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 more information, please review the 2016-2017 Curriculum Guide.
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 are as follows:
English 8 semesters
Fine Arts 3 semesters (Does not include Foundations Course)
Mathematics 6 semesters
Physical Education 4 semesters (Health is included in Grade 9 P.E. course)
Religious Studies 8 semesters
Science 6 semesters
Social Science 6 semesters
World Language 6 semesters of the same language
Financial Literacy 1 semester (May be completed with Personal Finance, Economics,
or approved electives. Required, starting with the Class of 2014.)
Elective 2 semesters
Community Service 80 hours (*see Campus Ministry Service Program below)
Technology Demonstrate competency through class use of the following
programs: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Campus Ministry Service Program:
9th grade 16 hours
10th grade 16 hours
11th grade 24 hours
12th grade 24 hours, plus the Senior Service Learning Project
Connelly's academic requirements exceed those of the State Board of Education, as well as the University of California entrance requirements.
Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
16 Honors Courses: Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Advanced Handbells, Algebra I, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry, English I, English II, English III, English IV, Geometry, Government, Physics, Precalculus, Spanish III, and World History.
11 AP Courses: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Latin Vergil, Spanish Language, Studio Art, and US History.
World Language Offered: Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
Tri-School Theatre - visit our Tri-School Theatre page.
Tri-School Theatre was born out of a vision to create a theatre arts training program for students attending the three Catholic, single-sex high schools in North Orange County: Cornelia Connelly School and Servite High School in Anaheim, and Rosary High School in Fullerton. Since its inception in 1988, the program has grown into a four-year Performing Arts Conservatory which now includes training in Musical Theatre, Acting, Movement, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Technical Theatre, Playwriting, and an Individualized Mentorship Program. A Charter was developed in 1994 formally establishing the Tri-School Theatre Program into the curriculum of each of the three participating schools. The Conservatory operates out of the 980 seat, fully-equipped Servite Theatre.
Schools of the Holy Child Student Exchange Program - visit our Exchange Program page
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.