Course Offerings and Requirements

Through our Catholic, college preparatory curriculum, we encourage students to achieve their maximum potential and exemplify the Catholic values taught at IC Catholic Prep. Faculty, staff, administration, students and parents strive to work together to form a loving, Christ-centered community of believers. Students will encounter diversity of mind and culture, excel academically, and experience personal growth through their academic and extracurricular experiences. Students will be challenged to become independent thinkers who make a positive impact on the world through a selfless confidence and service to others.

Departments

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Business & Technology

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English
 

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Fine Arts
 

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Mathematics
 

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Physical Education
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Science
 

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Social Studies
 

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Theology
 

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World Languages
 

Academics in Action

Counseling Department Mission Statement

The mission of the IC Catholic Prep School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses students’ academic, college/career, and social/emotional development. In partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community, the school counselors facilitate the promotion of a support system to ensure that students at ICCP have the knowledge and skills to confidently face life’s challenges, live meaningful lives and make a positive difference in the world.

Elmhurst University — Senior Option Program

In 1995, IC Catholic Prep and Elmhurst University designed the Senior Option Program to enable exceptional ICCP students to take advanced courses in the areas of mathematics, science and world language. This program allows our students the opportunity to take advanced course offerings after they have successfully completed the ICCP offered AP courses and have fulfilled their graduation requirements. ICCP students have a unique and valuable opportunity to take a college course and earn college credits.

Since its inception, the Senior Option Program has benefitted many of our talented students. In recent years, several of our seniors have even started their college careers with as many as 27-30 credit hours due to AP credits and courses taken at Elmhurst University.

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Programs

IC Catholic Prep offers a comprehensive Honors and Advanced Placement programs that prepare young men and women for for success in college and beyond.

English I (H)
English II (H)
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition

Algebra I (H)
Geometry (H)
Algebra II/Trig (H)
Pre-Calculus (H)
AP Calculus

AP World History: Modern
AP United States History
AP United States Government
Economics (H)

Biology (H)
Chemistry (H)
Physics (H)
AP Chemistry
AP Biology

Spanish I (H)
Spanish III (H)
AP Spanish Language and Culture
Italian III (H)
Italian IV (H)
Latin III (H)

Contact

Photo of Mr. Stephen Davidson Mr. Stephen Davidson Assistant Principal, Director of Curriculum

Degree(s) Earned:
BA — Joint Major in Theology and Philosophy, Secondary Major in Spanish at University of Notre Dame
MA — Masters of Administration at Concordia University – Chicago
MA — Masters of Teaching at Dominican University

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
English
4 Credits
Theology
4 Credits
Mathematics
3 Credits
Social Studies
3 Credits
(World History, United States History, United States Government, one semester elective)
Science
3 credits
(Biology and Science Labs)
Physical Education
1.5 credits
Health
0.5 credit
Consumer Economics Course
0.5 credit
(Consumer Economics and Economics (H) fulfills requirement)
Computer Applications
0.5 credit
World Language
2 credits of the same language
(Class of 2023 and beyond)
World Language or Fine Arts
2 credits of the same language
(Class of 2020-2022)
Electives
2 credits (Class of 2020-2021)
3 credits (Class of 2022)
4 credits (Class of 2023 and beyond)
Total
24 credits (Class of 2020-2021)
25 credits (Class of 2022)
26 credits (Class of 2023 and beyond)

Business & Technology

The Business and Technology Department offers a variety of courses designed to empower students with the  business and technological skills needed to be successful in an ever changing global society. Students are challenged to think critically, work collaboratively, and develop the creative and ethical skills needed to thrive in the business world. All courses incorporate project based learning to provide students with opportunities to showcase their abilities.

Photo of Mr. Todd Fisher Mr. Todd Fisher Chair, Business & Technology

Degree(s) Earned:
BS at North Central College
MA at Concordia University—Chicago

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
Computer Applications & Web Design
0.5 credit

English

The English Department offers a comprehensive college preparatory program in the study of all language arts: writing, literature, vocabulary, grammar, research, and speech. All course outcomes include the development of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Each course incorporates a variety of both fictional and nonfictional works while emphasizing the strong connection between reading and writing.

