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Course Bulletin

This bulletin is designed to aid a student in selecting courses for the next school year. It is published at the time of pre-registration to assist students in the selection of courses required of them for graduation. The courses are listed by department. For a pdf copy of the document, go to Course Bulletin 2014-2015.

The information published here is subject to change. A minimum enrollment of at least 15 to 20 students is usually required before a course can be considered a permanent part of the curriculum for the next school year. Students are reminded of the complex nature of a master schedule, and the difficulties associated with the changing of courses after the master schedule has been constructed. Therefore, a considerable amount of reflection and study should precede the selection of classes at the time of pre-registration. Unless there is an irresolvable conflict in the choice of courses, which should only occur in a very small percentage of situations, the classes chosen by the student at the time of pre-registration will become the official schedule for the upcoming year. (Requests for schedule changes made after pre-registration must be based on extraordinary circumstances, must be made on the official school form, and a fee of $30.00 must be attached.

The following courses require an application: Broadcast Journalism and Journalism (English), Honors Arabic I (Modern & Classical Languages), Advance Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Honors Anatomy & Physiology (Science), Advanced Placement European History, Advanced Placement United States History, and Honors Global Studies (Social Studies). For more information, deadlines and applications, go to 2014-2015 Course Applications.


Courses

English

Literature & Composition
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 212, 218G
Grades: 9

This course includes a study of grammar, vocabulary, literature, and composition. A survey of literary genres is emphasized.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Literature & Composition
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 210
Grades: 9

For this course the admissions committee will select a small group of 9th grade students whose academic records and entrance examination scores indicate a high level of achievement. This course includes a study of grammar, vocabulary, literature and composition.  A survey of literary genres is emphasized.

Prerequisite: None
Rhetoric
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 227
Grades: 10

Students will read literature, both fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on critical thinking and rhetorical theory, while developing fundamentals of academic writing, MLA style research, text-based discussion, copyediting, and vocabulary.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Rhetoric
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 220
Grades: 10

For advanced students, this course explores literature, both fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on critical thinking and rhetorical theory.  Students also develop fundamentals of academic writing, MLA style research, text-based discussion, copyediting, and vocabulary.

Prerequisite: Signed approval of current teacher; minimum grade of "B" in Honors Lit & Comp, or "A" in Lit & Comp.
American Literature
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 235
Grades: 11

This course combines a chronological and thematic approach to American Literature from the 1700s to the present. Students will analyze texts through close reading and discussion, while strengthening writing skills, research skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Prerequisite: None
A.P. English Language and Composition
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 235
Grades: 11

This course combines a thematic survey of American literature from the 1700s to the present, with an intensive study of rhetoric and writing preparation for the Advanced Placement exam in English Literature and Composition.  Students will analyze texts through close reading and discussion, while strengthening research skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Prerequisite: Signed approval of current teacher; minimum grade of "B" in Honors Rhetoric or "A" in Rhetoric.
British Literature
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 243
Grades: 12

This survey course features an intensive study of classic and influential British literature from a variety of time periods, while preparing students for college-level writing.  Successful completion of the senior thesis paper that meets the minimum qualifications for an acceptable entry-level college essay is a graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: None
A.P. English Literature and Composition
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 241
Grades: 12

Designed for advanced students, this intensive course engages participants in sophisticated literary analysis and composition, in preparation for the Advanced Placement exam in English Literature and Composition.  Successful completion of the senior thesis paper that meets the minimum qualifications for an acceptable entry-level college essay is a graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: Signed approval of current teacher; minimum grade of "B" in A.P. English Language and Composition, or "A" in American Literature.
Creative Writing
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 278
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Students will exercise and enhance their creativity through low-pressure writing opportunities, peer editing, and weekly sharing sessions, as they pre-write, draft, and revise poetry, short stories and other creative works.  Whether they are already bursting with creativity or seeking help with writing, this class will increase students' ability to use a variety of writing skills in artistic ways.
Note:  Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing will meet concurrently.  

Prerequisite: None
Advanced Creative Writing
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 279
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This class encourages students to continue developing skills gained in the Creative Writing course.  Students will experiment in new styles and genres, work independently to set individual goals, and collaborate with other writers through workshops and other activities.
Note: Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing will meet concurrently.  

Prerequisite: Creative Writing and teacher approval.
Fiction into Film
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 276
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

What do The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter have in common?  They were all books before they were movies.  This course will examine the translation of literature into popular film.  We will play the roles of both literary and film critic, as we consider the questions and challenges that confront writers and directors who seek to tell similar stories in very different forms.  Students will emerge with better tools for analyzing film and narrative fiction.

Prerequisite: None
Broadcast Journalism
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 282
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

Students in this course produce the weekly WMAC video production.  Working on a team that effectively collaborates from the pre-production script through the production, every student will play an integral part in executing a show that is broadcast to the Bishop McNamara community.  This course will occur during the school day, but time commitments for the class will extend beyond the classroom, i.e. to conduct interviews and cover events.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the course application.
Journalism 1
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 281
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Students in this course produce the school newspaper and are considered the official staff of The Stampede.  Working as reporters, editors, photographers or designers, students learn interviewing techniques, copyediting, photojournalism, page layout and the basics of news, sports and feature writing.  All students will have the opportunity to write articles and editorials about a variety of subjects, for publication online or in print.
Note: Journalism 1 - 4 meet concurrently.  

Prerequisite: Application and signed teacher approval.
Honors Journalism 2
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 286
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

These experienced students oversee production of the newspaper and pursue advanced skills in interviewing, photography, editing, writing and page design. As leaders of the newspaper staff, these students also gain specialized knowledge in approaches to newsroom management, Associated Press style, design software and modern trends in the news industry.  
Note: Journalism 1 - 4 meet concurrently.  

Prerequisite: Journalism 1 and signed teacher approval.
Honors Journalism 3
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 289
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This advanced course is for experienced students who wish to continue working on the newspaper while refining their journalistic skills and leading the newspaper staff.  A special focus will include in-depth reporting and multimedia story-telling.
Note:  Journalism 1 - 4 will meet concurrently.  

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Journalism 2 and signed teacher approval.
Honors Journalism 4
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 290
Grades: 12

This advanced course is for experienced students who wish to continue working on the newspaper while refining their journalistic skills and leading the newspaper staff.
Note:  Journalism 1 - 4 meet concurrently.
 

Prerequisite: Journalism 3 and signed teacher approval.
Yearbook Journalism
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 288
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Students in this course are responsible for producing the school yearbook.  Students learn skills necessary to write stories, headlines, and captions, shoot and coordinate photographs, and use graphics to organize and design layouts.  Students will recognize the purpose of a yearbook and consider how school philosophy impacts editorial and design choices.

Prerequisite: none

Fine Arts

Beginner Ballet
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9832
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This first level course provides an introduction to the method of ballet training established by Enrico Cecchetti. Students will be learning the basic principles and terminology of dance using barre and center work for alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least the spring performances. Students are expected to provide their own dance class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: None
Beginner/Intermediate Ballet
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9833
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This second level course provides continued instruction to the method of ballet training established by Enrico Cecchetti with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and learning more complex vocabulary.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least two performances. Students are expected to provide their own dance class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement audition
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9834
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This third level course provides continued instruction to the method of ballet training established by Enrico Cecchetti with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and learning more complex vocabulary. This course includes the students’ participation in at least two performances. Students are expected to provide their own dance class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement audition. Honors credit is available with teacher approval.
Advanced Ballet
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9835
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This fourth level course provides continued instruction to the method of ballet training established by Enrico Cecchetti with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and learning more complex vocabulary.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least two performances. Students are expected to provide their own dance class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement audition. Honors credit is available with teacher approval.
Beginner Jazz
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9837
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This first level course is an introduction of the jazz style in dance. Students will be learning the basic principles and terminology of dance and doing center work for alignment, flexibility and coordination. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: None
Beginner/Intermediate Jazz
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9838
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This second level course offers continued training with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness and working on more complex technique, rhythm and performance. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Intermediate/Advanced Jazz
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9839
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This third level course offers continued training with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher. Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.  Honors credit is available with teacher approval.
 

