Academic Departments

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Our most important goal is to challenge our students to grow spiritually, academically and socially during their years at St Joseph High School so as to enable them to achieve at the highest levels here, in college, and in life.

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Fast Facts


 

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"College preparatory education at St Joseph High School looks beyond the classroom walls. Developing moral and ethical character is the objective of every class."
~ Dr William Fitzgerald
Head of School

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ACADEMIC FAST FACTS
 

1:1 iPad Program creates an information-rich learning environment where individual achievement and collaborative projects become the standard. 

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13:1 faculty to student ratio   ensures that our students get the attention and support they need to reach their highest potential.

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60+ honors, AP, and Early College Courses  ensures that our students are prepared to excel and succeed when they enter college. 

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250+ AP Exams to be administered in the Spring 2019.  

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10 Honor Societies (5 National), including Art, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Math, Music, Spanish, Theatre, and National Honor Society.

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100% college and university acceptance. The Class of 2018 attracted $25.5 million in college scholarships. 

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Dual Enrollment Courses are offered in International Relations, World Religions, and Entrepreneurship through the University of Connecticut, Sacred Heart University, and the University of Iowa. 

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Francis Xavier International Scholars engage in a minimum of two travel and immersion experiences and complete requisite courses in addition to world language study.

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FUTURES Program participants are given an opportunity to explore their career interests through an internship in a field of interest.

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Computer Technology & Business

Graphic Design - Mother's Day

Graphic Design students create unique Mother's Day gifts!

Coding Class

SJ Cadets pose with "Cue", the WonderWorkshop robot, as part of Mrs Piatak's Coding class.

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SJ Cadets pose with "Cue", the WonderWorkshop robot, as part of Mrs Piatak's Coding class.

Financial Literacy

The Financial Literacy class complete the H&R Block Budget Challenge Simulation.

"I really enjoy Coding and am excited to implement it in a college course - like using MIT App Inventor software and Ardvino boards."
~ Ryan '20

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • Technology Concepts Computer (Grade 9)
  • Broadcast Journalism Technology (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Accounting (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Financial Literacy (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Introduction to Marketing (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Introduction to Graphic Design (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship (CL) (Grade 12)
  • Introduction to Robotics (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Principles of Computer Coding & App Development (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
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Department Philosophy

The Technology and Business Department is committed to provide the highest quality learning experience, with state of the art technologies, to our students to reach their personal and academic goals. Computer technologies are integrated to complement the students’ interests, needs, and skills. We strive to offer each student the greatest possible resources and support to prepare them for higher learning and their future endeavors. This begins in our computer lab, where there is ample opportunity for each student to benefit individually from the instructor’s assistance and knowledge, and continues through 4 years of classroom experiences that encourage technological integration and stress digital citizenship. 

The Technology and Business Department recognizes our responsibility to develop and offer courses for students to acquire a sound foundation in both basic and specialized skills. Our aim is to enable students to develop a background that will effectively serve them in life.

Department Chair: Mrs Angelica Abelson, MA |  aabelson@sjcadets.org
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English

English-Shakespeare

World Lit & Composition students take part in the Shakespearean Recitation Contest, Best of the Bards!

CreativeWritingSeniors

Creative Writing Seniors read original stories to St Mark School children.

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Mrs Broderick’s AP English Lit class visits the Yale Center for British Art for a presentation on The Painted Word.

Women's Studies

Ms Aldana teaches Cadets to use Canva for their interactive scrapbooks.

Creative Writing

Ms Broderick's Creative Writing class draw inspiration on SJ's Boardwalk.

Freshmen Writing

Freshmen in Mrs Sorrentino's Writing and Language Skills present their SJ Commercial speeches.

"The Literature we read and study has given me a greater appreciation for different authors and genres."
~ Victoria '21

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • World Literature & Composition (CP, CP2, H) (Grade 9)
  • Academic Writing & Language Skills (CP2) (Grade 9)
  • American Literature (CP, CP2, H) (Grade 10)
  • British Literature (CP, CP2, H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Elective - Creative Writing (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Controversial Literature: Literature and War (H) (Grade 12)
  • Controversial Literature: Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies (H) (Grade 12)
  • Women in Literature: Multicultural Literature (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Literature and War: Short Story (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Sports Literature and Writing / Science Fiction Literature (CP) (Grade 12)

AP COURSES

  • AP English Language and Composition (Grade 11)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (Grade 12)
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Department Philosophy

The St Joseph High School English Department presents students with a challenging curriculum that focuses on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. The goals of the English curriculum are to provide a four-year literature based program to assist in the development of excellence in writing and speaking skills, learning to critically analyze challenging literature and original source texts, as well as building vocabulary and grammar skills. We employ 21st century technology to promote media literacy and to develop students who are prepared to meet their future academic and career goals in an ever-changing technological world.

