Course Offerings

As an International Baccalaureate World School St. Joan Antida High School is dedicated to an "IB for All" philosophy, preparing high school girls for higher education in a supportive learning environment. Through IB, SJA provides each student a rigorous world-class educational program, encouraging academic achievement, intellectual confidence, and personal growth.

Please see below for the courses offered in each department. Please refer to the graduation requirements page for a list of all required credits that must be taken in each of the academic areas listed below.

**Course chart for the IB program can be found here.

NOTE:

  • There are no half-day programs at St. Joan Antida High School, nor is there early graduation. All students are required to select a minimum of 8.0 units for each year. All students have a study period during advisory activities.
  • Courses are selected for the entire school year, unless indicated otherwise. Corrections and/or program adjustments, if possible, are made at the beginning of each semester. Unforeseen programming problems should be brought to the attention of the guidance department as early as possible.
  • The student is responsible for obtaining necessary signatures for any course marked “consent of instructor (and/or department chairperson) required.”

Art Courses

Art Foundations 1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: None, recommended for 9th Grade- may be taken at any level

A year-long basic visual arts course concentrating on the Seven Elements of Art. This course provides and appreciation and knowledge of the Visual Arts within the context of Art History. A variety of art forms are introduced including painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. This course is required before admittance into any Visual Art class.

This course includes all mediums- some are focused on below:

  • Drawing is universal to all the arts. This course is designed for students who wish to explore the world of drawing. During this course, students will build skills and understanding of basic concepts of Drawing including still life, perspective, figure studies, landscape, and portraiture. A broad range of materials and subject matter will be explored.
  • Painting is a course that provides students an opportunity to explore a variety of painting media and materials. Students will learn concepts of watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and ink. Surfaces and subject matter will be different with each piece produced. Students will use Masonite, paper, canvas, wall mural, and wood for our surface layouts. Students will study historical and contemporary painters while developing their own style.
  • Students will learn how to construct clay pottery and ceramic sculpture pieces through a variety of hand building skills. Students will learn different properties of clay and how to correctly prepare a piece of a fire. Color Theory is an important part of the glazing processes as well where students will learn finishing techniques and how to use good craftsmanship.

Investigational Art 1.0 Credit

Must take for Admittance to IB ART Junior and Senior Studios
Prerequisite: Art Foundations

IB Art is a program driven by research and investigational studies. In this class students will learn how to create sketchbooks from scratch. They will explore the many facets of Art History. This course heavily depends on independent research and development of personal ideas. Students will be introduced to a variety of media and materials. Students will be required to produce six pieces of art per semester and one complete investigational workbook (IWB) over the duration of the year. This is a mandatory class for admittance to the IB Art Program. Units included in this course listed below.

  • Gothic Period
  • Renaissance
  • Impressionism
  • Realism and Art Nouveau
  • Surrealism
  • German Expressionism
  • African Art
  • Current Exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum

IB Art 1 (Junior Studio) (1.0 Credit)
IB Art 2 (Senior Studio) (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Art Foundations, Investigational Art or Approval from Department Head

IB Visual Art is a rigorous pre-university course that leads to completion of the IB visual art examination. It is a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows students to earn college credit in national and international educational systems. IB Visual Art places emphasis on practical production by the student and exploration of a range of creative work in a global context.

With consent of the instructor, students work in the studio area of their choice, producing a portfolio of artwork. Beginning students may be assigned specific artistic exercises, and as students advance, they are expected to develop their own direction and set their own artistic objectives. Students are required to keep an ‘Investigation Workbook’ that contains a written record of the student’s development in the IB art program. The workbook also demonstrates student’s critical awareness of the meaning and function of visual arts in the student’s native culture as well as the cultures of others in a global context.

All IB visual Art students mount an exhibition of their portfolio and submit their research workbooks to an external examiner, who examines the student’s materials, conducts an oral examination, and scores the candidate according to criteria used in IB schools worldwide. The examiner forwards all scores to the IB Organization.

This course will challenge you to

  • Explore
  • Experiment
  • Reflect

HL- This course will run over the course of two academic years. In this course students will produce a larger body of work and demonstrate a deeper consideration of how their resolved works communicate with a potential viewer. Students will be required to have experience working with at least three different art-making forms selected from a minimum of two columns in the chart below. Students will be assessed each marking period on their portfolio pieces and their process and reflection in their visual journal. During the second year of the HL Visual Arts course, the student will write a Comparative Study. Students will analyze and compare different artworks by different artists. Students will also be responsible for a Process Portfolio. Students will submit carefully selected materials which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation, and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course. Finally, students will submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their student exhibition held spring of their second year.

