THE KCD HONORS PROGRAM
|Exemplary Scholar||Exemplary Citizen and Steward|
|Four AP courses with a GPA of at least 3.33 in those courses*||Six trimesters of courses in the area of outreach and cultural studies.‡ Minimum GPA of at least 3.33 in those courses.|
|Seventy-five or more service hours completed in grades 11 & 12 (50 of which must be with a single service organization)||Seventy-five or more service hours completed in grades 11 & 12 (50 of which must be with a single service organization)|
|Approved research project†, supervised by a KCD faculty mentor, begun in the 11th grade and completed in the 12th grade||Approved project related to cultural studies, supervised by a KCD faculty mentor, begun in the 11th grade and completed in the 12th grade|
|Research project and service project presentation in the Spring of 12th grade||Cultural project and service project presentations in the Spring of the 12th grade|
*-In the area of Fine Arts, the student must complete a four-year program of study that ends in a Fine Arts AP course and an art show, a music recital, or a dramatic performance.
†-In the area of Fine Arts, the research project must be an internship with a professional in visual arts, music, or drama.
‡-Three trimesters of a fourth level of a language may count toward this requirement.
|Physics||Biology||Arts & Letters||History||Theology|
Below is an overview of the two-year course about the history of human thought that will become the cornerstone of the new KCD Honors Program. It will push students to engage such difficult questions as "what is truth?" and "what is beauty?" and "what is knowledge?"
Humanities: Great Ideas
Trimester 1: Philosophy and Ethics
A survey of great thinkers, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume,Kant, and Nietzsche.
Trimester 2: Philanthropy
An exploration of the contexts, benefits, and implications of philanthropy. This course includes an award-winning "hands on" component in which students shepherd their own philanthropic organization, "The Artemis Fund."
Trimester 3: Theology and Cosmology
An examination of the world's current major religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and more.
Trimester 1: Art and Aesthetics
A study of the spatial and temporal arts, with attention to the historical and cultural contexts in which art is generated.
Trimester 2: Science and Truth
A study of how empiricism has become the dominant force in modern conceptions of truth.
Trimester 3: Social Sciences, Cultural Criticism, Current Events
An examination of current trends in cultural criticism and social thought.
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