Saint Joseph High School Graduation Requirements

All Saint Joseph High School students study four years of laboratory science and four years of math and have hands-on access to the latest technology tools.  All incoming freshmen receive iPads.  All students receive faculty support (student to teacher ratio: 1:12).


4 Credits


4 Credits

Social Studies

4 Credits


4 Credits

Foreign Language

3 Credits
(4th year strongly encouraged)

Approved Electives

4 Credits

Physical Education

1 Credit

All SJHS students choose electives including Art, Chorus, Communications, Instrument Ensemble, Music Appreciation, Psychology, Programming, Robotics/Engineering, Science Research, Statistics and Website Design.  View our Electives Course Catalog.

Core Curriculum

Saint Joseph High School offers a challenging and engaging college preparatory curriculum, including four years of math and laboratory science, a wide range of elective options, and the opportunity to earn up to 41 college credits. Students learn to value academic challenges and develop study habits that will help in college.


Content AreaSJHS Course
ReligionChrist: The Eternal Word; Christ: Who is Jesus?
EnglishEnglish Language Literature 9
MathematicsGeometry, Algebra 1, Algebra 2
SciencePhysics of Materials and Conceptual Physics
Foreign LanguageChinese 1**, French 1, Latin 1, Spanish 1
Physical Education


Content AreaSJHS Course
ReligionThe Paschal Mystery; The Church
EnglishAmerican Literature
HistoryAmerican History 1, Foundations of the Republic*
MathematicsGeometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus
Foreign LanguageChinese 2**, French 2, Latin 2, Spanish 2
Physical Education


Content AreaSJHS Course
ReligionSacraments; Life in Christ
EnglishIntroduction to Literary Study*
HistoryAmerican History 2, Emergence of Mass Democracy*
MathematicsPre-Calculus, Algebra 2, Calculus Engineering*, Calculus Business*
Foreign LanguageChinese 3**, French 3, Latin 3, Spanish 3
Physical Education


Content AreaSJHS Course
ReligionSacraments- Discerning Vocation; Catholic Social Justice
EnglishDiversity and Literature*
HistoryEconomics, Macroeconomics*
MathematicsCollege Algebra*, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 2, Calc Engineering*, Calc Business*, Calc 2
SciencePhysics 2, Materials Science, Biology 2, College Physics*
Foreign LanguageChinese 4**, French 4, Latin 4, Spanish 4*
Physical Education


Art: Intro, Art: Painting and Drawing, Art: Painting and Drawing*, Art: Sculpting & Ceramics, Art History: Renaissance through Modern Art*, Chinese**, Choir*, Computer Programming with Java (10/11/12), Engineering/Robotics, Advanced Engineering/Robotics, Music Appreciation*, Psychology* (11 & 12), Science Research, Statistics* (10/11/12)

* denotes College in High School course
** partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute

Saint Joseph High School College in High School Program

Saint Joseph High School offers students 55 college credits from Carlow University, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Saint Vincent College, Seton Hill, and the University of Pittsburgh.  SJHS students have the opportunity to earn up to 46 college credits while in high school.   Some SJHS students begin college as a second semester freshman or first semester sophomore.   This translates into one or two semesters of college tuition at a fraction of the cost. This program gives students greater control over their college experience. Some choose to graduate early, while others study abroad, double major, or explore academic interests outside of their major.

CourseSJHS CourseCredits
TH 155 Catholic Social TeachingCatholic Social Teaching3
CourseSJHS CourseCredits
ADMG 1005 MacroeconomicsMacroeconomics3
HIST 1011 Emergence of Mass DemocracyEmergence of Mass Democracy3
HIST 1010 Foundations of the RepublicFoundations of the Republic3
MATH 1040 Probability and StatisticsStatistics3
MATH 1010 College AlgebraCollege Algebra3
CourseSJHS CourseCredits
ENGL 113 Diversity and LiteratureDiversity and Literature3
PHYS 211 General Analytic PhysicsCollege Physics3
CourseSJHS CourseCredits
SEL 150 Introduction to Literary StudyEnglish American Literature3
CourseSJHS CourseCredits
PY 100 Introduction to PsychologyPsychology3
PY 100 Music AppreciationMusic Appreciation3
CourseSJHS CourseCredits
Computer Science 0134 Web Site Design & DevelopmentWeb Design3
CS1001 Intermediate Programming using JavaComputer Programming w/Java4
Latin 0220 Latin, Intermediate VerseLatin IV3
Mathematics 0120 Calculus for BusinessBusiness Calculus4
Mathematics: 0220 Analytic Geometry & Calculus IEngineering Calculus4