College PrepAratory

As a college preparatory school, our mission is to ensure each of our student graduates are fully prepared for the rigors of the most demanding college.  Moreover, our mission is to instill in each of our students a strong sense of community and a passion for learning that will last a lifetime.


Our Classroom

Single Gender Classes  

Studies show and we agree students perform better academically in single gender classes.  The single gender classroom lends itself to a greater learning environment where students feel more comfortable and participate much more than in conventional classrooms.

 


Barat Academy is the only high school in St. Louis to offer single gender classrooms on a co-ed campus.
 

 

Our students benefit from the social engagement of a co-ed campus and are better able to engage and concentrate academically in single gender classrooms. 

 

Small Classes

The student-teacher relationship is another critical component of academic success. By keeping our class sizes small we ensure each of our student receives the time and attention necessary to build an effective student-teacher relationship.

 


Our maximum class size is
18 students
 

 

Technology

The use of modern information technology is essential to a 21st century education. Using a variety of software and web applications, our students make extensive use of their laptops in and out of the classroom. 


Academic Advisory

The goal of the advisory program is to develop communication between advisors, teachers, parents and school administration that is regular, informative and meaningful.  All Barat Academy students are assigned an advisor.  Advisors are committed to the academic and social growth of their advisees and they help their advisees develop a sense of "self", as well as a sense of class unity and responsibility.


Service Learning

In keeping with the traditions set by Madeleine Sophie Barat and the Society of the Sacred Heart, service to others is a core part of the curriculum and an integral part of a Barat Academy education.  Students work together on campus and at designated sites throughout our community to provide essential support to our area elderly, youth in need and the environment.  The program culminates senior year with the student led Senior Peace Project where senior students design and implement their own social justice program.


Curriculum

We provide a rigorous curriculum that establishes in each of our students the strong educational foundation necessary for success at the most demanding colleges.  All of our courses are college preparatory courses and we provide a rich set of Advanced Placement courses.  For a comprehensive description of the courses take a look at our Course Catalog.


minimum requirements for graduation:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Theology
  • 4 units of Social Studies
  • 4 units of Service Learning
  • 4 units of Science
  • 1 unit of Fine Arts
  • 4 units of Mathematics
  • 4 units of Foreign Language
  • 1 unit of Physical Education / Health
  • 3 units of Electives

GRADING SYSTEM

  • A = 94-100, 4.00 Points
  • A- = 90-93, 3.67 Points
  • B+ = 87-89, 3.34 Points
  • B = 83-86, 3.0 Points
  • B- = 80-82, 2.67 Points
  • C+ = 77-79, 2.34 Points
  • C = 73-76, 2.0 Points
  • C- = 70-72, 1.67 Points
  • D = 64-69, 1.34 Points
  • F = <63, 0.0 Points

Grade 9

  • World Literature and Composition
  • Modern World History
  • Human Biology
  • Algebra or Geometry
  • Spanish
  • Theology 9
  • Physical Education / Health
  • Service Learning
  • Elective

GRADE 10

  • World Literature and Composition
  • Modern World History
  • Human Biology
  • Geometry or Algebra II / Trigonometry
  • Spanish
  • Theology 10
  • Service Learning
  • Elective

Grade 11

  • American Literature and Composition
  • United States History
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra II / Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus
  • Spanish
  • Theology 11
  • Service Learning
  • Elective

GRADE 12

  • Advanced Seminar in Modern World Literature
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • Spanish
  • Theology 12
  • Service Learning
  • Elective

Elective Courses

  • AP United States History
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics
  • Speech and Debate
  • Personal Fitness
  • Instrumental Music
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Photography and Graphic Design
  • Media Literacy and Journalism
  • Theology in Media
  • Introduction to Sculpture
  • BASCC (independent study)
  • Economics

Note:  AP courses are weighted greater in the grade point average calculation

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