Curriculum

Selection into the Honors program or College-Preparatory program of studies is determined for each incoming student.
Placement into either the honors or college preparatory course of study is based on the following criteria: (1) performance on the HSPT test administered by the Academy, (2) standardized test scores from previous schools attended and (3) academic grades from previous schools attended. The minimal requirements for honors placement include a consistent score of 85 percentile or greater in the discipline on standardized tests and an academic grade of A in the discipline from previous school(s) attended. Continuation in or movement between a course of study is subject to change in accordance with student performance and/or teacher recommendation. In order to remain in honors courses, a student must earn a grade of C or better. An extra quality point is not awarded to a student receiving a D in an honors course. Students entering St. Scholastica Academy with standardized test scores indicating a need in math and/or science will be scheduled for Introduction to Algebra and General Science for 8th grade.

A student does not have to pursue ALL honors courses offered by the Academy. If recommended for one or more; however, a student who pursues honors English must also pursue honors social studies and a student who pursues honors science must also pursue honors math. A student scheduled for one or more honors courses is required to take Latin I during her freshman year. She may choose to satisfy her foreign language requirements by taking Latin II in her sophomore year OR pursue Spanish I and II in her sophomore and junior years. Should a student opt out of an honors course once at the Academy and seeks to re-enter, her request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Administrative team.

HONORS GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2022:

Two programs of study are recognized at graduation: honors and college-prep.  In order to receive an honors diploma, a graduate must successfully complete a total of 16 honors/AP courses over the course of four years. This includes 4 out of the five required core AP courses including AP American History (AP European History beginning with the Class of 2023), AP Art History, AP American Government, AP Literature and Composition and AP Calculus AB.  To be recognized with “honors” within the honors program of studies, a student must earn a cumulative GPA of a 4.0. To be recognized with “honors” within the college-prep program of studies, a student must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.7.

Honors & College Prep

List of 10 items.

  • EIGHTH GRADE - COLLEGE PREP

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology 81
    English I (Genre)1
    Introductory Algebra*/Algebra I1
    General Science*/Int Phys Science1
    World Geography1
    Intermediate Composition½
    Speech½
    Studio Art½
    PE 8½
    Intro to STEM½
    Intro to Film Making½
    * For those with a need in math and science
  • EIGHTH GRADE - HONORS

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology 81
    English I (H) (Genre)1
    Algebra I (H)1
    Int Phys Science (H)1
    World Geography1
    Intermediate Composition½
    Speech½
    Studio Art½
    PE 8½
    Intro to STEM½
    Intro to Film Making½
  • FRESHMAN - COLLEGE PREP

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology I1
    English II (World Lit)1
    Algebra I/Geometry1
    Int Phys Science/Physics1
    World History1
    PE I1
    Spanish I1
    Elective1
  • FRESHMAN - HONORS

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology I1
    English II (H) (World Lit)1
    Geometry (H)1
    Physics (H)1
    World History (H)1
    PE I1
    Latin I (H)1
    Elective1
  • SOPHOMORE - COLLEGE PREP

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology II1
    English III (European Lit)1
    Geometry/Algebra II1
    Physics/Chemistry1
    European History1
    PE II1
    Spanish II1
    Elective1
  • SOPHOMORE - HONORS

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology II1
    English III (H) (European Lit)1
    Algebra II (H)1
    Chemistry (H)1
    European History AP1
    PE II1
    Latin II (H) or Spanish I1
    Elective1
  • JUNIOR - COLLEGE PREP

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology III1
    English IV (American Lit)1
    Algebra II/Algebra III/Algebra III DE*1
    Chemistry/Biology1
    American History1
    Spanish II1
    Elective1
    Elective1
    *ACT Math 19
  • JUNIOR - HONORS

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology III1
    English IV (H) (American Lit)1
    Pre-Calculus H DE (College Algebra&Trig)*1
    Biology (H)1
    American History AP1
    Latin III (H) or Spanish II1
    Elective1
    Elective1
    *ACT Math 19
  • SENIOR - COLLEGE PREP

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology IV1
    English Comp I and II DE**1
    Adv Math/Algebra III DE*/Adv Math-PreCalc DE*1
    Biology or Elective1
    Civics1
    Elective1
    Elective1
    Elective1
    *ACT Math 19
    **ACT Eng + Comp 38
  • SENIOR - HONORS

    COURSESCREDITS
    Theology IV1
    English V Lit and Comp AP1
    Business Calculus/Calculus I DE/AP Calculus AB*1
    Elective1
    Civics AP1
    Elective1
    Elective1
    Elective1
    *ACT Math 27

Dual Enrollment

Several dual enrollment courses are offered at St. Scholastica Academy. Psychology, Sociology, Music Appreciation and TV Production are offered through Southeastern University. College Algebra, College Trigonometry, Business Calculus, Calculus I, English Composition I and English Composition II are offered through Louisiana State University. Art Appreciation is offered through LA Tech and Engineering through the University of Texas at Austin.  Dual enrollment courses allow students to simultaneously earn both high school and college credit. Courses are presented on SSA’s campus by an SSA instructor, who has been certified through the applicable university. Dual enrollment affords students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Students requesting to schedule these courses for college credit can opt to register through the applicable university for a discounted tuition, although, it is not a requirement. All students scheduled for these courses, however, will follow the same college curriculum. Students requesting these courses must be in the 11th or 12th grade and meet the course eligibility criteria, as outlined by the applicable university. Dual enrollment courses will follow the academic calendar for the applicable university. This includes examinations. Grade calculations will adhere to the policies for the applicable university and will be assigned according to the university’s grading scale specified by its credit-issuing department.

Electives

List of 6 items.

  • English Elective Choices

    • Intro to Creative Writing
    • Dystopian Fiction/Dystopian Fiction H
    • English Lang. & Comp. AP
    • Contemporary Fiction
    • Journalism
  • Science Elective Choices

    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Science AP
    • Anatomy & Physiology H
    • Biological Research and Independent Study
    • Biology AP
    • Chemistry AP
    • Physics AP
    • Engineering DE
    • Engineering H DE
  • Social Studies Elective Choices

    • Modern American History
    • Psychology DE
    • Psychology AP
    • Sociology DE
    • Sociology H
    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy H
    • Law Studies I
    • Law Studies II
  • Math Elective Choices

    • Medical Math
    • Medical Math H
    • Personal Finance
  • Theology Elective Choices

    • Faith & Science
    • C.S. Lewis & The Christian Imagination
    • Catholic Feminine Genius/Women in the Church
  • Other Elective Choices

    • Art Appreciation DE
    • Art I - IV
    • Ceramics
    • Choir (Beg/Int/Adv)
    • Cycling/Running
    • Digital Media
    • Latin III (H)
    • Music Appreciation DE
    • Spanish III (H), IV (H)
    • Studio Art AP
    • Theatre/Musical Theatre
    • TV Production DE
    • Visual Art
    • Yearbook I - II
St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school located in Covington, Louisiana. Founded in 1903, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith. St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic girls high school of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. As such it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at its schools. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.