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  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program

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    The Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program is a dual enrollment program that allows exceptional students to participate in a curriculum that offers courses which are broader in scope and are more demanding than the college preparatory curriculum. Students will be able to practice critical thinking and analytical skills that will aid them in developing their potential. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program will challenge outstanding students with a demanding education that stresses independent work and intense engagement with the faculty and other Honors students both in and out of the classroom.

    Students completing the program will be awarded a diploma “with distinction.” Students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 to 3.59 will be awarded a distinction of “Cum Laude,” students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 to 3.79 will be awarded a distinction of "Magna Cum Laude", while students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3:80 and higher will be awarded a distinction of “Summa Cum Laude.”


    Admission

    Recommendation of students into the Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program will occur upon completion of the freshman year with recommendation by the department chairpersons and approval by the administration. Criteria for selection include:
    a. Placement in the top 20% of the class
    b. A cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above
    c. Intellectual aptitude
    d. Achievement test scores
    e. Overall school performance (past and current), including attendance and discipline records
    f. Participation in extracurricular activities

    Characteristics of candidates include:

    a. High academic achievement and intellectual ability
    b. Self motivation
    c. Self discipline
    d. Good organizational skills
    e. Excellent written expression
    f. Avid interest in reading
    g. Good oral communication skills
    h. Ability to work independently and collaboratively
    i. Good citizenship and attendance
    Students may also apply independently if they meet the above criteria and have not been recommended by teachers. These applications will be reviewed by department chairpersons; the final decision will be by the department chairs and the administration.

    Requirements

    Students must maintain an 85 or above average in all Honors and Advanced Placement level courses taken at Holy Cross High School and a minimum of a C in all courses taken at Marywood University. They must meet a high standard of academic integrity and not have excessive absences.
    Students will complete the following courses at Marywood University:
    I.H.M. Program:
    Grade 11 Summer - General Psychology (PSY 211) (3 Credits)
    Grade 11 Fall – Writing Skills (ENGL 160) (3 Credits)
    Grade 11 Spring - Introduction to World Literature (ENGL 180) (3 Credits)
    Grade 12 Fall - Roots of the Modern World (HIST 100) (3 Credits)
    Grade 12 Spring - Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 113) (3 Credits)