Students work closely with school counselors to create an academic plan that achieves graduation requirements, develops academic and life skills, and prepares them for their education and career goals.
Please contact the Counseling Department with any specific questions about courses or graduation requirements.
Helias Catholic requires students to complete a minimum of 26 academic credits for graduation. One credit is equivalent to a full school year; one semester is 0.5 credit.
While it is not required to complete a World Language class for graduation, it is recommended that students who plan to attend college complete at least 2 credits in the same language as part of their elective credits.
Helias Catholic students can enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) and dual-credit (DC) courses for the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.
Grading for all Advanced Placement and dual-credit courses is on a weighted scale.
Students interested in Advanced Placement and dual-credit courses should discuss the benefits of specific programs with their school counselor.
Advanced Placement is a program overseen by the College Board that allows students to take college-level courses taught by qualified educators on their high school campus. Students who complete AP coursework in high school have the opportunity to earn college credit and/or qualify for more advanced classes when they begin college. AP exams are administered each spring, with associated fees set by the College Board.
Taking AP courses and exams indicates to college admissions officials that students are challenging themselves and preparing for the rigor of college coursework. Click here to read more about the benefits of Advanced Placement.
AP and AP exam preparatory courses offered at Helias Catholic include:
Enrolling in dual-credit courses during high school can offer first-hand exposure to college-level work, a smooth transition from high school to college, and financial savings for college coursework.
Dual-credit courses currently offered at Helias Catholic include: