Curriculum

The Totino-Grace High School curriculum has been designed by the staff and administration to support the key elements of our mission: learning, faith, community, and service. As educators in a Catholic school, we are committed to providing a learning environment where each student feels supported and is allowed to succeed. When Totino-Grace students combine their required courses with their elective choices they should experience a comprehensive course of studies which will prepare them for whatever they choose to do after high school.

When it comes to academics, the variety of courses offered in the Totino-Grace curriculum opens doors to a lifetime of learning and accomplishment.  With more than 95% of Totino-Grace students attending college upon graduation, Totino-Grace offers a solid core of college prep, honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Honors and Advanced Placement

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed to meet the needs of our most capable and highly motivated students by providing our most rigorous curriculum. The courses are more demanding in effort and time than standard college prep courses. Content in these courses is covered in greater depth and complexity and often at an accelerated rate. Totino-Grace offers 18 Honors courses and 14 AP courses to students. 

College Credit

Seniors also may earn college credit through the Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC) at St. Mary's University of Minnesota.  The PACC program allows students to earn college credit while still in high school, credit which is accepted at many colleges and universities.  It is the responsibility of each student to verify with the colleges they are considering if the PACC credits will be accepted.

Foundational Courses

Totino-Grace also offers foundational level courses in most core subjects designed for those who need additional practice in learning concepts or frequent review to maintain their skills. Topics are taught in an introductory manner with concentration on the basic concepts and skills.  Students are enrolled in these courses based on test scores and teacher recommendation.

Elective Course Variety

Because high school students have many different interests and many different abilities, Totino-Grace offers students variety and choice in their class selections. The comprehensive Totino-Grace academic program is designed to meet the many needs of our community of learners. In addition to required and elective courses in our core subjects, we offer courses in Industrial Technology, Business, Art, Music, Theater, Physical Education, Spanish, French, and Chinese.  The combination of required and elective courses provides students a solid foundation in core subjects, excellent preparation for college, and a chance to pursue areas of special interest.

 

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  • Art Fundamentals
  • Digital Imaging and Photography
  • Drawing & Painting 1
  • Drawing & Painting 2
  • Ceramics 1
  • Ceramics 2
  • Stained Glass 1
  • Stained Glass 2
  • AP Drawing

Fine Arts Department Chair: Tim Hoffman

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  • Personal Finance
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting 
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing

 

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  • Acting and Performance 1
  • Acting & Performance 2

Fine Arts Department Chair: Tim Hoffman

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  • Engineering 1
  • Engineering 2
  • Engineering 3

E3 Engineering Institute Directors: Matt Thibodeau & Dan Vandermyde

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  • English 9: Writing & Speech A & B
  • Honors English 9 A & B
  • Reading Practicum A & B
  • English 10: American Literature A & B
  • Honors English 10 A & B
  • English 11: World Literature A & B
  • AP Language & Composition A & B
  • Journalism I & II
  • Mythological Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Psychological Literature
  • 21st Century Novels
  • Advanced Composition
  • College Writing
  • English 12: Literature, Composition & Speech
  • AP Literature & Composition

English Department Chair: Dave Wareham

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  • Woods & Metals
  • Advanced Woodworking A
  • Advanced Woodworking B
  • Power & Energy
  • CAD Technology
  • Engineering CAD
  • Architectural CAD

Industrial Arts Department Chair: Keith Welle

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  • Learning Lab 9/10 A & B
  • Learning Lab 11/12 A & B

Learning Lab Department Chair:

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  • Geometry A & B
  • Honors Geometry A & B
  • Algebra 2 A & B
  • Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry A & B
  • Introduction to Statistics & Probability A & B
  • Algebra 3/Trigonometry A & B
  • Pre-Calculus A & B
  • Honors Algebra 2/ Trigonometry A & B
  • Honors Math Analysis A & B
  • Calculus 1 A & B
  • Honors Calculus 1 A & B
  • Honors Calculus 2 A & B
  • Honors Calculus 3 A & B
  • AP Calculus AB A & B
  • AP Statistics A & B

Mathematics Department Chairs: Mary Glynn and Deb Fagan

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  • Chorale A & B
  • Concert Choir A & B
  • Honors Concert Choir A & B
  • Concert Band A & B
  • Symphonic Band A & B
  • Honors Symphonic Band A & B

Fine Arts Department Chair: Tim Hoffman

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  • Physical Education I 
  • Physical Education II Activities/Men
  • Physical Education II Activities/Women
  • Physical Education II Conditioning
  • Physical Education 11/12
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Strength & Conditioning II
  • Women's Wellness
  • Health
  • TLC (Thinking, Learning, Communicating)
  • Introduction to Sports Medicine

Physical Education & Health Department Chair: Joe Rodriguez

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  • Living in Jesus Christ
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Church History
  • Sacraments: Experiencing the Paschal Mystery
  • Morality
  • Christian, Catholic and Charism
  • Advanced Scripture
  • Vocations
  • Service & Justice
  • Honors Philosophy of God
  • Spirituality
  • World Religions
  • Honors Introduction to Theology

Religion Department Chair: Holly Hoey-Germann

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  • Physics A & B
  • Honors Physics A & B
  • Chemistry A & B
  • Honors Chemistry A & B
  • Biology A & B
  • Honors Biology A & B
  • Forensic Science
  • Astronomy
  • AP Chemistry A & B
  • AP Physics A & B
  • AP Biology A & B
  • Ecology
  • Computer Science
  • Anatomy & Physiology A
  • Anatomy & Physiology B
  • Microbiology

Science Department Chair: Jim Dahlman

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  • Research Seminar

Murphy Scholars Director: Cheri Broadhead

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  • Human Geography
  • World History A & B
  • AP World History A & B
  • United States History A & B
  • AP United States History A & B
  • AP United States Government A & B
  • US Government
  • International Affairs
  • Constitutional & Criminal Law
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • World Military History
  • Current American Studies

Social Studies Chairs: Dave Theisen 

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  • French 1 A & B
  • French 2 A & B
  • French 3 A & B
  • French 4 A & B
  • Honors French 3 A & B
  • Honors French 4 A & B
  • AP French A & B
  • Spanish 1 A & B
  • Spanish 2 A & B
  • Spanish 3 A & B
  • Honors Spanish 3 A & B
  • Spanish 4 A & B
  • AP Spanish Language A & B
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture A & B
  • Chinese I A & B
  • Chinese 2 A & B
  • Chinese 3 A & B

World Languages Department Chair: Nora Flom

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