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Courses of Study

Religious Studies

Elizabeth Seton High School Religion Department requires four years of religious education. The religious studies program is designed to give our students a strong foundation in the Catholic faith. Courses include Introduction to the Catholic Faith, Church History, Catholic Morality, World Religions, and Social Justice, each with its own focus on Vocations. A semester service learning component is incorporated into the curriculum in order to demonstrate the importance of practicing values learned in the classroom. It is the goal of the department to offer our students a strong foundation that will carry them throughout their lives and give them the Light to Know and the Grace to Do.

Meeting Jesus in Scripture (I & II) (Grade 9) 1 credit
This course is designed to help freshmen understand the Catholic and Vincentian identity of the school community. Students learn about the major features of the Catholic faith and the contributions of the founding members of the Vincentian family, namely, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Vincent DePaul, and St. Louise de Marillac. This course introduces students to the person of Jesus as revealed to humanity through Scripture as well as the mystery of the Incarnation.

The Mission of Jesus Christ and His Church (III & IV) (Grade 10) 1 credit
This course continues the exploration of Jesus’ life, focusing especially on His mission here on earth and how it applies to our lives as believers. The course also examines how Christ’s mission is continued in the life of the Church throughout history and today.

To Live as Christ (V & VI) (Grade 11) 1 credit
To Live as Christ focuses on Catholic Morality and the Seven Sacraments. The course’s approach enables students to understand Jesus’ universal call to holiness and what it means to be a moral person. Topics covered include a vocabulary and structure of moral analysis, while also inviting students to personal reflection on the development of conscience, virtue, and character. The course delves into Catholic teaching on major moral issues facing contemporary society. Students learn how they can encounter Christ in their lives through the Sacraments by an in-depth study of each.

World Religions and Social Justice (Grades 12) 1 credit
This course explores the major faiths throughout the world and investigates the rituals, beliefs, organizations, and practices of these faiths. Students use the knowledge they gain from this course to help broaden and enrich their own faith life and relationship with God. This course examines the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The objective of this course is to open the students’ eyes to the injustices that exist in the world in order to begin the process of eliminating them.

English Department

The State of Maryland requires four English credits for graduation. Elizabeth Seton High School requires: Grammar and Composition (9), Traditions in World Literature (10), and American Literature (11). Seniors take British Literature during their first semester and then choose a senior seminar for semester two. Qualified juniors may take Advanced Placement Language and Composition, while qualified seniors may take Advanced Placement Literature.

Intensive Grammar & Composition/English 1 (Grade 9) 1 credit
This course introduces students to a variety of literary genres. Students begin to analyze major works of literature, including Greek and Shakespearean drama and contemporary fiction. This course also focuses intensely on the enhancement of grammar and composition skills, with a specific focus on sentence structure and paragraph development. This class will devote significant attention to reading comprehension and writing skills.

Grammar & Composition/English 1 (Grade 9) 1 credit
This course introduces students to a variety of literary genres. Students begin to analyze major works of literature, including Greek and Shakespearean drama and contemporary fiction. This course also emphasizes the development and enhancement of grammar and composition skills, with a specific focus on sentence structure and paragraph development.

Honors English 1 (Grade 9) Honors credit
This course provides an in-depth study of the topics and works of English 1. Students study grammar and vocabulary at an accelerated pace and advance from single to multi-paragraph essays. They read and analyze additional novels, short stories, and poetry as preparation for upper level courses. In addition, students begin a four-year vocabulary program designed to prepare them for the SAT.
Prerequisites: (1) English Department approval.

Traditions in World Literature/English 2 (Grade 10) 1 credit
The second year of literature is an in-depth study of major literary genres (poetry, drama, the short story, and the novel) within the context of literature from various cultures in the US and around the world. Specific focus is given to the analysis of theme, setting, point of view, characterization, and plot. Terminology specific to each of the genres is examined. In addition, students continue to develop the grammar, SAT vocabulary, and paragraph skills studied the previous year. Writing, including the literary essay, is based on the readings.

Honors Traditions in World Literature/English 2 (Grade 10) Honors credit
This honors course provides a more in-depth study of literary genres within different cultures. Terminology specific to each genre is examined. SAT vocabulary and grammar skills are further developed. Writing of the paragraph is polished as students continue with multi-paragraph compositions. Student writing is held to a high honors-level standard.
Prerequisite: (1) English 1 with a minimum grade of A or with current Instructor approval OR Honors English 1 with a minimum grade of B-. (2) Completion of a 5-paragraph essay either as class coursework or as a writing sample arranged by the English Department.

American Literature/English 3 (Grade 11) 1 credit
In this survey course, students continue their study of literary genre, specifically poetry, the short story, the novel, and drama, in different periods of American literature. The course also focuses on refinement and further development of grammar, SAT vocabulary, and composition skills. Mastery of the literary essay and the introduction of argumentative writing are important course goals.

Honors American Literature/English 3 (Grade 11) Honors credit
This honors course will provide a more in-depth study of literary genre, specifically poetry, the short story, the novel, and drama in different periods of American literature. The course will also focus on refinement and further development of grammar, SAT, and composition skills at an accelerated pace. Mastery of the literary essay and the introduction of adding research to analytical writing are important course goals. Student writing and reading will be held to a high honors-level standard.

Prerequisite: (1) English 2 with a minimum grade of A- or with current instructor approval OR Honors English 2 with a minimum grade of B. (2) Completion of a 5-paragraph essay done either as class coursework or as a writing sample may be requested by the English Department.

Advanced Placement Language and Composition (Grade 11) AP Credit
The class exposes junior students to a broad range of non-fiction genres: the creative non-fiction novel, the memoir, speeches, and essays. Students learn to read literary texts with a new emphasis on argument and rhetoric, and learn how to incorporate strategies from readings into their own writing. They also learn to tailor their writing to a specific audience. Students continue developing SAT vocabulary and have practice with the SAT essay in the fall. This writing-heavy course is designed to fulfill the requirements of the College Board's Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Course Description, and students are expected to take the national exam in May.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam
Prerequisites: (1) English 2 with a minimum grade of A or with current teacher approval OR Honors English 2 with a minimum grade of B. (2) Completion of an essay either as class coursework or as a writing sample arranged by the Seton English Department.

Senior English (Grade 12) 1 credit
In the first semester, this class will explore British Literature ranging from the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods through the Renaissance and Victorian eras. Students will read representative works of various genres including poetry, drama, and novels from major periods of British literature. This semester will also include a unit on the college application essay.

In the second semester, seniors will take one of the following seminars:

1) The Graphic Novel:
This course will use Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art as an introduction to the history, vocabulary, conventions and techniques of the graphic novel form. Students will read a selection of graphic novels and memoirs, including, but not limited to, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Pride of Baghdad, Maus, and American Born Chinese. Students will write a Senior Research Paper on a graphic novel or author of their choice (subject to Instructor approval).

2) African American Literature
Students who take this section of English 4 will spend the spring semester focusing on African American literature. Students will read texts that represent African Americans’ experiences in the United States, from the beginnings to the present. Students will start with poetry by the earliest African American writers, briefly focus on slave narratives, and then read fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction from Emancipation to the twenty-first century. Students will write their Senior Research Paper on a novel or play by an African American writer, pending approval by the instructor.

