Four-Year Curriculum
Cristo Rey Kansas City aims to prepare students for the academic challenges they will face in college. CRKC maintains rigorous academic expectations for students to ensure that, by the time they graduate, they are qualified to attend any college or university.







English 9
Reading Strategies

World Literature
Writing Strategies

American Literature

British Literature*
Creative Writing (Elective)


Algebra I


Algebra II



Conceptual Physics



Computer Science Principles

Human Body Systems

Introduction to Engineering



Not Offered

World History

American History

US Government


Personal Finance


Spanish I

Spanish III

Spanish II

Spanish IV

Spanish III

Spanish V (Heritage)

Spanish VI*
(Heritage elective)


Catholic Christianity


Church History/
World Religions


Corporate Work Study Program

Business Internship

Business Internship

Business Internship

Business Internship

Fine Arts

Introduction to Music

Introduction to Art


Senior Art (Elective)

Physical Education
and Health

PE 9

PE 10




Sophomore Seminar

Junior Seminar

Senior Seminar


Computer Applications





Cristo Rey Kansas City partners with Rockhurst University to offer dual-enrollment opportunities to seniors in English. The course is taught on the Cristo Rey campus by Cristo Rey faculty with academic credentials that meet the standard of the college. Students must meet eligibility requirements based upon an application,  previous grades in pre-requisite courses, teacher recommendation in that subject area, and academic performance measures in the dual credit course itself.

Course Descriptions 


English 9-Year Long – One Credit

The required course in freshman level English is an introduction to fundamental concepts and processes that will be essential in high school and beyond, including the writing process, research skills, reading comprehension strategies, critical analysis, oral presentation and a meaningful exchange of ideas.

Reading Strategies-Year Long – One Credit

Offered to select freshmen based upon entrance reading aptitude, the course is intensive instruction designed to move students toward high school reading proficiency. Students enrolled in Reading Strategies do not take Spansh during freshman year.

 Writing Strategies-Year Long – One Credit

Sophomores enrolled in this course will practice increasingly sophisticated writing and analytical approaches. Students are expected to apply strategies for developing vocabulary, using appropriate standard English and critical thinking, while engaged in the writing process in order to boost communication skills. Students enrolled in Writing Strategies do not take Spanish during sophomore year.

 World Literature-Year Long – One Credit

A sophomore requirement, World Literature exposes students to authors from various literary traditions with increasingly sophisticated reading, writing, and analytical strategies. Using narrative and expository texts, students will broaden their understanding of viewpoints beyond their own. Students are expected to apply strategies for developing vocabulary, using appropriate Standard English, and thinking critically while engaged in the writing process, research process, and communication skills. This course is taught in the historical and social context in order to further students’ understanding of themselves, their community, and the world.

American Literature-Year Long – One Credit

A required junior class, American Literature consists of reading and analyzing significant works from the Colonial Period through the Current Modern Era. This course views literature through an historical perspective, with an objective to enable students to appreciate literature by developing their critical and aesthetic senses and by acquainting them with the rich, literary heritage of the United States. This is also a writing and grammar intensive class where students are expected to write, revise, and edit writing to meet collegiate standards.

 British Literature-Year Long – One Credit

Required for seniors, this course is an exploration of early British Literature, including Shakespeare and Chaucer, and current works, including Huxley and Woolf. Students work on analyzing literature through reading and writing, as well as a capstone research project.

Creative Writing-Year Long – One Credit

An elective option for seniors, Creative Writing allows students to explore themselves as individuals through their writing. Students’ final project is writing, producing, and filming their own original screenplay.


Algebra I-Year Long – One Credit

Required for all freshmen, Algebra I is a foundation course for all future math classes. Students will learn the language and concepts of algebra. Content includes writing, reading and solving equations and inequalities as well as recognizing and creating their graphs.

 Geometry-Year Long – One Credit

Sophomores will build on the content covered in Algebra I and also analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes. Students learn to specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational relationships. Required for sophomores.

Algebra II-Year Long – One Credit

Taken at the junior level, Algebra II finishes the study of high school algebra and prepares students to take pre-calculus with a curriculum that covers solving linear and quadratic equations, introduces logarithms and complex numbers, and expands the students’ knowledge of functions. Required for juniors.

 Pre-Calculus - Year Long – One Credit

This senior level required math course completes the traditional high school mathematics curriculum and prepares students to take calculus in college. The class begins with numbers and operations, reviews solving equations, covers analysis of functions, and concludes with a study of trigonometry.


Conceptual Physics-Year Long – One Credit

A required course for freshmen, students study the basics of Newtonian Physics, including the laws of motion and projectile motion. The second half of the year is focused on electromagnetism and thermodynamics.

