Multi-Disciplinary Courses | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

Multi-Disciplinary Courses

Multi-Disciplinary courses are learning opportunities that are not limited to a single academic department, preparing students for the interdiscplinary thinking and skills required in the 21st century. 

These courses include opportunities for you to dedicate time to leadership opportunities, as well as take online courses that may expand your learning and education. Unless otherwise noted, no multi-disciplinary courses are UC-approved.  More information about multi-disciplinary courses is available from Assistant Principal of Academics, Jessica Park, at

Available Courses in 2018-19

Leadership Workshop
Yearlong Course; 10 Units

This course is designed to engage student leaders in shaping the climate, culture, and activities of SJND. Students enrolled in this course will help plan student life and campus ministry activities while building leadership skills and social awareness. Students will learn project management, interpersonal communications, public speaking, team building, and time management skills while planning liturgies, rallies, assemblies and school activities.

This course is designated for members of the Campus Life Team. Students who are elected to ASB, CMEB or division CLT are strongly encouraged to take this course. The ASB President is required to take this class. Students may receive up to 15 units of Leadership Workshop.

Online Accelerated Learning
Semester Course; 5 Units or Yearlong Course; 10 Units

Online courses must be taken through SJND-­approved online providers. Online Accelerated Learning (OAL) is an independent online learning opportunity for strong, self­motivated, self directed and dedicated students wishing to enhance their curriculum with coursework offered in addition to the regular classes at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School. Using services provided by Brigham Young University (BYU) and Florida Virtual School (FLVS), students will be able to complete UC/CSU ­approved and other courses online. All coursework will be assigned and assessed by the online provider. Course credit will also be awarded by the provider and will only be accepted by SJND if and only if a student passes the course AND final exam with a C­ or higher. This course is not for students needing remedial or “make­up” course work, but may be used to resolve scheduling conflicts as determined by the Assistant Principal of Academics. Students who choose to take OAL are responsible for all course fees including textbooks. The school will only cover OAL course fees for students who were assigned OAL due to scheduling conflicts. Upon completion of coursework prior to the end of the semester, students will be able to use class time as a study hall and/or to assist the main office with clerical tasks.

This course is available to any junior or senior student who is otherwise not able to meet SJND graduation requirements with another course offered by SJND (as determined by the Assistant Principal of Academics).

Publication Workshop
Semester Course; 5 Units

Publication Workshop is a course open only to PRISMS or Yearbook staff members. Students learn different aspects of publication, including accepting and editing entries and art/photography, proofreading, layout, InDesign application program, choosing artists for outside and inside covers, and advertising.

Inside Work Experience
Semester Course; 5 Units

Inside Work Experience provides certain selected students the opportunity to learn and perform miscellaneous clerical duties. Students may only be assigned by the school to any of the following: Main Office, Student Life Office, Campus Ministry Department, Athletic Department, Admissions Office or the Science Department.  Students are not permitted to make their own IWE assignment arrangements. Inside Work Experience is a privilege and will only be permitted of students who have demonstrated satisfactory behavior.             

This pass/fail course is available to any junior or senior with the approval of the Assistant Principal of Academics. This course may not be taken more than twice. Availability of this course is limited.

Instructional Leadership
Semester Course; 5 Units, Yearlong Course; 10 units

This semester-long (5 unit) or year-long (10 unit) course is available to juniors and seniors of considerable academic ability. Participation in this program requires nomination by a teacher-leader and approval by the Assistant Principal of Academics.

Instructional Leadership is a 1-on-1 educational mentoring program between an upper-division student and an instructor. Instructional Leaders will cooperate with their supervising teacher-leader to plan, implement, and deliver instruction and student learning while, at the same time, reinforcing and developing their own content-knowledge and skills within the subject area.  Details of each Instructional Leader’s responsibilities and required coursework will be developed by the student in coordination with their teacher-leader (with the approval of the Assistant Principal of Academics) upon acceptance into the Instructional Leaders program.  Senior students receive priority acceptance into this program.

Philanthropy and Marketing Leadership
Semester-long; 5 units or Year-long; 10 units

The Philanthropy and Marketing Leader for the Advancement Department will gain valuable insight into the operations of a non-profit organization through the Marketing and Development for Non-profits course. They will gain this insight by providing hands-on clerical support for ongoing projects such as the annual Crab Feed and Auction, alumni events, department fundraising mailings and marketing assignments. This course will provide students with the knowledge of development, fundraising, event planning, and communication and teach vital skills that are transferable into a professional work environment. The skills learned in this course will showcase valuable work experience on college and employment applications.

This semester-long (5 unit) or year-long (10 unit) course is available to nominated juniors and seniors.  Participation in this program requires nomination by the Advancement department and approval by the Assistant Principal of Academics.


AP Seminar
Year-long course; 10 units

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations where they can explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. They synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision so they can craft and communicate evidence-based arguments (The College Board, 2016).

This year-long (10 unit) course is available to qualified students.  Students who earn a C- or higher in this course will earn an extra grade point toward their grade point average for the second semester.  Students who take this course must complete all through-course performance tasks and one end-of-course AP exam in May. In order to be eligible to take this course, students must receive approval from the Assistant Principal of Academics and attend the mandatory AP Information Night. 


Faculty and Staff

Teaches: AP Computer Science A; Engineering Principles: Research, Design and Build; Introduction to Computer Science and Programming