College Prep Classes

#8550 – 8564 SENIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECT
5 credits - Grades 12 
Prerequisite: Advisor approval, department chairperson approval, discussion with vice principal of academic affairs 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement 

The Senior Independent Study Project is a course of independent study designed for academically motivated seniors who have exhausted the curricular offerings in a particular academic department.  The students must design semester courses of study (Art, English, Modern Language, Social Studies) for themselves, outline a written project and procure a project advisor.  The advisor must approve the course of study and the final project in advance.  This course allows time for the serious student to pursue areas of interest in depth and for academic credit.  

  • Students may complete a Senior Independent Study Project only if they have successfully completed all of the available courses in a given department.
  • Students who wish to complete an independent study project must first identify an advisor, provide a written description of the project, and submit the advisor-signed proposal to the department chairperson and the vice-principal, academic affairs for approval.
  • If the advisor is no longer available to oversee a project when school begins the following year, the student must identify another advisor.
  • No projects should begin without prior approval.
  • All projects must be approved by May 1st of 11th grade.

#8300 OFFICE/TEACHER'S ASSISTANT
5 credits - Grade(s) 11, 12
Prerequisite: Department Approval
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

Each department uses teacher assistants in a variety of ways.  Generally, a teacher assistant is involved in grading; sorting and preparation of course work.  The students also assist the teachers with classroom activities. Attendance will be taken - students are expected to report to their assigned teacher each time the block period meets. A student may be a teacher's assistant for only one semester each year.

Teacher assistants are used in the following areas:

ASB                                     Foreign Language                             Performing Arts  

Technology                        Social Studies                                  Religion

Visual Arts                          Mathematics                                     Science

English                                Physical Education                         Counseling

Co-Curricular Electives

#6313 DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite: Audition Fall Semester Only
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This performance-based class exposes students to all aspects of producing a dramatic play and encourages students to participate at all levels of performance. During the course of the rehearsal schedule, students will learn the basic terminology of dramatic theater, how to operate within a strict rehearsal regimen and how to apply themselves to learning dialogue. The students will be required to participate in the fall play at the end of the rehearsal schedule.

#6311 MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite: Audition - SPRING SEMESTER ONLY
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This performance-based class exposes students to all the aspects of producing a musical play. It encourages students to participate at all levels of performance, including drama, dance and vocal. During the course of the rehearsal schedule, students will learn the basic terminology of musical theater, how to operate within a strict rehearsal regimen and how to apply themselves to learning dialogue, songs and dances. The students will be required to participate in the spring musical at the end of the rehearsal schedule.

#6312 TECHNICAL THEATER
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All   
Prerequisite: None
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement  

This class is designed to include technical training for interested students within the context of crewing a live theatrical performance.  Students will focus on the technical aspects of theater including lights, sound and stage crew with the course culminating in class members “crewing” a live production which will be presented before an audience.  Students will also assist in the design, building and painting of sets used in the show.  This class is offered in the fall and spring.

#6316 THEATRICAL DESIGN
1.0 credits - Grade(s) All 
Prerequisite: None
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement      

This class is designed to include design work training for interested students within the context of designing for  a live theatrical performance. Students will read, re-read, and discuss the script with regards to designing for the director’s concept. Preliminary drawings will be reviewed and revised and students will create full desgins and models for the lights, sounds, properties, and costumes of a show.  This class is offered in the fall and spring.

#6317 THEATRICAL LEADERSHIP
1.0 credits - Grade(s) All 
Prerequisite: None
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement      

This class is designed to include technical training for interested students within the context of crewing a live theatrical performance.  Students will focus on the management aspects of theatre, including creating calendars, managing budgets, and delegating tasks. Students take on roles of stage managers, production managers, directors, choreographers, etc. and direct and instruct fellow students to create a piece of theatre.  This class is offered in the fall and spring.

#6300 REGENT HARMONIES CHOIR
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All    
Prerequisite: Audition
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement    

As a part of our program with community partners, the Notre Dame and Bellarmine Performance Choir consists of both ND and BCP students who audition each year. This choir is directed by Mrs. Gina Adams and participates in events at Bellarmine as well as at other community events. All students must audition at the beginning of the school year and will be considered based on range, technique and current choir composition.

#6301 REGENT NDBCP PERFORMANCE CHOIR
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All    
Prerequisite: Audition
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement    

As a part of our program with community partners, the Notre Dame and Bellarmine Performance Choir consists of both ND and BCP students who audition each year. This choir is directed by Mrs. Gina Adams and participates in events at Bellarmine as well as at other community events. All students must audition at the beginning of the school year and will be considered based on range, technique and current choir composition.

#6302 REGENT A CAPELLA GROUP
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All    
Prerequisite: Audition
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement    

The newest addition to the music program at Notre Dame,  the Resounding Regents is an ensemble focused primarily on a capella arrangements and original songwriting. This group is ideal for anyone interested in learning how to make music, how to build a capella sound and/or creatively arrange favorite songs. This advanced choir is for more advanced students who have mastered the basics of harmony and tone in Regent Harmonies and are ready for more advanced musical work.

