2019-20 Course Selection Guide

Planning your course of study at St. Andrew’s is an exciting process; it is about shaping your goals and passions while engaging in all areas of St. Andrew’s full liberal arts program.

Our academic schedule is designed for depth, immersion, and balance, and offers students semester-long electives in several departments. As you make your course selections, you will work with your teachers, advisor, and parents to balance your individual interests and needs with the requirements of our academic program.

This guide tells you about graduation requirements, course offerings and the shape of the daily and semester schedule. 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, fill out this Four-Year Course Planning Worksheet (which is also included in the print Course Registration Guide booklet you received in your mailbox). Use this worksheet and the course lists below to sketch out your past and projected course load for all four years of high school (even if you attended a different school for some of these years). 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.

After you've considered your four-year plan, fill out the 2019-20 Course Selection Worksheet (which is also included in the print Course Registration Guide booklet you received in your mailbox), checking your choices against the graduation requirements on the second page. Review your choices with your parents and advisor (and your college counselor, if you are a rising senior). You will use this worksheet when you ultimately register for classes online with your advisor.

Course Registration Materials

Maximum & Minimum Courseloads Per Year

The maximum courseload for students in any Form is five yearlong, full-credit courses and two semester-long, half-credit courses. This translates to a maximum of six courses in a single semester. Please contact Dean of Studies Gretchen Hurtt (ghurtt@standrews-de.org) with questions or for permission concerning additional electives.

The minimum courseload for each Form is as follows:

III Form: five and a half creditsfive yearlong, full-credit courses + one semester-long, half-credit arts elective

IV Form: five and a half credits—five yearlong, full-credit courses (including History of Religious Thought) + Health & Wellness (half-credit)

V Form: five creditsfive yearlong, full-credit courses or four yearlong, full-credit courses and two semester-long, half-credit courses

VI Form: five credits—five yearlong, full-credit courses, or four yearlong, full-credit courses and two semester-long, half-credit courses, or three yearlong, full-credit courses and four semester-long, half-credit courses

 

Course Offerings & Options for the 2019-20 School Year

English

Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years
  • 1 full-credit course per year

III Form Options

Yearlong:

  • English 1

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

  • English 2

Semester-Long:

  • Creative Writing 1

V Form Options

Yearlong:

  • AS English Literature 3

Semester-long:

  • Creative Writing 1
  • Creative Writing 2
    • Prerequisite: Creative Writing 1

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

  • AS English Literature 4
  • AS English Literature 4: History, Literature & the Contested Past
    • Double-credit: one English & one History

SEMESTER-LONG:

  • Creative Writing 1
  • Creative Writing 2
    • Prerequisite: Creative Writing

Mathematics

Graduation Requirements

  • 4 years
  • 1 full-credit course per year
  • All non-elective math placements are determined by the Math Department.

III Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Algebra
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Precalculus

Semester-long:

  • Intro to Computer Science

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Geometry
    • Prerequisite: Algebra
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Precalculus
    • Prerequisite: Honors Geometry
  • Honors Differential Calculus
    • Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus or placement test

Semester-long:

  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Intro to Data Science
  • Object Oriented Programing in Jaca
    • ​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission
  • MicroController Programming and Robotics
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission
  • App Development in Swift
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission

V Form Options

Yearlong:

    Precalculus
    • Prerequisite: Geometry
  • Honors Precalculus
    • Prerequisite: Honors Geometry
  • Honors Differential Calculus
    • Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus
  • AS Calculus BC
    • Prerequisite: Honors Differential Calculus
  • AS Mathematical Economics (elective)
    • Corequisite: Precalculus, Calculus, Calculus AB, or Calculus BC

Semester-long:

  • AS Statistics
    • Prerequisite: Precalculus
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Intro to Data Science
  • Object Oriented Programing in Jaca
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission
  • MicroController Programming and Robotics
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission
  • App Development in Swift
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Calculus
    • Prerequisite: Precaculus
  • AS Calculus AB
    • Prerequisite: Precalculus
  • AS Calculus BC
    • Prerequisite: Honors Differential Calculus
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Mathematics
    • Prerequisite: Calculus BC
  • AS Mathematical Economics (elective)
    • Corequisite: Precalculus, Calculus, Calculus AB, or Calculus BC

Semester-long:

  • AS Statistics
    • ​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Precalculus
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Intro to Data Science
  • Object Oriented Programing in Jaca
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission
  • MicroController Programming and Robotics
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission
  • App Development in Swift
    • Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science or instructor permission

Science

Graduation Requirements

  • 3 years
  • 1 yearlong, full-credit course in each of the following three disciplines: biology, physics, and chemistry

III Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Biology

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Physics
  • Honors Physics
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Biology
    • Note: Biology can only be taken in the sophomore year by new students.

