The Catholic High diploma is issued in compliance with the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Diocese of Lafayette. It meets all requirements of the TOPS University diploma for graduates of 2018 and beyond. To graduate with a Catholic High diploma, a student must successfully take a minimum of 28 Carnegie units of high school credit, which includes the CHS course requirements. A senior must have completed and passed all courses and have received the required credits before he/she may participate in the ceremony on graduation day in order to graduate from Catholic High.
To earn the distinction of Honors Graduate, students must graduate with a GPA of 3.5 and a minimum of 16 honors courses.
The 16 honors courses must include 4 in each core subject: English, math, science, and social studies. AP Calculus AB, French II DE, French III DE, Spanish III, AP Art Studio, and other honors courses are all additional honors courses that may be taken beyond the required 16. If a student begins high school in the accelerated math track, he/she must take Calculus during the senior year.
Standardized Testing Program
- Aspire—grades 4 through 8
- Pre-ACT – 9th and 10th grades
- PSAT/NMSQT—11th grade (Voluntary)
- ACT—10th, 11th, and 12th grades (Voluntary, but required for admission to LA universities)
- ACT—in-school testing required of juniors
- ASVAB—11th grade
- SAT—11th and 12th grades (Voluntary-but required by most out-of-state universities)
The scholastic year is divided into four grading periods (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter) for all grade levels. Grades are earned through a variety of formative and summative assessments. These may include, but are not limited to, tests, quizzes, individual and collaborative projects, hands-on labs, and performance assessments.
In grades 4 and 5, the 4 quarter averages are averaged to determine the final grade for the year. In grades 6-12, semester exams and averages are given. The semester averages are each worth 50% of the final grade. For grades 6-8, each quarter is worth 45% and the exam is worth 10% of the semester grade. In grades 9-12, each quarter is worth 37.5% and the exam is worth 25% of the semester grade.