Photo of Mr. Michael Dronzek Mr. Michael Dronzek Chair, English Deparment

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – English/Secondary Education at St. Xavier University
MA – Reading Specialty at St. Xavier University

Photo of Ms. Meghan Doyle Ms. Meghan Doyle

Degree(s) Earned:
BA — Liberal Arts and Science,  Major in English and Minor in Secondary Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Photo of Mr. Thomas Nichin Mr. Thomas Nichin

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Secondary Education English at University of Illinois – Chicago
MS – Sport Psychology at Capella University

Photo of Ms. Bettina Recchia Ms. Bettina Recchia

Degree(s) Earned:
BA — Secondary Education English at Concordia University — Chicago

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
English
4 credits

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department offers elective courses in the visual, performing, and graphic arts with the purpose of fostering critical and creative thinking through student exploration and expression. In visual art courses, students utilize a variety of materials to develop artistic abilities in the areas of drawing, painting, and sculpting. In the performing arts, students of all abilities, from beginner to advanced musician, grow their musical talents through individual and group instruction. Students frequently participate in performance events both in and outside of the school environment.

Photo of Ms. Ann Pasteur Ms. Ann Pasteur Chair, Fine Arts

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Art Education/Art at Northern Illinois University
MA – Art Education/Art at Northern Illinois University

Photo of Ms. Nicole Lapwing Ms. Nicole Lapwing

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Music Education, Intercultural Studies at Elmhurst College
MA – Music Education at Vander Cook College of Music

Photo of Mrs. Rebecca Placek Mrs. Rebecca Placek

Degree(s) Earned:
BA at Loyola University Chicago

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
World Language or Fine Arts
2 credits

Mathematics

The Mathematics Department offers courses in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Statistics at all levels from college preparatory to Honors and Advanced Placement. At each level, students are provided a challenging, thought-provoking curriculum that helps students gain a rich understanding of mathematics and its daily applications to the real world.

Photo of Mrs. Maureen Idasek Mrs. Maureen Idasek Chair, Mathematics

Degree(s) Earned:
BS – Mathematics Education at Northern Illinois University
MS – Mathematics Education at Northern Illinois University

Photo of Mrs. Michelle Ferguson Mrs. Michelle Ferguson

Degree(s) Earned:
BS, MA – Mathematics/Kinesiology, Curriculum Instruction at Western Illinois University, Concordia
MA – Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University – Chicago

Photo of Mrs. Diane Martin Mrs. Diane Martin

Degree(s) Earned:
BS+18 – Education/Mathematics at University of Wisconsin – Madison

Photo of Mr. Adriano Cosentino Mr. Adriano Cosentino

Degree(s) Earned:
BA — Special Education at Elmhurst College
Endorsement — ELL at National Louis University

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
Mathematics
3 credits

Physical Education & Health

The Physical Education and Health Department offers a sequential educational program that focuses on the development of sustained physical fitness throughout their lifetime. Students improve their motor and cognitive skills to establish a healthy lifestyle while understanding how their bodies work. Our comprehensive curriculum provides students the opportunity to develop body awareness, explore movement, discover cooperative and recreational games, improve sport-specific skills, experience team sports, study/practice fitness based activities, and study the coaching and sport management industry.

Photo of Mr. Frank DeAngelis Mr. Frank DeAngelis Chair, Physical Education

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Speech Communication/Wellness at North Central College
K-12 Teaching Certificate – Physical Education/Health at North Central College
Health Safety Driver Education at Chicago State University
MA – Coaching Athletic Administration at Concordia University Irvine — California

Photo of Ms. Julie Tracy Ms. Julie Tracy

Degree(s) Earned:
BS – Kinesiology & Sports Studies/Health at Eastern Illinois University
NASM Certified (CPT)

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
Physical Education
1.5 credits
Health
0.5 credits

Science

The Science Department offers courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with a wide variety of electives including Anatomy, Environmental Science, Engineering, and Forensics. Students commonly analyze data, formulate scientific conclusions, and develop literacy through a variety of scientific practices and literature. All courses incorporate both traditional and inquiry based labs in to the classroom experience.

