Departments

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Art & Music Department

We believe artistic exploration contributes to the development of the whole person.  Hartley’s Art and Music Department provides opportunities for student’s to explore their talents and achieve a degree of artistic knowledge and aesthetic appreciation in both the visual and performing arts. We are committed to providing an environment and curriculum where students can flourish.

We offer a broad range of classes and experienced faculty. The curriculum is designed to both build a foundation of theory, fundamentals, history, and appreciation and help students build and grow their skills. Our robust curriculum offers choices for students who want to have an introduction to the arts as well as those who are interested in pursuing a career in visual or performing arts.

Courses:

Fine Arts — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grade 9, Required

Art Fundamentals — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisites

Drawing (Freehand) — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, No Prerequisites

Continuing Art: Drawing — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals; Drawing, and a minimum grade of B- in each or permission.

Continuing Art: 2-Dimensional Art — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals; Drawing, and a minimum grade of B- in each or permission.

Continuing Art: 3-Dimensional Design — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisites: Art Fundamentals; Drawing, and a minimum grade of B- in each or permission.

Continuing Art: Painting — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals; Drawing, and a minimum grade of B- in each or permission.

Yearbook — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Interview.

Digital Photography — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Drawing or Art Fundamentals

Applied Art — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, Prerequisite: Art Fundamentals

AP Art/Portfolio Art — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: Invitation by department chair.

Drama I — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Drama II — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Drama I and permission of instructor

Music Appreciation (Level 1) — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Music History (Level 2) — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, Prerequisite: Music Appreciation

Music Theory & Composition — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Instrumental Music — 2 Semester, 1 Credit, All Grades, Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, minimum of 1 year experience and/or private lessons.

Men’s/Women’s Chorus — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Concert Choir — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisites: Must audition, Men’s/Women’s Chorus

Electronic Composition — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Music Appreciation

English Department

 

We encourage the development of each student’s individual potential through critical thinking, concise and clear writing, fluent and articulate speech, effective decision making, intellectual risk taking and total respect for all.

Hartley’s English Department’s courses are designed to build competencies in the areas of writing, reading, speaking and listening. But we are also committed to creating opportunities, experiences and activities that aid students in becoming effective users of print and non-print media. Literary and media works, selected for excellence in both style and content, promote spiritual and humanistic attitudes, appreciation for the beauty of words and thoughts, awareness and acceptance of a diversified society and skills within the realm of critical thinking.

Our curriculum is designed to improve student awareness of the important role that the English language and its literature play in their intellectual, personal and life developments. Our English courses emphasize the fostering of written and oral comprehension, of critical thinking abilities, and of fluency in the communication and expression of ideas.

Courses:

English 9 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, No Prerequisite

English 10 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, Prerequisite: English 9

English 11 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 11, Prerequisite: English 10

English 12 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: English 11

Writing Workshop — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, No Prerequisite

Creative Writing — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Writing proficiency and submission of student’s current creative writing samples.

Journalism — 1 or 2 Semesters, 1 or 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Recommendation of English Teacher.

Honors Courses

Honors English 9 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, Prerequisite: Placement Test and recommendation

Honors English 10 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, Prerequisite: A- or above in Honors English 9 or an A in English 9 and/or teacher recommendation.

Speech — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Language Arts Enrichment I — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, No Prerequisite

Language Arts Enrichment II — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, No Prerequisite

Honors English 11 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 11, Prerequisite: B or above in Honors English 10 or an A in English 10 and teacher recommendation.

Junior AP English Language and Composition — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 11, Prerequisite: A in Honors English, teacher recommendation, and superior achievement on placement test.

Honors English 12  — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: B or above in Honors English 11 or an A in English 11, teacher recommendation, and completed English 11 research paper.

Senior AP English Literature and Composition — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: B+ or above in AP English 11, teacher recommendation, and completed English 11 research paper.

Electives:

Speech — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Language Arts Enrichment I — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, No Prerequisite

Language Arts Enrichment II — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, No Prerequisite

World Language Department

The study of a world languages encompasses areas that far exceed the acquisition of linguistic skills. . Our “shrinking planet” has increased our need to work together on political, economic, and technological levels if our global civilization is to survive.

At an age when the students experience much peer pressure to conform to given norms, foreign language study can contribute to their maturing process, helping them to recognize that “different” does not mean “better” or “worse,” but rather “unique,” a value that is to be treasured. Exposure to other ways of life, differing attitudes, thought patterns, histories, and manners of other people frees the students from ignorance of other cultures and customs, which too often result in prejudice and bigotry.