3) Native American Literature
This course will focus on works written by Native American authors and their experiences. We will read texts that encompass traditional stories and poems that serve as a basis for Native American culture and then expand our repertoire to more modern works by Native American authors. Authors will include Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and others. Students will write a Senior Research Paper on a Native American author or text of their choice (subject to teacher approval).

4) Shakespearean Theatre
Students will begin with the origins of comedy and tragedy from ancient Greece and Rome and an in depth background of Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era. We will focus on what creates the comedic and tragic elements in Shakespeare’s plays by discussing gender roles, social structure, love, politics, and the tension these elements bring. Students will write the Senior Research Paper on a Shakespearean play of their choice (subject to teacher approval).

5) Definitions of Womanhood in Literature
This seminar will use a selection of novels, films, graphic novels, poems, short stories and essays to look at how different authors have depicted the experience of being a woman. We will explore such questions as: What are the unique challenges faced by women in society? What are the unique strengths women possess? What are the expectations for women? What happens when women defy these expectations? Students will write a Senior Research Paper on a text or author of their choice (subject to teacher approval).

Honors British Literature/Senior English (Grade 12) Honors credit
This honors class will explore British Literature ranging from the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods through the 21st century. Students will read representative works of various genres including poetry, drama, and novels at an accelerated pace. Students will refine their writing skills and their knowledge of the writing and research process. Each student will produce a research-based paper on a novel of their choice (with teacher approval). Student writing and reading will be held to a high honors-level standard.
Prerequisite: (1) English 3 with a minimum grade of A- or with current instructor approval. (2) Completion of a 5-paragraph essay either as class coursework or as a writing sample may be requested by the English Department.

Advanced Placement Literature/English 4 (Grade 12) AP credit
This course is designed as a college-level seminar class that complies with the requirements prescribed by the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course Description. A reading-heavy syllabus, broken into five thematic units, includes novels, plays, and poems from a wide range of authors, styles, literary movements, and philosophies. Special focus will be placed on SAT vocabulary and the development of analytical reading and writing skills, especially the essay and research paper. Students can expect frequent formal and informal writing assignments.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam
Prerequisites: (1) Completion of an honors level course in English prior to registration (2) English 3 with a minimum grade of A or with current Instructor approval OR AP Language and Composition completion with a minimum grade of B.

Creative Writing (Grades 10, 11, 12 elective) ½ credit
This class introduces students to the process of and techniques of creative writing. Students experiment with various types of writing, including the writing of fiction, drama and poetry. Class readings expose students to various writing styles and enable students to discover their own voice and inspiration for creating their own material. Class time is spent discussing the writer’s craft, the assigned readings, and student writing. Students are also encouraged to enter writing contests for prizes and/or publishing their works.
Prerequisite: (1) Department/Instructor approval.

Elements of Effective Writing (Grade 11 elective) ½ credit
This course focuses on refinement and further development of specific SAT and composition-related grammar skills, the literary essay, and the foundations of argumentative writing. This course also emphasizes the form, content, and mechanics of students’ compositions, exercises, and essays. Special focus will be placed on specific writing skills and techniques designed to prepare students for the rigors of college writing.

Math Department

The State of Maryland requires four credits in mathematics for graduation from high school. Elizabeth Seton High School highly recommends four years of mathematics. All incoming freshmen are required to take a Math Placement test to determine the appropriate course of study for them.

A TI-83/84 family calculator is required for all courses. No other calculators are permitted. The fee for all math courses is $50.

PreAlgebra 1 (Grade 9) 1 credit
This course is an introduction to basic algebra concepts and a review of arithmetic algorithms. It is designed to help students overcome deficiencies in their preparation in math, emphasizing the concepts necessary to be successful in Algebra 1 and 2.
Enrollment in this course is determined by: (1) Placement Test result and (2) Math Department Chair approval.

Algebra 1 (Grade 9) 1 credit
The topics include: integer operations, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, system of equations, operations with polynomials, exponents and rational relations.
Prerequisites: (1) Placement Test result.

Algebra 2 (Grades 9, 10) 1 credit
This course extends essential algebraic processes and techniques. Concepts in graphing, linear equations, inequalities and systems, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions are studied.
Prerequisites: (1) Algebra 1 with a minimum of C- OR Placement Test.

Honors Algebra 2 (Grades 9, 10) Honors credit
The course presents an accelerated and more extensive Algebra 2 course and includes the study of sequences and series, counting methods, probability and statistics.
Prerequisites: (1) Algebra 1 with a minimum of A- OR Placement Test.

Algebra 2 Concepts and Skills (Grade 10) 1 credit
This course extends essential algebraic processes and techniques. Concepts in graphing, linear equations, inequalities and systems, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions are studied.
Prerequisites: (1) Completion of Algebra 1 (2) Mathematics Department approval.

Geometry (Grades 10, 11) 1 credit
This course presents the study of the relationships among geometric figures. Concepts such as congruence, similarity and parallelism are discussed. The emphasis throughout the course is on deductive reasoning through logical thought and proof.
Prerequisites: (1) Completion of Algebra 2 with minimum of C-.

Honors Geometry/Trigonometry (Grades 10, 11) Honors credit
This course presents an accelerated and more extensive study of the topics covered in the Geometry course as well as the study of trigonometry.
Prerequisites: (1) Algebra 2 with a minimum of A- OR Honors Algebra 2 with a minimum of B-.

Geometry Concepts (Grade 11) 1 credit
This course covers the topics described above for Geometry with decreased emphasis on formal proof.
Prerequisites: (1) Completion of Algebra 2 (2) Mathematics Department approval.

Pre-Calculus (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
This course includes in-depth study of algebraic, transcendental and trigonometric functions with an emphasis on a transformational approach to graphing. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving techniques relative to domain and range restrictions.
Prerequisites: (1) Algebra 2 and Geometry with a minimum grade of C.

Mathematics Applications (Grade 12) 1 credit
This course is a comprehensive survey of the main topics found in math that are essential to the understanding of, and the functioning in, our contemporary world. Students learn how math can be applied to their lives in a meaningful and enjoyable way and used to solve problems in their everyday lives. Quantitative reasoning, logic, number theory, algebra, geometry, statistics, and many other real-world relevant topics are covered.
Prerequisites: (1) Completion of Geometry (2) Mathematics Department approval.

Honors Pre-Calculus (Grades 11, 12) Honors credit
This course provides a rigorous preparation for the study of college-level calculus courses. Topics include coordinate geometry, polynomial, transcendental, and trigonometric functions, and inequalities, parametric equations, sequences and series. An introduction to limits is covered as time permits.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Geometry/Trigonometry with a minimum of B OR Mathematical Analysis and Trigonometry with a minimum of B OR Geometry and Trigonometric Analysis (available summer only) with a minimum of A-.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB (Grades 11, 12) AP credit
This is an Advanced Placement course and students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in May. The course covers the topics of elementary functions, limits, differential and integral calculus.
Course Fee: $92 for the exam.
Prerequisite: (1) Honors Precalculus with a minimum of B- OR Precalculus with a minimum of A-

Advanced Placement Statistics (Grades 11, 12) AP credit
This is an Advanced Placement course and students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination in May. The course acquaints students with the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.
Course Fee: $92 for the exam.
Prerequisites: (1) Pre-Calculus (previously Mathematical Analyses and Trigonometry) with a minimum of B OR Honors Precalculus with a minimum of C- (2) Honors English with B OR English with A -.

