St. Charles Catholic High School

    ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, 100 Dominican Drive, LaPlace – St. Charles Catholic (SCC) is the only Catholic, coeducational college preparatory school in St. John, St. Charles and St. James parishes. St. Charles Catholic is THE choice for students in the River Parishes.
    While maintaining a well-balanced curriculum in an effort to meet the needs of all students, the school provides programs that focus on the individual student. It strives to develop the total student – spiritually, academically, physically and socially.
    The enrollment of 427 represents more than 20 church parishes.
    Faculty and students are continuing with our one-to-one program with Apple iPads. Maintaining our status as a technology leader in the River Parishes, SCC students utilize the many applications that Apple offers in order to enhance the curriculum. Teachers are incorporating the iPad into their daily instruction, and students will use the iPad while participating in critical thinking, analysis and research within the classroom and at home.
    The eighth-grade program at St. Charles Catholic continues to thrive. The eighth-grade program allows students to enhance their academic opportunities, helping them gain early mastery of algebra. Eighth graders at SCC are more likely to qualify for calculus and to begin college-level courses in their senior year. More training in foreign language and language arts increases competencies in all areas and strengthens vocabulary for higher scores on college admission tests such as the ACT and SAT.
    Daily religion classes and prayer in all classes encourage the spiritual development of students at SCC. Masses and liturgical services are held periodically in the St. Charles Borromeo Memorial Chapel, with school-wide celebrations occurring at least once a month. St. Charles Catholic begins the school year with grade-level retreats, with faculty members serving as retreat leaders.
    The academic development of the student is accomplished through three programs of study – an honor’s program (including Advanced Placement courses in English, calculus, civics, American history, French, language and composition, chemistry and biology); an academic program and a standard program. Students are assigned to a program based on their individual academic abilities and on the results of the standard high school placement test administered to all incoming eighth graders and freshmen.
    In the last four years, more than 70 percent of SCC graduates have earned college scholarships and awards. SCC’s composite ACT score ranks above both the state and national averages.
    The dual enrollment program at SCC is off to a great start. Teachers attended professional development with both Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Tech University this past summer, creating partnerships with both universities.
    The physical development of the student is maintained by a required two years of physical education. All students are encouraged to participate in the many interscholastic athletic programs offered at SCC, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
    Last year approximately 85 percent of the student body was involved in one or more extracurricular activities. St. Charles Catholic High School athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom as evidenced by the fact that the average ACT score of our 2011 championship football team senior players was, in fact, above both the state and national averages.
    The social development of the student seeks to involve the adolescent in the many and varied extracurricular activities at St. Charles Catholic. SCC offers a variety of academic clubs, service organizations and spirit groups, which meet the needs and interests of the students as well as supplement classroom learning. SCC has been the leader in the area for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. SCC has sponsored several teams each year, raising thousands of dollars for the society.
    St. Charles Catholic is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, approved by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Schools, and affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association.
    The administration and staff consists of 40 lay men and women, as well as a school chaplain. Andrew C. Cupit is the principal of St. Charles Catholic; Doug Triche and Jeff Montz serve as assistant principals.
    For more information about St. Charles Catholic, contact Dr. Courtney Millet, director of instruction and institutional advancement, at (985) 652-3809 or by email at millet.courtney@stcharles

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