Academics

Academic Courses & Concentrations

St. Augustine strives to provide its students with a top-tier education while also promoting additional intellectual advancement opportunities and offerings within our curriculum. Our diverse academic concentrations and specialized classes, including Fine Arts, Computer Coding, Public Speaking, Lifetime Fitness, and more, aim to create a more attractive academic portfolio for our students when they present themselves to colleges.

  • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Fine Arts
  • Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Mathematics
  • Business and Technology
  • World Languages and Cultures

Types of Courses

College Prep courses, as the name suggests, focus on preparing students for a successful college experience by exposing them to essential content and by helping them develop skills such as critical thinking, sound writing, and text analysis.

Honors courses are advanced classes. While generally covering the same material as College Prep courses, they necessitate a more rapid, intensive study of the coursework topics and require the student to take greater personal responsibility for learning.

Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses that prepare students for  an Advanced Placement Examination offered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students may be awarded college credit or college course exemption on the basis of their AP exam scores.

Course Sequence

Required Courses:

English (4 years required)
Grammar & Composition
Honors Composition & Literature (placement test)

Math (4 years required)
Algebra I
Honors Algebra I (placement test)
Geometry (placement test)
Honors Geometry (placement test)
Honors Algebra II (placement test)

World Language (2 years required; 3 years are strongly recommended)
Arabic I
Latin I
Spanish I
Honors Spanish I (placement test)
Honors Spanish II (placement test)

Science (3 years required)
Biology
Honors Biology (requested by student; 8th grade standardized test scores will determine acceptance)

Social Studies (3 years required)
World History

Theology (4 years required)
The Catholic Faith

Elective Opportunities:

Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required)
Art I
Men’s Chorus I
Guitar I
Introduction to Music Performance
Music Theory & Composition
Photojournalism I
Introduction to Theater and Film

Computer Science/Public Speaking (1 semester of each is required)
Computer Coding (1 semester)
Public Speaking (1 semester)

Wellness Education (1 Year)
Lifetime Fitness Skills

Required Programs:

College Guidance
Unitas Program – Assigned Advisor for Study Skills and Time Management Skills

Spiritual Development: Caritas Community Service & Retreats
Freshman Orientation Overnight (2 days)
Freshman Retreat (1 day)

Required Courses:

English (4 years required)
American Literature
Honors American Literature

Math (4 years required)
Geometry
Honors Geometry
Algebra II
Honors Algebra II
Honors Pre-Calculus

World Language (2 years required; 3 years are strongly recommended)
Arabic II
Latin II
Spanish II
Honors Spanish II
Honors Spanish III

Science (3 years required)
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry

Social Studies (3 years required)
United States History I
Honors United States I

Theology (4 years required)
Sacred Scriptures

Elective Opportunities:

Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required)
Art I
Art II
Art III
Men’s Chorus I
Men’s Chorus II
Select Chorus II
Guitar I
Guitar Ensemble
Intermediate Stage Band
Advanced Stage Band
Introduction to Music Performance
Music Theory & Composition
AP Music Theory
Photojournalism I
Photojournalism II
Introduction to Theater and Film

Computer Science/Public Speaking
Computer Coding (1 semester)
Computer Science I
Public Speaking (1 semester)

Wellness Education (1 year required)
Lifetime Fitness Skills

Required Programs:

College Guidance
Leadership & Concentrations (accompanied by 2 days a week Study Hall)
Personality Assessments, Leadership Training, Exposure to the Elective Opportunities and the College Guidance Process

Spiritual Development: Caritas Community Service & Retreats
Camden Retreat (3 days)


Required Courses:

English (4 years required)
World Literature
Honors World Literature

Math (4 years required)
Algebra II
Honors Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
Honors Pre-Calculus
Honors Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Statistics

World Language (2 years required; 3 years are strongly recommended)
Arabic III
Latin III
Honors Latin III
Spanish III
Honors Spanish III
Honors Spanish IV
AP Spanish Language

Science (3 years required)
Physics
AP Physics I
Honors Chemistry II
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
Environmental Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Honors Anatomy and Physiology
Marine Biology

Social Studies (3 years required)
United States History II
Honors United States II
AP United States History

Theology (4 years required)
The Moral and Sacramental Life

Elective Opportunities:

