De Smet Jesuit Summer High School Credit Course Offerings

Summer course offerings cost $300 per class. Registration for these classes is completed during the same time as regular course offerings, by using this separate online registration and payment process.

Online registration is due at the same time as the course registration sheets -- March 2, 2018.


Meets requirement (English) | senior | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Carl Evola

Dates & Times: June 6 – July 20 (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 8:30 – 11:30 am)


Students will analyze American movies for their meanings in terms of characters, themes, plot structures and conflicts, settings, imagery and symbols, tone and contemporary values. After viewing a film students will discuss the elements, read a professional review of the film, and write a paper about the meaning of the movie. This course includes approximately eight movies and eight papers.


Meets elective requirement (Science) | freshman - senior | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Chris Williams

Dates & Times: June 4 – 22, July 9 – 20 /Time of day is based on student preference


This course is an elective designed to be offered in the summer to help students learn ACT college readiness skills using the content of ecology, conservation, and fish and wildlife management. Topics such as carrying capacity, food production, habitat structure, and population dynamics will be used to help students represent data and analyze research. Critical thinking and problem solving to identify and solve factors that limit populations will also be emphasized.


Meets Requirement (Social Studies) | junior-senior | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Bryan Traughber

Dates & Times: June 11-14, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-19, July 23-26 / 10:30 - !2:00


Modern European History focuses on the increasing importance of European affairs and their interactions with the rest of the world. The course will cover the transatlantic encounters, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the Scientific Revolution, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, the world wars, totalitarian systems, and the new global age.


Meets requirement (Science) | sophomore - senior | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Aedryan Cox

Dates & Times: June 4 – 28 (Monday – Thursday) / 9:00 – 12:00


This course is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine. Students interested in fields such of exercise physiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, sports nutrition, athletic training, and sports medicine physicians will benefit from taking this course.

The progression of the course will include an in-depth study into areas such as injury identification/pathophysiology, injury prevention, movement mechanics, nutrition, exercise testing and prescription, rehabilitation, and many more. Additionally, a hands-on lab component will be included in this course, where students will learn and use practical skills in order to identify different body parts and body systems on live models. Students will also visit sports medicine professionals in their various settings, which will include a visit to universities that offer health science programs. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to take this course.


Meets requirement (PE) | junior-senior | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. David Stewart

Dates & Times: Monday, June 4th – Thursday, June 29th (40 hrs. Face to Face)

Monday, July 2nd – 5th (10 hrs. Virtual Learning)

Monday, July 9th – Thursday, July 29th (20 hrs. Field Trips)

Time - 10:00 – 12:30


Lifetime Activities is a one-semester summer course offered at De Smet Jesuit High School. It is designed to offer a higher level of ability and more instruction in a variety of individual and team activities. The curriculum provides various offerings to meet the individual needs of all students and to develop skill in a variety of activities. Examples of activities include volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf, walking, jogging, soccer, tennis, flag football, corn hole, frisbee golf, and slow pitch softball. Assigned reading and writing assignments that increase the physical education experience and contribute to the literacy of students will be included.


Meets requirement (PE) | freshman-senior | one-half credit |

Instructor: Mr. Robert Steeples

Dates & Times: May 29- June 29 (Monday – Friday) / 10:00 – 12:00 & 11:00 – 1:00


This course exposes students to positive sports psychology principles and physical conditioning opportunities within the school building as well as offers external experiences in the greater St. Louis area. The mental conditioning aspect emphasizes positive and effective thinking as an asset to boosting physical performance and emotional stability amidst challenges.

THEOLOGY 1 (70013)

Meets requirement | freshman | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Michael O’Brien

Dates & Times: June 5 – August 2, Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm


This is the first of two courses that provide the basic framework for a religious education within the Catholic tradition of De Smet Jesuit High School and to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. The courses focus on Catholic doctrine, St. Ignatius and the Jesuits, the sacramental nature of religion, and an introduction to scripture—all while beginning to develop the skills of reflection, prayer, and Catholic literacy especially through the Eucharist.

THEOLOGY 3 (71122)

Meets requirement | sophomore | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Michael O’Brien

Dates & Times: June 4 – August 3, Mondays, Wednedays and Fridays 4:00 – 6:00 pm


The Theology 3 course uses Scripture to engage students with scriptural lessons of faith while also examining the authorship, history, themes, and literary forms of the Old and New Testaments as students learn to engage the scriptural texts critically and reflectively—with an emphasis on Jesus Christ as the ultimate Revelation to us from God. Course discussion emphasizes the original context of scripture as well as modern day applications.


Meets Requirement (Social Studies) | junior-senior | one-half credit

Instructor: Mr. Tom Sothers

Dates & Times: Summer Break – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays / 9:00 -12:00


This course will examine in detail two of the most significant conflicts for the US in the post-World War II era: the Vietnam War and the American Afghanistan War. The Vietnam War a major turning point in the Cold War era—and for the United States, it was its longest war, its only losing war, its most divisive war, both culturally and morally. The purpose of this course is to investigate the near and far causes of US involvement, the influence of the Cold War on the perceptions of the domino theory and the role that the fear of communism played in the growing military involvement of the US in Southeast Asia. The second half of the course will examine the challenges the US has faced in the post-Cold War era, and specifically, the aftermath of the 9-11 attack in September of 2001 and the resultant war in Afghanistan which continues to today.