St. Pius X High School Curriculum

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Theology Science Fine Arts
English Social Sciences Wellness
Mathematics World Language Practical Arts

     


Theology 

4 Credits

  • Religion I
    • Jesus Christ/Bible
  • Religion II
    • Church/Paschal Mystery
  • Religion III
    • Sacraments/Morality
  • Religion IV
    • Catholic Social Teaching
    • Vocations

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, by application to life situations, moral decision making, justice issues, vocational and ministerial choices.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Scripture, by application to life situations, moral decision making, justice issues and career choices.
  3. Communicate knowledge that humans have an innate worth, spiritual nature, and hunger which comes from and is fulfilled by God in the person of Jesus Christ as demonstrated in the Gospel.
  4. Recognize the nature of moral decision making by striving to be other centered rather than self-centered and questioning the values of the culture in which they live.
  5. Demonstrate the nature of Christianity by reaching out to others within the community which is bound together by Christian values, e.g. St. Pius X High School Honor Code.
  6. Students will participate in the worship of the faith community and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich personal and communal spirituality. 

English

4 Credits

  • English I 
    • Reading and Writing for High School
    • Study on Literary Devices
  • English I - Honors 
    • Reading and Writing for High School
    • Study on Literary Devices 
  • English II 
    • Voice in Literature
    • Voice in LIterature and Writing
  • English II - Honors 
    • Literary Study on Identity Formation
    • Analysis and Application
  • English III 
    • American Literature
    • Modern American Novel
  • English III - Honors
    • American Literary Masterpieces/CC
  • English IV 
    • Early British Lit
    • Moderan British Novels
  • English IV - Honors
    • Composition & Literary Types
  • Film Appreciation

 The St. Pius X High School English Language Arts Department in alignment with the National Council of Teachers of English Standards would like the St. Pius X graduates to have the “opportunities and resources to develop language skills they need to pursue life’s goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society.”

 St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1.  Act in accordance with the expectations of the St. Pius X Honor Code, including the value of daily prayer.   
  2. Read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.  Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works from various time periods and genres.  
  3. Apply a wide range of strategies to evaluate and appreciate texts and to comprehend, interpret, and prepare for standardized tests (e.g. PLAN and ACT).
  4. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of and ability to use an academic vocabulary. 
  5. Adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g. conventions, style vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  6. Employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately      to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. 
  7. Apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g. spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
  8. Use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g. libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to research and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
  9. participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, critical, and literate members of a variety of societal settings.
  10. Develop an understanding and respect for human diversity and the global community through the study and discussion of print and non-print texts

Mathematics

3 Credits

  • Algebra I 
  • Algebra I - Honors 
  • Algebra II 
  • Algebra II - Honors 
  • Geometry 
  • Geometry - Honors 
  • Advanced Math & Trigonometry 
  • Pre-Calculus - Honors 
  • Calculus I - CC 
  • Statistics 
  • Digital Engineering* 

The St. Pius X High School Mathematics Department in alignment with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics would like the St. Pius graduates to “learn an ambitious common foundation of mathematical ideas and applications” for the workplace and/or for the pursuit of further study in mathematics and science.

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Act in accordance with expectations of the St. Pius X High School Honor Code, including the value of daily prayer.
  2. Utilize numbers, various number representations, relationships among numbers, number systems, and meanings of operations.
  3. Analyze patterns and relationships within algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric concepts.
  4. Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.
  5. Demonstrate deductive, inductive, and spatial reasoning skills.
  6. Communicate mathematical thinking coherently and clearly in both written and oral format to peers, teachers, and others using a variety of tools (e.g. diagrams and technology).
  7. Interconnect mathematical ideas with real-world contexts and other subject areas.
  8. Create and interpret mathematical ideas using multiple representations, such as equations, diagrams, graphs, and tables.
  9. Read and make sense of any resource that might be used to learn and/or apply mathematics (e.g. ACT and PLAN tests, textbooks, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and assessments).

