Academic Departments

West Catholic’s curriculum is faith-centered, academically challenging, and future-oriented. It is designed to prepare young men and women for success after graduation. Our college preparatory program features a wide variety of electives and includes over sixty courses developed to challenge students to realize their full academic potential.

Academic Level:Students in the freshmen year are placed in two academic levels based on their seventh and eighth grade marks and their categorical national percentiles on standardized tests. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are either in the Honors or College Prep.

Credits: All courses are one credit courses unless stated otherwise within the course description.

Program of Study

Freshmen

Total credits: 7

Required: Theology I, ELA I, Algebra I, Physics First, World History

Two from among: Art I, Technological Communications I, Spanish I, World Music, Engineering, or Intro. to Computer Science

Sophomores

Total credits: 7

Required: Theology II, ELA II, Geometry, Biology, and American Government

Two from among: Spanish I/II, Physical Education/Health, Art Elective, Music Elective, Computer Science Elective, Engineering Elective, Additional Math, or Health Elective

Juniors

Total credits: 6-7

Required: Theology III, ELA III, Algebra 2/Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, US History

One or two from among: : Spanish I/II/III, Physical Education/Health, Art Elective, Music Elective, Computer Science Elective, Engineering Elective, Math Elective, Science Elective, or Health Elective

Seniors

Total credits: 6-7

Required: Theology IV, ELA IV and a Math or Science course

Four or five from among: Spanish I/II/III, Physical Education/Health, Art Elective, Music Elective, Computer Science Elective, Engineering Elective, Math Elective, Science Elective, Health Elective, Business/Technology, or Living Psychology

Departments

English

Requirements: All students must take four years of English Language Arts at an academic level determined by the department and the administration. All students are required to complete summer assignments.
To improve standardized scores on the Terra Nova, PSAT, and the SAT, the English Department stresses an on-going program consisting of sentence error analysis, timed readings, and SSR(Sustained Silent Reading). To foster and encourage effective writing, all students participate in the Laws of Life essay contest, funded by the Templeton Foundation. Summer reading is also required. For honors courses, there are also mandatory written assignments based on additional summer readings.

Teacher - English, Chairperson
Sister Ave Armstrong SSJ
Teacher - English
Mrs. Kelly Foley
Teacher - English
Mrs. Bridget Mierzejewski
Teacher - English
Ms. Megan Yeager

Science

Requirements: All students must take three years of Science.

Director of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Ryan Baxter
Teacher - Science
Ms. Adrianna Cherenack
Teacher - Engineering/Computer Science
Dr. Schadrac Fresnel
Teacher - Science
Mr. Basir Fulmore

World Languages

Requirements: All students must take two years of the same world language. Note: Two years is the minimum requirement; three in the same language is recommended. All languages are means through which we learn about various peoples – their nations, customs, and attitudes; their contributions to the social, economic, political and religious aspects of life.

Teacher - Spanish
Mr. Lex Carlin
Teacher - Spanish
Ms. Inez Gerena

Social Studies

Teacher - Social Studies
Ms. Mary DeMasi
Teacher - Social Studies
Ms. Madison Dorschutz
Teacher - Business, World History
Ms. Camelia Edwards

Mathematics

Requirements: All students must take three years of Mathematics.

Teacher - Mathematics
Mr. Michael Bryson
Teacher - Mathematics, Department Chair, Asst. Girls Basketball Coach
Ms. Maureen Deviney
Teacher - Mathematics
Sister Regina Kovalik IHM

Theology

Requirements: All students must take four years of theology at a track level determined by the department and the administration. All students attending West Philadelphia Catholic High School must take theology course regardless of their religious background.

Teacher - Theology, Department Chair
Brother David Deradoorian, FSC
Teacher - Theology
Ms. Diana Donovan
Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs
Mr. Michael Field
Teacher - Theology
Ms. Connie McCalla

Fine Arts / Music

Teacher - Art
Brother Richard Buccina, FSC
Teacher - Music
Mr. Jamal Jones

Health / Physical Education

Requirements: All students must take a full year of Physical Education and Health. This is a requirement set forth by the State of Pennsylvania.

Teacher - Health/PE
Mr. Norman Dorsey Poles

Business / Technology

Requirements: All students must take a course in Technological Communications I or Technology Applications I.

Teacher - Business, World History
Ms. Camelia Edwards