Curriculum

We are pleased to offer an extensive, multi-level curriculum that provides all students, including those with academic accommodations, with the opportunity both to challenge themselves and to achieve success by enrolling in the level of courses that meets their needs.  More importantly, recognizing that a student’s academic needs vary by discipline, we do not “track” our students.

Additionally, we offer fifteen dual credit courses for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College.  All the dual credit courses, except Residential Electricity, are offered at Mater Dei for no additional charge.  Dual credit courses provide our students with numerous advantages following graduation: experience with college-level coursework, financial savings, and the opportunities to earn additional minors or majors or to graduate early.

The pages below provide a listing of available courses, as well as the amount of credit earned in those courses.  For complete descriptions of each course, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide.

Business Education

Graduation Requirement: 0.5 credit of Consumer Economics

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Course (1 credit)
Accounting Principles
CEO - Creating Entrepreneur Opportunities *

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Consumer Economics
Computer Applications
Advanced Computer Applications *
Web Page Design
Business Law
Marketing
Small Business Management
Introduction to Networking
Introduction to Coding
Office Assistant

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

 

English

Graduation Requirement: 4 credits of English and 0.5 credit of Speech 103

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
English I A
English I
English I Honors
English II A
English II
English II Honors

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Short Literature I
American Literature
American Literature Honors
Short Literature II
English Literature
Practical Writing
Composition
Composition Honors
Effective Writing
Methods of Writing
English Composition 101 *
English Composition 102 *
Speech 103 *

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

Fine Arts

Graduation Requirement: 0.5 credit

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
Concert Band
Jazz Band

Year-Long Course (0.5 credit)
Wind Ensemble

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Chorus
Introduction to Music in America *
Arts Appreciation
Art Graphics
Drawing and Design
Advanced Drawing and Design
Ceramics
Advanced Ceramics
Portfolio of Advanced Art Projects

Semester Course (0.25 credit)
Noon Chorus

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

 

NOTE: To participate in Marching Band, a student must enroll in Concert Band, Jazz Band, or Wind Ensemble.  However, a student enrolled in Concert Band, Jazz Band, or Wind Ensemble is not required to participate in Marching Band.

Foreign Language

Graduation Requirement: none (minimum of two years recommended for college)

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish 101 *
Spanish 102 *

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

Home Economics

Graduation Requirement: none

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Sewing I
Sewing II
Foods to Faith - A Spiritual Journey Through Culinary Arts

Industrial Education

Graduation Requirement: none

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses  (1 credit)
Basic Shop I
Basic Shop II
Drafting

 

Year-Long Courses  (2 credits)
Building Trades I
Building Trades II
Residential Electricity *

NOTE: These courses are two periods in length.

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College.  This course, which includes additional fees, is offered at the Kaskaskia College Education Center in Trenton during the school day.

Mathematics

Graduation Requirement: 3 credits

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
Essentials of Algebra I
Algebra I
Algebra I Honors
Essentials of Geometry
Geometry
Geometry Honors
Essentials of Algebra II
Algebra II
Algebra II Honors
Algebra II and Trigonometry Honors
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry **

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Finite Mathematics
Trigonometry
Statistics

 

** While this course is not an official Advanced Placement (AP) course, the level of coursework fully prepares students for the AP test.

Physical Education

Graduation Requirement: 1.5 credits of physical education and 0.5 credit of Health 

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
Physical Education II (males)
Physical Education II (females)
Weightlifting and Conditioning *

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Health
Physical Education I (males)
Physical Education I (females)
Physical Education III
Physical Education IV
Weightlifting and Conditioning *

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

Theology

Graduation Requirement: 4 credits and Senior Service Project 

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Course (1 credit)
Youth Faith Formation Teacher (seniors only)

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Theology I: Jesus Christ, God's Revelation to the World
Theology I: Theology of the Body
Theology II: Jesus Christ, God's Love Made Visible
Theology II: The Paschal Mystery
Theology III: The Church, Our Story
Theology III: Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments
Theology IV: Your Moral Life in Christ
Theology IV: Foundations of Catholic Social Doctrine

Service Requirements
An essential aspect of our Mission is to provide an opportunity for our students both to learn to serve and to serve to learn. Therefore, in addition to performing service as a school community, our students perform individual service.  Through their service experiences, our students develop self-confidence, become aware of the needs of others, and recognize the many ways they can serve others with the talents God has graciously given them.

More specifically, our freshman, sophomore, and junior students perform twelve hours of service aligned with the Corporal Works of Mercy each year.  Our senior students complete a three-week Senior Service Project in January, during which they respond to the needs of others at a variety of locations in Clinton County, the greater metro-east area, and St. Louis, including day care centers, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, civil agencies, and social agencies.

Science

Graduation Requirement: 2 credits

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
Physical Science A
Physical Science
Physical Science Honors
Biology A
Biology
Biology Honors
Earth Science
Chemistry
Chemistry Honors
Physics
Physics Honors
Introduction to Engineering
Introduction to Agriculture

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
Biology II
Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry II *

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

Social Studies

Graduation Requirement: 2 credits, including American History, and passing the U.S. Constitution test

For complete descriptions of the courses, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

Year-Long Courses (1 credit)
World History
American History
Advanced Placement (AP) American History

Semester Courses (0.5 credit)
American Government
Modern American History
Current World Issues
Global Studies
Marketing
Rules for Life
General Psychology *
Early Child Development *
Life Span Growth and Development *

 

* This course is a dual credit course for which students earn credit at both Mater Dei and Kaskaskia College for no additional charge.

Driver Education

During the school year, students complete both the classroom phase and the behind-the-wheel phase of Driver's Education.  (Note: There are additional fees for Driver's Education.)  For a complete description of the course, please review the 2021-2022 Curriculum Guide

In addition, the classroom phase of Driver's Education is offered during the summer at Mater Dei for students meeting the applicable birth date requirement.  The fee is $65 for Mater Dei students, $90 for Central Community High School students, and $120 for students from all other high schools.  The fee must be paid on the first day of class, and checks should be made payable to Mater Dei Catholic High School Driver's Education.  Please note that the fee is for the classroom phase only.  Additional fees will be charged for the behind-the-wheel phase and the driver's permit and license.

To register for the summer classroom phrase, please submit the 2021 Summer Driver's Education Registration Form.  Please note that priority for placement in the course will be given to Mater Dei students first, Central Community High School students second, and students from all other high schools third.

Section 1: 15 years old by June 15, 2021
June 2, 2021, through June 15, 2021 (weekdays)
8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Section 2: 15 years old by August , 2021
July 26, 2021 through August 6, 2021 (weekdays)
8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.