Our Catholic, Classical Curriculum

We are proud of the curriculum that we offer here at JPII. Catholic classical education is the framework for the content of our programs. We focus on understanding core facts and concepts, learning fundamental skills, and living an authentic Catholic life. We do this in part by exploring the lives and societies of history's holy, wise, and influential men and women. This context provides students the tools they need to understand the Gospels, the saints, the writings of the Church, philosophy, literature, politics, the process of discovery in science, the use of imagination and logic in problem-solving, and ultimately how to be tomorrow's clear communicators, wise decision-makers, and holy saints who promote and defend the faith of Jesus Christ.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
 HIGH SCHOOL THEOLOGY


Bioethics/Apologetics   12th Grade
Fr. Peter Fonseca

 
Senior Bioethics examines ethical issues in health care through the lens of the Catholic moral tradition. It will engage specific teachings of the Catholic Church that bear directly on issues of health care ethics, regarding the sanctity and dignity of human life from the moment of conception until death. Through weekly lectures, readings, and discussions, as well as case studies, and a final paper, students will be exposed to the foundational principals of medical ethics and prepared to defend their Catholic faith while living in the culture of death.

Apologetics reminds students of St. Peter's exhortation for Christians: “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). This course will introduce students to the art of fulfilling this mandate to explain and defend the Truths of our Catholic Faith. It will teach students how to overcome objections to the faith in a charitable, patient, and respectful manner by presenting the logical, biblical and historical case for the Catholic Christian worldview.

Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, Nicanor Austriaco, O. P., 2011.
Catholic Controversies: Understanding Church Teachings and Events in History, editor Stephen Gabriel, 2010.



Philosophy   12th Grade
Mr. Michael Martel

 
The Philosophy Course will be a gradual, historical introduction to Western Philosophy treating the natural philosophy of the Pre-Socratics, studying the ethical philosophy of Socrates and Plato, surveying Aristotle’s works and his philosophic achievement, and finally ending with the philosophia of St. Thomas Aquinas.

History of Philosophy: Greece and Rome by Fr. Frederick Copleston SJ
Selected Dialogues of Plato: Charmides, Lysis, Laches, Ion



Morality   11th Grade
Dr. Steven Pieper

 
The objective of this course is to come to understand and be able to apply the fundamental principles of Roman Catholic moral theology in the virtue tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas. Students will acquire an introductory understanding of the moral life in Roman Catholic theology, an introductory understanding of the acquired and infused moral virtues.  An introductory understanding of virtue’s role in relation to the natural and supernatural attainment of the end of human life, and an introductory understanding of the concepts of natural law, obligation, freedom, conscience and moral development.
Additionally, students will acquire an introductory understanding of intentionality, in relation to the object, end and circumstances of human action and begin to analyze the various ways in which human moral agency is intertwined in a world where good and evil often intersect, including where our actions contribute to the evil actions of others and where they make use of the results of the evil actions of others.
 
Our Moral Life in Christ, The Didache Series published by Midwest Theological Institute
The Four Cardinal Virtues, Josef Pieper
Handbook of Moral Theology, Dominic Prummer, OP
Veritatis Splendor, John Paul II, Vatican Press
Deus Caritas Est, Benedict XVI Vatican Press
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican Press
 
 
 
Church History    10th Grade
Mrs. Lynn Dery

 
The objective of this course is to help the students to better understand the historic perspective of the salvation that God offers to mankind after the Redemption.  It is imperative for them to see that the Church is made up of human beings…who sin.  There are periods of history where sin abounded, but this study will show that “where sin increased, grace abounded even more.”  God allowed growth in holiness during and after difficult periods of history.  It is also important for them to understand that the Church is the only institution that has stood the test of time, through good times and bad, as her founder Jesus Christ promised that the “gates of hell would not prevail against her” (Mt 16:18).
A second goal for the class is to learn note taking skills from the power point lectures and organize them on their home days, using the Cornell Method of note taking and the study guides.

The History of The Church, A Complete Course: Didache Series, Midwest Theological Forum.
 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican Press
 

Sacred Scripture and the Paschal Mystery   9th Grade
Mrs. Lynn Dery

 
The revelation of God in Jesus Christ is transmitted through Scripture and Tradition as one common source.  Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit. Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit.  The Word of God in written or oral form is interpreted authentically by the Magisterium of the Church.

Although the Bible is made up of many books, together those books tell one story.  God created us perfect in the beginning, but our first parents, through their free will, sinned and brought death upon themselves and their descendants.  The rest of the Bible tells how God gave human being the means to salvation.  We learn how God chose the people of Israel to lead all people back to Himself, and how God the Father completed that work in His only Son, Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the Cross.  Finally, we learn the truth about the end of history: good triumphs, evil fails, and the people of God live forever in paradise.
Sacred Scripture is not the only authority for our faith, as Scripture itself tells us.  The Church was founded by Jesus Christ to keep the living Tradition of the faith alive.  At Pentecost, after the death and resurrection of Christ, God poured out the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles to swell in and guide the Church.  The teaching of the church opens up all the riches of the Bible to us.  Because we have the living truth of the Church, we can rea Scripture with more confidence, more understanding, and more freedom.

