Curriculum

Expertise in Teaching Young Men

At Notre Dame, the Brothers of Holy Cross and their colleagues have become known for their particular expertise in educating young men, whose energy and interest need to be channeled if learning and character development are to take place. Seeking a balance between the two elements, schools founded and operated by the Congregation of Holy Cross place equal emphasis on academics and values. At Notre Dame, this student-centered education takes place both in and beyond the classroom.

Students doing math

This four-year program represents the usual sequence of courses to fulfill graduation requirements.  However, more than the required number of electives may be added each year.  Students are encouraged to select elective courses above the required number.  They should plan their curriculum taking into consideration their possible career objectives, NCAA core requirements, and requirements for acceptance into the college(s) of their choice.

Graduation Requirements

Class of 2022

The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2022 from Notre Dame High School are:

Religious Studies (4 credits)
English (4 credits)
Social Studies (3 credits)
Math (4 credits)
Science (3 credits)
Foreign Language (2 credits)
Fine Arts (1 credits)
Life Skills (0.5 credit)
Physical Education (1.0 credit)
Technology Credit (0.25 credit)
Experiential Learning (2 credits)
Electives (1.5 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 26.25

Class of 2021

  • The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2021 from Notre Dame High School are:

    Religious Studies (4 credits)
    English (4 credits)
    Social Studies (3 credits)
    Math (4 credits)
    Science (3 credits)
    Foreign Language (2 credits)
    Fine Arts (0.5 credit)
    Life Skills (0.5 credit)
    Physical Education (1.0 credit)
    Experiential Learning (1.0 credits)
    Electives (3.5 credits)

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 27

Class of 2020

The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2021 from Notre Dame High School are:

Religious Studies (4 credits)
English (4.5 credits)
Social Studies (3.5 credits)
Math (4 credits)
Science (3 credits)
Foreign Language (2 credits)
Fine Arts (0.5 credit)
Life Skills (0.5 credit)
Physical Education (1.0 credit)
Experiential Learning (1.5 credits)
Electives (3.5 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 27.5

Class of 2019

The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2021 from Notre Dame High School are:

Religious Studies (4 credits)
English (4.5 credits)
Social Studies (3.5 credits)
Math (4 credits)
Science (3 credits) 
Foreign Language (2 credits)
Fine Arts (0.5 credit)
Life Skills (0.5 credit)
Physical Education (1.0 credit)
Experiential Learning (0.5 credit)
Electives (4.5 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 28

 


 

Typical Academic Program

Freshmen

  • Old Testament or Old Testament Moreau Honors
  • English I or English I Moreau Honors
  • Algebra 1, Honors Algebra 1, or Honors Geometry
  • Western Civilizations or World Cultures Moreau Honors
  • Foreign Language or Developmental Reading
  • Music Appreciation, Art, Band, or Chorus
  • Physical Education 9
  • Conceptual Physics or Honors Conceptual Physics

Sophomores

  • Christ and the Sacraments or Christ and the Sacraments Moreau Honors
  • English II or English II Moreau Honors
  • Geometry or Honors Geometry or Algebra II or Honors Algebra II,
  • Biology or Honors Biology or Honors Chemistry
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education 10
  • Life Skills/Guidance Seminar

Juniors

  • Christian Morality and Christian Doctrine
  • English III American Literature or English III Honors American Literature or AP English Composition
  • U.S. History or Honors US History or AP U.S. History
  • Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, Trig, or Honors Trig
  • Chemistry or Honors Chemistry or Biology Level 4
  • Foreign Language and/or an Elective

Seniors

  • Global Issues I, Peer Counseling, Global Issues II, Christian Lifestyles, or Comparative Religions
  • English IV World Literature or Honors World Literature or AP English Literature
  • U.S. Government or Honors US Government or AP U. S. Government & Politics
  • + 3.5 full credits of electives