The Bernadette Scholars Program is a rigorous program of studies, at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, designed for highly-motivated and intellectually-gifted students to excel in academics. In addition to taking the most challenging courses offered at the school, Scholars will participate in enrichment opportunities, both cultural and extracurricular, ensuring they graduate as successful, well-rounded, strong, Christian women. Scholars will have the opportunity to earn over 24 college credits, prior to graduation, thus having the potential to enter college with sophomore status. Scholars will be prepared to be among the top candidates for admission into major colleges and universities.
The top 10% of the incoming freshman class, based on all Our Lady of Lourdes Academy admissions assessments, course placements and elementary school principal recommendation, is invited to be a part of the Bernadette Scholars Program.
Students who perform exceptionally well during the freshman year, who earn at least a 4.25 cumulative GPA, while completing all honors classes in the core subjects (English, math, science and social studies) and place in honors math, science and AP English and European History for the sophomore year will be evaluated for candidacy during sophomore year, with possible induction into the Program, at the beginning of the junior year.
In order to remain active in the Program, all Scholars are required to do the following:
As Scholars, students will be afforded the following:
*An AP Elective is required either junior or senior year.
**The Bernadette Scholars are encouraged to take four years of World Languages.
Hilda de la Vega
Vice Principal, Personnel & Bernadette Scholars Director
Phone: (305) 667-1623, ext. 226