Grade 10 Experience

During their second year of studies at Santa Catalina, sophomores continue to juggle challenging academics while delving deeper into extracurriculars, continuing with some and trying out new ones. Sophomores might take on more responsibilities in a club or extracurricular activity, start a new club, do more community service, become more involved in athletics, or try out for a play for the first time. The sophomore class hosts the annual Sophomore Dance for all students.

Students acting on stage

Sophomores stage a Shakespeare play every year for their English class.



Highlights

Curriculum

English
English 2: British Literature
English 2 Honors

History
World History 1500 to Present: The Making of the Modern World

Mathematics
Algebra 2
Algebra 2 Honors
Geometry
Geometry 2 Honors

Science
Chemistry
Chemistry Honors
Marine Ecology Research 1 (taken in place of history)

Religious Studies
Peace and Justice (one semester)
Scripture (one semester)

World Languages
French: Level 1 through AP
Mandarin: Level 1 through AP
Spanish: Level 1 through AP
(Honors classes begin at level 3)

Advising/Health & Wellness
Sophomore Journey
Concepts of Well-being

Electives
Art 2
Digital Media
Intermediate Drama
Chamber Choir
Chamber Ensemble (by audition)

Journey

Through our Journey program, sophomores embark on a year of self-reflection, with the goal of coming to a deeper understanding of what their gifts, talents, and long-term goals are. They learn what their top five strengths are by taking the StrengthsQuest© assessment and explore ways to further develop their academic and personal strengths. They learn how to form complementary partnerships with classmates, teammates, peers, and adults, and learn important life skills, such as how to interview for a job, produce a résumé, and give an inspiring or thought-provoking speech. The Journey program helps sophomores develop their leadership skills by teaching them how to be good mentors and pairs them with a freshman mentee whom they meet with regularly throughout the school year.

College Exploration

Sophomores begin the process of college exploration through our advising program, Journey. They learn about standardized tests and plot out their testing timeline, take the PSAT, and develop a plan to improve their test scores. They also visit two college campuses and learn the basics of choosing the best and right college based on one’s unique gifts and long-term goals. Sophomores consider and are pushed to pursue meaningful leadership opportunities and summer activities.