College preparatory on all levels, Connelly's curriculum is designed to provide each student with a solid, inclusive academic foundation. Connelly teachers work closely together to link subject matter in their individual fields to those in other disciplines. It is believed that this approach to learning deepens the student's understanding and retention of material while helping her to better grasp complex ideas. For example, when Freshwoman students study Roman dictators in Ancient History, they read the Shakespeare tragedy The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in Literature class and study Roman sculpture in Art.

The ultimate goal of Connelly's Interdisciplinary Program is to prepare students for the more demanding level of thinking that will be expected of them in college and beyond.

Graduation Requirements
English 8 semesters Religious Studies 8 semesters
Fine Arts 3 semesters Lab Science

6 semesters

Foreign Language 6 semesters (same language) Social Science 6 semesters
Mathematics 6 semesters Community Service

80 hours

Physical Education 2 semesters Elective

2 semesters

Technology - Demonstrate competency in teh following computer programs: Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Connelly's academic requirements exceed those of the State Board of Education, as well as the University of California entrance requirements.

Fine Arts / Drama / MUSIC

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

In addition to regular courses, Honors and AP courses are offered across the curriculum.

Honors Courses:
Advanced Placement Courses:
Algebra I
20th Century Literature (English IV)
Algebra II/Trigonometry
AB Calculus
American Literature (English III)
BC Calculus
British Literature (English II)
Chemistry       Biology
English I
French Language
American Government
Studio Art
Spanish Language
Spanish III
World History
Studio Art I and II
World History
Spanish III       French III
U.S. History
Art History


Schools of the Holy Child Student Exchange Program

Connelly School participates in a student exchange program with other Holy Child schools in the United States. Any interested student may apply to spend one quarter during her 10th or 11th grade on exchange. Each student must meet the criteria established by the Holy Child schools. Schools currently participating in the Exchange Program with Connelly are located in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Ireland.

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