Fifty–five students from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School have been awarded the title of “AP Scholar”. They scored 3 out of 5 on at least 3 or more AP Exams. Twelve of them were designated as AP Scholars with Honor because they scored 3.25 or higher on at least 4 AP exams. Thirteen others are AP Scholar with Distinction by scoring 3.5 or higher on at least 5 AP exams.

The senior AP Scholars are Allison Bourdon, Frank Foley, Ian Garrison, Sophia Girardeau, Morgan Harlan, Rife Jones, Addy Lockett, Cassie Mahler, Denman Mims, Connor Plessala, Kathleen Powers, Marie Robison, Ashley Roca, Emily Smith, Katherine Sweet, Kayla Thomas, Fallon Thompson, Nicole Walker, Hallea Ward and Lauren Webber. The Class of 2011 AP Scholars are Andrew Barbera, Ryan Campbell, James Friedlander, Blayne Henning, Luke Madison, Catherin Odom, Ashley Pierce, Jennifer Rensink and Sarah Schneider.

The senior AP Scholars with Honor are Brantley Arata, Kendal Dekle, Michael Duffey, Adrian Eves, Matthew Heubach, Paul Lagarde, Sean Landry, Chiedza Mupanomunda, and Ali Pardue.

The Class of 2011 AP Scholars with Honor are Kathleen Brandau, Ryan O’Connor, and Claire Schmidt/p>

The Class of 2011 AP Scholars with Distinction are Abigail Alsip, Keith Castelin, Claire Cawthon, Evan Cox, Philip Dempsey, Amira El-Hamaki, Kaitlin Fellrath, Iliana Garcia, Mary McElroy, Peyton Plessala, David Roveda, Melinda Russo, and Don Wagnon.

Pictured are the McT senior AP Scholars: Sophia Giradeau, Katherine Sweet, Nicole Walker, Lauren Webber, Kathleen Powers, Cassie Mahler, Chiedza Mupanomunda, Ali Pardu, Kendal Dekle, Michael Duffey, Allison Bourdon, Matthew Heubach, Addy Lockett, Sean Landry,Kayla Thomas, Brantley Arata, Marie Robison, Frank Foley, Fallon Thompson, Hallea Ward, Ashley Roca, Iam Garrison, Adrian Eves, Denman Mims, Paul Lagarde, Emily Smith, Morgan Harlan, Connor Plessala and Rife Jones.


McGill-Toolen Catholic High School has an academically comprehensive curriculum that is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The academic programs range from college prep to honors and Advanced Placement programs in art, mathematics, social studies, English, foreign language and science. In addition, there is a program for students with learning disabilities.

All levels of instruction at McGill-Toolen are geared toward college-bound students to best suit their learning styles. College Preparatory 1 (CP1) courses are equivalent to CP2 classes, but the size is reduced to provide additional direct instruction. The same textbook and course of study are followed. In College Preparatory 2 (CP2) courses, content, pacing, and academic challenge are geared to students primarily within the average range of academic ability. Independent work and considerable personal responsibility are expected. The Honors course content, pacing, and academic challenges are accelerated beyond the college-preparatory levels. These classes are for college-bound students at ease with a demanding work load that routinely requires independent research and high levels of personal responsibility and motivation. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are exceedingly rigorous and are recommended exclusively for highly motivated students with exceptional academic abilities. Instruction is geared to a nationally-administered, optional test, the results of which are recognized by many colleges and universities as a basis for awarding advanced placement within their programs. See the special section at the end of this booklet for more detailed information. Tutoring is available through the National Honor Society by appointment.

Twenty-eight credits are required for graduation: Religion 4, English 4, Social Studies 4, Mathematics 4, Science 4, Physical Education 1, Humanities 2, Health ½, Computer Literacy ½, and electives as needed to meet graduation requirements.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

The St. Thomas Aquinas Academy is a program of study named in honor of the saint Catholics believe to be the Church’s greatest theologian and philosopher.  One of the thirty-three Doctors of the Church, St. Thomas is considered the model teacher as his influence on Western thought is considerable. The Aquinas Academy is designed to challenge the most gifted and motivated students in a demanding course of study.  The development of the students’ abilities in all areas of the academic curriculum is emphasized along with various outside reading, writing, and extra activities.  Students who complete this program will emerge as caring, capable, well-rounded young men and women ready to face worldly challenges and avail themselves of opportunities  – armed with the strength of their faith and an exemplary academic program.  They will live the philosophy of St. Thomas – “Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.”

During their time at McGill-Toolen, Aquinas Scholars (as they will be referred to) must maintain a 3.5 grade point average (weighted); complete a minimum of seven credits of AP or Pre-AP courses, twelve credits of honors courses and two years of Latin.  Students will be encouraged to take more foreign language courses.  For each semester, the student will complete a different assignment and/or activity based on learned coursework for that particular semester.   In addition, certain electives will be required for each year.  The Aquinas Scholars program will not deter a student from participating in the athletic, music, or extra-curricular programs. An additional goal for these students in the Academy is achieving National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar status. 

Aquinas Scholars will be the first students invited and encouraged to participate in an annual college tour conducted by the school.  The trip is designed for high-achieving students to visit out-of-state colleges and universities. Students will learn more about the admissions process and eventually apply and be accepted to some of the most selective schools in the country.  Those seniors graduating and fully meeting the requirements of the program will be recognized separately at the graduation ceremony in addition to other special recognition throughout their participation in the Academy.

Incoming freshmen whose placement test scores are in the national percentile range of 85 or above(on each sub-test) are eligible. Their grades from middle school are  required to be all A’s and B’s (or the equivalent).  Students who do not qualify for honors geometry as entering freshmen may enter the Academy but will need to double-up in math during one of the years of participation if they plan to graduate with Calculus.
The typical Aquinas Scholars curriculum is documented below. The Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs will oversee the program with attention to extra projects, essays, and papers.  Please contact Lisa Robertson at 445-2905 for more information.

Freshman Year
Honors Old/New Testament
Honors World History
Honors Algebra or Geometry
Honors Principles of Physics
Honors Literature/Composition
Latin I
Keyboarding/P.E. ,  Band or Chorus
1st Semester— Presentation on World Leaders/Nations
2nd Semester— PSAT Prep

Sophomore Year
Honors Church History
AP European or World History
Honors Algebra I or II
Honors Chemistry
Pre-AP Literature
Latin II
Health/Driver's Ed/P.E.
Band or Chorus
Semester 1 - Significant Leaders of the Church Essay Presentation
Semester 2 - Participation in the National Latin Exam

Junior Year
Honors Morality
AP U.S. History
Honors Algebra II or Pre-Calculus
Honors/AP Biology or AP Chemistry
AP English Language
Electives (2 credits)*
Semester 1 - Tutoring
Semester 2 - Biology Project
w/environmental implications

Senior Year
Honors Apologetics
Honors Catholic Doctrine
AP Government
AP Science
(Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science)
AP English Literature
Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Calculus or AP Calculus
Electives  (2 credits)*
Semester 1 - Defense of the Faith
Essay - Apologetics
Semester 2 - Research Paper AP English Lit

* Possible electives - Latin III Honors, AP Latin IV,Fine Arts Survey, Band, Choral Music, Public Speaking, Athletic P.E., Science Courses, Other Foreign Language Courses, Social Studies Electives and Technology Courses

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