Faith Formation - Grade 8
This course is divided into two parts. At the beginning of the school year, the students will learn about the history of our Catholic Church from Jesus' Great Commission to the Apostles to modern times. The second part delves into Morality, or the way we have been created to live as children of God, as Jesus taught us. The main focus will be on how to develop a well-formed conscience and how to live the commandments successfully. It is hoped that as the students begin their young adult lives, they will apply the teachings of the Church to their lives, maintain their faith through good times and bad, and go out to tell the world about Jesus by the way they live their lives.
World History - Grads 5 & 6
This is a two year survey course designed to introduce the students to Global History at the high school level. At the Grade 5 level, the focus will be on the Four River Valley Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. This will lead the students to a greater understanding of the relationship between geography and history.
In addition, at the Grade 5 level, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, Legalism and Daoism will be explored by detailing their beginnings and how they have affected the world today.
At the Grade 6 Level, the course will begin with the History, culture, and legacy of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Following the Global model, the students will study the History of mankind up to the fall of Communism in the 1990's.
At times, at both the Grade 5 and Grade 6 levels, the students will be encouraged to analyze History, looking for repetitive patterns and trends that contribute to the "History" of the future.
American History - Grades 7 & 8
This is a two year survey course in the History of our American Republic. The course of study begins with the migrations & development of the earliest Americans, continues with great milestone events in our History, through eras of greatness to times of uncertainty, challenge, and change.
The students will study the American character at home and abroad and learn how our determination and drive have shaped the world we live in today. In addition to studying the facts, students are taught to and are strongly encouraged to critically analyze history, observing trends that often repeat themselves in the future. Students are given the following as food for thought: "Those who do not know History are destined to repeat it." (Edmund Burke 1729-1797)