Catholic High School

Course Descriptions

(Updated July 9, 2018)

Table of Contents

Business/Technology Studies Department Course Descriptions

English Department Course Descriptions

Fine Arts Department Course Descriptions

Foreign Language Department Course Descriptions

Mathematics Department Course Descriptions

Physical Education Department Course Descriptions

Religion Department Course Descriptions

Science Department Course Descriptions

Social Studies Department Course Descriptions

Other

Business/Technology Studies Department Course Descriptions

Accounting (1/2 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Instruction includes basic fundamentals and terminology of Accounting as well as information on keeping financial records. Accounting computer applications will be integrated throughout the course where applicable. Practical accounting problems with business papers will emphasize actual business records management.

Digital Arts (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Digital Arts is a full year elective course for juniors and seniors. It focuses on using various modes of technology to understand and create an artistic, effective digital product. Students will learn basic principles and elements of art and design as they relate to the digital world. A variety of digital modes will be used including video, audio, and other multimedia.  Combining fine arts, graphic arts, digital design, visual literacy, and communication, the course emphasizes creativity, problem solving, project management, and respect for intellectual property.

Entrepreneurship (1/2 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Entrepreneurship is a one semester course designed for students who plan to study business at the university level and also for students who plan to pursue their own business endeavors after high school graduation. Some of the topics that are covered in class include marketing research, social and ethical responsibility, advertising and promoting a business, managing human resources, some accounting, and much more. Throughout the course, students develop a business plan and research its feasibility. Entrepreneurship is paired with another ½ credit course.

Financial Literacy (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Financial Literacy is a full year elective course for juniors and seniors. Although much of the course deals with math, the course does not fulfill the math graduation requirement. Financial literacy is designed for all students, no matter their college or career path. It presents a practical approach to personal financial skills that students will need after high school graduation. Units such as buying a car, making a budget, using credit responsibly, protecting your identity, saving for a rainy day, and paying for college are only some of the topics covered. Through research projects, guest speakers, student centered activities, and more, students will learn the real-world impact of their early financial decisions.

General Business/Principles of Business (1 or 1/2 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

General Business is an elective course offered to juniors and seniors. It is a comprehensive program for an introduction to business. The program combines explanations of business and economic concepts with practical applications of these concepts to the real world of the American business economy. General Business is paired with another ½ credit course.

Independent Study in Technology Applications I (ISTA I) (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

Independent Study in Technology Applications I (ISTA) is year-long elective course offered to juniors and seniors interested in computer programming and robotics. The course is designed to combine direct instruction and online learning with hands-on application of concepts.  Emphasis will be placed on language syntax, data types, algorithms, and logical structures.  

English Department Course Descriptions

English I College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

English I blends grammar, writing, vocabulary, reading, and literature into one course. Students study a wide variety of literature genres including poetry, short stories, non-fiction, novels, the Greek epic, and a Shakespearean drama. A strong emphasis is placed on grammar and writing skills, especially in narrative writing. Students also complete a formal research paper. Writing skills focus on introductions, thesis statements, topic sentences, outlining, and correct MLA formatting. Standardized test taking strategies are integrated into lessons.

English I Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

English I Honors is a fast-paced course that focuses on the advanced study of works of literature and carefully organized and correct writing. In addition to the reading selections, grammar, and writing covered in the college prep course, students will engage in formal literature analysis and discussions. Students are expected to be able to read independently. Good writing skills are also needed for the advanced writing covered in this course.

English II College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

English II exposes students to a variety of short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and novels, with a special emphasis on Shakespearean drama, Holocaust literature, and primary source documents. Writing experiences vary, but at the sophomore level, focus is placed on literary analysis, descriptive writing, and formal research. Specific skills include vocabulary development, essay organization, word choice, and revisions. Throughout the course, strategies for standardized tests are covered.

English II Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendations

English II Honors is an advanced course that provides the students with an advanced foundation in writing and a deeper understanding of literature. In addition to the reading selections, grammar, and writing covered in the college prep course, English II students participate in higher-level enrichment activities, literature projects, essays, research, and critical thinking projects.

English III (College Prep) (1 Carnegie Unit) 
Grade 11

English III is a literature-based college preparatory course that begins with the summer novels. After a study of
The Great Gatsby, which takes place during the 1920s, and another short story, which is set during the same historical period, students compose a research paper on the era. Following discussions of the summer assigned readings, the course continues chronologically with the literature of American authors and their historical context, beginning with the literature of Native Americans and culminating  with selections by contemporary American writers. Genres include American historical documents, other non fiction, poetry, short stories, and novels. The writing focus of the course is on persuasive writing, literary analysis, timed writing, and formal research. Writing lessons continue to build on previous year's work, focusing on areas such as support and rhetorical devices. There is also an emphasis on standardized test preparation.  

English III Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

English III Honors provides an in-depth study of American literature and skills in advanced writing. English III Honors actively develops higher-level thinking as students learn how to independently interpret various genres of literature. As in the college prep course, students engage in various literature and writing experiences: however, this course demands a deeper understanding of readings and more advanced writing.

