Mount Saint Dominic Academy



The Aquinas Honors program

Mount Saint Dominic offers Honors level and college prep level courses. Admittance to our Aquinas Honors program is by invitation. We offer freshmen Honors courses in English, Algebra, World History, Biology, and World Language. Incoming Freshmen are invited into the Aquinas Honors Program based on previous academic records, standardized testing, and approval by the Admission Committee. A student may be invited into and may accept one or more courses and will be notified of their acceptance for an Honors course(s) along with their MSDA acceptance letter in late January.

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: 24 offered across academic disciplines:

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

Algebra I – Grade 9
Geometry and Trigonometry – Grade 10
Algebra II  – Grades 9, 10, 11
Precalculus – Grades 10, 11, 12

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

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

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

Advanced Placement Courses

100% of AP courses at the Mount are recognized and approved by the College Board. Requirements for AP acceptance include the listed Honors requirements above PLUS the following considerations: an interview with the Academic Dean and current teacher of the student from the discipline; the ability to write comparative and analytical essays; demonstrated ability to work independently; and the commitment to the extra time and work required.

Courses: 16 offered across academic disciplines

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

AP Calculus AB – Grades 10, 11, 12
AP Calculus BC – Grade 11, 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

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
AP Art History – Grades 11, 12

World Languages
AP Spanish Language and Culture – Grade 12
AP French Language and Culture – Grade 12

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