#6305 LITURGICAL CHOIR
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All    
Prerequisite: Audition
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement    

The liturgical choir prepares and performs music for our monthly liturgies. All students are invited and encouraged to participate. Students serve as music ministers and provide musical leadership during liturgies. The choir sings mostly contemporary music, and focuses on mastering complex rhythms and providing cantors (soloists) for specific moments in the liturgy. 

#2570 DANCE WORKSHOP SERIES: ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE      
5 credits - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite:  Survey of Dance Techniques and Aesthetics, Dance Composition and Performance, or Instructor Approval
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement
Fee: $65

This course is designed to bridge students to working dance professionals in the Greater Bay Area. Taught by invited guest choreographers, students are immersed in 3 different dance styles. Each grading period will be taught by a different choreographer, in a different style. This allows for a 6 week dance intensive in a specific genre. The course is focused solely on learning and mastering various genres and techniques for performance. This is a great course for students who have completed the yearlong dance course, also for students who have been taking dance and would like to try other styles. For anyone who is genuinely interested, this dance intensive is sure to bring variety and versatility to their dance experience.

#2575 REGENT COLLECTIVE DANCE COMPANY    
2.5 credits - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite:  Audition
Does not meet CSU/UC requirementThe Regent Collective Dance Company is a union of dancers in alignment with the Visual & Performing Arts endorsed diploma, seeking the further pursuit of dance. By audition, students will be selected to be a part of this dance collective with the intention of building technique and repertoire. Students will gain professional work and performance experience in collaboration with other artists. In addition to the physical aspects of the dance company, students will be provided with mentorship and resources to better prepare them for auditions and portfolio development. Reliant on audition, academic and social conduct, students can participate up to 4 years

#2565 DANCE TEAM ~ CHEERLEADING         
2.5 credits per semester – year long class - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite: audition 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

The Notre Dame ASB Cheerleaders consists of 7 individuals from each class. This co-curricular leadership position is for students with dance experience, displaying good citizenship, school spirit, and are living examples of the mission of Notre Dame. Students are required to attend weekly 7 o’clock morning meetings, weekly leadership meetings, all team rehearsals, meet deadlines for calendared events, organize and promote student, class and school participation and have fun! Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and cannot hold an ASB or class office.

#2755 INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS ~CO-CURRICULAR 
5 credits - Grade(s) all  
Prerequisite: This 2.5 Co-Curricular Credit is available to any student athlete who competes on a Notre Dame Interscholastic Team 
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

To qualify for credit, student athletes must meet the following criteria:
Participate in 1 full season on a Freshman, Junior Varsity or Varsity team at Notre Dame.

  • Meet daily attendance guidelines for practices and competitions as established by the coach/athletic director.
  • Adhere to team rules and guidelines by the coach.
  • Adhere to athletic policies as stated in the Notre Dame Athletic Handbook

#1044 SPEECH AND DEBATE                                                                                 
2.5 credits  (per semester) - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite:  None
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

This course is designed for the student who is interested in joining and competing for the Notre Dame Speech & Debate Team.  The student will gain valuable skills in oral delivery, critical thinking, analysis of current events, and teamwork.  Students may choose to compete in one or more state and national Individual Events, or one of four national debate formats. The purpose of this course is to give the competitive speech and debate student the opportunity to improve her communication skills through actively competing in local and state tournaments.  Students will learn to research and create speeches and arguments on various topics, includingpolitics and social justice issues. 

Students enrolled will be expected to prepare their own speech piece, or research and prepare their own debate arguments, attend weekly meetings, practice with the team at least twice a week (more during weeks before tournaments), compete in a minimum of one tournament per semester, assist their teammates in tournament preparation, and turn in assignments related to their events.  This course is offered as an 8th period class after school through the speech and debate program.

#8200 ELECTED AND SELECTED LEADERSHIP OFFICERS     
2.5 credits (per semester) - Grade(s) All
Prerequisite: None    
Does not meet CSU/UC requirement

Elected: Associate Student Body (ASB) School Council, Class Council, Homeroom Representative, Class Cheerleader
Selected: Peer Ministry Leadership Team (PMLT), Student Life Committee (SLC) Teaching, Advising and Serving our Community (TASC) Core/Service Reps

To qualify for a 2.5 Co-Curricular Credit, students in both elected and selected leadership positions must the following criteria:

  • Attend mandatory meeting as scheduled.
  • Hold a 2.5 or better GPA, and maintain the eligibility requirements during the academic year they are holding office
  • Adhere to the  Leadership Code of Conduct
  • Students must also be current and up to date with all service requirements and be in good standing with the director of student life.

Each elected/selected position has different mandatory meeting and training requirements.  Students interested in applying for leadership positions should check the leadership page of the Notre Dame website for more details.