Science Department

The State of Maryland requires a student in a college preparatory program to earn three credits in lab science. Two of the credits must be a year of Biology and Chemistry (any level). The third credit can be any other lab science elective. A physics course is strongly recommended for any student interested in a career in science.

Biology (Grade 9) 1 credit
This course is a comprehensive course designed to introduce the student to the major concepts of the science of living things. Topics to be studied include the cell, the body, heredity, the diversity of life, and the study of human diseases.
Course fee: $18

Honors Biology (Grade 9) Honors credit
This course is an accelerated science course. Areas of basic biology are explored in depth and at a fast pace. Topics to be studied include the cell, the body, heredity, the diversity of life, and the study of human diseases.
Course fee: $18

Chemistry (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This course provides the student with a solid grounding in the concepts of chemistry.
Course fee: $8
Prerequisites: (1) Biology

Honors Chemistry (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
This is an accelerated course that provides students with a solid grounding in the concepts of chemistry. Proportional reasoning and problem solving are stressed. Laboratory experiments are designed to prepare students for college work in science and related fields.
Course fee: $8
Prerequisites: (1) Algebra 1 with a minimum of A- OR Honors Algebra 2 with minimum grade of B (2) Biology with a minimum grade of A OR Honors Biology with a minimum grade of B-.

Advanced Placement Chemistry (Grades 11, 12) AP credit
This is an AP course designed to provide the contents and applications of a first year college chemistry course to students with a strong interest in science or engineering and to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam.
Course fee: $92 for AP Exam and $8 lab fee.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Chemistry with a minimum of B- (2) Algebra 1 and 2 (3) Trigonometry (4) Geometry (5) Concurrent enrollment in Honors Pre-Calculus.

Physics (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
This course focuses on the study of kinematics (the way in which objects move) and dynamics (what affects movement). Students cover Newton’s Laws, energy, waves, light, sound, electricity and magnetism. It is highly advised that students have some knowledge of trigonometry.
Course fee: $8
Prerequisites: (1) Algebra 1 (2) Algebra 2.

Honors Physics (Grades 11, 12) Honors credit
This is an accelerated course in which a solid foundation in Newtonian physics (mechanics) with a substantial foundation in thermodynamics, wave theory, electricity, magnetism, and optics is offered. In addition to hands-on exercises and laboratory investigations, students are asked to work together to solve engineering problems.
Course fee: $8
Prerequisites: (1) Chemistry with a minimum grade of A- OR Honors Chemistry with a minimum grade of B (2) Geometry with a minimum grade of a B-.

Advanced Placement Physics C (Grade 12) AP credit
This is an AP course designed to provide the contents and applications of a first year college physics course to students with a strong interest in science or engineering and to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Physics C exam.
Course fee: $92 for AP Exam and $8 lab fee.
Prerequisites: (1) Pre-Calculus (2) Honors Physics with a minimum of B- OR Concurrent enrollment in LEAD 4th year course (3) Concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus.

Genetics and Forensic Science (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
The first semester of this course will explore the principles of modern genetics including: DNA structure and function, inheritance of traits, population genetics, genetic diseases. The second semester of the course will explore the application of the scientific method to criminal investigations, incorporating principles of chemistry, anatomy, genetics, physics, mathematics, and other scientific disciplines.
Course fee: $8

Honors Anatomy and Physiology (Grades 11, 12) Honors credit
This is an advanced course that provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of each of the systems of the human body.
Course fee: $8
Prerequisites: (1) Biology with a minimum of B OR Honors Biology with a minimum of B- (2) Chemistry with a minimum of B OR Honors Chemistry with a minimum of B-. Preference given to Honors Chemistry students.

Environmental Science (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
This course is designed to increase the student’s awareness of how various parts of our environment are interconnected and interdependent. Contemporary issues and problems that impact our environment along with possible solutions are considered. The role that the student can play in “making a difference” is emphasized.
Course fee: $8
Prerequisites: (1) Successful completion of two years of Science, one of which must be Biology and the other either Chemistry or Physics at any level.

Advanced Placement Environmental Science (Grades 11, 12) AP credit
The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. This course also prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Environmental Science exam.
Course fee: $92 for AP Exam and $8 lab fee.
Prerequisites: (1) Biology with a minimum of B (2) Chemistry with a minimum of B.

Advanced Placement Biology (Grades 11, 12) AP credit
This course is designed to be the introductory course usually taken by biology majors in their first year of college. It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. It also prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Biology Exam.
Course fee: $92 for AP Exam and $8 lab fee.
Prerequisites: (1) Biology with a minimum of B OR Honors Biology with minimum of B- (2) Honors Chemistry with minimum of B-.

Introduction to Health Science and Health Careers (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
This course is made available to students who are interested in pursuing studies in any field of medicine, providing an overview of the healthcare field. Students explore the history and trends of health care, health care systems, and careers in health care. Students also deepen their knowledge of the human body while learning the basics of health care. Students are exposed to computer technology in health care as well as medical math. This course is a non-lab science elective.

Pharmacy (Grade 12) 1 credit
This course incorporates both classroom and clinical pharmacy experiences and is designed to meet the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy Requirements. Students are given the opportunity to participate in pharmacy practicums in local pharmacies. Students also study the history of medicine and pharmacy, the role of the pharmacist technician, major body systems, over the counter medicines and alternative medicines, and federal and state laws related to pharmacy. Students are also introduced to the business, mathematical, and technological aspects of operating a pharmacy. This course is a non-lab science elective.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Health Sciences with a minimum of B-.

World Languages

Elizabeth Seton High School requires two consecutive years of the same world language for graduation. Students who have fulfilled the school requirement may consider taking more, based on availability. All the world language courses use multimedia aids to enrich the learning process.

Spanish 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11) 1 credit
This course introduces the student to basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar and culture. Students acquire skills through a variety of reading, writing, listening, and speaking exercises.

Honors Spanish 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11) Honors credit
This course is designed for students who have had some previous learning experience with the Spanish language. This course is taught at a faster pace and covers more grammar and vocabulary than Spanish 1.
Prerequisites: (1) Placement Test.

Spanish 2 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This course continues the program of study started in Spanish 1. Students are introduced to intermediate level grammar and increased vocabulary. Students will acquire these skills through a variety of reading, writing, listening, and speaking exercises.
Prerequisites: (1) Spanish 1 OR Placement Test.

Honors Spanish 2 (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
This course is designed for students who have excelled in Spanish 1 or Honors Spanish 1. This course is taught at a faster pace and covers more grammar and vocabulary than Spanish 2.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Spanish 1 with a minimum of B OR Spanish 1 with a minimum of A- (2) Instructor approval.

Spanish 3 (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
Students are introduced to more complex grammar and vocabulary. Short readings in the target language are part of the program.
Prerequisites: (1) Spanish 2 with a minimum of B (2) Instructor approval.
Note: Students with a grade of B- who have demonstrated unwavering commitment and promise may be considered.

