In accordance with our Integral Student Outcomes, our Mission Statement and our Philosophy, the Academic Program at Servite High School strives to develop students who:
- Develop a lifelong desire for learning that culminates in wisdom.
- Demonstrate mastery of the academic curriculum in order to succeed in post-secondary education.
- Exhibit intellectual maturity by evaluating multifaceted challenges and opportunities and creating innovative solutions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current technologies relevant to higher education and the workplace.
- Develop insight into Sacred Scripture so as to find personal meaning.
- Gain the knowledge of humanity which fosters a reverence for life.
- Demonstrate, in word and deed, the Primacy of Faith.
We strive to achieve these outcomes with the charism of the Order Friar Servants of Mary as our foundation, with the Blessed Mother as our example, and with Christ as our model.
Ninth and tenth graders follow a core academic curriculum enhanced by courses in visual and performing arts. In addition to required courses, juniors and seniors choose from a wide variety of elective offerings including Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors (HP) course options.
The core requirements include English, fine arts, world languages, health and physical education, mathematics, theology, science, and social studies. Students are encouraged to broaden their educational program through electives. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in English language and composition, English literature and composition, Spanish language, Latin Vergil, calculus (AB and BC), biology, chemistry, physics, macroeconomics, United States history, United States government and politics, world history, European history, computer science, and statistics.
Honors Placement (HP) Courses
The course content is essentially the same in most honors sections as it is in the college preparatory classes. Honors sections, however, are conducted at a more accelerated pace and with greater intellectual intensity. Honors courses are traditionally more competitive. Honors placement is determined by departmental standards.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
The College Board offers advanced placement curricula and exams in numerous academic disciplines. These curricula are college level and students often receive some college credit or advanced standing once entering college. Students take AP exams in early May. Performance is evaluated on the basis of 1 (no recommendation) to 5 (extremely well-qualified). While the criteria for placement in AP courses may vary slightly by department, general criteria include honors grades, strong teacher recommendation, a previous record of timely and successful completion of assignments, or above-average standardized test scores. Due to the rigorous nature of AP course work, it is imperative that students meet minimum placement standards and be committed to completing comprehensive reading and writing at the college level with success.