Social Sciences
Introduction to Psychology
AP Psychology

Social Studies
AP European History
Honors 20th Century Conflicts
Honors Holocaust and Genocide
Political Science
Criminal Justice
Honors Civil War (1 semester)
Honors American Presidency (1 semester)

Business Studies
Introduction to Business
Accounting
Marketing

Computer Science
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
Auto CAD I
Auto CAD II
AP Computer Science

Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required)
Art I
Art II
Art III
Art IV
Men’s Chorus I
Men’s Chorus II
Men’s Chorus III
Select Chorus II
Select Chorus III
Guitar I
Guitar Ensemble
Intermediate Stage Band
Advanced Stage Band
Introduction to Music Performance
Music Theory & Composition
AP Music Theory
Photojournalism I
Photojournalism II
Introduction to Theater and Film

Computer Science
Computer Coding (1 semester)
Computer Science I
Public Speaking (1 semester)

Required Programs:

College Guidance
Logic & Comprehension (accompanied by 2 days a week Study Hall)
College Search and Résumé Building

Spiritual Development: Caritas Community Service & Retreats
Cathedral Kitchen
Junior Retreat (3 days – optional)

Required Courses:

English (4 years required)
British Literature
Honors British Literature
AP Literature

Math (4 years required)
Principles of Math
Pre-Calculus
Honors Pre-Calculus
Honors Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics

World Language (2 years required; 3 years are strongly recommended)
Honors Arabic IV
Honors Latin IV
Spanish IV
Honors Spanish IV
AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish Literature

 

Theology (4 years required)
Religious Perspectives

Elective Opportunities:

Theology
Introduction to Philosophy

Science
Physics
AP Physics I
AP Physics II
Honors Engineering
Honors Chemistry II
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
Environmental Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Honors Anatomy and Physiology
Marine Biology

Social Sciences
Introduction to Psychology
AP Psychology

Social Studies
AP European History
AP US Government and Politics
Honors 20th Century Conflicts
Honors Holocaust and Genocide
Political Science
Criminal Justice
Honors Civil War (1 semester)
Honors American Presidency (1 semester)

Business Studies
Introduction to Business
Accounting
Marketing
Personal Finance
Honors Economics

Computer Science
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
Auto CAD I
Auto CAD II

Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required)
Art I
Art II
Art III
Art IV
AP Studio Art (Art 2D, 3D, and Drawing)
Men’s Chorus I
Men’s Chorus II
Men’s Chorus III
Men’s Chorus IV
Select Chorus II
Select Chorus III
Select Chorus IV
Guitar I
Guitar Ensemble
Intermediate Stage Band
Advanced Stage Band
Introduction to Music Performance
Music Theory & Composition
AP Music Theory
Photojournalism I
Photojournalism II
Introduction to Theater and Film

Computer Science
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
AP Computer Principles
Auto CAD I
Auto CAD II

Required Programs:

College Guidance
Interview Skills and College Applications Process

Spiritual Development: Caritas Community Service & Retreats
Caritas Project (Project-based 100 hours of service)
Senior Retreat (2 days)


Advised Course Selection Path

Freshman Year – 2 Electives
(Students who plan to take 3 or 4 years of a Fine Art should choose a Fine Art Course in place of Lifetime Fitness Skills)

  • Lifetime Fitness Skills
  • Public Speaking/Computer Coding

Sophomore Year – 2 Electives (declare concentration by end of the year)

  • Art Requirement
  • Leadership in Concentrations Course

Junior Year – 3 Electives

  • Third Year of a language (strongly advised) or Elective in Concentration
  • Elective in Concentration
  • Logic and Comprehension Course or Elective in Concentration

Senior Year – 5 Electives

  • Free Period or Elective in Concentration
  • Elective in Concentration
  • Elective in Concentration
  • Exploratory Elective Choice (if concentration credits are complete)
  • Exploratory Elective Choice (if concentration credits are complete)

Third Semester

With the understanding that the education of the Christian Gentleman can take place in many areas, St. Augustine Prep has created an academic experience: which is out of the standard classroom, entitled Third Semester. Students have the opportunity to learn in innovative and/or culturally diverse environments. Travel, service, professional study and research are just some of the options open to students during this educational time. Broadening the academic horizon helps foster a global view and understanding that will propel our students well into the future. Students earn 2.5 credits for each course

To view 2017-18 Third Semester International Tour offerings – Click Here

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Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship Third Semester is for students who enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer right here in New Jersey. Serve the community and learn about preserving NJ’s natural future.Students will participate in efforts to maintain and beautify local park trails, grounds and recreation areas and enjoy outdoor team building activities such as hiking, ropes course climbing, zip lining, canoeing and kayaking with certified instructors, wind boarding, fly casting, tree planting, archery tag, and frisbee golf and more. Try new activities, have fun outdoors, and help build community connections through service work.

