Catherine McAuley Honors Program - Mercy High School

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Catherine McAuley Honors Program

Catherine McAuley Honors Program

The acceptance of an invitation into the Catherine McAuley Honors Program demonstrates a student’s desire for rigorous academic challenge and the confidence to achieve as a thinker and a scholar. McAuley Scholars achieve mastery beyond essentials in a learning environment that will excite them.

In freshman year McAuley Scholars take the honors sections of the regular curriculum with their math courses determined by placement testing. At the end of freshman year they are given the opportunity to choose honors study in at least two disciplines to be continued over the next three years.

There is no application for the McAuley Honors Program. Invitations to qualified candidates to join the program will be in their acceptance packages, sent in February.

SELECTED CRITERIA

  • MHS Application on file for admission to the 9th grade
  • Above average grades in middle school academic course
  • Above average standardized test scores
  • Above average scores on the High School Placement Test (HSPT)

REQUIREMENTS

  • 9th Grade: take required honors sections of World Cultures, Biology, and English (mathematics and world language based on placement testing and/or prior coursework); participate in one co-curricular or extracurricular activity, in addition to becoming an Ambassador
  • 10th Grade: continue honors coursework in at least two academic disciplines; participate in one co-curricular or extracurricular activity, in addition to becoming an Ambassador
  • 11th Grade: enroll in seven courses and continue honors coursework in at least two disciplines; leadership role in one co-curricular or extracurricular activity, and continue as an Ambassador
  • 12th Grade: complete and present a Capstone project; leadership role in one co-curricular or extracurricular activity, and continue as an Ambassador