Curriculum

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Villa Duchesne offers a rigorous course of study for young women in grades 7-12 with classes in each subject building from one year to the next to ensure there are no “gaps” in a student’s education. Honors courses, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and specialized courses are available to challenge each student as she discovers and develops her talents. An independent study program is available for juniors and seniors who have mastered our curriculum in a specific discipline and want to pursue advanced topics. Additional advanced courses are offered through sophieconnect.org, the international Network of Sacred Heart schools online initiative.

High School

Grade 9

  • English: Foundations of Literature and Composition (Honors option)
  • Math: Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Social Studies: World Civilizations I
  • Science: Biology
  • Theology
  • World Language: French or Spanish I or II
  • Physical Education
  • Electives (select 1)
    • Fine Arts: Studio Art
    • Performing Arts: Chorus, Theatre, Class Guitar

* math assessment given to all incoming students

Grade 10

  • English: British Literature (Honors option)
  • Math: Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II/ Trigonometry, Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Social Studies: World Civilizations II
  • Science: Chemistry (Honors option)
  • Theology
  • World Language: French or Spanish II or III
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts: Communication Arts
  • Electives (select 2 to 3)
    • English: Newspaper, Yearbook, Literary Magazine
    • Science: Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science
    • Introduction to Engineering
    • World Language: add a second language
    • Fine Arts: Studio Art, any class for which the prerequisite has been met
    • Performing Arts: Chorus, Class Guitar, Media Arts, Advanced Theatre, Advanced Communication Arts

Grade 11

  • English: American Literature (AP English Language and Composition option)
  • Math: Algebra II, Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, Finite, Functions/Trigonometry, Statistics, Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Social Studies: U.S. History (AP option)
  • Science: Physics (AP option)—11th or 12th Grade
  • Theology
  • Electives (select 2 to 4)
    • English: Newspaper, Yearbook, Literary Magazine
    • Math: AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, Computer Science
    • Social Studies: American Government/Economics (AP or Honors option), History of the Middle East, Psychology, Women's Studies
    • Science: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, ECO-ACT, Forensic Science, Introduction to Engineering
    • World Language: French or Spanish I, II, III, or Honors IV (continue sequence or add a new language)
    • Physical Education
    • Fine Arts: Studio Art, Painting/Drawing I or II, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Graphic Arts
    • Performing Arts: Chorus I or II, Class Guitar, Media Arts, Advanced Theatre, Advanced Communication Arts, Independent Study in Theatre

Grade 12

  • English: Thematic Topics in Literature and Composition (AP English Literature and Composition option)
  • Math: Completion of math requirement, if needed
  • Theology
  • Electives (select 4 to 6)
    • English: AP Language & Composition, Newspaper, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, Creative Writing
    • Math: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Finite, Functions/Trigonometry, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Honors Pre-Calculus
    • Social Studies: AP European History, AP U.S. History, History of the Middle East, Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Government/Economics (AP or Honors option)
    • Science: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics (AP option), ECO-ACT, Forensic Science, Introduction to Engineering
    • World Language: French or Spanish I, II, III, or Honors IV, AP French or Spanish V (continue sequence or add a new language)
    • Physical Education
    • Fine Arts: Studio Art, Painting/Drawing I or II, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Graphic Arts
    • Performing Arts: Chorus I or II, Advanced Chorus, Class Guitar, Media Arts, Advanced Theatre, Advanced Communications, Independent Study in Theatre

Graduation Requirements

 

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 4 years
  • Social Studies: 3 years*
  • Science: 3 years*
  • Theology: 4 years
  • World Language: 2 consecutive levels of the same language in grades 9-12
  • Physical Education: 2 years
  • Fine or Performing Arts: 2 years
  • Communications: .5 years

*Plus one additional year of either Science or Social Studies