The Religion Department supports and challenges students in their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Christian message through the study of Catholic thought and values.

Through the instruction and the experience of faith and the encouragement of Christian service, students are invited to:

  • develop a maturing belief/faith system.  
  • practice Christian decision-making.
  • create community based on Christian principles, and Catholic social teaching.
  • experience Christian ministry.

Students not only learn about their faith, they are encouraged to be living examples of Christ's gospel message. In the spirit of St. John Baptist de LaSalle and Saint Joseph, students are strengthened by the “Holy presence of God” in the world and in their lives and are inspired to “Love the dear neighbor without distinction.” 


Rooted in the charisms of the Christian Brothers and Sisters of St. Joseph, the Religion Department provides both academic and spiritual enrichment opportunities. The faculty, staff, students and their families collaborate to create a nurturing learning environment supported by prayer, liturgy, retreats, and service.

To contact a religion teacher, take a look at our Staff Directory.

The curriculum invites students to recognize and promote the dignity and sacredness of life and to grow in the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.

Students are required to take four years of religion at CDH.

  • 9th grade includes the interdisciplinary course, Values Symposium, where students learn about the Catholic faith, our mission and Values and our founders. 
  • 10th grade students study Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus and the New Testament, and Church History.
  • 11th grade students complete a two trimester Faith and Ethics course and a one trimester elective religion course. 
  • Seniors may select one of three courses to fulfill their requirement including Senior Seminar, Philosophy and Theology and Social Justice, or the interdisciplinary course, Spectrum. All senior religion courses have a year-long service component.

To find out more about course options and class details, see the Religion curriculum.