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 three 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, College Prep or Academic level.

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

Program of Study

Freshmen

Total credits: 7

One each from: Theology, ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, West Prep or Principles of Writing

One from among: Related Arts/Technological Communications I, Spanish I, World Music

Sophomores

Total credits: 7

One each from: Theology, ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies

Two from among: World Language, Physical Education/Health, Art II, Music

Juniors

Total credits: 6

One from each: Theology, ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

One or two from among: Business/Technology, Fine Arts, World Language, Physical Education, and Foundations of Print Media I

Seniors

Total credits: 6

One each from: Theology, ELA, Comparative Government and Economic Systems

One or two from among: Business/Technology, Fine Arts, World Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Living Psychology, and Foundations of Print Media I or II

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.

Teacher - English, Chairperson
Sister Ave Armstrong SSJ
Teacher - English
Ms. Kelly Foley
Reading Specialist
Ms. Caroline Lembo
Teacher - English
Mrs. Bridget Mierzejewski

Science

Requirements: All students must take three years of Science.

Director of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Ryan Baxter
Teacher - Science
Mr. Aaron Jackson
Teacher - Science, Dept. Chair
Mr. Joseph Koerner

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, Director of Student Activities, Head Cheerleading Coach
Ms. Mary DeMasi
Teacher - Social Studies
Mrs. Jennifer Pilla
Teacher - Social Studies, Dept. Chair
Ms. Nicole Roper

Mathematics

Requirements: All students must take three years of Mathematics.

Teacher
Ms. Thikrayat Alhamaiel
Teacher - Mathematics, Asst. Girls Basketball Coach
Ms. Maureen Deviney
Teacher
Ms. Xiao Ke

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.

Director of Ministry, LaSallian Youth Moderator
Mr. Michael Field
Teacher - Theology
Ms. Connie McCalla
Theology Dept. Chair
Mrs. Maureen Schlegel

Fine Arts / Music

Teacher - Fine Arts, Dept. Chair
Mrs. Patricia Morgan
Teacher - Music
Mr. Larry Toft

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/P.E.
Ms. Stephanie Sugalski

Business / Technology

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

Business Chair
Mr. William Hoy