Courses

Academic rigor, personal attention, and opportunities to excel outside the classroom are hallmarks of the Upper School at Holy Child. Students are encouraged to discover their passions and are supported to pursue those interests in order to develop their own unique potential.

Students receive careful guidance regarding course selection and graduation requirements, as well as with the college admissions process. Holy Child students are encouraged to take the most rigorous program in which they will be successful. Schedules are tailored and designed to accommodate individual student strengths. It is rare that two students in the Upper School have the same schedule.

Graduation Requirements

English4 years
Social Studies3 years
Mathematics3 years
Science 3 years (2 years of lab science)
Modern & Classical Language3 years (2 years taken in Upper School)
Religious Studies4 years
Visual and Performing Arts6 trimesters
Human Relations & College Counseling
5 trimesters
Physical Education
4 years
Senior Independent ProjectSenior year, Trimester 3
100 Hours of Community ServiceAt least 25 hours per year in the Upper School

Upper School Four Year Course of Study

Grade Nine

English: English 9 - World Literature
Social Studies: World History I and Geography (Ancient Civilizations to Modern)
Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry or Geometry Advanced
Science: Biology
Modern & Classical Language: French I, II, or III; Latin I or II; Mandarin I or II; Spanish I, II or III
Religious Studies: Introduction to the Bible
Visual & Performing Arts: Cappella Nova, Chamber Ensemble, Digital Photography and Film, Guitar, Studio Art I or Theatre I

Physical Education & Athletics: Physical Education, Athletics, Dance I or II
Human Relations & College Counseling: Human Relations*

One Schoolhouse (Online School for Girls): Multivariable Calculus/Differential Equations, AP Statistics, AP Environmental, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government and Politics or AP Comparative Politics (opportunity by approval)
English Electives: Creative Writing or Monsters and Moral Imagination
Computer Science Electives: Introduction to Computer Programing, AP Computer Principals or AP Computer Studies

Signature Programs (applications required): Ann F. Sullivan Global Studies Program

* Trimester course

Grade Ten

English: English 10 - British Literature
Social Studies: World History II or World History II Advanced (Renaissance to Present)
Mathematics: Geometry or Geometry Advanced; Algebra II/Trigonometry or Algebra II/Trigonometry Advanced
Science: Chemistry or Chemistry Advanced
Modern & Classical Language: French II, III or IV; Latin II or III; Mandarin II or III; Spanish II, III or IV
Religious Studies: Social Justice
Visual & Performing Arts: Cappella Nova; Chamber Ensemble; Digital Photography and Film; Guitar; Studio Art I or II; Theatre I or II; Drawing and Painting*, Printmaking*, or Sculpture*

Physical Education & Athletics: Physical Education, Athletics, Dance I or II
Human Relations & College Counseling: Human Relations*

One Schoolhouse (Online School for Girls): Multivariable Calculus/Differential Equations, AP Statistics, AP Environmental, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government and Politics or AP Comparative Politics (opportunity by approval)
English Electives: Creative Writing or Monsters and Moral Imagination
Computer Science Electives: Introduction to Computer Programing, AP Computer Principals or AP Computer Studies

Signature Programs (applications required): Ann F. Sullivan Global Studies Program

* Trimester course

Grade Eleven

English: English 11 - American Literature or AP English Language
Social Studies: United States History or AP United States History
Mathematics: Algebra II/Introduction to Trigonometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry or Algebra II/Trigonometry Advanced; Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Advanced
Science: Physics or Physics Advanced; Human Anatomy and Physiology; AP Biology; Environmental Science
Modern & Classical Language: French III, IV or AP French Language and Culture; Latin III or IV; Mandarin III or IV; Spanish III, IV, AP Spanish Language and Culture or Advanced Spanish Conversation
Religious Studies: Christian Theology and World Religions

Visual & Performing Arts: Cappella Nova; Chamber Ensemble; Digital Photography and Film; Guitar; Studio Art I, II or III; Theatre I, II or III; Drawing and Painting*, Printmaking*, or Sculpture*
Physical Education & Athletics: Physical Education, Athletics, Dance I or II
Human Relations & College Counseling: College Guidance (two trimesters)

One Schoolhouse (Online School for Girls): Multivariable Calculus/Differential Equations, AP Statistics, AP Environmental, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government and Politics or AP Comparative Politics (opportunity by approval)
English Electives: Creative Writing or Monsters and Moral Imagination
Computer Science Electives: Introduction to Computer Programing, AP Computer Principals or AP Computer Studies

Signature Programs (applications required): Ann F. Sullivan Global Studies Program; E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering and Design for the Common Good; Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Program

* Trimester course

Grade Twelve

English: English 12 - Women in Literature or AP English Literature
Social Studies: Economics; AP American Government and Politics; International Relations*
Mathematics: Advanced Math Concepts; Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Advanced; Calculus, AP Calculus AB or BC
Science: Physics, Physics Advanced or AP Physics C; Human Anatomy and Physiology; AP Biology; Environmental Science
Modern & Classical Language: French IV, V or AP French Language and Culture; Latin IV or V/Introduction to Greek; Mandarin IV or AP Chinese Language and Culture; Spanish IV, V, AP Spanish Language and Culture or Advanced Spanish Conversation
Religious Studies: Ethics (one trimester), Faith in the Modern World (two trimesters)

Visual & Performing Arts: Cappella Nova; Chamber Ensemble; Digital Photography and Film; Guitar; Madrigals; Senior Portfolio; Studio Art I, II or III; Theatre I, II or III; Drawing and Painting*, Printmaking*, or Sculpture*
Physical Education & Athletics: Physical Education, Athletics, Dance I or II
Human Relations & College Counseling: College Guidance (one trimester)

Senior Independent Project*

One Schoolhouse (Online School for Girls): Multivariable Calculus/Differential Equations, AP Statistics, AP Environmental, AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government and Politics or AP Comparative Politics (opportunity by approval)
English Electives: Creative Writing or Monsters and Moral Imagination
Computer Science Electives: Introduction to Computer Programing, AP Computer Principals or AP Computer Studies

Signature Programs (applications required): Ann F. Sullivan Global Studies Program; E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering and Design for the Common Good; Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Program

* Trimester course