Red Bank Catholic High School

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Red Bank Catholic High School


Table of Contents

Mission and Belief Statements 3

General Information 4

Requirements for Graduation 4

Book Bills and Course Fees 6

Dual Enrollment……………………………………………………………………………………………7

Advanced Placement Requirements………………………………………………………………………. 7

Virtual High School………………………………………………………………………………………..7

Religion 9

Physical Education 12

Mathematics & Business 14

World Language 23

Science & Engineering 30

Business and Technology 34

Fine and Performing Arts 37

English 45

History and Social Science 50

Red Bank Catholic Mission Statement
The mission of Red Bank Catholic High School is to fully engage the minds, hearts, and souls of students in our Roman Catholic community so that they can succeed in every aspect of their lives. Our programs pursue excellence in faith, academics, cultural awareness, athletics, and personal wellness. Red Bank Catholic fosters an environment of Catholic values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, respecting all human life and the dignity of every individual, and pursuing the leadership that is at the core of our tradition.

Belief Statements
We believe that:

1. A Catholic educational environment fosters the maturation of faith within the student. RBC students Live In Faith Effectively, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, by serving others and providing an example of moral leadership.

2. An integral component of Catholic education is the formation of men and women of integrity who possess a moral compass that respects diversity and the rights and opinions of others.

3. Every student has an innate ability to learn and to maximize his or her potential through multiple modes of learning and assessments that are employed to help each student achieve his/her potential.

4. Faculty, family, and community support each of our students in his or her quest for educational excellence.

5. A strong sense of self-esteem is critical to healthy adolescent growth and development. Supporting the physical, mental, and spiritual health of each RBC student is of the utmost importance.

6. Red Bank Catholic provides a forum wherein students can develop social skills, cooperative learning, and a sense of belonging.

7. A 21st century education includes opportunities within religious tradition, academics, community service, art, music, theatre, and athletics.

8. Educated men and women will be accountable and able to live out their ideas, follow their consciences, and assume leadership roles in the family, community, church, and world.

Academic Integrity Statement
Red Bank Catholic High School takes seriously the academic integrity of its students. We encourage the use of all forms of research tools, and remind students that all written work handed in, whether as homework, lab reports, research papers, or translations must be the student’s own work, and the student should develop and practice habits of academic integrity that involve acknowledging one’s resources and assistance received.
The act of appropriating and giving out as one’s own the literary or artistic work of another is plagiarism. It is a most serious offense. Students should never pass off as their own the words, works or ideas of others. Where such borrowing is appropriate, it is necessary to cite the reference properly. Students will have access to school purchased software ( to check their papers for proper documentation prior to turning in their work.
Students who are found to have cheated or plagiarized will receive a failing grade, usually a zero, for the particular assignment, test, quiz, or exam. In situations in which two or more students are found to be cheating together (i.e. one student supplies the other(s) with information, answers, or written work), all students involved will be held equally accountable and will receive the same failing grade. A report will be given by the teacher to the Dean of Discipline, who will record the incident. The teacher is also responsible for contacting the parents of the student(s) and the parents will receive a notification letter. Repeat offenses will result in disciplinary as well as academic penalties including the loss of June exam exemption privileges and may result in suspension or expulsion.


Red Bank Catholic High School, within the scope of the curricular offerings, seeks to prepare its students for future success. Each student will, through guidance and advice, develop a program of studies based on the student's abilities and interest, past performance, goals and ambitions. We encourage every student to plan for post high school learning, according to individual circumstances, potential, and interest. We strive to provide all students with the education and skills required in today's society and needed for admission to vocational/technical schools, two-year colleges and four-year colleges.

The Guidance Department
The Guidance Department staff is here to help the students with their problems and to assist them in many ways. They advise the students on course selections, discuss schedule changes, inform them of important deadlines and dates. The staff helps the students to explore extracurricular activities, set up a study schedule, investigate schools and colleges, research occupations, and develop their interests and abilities.
Students are assigned to a guidance counselor who will work with them during their four years at Red Bank Catholic. The counselors are professionally trained to assist the students as they progress through their schooling. They periodically arrange personal interviews with the students. In addition, each ninth grade student has a teacher-advisor who assists the counselor with many of the routine activities conducted by the Guidance Department. The teacher-advisors are regular classroom teachers who have been specially trained by the guidance staff; they work in the department one period each day in addition to teaching their regular schedule.
All students are free to make appointments with their counselor during the year in addition to the regular counselor-initiated appointments. During the sophomore, junior, and senior years, the parents will be invited to come to a conference with their student and the counselor to assess their son or daughter's progress and evaluate future plans.