Two-Dimensional Forms

Drawing

Painting

Printmaking

Graphics

Three Dimensional Forms

Sculpture

Designed Objects

Site Specific/ephemeral

Textiles

Lens Based, electronic, and screen-based forms

Time-based and sequential art

Lens Media

Digital/Screen Based

Assessments in detail:

Part 1: Comparative Study 20%

Students submit 10-15 screens which examine and compare at least three artworks, at least two of which need to be by different artists. The works selected for comparison and analysis should come from contrasting texts (local, national, international and/or intercultural)

Students submit 3-5 screens which analyze the extent to which their work and practices have been influenced by the art and artists examined.

Students submit a list of sources used.

Part 2: Process Portfolio 40%

Students submit 13-25 screens which evidence their sustained experimentation, exploration, manipulation, and refinement of a variety of art-making activities. Students submit work that must have been created in at least three art-making forms, selected from a minimum of two columns in the table above.

Part 3: Exhibition 40%

Students submit a curatorial rationale that does not exceed 700 words.

Students submit 8-11 works from their exhibition.

Students submit exhibition text(stating the title, medium, size, and intention) for each selected work.

Students submit two photographs of their overall exhibition.

Engineering (PLTW) Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) 1.0 Credit

Prerequisites: none

The major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Principles of Engineering (POE) 1.0 Credit

Prerequisites: IED and permission of instructor

POE is a survey course that exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.

Digital Electronics (DE) 1.0 Credit

Prerequisites: IED, POE or permission of instructor

Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) 1.0 Credit

Prerequisites: IED, POE, and permission of instructor, limited to seniors only

In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.

English Courses

English 9 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: None

English 9 is designed as a literary genre study. During the year, students will study short fiction, poetry, mythology, a novel, nonfiction texts, and a Shakespearean drama.

English 10 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: None

English 10 is designed as a thematic study. During the year, students will evaluate the loss of innocence cycle, social justice topics, the individual in conflict with society, and the obligation of family and tradition. The course will feature short fiction and nonfiction, a major research essay, a comparative novel study, and a Shakespearean drama.

IB Literature I (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: English 9 & 10

IB Literature I is designed as a world literature course that teaches students to evaluate texts according to their cultural, social, and historical context. Students will engage in literary criticism and learn how to form independent literary judgments while studying a variety of novels, plays, and non-fiction texts.

IB Literature II (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: English 9, 10 and IB Literature I

IB Literature II is designed as an extension of the world literature study first conducted in English 11. Students will continue to evaluate texts based on context and values while also engaging in literary criticism. The course features classic American and African novels, the writings of Martin Luther King Jr., and noteworthy poetry, including the work of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Mathematics Courses

Math Enrichment

Prerequisite: None

The Title 1 Math Enrichment class develops skills in mathematics operations, problem-solving, vocabulary, and higher order thinking skills. In addition to providing review and support of Algebra 1 concepts, it also enhances skills in a wide range of pre-Algebra topics through the use of in-class instruction and the online ALEKS math software program. Pre-algebra topics include: comparing and ordering numbers; rounding numbers; operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); simplifying fractions; fraction operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division); conversion of percentages, decimals, and fractions; calculating the percentage of a number; calculating interest; absolute value; order of operations; evaluating algebraic expressions; solving equations; simplifying radicals and exponents; scientific notation; solving inequalities; and solving proportions.

Algebra (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to give students the requisite skills that provide a foundation for all future mathematics courses. Students will explore writing and solving linear equations, powers and exponents, quadratic equations, polynomials and factoring, graphing and solving linear inequalities and functions. Introduction to use of graphing calculators will also be covered. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking skills and application principles. Students must bring a calculator to class daily. A TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator is recommended for this course, but is not mandatory.

Geometry (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra

This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations, translations and rotations in a plane. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed. A “hands-on” approach is favored in this course. Students must bring a calculator to class daily. A TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator is recommended for this course, but is not mandatory.

