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Summer assignment is MANDATORY for all incoming students.
See page 7 for information on the AP application process.

The AP College Board test is mandatory.
The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. Subjects covered include history, methods and approaches, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, statistical analysis, and social psychology.
INTRODUCTION TO STEM (ACP) Grades 9, 10

(quarter course)


The goal of this course is to provide student an introduction to the principles of engineering and technology and their place in the modern world. The course will provided a fundamental overview of basic electronics and system design. Students will explore and learn to use technological systems effectively in their lives, thus setting a foundation of successfully integrating their own talents and career interests with the resources of our technological society.
INTRODUCTION to ENGINEERING (ACP) Grades 11, 12
Prerequisites: “B” average in ACP Physics, “B” average in ACP Algebra II or a “C” in Honors Physics, “C” in Honors Algebra II
The Engineering course has been designed to develop students’ critical thinking and creativity by emphasizing real world problem solving. Introduction to the role of engineers in the acquisition and development of engineering knowledge, the differences and similarities among engineering fields, and the work ethic and skills required for engineering. Students will be working in teams to design, build and test solutions to various engineering challenges. Power tools will be used. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, electronics and kinematics.
INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING ( HONORS ) Grades 11, 12
Prerequisites: “B” average in Honors Physics, “A-“ average in Pre-Calculus, or “B” average in prior Calculus based

course or concurrent enrollment in a Calculus based course.

This Engineering course provides an introduction to the concepts of modern engineering including modeling, analysis, synthesis and design. Concentration will be on the methodology for solving engineering problems using mathematics, science and technology. Students will be working in teams to design, build and test solutions to various engineering challenges. Power tools will be used. Topics include statics, mechanics, hydraulics, and electronics.
COURSES AVAILABLE BY GRADE LEVEL
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
All courses listed below may be applied to the one-year

fine, practical, performing arts graduation requirement.

Dance I may meet the FPPA if not being used for the Physical Education requirement.



Fine Arts
Grade 9
Topics in Art (quarter course) (ACP)
Grade 10
Topics in Art (quarter course) (ACP)

Fundamentals in Art (quarter course) (ACP)

Dance Elective ( quarter course) (ACP)
Grade 11
Art History (semester course) (ACP)

Fundamentals in Art (semester course) (ACP)

Design (semester course (ACP)

Drawing (semester course) (ACP)

Ceramics (semester course) (ACP)

Crafts (semester course) (ACP)

Digital Imaging (semester course) (ACP)

Digital Photography (semester course) (ACP)

Advanced Drawing (semester course) (ACP)

Painting (semester course) (ACP)

Independent Adv. Studio Art (semester (ACP)

Yearbook Design & Publishing (year) (ACP)


Performing Arts
Grades 9, 10
Group Piano (quarter course) (ACP)

Introduction to Theatre


Grade 11

Music Appreciation and History

(semester course) (ACP)

Honors Music Theory

Music Technology (ACP)

AP Music Theory

*Honors Theatre Arts (History, Analysis, & Methods) 2016/2017

Dance I (ACP)


Grade 12

Music Appreciation and History

(semester course) (ACP)

Honors Music Theory

Music Technology (ACP)

A.P. Music Theory

*Honors Theatre Arts ( Elements, Improv, and Production) 2017/2018

Honors Dance II




Grade 12
All courses available to grade 11 are open to seniors.
*Please note:
These courses will be offered in alternate years with History, Analysis, and Methods being offered in 2016/2017

and Elements, Improv, and Production in 2017/2018.






FINE and PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENTS
ART COURSES
TOPICS IN ART (ACP) Grades 9, 10

(quarter course)


Students will study the basics of art: design, color, and composition. They will explore some of the basic elements of our upper-level art courses, such as drawing, design, painting, art history, and print making.
FUNDAMENTALS IN ART (ACP) Grade 10

(quarter course)


Prerequisite: Topics in Art
Students will explore the elements and principles of design, building upon the foundation received in Topics in Art. They will employ various art media in completing their projects.

