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 choose from 21 college courses to earn college in high school 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 62 college credits from Carlow University, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Saint Vincent College, Seton Hill, and the University of Pittsburgh.  The average student will earn 20 credits upon graduation.   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.

CIHS Credits Offered
Average Earned Credits By Graduation
Art: College Drawing
Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art
Calculus Business
Calculus Engineering
Catholic Social Justice
College Algebra
College Chemistry
College Physics
Diversity in Literature
Emergence of Mass Democracy
Foundations of the Republic
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Psychology
Latin 4
Materials Science
Music Appreciation
Spanish 4
Topics in Literature
Web Design