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					                           ST. AGNES ACADEMY
            2010-2011 CURRICULUM GUIDE FOR NINTH GRADERS

The curriculum of St. Agnes Academy revolves around core subject areas of Theology, English,
Mathematics, Science, Language, and Social Studies. The elective program offers students the
opportunity to pursue areas of special interest or go into greater depth in the core subjects. All
courses are constantly evaluated and changed (as appropriate) to meet the needs of the students
within today's society.

This document contains detailed descriptions of classes available to incoming ninth graders. For
more information about courses available to sophomores, juniors and seniors, please visit the
Academics section at www.st-agnes.org.


   For the class of 2014, the following twenty-six (26) credits are required for graduation.

       4       Theology                                             1-1/2   Physical Education
       4       English                                              1/2     Health
       4       Mathematics                                          1/2     Speech
       4       Science                                              1       Fine Arts
       3       History/Social Science                               1       Computer
       2       Foreign Language                                     1/2     Service

                             Minimum number of credits taken per year is six.


              FIRST YEAR                                                    THIRD YEAR
Theology 1                                                    Theology 3
English 1                                                     English 3
Mathematics                                                   Mathematics
Biology                                                       Science
Foreign Language 1                                            U. S. History
Physical Education/Health                                     Foreign Language (optional)
Speech                                                        Physical Education (if not already taken)
                                                              or Elective
            SECOND YEAR
Theology 2                                                                  FOURTH YEAR
English 2                                                     Theology 4
Mathematics                                                   English 4
Chemistry                                                     Mathematics
World History                                                 Science
Foreign Language 2                                            Government/Economics
Physical Education or Elective                                Foreign Language (optional)
Computer Applications                                         Service Program
 (1/2 credit given for participation in laptop program)       Electives


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                                  HOMEWORK CONSIDERATION

When selecting the courses for each school year, students need to consider the amount of homework
involved in each course. The homework load is of concern to all of us. Therefore, we strongly urge
students to consider their outside activities, their ability to organize their time, their reading speed, and
the number of courses. Homework loads vary, but most students find they need to devote an average
of two or three hours to homework every day. Honors classes will require more.

                         ATTENDANCE POLICY AND GRADING SCALE
                             FOR COURSES AT STRAKE JESUIT

In cases when St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit follow the same calendar, a student taking a class at the
opposite campus is expected to attend class as usual if the host school is in session. The only
exceptions to this are (1) if the student is participating in a retreat or some other school-sponsored
function and (2) if the student’s own school is on a raffle holiday. Boys on junior and senior retreat
must come to class at St. Agnes on other days of that week unless they go on college visitation
trips, for which they submit anticipated absence forms. Strake Jesuit's grading scale is different
from St. Agnes’s. Students must make a 70 or above in order to pass a Strake Jesuit course.

                                              ENGLISH
NOTE: All English courses at St. Agnes have a summer reading assignment. Students are required to
do the reading before school resumes in August, and they are given a test on the book or books during
the first week.

The English department curriculum is a four-year program with two levels of instruction. All four
years prepare students for college work. Qualified students in their junior and senior years may
receive AP instruction. All English courses include extensive analytical writing and address the
principles of organization and correct expression.

The ninth grade curriculum offers a blend of American and classical Greek literature, and the tenth
grade offers a survey of British literature. The junior year is a survey of American literature and the
senior year is a final refining of critical reading and writing skills and a survey of world literature.

105 ENGLISH 1 (1 credit)
The regular English 1 course focuses primarily on grammar, sentence structure, and composition with
emphasis on paragraph development leading to literary analysis. In literature, the student will be
required to identify different literary elements and to recognize character development through a study
of American and classical Greek literature as well as Greek mythology. The students' vocabulary skills
will be expanded through the vocabulary encountered in their literature and through their vocabulary
workbook. At least one novel or non-fiction work will be required summer reading.

110 HONORS ENGLISH 1 (1 credit)
In addition to the objectives of regular English 1, students will write more sophisticated compositions
based on their reading. They will do a more detailed analysis of language and literary devices in the
works they study. A group research project on twentieth century American poets will allow them to
develop research and presentation skills.


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                                        MATHEMATICS
The mathematics department instruction enables students to see the power of math and enhances their
mathematical reasoning and communication. The emphasis in the use of technology is on discovering
concepts and using a variety of approaches to solve problems. Algebra 1 is the entry-level course, and
AP Calculus BC is the senior course offered to students who enter with strong algebra background and
high aptitude, or those who can double-track.

