Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
Table of Contents
Academic Planning Guidelines
Advanced Placement Program
Courses Held in Conjunction with Brother Rice
College Credit Courses:
Dual Enrollment Program
Saint Xavier University (SXU)
St. Mary’s University (PACC)
Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC)
Computer Science Program Electives (MVCC)
MOTHER MCAULEY LIBERAL ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is a Catholic educational community committed to providing a quality
secondary education for young women. In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy and their foundress, Catherine
McAuley, we prepare students to live in a complex, dynamic society by teaching them to think critically,
communicate effectively, respond compassionately to the needs of their community and assume roles of
Christian leadership. In partnership with parents, we empower young women to acknowledge their giftedness
and to make decisions with a well-developed moral conscience. We foster an appreciation of the diversity of
the global community and a quest for knowledge and excellence as life long goals.
ACADEMIC PLANNING GUIDELINES
1. Each student must carry a minimum of six classes each semester, excluding before and after school
classes. Lunch must be included in her program.
2. The schedule is planned using all eight periods. Students cannot choose courses, planning to leave
3. Once the scheduling process is completed, schedule changes may not be made. Exceptions to this
policy may be granted by the level dean, and a $50 fee will be charged.
4. There is no Agrace period@ in either September or January for Atrying@ courses.
A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation.
*Beginning with the Class of 2012, the requirement for Speech will be 1/2 credit. Classes of 2009, 2010
and 2011 will remain 1/4 credit.
**Beginning with the Class of 2011, the requirement for Social Science will be 3 credits. The classes
of 2009 and 2010 will remain 2 credits.
***Beginning with the Class of 2013, there is a ½ credit Technology requirement.
The Illinois Board of Higher Education requirements include 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, Science and
Social Science and 2 credits from the following disciplines: Art, Music or Foreign Language. McAuley students
graduate with a strong academic background and a strong exposure to the arts.
Courses can be altered, added or dropped at the discretion of the school.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School offers an extensive Advanced Placement Program with a total of 15
classes in Art, English, Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. The Advanced Placement
Program courses provide students with the opportunity to experience the challenge of college-level courses
while still in the supportive high school environment. Students who participate in AP courses are challenged to
reason, analyze and understand independently. By setting high standards for each student, the AP Program
instills a quest for knowledge and the ability to be a self-directed learner. Students are prepared to take the
national College Board AP exam at the end of the course.
AP Courses Offered at McAuley
AP Language & Composition
AP Literature & Composition
AP World History
AP US History
AP European History
AP Calculus A/B
AP Art History
AP Studio Art
Courses held in conjunction with Brother Rice:
Theatre Seminar I
Symphony - String Orchestra
Theatre Seminar II
Symphony - Chamber Winds
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES
Successful completion of the following courses earns college credit hours through the dual enrollment
programs with Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL, St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN and Moraine Valley
Community College, Palos Hills, IL. The purpose of the college credit program is to provide transferable
college credit for knowledge and skills students have mastered in high school courses. The cost of these
credits varies with each university and college.
Saint Xavier University (SXU):
The following courses qualify for dual credit at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Saint Xavier
University. SXU course fees: $35.00 per course.
Mother McAuley H.S.
St. Xavier University
Advanced Placement in Literature
and Composition (English 102)
Child Psychology (Social
St. Mary’s University Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC):
The following courses qualify for dual credit at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and St. Mary’s
University, Winona, Minnesota. PACC course fees: $60.00 per credit hour.
Mother McAuley HS
St. Mary’s University
AP Language & Composition (English 125)
English 195 (3 credits) $180
Physics Honors (Science 400)
Physics 180/181 (4 credits) $240
AP Physics (Science 412)
Physics 201/202 (4 credits) $240
Physics (Science 405)
Physics 155 (3 credits) $180
Advanced Physiology Honors (Science 407)
Biology 200 (3credits) $180
AP European History (Social Science 200)
History 125 (4 credits) $240
AP US History (Social Science 208)
History 150 (4 credits) $240
Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC):
The following courses qualify for dual credit at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Moraine Valley
Community College. MVCC course fee: $44.00 per course.
Mother McAuley H.S.
Moraine Valley Community College
Introduction to Computer Systems
Introduction to PC Applications
College Algebra & Trigonometry Honors
AP Spanish Language
Computer Science Program Electives
The following college credit courses are offered in partnership with the Moraine Valley Community College
A2+2 Program.@ These courses will be taught by MVCC faculty and will be held outside the traditional school
day (Azero@ hour, ninth period, summer enrichment program). Credits earned are applicable and transferable
to participant A2+2" colleges and universities. Course Fee: $44.00
McAuley #655 (MDT-101)
Introduction to Drafting
Includes theory, technical skills, industrial applications, practices of technical sketching and use of CAD,
geometric construction, multiview drawings, basic dimensioning, sectional and auxiliary views, pictorials and
developments. (5 contact hours)
McAuley #658 (MDT-145)
Intro to Computer Aided Drafting
Study theory and practice of current use of computer aided drafting and design. Includes hardware
configuration, computer math and software capabilities. Generate two- and three-dimensional orthographic
drawings, as well as pictorial techniques, including cursor manipulation, digitizing, direct display interaction,
editing, storage and retrieval, rotation, zooming, panning, scaling, mirroring, printing and plotting. (5 contact
McAuley #673 (MDT-275)
Introduction to Animation
Prerequisite: MDT-100 or consent of instructor. Covers the basics of 2-D and 3-D animation and rendering.
Students learn the concepts and techniques required to construct 2-D and 3-D objects. These include simple
modeling, 3-D shaping, lofting, animating, keyframing, 3-D editing, materials mapping and simple morphing.
