Curriculum

St. Catherine’s curriculum is college-preparatory and aligned to rigorous standards above and beyond the Common Core.  Our Theology Program aligns to the standards of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops.  Within each curricular area, teachers work to incorporate the art of rhetoric, critical thinking, and real-world application.  Students are taught using lecture, Socratic Method, project-based learning, and technology.

At SCA all students are required to complete 26.0 academic credits and 110 service hours to graduate.

  • 4.0 credits of English
  • 4.0 credits of Mathematics
  • 3.0 credits of Science
  • 3.0 credits of Social Studies
  • 4.0 credits of Catholic Theology
  • 2.0 credits of Latin
  • 1.0 credit of Philosophy
  • 1.0 credit of Physical Education
  • 1.0 credit of Visual/Performing/Applied Arts
  • 3.0 credits of additional electives

Courses Offered

Required courses are in italics

English

  • Foundations of Literature (Honors)
  • American Literature (Honors)
  • Women’s Studies in Literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • College Research and Writing
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition

English Electives:

  • Drama I
  • Drama II
  • Creative Writing
  • Exploring Poetry
  • Performing Arts
  • Newspaper and Journalism
  • Yearbook

Foreign Language

  • Foundations of Latin
  • Latin I
  • Foundations of Latin II
  • Latin II
  • Latin III
  • Latin IV

Physical Education/Health

  • Health
  • Personal Fitness
  • Physical Education
  • Team Sports

Mathematics

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra Concepts
  • Geometry (Honors)
  • Algebra 2 (Honors)
  • Pre-Calculus (Honors)
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Statistics

Mathematics Electives

  • College Readiness Math
  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
  • SAT Math Prep Course

Science

  • Biology (Honors)
  • Chemistry (Honors)
  • Conceptual Chemistry
  • Physics/Physical Science
  • Conceptual Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C

Science Electives

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Environmental Science
  • Organic-Chemistry of Fuels and Foods
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Sciences Internship
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Independent Research in an Advanced Science Topic

Social Studies

  • World History (Honors)
  • United States History
  • AP United States History
  • Civics
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • Economics

Social Studies Electives

  • Law and Justice
  • Psychology
  • Current Events
  • World Political Institutions

Theology

  • Theology 9: Faith and Reason
  • Theology 9: Person of Jesus
  • Theology 10: Church History
  • Theology 11 and 12: Moral Theology
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Theology Electives

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Prayer and Discernment

Non-Core Electives

Business

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Internship (Bookkeeping for St. Cate’s Corner)
  • Applied Computer Technology
  • Business Ethics/Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship/Intro to Business
  • Marketing I
  • Marketing II: Store Operation
  • Personal Finance

Music

  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Ensemble Music

Visual and Applied Art

  • Artworks
  • Digital Imaging & Communication
  • Studio Art
  • Pottery
  • Drawing & Painting

Other Electives

  • Academic Seminar
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Online Learning Lab

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

“Karen Ervin is a remarkable principal! She is a good administrator, but even more importantly, she is an excellent role model for the students. She is strong, confident, and a woman of tremendous virtue. She is unafraid and doing everything in her power to raise strong, Catholic women who will go out and ‘set the world ablaze’!”

SCA Parent

“As a graduate of this school, I can attest to not only the strong education I received from SCA but also the strong foundation I was given in which I could build my own faith upon. I felt fully prepared for the ‘real world’ both academically and spiritually.” 

MaryKatherine

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“My family has had an excellent experience at this school so far. Beyond the beautiful new facility, I have been impressed with the teachers and the administration! They challenge the girls both academically and spiritually, they know them by name, and appear to have a genuine concern for each individual student. The school really feels like a family. As a parent, it is a blessing to me to know that my daughter is in such good hands when I drop her off everyday.”

SCA Parent

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“SCA is authentically and unapologetically Catholic. It’s excellence in academics and athletics is rooted in its mission to pass on the beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that is relevant to the modern world. The result is a constant focus on the character and virtue of its students, challenging them to be the best version of themselves not just academically, but spiritually as well.”

SCA Parent

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“I loved every minute at St. Catherines! The friends I made there will always be a part of my family. This school taught me how to be a strong, intelligent, independent woman who is strong in her faith. I am blessed to say I got to experience SCA.”

Alumna, Class of '18