210 ALGEBRA 1 (1 credit)
The Algebra 1 course develops basic skills in fundamental algebraic operations and problem solving.
Topics include the study of real number operations, polynomials, inequalities, functions and relations,
systems of open sentences in two variables, rational and irrational numbers, quadratic functions and
equations.

215 HONORS ALGEBRA 1 (1 credit)
This course is designed to give the talented mathematics student enriching experiences that will aid her
in the preparation for advanced honors mathematics courses. The basic goals and objectives are the
same as Algebra 1, although the course is more rigorous

224 9th GRADE GEOMETRY (1 credit)
This course focuses on discovering geometric relationships through observation, developing powers of
spatial visualization, and recognizing the role of logical reasoning in both mathematical and non-
mathematical situations. Topics include parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles and their uses,
similar polygons, right triangles and basic trigonometric function, circles, constructions, areas of plane
figures, areas and volumes of solids, and coordinate geometry. Algebra skills will be integrated
throughout the course. Several weeks at the end of the year will be devoted to the study of algebraic
concepts including but not limited to polynomials, systems of equations, radical expressions, rational
expressions, and quadratic functions. Proficiency in the use of a graphing calculator and other
technology will be developed.

229 9th GRADE HONORS GEOMETRY (1 credit)
This course is designed to give the talented mathematics student enriching experiences that will
broaden her perspective and aid in the preparation for advanced honors courses. The basic goals and
objectives are the same as those for geometry, but the course is limited to those students who are
invited to participate due to the pace of instruction and rigor needed to solve challenging problems.
Algebra skills will be integrated throughout the course. Several weeks at the end of the year will be
devoted to the study of algebraic concepts including but not limited to polynomials, systems of
equations, radial expressions, rational expressions, and quadratic and exponential functions.
Proficiency in the use of the graphing calculator and other technology will be developed.

                                           THEOLOGY
The theology program is a four-year required course sequence. Its overall goal is to enable students to
think theologically and to reflect upon their own faith. The first three years are foundational and
consist of Theology 1 in the ninth grade year, Catholicism for sophomores, and Christian Morality for
juniors. The senior year builds upon the foundation through a variety of electives, most one semester
in length, some of which are coed.


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300 THEOLOGY 1 - GOD’S REVELATION: JESUS CHRIST (1 credit)
The ninth grade theology course is focused on God's revelation as known through Scripture. This
yearlong course of study examines God's invitation to all people to relationship as revealed in salvation
history and pre-eminently in the person of Jesus Christ. Students will develop a general knowledge
and appreciation of the sacred Scriptures, including the development of the Bible, the study of the
historical and cultural influences which helped to shape the Bible and the major themes of the
Scriptures. Through Scripture, we encounter Jesus Christ, who is the ultimate Revelation to us from
God. In learning more about the person of Jesus Christ, the students will also learn who He calls them
to be.
                                            SCIENCE
In their science courses at St. Agnes, students are encouraged to explore the interactions among
society, technology, and science. By understanding past achievements, present projects and future
possibilities in scientific study, students will lay foundations for a lifetime of interest and possible
career in science. St. Agnes students must take four years of science and will follow either a regular
science program or an honors program. All students in the regular college preparatory program take
Biology in 9th grade and Chemistry in 10th grade. Students must also take Physics before graduation.
Beyond this course, students will choose from the following: Biology 2, Physiology, Chemistry 2,
Aquatic Science, Geology, Environmental Systems, and Astronomy. Ninth graders with a strong
science aptitude may be placed into Honors Biology, depending on their capabilities and the results of
their science placement test. After 9th grade, the following honors courses are available: Honors
Chemistry, Honors Physics, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry
students are encouraged to take the SAT II test.

410 BIOLOGY 1 (1 credit)
Biology is a one-year laboratory and lecture based course of study of the science of life from the sub-
molecular level to the level of the biosphere. In this course, students will study ecosystems and the
environment, fundamental biochemistry, cells and cellular reactions, the microscope, genetics,
evolution, taxonomy, plant biology, and the anatomy and physiology of the major body systems. The
unit of genetics includes research on The Human Genome Project. Laboratory investigations will be
used to reinforce class work, to demonstrate scientific principles, to reconfirm hypotheses discussed in
class, and to teach science process skills. Students will use their laptops in the course, using
presentation, word processing and spreadsheet programs. They will also do research using the
Internet. The course will include an in-depth dissection and study of the fetal pig.

