Christian Morality
During the second semester, students will learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples so that they may fully live God’s plan for their lives. They will be challenged to respond to various questions. What does a disciple of Christ look like in the 21^{st} Century? How has God taught us to live a life in Christ? What is the reality of sin? What are the challenges encountered in making the decision to live out one’s Baptismal commitment?
The following five onesemester courses fulfill the senior Religion requirement.
Each senior must select two of the five courses.
CHRISTIAN LIVING: A STUDY of VOCATION (ACP) Grade 12
(semester course )
Through an examination of the self, as well as a study of vocations to the single, married, religious life and priesthood, students will be introduced to the life choices of the adult Christians. The course content also emphasizes the study of the sacraments as it correlates to those choices.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: LIVING as a DISCIPLE OF CHRIST (ACP) Grade 12
(semester course)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Church’s social teaching. In this course students will learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and social action. Practical application of Catholic social teaching will be a strong component of this course.
WORLD RELIGIONS (ACP) (dual enrollment course ) Grade 12
(semester course)
This course offers a comparative study of world religions including Judaism, Islam, and other religions and philosophies practiced in Eastern cultures, as well as nonCatholic Christian traditions. It will examine their histories and theologies, by comparing and contrasting their differences and similarities with the Roman Catholic Faith.
Students have the option to take World Religions as a dual enrollment class with Seton Hall University.
HONORS GOSPEL MISSION in the 21^{st} CENTURY Grade 12
(semester course)
Prerequisite: “A” average in junior year Religion; and
“B” average in Honors World History or “B” average in ACP World History
This honors course explores Jesus’ charge to the Apostles and disciples to carry the Good News to all nations and his promise to be with them and us for all ages (Mt. 28: 1820). This course will study the spread of the Good News in the first century by examining the Acts of the Apostles through Revelation, using biblical exegesis and reflection. It will further explore the implications of the Gospel Message as a guide for the Christian journey in today’s world.
HONORS GLOBALIZATION and JUSTICE Grade 12
(semester course)
Prerequisites: “A” average in junior year Religion; “B” average in junior year ACP World History course or
“B” average in Honors World History
This honors course aspires to equip our young Christian men and women to fully participate in the social structure of our modern world in a way that seeks to create justice for all. Karl Barth, one of the best theologians of the 20^{th} century, said that Christians should approach the world with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. In addition to the textbook, students in this course will also use the Bible and the newspaper to deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of globalization, poverty, health care, human rights, education and politics, viewed through the lens of Church teaching regarding these issues.
COURSES AVAILABLE BY GRADE LEVEL
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Grade 9
Health (quarter required course) (ACP)
Physical Education (quarter required and one quarter available as an elective) (ACP)
Grade 10
Physical Education (two quarters required and one quarter available as an elective) (ACP)
Driver Education (quarter required course) (ACP)
Grade 11
Physical Education (includes a unit on CPR/AED training) (ACP)
Dance: (see description in the Performing Arts section; fulfills grade 11 Physical Education graduation
requirement) (ACP)
Grade 12
Physical Education (required of all seniors taking lab science; elective for all) (ACP)
Concepts of Athletic Training (semester elective course) (ACP)
Physical Fitness and Wellness (semester elective course) (ACP)
Honors Dance (see description in the Performing Arts section)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (ACP) Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Physical Education activities include a wellrounded program of team and individual sports, and fitness activities. Participation in Physical Education is designed to develop each student physically, mentally and socially, emphasizing the importance of safety, good sportsmanship, skills and interests. Physical Education in grade 9 is a onequarter required course. Freshmen may elect to take an additional quarter.
Juniors will take a unit of CPR/AED during their Physical Education class. This course is taught by American Red Cross instructors and is designed to help students recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies. Each student that passes the CPR unit will be given a card by the American Red Cross.
HEALTH EDUCATION (ACP) Grade 9
(quarter course)
Health Education provides information on healthrelated problems facing today’s society with emphasis on those areas of immediate importance to the student. Topics include mental health, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, medicines, physical fitness and weight control. Students will learn to make healthy, informed decisions.
DRIVER EDUCATION (ACP) Grade 10
(quarter course)
Driver Education is a one quarter theory course. This course will encourage students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become safe, responsible drivers. The New Jersey state driver exam will be administered upon completion of course work to all eligible students.
CONCEPTS OF ATHLETIC TRAINING (ACP) Grade 12
(semester course)
Concepts of Athletic Training is a semester course designed for students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, kinesiology, or other sports medicine related fields. This course includes class work and practical handson application in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, prevention and treatment of sports injuries, taping and wrapping of injuries, and sports medicine careers. This course is open to seniors only.
