While most students will find that they already have a full load from doing the typical Kolbe core courses, some students may opt to add on elective course work or substitute an elective course for one of Kolbe’s core courses. Kolbe Academy allows parents to report up to 8 academic courses and up to 5 non-academic courses on the high school transcript per semester.
An academic elective comes from an academic subject area such as theology, literature, history, math, etc. Academic courses such as these receive 10 credits per year, or 5 per semester. Additionally, grades from these academic elective courses are calculated into the student’s GPA. To receive credit for an academic elective, parents must submit a written and graded sample of student work each quarter with the report card as well as list the books and materials used on the Course of Study form. For a student pursuing the 7 academic subjects in Kolbe’s core curriculum (theology, English, literature, history, math, science, and foreign language), there is room for one additional academic elective per year if desired. Examples of common academic electives include courses in Computer Programming, Art History, Philosophy, and Music History.
A non-academic elective includes subjects such as art, music, physical education, drama, work experience, etc. Non-academic courses such as these receive 5 credits per year, or 2.5 per semester. Students should spend approximately 4 hours a week total (or 60 hours per semester) on each required non-academic subject such Fine Arts and Physical Education. Grades from non-academic courses are NOT calculated into the student’s GPA. Parents may opt to report non-academic coursework with a letter grade or a pass/fail grade (P/F). To receive credit for a non-academic elective, parents should submit a short written description of the course with the report card. Note that all three diploma types require some type of non-academic coursework for graduation. Examples of common non-academic electives include Piano, Music Appreciation, Computer Applications, Driver’s Education, Drawing, and Painting.