Queen of Peace offers a challenging, innovative, and individualized college-preparatory curriculum that uniquely integrates independent and collaborative problem solving, critical thinking skills, research opportunities, and technology.
Choose from nearly 100 courses, including 14 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and 6 dual credit high school and college courses. With 15 college credit courses available, students have many options to start the college track before setting foot on a university campus. Peace’s comprehensive curriculum, with the inclusion of the Full STEAM Ahead program, is also enhanced by a broad selection of electives, including Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship, Digital Arts, Introduction to Engineering Design and much more. To learn more about the Full STEAM Ahead program at Peace, please click here to view the video. Curriculum for Full STEAM Ahead is provided by PLTW Project Lead the Way.
The Business/Technology Department meets the needs of Queen of Peace students by preparing women for lifelong learning and the pursuit of professional growth and development in the multi-faceted fields of business and management information systems. We are committed to providing a solid educational base while facilitating creativity and independent thinking. Our mission calls us to encourage individual growth, to create an awareness of legal rights and responsibilities, and to promote honest and objective business practices. We believe in empowering the Women of Peace to adapt and excel in an increasingly sophisticated and rapidly evolving global technological environment.
The English Department faculty develops the abilities of students to write and speak effectively and to think critically. In the process of this development, we are committed to inspiring an appreciation of literature by examining the written records left by many cultures from many periods of human history. We foster respect for all people as students learn to read and respond analytically and compassionately. The department is dedicated to cultivating creative and just expression, guiding the student in the discovery of her own voice and the growth of her own perspective. Our goal is to educate the Women of Peace and to prepare them with the interpersonal and technological skills that will allow them to continue to develop as articulate and knowledgeable members of society.
The Fine Arts Department provides opportunities for students to develop their unique, expressive skills through visual arts, music, theater, and dance. Believing that a Queen of Peace education is not complete without the depth and substance contributed by the arts, the faculty hold that every student is capable of developing her creativity. To this end, we build in our students a strong work ethic and a sense of inquiry as we model a methodical artistic process for our students. Through the arts and in cross-curricular applications, we train our students to be motivated, insightful leaders who recognize and value the role of art in the world around them.
The Language Department promotes the appreciation, respect and understanding of the diverse voices and cultures of the French and Spanish-speaking worlds. We are dedicated to teaching communicative skills and cultural awareness in an interactive, collaborative and resource-rich environment. We encourage students to become global citizens, promoters of social justice and lifelong language learners.
LIBRARY & INFORMATION SERVICES
The Queen of Peace Library and Media Resource Center provides students with access to over 1500 sources of physical reference. The library has specialized encyclopedias that support the school’s missions of promoting a responsible Catholic life and its furtherance of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mechanics. The students of Queen of Peace have access to EBSCO’s MAS Ultra (School Edition) database, containing over twenty thousand articles from magazines, academic journals, encyclopedias, and biographical collections. A certified reference librarian and information scientist staffs the library twice a week, providing students and staff with instruction on database usage, information mining, and current trends in informational technology and “netiquette.” The library also hosts special events for students, including book swaps, poetry and arts appreciation, and other programs based on the interests of the students.
The mathematics department faculty recognizes that math is a essential part of a women’s existence in our technological world. We are committed to providing experiences that enable all students to gain confidence in their mathematical ability, become problem solvers, communicate and reason mathematically and use appropriate technology so that they can appreciate the full power and beauty of mathematics and its value in their everyday lives.
As the Physical Education Department we are called to develop the physical self. We meet the needs of our students by introducing lifelong activities which will assist in the total development of the individual: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. We provide opportunities for the individual to enhance her level of fitness.
SCIENCE - ALL SCIENCE COURSES ARE LAB COURSES
The Queen of Peace Science Department provides young women with a general respect for living things and the unseen forces in the physical world. By encouraging them to observe and explore nature’s wonders, we promote awareness of the environment and how to interact with it in a safe and responsible manner. We prepare our students for college and lifelong learning by enriching their skills through hands-on activities, objective experimentation, collaboration and teamwork in the lab, problem-solving, and research. Our goal is to educate the Women of Peace to think about problems logically, critically and with an open mind, and to make decisions using both analytical tools and their instinct for what is right.
The Social Studies Department of Queen of Peace High School empowers students to actively participate as responsible citizens in an ever-changing, interdependent world. Using a variety of perspectives, we prepare students to investigate and to make decisions on issues of historic and contemporary importance. We provide opportunities for students to analyze past events and trends, to recognize the connection of these to the present and to evaluate this knowledge in preparing for the future. We believe there are common elements which link all people and call on our students to respect the diversity of individual experience in order to promote a passion for the richness of humanity.
The Theology Department is called to witness to the person and message of Jesus as communicated through the richness of a Catholic Dominican heritage and tradition in the light of our Christian faith. We are committed to providing opportunities for growth in faith, spiritual development, prayer, and worship. We seek to empower young women to be agents of transformation for peace and justice, to develop a personal and social morality which evidences itself in service and active participation within the adult faith community.
Course offerings are one aspect of the Theology program at Peace. Another aspect is the Ministry program which offers opportunities for prayer, liturgy and retreat. Together, the courses and the Ministry program allow the student to grow in faith.