PHYSICAL FITNESS and WELLNESS (ACP) Grade 12
(semester course)
Physical Fitness and Wellness emphasizes the knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to physical fitness and wellness. It is a course designed to expose students to a broad range of issues, practices and information relating to the various aspects of physical fitness, health and their relationship to wellness. Topics of exploration include, but are not limited to: principles of exercise, components of physical fitness, fitness assessment, (design of a personal fitness program), nutrition and safety.
COURSES AVAILABLE BY GRADE LEVEL
MATHEMATICS and BUSINESS
Grade 9
Algebra I (ACP and CP)
Honors Algebra I
Geometry (ACP)
Honors Geometry
Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry
Money Matters (quarter course) Computer Literacy (quarter course)
Grade 10
Geometry (ACP and CP)
Honors Geometry
Algebra II (ACP and CP)
Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry
PreCalculus (ACP)
Honors PreCalculus
Honors Statistics
Money Matters (quarter course) Computer Literacy (quarter course)
Grade 11
Algebra II (ACP and CP)
Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry
PreCalculus (ACP)
Honors Statistics
Honors PreCalculus
Honors Applied Calculus
***A.P. Calculus AB
A.P. Statistics
Introduction to Business (semester course) (ACP)
International Business (semester course) (ACP)
*Accounting (ACP)
Economics (ACP)
*Fashion Marketing (semester course) (ACP)
*Sports, Entertainment, and Hospitality Marketing (semester course) (ACP)
Grade 12
**Financial Algebra ACP and CP)
**Honors Financial Algebra (semester course)
PreCalculus (ACP)
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CP)
Concepts of Calculus (ACP)
Honors Statistics
Honors PreCalculus
Honors Applied Calculus
***A.P. Calculus AB
***A.P. Calculus BC
A.P. Statistics
Seniors may select any of the Business courses open to grade 11, with the addition of the following courses:
*Honors Accounting
***Honors Economics
A.P. Economics
*These courses may be applied to the oneyear Fine, Practical, Performing Arts graduation requirement.
**Taken as a second math course, these will fulfill all or part of the Fine, Practical and Performing Art graduation requirement.
*** Dual enrollment course
Summer courses available to fulfill prerequisites: Honors PreCalculus
MATHEMATICS COURSES
ALGEBRA I (ACP and CP) Grade 9
Algebra I emphasizes problem solving skills and algebraic thinking. The course will cover (CP modified version) the Diocese of Trenton Algebra I program. Topics of study include real numbers, solving and using solutions of equations, ratio and proportion, percentages, inequalities, absolute value, functions and their graphs, graphs and analysis of linear functions, direct variation, systems of equations and inequalities, rules for exponents, polynomial operations and factoring. Additional topics include graphs and solutions of quadratic equations, radical expressions, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric ratios, and rational expressions.
HONORS ALGEBRA I Grade 9
Prerequisite: “A” average in PreAlgebra in grade 8; standardized testing should be at least the 90^{th} percentile in math.
Honors Algebra I emphasizes problem solving skills, algebraic thinking, and the use of proof in algebra. The course will cover the Diocese of Trenton Algebra I program, as well as additional topics to prepare students for future studies. Topics of study include real numbers, solving and using solutions of equations, ratio and proportion, percentages, inequalities, absolute value, functions and their graphs, graphs and analysis of linear functions, direct variation, systems of equations and inequalities, rules for exponents, polynomial operations and factoring, graphs and solutions of quadratic equations, radical expressions, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric ratios, and rational expressions. Additional topics include absolute value functions, exponential functions, matrices, measures of central tendency, and probability.
GEOMETRY (ACP) Grade 9, 10
Prerequisite: Grade 9: completion of a fullyear of Algebra I course in grade school
Grade 10: “C” average in ACP Algebra I
Accelerated College Prep Geometry emphasizes problem solving skills, elementary proof, and logical reasoning. The course will cover the Diocese of Trenton Geometry program. Topics of study include basic geometric structures, structure of an axiomatic system, methods of proof, properties of angles and segments, properties of parallel lines, properties of congruent figures, special parts of triangles, properties of general polygons, properties of quadrilaterals, coordinate geometry, similar figures, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric ratios, the law of sines and law of cosines, elementary transformations, perimeter and area, surface area and volume, and properties of circles.