Algebra 2/Trigonometry (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra and Geometry with a grade of “B” or higher AND a teacher signature or concurrent with Geometry with department chair approval

Algebra 2/Trigonometry is for accelerated students who plan to maximize the amount of mathematics studied in high school. Students will study, in greater depth, linear and quadratic functions, Venn diagrams and simple probability, radicals with complex numbers, and conic sections. Also covered is a 12 week unit investigating the 6 trigonometric functions as they relate to the unit circle using radians and degrees to simplify trigonometric expressions, solve equations and applications, and graph both basic and translated trigonometric functions. A TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator is recommended for this course, but is not mandatory.

IB Math Studies 1 SL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra and Geometry AND a teacher signature

IB Math Studies 1 is the first year of a two year program. It is a rigorous math course, but its intended audience is for students who do not intend on pursuing a career rich in mathematics. It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics and helps prepare the student for a college algebra course. The syllabus is organized giving greater emphasis to developing students’ mathematical reasoning, to enhance critical thinking, solving mathematical problems embedded in a wide range of contexts, and using the graphing calculator effectively. Several small mathematical projects will be covered in the scope of this course. A TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator is recommended for this course, but is not mandatory.

IB Math Studies 2 SL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB Math Studies 1 SL or Algebra 2/Trigonometry AND a teacher signature

IB Math Studies 2 is the second year of a two year program leading to the IB Math Studies SL exam. The course includes project work, a feature unique to Mathematical Studies SL. Each student completes a project based on their own research; that is guided and supervised by the teacher. Each student planning on taking the IB Math Studies SL exam must complete a project based on their own research. This project (internal assessment, IA) is performed inside and outside of class time and supervised by the teacher. The IA provides an opportunity for students to carry out a mathematical study of their choice using their own experience, knowledge and skills acquired during the course allowing them to take sole responsibility for a part of their studies in mathematics.. Topics covered in this course include two variable statistics, logic, probability and Venn diagrams. A TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator is recommended for this course, but is not mandatory.

IB Math SL 1 (formerly Pre-Calculus) (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2/Trigonometry with a grade of “B” or higher AND a teacher signature

IB Math SL is a mixed junior and senior level course for students intending on pursuing a mathematically based career. It includes an in-depth exploration of common functions (polynomial, linear, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric), probability, and introduces the concept of limits. The use of technology and applications are integral parts of this course and students should have a TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator. Each senior student planning on taking the IB Math Studies SL exam must complete a project based on their own research. This project (internal assessment, IA) is performed outside of class time and supervised by the teacher. The IA provides an opportunity for students to carry out a mathematical study of their choice using their own experience, knowledge and skills acquired during the course allowing them to take sole responsibility for a part of their studies in mathematics. Students should have a TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator for this course.

IB Math SL 2 (formerly Calculus) (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB Math SL 1 with a grade of “B” or higher AND a teacher signature

IB Math SL is a senior level course for students intending on pursuing a mathematically based career. This introductory course focuses on the major topics of calculus and their applications. The course begins by reviewing Algebra 2/Trigonometry and IB Math SL 1 topics from a point of view which leads to the development of the derivative as a rate of change. Limits and continuity are introduced intuitively and numerically, but without rigorous proof. The students will study the mechanical methods of calculating derivatives, as well as applications of derivative functions and their graphs. Each student planning on taking the IB Math SL exam must complete a project based on their own research. This project (internal assessment, IA) is performed outside of class time and supervised by the teacher. The IA provides an opportunity for students to carry out a mathematical study of their choice using their own experience, knowledge and skills acquired during the course allowing them to take sole responsibility for a part of their studies in mathematics. Students should have a TI-84 Plus Silver Edition calculator for this course.

Physical Education Classes

Comprehensive Health Education (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: none

This health education course includes stress management, personal wellness, human growth and development, drug and alcohol information, nutrition, disease prevention, and environmental health. Course includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and automated external defibrillator (AED) training.

Comprehensive Physical Education (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisite: none

This course will be the culmination of the basics of many individual and team sports and will reinforce wellness related health education experiences with a physical education laboratory experience. This would include self-testing in strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular and cardio-respiratory endurance.

Fit for Life I (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisites: Comp P.E.

This course is designed for 11th grade class. This is the second of the core PE courses at SJA. This course emphasize health relate mind and body fitness. At the conclusion of the subject offerings, students will have experienced a wide variety of fitness activities that they will be able to replicate on their own. Students will have an understanding of their own fitness level, how to assess their fitness and how to improve their health related fitness.

Life Sports (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisites: Comp P.E.

