Academic Profile



Curriculum :: Calendar :: Graduates :: Homework Assignments :: Final Exams

Marking Procedures :: Academic Probation :: Failure in Required Course ::  Academic Dismissal

Honors :: AP Classes :: UC Analytical Data ::  CSU Analytical Data  :: Forms

Religion :: English :: Social Studies :: Mathematics :: Physical Education :: Science

Foreign Language :: Fine Arts-Vocational Arts

Christian Service/Student Service/Leadership




The School


St. Mary’s High School is a Roman Catholic, four year, coeducational, college preparatory high school under the canonical direction of the Bishop of the Diocese of Stockton. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Western Catholic Education Association.




The school is located in the Central Valley of California in Stockton on North El Dorado Street. It is two miles north of University of the Pacific and one mile east of San Joaquin Delta College.


High School Community


The student population of 795 represents the diversity of the San Joaquin Valley and includes Asian, Black, Caucasian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander. There are 66 dedicated faculty members who hold degrees, advanced degrees and/or masters in their related fields of administration, teaching or counseling. Faculty includes one religious represented by the order of Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Average classroom size is 24.



There are ten departments at St. Mary's from which students choose their required and elective courses: Religion, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education & Health, Science, Computer, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts. Some courses are offered on three levels: remedial, college prep, and honors.


In addition, students may take courses at Delta Community College or the University of the Pacific.


St. Mary's High School Student Academic Honor Code


St. Mary's High School is a community with a proud tradition in which faculty and students share knowledge, ideas, and creative works. St. Mary's High School Academic Honor Code expresses our commitment and moral responsibility to accurately represent the contribution of each individual and to ensure that those contributions are made in an honest fashion with personal integrity as a cornerstone of this call to honor.


The purpose of the Code is to help students develop habits of moral character.


Each student is an important member of the St. Mary's High School Family and must make the ethical and moral commitment to act honestly and to encourage other students to act in the same way.


This Code outlines the expectations of the St. Mary's High School student and the consequences for violating those same expectations. The teacher will notify the Academic Dean of all major violations of the Academic Honor Code. The teacher will provide proof of the violation and the teacher will be informed of the appropriate consequence. The Academic Dean will notify the parent/guardian of the situation.




1. All work will be the student's own original work. All quotes, statistics, facts and sources will be properly cited as taught by the SMHS English Department using the MLA format. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is defined as taking ideas or writings knowingly from another person or source and presenting those ideas or writings as one's own original work.


2. All tests will be taken according to the teacher's instructions and requirements. Cheat sheets, electronic cheating, or any other verifiable proof of cheating is a violation of this honor code.


3. The student will submit required essays to as instructed by the teacher.


Honor Code Definitions


Major Violation: This is an assignment or test which makes up a major part of the student's grade (at least 5% of the quarter grade). The violation must be accompanied by PROOF to the Academic Dean.


Minor Violation: This is cheating on an assignment such as a daily reading quiz or written homework assignment. Copying or cheating on such routine assignments will be handled by the classroom teacher in a way he/ she feels appropriate and reasonable. Minor violations may also include the

teacher seeing the student copying an answer from another student's paper. These violations will be dealt with by the teacher. The class syllabus will outline the consequences for minor violations of the Student Honor Code and the teacher will enforce his/her class rules.


Proof: Major violations of the Student Honor Code must be provable. Such proof includes, but is not limited to, cheat sheets, crib notes, notes on a student's physical person, violations, two tests that are 100% exactly alike, phone or text messages, twitter or other electronic messages, emails, etc.


Consequences: Major violations of the Honor Code will result in a student/parent conference with the Academic Dean as well as a zero on the assignment in question. Repeated major violations will result in an additonal conference with the Academic Dean and additional academic and disciplinary sanctions.


Regulations for Computer Usage

Regulations and Policies related to computer usage, e-mail are set forth in the Student Handbook.

