Curriculum Overview

Historically, over 99% of Chaminade graduates go to college/university. Therefore, the Chaminade curriculum is designed to prepare our students not only for a positive and successful college experience, but for the total formation of our young men as well. Chaminade’s sixth, seventh, and eighth grade curriculum reflects all nine academic disciplines. The coherent program of studies allows the middle school student a smooth transition into Chaminade’s secondary program.

Honors, Advanced College Credit and Advanced Placement Courses

Honors courses are for students who have demonstrated a high degree of skill, competency, and achievement in a given subject area. These courses are taught more intensely with emphasis on quantity and depth of material learned.

Advanced College Credit Courses and Advanced Placement Courses provide opportunity and academic excellence to the Chaminade sophomore/junior/senior with college credit. College credit courses fall into two different categories:

  • Advanced College Credit (ACC) courses are taught in affiliation with St. Louis University’s 1818 program and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Chaminade faculty are Adjunct Professors who are highly trained and accountable in maintaining college/university standards. Each college/university sets student grading assessments and evaluations. Chaminade students registering for ACC courses are rewarded with full access to UMSL and St. Louis University campus libraries.
  • The Advanced Placement (AP) College Board curriculum is offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Advanced Placement courses are the equivalent of regular college courses. Students in these courses take the Advanced Placement Test in May of each year. Most universities accept a score of 3 or higher as credit.
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Graduation Requirements

Courses offered at Chaminade are designed for the college/university-bound student. The requirements for receipt of a diploma from Chaminade College Preparatory School are:

Academic Discipline

Credits

Theology*

4.0

Classical & Modern Languages

2.0

English

4.5

Mathematics

3.0

Physical Education

2.0

Science

3.0

Social Studies

4.0

Fine Arts

1.0

Practical Arts

1.0

Fine Arts or Practical Arts**

.5

Electives

5

Total:

30

* Each student must complete a required number of "Christian Service Hours" to meet graduation requirements.

** Each student must complete an additional .5 unit of EITHER Fine Arts or Practical Arts.