Academic Requirements & Policies
Required Credits and Classes
Students are required to successfully complete 245 credit hours of course work prior to graduation. Included in those 245 hours must be the following required classes:
- 4 years of Theology and English
- 3 years of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences
- 2 years of World Language (or Language Arts)
- 2 years of Fine Arts and Career Education
- 1 semester each of Health, Speech, PE, and Information Technology Applications I
In keeping with the mission of Hastings Catholic Schools, high school students are required to volunteer a minimum of 75 hours of service to the school or community as a requirement for graduation; middle school students are required to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours of service.
All St. Cecilia students must be enrolled in at least seven classes each semester. Academic credit for courses is based on the number of times a given course meets per week (five class periods per week equals five credit hours per semester).
Students in grade 9-12 who fail required courses must retake those courses for the semester or semesters failed. Students may be required to retake the entire year.
Grades earned are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement with each attempt made to utilize consistent grading systems so that all work of similar quality receives the same grade. The following grading criteria is used by all teachers:
A Superior (93-100%)
B Above Average (85-92%)
C Average (77-84%)
D Below Average (70-76%)
F Failing (below 70%)
Students with special needs may request consideration for Special Needs Grading and/or participation in the Resource Program. Building principals should be contacted for information regarding these options.
Student Assessment/Standardized Testing
Hastings Catholic Schools administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to all third through seventh and ninth graders as required by Diocesan policy. The ITBS replaces the TerraNova which has been the standardized test administered in the past. Students in grades K-5 are also given DIBELS reading assessments three times during the school year. These quick measures are designed to check each student's competency of early literacy skills. More information about DIBELS can be found at https://dibels.org/dibels.html. At the high school level, juniors may take the PSAT as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Juniors and seniors may avail themselves of the opportunity to take the ACT, SAT, COMPASS, and ASVAB. School-administered test scores become part of each student's permanent record and copies are given to parents.