Understanding the Scriptures, A Complete Course: Didache Series, Midwest Theological Forum.
 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican Press
 
 


HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS



American Literature   12th Grade
Mrs. Alysia Horst

This course seeks to engage the students with writings of fellow Americans from the early explorers to modern America.  They will explore the meaning of the “American experience” as it relates to literature and our lives today.  Students will learn to use history and psychology to understand the context and meaning of the works.  This class will be a mixture of lecture and class discussion to challenge students to reflect and analyze what they have read.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
The Adventures in American Literature, Pegasus Edition, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich


 
British Literature
Mr. Sebastian Garren


British Literature covers non-American Literature in the English Language from 1500-1950.  The general themes of the course are contained in the intellectual movements of the British Isles with a special emphasis upon the spiritual dimension for the artistic history and social changes of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tragedie of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus by Christopher MarlowePoems by William Blake, Keats, Shelley, Byron, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Shakespearean TheaterThe Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde
Henry V by William ShakespeareHoratius by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Holy Sonnets of John DonneUlysses by James Joyce
Paradise Lost-Book 1 & 9 by John MiltonCharge of the Light Brigade Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Excerpt from John Dryden’s Translation of AeneidAn Irish Airman Foresees his Death by W.B. Yeats
Essay "On Man" by Alexander PopeInvictus by William Ernest Henley
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan SwiftDulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen
A Brief to Free a Slave by Samuel JohnsonThe Soldier by Rupert Brooke
Dictionary of the English LanguageThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Horace 1.11Stop All the Clocks by W.H. Auden
Excerpts on IndustrializationThe Shield of Achilles by W.H. Auden
The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett BrowningArchaeology
"On Individuality" J.S. MillThe Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
The Goblin Market by Christina RossettiOn Fairy Stories
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde 



Medieval Studies   10th Grade
Mr. Sebastian Garren


The Middle Ages encompasses many developments which today we take for granted.  Bound books, spaces between words in sentences, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, castles, chant, polyphony, religious orders, schools, waterwheels, universities, merchant banking, algebra, theology, optics, and ships that can travel on the open sea.  Those ships will sail the Atlantic Ocean and around Africa opening up trade routes that will springboard Europe into becoming the most powerful region in the world.
In our class we will use a textbook Medieval Europe: A Short History, but we will also read literature and primary texts. Students will understand how the Empire collapsed and converted to Christianity, how the barbarian tribes operated and related to one another before their conversion, be introduced to the Old English Language and the Literature of the northern cultures, and glimpse the Roman Empire’s continuation in Byzantium and the rise of Islam. Additionally, students will witness the intellectual life and material culture of the Middle Ages, understand the good and the problematic aspects of the Italian Renaissance, and see how life as caricatured in The Canterbury Tales will be disrupted by war, corruption, and eventually the Reformation.

Medieval Europe: A Short History by Charles Warren Hollister, Judith M. Bennett
Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer


 
Public Speaking: Religious Topics   10th Grade
Mrs. Lynn Dery


The objective of this course is to help give students effective tools for public speaking, help them conquer any fears that they may have, and help give them an effective means for communicating the most important message of all…. Christ and His Church.  This course will also help them develop strategies for spontaneous prayer and teach them how to lector.

John Paul II Beginning Public Speaking DVD series
Course material written by Lynn Dery




Ancient Literature/Composition and Rhetoric   9th Grade
Mrs. Alysia Horst and Ms. Anna Catalano   
     
                                                         
Ancient Literature explores several key thematic questions: what it takes to be a leader, the psychological effects of war, why humans love storytelling, what it means to live a good life or be a wise person, how to deal with hardship.  We explore these topics from the perspective of the language, history, and storytelling of the Greeks, Jews, and Romans.
About one quarter of this course is given over to English Composition.  This means that the course will require many writing assignments, and those writing assignments will undergo multiple revisions.  Class time will be taken aside to analyze writing, to read Elements of Style, and to practice rhetorical argumentation.
 
 Antigone by Sophocles
Iliad by Homer
Hadestown by Anais Mitchell
Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Odyssey by Homer
Apology by Plato
The Book of Ecclesiates
The Book of Job
The Aeneid by Virgil
Against Cataline by Cicero
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Classical Composition: Refutation and Confirmation, Memoria Press.
Classical Composition:  Thesis and Law, Memoria Press
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS


Calculus   12th Grade
Mr. Michael Martel


Calculus is designed to give students an overview of Calculus topics such as limits and continuity, derivatives, anti-derivatives, integrals and differential equations. This course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representation

Calculus of a Single Variable published by CENGAGE Learning
 
 

Pre-Calculus   11th or 12th Grade
Mrs. Anne Klein


This is a college preparatory math course which reinforces important concepts covered in Algebra II and lays a foundation for Calculus.  It challenges students to practice study skills relevant to learning mathematics.
Topics include Linear Functions, Polynomial and Rational Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Trigonometric Functions, Periodic Functions, Trigonometric Identities and Equations, Further Applications of Trigonometry, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Analytic Geometry, Sequences, Probability, and Counting Theory,
Introduction to Calculus.

Pre-Calculus published by OpenStax
 
 

Algebra II  10th or 11th Grade
Mrs. Kelsey Murphy


This is a college preparatory math course which builds upon the foundation laid in Algebra I and prepares students for Pre-Calculus.  Topics include equations/inequalities; linear equations/functions; systems of equations; quadratic functions, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions; rational functions, quadratic relations and conic sections; trigonometric ratios, functions, identities, graphs, and equations.

