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Classes at Saint Francis

Our curriculum provides a solid foundation in traditional science and humanities courses and offers several forward-thinking classes that give students the ability to stretch their knowledge in the arts, languages, technology and religious studies.

 

Graduation Requirements

At Saint Francis, students are never tracked into specific courses.

Freshmen are placed in honors classes based on their test scores, grades, recommendations and qualifying exams. In the upper level courses, students elect their own placement according to their academic performance and college goals.


Four Year Academic Plan




Course Work

Students benefit from our robust college preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement curriculum. With more than 120 courses in eight academic departments, students select classes that reflect their interest, align with their college goals and challenge their academic abilities.

Core Courses

The curriculum at Saint Francis High School reflects our proven commitment to prepare students for the best colleges that match their needs , capture their curiosity and inspire them to be lifelong learners in a co-ed setting.

English
  • English 1
  • English 2 American Literature
  • English 3 British Literature
  • English 4 World Literature
Foreign Language
  • French 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Chinese 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Sign Language
Mathematics
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 1A / 1B
  • Geometry
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Algebra 2
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry / Analytic Geometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
Physical Education
  • Boys’ Physical Education
  • Girls’ Physical Education
Religious Studies
  • Religious Studies 1
  • Hebrew Scriptures: Living the Holy Life 1
  • New Testament - The Gospels: Living the Holy Life 2
  • Moral Issues
  • Social Justice
  • Christian Vocation
Science
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Exercise Science & Sports Medicine

Marine Biology
  • Social Studies
  • Global Citizenship
  • World History & Geography
  • United States History
  • American Government
  • Economics


Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

English

  • English I Honors
  • English 2 Honors
  • AP Language
  • AP Literature

Foreign Language

  • French 5 Honors
  • Spanish 3 Honors
  • AP Chinese Language
  • AP French Language
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • Sign Language

Mathematics

  • Algebra Honors
  • Geometry Honors
  • Advanced Algebra/Trig Honors
  • Precalculus Honors
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus-AB
  • AP Calculus-BC
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science Principles

Science

  • Biology Honors
  • Chemistry Honors
  • Physics Honors
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics

Social Studies

  • AP European History
  • AP Government
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP US History

Visual and Performing Arts

  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art

Elective Courses

Our extensive selection of elective courses range from academic enrichment to athletic development to visual and performing arts. There is a one-year visual and performing arts and physical education graduation requirement. Additionally, students can choose from a variety of one-semester religious studies and English selectives in the senior year to complement the required courses.

Academic Electives
  • Advanced Speech and Rhetoric
  • AP Computer Programming
  • AP Psychology
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Beginning Computer Programming
  • Case Studies in Human Rights
  • Case Studies in Asia and Africa
  • Contemporary American Issues
  • Contemporary World Problems
  • Creative Writing
  • Facing History
  • History and Politics of the Olympics
  • Irish Literature
  • Journalism
  • Leadership
  • Speech 1
  • Psychology 1
English Selectives: Seniors
  • Contemporary American Authors
  • Film as Literature
  • Mystery and Detective Fiction
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sports in Literature
  • Youth and Fiction
  • Foreign Languages
  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish
Physical Education
  • Advanced Team Sports 1 and 2
  • Advanced Weight Training and Conditioning 1 and 2
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Core Fitness
  • Fitness for Life
  • Net Games
  • Social Dance
Religious Studies Selectives: Seniors
  • Christianity and Philosophy
  • Christian Spirituality
  • World Religions
Visual and Performing Arts
  • Acting for Musical Theater
  • Advanced Art
  • Advanced Dance
  • Advanced Graphic Arts
  • Advanced Graphic Arts for the iPad
  • Advanced Guitar
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Studio Art
  • Art and Cultures of the World
  • Basic Design/Drawing 1
  • Beginning Classical Guitar
  • Ceramics 1 and 2
  • Concert Band 1
  • Concert Choir 1 – 4
  • Dance 1
  • Digital Photography
  • Drama 1 – 4
  • Drawing and Composition 2
  • Graphic Arts
  • Improvisational Theater
  • Jazz Band
  • Painting 1
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Printmaking
  • Symphonic Band 2 – 5
  • Technical Drawing
  • Technical Theater
  • Video Production

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