 

Culinary Arts: Atlantic Cape Community College

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental overview of the foodservice industry. It will be a college-level training experience at the Academy of Culinary Arts School at ACCC. You will work with a world-renowned chef who is a faculty member at one of the top culinary arts schools on the east coast. The student will have the opportunity to sit at the chef’s table for lunch for a tasting of all foods made each day. The training will end with the cooking and serving of a buffet luncheon in Careme’s Restaurant. Each student may invite guests to the luncheon.

 

The Name of the Game is “Escape”.

Escape rooms are live action games where groups of people must discover and solve a series of puzzles and clues to accomplish a specific task like solving a mystery or finding a key to escape the room.  It begins with a gamemaster setting up the back story and then the game begins.  Players search for clues, objects, puzzles and anything else that might lead them to the next task   It is all very mysterious.  Escape rooms are great for team building.  Solving the mystery requires effective communication, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and lateral thinking.

In this course, we will visit several local escape rooms and then design and create our own ‘escape’ room.    

 

Learning from our Nation’s Veterans

Students will volunteer at the Vineland Veterans Home. They will be assisting the veterans with meals, games and activities that are common in the home such as barbecue, bingo and Mass. By spending time with the residents the students will gain an invaluable resource to supplement what they have learned in history but will particularly be encouraged to gather as many stories and anecdotes as possible to share with the rest of the group.

 

Pacific Northwest

This trip will take us from Philadelphia into Seattle, WA.  We will visit the Boeing Plant, Microsoft Headquarters, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  We will take an Underground Tour of the Seattle City Centre, plus visit the famous Space Needle and Pike Place Market.  We will also spend a day visiting Mt. St. Helen’s and the site of the Volcanic Eruption in the late 1980s.  Then, we will travel to Vancouver, Canada (Passports required) to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.  We also will take in a Seattle Mariners game before returning the Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, June 2nd.

 

Historic Boston/NE Colleges Tour

Historic Boston and Boston Colleges Third Semester will include a tours of the United States Naval Submarine Museum in Groton, CT, the Kennedy Museum, a Boston City Duck Tour, Fenway Park (possible game), a walk on the Freedom Trail as well as a visit to several local colleges including Boston College, Boston University, Merrimack College, Northeastern University etc. The college tours are subject to change based on their college calendars.

 

Peru Service Adventure 2018

Immerse yourself in Inca culture in the ancient city of Cuzco.Serve as an ambassador of love and friendship by helping build small homes for the needy.Make lasting friendships with your Prep brothers and develop a lasting brotherhood and confidence in humanity for young boys across the globe.Visit the renowned mountain to the city of Machu Picchu and climb her sister mountain Huayna Picchu for a bird’s eye view.

 

Disney Business & Leadership

What skills and habits are necessary to evolve as an independent thinker and as a great leader? What are the paths that leaders choose in order to shape and to impact their relationships, attitudes and business results?  Participants will explore these questions and more as they uncover leadership strategies, techniques and behaviors that set Walt Disney World® Parks and Resorts leaders apart from all the rest as well as provoke career planning, goal-setting and independence. This program offers practical training for students who aim to be productive leaders in their communities and careers.  Students will listen to presentations given by Disney Leadership Teams and Disney Imagineers through Disney’s “Yes” program and seminars

 

Economies of the Casino Industries: Las Vegas/Atlantic City

Compare the socio-economic impact of casino gambling in Las Vegas and Atlantic City by spending time behind the scenes! Students will explore the various parts of the entertainment and hospitality industry by visiting and touring hotels in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Students will learn about the hotel, culinary, security and entertainment sectors of the industry as well as how each of the cities takes a different approach to attracting and keeping customers. We will get tours of hotels in both cities, seeing the various suites, buffets, shows and security areas. Students will learn what it is like to keep a large scale operation such as a casino-hotel running smoothly.