Honors Spanish 3 (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
This course is designed for students who have excelled in Honors Spanish 2 or Spanish 2. This course is taught at a faster pace and covers more grammar and vocabulary than Spanish 3. Reading and discussion of cultural and short literary pieces in the target language is part of the program.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Spanish 2 with a minimum of B OR Spanish 2 with a minimum of A- (2) Instructor approval.

Honors Spanish 4 (Grades 11, 12) Honors credit
This course is an advanced study of Spanish and covers the subtleties and nuances of spanish grammar. It is the culmination of all skills acquired in the first three years. Readings about the geography and history of Spanish-speaking countries and short literary pieces in the target language are part of the program.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Spanish 3 with a minimum of B (2) Instructor approval. Note: Students who have completed Spanish 3 and have demonstrated unwavering commitment and promise may be considered.

Advanced Placement Spanish (Grades 11, 12) AP credit
The Advanced Placement Spanish class presents college-level material to students. This challenging course focuses on complex grammar, expanding vocabulary, and frequent writing of short paragraphs and longer essays. Students will read and analyze passages of Spanish and Latin American literature and contemporary writing. Conversational skills are further developed through weekly oral reports based on readings from authentic sources (i.e. Spanish newspapers and magazines) and class discussions. Students will listen to a variety of authentic sources in the target language and produce written/oral summaries. Students will prepare to take the Advanced Placement Spanish exam in the spring.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Spanish 4 with a minimum of B (2) Instructor approval.

French 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11) 1 credit
This course introduces students to basic French vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Students acquire skills through a variety of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.

French 2 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This course continues the program of study started in French 1. Students are introduced to intermediate level grammar and increased vocabulary. Students acquire skills through a variety of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.
Prerequisites: (1) French 1 OR Placement test.

Honors French 2 (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
This course is designed for students who have excelled in French 1. It is taught at a faster pace and covers more material than French 2.
Prerequisites: (1) French 1 with a minimum of A- and Instructor approval OR (2) Placement test.

Honors French 3 (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
This course introduces students to more advanced grammar & vocabulary, and incorporates more French literature, film, and music. Students continue to acquire skills through a variety of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors French 2 with a minimum B OR French 2 with a minimum of A- (2) Instructor approval.

Honors French 4 (Grades 11, 12) Honors credit
This course is an advanced study of French. It is the culmination of all skills acquired in the first three years, and follows the French/Francophone themes of the AP French Language & Culture Exam.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors French 3 with a minimum of B (2) Instructor approval.

Latin 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This course includes basic vocabulary, forms, and structure with practice in reading and writing simple Latin prose. In its introduction to Latin grammar, the course also substantially reviews English grammar. The course also introduces students to some of the most famous Roman history and literature.
Prerequisites: None.

Latin 2 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
A continuation of Latin 1, this course continues to explore the vocabulary, forms, and structure with practice in reading and writing Latin prose. Derivatives and word study, cultural material and the Roman influence on the English language and western civilization are also discussed. Like Latin 1, the course continues to look at important works of Roman history and literature.
Prerequisites: (1) Latin 1.

Honors Advanced Studies in Latin (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
A continuation of Latin 2, this course continues to explore the vocabulary, forms, and structure of the language with practice in reading classical Roman literature, such as poetry, prose, and/or plays. Cultural material is included as it relates to the texts being translated.
Prerequisites: (1) Latin 2.

Social Studies Department

At Elizabeth Seton High School, the students are required to take World History, United States History and Government/Current Issues.

World History, Honors World History, or AP World History will satisfy the World History requirement.

World History (Grade 10) 1 credit
The survey course in World History studies selected topics relating to the development of people and cultures throughout the world. Beginning with ancient roots in Africa, Asia, and Europe, the class examines concepts which shaped human life and individual societies. Students begin learning research and writing skills appropriate for the social studies discipline.

Honors World History (Grade 10) Honors credit
The honors course in World History takes a global view of historic processes and contacts between people in different societies. It is designed to offer a rigorous challenge to the student. Extensive reading, writing, and critical analysis beyond the mastery of factual knowledge are expected of students enrolled in this course.
Prerequisites: (1) B average in English, Math, and Biology (2) Instructor approval (3) Recommendation by English teacher, Social Studies teacher, and/or Guidance counselor.

Advanced Placement World History (Grades 10, 11, 12) AP credit
The course emphasizes the causes and consequences of changes occurring among various societies, emphasizing a global perspective. This class is rigorous, requiring extensive reading in a college level textbook. Students must digest topics quickly and write many essays. Students prepare throughout the year to take the Advanced Placement examination in the spring.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam
Prerequisites: (1) No semester grade lower than a 90 in freshman English, Math, and Biology (2) Instructor approval (3) Very strong recommendations from teachers and/or guidance counselors.

Either United States History, Honors United States History or Advanced Placement United States History satisfies the U. S. History requirement.

United States History (Grade 11) 1 credit
This is a survey course spanning the early colonial period to the modern era. The class highlights major events in the history of the United States and how those events have impacted the present. The goal of this course is for each student to attain an appreciation for her American heritage and an awareness of the multi-cultural contributions that have shaped our history.

Honors United States History (Grade 11) Honors credit
This survey course covers United States history in detail from the Pre-Columbian Era to the present day. The class highlights major events in the history of the United States and how those events have impacted the present. It is designed to offer a rigorous challenge to the student. Extensive reading, writing, and critical analysis beyond the mastery of factual knowledge are expected of students enrolled in this course.
Prerequisites: (1) minimum of B average in World History, Science, and English classes (2) Instructor approval (3) Recommendation by English teacher, Social Studies teacher, and/or Guidance counselor.

Advanced Placement United States History (Grade 11) AP credit
This course requires extensive reading in a college level textbook. It covers United States history in detail from colonial time to present day. The course is rigorous. Students must digest topics quickly and write many essays. The class is designed to prepare the students to take the Advanced Placement examination in the spring.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam
Prerequisites: (1) minimum of B in Honors/AP World History, Honors Science, and Honors English; minimum of A- or better in World History, Science, and English (2) Instructor approval (3) Recommendation by English teacher, Social Studies teacher, and/or Guidance counselor.

Government/Current Issues, Honors Government, or Advanced Placement Government and Politics will satisfy the Government requirement.

Government/Current Issues (Grade 12) 1 credit
The class lays a solid foundation for an understanding of the United States government. In addition to the study of government, students investigate issues of national and international importance. The two themes, government and current issues, are combined. Students are encouraged to develop a basic understanding of major domestic and international issues as well as an ability to think critically about the ways in which government impacts the world.

Honors Government (Grade 12) Honors credit
Honors Government is an accelerated social studies course. The course examines in detail the historic background to American government, weaknesses under the Articles of Confederation, events of the Constitutional Convention, and ratification of the Constitution. Critical issues confronting the various branches of government are examined, especially in relation to Constitutional dictates.
Prerequisites: (1) minimum of B average in Social History, Science, and English classes (2) Instructor approval (3) Recommendation by English teacher, Social Studies teacher, and/or Guidance counselor.

Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics (Grade 12) AP credit
The Advanced Placement Government class presents college-level material to students. The purpose of government and the methods government employs to achieve its goals are central themes. Extensive reading, writing, and research are basic requirements. In addition, current events and discussions are critical elements of the course. The class is designed to prepare the students to take the Advanced Placement examination in the spring.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam.
Prerequisites: (1) minimum of B in Honors/AP History classes, Honors Science classes and Honors English classes; minimum of A- in History, Science, and English classes (2) Instructor approval (3) Recommendation by English teacher, Social Studies teacher, and/or Guidance counselor.

Sociology (Grades 11, 12 elective) ½ credit
This course provides students with an introduction to the study of human relationships and society. During this semester course, students explore many themes and perspectives using their sociological imaginations. Some topics of focus are research methods, culture, race, family and the mass media.

Introduction to Psychology (Grade 11, 12 elective) 1 credit
Introduction to psychology aims to describe and explain how human beings think, feel, and act. Students gain insight into such mysteries as the brain, the mind, depression, joy, and memory. The study of psychology teaches students how to ask and answer important questions about human nature, while thinking critically about competing theories and ideas.

Advanced Placement Psychology (Grade 12 elective) AP credit
This course, taught at a college level, is an introduction to the scientific logic, facts, theories, and principles of psychology. Specific course topics include human motivation, learning, emotion, thought, memory, intelligence, personality, sensation, and perception. Students take the Advanced Placement exam in the spring.
Course Fee: $92 for AP Exam
Prerequisites: (1) minimum of B in Honors/AP History classes, Honors Science classes and Honors English classes; minimum of A- in History, Science, and English classes (2) Instructor approval (3) Recommendation by English teacher, Social Studies teacher, and/or Guidance counselor.

Performing Fine Arts

Dance

Introduction to Dance (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course is designed to introduce students with little to no dance experience to four key genres of dance: ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. Through daily repetition of balanced exercises in technique, students develop muscle tone, coordination, flexibility, and a mastery of many basic dance skills. Students explore a variety of rhythms and movements as well as build artistry as they perfect their dance techniques.
Course fee: $50.

Intermediate Dance (Grade 10,11,12) 1/2 credit
This course is designed to build upon students’ knowledge of three key genres of dance: ballet, tap and jazz. Through daily repetition of balanced exercises in technique, students continue to develop muscle tone, coordination, flexibility and a mastery of dance skills of increasing length and difficulty. Students explore a variety of rhythms, movements, and build artistry as they perfect their dance technique. Students are assessed according to a higher standard of attention to detail in dance technique and performance quality than at the Introduction to Dance level.
Course Fee: $50.
Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Dance or an audition with the instructor.

Jazz/Hip-hop Dance (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
In this one semester course, students are exposed to the vocabulary, styles and history of jazz and hip-hop. The course discusses the two styles and their relevance in today's society as well as helps the students develop an awareness of their bodies and minds. Through daily repetition of balanced exercises of body and mind, students development muscle tone, coordination, flexibility, and a mastery of many basic jazz and hip-hop skills.
Course fee: $50.

Ballet/Modern Dance (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
In this one semester course, students are exposed to the vocabulary, styles and history of ballet and modern. This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of ballet, the gestures, and other key components of ballet while developing an awareness of body and mind using varying techniques within the ballet and modern. The class focuses on how to move one's muscles in new and efficient ways while breaking mental habits. Through daily repetition of balanced exercises of body and mind, students develop muscle tone, coordination, flexibility, and a mastery of many basic dance skills.
Course fee: $50.

Music

All Music courses fulfill the Fine Arts requirement for graduation. Evaluation for upper-level choral groups is part of the course curriculum and takes place during the third quarter for the following academic year. All music students are eligible for partial reimbursement for private lessons as they apply to their ensemble (instrumental lessons for Bands and Orchestra, voice lessons for Choirs.)
Music Booster Fee: $100.

Chorus (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
Chorus offers students the opportunity to perform in a large vocal ensemble. Chorus performs in the Winter and Spring choral concerts. This course emphasizes good singing habits, introduction to reading music notation, and exposure to a variety of styles in choral literature. No previous choral experience is necessary, but a genuine interest in singing is essential. A second year of Chorus may be elected with instructor approval. There is no automatic promotion to upper-level choral ensembles. Students must purchase concert attire and participate in the annual Dance Marathon fundraiser.
Course Fee: $20.
Prerequisites: None.

Seton Chorale (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
Seton Chorale is Seton’s intermediate choral group, building on skills developed at the Chorus level in order to work at a more challenging level of performance. Occasional off-campus performances are scheduled. Students may elect Seton Chorale for multiple years. Students must purchase concert attire and participate in the annual Dance Marathon fundraiser.
Course Fee: $20, Additional Fee of $65 for new students.
Prerequisites: (1) Permission of director (2) One year of Chorus. Students with music background but who have not taken Chorus may be considered via audition for Seton Chorale.

Elizabeth Seton Honors Concert Choir (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
Concert Choir is the premier vocal ensemble of Elizabeth Seton High School, open by audition to experienced choral singers who demonstrate a high degree of individual ability and motivation. The highest level of commitment and performance is expected. Private voice lessons are encouraged. Off-campus performances are scheduled, and after school or evening rehearsals may be required. Students are expected to elect Concert Choir for multiple years. Students must purchase concert attire and participate in the annual Dance Marathon fundraiser. Requirements include auditioning for honor choirs at the state or county level, participation in the annual county solo and ensemble festival, an annual service project, and willingness to prioritize the work of the ensemble to the greatest extent possible as commensurate with a select performing group.
Course Fee: $20, Additional fee of $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: (1) One year of Seton Chorale or Chorus (2) Permission of the director.

Beginning Band: Brass Class (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This class is an introduction to instrumental music performance. No prior music experience is required. Students learn the techniques common to playing all brass instruments. The instruments studied in this course are trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, and tuba. Reading musical notation is taught in the course, as well as tone production, musical terms and symbols, instrument care, and good practice habits. School instruments and mouthpieces are provided.
Additional fee of $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: None.

Concert Band (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
The Concert Band is open to all students with some previous playing experience. Emphasis is on the development of fundamental skills and ensemble playing. The group performs several times during the school year. Some evening performances and rehearsals are required. Private lessons are highly encouraged. Students may elect to learn a second instrument as needed to complete ensemble instrumentation. Purchase of a concert uniform is required. Students provide their own instruments. Some school instruments are available to borrow.
Course Fee: $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: Prior playing experience.

Symphonic Band (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This select group strives for the highest standards of performance and affords the student an opportunity to perform quality band literature. Placement is through audition only and is subject to balanced instrumentation among and within sections. Performances and rehearsals outside the school day are required for this course. Purchase of a concert uniform is required. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. Students are expected to provide their own instrument. Some school instruments are available to borrow.
Course Fee: $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: (1) Audition (2) Permission of the director.

Wind Ensemble (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing ensemble at Seton. This course challenges students to perform complex band literature at an advanced level. Students are expected to work independently on ensemble parts and continue to develop individual performance skills and musicality. Several performances, adjudications, and rehearsals outside the school day are required for this course. Purchase of a concert uniform is required. Private lessons are expected. Students provide their own instrument and should consider upgrading to a better quality instrument at this time.
Course Fee: $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: (1) Audition (2) Permission of the director (3) Available openings in sections to complete balanced instrumentation.

