Bishop John J Snyder High School is an academic institution devoted to educating students in a safe, compassionate, Catholic environment. Our curriculum prepares students for college while offering them challenging opportunities for enrichment.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Honors Courses:
English I-IV
Geometry
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
Statistics
Anatomy and Physiology
Biology, Biology II
Chemistry, Chemistry II
Physics
American History
World History
Government
Economics
Spanish III-IV
French III-IV
Portfolio

Advanced Placement:

English Literature and Composition
English Language and Composition
Calculus AB
U.S. History
World History
American Government
Macroeconomics
Biology
Chemistry                                                                                  

Graduation Credit Requirements:

Religion 4 credits
English 4 credits
Math 4 credits (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
Social Studies 3 credits (World History, American History, Economics, Government)
Science 3 credits (including Biology and Chemistry)
World Languages 2 credits (same language)
Personal Fitness 1/2 credit + Physical Education 1/2 credit
Practical/Performing Art 1 credit
Electives 6 credits

World Languages:
Spanish
French

Electives: (Additional electives may be added.)
Chorus I-IV
Band I-IV
Intro to Guitar
Art I-III
Portfolio
Speech
Debate
Mythology
Ancient Philosophy
Computer Applications
Graphic Design
Visual Technology
Team Sports I-II
Basic Weight Training
Intermediate Weight Training
Advanced Weight Training I-II
Geography
Psychology
Sociology
Marine Science
Ecology
Astronomy
Statistics
Math for College Readiness

Grading Scale/GPA Calculation

The following grading scale applies to all classes:

Grade               Points       Honors        AP

A  90 – 100           4.0             4.5           5.0

B  80-89               3.0             3.5           4.0

C  70-79               2.0             2.5           3.0

D  60-69               1.0             1.0           1.0

F  Below 60          0.0             0.0           0.0

Transcript Evaluations by Other Agencies

State Universities and the NCAA may recalculate a student’s GPA according to their own requirements. All Florida state universities add one-half additional point per honors course and one additional point per AP course.

Academic Regulations

Students must earn all seven (7) BJS credits attempted each year of high school.  Failure to earn seven (7) credits will necessitate summer school attendance (see Credit Shortage Policy on this page).

  • Eighth grade courses that are high school level may appear on transcripts for college admission and scholarship purposes, but do not earn academic credit toward a Bishop John J. Snyder High School diploma.
  • A religion credit is required for each year enrolled at Bishop John J. Snyder High School.
  • Transfer students must have attempted a minimum of six credits per academic year.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on Academic Probation when his/her cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0. This can occur as early as the end of the first semester of the freshman year or as late as the second semester of the senior year. Any student who has been placed on Academic Probation will write an Academic Intervention Plan (AIP) with the input of their parent(s) and a Guidance Counselor. The plan will consist of a variety of measures specifically tailored to the individual student after an assessment of their academic needs. This plan may include, but is not limited to, tutoring, regular meetings with teachers and/or counselors, and signs of improvement in their academic courses.

Bishop John J. Snyder High School students on Academic Probation must raise their cumulative GPA above a 2.0 and meet the expectations of the Academic Intervention Plan by the first day of the 12th grade.  Students who do not meet the GPA requirements, or those of the AIP, will be assessed to determine their potential graduation status and their continuance of enrollment at BJS.

Credit Shortage

Grade Forgiveness

Through this measure, students will be able to replace one grade in a core academic course if they received a D or an F. Core subjects include English, math, social science, world languages, science and religion courses. Electives will not be eligible. Please note the following stipulations:

  • Students must retake the same course or its equivalent.
  • The original grade will remain on the transcript, but it will not count towards the students GPA.
  • Students will need to attend summer school in order to satisfy credit requirements (retaking a course will leave a student one credit short of graduation requirements).
  • Transfer students may retake a course for which they received credit at another academic institution.
  • The course cannot be dropped once a student is enrolled.
  • Grades in the retaken course will be final.
  • Students may utilize this policy only once during their high school career.

Extra Credit/Bonus

Students may not receive extra credit or bonus points for any assignment. This includes grades whose total is over 100%, questions on tests/quizzes that may offer students additional points, ‘banked’ points to be used on future assignments, points offered for attendance at school events outside the scope of course responsibilities and any assignment that is given outside the course work to an individual to artificially raise their grade.

Academic Assistance

Teachers are available before school at 7:40 a.m. and after school until 3:15 p.m. on an appointment basis for student help.  It is the responsibility of the student to schedule an appointment with the teacher.

Summer School

Credits earned in summer school are for enrichment or to make up a credit shortage.  All summer school courses must be taken at Bishop John J. Snyder High School.  Specific requirements will be published prior to summer school registration.

Grade Reports/Online Progress Reports

Snyder provides an online grade tracking system (refer to ParentsWeb).  ParentsWeb complements, but is not a substitute for, communication between students, parents and faculty about coursework.  For this reason, a progress report will not be distributed to students mid-way through each nine-week grading period.  Your child may print a report in our Media Center when necessary.
Report cards are mailed home approximately one week after the close of each quarter.  E-report cards are available on ParentsWeb at the end of each quarter.  Issue dates are found on the calendar on our web site.  Failure letters will be mailed to parents after the final year end report card is issued.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade (“I”) will be given only when necessary due to illness or unusual circumstances. Upon receiving an incomplete grade the student is required to meet with the teacher and receive a schedule for completion of all missing work.  All work must be completed and a grade turned in to the office within fifteen (15) school days after the end of the grading period.  If the student fails to meet the required time schedule, a failure (“F”) or failures will be recorded for the missing work.  An incomplete (“I”) will be calculated as an “F” for athletic eligibility.

Honor Roll

The Honor Roll is determined at the end of each quarter as follows:

First Honors: No grade in an individual course lower than a 90

Second Honors: No grade in an individual course lower than an 80