Dual Enrollment (DE) English III Honors / ENGL 101 (1 Carnegie Unit, 3 Units of College Credit)

Grade 11

Eligibility: English II Honors, ACT composite score of 22 or higher, ACT English and Reading subtest scores of 20 or higher, and 19 Math, recommendation of English II Honors teacher, report card grade, GPA

Dual Enrollment English III Honors / ENGL 101 is an advanced college-level course that blends English III Honors with freshman English 101 of Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, Louisiana). The course develops advanced high school/college-level writing with a focus on argumentation. Student writing forms the core of the course. Students may advance to ENGL 102 paired with English IV Honors during their senior year. LA Tech sets a fee for this course. Textbooks are provided by Catholic High School; however, students may be asked to purchase additional materials. This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses a university 10-point grading scale. Each student must have his or her own device (for Word processing and Internet access) in class each day.

English IV College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

English IV follows English III as a literature-based college preparatory course; however, it is designed around the literature of Great Britain and its historical context. Students read a wide variety of genres of British literature ranging from the hero epic, poetry, Shakespearean drama, and novels. Students prepare for college-level writing by review of usage and mechanics problems through diagnostic measures that determine areas in need of emphasis. Writing as a process is stressed as students experience literature analysis essays, expository essays including cause and effect, timed writing, and research-based reports and activities. Organization, sentence variety, and college-level writing skills are stressed. There is also an emphasis on standardized test preparation.

English IV Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Grade 12

English IV Honors covers many of the same literature selections as the English IV College Prep course; however, lesson presentation, depth, enrichment, and assessment vary. Much of the reading done in this course is completed out of class; therefore, students must be able to read and think independently. Writing assignments will present a greater challenge and help students to refine their writing and research skills.

Dual Enrollment (DE) English IV (Honors) / ENGL 102 (1 Carnegie Unit, 3 Units of College Credit)

Grade 12

Eligibility: ENGL 101 and recommendation of ENGL 101 Teacher, report card grades, GPA

Dual Enrollment English IV Honors is a fast-paced college course that combines elements of English IV Honors and ENGL 102 of Louisiana Tech University. Literature is the prime focus of the course, spanning primarily British Literature poetry, prose, and drama. The course refines advanced high school/college-level writing skills, through an emphasis on in-depth literature analysis. LaTech sets a fee for this course. Textbooks are provided by Catholic High School; however, students may be asked to purchase additional materials. This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses a university 10-point grading scale. Each student must have his or her own device (for Word processing and Internet access) in class each day.

Publications I Yearbook (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

Publications I, an elective class for juniors and seniors, provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in mixing technology with writing. Students will be responsible for selling advertisements for the school's yearbook, designing advertisements, interviewing students, and taking photographs. Students will use computer programs including eDesign. They will also learn the basic terminology involved with publishing and the basics of layout design. Students must be prepared to cover in-school and extracurricular events. During the year, other school publications will also be designed.

Publications II Yearbook (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Publications I Yearbook, teacher approval

Publications II, an elective class for seniors, provides an opportunity for students having taken Publications I to enrich their knowledge of the fundamentals of yearbook. Students will be responsible for selling advertisements for the school's yearbook, designing advertisements, interviewing students, and taking photographs. Students will use the computer programs mentioned under Publications I, but they will design intermediate and advanced layouts, using more complicated graphic elements. They will also fill senior positions on the yearbook staff, requiring them to mentor Publications I students and monitor their progress. Students must be prepared to cover in-school and extracurricular events. During the year, other school publications will also be designed.

Creative Writing (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Creative writing is an elective class for juniors and seniors who enjoy writing or for those students who want to refine their writing skills as preparation for college. The class is designed as an in-class lab guiding students to utilize steps in the writing process. Grades in this class are compiled from assignments and projects. Semester and final exams are a portfolio of the student's work.

Speech I (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Speech I is an elective for grades 11-12. The course focuses on communication skills for public speaking and for interpersonal relationships. Students will deliver multiple types of speeches to large and small groups. The course will also address organizational techniques, listening skills, interview strategies, group dynamics, and the fundamental of debate and parliamentary procedure. Grades will be accrued from performance assessment, writing, participation, and cooperative learning.

Library Science (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Eligibility: Application form and teacher approval

Library Science is a yearlong elective course offered to seniors. The course consists of completing eight to ten research-based projects, performing routine daily library tasks, and planning and carrying out special library events and activities. Library Science students must be able to work independently without continuous direct supervision. Interested students must submit a completed application form (available in the library) with an endorsing teacher's signature. This course is designed for a limited number of students.

Fine Arts Department Course Descriptions

Art I (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 9-12

Art Studio I is an introduction to visual art. Students explore various means of self-expression, aesthetic observation, creative problem solving, invention, and design. By studying the work of a number of different artists and by creating their own drawings, collages, and paintings, Art I students develop both their artistic skills and their unique visual language for communicating personal meaning. Talent is not a prerequisite; interest and willingness to practice are.

Art II Studio (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Art I and teacher approval

Art Studio II is an individualized continuation of the work begun in Art I by self-disciplined, highly motivated art students. Emphasis is on the art disciplines of drawing, painting, and collage. Students are given the opportunity to choose an area of special interest for their concentration.

