High School

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Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School
Rooted In Faith, Forward in Excellence, Committed to Service
Welcoming Freshman Students in Fall 2017

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Download 2017-2018 Calendar

Download 2017-2018 Course Catalog

VISION

Our vision as a Christ-centered educational community in the charism of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac is to form youth in faith, with a critical mind and with a love of learning.  This will prepare them to be instruments in the transformation of society according to Gospel values.

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MISSION

The mission of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School is to prepare youth and young adults in faith who are leaders at the service of others.  We strive to educate the whole person through a program marked by academic rigor in an environment that fosters the responsible exercise of personal liberty, a sense of the wider community and active compassion for others.

Education Beyond Borders
“WHAT YOU SEE WITH YOUR EYES TOUCHES YOUR HEART”

“Exchanges between different Company of Mary schools, getting to know different realities, doing volunteer work, learning and perfecting other languages, as well as sharing knowledge and experience help us feel part of a community that goes beyond its own borders.”
(Company of Mary International Educational Project)

Opportunities to study abroad and involvement in mission/cultural programs are provided, not only from an academic perspective, but as life-enriching and transformative experiences.

CURRICULUM

STREAM
(Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math)

Humanities is the cornerstone of the curriculum.  Our approach is that a sound education must be balanced between the different subject areas with each discipline providing insight into the human experience.  Education ultimately is at the service of humanity and we want our students to become leaders who make a difference in our world no matter what career path they choose.

The methodology underlying the academic program is known as Sustained Inquiry Learning. It is academically rigorous requiring students to ask complex questions, develop strategies for research/investigation, evaluate and analyze information and arrive at conclusions based on evidence.  The program offers:

  • Religion and faith formation; service opportunities at the local and international levels
  • Level coursework, Advanced Placement combined with Dual and Concurrent enrollment opportunities in the various subject areas
  • Online and blended instruction that will permit students greater flexibility and options
  • Math and Science (STEM coursework) that combine the curriculum of the nationally recognized program Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • Speech, Debate, World Languages
  • Social Studies and Government
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Culinary Arts and Horticulture
  • Study abroad opportunities

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extra curricular programs and activities are meant to enhance the total educational experience benefiting the development of the whole individual.  Activities are established based on scholar interest, feasibility and affordability, and on how the activity supports the vision and mission statements.  Opportunities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Student Leadership and Campus Ministry
  • Honor Societies
  • Debate, Mock Trial, Model United Nations
  • CIF Sports Participation – could include Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field, Swimming, Water Polo, Equestrian
  • Mustang Theatre
  • Choir and Band
  • Service/Community outreach clubs
  • World Culture and special interest clubs
  • Spirit Teams and Dance

BASIC CHARACTERISTICS

Sustained Inquiry Learning—teacher guided, student driven – why SIL?

  • Requires students to analyze at a much deeper level, make connections, address more complex problems
  • Focuses on process AND outcomes. Student growth measured through a variety of assessments
  • Requires student responsibility for learning
  • Greater integration of different styles of learning
  • Connects the learning/assignment to real-world application
  • Connects the school to the wider community during presentation of findings from larger projects, as done in universities and the work place
  • Follows the University of California and Cal-State requirements
  • Humanities-focused
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Service oriented
  • Combination of AP coursework, dual and concurrent enrollment, and articulation opportunities
  • Online and blended instruction

THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Will follow the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Curriculum Framework
Elective courses:

  • History of the Church
  • Discipleship in the Modern World
  • Comparative Religions (will seek UC/CSU approval)
  • Christian lifestyles/Family life
  • Ethics in the Modern World (will seek UC/CSU approval)
  • Campus Ministry Leadership

STEM COURSEWORK

Three pathways: Computer Science, Engineering, Biomedical

Implementation Goals:

  • Computer Science (2017-2018)
  • Engineering (2018-2019)
  • Biomedical (2020-2021)
  • Will offer the AP STEM certificate within the PLTW program—Examples include:
  • AP Biology
  • AP Physics
  • AP Chemistry

STEM COURSEWORK MATH

Much of coursework integrated into the PLTW program

  • 3 Levels of Algebra
  • Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • 3 Levels of Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Regular Calculus
  • AP Calculus

Dedicated to personalization of material to facilitate progress

Goal: Offer dual enrollment courses through Mt. San Jacinto at junior/senior levels
Freshmen and Sophomore classes will include level and honors courses
Courses will align with history classes, e.g.
Sophomore class – world literature to corresponds to World History
Junior class – U.S. literature to correspond to U.S. history class
Senior English:  Western classics with emphasis on British literature
Journalism and Yearbook
Speech and Debate
Expository Reading and Writing (CSU program)

PERFORMING AND FINE ARTS

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Fundamentals of Theater
Theater
Children’s Theater Production (11-12) – will help write, direct and produce children’s theater
Choral/choir/ensemble
Dance I and II
Instrumental Ensemble
Band

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Fundamentals of Studio Art I and II
Drawing I and II
Painting I and II
Ceramics I and II
AP Art History

SOCIAL SCIENCES

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AP Human Geography
World History
AP European History
Level and AP U.S. History
Native American History

Economics (with personal finance and investment)
AP Economics
AP Psychology
Government
Model UN
Mock Trial

WORLD LANGUAGES

4 levels of Spanish
4 levels of French
American Sign Language
Chinese
Latin

APPLIED ARTS

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Culinary Arts with internships
Certification programs in manufacturing, graphic arts

Future programs based on student interest

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Will give sports and club exemptions
PE classes: will encourage this to be done in summer for those who do not receive exemption
Health class will be online and/or taught in the summer

FRESHMAN CURRICULUM – 2017-2018

Religious Studies

  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
  • The Person of Jesus Christ

English

  • English/Classical Literature and Composition
  • Honors English/Classical Literature and Composition

Languages

  • Spanish 1 and 2
  • Honors

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fundamentals of Studio Art 1
  • Fundamentals of Studio Art 2

PLTW Computer Science

  • Introduction to Computer Science (1 year)

Science

  • Earth Science
  • Biology

Math

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Honors Algebra
  • Geometry

Social Sciences

  • AP Human Geography

CLASSROOM LAYOUT

  • Provide an open, bright, and flexible space for learning
  • Responds to changes in the Millennial and Gen Y generations
  • Provide student choice
  • Integrate technology to engage students
  • Allows greater focus on process alongside more traditional evaluations
  • Provide students with the opportunities to express their natural creativity
  • Utilize teachers as facilitators
  • Promote interdisciplinary and interconnected projects
  • Facilitate learning as an enjoyable process