Upper School

Upper School

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:

  • Communications
  • The Arts (visual/musical)
  • Business
  • Math, Science & Technology
  • Humanities
  • 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.

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.

High School Graduation Requirements

Advanced Regents

CourseCreditsRegentsCredits
English4English4
Religion4Religion4
Social Studies4Social Studies4
Math3Math3
Science3Science3
Foreign Language3Foreign Language2
Health0.5Health0.5
PE 2PE2
Art/Music1Art1
Computer Applications1Computer Applications1
Leadership & Career Ethics1Leadership & Career Ethics1
Personal Finance0.5Personal Finance0.5
Sub Total27Sub Total26
Major Area of Interest4Major Area of Interest4
Total31Total30