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 (+ Intro to Community Life)

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 I
    • Note: Coursework does include some geometry.
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra II

Semester-long:

  • Intro to Computer Science

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Algebra II
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra II
    • Prerequisite: Honors Geometry
  • Honors Precalculus
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II 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: Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
    • Prerequisite: Honors Geometry
  • Honors Precalculus
    • ​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II
  • AS Calculus BC
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus
  • AS Mathematical Economics (elective)
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Corequisite: Precalculus, Calculus, Calculus AB, or Calculus BC

Semester-long:

  • AS Statistics
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Algebra II
  • 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: Honors Algebra II or Precalculus
  • AS Calculus BC
    • ​​​​​​​Prerequisite: Honors Precalculus
  • 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: Algebra II
  • 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 semester
  • 1 yearlong U.S. History course; 1 AS Research Seminar taken in the junior or senior year; 2 semester long electives

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: 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: 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
  • AS Latin: Vergil

  • 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
  • AS Latin: Vergil
  • AS Latin: Lyric Poetry
    • Prerequisite: AS Latin: Vergil
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Latin

  • 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

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

  • Latin 2
  • Latin 3
  • AS Latin: Vergil
  • AS Latin: Lyric Poetry
    • Prerequisite: AS Latin: Vergil
  • Advanced Topics Tutorial in Latin

  • 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

Semester-long:

  • Greek 1
  • Greek 2
  • Greek 3

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 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

Yearlong:

  • Intro to the Arts (required)
Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble (by permission of instructor)

Semester:

Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Beginning Dance
  • Intermediate Classical Ballet (by permission of instructor)
  • Intermediate Contemporary Dance (by permission of instructor)
Instrumental Music:
  • Strings
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Jazz Improvisation

IV Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble (by permission of instructor)

Semester:

Art History:
  • Art History: Medieval to Baroque
  • Art History: Modernism to the Present
  • History of Photography
Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Beginning Dance
  • Intermediate Classical Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Beginning Dance or instructor permission
  • Intermediate Contemporary Dance
    • Prerequisite: Beginning Dance or instructor permission
Instrumental Music:
  • Strings
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
Photo & Film:
  • Film Studies 1
  • Film Studies 2
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1 or instructor permission
  • Photo 1
  • Darkroom/Wet Lab
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
Studio Arts:
  • Ceramics
  • Glaze Formulation
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
    • Prerequisite: Painting 1
  • Printmaking
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Photo 1
Theatre:
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Acting 3
    • Prerequisite: Acting 2
  • Public Speaking

V Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble (by permission of instructor)
Dance:
  • AS Dance
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate Classical Ballet or Intermediate Contemporary Ballet plus instructor permission
Instrumental Music:
  • AS Music
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory

Semester:

Art History:
  • Art History: Medieval to Baroque
  • Art History: Modernism to the Present
  • History of Photography
Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Beginning Dance
  • Intermediate Classical Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission
  • Intermediate Contemporary Dance
    • Prerequisite: Dance 1 or instructor permission
Instrumental Music:
  • Strings
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
Photo & Film:
  • Film Studies 1
  • Film Studies 2
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • Photo 1
  • Darkroom/Wet Lab
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
  • Advanced Lighting
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
Studio Arts:
  • Ceramics
  • Glaze Formulations
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
    • Prerequisite: Painting 1
  • Printmaking
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Photo 1
Theatre:
  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Acting 3
    • Prerequisite: Acting 2
  • Public Speaking

VI Form Options

Yearlong:

Choral Music:
  • Andrean Ensemble (by permission of instructor)
Dance:
  • AS Dance
    • Prerequisite: Intermediate Classical Ballet or Intermediate Contemporary Ballet plus instructor permission
Film & Photo:
  • AS Film Studies
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • AS Photo
    • Prerequisite: Two semesters of a Photo class, one of which must be Photo 1
Instrumental Music:
  • AS Music
    • Prerequisite: Music Theory
Studio Arts:
  • AS Ceramics
    • Prerequisite: Two semesters of Ceramics
  • AS Drawing & Painting
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 2 or Painting 2

Semester:

Art History:
  • Art History: Medieval to Baroque
  • Art History: Modernism to the Present
  • History of Photography
Choral Music:
  • Founders Choir
Dance:
  • Beginning Dance
  • Intermediate Classical Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Beginning Dance or instructor permission
  • Intermediate Contemporary Ballet
    • Prerequisite: Beginning Dance or instructor permission
Instrumental Music:
  • Strings
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Theory
Photo & Film:
  • Film Studies 1
  • Film Studies 2
    • Prerequisite: Film Studies 1
  • Photo 1
  • Darkroom/Wet Lab
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
  • Advanced Lighting
    • Prerequisite: Photo 1
Studio Arts:
  • Ceramics
  • Glaze Formulations
  • Drawing 1
  • Drawing 2
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1
  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
    • Prerequisite: Painting 1
  • Printmaking
    • Prerequisite: Drawing 1 or Photo 1

Theatre:

  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
    • Prerequisite: Acting 1
  • Acting 3
    • Prerequisite: Acting 2
  • Public Speaking

Health & Wellness

Graduation Requirement

  • 1 semester-long course in the IV Form year

Intro to Community Life/Leadership & Equity

Graduation Requirement

  • Non-credit, semester-long course required for all incoming III Form students