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Advanced Jazz
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9840
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This fourth level course offers continued training with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from the bookstore.  Honors credit is available with teacher approval.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Beginner Lyrical
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9853
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This first level course offers an introduction to the lyrical style of dance. Lyrical is a mixture of jazz, ballet, and modern technique, emphasizing alignment, flexibility, and coordination. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: None
Beginner/Intermediate Lyrical
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9854
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This second level course offers continued training with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement auditions.
Intermediate/Advanced Lyrical
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9855
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This third level course offers continued training with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness and learning more complex technique, rhythm, and performance. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.  Honor credit is available with teacher approval. Honors credit is available with teacher approval.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Advanced Lyrical
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9856
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This fourth level course offers continued training with an emphasis on increasing technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness and learning more complex technique, rhythm, and performance. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher.  Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.  Honor credit is available with teacher approval.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Beginner Tap
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9801
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This first level course is an elementary exploration into the rhythms and steps basic to the art form of tap dancing.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least the spring performances. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and dance wear, per the direction of the teacher. Male students can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: None
Beginner/Intermediate Tap
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9802
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This second level course is a continued study of tap dancing skills. Students will be learning more complex vocabulary, technique and rhythms.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least two performances. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Intermediate/Advanced Tap
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9803
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This third level course is a continued study of tap dancing skills. Students will be learning more complex vocabulary, technique and rhythms.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least two performances. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.  Honors credit is available with teacher approval.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Advanced Tap
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9804
Grades: 9, 10, 11
(Elective)

This forth level course is a continued study of tap dancing skills. Students will be learning more complex vocabulary, technique and rhythms.  This course includes the students’ participation in at least two performances. Students are expected to provide their own class materials and can purchase their dance uniform from our bookstore.  Honors credit is available with teacher approval.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Traditional African Dance & Music I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9875
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This unique course is designed to introduce the student to the exciting traditions and cultures of Africa through its African music and dance traditions.  It offers an opportunity for beginners to start with the basic level technique and style in traditional music and dance in Africa.  It continues with the tradition of merging the two art forms for various cultural and traditional presentations.  Dances, music, drumming and singing, are derived from across the continent. The essential component of communication between the drummer/dancer and performer/audience is emphasized, as the beginner gets more comfortable in this performance-oriented class.  Dance uniforms must be purchased from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Placement audition.
Traditional African Dance & Music II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9876
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course will build on the lessons learned in the level one course.  It will further develop practical training in the various traditional dances of the African continent with increased emphasis on drumming.  It will continue exercises required for traditional movement of the body language of the dancer.  The dances and the music will include a wide range of traditional dances from across the continent with an emphasis on the dances and music traditions of West Africa.  Dance uniforms must be purchased from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Traditional African Dance & Music I and placement audition.
Traditional African Dance & Music III
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9877
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is for those students interested in perfecting their African Dance and Drumming skills.  It will offer intensive training in the African dance traditions and focus on increasingly difficult choreography with drumming.  Emphasis is placed on: origin, roles and meaning, stylistic differences, the language of drums, song text, dirges and praise poetry, paraphernalia of the dance (mask, costume, props, make-up), symbolism and ritual significance.  Dance uniforms must be purchased from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Traditional African Dance & Music II and placement audition.
Traditional African Dance & Music IV
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9878
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This unique course is a natural progression for the advanced African Dance and Music student.  It will build on the movements and explore the evolution of dance from the slavery times to the present.  It also incorporates dance composition and an introduction to other dance forms, especially modern and Caribbean dance styles.  Dance uniforms must be purchased from our bookstore.

Prerequisite: Traditional African Dance & Music III and placement audition.
Sankofa Company
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9874
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This omega half credit class is designated to hone the music and theatrical dance talents in preparation towards the annual Sankofa Night Dance Production.  Students work intensely on African, modern and interpretive dance techniques, focusing on the characters in the production story.  Students research topics related to the production theme.  Students are also exposed to external artists and choreographers who share their different styles and perspectives in music and dance.  The relationship between songs, dance and theatre are emphasized, as well as the various elements and demands of theatrical dance productions.  Above all, students are given the freedom to use their creative talents.  This course is open to all levels.  This omega class meets twice a week from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in the dance studio.  

Prerequisite: Students can only be part of this class after an interview and audition process. Auditions are held in September.
Concert Choir
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9725
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

The Concert Choir is designed to teach the rudiments of choral singing and to present a variety of musical styles as part of the song repertoire. Principles of music theory as well as sight singing will be included in the general curriculum. Students will perform at a variety of school functions and outside competitions.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Chamber Choir
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9745
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Chamber Music is an honors course offered to those students exhibiting a high level of vocal expertise and precision. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of historical and 20th century musical styles. Students will have an opportunity to study music theory and harmony.

Prerequisite: Concert Choir course and approval of teacher.
Honors Madrigal Choir
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9740
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

The Madrigal Choir is an honors course offered to those students exhibiting a high level of vocal expertise and precision. Students will explore a variety of 16th and 17th century music. Students will have an opportunity to study music theory and harmony.

Prerequisite: Concert Choir and approval of teacher.
Music Theory
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9648
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This honors level course is for those choral or band students who are interested in pursuing the study of music beyond high school and it is for those who just want to expand their musical knowledge. Some of the concepts covered in this course include melody, harmony, musical composition, theory, and arranging. Students have the option of taking the College Board AP Exam in May.

Prerequisite: None
Show Choir
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9760
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Show Choir meets after school as an omega period class. The Show Choir course is designed to offer choir students an opportunity to perform varied song repertoire with choreography. The focus of this course will be on lyrical analysis, expressive singing, stage presence and choreography. Students will have the opportunity to choreograph and teach dances chosen. The class will work towards presenting a choreographed show that contains a number of choral selections. The Show Choir will also compete in at least one festival per year and will be prepared to perform throughout the community and school concerts.

Prerequisite: Students should be enrolled in a choir course or have completed at least one year of a choir course and approval of teacher.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9755
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Vocal Jazz Ensemble meets after school as an omega period class. Students will have the opportunity to work on jazz repertoire from past to present. An emphasis will be placed on jazz lyrics and phrasing. This course is open to any student who wishes to sing and has some choir experience. The Ensemble will perform on occasion with the school’s jazz band ensemble.

Prerequisite: Audition and approval of teacher.
Concert Band
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9610
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

The Concert Band course is intended for students of all musical backgrounds. The course also caters to students interested in starting music for the first time, or switching instruments. The class focuses on teaching, reviewing and elaborating upon basic musical concepts. There will be required after-school events as well as fundraising responsibilities. Private instrument instruction is encouraged.  Honors credit is available with teacher's approval.
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next school year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to individual students' schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Admission is by approval of teacher.
Symphonic Band
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9615
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This is a full instrumental concert ensemble focusing on intermediate music levels. The group focuses on refining musical techniques and knowledge. This group performs at in-school, local, and out-of-state concerts. There will be required after-school events as well as fundraising responsibilities.  Private instrument instruction is encouraged.  Honors credit is available with teacher's approval.
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next school year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to the individual student's schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Admission is by audition and the director's approval.
Wind Ensemble
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9620
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This is the highest level of performance at Bishop McNamara. Students concentrate on various levels and genres of music. The group performs at in-school, local and out-of-state concerts. There will be required after-school events as well as fundraising responsibilities. Private instrument instruction is encouraged.  Honors credit is available with teacher's approval.
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to the individual student's schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Admission is by audition and the director's approval.
String Orchestra
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9660
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is open to students with prior string experience on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass. Students who wish to begin a string instrument may register, with the understanding that they would take private lessons the prior summer. Students will be exposed to many genres of orchestral music from classical through contemporary. The group performs at in-school, local and out-of-state con-certs. There will be required periodic after-school events as well as fundraising responsibilities. Students must provide their own instrument (personal or rental) for course work (except cello and bass players). Private instrument instruction is encouraged. Honors credit is available with teacher’s approval.
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next school year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to individual student's schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Admission is by audition and the director's approval.
Jazz Lab
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9635
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This laboratory style music class meets once a week after school as an omega period class. This class is open to all students with previous musical experience. Students study fundamentals of jazz music. They study all basic jazz styles of swing, Latin, rock, etc. The students also spend time studying jazz theory and composition as well as the concepts of improvisation and solo performance. Students must be a member of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble (with the exception of guitar, bass and piano players). There will be required additional after-school events as well as fundraising responsibilities.
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next school year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to individual student's schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Admission is by audition and approval of teacher.
Jazz Ensemble
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9630
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This big band style ensemble meets after school as an omega period class. Students learn all genres of music including swing, Latin, funk, rock, and new age. The ensemble consists only of jazz instrumentation. There will be required additional after-school events as well as fundraising responsibilities. Must be a member of the Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble or String Orchestra (with the exception of guitar, bass and piano players).
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next school year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to individual student's schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Admission is by audition and approval of teacher.
Percussion Ensemble
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9640
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This ensemble meets once a week after school as an omega period class. This course focuses on a variety of genres and literature. Students have the opportunity to perform in county and state festivals, as well as in the annual music trip.
NOTE:  When registering for classes for the next school year, all students must register for the class they are currently enrolled in.  After the playing exams have been completed, the directors will make any necessary changes to individual student's schedules.  It is only with the director's approval that a student may be changed to a different ensemble.