Art II Graphic Design (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Art I and teacher approval

Graphic Design is the art of effective visual communication in print and digital media. Students apply the principles of design and creative problem-solving strategies to a range of products using various media and software programs. All students maintain a digital portfolio. Graphic Design requires knowledge of basic computer operation and the ability to work maturely with technology in a studio setting.

Art III Independent Study (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Art I and II and teacher approval

Art Studio III (Independent Study) gives qualified students an opportunity to pursue mastery in drawing or painting by following an individualized advanced curriculum. They attend class with Art I and II students, but work independently.

AP Studio Art Honors (1 Carnegie Unit, Possible College Credit Depending on AP Portfolio Submission Score)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Art I and II and teacher approval

Advanced Placement Studio Art is a college level course for the highly skilled and prolific student artist. Factors determining student placement in AP Studio Art include teacher recommendation, previous success in art courses, portfolio review of at least 8 works, and student commitment to completion of an AP portfolio. Prior to the course, students will be required to complete 4 or 5 drawings to be turned in on the first day of class. During the course, students will receive a sequential curriculum guided by the teacher to create a portfolio of approximately 30 pieces of artwork. In order to achieve such an extensive portfolio, the AP student must be an independent, motivated artist and committed to working an average of 7-10 hours per week outside of the classroom. This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses the AP 10-point grading scale.

Fine Arts Survey (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Fine Arts Survey is an elective class designed to develop an appreciation of the visual arts, dance, theatre, and classical music. Students study the work of noteworthy artists, composers, and choreographers. Through class activities and projects, they become familiar with various artistic forms, concepts, and philosophies.

Band I, II, III, and IV (1 Carnegie Unit Each)

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

The Catholic High School Panther Band is dedicated to quality instrumental performance in varying musical capacities, including, but not limited to, marching/pep band, concert band, and jazz band. Upon completion of the respective level of band, students will have level-based understanding of individual instrumental performance technique, practice methods, equipment maintenance, music theory, music history, varying musical styles, and performance practice. All members of the CHS Panther Band must take the course for credit and must participate in both Marching and Concert Band. All other ensembles are ancillary and will require rehearsal time outside of regular school hours.

Photography (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11 and 12

Photography is an elective course that helps students develop the life-long skill of visual communication with a camera. Photography is an art class; therefore, students will learn about photographic genres and the elements and principles of composition. The course includes a history of photography, an appreciation of the work of master photographers, and a study of copyright. The class utilizes the digital single lens camera as well as other photographic tools. Artistic use of phone and tablet cameras is included. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom serve as the digital darkroom for the course. Students will analyze photographs for their visual effectiveness. They will complete tests, performance assessments, and writing and speaking assignments, and they will produce a semester portfolio of their work. Photography is in both the Fine Arts and Business and Technology Studies Departments and does not meet the TOPS requirement for an art course. Students will be assessed a course fee.

 

Foreign Language Department Course Descriptions

French I (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 10-11

French I includes all the basic skills of acquiring a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary and grammar are taught in the context of real life situations. Culture is integrated throughout the course as a means to gain insight and appreciation of the francophone countries.

French II (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11, 12 Prerequisite: French I

French II increases the usage of the same skills taught in French I. More emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and writing paragraphs. Students are also encouraged to use the vocabulary in real life conversations and oral presentations. Culture continues to be an integrated part of this course.

French II Honors / Dual Enrollment FREN 101 and FREN 102 (1 Carnegie Unit, 6  Units  of College Credit)

Grades 11 and 12

Prerequisite and Eligibility: French I, recommendation of French I teacher, ACT composite score of at least 22, 18 in English, 19 in math, report card grades, GPA

Dual Enrollment French II Honors is a college-level course in which students learn fundamentals of the French language. The course emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. The overall goals of French 101 are seen in terms of students performing linguistics tasks successfully, gaining self- confidence, relying on themselves, developing their ability to create with the language being studied, expanding their risk-taking in real-life communicative situations, and gaining greater insight into the Francophone world. The language that students practice in class is real: what they should speak and read in a French-speaking environment. Students who successfully complete the course receive 1 Carnegie unit of high school credit and 6 units of college credit for FREN 101 and FREN 102 awarded by Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. The university sets a fee for this course. This course is classified as an honors level class but uses a university 10-point grading scale.

French III Honors / Dual Enrollment FREN 101 / 102 or FREN 201 / 202 (1 Carnegie Unit, 6 Units of College Credit)

Grades 11 and 12

Prerequisite and Eligibility: French II recommendation of French II teacher, ACT composite score of 22, 18 in English, 19 in math, report card grades, GPA

Dual Enrollment French III Honors is a college-level course in which students learn fundamentals of the French language. The course emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. The overall goals of French 101 are seen in terms of students performing linguistics tasks successfully, gaining self- confidence, relying on themselves, developing their ability to create with the language being studied, expanding their risk-taking in real-life communicative situations, and gaining greater insight into the Francophone world. The language that students practice in class is real – what they should speak and read in a French-speaking environment. Students who successfully complete the course receive 1 Carnegie unit of high school credit and 3 units of college credit for each course awarded by Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. The university sets a fee for this course. This course is classified as an honors level class but uses a university 10-point grading scale.

