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Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

As each course in our curriculum would be considered an honors course at many other schools and as many academically talented students attend Holy Ghost Prep, Honors or Advanced Placement courses are not for everyone. For incoming students, enrollment is limited to those students who have performed well on our placement test, our entrance test, on standardized tests administered at their elementary schools and who have achieved high standards of performance in their elementary school as evidenced by their elementary school transcript. For rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, Honors and Advanced Placement courses are limited to those students who have demonstrated in their course work at Holy Ghost Prep a commitment to the highest level of achievement possible. Specific placement decisions are made by department members and their chairs, and are approved by the Placement Committee, in consultation with present subject teachers, department chairs, and members of the Academic Committee. Any student approved for admission into an AP course must take the corresponding AP exam offered in the spring

Student Class Schedules and Changes
In an effort to allow students the widest range of possible success, we allow students to change their schedules to best fit their needs given the constraints of class size. Student class schedules are distributed in school before the end of the school year. Schedule changes are made at the discretion of the Principal considering class sizes and appropriateness of a course for a student. Most schedule changes should occur during the summer and we plan as best as possible to allow for students to make these changes. Schedule changes beyond the first two full schedule cycles in each semester (i.e. 16 class days) will generally not be made. Once beyond this time, students must remain in the courses in which they are enrolled until after the semester grading period has concluded, unless the school views it to be in a student’s best interest to move to a lower level course within the same department and no courses from other departments are affected.

Graduation Requirements
The minimum requirement for graduation at Holy Ghost Preparatory School is 24 core course units. A unit is earned by completing assigned work satisfactorily. All students are required to take a minimum of six full core credit subjects each semester. All freshmen are required to take either Introduction to Studio Art or one of the other Fine Arts Department offerings to fulfill the ninth grade Fine Arts requirement. A senior who fails a course in his senior year may not graduate from Holy Ghost Prep. All students must fully participate in Christian Service, non-credit guidance courses, and the following to fulfill our academic requirements for graduation:

Subject Area

 Semesters Required

# of Units  

 English

 4

 Mathematics

 8

 4

 Religion

 8

 4

 Science

 6

 3

 Social Studies

 6

 3

 Foreign Language

 6

 3

 Core Electives

 6

 3

 

*Minimum of 2 semesters of core courses required per year
**6 semesters of the same language

Additionally, as part of our liberal arts education, all freshman students are required to have exposure to the Fine Arts in our curriculum. All freshmen are required to take either Introduction to Studio Art or one of the other Fine Arts Department offerings to fulfill the ninth grade Fine Arts requirement. Instrumental Music, Jazz Band, or Chorus/Music Theory may not be included in the required 24 units, although they are credit courses.

All students must take a minimum of 6 full credit (0.5 unit) courses per semester during each year of their attendance at Holy Ghost Prep. Except for Portfolio Art and AP Music Theory, music and art courses are given transcript credit, but are not included in the calculation of a student’s grade point average.

All students make take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to meet our graduation requirements in the sciences

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