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The goal of all advising at Cathedral High School is to help students achieve their academic and professional aspirations.  College selection is at the heart of this process. Through an individualized approach, academic schedules are planned which take into consideration all aspects of the student:  his/her ability, personal and spiritual preparedness, motivation, and vision for the future. Advisors make every effort to connect with all students, getting to know them beyond the surface level, so that their guidance is given with thoughtful consideration to the many factors which enter into student success.  In addition, teachers work carefully with the advisors to encourage students to challenge themselves along the academic journey.  In short, Cathedral High School is dedicated to a student centered educational process.  For purposes of overall planning, academic advising takes into consideration two sets of state guidelines for college preparation, which offer students a positive curricular balance for college entrance as well as an increased opportunity for need-based funding at the post-secondary level. These two regimens, Core 40 or Core 40 with Academic Honors, are described on the following pages.  It should be emphasized that, under no circumstances, will any set of requirements supersede the individual needs of a student, but they should be familiar to Cathedral families and used as possible guidelines for course selection.


The following is a list of Cathedral High School course requirements for graduation. Additional requirements are needed to meet Core 40 and/or the Academic Honors Diploma.

Biology                                                2 credits

Composition                                        1 credit

Economics                                           1 credit

Electives                                              3 credits

English                                                 8 credits

Fine Arts                                              2 credits

Government                                        1 credit

Health and Safety                               1 credit

Mathematics                                        8 credits

Physical Education                              2 credits

Science Electives                                4 credits

Speech/Debate                                   1 credit

Theology                                             8 credits

U. S. History                                        2 credits

World Language                                  4 credits * 

World History                                       2 credits

TOTAL                                               50 credits

*Credits must be earned in the same language.

A math course must be taken during each semester of a student’s tenure at Cathedral.

Important Notes:

1.          All Cathedral students must meet the World Language requirement.

2.          The Language Support Program also requires at least two years (4 semesters) of Composition/Writing.

3.          Students enrolled in English 9X or 10X take World History X or AP World History.

4.         Freshmen placed in Honors English take Honors or AP World History.  Freshmen placed in Honors English may take Honors Biology.  Freshmen placed in Academic English take Academic Biology. Freshmen placed in College Prep English are recommended to take Physical Science.

5.         All level changes or unusual schedule combinations must involve the teacher and Counselor and have the final approval of the Vice-Principal for Academics.


The Indiana State Department of Education and the Commission for Higher Education strongly recommend that all students complete the Core 40 requirements in order to be considered for regular admission to Indiana’s four-year public colleges, two-year public colleges or entry into the workforce. In addition, if a student completes Core 40 with a 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and meets financial need guidelines, that student can receive up to 90 percent of approved tuition and fees at Indiana public colleges and universities.  There is also increased interest from private colleges as well as organizations in awarding aid to very successful Core 40 students. The Core 40 and Academic Honors Diploma are subject to change. Cathedral will communicate any changes made by the state as soon as we are informed of such changes.

Core 40 requirements are as follows:

Language Arts                          8 credits in Literature, Composition and Speech

Mathematics                            6 credits distributed as 2 Algebra I, 2 Geometry, and 2 Algebra II Science    6 credits in laboratory science, 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry or Physics or

Integrated Chemistry - Physics and 2 credits from any Core 40 science course

Social Studies                          6 credits distributed as 2 U. S. History, 1 U. S. Government, 1


2 World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World

Physical Education                  2 credits (two semesters) Health/Safety                           1 credit (one semester)

5 credits from                          World Languages, Fine Arts or Career/Technical

6 credits from Electives


At Cathedral High School no diploma is valued more than another. As a college preparatory institution, student career goals and aspirations are considered in all planning. For some, meeting the Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma requirements may be important, especially for financial aid reasons. For other students, who may have identified specific interests and post-secondary schools to match those interests, the Core 40 with Academic Honors requirements may have less significance. Throughout the career and college exploration period, which encompasses all four years of high school, students may work with the guidance counselors and the college advisors to research the needs of different higher education institutions.