Prerequisite: Students must currently play percussion in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble. Admission is by approval of teacher.
Acting
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9903
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course introduces the student to the variety of techniques used to produce the art of acting. Assignments will be arranged sequentially to focus on each technique culminating in the use of the entire skill set for actual performance. Exercises will be based on the theatre techniques developed by, but not limited to, Konstantin Stanislavski, Viola Spolin, and Arthur Lessac. Major areas of focus include observation, physical and vocal expressiveness, building a character, text analysis, monologues, scene work, makeup and professional development. Students will be evaluated on performance, written assignments, tests, progress, and participation.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or permission of instructor.
Great Stages of Drama
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9917
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Throughout history, social, political, cultural and philosophical forces have combined to create a fertile ground for great periods of theatrical activity. These “Golden Ages of Theatre” include: Classical Greece, Elizabethan England, Neoclassic/Restoration, Twentieth Century Realism and Expressionism, and American Musical Theatre. This class will study the plays that emerged from these great periods, and examine the larger world view that shaped them. Student projects will include scene performance and presentations on period design and historical background.
NOTE:  Offered in the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or permission of instructor.
Introduction to Theater
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9907
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the many components of theatre: acting, directing, design, script analysis, and history. Students will focus on each topic through reading, lecture, in-class exercises, and assignments. In addition, there will be numerous practical assignments through which the student, individually or with others, will gain valuable experience in the ways these various elements work together in the creation of a fully realized dramatic experience.

Prerequisite: None
Musical Theatre Production
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9912
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Each fall McNamara stages a musical theatre production which is a fine arts omega period class that students may elect to take for credit and a grade. This course meets after school and all course work is hands-on preparation to produce the musical. Students may participate on stage as actors, singers and dancers, backstage as technical support or in the pit orchestra as musicians. Students will learn all aspects of staging a musical including blocking, character analysis and development, plot analysis, choreography, vocal production, stage presence, theatrical vocabulary, set construction, lighting and sound design and production, costuming, make-up and properties. Admission is by audition only, although this class is generally available to anyone willing to spend the necessary time. Some weekend hours and fundraising are required. Honors Credit is available with teacher’s approval.

Prerequisite: None
Senior Seminar
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9919
Grades: 12
(Elective)

This course will be offered in the fall semester to prepare the student for internships, summer programs, and college theatre program applications and auditions. Topics include resume/headshot development, audition preparation, interview practice, design portfolio development, and presentational skills. This will be offered as an Alpha period class to meet the scheduling needs of busy seniors.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre or permission of instructor.
Spring Theatre Production
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9930
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Each spring McNamara stages a non-musical theatre production which is a fine arts omega period class that students may elect to take for credit and a grade. This course meets after school and culminates in a fully staged play. Students may participate as actors or technical support. Concentration is on staging, plot & character analysis. Admission is by audition only and is very competitive, with only the most dedicated and talented students being cast. Some weekend hours and fundraising are required. Honors credit is available with teacher's approval.

Prerequisite: None
Theater Technology Topics A: Set, Light
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9928
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This one-semester course introduces the student to both the artistic and technical aspects of theatrical productions through stage carpentry, set design, theatrical lighting, and stage properties. Throughout the course we will work hands-on in the theater to put our knowledge into practice, using Bishop McNamara's well equipped stage and professional theatrical equipment.  Topics B is the corresponding class that teaches other aspects of theatrical production.

Prerequisite: none
Theater Technology Topics B: Sound, Costumes
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 9929
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This one-semester course introduces the student to both the artistic and technical aspects of theatrical productions through sound design and live audio production, costume design and construction, and the history and mechanics of puppetry.  Throughout the course we will work hands-on in the theater to put our knowledge into practice, using Bishop McNamara's well equipped stage and professional theatrical equipment.  Topics A is the corresponding class that teaches other aspects of theatrical production.

Prerequisite: None
Color
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9512
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course introduces students to basic color theory, with a focus on mixing techniques and design principles.  Students will learn how to manipulate color to create realistic depth, three dimensional forms, to express different emotions, and to create effective compositions.  This course provides foundational skills for students interested in design careers.  Students will work with acrylic paint, watercolor paint, oil pastel, chalk pastel, colored pencils, and collage materials. No drawing experience is necessary.  In addition, students will explore European and American art history movements from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: None
Drawing
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9507
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamental vocabulary and drawing techniques utilized by artists. Concepts like line, shape, space, and shading are explored through work in pencil, pen, and charcoal.

Prerequisite: None
Advanced Drawing
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9521
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course explores more advanced drawing techniques and subject matter. There is a greater emphasis on drawing the human form than in the Drawing course. Work can be tailored to meet the needs of students assembling portfolios for college acceptance.  Honors credit is available with teacher's approval.

Prerequisite: Drawing and art teacher’s approval.
Graphic Design
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9526
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

In this course, students will explore composition and layout in depth. While computer graphics software is taught and used through the course of study, the emphasis is on recognizing good design and articulation of design ideas.

Prerequisite: None
Digital Photography
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9557
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This year-long course introduces the beginning photographer to both the artistic and technical aspects of digital photography. Students learn the fundamentals of operating a digital camera and using software to edit photos. We create and discuss photographs of a variety of subjects throughout the year. Students will need a digital camera, see instructor for details.

Prerequisite: None
Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D-Photography
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 9558
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course prepares students to submit a portfolio for the AP Studio Art 2D examination.  Students receive independence in assignments as well as guidance on ways to improve their images.  Students gain an in-depth knowledge of camera controls, lenses, and techniques required to successfully shoot a variety of subjects.  This fun and exciting course allows students to express their creativity while producing professional quality digital photography. Students are required to purchase their own DSLR camera.  

Prerequisite: Instructor approval, through a 15 image portfolio and an interview. Digital Photography is strongly recommended.

Information Technology

Computer Applications
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 414
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

The goal of this semester course is to introduce students to applications typically found in a school or business office.  The course includes the use of the Microsoft Office Suite of applications. Students use word processing, graphic presentation, paint, spreadsheets and databases.  This course is open to all students, but is recommended during their 9th or 10th grade year.

Prerequisite: None
Computer Programming
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 407
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

In this course, the Karel J Robot virtual environment is used to teach students programming fundamentals. Java programming language is used to build a strong foundation in structured, object-oriented programming (OOP). Efficient and organized problem solving and program design is emphasized. Specifically, emphasis is placed on stepwise refinement, inheritance, and polymorphism, in addition to basic programming constructs such as decision-making and iterations.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Cisco Network Administration I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 426
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification indicates knowledge of networking for the small office, home office (SOHO) market, and the ability to work in small businesses or organizations using networks that have fewer than 100 nodes. A CCNA certified individual could perform the following tasks; install and configure Cisco switches and routers in multi-protocol internetworks using LAN and WAN interfaces; provide Level 1 troubleshooting service; improve network performance and security; and perform entry-level tasks in the planning, design, installation, operation, and troubleshooting of Ethernet and TCP/IP networks.

Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson and the teacher through an interview process.
Honors Cisco Network Administration II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 428
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This honors course is a continuation of the Honors Cisco Network Administration I course in preparation for the Cisco CCNA certification test.

Prerequisite: Honors Cisco Network Administration I and permission of the instructor.
Independent Study
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 450
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

Students enroll in independent study to continue study in their area of interest. The main areas of focus are computer programming, website design and networks. The student will be assigned a teacher from the IT Department to guide them in their studies. The independent study class will be scheduled during the student’s free period and is not a replacement for any of the other IT classes.

Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson.
Web Design
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 431
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This full year course will focus on basic and advanced web design techniques, with emphasis on both composition and layout.  Students will learn how to create and publish websites using current HTML and style sheet standards both manually and through the use of the website development software Adobe Dreamweaver.  Students will also learn how to create original graphic with the use of Adobe Photoshop. This year long course was designed to replace the Web Design I and Web Design II courses, not to be taken in addition to those courses.

Prerequisite: None
Web Design II
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 430
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This one semester course will focus on advanced web designs, with emphasis on both composition and layout. Dynamic, database-driven websites will be constructed using a combination of tools including PHP and MySQL.
Please note: This class is only available to those who have completed the Web Desin I semester course, not those who have taken the year long Web Design class.

Prerequisite: Web Design (Grade of B or higher) and approval of department chairperson.
Advanced Placement Computer Science A
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 410
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This online course is similar to a college-level introductory computer science course, students will use the Java programming language to learn object-oriented computer programing.  Students will use important problem-solving skills to create well-designed software.  Coursework includes the development of algorithms as well as re-usable classes and methods.  Software development will be explored as well as procedural programming, arrays and data abstraction.  The College Board's Grid World Case Study will be studied and collaboration will be used to create a final project.  The content material and topics follow the current expectations of the College Board; successful completion of both semesters help prepare students for the Advanced Placement Computer Science A Exam.  
NOTE:  Contact Mrs. Mindi Imes de Duclos at Mindi.ImesdeDuclos@bmhs.org with any questions.

Prerequisite: Computer Programming, Algebra I and Algebra II are required, although Algebra II can be taken concurrently.

Mathematics

Algebra I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 512
Grades: 9

This first course in Algebra serves as a foundation for the advanced math courses. It emphasizes evaluating polynomials, factoring, solving polynomial equations, graphing simple rational and irrational expressions, solving quadratic equations and inequalities, and problem solving. Students will be placed into this course based on their seventh and eighth grade math grades, their performance on standardized testing, and their results on the Bishop McNamara math placement test.

Prerequisite: None
Algebra I Lab
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 513
Grades: 9

This year-long workshop, required of some students based on placement test scores, will provide additional instruction in concepts covered in Algebra I. Students will learn innovative methods for problem solving and review material in a cooperative learning environment. Students will also complete projects and labs that connect Algebra I concepts to real-world problems.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Algebra I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 511
Grades: 9

This course is designed for motivated students who have a strong background in math but have not yet successfully completed a full year of Algebra I at the high school level. This course covers the Algebra I concepts such as evaluating and solving polynomial equations, an in-depth study of functions and their graphs, graphing rational and irrational expressions, simplifying and solving radical equations, and an in-depth study of problem solving in an accelerated manner. Students are placed into this course based on their seventh and eighth grade math grades, their performance on standardized testing, and their results on the Bishop McNamara math placement test.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Algebra II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 538f
Grades: 9

This course is designed for those students with a strong background in Algebra I but who need some review before proceeding onto topics covered in Algebra II.  The course covers the topics in Algebra I and then extends these initial topics into the next level, Algebra II.  Students will also be introduced to new topics such as logarithms, rational functions and conic sections.  Students are placed into this course based on their seventh and eighth grade math grades, their performance on standardized testing and their results on the Bishop McNamara math placement test.

Prerequisite: None
Basic Algebra II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 539
Grades: 10
(Elective)

Students will build upon topics mastered in their Algebra courses. Topics will include real numbers, equalities and inequalities, graphing, linear systems, functions and relations, polynomials, radicals, and quadratic functions. 

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Algebra I with Lab (Grade of C- or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Algebra II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 535
Grades: 10

Students will build upon the concepts mastered in Algebra I. Topics will include systems of equations, operations with polynomial equations, rational and irrational numbers, complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions. Exponential and logarithmic equations will also be covered.

Prerequisite: Algebra I (Grade of C- or higher).
Honors Geometry/Trigonometry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 521
Grades: 10

This accelerated course is designed for those mathematically capable students who have successfully completed Honors Algebra II or approval of department chairperson. Topics include plane, solid, analytic geometry and will finish with a comprehensive study of trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II, Course 538f (Grade of B- or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Honors Algebra II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 538s,
Grades: 10, 11

This is an accelerated Algebra II course that emphasizes algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms; powers and roots; and functions based on these concepts. Students study logarithmic, polynomial and other special functions.  A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course. 

Prerequisite: Algebra I (A average) or Honors Algebra I (with a grade of C+ or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Basic Geometry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 534
Grades: 11

This geometry course focuses on the understanding and application of definitions and theorems related to lines, angles and geometric figures. Coordinate geometry, areas and volumes of geometric shapes and solids, and right triangle trigonometry will also be covered within the year long curriculum.

Prerequisite: Basic Algebra II or Algebra II.
Geometry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 522
Grades: 11

A course in plane and solid geometry covering definitions, theorems, and proofs related to parallel lines, angles, triangles, and circles. Coordinate geometry, areas and volumes of geometric shapes and solids, right triangle trigonometry, and an introduction to trigonometric identities will also be covered within the curriculum.

Prerequisite: Algebra II
Honors Geometry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 520
Grades: 10, 11

This accelerated geometry course will include topics related to plane, solid, and analytic geometry. There is an emphasis on proofs of theorems using two column proofs in the first semester of this course. The course also will cover topics relating to right triangle trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II (Grade of C+ or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Honors Pre-Calculus
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 531j,531s
Grades: 11, 12

An advanced course in functions, trigonometry, and analytic geometry for students who plan to study science/engineering subjects in college. Students taking this course will ordinarily take Advanced Placement Calculus the following year. A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course.

Prerequisite: Honors Geometry (Grade of C+ or better) or Honors Geometry with Trigonometry (Grade of C+ or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 544
Grades: 12

Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry emphasizes problem solving, everyday applications, and the use of technology and reading while developing and maintaining basic skills.  This course integrates statistics and algebra concepts, and previews calculus in work with functions and intuitive notions of limits.  Enough Trigonometry is available to constitute a standard Pre-Calculus course in the areas of trigonometry and circular functions.  A graphing calculator is needed for this course.  Students will use the calculator in graphing, algebraic manipulation, modeling and analyzing data, and simulating experiments.  The course also provides the background for success in the non-proof oriented calculus course, such as those often taken by business or social studies majors in college, but not for a proof-oriented course.

Prerequisite: Basic Algebra II (B+ or higher) or Algebra II (C or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Algebra III/Trigonometry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 543
Grades: 12

This course extends the college prep Algebra II curriculum. In the first semester, students will review material included on the SAT and improve test-taking strategies. Then the course will focus on advanced algebraic concepts, such as exponential and logarithmic functions, and concepts in right triangle trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Basic Algebra II or Algebra II and approval of current math teacher.
Pre-Calculus
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 530
Grades: 11, 12

This course includes the study of functions, analytic geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.  A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course. 

Prerequisite: Algebra II (C+ or higher).
Honors Calculus
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 586
Grades: 11, 12

This honors level course includes an in-depth review of core Pre-Calculus topics needed for the study of Calculus.  Student will study limits, differentiation, and integration.  A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course.

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus (Grade of B- or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Advanced Placement Calculus AB
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 550
Grades: 11, 12

This Advanced Placement level course includes the study of limits, differentiation, integration, and conic sections.  Students in this course are required to commit to more out-of-class work than is normally required for mastery of a high school course and are required to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB test at the end of the course. A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course.

Prerequisite: Honors Pre-Calculus (Grade of B– or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Advanced Placement Calculus BC
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 587
Grades: 11, 12

This Advanced Placement Calculus BC curriculum covers all topics in Advanced Placement Calculus AB, as well as in depth investigations of the following:  polar, parametric, and vector equations, areas, volumes, particle motion, arc length, sequences and series.  Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Calculus BC test at the end of the course.  A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course.

Prerequisite: Honors Pre-Calculus (Grade of B+ or higher) and approval of current math teacher.
Advanced Placement Statistics
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 558
Grades: 11, 12

This Advanced Placement level course is designed to explore important concepts in statistics. Students will study in-depth techniques and applications of statistics.  Topics will include organizing data, averages and variation, regression and correlation, probability and binomial distributions, normal distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, difference testing, Chi-Square testing, and linear regression. A graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) is required for this course. 

Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II (Final Grade of C+ or higher) or Honors/College Preparatory Pre-Calculus (Grade of C+ or higher), and approval of current math teacher.
Personal Finance
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 462
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

In this one semester course, students will acquire a basic knowledge of personal finance, including budgeting and long-term financial planning, banking, credit, investing and taxes. Students will also explore strategies for sound financial decision-making. The course will provide a brief introduction to general financial principles for businesses as well.
NOTE:  This course does not fulfill math course graduation requirements.  It may only be used to fulfill and elective requirement.

Prerequisite: None

Modern and Classical Languages

American Sign Language I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 857
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This full year course will examine the history of American Sign Language (ASL), the basics of the language and the background of Deaf Culture, all of which are interrelated. Nuances of Deaf Culture will be presented, discussed and enjoyed with the benefit of guest speakers who are deaf. Students will learn the American Manual Alphabet and a repertoire of signs that will enable them to engage in basic conversation with a user of ASL. ASL, which is a true language most similar to Mandarin Chinese in grammatical structure, will be studied in terms of grammatical structure, verb-noun use, parameters, and sentence types.

Prerequisite: None
American Sign Language II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 858
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This full year course will build on the foundation established in ASL I.  Students will build on their sign vocabulary.  A more intense examination of the grammatical features of ASL will be studied.  Descriptive features of ASL, especially those incorporating classifiers, use of space and proxemics will be developed.  Students will work on their receptive understanding of ASL, a feature of the language that is notoriously very difficult for those who are not native ASL users.

Prerequisite: American Sign Language I (Grade C- or higher).
Honors Arabic I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 845
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This introductory course focuses on the modern standard Arabic and dialects as well as reading, writing, speaking, listening and culture. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the basics of the Arabic language and culture. At the end of this course, students should be able to communicate with Arabic speakers on a basic level.

Prerequisite: Essay of interest due on placement testing day.
Honors Arabic II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 846
Grades: 10, 11, 12

Following a review of the materials studied in the first year of the language, this course is a continuation of skills acquired in Arabic I, with a growing awareness and appreciation of the language and cultures of the Arabic-speaking world.

Prerequisite: Arabic I (Grade C or higher).
French I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 811
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This first year of foreign language study introduces the student to basic vocabulary and grammar in the target language. Methods of learning and assessment include audio-visual activities and games, as well as basic speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisite: None
Honors French I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 809
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for those students whose aptitudes in English and Math are above average. This course follows the basic subject matter of that of French I, but Honors differs in the pace of the course as well as in the independent assignments given. 
NOTE: Students taking this course are required to take the National French Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Place well on entrance exam or teachers' approval.
French II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 812
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Following a review of the materials studied in the first year of the language, this course stresses the audio-lingual approach with continued emphasis on conversation, reading, writing, and visual activities accompanied by the development of more complex structural patterns. Students are provided a deeper insight into the foreign culture and civilization.

Prerequisite: French I (Grade of C or higher)
Honors French II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 826
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

Course follows the basic structure of French II. Honors differs in the pace of the course as well as in the independent work assignments given.
 
NOTE: Students taking this course are required to take the National French Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and Honors French I (Grade B or higher).
Honors French III
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 813
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

The third year of honors foreign language study begins with a brief review of the first and second years of grammar followed by a gradual development of more complex grammatical structures with concentration on the subjunctive mood. Methods of learning and assessments include audio-visual activities, reading, writing and conversation. Students are expected to speak French 80% of the time. 
 
NOTE:  Students taking this course are required to take the National French Exam which has a fee of aproximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and French II (Grade B or higher).
Honors French IV
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 814
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

The fourth year French course focuses on reading and listening comprehension, essay writing and continuously improving fluency in speaking.  This course also emphasizes the mastery of complex grammar points so as to allow students to enjoy reading a complete novel in French.

 

NOTE:  Students taking this class are required to take the National French Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and Honors French III (Grade B or higher).
Advanced Placement French Language
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 871
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course prepares students to take the AP French exam in May.  The focus here is on mastering the speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills necessary to go into the exam with confidence. 

 

NOTE:  Students taking this class are required to take the National French Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and Honors French IV (Grade B or higher).
Spanish I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 821, 818G
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This first year of foreign language study introduces the student to basic vocabulary and grammar and teaches beginning conversation skills.  Methods of learning and assessment include speaking, reading, listening, writing and audio-visual activities.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Spanish I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 817
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for those students whose aptitudes in English and Math are above average. This course follows the basic subject matter of that of Spanish I, but Honors differs in the pace of the course and students are expected to be able to work independently. 
NOTE:  Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Place well on entrance exam or instructor's approval.
Spanish II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 822, 819G
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course stresses the audio-lingual approach with continued emphasis on conversation, reading, listening and writing.  Following a review of the material studied in the first year of the language, students will continue the study of Spanish by increasing their vocabulary and developing an understanding of and ability to produce more complex structural patterns.  Students are also provided a deeper insight into the Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.  

Prerequisite: Spanish I (Grade of C- or higher).
Honors Spanish II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 827
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course follows the basic structure of Spanish II but differs in the pace of the course and students are expected to be able to work independently.  
NOTE:  Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and Honors Spanish I (Grade B or higher).
Spanish III
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 825
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This third year of foreign language study begins with an intensive review of the grammar and vocabulary learned during the first and second years of language study followed by development of more complex grammatical structures.  The course will focus on the present and past tenses, object pronouns, vocabulary acquisition, and conversational Spanish while emphasizing proper pronunciation.  Methods of learning and assessment include audio-visual activities, reading, writing and conversation.  Students are expected to speak Spanish 60% of the time.  

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and Spanish II (grade B or higher).
Honors Spanish III
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 823
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

The third year of honors foreign language study begins with a brief review of the first and second years of grammar followed by a gradual development of more complex grammatical structures with concentration on the subjunctive mood. Methods of learning and assessments include audio-visual activities, reading, writing and conversation. Students are expected to speak Spanish 80% of the time.
NOTE:  Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Instructor's approval and Honors Spanish II (Grade B or higher).
Spanish IV
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 830
Grades: 10, 11, 12

The fourth year of foreign language study begins with an intensive review and in-depth investigation of the present, preterit and imperfect tenses.  In addition, this course will concentrate on the development of better conversation skills and more complex grammatical structures, specifically the command forms, the subjunctive mood, and the future and conditional tenses.  Methods of learning and assessment include audio-visual activities, reading, writing and conversation.  Students are expected to speak Spanish 80% of the time.  

Prerequisite: Instructor's approval and Spanish III (Grade of C or higher).
Honors Spanish IV
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 824
Grades: 10, 11, 12

This honors course is designed for those students with a proven comprehension and experience of the Spanish language and who plan to continue their foreign language studies at the university level. Students will do an ongoing and thorough review of previously acquired grammar concepts through the study of literature, history and culture. There is great emphasis placed on writing, speaking and reading more difficult materials. Continued vocabulary building and increasingly complex linguistics are fundamental as the desired goal is to be ready for the next level in either grade 11 or 12. The class is conducted almost entirely in Spanish and students are expected to participate fully in every aspect of the class.
NOTE:  Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Teacher's approval and Honors Spanish III (Grade of B or higher).
Honors Spanish V
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 828
Grades: 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for students to continue work on mastering reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.  Students go through a rigorous review of Spanish grammar, enjoy reading Spanish and Latin American authors in the original Spanish (while learning about the socio/political background of the authors and their times),discuss (in Spanish) topics of interest, refine writing, watch movies in Spanish, etc.
NOTE: Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam whihc has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Honors Spanish IV (Grade of B or higher) and written permission of your current Spanish teacher.
Advanced Placement Spanish Language
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 873
Grades: 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language exam in May.  Students focus on mastering complex grammar, building up vocabulary, analyzing reading passages, honing listening and speaking skills, and writing clearly and precisely in order to go into the exam with confidence and a solid foundation.
Note: Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Spanish IV or V Honors average of B or higher and written permission of 4th or 5th year teachers and the department chairperson.
Advanced Placement Spanish Literature
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 874
Grades: 11, 12

This course is designed for students who wish to study the literary traditions of both Spain and Latin America in preparation for the AP Spanish Literature exam in May. Students will read authors from the Middle Ages in Spain through the 20th Century Latin America, while acquiring some understanding of the historical contexts of the authors and their works.
NOTE:  Students taking this course are required to take the National Spanish Exam which has a fee of approximately $15.00.