Department Chair: Mrs Eileen Broderick, MAebroderick@sjcadets.org
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Creative Writing Students Visit St Mark School

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Center

Cadets work out together in the new Health & Wellness Center - which is open to all students, faculty, and even parents!

"We can work out together before class, and after school. Who would go off to a gym by themselves when he have such a magnificent facility right here?"
~ Greg '18

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COURSE LISTINGS

The Health and Wellness curriculum encompasses topics such as cardio and weight training, basic human anatomy and musculature, nutrition and healthy eating habits, weight management, and program design and development.

  • Introduction to Health and Wellness (CP) (Grade 9)
  • Fitness for Life (CP) (Grade 10)
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Department Philosophy

St Joseph High School believes in educating the whole student, spiritually, academically and physically. Health & Wellness offers physical activities that emphasize cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and agility and that students can participate in for a lifetime of health and wellness. Teamwork, positive attitude, good sportsmanship and interactions with classmates are emphasized.

Health & Wellness classes are required for freshmen and sophomores enrolled in the computer and fine arts electives. Students enrolled in music courses are exempt from the Health & Wellness requirement. 

Department Chair: Mr Kevin Butler, MAkbutler@sjcadets.org
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Mathematics

Math Class

Cadets in Mrs Arneson's Geometry class use the MIRA math tool. 

"Math courses have always been my favorite, and at St Joes, they are very good. The teachers here are so helpful and will be there for you if you need help."
~ Jorge '20

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • Algebra 1 (H, CP) (Grade 9)
  • Geometry (H, CP) (Grades 9, 10)
  • Algebra 2 (H, CP) (Grades 9, 10, 11)
  • Pre-Calculus (H, CP) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • AP Statistics Mathematics (Grade 12)
  • Calculus (H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Statistics (H) (Grade 12)
  • College Mathematics (CP)  (Grade 12)

AP COURSES

  • AP Calculus, AB (Grades 11, 12)
  • AP Calculus, BC (Grades 11, 12)
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Department Philosophy

The philosophy of the Mathematics Department is to comprehensively build on the mathematical knowledge students have gained throughout their education. The Mathematics Departments strives to offer a learning environment that fosters analytical thinking, logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for the beauty and precision of mathematics.

Department Chair: Robin Berry, MArberry@sjcadets.org
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Science

Students in Mr Mamrus' Engineering class create egg-drop parachutes using straws.

Students in Dr Walsh's Anatomy class learn to administer and read EKGs. 

Dr Walsh's class get hands-on during their reptile lab. 

"AP Bio has furthered my love of science. Dr Walsh does a wonderful job of not only teaching in an interactive and exciting manner, but preparing us for a future in STEM."
~ Helen '21

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • The Natural Sciences (CP) (Grade 9)
  • Biology (H, CP) (Grade 9, 10)
  • Elements of Chemistry (CP) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Principles of Chemistry (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Modern Chemistry (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Conceptual Physics (CP) (Grade 11, 12)
  • Physics (H) (Grade 11, 12)
  • Physics (H) (Grade 11, 12)
  • Sports Medicine (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Human and Comparative Anatomy and Physiology (H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Environmental Science (CP) (Grades 12)
  • Genetics (CP, H) (Grade 12)
  • Microbiology (H) (Grade 12)
  • Principles of Engineering (CP) (Grade 12)

AP COURSES

  • AP Environmental Science (Grades 11, 12)
  • AP Biology and Lab (Grades 11, 12)
  • AP Chemistry and Lab (Grades 11, 12)
  • AP Physics C (Grades, 11, 12)
     
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Department Philosophy

The Science Department at St Joseph High School strives to prepare students for life in a technologically advancing society. Students are taught the importance of science in everyday life as well as an understanding and appreciation of the laws of nature and the universe. Science is a process of inquiry rather than a collection of facts. Through laboratory work, students are taught how to ask the right questions about nature and learn how the sciences interconnect. The department goal is to prepare students to understand the mysteries of the planet, the ecosystems, and the various species populating Earth, and themselves as human beings.

Department Chair: Daniel Walsh, Ph.D.dwalsh@sjcadets.org
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AP Chemistry 2018

Fine Arts

Students perform in the 2018 Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. 

Students in Ms Richter's class learn the art of acrylic pouring. 

Sophomores making Commedia Dell’arte masks which they will then use to perform.

"Art gives me a chance to enjoy something I've never had an interest in before. At St Joes, I found out how relaxing Pottery can be!"
~ Sophie '20

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • Art 1 (CP) (Grade 10)
  • Art 2 (CP) (Grades 10,11,12)
  • Art 3 (H) (Grades 11,12)
  • Ceramics/Pottery 1 (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Ceramics/Pottery 2 (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Concert Band (CP) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Steel Drum Ensemble (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Concert Choir (CP) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Advanced Band (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Advanced Chamber Choir (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Advanced Band 2 (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Advanced Chamber Choir 2 (H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Advanced Band 3 (H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Theater (CP) (Grade 10)
  • The Art of Acting (CP)  (Grades 11, 12)
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Department Philosophy

St Joseph High School believes that every student requires a well-rounded education and that the formation of the whole student through arts education is integral to this experience. A foundation in the arts develops cognitive & analytical skills, the ability to self-direct, communicate more effectively, and sharpens critical and creative skills. Research has shown that what students learn in the arts helps them to master other subjects, such as: literature, math, engineering, and social studies.  The arts allow students to develop self-expression through visual, aural and performance mediums. Upon completion of the program, students should possess a basic understanding and appreciation of the arts in both modern and historical contexts.

