Program of Studies
Our counselors work one-on-one with students, beginning in the 9th grade to help guide them through a comprehensive college readiness program.
Koons Memorial Library
Bishop O'Connell's library is an integral part of the school curriculum and serves as a central information resource for both students and teachers.
Read more about our academic schedule which includes both traditional (anchor) and block days.
The grading system immediately below is effective for grades earned in the 2015-2016 school year and forward. Grades earned prior to 2015-2016 retain values from the previous scale (bottom).
|Letter||Range||College Prep ||Honors||AP|
Grades earned at Bishop O'Connell through the summer of 2015 are valued according to the scale below.
|F||64 or below||0.0||0.0||0.0|
Distinguished Honors: A- or better in every subject
First Honors: B+ or better in every subject
Second Honors: B- or better in every subject
Bishop O'Connell High School offers a curriculum which is designed to prepare students for admission to the leading colleges or university. For the most adequate college preparation, it is recommended that students follow the sequence of courses indicated by the asterisk (*).
For graduation, Bishop O'Connell High School requires a minimum of 26 credits, to be distributed as follows:
Theology - 4 units
English - 4 units
Mathematics - 3 units, *4 units
Science - 3 units, *4 units
Foreign Language - 2 units, *4 units
Health and Physical Education - 2 units
Social Studies, History - 4 units
Fine Arts - 1/2 unit
Technology- 1/2 unit
Electives - 3 units, *4 units
PLEASE NOTE - Students must finish two years of a language at Bishop O'Connell High School or any other accredited high school before taking a different language. (This does not include middle school credits.)
* Recommended sequence of courses for leading colleges and universities.
Credit earned in the eighth grade for subjects normally taken in grades 9-12 (e.g. Algebra 1, first year of a language, etc.) may be counted toward fulfillment of the required courses after a qualifying test has established proficiency, but will not reduce the overall requirements of 26 units for graduation from O'Connell. In addition, grades from previous schools are not included in a student's reported GPA.
O’Connell has given me so many wonderful opportunities to explore every aspect of myself. My friends have pushed me to try new things while always staying true to myself. The faculty and staff have created a supportive educational environment, which has allowed me to pursue my highest potential.
- Maureen D. '16
(University of Virginia)