Catholic Memorial seeks to provide academic success for all students. A series of supports are available to assist student learning. These include the availability of teachers before and after school, the Learning Resource Center, the Teaching Center, the availability of academic progress on Edline, conferences with teachers, and significant support from the counseling department.
Assignments serve two purposes: 1) they positively reinforce work accomplished in the class, and 2) they provide opportunity for individual enrichment. Depending upon the nature of the course, the teaching style of the teacher, and the learning style of the student, long-term assignments, short-term assignments, or both may be made. Options which take into account individual differences of students may be offered.
Because of the number of classes on a student’s schedule and the amount of work assigned in each class, students should expect to have homework on a daily basis. While the amount of homework may vary, spans of time with no homework should be viewed as a signal that a student is not fulfilling academic responsibilities.
Assignments and handouts for courses are available on Edline.
There are two determining factors that affect extra-curricular eligibility: 1) Catholic Memorial High School requires that a student involved in extra-curricular activities achieve a minimum of a 1.5 G.P.A. in the previous quarter. If the previous quarter grade falls below the 1.5 G.P.A., the student will be ineligible to practice or participate during the following quarter. 2) The W.I.A.A. academic requirement states that a student must meet school and Department of Public Instruction requirements defining a full-time student and have received no more than one failing grade or incomplete in the most recent grading period.
Once the master schedule has been created, schedule changes will be permitted only during the specific schedule change period. Students will be permitted to drop a course through the first six academic weeks of a semester. However, they will not be allowed to add another course after the second week of school. Any class changes outside of that period must be initiated by the teacher and/or the student’s counselor. After the first six academic weeks of the semester, a student will receive an “F” for any course dropped.
Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are required to enroll in a minimum of six credits. We recommend that students take a maximum of seven ½ credits, which would entail the assignment of a study hall. Seniors are required to enroll in a minimum of five credits.
Edline is an online service that CMH uses for school and class organization. The service provides hosting and database support for the school. Edline is aimed at improving communications between parents, students, and teachers. Notable features of Edline include the ability for students and parents to check itemized grade reports, report cards, check classroom attendance, homework assignments, and class calendars, and the ability to access documents and presentations that may be used in class. Athletic and co-curricular programs also use Edline as a communication vehicle.
The numerical grade, letter grade, and cumulative grade point value for most courses is as follows:
Some courses make great demands on the intellectual ability of students, offer the possibility of gaining college credit, and/or are strongly recommended for college preparation. Because rank in class is determined by grade point average and in order not to jeopardize the rank in class of students who accept intellectual challenge, these courses are weighted. Grade point values for these courses are:
Grades of D and F are not weighted and receive the same values as a non-weighed D or F.