Immaculate Heart High School offers all students a rigorous college preparatory program that exceeds the requirements for admission to the University of California. Virtually 100% of our students go on to college immediately after graduation, often to some of the most prestigious in the country.
Students are encouraged to maximize their academic potential by enrolling in the many honors, advanced placement and elective classes we offer. Students must complete 245 credits for graduation (5 credits per class, per semester). Honors and advanced placement classes are offered in English, social studies, mathematics, science, foreign language, art and computer science.
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A typical 9th grade program includes:
English I or Honors English I
Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, or Honors Geometry
French or Spanish (I or II or III)
World Civilizations I or Honors World Civilizations I
Elective: Biology, Visual Arts and Performing Arts, or Intro to Computer Science
Health and Fitness
List of 13 items.
Computer Science: 10 Credits
Students must complete one year of Computer Science. Introduction to Computer Science is the entry class, however advanced students can place into AP Computer Science Princlples.
English: 40 Credits
English 1, American Literature and British Literature or AP English Language and two senior English electives (one semester each) or AP English Literature.
Language: 30 Credits
At least through third year of study.
Mathematics: 30 Credits
Students must complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II before receiving credit for additional courses. Additional math courses are highly recommended.
Physical Education: 10 Credits
Starting with the class of 2021, all freshmen will take one year of Health and Fitness, meeting the graduation requriement. Transfer students and current students (class of 2019, 2020) must complete any two semester courses or two seasons on a sports team to meet the PE requirements.
Science: 20 Credits
Biology and Chemistry
Additional science courses are highly recommended.
Social Studies: 40 Credits
World Civilizations I, World Civilizations II or AP European History, US History, Economics (one semester) and US Government (one semester)
Theology: 40 Credits
Sacred Scriptures (first semester) The New Testament (second semester) Love, Choices, and Vocations (one semester) Sacraments, Church, and Liturgy (one semester) The Paschal Mystery (one semester) Contemporary Moral Issues (one semester) Two senior Theology electives (one semester each)
Community Service: 5 Credits
Four years of Community Service (1.25 credits per year).
Visual & Performing Arts: 10 Credits
One UC-approved, 10 credit (year-long) visual arts or performing arts course.
Upper Division Electives: 10 Credits
Courses must be chosen from English, language, mathematics, science, social studies, or visual and performing arts upper division electives.
Elective Credits: 10 Credits
Elective credits may be chosen from any area.
255 Total Credits
Five credits are awarded for completion of one semester of work in a course.
The electives offered vary by year and offer students the opportunity to explore areas of interest that go beyond the standard curriculum. Below is a listing of current and recent electives.
Honors level courses, open to students by recommendation of individual departments, are more rigorous than the regular college-preparatory classes. Because these courses demand more reading, additional writing assignments and extensive home study, a student needs to consider carefully the number of honors courses she should take in one year.
Advanced Placement courses are designed for those students who wish to pursue college-level studies while in high school. Colleges grant credit, and often advanced standing, to those students who do well on the Advanced Placement examinations in May. Advanced Placement classes require consistently high quality work along with extra time on the part of the student in reading, research, writing essays and independent study. Students who enroll in these classes commit themselves to taking the Advanced Placement exam in May. FEE: Students are billed for each Advanced Placement exam.
Enrollment in honors level and Advanced Placement courses requires department approval. Some courses may be offered every other year.
Immaculate Heart offers the following Honors and AP Classes:
An independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, Immaculate Heart has been located on a beautiful hillside property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles since our founding by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1906. We celebrate more than a century of nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social and moral development of students as they distinguish themselves as women of great heart and right conscience.