The academic departments at Malden Catholic ensure that the curriculum for our students is challenging, interesting and prepares them for their college experience. To read more about each department, including objectives, department missions in relations to Malden Catholic's Mission, and teaching methodologies, please refer to the descriptions below.
- Foreign Language
- Physical Education
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Social Studies
The English Department at Malden Catholic encourages the student to master communication skills necessary for adult life. The Department’s general goals include:
- To enable the student to understand and maximize self and to respect others through facility with language.
- To encourage the student to accept constructive criticism and to use it for self-improvement while still maintaining the student's creativity, initiative, and imagination.
- To assist the student to become a self-directed learner by promoting the essentials of critical thinking through the analysis of literature.
- To reinforce communication skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, all leading to effective self-management in the adult/peer community.
Well-written communication transfers ideas from the writer to the reader in such a way that its message is actually received, clearly and effectively. Objectives for the study of composition include
- To appreciate the nature and function of language.
- To reason effectively, both inductively and deductively.
- To communicate effectively in both writing and speaking.
- To organize thoughts into logical patterns.
- To provide opportunities to see writing as an on-going process.
Literature represents and re-creates life. The study of the major genres of literature through representative works aims to expand the scope of experience, to teach the techniques of fine writing, and to develop language skills. The analysis of literature fosters the ability to interpret and evaluate the universal truths that literature teaches and encourages independent and creative thinking. Objectives for the study of literature include
- To encourage the students to read for enjoyment and information by recognizing universal problems and truths.
- To integrate the truths he has learned in his reading not only in his own life but also across the curriculum.
- To advance the personal development of each student by instilling an appreciation of the various genres and their correlating global themes.
- To select literature discriminately.
- To evaluate mass media.
- To use reference materials, including the use of electronic sources of information, intelligently.
A precise knowledge of grammar is necessary for clarity of oral and written communication. Correct use of grammar has far-reaching effects contributing to the user's confidence throughout life. Objectives for the study of grammar:
- To review the essential rules and principles of grammar and usage.
- To insure minimum mastery of correct expression.
- To provide opportunities to apply these rules and principles in written and oral communication.
Philosophy of Vocabulary
Language shapes reality, and though developing an effective vocabulary is a life-long, informal process, research indicates that formal instruction in vocabulary is essential to a student's success in school. We therefore encourage students to delight in language! Objectives for the study of vocabulary include:
- To develop and enrich new vocabulary through context.
- To teach strategies: word structures, dictionary skills, context clues, inference, and etymology.
- To build skills through frequent structured exercises.
The purpose of the Foreign Language Department is to develop the students' ability to comprehend and communicate effectively in the three languages that we offer: Spanish, Italian, and Latin. Proficiency in the written, oral, aural, and reading dimensions of the target languages are combined with an awareness of and an appreciation for the culture of the countries in which they are spoken.
The department's objectives include:
- The conceptual and practical simulation of the grammatical structures indigenous to the language.
- The development of students' ability to comprehend the written word of the language.
- The development of the students' ability to express themselves in writing by means of the proper use of grammar and the application of idiomatic expressions of the language.
- The development of students' ability to speak and understand the spoken language.
- The development of vocabulary necessary to communicate in the language on a practical as well as an intellectual level.
In striving to achieve these objectives, the members of the Foreign Language Department endeavor continually to develop a fundamental awareness of the cultural traditions from which the languages emerge.
By the time a student has completed four years of language study, we believe that he will have acquired a strong level of proficiency in the second language.
The Foreign Language Department offers courses at four levels: Advanced Placement, Honors, Accelerated and College Preparatory. Incoming freshmen are required to take a departmental placement exam and to complete a language survey questionnaire in the spring prior to their initial matriculation. Student placement in subsequent years is determined by student ability and achievement.
Realizing that students have diverse learning needs, we teach with awareness of different modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Teachers promote and encourage language development and cultural exposure by encouraging attendance at Language Club meetings, where students may meet guest speakers, experience authentic foods, and enjoy movies and games in the target language.
The Physical Education Department fosters physical fitness and promotes healthy life skills in a safe, student-centered environment. Specifically:
- Students will select and apply rules, routines, and procedures of safety in a variety of activities from all movement categories.
- Students will apply the principles of mechanics to improve performance in game skills.
- Students will demonstrate positive behaviors that indicate self-respect and self-confidence while participating in physical activity.
- Students will plan and participate in personal fitness and activity programs, using the principles of weight training.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate social behaviors while working cooperatively in group activities.
The overall purposes and objectives of the Science Department are:
- To introduce the student to the scientific method.
- To integrate text and class work with practical lab experience.
- To relate the science learned in the classroom to the real world.
- To build the discipline, academic confidence and competence to further one’s study of science successfully.
Students should be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking by using the scientific method through the application of laboratory experimentation.
- Demonstrate the ability to test hypotheses and to experiment in a safe and responsible manner with the expectation of achieving reasonable results.
- Organize and manipulate data using appropriate statistical and mathematical methods.
- Demonstrate competency in the uses of laboratory apparatus.
- Understand the environment as well as the impact of humans on the environment.
- Demonstrate the ability to participate, discuss, and question issues of science and morality within a Catholic Christian atmosphere, and to demonstrate an understanding of the role of evolution in the creation of all living things.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the world functions biologically, physically, and chemically in an interdependent fashion.