Spanish I (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 10-11

Spanish I introduces students to the Hispanic world of the past and present. A cultural introduction includes learning all of the countries and capitals of the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is placed on learning correct pronunciation and listening skills. Students are also expected to read and write in Spanish using the vocabulary and grammar concepts learned during the year.

Spanish II (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11, 12 Prerequisite: Spanish I

Spanish II further develops the skills introduced in Spanish I. Students will learn additional verb tenses and expand their Spanish vocabulary. Students will continue to learn about the culture of the Hispanic world, both present and past. Students are expected to write and converse in Spanish.

Spanish III Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Spanish II and teacher recommendation

Spanish III Honors provides more practice in all verb tenses and moods. Students will learn idioms to enrich their Spanish vocabulary. Primary emphasis will be placed upon conversational skills in real-life situations. Students will also be introduced to popular works of Spanish literature. This course is classified as an honors level class.

Mathematics Department Course Descriptions

Algebra I College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

This course is designed to be a standards-based course covering high school Algebra I including theory, skills, and problem solving. General topics covered will include real numbers and calculations with them, linear equations, linear functions, and linear inequalities, as well as systems of linear equations. Exponential functions and quadratic functions are also studied. Special attention is paid to polynomials, rational numbers, rational equations, and radicals. The course places emphasis on problem solving and modeling, with some use of technology to approach various topics. There is, however, a strong emphasis on traditional algebra skills and techniques rather than on calculators. Nightly homework will be assigned.

Algebra I Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 8-9

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

This honors level mathematics class is a rigorous, fast-paced study of Algebra I. General topics covered include axioms of algebra, real numbers and real numbers operations, solving equations, polynomials, factoring, fractions, functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, inequalities, rational and irrational numbers, quadratic functions, and the quadratic formula. Students in the class will study theory and applications in detail, with more emphasis on “word problems” than in the regular class. Nightly homework will be assigned.

Geometry College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9-10

College prep level Geometry is intended to be a challenging, thorough, and multi-faceted course in various aspects of geometry. The course covers the traditional concepts of Euclidean Geometry, including proofs, analysis of figures, and applications. Individual topics covered include reasoning, proof, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, polygons, transformations, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, area, and volume. There is emphasis throughout the text on proof, algebraic applications of the concepts learned, and problem solving. Nightly homework will be assigned, and students will experience some technology applications.

Geometry Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 9-10

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

This honors level mathematics class is a rigorous study of traditional geometry and is designed for students to complete the text in one year. General topics covered will include postulates, deductive reasoning, linear/planar properties, congruent triangles, polygons, geometric inequalities, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, loci, area, volume, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Students in the class will study theory and applications in great detail, with two-column deductive proof emphasized. The course also devotes time to discussion of non-Euclidean geometry and a reading and discussion of Edward Abbott's Classic Science Fiction novelette Flatland. Nightly homework will be assigned, and some technology applications will be included.

Algebra II College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11

Algebra II opens with a review of basic concepts from Algebra I but covers them in a more advanced style with added detail, rigor, and complexity. Included among these topics are polynomials, inequalities, linear equations, functions, factoring, rational expressions, and various types of word problems. In the second phase of the course, new materials are presented which include irrational and complex numbers, alternate methods of solving equations, variations, analytic geometry, and logarithmic/exponential functions. If time permits, the year ends with the study of sequences and series, matrices, determinants, probability, and statistics. Nightly homework will be assigned, and students will experience some technology applications. A graphing calculator will be needed in the second part of the class (TI- 83/TI-84 recommended).

Algebra II Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 10-11

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

This course is designed as an intensive, rigorous, and quickly paced study of Algebra II with emphasis on applications (word problems). It will include some topics normally associated with Advanced Mathematics, college entrance examinations, and Calculus. The class begins with a very fast-paced review of materials from Algebra I emphasizing theory, word problems, and graphing techniques. This is followed by the study of irrational and complex numbers, quadratic functions, variation, polynomial theory, analytic geometry, and finally exponential and logarithmic functions. The course ends with a study of sequences, series, matrices, determinants, and topics from probability and statistics. Nightly homework will be assigned, and some technology applications, especially use of the graphing calculator, will be covered (TI-83/TI-84 recommended).

Algebra II Honors /Dual Enrollment MATH 101 (1 Carnegie Unit, 3 Units of College Credit)

Grades 10 and 11

Prerequisites and Eligibility: Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors, ACT composite score of 19 or higher, 18 in English, ACT Mathematics subtest score of 23 or higher, report card grades, GPA and recommendation of Geometry Honors teacher.

Dual Enrollment Algebra II Honors / MATH 101 is an advanced honors college-level course blending the study of Algebra II with the freshman MATH 101 (College Algebra) of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Emphasis is on applications (word problems) of all concepts. It includes some topics normally associated with Advanced Mathematics, college entrance examinations, and Calculus. The class begins with a very fast-paced review of materials from Algebra I, emphasizing theory, word problems, and graphing techniques. This is followed by the study of irrational and complex numbers, quadratic functions, variation, polynomial theory, analytic geometry, and finally exponential and logarithmic functions. The course ends with a study of sequences, series, matrices, determinants, and topics from probability and statistics. Nightly homework will be assigned, and some technology applications, will be covered (calculator TI – 30 X a recommended; graphing calculators not permitted).

