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Course Selection

Course Selection resources for the 2019-2020 academic year have been posted below.

Please use this page as a resource for updated information and important dates.

Students work with their teachers and counselors to determine the courses that are the best academic fit for them, challenging them to learn and grow.

Course Selection Information

Graduation Requirements

Click here for a pdf of the Graduation Requirements information included in this section.

  • Students are required to earn a passing grade for all courses.
  • Students must complete the ONE DAY Christian Service Program. The minimum number of hours required for Christian Service is twenty-four (24) hours.
  • Freshmen and sophomores are required to take one semester of Physical Education and one semester of Health each year.


Course Requirements, 2019-2020
English 4 years 4 credits
Mathematics 4 years 4 credits
Religious Studies 4 years 4 credits
Science 3 years 3 credits
Social Studies 3 years 3 credits
World Language 2 years 2 credits
Computer Science 1/2 year 0.5 credits
Programming   0.5 credits
Fine & Performing Arts   0.5 credits
Health   0.5 credits

Physical Education

  0.5 credits
  4 credits




  • With the exception of Health and Physical Education, courses that meet for two (2) semesters carry a value of one (1) credit. Courses that meet for one (1) semester carry a value of 0.5 credit.
  • Course Levels: The expectations, standards and demands of courses vary and are thus assigned various levels of difficulty. Advanced Placement (A.P.) and Level 1 courses have a higher level of difficulty and require more hours of homework. Students enrolled in these courses must also meet specific prerequisites. It is advised that students and parents/guardians choose a course level that is most appropriate for the ability of the student. The level of a course will influence the calculation of the adjusted (weighted) Grade Point Average (AGPA). Students at CCHS are not ranked. Level 4 courses are not included in the AGPA calculation.
    • Level AP: Advanced Placement Course
    • Level 1: Honors College Prep


    Level A. P. Advanced Placement Course
    Level 1 Honors College Prep Course
    Level 2 Enriched College Prep Course
    Level 3 Standard College Prep Course


General Course Selection Guidelines

Click here for a pdf of the General Course Selection Guidelines included below.

  • Each student is required to register for six (6) core courses per year. 
  • Final averages for the 2018-2019 academic year will determine whether or not a student qualifies for a particular course. 
  • All course request forms must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian and School Counselor.
  • Students must choose an alternate selection for every AP and elective course. 
  • Scheduling conflicts may affect a student’s elective choice(s). If a conflict arises the student will be placed in his or her alternate course selection. 
  • Students who submit a course selection form late will lose priority in the selection of electives. 
  • If an elective course is over-subscribed, a lottery will determine placement in the course. 
  • Administration reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment.

Plus One Program (POP)

  • Open to juniors and seniors.
  •  Student must have a career adjusted GPA of 3.3 or higher to qualify
  • Students who enroll in “POP” elect to take a seventh course in place of a study hall.
  • A “POP” application form must be completed and submitted with the student’s course selection form.

Advanced Placement Courses

  • Students must meet all the prerequisites for an AP course.
  • AP courses require a timely and successful completion of a summer assignment.
  • All students who sign up for an AP level course must also select an alternate course.
  • If a student does not qualify for an AP course or does not successfully complete the summer assignment, he or she will be assigned to an alternate selection.
  • Students approved for AP courses must take the College Board’s A.P. Exam in May. The College Board charges an additional fee for this exam. Success on the exam is determined by the College Board. Based on the student’s performance on the A.P. exam, college credit and/or advanced placement in college may be awarded to the student. Such awards are determined by individual colleges.

Online Learning Environments

  • Some courses are offered through online learning environments.
  • Residents of Massachusetts are able to take online courses through The Educational Cooperative Connections Academy (TECCA).
  • Residents of New Hampshire are able to take online courses through the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS).
  • Courses offered through an online environment are monitored by a CCHS administrator.
  • Students who wish to participate in an online learning program must complete an application, have an interview with their school counselor, and be granted approval from the Academic Dean.

