Curriculum

Arts classes important to well-roundedness, needed at more schools
Anthony Cardellini ’17 THE ROUNDUP Although many schools are decreasing funding for their arts programs and cutting down on arts supplies, Brophy is a happy exception. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explained in January 2016 that most states still don’t spend more money per student than they did before the recession. In fact, Arizona saw the biggest decrease in funding per student after 2008: a decrease of 23.3…
Honors Anatomy considered for reevaluation as lab science
By Joseph Valencia ’17 THE ROUNDUP Honors Anatomy, a relatively new class, is one of Brophy’s science elective courses. Elective science courses such as AP Environmental Science don’t grant students a lab science credit. The main argument regarding Anatomy is that it is isn’t necessary for college, as it is very similar to Biology, only with a greater emphasis on the human body. Students taking the class have differing views…
Sports medicine curriculum helps athletes protect themselves, diagnose injuries
Photo by Andrew Brown ’18 | Mr. Chris White teaches his sixth period sports medicine class on January 17, 2017 about bone structure in the foot. By Jack Davis ’19 THE ROUNDUP Mr. Chris White has been apart of the Brophy community for three decades. Throughout his time at Brophy as an athletic trainer, he has also transitioned into a teaching role after his time instructing a health class and developing…
Science and religion go hand in hand students, faculty say
By Matthew Zacher ’18 THE ROUNDUP Some might assume that on a Catholic school’s campus, science and religion are the equivalent of oil and water. In today’s world full of innovation and scientific discovery, perhaps nothing challenges our faith more than science, but faculty work to blend the topics in their classrooms. Science Department Chair Mr. Andy Mazzolini teaches Honors and AP Chemistry and is religious as well. “Science answers…
MathXL provides an online platform for math help in the classroom
By Spencer Inglett ‘19 THE ROUNDUP Brophy classes have turned toward digital based learning, and the introduction of MathXL has furthered this goal. MathXL is a learning tool that provides students an online platform for math. With 13 years of mathematics teaching experience at Brophy, math teacher Mr. Doug Cox said he thinks MathXL is a great alternative to traditional homework. “We experimented with it in a few classes two…
Theodicy and the Holocaust uses 2 teachers to examine ‘God’s justice’
By Anthony Cardellini ’17 THE ROUNDUP In 99 percent of Brophy’s classrooms, you will find one teacher in the room as the sole instructor of the class. Theodicy and the Holocaust is the only exception. Theodicy and the Holocaust is taught by both Mr. Chris Agliano and Mr. Matt Hooten. The class is in its fourth year and combines elements of the religious studies and social studies departments. Mr. Hooten…
SAT-ACT present rigorous element to athletes’ schedule
Photo Illustration by Bryce Owen ’17 | Junior and senior athletes often face difficulty when preparing for ACT and SAT tests due to a lack of time from athletic activity. By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18 THE ROUNDUP Student athletes, mainly juniors and seniors, who participate in winter, fall or club sports are presented with the difficulty of preparing themselves for the ACT or SAT while also practicing and competing on the…
Creative writing class explores storytelling
By Camden Andl ’19 THE ROUNDUP Brophy’s senior elective English IV/Creative Writing class, taught by Mr. Chad Unrein, introduces students to multiple genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and their components and techniques. Mr. Unrein, who attended Arizona State University earning a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing and has been teaching senior English at Brophy since 2008, said he recommends the class to anyone who is…