Characteristics of Catholic High’s Academic Program

  • College-preparatory curriculum only
  • Honors courses
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Foreign Language
  • AP (advanced placement) courses:
    • English III
    • English IV
    • Calculus
    • American History
    • World History
    • European History
    • Art
    • Statistics
    • Music Theory
    • U.S. Government and Politics
    • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Average class size: 22.8

Academic Achievements of 2017 Graduates

  • Average ACT: 26.1
  • Number of colleges/universities at which graduates accepted: 129
  • National Merit Semifinalists: 9
  • National Merit Finalists: 9
  • National Merit Commended: 4
  • National Hispanic Scholars:  1
  • Total scholarship monies offered: $25,021,966 (does not include TOPS)
  • Credit hours earned at LSU Spring Testing: 661

Grading

REPORT CARDS ARE ISSUED four times a year. Each division of the school year is referred to as a quarter. The first two quarters make up the first semester; the third and fourth quarters make up the second semester. Quarter grades are determined strictly on the basis of daily work, and each quarter is worth 40% of the semester grade. Students also take a semester exam at the end of the 2nd and 4th quarters which account for the remaining 20% of the semester grade. The grading scale is as follows: A – 93-100, B – 85-92, C – 75-84, D – 67-74, F – 0-66. The letter system used is as follows: A. 4 Quality Points B. 3 Quality Points C. 2 Quality Points D. 1 Quality Point F. 0 Quality Points.

The cumulative grade-point average is determined by semester grades. In determining the cumulative grade-point average, all semester grades are included. The cumulative grade-point average is unweighted.

Honors Program

HONORS COURSES ARE AVAILABLE for qualified students in English, mathematics, social studies, science and foreign languages. Each department establishes requirements for admission to honors courses. Students who meet the requirements are authorized to register for honors courses during the course-selection process in early spring. A student who does not meet departmental requirements for an honors course at the end of the first semester but who subsequently qualifies may file an admission petition with the appropriate teacher during the first week in May.

A graduate who successfully completes the Honors Program earns an Honors Diploma. To successfully complete the Honors Program, a student must meet all Catholic High School graduation requirements and the following criteria:

  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher
  • No semester grade lower than C in any course
  • Students must earn a minimum of 13 honors credits, including 2 senior core honors credits

Blue Ribbon

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL received the National Blue Ribbon recognition in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2014 and is one of only three schools in the country to receive this recognition five times. Catholic High School is one of 50 private schools in the country to receive this recognition for 2014.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

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College Planning

THE COLLEGE COUNSELORS ASSIST STUDENTS with advice about choosing a college to meet their interests, as well as completing college and scholarship applications. Also, counselors work with students to assess their aptitudes and interests and to explore career paths. A number of college-resource documents are available to students in the Guidance Office.

The college counselors for Catholic High School are Mrs. Jennifer Thibodeaux and Mrs. Sherry Brouillette. For the 2017 – 2018 school year, Mrs. Thibodeaux is working with seniors whose last names begin with A – K, while Mrs. Brouillette is working with students whose last names begin with L – Z. They can be contacted at the school at (225) 383-0397 or by email at jthibodeaux@catholichigh.org or sbrouillette@catholichigh.org.

In addition, the college counselors provide many services to parents and students including a college-information night and an application day.  The Guidance Office sponsors school visits by individual college representatives throughout the school year. They also work closely with the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) to assist in sponsoring a national college fair for CHS students and their parents.

