2017-18 Course Selection Guide

Planning your academic program at St. Andrew’s is an important process and deserves your time and attention, and that of your parents and faculty. Many of the courses you will take while at St. Andrew’s are required, but you have many options and electives from which to choose in pursuit of your goals and interests. This Course Selection Guide outlines your course options by subject and Form, and lists the courses that will be offered by each department next year. For individual course descriptions, visit our Course Catalog. For more information on what credits you'll need to graduate and typical course sequences by subject, visit our Graduation Requirements by Subject page.

To begin the course selection process, download and print your 2017-18 Course Selection Worksheet. Use this worksheet and the course lists below to sketch out your past and project course load for all four years of high school. While you are not obligated to keep the selections you make now in future years, filling out all four years of the sheet will help you plan your required course load in advance. This will help you get a better sense of your required and elective class options over the course of your career at St. Andrew’s. In completing your selections, assume that you will pass every course you are taking now. If you fail a course, the Academic Committee and the department concerned will make specific recommendations.

Course Registration Materials

Maximum & Minimum Courseloads Per Year

The maximum courseload for students in any Form is five one-credit courses and two half-credit courses.

The minimum courseload for each Form is as follows:

  • III Form: five one-credit courses + Intro to the Arts
  • IV Form: five one-credit courses (including History of Religious Thought) + Health & Wellness
  • V Form: five one-credit courses
  • VI Form: four one-credit courses + Religious Studies elective

Your parents, advisor, and current academic advisor must approve your course selections by signing your course selection worksheet. Additionally, V Form students must also meet with their college counselors to discuss and approve course selections for the VI Form year. Academic advisors will announce their availability to approve your schedule, and are listed below by Form:

  • III Form: Mrs. Tower (girls), Mr. McAuliffe (boys)
  • IV Form: Sra. Davila (girls), Mr. Mastrocola (boys)
  • V Form: Ms. Hastings (girls), Ms. Heath (boys)
When you have obtained all of the necessary signatures,
turn in your Course Selection Worksheet to Registrar Cynthia Poarch.

You must turn in your worksheet to Mrs. Poarch by Wednesday, March 29.

The final step of course registration is to meet with your advisor after Spring Break to fill out a web version of your signed course selection sheet in Plato. The Academic Committee will give final approval to your course selections in late spring.



Course Offerings & Options for the 2017-18 School Year

English

Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years
  • 1 full-credit course per year

III Form Options

  • English 1

IV Form Options

  • English 2
  • Creative Writing 1 (half-credit elective)

V Form Options

  • AS English Literature 3
  • Creative Writing 1 (half-credit elective)
  • Creative Writing 2 (half-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Creative Writing 1

VI Form Options

  • AS English Literature 4
  • AS English Literature 4: History, Literature & the Contested Past
    • Double-credit: one English & one History
  • Creative Writing 1 (half-credit elective)
  • Creative Writing 2 (half-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Creative Writing 1

Mathematics

Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years
  • 1 full-credit course per year
  • All math course placements are based on teacher recommendation

III Form Options

  • Problem Solving in Algebra & Geometry
  • Honors Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II

IV Form Options

  • Problem Solving in Algebra & Geometry
  • Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Algebra & Geometry
  • Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry
    • Prerequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II

V Form Options

  • Problem Solving in Precalculus & Trigonometry
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry
    • Prerequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • Honors Precalculus & Differential Calculus
    • Prerequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry
  • AS Calculus AB
    • Prerequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry or Problem Solving in Precalculus & Trigonometry
  • AS Calculus BC
    • Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus & Differential Calculus
  • AS Mathematical Economics
    • Corequisite: AS Calculus AB or AS Calculus BC

VI Form Options

  • Problem Solving in Precalculus & Trigonometry
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • Calculus
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Precalculus & Trigonometry
  • AS Calculus AB
    • Prerequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry OR Problem Solving in Precalculus & Trigonometry
  • AS Calculus BC
    • Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus & Differential Calculus
  • AS Mathematical Economics
    • Corequisite: AS Calculus AB or AS Calculus BC
  • AS Statistics
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Mathematics with Multivariable Calculus
    • Prerequisite: AS Calculus BC

Science

Graduation Requirements

  • 3 years
  • 1 full-credit lab science per year

III Form Options

  • Biology

IV Form Options

  • Biology
  • Physics
    • Corequisite: Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • Honors Physics
    • Corequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry
  • Chemistry
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Algebra & Geometry
  • Computer Science 1 (half-credit elective)

V Form Options

  • Physics
    • Corequisite: Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • Honors Physics
    • Corequisite: Honors Problem Solving in Algebra II & Trigonometry
  • Chemistry
    • Prerequisite: Problem Solving in Algebra & Geometry
  • Honors Chemistry
    • Corequisite: Honors Physics
  • Computer Science 2 (half-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Computer Science 1

VI Form Options

  • Physics
    • Corequisite: Problem Solving in Geometry & Algebra II
  • AS Physics: Calculus-Based
    • Prerequisite: Honors Physics
    • Corequisite: AS Calculus BC
  • Honors Chemistry
    • Prerequisite: Honors Physics
  • AS Chemistry
    • Prerequisite: Honors Physics and Honors Chemistry
  • AS Biology
    • Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
  • AS Environmental Science
    • Prerequisite: Biology
  • Computer Science 2 (half-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Computer Science 1
  • Computer Science 3 (half-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Computer Science 2

