COURSES OF STUDY:
WHAT DOES JESUIT EDUCATION
"While continuing to stress
academic excellence, the Society of Jesus has
always sought to imbue students with values that
transcend the goals of money, fame and success.
We want graduates who will be leaders concerned
about the society and the world in which they
live, desirous of eliminating hunger and conflict
in the world, sensitive to the need for more equitable
distribution of Gods bounty...eager to share
their faith and love of Christ with others.
"Recent trends in education
have focused exclusively on self-actualization
of the individual. Today it must be the world
community that forms the context for growth and
learning...There is no aspect of education, not
even the hard sciences, which is neutral. All
teaching imparts values and these values can be
such as to promote justice or to work...at cross
purposes to the mission of the Society (of Jesus).
"The objective of Jesuit
education is to form men and women for the service
of others in the world community of the 21st century."
Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
June 9, 1989
As a college preparatory high school, Scranton
Prep strives to offer a comprehensive curriculum
which will prepare students for the rigors of
higher education. While striving for academic
excellence, Prep students are challenged with
a curriculum of core courses and the opportunity
to experience electives within various departments.
Scranton Prep expects students to challenge themselves
with courses that have interest to them through
the course selection process.
Prep schedules courses on the basis of a six-day
cycle. Most courses meet everyday of the cycle;
some lab sciences meet seven or eight times in
a cycle, and other courses do not meet every day
of the cycle.All courses that do not meet every
day of the cycle are granted credit proportional
to the number of meetings in a cycle. Every effort
is made to allow students to take the courses
of their choice. However, due to the complexity
and permutations of scheduling, all courses may
not be available to every student at all times.
In order to form well-rounded young men and women
who are open to growth, Scranton Prep has a required
course of studies with opportunities for electives.
All students take four years of math, English,
religious education, and physical education. In
addition, two years of Latin and two years of
modern foreign language are required. Also, all
students are exposed to the fine arts through
mandated courses in freshman and junior year.
All students are encouraged to take four years
of science and social studies and to have further
experience with the classics. As students grow
in an awareness of their strengths and their preferences,
they have opportunities to choose from numerous
electives in many departments. Some courses, such
as Greek and the choice of a modern foreign language,
are a two-year commitment. With the assistance
of the guidance department, students are encouraged
to elect courses that will meet their needs and
maximize their chances for selection into the
colleges and universities of their choice.
ACCELERATED / ADVANCED PLACEMENT / HONORS COURSES
All courses offered at Scranton Prep are college
preparatory in nature and attempt to challenge
students to grow in academic competence and confidence.
It should be understood that all courses at Prep
are taught to the highest academic standards.
For a select group of students, courses of an
advanced, accelerated, and honors nature are offered
to encourage those few students to meet even greater
challenges. The departments, in collaboration
with the administration, select students, based
on objective data, student profiles, and the best
interest of the student.
CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
All students must complete the required courses
of studies and must accumulate a total of twenty-seven
and two-thirds credits in order to graduate from
Scranton Prep. At the discretion of the Principal,
due to the nature of certain elective courses,
some students are allowed to graduate having earned
a minimum of twenty-six and two thirds credits.