St. Mary's High School - Academics

St. Mary's Offers a Challenging, Rigorous
College-Preparatory Curriculum

St. Mary's High School has a challenging and rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The Administration, in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee, meets on a regular basis to insure that St. Mary's Curriculum is in accordance with the New York State Regents. We also offer programs, which go beyond these requirements, to prepare students for college and a life of learning.

St. Mary's offers an array of Regents and Honors courses, which are described in the Course Description Catalogue. Our elective courses give each student the chance to learn of and develop a variety of talents. We also have an extensive Advanced Placement program that offers many college-level opportunities. St. Mary's graduation requirements not only meet, but surpass New York Regents requirements.

St. Mary's also offers a full slate of clubs and organizations that supplement and compliment our curriculum. The St. Mary's (Marion) Chapter of the National Honor Society plays an integral part in the life of the school. members of the NHS provide regular tutoring for students who are struggling or those that just want to get ahead. Our Scholars Program enables students to participate in a variety of enrichment activities to further their educational experiences. Whether it is Model UN, Poetry Club, Web Page Design Club or the Healthy Lifestyles Club, these and other groups offer numerous chances for students to immerse themselves in St. Mary's vibrant academic program.

St. Mary's emphasis on academics is also reflected in other ways. Our athletic teams utilize mandatory study sessions in which the team studies together in order to emphasize team work on and off the field. Scholar athletes are the norm not the exception at St. Mary's. Faculty members offer after school review classes, one on one tutoring and SAT preparation classes. Mandatory Homework Sessions help students focus on their work after school under the supervision of a teacher who can help if the need arises. Success is the goal at St. Mary's and the multi-faceted academic program is designed to achieve that goal.


A host of Advanced Placement courses is offered for students of college-level ability. These challenging courses offer students the ability to receive college credit for successful completion of the curriculum. The AP courses currently offered include:

  • American Government & Politics
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Princiiples
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Statistics
  • U.S. History
  • World History

St. Mary's offers a variety of electives in all of our content areas. This broad spectrum is designed to expose students to many different subjects in order to spur interest or expand skills in areas that may turn out to be potential career choices. The elective program also changes from year to year as new courses are considered regularly. To get a detailed description of each course go to the Course Description Catalog. Some of the electives currently offered include:

  • 2D Studio in Art
  • 3D Studio in Art
  • 3D CAD I & II
  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Design
  • American Pop Culture
  • Business Law
  • Ceramics / Advanced Ceramics
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Environmental Science
  • Hispanic History and Culture through Media
  • History through Film
  • Internet Design
  • Intro to Performing Arts
  • Intro to Teaching
  • Keyboarding & Guitar / Advanced Guitar / Advanced Keyboard
  • Latin
  • Leadership Skills
  • Lights, Camera, Dance
  • Marketing
  • Mixed Choir
  • Modern Media
  • Music Theory
  • Personal Finance
  • Philosophy & Catholic Culture
  • Portfolio Development Seminar
  • Psychology
  • Public Speaking
  • Retreat Peer Ministry
  • Rock & Roll: Popular Music in America
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