Prerequisite: Students must have already taken and passed the AP Spanish Language exam or they must obtain written permission from the department chairperson.
Latin American Film & Culture
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 820
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This semester course uses Spanish Language Cinema from the 20th and 21st centuries to explore thematic ideas that give cultural context to everyday realities of Latin America and Spain.  The course will examine the cultural, social and historical events that inspired these films such as Civil War in Spain and El Salvador, military regimes in Chile, and Argentina, immigration, group idenity versus individualism and humor.  Class discussions, guided presentation, debates and academic articles will be used to compare and contrast similar theses as they play out in the contemporary culture of Hollywood and the United States.

Prerequisite: Spanish I
Honors German I Part 1
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 802
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

In this introductory online German Language course, students will learn to speak and write German and understand spoken and written German.  Lessons focus on how to greet people and say goodbye; tell your age; ask the time; talk about school, hobbies, the weather, the seasons, days of the week, TV programming, vacations; and order a meal or something to drink in a restaurant.
NOTE: Contact Mrs. Mindi Imes de Duclos at Mindi.ImesdeDuclos@bmhs.org with any questions.

Prerequisite: Performance in all subject areas that impact the online course criteria. Demonstrate success with primarily A grades in honor level classes. Interview.
Honors German I Part 2
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 803
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

In this introductory online German language course, students will learn to speak and write German and understand spoken and written German.  Lessons focus on how to greet people and say goodbye; tell your age; ask the time; talk about school, hobbies, the weather, the seasons, days of the week, TV programming, vacations; and order a meal or something to drink in a restaurant.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors German I Part 1, performance in all subject area that impact the online course criteria, demonstrate success with primarily A grades in honor level classes, and an interview.
Honors German II Part I
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 804
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed for students who have completed one year of German.  It expands on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  Students also study cultural aspects of German-speaking countries.

Prerequisite: Honors German I (Grade of C or higher), performance in all subject area that impact the online course criteria, demonstrates success with primarily A grades in honor level classes, and an interview.
Honors German II Part 2
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 805
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed for students who have completed one year of German.  It expands on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  Students slao study cultural aspects of German-speaking countries.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors German II Part 1, performance in all subject area that impact the online course criteria, demonstrate success with primarily A grades in honor level classes, and an interview.
Honors Japanese I Part 1
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 861
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed for students who have not previously studies Japanese.  Students will learn the basics of conversational Japanese, as well as Japanese geography, history, and culture.  Activities will provide practice in reading and speaking Japanese.  Japanese has three writing systems; students will learn hiragana and be introduced to some kanji and katakana characters.  Other lesson topics include speaking politely, meeting people, family, leisure activities, time, days of the week, and morning routines.
NOTE:  Contact Mrs. Mindi Imes deDuclos at Mindi.ImesdeDuclos@bmhs.org with any questions.

Prerequisite: Performance in all subject areas that impact the online course criteria. Demonstrate success in honor level classes. Interview.
Honors Japanese I Part 2
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 862
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed for students who have not previously studies Japanese.  Students will learn the basics of conversational Japanese, as well as Japanese geography, history, and culture.  Activities will provide practice in reading and speaking Japanese.  Japanese has three writing systems; students will learn hiragana and to introduced to some kanji and katakana characters. Other lesson topics include speaking politely, meeting people, family, leisure activities, time, days of the week, and morning routines.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors Japanese I Part 1, performance in all subject area that impact the online course criteria, demonstrate success with primarily A grades in honor level classes, and an interview.
Honors Latin I
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 837
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This online course introduces the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar and discusses aspects of the history and culture of ancient Romans.  It is designed to help students understand English better and make it easier for them to learn other foreign languages that are descended from Latin.
NOTE:  Contact Mrs. Mindi Imes de Duclos at Mindi.ImesdeDuclos@bmhs.org with any questions.

Prerequisite: Performance in all subject areas that impact the online course criteria. Demonstrate success in honor level classes. Interview.
Honors Latin II
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 838
Grades: 10, 11, 12

This course introduces students to advanced principles of Latin grammar, namely the subjunctive mood and its various uses.  Additional Latin vocabulary and readings about ancient Roman culture bring students to the brink of their ultimate goal: reading extended passages of Latin literature and, it is hoped, a better understanding of their own language.
NOTE:  Contact Mrs. Mindi Imes deDuclos at Mindi.Imesde Duclos@bmhs.org with any questions.

Prerequisite: Honors Latin I (Grade of C or higher),performance in all subject areas that impact the online course criteria, demonstrate success with primarily A grades in honor level classes, and an interview.

Physical Education

Health
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 940M/941W
Grades: 9

This required one-semester course will address the issues of mental health, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; personal and consumer health; nutrition and fitness; safety, first aid, and injury prevention; family life and human sexuality; and disease prevention and control.

Prerequisite: None
Physical Education I
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 913M/915W
Grades: 9

This required one semester course is an introduction to the basic skills and rules needed to participate in individual and team sports.  The comprehensive activities in PE 1 may include floor hockey, lacrosse, touch football, speedball, basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, pickle ball, badminton and team handball. The students will also participate in fitness activities on a daily basis, to develop a positive attitude toward exercise and to see the benefits of cardiovascular fitness and a well-toned body. A current physical exam must be on file in the guidance office by August 15.

Prerequisite: None
Physical Education II
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 924M/926W
Grades: 10

This required one semester course is a continuation of PE 1. The activities units will consist of whatever units they did not receive in PE1, so that students will have a variety of sports without duplication.  Students in PE II will also be instructed in strength training, and proper usage of equipment in the weight room. They too will participate in daily fitness and cardiovascular development activities to obtain a positive attitude toward daily exercise and a well-toned body. A current physical exam must be on file in the guidance office by August 15.

Prerequisite: Physical Education I
Sports Medicine
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 992
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course will introduce students to the field of sports medicine.  Emphasis will be placed on basic principles and terminology regarding general causes and consequences of athletic injuries. Students will gain a basic knowledge of anatomy, first aid, preventative measures, and rehabilitative techniques.  The course will also involve practical experience in which the students will be required to attend 30 hours of athletic events throughout the year and do a report based on their experience.  This opportunity allows students to apply classroom information while attaining first-hand experience of athletic training.

Prerequisite: None
Team Sports
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 930
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This one semester course is offered to continue to broaden the student’s understanding and enjoyment of team sports. The student will participate in four of the following sports throughout the semester: basketball, football, speedball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, floor hockey and softball. Students will be introduced to offensive and defensive plays as well as taking skills tests, giving reports and taking written exams. A current physical examination must be on file by August 15.

Prerequisite: Physical Education II

Science

Conceptual Physics
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 602
Grades: 9

Conceptual physics is an algebraic approach to physics in which problem solving and the scientific method are emphasized.  This course is intended to introduce students to major topics of the physical world, such as kinematics and properties of matter.  Concepts and mathematical equations are reinforced heavily through laboratory activities. It provides preparation for subsequent studies of Biology and Chemistry.  This course is required of all freshmen not enrolled in Honors Conceptual Physics or Honors Biology.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Conceptual Physics
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 604
Grades: 9

Honors Conceptual Physics is a quick paced algebraic approach to physics in which problem solving is the emphasis.  This course is intended to introduce students to major topics of the physical world, such as kinematics, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism.  This course also touches on topics more in depth mathematically and conceptually than Conceptual Physics. It provides preparation for subsequent studies of Biology and Chemistry.  This course is required of all freshmen in the honors program not enrolled in Honors Biology.  Students will be placed in this course based on the Bishop McNamara science placement test, the freshman mathematics course placement, the standardized test scores, and the seventh and eighth grade science grades.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Biology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 624F
Grades: 9

The goal of the course is to thoroughly explore core biological themes of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and systematics, while extending students’ science laboratory, inquiry, and analytical skills.  Emphasis is placed on the unifying concepts of evidence and explanation, form and function, and evolution and equilibrium.  Laboratory investigations extend skills in experimental design and data analysis.  This course is intended for students who wish to move at a fast pace and to study some topics in greater depth.  This curriculum includes a summer assignment such as a poster project or assigned reading/report.  Students will be placed in this course based on the Bishop McNamara science placement test, the freshman mathematics course placement, the standardized test scores, and the seventh and eighth grade science grades.

