Curricu​lum

The Kellenberg Memorial High School course of studies has been drawn up in conformity with the school’s consistent policy of promoting the greatest intellectual competence together with the highest moral character. The scope of the curriculum provides for a liberal education which meets the most stringent of college entrance requirements.

Latin School Program of Studies

CADETS (GRADE 6)
  • ​Religion 6
  • History 6
  • ​​English 6
  • Mathematics 6
  • Life Science
  • Reading
  • Art 6
  • Chorus, Band, or Orchestra
  • Physical Education
TYROS (GRADE 7)
  • ​Religion 7
  • History 7
  • ​​English 7
  • Mathematics 7
  • Physical Science
  • Latin 7
  • Music 7
  • Chorus, Band, or Orchestra
  • Physical Education
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SQUIRES (GRADE 8)
  • ​Religion 8
  • ​History 8
  • English 8
  • Pre-Algebra 8 or Algebra I
  • Earth Science
  • Latin 8
  • Art 8
  • Chorus, Band, or Orchestra
  • Physical Education

High School Program of Studies

Freshmen (Class of 2025)

HONORS PROGRAM
  • Scripture
  • Introduction to Literature & Grammar
  • World Language†
  • Geometry
  • World History
  • Biology
  • The Writing Lab ‡
  • KMHS Culture
  • Physical Education ‡
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra
ACADEMIC PROGRAM
  • Scripture
  • Introduction to Literature & Grammar
  • World Language†
  • Geometry
  • World History
  • Biology
  • The Writing Lab ‡
  • KMHS Culture
  • Physical Education ‡
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra

† Incoming ninth-grade students who pass a validation exam in World Language may be accelerated.

‡ Half unit course.

Sophomores (Class of 2024)

HONORS PROGRAM
  • Christ & His Church
  • European History
  • American Literature, Grammar, & Composition
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • World Language
  • Health*
  • Horizons & Technology*
  • Physical Education*
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra
ACADEMIC I PROGRAM
  • Christ & His Church
  • European History
  • American Literature, Grammar, & Composition
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • World Language
  • Health*
  • Horizons & Technology*
  • Physical Education*
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra
ACADEMIC II PROGRAM
  • Christ & His Church
  • European History
  • American Literature, Grammar, & Composition
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • World Language
  • Health*
  • Horizons & Technology*
  • Physical Education*
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra

*Half unit course.

Juniors (Class of 2023)

HONORS PROGRAM
  • Christian Morality
  • American History I
  • British Literature, Grammar, & Composition
  • Algebra 2 & Trigonometry
  • Chemistry♰
  • World Language
  • Introduction to Music*
  • Physical Education*
  • College Test & Application Prep Course
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra
ACADEMIC I PROGRAM
  • Christian Morality
  • American History I
  • British Literature, Grammar, & Composition
  • Algebra 2 & Trigonometry
  • Chemistry♰
  • World Language
  • Introduction to Music*
  • Physical Education*
  • College Test & Application Prep Course
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra
ACADEMIC II PROGRAM
  • Christian Morality
  • American History I
  • British Literature, Grammar, & Composition
  • Algebra 2
  • Chemistry♰
  • English Composition 3
  • Introduction to Music*
  • American Sign Language 1
  • Physical Education*
  • College Test & Application Prep Course
  • Elective: Band, Chorus, or Orchestra

*Half unit course.
♰ Advanced students in science will take Physics

Seniors (Class of 2022)

HONORS PROGRAM
  • Christian Existence
  • American History II
  • World Literature
  • Intro to Calculus 1 or Pre-Calculus
  • Physics†
  • World Language
  • Art 12*
  • Elective 1: Band, Chorus, Orchestra
  • Elective 2: Digital Media*, Computer Science*, Advanced Computer Applications*, Art Portfolio Preparation, or Music Theory*
ACADEMIC I PROGRAM
  • Christian Existence
  • American History II
  • World Literature
  • Intro to Calculus 1 or Pre-Calculus
  • Physics†
  • College Writing
  • Art 12*
  • Elective 1: Band, Chorus, Orchestra
  • Elective 2: Digital Media*, Computer Science*, Advanced Computer Applications*, Art Portfolio Preparation, or Music Theory*
ACADEMIC II PROGRAM
  • Christian Existence
  • American History II
  • World Literature
  • Pre-Calculus or Statistics & Trigonometry
  • Physics†
  • English Composition 4
  • Art 12*
  • American Sign Language 2
  • Elective 1: Band, Chorus, Orchestra
  • Elective 2: Digital Media*, Computer Science*, Advanced Computer Applications*, Art Portfolio Preparation, or Music Theory*

*Half unit course.
​†Students advanced in science will choose from Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Astronomy or Engineering in the senior year.

NOTES:

  1. The following are half unit courses: Writing, Horizons & Technology, Art 6, Music 7, Art 8, Introduction to Music, Health, Art 12, Physical Education, Music Theory, Computer Science, Advanced Computer Applications and Digital Media.
  2. Kellenberg Memorial High School does not require nor offer Regents Exams.
  3. Seniors may apply for a full credit course in Art as an elective.
  4. Students who qualify may earn college credits in conjunction with Farmingdale State College, St. John’s University, Molloy College and Hofstra University. The eligible courses are as follows: American History II (HIST 122), Senior Religion (TRE 252), English (ENG 161), College Writing (ENG 110), English Comp (ENG 100), Intro to Calculus (MTH 150), Art Portfolio Prep (ART 1200), French 3 (FRE 1010/1020), French 4 (FRE 2030/2040), Latin 11 (LAT 1010/1020), Latin 12 (LAT 2030/2040), Spanish 4 (SPA 1010/1020), Spanish 5 (SPA 2030/2040), ASL 1 (ASL 101), ASL 2 (ASL 102), Astronomy (ESC 115), Environmental Studies (ENV 101), Physics (PHY 188/189) and Engineering (ENGG 0010).

