Academics

Within a rigorous college preparatory course of study, Marianapolis Prep nurtures students to become responsible and independent learners. The classroom environment is both intimate and intensive; faculty members challenge each student to achieve his or her best on assessments, through projects, and in classroom discourse. Each student is supported by his or her advisor, who monitors progress and acts as a resource throughout the school year. Advisors serve as the central point of contact for parents and ensures that students are achieving at the highest level possible.

Our academic curriculum reflects the richness and diversity of a broad spectrum of interests. The academic philosophy at Marianapolis fosters development of critical and disciplined thinking, precise communication and scientific analysis, creative problem solving, and understanding of the social, scientific, and political background of Western and non-Western civilizations. At all grade levels, the curriculum encourages students to think creatively and to articulate ideas effectively.

For the complete 2017-2018 Course Catalog, click here.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Course Load: 6 courses each semester

Minimum Graduation Credits: 24 credits

Department Requirements

English and/or ESL: Four Courses

History: Three Courses (must include U.S. History)

Mathematics & Informatics: Three Courses in Mathematics (must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or its equivalents)
1 semester in Informatics

Science: Three Courses (must include Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or its equivalents and each must have a lab component)

Modern Language: Completion of Level III (English as First Language students only)

Theology: Three Credits

Visual Art: One Credit

Performance Art: 1 credit

A.P. Courses

Advanced Placement (AP®) courses are college-level courses offered in almost all academic departments, in grades 10, 11, and 12. Classes are taught as the equivalent of courses taken by college freshmen, and students are expected to produce college-level work in the course; that is, work showing greater depth, more sophisticated reasoning and higher creativity than the work in regular courses. These courses will include outside reading and other assignments, additional class time and significant amounts of homework each night. Because of the rigors of these classes, students are encouraged not to take more than three AP® courses in a given year. If four AP® courses are taken, an additional study period is required during the school day. Midterm and Final Examinations are weighted as one-third of the semester average for all AP® level courses.

Students are carefully selected for AP® courses according to the following criteria:

  • Recommendations of the student’s prior teachers in the subject matter
  • Excellent grades in prerequisite courses
  • High achievement as shown on standardized test scores
  • Evaluation of the student’s total academic program, particularly the student’s performance (including grades on any prior AP. courses and any approval that the student has received to take other concurrent AP. courses)
  • Other specific departmental requirements (see appropriate section)
  • A mandatory commitment to the AP. examination in mid-May.

The school expects students to give serious commitment to AP. courses and to take the AP. examination in mid-May.* A sufficiently high score on an AP. examination may allow the student to earn credit in the college he or she eventually attends. A student may, at the teacher’s discretion, lose AP. status at any point during the year. Colleges will be notified of any change in a student’s AP. status.

 

*Students will be responsible for the fee associated with these tests.


Honors Courses

Honors courses are offered by most departments at all grade levels. These courses are significantly more rigorous than regular courses. Students need specific departmental recommendation to take Honors courses.

Independent Study

Independent Studies, in which students do considerable work on their own with periodic supervision by an assigned teacher, are sometimes available. With solid academic standing, administration and departmental chair approval, students may elect to fulfill a requirement or an elective through special independent work. Prior to the commencement of the course of study, the student must present a proposed project outline, including a statement of what the student hopes to achieve by the completion of the course. The student is free to organize his or her project and to decide its basic direction, seeking advice and direction from the assigned faculty member when the student feels it is necessary. The student must produce tangible evidence of scholarship (a research paper, a scientific experiment, a work of art) at the conclusion of the course of study.

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