Course Descriptions

As members of a Catholic educational community, The Seton Keough High School provides opportunities for students to develop as total persons.

Students are encouraged to perceive the world from a Christian viewpoint, to use the teachings of Christ as a guide for their lives and to bring this teaching to the world.

The Course Description Catalog for the 2016-17 School Year is available here:
» 2016-17 Course Catalog

Service Learning

Students are required to have completed 45 hours of Service Learning by the end of their Junior year.

Guidance

Required Courses:

Freshman Seminar—Grade 9
Language Arts Skills—Grade 9
Sophomore Seminar—Grade 10
Junior Seminar—Grade 11
Senior Seminar—Grade 12

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

An Advanced Placement program is offered at The Seton Keough High School. It is important for students and parents to understand the nature of these courses prior to registration. AP courses are highly demanding of the gifted student’s abilities, time, and efforts. Students who register for these courses should have a superior academic background in the respective subject, unusual motivation, and excellent work-study habits. Past academic performance, standardized test scores, and recommendations from previous teachers will be used as qualifying data. It is important to know that evaluation of student performance will be based on an expected superior level of achievement. AP Courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Studio Art. Students enrolled in AP courses MUST TAKE the AP exam in May.

Honors Program (Honors)

An Honors program is offered at The Seton Keough High School. It is important for students and parents to understand the nature of these courses prior to registration. Honors courses are designed for the student with superior ability. These courses are highly demanding of the student’s abilities, time, and efforts. Students who register for these courses should have a strong academic background in the respective subjects, unusual motivation, excellent work-study habits, and the willingness to accept a more rigorous work regimen. Past academic performance, standardized test scores, and recommendations from previous teachers will be used as qualifying data. It is important to know that evaluation of student performance will be based on an expected high level of achievement. Honors courses are offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Computer Technology, and Music.

College Preparatory Program

College Preparatory Program

The college preparatory courses are designed to prepare students for admission into four-year colleges or universities. Colleges differ in their admissions requirements. There are, however, certain courses that most four-year colleges expect their applicants to have completed. The following courses would meet the requirements of most colleges – as well as meeting the graduation requirements of The Seton Keough High School:

  • English: 4 credits
  • Religion: 4 credits
  • Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (4 credits are recommended for Class of 2015; 4 credits are required for Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018)
  • Science: Biology and 2 other sciences, one of which must be a physical science (4 credits are recommended for Class of 2015; 4 credits are required for Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018)
  • Social Studies: World History, U.S. History, Government/Economics
  • Foreign Language: minimum of 2 credits (3 or 4 credits recommended)

College-bound students are encouraged to choose a high level of academic coursework throughout their four years of high school. It is important to remain aware of the fact that you must maintain certain grades in your present courses in order to be approved for some courses next year. (For example, students must earn at least a B in Spanish I and have departmental approval to qualify for Honors Spanish II.)

Sample freshman college-prep schedule:

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Marillac Program

The Marillac program is for young women who welcome the challenge of a college-prep program but have a learning difference that compromises their ability to access curriculum in a conventional way. These women benefit from the comprehensive program of study at The Seton Keough High School, along with the support services available to them in the areas of work/study, reading, writing, and math skills.
             
Study skills classes are designed to provide students with assistance in organization, study skills, and specific academic skills, as determined by their Academic Plan. Advocacy skills, study strategies, regular contact with classroom teachers, and learning to self monitor are all skills geared toward preparing students for success at the college level. Teaching young women how to use their strengths and develop strategies to work around their challenges are the goals of the Marillac program.

Focus on the Arts

Focus on the Arts provides students with the opportunity to focus on a specific art area – Visual Arts, Music (instrumental and vocal), Theatre, Dance – or to combine Music, Theatre, and Dance.  Students focusing on the arts will take two classes in their major area. For example, music majors might take concert band and piano in their freshman year, or visual arts students might take Art Appreciation and Photography in their sophomore year. In the Music, Theatre, and Dance majors, all seniors will have the opportunity to do independent study in conducting, directing, and stage management and then actually conduct, direct, or manage student productions at Seton Keough. All fine arts classes are open to all students, not only those enrolled in the Focus on the Arts program.

STEM: Biomedical Science and Engineering/Computer Science Programs

In the Fall of 2009, The Seton Keough High School began offering an exciting new STEM curriculum partnering with St. Agnes Hospital, the Knott Foundation, the France-Merrick Foundation, and local engineering firms.

In addition to offering a full compliment of science courses, Seton Keough offers two STEM programs: an engineering/computer science program and the PLTW® Biomedical Science program. Both begin in freshman year with an introductory course and culminate in senior year with a final research project. All classes are taught in Seton Keough’s state-of-the-art engineering and biomedical labs.

Seton Keough is working with Project Lead the Way, a non-profit organization that promotes the study of science and technology in middle and high schools. Project Lead the Way provides specific curriculum components and professional development for teachers.

The engineering/computer science program:
  • Engineering Courses: Fundamentals of Engineering and Engineering Development
  • Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Applications, Introduction to Computer Programming, Introduction to Networking, Web Design (VHS*), and Video Game Development (VHS*)
* Classes offered through Virtual High School

The PLTW® Biomedical Science program:
  • 9th Grade: Principles of Biomedical Sciences
  • 10th Grade: Human Body Systems
  • 11th Grade: Medical Interventions
  • 12th Grade: Biomedical Science Capstone Course

Virtual High School

Virtual High School (VHS) offers our Junior and Senior students the opportunity to take challenging, engaging, enrichment, on-line, teacher facilitated courses. These courses are interactive and student centered. All VHS courses are monitored regularly and adhere to NCEA course guidelines for high quality on-line courses. Descriptions for courses offered through VHS are located at the end of the catalog. Please note: Any student who enrolls in a VHS course will be required to pay a $200 deposit that will be refunded upon successful completion of the VHS course.

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Students are encouraged to perceive the world from a Christian viewpoint, to use the teachings of Christ as a guide for their lives and to bring this teaching to the world.