Honors Wind Ensemble (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
Honors credit in Wind Ensemble is designed primarily for students who are planning to study Music or Music Education in college. Students participate in the Wind Ensemble class but meet additional requirements for honors credit. Requirements include, but are not limited to, private lessons on major instrument, solo performance at Solo & Ensemble Festival, participation in an extracurricular ensemble, auditioning for All State ensembles, music theory assignments, etc. Enrollment is limited. Requirements for Wind Ensemble are also required.
Course Fee: $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: (1) Minimum one-year enrollment in Wind Ensemble (2) Interview with the director (3) Permission of the director.

Orchestra (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
The Orchestra is made up of violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Curriculum emphasis is on the development of individual and ensemble skills in tuning, tone quality, technique, bowing, and performing appropriate level orchestral literature. Students must provide their own instruments. Several evening and/or after school rehearsals and performances are required. Concert uniforms must be purchased by each student. Private lessons are highly encouraged.
Course Fee: $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: (1) Previous playing experience on a string instrument.

Honors Orchestra (Grades 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
Honors credit in Orchestra is designed primarily for students who are planning to study Music or Music Education in college. Students participate in the Orchestra class but meet additional requirements for honors credit. The Orchestra is made up of violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Curriculum emphasis is on the development of individual and ensemble skills in tuning, tone quality, technique, bowing, and performing appropriate level orchestral literature. Students must provide their own instruments. Several evening and/or after school rehearsals and performances are required. Concert uniforms must be purchased by each student. Private lessons are highly encouraged.
Course Fee: $65 for new students only.
Prerequisites: (1) Previous playing experience on a string instrument.

Theatre Program

The Elizabeth Seton Theatre Program is centered on the knowledge that theatre is an art and an institution with a history, literature, and a vital role in culture. The purpose of the Theatre Program is to enhance the artistic and intellectual foundation of each student, strengthening their critical thinking and leadership skills and preparing them for a successful transition to a top university theatre program or theatre conservatory. To accomplish this, the Elizabeth Seton Theatre Program emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between scholarly study and practical training, offering a serious program including a comprehensive study of classic works paired with core studio classes in modern Acting Techniques, Character Study, Voice and Movement. The Elizabeth Seton Theatre Program offers a dynamic and inspirational learning environment where students will participate in and contribute to the creation of exciting and evocative works of theatre while expanding their artistic and intellectual pursuits.

Introduction to Theatre (Grades 9, 10, 11,12) 1 credit
Students begin their comprehensive study of theatre with an introduction to monologues and scenes along with practical training in modern Acting Techniques, Character Study, Voice, and Movement. Benefits of this wide-ranging study include increased confidence in public speaking, the ability to articulate clear thoughts and concise ideas. Students participate in a formal studio showcase each semester.
Course fee: $50

Theatre 2 (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This intermediate class is designed for students with more experience in all aspects of theatre. Improvisation, creativity, and dramatic scene work are the focus. Students participate in a formal studio showcase each semester.
Course fee: $50.
Prerequisites: (1) Introduction to Theatre.

Theatre Lab - noncredit
Extended day program on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 3-5pm) for serious theatre students wishing to participate in fully produced, exciting and evocative performances. Students continue their in depth study of theatre by participating in rehearsals and additional training culminating in two fully produced performances during the year. Students in Theatre Lab receive training in onstage as well as offstage roles including Acting, Stage Management, Dramaturgy, Assistant Directing and Stage Crew.

Public Speaking (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 elective) ½ credit
This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public and classroom setting. The art of preparation, delivery, and body language are emphasized. Students also learn to evaluate public speaking for a variety of criteria, styles, and purposes. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-developed speeches and participate in group discussion with confidence and creativity. Students should also be able to demonstrate the speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills necessary to be effective communicators in a variety of settings.

Visual Fine Arts

Students seeking their fine arts credit may select any combination of the level one half-credit course offerings. Once they have mastered two beginner level courses, if a student is interested in taking art beyond the basic requirements, she may continue on to a one-year Studio Art course. This class may be taken at various levels for up to two years. A student may also enroll in Honors Portfolio Development/Advanced Studio after taking Studio Art, upon approval of the teacher. Students may also take Honors Portfolio Development/Advanced Studio for two years, if applicable. Upperclassmen may also choose an Independent Honors Advanced Studio 2 class, which requires prior approval and the production of an artwork for Seton.

Drawing 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This is a beginning course in drawing. Students are not expected to have any prior experience or skills. This course focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of drawing from observation (what you see) while learning guidelines to create more realistic images. The course focuses on line drawing composition and value, with the use of in-class and sketchbook assignments. Students will have the opportunity to learn about art analysis and artistic movements in history.
Course Fee: $60

Painting 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This is a beginning course in painting, focusing on the use of acrylic on various surfaces. Students need not have any prior experience. The course teaches the basics of painting - from how to hold a paintbrush properly to the study of basic color theory. In-class projects are supplemented with sketchbook exercises designed to support the students’ learning of basic concepts such as the elements and principles of art and two dimensional compositional skills. Students will have the opportunity to learn about art analysis and artistic movements in history.
Course Fee: $75

Sculpture and Ceramics 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This is an introductory course in sculpture for students who have an interest in creating three dimensional works of art in clay and a variety of other materials. Students will create pieces while learning both the elements and principles of art and how they apply to sculpture. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about art analysis and artistic movements in history.
Course Fee: $80

Graphic Design (Grades 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course aims to give an introduction in using the computer as a graphic design tool. Students will learn basic techniques in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, including selection tools in Photoshop and layout tools for print publications in InDesign. The course begins with an understanding of design elements and principles, then progresses through the Adobe interface, while applying the design process to unit projects. Lessons in typography, photography and color theory will be integrated into the course as well.
This course includes a Production Fee of $15.
Note: Students can earn Visual Arts credit, rather than Technology, for this course.

Art Assistant (Grades 11, 12) ½ credit
The assistantship program seeks to develop Art Assistants who are a valuable part of our art program. Assistant learn more about their area of interest by teaching their peers and assisting teachers in assigned duties such as instruction, organization and classroom maintenance. The assistantship program seeks to develop leadership and solidify previous learning, while supporting younger students in the department. It is highly recommended that a student assistant apply to assist in a course that they have previously taken.
Prerequisites: (1) Instructor approval.

Studio Art (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
This course will serve as the second level class following the completion of two of the three beginning art courses. Projects are designed to build upon the skills learned in those previous classes, while offering an opportunity to use a wider range of materials. Strong emphasis is placed on covering the areas of drawing, painting and sculpture, along with developing visual problem-solving skills and developing individual creativity. This class requires personal discipline and extra effort is required to produce good art work.
Course Fee: $100
Prerequisites: (1) Two half-credit beginner art courses, with a minimum of B OR Instructor approval.