HONORS GEOMETRY Grades 9, 10
Prerequisite: “C” average in Honors Algebra I or “A” in ACP Algebra 1
Incoming freshmen who have had a full year of Algebra I in grade school must have 90^{th} percentile math standardized testing and complete a screening process to qualify for this course.
Honors Geometry emphasizes problem solving skills, elementary proof, and logical reasoning. The course will cover the Diocese of Trenton Geometry program, as well as additional topics to prepare students for future studies. Topics of study include basic geometric structures, structure of an axiomatic system, methods of proof, properties of angles and segments, properties of parallel lines, properties of congruent figures, special parts of triangles, properties of general polygons, properties of quadrilaterals, coordinate geometry, similar figures, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric ratios, the law of sines and law of cosines, elementary transformations, perimeter and area, surface area and volume, and properties of circles. Additional topics include vectors, advanced transformations, and the concept of locus.
GEOMETRY (CP) Grade 10
Prerequisite: Completion of CP Algebra I
College Pre Geometry emphasizes problem solving skills, elementary proof, and logical reasoning, all while reinforcing basic mathematical and algebraic skills. The course will cover an approved, modified version of the Diocese of Trenton Geometry program. Topics of study include basic geometric structures, structure of an axiomatic system, simple methods of proof, properties of angles and segments, properties of parallel lines, properties of congruent figures, special parts of triangles, properties of general polygons, properties of quadrilaterals, similar figures, Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric ratios, elementary transformations, perimeter and area, surface area and volume, and properties of circles.
HONORS ALGEBRA II and TRIGONOMETRY Grades 9, 10, 11
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra I; Honors Geometry, ("C" average)
Standardized testing in the math/quantitative should be at or above the 90^{th} percentile.
“A” in ACP Geometry and ACP Algebra I for students not previously in honors math classes
Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry emphasizes problem solving skills and advanced algebraic reasoning, as well as a firm foundation in trigonometry. Topics of study include slope and linear functions/inequalities, absolute value and piecewise functions, systems of linear equations/inequalities, linear programming, matrix algebra, quadratic functions, polynomials and their roots, radical expressions and equations, operations, compositions, and inverse of functions, exponential functions, logarithms, rational expressions and equations, conic sections, sequences and series, probability and statistics, and elementary trigonometry in the plane. Students in this course will also review the law of sines and law of cosines, graph trigonometric functions, and solve trigonometric equations.
ALGEBRA II (ACP and CP) Grade 9 (ACP), Grades 10, 11(ACP and CP levels)
Prerequisite: Geometry; (Students whose averages in Algebra I were "C" or "D" should take a review course during the summer or be tutored by a certified mathematics teacher during the summer prior to studying Algebra II.)
CP: College Prep Algebra 2 emphasizes problem solving skills and advanced algebraic reasoning, while reinforcing basic algebraic skills. Topics of study include a review of basic algebra skills, slope and linear functions/inequalities, absolute value functions, systems of linear equations/inequalities, matrix algebra, quadratic functions, polynomials and their roots, radical expressions and equations, operations, compositions, and inverse of functions, exponential functions, logarithms, rational expressions and equations, conic sections, sequences and series, and elementary trigonometry in the plane.
ACP: Accelerated College Prep Algebra 2 emphasizes problem solving skills and advanced algebraic reasoning. Topics of study include a review of basic algebra skills, slope and linear functions/inequalities, absolute value and piecewise functions, systems of linear equations/inequalities, linear programming, matrix algebra, quadratic functions, polynomials and their roots, radical expressions and equations, operations, compositions, and inverses of functions, logarithms, rational expressions and equations, conic sections, sequences and series, probability and statistics, and elementary trigonometry in the plane.
FINANCIAL ALGEBRA (CP and ACP) Grade 12
Prerequisites: ACP: "C" Average in Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
CP: Completion of CP Algebra II
This algebrabased and technologyoriented course incorporates concepts from Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II into "reallife" financial applications. It reviews and strengthens algebra and problem solving skills, while also introducing more advanced mathematics topics, such as piecewise functions, regression and limits as they relate to financial decision making. Topics include investing, banking, credit, income taxes, and insurance. This is an excellent course for students considering a major in finance, accounting or business, or for those interested in investing and financial management. The College Prep level course will include a more extensive review of basic skills and algebraic concepts in a financial context.
HONORS FINANCIAL ALGEBRA Grade 12
(semester course)
Prerequisite: “B” Average in Honors Algebra II or “A” Average in ACP Algebra II
This course will cover the topics from ACP Financial Algebra at an accelerated pace with increased emphasis on modeling, quantitative analysis, piecewise functions, regress and limits.