Algebra 2 published by McDougal Littell



Geometry   9th or 10th Grade
Mrs. Julie Sims


This Geometry course is designed to follow an Algebra I course and is typically it is taken by 9th or 10th grade students.  By studying laws of basic reasoning, students learn how to form logical conclusions.  Plane, solid, and coordinate geometry are studied.  Basic geometrical principles are taught.  Since Geometry and Algebra are closely related, students use algebraic methods to solve real-world geometry problems.

Geometry published by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
 
 

Algebra I   9th Grade
Mrs. Alysia Horst


Algebra I is the foundation for all high school mathematics courses.  This course is typically taken in the 8th or 9th grade after completing Pre-Algebra.  It is a prerequisite for taking Geometry or Algebra II.  Students will study operations and relationships of numbers through the use of variables. Algebra 1 introduces students to algebraic expressions, equations, functions, inequalities, and their multiple representations.   Problem-solving and reasoning skills are emphasized in writing and solving algebraic equations.  The primary goal in Algebra 1 is to help students transfer their concrete mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations.

Algebra-Structure and Method: Book 1, published by McDougal Littell
 


 
HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE


Physics   11th/12th Grade
Mrs. Alysia Horst


This class is a hands-on approach to physics as used or encountered in everyday life.  The students will read about the concepts and the mathematical equations needed to calculate information then apply them first in sample problems and finally in experiments which prove these concepts.  The students will then complete review questions and additional practice problems before taking a test over the unit.  Students will also complete to multimedia semester projects which will require research into and application of a topic covered during the year.  The role of Faith is overtly addressed in the class; the students are asked to consider the compatibility of faith and reason.  Whenever possible, tie ins are made with the CCC and with religion class.

Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition published by Apologia
 


Human Anatomy and Physiology   11th/12th Grade
Dr. Brian Cowell


This course is a college preparatory Human Anatomy and Physiology class. The class is designed to examine the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems in humans. All organ systems are introduced.  A & P details the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, neuronal, endocrine, Respiratory, Urinary, and the Reproduction system. This course will present students with some ethical issues present in today’s society, including birth control, fertility drugs, and genetic engineering.
While the students will be learning specific content, the development of scientific thinking will be heavily focus on during class. The students will learn how to evaluate and interpret scientific ideas in order to develop their scientific thinking skills and learn to understand the world around them.
Upon completion of this course students should be able to name the majority of the human body’s anatomical parts and understand the physiological processes that are necessary for day to day processes to occur.
 
Hole’s Human Anatomy and Physiology Twelfth Edition, published by McGraw Hill
 


Chemistry   10th Grade
Mrs. Virginia Colombatto


This course is a college preparatory Chemistry class.  The class is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of atoms and their interactions with each other.  This course will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules.  This course will present students with Chemical Processed in everyday life in order for them to understand the importance of the chemical sciences.

Chemistry by Wilbraham, Staley, Matta and Waterman, published by Prentice Hall
 
 

Biology   9th Grade
Dr. Brian Cowell


This course is a college preparatory Biology class.  The class is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of living things.  This class will emphasize the basic biological processes of how life systems work while occasionally looking at the more in depth physiological processed.  This course will present students with bioethical issues that exist in today’s world, such as stem cell research, genetic engineering, and cloning.

Biology by Miller and Levine, published by Prentice Hall
 




HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY


American Government/History   12th Grade
Mrs. Julie Sims


This course presents the history of North America from the landing of Columbus in 1492 to the late 20th century.  In particular, this course includes the contributions of the Catholic Church, Catholic communities, and individual Catholics – along with Catholic ideas – to the rich American story.  Half of this course is comprised of the study of American government; all students must pass extensive Civics, U.S. Constitution, and Missouri Constitution tests.

Lands of Hope and Promise published by Catholic Textbook Project
Book of Readings: Declaration Statesmanship by Richard Ferrier and Andrew Seeley, published by Key Books
 


History of the Modern World   11th Grade
Mrs. Alysia Horst


This is a college preparatory history class.  The class covers European history form approximately 1450 to the present.  The overarching focus of the class is on how the events of the past have helped to shape our modern world.  The students will see how events that happened several hundred years ago set in motion events which led to or made possible current events.  The art and culture of the time periods covered will be discussed in conjunction with the historical events which shaped them.  When possible, tie ins with literature and religion classes will be made.

A History of Europe in the Modern World published by McGraw Hill Education; workbook published by Memoria Press.
 


Medieval Studies   10th Grade
Mr. Sebastian Garren


The Middle Ages encompasses all sorts of developments which today we take for granted.  Bound books, spaces between words in sentences, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, castles, chant, polyphony, religious orders, schools, waterwheels, universities, merchant banking, algebra, theology, optics, and ships that can travel on the open sea.  Those ships will sail the Atlantic Ocean and around Africa opening up trade routes that will springboard Europe into becoming the most powerful region in the world.
In our class we will use a textbook Medieval Europe: A Short History, but we will also read literature and primary texts. Students will understand how the Empire collapsed and converted to Christianity, how the barbarian tribes operated and related to one another before their conversion, be introduced to the Old English Language and the Literature of the northern cultures, and glimpse the Roman Empire’s continuation in Byzantium and the rise of Islam. Additionally, students will witness the intellectual life and material culture of the Middle Ages, understand the good and the problematic aspects of the Italian Renaissance, and see how life as caricatured in The Canterbury Tales will be disrupted by war, corruption, and eventually the Reformation.
 
