Our school day consists of a Homeroom period followed by seven class periods. Our Period 5 is longer than the other six, to allow for lunch. All students take seven classes, and are scheduled to be in a particular class (or lunch) every minute of the day. There is no "free time," and once they arrive for the day, students are not permitted to leave the building until 2:05, when the class day ends.
Roselle Catholic offers the following courses. Those marked with a "+" designation include Honors sections. Courses designated "AP" are Advanced Placement courses specifically approved by The College Board which are the equivalent of a college course in that subject matter. Additionally, we offer courses through the "Virtual High School," which you can read more about here.
English I: Literary Genres +
English II: American Literature +
English III: British +
English IV: World Literature +
AP Literature and Composition
AP Language and Composition
Introduction to Graphic Design
Advanced Graphic Design
Advanced Art I+
Advanced Art II +
AP Studio Art
American History I+
American History II+
AP American History
AP European History
Sports and Society
Physical Education I
Physical Education II
Physical Education III
Physical Education IV
Religious Education I+
Religious Education II+
Religious Education III+
Religious Education IV+
AP Environmental Science
Advanced Chemistry +
Science and Society
French IV +
Introduction to Multi-Media Design*
AP & HONORS
All of our courses in the core areas, as well as Art, offer Honors sections, which feature advanced material and heightened student responsibilities. Students in Honors sections receive a weighted grade that reflects these additional commitments. Selection for Honors sections is based on student achievement in previous related coursework and teacher recommendations.
Additionally, Roselle Catholic offers a number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses approved by The College Board. The College Board is a non-profit organization that controls the designation " Advanced Placement" and authorizes its use where a high school course meets stringent standards in content and instructional methodology. Given those high standards, Advanced Placement courses are deemed at least the equivalent of a freshman college course, and so many colleges give credit or other consideration for an acceptable performance on Advanced Placement examinations, which are prepared and graded by The College Board at the end of every school year.
RC HealthPro: A Pre-Professional Health Studies Program
Roselle Catholic is proud to announce the launch of RC HealthPro, under the direction of RC faculty member Ms. Josephine Patrone, RN. This program is currently an elective for all students.
RC HealthPro provides students a grounding in the basics of the allied health fields. In addition to their Science studies, HealthPro students will take a class each day in hands-on activities that will complement those studies, and prepare them for college-level work. Alumni acting as program advisors include Dr. Richard Cambria, RC ’69, and Dr. Matthew Nock, RC ’91, both members of the faculty at Harvard University.
The Business Seminar program begins in the Freshman Year, with our one-semester course for all our Freshmen in Financial Literacy. Last year, selected on the basis of their performance in the Financial Literacy class, certain Sophomores were invited to join the Business Seminar, which met monthly, taught by Roselle Catholic alumni with respected credentials in the business world.
The first session was taught by Richard Sweeney, RC ’66, a co-founder of Keurig Inc., the producer of the world’s best selling single-cup coffee brewer.
Students are assigned to various events – academic and extracurricular alike - to take photos, shoot videos, conduct interviews, and write stories. They then meet back in our Digital Publication Room and our Mac Lab to digitally alter their work to be published on various channels. We’re particularly excited about our new affiliation with Write on Sports, a non-profit organization that works to improve students’ writing skills through sports reporting. Alumni advisors for the "D Pub Club" include Tom Libonate, RC ’64, an accomplished marketing agency professional, and John Cerra, RC’78, an experienced photographer.
The SAT is a test developed and administered by The College Board which many colleges use as one criterion in admissions decisions. A student's performance on the SAT is, therefore, an important factor in determining the scope of his/her college options. That performance can be enhanced by a good test preparation experience.
To insure that all our students have access to such an experience, RC conducts its own SAT test prep course, which all our Juniors take during the two weeks immediately preceding the June administration of the SAT. Over those ten school days, our Juniors spend the entire day in test prep classes organized and conducted by our faculty, classes that cover both content and test-taking strategies. We use materials supplied by The College Board itself, which include two full scale practice SAT tests, for which students receive computer generated question-by-question analysis; this analysis permits them to identify their particular strengths and weaknesses, and thus helps them better prepare for the exam itself.
As most of our Juniors take the SAT in March, before our test prep program, and then again in June, immediately after the program, we are in a unique position to assess our program's effectiveness. We see every year that almost all of our students show solid improvement from March to June, with some of them enjoying an increase of hundreds of points.