INTRODUCTION TO DISCRETE MATHEMATIC (CP) Grade 12
Prerequisite: Completion of CP Algebra II or
Completion of ACP Algebra II with grade of “C” or “D” only
This course will provide the student with background in several mathematical disciplines essential to functioning in the real world. Topics of study will include critical thinking, sets, basic logic, numeration in various cultures, number theory, concepts in algebra and geometry, metric system, probability and statistics, vertexedge graphs, and the math of the election process.
PRECALCULUS (ACP) Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion of ACP Algebra II with a “C” average or better
Accelerated College Prep PreCalculus emphasizes problem solving skills and advanced algebraic reasoning, all while integrating the major themes of the previous courses in preparations for calculus. Topics of study include a review of fundamental algebra skills, analysis of graphs and functions, the difference quotient, average rate of changes, transformations of functions, operations and inverse of functions, quadratic and polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, polar coordinates, systems of equations, partial fractions, conic sections, sequences and series, and probability.
CONCEPTS OF CALCULUS (ACP) Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion of PreCalculus (advanced college prep level) with a “C” average
This introductory Calculus course is designed for students interested in careers in business, the biological sciences, and the social sciences. The course will focus on elementary functions, limits, derivatives and integrals, all with attention to appropriate applications.
HONORS PRE CALCULUS Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry ("C" average) or ACP Algebra II (“A” average)
Honors PreCalculus emphasizes problem solving skills and advanced algebraic reasoning, all while integrating the major themes of the previous courses in preparation for calculus. Topics of study include a review of fundamental algebra skills, analysis of graphs and functions, the difference quotient, average rate of changes, transformations of functions, operations and inverses of functions, quadratic and polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, polar coordinates, vectors, systems of equations, partial fractions, conic sections, sequences and series, and probability. Additionally, students in this course will cover the foundations of limits and the derivative in preparation for calculus.
Students who wish to take the summer Honors PreCalculus course in lieu of taking a full year of Honors PreCalculus must have a “B” average in Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry. An “A” average in the summer course will be required for AP Calculus AB. Lower grades in the summer course will place the student in Honors Applied Calculus. This course is not available to ACP Algebra II students.
HONORS APPLIED CALCULUS Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion of Honors PreCalculus with a “C” average or better or
Completion of ACP PreCalculus with an “A“ or better
Honors Applied Calculus will provide the students with survey of the typical threesemester college calculus sequence. Topics of study include limits, differentiation, integration, the geometry of space, vectorvalued functions, partial differentiation, multiple integration, and vector calculus. All aspects of this course provide appropriate applications to physics, geometry, graphing, business, and economics. Qualified students (“A“average or better ) who desire it may challenge the Advanced Placement Exam for Calculus AB in May.
HONORS STATISTICS Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion of ACP Algebra II with a “A” average or Honors Algebra II / Trig.with a “B” average
Or a minimum of a “B“ in ACP PreCalculus
This course is a rigorous study of the most widely used field within applied mathematics. Topics of study will include: data collection and representation; measures of central tendency and variability; probability; distributions, sampling; hypothesis testing; and chisquare distributions.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MATHEMATICS (CALCULUS AB) (dual enrollment course) Grades 11, 12
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MATHEMATICS (CALCULUS BC) (dual enrollment course) Grade 12
Prerequisite: Honors PreCalculus ("A” average). AP Calculus AB with a “B” average needed for those selecting AP Calculus BC.
Honors Applied Calculus students wishing to levelup to AP Calculus BC must have an “A” average and an AP Calculus AB test score of 3
Recommended CoRequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a physics course (or previous study of physics)
AP College Board test is mandatory for those enrolling in AP Calculus AB or BC
*See page 7 for information on the AP application process
AB: Advanced Placement Calculus AB is the first part of a twoyear, intensive study of calculus. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, and separable differential equations. All aspects of this course provide appropriate applications to physics, geometry, and graphing.
BC: Advanced Placement Calculus BC is the second part of a twoyear, intensive study of calculus. Topics include integration techniques, logistic differential equations, infinite series analysis, Taylor series, polar and parametric calculus, vectors in the plane, and vectorvalued functions. The fundamental ideas from AP Calculus AB will continually be reinforced. All aspects of this course provide appropriate applications to physics, geometry, and graphing.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion of Honors PreCalculus with a “B“ average
See page 7 for information on the AP application process
