For Credit

St. Catherine’s offers for-credit courses for students in rising grades 9-12 who are enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. All of these courses will be administered through the School’s distance learning program, to include a blended model of synchronous classes and asynchronous learning.

The satisfactory completion of summer courses counts towards graduation credits but does not get factored in the student's GPA.

List of 10 items.

  • Ancient World History (½ Credit)

    Ancient world history is a survey of several important ancient civilizations that have helped shape our modern world. We will be looking at the Aryans, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. The class will focus on cultural values, important events, advancements, and the political, religious, and societal landscape of each civilization. 
    Grades: Rising grades 9-11
    Dates: June 29 - July 17 (no class July 3), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Instructor: Elizabeth Bradbury
    ½ credit toward history

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  • Art Foundation (½ Credit)

    This is a basic foundation class designed to introduce students to art concepts and various types of media and techniques in the planning, design and production of works of art. Students will be introduced to two-dimensional media. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and exercises, students will be exposed to formal and design elements. The student will be encouraged to start developing a critical eye and an idea of how the creative process works. Sketchbook assignments and critiques will be part of the course. No prerequisite.
    Grades: Rising grades 9-11
    Dates: June 3 - 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Instructor: Diego Sanchez
  • Art of the United States, Native American and Colonial Art to the Present ½ credit for History or Art*

    Explore the art and architecture of the United States, from pre-colonial Native American arts to the present. The course will begin with an examination of the art making of the indigenous people of North America, looking at several traditions, use of materials, and significant settlements. The course will then explore the dialogue between the work of American-born artists and British and European academic traditions within a transatlantic context, considering the impact of political, social, and economic factors. Finally, we will explore the development of "American Art" of the nineteenth and twentieth century, considering factors such the ideology of nationalism, political division, the legacy of slavery, and the impact of industrialization and modernism. We will conclude with work by living American artists, and how they communicate visually within a global context.We will also discuss the challenges facing artists, museums and galleries moving forward in our present COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world. Students will participate in zoom lessons and discussions, complete independent and group projects, and curate a final "virtual exhibition" employing best museum practices. 

    Grades: Rising grades 9-12
    Dates: June 29 - July 17 (no class July 3), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Instructor: Dr. Sarah Powers

    *½ credit may be applied to graduation credit but not applied to studio progression toward Advanced Art
  • Bioethics (½ Credit)

    This class will bring together philosophical positions with real-world dilemmas. This class is geared toward the student who is interested in the sciences. We will cover the various ethical dilemmas as they relate to the world of science, technology and health care. We will address controversial topics including: DNA testing, stem cell research, reproductive technology, cloning technologies, genetically modified food, euthanasia and end of life care. 

    This class is adapted from the semester class to an online format. This requires a certain level of student engagement and motivation. The content for the class will be released one week at a time. Each week will contain course materials, assignments and opportunities for students to learn from each other through video, padlet, online discussions and synchronous class discussions. This class fulfills the upper-level religion credit for both St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s students and is a ½ credit .

    Grades: Rising Grades 11, 12
    Instructor: Reverend J. Drew Johnson
    Cost: $660
    Dates: June 22 - July 10 (no class July 3), 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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  • Community Service Opportunity: Leaders in Training (Non-Credit)

    This is an opportunity to participate in meaningful service to the local community. In this service learning program, we will enhance our group and interpersonal skills through working with diverse members in the Richmond community. Our goal is to establish sustainable relationships with our community while also creating meaningful connections. Some of the local organizations for summer 2020 will include Habitat for Humanity, Housing Families First, Tricycle Urban Community Gardens, Church Hill Academy & Tutoring, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry, and the Red Door Ministry Soup Kitchen of Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
    Grades: Rising 7-10
    Week One: June 15-19, 2020, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Two: July 6-10, 2020; 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Week Three: July 13-17, 2020; 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
    Cost: $155
    Project Leader: Amy Blake, St. Catherine’s Faculty
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  • Ethics in Context: A Blended Service and Religion Class (½ Credit for rising grades 11-12 and estimated 15 hours of community service for rising grades 10-12)

    Update 4/2/20: Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Ethics in Context course is being reimagined

    This is a joint religion and service-learning class. The class will examine the foundations of ethics, examine current moral issues facing our community and work in the community to learn from a hands-on experience of service. The course will be a blend of distance learning and face-to-face service work. The majority of the student work will be distance learning. This will be on-line meetings with the class and other classmates. Students will have synchronous and asynchronous class meetings and assignments. Thus, while the expectation is that students are available 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, students will have some flexibility.
    Note: Due to the nature of the current COVID-19 situation facing our country, the expectations surrounding the service component may shift. If the pandemic does not change, then the teacher will work with students to help them complete their service projects at a later date. If possible, the students will complete their service work in the class schedule. This will meet the Upper School service learning requirement. 

    Grades: Rising grades 10-12
    Dates: June 3 - 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $750
    Instructor: Drew Johnson
  • Health (½ credit)

    This course completes the Health requirement for graduation from St. Catherine's. The first half of the course focuses on a broad range of topics related to mental health and wellness and addiction. Areas of study include: the teen brain, stress and anxiety, eating disorders, depression, suicidality, vaping/e-cigarettes, alcohol awareness and drug use. The ultimate goal is for students to apply what they learn in health class to the real world, using their knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices and low-risk decisions in everyday life. The second half of the course focuses on a broad range of topics related to human sexuality and healthy relationships. Areas of study include identifying signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, dating abuse, affirmative consent, sexual assault awareness, abstinence education, contraception, STIs, male & female reproductive systems, reproduction and teen pregnancy. 

    Grades: Rising grades 10-12
    Session A: June 3 - 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Session B: Aug 3 - 21 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (coincides with fall sports training dates and times)
    Cost: $890
    Session A Instructors: Tiffany Bernstein and Alexa Anderson
    Session B Instructors: Tiffany Bernstein
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  • Imagine, Code, Create (½ Credit)

    This course provides a fun and engaging introduction to essential programming concepts. Students will learn to design, code and debug programs using the Python language. Students will also explore the role of Computer Science in our everyday lives through investigations and discussions of current events. Throughout the course, students will build a portfolio of interactive programs and games. The course will be both synchronous and asynchronous with a “live” class meeting each day as well as coding projects to work on at your own pace. 

    Grades: Rising Grades 9-12
    Dates: July 6-24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Instructor: Jennifer Vermillion
    ½ credit toward upper school electives

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  • World Religions (½ Credit)

    The religions of the world play a decisive role in all aspects of life, from the arts and music to history and politics. Familiarity with the key beliefs and figures of these traditions is essential to understanding the world around us. The goal of this class is to introduce students to the backgrounds, key doctrines and practices, and contemporary features of five major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with brief discussion of other important traditions as well. Students will engage the traditions through readings, multimedia projects and field trips to local religious institutions. 

    Grades: Rising grades 9-10
    Session A: June 3 - 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Session B: July 20 - Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Session A Instructors: Abigail Whorley, Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez and Becky McDaniel
    Session B Instructor: Savannah Salter
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  • Writing the College Application Essay (Non-Credit)

    Don’t put off what you can do today. Take this course and by the end of the session you will have several drafts that could be used for topics that colleges predictably assign.
    Grades: Rising 11–12
    Dates: June 15 - 19, 2020;  10 a.m.-noon
    Cost: $250
    Instructor: John Morgan
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