415 HONORS BIOLOGY 1 (1 credit)
This course covers such major topics as scientific method, classification, evolution, biochemistry,
genetics, cell theory, reproduction, heredity, anatomy, and physiology. Students will develop a deeper
understanding of biology with major emphasis on how life processes evolved and on the research
which has led to our current knowledge in the field of biology. Students are expected to demonstrate
this understanding by application in laboratory work. The course will include in-depth dissection and
study of the cat anatomy and physiology. Students are also expected to communicate their
understanding of these concepts in written form. Students will use their laptops to present projects in
PowerPoint, create spreadsheets, word process and do research using the Internet. All students are
required to prepare a project every quarter. Placement is based on entrance exam reading scores,
science placement test score and math placement. Students must take the science placement test
to be considered for Honors Biology.


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                                          LANGUAGES
The goal of the Foreign Language department is student proficiency in the four basic language skills:
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural appreciation is enriched through realia and
discussions. The Foreign Language curriculum requires two consecutive years of the same foreign
language. The following courses are offered: French 1-5, Latin 1-4, AP Latin 4, Spanish 1-5 and AP
Spanish 4.

601 SPANISH 1 (1 credit)
This is an introductory course designed for students who have never been exposed to the language, or
who have had previous exposure but have insufficient knowledge of vocabulary and skills to proceed
to Level 2. The course introduces basic survival situation vocabulary, grammar and tense usage. A
student should master listening, speaking, reading and writing skills associated with chapter
presentations. The use of CD ROMS and technology (in the class and at home) facilitates this goal.
An appreciation of Spanish culture is acquired through enrichment materials.

610 SPANISH 2 (1 credit)
Spanish 2 continues and expands the study of vocabulary and grammar begun in Spanish 1.
Vocabulary and grammar exercises and presentations demonstrate language usage and application so
that the student can listen, converse, understand, read and write the target language. Tense structure is
taught and drilled. The use of the CD ROM technology (in the class and at home) facilitates this goal.
In addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning. An
appreciation for Spanish culture is emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite for incoming 9th graders: passing the Spanish placement test.

635 FRENCH 1 (1 credit)
This is an introductory course designed for students who have never been exposed to the language, or
who have had previous exposure but have insufficient knowledge of vocabulary and skills to proceed
to Level 2. The course introduces basic survival situation vocabulary, grammar and tense usage. A
student should master listening, speaking, reading and writing skills associated with chapter
presentations. The use of CD ROMS and technology (in the class and at home) facilitates this goal. An
appreciation of French culture is acquired through enrichment realia.

640 FRENCH 2 (1 credit)
French 2 continues and expands the study of vocabulary and grammar begun in French 1. Vocabulary
and grammar exercises and presentations demonstrate language usage and application so that the
student can listen, converse, understand, read and write the target language. Tense structure is taught
and drilled. The use of the CD ROM technology (in the class and at home) facilitates this goal. In
addition, students are encouraged to use other forms of technology to facilitate learning. An
appreciation for French culture is emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite for incoming 9th graders: passing the French placement test.

655 LATIN 1 (1 credit)
In Latin 1, the students will learn the fundamentals of Latin grammar. They will learn the active and
passive voices of the verb, in all tenses, in the indicative mood. They will learn the functions of all the
cases (except the locative) and the inflections for all declensions. They will learn the personal and
relative pronouns as well as the major demonstrative pronouns/adjectives and three participles. They
will be constantly enlarging their Latin vocabulary with words common in the literature of the

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Classical Age, and will use their knowledge of Latin prefixes, root words and suffixes to enlarge their
English vocabulary. They will use their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in translating Latin
texts of increasing grammatical complexity. They will also learn of the major events, personalities and
concepts of Roman history and culture.

659 LATIN 2 (1 credit)
After a thorough review of the grammar and vocabulary of Latin 1, the students in Latin 2 will finish
learning the major points of Latin grammar. Foremost among those major points is the subjunctive
mood: the students will learn the formation of the subjunctive in all tenses in the active and passive
voices, and will learn the use of the subjunctive in purpose clauses, result clauses, indirect question,
cum clauses, noun clauses, statements of volition and exhortation, and subordinate clauses in indirect
statement. They will use their constantly growing Latin vocabulary and their knowledge of Latin
grammar and syntax in translating texts of increasing complexity and authenticity. Such texts will
include abridged and adapted stories from Ovid; after completing them, the students will read
selections from Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Pliny’s letters. They will extend their knowledge of Roman
history and culture through interpreting Latin texts and through a more formal treatment of Roman
history.

         BUSINESS AND COMPUTER EDUCATION ELECTIVES
The business and computer education curriculum is a special area of instruction that deals directly with
business on several levels: computer skills, facts, business attitudes, and economic, financial and legal
understandings. One-semester elective courses are offered in the following areas: Introduction to
Microsoft Office, Multimedia, Introduction to Law, Web Mastering and Accounting.

