The curriculum policy at Cardinal O’Hara High School is developed in the context of the school’s philosophy and objectives, regulations of the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and directives of the Secondary School System of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Academic requirements can be summarized as follows:
Freshmen are required to earn at least 7 credits, including both major and minor courses.
Sophomores are required to earn at least 7 credits, including both major and minor courses.
Juniors are required to earn at least 6 credits, but encouraged to take 7 credits.
Seniors are required to earn at least 6 credits, but encouraged to take 7 credits.
Class of 2017 and after:
A minimum of 26 credits is required for graduation.
Theology four credits
English four credits
Mathematics three credits
Science three credits
Social Studies four credits
World Language two credits
P.E./Health one half credit each *
Electives four and a half credits **
Informational Technology I one half credit
Beginning with the Class of 2017 students must take ONE of the following:
A fourth year of Social Studies: Comparative Government/Economics
A fourth year of Math or Science
A third consecutive year of a language.
* Physical Education/Health must be fulfilled before graduation.
** Beginning with the Class of 2017 it may be necessary to choose 5 electives in order to attain 26 credits required for graduation.