Technology Use


St. Mary’s High School is responsible for securing its network and computing systems in a reasonable degree against unauthorized access and/or abuse, while making them accessible for authorized and legitimate users. This responsibility includes informing users of expected standards of conduct and the punitive measures for not adhering to them. Any attempt to violate the provisions of this policy will result in disciplinary action. Once the user accesses the network and computer systems the user is solely responsible for all actions taken.

  • Students are responsible for their work saved on school computers. A backup of work is recommended.

  • Deleting, examining, copying, or modification of files is prohibited.

  • Attempting to evade or change network security is prohibited.

  • Bypassing network security through cellular access or other means is prohibited.

  • Use of facilities for commercial purposes is prohibited.

  • Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages, disrupts or alters a computing systems’ normal performance is prohibited.

  • The copying of copyrighted materials without express written permission is prohibited.

  • Attempts to gain unauthorized access or interfere with the regular operation of local or remote systems are prohibited.

  • Usage of technology for any purpose other than those prescribed or explicitly

  • permitted by the high school is prohibited.

  • Sending harassing, obscene or other threatening messages is prohibited.

  • Users of technolgy shall obey the instructions of the supervisors.

  • Actions which disrupt or adversely affect other users are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: eating, drinking, excessive noise or playing games.

  • Representing Saint Mary's High School under false pretenses is prohibited.

Social Media Philosophy


Saint Mary's High School recognizes that our greater community is affected by constant changes in technology. Many of these changes involve situations that are detrimental to our students' well-being. We at Saint Mary's are committed to educating, as well as protecting our students in these rapidly changing times.


While we recognize the current student culture is absorbed in technology, social media, and the Internet, we also uphold the policy of not tolerating actions that undermine our school's mission, including but not limited to the exchange of inappropriate material.


The policy relating to such abuses is designed to be preventative in nature. Any student found to have sent, accessed, uploaded, downloaded, accepted, distributed (including but not limted to Airdrop) and/or stored within a device or a storage area (e.g. icloud), offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, violent, harassing, discriminating, or sexually explicit material may be suspended or expelled from Saint Mary's High School. Law enforcement may be notified. If the student remains at Saint Mary's, he/she may be placed on a Disciplinary contract until he/she graduates. In addition, the student may be socially suspended.


Please note: As stated on Page 35 of the Saint Mary's High School Parent/Student Handbook, parents/guardians are expected to monitor their son's/daughter's social media accounts as well as the content of their electronic devices.

Eligibility For Final Grades and Units From Non-St. Mary's Courses


For eligibility purposes, final grades and earned units from schools other than St. Mary's, including online classes, must be verified by the first full day of classes In August For Ql eligibility and the Friday before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in January for Q3 eligibility. Grades from courses taken at schools other than St. Mary's, Including online classes, will be computed for eligibility in Fall and Spring semester gpas only. Q2 and Q4 eligibility will be determined using only St, Mary's grades earned the previous quarter.


A member of the St, Mary's Guidance Department will proctor final exams for online and/or correspondence courses. Appointments for taking final exams must be scheduled ahead of time with a member of the Guidance Department. Exams may be taken on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. When school is in session, these exams will be administered at 2: 15 p.m. For testing on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in June, July, and August, students can call 957-3340, Ext 124, to schedule a testing time.


A fee of $25 will be assessed for each final exam proctored. The fee is due prior to the administration of the final exam.


Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English American Literature, English Literature, European History, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government  and U.S. History.

Students may take the Advanced Placement Exams in Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English American Literature, English Literature, European History, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government  and U.S. History.


*93% of our juniors and seniors take upper division mathematics; 95% of our juniors and seniors are enrolled in upper division science. Also 68% of our students are enrolled in American Sign Language, Italian, or Spanish.


In order to graduate a student must have successfully completed the following:



4 years of English

40 units


4 years of Religion*

40 units


3 1/2 years of Social Studies




Geography (9)

Modern World History (10)

United States History (11)

Government (12)

Economics (12)

5 units

10 units

10 units

5 units

5 units


2 years of Mathematics

20 units


2 years of Physical Education

20 units


2 years of Science

20 units


1 year of Language**

10 units


Health Education

5 units


Computer Course***

5 units


Visual/Performing Arts

10 units


Required Course Units

205 units


Additional units of electives

50 units


Total Units required for graduation

255 units

 *Transfer Students Excepted.

