Course Listings

The academic program is designed to prepare students to meet requirements for college admission or other types of professional preparation. It also includes offerings in the areas of business, computer science, music and art.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in twelve subjects: English Literature, English Language and Composition, United States History, World History, European History, Calculus, Statistics, Spanish, Biology, Psychology, Music Theory, and Studio Art.

In most academic courses, students are placed in levels appropriate to their scholastic potential. Difficulty levels have been established for each subject according to factors such as course content, nature of text, type of homework assignments and pace of the course. The AP level courses are considered the most difficult and those which require the most work from students followed by levels 1, 2 or 3.

Course Selection Guidelines

The following guidelines from the Guidance Office outline general preparatory courses you will need for college. If you have questions that are not answered below, please make an appointment with your Guidance Counselor for individual help.(Note: All students will consult a member of the Guidance Department.)

The study of a single world language for three years in high school will meet the graduation requirements of many colleges and universities.

Several college programs require more than general preparatory courses; the most common of these programs are detailed below. For a college to consider your high school background in any of the specified fields, it is wise that you not only take an appropriate course, but successfully complete it by attaining a grade of at least 75%.

Professional Pathways

The Holy Cross High School experience marries a time-honored Catholic tradition with 21st century innovation to prepare students for a happy and successful life beyond high school. As students navigate though their high school years, they discover interests that develop into life-long passions and ultimately, transform them into better versions of themselves. To better prepare them for their college careers, we offer Professional Pathways. This program is comprised of academic tracks for those seeking to major in Engineering, Education, Business/Finance or Medicine. Each class is led by dedicated faculty members with first hand knowledge of their academic disciplines. Students may also have a chance to participate in internships and other opportunities related to their respective tracks.

Currently, Holy Cross High School has a college acceptance rate of 100%. Graduating Crusaders go on to pursue their dreams at universities and colleges all over the country including Harvard, Northeastern, University of Connecticut, Fordham, Providence, Roger Williams, Hofstra, Marist, University of California, Tulane and many more. With our Professional Pathways program, our students will have the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive and succeed.

Please click here to see examples of Professional Pathways Tracks.

Graduation Requirements

The current minimum requirement for graduation is twenty-five (25) credits. These credits are divided as follows:

Course Selection Scheme

Freshman Year

  • English 9
  • World History I
  • Algebra
  • World Language
  • Biology
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

Sophomore Year

  • English 10
  • World History II
  • Geometry
  • World Language
  • Chemistry
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

Junior Year

  • English 11
  • American History
  • Algebra 2
  • World Language
  • Physics/Physical Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Elective
  • Elective

Senior Year

  • English 12
  • Religious Studies
  • Academic Elective
  • Academic Elective
  • Academic Elective
  • Academic Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Note:

  • Religious studies are required of all students.
  • The science requirement for juniors who had Chemistry as sophomores is Physics or Earth Science. Neuroscience may not be used to satisfy the junior science requirement.
  • Although twenty five Academic credits are currently required for graduation, all students, including seniors, are required to pass five (full year) Academic courses each year for promotion.
  • Seniors may not be allowed to graduate publicly if they do not pass five Academic subjects in their senior year. Academic courses are those designated as Level AP, 1, 2 or 3.