 Medieval Europe: A Short History by Charles Warren Hollister, Judith M. Bennett
Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
 


 Ancient History   9th grade
Mr. Sebastian Garren


The Ancient History course covers human history from the time animals were domesticated up to the creation of dioceses in the 3rd century AD.  In our limited purview, we will only be able to cover a tiny sliver of this ocean of time.  Our primary focus will be the Mediterranean civilizations from which spring the lion share of our culture today, and into which was born our Savior.
In this class students will learn what civilizations are made up of. How they come into existence, how a city works, how politics work, how war comes about and is executed, what drives diverse people to do things great and wicked. We will see people creating art, practicing the high ideals of religion, and investigating the world through questioning. We will strive to understand the culture into which Christ quietly came.

The majority of the course will be spent on the Histories of Greece and Rome with a month set aside for the history of Judaism, and a month set aside for history from domestication to Greece.

Book of the Ancient Greeks, Memoria Press.
Book of the Ancient Romans, Memoria Press.
 
 
 
 

HIGH SCHOOL LATIN


Latin III: Great Debaters   11th Grade
Mrs. Kelsey Murphy


This course focuses on building a solid grammatical foundation upon which the student can build, to read and write Latin.  Fluency in a language requires immersing oneself in that language, and true mastery of Latin requires a familiarity with text and expression beyond a simple knowledge of grammar.  But a focus on immersion cannot neglect study of grammar, for it is grammar that will carry students through readings of the Classical authors.

Students are encouraged to ask questions, read, and write stories in Latin.  The grammar and vocabulary is taken from Jenney’s Second Year Latin and follows its order of review and introduction of new concepts, which will then be supplemented with readings, including the novels Cloelia and Piso Illle Poetulus, selections form Familia Romana (Orberg), Lingua Biblica (Memoria Press), the Roman Missal, and classical authors.  There will also be activity and culture days, focusing on details of Roman life and culture, Ecclesiastical traditions such as chant and illuminated manuscripts, and personal ownership of Latin in modern day culture through compositions and competitions.

Jenney’s Second Year Latin, Latin Grammar for the Grammar Stage by Memoria Press
Cloelia: Pualla Romana by Ellie Arnold
Piso Ille Poetulus by Lance Piantaggini
Selections from various texts
 


Latin II: Strong Women   10th Grade
Mr. Sebastian Garren


This is a second year Latin class.  The class covers reviews the fundamentals of Latin nouns and verbs learned in the first year and moves on to introduce more advanced grammatical constructs such as the Perfect System of Tenses and the Passive Voice.  The overarching focus of the class is on teaching students how to identify and translate basic Latin passages.  The students will learn how to decline nouns in all five declensions and how to conjugate verbs from all conjugations and construct the six indicative tenses.  They will also learn about the culture of the Ancient Romans and discover links to the material of their history and literature classes.Latin II assumes students have a familiarity with the case system, the active voice, the first three declensions, some pronouns, some adverbs, some conjunctions, and some adjectives.  Latin II increases students’ ability to understand Latin by means of 1) constant practice, 2) comprehensible input, and 3) formal introduction to all major grammatical features of Latin.

Jenney’s Second Year Latin, Latin Grammar for the Grammar Stage
by Memoria Press
 


Latin 1: Christian Culture   9th Grade
Ms. Rocio deErausquin


This is an introductory Latin class. The class covers the fundamentals of Latin nouns and verbs.  The overarching focus of the class is on teaching students how to identify and translate basic grammatical constructions.

Jenney’s First Year Latin, Latin Grammar for the Grammar Stage by Memoria Press


MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MIDDLE SCHOOL RELIGION


Catholicism   8th Grade
Mrs. Lynn Dery


The objective of this course is to help the students to understands the fundamental truths of why we are here and where we are going.  The course helps them to learn the essentials of the Catholic Faith with a particular focus on the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, Prayer, and the Seven Sacraments, With special emphasis on Confirmation.  This course also introduces the students to public speaking basic skills.

A second goal for the class is to learn note taking skills from the power point lectures and organize them on their home days using the Cornell Method of note taking and the study guides.

Introduction to Catholicism, A Complete Course, Didache Series, Midwest Theological Forum
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican Press
 


Our Life in the Church   7th Grade
Mrs. Lynn Dery


The objective of this course is to help give the students a generous and whole-hearted love for the Church based on a clear understanding of her divine nature and the treasures contained therein.  They will learn the essentials of the Faith with a particular focus on the Trinity, all the virtues (theological, cardinal, and moral).  Students will also travel through salvation history, learning about many different saints and then identifying which virtues they displayed and why.  They will also pick their own virtue to focus on for this year, along with the saint that can help them.
A second goal for the class is to learn note taking skills from the power point lectures and organize them on their home days using the Cornell Method of note taking and the study guides.
 
 Our Life in the Church, Faith and Life Series, published by Ignatius Press
The Holy Bible
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican Press
Baltimore Catechism #2
 


Following Christ   6th Grade
Mrs. Pamela Olimpio


The objective of this class is to help the students treasure the Sacraments as indispensable to a full Christian life of love and truth and to understand how grace works in our soul and its relation to practicing the virtues and to appreciate our gifts of reason and faith.
 
