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



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


"... For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of man ..." Romans 8:21


"Goodness is the only investment that never fails ..." Henry David Thoreau


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 and meet with the parent/guardian.




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.


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


Regulations for Computer Usage

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 library 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.

  • Use of facilities for commercial purposes is prohibited.

  • Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages or 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 St. Mary’s computing facilities for any purpose other than those prescribed or explicitly permitted by the high school is prohibited.

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

  • Users of the computer facilities shall obey the instructions of the supervisors.

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

  • Engaging in aggressive behavior or abusive language is prohibited.

  • Representing Saint Mary's High School under false pretenses on the school’s Website is prohibited.


  • Only signed or in-person communication will be acted upon. No response (such as a return email) will be made to an anonymous message.

  • The purpose of the student electronic mail system is for students to communicate with school staff, outside resources related to school assignments, and fellow students to collaborate on school activities.

  • Students are responsible for messages sent from their accounts. Students should not share their passwords.

  • Use of the St. Marys student e-mail system is a privilege and the account may be revoked if used inappropriately. Use of the e-mail system aligns with the St. Mary's Code of Conduct as stated in the Parent & Student Handbook. Illegal activities on school e-mail may be referred to law enforcement authorities as well as subject the student to possible disciplinary action from the school.

  • Student e-mail accounts will be removed from the system upon graduation, in the event the student discontinues enrollment, regardless of the reason, or for inappropriate use while still enrolled.

  • Any technical problem with the student e-mail account should be brought to the attention of the Computer Services Director. Also, students must report any unusual activity such as "spam" communications, obscene e-mail, etc. Students must not forward chain letters, jokes or graphics files.

  • Students will not provide any personal information via the school e-mail account.

  • Electronic e-mail sent or received through is not confidential and is the property of St. Mary's High School. St. Mary's High School reserves the right to retrieve the contents of user mailboxes for legitimate reasons, such as to find lost messages, to conduct internal investigations, to comply with investigations of wrongful acts or to recover from system failure.

  • St. Mary's High School scans all inbound and outbound e-mails, plus attachments, for viruses, but does NOT guarantee such messages to be virus free. St. Mary's accepts no responsibility for any damage caused by sending or receiving e-mails through our e-mail system.

  • All e-mails sent from school accounts have the following legal notice appended to the content: "This e-mail is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or group to whom it is addressed. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not represent those of St. Mary's High School. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. Please note that St. Mary's High School may monitor and intercept e-mail communications."

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 Mr., Nomellini, 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.


In order to graduate from St. Mary's High School, a student must have successfully completed the following in addition to Christian Service Project*

4 years of English


40 units

4 years of Religious Studies


40 units

3 1/2 years of Social Studies



Geography (9)

5 units

World History (10)

10 units

United States History (11)

10 units

Government (12)

5 units

Economics (12)

5 units

2 years of Mathematics


20 units

2 years of Physical Education


20 units

2 years of Science


20 units

(Science 9, Biology)



Health Education


5 units

Visual/Performing Arts Elective


10 units

Computer Elective


5 units

Additional units of electives


60 units

Total units required for graduation

255 units


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

*(Christian Service Project requirement begins with the Class of 2016)


Advanced Placement courses are offered in American Literature, English Literature, Chemistry, European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Psychology and Biology.

Students may take the Advanced Placement Exams in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, European History, Foreign Language, Physics, Psychology, U.S. Government & Politics and U.S. History.


St. Mary’s continues to exceed state and national test averages on AP exams since 1990. The graduating class of 2013 had 57 national AP Scholars. In 2013 there were 412 Exams Taken with 76% Pass Rate and  23% were above the national average


St. Mary’s exceeds state and national averages on the following national exams: EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT, PSAT and SAT .


Saint Mary's Christian Service Project


The graduation requirement becomes effective for the Class of 2016.


The program is designed to encourage and facilitate students’ active involvement in service, faith development, personal leadership and giving back to the community. Students will be 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-10 hours; Juniors-20 hours; and, Seniors-20 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.



99% of the Class of 2013 wil be attending colleges and universities of which 75% will be 4 year institutions and the remaining community colleges. The class earned awards and scholarships totaling over $10,466,873.


