Academic Pathways

Purcell Marian High School offers four academic pathways in order to challenge the abilities of all students.

Freshmen placement is determined on the basis of grades, teacher recommendations, the results from the placement and state testing, as well as participation in the freshmen orientation program. At the end of each year, teachers and the academic team will evaluate students to ensure that they are performing at their highest potential. Adjustments are made as needed in consultation with the academic team, students, and parents.

IB Programme

The IB program is an accelerated, rigorous program of studies that is designed for our most academically capable students; encouraging students to think critically, challenge assumptions, consider both local and global contexts, and develop research, collaboration and communication skills. Students are permitted to take individual IB course based on teacher recommendation and grade qualifications or if students are IB Diploma Programme candidates they are required to take the IB core content classes along with Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Activity, and Service, and Extended Essay. Students in the IB Programme have the ability to earn college credit should they achieve qualifying grades and scores.

Honors

This accelerated program of studies is designed to partner with our IB courses as a method of appropriately challenging our most academically capable students. Once placed in the Honors pathway it is the student responsibility to consistently perform at their highest level. Students will complete 4 credits each in English, Math, and Science; 3-4 credits of Social Studies and at least 3 credits of foreign language. Students will be encouraged to take IB courses, AP tests, and/or College Credit Plus classes where they may earn college credit.

ACP (Advanced College Preparatory)

This program is designed to meet the academic curriculum requirements for acceptance at four-year colleges and universities. Students will complete 4 credits each in English, Math, and Science; 3-4 credits in Social Studies; 2-3 credits of a foreign language. Students will be encouraged to take College Credit Plus classes where they may earn college credit.

CP (College Preparatory)

This program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary experiences including four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, the military, or other post-secondary training. Students will complete 4 credits in English and Math (including at least Algebra II); 3 credits in Science and Social Studies; and 2 years of foreign language. Students in this program may be scheduled for a support bell based on need.

CCP (College and Career Preparatory )

This program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary experiences including community colleges, the military, or other post-secondary training. Students will complete 4 credits in English and Math (including at least Algebra II); 3-4 credits in Science and Social Studies; and quality academic electives. Students in this program will receive a support bell which may include a resource bell as part of our SSST program requirements.