Dual Enrollment for College & High School Credit

  • CCHS partners with Syracuse University and Southern New Hampshire University for dual enrollment programs.
  • A dual enrollment course provides a student the opportunity to receive both college credit and CCHS credit for a course taken at CCHS and taught by a CCHS faculty member.
  • The following courses are offered for dual enrollment with Syracuse University:
    • Honors Forensic Science (Course 451) - 4 college credits
    • Honors Introduction to Personal Finance (Course 771) - 3 college credits
    • Honors Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Course 773) - 3 college credits
  • The following courses are offered for dual enrollment with Southern New Hampshire University
    • Public Speaking (Course 250): 3 college credits
    • Honors Chemistry (Course 421): 8 college credits
    • Honors Calculus (Course 341): 3 college credits
    • Honors American History (Course 531): 6 college credits
    • Drawing (Course 853): 3 college credits

Placement Exams for the Class of 2023

Central Catholic wants you to challenge yourself and work to the best of your abilities. If you wish to challenge the academic placement we have determined for you in the areas of math, English, biology, social studies, world language, or computer science, you may do so by taking a placement exam(s.)

If you wish to challenge your placement in English, biology or social studies, you must take the English placement test. If you wish to challenge your placement in mathematics you must take the mathematics placement test. If you wish to challenge your placement in world language you must take the world language placement exam. If you wish to challenge your placement in computer science you, must take the Computer Science Programming Assessment.

Students may take more than one placement exam but only one exam can be taken each day.

There is no fee for the exam(s) but you must register for each exam.


English Exam

A placement exam in English is offered to 8th graders who have been placed in English I (Level 2), and/or Biology (level 2), and/or European Civilization (level 2.) If you wish to challenge your placement and move to Honors English I (Level 1), and/or Honors Biology and/or Honors European Civilization you must take the English exam. The score on this untimed, internal assessment will determine if your reading/writing skills qualify for the programs. A student who qualifies on this exam may take any or all of the above named classes.

World Language Exam

Students who have participated in Spanish or French programs in middle school or who are native speakers are encouraged to take a language placement exam. Based on the results of the exam, students will be placed in a world language class that is appropriate for their skill level.


Mathematics Exam

Two different exams are offered in math.
A placement exam in algebra is offered to 8th graders who have been placed in Algebra I (Level 2), course # 312, but who wish to challenge their placement and move to Honors Algebra I & II (Level 1), course # 311. Scores on this untimed, internal assessment will determine if your child should move into the Honors Algebra I & II math program. Students who have completed Honors Algebra I as 8th graders and have been placed into Honors Algebra I & II, course # 311, may take a placement exam to determine placement in a more advanced honors math class. Scores on this untimed, internal assessment will determine if your child should move into Honors Algebra II/Honors Geometry (Level 1), course # 326.


Placement exams in the area of World Language, Mathematics and English will be offered on:

  • Wed., April 24 at 2:45 PM
  • Thurs., May 30 at 2:45 PM
  • Wed., June 5 at 2:45 PM

Each exam takes approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours.

Students may take more than one exam, but only one exam may be taken each day.

Sign up at: TBD (link will be provided at Orientation.
Or email


Computer Science Programming Assessment

A computer science programming assessment exam is offered to 8th graders who have participated in a computer science programming course or are proficient in a computer language. There is no fee for the assessment but you must register. The assessment consists of a series of written questions that will require students to demonstrate problem solving and programming skills. Students will not be using a computer for this assessment. Students who demonstrate proficiency in the area of programming will have the option of taking Honors Video Game Design I, Course # 701 in place of Problem Solving with Programming, Course # 716.

The Computer Science Programming Assessment will be offered on:

  • TBD

The assessment is untimed and will take approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours.

Sign up at: TBD
Use your CCHS email account to register.

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The CCHS Administration

Mrs. Doreen Keller

Mrs. Doreen Keller

Mrs. Aliali Belkus

Dean of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Ms. Jeanne Burns

Ms. Jeanne Burns
Assistant Principal, Academic Dean

Mrs. Jodi Linnehan Kriner

Mrs. Jodi Linnehan Kriner
Assistant Principal, Dean of Innovation & Academics

Mr. Andrew Murray

Mr. Andrew Murray
Assistant Principal, Dean of Students

Mr. Thomas Sipsey

Mr. Thomas Sipsey
Assistant Principal, Dean of Students