St. Joseph’s Preparatory School proudly prepares its students for the nation’s finest colleges and universities through a challenging and traditional academic program.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in 17 areas of study. Every student who takes an AP course will sit for the AP exam in May, and many receive college credit as a result of their performance. That is because Prep AP students perform well above the national and local average; in 2016, 74% achieved a score of 3 or higher (on a scale of 1-5). Admission to all AP courses requires the approval of the academic department chairs and the selection process is highly competitive.
At the Prep, our core curriculum is structured to ensure that students receive knowledge on a wide array of subjects so that all who graduate have a rich background in the humanities, mathematics, science and the Classics.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ENGLISH MATHEMATICS/ COMPUTER SCIENCE RELIGIOUS STUDIES SCIENCE HISTORY CLASSICS & MODERN LANGUAGE FINE ARTS ELECTIVES
4 credits 4 credits 4 credits 3 credits 3 credits 5 credits* ½ credit 2 ½ credits
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Human Geography, Latin, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History
GRADING SCALE A: 100-93
*Students must take a minimum of two credits each of Latin and Modern Language plus one additional credit in one or the other. They may choose to take more as well.
To graduate from the Prep, a student must earn a minimum of 26 academic credits, satisfy the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requirement for physical education, and fulfill community service requirements through our Ignatian Service Program.
NEW SCHEDULE Beginning in September for the 2017-18 school year, St. Joseph’s Prep has a new class schedule. This change is to ensure that the Prep’s high quality education is being delivered in the best possible format so that our students are fully equipped to learn at the highest level, based on the most up-to-date research and best educational practices. THE NEW SCHEDULE INCLUDES: • An 8-day cycle in which classes rotate throughout the day and cycle • Days consisting of one 65-minute class, five 45-minute classes, a 50-minute community period and a 30-minute lunch • Courses that meet a minimum of 6 times in the 8-day cycle on a rotating schedule
• School day starting at 8:25 a.m. each day except on Wednesdays when class will begin at 9:15 a.m. to allow for faculty/staff meetings • A 50-minute structured community period incorporated into each school day • First semester exams that take place prior to Christmas break
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