Following Christ, Faith and Life Series, published by Ignatius Press
Religion for Young Catholics 6 by Seton Press
The Holy Bible
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican Press
Baltimore Catechism #2
 


 MIDDLE SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS


Literature   8th Grade
Mrs. JoAnn Heffernan


The students will practice their reading and comprehension skills via the use of four different genres. They will primarily read independently and will partake in class discussions, writing assignments, and regular assessments. Skills include the following:  Learn and use reading strategies, make connections, analyze authors’ purpose, support conclusions with evidence from text, interpret text through literal/inferential/interpretive inquiry, analyze meaning in context, develop academic vocabulary, summarize and respond to literature.
 
Poetry and Short Stories, text and workbook published by Memoria Press
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
 

Literature   7th Grade
Ms. Anna Catalano


This course seeks to promote enthusiasm for reading by engaging the students with stories of personal growth and adventure.  The primary focus will be on oral reading to expose the students to grammar and vocabulary.  There will also be an emphasis on in-class discussion in order to challenge students to reflect and analyze what they have read.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Anne of Green Gables by Elizabeth Maude Montgomery
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
 


Literature   6th Grade
Ms. Anna Catalano


This course seeks to promote enthusiasm for reading by engaging the students with stories of personal growth and adventure.  The primary focus will be on oral reading to expose the students to grammar and vocabulary.  There will also be an emphasis on in-class discussion in order to challenge students to reflect and analyze what they have read.
 
The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien



Writing   6th , 7th and 8th Grades
Mrs. JoAnn Heffernan


Students will be learning and practicing the skill of writing using the Excellence in Writing program.  Each student will follow a structured process to learn to be a competent writer.  The priority of the program focuses on writing a composition containing basic elements of structure and style.  Each sample from the student requires: an outline, a rough draft, and a edited final draft.  Students will have their work reviewed after each stage.  Each student will keep and contribute to a personal writing binder: All IEW material will be accounted for within this personal binder.
Also included in this course is vocabulary practice.  Students will participate in activities surrounding appropriate and effective word choices.  The emphasis will be on verbs, adjectives, adverbs, adverbial clauses, adjectival clauses, noun clauses and an overall concentration of improvement of their current vocabulary.  In addition, students will practice editing skills.  They will complete a “Daily Edit” by applying proper editing marks for a specific paragraph issued by the teacher.  

Excellence in Writing, Institute for Excellence in Writing
Everyday Edits, Education World
 

 
Traditional Logic   7th/ 8th Grade
Mrs. Kelsey Murphy 


This course is an introduction to the classical syllogism of traditional logic, and some of the formal fallacies.  The advantage of traditional formal logic is that it teaches students a systematic, orderly way of thinking.  It introduces them to the concept of truth as something that we can grasp with our intellects, and that we can infer complex truths from simple, self-evident truths.

Traditional Logic: Introduction to Formal Logic by Martin Cothran, published by Memoria Press.
 


Grammar   6th/7th/8th Grade; Spelling   6th Grade
Mrs. Kelsey Murphy or Ms. Rocio de Erausquin


The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s knowledge of English by regular drills in spelling and grammar.  Every week and a half the students complete a spelling lesson and are tested on their knowledge.  Every 2-3 weeks they are quizzed on the grammar rules that are being discussed in class.  A variety of study and memorization techniques are presented to the students in an effort to help them understand their unique learning style.

Spelling by Sound and Structure published by Rod and Staff
English for Young Catholics 6, English for Young Catholics 7, English for Young Catholics 8 by Seton Press
English Grammar Recitation Student Workbook published by Memoria Press
Core Skills Language Arts published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 



MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS


Algebra I   8th Grade
Mrs. Anne Klein


Algebra I is the foundation for all high school mathematics courses.  This course is typically taken in the 8th or 9th grade after completing Pre-Algebra.  It is a prerequisite for taking Geometry of Algebra II.  Students will study operations and relationships of numbers through the use of variables.  Problem-solving and reasoning skills are emphasized in writing and solving algebraic equation.

Algebra-Structure and Method: Book 1
published by McDougal Littell
 


Pre-Algebra   7th Grade
Mrs. Anne Klein


This class will review the basic operations of arithmetic on whole numbers, fractions and decimals. These operations will be used in dealing with ratio, proportions, percent, simple geometry and algebra. As students master these basic concepts, they will move into basic algebra. Students will be expected to understand basic operations with integers, rational numbers, irrational, and real numbers; the use of variables; properties of numbers and of equality; solving equations and inequalities; problem solving; relations and functions; and polynomials.

Pre-Algebra published by McDougal Littell
 


Mathematics   6th Grade
Mrs. Julie Sims


Math 6 reviews and builds upon concepts covered in Math 5 (such as place values, multiplication and division, measuring).  Math 6 then introduces the foundational concepts that will be necessary for algebra and geometry.  The students develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills through word problems and by learning to sort through information for the relevant data.
Each lesson introduces the new concept with practice problems for the class to solve together.  The teacher models the concept then has the students practice at the board of collaboratively at their desks.  They then move onto to independent lesson work, which also includes review form previous lessons.

Understanding Mathematics 6, Mathematics for Christian Living Series published by Rod and Staff
 
 
 

 
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE



Physical Science   8th Grade
Mrs. Anne Henning


This course is a college preparatory Physical science class.  The class is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of the Physical world around them.  The class will emphasize basic Physical science and how it works.  Students will conduct labs approximately every two to three weeks which will cover the material discussed in that’s week’s lectures in order to facilitate learning.  The students will learn how to evaluate and interpret scientific ideas in order to develop their scientific thinking skills and learn to understand the world around them.

