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Art

The Arts Department's goals are aligned with the New York State Learning Standards to challenge students to work at their highest potential. These standards state that:

  • Students will create, perform and participate in the Arts;
  • Students will learn to use materials, techniques and resources related to the Arts;
  • Students will respond and analyze works of art and music;
  • Students will understand the contributions of the Arts to the world.

Visual Arts

  • Studio in Art
  • Studio in Computer Art/Creative Design
  • Studio in Fashion Design & Graphic Design
  • Independent Study: Portfolio Development
 
 

Business

Business education offers courses and activities designed to prepare all students to succeed in a computerized economic society and to provide specialized training for those students who plan to seek employment in business. Students are assisted in selecting an educational program essential for entrance and success in the business world.

  • Accounting I
  • Business Computer Applications
  • Business Law
  • Programming/Web Design

English

The English Language Arts program is designed in accord with New York State Standards to develop the students' skills in the receptive processes of listening and reading and the expressive process of speaking and writing, and to foster students' understanding and enjoyment of literature. The program provides a sequential development which starts in the ninth year and continuously expands students' skills, understandings, and appreciations through the four years of high school. The process for creating a written report/research paper is taught at each level to develop information-gathering skills and the ability to evaluate sources critically. The sequential plan is outlined in detail in the Student Agenda book.

 
Ninth Year:
English 9 HR/R
 
Tenth Year:
English 10 HR/R
English CC Literacy
 
Eleventh Year:
English 11 HR/R
 
Twelfth Year:
Pre-College Reading and Writing
Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition
 

Guidance

Guidance 9
Guidance 10
Guidance 11
Guidance 12
 

Language

The languages taught in the Modern Language Program are offered for their educational value and potential vocational use. Through a working knowledge of these languages, the students are able to contribute to society, and gain insights into various cultures. The study of a foreign language is a progressive experience and implies a progressive acquisition of linguistic, communicative, reading and writing skills.

  • Spanish I, II, III
  • Spanish I (Native)
  • Spanish II/III (Native)
  • Advanced Placement Spanish Language
 

Mathematics

The Mathematics Department has developed many courses of study based on the varied abilities and interests of students. Students in Mathematics courses use the T183 Plus calculators in class. T189 calculators are used by Calculus students.

 
  • Algebra I/HR/R
  • Geometry HR/R
  • Algebra II/HR/R
  • Algebra II
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-College Math
  • Intro Calculus H
  • Stet
  • Advanced Placement Calculus

Physical Education

All students take Physical Education for four years. In accordance with Aquinas' philosophy of educating the "whole person," the goal of the Physical Education Department is to make students aware that health and physical fitness are important aspects of life. As well, students build character and develop social skills by participating in sports.

Students who demonstrate a high level of physical fitness and stamina can earn a certificate from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Students in the Swimming Club can qualify for a lifeguard and lifesaving certificate through Bronx House, a community center on Pelham Parkway.

Activities offered in Physical Education:

  • Aerobics/Step
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Fitness Center
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Folk Dance
  • Miniature Golf
  • Social Dance
  • Volleyball

Religion

The purpose of the Catholic faith tradition will hopefully lead to a deepening of all students' relationship with God and with each other.  It is expected that the course content will encourage a clear and understandable witness to the reality of faith in the patterns of school life as well as personal and social relationships.
 

Ninth Year:

  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
  • Who is Jesus Christ?

Tenth Year:

  • The Paschal Mystery
  • The Church

Eleventh Year:

  • Sacraments as a Privileged Encounter with Jesus
  • Life in Jesus Christ

Twelfth Year:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • The Church and the Social Gospel

School Wide

  • Campus Ministry Program
  • Christian Witness: 40 hours of voluntary service
  • Sacredness of Sexuality

Science

The science curriculum consists of those courses and activities designed to meet the individual student's educational needs related to science. Emphasis is placed on the process of scientific inquiry by students so that they can discover and interpret scientific knowledge, develop desirable attitudes, interests, and appreciation related to science and scientists, and recognize that these behaviors can be applied to the solution of current and future problems in a scientific age.

  • Biology HR/R
  • Chemistry HR/R
  • Chemistry NR
  • Forensic Science
  • Health
  • Physics HR/R
  • Advanced Placement Biology

Social Studies

In social studies, students focus on the impact of geography on history and the relevance of the past to the present. The social studies classroom provides an environment for inquiry, analysis and critical thinking. The major goal is to guide students to develop a moral concern for the future and to understand the nature of our interdependent world.

Ninth Year:

  • Global History I HR/R

Tenth Year:

  • Global History II R
  • Advanced Placement World History
     

Eleventh Year:

  • United States History and Government R
  • Advanced Placement United States History
     

Twelfth Year:

  • Economics, The Enterprise System and Finance
  • Participation in Government
  • Advanced Placement Government and Politics
  • American Media
  • Sociology/Psychology