LA Tech sets a fee for this course. Online textbooks are provided by Catholic High School; however, students may be asked to purchase additional materials. Many homework assignments will be conducted using an online homework system (Math XL) furnished by Catholic High School. This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses a university 10-point grading scale. Each student must have his or her own device (for access to Math XL and Internet access) in class each day.

Pre-Calculus College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Algebra II

This course is designed for students who have completed Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. It is highly recommended for all students planning to undertake university studies. It is designed as a thorough and intensive course in pre-calculus mathematics and is intended for those who in all likelihood will take College Algebra, Survey of Calculus, Business Calculus, or a similar course. As such, emphasis is on improving and/or perfecting algebraic skills and knowledge rather than on an intensive trigonometry course. Topics covered include real and complex numbers, equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, sequences and series, exponents and logarithms, matrices, trigonometry, statistics, and, if time permits, conic sections. (TI-83/TI-84 recommended)

Pre-Calculus Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Prerequisite: Algebra II Honors

Pre-Calculus Honors is for students who have completed honors courses at previous levels and who have a commitment to learning and achieving in mathematics at a high level. It provides a college-level course in trigonometry and provides an intensive review of advanced topics from Algebra II including conic sections, logarithms, advanced algebra, sequence, series, matrices, and determinants. (TI-83/TI-84 recommended).

Pre-Calculus Honors / Dual Enrollment MATH 112 (1 Carnegie Unit, 3 Units of College Credit)

Grades 11 and 12

Prerequisites and Eligibility: Successful completion of MATH 101 (on campus) and recommendation of DE - Algebra II Honors teacher.

Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus Honors / MATH 112 is a fast-paced college-level course that blends Pre-Calculus Honors with Math 112 (Trigonometry) of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The course provides a college-level course in

trigonometry and topics leading to preparation of Calculus (calculator TI – 30 XII S

recommended; graphing calculators not permitted). LA Tech sets a fee for this course.

Online textbooks are provided by Catholic High School; however, students may be

asked to purchase additional materials. All homework will be conducted using an online

homework system (Math XL) furnished by Catholic High School. This course is

classified as an advanced level class and uses a university 10-point grading scale. Each

student must have his or her own device (for access to Math XL and Internet access) in

class each day. The class is limited to twenty students.

Calculus AB Advanced Placement Honors (1 Carnegie Unit, Possible College Credit Depending on AP Exam Score)

Grade 12

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Calculus at Catholic High is highly recommended for any student planning to enter an engineering, computer, or science field in his or her college studies. It is the standard senior level mathematics class for students in the accelerated math program, but it may also be taken simultaneously with Pre-Calculus as an elective for honors students not in the accelerated program. CHS Calculus is an AP class and closely follows the national AP syllabus. Topics include limits, differentiation, and integration of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, and transcendental functions. There will be extensive use of the graphing calculator throughout the course (TI-83/TI-84 recommended). This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses the AP 10-point grading scale.Taking the AP Calculus test is a requirement of the course.

 

Physical Education Department Course Descriptions

Health and Physical Education I (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

This course is a year-long course required for all 9th grade students who are not enrolled in Athletic PE. It covers the state requirements, which include team sports, individual sports, racquet sports, leisure activities, basic CPR, and physical fitness. The students will also learn about current health topics from the textbook during a one semester health unit.

Health and Physical Education II (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

This course is a year-long course required for all 10th grade students who are not enrolled in Athletic PE. It covers the state minimum requirements, which include team sports, individual sports, racquet sports, leisure activities, physical fitness, and healthy living.

Health and Physical Education III Lifetime Sports and Fitness (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11-12

This course is offered to juniors and seniors who are not enrolled in Athletic PE and who would like to take a physical education classes as an elective. This course will cover lifetime sports such as golf, tennis, bowling, dance, etc., as well as the fitness side of aerobics, weight training, and personal fitness goals.

Students will get an opportunity to talk with a personal trainer and visit a fitness facility.

Health and Physical Education IV Lifetime Sports and Fitness (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: Health and Physical Education III or Athletic PE III

This course is offered to seniors who are not enrolled in Athletic PE and who would like to take a physical education classes as an elective. This course will cover lifetime sports such as golf, tennis, bowling, dance, etc., as well as the fitness side of aerobics, weight training, and personal fitness goals. Students will get an opportunity to talk with a personal trainer and visit a fitness facility.

Athletic Health and Physical Education II, III, and IV (1 Carnegie Unit)

Catholic High Athletic PE courses are full credit, full-year courses. A multi-sport athlete will take a fall semester of his or her sport then move to the appropriate spring sport PE. If an athlete is a single sport athlete, he or she will remain in the sport's PE for both semesters. Permission must be granted by the head coach of the included sport before a student is scheduled for the course.

Athletic Health and Physical Education II (1 Carnegie Unit)

Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Soccer Grade 10

Athletic PE is a year-long course offered to team members and managers in the 10th grade. The class focuses on strength and conditioning, skills and techniques, game study, and game preparation while covering the state requirements for Health and PE II.

Athletic Health and Physical Education III (1 Carnegie Unit)

Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Soccer Grade 11

Athletic PE is a year-long course offered to team members and managers in the 11th grade. The class focuses on strength and conditioning, skills and techniques, game study, and game preparation.