** Effective for the Class of 2019, one year of Language is required for graduation.

***Effective for the Class of 2020, Computer is not required.


Policy With Regard To Units That Must Be Completed

For The 10th Grade Standing - 60 Units

For The 11th Grade Standing - 125 Units

For The 12th Grade Standing - 190 Units

For Graduation - 255 Units + 60 hours of Community Service


Course Offerings


Religious Studies


Revelation of Jesus

Mission of Jesus

Sacraments & Morality

Church History

Social Justice

Community Involvement

Composition and Speech

English 9H, 9CP

9CP Composition

English 10H, 10CP

English AP / American Literature, 11CP

English AP / English Literature, 12CP


Practicum in Journalism



Social Studies

Geo./Algebra H

Algebra 1

Algebra 1A, 1B

Algebra 2/Trigonometry H


Pre Calculus H

Pre Calculus

Algebra 2

Calculus AP

Applied Calculus

College Math

Statistics AP




European History AP

Modern World History

US History AP

20th Century US History

US Government AP

US Government

Introduction to Economics

Psychology AP


Model United Nations

Administration of Justice


Foreign Languages


American Sign Language 1, 2, 3, 4

Italian 1, 2, 3, 4

Spanish 1, 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 4, Spanish AP


Computer Graphics

Publication Design

Video Production 1



Fine Arts / Vocational Arts

Physical Science H

Phys Science

Phys Science B

Biology AP

Biology H


Biology B

Chemistry AP

Chemistry H


Chemistry in the Community

Anatomy and Physiology


Physics AP

Sports Medicine


Studio Art AP, Art 1-2, Art 3-4,

Design Exploration

Symphonic Band,


Concert Choir,

Prima Voce Choir


Drama Special Studies


Broadcasting 1

Life Skills

Foods and Nutrition 1,2


Physical Education


Athletic PE

Cheerleading / Drill Team

Physical Education

Driver Education







Christian Service Project


The program is designed to encourage and facilitate students’ active involvement in service, faith development, personal leadership and giving back to the community. Students are required to complete 10 hours of Community Service during their freshman year, and continue with annual service hours throughout their 4 years at St. Mary’s.


Sixty hours of service must be completed to participate in graduation. All sixty hours must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester, of the senior year. Requirements per year are as follows: Freshmen-10 hours; Sophomores-20 hours; Juniors-20 hours; and, Seniors-10 hours.



The school year is divided into Fall Semester and Spring Semester. In addition to semester exams and grades, quarter exams and grades are mailed home. Progress reports and deficiency reports are sent to parents halfway through each quarter grading period.


Homework Assignments


Teachers will give an out-of-class assignment each day when appropriate and beneficial. Assignments are usually written, but reading assignments are also regarded as “homework”.


It is assumed by the administration that every teacher gives an assignment for every class when appropriate. This is important in securing parental cooperation and knowledge of the school program.


In assigning homework, teachers are to be considerate of just claims of the other classes upon the students’ time for study. Students are expected to spend time at home each night preparing for classes.

When absent, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with teachers about making up missed work. When students are able to work during the absence, they are encouraged to obtain their assignments from teacher websites, email or classmates. A teacher is expected to submit class assignments upon request. If a student will be absent because of illness for three days or more, parents should contact the teachers or counselor to obtain assignments to be completed at home for the length of absence.


St. Mary’s has a policy regarding unscheduled vacation time. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to plan vacations when school is not in session. Therefore, the administration, faculty, and staff are not obliged to render any special services to a student who is absent because of vacation.


Final Exams Policy


Final exams are crucial to the process of student assessment. Attendance is mandatory with the following considerations:


a) Make-up or pre-arranged advance exams shall be considered for the following:


  • In the event of a documented illness, medical condition or family emergency.

  • In the case of a CIF-sponsored playoff event which cannot be rescheduled.

  • In the case of a school-sponsored activity which covers one final exam period. Any event under this guideline must be pre-approved by the Vice-Principal or a designee.


b) All make-up or pre-arrranged advance exams must be arranged through the teacher(s) and approved by the academic dean or designee.

