Programs of Study

Whether enrolled in the Honors program or the College-Bound Enrichment program, your student's curriculum will be challenging and appropriate to his or her learning needs. Our academic placements are tailored to a student's individual strengths and students may progress through our curriculum as his or her mastery dictates.

Honors Program

The following serves as an illustration of a typical honors curriculum. 

Freshman

  • Introduction to Catholicism & Old Testament
  • (H1) English
  • (H1) Algebra I/Geometry or (H2) Algebra I
  • (H1) Biology or (H2) Biology
  • World Language
  • (H1) World Cultures and American Pre-Colonial History to 1860
  • P/E Health
  • Computer 610
  • Band/Chorus*

Sophomore

  • New Testament & Christology
  • (H1) American Literature
  • AP Biology, (H1) Human Anatomy, or (H1) Chemistry
  • (H1) Geometry or Algebra II or (H2) Geometry
  • AP United States History or (H1) American History Since 1860
  • World Language 
  • P/E Health
  • Fine Arts Elective or
  • Band/Chorus*

Junior

  • Sacraments & Morality
  • (H1) European Literature
  • (H1 or H2) Pre-Calculus or (H2) Algebra II
  • AP Modern European History or (H1) Western Civilization
  • (H1) Chemistry or (H1) Physics
  • World Language 3 years (recommended)
  • Electives: 1-2 credits

Senior

  • Religion Electives (1 credit required)
  • AP English Literature or (H1) Senior English
  • Calculus (recommended): (AP AB), (AP BC), (H1) Calculus or (H2) Pre-Calculus 
  • Civics or equivalent
  • Science: 4 years (recommended)
  • Electives: up to 3.5 Credits

*Students taking Band/Chorus will take the Technology Elective Junior or Senior Year 

College Preparatory Program

The following serves as an illustration of a typical college preparatory curriculum. 

Freshman

  • Introduction to Catholicism & Old Testament
  • English
  • Algebra I
  • Earth Science
  • World Language
  • World Cultures/American History
  • P/E Health
  • Computer 610
  • Band/Chorus*

Sophomore

  • New Testament & Christology
  • American Literature
  • Biology
  • Geometry
  • American History Since 1860
  • World Language 
  • P/E Health
  • Fine Arts Elective or
  • Band/Chorus*

Junior

  • Sacraments & Morality
  • British Literature
  • Algebra II
  • Western Tradition
  • Science in Junior and/or Senior year (3 credits required)
  • World Language: 3 years recommended
  • Electives: 1-2 credits

Senior

Religion Electives (1 credit required)

Senior English

Civics or equivalent

Math: 4 years

Science: 4 years (recommended)

Electives: up to 2.5 Credits

*Students taking Band/Chorus will take the Technology Elective Junior or Senior Year

College-Bound Enrichment Program

The following serves as an illustration of a typical college-bound enrichment curriculum. 

Freshman

  • Introduction to Catholicism & Old Testament
  • English
  • Algebra I
  • Earth Science
  • World Language
  • World Cultures/American History
  • P/E Health
  • Enrichment

Sophomore

  • New Testament & Christology
  • American Literature
  • Biology
  • Geometry
  • American History
  • World Language 
  • P/E Health
  • Enrichment

The class of 2012 and following must take and additional minimum of .50 credits in fine arts to meet graduation requirements.

Junior

  • Sacraments & Morality
  • British Literature
  • Algebra II
  • The Western Tradition
  • Chemistry
  • World Language: 3 years recommended
  • Electives: 1-2 credits

Senior 

  • Religion Electives (1 credit required)
  • Senior English
  • Civics or equivalent
  • Math: 4 years
  • Science: 4 years recommended
  • Fine Arts Elective
  • Electives: up to 2.0 credits 



Academic Levels

A brief explanation of our academic level rating system follows. Please note that some college preparatory electives are Honors II even though they are the usual selection for college prep students.

Advanced Placement or College Level

AP or CL. AP courses are college level courses taught according to the recognized Advanced Placement program curriculum. All students taking AP courses are required to take the AP exam. There is an additional fee for each AP exam taken.

The St Joseph High School - Sacred Heart University Collaborative Program offers college credit for those students who successfully complete college level courses and earn a minimum grade of 85. A minimum GPA of 85 is required to enroll in these courses. In addition, those students taking any English course for college credit will be required to take Sacred Heart University’s placement test. This is given at St Joseph in the spring. Students will be notified of the date. There is an additional fee per course taken. 

Grades recorded for an AP or College Level course will reflect an extra 8.0 quality points added (e.g. 90 = 98.0).   

College Preparatory

Academic Level: H1, Honors I. Superior quality work, output, and achievement will be required in these most competitive courses. An extra 5.0 quality points will be added to the grade earned (e.g. 90 = 95.0).

Academic Level: H2, Honors II. Above average quality work, output, and achievement will be required in these highly competitive courses. An extra 3.0 quality points will be added to the grade earned (e.g. 90 = 93.0).

CP, CP2, or CEP. Average quality work, output, and achievement will be required in these competitive courses which will involve the majority of students (e.g. 90 = 90.0).


Please note: Grade averages reported on the student’s report card and transcript already reflect weighting.

 

 

SJHS Program of Studies Guide

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