Classical liberal education and Catholic classical liberal education serve humanity in two ways: First, in purely secular terms, classical liberal education aims to help learners by means of natural reason alone to
Second, in theologically Catholic terms, classical liberal education aims to help learners understand not only what human beings can learn by natural human reason alone, but what they, by faith, can learn by opening their minds to Divine Revelation ; i.e., that
God, finally, sent his Holy Spirit, so that the living Spirit of love between the Father and the Son might always be visibly present among those baptized in His name: The visible body of those baptized is called the Catholic Church, through which human beings are assured of eternal happiness and salvation.
This guide will provide you with a general vision of the steps you mut take to prepare yourself fro future studies in the United States or abroad. The process will require your utmost dedication, great organizational skills and applied time management. Since your freshman year is the foundation your objective is to achieve academic and behavioral success. You must be aware that success is equivalent to sacrifice in many scenarios, the right and best decision will not always be the easiest one. Take an active and positive role in the foundation of your academic future. Remember, make the impossible possible!
The Oratory Athnæum has the resources available to offer your child greater educational opportunities. Nevertheless we need your participation and collaboration in the education of your child and his or her proper development. At this age, your child entres a more competitive wolrd as he prepare for university study. The level of competition begins to grow tremendously and, in turn, the level of stress that your child experiences will also increase. You need to inform yourself of the educational responsibilities your child is facing in order to better support and motivate him or her.
In being an example of motivation and perseverance, you can better help your child learn to balance curricular and extracurricular activities giving him the ability to be a competitive force as he works toward higher education. In learning to utilize all academic and spiritual tools available to them, students will be prepared to enter University life as discerning Catholic citizens.
The AP courses are designed to challenge the student at a higher level for self preparation and education. Such a development in their intellectual skills will better prepare them for the May exam designed by the College Board. If the student is successful in such examinations, the rigorous AP Courses will give the student the possibility of achieving college credit prior to high school graduation. The score necessary to obtain such a credit is 3 within a 1-5 grading scale. Every exam has a determined cost set by the College Board, and it is the responsibility of the family to incur such a cost.
The school has an ongoing contract with the “Texas Virtual School Network” for the online courses. The courses are approved by the high standards of the Texas Board of Education. In addition, the AP courses are approved and recognized by the College Board. Please keep in mind that payment of the courses are required, and it is the full responsibility of the parent, even if the student fails the course.
The Oratory Athenæum for University Preparation has school schedules broken down into semesters. This allows students to obtain 10 credits per school year. In order to achieve such credits, students must maintain his conduct, attendance, and grades at a passing standard.
This page contains information regardin the major exams that universities require for admission. Make sure to take a close look at which exams are required in the application process by the university of your preference.
PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test)
The PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, AND PSAT 8/9 allow students to take a sample test of university admission standardized exam. They are great ways to preview and practice for the SAT. They also test the same skills and knowledge — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.
11TH graders who take PSAT/NMSQT are automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.
We offer these exams for 8th -11th grades accordingly.
The assessments will report a total score that will be the sum of two sections scores: (1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; and (2) Math. The total score reported on scale range:
- 320 to 1520 on the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
- 240 to 1440 on the PSAT 8/9
SAT Reasoning Test - www.collegeboard.com:
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
SAT includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The SAT has an optional essay component, which some colleges will require. SAT questions focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success.
ACT Test (American College Test) – www.actstudent.org:
The ACT is another exam accepted by the Universities. In order to send the best scores for college entrance exams, today’s most common practice is for every student to take both the SAT and ACT exam. The exam of multiple questions covers four areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science with an optional essay. The grade is a composite score that ranges from 1 to 36. There are 7 sub-grades that range from 1 to 36. The ACT is offered six times a year on Saturday, and you can register online. “Free waivers” are available for students that qualify.
SAT Subject Tests – www.collegeboard.com:
This test lasts one hour and you can take three at a time. The exams are measured individually by subject . There is a total of 17 subjects. The “SAT subject tests” are offered in 5 different areas. The cost varies upon how many of them you take. English Literature; Foreign Languages: French, German, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Chinese; History and Social Science: U.S. History, World History; Mathematics: Mathematics Level 1, Level 2 (calculator required); Science: Biology (Ecological/Molecular), Chemistry, Physics.
The Oratory Athenæum for University preparation has the unique focus and the challenge of educating students to be Christian ladies and gentlemen in the following areas:
Community Service is described as volunteered service that is for the benefit of the community and that teaches civic responsibilities among our students.
Suggested plan to complete hours
10th-12th grade: 20 hours per year
Examples of community service
Associations and Clubs: The Oratory Athenæum for University Preparation offers the following associations and clubs:
NHS National Honor Society
MUN Model United Nations
National Spanish Honor Society
Quill & Scroll Honor Society
Science National Honor Society
Mu Alpha Theta
Enrollment in the recommended or distinguished advanced program graduation plans; and attainment of the highest or second highest rank points, respectively, in his or her graduating class. There are no ties for Valedictorian.
Graduates: 100% of the Oratory Athenæum for University Preparation graduates continue on to higher education. Oratory Athenæum Graduates Accepted by 4 Year Colleges and Universities
Your own personal organization and time management are the key elements; especially once you reach 11th and 12th grade. Remember that everything you do affects your future and creates your trademark. The 11th grade is extremely important since you will be required to take the advanced courses. This is the time to take a close look at your realistic possibilities once high school is over. This is the year to select the Universities that are in accordance with your academic record, preference, and resume. Taking an early step into your future will offer many more possibilities.
Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. This program offers families the opportunity to administer their child’s process in applying to the University from home. The students are trained on how to use the program, how to process and send out transcript, how to manage the mid annual report, and how to follow up with letters of recommendation. In addition, the program allows students to communicate with the counselor. The password to access the program is provided by your counselor. What else does Naviance offer?
(This can be done prior to the 1st of January.)
Application of Financial Aid in the State of Texas
Who can use TAFSA?
You can solicit aid with TAFSA if you have no right to receive federal financial aid. If you are a resident of the state of Texas (you have lived in the state of Texas for 3 years prior to graduation from high school), complete application and submit to the University you are currently applying to. Visit the TAFSA website in order to view which academic institutions accept TAFSA.
The Oratory Athenæum for University Preparation provides an on-line database (SIS) “Student Information System” in which the student can access his/her accounts 24 hours a day to view grades and check his/her progress. Students are responsible for requesting their ID number and password from the administration in order to access the system.
Attendance is taken at the beginning of every period. Students will be considered tardy if they arrive in the first 10 minutes of the period. After that, an absence will be issued.
10 absences/semester= no credit
5 tardies = 1 absence
To make up an absence or tardy, a student may attend Attendance School.
The teacher will provide a syllabus at the initial stage of the course. The syllabus is a detailed program made by the instructor to inform you of the emphasis of the course, the grading standards and what is expected of you.
This document will assist you throughout the course, letting you know where you are, where you are going, and what is expected of you. Use this tool to better organize yourself and your time management skills so that you can achieve all deadlines.
The Athenæum has active contracts with other Higher Education Institutions in order to offer dual credit in the High school and Texas University level. Every Texas University reserves the right to accept and credit your course as per their curriculum standards. It is important to consult with the Texas Universities you select on their particular requirements.
STC South Texas College: The college offers courses in English and Mathematics for the 11th and 12th grade. The instructors come to the Oratory facilities to teach our student body. The courses follow the school calendar of STC and the minimum grade allowed to successfully pass the course is a C.
The University of Rio Grande Valley : Offers courses for the 11th and 12th grade. However, you must attend the university campus in order to take these courses.