Athletic Health and Physical Education IV (1 Carnegie Unit)

Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Soccer Grade 12

Prerequisite: Health and Physical Education III or Athletic PE III

Athletic PE is a year-long course offered to team members and managers in the 12th grade. The class focuses on strength and conditioning, skills and techniques, game study, and game preparation.

Religion Department Course Descriptions

Theology I (1 Carnegie Unit) (Formally called Religion I)

Christology

Grade 9

In the first semester of Religion I, students learn the stages of salvation history. The study begins with man’s search for meaning, the beginning of creation, and continues to unfold the salvation of man through Jesus Christ. The students learn about Jesus of Nazareth, “The Christ, the Son of God.” The second semester encourages young people to “pick up their cross” and follow Christ in practical discipleship. In order to complete the course, students must attend the grade level retreat and complete the required LaSallian service hours and spiritual hours.

Religion II--Theology II (1 Carnegie Unit) (Will be titled Theology II Fall 2019)

Soteriology / Ecclesiology

Grade 10

Religion II students delve deeply into the saving actions of the Lord as they further explore the Paschal Mystery as God’s redemptive plan for us, his people. The first semester covers how Christ is our Savior. The second semester places emphasis on tradition and the history of our church. In order to complete the course, students must attend the grade level retreat and complete the required LaSallian service hours and spiritual hours.

Religion III--Theology III (1 Carnegie Unit) (Will be titled Theology III Fall 2020)

Sacramental Theology / Moral Theology

Grade 11

Religion III reveals the Sacraments of the Catholic Church as the definitive way that Jesus remains present to the Church in the world today. The students also learn about the essential message of Christ’s moral teachings and the importance of love of God and neighbor. In order to complete the course, students must attend the grade level retreat and complete the required LaSallian service hours and spiritual hours.

Religion IV--Theology IV (1 Carnegie Unit) (Will be titled Theology IV Fall 2021)

Senior Religious Studies

Grade 12

Religion IV / Theology IV is a required course for seniors.The course, as a whole, seeks to instill in all students the ability and desire to respond to God’s call in their daily life.  The course takes a unique structure, dividing into four distinct areas of study presented in mini courses each quarter: Course A: Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ; Course B: Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society; Course C: Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies; Course D: Apologetics. Each area is taught  by one teacher. Students rotate each quarter to a different course. In order to complete the course, students must attend the grade level retreat and complete the required LaSallian service hours and spiritual hours.

Science Department Course Descriptions

Physical Science College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

Physical Science is designed to continue instruction in the area of physical science begun in elementary grades four through six. It seeks to prepare students for later courses in chemistry and physics as they continue their secondary education. Selected topics include those from the areas of chemistry and physics. An understanding of the metric system and basic math skills is expected. Topics covered will include the study of matter, its structure and changes, the Periodic Table, chemical formulas, equations, organic chemistry, motion, energy, and waves. Basic chemical and physical laboratory procedures and techniques will be introduced.

Physical Science Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Honors Physical Science covers essentially the same content as Physical Science. However, it differs in four main areas: approaches, assessment, enrichment, and pace. There are more required assignments such as scientific investigations and outside readings. Classroom lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences will be a part of the course. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Biology I College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

Prerequisite: Physical Science

Biology I is designed to continue instruction in the area of Biology begun in Life Science (7th grade). This course is divided into ten units-biological themes, cells, genetics, evolution, microorganisms, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, ecology, and the human body. Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments are a major part of this course.

Biology I Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

Prerequisite: Physical Science

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Honors Biology I covers the same content as Biology I; however, it differs in four main areas: approaches, assessment, enrichment, and pace. Also, there are more required assignments, such as scientific investigations and outside readings. Classroom lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences will be used. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Biology II Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 12

Prerequisite: A or B in Biology I Honors

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Biology II with a focus in Human Anatomy and Physiology is an honors course for seniors who are interested in biomedical sciences and health-related fields. This advanced study focuses on an introduction to body planes and organization with an in-depth look into each of the systems of the body, including the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, excretory and reproductive systems, and the nervous system and how it relates to the senses and mental health. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Biology II General College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: B or better in Biology I

This course is designed to continue instruction in the area of general biology begun in Biology I. The main goal of this course is to prepare students for biology courses in college. Therefore, the material is quite extensive. The first half of the year is dedicated to the study of cellular structure, function, reproduction, and communication. Also, the first half investigates the life cycle of viruses, the study of invertebrates, and finally the evolution of vertebrates. The second half of the year is dedicated to the study of human anatomy. The material covered will provide the student with a more in-depth understanding of the systems of the body and their structure and functions. Students in this class will become proficient at using the compound microscope, experience many demonstrations, and participate in many lab experiments.

Chemistry College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11 Prerequisite: Biology I

Chemistry is designed to provide a general introductory chemistry course to high school students. Topics in entry-level chemistry are covered with emphasis on understanding the concepts and being able to perform computations involving mathematics not exceeding skills developed up to and including Algebra II. Major topics covered are the classification of matter, properly measuring parameters associated with chemistry, atomic structure and periodicity as reflected in the periodic table, chemical bonding and bond types, chemical formulas and compounds, chemical equations and reactions, elementary stoichiometry, behavior of gases and the classical gas laws, solutions and suspensions, and acids and bases.

