The complete 2014-2015 Curriculum Guide can be viewed here.
High School Curriculum
Each student must earn a minimum of 24 credits (units) in major subjects at Notre Dame in order to graduate, as well as meet all the additional credit or course requirements outlined below. Six major subjects must be taken each year. As a general rule, we do NOT advise nor encourage a student to take a seventh course in a core discipline (Religion, Math, English, Science, Foreign language, or Social Studies). Consideration will only be given to students who are at or near the top of their class and have demonstrated an ability to handle a rigorous academic curriculum while also participating in extracurricular activities. In addition to academic requirements, a minimum of forty (40) hours of social service during high school is required for graduation. These hours should be completed by September of junior year.
- 4 credits in Religious Studies
- 4 credits in English
- 3 credits in Mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Trigonometry are required.)
- 3 credits in Science (Biology and Chemistry are required.)
- 3 credits in Foreign Language in High School
- 3 credits in Social Studies (World Cultures and U.S. History are required.)
- 4 elective units
- 1/2 unit in Art, Music, or Dance Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016)
- 2 years of high school Physical Education
- 2 years of Health/Guidance
- Ninth Grade Arts Credit (Class of 2017)
The required Arts 1/2 unit in Art, Music or Dance may be earned in grade 10, 11, or 12 for the Classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. The class of 2017 will be required to take a full Arts credit in Freshman year.
If a student fails more than two subjects for the year, advancement to the next class will be questionable. If the failure occurs in Senior year, the student may participate in graduation exercises, but will not receive a diploma until the failure has been made up in summer school.
Junior School Curriculum
The Junior School curriculum includes the following: religion, English, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, integrated technology, art, music, guidance, health and physical education. The curriculum and instruction focus on spiritual growth, mastery of academic subjects, the development of critical and creative thinking, information literacy, and good health.