The mission of Brother Martin High School is to form young people through a holistic education that fosters academic excellence in a caring, disciplined community which integrates Catholic tradition and the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to meet the needs of a changing world.
The Placement Committee, taking into consideration past grades and standardized test scores, determines the placement of courses for all incoming students.
Brother Martin encourages each student to plan his own academic course selections with the assistance of his teachers, his guidance counselor, and his parents. Current students register for the following school year during the course selection process in January.
The unstructured class period is instructional time designed to provide the student opportunity to do independent study, including reference work, and to use the computer center, library, instructional lab and resource centers. Also, the student is provided time to arrange conferences with teachers, guidance counselors and/or campus ministers. While under adult supervision, the intent of this phase of the academic program is to develop in the student a sense of self-responsibility, self-discipline, efficient use of his unstructured time and serious study habits.
All students have an unstructured class period every day.
The Formation Center is designed for tutoring and assistance to students who need academic help during their unstructured periods. Students come to the center voluntarily or as required by teachers. Teachers and honor students are available to provide the necessary help.
Students enrolled in all four honors courses during their sophomore year are invited to participate in the Honors Program. A student participating in the Honors Program will be required to continue taking honors or advanced placement courses in his junior and senior years, including courses in English, math, science, and social studies. In addition, a student in the honors program must complete three consecutive credits of the same World Language at Brother Martin. A students successful participation in the Honors Program earns him an Honors diploma at graduation provided he has met all course requirements and the following requirements by the end of his senior year:
The Honors Program Coordinator invites those students who meet the criteria to participate in the Honors Program and monitors the progress of Honors Program students. Should a student fail to meet the requirements, he will be notified by the coordinator that he is no longer a participant and no longer eligible for an Honors Diploma. Students may appeal decisions regarding their status in the Honors Program by a formal request initiated through the Honors Program Coordinator. The Honors Program Committee, a subgroup of the schools Curriculum Committee, will review appeals.
In order to encourage students to work to their fullest potential, to use their talents more effectively, and to give themselves a broader education, Brother Martin High School provides honors courses. For qualified students, honors courses are available in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages. Students who have earned As in academic courses, have strong standardized test scores, and whose attitude, work habits, and study habits indicate that the student is capable of handling the depth of the work at a pace designed for an honors curriculum will be considered for honor courses. Students currently in honor courses will be allowed to continue in honors if they maintain an A or a B average and continue to exhibit maturity in their work ethic. Placement for students with grades of C in an honors course will be determined in consultation with student, teacher, guidance counselor, and parent. The Vice Principal for Academics makes the final decision concerning placement of all students.
Advanced Placement courses (AP) are also available at the sophomore, junior, and senior level. These academically challenging courses prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exams, which may earn them college credit. Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP Exam at the conclusion of the course. A World History AP Course is offered at the sophomore level and an American History AP course is offered at the junior level. A Chemistry II AP course is offered at the junior or senior level. An English AP course is offered at the junior and senior level. At the senior level, Calculus AP, Physics AP, Civics AP, and Computer Science AP are offered. Placement into an AP course is determined in consultation with the teacher, guidance counselor, student, and parent. Students who wish to enroll in more than two AP courses per year must meet the placement criteria and receive permission from the Vice Principal for Academics. In all cases, the Vice Principal for Academics makes the final decision concerning enrollment in AP courses. Every AP exam requires a fee to be paid by the student.
At the end of the first quarter, the first semester, the third quarter, and the second semester, students earning a grade point average of 4.0 or above are placed on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Students earning a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99 are placed on the Alpha Honor Roll. Students earning a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49 are placed on the Beta Honor Roll.
A student becomes an Academic Letterman at the Principal’s Honor Roll status by achieving the Principal’s Honor Roll for the first three marking periods of the school year (first quarter, first semester, and third quarter.)
A student becomes an Academic Letterman at the Alpha Honor Roll status achieving the Principal’s Honor Roll or Alpha Honor Roll for the first three marking periods of the school year (first quarter, first semester, and third quarter.)
A student achieves Beta Honor Roll status for the school year by achieving the Principal’s Honor Roll, Alpha Honor Roll, or Beta Honor Roll for the first three marking periods of the school year (first quarter, first semester, and third quarter.)
A senior may become an Academic Letterman at the Alpha Honor Roll status by the following: achieving Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll for the third quarter of his senior year and by achieving Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll for four of the other six marking periods during his junior and senior year (junior year – first quarter, first semester, third quarter, second semester and senior year – first quarter and first semester). This special case is for seniors only and may be applied to Alpha Honor Roll status only, regardless of the combination of Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll attained.
Eighth graders who are Academic Lettermen at either the Principal’s or Alpha honor roll status receive a medal.
Upperclassmen who are Academic Lettermen at either the Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll status have the privilege of wearing a cloth letter on a letterman’s jacket purchased through the Student Services Office. The school letter will bear the academic insignia patch. There is no distribution of loose letters or insignia patches. No additional decoration may be added to a letterman’s jacket unless issued for that express purpose by the school.
At the completion of his freshman year an Academic Letterman at either the Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll status as a freshman may order a letterman’s jacket through the Student Services Office. The same rule applies to students completing their sophomore, junior or senior year. The student pays for the jacket. The school pays the cost of the letter and the insignia patch.
Academic lettering insignia patches are worn only on the letterman’s jacket.
Senior Academic Lettermen at either the Principal’s or Alpha Honor Roll Status receive a plaque.
Note: Any grade changes after the 3rd quarter report card issue date will not be reflected in school publications or programs.
The valedictorian is the honors graduate who has attended Brother Martin High School at least four years, has the highest cumulative grade point average, and has taken Calculus Honors or Calculus AP. The only exception to this is the case in which another honors graduate has a cumulative grade point average that is lower only because he earned credits above the minimum graduation requirements in non-honors courses. In this case, the cumulative grade point averages of both graduates will be recalculated less all non-required, non-honors credits earned. The graduate with the highest resulting cumulative grade point average will be the valedictorian, and the other graduate will be the salutatorian.
The salutatorian is the honors graduate with the second highest cumulative grade point average except if another honors graduate has a cumulative grade point average which is lower only because he earned credits above the minimum graduation requirements in non-honors courses. In this case, the procedure outlined above, which involves recalculating the GPA of students, will be followed to determine the salutatorian. The salutatorian has to have attended Brother Martin for four years.
In most cases the valedictorian and salutatorian will be given the privilege of addressing the audience at the commencement ceremony. However, in the case of multiple valedictorians, there will be no salutatorian. Also, in the case of multiple valedictorians or salutatorians, the privilege of addressing the audience may be withheld at the discretion of the principal.
Note: To determine the final ranking of valedictorian and salutatorian candidates, cumulative grade point averages will be calculated to repeating or terminating decimals.
Academically qualified students who have completed the junior year are eligible to participate in the Summer Honors Program at participating colleges and universities during the summer following their junior year. Regular college credit is earned. Brother Martin High School grants one-half credit for each three-semester hour course successfully completed. To qualify for the Summer Honors Program, the student must (1) have a B average or better in his high school course work, (2) have earned a minimum composite score of 24 on the ACT and (3) be recommended for the program to the Honors Program Coordinator by the Brother Martin Guidance Department.
Seniors may request permission to pursue certain courses at the college level at participating colleges and universities in the greater New Orleans area. Regular college credit is earned. Brother Martin grants one-half credit for each three-semester hour course successfully completed. In addition to meeting the requirements for the Summer Honors Program for juniors, each senior must have the permission of the Honors Program Coordinator, who will consult with the appropriate Department Chair at Brother Martin and the Academic Assistant Principal.