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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.

Selection

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 Language and AP 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.

Program Requirements

In order to remain active in the Program, all Scholars are required to do the following:

  • Participate in one cultural enrichment activities and/or programs per year
  • Participate in one internship
  • Participate in one college enhancement experience, leadership conference or mission trip, before graduation
  • Encouraged to participate in an etiquette protocol seminar during the high school years (optional)
  • Participate in a business career seminar during the junior year
  • Enroll in and complete at least eight (8) AP courses, four (4) of which must be in core subjects (i.e. English, math, science and social studies)
  • Enroll in and complete Dual Enrollment courses, upon consultation with the Guidance Counselor
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 4.25 or above at the end of 9th and 10th grades and a cumulative GPA of 4.5 or above at the end of 11th and 12th grades
  • Participate in at least one school-sponsored extracurricular activity (club/sport) per year
Program Benefits

As Scholars, students will be afforded the following:

  • Strong academic and extracurricular preparation, as well as guidance, for admission to competitive colleges and universities
  • Opportunity for earning over 24 college credits and/or advancement prior to graduation
  • Cultural and academic enrichment activities
  • Organized visits to universities (optional)
  • Meetings with Program Director to monitor student progress in the program
Academic Program at a Glance
Grade 9 Requirements
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors English 1
  • AP World History
  • Honors Science
  • World Language
  • Theology 1
  • Health/Intro to Computers/Physical Education
Grade 10 Requirements
  • Honors Math
  • AP English Language
  • AP European History
  • Honors Science
  • World Language
  • Theology 2
  • Health/Intro to Computers/Physical Education/Fine or Practical Arts
Grade 11 Requirements
  • Honors Pre-Calculus (Dual Enrollment)
  • Honors English 3 (Dual Enrollment)
  • AP United States History
  • AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science or Honors Physics
  • Honors, Dual Enrollment or AP World Language
  • AP Elective*, Fine Arts or Practical Arts course
  • Ethics & Morality/Social Justice
 Grade 12 Requirements
  • AP Calculus or Honors Calculus (Dual Enrollment)
  • AP English Literature or Honors English 4 (Dual Enrollment)
  • AP United States Government or Honors United States Government
  • Honors Economics (may be taken junior year) or AP Macroeconomics
  • Honors Physics (strongly recommended, if not taken junior year)
  • AP Elective*
  • Honors, Dual Enrollment or AP World Language
  • Faith and Catholisism Today

*An AP Elective is required either junior or senior year.
**The Bernadette Scholars are encouraged to take four years of World Languages.

Contact

M. Gloria Ramos ’83, Ed. S.
Assistant Principal for Academics
Phone: (305) 667-1623, ext. 231
E-mail: gramos@bobcats.olla.org