Physical Science: A Mastery-Oriented Curriculum 2nd ed. By John D. Mays, Published by Novare.
 


Earth Science   7th Grade
Mrs. Anne Henning


This course covers topics in geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  The course is a survey of all topics in an Earth Science course.  Many experiments, requiring few materials, support inquiry-based instruction within the course plan.  There are several website resources that correspond with the Holt Science and Technology series.  The National Science Teachers Association has provided a centralized place for added information on topics that appear in the textbook.  

Holt Science and Technology Earth Science, Edition 2007
 


Science   6th Grade
Mrs. Anne Henning


Grade 6 Science explains the basic aspects of botany and biology.  In the first semester students study dendrology to understand classification of living things, green plant systems and organs, and their functions, and the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.  In the second semester, students study the history of medicine and seven of the human body’s twelve body systems, including skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory and the blood and the heart, digestive, excretory, nervous systems and the brain.

The Book of Trees, An Introduction to Biology Through the Study of Trees By Sean Brooks, Memoria Press
Exploring the world of Biology by J.H. Tiner, Memoria Press
The History of Medicine by John Hudson Tiner, Memoria Press
Body Systems, Milliken Publishing Company
 



MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY


American History II   8th Grade
Mrs. Amy Steppig


Eighth Grade studies the development of the new nation trough the 20th century.  The years covered span roughly the ratification of the Constitution (1789) to the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989).
The text provides an easily readable overview of each era of American history with emphasis on the important people and events that shaped our nation.  Interwoven in each topic is the influence and contribution that the Church has made in the expansion and growth of our nation.  Along with the Founding Fathers and other great Americans of history, lives of the holy men and women who help build the Church in America are presented as excellent examples of those spending their lives for Christ and for souls.

The History of the United States, published by Seton Press
Various Articles, biographies, essays, etc.
 
 

American History I    7th Grade
Mrs. JoAnn Heffernan


Students will study the subject of history as revealed to them as a story.  The text has been written in this enjoyable format, which allows students to see an “unfolding” of events with a cause/effect relationship and understand the reasons why these events occurred.  Study of famous biographical figures will also be a main theme in this course of study.  Students will also use other genres for this course.  Biographical readings, plays, class and independent projects will also be included in this course of study.

From Sea to Shining Sea, published by Catholic Textbook Project
Various Articles, biographies, essays, etc.
 

 
History of Greece, Rome, and the Early Church   6th Grade
Mrs. Julie Sims


This course will be an introduction to the history of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and the early Church.   Students will learn about events of this time period through the stories of the ancient world’s most famous historical heroes.  They will also learn important vocabulary, increase their knowledge of historic geography, and discuss how ancient civilizations influence our world today.

Famous Men of Greece, Memoria Press
Famous Men of Rome, Memoria Press
Famous Men of the Early Church, Memoria Press
Horatius at the Bridge, Memoria Press
The Greek Alphabet, Memoria Press
All Ye Lands, Catholic Textbook Project
 



MIDDLE SCHOOL LATIN


Fourth Form Latin   8th Grade
Mrs. Kelsey Murphy


Fourth Form Latin completes the journey of Latin grammar by reviewing all material in First, Second, and Third Form, completing all verb forms for all four conjugations by studying participles, infinitives, and gerunds.

Fourth Form Latin published by Memoria Press
 


Third Form Latin   7th Grade
Mrs. Kelsey Murphy


This course is the third of four parts of the study of Latin Grammar, in preparation for reading Classical Authors.  Students will gain a solid, detailed knowledge of the 3 verb moods in Latin and how to manipulate nouns, adjectives, and pronouns.  Throughout the year more and more emphasis will be placed on reading and translating, to the point of reading a novella.

Third Form Latin published by Memoria Press
Pluto: fabula amoris by Rachel Ash & Miriam Patrick


 
Second Form Latin   6th Grade
Ms. Rocio deErausquin


This Latin series teaches students ecclesiastical Latin.  There is a strong focus on learning common Christian prayers in Latin.  Second Form Latin builds upon the vocabulary and grammar which students learned in First Form Latin.  Concepts already learned are reviewed as new concepts are introduced.  Student’s vocabulary grows during this year, allowing them to translate and write more complicated sentences which will now include adjectives, adverbs, direct and indirect object, rather than just a subject and verb.  Question forms are also introduced in this course.  Some simple sentence diagramming is learned, and comparison is made between the diagramming in English and in Latin.  Connections are made with English grammar through the diagramming and the discussion of work order; in addition, the book includes English derivatives, so students can see the depth of the influence of Latin upon the English language.

Second Form Latin published by Memoria Press
 


First Form Latin   5th Grade
Mrs. Amy Steppig

First Form Latin is an entry level Latin program for our students in 5th-8th grade.  Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary and grammar forms of Latin.  Each class is begun with prayer in Latin.  The course is divided in to approximately 30 two-page lessons with occasional cumulative review.  Lessons are reinforced through recitation, Latin “chants”, workbook exercises and flashcard practice.  Latin learned in this lesson is used as a building block for all future Latin study.

First Form Latin
published by Memoria Press
GRADE SCHOOL OVERVIEW
Click on the link to the right for a copy of our reading list.

Pre-Kindergarten

Religion:
Image of God Series – Who am I? (Ignatius Press): This Catholic religion course is centered on an approach found in the writings and teachings of Saint John Paul II.  This approach stresses the dignity of each individual as a person made in the image of God.  The course has as its emphasis two key truths of the faith: God and creation.