History

Graduation Requirements

  • 2 years
  • 1 full-credit course per year
  • 1 credit must be U.S. History
  • When filling out your course selection worksheet, please list your first and alternate choice history course selections

III Form Options

  • U.S. History: Research Challenges

IV Form Options

  • U.S. History: Research Challenges
  • Great History Books (half-credit elective)

V Form Options

  • U.S. History: Interpretations of the Past
  • AS History: 20th Century History
  • AS History: Ancient Greece & Rome
    • Formerly offered as: AS History: Western Civilization
  • AS History: East Asia & the Japanese Empire
  • AS History: Global Studies
  • AS History: History of the Middle East
  • AS History: History of Social Reform Movements
  • Great History Books (half-credit elective)

VI Form Options

  • U.S. History: Interpretations of the Past
  • AS History: 20th Century History
  • AS History: Ancient Greece & Rome
    • Formerly offered as: AS History: Western Civilization
  • AS History: East Asia & the Japanese Empire
  • AS History: Global Studies
  • AS History: History of the Middle East
  • AS History: History of Social Reform Movements
  • AS History: History, Literature & the Contested Past
    • Double-credit: one English & one History
  • Great History Books (half-credit elective)

Classics/Modern Languages

Graduation Requirements

  • 2 years or through the third level of a single language, whichever is more advanced
  • 1 full-credit course per year/level
  • At least three consecutive years of one language is strongly recommended

III Form Options

  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3

  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3

  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3

IV Form Options

  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • Latin 4
  • AS Latin: Vergil

  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4

  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • French 4
  • AS French

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • AS Spanish

  • Greek 1 (half-credit elective)

V Form Options

  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • Latin 4
  • AS Latin: Vergil
  • AS Latin: Catullus & Horace
    • Prerequisite: AS Latin: Vergil
  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4
  • Chinese 5
  • AS Chinese
  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • French 4
  • AS French
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in French
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • AS Spanish
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Spanish
  • Greek 1 (half-credit elective)
  • Greek 2 (half-credit or full-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Greek 1

VI Form Options

  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • Latin 4
  • AS Latin: Vergil
  • AS Latin: Catullus & Horace
    • Prerequisite: AS Latin: Vergil
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4
  • Chinese 5
  • AS Chinese

  • French 2
  • French 3
  • French 4
  • AS French
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in French

  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • AS Spanish
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Spanish
  • Greek 1 (half-credit elective)
  • Greek 2 (half-credit or full-credit elective)
    • Prerequisite: Greek 1
  • Greek 3 (half-credit or full-credit elective)

Religious Studies

Graduation Requirements

  • 2 years
  • 1 full-credit course in the IV Form year
  • 1 half-credit course in the VI Form year

III Form Options

[none]

IV Form Options

  • History of Religious Thought (required)

V Form Options

[none]

VI Form Options

  • Applied Ethics
  • Asian Philosophy & Religious Traditions
  • The Call to Serve
  • Religion & Gender
  • Religion & Violence

Arts

Graduation Requirements

  • Students are required to participate in some aspect of the arts program, either curricular or extracurricular, before graduation
  • In addition, all III Form students are required to take Intro to the Arts
  • Admission to some arts courses is by audition or by permission of the instructor
  • When filling out your course selection worksheet, please list your first and alternate choice arts course selections

III Form Options

  • Intro to the Arts (required)

  • Orchestral Methods
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation

  • Choir
  • Choral Scholars

  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance Technique, Conditioning & Analysis
  • Dance 2: Ballet
  • Dance 2: Contemporary

IV Form Options

  • Orchestral Methods
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory

  • Choir
  • Choral Scholars
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance Technique, Conditioning & Analysis
  • Dance 2: Ballet
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
  • Public Speaking
  • Acting 1
  • Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Ceramics 1
  • Art History
  • Film Studies 1
  • Photography 1

V Form Options

  • Orchestral Methods
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
  • AS Music Theory & History
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
  • Choir
  • Choral Scholars
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance Technique, Conditioning & Analysis
  • Dance 2: Ballet
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
  • Public Speaking
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Drawing & Painting 2 (combined course)
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Painting 1
  • Ceramics 1
  • Ceramics 2
  • Art History
  • Film Studies 1
  • Film Studies 2
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • Photography 1
  • Photography 2
    • Prerequisite: Photography 1

VI Form Options

  • Orchestral Methods
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
  • AS Music Theory & History
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Music
    • Prerequisite: AS Music Theory & History
  • Choir
  • Choral Scholars
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance Technique, Conditioning & Analysis
  • Dance 2: Ballet
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
  • AS Dance
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 and Dance 2: Ballet or Contemporary
  • Public Speaking
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Drawing & Painting 2 (combined course)
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Painting 1
  • Ceramics 1
  • Ceramics 2
  • Art History
  • AS Studio Art
    • Choose one specialization: Ceramics, Painting, Photography, or Film
  • Film Studies 1
  • Film Studies 2
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • AS Film Studies
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 2
  • Photography 1
  • Photography 2
    • Prerequisite: Photography 1

Health & Wellness

Graduation Requirement

  • 1 half-credit course in the IV Form year

Intro to Community Life

Graduation Requirement

  • Non-credit, partial year course required for all incoming students

III Form Options

  • Intro to Community Life (required)

IV Form Options

  • Intro to Community Life (required for new IV Form students only)

V Form Options

  • Intro to Community Life (required for new V Form students only)

VI Form Options

[none]

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