Chemistry Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11

Prerequisite: A or B in Biology I Honors

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation

Honors Chemistry covers the same content as college prep level Chemistry; however, it differs in four main areas: approaches to content, assessment, enrichment, and pace. The course includes numerous required assignments including scientific investigations, and outside readings. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Chemistry II Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: A or B in Chemistry I Honors

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation

Chemistry II is an elective second year chemistry course which expands on concepts learned in Chemistry I. Topics may include acids and bases, oxidation-reduction reactions, solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry. Honors math is recommended as a co-requisite. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

AP Chemistry Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA, ACT score of 24 or higher, B or higher in Chemistry I Honors, recommendation of Chemistry teacher

AP Chemistry is an elective second-year Chemistry course which expands on concepts learned in Chemistry I. It provides students with a college-level foundation through inquiry-based investigations in areas such as atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP Chemistry exam in May to receive possible college credit.

Physics Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: A or B in Biology I and Chemistry I

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Honors Physics continues the instruction begun in Physical Science. Five basic categories of secondary physics are covered: mechanics, states of matter, waves of light, electricity, and modern physics. In addition to the textbook, concepts will be reinforced via laboratory activities, demonstrations, and hands- on activities. Mathematical applications are stressed. Classroom lecture, demonstrations, individual and group research, and laboratory experiences will be used. This course will include research projects and presentations. This course is recommended for students who plan to attend college and enter an engineering field. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Environmental Science (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11 and 12

Prerequisite: Biology I

Environmental Science is an elective course that is designed to arouse the level of awareness of the students about the necessity of being stewards of the earth so that we may continue to live. The course covers ecology, communities and populations, resource management, agro ecology, pollution, and energy. Active project based learning dealing with ongoing activities such as recycling or hydroponic gardening is a part of the course.

Earth Science (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11 and 12

Prerequisite: Biology I

Earth Science is a wide reaching course that covers many different sciences including astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, geology, and others. Students will be able to understand the world around them and learn how it changes over time.

Social Studies Department Course Descriptions

World Geography College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

Geography is the study of the earth and ways people live and work on it. The geography course presents a perspective of the general features of world geography including physical and cultural factors. The course is taught using a regional as well as a topical approach. It begins with a study of the five basic themes of geography and proceeds with an application of these themes in the studied locations.

World Geography Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 9

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

World Geography Honors is designed to include more in depth coverage of the traditional themes of geography as well as physical, cultural, political, and economic features of counties and regions around the world. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Civics College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

Civics is designed to help students better understand the workings of the government of the United States on the federal, state, and local levels. Beginning with the basic principles and foundations on which our government is built and an overview of the Constitution, it then examines the structure of the legislative, executive, and the judicial branches. Also introduced are the political process and public policies. Throughout the course, special emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Civics Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 10

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

Civics Honors is a comprehensive study of the workings of the government of the United States on the federal, state, and local levels. It begins with the basic principles of the U.S. government and an overview of the Constitution. The legislative, executive, and judicial branches are covered as well as public policy, economic policy, and the political process. Current events are emphasized, and students are required to complete a research project each quarter. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

U.S. History College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11

The course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the history of the United States. Following a brief review of events from the pre-colonial era through Reconstruction, the course focuses on post-Reconstruction and the twentieth century. Special emphasis is given to late twentieth century events. Throughout the course, social and political history are blended with the major goals of promoting respect for the nation's rich cultural diversity and strengthening students' critical thinking skills, study skills, and map skills.

U.S. History Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 11

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

The course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the history of the United States with a brief review of events from the pre-colonial era through Reconstruction. The course focuses on post- Reconstruction and the twentieth century with special focus on late twentieth century events. Throughout the course, social and political history are blended with the major goals of promoting respect for the nation's rich cultural diversity and strengthening students' critical thinking skills, study skills, and map skills. As this is an honors course, a willingness to complete independent reading of non-fiction and primary and secondary source documents is essential. Students are also expected to write essays and research-based reports both in and out of class. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Dual Enrollment U.S. History / HIST 201 / 202 (1 Carnegie Unit, 6 Units of College Credit)

Grade 11

Prerequisite: Civics Honors, ACT composite score of 22 or higher, ACT Reading subtest score of 20 or higher, 19 in math, recommendation of Civics Honors teacher, report card grades, GPA.

Dual Enrollment U.S. History is a college-level survey course in which students will come to understand the sequence of events from early exploration to the United States becoming a world power. Its instructional design combines US History curriculum with Louisiana Tech (Ruston, Louisiana) HIST 201 and HIST 202. The first semester (HIST 201) of the course is a survey of the history of the United States beginning with the year 1492 and concludes with the end of the Reconstruction period in the year 1877. The second semester (HIST 202) is a survey of the history of the United States beginning with end of the Reconstruction period in the year 1877 and concludes in the present. Historical research and working with primary sources are emphasized. LaTech University charges a fee for registration and for each three hour course. Textbooks are provided by Catholic High School; however, students may be asked to purchase additional materials. Registration and course fees will be included in CHS tuition billing for forwarding to LaTech. This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses a university 10-point grading scale. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

World History College Prep (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

World History provides students with an in depth approach to the development of modern civilization from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Emphasis is on western civilization beginning with Renaissance Europe through the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the age of revolutions, the rise of modern states, the world wars, the cold war, and the collapse of Communism.

