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.
Honors Courses and Advanced Placement Courses
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.