This course is designed for 12th grade class. This is the third of the core PE courses at SJA. This course emphasizes activities considered within the realm of lifetime sports. At the conclusion of the subject offerings, students will have experienced a wide variety of activities that will enable them to participate actively in a recreational/therapeutic pursuit throughout their lives.

Science Courses

Biology (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: none

Biology is a laboratory-based course designed to introduce students to the science processes, skills, and understandings related to a wide range of biological topics. During this course, students will learn to identify the basic questions and concepts that guide scientific investigation and to design and conduct their own investigations. Important skills to develop throughout this course include microscopy, graphing and measurement, identification of research questions, making connections, and the ability to be a self-directed learner.

Chemistry (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra

Chemistry acquaints students with the basic properties of matter. The course emphasizes concepts using body/kinesthetic, interpersonal activities and mathematical problem solving. A solid understanding of the basic principles leads students to apply chemistry to their everyday lives. Topics covered in the class include Nature of Chemistry, Energy and Matter, Atomic Structure, Bonding and Quantitative Chemistry. These topics will be studied through a combination of lecture, activities and laboratory.

Architecture 100 (On-Line Course through UWM) (0.5 Credit)

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing, Recommendation from Art and/or Engineering Instructor

Course Description: This semester long course aims at laying a foundation for a general understanding of Architecture. Through fundamental principles spanning the education, the profession, the art, the science, and the current spirit of Architecture, the student will encounter a broad survey of vocabularies and conceptual processes. Lectures, readings, interactive digital video, examinations, and projects will provide the means of exploration.

IB Biology 1 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

IB Biology 2 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and IB Biology 1

IB Biology 1 & 2 SL/HL Course Description: It is the aim of this course to provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context which will stimulate and challenge students. This course will also provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques which characterize biology and the biological science. This course will enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques which are characteristic of biology and biological research. Students will develop an ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information. Students will also engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities. Throughout the school year, students develop experimental and investigative skills, develop and apply the students’ information technology skills in the study of the subject. This course will help students raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology. By the end of this course, students will develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

IB Biology 1 SL/HLTopics – Statistical Analysis, Cells, Chemistry of Life, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Human Health and Physiology

IB Biology 2 SL/HLTopics – Statistical Analysis, Nucleic Acids and Proteins, , Ecology and Conservation, Evolution (HL Topics), Plant Science, Cell Respiration and Photosynthesis, Group 4 Project, Individual Assessment

IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1 SL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

IB Environmental Systems and Societies 2 SL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1

IB Environmental Systems and Societies 1 & 2 SL Course Description: Environmental Systems and Societies is an interdisciplinary course which is unique in that it contains various sciences, coupled with a societal viewpoint, all intertwined to help students understand the environment and sustainability. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the interrelationships of the environment and societies, as well as the nature of their interactions, so that they can make an informed personal response to a wide range of pressing global issues. While this course involves many labs, it is a unique science course in that students will be encouraged to engage in discussions and thoroughly read various documents to develop personal viewpoints. As we study each topic in this course, you will be encouraged to think about the interactions between humans and the environment. It is a personal goal of mine to encourage students in Environmental Science to gain a new perspective on the world around us and understand that each of us impacts the environment in various ways.

IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Year 1 SL

Environmental Value Systems, Ecosystems and Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Climate Change and Energy Production

IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Year 2 SL

– Water and Aquatic Food Production, Soil Systems and Terrestrial Food Production, Atmospheric Systems and Societies, Human Systems and Resource Use, Group 4 Project, Individual Assessment

IB Chemistry 1 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry, Concurrent enrollment in Adv. Algebra/Trig

IB Chemistry 2 SL/HL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry, and IB Chemistry 1

IB Chemistry 1 & 2 SL/HL Course Description: IB Chemistry is a continuation of Chemistry 1 Pre Diploma and is completed over the course of two years. The course begins with a review of earlier topics such as Matter, Atomic Structure, Bonding and Quantitative Chemistry and follows with a detailed study of Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Reactions, Acids and Bases, and Organic Chemistry. Students are required to complete a multidisciplinary project with students from other experimental sciences. The course also offers a variety of options including Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. IB Chemistry HL includes all topics from IB Chemistry SL but to a greater depth with more detail.

IB Chemistry – Year 1 SL/HL – Measurement and Data Processing, Quantitative Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium

IB Chemistry – Year 2 SL/HL – Equilibrium (HL Topics), Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, Group 4 Project, Individual Assessment

Social Sciences Courses

World History (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisites: None

This is a survey course of Western and Eastern Civilization from the 15th century to the present. Students will compare and contrast the developments of modern revolutions and nationalist movements including: the French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Chinese Revolution, as well as the rise of nationalism in Germany and Italy. Students will also explore the roots of colonialism and imperialism in Africa, as well as the history of modern conflicts in the Middle East.

In order to insure that all students obtain civic/economic competency, special emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the relationship between the governmental and economic systems. Students will observe how scarcity, supply and demand, and the search for markets affect the growth or decline of a civilization or historical period, as well as their function in contemporary times. This course also provides students will fundamental social studies like document analysis and writing skills.

American History and Government (Requirement for Graduation) (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: World History

This is a rigorous American History and Government course designed to challenge students to move beyond memorization of facts and analyze the relationship between historical events in the Americas and American governments. This course, like World History, continues to develop civics and economic competency in students, as well document analysis and writing skills. Major topics include American independence movements, nation building and the challenges that come from forming new nations, the United States Civil War, the development of modern nations in the Americas, the emergence of the Americas in global affairs and the Great Depression. This class also focuses on the formation of the American Government including: state, local and national government, the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court cases, political parties, as well as foreign and domestic policy.

IB Global SL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: World History, American History and Government

IB History is a survey of modern world history, with a strong emphasis on Europe and that continent’s vital impact on the rest of the world in the modern era. This course traces a chronology of European events from 1750 to the present, with a focus on 20th century history. Within that chronology major themes of history are explored to prepared students for Higher Level History class and the HL History exam. The first major theme includes the causes, practices and effects of 20th Century wars like World War I, World War II and various other conflicts from around the world including the Kosovo War and the Rwanda Genocide. The second major theme is the history and impact of the Cold War, including the collapse of Communism in Russia. The third major theme is research in history. Students will write an Internal Assessment, a 2,500 word research paper based on the historical inquiry topic of their choosing. Students also will continue to focus on document analysis and writing skills.

IB History of the Americas HL (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: IB History SL

Americas is required course for students talking the higher level IB History examination. It will incorporate the American experience (Canada, the U.S. and Latin America) into the picture of modern world history, continuing with the study of historical themes established in the IB Global History SL course. Major emphasis will be on the Cold War, Civil Rights and social movements in the Americas post‑1945, the Americas (1980–2005) and America’s involvement in the Kosovo War. This course requires the submission of the Internal Assessment written during IB Global History SL. Students will continue to focus on document analysis and writing skills. Topics can be carried over from IB Global History SL.

Theology Courses

“Introduction to Theology” – Theology 9 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: None

Students explore specific and vital ways to answer God’s call to growth in maturity. It looks at the questions and concerns of young adolescents regarding growth in faith and a belief in God. The students are helped to deal with the many changing emotions they experience at this time of their lives. An emphasis on character, responsibility and freedom are connected to how one is helped through the teachings and practices of Jesus and the Church. The course is designed to better understand God’s revelation in each individual’s life and explores beliefs and practices at the heart of Christianity. Christian theology from the perspective or the lens of Catholic teaching. At the same time, it encourages students to get a deeper understanding of their own faith tradition in dialogue with Catholic Christian thought. This class enables students to consider what it means to be a Christian and helps them integrate a sense of their own identity as believing Christians.

“Scripture” – Theology 10 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: None

The goal of this two-semester course is for the student to learn about Scripture. Fall semester concentrates on Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) The objective is to help students explore Hebrew Scripture, as a record of the people’s experience of God’s revelation to them. Students will develop a working knowledge of Scripture, its stories and their meaning; the sources used; and what it means for us today. They will do this through the use of biblical scholarship. The Spring Semester continues the study of Salvation History as revealed in Christian Scripture – (New Testament). The objective is help students explore Christian Scripture; to understand its historical context; the connection with the Hebrew Scripture and the role of evangelists in creating and editing their Gospels. Students will explore how each Gospel portrays Jesus in a unique way. They will learn about the incarnation, the life, the message and call of Jesus. Students will reflect on its meaning in their own lives and what it means to live a Christian life. In order to explore the themes in depth, students will learn about and how to use Biblical Criticism.

“Christian Morality” - Theology 11 (0.5 Credits)

Prerequisite: None

This course is all about what it means to become morally mature. The class will look at Christian moral principles using the Bible and Church teachings as a basis. The class will focus on the development of virtue and character. The class also seeks to explore how values, conscience, and attitudes are formed and to develop critical thinking about what society and today’s culture suggests regarding moral principles. This class encourages discussion as well as self-reflection.