Biology-Year Long – One Credit

Sophomores enrolled in the required Biology course cover concepts related to living systems: the brain and learning, scientific development, research and scientific method; fundamentals of biochemistry; cell structure and function; energy production, use and transfer; evolution; human biology including the structures and functions of the different body systems; genetics and ecology. Students are held accountable for material covered and are asked to apply learned material throughout the year as all concepts are related.

Chemistry-Year Long – One Credit

Required for juniors, this course incorporates aspects of scientific inquiry, cooperative learning and independent research through a deeper understanding of properties of material and the changes that materials undergo. A diverse range of topics are covered including scientific method, scientific applications of mathematics, science and society, communicating in science, physical and chemical properties of matter, the Periodic Table, atomic structure and bonding, chemical reactions, and equations.

 Computer Science Principles-Year Long – One Credit

This Project Lead the Way elective empowers seniors to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology all around them. The program engages students in real-world activities in computational thinking, challenging them to think outside the box, and illustrating how intricately computer science is woven into society. Students work together to design solutions and to build in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in any career path.

 Human Body Systems-Year Long – One Credit

Seniors enrolled in this Project Lead the Way elective examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.

 Introduction to Engineering Design-Year Long – One Credit

As part of the Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathway, seniors dig deep into the engineering design process in this elective, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software while using an engineering notebook to document their work.


 World History-Year Long – One Credit

A required course for sophomores, World History surveys the history and culture from the Classical World to (almost) the present. The course is structured topically and periodically with connections to current affairs. The course will include historical, geographical, economic, technological, social, and political issues from many different parts of the world.

American History-Year Long – One Credit

This required course for juniors allows students the opportunity to gain a broad perspective into the religious, economic, social, political, educational, cultural, and technological factors that have shaped major North American events since 1750.  Students thematically investigate the influences surrounding American historical events and their effects on the world today. 

US Government-Fall Semester – Half Credit

The study of American Government, required for seniors, promotes an increased understanding of our constitutional democracy and an appreciation of the principles and values on which our government was formed, the political process, and how the leaders of our democracy are elected.  Students also explore what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and the rights and responsibilities afforded to us as citizens.

Economics-Spring Semester – Half Credit

In this required course for seniors, fundamental concepts of economics will be introduced such as scarcity, marginal benefit and cost, incentives, human behavior, private property and economic systems such as market, command, and mixed economies.  Students will also explore America’s market economy in a global setting, the role and influence of the federal government on the American economy, and the role of labor markets on the economy.

 Personal Finance-Year Long – Half Credit

The goal of this required class for seniors is to provide students with basic money management skills as they move forward with their lives after high school. The course addresses many issues and decision making processes that are necessary for financial health, including income, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. 



 Spanish I (Non-Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

This world language course is designed to introduce and develop students’ ability to speak, read, write, and listen, while learning about the Spanish speaking world. This course is for students who are new to Spanish.

Spanish II (Non-Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

This course is designed to build on the introductory language skills of Spanish I while increasing vocabulary and expanding the use of verb tenses.  Students will be able to speak, read, and write with more confidence.

Spanish III (Non-Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

During this course, students expand their use of verb tenses creating conversations, telling stories, and writing short essays.  The focus of the course continues to be language development, however, students gain an in-depth understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish III (Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

This world languages course is designed to develop and challenge students’ ability in speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture development in Spanish.

Spanish IV (Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

This course offers Spanish-speaking students an opportunity to study Spanish formally in an academic setting in the same way native English-speaking students study English language arts. The course allows students to reactivate the Spanish they have learned previously and develop it further, to learn more about their language and cultural heritage, to acquire Spanish literacy skills, to develop or augment Spanish academic language skills, to enhance career opportunities.

Spanish V (Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

This course is designed as a bridge between the basic language learned at home with the academic Spanish. It reviews the major structural features of Spanish grammar and improves all linguistic skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The fifth skill of cultural competency is highly emphasized through readings and class discussions.

Spanish VI (Heritage)-Year Long – One Credit

This elective course for Heritage speaking seniors develops advanced language skills and familiarizes students with the rich history, culture, and literary production of the Spanish-speaking world. Through this course, students have many opportunities to develop listening and speaking skills, as well as reading and writing. Moreover, they learn in depth about the structure of Spanish, the history of Spain and Latin America, familiarize themselves with literature and arts, and acquire professional terminology and language skills.


Catholic Christianity-Year Long – One Credit

Required for all freshmen, Catholic Christianity assists students in developing a “living, explicit, and active faith through formation and doctrine and the experience of Christian living.” This course helps adolescents open themselves to God’s gift of faith so that it becomes real and meaningful; something that colors and shapes the people are now and will someday become.

Scriptures-Year Long – One Credit

Required for sophomores, Scriptures is a survey course that presents the foundational concepts of the Old Testament and New Testament. Students expand understanding of the Judeo-Christian spiritual tradition and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Church History/World Religions-Year Long – One Credit

Required for all juniors, the fall semester Church History portion of this course explores how the Church has responded to historical and cultural circumstances from the time of Christ to the present. During the spring, World Religions helps students become acquainted with basic concepts of the world’s major religions.

