Following the Roman Catholic tradition, our religion courses are rooted in Christology and faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. High school courses include the Bible, Morality, Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Christian Vocations. Religion is a required course for all students. For students who are Catholic, the courses enrich their understanding and experience of their own faith. For non-Catholic students, the religion courses provide an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of a faith tradition. We focus on what we have in common and strive to embrace all.
The high school English curriculum expands on students’ understanding of literature, grammar, and vocabulary, and focuses on building college-level writing skills. Students study a wide variety of literary genres and examine key literary periods over four years. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors study American literature, British literature, and world literature, respectively. Eligible seniors are enrolled in the College Board-approved course of Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. In addition, many juniors and seniors opt to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam for Language and Composition and are quite successful.
High school courses include a study of world history, as well as United States History I and II. The College Board approved course of Advanced Placement US History is available for eligible students. Lessons emphasize the practice of writing and include the study of primary sources. Additional high school electives include economics and psychology.
All students are placed in a math course dependent upon test scores, grades, and teacher recommendation. The high school college preparatory sequence is Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-calculus, and Calculus. Students who begin with Algebra II will end in Calculus. The high school advanced placement track is Honors Algebra II, Honors Geometry, Honors Pre-calculus, and culminates with the College Board-approved course of Advanced Placement Calculus AB.
Villa Victoria Academy’s science program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students follow either college preparatory or honors level science courses according to their math placement. Current courses include biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. Laboratory experiences are integrated throughout the courses. Eligible students may enroll in the College Board approved courses of Advanced Placement Biology or Advanced Placement Chemistry.
Villa Victoria Academy holds the classics in high regard and emphasizes vocabulary as the foundation for strong comprehension skills. Students may choose to study either French or Spanish during their four years of high school.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students are required to take two semesters of Health & Physical Education to meet their graduation requirement. The classes meet five days per week, one of which is used for health lessons. Students have the opportunity to sign up for the class that most interests them based on the offering for that semester. Courses will be established in the Spring prior to selection. Students have the opportunity to take one semester of “Responsible Driving,” a theory class that includes experience on the driving simulator.
All students participate in chorus throughout the year and perform in the Christmas and Spring concerts. Discovery of Music is a semester course for freshmen during which students focus on American music, Broadway and other performance genres, and music reading skills. Additional electives include Music Theory I & II and Advanced Music Theory.
Freshmen take a course titled Discovery of Art, which is divided into two parts. During the first half, we discuss the components and composition of works of art. The second half functions as a course in basic drawing.
Art electives are available to the rest of the high school students in the 2D Studio I, II, III, and IV courses. They use a wide range of art materials, tools, and processes while visually communicating creative works exploring themes and ideas and ultimately developing their own personal artistic styles.
Additional arts electives offered are dance, advanced dance, stage tech, theatre, instrumental ensemble, and acapella ensemble.