Academic Life by Year

 

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Below is a list of the courses that students at Alverno will take over their four years at Alverno.

Ninth Grade

English 9 or English 9 Honors* Algebra I ABC, Algebra I, Algebra I Honors** Biology or Biology Honors** Spanish I, II, or III*** Visual or Performing Art Scripture (1-Semester) and Christology (1-Semester) Enrichment Electives (2) * The scores of a student's HSPT exam and English Placement Exam will determine the English placement. ** The scores of a student's HSPT exam and Math Placement Exam will determine the Math placement. Some students may be invited into the Geometry Honors program during the Alverno Summer Institute. A student placed into Algebra I Honors or higher will automatically be enrolled in Biology Honors. *** A Spanish Placement Exam will be administered to students who are interested. The scores of this exam will determine the placement.

Tenth Grade

American Literature or American Literature Honors* Geometry, Algebra II, or Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors** Chemistry or Advanced Placement Chemistry** Spanish II, III, or AP Spanish*** World History or AP European History**** Spiritual Life (1-Semester) and Ecclesiology (1-Semester) Enrichment Electives (2) * English placement will be determined based on prior year's English results and petition approval. ** Math placement will be determined based on prior year's Math results, and when applicable the completion of the Alverno Summer Institute. Any student placed into Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors will automatically be enrolled in AP Chemistry *** Spanish placement will be determined based on prior year's Spanish results and petition approval. **** Students may enroll in AP European History by invitation only and petition approval.

Eleventh Grade

British Literature or AP English Language* Algebra II, Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, or AP Calculus AB** U.S. History or AP European History*** Sacramental Theology (1-Semester) and Morality and Social Justice (1-Semester) Electives (Up to three and may replace Math, Science, or Spanish as long as graduation requirements have been met.) Enrichment Electives (2) * English placement will be determined based on prior year's English results and petition approval. ** Math placement will be determined based on prior year's Math results. Students are required to complete Algebra II and may enroll in additional elective courses after the completion of this course. *** Students may enroll in AP U.S. History by invitation only and petition approval.

Twelfth Grade

English 12 or AP English Literature* Christian Lifestyles (1-Semester) and World Religions (1-Semester) Government (1-Semester) and International Relations (1-Semester) or AP Government and Politics Electives (Up to three and may replace Math, Science, or Spanish as long as graduated requirements have been met.) Enrichment Electives (2) * English placement will be determined based on prior year's English results and petition approval.

Electives

Once students complete their graduation requirements, they are allowed to enroll in elective courses. Alverno encourages students to enroll in academic replacements for core subjects and the majority of our students choose to an academically rigorous schedule for their junior and senior years. Below is a listing of electives offered in each subject.
  • English: Creative Writing
  • Math: AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Finite Math, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics
  • Science: AP Biology, Conceptual Physics, Human Biology, Marine Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Honors Physics
  • Social Studies: AP Human Geography
  • Spanish: Spanish III or AP Spanish
  • Visual/Performing Arts: Acting I and II, Art I and II, Ceramics, Dance I and II, Drawing and Painting, Photography, AP Studio Art, Improvisation, and Senior Art

Physical Education

Students are required to have completed 10 units of physical education by the time they graduate. This requirement may be fulfilled in the following ways:
  • One year of Dance I and II
  • Two seasons of a Sport
  • Four semesters of Physical Conditioning, Pilates, or Boot Camp

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