Semester One - Scripture: The Revelation of Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally. As members of a Jesuit high school, students will also be formed in Ignatian history, spirituality and practice.
Semester Two - Christology: Who is Jesus Christ?
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.
Semester One or Two - Ecclesiology: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.
Semester One or Two - Sophomore Service: Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society
Students serve at a non-profit agency once a week in a 3-hour block of time during the school day. Students also spend one class a week in seminar reflecting on the meaning of service. Service placement is at the discretion of the school and requires the student to walk to or be driven to his particular service site. Every student, including students transferring into Saint Ignatius High School at any grade level, must take the Sophomore Service course as part of his Theology graduation requirement.
Semester One or Two - Sacraments: Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.
Semester One or Two - Christian Morality: Life in Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plan for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples. Focusing on beginning and end of life issues, the theology of the body, and social issues (such as racism, discrimination, war and peace).
Semester One: Elective Options
Option One: Sacred Scripture
The purpose of this course is to give an overview of Sacred Scripture with an introduction to the basic principles for understanding and interpreting the Bible. Every effort is made to project a sense of the unity of the narrative for the divine plan of salvation, the presence of God’s action in this record of his Revelation, and his desire to share his merciful love with us. It is suggested that for the detailed curriculum, comments on authorship, date of composition, and formation of text of each book of the Bible be drawn from introduction in the New American Bible or from the Catholic Study Bible for the New American Bible.
Option Two: History of the Catholic Church
The purpose of this course is to supply the students with a general knowledge of the Church’s history from apostolic times to the present. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him throughout history through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living body of Christ today and, as such, has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn about the Church’s 2,000 years of history and about how the Church is led and governed by the successors of the Apostles.
Option Three: Christian Manhood: Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they are different. The course should be structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn about what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community.”
Semester Two: Elective Options
The Paschal Mystery of Jesus
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.