Blessed Trinity Catholic High School exists to provide a nurturing educational environment that transforms lives in Christ, integrating spiritual formation, academic excellence, artistic sensibility, and athletic achievement.
All graduates of Blessed Trinity must earn a minimum of 28 credits. A full credit is awarded for successful completion of a full year course and a half credit is awarded for successful completion of a one-semester course or of one semester of a full year course.
The school’s curriculum provides all the necessary courses for admission to any college in the University System of Georgia. The 16 credits required in the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) are included in the graduation requirements for Blessed Trinity.
Please note that the entrance requirements for colleges other than those in the University System of Georgia do not necessarily coincide with the courses required for graduation from Blessed Trinity. It is the responsibility of the student, with the help of our Guidance Office, to be sure that all necessary courses are taken for admission to the college of choice.
Required courses and the number of credit hours for graduation follow:
THEOLOGY – 4 credits are required, or .5 credit for every semester enrolled at Blessed Trinity.
ENGLISH – 4 credits are required, including English 1, World Literature, American Literature (or AP English Language), and British Literature (or AP English Literature). Elective courses do not count toward the English requirement.
SOCIAL STUDIES – 4 credits are required, including Fundamentals of Geography and Government/Ancient Civilizations or AP Human Geography, plus World History, American History, Government, and Economics.
MATHEMATICS – 4 credits are required including Algebra 1, Geometry (or Extensions of Algebra and Geometry), Algebra 2 and one or two additional courses that have these courses as prerequisites. Students who complete Algebra 1 and/or Geometry in middle school must still take four credits at Blessed Trinity.
SCIENCE – 4 credits are required and must include Biology, Chemistry, and either Physics or Principals of Physics/Introduction to Chemistry.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE – 2 credits are required from the same language. Students who complete one or two years of a foreign language in middle school must still take two credits at Blessed Trinity.
FINE ARTS – 1.5 credits are required from the areas of dance, drama, art or music. Journalism courses offered through the English Department may be taken to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.
BUSINESS EDUCATION – 1.5 credits are required and must include a semester of one of the two introductory courses (for students who first enroll as a freshman). Personal Finance is also required of all students beginning with the Class of 2016.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION – 1.5 credits are required and must include General PE or Introduction to Strength and Conditioning, Health and one additional semester of physical education. Dance courses offered through the Fine Arts Department may be taken along with a Health class to fulfill the PE requirement.
ELECTIVES – 1.5 additional credits are required. These may be chosen from any courses designated as electives or from courses not specifically listed as electives but which exceed the number of courses required within a department. For example, a student who takes Spanish 3 after completing Spanish 1 in the eighth grade and Spanish 2 at Blessed Trinity, receives credit for the course in fulfillment of the requirement of “two years of the same foreign language at BT.” A student who takes Spanish 3 after completing both Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 at Blessed Trinity receives elective credit for the course.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School operates on an A/B block schedule that permits students to take up to eight classes with four classes meeting each day.
Many courses are offered on multiple levels: Academic, Advanced, and Honors/AP. Students are not necessarily placed in the same level in all subject areas. Placement in a particular level is based on the student’s aptitude and performance in the various disciplines. While the curriculum is parallel, in that each level of the course has similar goals and objectives, the level of instruction varies by methodology, degree of difficulty and volume of information presented.
Academic level courses are designed to meet the needs of students who want a college preparatory curriculum.
Advanced level courses are designed to meet the needs of students who want a college preparatory curriculum, who can complete tasks with minimum supervision, and who have an above average level of aptitude and achievement.
Honors/AP level courses are designed to meet the needs of students who want an advanced college preparatory curriculum, who are highly motivated, and who have a high level of responsibility, aptitude and achievement. Principles and concepts are explored in greater depth and more independent work is expected of the student.
Honors and AP courses are weighted. For Honors courses, the grade appearing on the report card and transcript has four additional points added to the actual earned grade. For AP courses, the report card and transcript have an eight-point addition. Therefore, the maximum grade that a student can earn is 100 in an Academic or Advanced level course, 104 in an Honors course, and 108 in an Advanced Placement course. However, no weight is added to a grade less than 70. That is, weight cannot change a failing grade to passing.