Prerequisite: None
Biology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 640
Grades: 10

The goal of the course is to thoroughly explore core biological themes of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and classification, while extending students’ science laboratory, inquiry, and analytical skills.  Emphasis is placed on the unifying concepts of evidence and explanation, form and function, and evolution.  Laboratory investigations extend skills in experimental design and data analysis.  This course is required of all sophomores not enrolled in Honors Biology or Honors Chemistry.

Prerequisite: Conceptual Physics.
Honors Biology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 624s
Grades: 10

The goal of the course is to thoroughly explore core biological themes of cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and systematics, while extending students’ science laboratory, inquiry, and analytical skills.  Emphasis is placed on the unifying concepts of evidence and explanation, form and function, and evolution and equilibrium.  Laboratory investigations extend skills in experimental design and data analysis.  This course is intended for students who wish to move at a faster pace and to study some topics in greater depth.  This curriculum includes a summer assignment such as a poster project or assigned reading/report.

Prerequisite: Conceptual Physics (A average) or Honors Conceptual Physics (Grade of B or higher) and approval of the student’s current science teacher.
Advanced Placement Biology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 620
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during the first year. Students will take the AP Examination in Biology for possible college credit. AP Biology includes detailed study of molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, principles of taxonomy, plant and animal organisms, and ecological relationships. Laboratory exercises provide opportunities for students to learn about problem solving, techniques of research, and the use of scientific literature.  This curriculum includes a summer assignment typically consisting of purchasing a consumable workbook, assigned reading/report, and a biological diversity portfolio project. Students may also be required to complete labs outside of class time during the school year.

Prerequisite: Biology (A average) or Honors Biology (Grade of B or higher); Chemistry (A average) or Honors Chemistry (Grade of B or higher), successful completion of the course application process, and approval of the student’s current science teacher(s).
Chemistry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 662
Grades: 11, 12

Chemistry is a lecture and laboratory course. The goal of the course is to acquaint students with modern chemical principles. Laboratory work provides the basis for development of unifying principles. Careful attention will be given to the development of problem solving skills, and to scientific process skills of measurement and equipment use.

Prerequisite: Conceptual Physics and Biology
Honors Chemistry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 661s,661j
Grades: 10, 11

This course is a lecture and laboratory course, open to students who are interested in pursuing a science-related career. The goal of the course is to acquaint students with modern chemical principles. Laboratory observations and measurements will lead to the development of unifying principles, which are used to interrelate diverse phenomena. Topics include atomic theory, the nature of matter, chemical periodicity, the mole concept, chemical reactions, acid-base behavior, oxidation-reduction, and chemical bonding. Careful attention is given to the development of problem solving skills, and to scientific process skills of measurement and equipment use.

Prerequisite: Biology (A average) or Honors Biology (Grade of B or higher) and approval of the student’s current science teacher.
Advanced Placement Chemistry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 660
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

AP Chemistry is the equivalent of a college introductory chemistry course. Students will take the AP examination in Chemistry for possible college credit. AP Chemistry includes a detailed study of atomic and molecular structure, periodic law, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, oxidation-reduction reactions, kinetic molecular theory, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Laboratory experiments will be conducted in small groups and will require completed lab notebooks and formal lab reports.
Prerequisites: Chemistry (A average) or Honors Chemistry (Grade of B or higher); Algebra II (A average) or Honors Algebra II (Grade of B or higher); successful completion of the course application process; and approval of the student’s current science teacher(s).   A summer review assignment will be assigned to ensure preparedness for ensuing coursework.  Students may be required to complete labs outside of class time during the school year.

Prerequisite: See prerequisites above
Anatomy & Physiology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 651
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

Anatomy and Physiology provides an introduction to the study of the human body, its components, and how they function. The course and lab work will acquaint the student with the fundamental concepts of anatomy, and the physiological processes by which the body performs the many interrelated tasks of daily life. Themes which recur in the course are the relationship of structure and function, and homeostasis. Dissection is an integral and required part of this course. Outside reading and independent research are required of all students.

Prerequisite: Biology (Grade C- or higher).
Environmental Science
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 658
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This class will include a scientific study of human interaction with the environment.  Emphasis will be placed on the physical, chemical and biotic components of the Earth and how they all work together, as well as the impact and responsibilities of humans on the Earth’s ecosystems. 

Prerequisite: Biology (Grade C- or higher)
Forensic Science
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 687
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This class will explore the application of science to criminal and civil law.  Emphasis will be on the role of forensic science at a crime scene; evaluation of trace evidence such as hair, fingerprints, DNA, and blood splatter; cause mechanism, and manner of death, including natural, unnatural and violent deaths; ballistics; and forensic anthropology.

Prerequisite: Biology (Grade C- or higher).
Honors Anatomy & Physiology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 653
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This honors level course will explore the structure and the function of the various systems in the human body.  Emphasis will be placed on gross anatomy and basic physiological functions of the body in relation to maintaining homeostasis.  The course is presented through class lectures, text readings, and laboratory activities.  Dissection is an integral and required part of this course; therefore, all students will be expected to participate in the dissection labs.  Students in the honors course will be expected to apply analytical reasoning to the topics discussed and to complete outside reading and independent research on related medical topics.

Prerequisite: Biology (A average) or Honors Biology (Grade of B or higher); must be taking Chemistry concurrently or have earned a B or higher in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry; successful completion of the course;and approval of the student’s current science teacher(s)
Physics
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 669
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed for students in the college preparatory program who wish to further understand and appreciate the laws that govern matter and energy and their interactions.  The course will go more in depth on topics covered in the conceptual physics class such mechanics, heat, sound, light and electricity, and magnetism.  Students should have a foundational knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry.

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry.
Advanced Placement Physics 1
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 693
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics.  The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound.  It will also introduce electric circuits.

Prerequisite: Honors Geometry/Trigonometry (Grade B or higher) or Pre-Calculus (Grade B or higher) and approval of the student's current science teacher(s).
Advanced Placement Physics C
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 694
Grades: 12
(Elective)

The principal goal of this course is to teach students how to effectively read scientific material, identify fundamental concepts, reason through scientific questions, and solve quantitative problems. The AP Physics C Mechanics course focuses on Newtonian mechanics.  The course involves the use of differential and integral calculus; therefore, the student should have taken a calculus math course or be currently enrolled in one.  

Prerequisite: Previous physics course preferred and approval of the student’s current science teacher(s). Course is to be taken concurrently with a calculus course.

Social Studies

Government and Politics
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 315
Grades: 9

The first semester of this course will provide a general introduction to the evolution of different political systems adopted by societies throughout history.  A variety of specific case studies will be used to analyze these political systems.  The second semester will examine the political structures of local, state and national government in the United States. This course provides a critical foundation for concepts and events addressed in the subsequent three years of the core social studies curriculum.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Government and Politics
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 316
Grades: 9

The first semester of this course will provide a general introduction to the evolution of different political systems adopted by societies throughout history.  A variety of specific case studies will be used to analyze these political systems. The second semester will examine the political structures of local, state and national government in the United States. This course provides a critical foundation for concepts and events addressed in the subsequent three years of the core social studies curriculum.  Reading, writing and analysis requirements exceed those of the non-honors course.

Prerequisite: Freshmen are placed in this honors course through standardized testing scores.
Western Civilization
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 342
Grades: 10

The student will study a chronological survey of the development of civilization in the Ancient, Classical, Medieval, and Modern Worlds of the West. European history is followed from its ancient heritage, its Judeo-Christian traditions and medieval period through to its modern impact upon the world by exploration, imperialism, and cross cultural impacts. Emphasis in modern times will be placed on contemporary issues and the emergence of global cultures.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Western Civilization
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 341
Grades: 10

This honors course includes the survey of Western Civilization with an advanced emphasis on independent study and individualized assignments. Honors students are also asked to provide tutorial aid to students in Western Civilization. Emphasis will be placed on development of skills in lecture note taking, critical reading, and participant discussions.

