Upper School Curriculum Changes | The Heights School
ALUMNI ARTICLES Upper School Curriculum Changes

With the new year come a few changes to The Heights Upper School Curriculum. Chief among these is the addition of a full philosophy program and the establishment of philosophy as a separate department. This includes required courses in Logic, Natural Philosophy, and Metaphysics each meeting for half the year and earning 0.5 credit. The 9th through 11th grade religion classes also now meet for half the year for 0.5 credit. In addition the History of Western Thought is taught to seniors and serves as a capstone course not only to history but also to philosophy and an integrated curriculum.

In his Bringing Back Reason series on The Heights Forum, Upper School Head Michael Moynihan discusses the motivation behind this change: “There is widespread agreement that our current system of education is in need of substantial improvements.”

Moynihan suggests the following: “the disunity in education, specifically the unhealthy separation between the humanities and the sciences, points toward the need to restore realism in education. By realism I mean first and foremost a recovery of the full scope of human reason, reason that is open to being in all its dimensions. Realism is a school of philosophical thought that goes back at least to Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.  It is aptly called the perennial philosophy, as it has been the bedrock of western culture from ancient Greece and Israel, Rome, Medieval Europe and to even today. Realists understand the world to be basically how it appears to us, how most people commonly understand things to be.”

And he adds: “The most important part of educating older children for realism is teaching an age-appropriate philosophy sequence.”

The upper school will also be on a semester system with exams before Christmas Break.  These will be final exams for semester-long courses and midterms for full-year courses. Some courses have been renamed but are unchanged such as Chris Breslin’s 11th grade English class or the AP courses. Other courses are brand new. The purpose of this change is to better communicate our program.  All can be seen below:

Courses by Department

All classes 400 level and above are weighted as college level

ENG 101-102 European Literature
ENG 201-202 British and American Lit
ENG 301-302 Medieval and Modern Lit
ENG 401-402 English Literature AP
ENG 675-676 Jackson Scholars S. Thesis
HIST 103-104 European History
HIST 203-204 United States History and Government
HIST 321 World War II History
HIST 322 Post WW II American Foreign Rel
HIST 323 The United States Constitution
HIST 324 Great Military Commanders
HIST 415-416 United States History AP
HIST 517-518 Modern European History AP
HIST 519-520 United States Government AP
HIST 521-522 Art History AP
HIST 570-571 History of Western Thought
ECON 523 Macroeconomics AP
ECON 524 Microeconomics AP
Religion and Theology
THEO 110 The Person of Christ
THEO 210 The History of Salvation
THEO 310 The Moral Life
THEO 410-411 Apologetics
Empirical Science
SCI 105-106 Biology
SCI 205-206 Chemistry
SCI 305-306 Environmental Science
SCI 307-308 Astronomy
SCI 385-386 Physics
SCI 505-506 Biology AP
SCI 507-508 Chemistry AP
SCI 509-510 Physics C AP
MATH 107-108 Algebra I
MATH 207-208 Algebra II
MATH 307-308 Geometry
MATH 365-366 Pre-Calculus
MATH 445-446 Pre-Calc and the Derivative
MATH 447-448 Calculus
MATH 451-452 Statistics AP
MATH 507-508 Calculus AB AP
MATH 527-528 Calculus BC AP
MATH 537-538 Differential Equations
Computer Science
COMP 211 Introduction to Computers
COMP 212 Business Computing Applications
C SCI 411 Computer Programming Python 1
C SCI 412 Computer Programming Python 2
C SCI 511 Computer Programming Java 1
C SCI 512 Computer Programming Java 2
C SCI 513 Computer Programming Project 1
C SCI 514 Computer Programming Project 2
C SCI 515 Computer Programming Project 3
C SCI 516 Computer Programming Project 4
SPAN 121-122 Elementary Spanish
SPAN 221-222 Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 421-422 Advanced Spanish
SPAN 521-522 Spanish Language AP
SPAN 523-524 Spanish Literature
SPAN 525 Medieval and Golden Age Lit
SPAN 526 19th & 20th Century Literature
PHIL 109 Logic
PHIL 209 Natural Philosophy
PHIL 309 Metaphysics
PHIL 333 Political Philosophy
PHIL 334 20th Century Ideologies
PHIL 335 Faith and Reason
PHIL 336 Class of Controversies
PHIL 337 Philosophical Anthropology
PHIL 338 Philosophy of Science
LATIN 121-122 Elementary Latin
LATIN 221-222 Intermediate Latin
LATIN 321-322 Language and Culture
LATIN 435 Catullus
LATIN 436 Caesar
LATIN 437 Vergil’s Aeneid
LATIN 438 Vergil’s Aeneid part 2
LATIN 439 Sallust
LATIN 440 Terrence
LATIN 441 Medieval Latin
LATIN 442 Seneca
LATIN 535 Cicero
LATIN 536 Vergil Selections
LATIN 537 Ovid
LATIN 538 Livy
LATIN 539 Horace
LATIN 540 Tacitus
LATIN 541 Pliny the Younger
LATIN 542 Roman Historians
LATIN 543 Roman Philosophers
LATIN 544 Hagiography
LATIN 545 The Vulgate
LATIN 546 Augustine
LATIN 547 Jerome
LATIN 548 Modern Latin
LATIN 549 Prose Composition
GREEK 451-452 Elementary Greek
GREEK 551-552 Intermediate Greek
GREEK 580 Xenophon
GREEK 581 Plato and Aristotle
GREEK 582 Tragedy
GREEK 583 Homer
GREEK 584 New Testament
GREEK 585-586 Homer
ART 111 Studio Art: Intro to Drawing
ART 112 Studio Art: Drawing and Painting
ART 211 Studio Art: Design I
ART 212 Studio Art: Design II
ART 311 Advanced Studio Art I
ART 312 Advanced Studio Art II
ART 313 Beginning Woodworking
ART 314 Intermediate Woodworking
ART 382 Advanced Studio Art III
ART 383 Advanced Studio Art IV
ART 411-412 Studio Art AP
MUSIC 117-118 Men’s Chorus I
MUSIC 119-120 Band I
MUSIC 121 Chamber Choir I
MUSIC 217-218 Men’s Chorus II
MUSIC 219-220 Band II
MUSIC 221 Chamber Choir II
MUSIC 317-318 Men’s Chorus III
MUSIC 319-320 Band III
MUSIC 321 Chamber Choir III
MUSIC 367-368 Men’s Chorus IV
MUSIC 369-370 Band IV
MUSIC 371 Chamber Choir IV
DRAMA 113 Theatre I
DRAMA 114 Theatre II
DRAMA 115 Production and Design I
DRAMA 116 Production and Design II
DRAMA 311 Voice / Movement I
DRAMA 313 Voice / Movement II
DRAMA 315 Devised Theater
DRAMA 322 Performance: Capek