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Graduation Requirements

All students are required to complete 23 units of credit (one unit of credit is given for a subject taken two semesters). In addition, each student must pass a comprehensive examination on the History and Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois.

Course of Study


Credits Required

Religion A course in Religion is required each year. 4.0 credits
Mathematics Three years of mathematics, including Algebra and Geometry, are required. 3.0 credits
Social Studies U.S. History and World History are required 3.0 credits
Physical Education Three semesters of P.E. and one quarter of Health are required 1.5 credits
Computer Concepts and Information Processing One semester or demonstrated proficiency required. 0.5 credit
English Four years, including grammar, composition, and literature are required. Also, completion of one term paper is required both Junior and Senior year. 4.0 credits
Science Three years are required. 3.0 credits
Foreign Language Two or more years are required 2.0 credits
Fine Arts   0.5 credit

Honors Diploma

Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, Marian Catholic will offer a new distinction for high-performing students – The Marian Catholic Honors Diploma. This commendation will be bestowed upon students who show outstanding academic achievement throughout their careers at Marian. Graduating with this honor will show that a student has achieved an elite academic status that sets them apart as truly accomplished scholars.

The Marian Catholic Honors Diploma will be conferred at graduation upon any student who has met the following criteria. To receive the Honors Diploma, students must:

  1. Earn 25 full credits.
  2. Complete a minimum of at least 6 advanced classes (Honors or AP), at least 4 of which must be AP, and earn a semester grade of "C" or better each semester in these classes.
  3. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 by the end of their 7th semester and maintain it through their 8th semester.
  4. Have no failing semester grades nor have any withdraw/fail notations on their transcript.
  5. Be an active member of National Honor Society in good standing.


  1. Following a student’s 7th semester, the administration will identify students who are on track to receive the Honors Diploma based on Criteria 1-5. These students will be notified that they are on track to receive the Honors Diploma and that the decision to confer the diploma will be made following the calculation of their 8th semesters grades prior to Honors Night.
  2. Following senior 8th semester exams, the administration will solicit final senior grades from senior teachers and determine which students will receive the Honors Diploma.
  3. Students will be notified at Honors Night practice that they will be receiving the Honors Diploma.
  4. The Honor Diploma Distinction will be specially recognized at Honors Night and Graduation.