Honors Portfolio Development/Advanced Studio (Grade 12) Honors credit
The first half of this course enables the student to make preparations for her portfolio. These pieces can be used to submit to colleges on portfolio days (early December), or used for an admission requirements for universities. In the second semester, students will concentrate on enhancing their own individual artistic styles and adding breadth to their body of work. There will be assigned projects and independent exploration of advanced techniques of artistic expression that can be tailored to each student’s needs. This course is very rigorously paced and requires the ability to work independently with high levels of performance, discipline and initiative.
Course Fee: $100.
Prerequisites: (1) Two half-credit beginner art courses, the mid-level Studio Art class with a minimum of a B average for all courses OR Instructor approval.

Independent Honors Advanced Studio 2 (Grade 12) Honors credit
This course requires a student to design and produce a mural or another type of permanent art piece for Seton. A student must have progressed through all of the advanced art courses offered by the Art Department and have a solid grasp of advanced drawing and painting skills.
Course Fee: $100
Prerequisites: (2) Instructor approval.

Physical Education

Elizabeth Seton requires students to complete a minimum of 1 Physical Education credit. All students take Physical Education 1 (½ credit) and a second course (½ credit) to meet the school’s requirement.
Note: The Health course is a separate state requirement.

Sports and Fitness (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course teaches students the basic skills that are needed in a variety of team and individual sports. Some of the activities are archery, badminton, flag football, kickball and volleyball. The course is also designed to teach the importance of physical fitness and to improve each student’s fitness level. Fitness assessments will be conducted during every cycle throughout the semester.

Competitive Exercise (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course will focus on different ways achieve and maintain physical fitness through competitive game playing. No specific sport will be played during class, but elements from sports will be incorporated into fun games and activities. Class will be broken up into two parts: part one focuses on fitness and part two focuses on playing games. Just when you think you have it figured out, it changes completely to unleash your competitive fire. Fitness assessments will be conducted during every cycle throughout the semester.

Health (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course is designed to teach students about various health topics. Some of the topics discussed are self-esteem, nutrition, reproduction, STDs, alcohol and drug abuse, hygiene, and exercise. Students participate in classroom discussions, projects, and activities. This course is a separate state requirement.

Lifetime Fitness (Grades 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course focuses on preparing students for an active and healthy adult life. We will focus on all components of physical fitness. Activities include cardio workouts, resistance training, weight training, circuit training, stretching and exercise videos.

Flag Football (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
In this class students learn all about flag football from throwing and catching to designing plays. The students learn offensive and defensive strategies of America’s favorite sport. Students strengthen their cardio-respiratory fitness level while they enjoy the competition and teamwork inherent in this sport.

Karate/Self-Defense 1 (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
The Physical Education Department offers a course in self-defense/Tae Kwon Do. Self- defense teaches discipline, coordination, and self-respect as well as respect for others. This course offers excellent conditioning while it teaches self-defense.
Course fee: $25

Karate/Self-Defense 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Grades 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
This course is designed to teach students advanced techniques in the basic forms of self-defense. This class is also designed to have students advance in belt rankings. The ultimate goal is to achieve a black belt. Sparring is introduced at this level.
Course fee: $25

P.E. Assistant (Grades 11, 12) ½ credit
Students must have completed one credit of Physical Education. Students’ duties include peer teaching, classroom management, and general teacher-assigned activities. P.E. Assistants are expected to change for class.
Prerequisites: (1) Physical Education Department Chair approval (2) Completion of the Physical Education credit.

Technology

Eliizabeth Seton High School requires students to complete a minimum of 1 Technology credit. All courses in the Technology department prepare students for both college courses and careers.

21st Century Technology (Grade 9) 1 credit
This course prepares freshmen for the use of technology at Seton and for the 21st century. This course is designed to meet Maryland State Technology Literacy Standards for Students. In this project-based course, students learn how to utilize numerous applications and software programs to enhance their organization, research, and presentation skills. The specific technology skills students study are woven into projects that will encompass topics important to 21st century learning, such as digital citizenship, developing critical thinking skills, and the use of technology in the world. Students use technology to showcase creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration. Students also learn about information and media literacy, in relation to technology.

Advanced Microsoft Office 1 (Grades 10,11, 12) ½ credit
This semester course aims to provide extensive instruction and practice in software skills within Microsoft Office 2016 for the Mac interface. The course works with advanced formatting, tables, formulas, masters, and more in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This course focuses on daily practice exercises that lead up to projects. Upon completing this course and its companion course Advanced Microsoft Office 2, students are prepared to take tests to become Microsoft certified in Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint.

Advanced Microsoft Office 2 (Grades 10,11, 12) ½ credit
This semester course is the companion course to Advanced Microsoft Office 1. Students continue to work on advanced topics in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Upon completion of this course, students are prepared to take tests to become Microsoft certified in Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint.
Prerequisites: (1) Advance Microsoft Office 1.

Business Communications (Grades 10,11, 12) ½ credit
This course instructs students on how to communicate appropriately and professionally utilizing current technology. Topics to be addressed include the communications process; overcoming barriers to effective communication; memo, email, formal letter and resume writing; social media etiquette, and effective presentations. Students apply their knowledge by developing business solutions for both chapter projects and final boardroom-style presentations. Skills learned in this course prepare students for college and professional workplace settings.

Digital Photography (Grades 10,11, 12) ½ credit
This course provides a foundation in photography history, elements and mechanics. The course begins with lessons in photography history and elements, such as: lighting, composition, point of entry, rule of thirds, and perspective. Students are taught what makes a professional-looking photo and how to manipulate Digital SLR cameras to get that shot. Additionally, importing photos, editing in Photoshop, and understanding resolution are marketable skills learned in this course. Written analysis of effective photos and technique as well as a final portfolio are required in this course. Students in this course contribute their skills by shooting photos for school publications. Students borrow Seton-owned cameras and lenses and must sign a damage and loss policy detailing costs associated with repair or replacement.
Course Fee: $25

Financial Management (Grades 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
In today’s economic climate, it is imperative that students understand financial responsibility. This course introduces spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets as a tool for managing both consumer and personal finances. Topics to be addressed include career planning, budgeting, understanding taxes, online banking, compounding interest through credit and loan payments (student, car, home), and investing in stocks.

Graphic Design (Grades 10,11, 12) ½ credit
This course aims to give students an introduction to using the computer as a graphic design tool. Students learn basic techniques in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, including selection tools in Photoshop and layout tools for print publications in InDesign. The course begins with an understanding of design elements and principles, then progresses through the Adobe interface, while applying the design process to unit projects. Lessons in typography, photography and color theory are integrated into the course as well.
Course Fee: $15.
Note: Students can earn Visual Arts credit, rather than Technology, for this course.

Programming 1 (Grades 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
Coding is becoming a priority for 21st Century students. Using different programs and apps, students learn fundamental programming concepts by creating animated movies and simple video games. Students not only use drag and drop graphic tiles to work with object-oriented programming statements, but also begin to code with languages such as Java or C++.

Web Design & Development (Grades 10, 11, 12) ½ credit
Basic web design skills are a must in today’s evolving job market. This course introduces students to the basics of website design using HTML and CSS. Students learn how to add and format text, images, hyperlinks, and tables. They modify sites using Edublogs software, which runs with WordPress or learn the basics of Dreamweaver.