720 INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT OFFICE (1/2 credit)
This one semester class will give students a broad introduction to the educational uses of Microsoft
Office: Word—basic formatting, tables, graphics; Excel—worksheets, formulas, functions, charts;
Access—general database design, manipulating data, reports; PowerPoint—creating effective
presentations with graphics and music; Publisher—beginning desktop publishing and integration of the
office tools. This class is open to all students.

728 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (1/2 credit)
Through a four-year study of computer applications, students will demonstrate the appropriate use of
technology to problem solve, acquire and analyze information and communicate the results in
electronic format. Students will learn to use the Internet and other electronic formats for information
retrieval. They will acquire knowledge in creating documents in a variety of formats, including
spreadsheets, databases, presentation designs and word processing. Additionally, students will become
familiar with technology related terms and concepts and will be able to make informative decisions
concerning hardware and software applications.

730 WEB MASTERING (1/2 credit)
In this one semester course, students will learn how to use web editing software (WYSIWYG) to
create professional web sites using graphics, hyperlinks, colors and multimedia. Creating professional
looking web pages also involves an understanding of web design layout and concepts as well as a basic
grasp of HTML, the programming language used to create web pages. Students will learn to create
graphics for use in their web sites including backgrounds, animated images and rollover images.


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                           FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
The five areas available in fine and performing arts are studio art, art history, music (both vocal and
instrumental), theatre, and dance. A wide array of performance opportunities are offered through the
extra-curricular program, liturgies, and assemblies. Art shows and competitions with other schools are
opportunities available for students interested in the visual arts. The band and chorus are coed and
meet before school. Orchestra is coed and meets after school.

801 ART HISTORY A (1/2 credit)
Art History-A students learn to recognize major artists, styles, time periods, and the historical
importance of art from pre-history to the Gothic period. Discerning significance and relevance of art to
the lost cultures or distant societies that created it is a continual focus of the class. Students examine
shifts and trends in art and architecture and correlate them with events from history. The course will
equip the student with the skills to evaluate and appreciate art more fully making travel or a visit to a
museum or gallery so much more enriching. Offered in the fall.

802 ART HISTORY B (1/2 credit)
Art History B surveys painting, drawing and architecture from the Renaissance to the twentieth
century. Lovers of contemporary art will enjoy this course but it is also beneficial to the student who
hopes to more fully understand art and the various motivators for art. Students will trace the evolution
of styles, techniques, trends, concepts and functions of art from the early Renaissance period to the
present. Students are encouraged to recognize commonalities of purpose and historical and cultural
influences in various art forms. Art History A is interrelated to this course but is not a necessary pre-
requisite. Students who aspire to take both courses should schedule them in chronological order.
Offered in the spring.

805 BEGINNING DRAWING (1/2 credit)
This course is ideal for timid beginners and experienced artists. Drawing I students explore their own
potential in experimenting with pencil, charcoal, conte, ink and a variety of application methods
through a series of technical and creative assignments. The Drawing I student gradually develops the
ability to render real and imagined imagery through the mastery of sensitive observation, sketching
skills, value and texture reproduction, perspective application, and design principles.
Open to Strake Jesuit students. Course fee: $35.

887 INTRODUCTION TO ACTING (1/2 credit)
This is a class for the beginning actor, or for the student who has had some acting or stage experience.
This class is driven by participation and the student will be graded on their improvement from
beginning to end. The student will receive a condensed version of Theatre and Acting History; Drama
Terms & Lingo; while also learning about the techniques of acting, how to improve on them, thereby
gaining more experience on stage and in front of an audience. Each student will perform monologues
and be part of a short scene with dialog. Students learn by critiquing each other’s performances in
class. Open to Strake Jesuit students.

                                       MUSIC ELECTIVES
Chorus, Band, and Applied Music may be taken all four years. A student can gain most by taking part
in a performing organization for four years. The group benefits also from the student's growing
maturity and skill.


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900 MUSIC THEORY I (1/2 credit)
This course is designed to give the student a background in the fundamentals of the language of music.
It focuses on the mechanics of music as well as basics of music analysis. It is open to students of both
Strake Jesuit and St. Agnes. Students should have some prior experience with music.
Taken at Strake Jesuit.

906 FRESHMAN MUSIC LAB (1/2 credit)
This course is designed to enhance the level of basic music theory knowledge and playing
fundamentals of incoming freshmen. It helps to advance the novice player to the performance levels of
both the symphonic band and orchestra. It meets in the fall. Taken at Strake Jesuit.

