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High School

At St. Mary’s Academy, we know that tomorrow requires a new type of leader–a servant leader equipped to meet the global needs of the 21st century. Our dedicated teachers know your child personally and care about each student’s success. The college-prep curriculum instructs through proven approaches to learning.

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High School Curriculum

9th-12th Grades

Students typically take five core classes and two electives, allowing them to explore subjects of interest. In addition, our distinguished teachers work with our students in Honors and AP courses to tackle the coursework challenges. AP courses are college-level courses that culminate with an AP Exam offered by the College Board and may count for college credit.

  • College-prep, AP & Honors classes
  • Liberal Arts & Classical Studies track
  • On-campus dual enrollment
  • STEM electives
  • Languages: Spanish and French
  • PSAT prep and testing (9th – 11th grades)

College Counseling

SMA’s College Counseling Department provides a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students’ academic and career goals. This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

The College Admissions Process focuses on how to evaluate options, how to reflect on the past, and how to submit applications. There is no shortcut to being admitted to college and no way to achieve the desired outcome without some time, effort, patience, and thought.

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Academic Policies & Graduation Requirements

St. Mary’s Academy is a college-preparatory high school. Minimum requirements for graduation are in line with local and state requirements.

Total: 24 credits for graduation

The college-preparatory curriculum must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, an advanced course (Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, etc.), Biology, Chemistry, and a Physical Science (Physics, Conceptual Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography).

St. Mary’s requires students to take a minimum of two (2) years of the same foreign language.

Theology is required each year of attendance.

The courses listed above for graduation are considered minimum requirements. 

 

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in Biology, Calculus (AB/BC), Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, French, Government, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Studio Art, U.S. History, and World History.

AP test fees of $97.00 will be collected before the first day of school. Students who register for AP courses may not be dropped after classes begin and are required to take AP tests in May. Failure to take an AP test will result in a failing grade for the course.

Grade Scale

Average
Grade
90-100
A
80-89
B
74-79
C
70-73
D
69 or below
F

Course Credit Requirements

Subject
Credits
Total Credits for Graduation
24
English
4
Fine Arts
1
Foreign Language
2
Health/Physical Education
1
Mathematics
4
Science
4
Social Studies
3.5
Technology/Business
.5
Theology
4
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