Bible Stories to Read (Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc.): This book is used to bring some of the beautiful stories from the Old Testament to the classroom.  These stories help to develop the student’s character and help guide the student’s faith by a sincere belief and appreciation for God’s Word in their own heart.

Pre-Kindergarten Religion for Young Catholics (Seton Press)

Language Arts:

AlphabetAlphabet Book Part 1 & Part 2,  Alphabet Coloring Book (Memoria Press)
The goal is to introduce letters and sounds, and to provide a solid foundational readiness for a rigorous phonics-based Kindergarten program.  Show and Tell is daily with one student bringing Show and Tell for the letter we are studying that week.  We learn a saint each week for the letter of the week, which includes making a saint puppet.

Literature: We read a selection of short books and discuss questions prior to reading and after reading.  Vocabulary, definitions, picture reviews and content topics are discussed while reading. After reading some of the books, we will make a craft.

NumbersCounting with Numbers (Rod and Staff); Numbers and Colors (Memoria Press)

Introducing numbers as well as beginning number skills, like pairing, sequencing, and comparing, the goal is to learn to count confidently to twenty and to recognize numbers one to fifteen.  We also will learn basic color words.

Motor Skills: My Very Own Scissors Book (Memoria Press)

This book is designed to strengthen a student’s fine-motor skills, artistic abilities, dexterity, concentration, and self-control through the purposeful use of scissors.  The goal is to develop strong cutting skills and learn basic shapes.

Topics covered in daily recitation:  letters, numbers, days of week, months of year, pledge of allegiance, skip counting by 2s and 10s, seasons, vowels, colors,  how many... (hours, days, weeks, months, letters, seasons, vowels, dozen) etc.

Music:  We listen to the song of the week and learn to sing the song.

Art:  We look at the art of the week, discuss what we like and don’t like, and learn about the artist.

Kindergarten

Religion:  Image of God Series, Who am I? (Ignatius Press), Kindergarten Catechism for Young Catholics (Seton Press)

This Catholic religion course is centered on an approach found in the writings and teachings of Saint John Paul II.  This approach stresses the dignity of each individual as a person made in the image of God.  The course has as its emphasis two key truths of the faith: God and creation.

Language Arts:

Phonics:  First Start Reading – Phonics, Reading & Printing (Memoria Press)

Our Phonics program emphasizes ear training, blending vowel-consonant rather than consonant-vowel, blending with the unvoiced consonants first (m, n, s, r, f, t), one sound for each phonogram at a time, practicing the new phonogram and its sound in a word family list, extensive practice in the foundational skill of blending consonants and short vowels in CVC words, reading words and sentences as early as possible, using the learning pathway of printing to reinforce phonics, inclusion of a small number of sight words, correct pencil grip and letter formation and assessments to help the teacher measure student progress.

Literature, Poetry:  Kindergarten Enrichment (Memoria Press, Classical Core Curriculum)

There are ten major movements in the art program that will serve as a foundation for study of art in primary school.  In the literature program we read, discuss title,author and illustrator with various books. Vocabulary words are defined, newconcepts are explained and important ideas discussed.  The poetry program willintroduce the students to title, author, lines, stanzas, rhythm, cadence, rhyme, etc.

 Math:  Beginning Arithmetic – Mathematics for Christian Living Series (Rod and Staff)

Kindergarten will learn to relate quantity without saying 1-2-3, they will see a pattern as a group and know its number without counting.  The addition fact 3+2 is seen as a group of 3 plus a group of 2, not as 1-2-3 plus 1-2. They will thoroughly master the math facts up to fact family seven, subtraction family to six, money, time, and place value.

History/Culture/Science:  Nature Study, Kindergarten Enrichment, Memoria Press, Classical Core Curriculum

Nature Study introduces the student to mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds and fish.  They will look at special characteristics, body covering, and habitat.  The student will also learn how they move, what they eat, and in what parts of the world they can be found. 

First Grade

Religion:  The Children’s Bible (Golden Press); Our Heavenly Father; Faith and Life Series 1 (Ignatius Press), Religion for Young Catholics 1 (Seton Press)

Language Arts:

Phonics:  Phonics: Core Skills Grade 2 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers), Classical Phonics: A Child’s Guide to Word Mastery, Phonics Guide for Reading and Spelling 1st Grade  (Cheryl Lowe, Memoria Press)

Spelling:  Spelling by Sound and Structure  Grade 2  (Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc.)In our spelling curriculum we work to strengthen the pupil's understanding of the meaning of the new words as they work with synonyms, antonyms, definitions, picture clues, context clues, and categories of words."  Students will also "work with phonetic patterns as beginning and ending sounds, long and short vowels,consonant blends, digraphs, double consonants, etc. teaching word structure as syllables, plurals, verb forms, and suchlike.

Reading:  American Language Series, Primary Phonics Reader Sets, Story Time Treasures,  More Story Time Treasures (Memoria Press).  Students will practice short vowel sounds, consonant clusters, and silent e's.
 

Math:  Beginning Arithmetic  Grade 1 (Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc.)

First grade mathematics focuses on drill and memorization of math facts.

First Grade Enrichment (Memoria Press)

Handwriting:  
First graders will learn manuscript, and will start cursive at the end of first semester. Our cursive books, New American Cursive, Workbook 1 and Copybook Cursive Book 2 (both from Memoria Press) do double duty as handwriting practice and memory work. Students copy scripture verses and the names of Greek gods and the brightest stars in the universe.

