Ninth grade students grow as deductive and inductive reasoners studying geometry. History, English and Theology classes overlap in the historical and social time periods they cover. Our girls simultaneously deepen their knowledge of the ancient civilizations while discussing heroism in literary texts such as The Odyssey and The Aeneid, and tracing similar themes while reading and discussing the Old Testament in Theology classes. The study of foreign languages becomes the perfect venue to develop intercultural competence. In enhanced study skill workshops our students learn how to master time-management and organizational skills, and understand their particular learning styles.
Our liberal arts curriculum is a springboard for our sophomores to conduct collaborative inquiries on topics such as how literature is a reflection as well as a critique of society; how functions connect with physics and sports; and how our individual choices can contribute to the common good. Sophomores write an interdisciplinary research paper on the concept of beauty, harmony and balance as they relate to the essential questions analyzed in Music and Arts Appreciation, Medieval to Modern Literature and Modern European History
As juniors embark on the study of Moral Theology and Metaphysics, they tackle controversial social issues from different perspectives and fully understand that faith illuminates reason. In American History classes, our students engage in robust conversations on topics such as the American identity, demographic and economic transformations, religion and reform, slavery and its legacies, politics, and virtuous citizenship. These concepts are further unpacked through the English discussions of texts written by Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Twain, Fitzgerald, and O’Connor. An increased option for electives such as Western Political Thought and Music Theory let our students hone their passions.
Seniors’ study of Philosophy is designed to foster ethical and critical thinking by studying and understanding the thought of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas on important philosophical questions. Essential questions discussed in their classes range from the laws of the universe in Physics and Mathematics to the role of government in civil society. Thought-provoking and engaging discussions in US Government, World Literature and Philosophy, Physics, and Mathematics inspire each senior to develop her scholarly interests and to evolve as an independent thinker. The culmination of this process is the senior thesis, which provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue in-depth research in a field of their choosing from an interdisciplinary perspective. scholarship.