Department Chair: Mrs Kathleen Cardillo, MAkcardillo@sjcadets.org 
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Honors Chamber Choir 2018

Social Studies

Voting 2019

Ms Marino's Senior Civics students register to vote!

Social Studies

Cadets in Mr Dempsey's History Class created museum “exhibits” highlighting 1920s culture.

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Mr Minervini's Psychology students use blue dye to count their number of taste buds.

"In AP US History, we don't focus on memorizing facts; we learn the stories. History has become much more interesting to me and I'm actually going to miss it next year!"
~ Eleanor '21

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • Global Studies (H, CP) (Grade 9)
  • American History Since 1860 (CP, H) (Grade 10)
  • The Western Tradition (CP, H) (Grade 11)
  • Civics (CP, H) (Grade 12)
  • Introduction to Psychology (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Economics (CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Introduction to International Relations (CL) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy (H) (Grades 11, 12)

AP COURSES

  • AP United States History (Grade 10)
  • AP Modern European History (Grade 11)
  • AP United States Government & Politics (Grade 12)
  • AP Psychology (Grades 11, 12)
  • AP Economics (Grades 11, 12)
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Department Philosophy

The Social Studies Department promotes liberal arts instruction that leads to informed citizenship and an inculcation of Christian principles and moral values. Historical knowledge can serve as a bridge to the present, explaining and illuminating how we have developed as a civilization. Students are introduced to a thought-provoking process of investigation and analysis centered on social issues: racism, poverty, gender, minorities, war, tolerance, equality and social justice, to develop critical thinking skills, diversity of opinion and moral sensibility. 

Department Chair: Karl Valois, Ph.D.kvalois@sjcadets.org
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Theology

Theology

Cadets discuss the Church's teachings in Morality Class.

"The New Testament course is my favorite. Not only do I learn about Catholicism, but I learn life lessons. This class teaches us so much."
~ Chloe '21

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • Introduction to Catholicism/Old Testament (CP) (Grade 9)
  • New Testament/Christology (CP) (Grade 10)
  • Morality: Our Response to God’s Love (CP) (Grade 11)
  • Catholic Social Teaching (CP) (Grade 11)
  • Christian Lifestyles (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Introduction to World Religions (CL) (Grade 12)
  • Faith and Reason (H) (Grade 12)
  • Prayer and Spirituality (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Catholic Social Teaching (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Catholicism in Culture (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Peer Ministry (CP) (Grade 12)
  • Bioethics: From Basics to the Future (H) (Grade 12)
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Department Philosophy

The mission of the Theology Department is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the magisterial teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The department educates the whole person through rigorous academic courses based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and through a community that promotes spiritual growth. It is the goal of the department that students be able to articulate the Faith, develop a closer relationship with the Triune God, and manifest the Gospel values in their lives.

Department Chair: Meghan Piatak, MTSmpiatak@sjcadets.org
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World Language

Italian

Cadets in Senora Teresa's AP Italian Class use "read to self phones" in order to hear the Italian language in their own voice.

"Taking Mandarin prepared me for the Immersion trip to China. In only 1.5 years, I can already converse with someone who solely speaks Mandarin, which I accomplished while in China!"
~ Rosie '21

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COURSE LISTINGS

  • French 1, 2 (CP) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • French 3, 4 (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • French 5 (H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Italian 1, 2 (CP) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Italian 3 (H) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Italian 4 (H) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Mandarin 1, 2 (CP)  (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Mandarin 3, 4 (H) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Mandarin 5 (H) (Grade 11, 12)
  • Spanish 1, 2 (CP) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Spanish 3 (H, CP) (Grades 10, 11, 12)
  • Spanish 4 (H, CP) (Grades 11, 12)
  • Spanish 5 (H) (Grades 11, 12)

AP COURSES

  • AP French Language (Grade 12)
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture (Grades 11,12)
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Department Philosophy

The mission of the World Language Department is to educate the whole student through the teaching of language, grammar, and culture. The ACTFL National Standards for World Language teaching/learning are applied to each course. Emphasis is placed on cultural themes, topics, and issues of target language countries in order to promote respect and empathy. The department encourages students to look beyond their own community and embrace diversity in a multicultural society.

Department Chair: Mrs Giulia Terese, MAgterese@sjcadets.org
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