Upper School Courses

Academic Departments


  • Theology 12

    Theology 12 is designed to promote a deeper understanding of religious life from analytical and comparative points of view and familiarity with a variety of traditions. The course encourages students to connect the material to their lives. Methods include readings and related discussions, lectures, field trips and labs, case studies, documentaries and movies, and guest speakers. Skills involved include close critical reading, written and oral expression, creative testing of authors’ frameworks, and ability to reflect on one’s own experiences from a theological perspective. Desired learning outcomes include a greater knowledge of spiritual aspects of individual and community life as well as an appreciation for the efforts made through history to grapple with the mysteries of existence and the human condition. Students take Theology 12 in the 12th grade, and they must pass the course in order to earn a diploma. Evaluation is based on demonstration of knowledge acquired, depth and insight of thinking, creativity in making connections among these materials and the students’ life experience, and quality of expression of that knowledge and those insights.

    1 credit

Upper School Faculty

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    James Woodruff
    Theology Chair
    Harvard University - M.T.S.
    Trinity University - B.A.
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213