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CURRICULUM

Full 2018-2019 Course Guide

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Total Credits Required (Minimum): 26

4 years required:
Religion I, II, III, IV

4 years required:
English I, II, III, IV

3 years required, 4 years strongly encouraged:
Must complete Geometry, Algebra II or beyond

3 years required, 4 years strongly encouraged:
Biology required in Grade 9, Chemistry in Grade 10

3 years required, 4 years strongly encouraged:
World Cultures required in Grade 9, U.S. History in Grade 10

2 semesters required,
0.5 credit recommended in Grade 9/10

2 years required, more encouraged:
French, Spanish or ELL

Art, Music or Theatre
0.5 credit recommended in Grade 9/10

0.5 credit in computer courses
All Freshmen will achieve 0.5 credits in Integrated Technology

Total: 
23 credits of required courses
3 credits of elective courses

Typical Schedule Each Year

Freshmen year – 6.5 credits required

Required Courses (5.5 credits):

  • Religion I – 1 credit
  • English I – 1 credit
  • Mathematics – 1 credit
  • Biology – 1 credit
  • World Cultures – 1 credit
  • Integrated Tech. – 0.5 credit

Elected Courses (1.0 credits):

  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Education
  • World Languages

Sophomore year – 6.5 credits required

Required Courses (5.5 credits):

  • Religion II – 1 credit
  • English II – 1 credit
  • Mathematics – 1 credit
  • Chemistry – 1 credit
  • U.S. History – 1 credit
  • Service –  0.5 credit

Elected Courses (1.0 credits):

  • World Languages
  •  Physical Education
  • Computer Tech.
  • Fine Arts

Junior year – 6.5 credits required

Required Courses (3.5 credits):

  • Religion III – 1 credit
  • English III – 1 credit
  • Mathematics  – 1 credit
  • Service  – 0.5 credit

Elected Courses (3.0 credits):

  •  World Languages
  • Science
  • Computer Tech.
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts

Senior year – 6.5 credits required

Required Courses (2.5 credits):

  • Religion IV – 1 credit
  • English IV – 1 credit
  • Service – 0.5 credit

Elected Courses (4.0 credits):

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • World Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Computer Tech.
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Education

AP & Advanced Classes

ADVANCED CURRICULUM COURSES

Courses that end with the suffix [-A] are Advanced Curriculum offerings.  These courses may include extended research and projects, additional course content/rigor, and enhanced assessment tools/expectations.

Courses that end with the suffix CE are Concurrent Enrollment classes. Dominican partners with Cardinal Stritch University in the concurrent enrollment program (CEP). The CEP partnership allows for Dominican students to take college-level courses during the regular high school class schedule.

Current Advanced Curriculum courses at Dominican High School include:

English

  • English II-A

Mathematics

  • Algebra I-A
  • Geometry-A
  • Algebra II-A with Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus-A

Religion

  • Philosophy for Theology CE

Science

  • Chemistry-A
  • Physics-A

World Language

  • French IV-A
  • French V-A
  • Spanish IV-A
  • Spanish V CE

Fine Arts

  • Music Theory-A

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

Dominican’s Advanced Placement curriculum is certified by the College Board.  AP courses follow course guidelines to prepare students to take the AP subject tests in May.  Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take AP subject tests.  Colleges may grant full academic credit for students that successfully complete AP courses and score high enough on AP exams.  The administration reserves the right to restrict AP enrollment based on a student’s prior academic performance and their course load.

Current Advanced Placement courses at Dominican High School include:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Programming
  • AP European History
  • AP Language & Composition
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • AP Psychology
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP Statistics

Other courses that prepare students to take the AP exam:

  • French IV-A and V-A
  • Spanish IV-A and V-CE

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