Marking Procedures


Letter Regular Honors/AP (Grades 11,12)

100 - 90




89 - 80




79 - 70




69 - 60




59 - 00





GPA and class rank are calculated by converting grades to honor points and dividing by attempted units.


When a teacher chooses to employ a system of weighting quarter marks and semester exams, the system must be clearly presented to the students at the beginning of the course. Plus and minus grades may be given at any marking period.


c) A student or parent who has a concern about a grade or assignment in a particular class should speak with the teacher to clarify matters. If further discussion is necessary, the student or parent should consult with the Department Chairperson, Counselor, and finally, the Vice Principal.


Advanced Placement Courses


St. Mary's High School encourages its students with the necessary skills to expand their academic horizons and to fully develop their academic potential through the taking of Advanced Placement classes. Students must be aware that such courses do require additional work, and while AP classes do receive a weighted grade, students will more than earn that extra grade point. The goal of an Advanced Placement course is to prepare students for an intense competitive nationwide test for college credit* offered by the College Board in May.


Students will be expected, but not required, to take AP exams in the subject areas offered. Students who are interested in scheduling such courses should contact the instructor prior to registration if they have questions regarding an AP course and its content/requirements. Students are encouraged to make mature, responsible decisions regarding AP scheduling. In many cases, an AP course contract is required prior to enrollment. The contract will usually outline course requirements and expectations. Consult with your counselor before you apply. In addition, the contract will state the length of time that a student must remain in the class before dropping or transferring (this is normally one full semester), along with the summer work requirements.


*Most colleges have special AP acceptance requirements. Contact www. for information regarding the specific college requirements. Check under Higher Education.


All Advanced Placement classes and Honors classes (grades 10, 11, 12 only) will be weighted. (5 for an “A” grade, 4 for a “B” grade, and 3 for a “C” grade). As identified in the Course Catalog, Grade 10 Honors courses are weighted for St. Marys' GPA only, not for the UC GPA.


St. Mary's  from 1990 to 2016 has exceeded state and national averages on AP exams.


Honors courses offered are

  • Algebra

  • Geometry/Trigonometry

  • Biology

  • Physical Science

  • Chemistry

  • Pre-Calculus

  • English

  • World Literature

AP Courses offered are:

  • Biology

  • Calculus AB

  • Chemistry

  • English American Literature

  • English Literature

  • European History

  • Physics 1

  • Psychology

  • Spanish Language

  • Statistics

  • Studio Art

  • U.S. Government

  • U.S. History

Academic Probation


A student is placed on Academic Probation when they have earned any of the following grade combinations:


2 or more F’s

3 or more D’s

1 D and 1 F in required courses

1 D or an F with an Incomplete

2 D’s and 1 F

1 D and 2 Incompletes

1 F and 2 Incompletes

1 F in a required course earned by a Senior


A student is placed on Academic Probation at the end of each grading period. The term of probation lasts until the end of the next quarter. During the time of probation, a progress report on the student’s academic performance will be sent to the parents and to the counselor.


Failures in Required Courses


Each department has established a policy for students making up failures.*




Students who fail English classes must repeat and pass courses at summer school or other accredited school. These courses can be repeated at St. Mary's if class size permits.




Students have sufficient time in their four years at St. Mary's to schedule the necessary required units.


Physical Education


The two year requirement can be made up through scheduling in the Junior and Senior year or in summer school.




Students must pass the Religion courses identified as graduation requirements.




Students who fail Physical Science and/or Biology may attend summer school or repeat the class at St. Mary’s if class size permits.


Social Studies


Geography, Modern World History, U.S. History, Economics and Government must be repeated and passed at summer school, or other accredited school.


*These courses can be repeated at St. Mary’s if class size permits.


Academic Dismissal


Students who show evidence of a pattern of failure in courses required for graduation may be asked to withdraw from St. Mary's.


Such a pattern of failures will qualify a student for Academic Probation. The parent(s) will receive a letter notifying both student and parent of this status.