Semester-long:

  • Engineering
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.

V Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Physics
  • Honors Physics
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.

Semester-long:

  • Engineering
  • AS Anatomy & Physiology
  • AS Astronomy
  • AS Bioengineering

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

  • AS Biology
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • AS Chemistry
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • AS Physics: Calculus-Based
    • ​​​​​​​Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • AS Environmental Science
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.

Semester-long:

  • Engineering
  • AS Anatomy & Physiology
  • AS Astronomy
  • AS Bioengineering

History

Graduation Requirements

  • 2 years
  • 1 yearlong U.S. History course, 2 semester-long electives (one should be a Research Seminar taken in the junior spring or senior year)
  • A third semester-long elective beyond these two years is also recommended but not required.

III Form Options

Yearlong:

  • U.S. History: Research Challenges

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

All IV Form students take History of Religious Thought.

Semester:

Note: IV Formers may occasionally, with permission of the Department Chair, take a semester-long elective in history (see V and VI Form history options in the next two tabs).

V Form Options

Semester-Long:

  • U.S. History: Interpretations of the Past
    • Note: This course is only open to, and is required for, students who enter St. Andrew's in the sophomore or junior year. 
  • Global Studies: Current Issues in International Policies
  • Global Studies: Current Issues in United States Policies
  • AS History: American Social Reform Movements
  • AS History: Coming of Age: America in the Early Atomic Era
  • AS History: Democracy & Empire: Athens in the Fifth Century
  • AS History: History of Economic Thought I
  • AS History: History of Economic Thought II
    • Note: History of Economic Thought I is not a prerequisite for this course.
  • AS History: Histories of Hate—American Racism & German Anti-Semitism
  • AS History: Latin American History
  • AS History: The Mediterranean World, 500-1500
  • AS History: Modern East Asia
  • AS History: Victorious Rome—The Creation of a National Identity through Conflict
  • AS History: A World at War
  • AS History: Research Seminar
    • Note: Must be taken in the junior or senior year, unless student completed a topical research seminar during the 2018-19 school year.
    • Prerequisite: Any other AS History elective.

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

    AS History: Humanities: History, Literature, and the Contested Past
    • Double-credit: one English & two semesters of AS History

Semester-Long:

  • U.S. History: Interpretations of the Past
    • Note: This course is only open to, and is required for, students who enter St. Andrew's in the sophomore or junior year. 
  • Global Studies: Current Issues in International Policies
  • Global Studies: Current Issues in United States Policies
  • AS History: American Social Reform Movements
  • AS History: Coming of Age: America in the Early Atomic Era
  • AS History: Democracy & Empire: Athens in the Fifth Century
  • AS History: History of Economic Thought I
  • AS History: History of Economic Thought II
    • Note: History of Economic Thought I is not a prerequisite for this course.
  • AS History: Histories of Hate—American Racism & German Anti-Semitism
  • AS History: Latin American History
  • AS History: The Mediterranean World, 500-1500
  • AS History: Modern East Asia
  • AS History: Victorious Rome—The Creation of a National Identity through Conflict
  • AS History: A World at War
  • AS History: Research Seminar
    • Note: Must be taken in the junior or senior year, unless student completed a topical research seminar during the 2018-19 school year.
    • Prerequisite: Any other AS History 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

Yearlong:

  • 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

Yearlong:

  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • Honors Latin 3
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Latin 4
  • AS Latin: Vergil
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4
  • AS Chinese
     
  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • French 4
  • AS French
     
  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • AS Spanish

Semester-long:

