Program of Study
The selection of an educational program is one of the most important decisions you, the student, can make. It is one that will affect your immediate educational plans as well as your future. The purpose of this booklet is to provide a brief description of the courses offered at Mount Saint Joseph Academy.
While planning your program, assess your aptitudes as well as your past scholastic achievements. Think about your college and vocational goals. Before making selections from the courses offered, discuss your educational goals with your parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. The more information you have, the better will be your decisions.
You may choose any course listed, provided you meet the requirements. These requirements are made because education must build on previous knowledge if it is to be effective. There is no point electing a course if you have not mastered the one upon which it builds. The school may reserve the right to change your selection if you demonstrate a lack of qualification for a course, or if inadequate enrollment, or scheduling conflicts warrant such action. No exceptions to stated prerequisites will be considered unless circumstances are such that a grave injustice would otherwise result. Also note that not all courses will match your schedule.
Scheduling conflicts occur when two or more classes that a student requests are offered at the same time. Not all conflicts can be resolved due to the number of courses offered and students requesting courses.
Courses listed in the Program of Study book are offered only if student registration and staffing permit.
Students are required to choose enough credits to fulfill graduation requirements. Prerequisites are required for many courses and they must be fulfilled to move into the next level.
Students and faculty at MSJA aim to seek truth and intellectual growth in an atmosphere of mutual support. Such a quest imposes an obligation on the students to be an active part of the learning process and to accept responsibility for their academic behavior and success.
Mount Saint Joseph Academy is committed to providing an environment where young women are enabled and empowered “to meet the moral and ethical challenges of an ever-changing society and a technological future.” (Mission statement) Mount students are expected to be young women of outstanding character for whom honesty and integrity are respected values that are practiced in all situations. This is certainly true in academic endeavors. It is the official policy of Mount Saint Joseph Academy that all acts of alleged academic dishonesty be reported to the Dean of Studies. The Dean of Students will be notified for appropriate disciplinary action. The Principal will be informed.
Definition of Cheating
Cheating is defined as representing someone else’s work as your own. It gives someone an unearned advantage in an academic setting. (ETS, Cheating is a Personal Foul)
Cheating includes, but is not limited to the following:
• Copying from a written text from any source without acknowledgement
• Looking at or off someone else’s paper
• Allowing a student to look at or off your paper
• Plagiarism (inclusion of someone else’s work or thoughts) whether it be copying directly from another source or paraphrasing another source without acknowledging the source
• Resubmitting of a project or report for another class without prior approval and authorization by the teachers
• Sharing test information before and after a test or quiz, etc.
• Cutting and pasting information from one source to another
• Storing and/or swapping information from calculators or other electronic devices
• Sharing or copying workbooks, assignments, labs, homework, tests, activities, etc. from person to person, from class to class, etc.
• Providing or comparing answers or reading answers from a book for another to copy
• Swapping answers via the Internet, e-mail or any other electronic devices, such as phones, toys, laser chats, wireless systems, chat rooms, etc.
• Leaving a storage device available for another to copy (Univ. of Delaware Student Guide to University Policies)
• Buying information from the Internet or any other source
• Citing information from a source not actually used in the research (Univ. of Delaware Student Guide to University Policies)
• Unauthorized use of a textbook, notes or other material during a test, quiz or exam, etc. (Univ. of Delaware Student Guide to University Policies)
• Taking a test, etc. for someone or allowing the student to take a test, etc. for you (Univ. of Delaware Student Guide to University Policies)
• Stealing, bribing or pressuring another student to get information on tests, etc. (Univ. of Delaware Student Guide to University Policies)
• Changing an answer as a test or quiz is being collected
When a student is guilty of cheating, the following regulations apply:
In tests/quizzes, projects, homework papers, major tests, etc., the student receives an automatic zero with no possibility for making up that grade. However, the student must demonstrate mastery of the assessed skill by retaking the test, or resubmitting the assignment. The student will receive comments on the work for educational purposes, but will not receive a grade for the work. The Dean of Studies meets with students and demerits are issued. Occurrences of cheating are not purged at the end of the year. A subsequent incident of cheating will require a meeting with the Principal and may result in more severe consequences.
All students will sign a statement each year in which they promise to uphold the academic standards of the school.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Advanced Placement courses, common referred to as AP courses, allow students to take college-level courses, and exams, which may resulting receiving credit at the college, a student later attends. The Mount offers AP courses in 17 areas of study across all disciplines. Most AP courses are offered as year long course that meet every other day. A few AP courses meet every day for a semester. Each Academic Department establishes the prerequisites for an AP course. Students are required to take the AP test in any AP course taken.
An intensive or block schedule is a schedule whereby our students take only 3 or 4 subjects at a time instead of six or seven. Each class period is 80 minutes long and traditional year long courses last for 16 weeks (September to January or January to June).
|Fall Term||Spring Term|
|Block 1||Course 1||Course 5|
|Block 2||Course 2||Course 6|
|Block 3||Course 3||Course 7|
|Block 4||Course 4||Course 8|
The Block Schedule
|Warning Bell:|| 8:08 a.m.|
|Prayer & Pledge:||8:15 - 8:17 a.m.|
|Block 1:|| 8:17-9:37 a.m.|
|Homeroom:|| 9:37-9:48 a.m.|
|Break:|| 9:48-9:57 a.m.|
|Block 2:|| 9:57-11:17 a.m.|
|Block 3A:||class 11:26 a.m. -12:46 p.m.|
lunch 12:46-1:38 p.m.
|Block 3B:||lunch 11:17 a.m. -12:09 p.m.|
class 12:09-1:29 p.m.
|Block 4 & announcements:||1:38-3:00 p.m.|
Advantages for Students
Improved Quality of Learning
- Allows students to become fully engaged in the explanation, application and sysnthesis of the material
- Integration of strategies
- Interdisciplinary and seminar opportunities
Increased Opportunities for Active Student Participation in the Learning Process
- Group projects
- Use of technology including on-line resources and the Internet
- Cooperative group experiences
Increased Opportunities to Take More Electives
- Four years of two languages
- Fine arts
- Additional math and science courses
- With fewer courses, fewer teachers to attend to at one time