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Here are the Shattuck-St. Mary’s diploma requirements.

All transfer students will submit their transcript of previous work to the office of the Registrar where an analysis will be performed to determine the number of credits the student can apply toward SSM graduation requirements. One-term courses receive 1 credit and year-long courses receive 3 credits. Final course grades below D- will earn no credit in either one-term or year-long courses. In addition, if a course is a year-long course, and a student either fails to complete the course, drops the course, is suspended from the course, or in any other manner fails to complete all coursework required to receive a passing grade for the entire year, the student will receive no credit for the course.

Students are required to take a minimum of 61 credits during the regular academic program. The 61 credits must also satisfy the specific departmental requirements described below:

  • English
    • Twelve credits; students must be enrolled in English each term
  • Performing and Visual Arts
    • One credit each year of attendance
  • History
    • Nine credits of history, including United States History or AP United States History
  • Science
    • Nine credits including three credits in Biology and either three credits in Chemistry or three in Physics
  • Religious Studies
    • One credit is required in Religion to be fulfilled by taking World Religions or Introduction to the Bible. Students will fulfill this requirement during their junior year; approval to fulfill this requirement during senior year must be granted by the Director of Studies.
  • World Language
    • Nine credits in the same language for three consecutive years in grades 9-12.
  • Mathematics
    • All students are required to be enrolled in a mathematics class every year. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of nine credits in mathematics, including a minimum of three credits each in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or courses advanced beyond these levels.
  • Eight additional elective credits

Diploma Requirements for International Students

The diploma requirements listed previously apply to international students with the following provisions. An international student whose first language is not English may qualify for a Shattuck-St. Mary’s diploma by passing ESL or English during each year of attendance and exiting ESL prior to senior year. All international students are expected to complete at least one year of mainstream English instruction, and exit from ESL is a prerequisite for these courses.

Initial ESL placement is determined by a series of assessments, including incoming TOEFL scores, on campus testing and an interview, during orientation; placement for subsequent years is evaluated each spring. ESL exit is determined by the student’s ability to speak, write, read, and listen to English. These skills will be evaluated by the ESL Department through an examination of grades, written work, and standardized tests.

The Director of Studies and the Director of ESL will review the academic performance of students who are not making sufficient progress in their ESL program and will make a recommendation to the Associate Head of School regarding the student’s potential to satisfy graduation requirements. Depending on the severity of the situation, recommendations may include mandatory additional Shattuck-St. Mary’s ESL instruction during the school year and/or summer, repeating a grade year, or dismissal.

A student in the ESL program’s native language will be exempted from the Shattuck-St. Mary’s World Language requirement; however, further language study is recommended for students who exit ESL.