In a school where Christian community is the very “raison d’etre,” the World Languages Department is committed to fostering a spirit of peace, love, and brotherhood according to the spirit of the Gospels.

At Hartley, we are committed to ensuring every student is prepared for success. That means providing a curriculum which reflects the types of skills and knowledge students need to succeed in the ever changing world in which we live. In today’s global economy, the understanding of other languages and cultures is critical. Our World Language Department offers courses in both modern and classical languages to meet that need.

Current languages include including French, Spanish, Italian, and Latin. By offering multiple levels of each language, students can develop competencies in both the written and spoken word. Our curriculum also offers enrichment activities that allow for immersion into the various world cultures in recognition of the fact that today’s foreign language courses need to go beyond linguistic skills. And, as a reflection of the faith foundation at Bishop Hartley, we approach foreign language as a way to promote peace, understanding, and tolerance across cultures.

Our World Language Department uses the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines as the basis for our proficiency model. Students are assessed in each of the four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening as a measure of overall language ability. Use of the language is critical to developing proficiency and so active participation significantly contributes to success.

 

Health & Physical Education Department

Our school is founded on the principle of educating the entire person: body, mind and spirit. We believe a positive lifestyle ensures our students will reach their goals and enjoy life to the fullest.  Hartley’s Health and Physical Education Department focuses on the health of the body and offers courses in physical education, health, wellness, and nutrition to help students develop healthy habits which will last a lifetime.

We know students face a number of temptations and barriers that can keep them from having a healthy lifestyle. Our philosophy of educating the entire person gives students a comprehensive knowledge base to make smart decisions and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

Courses:

Health — Required, 2 Semesters, 1/2 Credit, Grade 9, No Prerequisites

Physical Education A — Required, 1 Semester, 1/4 Credit, Grades 9 & 10, No Prerequisites

Physical Education B — Required, 1 Semester, 1/4 Credit, Grades 9 & 10, No Prerequisites

Fitness for Life — Elective, 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisites: Phys Ed A & Phys Ed B

Nutrition and Wellness — Elective,1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: None

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Mathematics Department

Our core curriculum includes multiple levels of mathematical education to ensure we have courses to meet the career interest of a student while acknowledging the various levels of individual interest and ability.  With comprehensive offerings ranging from Pre-Algebra Calculus II & Statistics,  and dual enrollment which provides college credit for advanced math achievement, Hartley’s Mathematics Department provides the curriculum diversity to ensure the success and achievement of every student.

Pre-Algebra — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, Prerequisite: 8th Grade Placement

Algebra I — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 9, 10, 11, Prerequisite: 8th Grade Placement or credit in Pre-Algebra

Geometry — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, All Grades, Prerequisite: at least 73% in Algebra I or mastery on the Diocesan Algebra I Test

Algebra II — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: Credit in Geometry

Senior Transition Math — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: this course is limited to college bound seniors testing at levels 4 or 5 on the Early Math Placement Test or scoring below 73% in Algebra II or Geometry.

Pre-Calculus — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: at least 73% in Algebra II

Calculus II — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: Credit in AP Calculus AB

Personal Finance — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, No Prerequisite

Statistics — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: Calculus II or Pre-Calculus and teacher recommendation.

Honors Courses

Honors Geometry — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 9 & 10, Prerequisite: 95% in Algebra I and teacher recommendation or A+ on the Diocesan Algebra I Test.

Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 10 & 11, Prerequisite: at least a B- in Honors Geometry or 95% in Algebra I and Geometry and teacher recommendation.

Honors Pre-Calculus — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: at least a B- in Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: A in Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry or B+ in Pre-Calculus.

 

Religion Department

We are committed to providing a quality Catholic education emphasizing Christ’s teachings in all phases of the educational process and empowering each student to mature spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically and socially.

Utilizing the approved Diocesan Religion Course of Study, textbooks and materials, Bishop Hartley’s Religion Department has developed an outstanding curriculum.  But, we take it a step further.  We have fostered excellent relationships with the Diocesan Offices of Social Concerns, Vocations and Liturgy and utilize them as regular resources for staff development and student curricular enrichment.

Our guest speaker series complements our classroom curriculum, reinforces our values, and follows our belief statements.  We bring in speakers from around the country and state to speak to real world issues and discuss timely topics.  Recent speakers have addressed issues such as the death penalty, poverty, Respect Life issues, and the concept of “just war.”

