Curriculum

St. Catherine’s curriculum is college-preparatory and aligned to rigorous standards above and beyond the Common Core.  Our Theology Program aligns to the standards of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops.  Within each curricular area, teachers work to incorporate the art of rhetoric, critical thinking, and real-world application.  Students are taught using lecture, Socratic Method, project-based learning, and technology.

At SCA all students are required to complete 26.0 academic credits and 110 service hours to graduate.

SCA Programs of Study 2019-2020

  • 4.0 credits of English
  • 4.0 credits of Mathematics
  • 3.0 credits of Science
  • 3.0 credits of Social Studies
  • 4.0 credits of Catholic Theology
  • 2.0 credits of Latin
  • 1.0 credit of Philosophy
  • 1.0 credit of Physical Education
  • 1.0 credit of Visual/Performing/Applied Arts
  • 3.0 credits of additional electives

Courses Offered

Required courses are in italics

English

  • Foundations of Literature (Honors)
  • American Literature (Honors)
  • Women’s Studies in Literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • College Research and Writing
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition

English Electives:

  • Drama I
  • Drama II
  • Creative Writing
  • Exploring Poetry
  • Performing Arts
  • Newspaper and Journalism
  • Yearbook

Foreign Language

  • Foundations of Latin
  • Latin I
  • Foundations of Latin II
  • Latin II
  • Latin III
  • Latin IV

Physical Education/Health

  • Health
  • Personal Fitness
  • Physical Education
  • Team Sports

Mathematics

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra Concepts
  • Geometry (Honors)
  • Algebra 2 (Honors)
  • Pre-Calculus (Honors)
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics

Mathematics Electives

  • College Readiness Math
  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
  • SAT Math Prep Course

Science

  • Biology (Honors)
  • Chemistry (Honors)
  • Conceptual Chemistry
  • Physics/Physical Science
  • Conceptual Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C

Science Electives

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Environmental Science
  • Organic-Chemistry of Fuels and Foods
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Sciences Internship
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Independent Research in an Advanced Science Topic

Social Studies

  • World History (Honors)
  • United States History
  • AP United States History
  • Civics
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • Economics

Social Studies Electives

  • Law and Justice
  • Psychology
  • Current Events
  • World Political Institutions

Theology

  • Theology 9: Faith and Reason
  • Theology 9: Person of Jesus
  • Theology 10: Church History
  • Theology 11 and 12: Moral Theology
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Theology Electives

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Prayer and Discernment

Non-Core Electives

Business

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Internship (Bookkeeping for St. Cate’s Corner)
  • Applied Computer Technology
  • Business Ethics/Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship/Intro to Business
  • Marketing I
  • Marketing II: Store Operation
  • Personal Finance

Music

  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Ensemble Music

Visual and Applied Art

  • Artworks
  • Digital Imaging & Communication
  • Studio Art
  • Pottery
  • Drawing & Painting

Other Electives

  • Academic Seminar
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Online Learning Lab

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Kenneth

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“As a graduate of this school, I can attest to not only the strong education I received from SCA but also the strong foundation I was given in which I could build my own faith upon. I felt fully prepared for the ‘real world’ both academically and spiritually.” 

MaryKatherine

“An excellent school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“[SCA] builds upon your faith and strengthen you academically throughout the four years in high school so that you are more than ready when you move on to college.”

Zina

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherines just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love Saint Catherine of Siena and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“Beautiful school!”

Rachel

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent