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Graduation Requirements

St. Catherine of Siena Academy challenges students with a traditional college-preparatory program which incorporates faith and reason. We also require Latin and Philosophy as the complementary roots for language and rational thought. Our curriculum offers many opportunities for STARS to take Advanced Placement courses too. By offering a wide range of classes, we educate students where they are, always challenging them in areas of weakness and building in areas of strength. A student is placed in courses commensurate with her abilities and will work with her teachers to reach her greatest potential.

We want our students to use the academic gifts God has given them and encourage them to reach new heights by giving them the tools to do so.

The following is a summary of the subjects and units of credit needed to earn a diploma from Saint Catherine of Siena Academy.

Total Required Credits: 26

Catholic Theology – 4 credits required

Grade 9 – Jesus Christ: True God and True Man
Grade 10 – Church History
Grade 11 – Moral Theology
Grade 12 – (Select 2) Mariology, Prayer and Discernment, Apologetics, Sacred Scripture and Art

English – 4 credits required

Grade 9 – English 9, Honors English 9
Grade 10 – American Literature, Honors American Literature
Grade 11 – British Literature, Contemporary Literature, Women in Literature, AP Language & Composition
Grade 12 – World Literature, Contemporary Literature, Women in Literature, AP Literature & Composition

History – 3 credits required

Grade 9 – World History, Honors World History
Grade 10 – U.S. History, AP US History
Grade 11 – Civics and Economics, AP Government

Mathematics – 4 credits required

Grade 9 – Algebra Essentials, Algebra I, Honors Algebra II
Grade 10 – Algebra I, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus
Grade 11 – Algebra II, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, Calculus
Grade 12 – Geometry, Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, Personal Finance, AP Calculus

Science – 3 credits required

Grade 9 – Biology, Honor Biology
Grade 10 – Chemistry, Honors Chemistry
Grade 11 – Physics, Honors Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry

World Languages – 2 credits required

Latin I and Latin II

Philosophy – 1 credit required

Grades 11-12 – Introduction to Philosophy

Physical Education – 1 credit required

Physical Education I and Health

Art– 1 credit required

Artworks, Drama, Symphonic Band, Choir, Music Technology & Composition

Service Hour Requirements to Graduate:  To create a school culture which prizes the missionary work of the Gospel and introduces our young women to the world around them.  St. Catherine students will understand that what we do in service to others is as important to what we do in the classroom.

Hours to be Earned Per Year

Due to COVID-19, the number of service hours has been reduced to the following for the 2021-22 Academic Year:

Freshmen: 12 hours
Sophomores: 15 hours
Juniors: 18 hours
Seniors: 20 hours

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“As a graduate of this school, I can attest to not only the strong education I received from SCA but also the strong foundation I was given in which I could build my own faith upon. I felt fully prepared for the ‘real world’ both academically and spiritually.” 

MaryKatherine

“The school lives up to their mission statement by unlocking the feminine genius in the girls who go there and providing us with the opportunity to discover who we are meant to be.”

MaryKatherine

“An excellent school that brings the girls together more like sisters rather than friends.”

Zina

“SCA is authentically and unapologetically Catholic. It’s excellence in academics and athletics is rooted in its mission to pass on the beauty of the Catholic faith in a way that is relevant to the modern world. The result is a constant focus on the character and virtue of its students, challenging them to be the best version of themselves not just academically, but spiritually as well.”

SCA Parent

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

SCA Parent

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved!”

Leighanne

“Beautiful school!”

Rachel

“[SCA] builds upon your faith and strengthen you academically throughout the four years in high school so that you are more than ready when you move on to college.”

Zina

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19