ART HISTORY (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Students will study art through the ages. During the first quarter, the course will focus on art history from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages, and the second quarter will examine the Renaissance to the present day.
CERAMICS (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Students will learn basic skills and technical knowledge of traditional hand building methods: pinched coil and slab construction and will use a range of surface decorations and firing techniques.
CRAFTS (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Students will explore the basics of composition and quality craftsmanship from many diverse cultures and time periods. Some projects will include stenciling, sculpture, tole painting, and basketry. They will study the work of both master and folk artists from around the world to increase their cultural understanding and inspiration. This course blends academic and technical understanding with creative development and problem solving to foster respect for and appreciation of the arts.
DESIGN (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


This course will explore pictorial composition in two-dimensional representation with emphasis on the basic elements and principles of design, the structure of all art.

DIGITAL IMAGING (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Students will learn the basic tools, interface, features and tricks for using Photoshop. They will explore the essentials of this application by using real-world examples to work with layers, adjust images, and implement corrections. They will learn about retouching, transforming, opacity, fill and gradient tools, and much more.
DRAWING (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Students will expand their knowledge of art fundamentals and develop technical skills in drawing. They will draw from direct observation of the figure, still life, landscape, and architecture. The course content will emphasize design principles, color theory, critical thinking, and problem solving. Media will include pencil, ink, charcoal, and mixed media.
PAINTING (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


The course will concentrate on several paint media and techniques. Students will work from a variety of subjects including figures, landscape, and still life as well as invented forms. They will be encouraged to experiment and develop their personal artistic style. They will also study the history of painting

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Prerequisite: Digital Imaging or Art Department assessment
Students will develop an understanding of the digital camera and current electronic imaging technology. They will explore the use of the digital camera, storage media, imaging software, and printing techniques. The students will examine the possibilities of this medium for visual communication and personal expression. They must have the sole use of a digital camera, and a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is required.

ADVANCED DRAWING (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Prerequisite: Drawing or Art Department assessment
This fast-paced course is designed for the serious art student who seeks to improve technical skills and technique. The course will emphasize observational, life, and technical drawing and further expands students’ perceptive abilities. Advanced techniques in pencil, ink, and charcoal will be used as well as pastel and colored pencil and mixed media. The students will begin to assemble a portfolio.

INDEPENDENT ADVANCED STUDIO ART (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)


Prerequisite: Advanced Drawing or Digital Photography; approval by the Art Department
Student will have the opportunity to do advanced independent studio work in a variety of media to include digital imaging, pencil, ink, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, paper, plaster as well as printmaking, depending on student interests. Projects can include both 2-D and 3-D work with art history references. Students will produce a weekly sketchbook/journal assignment. Individual expression through continued use and mastery of materials will be strongly encouraged.



YEARBOOK DESIGN AND PUBLISHING (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(full year course)

This course will focus on the planning, creation, selling, financing, and distribution of the yearbook, The Emerald. The fundamentals of yearbook journalism include coverage of the year’s events, ethics, writing copy and captions, creating sidebars, and photojournalism. Students will learn to design aesthetically pleasing layouts, using enhanced graphics, and to use color effectively. Work outside of normal classroom meeting hours will be necessary to complete the tasks involved in yearbook development and production.

MUSIC COURSES

GROUP PIANO (ACP) Grades 9, 10

(quarter course)

Students of varying skill levels in piano, from beginner to expert, are able to take this course together thanks to our state of the art Music Technology Piano Lab. The students will receive both group and private instruction. Students just starting to play and those looking to further their skills will profit from the course. No previous musical background is required.

MUSIC APPRECIATION AND HISTORY (ACP) Grades 11, 12

(semester course)

Students enrolling in this course will receive the tools they need to recognize and understand various styles of music as well as their place and significance in history. They will receive an overview of music history designed to enhance their appreciation of diverse musical genres. No previous musical knowledge is required.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Grades 11, 12

This course is designed for students interested in music industry such as recording, producing, etc. Students will have access to cutting edge technology that is used in the popular music industry today. By the end of the course students will have a working knowledge of ProTools software, an industry standard for recording and editing, Finale notation software, and an understanding of live sound production and reinforcement. There is no prerequisite for this course and no musical knowledge required.



HONORS MUSIC THEORY Grades 11, 12

Honors Music Theory is the foundation of music theory study at Red Bank Catholic. This course is designed for students of varying grade and skill levels and begins with the basics of music theory; notation. As students progress through the year, topics will become more advanced and will build on what they have already learned, ending with basic 4-part compositional skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take AP Music Theory the following year.



ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY Grade 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Music Theory or AP teacher approval.



See page 7 for information on the AP application process.

AP College Board Test is mandatory

AP Music Theory is designed for students who need it for career study as well as those who desire it for enrichment. While the main emphasis is placed on music of the Common Practice period (1600-1900), music of other stylistic periods is also studied. Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of Honors Music Theory and / or Instructor Approval.



EXTRACURRICULAR MUSIC PERFORMING ENSEMBLES

RED BANK CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

The Red Bank Catholic High School Choir is the main choral ensemble experience at Red Bank Catholic. The choir is typically 50+ singers each year from varying grade, skill, and talent levels. The RBCHS Choir performs at a variety of on and off campus venues. There is NO AUDITION for this ensemble. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-5:00 PM in the Music Room of the Fine and Performing Arts Building.



CHAMBER CHOIR Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

The Chamber Choir at Red Bank Catholic is a smaller 16-voice choir that is auditioned from the RBCHS Choir. In addition to the schedule kept by the RBCHS Choir, the Chamber Choir students provide the music at all school Masses and will also perform separately from the RBCHS Choir as needed. Auditions are held at the beginning of each school year and are open to anyone participating in the RBCHS Choir. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM in the Music Room of the Fine and Performing Arts Building.



RBC BAND Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

The RBC Band is the primary instrumental music ensemble offered at Red Bank Catholic. The RBC Band performs a wide variety of music; Jazz, Swing, Rock, Pop, and much more. All instrumentalists are welcome including guitarists and pianists. The RBC Band primarily performs several concerts each year. Rehearsals are held Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM and Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM in the Music Room of the Fine and Performing Arts Building.



FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

The RBC Festival Orchestra is a unique ensemble that performs three times a year: our Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, and Spring Musical. The Festival Orchestra is comprised of students and faculty of Red Bank Catholic in addition to members of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and thus provides an unforgettable performance experience for our students. In addition to their orchestral pieces, the Festival Orchestra accompanies the RBCHS Choir at our Christmas and Spring Concerts. Students will also have the opportunity to perform as the pit orchestra for our annual spring musical depending on skill level and orchestration. Rehearsals are held during activity periods as well as when needed closer to performances.



THEATRE ART COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE Grades 9, 10

( quarter course )

This course is an introduction to theatre basics, etiquette, and elements. This will include basic movement, acting exercises, character development, and learning how to perform a monologue. Students will also be introduced to some playwrights and considerations to keep in mind when reading a play.



HONORS THEATRE ARTS: ELEMENTS, IMPROV, AND PRODUCTION Grades 11, 12 Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Must maintain “C” average or above in all classes

A comprehensive college level course that guides students through the many facets of the world of theater and makes frequent stops along the way. This course examines the audition process, teaches students monologue preparation (including an intensive weekly Monologue Boot Camp), script analysis, character analysis and the development of an understanding of the human psyche as it relates to acting. It also examines the technical elements of theater and guides students through an in depth study of Shakespeare and some of the great acting teachers of our time.

HONORS THEATRE ARTS: HISTORY, ANALYSIS, AND METHODS Grades 11, 12 Grade 12

Prerequisite: Must maintain “C” average or above in all classes.

This course enables the serious acting student an opportunity to further study the craft of acting. Its primary purpose, in the first semester, is to prepare the student for any college auditions/monologues. Its secondary focus is to give the actor more self-awareness through studying the human body as well as deeper scene work. This course further examines the audition process, teaches students monologue preparation (including an intensive weekly Monologue Boot Camp), script analysis, character analysis and the development of an understanding of the human psyche as it relates to acting. It also examines the technical elements of theater and guides students through an in depth study of Shakespeare and some of the great acting teachers of our time. The final unit focuses on the production elements. For their final project, seniors sit in the driver’s seat and direct their own production for the “Senior Black Box.” Senior directors choose a play, hold auditions, cast the show, create a prompt book, and block the show and direct rehearsals. Senior Black Box Projects are invaluable as senior students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned within the Red Bank Catholic Performing Arts Program and have a tangible product that is completely their own.

*These courses will be offered in alternate years with History, Analysis and Methods (2016 / 2017) and Elements, Improv, and Production (2017 / 2018 )

DANCE

DANCE ELECTIVE Grade 10

(quarter course)

The course will focus upon dance techniques encompassing ballet, jazz, theater dance, world dance and other contemporary dance styles. The emphasis will be on history, dance appreciation, the choreographic process, proper technique, rhythmical movement patterns, and coordination. The class period will consist of a brief warming up, stretching and strengthening dance exercises and techniques, improvisation and creation of movement, in addition to jazz, ballet, theater dance, world dance or hip hop combinations. Students will also be introduced to the history of dance in America and around the world.

DANCE I Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Audition and previous participation in one semester of After School Dance; must maintain “C” average or above in all classes

This course fulfills the physical education requirement. Juniors in the dance department will study technique and terminology in ballet, modern, and jazz. Their skills and improvement are tested and measured through movement quizzes, written tests and exams. Students are also assigned a weekly journal, research projects and dance critiques. Students will also participate in workshops in musical theatre dance, social dance, nutrition, auditioning techniques, resume writing, and head shots. Participation in two main stage shows a year is a requirement for all dance students.

HONORS DANCE II Grade 12

Prerequisite: Audition and previous participation in one semester of After School Dance; must maintain “C” average or above in all classes

Seniors in the dance department will sharpen and refine their technique and terminology in ballet, modern, and jazz. Their skills and improvement are tested and measured through movement quizzes, written tests and exams. Students are also assigned a weekly journal, research projects and dance critiques. Students will also participate in workshops in dance history, musical theatre, dance, social dance, and college portfolios. Seniors are also offered a class in choreography. This class will focus upon the basic principles of good composition. Seniors will learn about how to construct a set, costume a dance, and lighting. The class culminates in a senior choreography project, in which the seniors audition students from RBC to dance their choreography in the spring main stage dance concert. Participation in two main stage shows a year is a requirement for all dance students.

EXTRACURRICULAR DANCE ENSEMBLES

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE PROGRAM Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Auditions required for placement purposes.

This course will focus upon the basic dance techniques encompassing ballet, jazz, and the musical theater dance. The emphasis will be on proper technique, rhythmical movement patterns, coordination and performance. This program is an introduction to the dance program offered to juniors and seniors. The program will meet after school from September to January. In January the students will perform in the “Coffee House Cabaret” to showcase their talent.

DANCE COMPANY Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: Auditions and at least five (5) years of dance experience required; must be a junior or senior in the dance department.

Acceptance into the Dance Company is a privilege. Students should possess a dedicated and hardworking attitude and commitment to the program. Company meets every Friday for rehearsal from September through May and performs in at least 5-10 shows throughout the year, including Liturgical/Worship Dance for RBC. There is also a mandatory dance intensive in August. Company also performs at Walt Disney World every other year and participates in college dance and a New York Dance Festival!

COURSES AVAILABLE BY GRADE LEVEL

ENGLISH

Grade 9

*Creative Writing (quarter course) (ACP)

*Mock Trial: A Study in Jurisprudence and Debate (quarter course) (ACP)

Study Skills (quarter course) (ACP)

English I (CP and ACP)

Honors English I



Grade 10

*Creative Writing (quarter course) (ACP)

*SAT/PSAT/Verbal Prep (quarter course) (ACP)

*Mock Trial: A Study in Jurisprudence and Debate (quarter course) (ACP)

American Literature (CP and ACP)

Honors American Literature



Grade 11

Major British Writers (CP and ACP)

Honors Major British Writers

*, ***Writing Process (semester course) (ACP)

*Mock Trial: A Study in Jurisprudence and Debate (semester course) (ACP)

Grade 12

Analysis of Detective Fiction (ACP)

Shakespeare: the Living Will (ACP)

*, ***Writing Process (semester course) (ACP)

***Introduction to Literature (semester course) (ACP)

***The Short Story (semester course) (ACP)

Speech and Drama (ACP)

Honors World Literature and Fine Arts

Literature and Media Studies (ACP)

A.P. English

*Mock Trial: A Study in Jurisprudence and Debate (semester course) (ACP)

A second English course taken as an elective in senior year fulfills the Fine, Practical, and Performing Arts graduation requirement.

*These courses fulfill a portion of the Fine, Practical, and Performing Arts graduation requirement.

They must be taken in addition to another English course.

***dual enrollment course

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

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