Science Department

3 Credits

  • Physical Science 
  • Physical Science - Honors 
  • Biology 
  • Biology - Honors 
  • Chemistry 
  • Chemistry - Honors 
  • Anatomy/Physiology - Honors 
  • Physics - Honors 
  • Engineer and Design
  • Animal Behavior
  • Astronomy
  • Foresic Science

The St. Pius X High School Science Department in alignment with the National Science Content Standards would like the St. Pius graduates to realize “the important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them” (William Lawrence Bragg).

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Act in accordance with expectations of the St. Pius X High School Honor Code, including the value of daily prayer.
  2. Develop the abilities necessary to safely conduct scientific inquiry while collaborating with peers.
  3. Analyze and interpret scientific information and data accurately from laboratory activities.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating scientific information and concepts effectively in written and oral forms.
  5. Understand patterns and relationships within Physical, Life, and Earth Sciences.
  6. Understand how scientific ideas interconnect with real-world contexts and other subject areas, and how the ideas build on one another to produce a coherent whole.
  7. Utilize technology to research scientific information and to record, interpret, and present data.
  8. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of and the ability to use scientific vocabulary.
  9. Understand and articulate the impact of science on the international community.
  10. Read and make sense of any resource that might be used to learn and/or apply science (e.g. ACT and PLAN tests, textbooks, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and assessments). 

Social Sciences Department

3 Credits

  • Social Sciences I
    • Civics
    • Ancient Civilizations
  • Social Sciences I - Honors
    • Civics
    • Ancient Civilizations
  • Social Sciences II
    • World History 1500-1800
    • World History 1800-Present 
  • Social Sciences II - Honors
    • World History 1500-1800
    • World History 1800-Present
  • Social Sciences III
    • American History to 1865
    • American Hisotry 1865-Present
  • Social Sciences III-Honors
    • American History to 1865/CC
    • American History 1865 to present/CC
  • Social Sciences IV - Honors
    • American Politics/CC
    • American Foreign Policy/CC
  • Current Issues 
  • Psychology
  • Modern American History Seminar

The St. Pius X High School Social Sciences Department in alignment with the National Council of social Studies Content Standards would expect students to “experience the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance.”

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Act in accordance with the expectations of the St. Pius X Honor code including the value of daily prayer.
  2.  Use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g. libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to research and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
  3. Understand the basics of the state and federal constitutions and how they apply to daily life and individual rights and responsibilities as a citizen.
  4.  Read a range of interpretations on particular events, compare and contrast the interpretations, and develop individual conclusions.
  5.  Explain the connections within historical events in World and American History, as well as other social Science.
  6.  Understand how various personalities (e.g. Luther, Hitler, Roosevelt, Wilson, Freud) influence the course of history and the social science.
  7.  Understand the Five Themes of Geography (Location, Place Movement, Human-Environment Interaction, and Region) and apply that knowledge to acquire respect for human diversity and the international community.
  8.  Develop and understand a knowledge of civilizations and their contributions to the modern world.
  9.  Read and make sense of any resources that might be used to learn and/or apply Social Sciences (e.g. books, charts, graphs, maps, newspaper articles, and various assessments).
  10.  Demonstrate proficiency in communicating historical and social science information and concepts effectively in written and oral forms. 

World Languages Department

2 Credits

  • Spanish I 
  • Spanish I - Honors 
  • Spanish II 
  • Spanish II - Honors 
  • Spanish III - CC 
  • Spanish IV - CC

The St. Pius X High World Languages Department in alignment with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages would like the St. Pius graduates to have the opportunities and resources to become “linguistically and culturally equipped to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad.”