Curriculum for the 2017-2018 School Year

Curriculum Planning Sheet

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Religion I Religion II Religion III Religion IV
English I English II English III English IV
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
Biology Environmental Science/
Chemistry H
Chemistry/ AP Biology/AP Environmental Science/ Chemistry II H Physics
Civics (Pt. 1)/AP Government & Politics (Pt. 1) Civics (Pt. 2)/AP Comparative Government & Politics (Pt. 2) American History Western Civilization/World History
Health P.E. II/Varsity Athletics P.E. III/Varsity Athletics P.E. IV/Varsity Athletics
Fine Arts Elective Foreign Language Semester Elective Semester Elective
Foreign Language or Reading Elective (1 credit) Elective (1 credit) Elective (1 credit)
ELECTIVE CHOICES: ELECTIVE CHOICES: ELECTIVE CHOICES: ELECTIVE CHOICES:
Art, Band, Chorus, Fine Arts Survey, Foreign Language (French, Latin, Spanish), Introduction to Engineering Design, Media Arts, Reading Independent Study A+ Certification, Accounting, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Art, Band, Chorus, Computer Architecture, Computer Science, Fine Arts Survey, Foreign Language (French, Latin, Spanish), Multimedia Productions (Media Arts II in 2018-19) Music Appreciation, Personal & Family Finance, Principles of Engineering, Publications (Newspaper), Publications (Yearbook), Speech, Web Mastering Independent Study A+ Certification, Accounting, Advanced Dance, Advanced Technical Drafting, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, Architectural Drafting,Art, Ballet I, Ballet II, Band, Chorus, Civil Engineering & Architecture (2018-19), Computer Architecture, Computer Science, Fine Arts Survey, Foreign Language (French, Latin, Spanish), History Through Film, Law Studies, Multimedia Productions (Media Arts II in 2018-19), Music Appreciation, Music & Technology (Media Arts III in 2018-19), Personal & Family Finance, AP Statistics, Principles of Engineering, Psychology, Publications (Newspaper), Publications (Yearbook), Speech, Sports Medicine I & II, Technical Theatre, Theatre I – II, Web Mastering Independent Study A+ Certification, Accounting, Advanced Dance, Advanced Technical Drafting, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Psychology, Architectural Drafting,Art, Ballet I, Ballet II, Band, Chorus, Civil Engineering & Architecture (2018-19), Computer Architecture, Computer Science, Fine Arts Survey, Foreign Language (French, Latin, Spanish), History Through Film, Law Studies, Multimedia Productions (Media Arts II in 2018-19), Music Appreciation, Music & Technology (Media Arts III in 2018-19), Personal & Family Finance, AP Statistics, Principles of Engineering, Psychology, Publications (Newspaper), Publications (Yearbook), Speech, Sports Medicine I & II, Technical Theatre, Theatre I – II, Web Mastering

Eighth Grade Graduation Requirements

Eighth grade students must have seven units. Eighth-graders with exceptional aptitude in English, math or science are eligible to take classes for high school credit in those subjects. An eighth grade student who fails any subject during the regular school session must successfully complete remedial work in that subject area in a summer session approved by the Catholic High School administration before he may advance to the freshman year at Catholic High School.

Religion 8 Louisiana History 8
Science 8 Prealgebra/ Algebra I/ Algebra I H
English 8 Elective: Beginning Band, Beginning Choir or
Foreign Language (French, Latin or Spanish), Art
Health and P.E. 8

High School Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Catholic High School, students must earn a minimum of 26 credits. The curriculum planning sheet is designed to help students plan a curriculum for the entire high school program. The student must take seven credits in both freshman and sophomore years, at least six credits in the junior and senior years. Catholic High’s college-preparatory curriculum is designed to provide students an opportunity to meet the entrance requirements of most colleges and universities. Parents and students are encouraged to investigate requirements of schools they are considering.

Course Credits
Religion 4
English 4
Fine Arts 1
Foreign Language (In Sequence) 2
Health and P.E. 2
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Social Studies 3
General Electives 2
Total Credits 26

ACHIEVEMENTS

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
% of Students Who Took the Test 100% 100% 100% 100% 99.6%
# of Students 277 233 251 222 233
Average Score 26.1 25.4 26.2 25.8 25.8
Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
% of Students Who Took the Test 7 % 13% 7% 11% 14%
# of Students 277 233 251 222 233
Verbal Score (Avg) 715 644 691 681 636
Math Score (Avg) 730 653 710 670 639
Total Score (Avg) 1445 1297 1401 1351 1275
Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015  Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Finalists 9 6 8 8 5
Semi-Finalists 9 6 8 8 6
Commended 4 13 3 7 14
Advanced Awards 1 National
Hispanic Scholar
1 National
Hispanic Scholar
2 National
Hispanic Scholars
1 National
Hispanic Scholar