Holy Cross High School’s curriculum provides students with 4 levels of college preparatory studies. Our graduation requirements include courses in English, Fine Arts, World Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Theology along with a wide range of innovative electives. All students graduate with a NYS Regents Diploma, while many graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

Blessed Father Basil Moreau Honors Program

Holy Cross offers a competitive honors program where students are challenged to push their academic limits. Motivated students may also elect to enroll in one of our numerous AP courses, or earn college credit through the St. John’s University College Advantage Program.

Science Research Program

Our three-year Science Research program makes it possible for academically strong students to partner with local universities and hospitals to conduct independent research. The program provides a forum for cutting-edge research in the fields of quantum physics, engineering, and other scientific fields of exploration by pairing students with mentors in their chosen field of study. Our affiliations and venues of study have included Columbia University, Cornell University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Long Island University, Manhattan College, New York Institute of Technology, North Shore University Hospital, The Rogosin Institute, Sloan Kettering Hospital, and Tufts University. Students in the program pursue credit from the SUNY system through the University of Albany.

St. André Bessette Academic Success Program

The transition from grade school to high school is challenging. While we always motivate students to achieve, we also support those who may need extra help. Our upgraded St. André Academic Success Program guides students through this critical transition by providing small

class sizes, literacy-centric coursework, and rigorous monitoring of progress for students benefiting from greater assistance in the foundational areas of reading and mathematics.

1:1 Chromebook Program

All incoming freshmen at Holy Cross are provided with a Google Education account, full access to the suite of Google Apps for Education (GAFE), and a new Google Chromebook. Students have immediate access to assignments, assessments, and announcements from teachers, and are able to extend their learning far beyond the physical walls of the classroom. Collaboration on group projects is easier than ever; Google apps allows multiple students to work on a single file simultaneously. Teachers can see what each student independently contributed to an assignment, as well as total time spent completing each project. Our teachers have full access to a student’s progress, not just their completed work, providing insight that allows our faculty the opportunity to better assist students who may need extra support.

Additionally, becoming a Google School helps continue our advancement of going green, no longer requiring assignments to always be printed out and producing extraneous waste by needing to discard emptied toner cartridges. Most excitingly, every student will have access to a device with a fully functional keyboard that iPads and other tablets lack, making Chromebooks perfect for English class, writing assignments, and research projects!

Electives

ART
Studio Art
Drawing
Painting
Introduction to Art
Computer Graphics
Digital Photography
Architectural Drawing
Three Dimensional Design
Mechanical Drawing I
Mechanical Drawing II
Digital Mixed Media
College Drawing (St. John’s University)

BUSINESS
Introduction to Occupations Accounting
Personal Finance
Financial Markets Sports Management

ENGLISH
SAT/ACT Prep
Contemporary American Writers
British Literature
Public Speaking and Dramatic Performance Science Fiction Literature
Literature: Drama
Horror Literature
College English (St. John’s University) Advanced Placement Literature & Composition

MATH
Pre-Calculus
Probability and Statistics
Consumer Mathematics
History of Mathematics
Advanced Placement Calculus
Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
Training Band
Intermediate Band
Concert Band
Percussion
Advanced Placement Music theory TV Production I
TV Production II

SCIENCE
Physics
Applied Robotics
Forensic Science
Marine Biology
Anatomy and Physiology
Environmental Science
Advanced Placement Physics
Advanced Placement Biology
Advanced Placement Environmental Science Science Research Program (University at Albany)

SOCIAL STUDIES
Psychology
Criminal Law
History of New York City
History of the World Wars
Sports and Politics in History
Constitutional Law
Advanced Placement Government and Politics
Advanced Placement World History
Advanced Placement U.S. History
College Modern European History (St. John’s University)

THEOLOGY
Campus Ministry
Catechist Preparation
Service Learning Program
College Theology ((St. John’s University)

WORLD LANGUAGES
Seminar in Advanced Spanish
College Italian (Advanced Placement / St. John’s University)
College Spanish (Advanced Placement / St. John’s University)

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