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Act in accordance with the expectations of the St. Pius Honor Code, including the value of daily prayer.     
  2. Read a wide range of controlled and native texts to build an understanding of  the texts and of the Hispanic cultures of the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.
  3. Apply a wide range of reading strategies to evaluate and appreciate texts in the appropriate world language.
  4. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of and ability to use an academic vocabulary. 
  5. Employ strategies (e.g. proofreading, self correction skills, and peer editing skills) as they write to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. 
  6. Students will display a degree of knowledge and confidence communicating (e.g. speaking, listening, writing, and comprehending) in the target language.
  7. Use a variety of technological and informational resources (e.g. libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to research, collect examples, and synthesize information both individually and collaboratively to communicate in the target language.
  8. Develop a familiarity with the geography of the countries where the target language is spoken.
  9. Develop an understanding and respect for cultural diversity and the global community through the study and discussion of verbal and written resources. 

Fine Arts Department

1 Credit

  • Art I 
    • Fundamentals of Drawing and Design
    • Creative Strategies
  • Art II 
    • French Impressionism: Landscapes
    • Ceramics: Pre-Columbian Pottery
  • Art II - Honors 
    • Portraits: The Human Head
    • Ceramics: Contemporary Pottery
  • Art III - Honors 
    • Modern to Current Isms
    • Sculputure: Assemblage
  • Art IV - Honors 
    • Innovations: Proposal & Project
    • Accomplishment: Portfolio & Exhibition
  • Chorus 
  • Concert Choir - Honors 
  • Beginning Band 
  • Concert Band 
  • Concert Band - Honors 
  • Jazz Band - Honors 
  • Music Technology*

The St. Pius X High School Fine Arts Department would like the St. Pius graduates to have an “aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity” (Katy Independent School District)

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1.  Act in accordance with the expectations of the St. Pius Honor Code, including the value of daily prayer.   
  2. Read a range of texts to build an understanding of fine arts in the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.
  3. Develop the ability to work creatively as an individual and in a collaborative group.
  4. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of and ability to use an academic vocabulary.
  5. Apply the knowledge of their chosen area of fine arts to perform and create with confidence for an authentic audience.
  6. Employ various strategies as they write to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. 
  7. Use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g. libraries, databases, computer networks, video, audio) to research and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
  8. Participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, critical, and literate members of a variety of societal settings.
  9. Develop an understanding and respect for human diversity and the global community through the study and discussion of the historical and contemporary place that fine arts have played in world cultures. 

Wellness Department

2.5 Credits

  • Wellness
  • Fitness
  • CrossFit*
  • Martial Arts-Honors* 
  • Drug Education*

The goals of the Health and Physical Education Department at St. Pius X High School are to provide a safe, disciplined, and encouraging environment for students.

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Improve their fitness level.
  2. Improve their self-esteem.
  3. Develop the mind, body, and soul.
  4. Learn strategies for a healthy life.
  5. Practice self-discipline, cooperation, teamwork and leadership.

Practical Arts Department

1 Credit

  • Digital Citzenship
  • Personal Finance 
  • Digital Media
  • Coding
  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Marketing
  • Yearbook
  • Yearbook - Honors 

The St. Pius X High School Business Department in alignment with the National Business Education Association Standards would like the St. Pius graduates to “become responsible citizens, capable of making the astute economic decisions that will benefit their personal and professional lives.” 

St. Pius X High School graduates should...

  1. Act in accordance with the expectations of the St. Pius Honor Code, including the value of daily prayer.    
  2. Read a wide range texts to build an understanding of texts of the economic environment of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. 
  3. Apply a wide range of strategies to evaluate and appreciate texts and to comprehend, interpret, and apply knowledge to real world situations. 
  4. Demonstrate an increased knowledge of and ability to use an academic vocabulary.  
  5. Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes in business and economics. 
  6. Employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.  
  7. Use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g. libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to research and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge. 
  8. Display the interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills that will help to function successfully in the business environment. 
  9. Demonstrate the marketable sills of neatness, promptness, and accuracy in the classroom. 
  10. Hone the lifelong learning skills that foster flexible career paths and confidence in adapting to a workplace that demands constant retooling.

CC = College Credit...Students can potentially earn 38 college credit hours

* Denotes course unique to St. Pius X High School