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Curriculum 

 

Bishop Verot Catholic High School curriculum consists of the state required courses for graduation, along with Religious Studies and a wide range of electives.  Course work is offered in standard college prep, honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) instruction.  Dual enrollment courses are available through Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Placement for required courses is based on the student's history of achievement, grades, and teacher recommendations.  Electives are selected by the student based on their level of interest and skill, and openings in the class.

Special learning needs are met with services provided by our Learning Resource Program.  This program provides assistance and support to students with diagnosed learning disabilities.

Bishop Verot Catholic High School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Curriculum Guide 2015-2016

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to take at least six classes per day, a total of 24 credits in four years, in order to meet the minimum graduation requirements for the State of Florida.  Students have the opportunity to take one additional class each day, and they can graduate with up to 28 credits.  Typically, Verot students earn more credits than the minimum required for graduation.  Following is a breakdown of the required courses:

ENGLISH         ............................................................................    4 Credits

RELIGIOUS STUDIES*         ..........................................................    4 Credits

MATHEMATICS         .....................................................................   4 Credits

SCIENCE         ..............................................................................  3 Credits

FOREIGN LANGUAGE         .............................................................   2 Credits

SOCIAL STUDIES          ...............................................................     3 Credits

   Ninth grade - World History or World History Honors

   Tenth grade - American History or American History Honors or  AP European History

   Eleventh grade -  AP U.S. History and/or choice of electives

   Twelfth grade - American Government or American Government Honors or
                            AP American Government and Economics

 

HEALTH/LIFE MANAGEMENT SKILLS           ........................................0.5 Credit

PERSONAL FITNESS         ................................................................0.5 Credit

PRACTICAL or PERFORMING ARTS         ...........................................1.0 Credit

ELECTIVES         ...........................................................................2 Credits

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION  = 24
STUDENTS MUST EARN A 2.0 OVERALL GPA TO GRADUATE

*Religious Studies: Transfer students are required to earn 0.5 credit in Religious Studies for each semester they attend Bishop Verot.

Grading, Honor Rolls, and Class Ranking
The numerical grade equivalents  used in determining the grade for each class are as follows:

A     93 - 100 B+     87 - 89 C+     77 - 79 D+     67 - 69 F     0 - 59
A-    90 - 92 B       83 - 86 C       73 - 76 D       60 - 66  
  B-      80 - 82 C-      70 - 72    

 

The final grade for each semester course will be determined by averaging the two quarter grades and the final exam grade.  Each quarter will be worth two-fifths and the final exam grade will be worth one-fifth.

All courses offered at BVHS are counted in computing cumulative grade point averages and honor rolls.  Students may take approved college level courses, off campus, but they will not count towards GPA.  EXCEPTION 1: General policy dictates that courses NOT TAKEN at BVHS will NOT COUNT toward GPA unless prior approval has been received from the Administration.  For students who transfer into BVHS, all courses will count towards their GPA and the BVHS method for determining GPA will be applied.  EXCEPTION 2:  Students can take up to 4 total credits of Weight Training during their 4 years of high school.  Of the 4 credits, 1/2 credit only can be earned during the summer program.

 

For all standard college prep courses, the following standard 4-point scale is used:  

A     4.0 B+     3.33 C+     2.33 D+     1.33 F     0
A-    3.67 B       3.0 C       2.0 D       1.0  
  B-      2.67 C-      1.67    

  

Honors and college level courses are weighted to receive an extra 0.5 grade point value.   The following scale is used:

A     4.5 B+     3.83 C+     2.83 D+     1.83 F     0
A-    4.17 B       3.5 C       2.5 D       1.5  
  B-      3.17 C-      2.17    

  

  

All Advanced Placement courses are weighted to receive an extra 1.0 grade point value.  The following scale is used:

A     5.0 B+     4.33 C+     3.33 D+     2.33 F     0
A-    4.67 B       4.0 C       3.0 D       2.0  
  B-      3.67 C-      2.67    

  

 Honor Rolls

 

After each quarter, students are awarded honors by achieving the following levels of academic excellence:

    Principal’s List:            4.25 or above
    First Honors:              4.00 – 4.24
    Second Honors:          3.75 – 3.99

 

Class Ranking

 

A class ranking system is used soley for the purpose of reporting information to colleges that request a rank.  Ranking is based on each student's weighted, cumulative GPA after completing seven semesters of high school.  The rank will be reported to colleges as a percentile, within increments of 5%.

 

 Graduate Academic Honors

 

General Honors will be awarded to graduating seniors at Commencement.  Degrees will be awarded summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude according to the following weighted cumulative grade point averages that are calculated at the end of the seventh semester:

      Summa Cum Laude        4.25 and above
      Magna Cum Laude         4.00 – 4.24
      Cum Laude                    3.75 – 3.99 

Scholars Academy

The Scholars Academy at Bishop Verot Catholic High School offers a challenging and collegial environment for highly motivated and academically competitive students. Students will enjoy a curriculum that focuses on developing critical thinking skills, achieving strong standardized test scores, and preparing for study at the collegiate level.  Students will have the opportunity to show proficiency in college level courses and earn college credit through our highly successful and rigorous AP (Advanced Placement) course of study, as well as by taking Dual Enrollment courses at Florida Gulf Coast University.  The Scholars Academy also ensures opportunities to model servant leadership by fostering relationships with non-profit organizations in our community, and will allow students to enhance their research and writing skills, culminating with a thesis project. All students who complete the program will graduate from Bishop Verot Catholic High School with an Honors Diploma.

Admittance into the Scholars Academy is through invitation only.  See the Admissions webpage for more information.  All students in the Scholars Academy must complete the Thesis Project.  Contact the Scholars Coordinator for more information.

Thesis Project Information (PDF)

Mrs. Shannon Larrea

Scholars Academy Coordinator

Shannon.Larrea@bvhs.org

(239)274-6722

Tutorial

Teachers are available for tutoring in their classrooms Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. as well as during the Flex period daily. National Honor Society students also provide free tutoring three afternoons a week. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these tutoring services.