Religious Studies

Religion classes at Forest Ridge are guided by all five of the goals of Sacred Heart education: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. These classes blend academic study, spiritual practice, service, and the arts as we support our students in growing their relationships with themselves, with God, and with others in their communities.

We are committed to creating safe and welcoming environments for all of our students, where students of all faiths can learn about religion and deepen their personal spirituality. As a Catholic school, we teach about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the history, traditions, and spirituality of the global Catholic Church, and we also teach about the many faiths and belief systems in our world. We explore the role of religion in history and current events, and we challenge students to develop ethical thinking, discernment, and a practice of service to others. Religion classes meet each student where they are and emphasize what it means to be a Child of the Sacred Heart.

As a Catholic, Independent, Sacred Heart school, we have many streams of tradition that we draw from in our courses. In Religion, these include the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education, the principles of religious literacy from the American Academy of Religion, and the frameworks for Catholic education from the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Middle School: 5th-8th Grade

Upper School: 9th-12th Grade

Graduation requirement: 8 bins, including at least one Spirituality course and at least one Theology & Justice course in 11th and 12th grade.

*Course offerings are based on student interest and minimum enrollment requirements; therefore, some classes listed may not be offered every school year.