Catholic High offers a challenging, up-to-date curriculum that serves to engage and inspire students at all abilities and grade levels. We instill critical thinking, collaboration, and information and media literacy skills at all levels. Academic excellence is assured through rigorous courses, technology integration, cross-curricular activities, and teacher professional development.
Students in grades four through eight participate in academic co-curricular courses at each level. These include physical education, computer literacy, Spanish, art, music appreciation, life skills, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). These classes provide practical experiences, valuable outside of the classroom. They help to reveal skill sets in students that they might not realize otherwise. Finally, the serve to assist students develop and expand their interests, so that they can make informed choices in their future educational paths.
The Catholic High diploma is issued in compliance with the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Diocese of Lafayette. It meets all requirements of the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum for graduates of 2017, and the TOPS University diploma for graduates of 2018 and beyond. To graduate with a Catholic High diploma, a student must successfully take a minimum of 28 Carnegie units of high school credit, which includes the CHS course requirements. A senior must have completed and passed all courses and have received the required credits before he/she may participate in the ceremony on graduation day in order to graduate from Catholic High.
For the classes of 2016-2018
To earn the distinction of Honors Graduate, students must graduate with a GPA of 3.5 and a minimum of 16 honors courses.
For the classes of 2019 and beyond
The 16 honors courses must include 4 in each core subject: English, math, science, and social studies. AP Calculus AB, French II DE, French III DE, Spanish III, AP Art Studio, and other honors courses are all additional honors courses that may be taken beyond the required 16. If a student begins high school in the accelerated math track, he/she must take Calculus during the senior year.
The scholastic year is divided into four grading periods (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter) for all grade levels. Grades are earned through a variety of formative and summative assessments. These may include, but are not limited to, tests, quizzes, individual and collaborative projects, hands-on labs, and performance assessments.
In grades 4 and 5, the 4 quarter averages are averaged to determine the final grade for the year. In grades 6-12, semester exams and averages are given. The semester averages are each worth 50% of the final grade. For grades 6-8, each quarter is worth 45% and the exam is worth 10% of the semester grade. In grades 9-12, each quarter is worth 37.5% and the exam is worth 25% of the semester grade.
|6||The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau||Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren||The Cay by Theodore Taylor|
|7||The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth||Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo||Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson|
|8||The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton||The President Has Been Shot by James L. Swanson||The Pearl by John Steinbeck|
|9||Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card||Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder||Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury|
|10||The Book Thief by Markus Zusac||Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser||A Separate Peace by John Knowles|
|11||The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald||Devil in the White City by Erik Larson||Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger|
|12||Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie||A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah||A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens|
|11||The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald||
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
|Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger|
|12||Frankenstein by Mary Shelley||*Your selected and pre-approved non-fiction book||A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens|