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St. Mary's Academy

Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

Saint Mary's Academy is a college preparatory school and students are expected to maintain at least a C average (2.0) in all academic subjects: Religion, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language. Students take six courses per semester and sixty (60) credits each year in attendance are necessary to graduate.

RELIGION 40 CREDITS
One course each semester in attendance
ENGLISH 40 CREDITS
One course each semester in attendance
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 20 CREDITS
Four semesters of the same foreign language
MATHEMATICS 30 CREDITS
Six semesters
SCIENCE 20 CREDITS
Two semesters of Biological Science and two semesters of Physical Science. Note: for UC/CSU consideration, the credits in physical science must be in Chemistry or Physics
SOCIAL STUDIES 30 CREDITS
World Civilization (two semesters)
U.S. History (two semesters - grade 11)
U.S. Government and Economics (two semesters - grade 12)
VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS 10 CREDITS
Two semesters in elective visual/performing arts courses
Note: for UC/CSU two semesters from the same visual/performing arts course are required.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10 CREDITS
Physical Education (2 semesters)
Up to 2 semesters of PE can be earned through participation in Interscholastic Team Sports for two years.
ELECTIVES 40 CREDITS
Semester or year courses may be chosen from all departments except religion and taken in addition to required courses to complete the 60 credits required for each year in attendance.

College and University Requirements

The University of California System/CSU System -- Students must successfully complete a specific sequence of high school courses in the subjects listed below. Fifteen units of high school work will complete the Subject Requirements; at least seven of the fifteen units must be earned during the last two years of high school.

Eligibility for admission depends on a grade point average of courses taken in grades 10-12 in combination with scores on SAT II or ACT tests. (SAT II Tests are required for UC schools only.) Students must satisfactorily complete subject requirement to enter the University of California System and the CSU System (see a-g requirements below).

a) SOCIAL STUDIES
World Civilization/Geography
U.S. History/Government

two years required
b) ENGLISH
composition, literature, etc.

four years required
c) MATHEMATICS
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

three year required
four years recommended
d) LABORATORY SCIENCE
Biology, Chemistry, Physics

two years required
three years recommended
e) FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French, Spanish etc.

two years same language
three years recommended
f) COLLEGE PREPARATORY ELECTIVES
These are in addition to those required in the "a" through "e" requirements. They are to be chosen from at least two of the following areas: history, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language (two years if a different language), social science (world religions, psychology), visual and performing arts ( i.e. drawing 2, 3)

two years
g) VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS one year

UC/CSU eligibility depends on a grade point average in six subject areas combined with SAT or ACT scores and the SAT II in writing, math level 1 and a third exam in an area at the choice of the student.

Saint Mary's Academy requirements meet most other college and university standards. In all cases, a strong four year academic program successfully completed, including the senior year, is required. The requirements for grade point average (GPA) and SAT/ACT scores vary with individual institutions.