Note: The following information applies only to current Bellarmine students. Course placement for incoming freshmen is determined by the results of proficiency testing in the spring, prior to freshman year.
In order to help match students with the math course of best fit, the Math Department has provided a list of prerequisites and minimum grade requirements, listed by course below. The minimum grade requirements are based upon a historical analysis of student performance and grades received at each level. We have found that students who enrolled in a course without meeting these minimum grade levels struggled and scored poorly - in many cases, even with the help of a tutor. By setting these enrollment requirements, we help ensure that each student enrolls in the class that will both challenge him and afford him a high probability of success.
Minimum grade requirements apply to BOTH fall and spring semesters of the prerequisite course. Exceptions to grade requirements for fall semester require a formal request to the Assistant Principal for Academics and may be contingent upon improvement and/or additional demonstration of proficiency. No exceptions will be granted for grade requirements for spring semester.
Enrollment in some of our math courses is contingent upon the student meeting a minimum grade in his prior-year math course. The requirements help us ensure student readiness for these courses. The course descriptions below include grade prerequisites as applicable.These grade prerequisites apply to both the fall and the spring semesters. For example, a student taking regular (non-honors) Geometry must earn at least an A- in both semesters in order to be eligible for Algebra 2 Honors in the following year.
Appealing for Eligibility after Missing a Minimum Grade Prerequisite
Course requests for the upcoming school year are made during the second semester of the current school year. As part of this scheduling process, a student’s course requests are reviewed by his counselor. If a student has requested a course for which he has not met a grade prerequisite, then the counselor will discuss this with the student and the request will be changed to a different course. A student will not be permitted to request a course for which he has not met the grade prerequisite. However, in recognition (and support) of the fact that students may improve over the course of the year, we offer an appeals process for students who didn’t meet the minimum grade requirement in the fall semester, but are meeting the requirement in the spring semester. Specifically, our policy is as follows:
If a student does not meet the minimum grade in the fall semester*
, then he may submit an appeal to be considered for the desired course if he meets the requirement in the spring semester. The printed and completed Math Course Eligibility Appeal Form will be accepted at the Scheduler’s Office by May 1st. If the student meets the minimum grade requirement at the conclusion of the spring semester, then he will be placed into the desired course, though the placement decision is subject to a final review by the counselor.
Any student who does not meet the fall grade minimum for a desired course, and who does not submit an appeal by May 1st, will not be guaranteed a spot in the desired course, even if he meets the minimum grade requirement in the spring semester. Enrollment in the course will be contingent upon availability.
* Because Algebra 2 Accelerated (open to juniors only) has grade prerequisites for two classes - Algebra 1 and Geometry, students may file an appeal if they have met the requirement in two of the three prior semesters (i.e., any two of the following: fall - Algebra 1; spring - Algebra 1; and fall - Geometry/Geometry Honors).
Please Note: To help us manage the number of appeals, we ask that the student not appeal unless his current math grade indicates that he is on the path to meeting the minimum grade requirement in the spring semester.
If a student does not meet the minimum grade requirement in the spring semester
, then he will not be eligible for the desired course, regardless of whether he has met the requirement in the fall semester. There is no option to appeal after missing a minimum grade requirement in the spring semester.