DIPLOMA WITH EMPHASIS

The diploma with emphasis is designed to recognize Notre Dame’s holistic approach to learning and reflect Notre Dame’s academic pathway program. The diplomas acknowledge the student’s involvement in both curricular and co-curricular programs over 4 years. Students wishing to graduate from Notre Dame High School with an endorsed diploma need to meet the requirements in the specific area of emphasis. Students should work with their mentor and counselor to insure that they are meeting the requirements. Beginning with the Class of 2018 diplomas with emphasis are awarded in the following areas:

  • STEAM Emphasis
  • Social Justice Emphasis
  • Visual and Performing Arts Emphasis

 

STEAM diploma with emphasis

 

Beginning with the class of 2018

Beginning with the class of 2021

Core Classes

Electives (choose at least 3)

Choose any courses from TED as an elective

Electives (choose at least 3)

Choose any courses from TED as an elective

Introduction to STEAM Camp (summer program)  applies only to the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020

 

Introduction to Engineering   

Geometry/Geometry Honors      

Trigonometry/Trigonometry H 

Physics (one of 2 levels)   

Introduction to Graphic  Design 

 

(beginning with the class of 2021)

AP Computer Science

AP Computer Science Principles - OR –

demonstrated familiarity with computer programming

Calculus (counts as 2)

AP Biology (counts as 2)

AP Environmental Science (counts as 2)

Biotechnology (counts as 2)

 

TED courses

Digital Photography

Computer Science A: AP

AP Computer Science Principles

Filmmaking

Intro. to Apps Design and Development   

Intro.  to Design and Creative Thinking

Introduction to Graphic Design

Games and Logic

Introduction to Programming

Web Design

Introduction to Robotics                          

 

Calculus (counts as 2)

AP Biology (counts as 2)

AP Environmental Science (counts as 2)

Biotechnology (counts as 2)

 

TED courses

Digital Photography

Computer Science A: AP

AP Computer Science Principles

Introduction to Apps Design and Development   

Introduction to Design and Creative Thinking

Introduction to Graphic Design

Games and Logic

Introduction to Programming

Introduction to Robotics 

Adv. Graphic Design

Visual Story Telling   

EdgeMakers     

Co-Curricular Activities—choose at least 1 over 4 years:
Participation in Robotics or Technical Theater for at least 2 years
Internship—Science/Technology/Mathematics

Required for Junior/Senior year:

Senior Service Learning Project: related to the use of technology and the arts w/education focus

Social Justice diploma with emphasis

 

Beginning with the class of 2018

Beginning with the class of 2021

Core Classes

Electives (choose at least 3)

Electives (choose at least 3)

Global Studies / Global Studies H

English (all 4 years)

Modern Language Level III/III H

Peace & Social Justice

Gospel Stories/Gospel Choices

Spirituality of Self                   

Geometry/Geometry Honors

Contemporary Social Issues (Social Studies)

Contemporary Themes in Liberation (Religion)

Integrating Voice, Culture, Identity (English)

AP Environmental Science (counts as 2)

Contemporary Social Issues (Social Studies)

Contemporary Themes in Liberation (Religion)

Integrating Voice, Culture, Identity (English)

AP Environmental Science (counts as 2)

Co-curricular participation --choose at least 2 over 4 years:

Participation in ND Justice Immersion Program

Involvement in Campus Ministry Student Leadership or Facing History and Ourselves Student Leadership

Service as Campus Ministry homeroom representative

Speech and Debate—Advocacy/Debate

Required for Junior/Senior year:
Senior Service Learning Project—related to a social justice issue (local or international)

Visual and Performing Arts diploma with emphasis

 

Beginning with the class of 2018

Beginning with the class of 2021

Core Classes [choose any year-long courses]

Electives (choose at least 3)

Note: core courses may serve as areas for electives

Electives (choose at least 3)

Note: core courses may serve as areas for electives

Drama 1A: Evolution of Performance

Drama 1B: From Page to Stage

Dance: Genesis and Revelation

Introduction to Graphic Design

Introduction to Visual Expression

Photography

Ceramics

Symphonic Band

Dance Workshop Series: Artists in Residence

Advanced Ceramics

Adv. Ceramics – Wheel Throwing

Digital Photography

Mixed Media

Advanced Pen and Paint

Intro.  to Design and Creative Thinking

Drama – Value in Performance

 

Dance Workshop Series: Artists in Residence

Advanced Ceramics

Adv. Ceramics – Wheel Throwing

Digital Photography

Mixed Media

Advanced Pen and Paint

Intro.  to Design and Creative Thinking

Advanced Graphic Design

Visual Story Telling

Drama – Value in Performance

Co-curricular: (Choose at least 2 areas of participation over 4 years)

Speech and Debate—Oral Interpretation/Dramatic Interpretation/Humorous Interpretation

Participation in Yearbook or Journalism in the areas of design and layout   

Participation in Technical Theater—Fall Play, Spring Musical, Children’s Play

Participation in Musical Theater or Drama Special Projects

Participation in Chamber Ensemble and/or Jazz Ensemble

Participation in Dance for Musical Theater

Participation in Regent Harmonies or Performance Choir (40 weeks)

Participation in Regent Collective Dance Company (40 weeks)

Involvement in VAPA Leadership Program

Required for junior/senior year:

Senior Service Learning Project that is related to the student’s artistic discipline/area of creative expression                                                       

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