Science courses have a laboratory component, in which students gain direct experience with observation and interpretation of evidence, leading to theoretical understanding of basic principles and integration with classroom material. Critical thinking and evaluation skills are strongly reinforced.
Science courses, taught at four levels – College Preparatory, Accelerated, Honors, and Advanced Placement – appeal to diverse learning styles and range through three required years: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, leading to various senior-year electives. Students in the Brother Kevin Program begin with Earth Science and progress to Biology in sophomore year.
The Technology Department hopes that all students who graduate from Malden Catholic will:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and applications.
- Demonstrate ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
- Demonstrate the competencies of the business applications used in Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
- Make informed decisions about the ethical use of information systems.
- Understand and acquire skills to adapt to the changing trends in technology.
- Obtain the skills offered in our computer science elective courses to further his basic knowledge of business applications and to explore programming.
Taking into account that students are only required to take the freshman computer course, we encourage students to continue their computer experience with the technology courses that are offered as electives in their junior and senior years.
We understand that students who come to Malden Catholic have different computer skills levels. In teaching all of the courses, there are avenues and strategies utilized to challenge the avid computer user while fostering knowledge skills of the novice computer user. In planning and developing curriculum, careful attention is paid to giving all students the chance to succeed and reach the outcomes and competencies of each course. Many of the exercises and projects allow students to perform at their own pace, based on ability.
The Mathematics Department develops in students the critical thinking, logical skills, and firm knowledge of the everyday applications of mathematics necessary to become fully effective and useful citizens in our increasingly technological society. The department aims to produce students confident in their mathematical ability and problem solving skills, regardless of their ability or prior experience in mathematics, and to develop in every student the computational proficiency, number sense, and solid mathematics foundation that may be applied and extended in subsequent mathematics and science classes. It is the objective of the department to graduate students who can be fully competitive in college-level mathematics courses.
Upon graduation, the Malden Catholic graduate should:
- Meet standards for Algebra/Geometry knowledge established by the State.
- Meet entrance requirements at a 4-year college and succeed there.
- Understand and be able to employ appropriate information processing, problem solving strategies and skills in "real world" situations.
- Be able to fully function in an increasingly technological world.
- Use technology tools for problem solving and presentation of results.
Teachers use varied methodologies adjusted to student learning styles across four levels of instruction: College Preparatory, Accelerated, Honors, and Advanced Placement. Students approach problems, generally, in three different ways -- numerically, algebraically and graphically – and come to realize that there are often several ways to solve the same problem, and that preference and ability of the student can be an important factor in choice of method.
The Social Studies Department provides students with the self-understanding and social understanding that will enhance their willingness to participate responsibly and effectively in the local, national, and global communities. Department offerings emphasize the study of both world and United States history and geography. History passes on important cultural knowledge and traces the development of ideas and institutions. The study of history shows that our lives, our communities, and our culture are time-bound and yet, through time, are linked to the people of the past and the future. We all share in the story of mankind, and our humanity is the God-given constant that underlies religious, national, ethnic, and individual differences that frequently divide us. Geography is studied to understand that location, place, movement of peoples, and coping with the environment and region are powerful forces that help to determine cultural differences between human groups.
In planning the social studies program, we have a vision of the future needs of our college-bound students, who will need to be skilled in research and in written and oral expression, as well as in critical thinking. Our teaching methodologies are geared to provide the students with structure, motivation, engagement, and guidance as they learn knowledge and skills.
All freshmen study an introductory course on Eastern Civilizations. Most sophomores study World History, a survey that spans the history of human civilization organized by region, while selected sophomores take Advanced Placement European History. All Juniors study United States History, offered to some at the Advanced Placement level. Seniors who took United States History at the Accelerated Level (Grade 11) study Twentieth Century History, a semester course that concludes the United States history survey from 1932 to the present. In addition, the following electives are offered: Accounting, Economics, Government, The Sixties, Psychology, Advanced Placement Economics, Advanced Placement Government, and independent study seminars in Global Affairs and Mock Trial.
The Theology Department encourages the student to grow spiritually, intellectually, creatively, and socially through its four-year curriculum. The curriculum touches major aspects of Catholicism, enabling students to be rooted in the principles of the Christian lifestyle with an emphasis on gospel values. Major topics covered throughout a Malden Catholic student's four years of theological study include:
- An Introduction to Catholicism
- Sacred Scripture
- The Sacraments
- Church History
- Personal Morality
- Social Justice
- World Religions
Ultimately, our community of Catholic faith encourages students to be articulate spokespeople and credible witnesses to their faith in the present times. Their journey is designed to be one of faith seeking understanding.
Theology and Malden Catholic's Mission
The Theology Department’s four-year curriculum and its cooperation with Campus Ministry’s Christian Service Program enable the students to express their love of God, of self, and of others. The Theology Department continues to reflect the mission of the school by teaching and modeling Gospel values, by providing and engaging in service, by preparing and participating in liturgical celebrations, by identifying and recognizing gifts and talents of all community members, and by preparing students for leadership in both the sacred and secular communities. The Theology Department calls the students to develop a Christian identity and to become genuine witnesses of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and the Charism of the Xaverian Brothers.