There are several benefits to meeting the requirements for the Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma.  First, successful completion of the requirements listed below, as well as other admission requirements, may help with admission to some of Indiana’s state universities.  Second, if the student meets state need based financial aid guidelines, he/she may receive tuition assistance to public colleges and universities. Finally, some private Indiana colleges also give automatic scholarships if the student meets the Core 40 with Academic Honors standards.

A student meeting the Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma requirements listed below will have a designation included on his/her transcript.

English/Language Arts, Literature, Composition, Speech         8 credits

Social Studies                                                                          6 credits

2 credits of U.S. History, 1 credit of U.S. Government, 1 credit of Economics, and 2 credits of World History/Civilization.

Mathematics                                                                            8 credits

Algebra first and second year, Geometry and one upper level course.

Science                                                                                    6 credits

2 credits of Biology, 2 credits of Chemistry or Physics and 2 more credits of Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space Science, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry or Advanced Physics or a program of equal rigor.

World Language                                                                       6-8 credits

6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two different languages.

Fine Arts                                                                                  2 credits

Any courses in Visual Arts, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance. Health and Safety                                                                                      1 credit Physical Education                                                                                2 credits

A student must earn at least a “C-” in every class above and have an overall “B” average.

Additionally for the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must complete one of the following:

* Four Advanced Placement credits and corresponding AP exams or four IB credits and corresponding IB exams.

* Academic, transferable dual high school/college course(s) resulting in 6 college credits

* Complete a combination of Advanced Placement courses (2 credits) and corresponding AP exam and academic transferable dual high school/college course(s) resulting in 3 college credits

* Score 1200 or higher combined SAT math and verbal

* Score a 26 composite ACT

Additional requirements effective beginning with students who enter high school in the 2012-2013 school year:

*Score 1750 or higher on the SAT critical reading, mathematics and writing sections and a minimum score of 530 on each

*Score 26 or higher ACT composite score and complete written section


The following is a list of the Advanced Placement Courses offered:

Biology, AP

Macroeconomics, AP

Calculus AB, AP

Microeconomics, AP

Calculus BC, AP

Music Theory, AP

Chemistry, AP

Psychology, AP

Computer Science A, AP

Spanish V, AP

English Language and Composition, AP

Spanish VI, AP

Enviormental Science, AP

Statistics, AP

European History, AP

Studio Art AP: Drawing

French V, AP

Studio Art AP: 2D Design

German V, AP

Studio Art AP: 3D Design

Human Geography, AP

U.S. Government & Politics, AP

Latin V, AP

U.S. Government & Politics, AP/We the People

Literature and Composition, AP

U.S. History, AP


World History, AP

Cathedral High School does not offer the Technical Honors Diploma.


As part of Indiana’s accountability system under Public Law 221, End of Course Assessments are designed to ensure the quality, consistency and rigor of courses across the state. Aligned with Indiana’s Academic Standards, the End of Course Assessments (ECA) are exams measuring what students know and are able to do upon completion of the targeted course.  For accountability, the state requires students to participate in ECAs for the following classes: Algebra I, English 10 and Biology 1.

For the graduating class of 2012 and beyond, the ECA takes the place of the ISTEP+/GQE. All students in the Class of 2012 and beyond must pass the following ECAs: Algebra I and English 10. At this time Biology

1 is on a take basis only.

If a student is unable to pass the Algebra I and/or English 10 assessment, he or she can fulfill the requirements for an Evidence-Based waiver:

·     Take the ISTEP+ assessment (GQE or ECAs) at least one time each year.

·     Complete any extra help sessions offered each year by your school to prepare for the ISTEP+ assessment retests.

·     Maintain a school attendance rate of 95 percent or better over the course of your high school experience (excused absences are not counted against your attendance rate).

·     Have a “C” average, over the course of your high school career, in the courses required for graduation (A total of 34 credits).

·     Satisfy local graduation requirements.

·     Get a written recommendation from the teacher(s) in the subject area(s) not passed, as well as one from the school principal, and show proof that the academic standards have been met, whether through other tests or classroom work.

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