Topics covered in daily recitation:
Through the course of the year, the students will memorize various facts in geography, science, and history including the seven continents, the eight planets, the five categories of vertebrates, the first president; two temperature systems, boiling and freezing points, the terms omnivore, carnivore, and herbivore, the date and pilots of the first flight, U.S. time zones and the cardinal directions

Second Grade

Religion:  Jesus Our Life  (Faith and Life Series Book Two, Ignatius Press), Going to Confession and Receiving Holy Communion (Fr. L. Lovasik), The Mass with Prayers (Fr. Jude Winkler), The New St. Joseph 1st Communion Catechism (Catholic Book Publishing Co.), Religion for Young Catholics 2 (Seton Press)

In the second grade we prepare the students for receiving their first reconciliation and first holy communion.

Language Arts:

Phonics:   Classical Phonics (Memoria Press), Phonics Guide For Reading & Spelling, 2nd Grade and 2nd Grade Worksheets: Phonics & Spelling by Michelle Tefertiller

Spelling:  Spelling by Sound and Structure, Grade 2, (Rod and Staff)

Independent Reading:  Faith and Freedom Readers (Seton Press):  Book of Sanctity, These Are Our Neighbors, This is Our Parish

Math:  Working Arithmetic, Grade 2 (Rod and Staff Publishers, Inc.)

Science, History & Culture:  Second Grade Enrichment (Memoria Press), Classical Core Curriculum, by Michelle Tefertille, Patterns of Nature, Grade 2 (Rod & Staff Publishers, Inc.)

Studies in history and culture invite the student to slowly become aware of our common Catholic Christian heritage, while studies in science invite them to become aware of God's design in nature.

Latin:  Second Form Latin (Memoria Press)

Handwriting:  New American Cursive, Grade 2, (Scripture  and Famous Americans) By Iris Hatfield, Memoria Press

Students learn cursive by copying scripture verses and quotes from famous Americans.

Recitation:  Memoria Press


In addition to the above curriculum, we supplement with music and art classes, poetry, and a Book of the Week.

Third Grade

Religion:  Our Life with Jesus (Faith and Life Series by Ignatius Press) and Religion for Young Catholics 3 (Seton Press)

Language Arts:

 Spelling:  Spelling by Sound and Structure, Book 4 (Rod and Staff)

English Grammar Recitation:  English Grammar Recitation-Workbook One (Memoria Press)

Writing:  All Things Fun and Fascinating-Writing Lessons in Structure & Style (Institute for Excellence in Writing)

Independent Reading:  Faith and Freedom Readers (Seton Press):  The Story Tree, This is Our Town, This is Our Valley


Math:  Exploring Arithmetic 3 (Rod & Staff)

Science:  Book of Astronomy (Memoria Press)

History:  Timeline: Events from Ancient to Modern Times (Memoria Press), D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Handwriting:  New American Cursive Latin Copybook (Memoria Press)

Latin:  First year of Latina Christiana (Memoria Press), D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

Topics covered in daily recitation:
Through the course of the year, the students will memorize various facts in geography, science, history, and language arts including the following:  Old Testament facts and stories up through Moses and the Ten Commandments, Greek mythology up through the Trojan War, state and capitals and their spelling and abbeviations, North American geography, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, prefixes, suffixes, and derivatives.

Fourth Grade

Religion:  Jesus is Our Guide (Faith and Life Series) and Religion for Young Catholics 4 (Seton Press)

Language Arts:

Spelling:  Spelling by Sound and Structure Book 5, by Rod and Staff  Publishers


Writing:  All Things Fun and Fascinating-Writing Lessons in Structure & Style (published by the Institute for Excellence in Writing).

Independent Reading:   Faith and Freedom Readers (Seton Press):  Book of Gladness, This is Our Land

Math:  Progressing with Arithmetic 4; Rod & Staff

Science: The World of Animals (My Father’s World), What Is the Animal Kingdom? and What Is a Mammal? (Crabtree Publishing Co), What’s That Bird? (Storey Publishing), Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America and Peterson Field Guide Coloring Books-Birds (Houghton Mifflin)

History and Geography: The Middle East, North Africa and Europe, The United States: States & Capitals Review,   Famous Men of Rome, and Timeline: Events from Ancient to Modern Times (all by Memoria Press)

In fourth grade we learn and memorize important dates in history that we can reference as our study of history grows more in depth in middle and high school.

Handwriting:  New American Cursive Memoria Press (In the fourth grade all writing is done in cursive.)

Latin: Latina Christiana 2nd part of two year program (Memoria Press)


Fifth Grade

Religion: Credo, I Believe (Faith and Life Series, Ignatius Press)  and Religion for Young Catholics 5 (Seton Press)

Language Arts:

Spelling:  Spelling by Sound and Structure 6 (Rod and Staff), English from the Roots Up (Joegil Lundquist)

English Grammar Recitation: English Grammar Recitation III, by Cheryl Lowe, Supplemented with Easy Grammar 5, by Wanda C. Phillips

Independent Reading:  Faith and Freedom Readers (Seton Press):  Book of Gratitude, These Are Our People

Math:  Beginning Arithmetic 5 (Rod & Staff)

Science: The Book of Insects Workbook (Memoria Press)

History:  Geography II: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, North and South America (Memoria Press)

Latin:  First Form Latin (Memoria Press)