Academic Policies

The academic growth of Archbishop Edward A.  McCarthy students is continuous and a life long process. The school wishes to maintain the tradition of academic excellence within the Archdiocese of Miami. The curriculum is primarily designed for college preparation. Therefore, regular attendance, good behavior, systematic preparation, homework and parental involvement are essential to academic success. It is important for students to set high standards for themselves. Grades reflect the quality of the student’s work and commitment and are measured by the grade point average (GPA). The student’s cumulative GPA for college admission begins in the freshman year.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • 4 credits        Theology
  • 4  credits       English
  • 4  credits       Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
  • 3 credits        Science (required: Biology; Chemistry or Physics-2 credits must have a lab component)
  • 3 credits        Social Studies (World History/Geography, American History, Government, Economics required)
  • 2 credits        Foreign Language (in same language)
  • .5 credit         Personal Fitness
  • .5 credit         Life Management
  • 1.5 credits     Practical/Fine Arts (1/2 credit in computer science is required)
  • 1.5 credits     Electives

(THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENT/GUARDIAN IS TO MAKE SURE ALL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ARE MET)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The following are the requirements for graduation:

  • Minimum 2.0 Career Grade Point Average
  • 100 Community ministry hours must be completed.
  • Completion of all financial responsibilities including tuition, fees, fines, library materials, athletic equipment, fundraising, capital improvement, and all other financial obligations.

SPECIAL NOTE:

All credits must be earned in order for a student to graduate or receive a diploma. All students must also maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to receive a diploma and to participate in athletics or extracurricular activities. The weighted GPA (honors, advanced placement, etc.) will be published on the report cards, since that is what will be sent to colleges/universities on transcripts.