For Credit

For-Credit Courses

St. Catherine’s offers for-credit courses for students in rising grades 9-12 who are enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year. Please note that spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable deposit of $100 per course is required at registration.
Summer grades will not be used in the calculation of a student’s GPA; however, these courses will be recorded on the student’s transcript and will fulfill graduation requirements.

Credit Class Attendance Guidelines
Class attendance is mandatory because of the condensed nature of the summer course. Each class period is considered to be one week’s worth of material. If a student misses more than two class periods for any reason, the student forfeits the course credit and will be registered for the class during the school year.

  • For questions about the Brilliant Summer Program, please contact Lewis James, Director of Brilliant Summer
  • For questions about the specific courses, please contact the individual instructors

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  • Art Foundation

    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.

    Credit: ½ credit
    Grades: Rising grades 9-11
    Dates: June 5 - 23 (closed June 19), M-F, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Cost: $925
    Location: Upper School Art Studio
    Instructor: Diego Sanchez
  • Ceramics 1 

    In this class, students will learn a variety of techniques used to manipulate clay.  Hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling, and slabs will be used. Other techniques may include drape molds, paddling, texturing, slip trailing, and more. Students will also learn about the diverse cultural uses and historical significance of pottery. Form and function has an important role in the class in regards to sculpture vs. dishware.  Students will complete ceramic pieces using various applications of ceramic glazes and firing procedures to produce finished ceramic ware.

    Credit: ½ Credit
    Grades: Rising grades 10-11
    Dates: July 24 - Aug. 11, M-F, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Cost: $925
    Location: Upper School Ceramics Studio
    Instructor: Claire McCarty
  • Ethics in Context: A Blended Service and Religion Class

    At one time Welch, W.V. was listed as one of the “top ten richest towns in the United States.” Now, McDowell County is one of the most economically distressed communities in all of West Virginia. The state has become one of the highest for opioid death rates due to drug overdose in the country. The Ethics in Context course will examine the ethics of industry, ecology, addiction, public health and environmental movements and the ethical response of government and faith communities to these challenges. Through a blended online component and face-to-face mission trip, this class offers students a personalized plan of study along with an impactful mission and contextual education experience. This class reaches beyond the walls of St. Catherine’s as the main component of the class is a mission trip to McDowell County West Virginia and the Highland education project, which is a mission of the Episcopal Church. This class meets in-person June 7-9. The mission trip runs June  11th-16th. Students will work in McDowell County Monday through Thursday. This trip is expected to meet St. Catherine’s service requirement for the 2023-2024 school year. Upon returning from the trip, students are required to complete 20 hours of work through online discussions and assignments and an independent research project. These will be completed the following week through online engagement with the teacher’s oversight. Rising 10s will not receive credit for this class.

    Credit: ½ Credit for rising grades 11-12 and estimated 15 hours of community service for rising grades 10-12
    Grades: Rising grades 10–12
    Dates: June 7-9,11-16, 2023
    Cost: $1125
    Location: Classroom June 7th-9th, West Virginia mission trip June 11th- 16th
    Instructors: Rev. Drew Johnson, Jennifer Harper

    Course filled to capacity. 

  • World Religions

    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 discussions of other important traditions as well. Students will engage the traditions through readings, multimedia projects and field trips to local religious institutions.

    Credit: ½ credit Religion
    Grades: Rising grades 9-10
    Session A Dates: June 5 - 23 (closed June 19), M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Session B Dates: July 24 - Aug. 11, M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m..
    Session A Location: Turner Hall Lecture Room
    Session B Location: Turner Hall L150
    Cost: $925
    Session A Instructors: Abigail Whorley, Miriam Farris and Dr. Gabriela Faundez
    Session B Instructor: Savannah Watson

    Session A filled to capacity
    Session B filled to capacity

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