Colleges and Universities

Academy of Art University

San Diego State University

American University

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Arizona State University

San Francisco State University

Azusa Pacific University

San Joaquin Delta College

Boise State University

San Jose State University

Butte College

Santa Clara University

California Lutheran University

Sierra Nevada College

California Poly SLO

Sonoma State University

California Poly Pomona

Southern Oregon University

California State University, Chico

St. John’s University

California State University, East Bay

St. Mary’s College of California

California State University, Fullerton

The Art Institute of California

California State University, Sacramento

Thomas More College

California State University, Stanislaus

United States Air Force Academy

City College of San Francisco

University of Arizona

Cosumnes River College

University of California, Berkeley

Creighton University

University of California, Davis

Cuesta College

University of California, Irvine

Diablo Valley College

University of California, Los Angeles

DigiPen Institute of Technology

University of California, Merced

Dominican University of California

University of California, Riverside

Franciscan University of Steubenville

University of California, San Diego

Fullerton College

University of California, Santa Barbara

Holy Names University

University of California, Santa Cruz

Humphrey’s College

University of Colorado at Boulder

Las Positas College

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Lewis & Clark College

University of Nevada, Reno

Loyola Marymount College

University of Notre Dame

Maryville College

University of Oregon

Modesto Junior College

University of Portland

Montana State University

University of San Diego

New York University

University of San Francisco

Notre Dame De Namur University

University of the Pacific

Oklahoma State University

University of Utah

Oregon State University

William Penn University

Pepperdine University

Wright State University

Prairie View A & M University



University of California Analytical Data


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St. Mary's has a 100% Freshman retention vs 92% average UC system wide


California State University Analytical Data


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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.

After an absence, it is the student's responsibility to see the teachers about making up missed work. When students are able to work during absence, they are encouraged to obtain their assignments from fellow classmates. A teacher is expected to submit a list of class assignments upon request. If a student will be absent because of illness for three days or more, parents should contact the school through the Guidance Office to obtain a list of 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 any student who is absent because of vacation plans.


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.


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.


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 night 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, in summer school or at Delta.




With the approval of the Vice Principal and Department Chairperson, a course may be repeated. Specific individual problems should be referred to the Department Chair.




Students who fail Physical Science and/or Biology may attend summer school, Delta 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 night 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 school Honor Roll, a student must:


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

a) 3.50 - and above for 1st Honors

b) 3.00 - 3.49 for 2nd Honors


2) Have no "D's" or "F's" or Incompletes on the report card.


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


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.


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


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.


NOTE: Honor Roll achievement at St. Mary's is based solely on St. Mary's grades. Make-up grades or grades for courses taken outside of St. Mary's do not count. Transfer students excepted.


Grade Weighting

All Advanced Placement classes and Honors classes (grades 11, 12 only) will be weighted. (5 for an “A” grade, 4 for a “B” grade, and 3 for a “C” grade). Those courses qualifying for weighted grades are identified by the University of California, not by St. Mary's High School.

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.


AP and Honors Classes

All AdvancedPlacement classes and Honors classes (grades 11, 12 only) will be weighted. (5 points for an "A" grade, 4 points for a "B" grade, and 3 points for a "C" grade). Those courses qualifying for weighted grades are identified by the University of California, not by St. Mary's High School.


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.


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


Honors courses offered are

  • Algebra

  • Geometry/Trigonometry

  • Biology

  • Physical Science

  • Chemistry

  • Pre-Calculus

  • English

  • World Literature

AP Courses offered are:


  • Biology

  • European History

  • Calculus

  • Psychology

  • Chemistry

  • Studio Art

  • English Language

  • U.S. Government

  • English Literature

  • U.S. History

Guidance Services


St. Mary’s High School, in its continued effort to meet the needs of the students and to build community, has provided a staff of qualified counselors who are ready to help students at any time in these areas:


• Academic

• Personal

• Course scheduling

• Financial Aid

• College placement


The guidance staff includes the academic dean, counselors (one for each grade level), a scholarship or Financial Aid counselor and a licensed clinical social worker.


Counselors routinely meet with students throughout the year to help in whatever way possible and to discuss educational plans. The Guidance Office is staffed during school hours, where students or parents may request an appointment with a counselor during the school day. A licensed clinical social worker provides additional services at St. Mary’s.


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



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