Vianney's curriculum is organized into four academies. This structure helps ensure integrated learning and promotes communication among teachers from different disciplines to the advantage of students.
2012-2013 Course Catalog
RELIGION Four credits required
The main goal of the Faith Formation Department is to proclaim to students the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We endeavor to guide students to the wisdom and the insights that come from applying God's word to everyday human experiences. We provide age-appropriate retreat and prayer experiences that develop faith while integrating the Characteristics of Marianist Education.
Courses include topics such as Hebrew scriptures, Gospel values, sacraments and Marianist studies.
ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS Four credits required (classes through 2015); four and one-half (class of 2016 and later)
The ability to communicate, and an understanding of the context in which we communicate, is essential to a successful and satisfying adulthood. The language arts department seeks to enable students to read and write thoughtfully and with critical insight.
Language arts courses explore vocabulary, American and world literature, and written expression through poetry, essays, research papers and creative narratives. Honors and college-credit courses are available.
SOCIAL STUDIES Three credits required
The goals of the social studies department include:
Social studies classes include American and world history, government and economics, among others. Honors, ACC and AP courses are available.
FINE ARTS One credit required
The fine and performing arts department helps students gain knowledge and ability in the arts while developing their innate creative abilities. We seek to round out boys' education and experience so that they use their eyes and ears to gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and artistry of God's world.
Fine arts courses include topics such as band, speech, drawing, design, film study and stagecraft.
MODERN LANGUAGE Two credits required
The need for increased and better communication among peoples of the world is our reason for presenting a strong and well-rounded language program.
Learning a second language enables a student to rediscover the world in terms of this language. The student experiences culture through language and literature as a source of personal enrichment and as a means of entering into another's community. Foreign language study brings about a more enlightened perspective and appreciation of our own culture, as well as an awareness of each person's responsibility to the world community.
Language courses include Spanish, German and American Sign Language. Honors and college-credit classes are available.
MATHEMATICS Three credits required
The math department strives to develop in students of all academic levels the ability to reason logically in the world of numbers, to apply reasoning in problem solving, and to learn the language of mathematics as a requisite for a continuously growing understanding of mathematics in their careers and lives.
Math courses include algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus, among others. Honors, AP and ACC classes are available.
SCIENCE Three credits required (classes through 2015); or three and one-half (class of 2016 and later)
The science department provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and appreciation of the natural sciences. The curriculum emphasizes the process of scientific inquiry so students can discover and interpret scientific knowledge, develop interests and appreciation for science, and realize that these processes can be applied in the Marianist tradition to find solutions of current and future problems.
Science classes include biology, chemistry, physics, forensic science and environmental science. Honors, AP and ACC classes are available.
Practical Arts One credit required (classes through 2013) or two credits (class of 2014 and later)
The practical arts department offers a variety of courses that enhance the educational experience of Vianney students. We provide students with the background and confidence needed to succeed on the college level. Practical arts courses build interpersonal and technical skills that serve students well throughout their lives.
Practical arts courses include topics such as economics, computer programming, accounting, architectural drawing, leadership and business and personal law.
Physical Education Two credits required
The physical education program at St. John Vianney High School helps each student pursue maximum development of basic physical skills, fitness and good health habits. The program fosters moral, spiritual, social and cultural growth by providing guidelines and examples to help students practice fair and mature judgments that are consistent with good sportsmanship, fair play and Christian values.
All PE courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis -- no grade points are earned for a passing grade. Students must pass the required courses in order to graduate.