915 APPLIED MUSIC – PRIVATE VOICE (non-credit)
Private Vocal Instruction allows students an opportunity to receive instruction on a one-to-one basis.
In coordination with the St. Agnes Academy Choral program, this course provides a total instructional
program in music. Students will receive an in-depth study on vocal technique, posture, breathing,
diction, foreign language and basic music theory as well as performance and audition techniques and
opportunities. Students will perform a classical vocal recital at the conclusion of the spring semester
and will also have the opportunity to attend and participate in master classes with professional artists.
Students meet with the instructor for 45 minutes every 6-day cycle.
Cost is $350.00 per semester. Non-credit course. See music department for further information.

925 MIXED CHORUS (1 credit)
Mixed Chorus is composed of both St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit students from grades 9–12. Selected
by audition in April of the previous year, chorus members meet daily, Monday through Friday from
7:10 am to 7:50 am. Chorus members learn basic breathing and vocal focus and basic music theory.
All members learn to sight read and are exposed to a variety of vocal styles, from Renaissance to
Broadway. Every student is evaluated at least once a year by an individual jury, during which they
perform chorus music in front of the music faculty. All students have the opportunity to perform at
least three times a year, to audition for All State chorus, and to participate in the annual Chorus Tour.
Fee and uniforms are required. Audition required. Individual jury required at least once a year.

934 SJ/SAA SYMPHONIC BAND (1 credit)
The Strake Jesuit Symphonic Band performs at all home football and basketball games as well as
Christmas and spring concerts. The group affords instrumentalists the opportunity for both solo and
ensemble performance. The band is open to St. Agnes students by audition and can accommodate
players from moderate to advance experience levels. Within the Symphonic Band is the Strake Jesuit
Jazz Ensemble which offers a more intense and individualistic approach to jazz. The ensemble
performs at Open House, Christmas, and spring concerts as well as some basketball games and is open
to all band members by audition.
Taken at Strake Jesuit. Meets before school from 7:00-7:45.


938 SJ/SAA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1 credit)
The Strake Jesuit Chamber Orchestra offers string players a chance to develop their talents by
performing music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Concerts are given in the fall
and spring and smaller ensembles afford individuals more intricate and advanced music. Players of all
levels of experience are welcome. Taken at Strake Jesuit. Meets after school from 3:15-4:00.


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939 ORCHESTRAL WINDS (1/2 credit)
This class is designed to give the top wind players in the symphonic band credit for playing with the
string orchestra. Full symphony orchestra literature is covered and rigid performance standards are
expected. It meets each Monday and Thursday afternoon from 3:15 to 4:00 in both the fall and spring
semesters and is open to Symphonic Band members by audition only. Taken at Strake Jesuit. See
orchestra director for further information. The student must be in the class for a full year to
receive ½ credit.

                         SPEECH AND COMMUNICATIONS
Ninth graders must take Public Speaking in the freshman year. All communications electives,
except debate/oral interpretation, fulfill the computer requirement for graduation.

100 PUBLIC SPEAKING (1/2 credit)
This course offers a study of public speaking techniques. The application of the techniques will be
presented through a variety of speeches. The objectives of this course are for you to develop your
public speaking abilities and to become more effective communicators. This course will focus on
speech research, organization, physical and vocal delivery, reducing apprehension, and other aspects of
effective public speaking. Through this course you should develop your speaking abilities to a point
that will allow you to organize and deliver an effective speech with a minimum amount of
apprehension.

876 DEBATE (even years)/ORAL INTERPRETATION (odd years) (1/2 credit)
This course is intended to give students an opportunity to learn more about high school forensics. This
is a performance class premised on the principles of LEARNING BY DOING. You will have the
opportunity, in a supportive environment, to develop the skills and self-confidence necessary to speak
effectively in front of groups through the vehicle of speech and debate tournaments. Participation in at
least one tournament per month is crucial to the student's success in this course. Tournaments take
place on the weekends. Students will earn ½ credit for every semester the course is taken. This class
will also provide you an opportunity to become a member of the National Forensic League. The 2010-
2011 school year will be focused on debate. Course fee: $125

                          PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH
St. Agnes students take a year and a half of physical education and one semester of health.

940, 942 PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH (1/2 credit each)
Physical Education 1 is designed to give students a basic understanding of the principles of individual
and team sports. The goal of health education is to develop an awareness of and appreciation for the
total human being: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. This goal is accomplished
through a diversified curriculum including study skills, self-concept, relationships, nutrition, substance
abuse, physiology, human sexuality, and first aid. Course fee: $40




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