Although it’s been open since 1919, Holy Cross High School in Covington never stops updating, evaluating and adding to its curriculum, says Jamie Lameier, director of advancement. “The goal of these (new) classes is to facilitate interest in a broad range of career paths,” she says.

As evidence of that growth in curriculum, the school has added architectural drawing and mechanical drawing classes this year, she says. Both classes are quickly becoming popular with the students, says Lameier. “It’s fun to watch the kids because there’s a lot of hands-on work that goes on within them.”

In addition to design skills, the architectural drawing class introduces students to practical aspects such as carpentry, electricity, plumbing and drywall installation, she says. “Students are developing basic skills and it may spark their interest in a trade field … or educate them as homeowners,” says Lameier.

The school previously offered mechanical drawing, but the new mechanical drawing class takes it up a notch by teaching students to use computer-aided design software to create, modify, analyze or optimize a design, she says.

“As the school year progresses they’ll be challenged to create three-(dimensional) design utilizing a three-(dimensional) printer model and sketch and try their hand at three-(dimensional) rendering,” Lameier says.

“The three-(dimensional) design introduces students to basic three-dimensional processes and materials while developing students’ ability to analyze form and space relationships,” she says.

In addition to the new classes that have been added to Holy Cross High School’s curriculum it also continues to offer advanced placement and dual-credit classes for students, Lameier says.

Those dual-credit classes include courses in math, science and English and allow students to earn college credits while they’re still enrolled in high school, she says. Parents may like the fact that their children can earn college credit at a discounted cost, says Lameier.

“I can actually speak from personal experience because my daughter left here with… 29 credit hours so she was almost a sophomore when she entered college,” she says. “It’s challenging for (students) but it gives them an idea of what’s to come.”

Some of the dual-credit classes from Thomas More University include world history, American history, American foreign policy, calculus and Spanish IV, while classes from Northern Kentucky University include introduction to biology I and II and introduction to human anatomy and physiology I/II.

Holy Cross High School is a co-educational school with an enrollment this school year of about 350 students, says Lameier. The average class size is about 20 and the average student-to-teacher ratio is about nine or 10 to one, she says.

Annual tuition is $7,235 for an in-district student and $7,920 for an out-of-district student, says Lameier. About 60% of this year’s senior class receives some sort of scholarship, she says.