Curriculum

Salesianum's curriculum is focused on preparing young men for college, for productive careers, for life-long education, and for life. The school's nine academic departments provide the structure for a program which offers solid grounding and advanced skill development in Religious Studies, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Foreign Languages. Business Education, Fine Arts, and Physical/Health Education round out the comprehensive and well balanced curriculum. Our program offers a full range of college prep courses from introductory through Advanced Placement.

 

The rigorous program requires 27.25 credits for graduation, but allows a generous opportunity for a wide selection of stimulating and relevant elective courses.

 

To challenge each student and to better meet individual needs, the curriculum is structured and taught in five levels of difficulty, or "phases." All courses are designed to prepare the student for college. Each student's class roster is designed and phased based on his individual abilities.


Advanced Placement courses give students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits. Offered in English, American History, European History, World History, Psychology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Government, Geography and Foreign Languages, one or more of these courses is taken by over 40% of seniors and numerous underclassmen. When tested on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination, some 80% of those enrolled are awarded the college credits which they sought.

 

Salesianum students participate in exchange courses with Ursuline and Padua Academies. Independent study programs, academic assistantships, and career exploration experiences with business and industry provide many unique opportunities for individual growth and development.


Salesianum's grading system supports our emphasis on academic excellence. Scholastic achievement is celebrated by a program that recognizes achievement on the Principal's List (4.00 or greater GPA), First Honors (3.50-3.99 GPA) and Second Honors (3.00-3.49 GPA).

 

Academics