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Lourdes Academy High School is built to transform students into progressive leaders through Christ-centered curriculum, college preparatory classes and a wide range of electives.
Lourdes Academy’s honors-level classes are designed to challenge students through rigorous coursework that prepares them for college. While there is no extra cost to enroll in an honors course, students and parents must sign an honors contract at the course’s start date indicating full commitment to the outlined requirements.
Note: Students are not allowed to drop honors-level classes once the contract is signed.
Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)
Want to earn college credit at a fraction of the cost of college tuition while you’re in high school? The Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) allows eligible students to take UW Oshkosh courses at Lourdes Academy.
How it works:
- Students enrolled in CAPP courses are assigned the same homework and take the same exams as UW Oshkosh students.
- Lourdes Academy teachers (who are also college adjunct professors) teach CAPP courses right at Lourdes Academy.
- Students earn both high school and college credits through CAPP classes (also known as dual-credit courses).
Please read the CAPP Student Handbook for CAPP courses requirements.
Lourdes Academy high school students can also earn college credit through the St. Norbert College Jumpstart Program. The best part? You can take these classes right at Lourdes Academy.
How it works:
- Eligible students enrolled in St. Norbert’s College English are assigned the same homework and exams as college students enrolled in the same course.
- Lourdes Academy teachers (who are also college adjunct professors) teach these courses.
- Students earn both high school and college credits through SNC classes (also known as dual-credit courses).
Please read the Course Description Book for SNC course requirements.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Whether you want to earn college credit or placement into advanced courses in college, taking classes through the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) allows willing and academically-prepared students to pursue college-level studies.
How it works:
- Eligible students enroll in Advanced Placement classes in high school.
- AP exams are given each year in May.
- Students who earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam can typically earn college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college.
ACT Plus Writing
We want to prepare our students for post-secondary education. That’s why we set aside one school day in March for Lourdes Academy juniors to take the ACT Plus Writing. This college entrance exam consists of four timed, multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading and science. The exam also includes a 40-minute essay test that measures writing skills. Once students take the exam, their scores are sent to college and universities of their choice. Official score reports may be ordered at actstudent.org
For more information on high school classes, please read our 2019/2020 Course Handbook.
Our comprehensive middle school curriculum fosters academic excellence and leadership. Through a combination of required and elective courses, our academics prepare students for high school and a successful, faith-filled life.
Schedules and Core Classes
To allow for in-depth learning and to maximize classroom time, sixth-grade students are mostly taught in paired-subject blocks.
These pairings are:
- Language Arts and Reading
- Science and Social Studies
- Math and Religion (for 2019-20, if able to).
In addition to the classroom, part of the sixth-grade curriculum is the Trees for Tomorrow trip to Eagle River, Wis. During this trip, students apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to real-life experiences.
7th and 8th Grade:
Seventh- and eighth-grade students follow an eight-period schedule.
Their core classes include:
- Social Studies
- Language Arts
Other classes include:
- Reading (seventh-grade students)
- Spanish (Eighth-grade students)
- Students who receive a high grade in Spanish 1 (and pass the final) can enroll in Spanish 2 in high school.
- All sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students take band and/or choir each day throughout the year.
- Students may elect to take both but must choose one.
Students also take three other classes throughout the year in what is known as our Trimester Rotation. At the end of each trimester, students complete one class and rotate into a different one.
- Physical Education
- Physical Education
- Project Lead the Way - App Creators
- Physical Education
- Project Lead the Way - Computer Science Innovators and Makers
Project Lead the Way/STEM
In addition to the two courses above, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is incorporated into our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade science curricula. Click here for more information.
Beginning in the 6th grade, students can qualify for Accelerated Math. Acceptance into our Accelerated Math program is based on three criteria:
- MAP scores
- Classroom work
- Teacher recommendation
Eighth-grade students in our Accelerated Math program take Algebra 1 and then transition into Geometry as a freshman in high school.
Our elementary curriculum focuses on fostering creativity and building self-esteem to help develop character and knowledge. Whether our students are in a STEM-based learning class or in a course focused on literacy development, our dedicated teachers give each student the personalized attention they deserve to help them develop into well-rounded individuals.
To ensure our students are set up for success, Lourdes Academy Elementary incorporates the Benchmark Literacy Program—a comprehensive approach to teaching literacy—into our classrooms. Our elementary teachers receive extensive training in literacy development to make sure ALL children are able to develop their reading skills. The Benchmark Literacy Program includes the following components:
- Interactive Read-Aloud Strategies
- Whole Group Mini-Lessons
- Differentiated Small-Group/Guided Reading
- Independent Reading
- Phonics and Word Study
We need brainstormers and inventors for our fast-paced future. That’s why Lourdes Academy offers an innovative curriculum, called Project Lead the Way (PLTW), that integrates STEM-based learning in schools. From kindergarten through the fifth grade, we offer many STEM classes that prepare students for our technology-driven world.
- PLTW: Animals & Algorithms*
- PLTW: Structure and Function: Exploring Design
- PLTW: Pushes and Pulls
- 1st Grade
- PLTW: Animail Adaptations*
- PLTW: Light and Sound
- PLTW: Light: Observing the Sun, Moon and Stars
- Einstein: Organisms & Soils and Solids & Liquids
- 2nd Grade
- PLTW: Girds & Games*
- PLTW: Materials Science: Properties of Matter
- PLTW: Materials Science: Form & Function
- Einstein: Insects and Change
- 3rd Grade
- PLTW: Programming Patters*
- PLTW: Stability & Motion: Science of Flight
- PLTW: Stability & Motion: Forces & Interactions
- Einstein: Rocks & Minerals and Sound
- 4th Grade
- PLTW: Input/Output: Human Brain*
- PLTW: Energy: Collisions
- PLTW: Energy: Conversions
- Einstein: Land & Water
- Einstein: Electric Circuits
- 5th Grade
- PLTW: Infection: Modeling & Simulation*
- PLTW: Robotics & Automation
- PLTW: Robotics & Automation: Challenge
*indicates PLTW Computer Science unit