Honors Programs: These are advanced and intense courses for selected students in the lab sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, French (levels I-IV), Spanish (levels I-IV), English (grades 7-10), Geography, World History, U.S. History I, and Band.
Advanced Placement Programs: These are selected programs in English (grades 11 & 12), Biology, U.S. History, European History, Government & Politics, Psychology, Environmental Science, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Spanish, and Music Theory that follow the criteria set forth by the College Entrance Examination Board and are geared toward the CEEB’s May exams for advanced college placement.
Course Offerings: All courses require a sufficient number of enrollees in order to run. Electives without sufficient numbers may be cancelled due to lack of interest. Students should indicate a second choice elective on the course selection sheet. Also, students are reminded that the school’s schedule is built on the original course requests made by students in the spring; course changes at later dates are not always possible.
Course Load: Each student is required to carry six subjects each semester plus physical education. Additional courses may be taken if available and if the student can handle the additional course work. Honors and advanced placement courses at the junior and senior level are strenuous and require a greater amount of work and commitment. Juniors and seniors should be realistic in their choices of honors and advanced placement courses both in content and number.
Foreign Language Requirements: The foreign language requirement at MSC is fulfilled by earning two full credits in ONE modern foreign language during the high school period. Students who enroll in a first level language class during grade 8 must then take the second and third level classes during high school to fulfill the requirement.
Physical Education: All students are required by Rhode Island law to participate in a physical education program at school. MSC requires that each student earn 1/4 credit per year in physical education. All students must participate and successfully complete the physical education program unless a valid excuse from a physician is filed in writing with the Director of Guidance and the school nurse each year.
Religious Studies: As a private, Catholic, junior-senior high school, Mount Saint Charles Academy believes that religion is a serious and important element in anyone’s educational experience. Consequently, each year, all students are enrolled in a program of religious studies and must successfully complete that program.
Electives and College Admissions Requirements: Students aware of particular interests and reasonably certain of the type of program to be pursued in college should make wise use of electives while at MSC. The most selective colleges require students to enroll in the most demanding classes offered by that high school. The Guidance Center has information on college entrance requirements in catalogs and through computer programs and students are urged to make use of the Guidance Center facilities and personnel while making such decisions.
Summer Reading: Summer reading is an integral part of the Mount Saint Charles curriculum and is required of students at each grade level. Specific requirement for each grade level are distributed to students in late spring for the following year. Honors and advanced placement courses may require summer reading above and beyond the requirements of the regular course load.