Curriculum

Feature Package: Learning by Design
Illustration by Camden Andl ’19 By graduation, the typical Brophy student will have taken 28 courses in at least eight different disciplines. In these classes, students will experience a variety of different teachings styles while discovering more about their individual learning styles. Students may hear opinions they disagree within class, or to juggle class work with sports and other activities. In this edition, The Roundup examines what goes into what we…
Larger emphasis on need-based college scholarships well justified
By Tyler Conrad ’17 THE ROUNDUP When looking at the base price of a college tuition, it’s easy to fall right out of your chair at how outlandish the numbers can be. Many people realize as a way to soften the blow of these numbers is the possibility of a scholarship in some form from the institution. However, the reason students are getting these scholarships has become a disputed topic…
Teachers implement unique teaching styles to reach students
By Ethan Winkler ’17 THE ROUNDUP Inside the sports-medicine room, a group of students walk in circles, observing the many types of human bones laid across the room. The students take turns picking up the different bones, looking at their labeled names and feeling the many carvings and grooves on the surface. At the same time, anatomy and physiology teacher Mr. Chris White is explaining where the bones are on…
English department utilizes online tools to help students learn
Photo Illustration by Bryce Owen ’17 | Membean is a website dedicated to building vocabulary. Brophy English teachers use the website for sophomore and junior classes. By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP When it comes to educational technology in the classroom, English teachers are pioneering the use of online tools, helping customize learning to different students.   No Red Ink used differently, preceded by variety of similar grammar programs After…
7th period athletics benefits students, two-sport athletes
By Jack Davis ’19 THE ROUNDUP The school schedule has provided a seventh period athletics class in order to help student athletes hone their craft and create a manageable workload. One seventh period athlete is Matthew Kempton ’17, a varsity basketball forward and varsity football player who said that his end-of-the-day class has helped him develop on the court and in the classroom. “Instead of getting home around 6 or…
Curriculum should shift toward project-based learning
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Although traditional teaching style has been a norm in the classroom for at least decades, it should definitely progress into a more realistic and preparative phase to better prepare students for the real-world. When I observe some of the professions out in the world today whether it’s construction, project management, or something in the technological field, teamwork is an essential virtue in these…
Summer school offers variety of courses, electives
By Alex Kirshner ‘18 THE ROUNDUP At some high schools “summer school” is synonymous with failure or remediation. On Brophy’s campus, nearly three-quarters of the student body takes advantage of summer school as a way to take electives or core classes. Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Mr. Seamus Walsh, who directs the academic aspect of Brophy summer school, said in an email with The Roundup that the school attempts to…
Aviation class offers flight simulation, piloting ability
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Xavier offers an aviation elective course that uses computerized flight simulators to build flight experience. The class is taught by Mr. Gale Hestenes, a Xavier faculty member, and the class is housed on Xavier’s campus, but is open to Brophy students.   Mr. Hestenes is a certified flight instructor and had a career instructing actual pilots. “I got my pilot’s license before I got…
Math department strives to accommodate advanced students
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Brophy’s math curriculum has undergone changes in recent years in order to adapt to the large influx of advanced math students. Many of these students come from the Basis system, and arrive at Brophy already equipped to handle AP Calculus BC, which used to be the final math course available. Mr. Ian Aston, the department chair, credits the beginning of this revamping process to…
AP Capstone program offers unique curricula
By Hayden Welty ‘19 THE ROUNDUP Mr. Mike Welty ’83 worked with Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Mr. Seamus Walsh last summer to help expand the College Board’s “AP Capstone” program to Brophy. Mr. Welty has taught physics and math for decades. When he applied to read the AP tests for physics, he received an invitation from the College Board to read the AP tests for a new course that…