Prerequisite: B+ final average in Honors Government and Politics or approval of department chairperson.
Advanced Placement European History
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 340
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course allows students to fulfill their requirement of studying Western Civilization through intensive study and analysis of the cultural, diplomatic, economic, political and social history of Europe since 1450.  Students will study the chronology, trends and principle themes of modern European history; examine and interpret historical evidence; and express historical analysis in writing.  The course is intended to prepare students for the college-level Advanced Placement examination in the spring.
 

Prerequisite: Final average of A in Freshman English Literature & Composition and B+ in Honors Government and Politics, completion of brief application project for the course, departmental recommendation and instructor approval.
United States History
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 332
Grades: 11

This course is an examination of the social, political, economic and intellectual history of the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century.

Prerequisite: None
Honors United States History
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 331
Grades: 11

This course is an examination of the social, political, economic and intellectual history of the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century.  Reading, writing and analysis requirements exceed those of the non-honors course.

Prerequisite: Minimum B+ final average in previous Social Studies course and approval of the department chairperson.
Advanced Placement United States History
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 330
Grades: 11

The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history.  Students will learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The course will cover pre-Columbian societies through the post-Cold War era. Students taking this course will be expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in U.S. History.

Prerequisite: B+ final average in previous honors/AP level Social Studies or A final average in previous college prep social studies course and approval of department chairperson.
Global Studies
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 347
Grades: 12

In this course, focus will be given to the history, cultures and contemporary issues of the non-Western world and its peoples, to include: East Asia, Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Native and Latin America, with emphasis on both indigenous cultural development and cross-cultural exchange. An understanding of and appreciation for diverse traditions, beliefs, behaviors and points of view, will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: None
Honors Global Studies
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 346
Grades: 12

This honors course includes the same focuses as Global Studies but will hold students to a higher academic standard in the grading of exams, papers, and related class work and will require students to apply both analytical and integrative thinking to subject matter.  

Prerequisite: B+ final average in previous Social Studies course and the satisfactory completion of an assigned writing sample.
Advanced Placement Psychology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 352
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is the equivalent to college Psychology 101. It will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the field of modern psychology. Focus will be on the study of behavior emphasizing the biological, behavioral, cognitive and developmental perspectives. The conceptual issues that unify the subfields of psychology will be highlighted along with techniques and methods by which knowledge about brain, mind, thought and behavior is acquired and refined. College credit may be earned by passing the Advanced Placement Psychology exam in May.

Prerequisite: B+ average for seniors or A- average for juniors in previous social studies course and teacher’s approval.
African American Studies
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 336
Grades: 10, 11, 12
(Elective)

This one semester course deals with the study of African American social, economic, cultural, and political history and intellectual life of American society from enslavement to modern day history. This course will include critical exploration of African American writers’ contributions to American fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, and music.

Prerequisite: None
Economics
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 482
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the roles of the individual, business, government and foreign trade in American economy.  The individual economic roles of earning income, consuming and performing as a citizen are examined along with consumer activities of buying, saving, borrowing and investing.  The supply of money, banking systems, and monetary and fiscal policies are reviewed.  Additionally, the course discusses current events and the stock market to connect economic fundamentals to what is happening today.

Prerequisite: None
History and Film
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 376
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This one semester course is designed to provide students the opportunity to study, analyze, and critique Hollywood’s depictions of social, political, economic and cultural history through the viewing of a number of contemporary movies of the teacher’s choosing.  In essence, this class will be a study in myth busting, but also it intends to use films as a means to continue the great debate regarding past historical events, figures and movements.  The objective of the class is to promote accurate views of the past based on historical evidence, rather than popular unfounded notions.  The course will also investigate how cinematic depictions of the past help foster and reinforce popular opinions and misconceptions presented by both scholars and film makers, as well as encourage continued academic discussions concerning our knowledge of the human experience.

Prerequisite: None
Popular Music in 20th Century America
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 378
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This one-semester course will introduce the student to the rich history of popular music in American culture, as well as explore the motivation and theory behind specific genres of music.  Historical background will be given from the roots of 20th century popular music to the music of today.  Classes will be devoted to broad questions of perception, authorship, ideology, and style as well as specific musical techniques.

Prerequisite: none
Psychology
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 351
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

This course is the study of human behavior and mental processes. In this survey course, a variety of subfields will be explored including learning and behaviorism, memory, child and adolescent development, intelligence, personality, motivation and emotion, abnormal and social psychology. Students will learn about the variety of psychological perspectives and research designs used to observe, predict and understand behavior.

Prerequisite: None
Women's Studies
Credits: 0.5
Course No.: 379
Grades: 11, 12
(Elective)

In this one-semester survey course, male and female students will be introduced to the basic ideologies and approaches of women’s studies in general, and will be provided a set of strategies by which the student may thoughtfully and analytically approach the images of women which permeate American culture.

Prerequisite: None

Theology

Theology 9: Holy Cross Experience, The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture & Who is Jesus Christ
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 191
Grades: 9

"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ."  This freshman level course is designed to achieve two goals. First, it acts as a primer for students by establishing a basic knowledge of the Holy Cross tradition and essential Catholic beliefs.  After this introduction, students will study Sacred Scripture in depth.   As they survey the stories and the teachings of the Bible, with the goal to see the history of God’s loving interactions with humanity, they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In this course, students will learn about the Bible, authored and inspired by God, and its value to people throughout the world.  Students will study salvation history from Adam and Eve to the Incarnation, the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation coming to understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God.  In learning about who He is, students will also learn who He calls them to be.

Prerequisite: None
Theology 10: The Mission of Jesus Christ & The Mission Continues in the Church
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 192
Grades: 10

“Who do you say that I am? You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”  During the sophomore year, students will examine both Jesus’ mission and how that mission continues in the Church. Students will begin by examining the mysteries of Christ’s life through an intensive study of the Gospels, at the heart of which, “...we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only son of the Father…” (CCC426) and then studying how the Church continued Jesus’ work through the first centuries of Christianity. This course will consider in great depth Jesus’ public ministry and the Paschal mystery which accomplished our salvation and how that impacted first his apostles and then all those to whom they spread the Good News. In the second semester, students will study more closely early ecclesiology as revealed in Acts and the rest of the New Testament, as well as through the writings of the church fathers and early church councils, especially the Council of Nicea. This course is designed to introduce students to the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament and illuminated by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as they developed over the centuries.

Prerequisite: None
Theology 11: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters With Jesus and Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 193
Grades: 11

"Let us be always seeking the ways which lead to peace and the ways in which we can support one another." The purpose of the junior year course is to expose students to the sanctifying grace experienced through the sacraments as well as develop an understanding of the religious world around them.  The course begins by helping students to understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, especially through the Eucharist.  In order to develop this level of understanding, students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.  The course continues by looking at the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to the other major world religions.  As students explore the five major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, they will recognize ways in which important spiritual truths of Catholicism can be found in other religions as well.  Through this intensive study, students will ultimately develop a comprehensive religious literacy through which they will be able to competently engage in interreligious dialogue.

Prerequisite: None
Theology 12: Life in Jesus Christ and Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 194
Grades: 12

"Love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself"  The purpose of this senior year class is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God's plan for their lives.  Students are taught the moral concepts and precepts that govern their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.  These topics are augmented by an introduction to Catholic social teaching.  These lessons demonstrate how Christ's concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church's social teaching and mission.  Connecting the previous years of religious instruction and formative experiences of Campus Ministry, this course ultimately serves as the religious and spiritual culmination of the student's high school experience leading to a better understanding of God's plan for them.

Prerequisite: None
Peer Ministry
Credits: 1.0
Course No.: 171
Grades: 12
(Elective)

In the spring of the 11th grade year at Bishop McNamara, students are invited to apply for the role of Peer Minister. Those selected as Peer Ministers will take the Peer Ministry course.  They will build self-awareness, become a mentor for 9th grade students, develop a spirituality based on contemplation and action, and investigate, both spiritually and academically, the roles of Christian service and leadership.  Through course readings and discussions, students will develop their own spirituality and leadership skills, which they will use in their roles as retreat leaders and peer mentors.  This course is not in place of 12th grade theology course, but rather is an additional theology class.

Prerequisite: Students must submit an application and go through a rigorous interview process with the Campus Ministry Office.Based on this process, the Campus Ministry Office will then select approximately 30 students from this applicant pool.