“Christian Lifestyles” - Theology 12 – Fall Semester (0.5 Credits)

Prerequisite: None

In the first semester, we will explore living a Christian Lifestyle. What is a lifestyle? What goes into making or choosing a lifestyle? What is a healthy lifestyle? Is it something you choose or something that just happens to you? What makes up a lifestyle? We will explore issues of vocation, friendship and relationship, sexuality, community, spirituality and prayer; discernment, identity;, personal power, the Dignity of Work: communication; empowerment; having a Philosophy of Life; lifelong learning; – Where does money fit in? What does it mean to be fully alive? What is the difference between freedom and license? What does it mean to live a life in Christ? This is a class to explore a student’s own possibilities and to reflect on shaping her future; living in the present; living according to what each student says she believes.

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“Catholic Social Teaching” – Social Justice - Theology 12 - Spring Semester (0.5 Credits)

Prerequisite: None

This course looks at the Churches teaching on Social Justice based on the Gospel Values. It begins with the basic understanding of our human dignity which comes from the fact that we each are created in the image and likeness of God. It explores the teaching key themes: Respect for Life. Family and Community; Rights and Responsibilities, Option for the Poor; Dignity of Work and Workers; Solidarity and Stewardship of the Earth. Social Justice approaches areas in today's society that are not consistent with the biblical idea of justice and the Gospel values. This study will explore alternative ways to oppressive or unjust situations. It will explore what our responsibility is; and what positive actions can we take to promote justice. The class will promote study and discussion on these topics. Students will be encouraged to be sure they have accurate information and have an understanding of the broader issues involved. Student outreach planning and project(s) are required.

Requirement: Grade 12 Spring Semester – part of Theology 12.

RETREAT REQUIREMENT

Students are required to participate in a school retreat every school year a student is enrolled at SJA. Required for 9, 10, 11 and 12th grades.

World Languages Courses

Spanish 1 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: None

First year Spanish develops skills of understanding and speaking through emphasis on fundamental language patterns based on everyday life situations. Drills are used to help pupils master these patterns, correct punctuation, and characteristic intonation of Spanish. Cultural enrichment materials develop an understanding and appreciation of Spanish and Latin American civilization.

Spanish 2 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Spanish 1

This course continues to emphasize skills needed to understand and speak Spanish. Reading and writing take greater importance as pupils gain familiarity and confidence with the spoken language. Grammar, basic language patterns, and word order are systematically taught to facilitate comprehension and correct usage.

Spanish 3 Pre-Diploma (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Spanish 2

In third year Spanish, pupils enlarge their vocabularies and review grammar essentials. Emphasis is placed on communication both in speaking and in writing. Collections of stories, short novels, or plays are read and discussed in Spanish. Writing skills are expanded through guided sentence construction and free composition. The history of Spain and Latin America are also studied.

Spanish 4 (1.0 Credit)

Prerequisite: Spanish 3

This course continues to develop understanding of speaking, reading and writing skills. Principles of pronunciation are reviewed and added stress is placed on achieving intonation as used by Spanish-speaking people. Stylistic improvement in language use is developed through pupil research, study and discussions of literature, periodicals, and newspaper. A wide variety of writing practice is pursued.

IB Spanish 1 SL (1.0 Credit)

Prequisite: Two years of Spanish and Junior standing

The IB Diploma Programme language B course –or IB Spanish 1 SL gives the students the tools they need to become advanced speakers of the language, to acquire additional linguistic skills, to develop their reading and writing abilities, and to promote an understanding of other cultures. Language B has been designed for students who already know Spanish at an intermediate level. This course will prepare you for the IB Spanish Exam (SL), and for testing at universities that have a language requirement. This course involves the writing of different kinds of essays. Orally, you will be expected to explain and defend your opinions, hypothesize on current events and hypothetical events.


The International Baccalaureate World Language program requires a student to demonstrate proficiency in the four communication skills of reading, writing, understanding and speaking. These skills are developed by IB candidates during their third and fourth years of World Language study. The IB classes provide a thorough review of grammar, reading experience in a literary text and in a book on the history and political structure of the country, oral experience through conversation and formal presentation of reports, and writing experience through essays and compositions. All reading speaking and writing is conducted in the World Language.

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