Photo of Sarah Palandri Sarah Palandri Chair, Science

Degree(s) Earned:
BS – Chemistry/Mathematics at Elmhurst College
MA – Curriculum & Instruction at National-Lewis University

Photo of Mr. Michael Conroy Mr. Michael Conroy

Degree(s) Earned:
BA –Environmental Biology at St. Mary’s University (MN)
MA+18 – Secondary Education at Roosevelt University

Photo of Mrs. Maggie Hawrysz Mrs. Maggie Hawrysz

Degree(s) Earned:
BS at Western Michigan University
MS at Cornerstone University

Photo of Mr. John Rossi Mr. John Rossi

Degree(s) Earned:
BA at Chicago State University

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
Science
3 credits

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department offers courses in World History, United States History, and United States Government at all levels from college preparatory to Honors and Advanced Placement. In addition, a diverse offering of elective courses allows students to become inquisitive, knowledgeable, and empathetic individuals in a classroom setting that encourages students to think like historians and develop important communication skills. Students analyze historical events, judge the implications and consequences, and develop writing skills through extensive research. This Department seeks to create value-driven, globally aware students who are active American citizens in their community, in their country, and abroad.

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
Social Studies
3 credits
(World History, United States History, United States Government, one semester elective)

Theology

The Theology Department offers a curriculum based upon the Bishops Framework for Secondary Schools. Students take four years of theology focusing on scripture (both Old and New Testament), Church history, the sacraments, morality, Catholic social teaching, and vocations. Seniors choose between a service course and an apologetics course in their final semester. All courses seek to develop not only the mind but the spirit through reflection, service opportunities, and participation in yearly retreats.  

Photo of Mrs. Sarah Tardiff Mrs. Sarah Tardiff Chair, Theology, Liturgical Ministry Coordinator

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Sociology at University of Notre Dame
MA — Process at Loyola University Chicago

Photo of Mr. Donald Moore Mr. Donald Moore Campus Minister

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Anthropology & Sociology at Knox College
MA (in process) at Loyola University Chicago

Photo of Mr. Joseph Paolelli Mr. Joseph Paolelli

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Religious Studies at Northwestern University
MA – Biblical Languages and Literature at Loyola University

Photo of Mrs. Martha Brown Mrs. Martha Brown

Degree(s) Earned:
BS – Health/Physical Education, English at Western Illinois University
MA – Theology at Loyola University

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
Theology
4 credits

World Languages

The World Language Department offers courses in the Italian, Latin, and Spanish languages and cultures. Spanish and Italian courses are designed to establish a link between communication and culture, which is applied in making connections and comparisons and in using this competence to be part of local and global communities.  Each level strives to develop student confidence in the oral and written expression of the language through real-life situations that would allow a student to confidently navigate life in the target language. Through the Latin curriculum, students develop reading proficiency so that they can engage with authentic Latin authors.

Photo of Ms. Elisa Mascorro Ms. Elisa Mascorro Chair, World Languages

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Middle & Secondary Education – Spanish Language & Literature at Marquette University
MA – Comparative & International Education at Loyola University
MA – Instructional Leadership at Loyola University

Photo of Mr. Joseph Paolelli Mr. Joseph Paolelli

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Religious Studies at Northwestern University
MA – Biblical Languages and Literature at Loyola University

Photo of Mrs. Jacqueline Gutierrez Mrs. Jacqueline Gutierrez

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Spanish/Mexican & Caribbean Studies at Northeastern Illinois University

Photo of Ms. Raffaella Lostumbo Ms. Raffaella Lostumbo

Degree(s) Earned:
BA – Spanish, Italian/French at Dominican University
MA – ESL at Dominican University

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Graduation Requirements
Required Credits
World Languages
2 credits of the same language
(Class of 2023 and beyond)
World Language or Fine Arts
2 credits of the same language
(Class of 2020-2022)