A student who because of multiple failures does not have the necessary number of units to advance to the next grade level may be asked not to return in August, especially for the Junior and/or Senior year.


After June grades, the Vice Principal will inform the parent (s) by letter of the student's status. The letter will be of two kinds: i) letter of warning, stating that the student has one more year to show improvement. ii) letter stating that because the student has not shown improvement in grades, the student cannot return in the Fall.



In order to be eligible for the semester Honor Roll, a student must:


a) Earn a college-prep grade point average of: (PE, Cheer, Drill and TA  excepted)


1. 3.50 - and above for 1st Honors

2. 3.00 - 3.49 for 2nd Honors


b) Have no "D’s," "F’s" or Incompletes on the report card.




Honor Roll achievement at St. Mary's is based solely on St. Mary's grades. Summer school, make-up grades or grades for courses taken outside of St. Mary's do not count.


Academic privileges are granted to those students who are eligible for the school Honor Roll:


a) Seniors who have achieved 1st and/or 2nd Honors for the first seven (7) semesters receive special recognition in the form of a gold stole at graduation.


b) Seniors who have achieved 1st Honors for the first seven (7) semesters receive special recognition in the form of a gold stole and a medal at graduation.


c) Through the Class of 2018, the valedictorian and salutatorian will be those students who have achieved, after the first seven (7) semesters, the highest class ranking as determined by cumulative academic grade point average. The valedictorian and salutatorian may not drop a class in the fall semester of the senior year to improve class rank. Dropping a class to improve class rank shall disqualify a student from the position of valedictorian and/or salutatorian.


d) Effective for the class of 2019 the ten seniors with the highest cumulative gpas through 7 semesters will be invited to apply for the position(s) of graduation student speaker. A selection committee comprised of faculty and administration will review each candidate's written application, transcript and activities, and conduct a personal interview with each candidate, to determine


Class Rank


Class rank and cumulative G.P.A. is calculated from the semester grades earned in grades 9, 10, 11, 12, excluding Physical Education, Teacher Assistant, Cheer, and Drill.




98% of the Class of 2018 will be attending college. 76% 4Year; 22% 2-Year. A partial list of the 4 year institutions is as follows:


Ateneo de Manila

New York University

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Prairie View A&M University

Augustana College

Pepperdine University

Azusa Pacific University

Princeton University

Baylor University

Santa Clara University

Boise State University

Saint Mary’s College

Cal Lutheran University

Texas Christian University

California Maritime Academy

University of Arizona

Cal Northstate University

UC Davis

Cal Poly SLO

UC Irvine

CSU Chico


CSU East Bay

UC Riverside

CSU Fresno

UC Santa Barbara

CSU Humbolt

UC Santa Cruz

CSU Long Beach

University of Colorado, Boulder

CSU Monterey Bay

University of Denver

CSU Sacramento

University of Florida

CSU San Diego

University of Hawaii

CSU San Francisco

University of Nevada Reno

CSU San Jose

University of the Pacific

CSU Sonoma


CSU Stanislaus

University of San Diego

Drake University


George Washington University

U. of Tennessee,Chattanooga

Grand Canyon University

University of Wyoming

Hampton University

Virginia Military Institute

Montana State University

*Partial List


$16,067,877 in scholarships was awarded to the class.


UC Stats Re Admission (2018) Applied: 87; Admitted: 53; Enrolled: 23. The average enrolled GPA was 4.07



Saint Mary’s High School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). 

WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam.  WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA CASI) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS).   WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process.


Saint Mary’s High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.



Curriculum :: Calendar :: Graduates :: Homework Assignments :: Final Exams

Marking Procedures :: Academic Probation :: Failure in Required Course ::  Academic Dismissal

Honors :: AP Classes :: UC Analytical Data ::  CSU Analytical Data  :: Forms


Religion :: English :: Social Studies :: Mathematics :: Physical Education :: Science

Foreign Language :: Business/Work Experience:: Fine Arts :: Vocational Arts

:: University of California and California State University Requirements



St. Mary's High School
5648 N. El Dorado St.
Stockton, CA 95207