We are pleased to share that Bishop Kearney added 6th grade to our current school structure in 2015, making our total offering grades 6 through 12. Bishop Kearney’s new format follows Diocesan trends and the national model for middle schools which have a grade 6-8 configuration.
Bishop Kearney has a separate middle school wing and classrooms for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Providing education for Grades 6 through 12 enables us to create a program that allows for a seamless transition from middle school to high school.
Currently our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are able to take advantage of our innovative curriculum and technology initiatives in classrooms equipped with the same technology that can be found in throughout our building.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to “empower young men and women to reach their full potential— spiritually, academically, and socially—by providing a college preparatory, values based Catholic education in a student centered family atmosphere, in keeping with the tradition of the Christian Brothers and School Sisters of Notre Dame,” at an even earlier stage of their formation.
The Academic Program
- 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will participate in: English, Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Science, as well as Religion. They will also participate in art, physical education and music classes.
- Accelerated classes: Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced course work leading to a potential of three high school credits obtained in middle school: Algebra, Biology, and Latin I.
- Foreign Language: All of our middle school students take Latin. Latin helps students understand how other languages (including English) operate. Latin has a very clear, structured, and organized grammar that allows students to master grammatical concepts in English, and also serves as an excellent foundation for any other language students will go on to learn. For example, Spanish, French, and Italian are all derived from Latin, and have grammatical structures much more similar to Latin than to English. Latin helps students to expand their English vocabulary. Over 60% of English words (and 90% of those with more than two syllables) are derived from Latin, so students will be better prepared to recognize or to figure out new words that they have not seen before.
- The academic foundation that Bishop Kearney provides middle school students allows them to thrive in high school as Bishop Kearney SAT scores are consistently 20% higher than the national average.
- In 2012, Bishop Kearney SAT math scores were 2nd of all high schools in Monroe County and in 2014 Bishop Kearney SAT scores exceeded other Catholic high schools in the Rochester area (data published in the Rochester Business Journal – School Report Card).
- Bishop Kearney has a 100% graduation rate and 100% college placement with the senior class receiving $10-$12 million in college scholarships.
A Bishop Kearney Education better prepares students for the 21st Century
The demands of the 21st century, global job market require each high school student to have a clear idea of what career area he or she will pursue when entering the work force, whether right after post secondary education, or right out of high school.
Our new Major Area of Interest curricular program will allow students to:
- Take charge of their education
- Pursue in depth study in an area of choice
- Learn more about future professions or lifetime skills
- Explore their individual interests
A Major Area of Interest consists of four (4) credits selected by the student in an area of interest. Our major area of interest offerings will include:
- The Arts (visual/musical)
- Math, Science & Technology
- Cum Laude (**see description below)
All students will begin their MAI with a semester course in computer applications and a semester course in Career Surveys. These courses will be taken as 9th graders and allow students to gain basic digital literacy skills, and explore their interests in a safe, survey course that will help guide them to their Major Area of Interest selection as a sophomore.
Our traditional college preparatory education will be further enhanced by a student’s ability to focus on elective courses that will provide a meaningful connection between high school and the world beyond. No other private school in the area provides an academic program that allows for students to achieve a Major Area of Interest on top of already rigorous Regents requirements.
This program allows us to take another step forward in our goal of providing Bishop Kearney students with a 21st century education that is both real and relevant.
With a one to one laptop program at the high school level our students have access to technologies that allow them to focus on important 21st century skills such as: Digital-Age Literacy, Inventive thinking, Effective Communication, and High Productivity. Our faculty is dedicated to create lessons that organically imbed such skills into their already rigorous curriculum. With a modified block schedule students have more time to become actively engaged in their own learning with a positively impressive success rate.
** The Cum Laude MAI allows students to focus on a traditional, rigorous, academic path. Cum Laude students are REQUIRED to take three years of a foreign language, at least five Advanced Placement classes, and at least six credits in the major content areas of math, science, social studies, or English, three of which must be at an advanced or honors level.