Academic Requirements


Bishop McDevitt High School, requires a minimum of 24 credits, earned in grades 9 through 12 to receive a diploma.  The following is the mandated distribution of courses:

Religion 4 credits
English 4 credits
History 4 credits
Science 3 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Windows 1 credit
Health ¼ credit
Physical Education 2 credits (Note: ½ credit of Phys-Ed is required each year)
Electives 3 credits

These are minimum requirements.  Since each college and specific program in each college have special requirements for admission, it is important for each student to be sure that his/her school course selections will meet specific college requirements.  The guidance counselor and college web sites are the best sources of information.  College admission may demand at least two years of a modern language although it is not a graduation requirement.

Ninth Grade

Religion I – 1.00 credit
English I – 1.00 credit
W. Culture – 1.00 credit
Algebra I – 1.00 credit
Biology I – 1.00 credit
Windows – .50 credit
Phys-Ed – .50 credit
Health – .25 credit
Total – 6.25 credits

Tenth Grade

Religion II – 1.00 credit
English II – 1.00 credit
Mod. World – 1.00 credit
Geometry – 1.00 credit
Chemistry – 1.00 credit
Phys-Ed. – .50 credit
Electives – 1.00 credit
Total – 6.50 credits

Eleventh Grade

Religion III – 1.00 credit
English III – 1.00 credit
A. History I – 1.00 credit
Algebra II – 1.00 credit
Science – 1.00 credit
Phys-Ed – .50 credit
Electives – 1.00 credit
Total – 6.50 credits

Twelfth Grade

Religion IV – 1.00 credit
English IV – 1.00 credit
A. History II – 1.00 credit
Trigonometry – 1.00 credit
Phys-Ed – .50 credit
Electives – 2.00 credits
Total – 6.50 credits

Freshman Class:

English Choices: (H) Humanities English I or (A) English I or (B) English I
History Choices: (H) Humanities History I or (A) World Cultures or (B) World Cultures
Mathematics Choices: (H) Algebra I or (A) Algebra I or (B) Algebra I
Science Choices: (H) Biology I or (A) Biology I or (B) Biology I
Language Choices: Spanish or French or Latin

Sophomore Class:

English Choices: (H) Humanities English II or (A) English Lit.or (B) English II or (A1) British Studies English
History Choices: (H) Humanities History II or (A) Modern World Studies or (B) Modern World Studies or (A1) British Studies Hist.
Mathematics Choices: (H) Geometry or (A) Geometry or (B) Geometry
Science Choices: (H) Chemistry I or (A1) Chemistry I or (A) Chemistry I or (B) Chemistry I or (B)Earth Space Science
Language Choices: Spanish or French or Latin

Junior Class:

English Choices: (H) Amer. Lit or (A1) Amer. Lit., (A) Amer. Lit.,(A1) Amer. Lit., (B) Amer. Lit.
History Choices: (H) Amer. Hist I or (A) Amer. Hist I or (B) Amer. Hist. I
Mathematics Choices: (H) Algebra II or (A) Algebra II or (B) Algebra II or (H) Pre-Calculus
Science Choices: Chemistry II ((A1) or (AP)), Biology II ((A1) or (AP)), Physics (A) or (A3) Chemistry
Language Choices: Spanish or French or Latin

Senior Class:

English Choices: (AP) Shakespeare, (H) Shakespeare or (A1) Shakespeare or (A) World Lit or (B) World Lit.
History Choices: (H) Amer. History II or (A) Amer. History II or (B) Amer. History II
Mathematics Choices: (A) Trigonometry or (A3) Trigonometry or (H) Pre-Calculus or (H) Calculus or (AP) Calculus
Science Choices: (H) Physics I or (A1) Physics, (H) Comp. Anatomy or (A1) Anatomy as Electives
Language Choices: Spanish or French or Latin