An academic elective comes from an academic subject area such as theology, literature, history, math, etc. Academic courses such as these receive 1 credit per year, or .5 credit 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 written and graded samples of student work each semester with the Grade Submission Form or in the Schoology online courses. 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, etc. Non-academic courses such as these receive 1 credit per year, or .5 credit 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 report non-academic coursework with 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 Grade Submission Form or in the Schoology online courses. It is important to note that both diploma tracks 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.