AP English

A college-level course designed to prepare students for writing in college as well as for taking the AP English Literature and Composition Exam. The reading selections and writing assignments are challenging; the pace of the class is intense. the course concentrates on analyzing literature and on developing skills necessary for the exam. The analytical skills will serve students well throughout their academic careers. Students scoring high on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam may earn from three to six college English credits at participating institutions.

Creative Writing

This elective course gives the students an opportunity to try their hand at more imaginative kinds of writing in both prose and poetry. Students are encouraged to participate in various writing contests throughout the course. Each student is required to keep a journal and to share his/her writings with classmates as well as respond to the writings of others. Students are required to compile a portfolio of their writings to be turned in at the end of the semester.


The students in this class are responsible for the high school yearbook, Carmelight. Students are in charge of layout, photography, captions, and all other phases of the production of the yearbook.


This is a creative class in which students examine many of the classical stories of Greek and Roman mythology. Students will also explore selections from various cultures around the world, including Japanese and Native American creation myths.

Public Speaking

This course gives the student an opportunity to develop their public speaking abilities. The students are required to develop and present several types of oral presentations throughout the course including an introductory speech, an informative speech, a persuasive speech, and two oral interpretative presentations.


The course focuses on various acting techniques as well as the overall experience of theater. Throughout this course students focus on developing self-esteem and confidence in the area of performance and acquire knowledge of on-stage scenes. Students work to develop skill in the areas of movement, voice, and speech.

Writing Seminar

This course is designed to assist the student in his or her writing abilities for college. A portfolio and journal will be kept throughout the course. Students will focus on writing their college essays, as well as other thoughtful and analytical pieces that will aid them in their college studies.

Novel in Film

In this course, students view and study film adaptations of various novels while examining plot, character, setting, and dialogue, as well as other critical aspects of cinema. Past movies reviewed in this class include The Grapes of Wrath, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Poetry Interpretation and Appreciation

Students will read poems of every genre and from all over the world. Students will learn different ways to approach poetry and use several tools to make reading and understanding poetry easier and more fun.

Women’s Literature

This course is structured in large part around student interest. Students study literature written by women, including short fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and novels, with a focus on how gender influences writing.

Jesus, the Media, and Gospel Values

This course is intended to help enhance and develop a young person's faith by understanding the world of media. Through the analysis of film and music, the students become more media literate and recognize the input of the media in their lives and values. The students learn how to use the media to their advantage and how not to allow the media to use them. This is a senior elective course.

Sports Medicine (Science):

This course is usually offered in the junior or senior year. The primary focus will include, but not be limited to, the following topics: the sports medicine team, organization and administration, injury prevention, physical training and conditioning techniques, nutritional considerations, protective sports equipment, mechanisms and characteristics of sports injury, tissue response to injury, human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, CPR/AED certification, first aid certification, and basic injury assessment and evaluation.

Anatomy & Physiology (Science):

The Anatomy and Physiology course is an elective usually offered in the junior or senior year to those students who may be interested in a more mature and in-depth exploration of science, or who may be interested in pursuing a science-related career. Students will explore the different body systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

The Bay Revisited (Science):

This course is an in-depth, hands-on study of the physical and chemical factors of the Chesapeake Bay.

Introduction to Psychology 0.5 credit

Introduction to Psychology is a Social Studies elective that may be taken in the senior year by non-college bound students. As an introductory course, students will be required to have a basic knowledge of the history, theories, and schools of thought on which modern psychology is based. Students will be able to critically examine and study aspects of human behavior such as personality, emotions, and adjustment. This course will run for one semester.

Introduction to Sociology 0.5 credit

Introduction to Sociology is a Social Studies elective which may be taken in the senior year. The course focuses on the study of the world's population, cultures and institutions. Students will research and investigate topics such as criminology, family and marriage, and juvenile delinquency. This course will run for one semester.

C.P. Psychology 1 credit

General Psychology may be taken in the senior year as an elective. Enrollment in the class is subject to approval by the social studies and guidance departments. The student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and be planning to attend college. This course is designed to be challenging. As an introduction to psychology, the student will be required to know the history, major theories, and schools of thought that have influenced the field. Students will be expected to understand the scientific method and to be able to conduct well organized research. Since debate is necessary in psychology, students will be encouraged to test the theories that they encounter and learn not to accept a theory as the final authority. This will increase their thinking skills. Students will be encouraged to examine their behavior and the behavior of others in order to gain insight and to aid them in the everyday situations of life.

Prerequisite: 80 average in previous social studies courses.

20th Century American History 0.5 credit

This course gives a detailed look at American history during the 20th century. Special emphasis is placed on America's emergence as a world power in the 20th century and U.S. involvement in major military conflicts dating from WWI to Vietnam. Students examine U.S. relations with Europe, the Soviet Union, China and the Middle East. Various projects, reports and outside readings are required. Social problems and conflicts, which are found in modern society and culture, will also be investigated. This course will run for one semester.

Prerequisite: 75 average in previous social studies courses.

AP United States History – 11th grade 1.0 credit

Advanced Placement US History is open to students who are successful in the Fr. McMasters Honors Program at Mt. Carmel. Students are required to do a large amount of reading outside the classroom in order to be prepared for the day’s topics. Other activities the student may be required to complete are presidential outlines or "one-pagers" that they will draw up themselves under the teacher’s directives. This will help keep facts and chronology in an orderly fashion. The students are also required to take notes daily from their required text. Special activities will be learning to answer and create DBQ’s, simulations, mock trials, debates, and a research paper. Whether an assignment is a research, a nightly article to read, a journal entry, or an opening argument for a mock trial, the standard for excellence will be high.

Prerequisite: Previous honors courses and faculty/administrator recommendation