Curriculum

Click the button below to view the entire Course Catalogue for 2015-2016 with descriptions of each course.

Scheduling Information

If you want to change your current schedule please click on the button below and complete the form.  Changes to student schedules for the 2016-2017 school year will close on Friday, September 2.

The scheduling portal for 2017-2018 will not be available until the spring.

 Grading Scale

A

95-100

C

79-81

A-

93-94

C-

77-78

B+

90-92

D+

75-76

B

87-89

D

72-74

B-

85-86

D-

70-71

C+

82-84

F

Below 70

Grade and Average
Grades are given on the report card for each of the four quarters that make up the two semesters.  Grades are also given for the exams which take place at the end of the first semester and at the end of the second semester.  The semester grades are used to determine whether the student passed or failed the course for the semester and thus whether they receive the half of credit.

The semester grade is determined using the two quarter grades in that semester and the exam grade.  Each quarter grade is 40% of the grade and the exam grade is 20%.

In averaging the grades, we round up the average in the student’s favor.  A student must receive a passing grade in both the first and second semester of a full credit subject or the semester grade of a half credit course.

Honors
Honors is based on the grades for each quarter.  First Honors:  3.5 average, with nothing lower than a B.  Second Honors:   3.0 average, with nothing lower than a C.

GPA Information
The first and second semester grades are averaged together to determine the year’s GPA (grade point average). 

VMA GPA Chart

AP/Honors/Dual Credit Information

Advanced Placement (AP), Honors and Dual Credit courses are given an additional .5 when determining the quality points for the course.  For example a grade of A would earn  4.5 quality points; an A- would earn 4.17; a B+ would earn 3.84, etc.

Villa Madonna Academy offers the following AP, Honors and Dual Credit Courses:

AP United States History   AP World Cultures and Geography
AP Human Geography   AP Psychology
Dual Credit Modern Asian History   Dual Credit United States History
AP Microeconomics   AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles   AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition   AP Art Studio 2-D Design
AP Art Studio Drawing   Art 5 Honors
Music Theory Honors   Pre-Calculus Honors
AP Calculus AB   AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry   AP Biology
AP Physics 1   AP Physics 2
Human Anatomy Honors   AP French Language and Culture
French 5 Honors   AP Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish 5 Honors    
     

Standardized Tests

EXPLORE

EXPLORE helps students identify areas of academic strength and weakness in four areas important for success in college - English, math, reading, and science. Since EXPLORE is a curriculum-based test, EXPLORE scores show the knowledge and skills that students are likely to have in each of these areas. EXPLORE also includes a career planning component design to help students consider possible career options. EXPLORE can provide your son/daughter with an early indicator of readiness for college, provide important information for building a high school course plan, and help him/her identify careers in which he/she might be interested. For more information please visit http://www.act.org/path/parent/tests/explore.html

HSPT

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) assists with admissions, scholarship selection, and curriculum placement. It is a comprehensive placement test for eighth graders for placement in the ninth grade. For more information please visit http://www.ststesting.com/hsptpg9.html

Plan Test

ACT Plan serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT's College and Career Readiness System. The Plan is a “Pre-ACT” test.  Areas tested are English, Math, Reading, and Science.  It is given during the fall of freshman and sophomore year. The results of this test are a good indicator of how well a student will do on the ACT test.  It also allows students to see where improvement is needed.For more information please visit http://www.act.org/products/k-12-act-plan/

PSAT/NMQST

The PSAT/NMQST measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills and is encouraged to be taken each year as a freshman, sophomore, and junior.  By taking the PSAT, students are able to see their strengths and weaknesses, see how they compare to others applying to collges, and be familiar with the kinds of questions and directions they will see on the SAT test.  As a junior the students are eligible to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. For more information please visit http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

ACT

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States—September, October, December, February, April, and June. The ACT Plus Writing is not available on the February test date.The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.For more information please visit www.actstudent.org

SAT
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test.  It covers critical reading, math reasoning, and writing.  Scores are reported in each area and the scores from the Reading and Math are added together to provide the CEEB score.  The scores on each test range from 200-800 so the composite score ranges from 400-1600. The score from Writing is usually not added in or included in the admission decision, but is often used for placement. The SAT is given seven times a year with the test administration in October, May, and June providing the students with the chance to review the questions they had wrong. For more information please visit www.collegeboard.com