Graduation Requirements

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.

COURSE SELECTIONS

College and universities base their acceptance of students on how well the student performs in high school and his program of studies. Historically, 100% of Chaminade graduates go to college/university.  Therefore, the Chaminade curriculum is designed to prepare all our young men for a positive and successful college experience.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Chaminade’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade curriculum consists and reflects all nine academic disciplines. The coherent program of studies allows the middle school student a smooth transition into Chaminade’s secondary program.

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

The high degree of balance and congruence between the middle and secondary school curriculums promotes effective mastery of knowledge, skills, critical reasoning, and freedom of inquiry.

HONORS 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 anddepth of material learned. Students enter Honors courses only in their strongest academic areas. The following academic departments include honors courses: Religion, English, Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

SOPHOMORE/JUNIOR/SENIOR COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES

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: a.) ACC courses that have been approved by various local colleges/universities; and, b.) AP courses designated by the AP College Board. ACC/AP courses are transferable to most colleges/universities. Students are advised to check with our College Guidance Counselors on all ACC/AP courses.

ADVANCED COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES

ACC are taught in affiliation with St. Louis University's 1818 program and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Chaminade ACC Faculty is Adjunct Professors that are highly trained and accountable in maintaining college/university standards. Each college/university sets student grading assessments and evaluations. An exceptional sophomore/junior/senior must maintain exceptional achievement in order to be awarded credit. Chaminade students registering for ACC courses are rewarded with full access to UMSL and St. Louis University campus libraries. Student on-line registration for ACC courses occurs in September and January on Chaminade's campus.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

The AP College Board curriculumis offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. AP 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.

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND EVALUATIONS

The Chaminade student will be actively engaged in a myriad of classroom experiences that promote diverse means of teaching and learning. The following can be used as a guide for overall student success: course syllabi, textbooks, workbooks, periodicals, handouts, group learning activities, oral presentations, paideia/socratic seminars, essay reading/writing, film/video presentations, academic portfolios, student journals, web page instruction, computer software and recordings, CD ROMS, interactive video conferencing, role simulations, professional literature, guest speakers, lab work, Internet usage, research papers, and field trips.

The Chaminade Marianist educator employs a variety of student assessments. Steady and on-going student evaluations are monitored and may include: tests, exams, quizzes, textbook and workbook assignments, library work, research, homework assignments, written projects, class participation, oral presentations, book reviews, video review, research papers, class discussions, cooperative group presentations, Internet work, in-lab projects, peer mentoring projects, and off-campus field-based projects.