Students design projects using these techniques with the use of tools and inks, color palettes, 2-D and 3-D
CAD geometry, maps and rendering processes. (5 contact hours)
Computer Science Track:
McAuley #691 (MIS-176)
JAVA Programming I
Prerequisite: Grade of AC@ or better in MIS-105. This course is designed as an introduction to Java
programming. The course emphasizes basic program design using structured, top-down and object-based
programming approaches within the Java technology environment. Focuses on variable types, arithmetic and
logical expressions, control structures, classes, objects, methods, arrays and applets. (4 contact hours)
McAuley #692 (MIS-276)
Java Programming II
Prerequisite: Grade of AC@ or better in MIS-176. Teaches advanced topics in Java programming by using both
a conceptual and hands-on approach. This course will emphasize the object-oriented features of inheritance
and polymorphism in program design. Focuses on classes and inheritance, a graphical user interface,
exceptions, multithreading, collection classes, file I/O and networking. (4 contact hours)
McAuley #693 (MIS-139)
VB.NET Programming I
Prerequisite: Grade of AC@ or better in MIS-105 or consent of instructor. This course is an introduction to the
VB.NET computer programming language and its use in solving problems from business or other disciplines.
Topics include problem-solving, algorithm design and implementation, user-interface design, visual-, event-
driven and object-oriented programming, along with testing and debugging methodologies. Programming
language elements introduced will include scoped and typed variables, decision and repetition structures,
arithmetic and string functions, user-defined procedures, arrays, structured types and file processing. (4
These courses are subject to change based on the availability of MVCC teachers and student
registration at Mother McAuley High School.
This course explores black and white photographic techniques. It includes explanation and use of a 35 mm
camera, picture composition, developing and printing the negative image and some digital camera and
computer usage. Two (2) additional periods needed each week outside of class time to work in the darkroom.
It is highly recommended students have access to a manually adjustable 35 mm camera.
This course builds on the concepts and techniques introduced in Photography I. Discussion and assignments
include: character in portraits, photojournalism and following a theme. Students also experience hand
coloring, the digital camera, toning and medium format film. Photography I is a prerequisite. Extra darkroom
time is expected of the student.
Advanced Placement in Art History
Fee: $86.00 - AP
This course offers an introduction to major art traditions and historical works of art. Students examine periods
and movements of art intelligently, acquainting themselves with the arts of prehistoric and historic peoples in
Western and non-Western cultures. Through successful examination, students may qualify for credit and
advanced placement in college. Recommended for the college art major. Fulfills the art requirement.
Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the course.
This general survey course provides the student with an introduction to the visual arts. It integrates the study
of aesthetics, art criticism, art history and art production. Art History teaches students how societies and
cultures throughout history have used the arts to express cultural values and interpret meaningful life
experiences. Learning about art history fosters tolerance and respect for the ideas and opinions of others and
provides students with an understanding of visual language. Fulfills the art requirement.
Advanced Placement Studio Art
Fee: $86.00 - AP
This course is aimed at the highly motivated junior or senior art student, who intends to pursue art on the post-
secondary level and beyond. AP Studio Art addresses three major concerns that are constants in art: 1) a
sense of quality in work, 2) a concentration on a particular visual interest or problem and 3) a breadth of
experience in formal, technical and expressive means of the artist. This course is designed for students who
are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination;
instead the student submits a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year. This course requires
independent work. Introduction to Drawing and Introduction to Painting are prerequisites. Regular Studio Art
experience is encouraged. Students are required to submit an Advanced Placement portfolio at the end of the
This course explores creative problem solving through various fine art media and techniques, including
drawing, painting, print making, computer imaging and sculpture. This course requires independent work in
sketchbook/journal and long term assignments. Introduction to Drawing and Introduction to Painting are
prerequisites. This course is targeted for students serious about pursuing art in college and/or as a career
Graphic Design I
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of design. Students are encouraged to explore visual
communications, concepts and design principles in order to develop expressive and creative solutions to
communication problems. Various design media and techniques are explored with an introduction to
computer graphics. Previous drawing experience is encouraged.
Graphic Design II
This course further develops a student=s visual communication skills. Typography is combined with
illustrations to create logo designs, CD covers, advertisements, magazine layouts and other commercial art
work. Graphic Design I is a prerequisite. Strong emphasis is placed on utilizing the personal computer as a
graphic design tool.
Introduction to Drawing
10, 11, 12
This course provides an introduction to basic drawing techniques, materials, composition skills and elements
of design. Still life and portraiture are among the subject matters covered. This course is a required course
for those interested in pursuing Painting, Studio Art and AP Studio Art.
Introduction to Painting
10, 11, 12
This course provides an introduction to basic painting media, techniques, color theory, composition skills and
elements of design. Still life, landscape, portraiture and non-representational ideas are among the subject
matter covered. This course is a required course for those students interested in pursuing Studio Art or
Advanced Placement Studio Art. Introduction to Drawing is a prerequisite.
10, 11, 12
This course explores the nature of clay. It involves the discussion of ceramic terms, the preparation of clay,
demonstration of various hand building techniques, sculptural composition, glazing techniques and
introductory wheel throwing. Special requirements are outside research and additional time for assignments
and preparation of clay. One extra period a week is required outside of regular class time.
10, 11, 12
This course builds upon previously learned skills and techniques. It is designed to allow the student to explore
the methods of creating 3-dimensional art. It includes working with clay, paper/paper maché, plaster, wire and
other sculpting media to create non-representational, as well as representational works of art. Ceramics is a
Web Page Design
10, 11, 12
This course is designed to provide hands on knowledge for creating a Web site. Web page development will
involve learning skills and use of various software and publishing tools used in design. Students will plan,
design, publish and update a Web site and also serve as Assistant Web Masters for the Mother McAuley Web
site. In addition, students will learn the social responsibility and appropriate use of the Internet as a source of