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School Profile

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The Mission of Catholic High School is to provide a college preparatory education that nurtures the intellect, shapes character, and forms Christian values. Catholic High School is a community that reveals God’s presence in the world by affirming the Gospel message and challenging, when necessary, the views of a secular society.

School and Community

Catholic High School was originally established under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as Norfolk Catholic High School in 1949. In 1993, the school relocated to Virginia Beach and opened as Catholic High School. In the fall of 2003, the school was renamed Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. The name reverted to Catholic High School in June 2019.  Based firmly on Catholic tradition, the school is dedicated to nurturing the intellect, shaping character and forming Christian values. The student body is composed of young men and women from varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Students represent the major cities of southside Hampton Roads—Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk.

Accreditation

The school is accredited by AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and the Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA).

Faculty & Students

The faculty totals 42 instructors and administrators; 25 have advanced degrees. The student body of 416 includes 96 seniors.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 24 credits in grades 9 - 12 are required for graduation. Students are also expected to complete a community service requirement for graduation.

Course Credits Course Credits

Theology

English

Social Studies

Math

4

4

3*


3*

Lab Science

Foreign Language

Health

Fine Arts/Business

Elective

3

1


2

1/2


3 1/2

*Students are encouraged to take four credits in these areas. In the Class of 2020, 89 seniors are enrolled in math and 89 are enrolled in science; 37 will have completed foreign language through the fourth year.

Curriculum

The academic year is divided into two semesters, totaling 180 days. Midterm exams are held in December. The schedule consists of seven academic periods each day. Each student is required to take six classes per semester, one of which must be theology. The entire curriculum is rigorous and complex, in preparation for college entrance.

Honors & Upper Level Core Courses

Theology Theology III: History of the Catholic Church/ Sacraments, Theology IV: Catholic Apologetics
English

*Honors English 10, English 11, *AP English Language and Composition, English 12, *AP English Literature and Composition

Social Studies

*AP World History: Modern, United States History, *AP United States History, American Government, *AP Government and Politics (US) *AP Comparative Government and Politics

Mathematics

Algebra II, *Honors Algebra II, *College Algebra, *Trigonometry, *Pre-Calculus, *Statistics, *AP Calculus AB, *AP Calculus BC, *Multivariate Calculus and Linear Algebra, *AP Computer Science A 

Science

*Honors Biology, *AP Biology, Environmental Science, *AP Environmental Science, Chemistry, *Honors Chemistry, *AP Chemistry, Physics, *AP Physics 1, *AP Physics 2, Anatomy and Physiology, Forensic Science, *Marine Biology, Independent Study

Foreign Language

German *III, *IV, *AP German; Latin *III, *AP Latin; Spanish *III, *IV, *AP Spanish

Arts/Technology *AP 2-D Art & Design, AP 3-D Art & Design, Drawing, *AP Computer Science Principles

 

GPA & Weighted Courses

Through the Class of 2021, GPA is determined by using a 4.0 system with additional weighting of .0208 per semester for accelerated and honors courses; Advanced Placement courses are weighted .03 per semester.

Starting with the Class of 2022, GPA is determined using a 4.3 (A+) system for regular courses,  a 4.8 (A+) system for weighting Honors courses and a 5.3 (A+) system for weighting AP courses.(see grading scale section, below) All courses are included in the calculation of the GPA.

AP, Honors, and accelerated courses are indicated on the transcript with an asterisk (*). All students in Advanced Placement and Honors courses are selected based on a competitive process that includes examinations, recommendations and standardized test scores. Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exams.

Class Rank

Because of the small class size and the college bound nature of the students, Catholic High School does not compute class rank. A grade distribution chart is provided.

Grading Scale

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond mandates a 10-point grading scale.

A+ 97-100 4.3   C+ 77-79 2.3
A 93-96 4.0   C 73-76 2.0
A- 90-92 3.7   C- 70-72 1.7
B+ 87-89 3.3   D+ 67-69 1.3
B 83-86 3.0   D 63-66 1.0
B- 80-82 2.7   D- 60-62 0.7
        F <60 0

 

SAT Summary Class of 2019

TEST CHS VA US
Critical Reading Mean 598 567 531
Math Mean 582 551 528
Critical Reading + Math Total 1180 1119 1059

Advanced Placement Results

In May 2019, 155 students at Catholic High School took 424 AP exams in 22 different subjects. Seventy-three percent (73%) of students scored 3 or higher on at least one exam, and 56% of all AP exams taken resulted in scores of 3, 4, or 5.

Distribution of Cumulative Six-Semester GPA

CLASS OF 2017 2018 2019 2020
3.6-4.0+ 37% 40% 46% 43%
3.0-3.5 36% 29% 26% 28%
2.5-2.9 10% 20% 19% 15%
2.0-2.4 14% 11% 9% 13%
Below 2.0 2% 0.7% 0% 1%
Average GPA 3.39 3.40 3.54 3.41
Middle 50% 2.8-4.06 2.93-3.94 2.90-4.13 2.80-3.90

College Placement

Approximately 87% of the 2019 graduates attend four-year colleges. Eight percent attend two-year colleges.

Achievements Class of 2019

2 National Merit Commended Students
32 AP Scholars 
9 AP Scholars with Honor
15 AP Scholars with Distinction
3 National AP Scholars
6 ROTC Scholarships
4 U.S. Service Academy Appointments

Over $8.3 million in scholarships and grants was offered to 63 of 119 seniors.