Morality-Year Long – One Credit

Required for all seniors, Morality assists students in exploring who they are, what are choices they may face and how they might choose what they need to do to become the people they want to be.


Business Internship-Year Long – One Credit

The Cristo Rey Kansas City Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) is a four-year experiential business internship program. Students learn the skills of working in business and non-profit companies exploring options for their future careers. Through this unique high school course, students are guided by business professionals as well as the CWSP coordinators who work with each program site. Students receive employment evaluations quarterly which are factored into their academic grades. The curriculum benchmarks are integrated into academic learning through the school-based courses as well as the internship experience.


Introduction to Music-Year Long – Half Credit

This required introductory music course for freshmen explores the fundamental vocabulary of music theory and performance, uses media, techniques and process to move to self-expression, and helps students understand and assess the characteristics and merits of musicians and their performances. Students also produce grade-appropriate written critiques and reflections.

Introduction to Art-Year Long – Half Credit

The major focus of this required introductory art class for sophomores is the elements of art – line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space – as well as how these elements are put together in a composition. Students explore the ways that well-known artists have used these basic building blocks of art. Students will develop technical and critical skills while exploring many artists, styles, and media.

Senior Art-Year Long – One Credit

An elective option for seniors, this class is an in-depth investigation of the principles and possibilities of graphic design. Through a series of studio exercises incorporating drawing, collage, and graphic design software, students will learn the fundamentals of graphic form, sequencing, image making, page layout, and the integration of typography. Students will be introduced to both the business of graphic design and contemporary designers. An emphasis on design-related problem solving will be the theme of the year.


PE 9-Year Long – Half Credit

Required for freshmen, this course provides the students opportunities to explore life-long fitness activities as well as traditional team sports.

PE 10-Year Long – Half Credit

Required for sophomores, this course continues building students’ knowledge and skills around fitness and sports. Students create an individual fitness plan that matches their interests and lifestyle.

Health-Year Long – Half Credit

Required for juniors, students begin to understand the functions and interrelationships of systems in their body, develop a plan for proper physical fitness and nutrition, and undergo risk assessment with their own personal health in order to reduce future short-term and long-terms hazards to their health.


 Freshman Seminar-Year Long – Half Credit

This required freshman course provides students the tools needed to succeed in high school and beyond, serving as one of many ways students become more prepared to enter college and the professional world of work. Students work through a series of modules based on goal setting, maintaining good study skills, test taking, and time management. Students investigate the importance of a college education and the impact education has on career choices later in life. Academic vocabulary and literacy skills are a major component of each module.

Sophomore Seminar-Year Long – Half Credit

This required sophomore course focuses on linking learning abilities, values, goals, personal interests, strengths, and weaknesses to the research of future careers and how that connects to choosing the right college and academic major. Sophomores also explore positive study habits, work ethic, and organizational skills to become successful students and future employees.

Junior Seminar-Year Long – Half Credit

Required for juniors, this task-oriented course focuses on deepening student understanding of the college application process and producing the items associated with it, exploring potential college options based upon high school academic profile, and identifying different methods of financing a college education. Juniors must take a practice ACT, create a resume, write a college essay, and take the April ACT in order to pass the class.

Senior Seminar-Year Long – Half Credit

Senior Seminar is a required course, offering a hands-on environment directly correlated to the tasks of the college search and selection process, including applications for admission and scholarships, standardized test preparation, financial aid, and decision making, as well as expectations for college life and beyond.


Computer Applications-Year Long – Half Credit

Required for all freshmen, this computer-based technology course includes demonstrating and reinforcing proper keyboarding techniques; understanding basic operations of Microsoft Office programs; and understanding programs and applications related to the Internet, email, and iPad (utilized by freshmen and sophomores within our school community) that will be relevant in school, the workplace, and everyday life.

Graduation Requirements


English                                     4 credits (plus additional elective option)

Mathematics                             4 credits

Science                                    4 credits

Social Studies                          3 credits

Spanish                                    3 credits (unless enrolled in Reading or Writing Strategies,

plus additional elective option)

Theology                                   4 credits

Business Internship (CWSP)    4 credits

Fine Arts                                   1 credit (plus additional elective option)

Physical Education/Health        1.5 credits

Seminar                                    2 credits

Technology                               .5 credit         

Community Service
Cristo Rey Kansas City students must complete a minimum of 80 total hours of service to the community. For each year a student is enrolled at CRKC, 20 hours are required. Transfer students complete the number of hours equivalent to when they entered CRKC. The final 20 hours must be completed during senior year.

Constitution Tests
Cristo Rey Kansas City students take the United Sates Constitution test and the State of Missouri Constitution test during their government course in the fall semester. Both exams must be passed in order to earn a diploma.