Marine Science

Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations

For a complete list of courses available to students through One Schoolhouse and the Online School for girls, please follow this link.


995 AP Psychology (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of tenth grade

AP Psychology course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. In this course, students will be presented with the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena contained within the major branches of psychology. The course will include a balanced examination of: Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders and Social Psychology. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the many subfields contained within psychology and the connections between them. In addition, students will also be exposed to the history, methodology, and ethical practices associated with psychological research. Upon completion of this course students will recognize the significance of psychology and its practical applications upon the world around them. Students will engage collaboratively with their classmates in projects and real-world discussions. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


160 AP Computer Science (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II, and any of the following: OSG’s Introduction to Computer Programming, OSG’s Preparing for
AP Computer Science, or previous programming experience and instructor permission

The AP Computer Science course will introduce the key concepts and techniques of object-oriented programming in Java. The analytic, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills developed in this course will transfer to programming in other languages on a variety of platforms. This course is designed with the idea that programming should be fun, engaging, and intuitive. Students will work creatively and collaboratively with their classmates and develop a solid foundation from which to launch into a wide range of computer science areas. In today’s world, having an understanding of programming concepts as well as the ability to approach problems with a “programmer’s eye” have become essential skills for students and professionals. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


960 AP Human Geography (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school history

AP Human Geography will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. Students will analyze the interplay between geography and humanity while they investigate topics such as population growth and migration; cultural patterns and processes; political organization of space; agriculture; industrialization and economic development; cities and urban land use; and the environmental impact of human actions. They will learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice, which help geographers answer such diverse questions as: What do clustering patterns of voting districts in a state tell one about the population? Why do most North Americans practice Christianity? And, what has changed in the last 10 years that has caused the oil industry to not be able to keep up with demand? The course will include discussions, collaborative projects, free-response questions and traditional tests and quizzes. The courses is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


961 AP Macroeconomics (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II

AP Macroeconomics will introduce students to major economic issues such as basic market analysis, the causes of the cycle of economic growth and recession, the problems of inflation and unemployment, the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, and the causes and effects of international trade imbalances and currency fluctuations. Public policy issues are analyzed in a debate format between conservative and liberal approaches. This course will involve extensive reading, problem-solving exercises, online discussions, quizzes and tests, and research and writing about contemporary macroeconomic issues. Strong reading, algebra, and analytical skills are necessary for success, as is strong motivation. AP Macroeconomics will prepare students to become informed and thoughtful and will thoroughly prepare students to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring. AP Macroeconomics is recommended for juniors and seniors. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


970 AP Microeconomics (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II

AP Microeconomics is the study of economic principles that apply to the actions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within an economic system. Topics covered in this course will include: opportunity cost, supply and demand, free trade, economic efficiency, factor markets, monopolies and other anticompetitive markets, as well as government intervention in the economy. Students will explore critical questions, such as: What role do trade-offs, incentives, and marginal thinking play in individual and firm decision making? How can economies most efficiently use their scarce resources? How can governments balance efficiency and equality in an economic system? As an online, college-level course, significant emphasis is placed on independent work and individual accountability. Students will complete collaborative projects, group discussions, problem sets, quizzes, and tests. The curriculum is developed to prepare students for the AP Microeconomics examination in May. Strong mathematical reasoning skills and an interest in finance or business (or even politics) will help students in this course. AP Microeconomics is recommended for juniors and seniors. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


540 AP Music Theory (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Ability to read music off of at least one clef and proficiency in an instrument or voice (at least two years study), or permission of the instructor

AP Music Theory will introduce advanced concepts of music theory to students. The aim of this course is to improve students’ performance, aural, analytical, and composition skills. Music Theory is an intensive, fast-paced course that touches on aspects of melody, harmony, texture, form, musical analysis, and composition. This course also includes an aural section of sight-singing, melodic and harmonic dictation, and listening examples. Each student will be required to compose and perform original compositions, both as an individual and in a group setting. This is a crucial course for anyone looking to pursue music professionally or for anyone who has a passion in music and wants to explore her interest. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


990 AP World History (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school history

AP World History will cover history from a truly global perspective rather than that of Western civilization. This course will trace major developments beginning with the Neolithic Revolution and ending with twenty-first century globalization. This course emphasizes the nature of change in global frameworks; studies historical forces and events that have shaped today’s world; and offers a comparison among major societies. This course will focus on reading, writing, and research, and will include analysis of primary source documents, lectures, discussions, and projects. Students will engage collaboratively and creatively to understand history and their role in it. All students enrolled in this course will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring. AP World History is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring of the year.


157 Creating Tomorrow - Designing for the Digital World (1 credit, full year)
Pre-requisite: Students must have an understanding of basic computer programming. Students may fulfill this requirement through any of the following: OSG’s Introduction to Computer Programming, OSG’s Preparing for
AP Computer Science, or previous programming experience and instructor permission

The importance of communication in the digital world can't be underestimated. In this course, students will develop their digital communication skills by using the design process to create products relevant to the digital age in which we live. Combining programming, design and entrepreneurship, students will work both individually and in teams to create digital products in a variety of formats using a variety of tools and computer languages, and learn about how to brand and market these products. Production will require study in research, conceptual design, schedule and budget, concept development, testing, and implementation of products and/or designs. Example projects might include games, web sites, film, graphics and infographics, and/or mobile application design. Students will have choice in selecting projects of interest and be able to pursue interests in depth. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of their work.


420 Linear Algebra (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Calculus AB is adequate, but AP Calculus BC or equivalent is recommended

Linear algebra is the study of vectors, the spaces in which they live, and linear mappings between those spaces. It gives us a powerful new way to think mathematically, and it has many applications in science, engineering, economics, and any field in which multiple variables interact in ways that can be modeled by systems of linear equations. It’s therefore a required and very useful subject in college for many science and engineering majors. This yearlong course will cover a typical one-semester college linear algebra curriculum, with topics including matrix algebra, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and applications to differential equations. In the sequence of standard math courses, linear algebra can be studied either before or after multivariable calculus. It’s a great fit for the student who has completed AP Calculus AB or BC, who is passionate about challenging herself to think in new ways, and who wants to increase her ability to tackle problems in the real world.


860 Marine Science (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school biology

Marine Science will introduce students to oceanography through a review of earth science concepts, investigation of physical and chemical ocean systems, and the exploration of marine organisms. Major topics of study will include the anatomy and behavior of marine organisms, the ecology of marine habitats, and the role of climate change in both marine and global systems. There are three goals for the course: 1) to develop a solid knowledge base and understanding of marine ecological systems, 2) to integrate that knowledge base into practical applications of science that affect students’ world and futures; and 3) to foster critical thinking skills and a keen understanding of the scientific process necessary to become well-informed and scientifically aware citizens, whether students’ futures directly involve marine science or not.

Coursework will include a variety of methods and mediums, including but not limited to: virtual and at-home laboratory exercises; scientific literature analysis; reading and video assignments; and research using online journals and current oceanographic data.


462 Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations (1 credit, full year)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Calculus BC

Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations will cover a number of topics beyond the AP Calculus BC curriculum, including calculating volumes by using shells, surfaces of revolution, and centers of mass and centroids. The course also explores topics that are studied in a typical college level third semester calculus course, including vectors and vector valued functions, differentiation in several variables, optimization in several variables, multiple integration, and line and surface integrals. Moving onto Differential Equations, students begin solving exact first-order equations, solving second order homogeneous and nonhomogeneous linear equation, and exploring applications to various scientific fields. This course will feature discussions, projects, and other activities that will help students to develop their advanced math skills in a collaborative and creative way.