Technology Lab Assistant (Grades 11, 12) ½ or 1 credit
Students in this course assist the students and instructor in the computer lab. Students assistants need to have a working knowledge of the equipment and software used in the computer lab.
Prerequisites: (1) Completion of the course to which a student plans to assist OR Instructor approval.

Journalism

Students enrolled in journalism courses can earn either Technology or Art credit. All four journalism courses involve students working as staff to bring news to the community in different mediums. Students who remain on a staff for three years earn Honors credit in their senior year. All courses listed provide valuable skills for students in preparation for both college courses and careers.

Broadcast Journalism 1 (Grades 10, 11, 12 elective) 1 credit
This course introduces students to television production and journalism. Through the production of a weekly announcement show, The Roadrunner Report, students learn how to operate professional Broadcast TV Studio cameras, video switchers, audio mixers, and lighting equipment. They are also taught video editing techniques using the computer editing program Final Cut Pro. Learning how to direct, write scripts, conduct interviews and present on camera are also part of this course.

Students enrolled in this course discover a world of emerging technologies, as well as time-tested storytelling and scriptwriting assignments. The ability to create video-based projects allows students to enter the world of visual media, which is so prevalent in society today. This creativity can spark an interest in video journalism, comedy, public service, school initiatives, community activities, and much more. Students create a video portfolio containing projects produced throughout the year.
Course Fee: $15
Prerequisites: (1) English with minimum of B-. (2) Instructor approval. (3) Students must be able to commit hours outside of class time (both before and after school) in order to enroll in this course.

Photo Journalism 1 (Grades 10, 11, 12 elective) 1 credit
Students in this course are responsible for publishing the school yearbook, Caritas. Instruction and practice are given in the following areas: photography, interviewing and reporting, layout and design, copy and caption writing, headline writing and editing. Students are required to meet all deadlines. Students must have an excellent command of grammar, a love of writing, and an interest in journalism. They work with Photo Journalism 2 and 3 students in the production of the yearbook.
Prerequisites: (1) English with minimum of B-. (2) Instructor approval. (3) Students must be able to stay after school occasionally for layout sessions.

Photo Journalism 2 (Grades 11, 12 elective) 1 credit
Prerequisites: (1) Photo Journalism 1.

Honors Photo Journalism 3 (Grade 12 elective) Honors credit
Prerequisites: (1) Photo Journalism 2.

Print Journalism 1 (Grades 10, 11, 12 elective) 1 credit
This course focuses on news writing skills including interviewing, reporting, photography, and layout and design using Adobe CS6. Students also sell advertisements, practice word processing skills, learn to write news, features, sports, and opinions as they prepare their stories for publication in the school magazine, The Roadrunner. They work with Print Journalism 2 and 3 editors in the production of the quarterly news magazine.
Prerequisites: (1) English with minimum of B-. (2) Instructor approval. (3) Students must be able to stay after school occasionally for layout sessions.

Print Journalism (1 Semester) (Grades 10, 11, 12 elective) ½ credit
Prerequisites: (1) English with minimum of B-. (2) Instructor approval. (3) Students must be able to stay after school occasionally for layout sessions.

Print Journalism 2 (Grades 11, 12 elective) 1 credit
Prerequisites: (1) Photo Journalism 1.

Honors Print Journalism 3 (Grade 12 elective) Honors credit
Prerequisites: (1) Photo Journalism 2.

Learning Engineering and Design (LEAD)

The LEAD program is designed to prepare our young women for careers in engineering and related fields of study. Students apply knowledge and skills learned to solve real world problems. They gain experience with tools, building materials, robotics, and electronics to design, create, and test models and inventions. All LEAD courses do not have required textbooks, but there is a lab fee which covers instructional and building materials.

LEAD Honors Foundations of Engineering/LEAD (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
This is the first course in the Engineering byDesign™ curriculum sequence. The course prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone for the LEAD program. Group and individual activities engage students in creating ideas, developing innovations, and engineering practical solutions. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities require student applications of science, mathematics, and other school subjects in authentic situations.
Course Fee: $65.
Prerequisites: (1) Placement Test (2) Math/Science course grades (3) Committee approval.

LEAD Foundations of Engineering (Grades 9, 10, 11,12) 1 credit
Students study technology and its influence on people throughout history. They learn about design and actively engage in using the engineering design process. Numerous group projects allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the process. Students learn about the core technologies and their uses in design and technology.
Course Fee: $65.

LEAD Honors Robotics Engineering (Grade 10, 11, 12) Honors credit
Students build a solid foundation in robotics by: building and programming their own robot, gaining and demonstrating knowledge about physics, technology, engineering and math while using the robot, and completing a capstone project that challenges the student to solve a real-life problem. Students use VEX robots and accessories and participate in local robotics competitions. Course Fee: $65.
Prerequisites: (1) Foundations of Engineering (2) Instructor approval.

LEAD Honors Advanced Design Applications (Grade 11, 12)
Honors credit Students use the design process to think, plan, design, and create solutions to engineering and technological problems in units such as transportation, manufacturing, construction, energy and power, and information/communication.
Course Fee: $65.
Prerequisites: (1) Foundations of Engineering (2) Honors Robotics Engineering (3) Instructor approval.

LEAD Honors Senior Engineering Capstone (Grade 12) 1 credit
Students work on EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) projects with local community partners as their capstone experience. In EPICS, students work in teams to apply the design process in projects for local not-for-profit partners. Students design and implement solutions to problems to meet the needs of this partner, enabling them to better serve residents in the local community. Throughout the year, the students also review mathematical concepts used in engineering and learn basic MATLAB programming.
Course Fee: $65.
Prerequisites: (1) Honors Advanced Design Applications.

Agnes M. Brown Law Academy

Brown’s Basics: Legal Training for the 1st year Law Academy Student (Grades 9, 10, 11) 1 credit
This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of law. Topics to be covered include the U.S. court systems, essential legal vocabulary, types of legal cases, and the role of women in shaping the law.
Prerequisites: Incoming 9th grade students are required to file an application for the Law Academy and take an entrance examination before enrolling in the class. Current ESHS students are admitted to the class based upon space availability, their academic record, and Instructor approval.

Rhetoric, Debate, and Mock Trial Performance (Grades 10, 11, 12) 1 credit
This course asks students to participate in mock trials and the Maryland State Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition. The Bar Association prepares a mock trial which is used as the basis for a state-wide competition among teams of high school students. This class helps students prepare for this competition. Rhetoric and debating skills are also taught as a way for students to prepare for the mock trial. Students learn courtroom skills such as preparing an opening statement, directly examining witnesses, cross examining witnesses, delivering a closing argument, and applying the rules of evidence.
NOTE: This class requires attendance at all scrimmages and competitions, which are scheduled after school.

Rhetoric, Debate, and Mock Trial Performance 2 (Grades 11, 12) 1 credit
Students who have completed one year of Rhetoric, Debate, and Mock Trial are eligible to take this class. During their second year, students take the lead in teaching and modeling the skills necessary to be a success. These students act as team captains during the Mock Trial Competition, overseeing the logistics for each match and scrimmage. They formulate team strategy and tactics.
Prerequisite: Rhetoric, Debate, and Mock Trial Performance. NOTE: This class requires attendance at all scrimmages and competitions which are scheduled after school.

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