World History Honors (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grade 12

Eligibility: Determined by standardized test scores, report card grades, GPA, and teacher recommendation.

World History provides students with an in depth approach to the development of modern civilization from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Emphasis is on western civilization beginning with Renaissance Europe through the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the age of revolutions, the rise of modern states, the world wars, the cold war, and the collapse of Communism. As this is an honors course, a willingness to complete independent reading of non-fiction and primary and secondary source documents is essential. Students are also expected to write essays and research-based reports both in and out of class. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Dual Enrollment World History / HIST 101 / 102 (1 Carnegie Unit, 6 Units of College Credit)

Grade 12

Prerequisite: U.S. History Honors / HIST 201 and 202, ACT composite score of 22 or higher, ACT Reading subtest score of 20 or higher, 19 in math, recommendation of U.S. History Honors / HIST 201 / 202 teacher,  report card grades, GPA

Dual Enrollment World History is a college-level survey course in which students will come to understand the sequence of events leading to modern civilization. Its instructional design combines the World History curriculum with the curricular requirements of Louisiana Tech's (Ruston, Louisiana) HIST 101 and HIST 102. The first semester (HIST 101) of the course is a survey of world civilization to the year 1500 with major emphasis being placed on western civilization. The second semester (HIST 102) is a survey of world civilization since the year 1500 with major emphasis being placed on western civilization. Historical research and working with primary sources are emphasized. LaTech University charges a fee for registration and for each three hour course. Textbooks are provided by Catholic High School, however, students may be asked to purchase additional materials. Registration and course fees will be included in CHS tuition billing for forwarding to LaTech. This course is classified as an advanced level class and uses a university 10-point grading scale. Students are required to enter the Science/Social Studies Fair.

Criminal Justice (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11 and 12

“No matter who you are, crime affects your life.” This quote from the Introduction of the Criminal Justice course textbook emphasizes the importance of understanding the American criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice course is a year-long social studies elective that supplements civics and goes beyond law studies or current events. Topics covered include terminology, crime and its history, the police and the law, the criminal case, corrections and sentencing, juvenile justice, forensic science, and solutions and prevention. Students explore contemporary issues through assigned readings, case studies, role-playing, mock trials, research, and outside experts.

Law Studies (1/2 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Law Studies is a one-semester course focusing on legal issues that are relevant to students' lives. Designed to give them the knowledge and skills essential in a law-saturated society, students are presented with a series of problems related to information covered in each chapter and must then explore what the pertinent laws mean, how they are interpreted and applied, and how they reflect constitutional principles. The broad range of subjects covered includes an introduction to the legal system; tort law as it applies to personal responsibility and liability; consumer issues including fraud, contacts, warranties, and credit; family related laws that regulate marriage, divorce, child custody, and adoption; and housing law with a focus on discrimination and landlord-tenant rights. The course concludes with a final look at the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which provide information on individual rights and liberties.

Psychology (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Psychology is an elective course for juniors and seniors that introduces students to the information they need to learn about psychology, themselves, and others. Students will become aware of how psychology applies to their lives. Emphasis is given to both the healthy personality and the abnormal or dysfunctional personality. Topics to be covered include motivation and emotion, learning and memory, intelligence and creativity, altered states of consciousness, the stages of human development, personality theory, stress and conflict, adjustment to a healthy personality, psychological disorders, and treatment and therapy.

Sociology (1 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Sociology is a year-long elective course for juniors and seniors. According to the American Sociology Association, “Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior.” Sociology studies “the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contacts.” The course follows the ASA standards and revolves around the four domains of 1.The Sociological Perspective and Methods of Inquiry, 2. Social Structure; Culture, Institutions, and Society, 3. Social Relationships: Self, Groups, and Socialization, 4. Stratification and Inequality. It is expected that students participate actively in discussions, take notes in class, complete all assigned readings, and have a knowledge of basic research skills.

Other

Online Electives

Grades 11-12

Eligibility: ACT score required by specific universities, GPA, teacher recommendation, online work ethics such as responsibility, motivation, computer skills, etc.

In partnership with state universities, Catholic High offers the opportunity for dual enrollment elective credit in select online classes. Students take one online class each semester, receiving 1 Carnegie Unit for each course as well as college credit. Fees are assigned and collected by each university, and students are responsible for any books or materials required. There must be consultation with the guidance department before students elect any online course.

ACT Prep (1/2 Carnegie Unit)

Grades 11-12

Eligibility: ACT composite score of 20 or below (Students must have taken the ACT by the April test of the previous year.)

This course is designed as a one semester ½ credit course that provides students with foundations, skills, and techniques for taking the ACT. Students receive practice in all four sub-tests—English, Reading, Math, and Science, along with practice for ACT and college level essay writing. Grades for the course will be determined by student progress, attainment of subject specific skills, and semester exam. Students will be charged a fee for an ACT prep workbook or online source that will be used in the course. ACT prep is paired with another ½ credit course.