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Academic Enrichment

Courses

Aquatics Skills

Department: Academic Enrichment
Teachers: Erik Healy
Length: 1 Semester

This course introduces aquatics as a way for students to grow in their knowledge of different exercises that will help them stay healthy and in shape for their years at Loyola and beyond. Based in the Conn Pool, the course will cover a wide array of different skills in the water such as swimming, water polo, diving and more.

Journalism

Department: Academic Enrichment
Teachers: Christine Moore, David Roberts
Open to: Juniors, Seniors
Length: 1 Semester

Students who are already working as senior editors, writers, or contributors to the Loyalist or El Camino may spend time with the faculty moderators during this period if the moderator wishes. Must have permission from the faculty moderator to participate in this endeavor. The expectations of the student are entirely up to the moderator and may change as the year progresses.

Personal Finance

Department: Academic Enrichment
Open to: Juniors, Seniors
Length: 1 Semester

Non-credit, non-graded elective.

This course incorporates college preparatory mathematics and basic principles of economics as a way to teach students best practices for managing their personal finances. Students will learn to make informed decisions relating to personal budgeting, banking, consumer credit, insurance, spending, financing of education, taxes, saving and investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, and living independently.

Senior Magis

Department: Academic Enrichment
Teachers: Mike Barnhill
Open to: Seniors
Length: 2 Semesters

Mandatory for all seniors.

The Senior Magis period includes many different activities including counseling meetings, college applications, college and life preparation skills, as well as service projects and guest speakers. Due to the living, growing, building nature of this program, more activities may be added or subtracted accordingly. The term “Magis” refers to what more we can do “for the greater glory of God.” Our hope throughout the year is to assist all senior students, in a fun environment, to find what God’s purpose for them is and what more they can do for the greater glory of God. Each semester serves slightly different purposes. The first semester consists of activities including, but not limited to, counseling visits, college applications, SAT/ACT retakes, etc. Students are also able to utilize the free periods with no activities as study periods to alleviate their busy schedules. The second semester, upon return from their senior service projects in January, consists of more hands on, life skills type activities including finance studies, resume building skills, interview skills, CPR training, rape prevention, current event studies, health and nutrition plans, cooking techniques and more.

Weight Training

Department: Academic Enrichment
Teachers: Andre Woodert
Open to: Juniors, Seniors
Length: 1 Semester

This course is designed for juniors and seniors and covers the wide range of aspects associated with weight training and designing effective training protocols and programs. The course is divided into two units: four weeks of lecture and hands on learning; and twelve weeks of program implementation, culminating with a paper presenting their results. During the first unit, students will learn how to program by goal, how to design effective workouts, how to research information regarding various aspects of training, how to periodize training over time, how to effectively integrate nutrition into programming, basic lifting techniques, basic recovery and rehab/pre-hab modalities, and how to create and implement a test battery. In the second unit, they will create a program based on their goal(s), create baseline tests, train, track progress and adjust their programs, re-test, then write a paper presenting their findings regarding the effectiveness of their training at eliciting their desired body response.

Writing Workshop

Department: Academic Enrichment
Open to: Juniors
Length: 1 Semester

Writing Workshop is a one-semester elective for juniors interested in refining their writing and communication skills. The course will survey the various writing forms, including persuasive, expository, narrative, and research writing. Students will also work on re-drafting and improving written assignments for other classes prior to submission.