 

EF Tour to Ireland: The Emerald Isle (9-day tour)

Students will see the Book of Kells at  Trinity College, The Cliffs of Moher, the Blarney Castle,

Galway, Dublin and Killarney (minimum of 15 students)

 

Aviation

This program will provide a full ground instruction program for students who successfully wish to pass the Private Pilot’s license written test.In addition to classroom training, students will spend some time in our Redbird full-motion flight simulator that’s been recently equipped with G1000 Glass panel technology. All course materials will be included and will be available on the first day of ground school. Bring lunch or head over to Verna’s Flight line for a lunch break.

 

California Comes Alive

This is an amazing five days in Northern California beginning with the first three days exploring the San Francisco Area. We start with a tour of Twin Peaks and a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. This is followed by trips to Alcatraz, Levi Stadium, AT&T Park, an Oakland A’s game, Stanford University, Sausalito, Muir Woods and a Cable Car Ride during days two and three. We lodge at the world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf.

The next two days are in Yosemite National Park where we will visit its many trails, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point – finishing with an exhilarating hike down its Four Mile Trail.

 

Dr. Dolittle

Learn the responsibility of properly maintaining and caring for a variety of animals, as well as your own, through feeding, walking, cleaning, and playing with them.  Go behind the scenes of a Horse race track and learn about the care and maintenance of the horses before and after their races.

 

Are YOU the Total Package?

The boys will learn and practice skills needed to be a well rounded, educated, presentable, and courteous young man. These skills include the basic ins-and-outs of how their vehicles work and are instructed how to resolve common problems, how to work out common landscaping and household issues, how to prepare simple recipes for when hunger strikes and how to present themselves with proper etiquette in the event of a date. In addition, the boys will learn different skills needed to perform well athletically in various events.

 

EF Tour to South Africa Discover South Africa (11-day tour)

No country has a compelling combination of history, culture and wildlife than South Africa. In Johannesburg, the painful years under apartheid are gone but never forgotten. Game drives take you within shouting distance of elephants, lions, rhinos and more. Cape Town is a favorite destination for many, thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery.

 

Saint John of God (Service )

This Third Semester program gives our  Prep students an opportunity to interact, in a positive and caring way,  with children and young adults who have special needs.

St. John of God, located at 1145 Delsea Drive, in Westville NJ, is a most distinguished facility established for the care and education of children and young adults with special needs and handicaps.

Both challenging and rewarding, this program provides our students with an opportunity to share their compassion and skills with these very special people under the direction of experienced caregivers, in both a classroom setting and in an on-site workshop. Assignments may include day-care situations (caring for youngsters) helping older teens with their daily schedule at St. John of God and assisting the handicapped “day-workers” who take on special assignments in the workshop for local businesses and private individuals.

 

Test Preparation for SAT II subject tests Math 1 and Math 2

All students taking this class will take the SAT II subject math test either 1 or 2 or both and achieve a grade of 750 to 800.

Prerequisites:

  • Students must have completed CP or Honors level Precalculus and Algebra II with at least a 90% average in each of those classes.
  • Students must register with the College Board to take the exam on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.

 

Italy in December

Spend four/five nights in Sorrento with daily breakfast, three dinners, and a trip along the coast for a spectacular lunch; and four nights in Rome, daily breakfast and two dinners, as well as a half-day bus tour of the city. Trip insurance and Pompeii entrance are included. We need to start planning now to make flight arrangements. All are welcome.

 

In the Forest with Forrest

Students will go on a 5-day camping excursion in the beautiful Bass River State Park. While there, students will enjoy Kayaking, Nature Hikes, Ropes Course, Campfires and more. Students will learn various outdoor living techniques and about the local South Jersey Ecosystem.

 

Capital to Capital: Historic Annapolis & DC

Students will explore one of the richest areas of history in the entire United States!

United States Naval Academy, the Maryland State House, our nation’s capital and Ford’s Theatre are among the many historical venues to be visited. Students will chronicle the historical journey that reflects the history they experience.