Launching in May 2021!

A Chance to Expand and Explore

We are excited to announce some enhancements and additions to the Holy Family Catholic High School 2020-2021 school calendar. The first semester including final exams, ends before Christmas break, and the second semester including final exams for all students, ends mid-May. Among other benefits, the 2020-2021 schedule provides us with the opportunity to launch a new and exciting academic program— May Term.

May Term is a newly developed and innovative program designed to provide unique and enriching learning experiences for Holy Family students. This schedule is a distinctively different approach to the traditional end of the school year. May Term harnesses the potential of the finals weeks of May by optimizing time and increasing overall educational value. It promotes a school environment of excitement, engagement, and inquiry as students pursue studies in areas outside the scope of the current curriculum.

Following the completion of second-semester final exams, students will enroll in a series of elective courses designed to stretch their imaginations, offer exposure to new topics and ideas, and afford opportunities for diving deeper into subject areas. Course offerings are designed by Holy Family faculty, both independently and collaboratively, and target students’ interests.

Program Goals and Outcomes:

  • Exposure to a broad range of electives
  • Beneficial adjustments to annual school calendar (finals before Christmas)
  • Mental health support (allows for decompression and retreat over break as well as offering classes that promote positive mental health)
  • An attractive addition to competitive colleges and universities that are looking for students to distinguish themselves from others

View this PDF with details: HFCHS_MayTermInfo


Class Schedule

Block 1 8:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. 
Block 2 9:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Lunch 10:55 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Block 3 11:50 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Block 4 1:10 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.  

Four blocks will be offered per day and students will take courses that consist of 1 or 2 blocks. Every student will take a full schedule, but the amount of classes they have depend on the type of course they are taking.

Example #1- Student A takes four separate 1-block courses
Example #2- Student B takes one 2-block course and two 1-block courses
Example #3- Student C takes two 2 block courses


May 14, 2021  Last Day of Semester 2
May 17, 2021 No School Grading Day
May 18, 2021 – First Day of May Term
June 4, 2021 – Last Day of May Term 

Course Selection Process

  • Students in grades 9-11 participate in May Term.
  • All students must take a full schedule.

  • Students register for May Term courses by grade in this order: 1. 11th grade | 2. 10th grade | 3. 9th grade students.

  • Students select their courses electronically.

  • May Term courses may be canceled or added based on enrollment or staffing changes.

A Sampling of Possible Course Offerings

Culture and History
Geography of the U.S.: Maps & Food
Berlin 1988-90: The Fall of the Berlin Wall
The History of Horror Films
Unbroken: Exploring the Hidden Story of WWII
Study of the Vietnam War through Music
The Fact and Fiction of Pirates
The World of a Woman

Stop Motion Animation
Robotics Programming
Website Basics
Game Theory & Mathematics

Family Consumer Science and Creative Arts
Entrepreneurial Creative Arts
Italian Cooking
Cooking with a Microwave
Plein Air Painting
Screen Printing and Batik
Child Development
FIY: Fix it Yourself

Lighting Design
Film Appreciation


Science Deep Dive
US Food Policy, Fad Diets, and Human Health
Experiments with Wind and Solar Energy

Sports & Hobbies
Running to Peace
The World of Pro Sports
Lifelong Sports
Board Game Design
The Physics of Sports
Athletic Coaching
Strategy in Athletic Coaching
Female Strength & Conditioning
Drone Racing
Traveling Abroad: Tricks and Hints on How to Travel
Building a Birdhouse
Mystery Dinner Theater

The Christian East
Modern Martyrs
The God of Superheroes
G.K. Chesterton: Wit, Wisdom, and Holiness
The Divine Comedy, Meditations on the Afterlife
Spiritual and Religious Themes in TV & Movies

And More…
The Pursuit of Happiness
Introduction to Emergency Medical Professions
Improve Your Study Skills

Grades and Credit Values

  • May Term courses are graded and given the equivalent credit of a one-semester course (.5 credits). The grade point average (GPA) for May Term consists of the combination of all courses taken during that May Term.
  • May Term is a graduation requirement and students will be required to Pass three May terms (1.5 credits). Students that do not pass May Term will be required to take May Term their senior year. Transfer students will be exempt from May Term prior to transferring to Holy Family.
  • Students will be able to use their CANVAS Leadership Profiles to highlight the courses they took during May Term. May Term courses may provide a competitive advantage to students applying to colleges and universities.