DEPARTMENTS & COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

ACCREDITATION AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Kellenberg Memorial High School is registered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.​

ART

The Art Department seeks to provide some of the fundamentals of art and to expose students to a wide range of artists and their works, via art history and the studio experience. All sixth-grade students take Art 6 and all eighth-grade students take Art 8. All Seniors will take Art 12. Seniors are offered an optional full credit course entitled Art Portfolio Preparation, to better train them and gain additional material for their college-entrance portfolio. Seniors who take this course must successfully complete it in order to graduate.

COLLEGE TEST & APPLICATION PREP COURSE

All juniors are scheduled for a college preparatory course as part of their regular school day. The students are helped to prepare for both the ACT and SAT exams by becoming familiar with the types of questions contained in the various sections and learning the most successful approaches to each.  Time during the course is also dedicated to the beginnings of the college selection and application processes.  No academic credit is awarded for this course.

ENGLISH

The English Program combines the study of literature with developmental instruction and exercise in composition, grammar, vocabulary, and reading. Classroom discussion of reading assignments covers the major aspects of American English and World Literature.  All sixth-grade students take reading.  The writing program exists within the English courses for grades 6-12.  In addition, we offer a half-unit course called The Writing Lab and a full unit course called College Writing which gives particular attention to writing instruction, construction, and output in the freshman and senior years.  Students Classes 2023 and 2022 in the Academic II program take two classes in English in order to provide intensive instruction aimed at bolstering writing and reading skills. 

HEALTH

The Health Education course is taught during the Sophomore year. The principal aim of the Health Education course is to develop in the student a clear understanding of the principles of physical and mental health habits and behavior.

HISTORY

Latin School students take three years of history. Courses for the high school include a year of World History, a year of European History, and a two-year course in American History which includes Economics in the Senior Year. Students also examine the Constitution, current events, and contemporary trends in the context of political, economic, and social history.

HORIZONS & TECHNOLOGY

Computer Education offers Horizons & Technology: a one-year program for all high school students. During the Sophomore year, the half-unit course focuses on acclimating students to purposeful use of social and educational technology in order to supplement their academic coursework in other subjects, including some digital SAT and ACT preparation. In the Senior year, students may opt for one of three elective computer courses: Advanced Computer Applications, Computer Science, and Digital Media.

KMHS CULTURE

All Freshmen participate in a half-unit course focusing on Catholic citizenship and well-being, digital citizenship and well-being, and the values of COR (civility, order, and respect).

MATHEMATICS

The math program seeks to emphasize the basics of computational skills, as well as developing a conceptual understanding of math. Students are required to take math during each year.  In high school, classes 2024 and earlier take  Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 andTrigonometry, and Pre-Calculus.  Classes 2025 and following take Geometry, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus 1.  Students of classes 2025 and after may apply to take Calculus 1 for their junior year math course followed by Calculus 2 in their senior year.

MUSIC

An Introduction to Music course is given to all students during their Junior Year. This course presents the historical development of music and includes biographies of master composers, their principal works, and their contribution to the advancement of musical composition. All seventh-grade students take Music 7 which presents fundamentals of music theory.

Students may choose to perform in Chorus, Band, or Orchestra. Interested students should arrange an audition with the appropriate director.  During the Senior year, students may elect to take a Music Theory class. In this class, students will explore the fundamentals of music composition, harmony, melody, rhythm, form, and structure.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All students are required to take six years of physical education for grades 6-11. Juniors on an athletic team are exempt from physical education class for the trimester of that athletic season. The activities of the program for the six years include but are not limited to physical fitness testing, body conditioning, and circuit training, weight training, aerobics, yoga, gymnastics, badminton, softball, basketball, team handball, lacrosse, soccer, flag football, volleyball, wrestling, archery, floor hockey, and adventure games.

RELIGION

The religion program seeks to demonstrate the vitality of Christ’s message to the present age and to impart an understanding of the Roman Catholic tradition. The seven-year course includes the study of Scripture, the person of Christ, Church History, the sacraments, the growth and development of the person, self-knowledge, human relationships, the meaning of Christian maturity, faith, and belief in God.

SCIENCE

Latin School students take Life Science in the sixth grade, Physical Science in the seventh grade and Earth Science in the eighth grade. Students in grades 9 – 12 are required to study four years of science. Classes 2024 and earlier take Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Classes 2025 and following take Biology, Chemistry, Physics and an elective senior year.  Electives include Advanced Biology, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Astronomy and Engineering during their high school years. The goal of the science program is to develop and encourage an appreciation and an understanding of significant natural occurrences, facts and events in our human experience.

SENIOR SEMINARS

At the conclusion of the senior year, seminars are offered to seniors in Calculus, Statistics and Physics. These seminars are designed to bridge the gap between the high school and college experience of Calculus, Statistics and Physics. The seminars are offered for three hours a day two days per week throughout late May and June. It is the intention of these seminars to ease the transition to collegiate studies for those seniors who choose to avail themselves of this opportunity.

WORLD LANGUAGES

Students in the Latin School study Latin in grades 7 and 8. Kellenberg Memorial High School offers a four-year program of studies in French, Latin and Spanish for grades 9 – 12. High school students in the honors program study World Language for four years, while the students in the Academic I and Academic programs study World Language for three years. Academic II students of Classes 2023 and 2022 study American Sign Language in the eleventh and twelfth grades.