Holy Cross High School

Course Registration 2018-2019

This page contains a description of the school’s course offerings for 2018-2019. Students will be given approximately two weeks to select courses for the next academic year.

Download the Course Registration Process sheet here.

Graduation Requirements & Course Descriptions

A minimum of twenty-five credits is required of all students. Click below to view course descriptions for each subject.


  1. Religious studies are required of all students.
  2. World Language credits must be earned at Holy Cross.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Registration Instructions

The materials found on this page have been prepared by the various school departments. We believe that the net result is a sound, well-rounded curriculum. Many of the questions you might have can be answered on this web page. The teachers that you presently have will be able to guide you in making the logical course sequence selection.The various Department Chairpersons would be able to help you with difficult decisions in the event that clarification is needed. All students will consult with their Guidance Counselor.

Students should pay attention to directions for those courses that have specific prerequisites. It is essential that the student satisfies all the prerequisites including the final year average. There are two reasons for this:

i) we want to make sure that a student is not signing up for courses that are too difficult for him/her;

ii) the student has the necessary background to be able to satisfactorily pass the course.

In the event that a student selects a course for which he/she has not fulfilled the stated requirements, in June, depending upon the level of the registered class, the student will either be removed from the class or required to go to summer school.


NOTE: It is school policy that all failures in required subjects must be made up during the summer (i.e., summer school). The Vice President for Academic Life will determine whether or not a failure by a student in an elected course will have to be made up during the summer. Such failures would have to be made up in cases where a student has an insufficient number of credits towards graduation or has not passed the minimum number of subjects (five academic subjects).

1) Academic courses are those ranked level AP, 1, 2, or 3. Each student is required to register for six (6) academic courses for each semester.Students may take a seventh academic course with the prior approval of his/her guidance counselor.

2) Level (*) courses are regarded as enrichment courses and, therefore, do not fulfill academic requirements.These courses are elected above and beyond the academic subjects.

3) Any student who wishes to move up or down a level in a given subject must obtain his/her present teacher’s approval via a signature on the Course Request Form.

4) All students must complete a Geometry and Algebra 2 program by the end of the junior year.

5) If a student was medically exempted from Physical Education in either his/her freshman or sophomore year, he/she is obliged to fulfill the two year requirement, unless the exemption is still valid.

6) Students are asked to select courses based on the relative merit of the course and not by a student’s knowledge of the teacher who might be teaching that course.Teachers’ assignments will not be finalized until August.

7) The school strongly recommends the following:

A. the student balances his/her program of studies in terms of level of difficulty

B. the student elects honors courses only in those areas that he/she shows talent and interest, i.e. not electing too many honors courses.

8) DEADLINE FOR COURSE REQUEST CHANGE IS May 18, 2018. Please take time to talk to your teachers and/or counselors so that you may arrive at a program of studies which fits your needs.The school administration will make every effort to schedule your course requests. Unless there are special circumstances, students may not change schedules after classes begin.

9) The administration reserves the right to withdraw courses with insufficient registration and to make necessary changes in the schedule of courses.

10) Working too many hours may affect a student's academic performance and may compromise his/her educational development. While the school is aware that some students may need to work in order to attend Holy Cross, it is recommended that students and parents carefully review the financial needs versus the educational expectations before the student makes part-time job commitments during the school year.Such employment should not interfere with the educational goals set by the school and assumed by the parents.

Combining job commitment with an active social life may hinder the student's time spent in his/her primary responsibility area - the school's program.The school's curricular and extracurricular program is designed to develop a well-rounded person. Generally, the academic program requires home study on a nightly basis.

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.)

English..........................4 years
Mathematics................3 years
World Language..........3 years
Social Studies..............3 years, one of which must be U.S. History
Science.........................3 years, one of which must be a laboratory science

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%.

A major in...

  • Engineering requires: Physics or Pre-Calculus.
  • Medical Field requires: Physics or Pre-Calculus
  • Recommended: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology ,
  • Neuroscience, AP Biology
  • Education— recommended: four years World Language, Statistics, Psychology
  • Business/Accounting/Finance—recommended: Accounting 1 & 2, Overview of Business, Statistics

Explanation of Weighing System Used in Determining Class Rank

The Adjusted Grade Point Average is used to determine class rank.It is used for this purpose only.A system of quality points described below is followed.The Adjusted Grade Point Average is obtained by adding together the quality points earned according to the course level and then dividing the sum by the number of the ranked courses taken.

Holy Cross records and reports ranks of the students in the top 1/3 of their class only.

Difficulty levels have been established for each subject, according to such factors as course content, nature of text, type of homework assignment and the pace of the course.The AP level courses are considered the most difficult and those which require the most amount of work followed by Levels 1, 2 and 3.

Quality Points assigned to a student’s final grade average in a subject are determined by the level of difficulty of the subject.The following scale determines the number of points added to or subtracted from the student’s final average to arrive at the number of Quality Points earned:

+12 Level AP Advanced Placement
+9 Level 1 Honors
0 Level 2 CP-A
-9 Level 3 CP

Example 1: A student’s final average in English 12 AP (Level AP) is 80.The number of Quality Points earned is80 + 12 = 92.

Example 2: A student’s final average in Geometry CP-A (Level 2) is 78. The number of Quality Points earned is78 + 0 = 78.

Example 3: A student’s final average in Chemistry CP(Level 3) is 90.The number of Quality Points earned is90 – 9 = 81.

Adjusted Grade Point Average equals the Total Quality Points divided by the number of ranked courses

519 divided by 6 = 86.50

Note: Level (*) Courses are not considered for determination of class rank.

Honor Roll

Honor Roll Status is determined by Simple Grade Point Average, which is obtained by adding the grades in each subject and dividing the sum by the number of subjects.

First Honors:90-100

Second Honors:85-89

A student must have a minimum of five (5) academic courses (Level AP, 1, 2 or 3) to be included in Honors calculations.A grade lower than 70% automatically precludes Honors status.

An Incomplete grade (marked “I”) automatically cancels Honors calculations.

A grade of “D” or “F” also precludes any Honors status.

Note:Level (*) Courses are not considered for Honor Roll.

Course Selection Scheme

Freshman Year
English 9
World History I
World Language
Religious Studies
Physical Education

Sophomore Year
English 10
World History II
World Language
Religious Studies
Physical Education

Junior Year
English 11
American History
Algebra 2
World Language
Physics/Physical Science
Religious Studies

Senior Year
English 12
Religious Studies
Academic Elective
Academic Elective
Academic Elective

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