Graduation from Red Bank Catholic High School is dependent upon the successful completion of the following requirements:
1. Completion of four full years of the approved secondary school program.
2. In general, the credit structure assigns 5 credits to all full year courses, 2.5 credits to all one semester courses, 1.25 or 1 credit for specific quarter courses. Lab sciences earn 6 credits, and all other sciences earn 5 credits. Physical Education credit and Dance credit is assigned as follows:

Physical Education or Dance not connected with a lab science - 5 credits;

Physical Education or Dance connected with a lab science - 4 credits.
The course descriptions which follow will clearly identify any courses whose credit structure differs from the above explanation
3. 130 credits must be gained and must include the following:
4 years of Religion

4 years of English

3 years of Mathematics

3 years of History (2years, US History; 1year, World)

3 years of Science

2 years of the same World Language

1 year of Fine/Performing/Practical Arts

* 2 years of Physical Education (to include Driver Education (sophomore year quarter year course) and First Aid/CPR (part of the PE course in grade 11)

*½ year of Health

*½ year of Leadership

*Beginning with the Class of 2017, students will be required to take

¼ year of Leadership

¼ year of Driver Education;

¼ year of Health

6 quarters of Physical Education (gym) by the end of junior year
4. In order to advance to the next grade level, the student must accumulate:
30 credits for sophomore entry

65 credits for junior entry

100 credits for senior entry

130 credits for GRADUATION

5. Students who receive an F in a course required for graduation will be required to make up the failed course(s) in a fully accredited summer school. Likewise, students whose total credit status is below the minimum required for admission to the next grade will be required to make up the failed courses in a fully accredited summer school.
6. All students must carry a full schedule, to include seven courses; their schedule must include lunch.
7. Any senior who does not earn 130 credits by June of his/her graduation year or who receives a failure in a course required for graduation will not be permitted to participate in the commencement exercises. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain that he/she has sufficient credits for graduation, has taken all courses required, passed all required courses, and made up any failure necessary in summer school.

At the present time, admission to college is based on a study of the following credentials of an individual:
1. The student's four year record in high school;

2. Test results - Results of tests administered by official agencies such as the College Entrance Examination Board and/or American College Testing Service;

3. The school's recommendation of the student as an individual of desirable characteristics (if such recommendation is required by a college);

4. Participation in extracurricular activities.

There are colleges of all varieties and purposes, each with its own standards of admission. Before registering for subjects in junior year, students should research the requirements of schools and colleges that interest them and for which they qualify. Their junior and senior schedules should be arranged accordingly. Some colleges require only a high school diploma; others have specific and rigorous prerequisites. For the typical student seeking admission to a college program of average challenge, the following minimal requirements are typical: 4 years of English, 3-4 years of college preparatory mathematics, 2-3 years of world language, 2 years of a laboratory science, 3-4 years of social studies. In studying catalogs, students should give attention to the class rank, GPA, and test scores expected. Most colleges require at least 16 units in core academic subjects for admission.

Choice of Courses for Next Year
With the help of their parents, guidance counselors, and teachers, students will choose the courses they desire to study next year. While the subject matter of several classes may be basically the same, the challenge and demands made in the various sections of the course will be adapted to the potential of the students in the group. Students will be assigned to sections according to their past achievement, their test scores, recommendation of department chairpersons and of their current teachers.
The descriptions of many courses clearly indicate that they are more demanding or less demanding. All students will be free to make their choices of such courses provided they meet the prerequisites. Having made the choice, they are not expected to discontinue the course or to request a change of schedule without a compelling reason. Registration for next year's courses is a serious matter, requiring study of the course descriptions, a realistic evaluation of self, consultation with parents, advice from the guidance department and from one's teachers.

Course Changes after Rostering
The school master schedule of all classes is built upon the course selections made by the students early in the second semester. Any changes in course selections after that time decrease the effectiveness of the master schedule and adversely affect the enrollment balance previously established in all classes. Therefore, we cannot allow any course change after April 15, 2016.
No request for a change will be honored in the fall unless evidence is submitted that a serious error in placement was made.
Please note that most Art Department courses have special fees which are paid through Follett Books when you place your orders in the summer. The fees are based on the cost of consumable materials purchased for the students for use in the course.

For several courses in other departments, textbook costs may exceed $75 per course in some cases. Some of these courses use college-level texts, which are substantially more expensive than high school texts. Others use multiple texts or paperbacks whose total costs can exceed $75. As of 2015/2016 courses by department with book costs exceeding $75 are as follows:

English Department

Literature and Media $143

A.P. English $207

English 1 $99-$127

Hrs. American Literature $85
History and Social Studies Department

Honors 20th Century History $150

A.P. World History $127

A.P. American History $ 92

A.P. Government $138

Mathematics Department

Graphing calculator (all courses) $135

Performing Arts Department

Honors Music Theory $145

Music Technology $80

Dance Grade 11 $142

World Language

A.P. French $110

There are some new courses for 2016/2017. Textbook costs and fees were not determined at the time of the printing of this guide.

Members of the Class of 2016 were assessed a $150 graduation fee paid with their summer book bill.

***Application Process for All Advanced Placement Classes*** (including VHS courses)

Due to the demand and challenge of Advanced Placement classes, ALL students requesting AP courses MUST pick up an AP application from the Guidance Office. The completed AP application MUST be returned to the Guidance Office by Friday, February 19, 2016 (essay required for Social Studies and English).

The applications will be reviewed by the Advanced Placement Committee, consisting of the department chair of the appropriate department, teachers of the various AP courses, and the Guidance Director. The committee will look at the candidate’s grades, performance in related courses, attendance record, prerequisite criteria, and the recommendation of current teachers. The committee will also review the student’s proposed schedule/course selection for the coming year.

A challenge test and/or an interview with the AP teacher may be required in certain subject areas. Students must demonstrate their commitment to the rigors of the AP course. Every AP student must pay for and take the AP exams in May 2017.

Virtual High School Offerings
Seniors and juniors may opt to take one full-year Virtual High School online course or semester courses. The students are provided a class period during the school day to work on their online projects and assignments.
Students interested in this option should consult the VHS course catalog available at to view the course offerings for 2016/2017. The online courses are designed for students with good time management skills. They participate in online group discussion, complete group projects, write papers, and communicate via the Internet with their teacher and peers around the globe.
Interested students must obtain from their guidance counselor an application/recommendation packet as part of the course selection process.
During scheduling, students will be enrolled in the VHS courses according to the following priority:

1. Students with irreconcilable course conflicts will have first priority in selecting a VHS course to resolve the schedule conflict.

2. Seniors without course conflicts will be scheduled into VHS courses next.

3. Juniors will be enrolled in any remaining course slots.

RBC Dual Enrollment Option
RBC has established a Dual Enrollment Program with Seton Hall University and Brookdale Community College. This program allows qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors to earn college level credit for certain AP and/or Honors Level courses taught by our faculty members who have been approved as adjunct professors.
Seton Hall University partnership More than 200 colleges nationwide accept transfer credit from SHU. Sophomore, junior, and senior students enrolled in the program must earn a grade of “C” or better to receive college level credit. The cost of registration for the SHU course (3 or 4 credits) is approximately $225/$300.

Brookdale Community College partnership Offers Dual Enrollment to eligible juniors and seniors in select Honors courses here at RBC. Students must earn a grade of “D” or better to receive credit from Brookdale. However, students are advised that most colleges do not accept a grade below a “C” for a transfer credit. Dual Enrollment with BCC requires students to take the Accuplacer Exam unless they a have a minimum SAT score of 540 in Reading and 530 in Math. The cost of registration for the BCC course (3 credits) is approximately $115.
Dual Enrollment Application
Eligible students interested in the Dual Enrollment Program must complete the Dual Enrollment application after they

have reviewed the handout explaining the procedures and responsibilities for the program. The application must be

returned to the Guidance Office by Friday, February 26, 2016.

RBC Courses Approved for Dual enrollment

With SHU
AP Biology (3 credits)

AP Psychology (3 credits)

AP World History (6 credits)

AP American Government ( 6 credits)

AP Calculus AB (4 credits)

AP Calculus BC (4 credits)

AP English (English Literature & Composition) (6credits)

Honors Economics (6 credits for Micro/Macro)

(given for the RBC full year course)

World Religion ( 3 credits )

Note for all academic department course descriptions which follow:
The abbreviation ACP designates an accelerated college prep level course.
CP designates a college prep level course.
Honors and Advanced Placement courses

are designated as such in their course titles.

with BCC
Writing Process (3 credits)

The Short Story (3 credits)

Introduction to Literature (3 credits)

Grade 9
Scripture (ACP)
In keeping with the mandate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and in an effort to develop a common understanding and vocabulary for all Red Bank Catholic students, the freshman course is divided into two semesters.
Grade 10
The Paschal Mystery and the Church (ACP)

Grade 11
Sacraments/Life in Jesus Christ (ACP)

Grade 12 (must select two of the courses listed)
Christian Living: A Study of Vocation (ACP)

Catholic Social Teaching: Living as a Disciple of Christ (ACP)

*** World Religions (ACP)

Honors Religion 12: The 21st Century Gospel Mission

Honors Globalization and Justice



In keeping with the mandate of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and in an effort to develop a common understanding and vocabulary for all Red Bank Catholic Students, the freshman course is divided into two semesters.

The Bible

During the first semester, students will focus on the Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture, to give them a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. They will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. They will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections and books within it. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally.

Jesus Christ

In the second semester, the course poses the question: Who is Jesus Christ? This course will introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. They will grow in their understanding of Jesus Christ, the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In the process of learning about who Jesus is, students will also learn who Jesus calls them to be.


In keeping with the mandate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and in an effort to develop a common understanding and vocabulary for all Red Bank Catholic students, the sophomore course is divided into two semesters.

The Paschal Mystery

This course is designed to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Students will learn that it has always been God’s plan for us to share eternal happiness with him and that this is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. We share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. This is discipleship: to live in Christ.

The Church

The Church continues the Mission of Jesus in our world. Through this course students will come to know that the Church was founded by Jesus Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The Church is the living Body of Christ today and has both divine and human elements. It is through the Church that they encounter the living Christ.


The Sacraments

During the first semester students will continue to learn about Christ as they encounter him in the Sacraments, throughout their lives. Students will study all of the Sacraments with a special emphasis on the Eucharist. They will examine the challenge to worship and living a Sacramental life in the world today by exploring the history, scriptural foundation, and current practices of the sacraments.

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