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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

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“The community service, the focus on virtuous living, and the sisterhood really instills compassion and respect for all of humanity.”

SCA Parent

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

“[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

“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

“My family has had an excellent experience at this school so far. Beyond the beautiful new facility, I have been impressed with the teachers and the administration! They challenge the girls both academically and spiritually, they know them by name, and appear to have a genuine concern for each individual student. The school really feels like a family. As a parent, it is a blessing to me to know that my daughter is in such good hands when I drop her off everyday.”

SCA Parent

“Beautiful school!”

Rachel