For Credit

St. Catherine’s offers for-credit courses for students in rising grades 9-12 who are enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. 

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

Credit Class Attendance Guidelines
Class attendance is very important because of the condensed nature of the summer course. Each class period is considered to be one week’s worth of material. No more than one unexcused absence or two excused absences are allowed. If a student misses one day more than one unexcused absence, even if the second is excused, the student will risk forfeiting the course credit.

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  • Ancient World History VIRTUAL (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 28 - July 16 (no class July 5), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Instructor: Elizabeth Bradbury
    ½ credit toward history
  • Art Foundation IN-PERSON (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 7 - 25, M-F, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Cost: $890
    Location: In-person Art Room
    Instructor: Diego Sanchez
  • Bioethics VIRTUAL (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
    Instructors: Jennifer Harper and Reverend J. Drew Johnson
    Cost: $650
    Dates: June 21 - July 9 (no class July 5), 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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  • Ethics in Context: A Blended Service and Religion VIRTUAL Class (½ Credit for rising grades 11-12 and estimated 15 hours of community service for rising grades 10-12)

    This is a joint religion and service-learning class. The class will examine the foundations of ethics, examine current moral issues facing our Richmond community and work in the community to learn from a hands-on experience of service. Students will examine classical ethical frameworks such as the social contract, utilitarianism, various concepts of justice. This class will examine parts of the racial and socioeconomic history of the city of Richmond as a way to engage current social issues facing the city. 

    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. Students will have synchronous and asynchronous class meetings and assignments. The expectation is that students are available from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    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 7 - 25, M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: $750
    Instructor: Drew Johnson and Jennifer Harper 

  • Health VIRTUAL (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
    Dates: June 7 - 25, M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: $890
    Instructors: Tiffany Bernstein and Alexa Anderson
  • World Religions VIRTUAL (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 Dates: June 7 - 25, M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Session B Dates: July 19 - Aug. 6, M-F, 9 a.m.-1 p.m..
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: $890
    Session A Instructors: Abigail Whorley, Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez and Becky McDaniel
    Session B Instructor: Savannah Salter
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