Day-long and multi-day retreats provide opportunities for additional spiritual growth.  We highly value the class retreats, requiring all students to participate in an annual retreat with students in their grade level.  Participation offers immeasurable benefits to the students and strengthens relationships with their peers and faculty.

Courses by grade:

Religion 9
Semester 1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
Semester 2: Who is Jesus Christ?

Religion 10
Semester 1: The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)
Semester 2: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

Religion 11
Semester 1: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ
Semester 2: Life in Jesus Christ

Religion 12
Semester 1: History of the Catholic Church
Semester 2: Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society

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Science & Technology Department

Our robust science, technology and business offerings provide one of the most comprehensive, exciting, and challenging curriculums available at the high school level. Hartley’s Science and Technology Department functions on the premise that scientific discovery helps students understand the physical and biological world around them and helps them develop critical thinking and reasoning skills they will use across all subjects. Science and technology also  represent two growing fields of career opportunities for our students who are passionate about the subject matter. We believe scientific discovery can be fascinating and fun.

With 12 science courses and eight business and technology courses, students have the opportunity to acquire an understanding of fundamental concepts, gain laboratory and reasoning skills, and explore higher level scientific knowledge in areas such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Half of our science courses are at the honors or AP level, so there is no limit to the knowledge students can gain.

Science Courses:
Comprehensive Science — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, No Prerequisite

Biology — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, No Prerequisite

Astronomy — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: 83% or above in previous Science and Geometry, teacher approval.

Human Physiology — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: 83% or above in Biology or Earth Science; or 77% or above in Chemistry; teacher recommendation.

Earth Science — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: Biology (may be taken concurrently) and Algebra I with a grade of 73% or above (minimum grade of C).

Chemistry — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: 83% or above in previous science; 83% or above in Geometry, Algebra II or Algebra II/Trig (may be taken concurrently).

Physics — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: 83% or above in Chemistry or 77% or above in Honors Chemistry; 80% or above in Honors Algebra II/Trig, or 87% or above in Honors Algebra II, or 83% or above in Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus; teacher recommendation.

Honors Comprehensive Science — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 9, Prerequisite: Math placement in Algebra I, Honors Algebra I or Geometry and recommendation of grade school teacher.

Honors Biology — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and 93% or above in Comprehensive Science or 87% or above in Honors Comprehensive Science.

AP Biology — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, Prerequisite: 93% in Biology, 93% in Chemistry, 93% in Honors Algebra II and teacher recommendation.

Honors Chemistry — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: A in Biology, A- in Honors Biology, minimum of 83% in Algebra II or Honors Algebra II (may be taken concurrently) and teacher recommendation.

Honors Physics — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, Prerequisite: 93% or above in Chemistry, or 90% in Honors Chemistry; 93% or above in Algebra II or 87% in Honors Algebra II, or 95% in Chemistry and 93% in Honors Algebra II; teacher recommendation.

Business and Technology Courses:

General Business — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, No Prerequisite

Accounting I — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grades 10, 11, 12, No Prerequisite

Accounting II — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grade 12, Accounting I

Business Law — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, No Prerequisite

Computer Applications — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

Economics — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, No Prerequisite

Investigations Into Technology — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit (Pass/Fail), Grades 10, 11, 12, Prerequisite: permission of instructor

Personal Finance — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, No Prerequisite  

 

Social Studies Department

Our goal of developing students into contributing citizens who are active and engaged in their community as well as the world around them is supported by our social studies curriculum. At Hartley, we believe a solid understanding of U.S. history is a foundational component of deciphering the world in which we live and emerging issues students will need to understand in the future. We challenge students to approach history as more than memorization of names and dates and see it as a way to apply the lessons learned from the past to modern day challenges.

Hartley’s Social Studies Department offers a curriculum rich in American history and is complemented by specialty courses on contemporary issues, military history, and world cultures.

Courses:

History 10 — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 10, No Prerequisite

United States History — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 11, No Prerequisite

American Government — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 12, No Prerequisite

Psychology — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, No Prerequisite

Sociology — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher approval

Contemporary Issues/Special Topics — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher approval

American Military History — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, Grades 11 & 12, Prerequisite: Social Studies teacher approval

World Cultures — 1 Semester, 1/2 Credit, All Grades, No Prerequisite

AP United States History — 2 Semesters, 1 Credit, Grade 11, Prerequisite: teacher prerequisites