  • Greek 1

V Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Latin 1
  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • Honors Latin 3
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Latin 4
  • AS Latin: Vergil
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Latin
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4
  • AS Chinese
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in 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

Semester-long:

  • Greek 1
  • Greek 2
    • Prerequisite: Greek 1

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • Honors Latin 3
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Latin 4
  • AS Latin: Vergil
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Latin
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4
  • AS Chinese
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in 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 1
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Spanish 2

Semester-long:

  • Greek 1
  • Greek 2
    • Prerequisite: Greek 1
  • Greek 3
    • Prerequisite: Greek 2

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

Yearlong:

  • History of Religious Thought

V Form Options

Semester-long:

  • Applied Ethics
  • Asian Philosophy & Religious Traditions
  • The Call to Serve
  • Global Wisdom
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Religion & Violence

VI Form Options

Semester-long:

  • Applied Ethics
  • Asian Philosophy & Religious Traditions
  • The Call to Serve
  • Global Wisdom
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • 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 must take one semester-long course in the arts, but this course does not satisfy the above requirement.
  • Admission to some arts courses is by audition or by permission of the instructor.

III Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.

Semester:

Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance
  • Dance 2: Ballet
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
Instrumental Music:
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • Chamber Music
    • ​​​​​​​Note: Requires instructor permission.
  • Music Theory​​​​​​​
Studio Arts:
  • Foundations in Visual Arts
Theatre:
  • Acting 1
  • Public Speaking​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.

Semester:

Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance
  • Dance 2: Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission.
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission.
Instrumental Music:
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
Photo & Film:
  • Film Studies 1: Intro to Film
  • Film Studies 2: Intermediate Filmmaking Techniques
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1 or instructor permission
  • Photo 1
  • Darkroom/Wet Lab
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
Studio Arts:
  • Foundations in Visual Arts
  • Art History
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
    • Prerequisite: Painting 1
  • Printmaking
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Photo 1 or with instructor permission
Theatre:
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Musical Theatre
  • Public Speaking​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

V Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble
    • Note: Requires instructor permission.
Dance:
  • AS Study in Dance: Classical Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Dance 2: Ballet plus instructor permission
  • AS Study in Dance: Contemporary
    • Prerequisite: Dance 2: Contemporary plus instructor permission
Instrumental Music:
  • AS Music Theory & Music History
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory

Semester:

Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance
  • Dance 2: Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission.
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission.
Instrumental Music:
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
Photo & Film:
  • Film Studies 1: Intro to Film
  • Film Studies 2: Intermediate Filmmaking Techniques
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1 or instructor permission
  • Photo 1
  • Advanced Lighting
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
  • Darkroom/Wet Lab
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
Studio Arts:
  • Foundations in Visual Arts
  • Art History
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
    • Prerequisite: Painting 1
  • Printmaking
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Photo 1 or with instructor permission
Theatre:
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Musical Theatre
  • Public Speaking​​​​​​​

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble (by permission of instructor)
Dance:
  • AS Study in Dance: Classical Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Dance 2: Ballet plus instructor permission
  • AS Study in Dance: Contemporary
    • Prerequisite: Dance 2: Contemporary plus instructor permission
Film & Photo:
  • AS Studio Art: Film
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • AS Studio Art: Photo
    • Prerequisite: Two semesters of a Photo class, including Photo 1
Instrumental Music:
  • AS Music Theory & Music History
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
Studio Arts:
  • AS Studio Art: Drawing & Painting
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 2 or Painting 2

Semester-long electives:

Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Dance 1
  • Beginning Male Dance
  • Dance 2: Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission
  • Dance 2: Contemporary
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission
Instrumental Music:
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Improvisation 
  • Instrumental Music Methods
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
Photo & Film:
  • Film Studies 1: Intro to Film
  • Film Studies 2: Intermediate Filmmaking Techniques
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • Photo 1
  • Darkroom/Wet Lab
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
  • Advanced Lighting
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
Studio Arts:
  • Foundations in Visual Arts
  • Art History
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
    • Prerequisite: Painting 1
  • Printmaking
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Photo 1or with instructor permission
Theatre:
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Musical Theatre
  • Public Speaking

Health & Wellness

Graduation Requirement

  • 1 semester-long course in the IV Form year