The master schedule is built on choices made by the students in consultation with their advisor and counselor, and approved by parents. Course discussions take place in January and February. Online registration takes place in late February and early March.
Course Selection Guidelines
- All students are required to take 7 courses per semester. Seniors with 3 or more AP/College courses may take 6.
- Modern & Classical Languages - Students are required to take the same world/classical language for two consecutive years during their freshman and sophomore years. The third year requirement may be in the same language or students may take a different language.
- Practicum Courses are excluded from the cumulative grade percent and are for elective credit only. They may not be used to fulfill graduation requirements and only one practicum course is allowed each year.
- Physical Education courses are excluded from the cumulative grade percent. Students may earn credit for participating in an STA-sponsored sport or by applying for an independent study.
- Prerequisites - See individual course descriptions. Current courses are evaluated on first semester grades and will be re-evaluated at the end of the second semester. If a student does not meet the prerequisite at registration time but meets it at the end of the semester, she may complete a Course Prerequisite Review Request by June 15th to request a course change. Requests are not guaranteed and are based on space availability. Prerequisite percentages listed for previous coursework are actual percentages shown in PowerSchool (the additional 5-point weight for an honors/AP/college course should not be included). Current courses are evaluated on first semester grades and will be re-evaluated at the end of the second semester.
- Course Limitations & Rigor - Current sophomores with below a 92.0 cumulative grade percent may enroll in one AP course as juniors. In the junior year, there is a maximum of three AP courses, and in the senior year, there is a maximum of four AP courses. This allows for a balance of rigor and is communicated to colleges as students are reviewed in the context of our school. If a student chooses to request an additional AP course (there is no guarantee it will fit into the schedule), they must appeal to the Academic Principal and College Counseling.
- Weighted Courses - Honors/College/AP courses are weighted in the cumulative grade percent. Students must earn 77.0 or higher to receive the additional 5 bonus points for a weighted course. Advanced courses are not weighted.
- AP Exams & Dual Enrollment - To enroll for college credit the student must have an 87.0 cumulative grade percent. Tuition/Fees are the responsibility of the family. AP exam estimate - $95 each. AP exam registration occurs in the early fall of the course year with no late registration or refunds available. College dual enrollment course tuition varies by institution, estimate - $65-98 per credit hour. Matriculation fees may apply. Students must be enrolled in the AP course at STA in order to register for an AP exam.
- Drop/Add Period - Students are allowed to drop/add a course (a fee will apply) during the designated drop/add time in late July/early August. This is the only drop/add time for the year, courses are not changed at semester.
- Summer Courses - All STA summer courses for credit are calculated in the cumulative percent. Summer course registration begins in February and is separate from annual course registration. Additional tuition and fees apply.
Curriculum Inquiry Policy Statement
As an institution, St. Teresa’s Academy values the expertise of the teacher and the enlightenment of students. In regard to curricular materials and classroom discussion and activities, exposing students to a wide variety of academic ideas, cultural perspectives, and moral beliefs remains a top priority. When creating and implementing curriculum, teachers consider course description and rationale, making choices consistent with the STA Handbook’s Philosophy and Core Values, and reflecting the school’s initiatives regarding inclusion and diversity.
Process for Challenging Material:
- Should a student or parent question curricular material, that individual should complete this form, detailing his or her objections, then the teacher or the Director of STEAM Projects and Education will schedule a meeting, inviting the parents and any other applicable parties to attend. During that discussion, the teacher and Director of STEAM Projects and Education will address specific concerns and articulate the rationale for teaching the material.
- If the individual is still not satisfied following the initial meeting, additional dialogue will follow with the Academic Principal. At this point, the latter will have the discretion to offer an academic alternative for that student.