Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Honors/AP

The Aquinas Honors program

Mount Saint Dominic offers courses on an Honors level and also on a college prep level. Admittance to our Aquinas Honors program is by invitation. We offer freshmen Honors courses in History, Language, Algebra or Geometry, English and Biology. Admittance is based on standardized testing, COOP results and past academic performance, including possible review by the Academic Deans. A student may be invited into and may accept one or more courses.

During course selection in February, students may request placement in Honors or AP courses. The Academic Deans review the students’ record and issue contracts to those who meet the requirements.

Placement in the right course and level is a priority for us. A student may place out of certain courses by taking a placement test. Placement tests are offered to place out of Algebra and/or Geometry and level one or two in Language. Please ask questions and inform us of your concerns and needs. We promise to address them!

Courses: 25 offered across academic disciplines:

English
English I – Grade 9
English II – Grade 10
English III – Grade 11
English IV – Grade 12

Mathematics
Algebra I Honors – Grade 9
Geometry Honors – Grades 9, 10
Algebra II Honors – Grades 9, 10, 11
Precalculus Honors – Grades 10, 11, 12

Social Studies
World History and Cultures Honors – Grade 9
U.S. History I Honors – Grade 10
U.S. History Il Honors – Grade 11
Modern European History Honors – Grade 12

Science
Biology Honors – Grade 9
Chemistry Honors – Grades 10, 11, 12
Physics Honors – Grades 11, 12
Anatomy and Physiology Honors – Grades 11, 12

World Languages
French I, Spanish I Honors – Grade 9
French II, Spanish II Honors – Grade 9, 10
French III, Spanish III Honors – Grade 9, 10, 11
French IV, Spanish IV Honors – Grade 11, 12
French V – Grade 11, 12

Eligibility for Honors Program

Freshmen:

  • Are accepted based on previous academic records and/or the Cooperative Admissions Exam
  • Incoming Freshmen are notified of their acceptance for an Honors course(s) along with their MSDA acceptance letter in late January.

Current incoming Mount sophomores, juniors, seniors who are CURRENTLY in an HONORS Course:

  • May be accepted into the Honors section of the next year’s course provided she has achieved an average of 85 or better in the current and related courses in that discipline and has the recommendation of the teacher and the approval of the Academic Dean.
  • A student whose average is below 85 in the current course may or may not be considered.
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Analytical writing skills as evidenced by a graded writing sample
  • Initiative as a learner

Current incoming Mount sophomores, juniors, seniors who are CURRENTLY in a COLLEGE PREP Course:

  • Must have an average of 92 in related courses in that discipline before being considered for acceptance into the Honors section of the next year’s course
  • An average of 92 in the current course does not guarantee an acceptance into Honors.
  • Must pass a school placement test
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Analytical writing skills as evidenced by a graded writing sample
  • Initiative as a learner

Acceptance into Honors program

  • Approval will be issued by the Academic Deans ( not by the individual teachers) to students who meet the requirements.
  • During course selection in February, students may request placement in Honors or AP courses. The Academic Deans review the students’ record and issue contracts to those who meet the requirements.
  • A student who receives an acceptance in any course(s) will respond with Yes or No.
  • Students do not have to take the Honors level course of every subject into which they are accepted.

Academic Weighting—GPA

  • Honors courses will be weighted +3 in determining GPA

Advanced Placement Courses

100% of MSDA’s AP courses are recognized and approved by the College Board.

Courses: 14 offered across academic disciplines

English
AP English Language and Composition – Grade 11
AP English Literature and Composition – Grade 12

Mathematics
AP Calculus AB – Grades 11, 12
AP Calculus BC – Grade 12
AP Statistics – Grades 11, 12

Social Studies
AP United States History – Grade 11
AP U.S. Government and Politics – Grade 12
AP Psychology – Grades 11, 12
AP World History – Grade 12

Science
AP Biology – Grades 11, 12
AP Chemistry – Grades 11, 12
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based – Grades 11, 12

Visual and Performing Arts
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design – Grade 12

World Languages
AP Spanish Language and Culture – Grade 12

Eligibility for Advanced Placement Courses

Include all of the requirements for Honors listed above PLUS the following considerations:

  • An interview with the Academic Dean
  • The ability to write comparative and analytical essays
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • The commitment to the extra time and work required

Acceptance into Advanced Placement Courses

  • Approval will be issued by the Academic Deans ( not by the individual teachers) to students who meet the requirements.
  • Students electing to accept the approval into an AP course will sign a contract agreeing to the following:
    –Will take a 2 hour exam in January (except for Studio Art), simulating a real AP exam. There are no exemptions for seniors.
    — Must take the AP exam in May. For AP Studio Art, the exam means submitting a portfolio.
    — There is no June exam for AP students.

Academic Weighting—GPA

  • AP courses will be weighted +5 in determining GPA

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