Academic Counseling

Chaminade-Madonna school counselors assist students in numerous ways to navigate their high school academic career.  Counselors meet with students (and families) to monitor academic progress and provide strategies for academic success.  During course scheduling, counselors discuss various academic pathways (including Honors and Advanced Placement course selection) and advise students regarding an appropriate and balanced course load. 

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Graduation Requirements

In accordance to policies established by the Florida Department of Education and SACS, Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory has established the following graduation requirements:










Social Studies




Foreign Language (Consecutive years)


HOPE or Personal Fitness and Life Management


Fine Arts/Practical Arts



Additional Requirements:

  • Un-weighted 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of 100 service hours (25 hours completed each year enrolled at CMCP) Class of 2020 onward
  • Completion of Encounter Retreat Program
  • Completion of 7 credits per year
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GPA System of CMCP: The CMCP grade point average (GPA) that appears on student transcripts is based on the following system that weights grades according to academic level. This unique system is used in the college admissions process to display the rigor of our academic program.


























59 & below






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Advancement Placement

2020-2021 AP Course Offerings
AP American Government (DE)
AP Art & Design
AP Biology (DE)
AP Calculus AB
AP Chemistry
AP Economics
AP English 3 (DE)
AP English 4 (DE)
AP Human Geography
AP Physics 1 (DE)
AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish Literature
AP Statistics
AP United States History (DE)
AP World History

(DE) denotes Dual Enrollment class through ST. Thomas University

Visit the College Board's AP Site

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Schedule Changes

Information will be updated soon.

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Study Skills

Top 10 Study Skills for High School Students


Have you ever heard someone say that high school grades don’t matter? It’s true that your college professor won’t care about the grade you got in 10th grade geometry, but he will be interested in the study skills you learned along the way.

High school is an important time to learn good study habits and improve your studying techniques. Here are 10 study skills for high school students to help you succeed in college.

1. Manage Your Time Wisely

Get used to keeping track of your time in high school and it will pay off for you in college. You might take as few as three or four classes per semester in college, which is only about 15 hours per week actually spent in class. While you may not sit in class for as many hours as you did in high school, your reading assignments in college will be doubled. Managing your free time is as important as managing your “busy” time.

2. Organize!

Keep a weekly or monthly planner or use a journal. If planners aren’t your thing, try making “to do” lists, or using your phone calendar to keep track of assignments and important dates and events. Relying on “just remembering” can be difficult when your obligations and assignments start to pile on.

3. Identify How You Learn

Find out what works for you. Are you a flash card girl? Maybe you’re a guy who writes down vocabulary words 20 times each to learn them. Experiment with new things, but stick to the tried-and-true study skills that have worked for you in the past.

4. Is There a Better Way to Study?

A lot of people cram for tests by studying into the wee hours the night before. Take an honest look at your study habits. Repeated, short sessions of studying are much more effective than a six-hour cram session the night before a final.

5. Catch Some Zzz’s

Don’t stay up until 4 a.m. studying for a test! It won’t work now and it won’t work in college. Sleep has been scientifically documented to be a significant factor on your GPA as well as how well you perform on other tasks.

6. Attend Class

While high school attendance is a strict business, it’s good practice for college. Most college classes will only meet once or twice per week, so they will count that much more. Many professors only allow two to three absences for the entire semester. Miss more than that and you’re grade sinks – or worse.

7. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help! They aren’t there to scare you; they’re a valuable resource. Students in your class are another great source of information and support. Be sure to exchange phone numbers and email addresses with them during your first few weeks of class. They will not only help with schoolwork, but some of them may even turn into long-time friends.

8. Make Study Groups

Studying with other students and working on assignments together can be helpful too. You can clarify points you may not understand, and help others by explaining the parts they find hard. Teaching others may even help you grasp a better understanding of the information as well.

9. Hone Those Writing Skills

Learn the fine art of the college essay and also be sure to take notes in class. Writing and note taking are important study skills for high school students transitioning into college. Don’t write everything your teacher says, but be sure to highlight the important points. You can also compare notes in with other students to review parts of the lecture you found difficult or may have missed.

10. Study Outside

Don’t just study in the library. Choosing multiple places to study will keep your boredom level low and may even help you perform better on tests.

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Summer School


For Incoming Ninth Graders 

The Chaminade-Madonna Freshmen Readiness Program is intended to assist incoming ninth graders in their transition to a college preparatory high school curriculum. The primary goal is to reinforce skills considered essential to academic success. The requirement to attend is based upon the student’s performance on the reading comprehension, language arts, and/or mathematics sections of the Entrance Exam. Each student’s acceptance to Chaminade-Madonna is conditional upon his/her conduct and academic performance in the Program. 

The Freshmen Readiness Program consists of the following courses: 

Study Skills: This course helps students improve skills in organization, outlining, note-taking, memorization, speed writing, and classroom management. 

Reading: This course readies students for vigorous high school reading. Emphasis is placed on improving both reading speed and comprehension. Students work on identifying main ideas and supporting details, recognizing implication and inference, and using context clues to decode different passages. 

English: This course helps students improve writing skills. Sentence structure, grammar, paragraphs, and common patterns of expository writing are emphasized. Homework will be assigned. 

Math: This course reviews algebra concepts, including practice and drill in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and exponents. Students will practice single, double, and multiple-step algebraic transformations. This course prepares students for a full Algebra 1 class during the 9th grade. Homework will be assigned. 

The Freshmen Readiness classes will be held Monday, June 15 - Thursday, July 2, 2020

All students must wear the Chaminade-Madonna school uniform when attending the Program. 

We believe that the Freshmen Readiness Program will assist your child in preparing for the academic rigors of our college preparatory curriculum, while having the opportunity to begin making friends and becoming familiar with the campus. 



Forgiveness Policy
Students who have received a “D” or “F” as the final grade in a course may repeat that course in order to improve the grade previously earned. The higher of the two grades will be used to compute the cumulative GPA, while the lower grade will be replaced by an “R” and will be part of the student’s permanent record. Guidelines for the Forgiveness Policy at Chaminade-Madonna are as follows: 1. All classes for forgiveness must be taken at Chaminade-Madonna. 2. All students enrolled at Chaminade-Madonna are eligible. 3. Seniors needing a class not offered at Chaminade-Madonna must receive permission from the Assistant Head of School prior to enrolling in the course at another institution/virtual. 

Summer School 
Summer School at Chaminade-Madonna will be offered for students to advance their studies by taking a course for the first time or to remediate a course previously taken. Absence from Summer School is to be avoided at all costs; credit may be denied for excessive absence. Summer School is organized each year by the school administration. Information is available in the Main Office. 



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