The Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program is a dual enrollment program that allows exceptional students to participate in a curriculum that offers courses which are broader in scope and are more demanding than the college preparatory curriculum. Students will be able to practice critical thinking and analytical skills that will aid them in developing their potential. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program will challenge outstanding students with a demanding education that stresses independent work and intense engagement with the faculty and other Honors students both in and out of the classroom.
Students completing the program will be awarded a diploma “with distinction.” Students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 to 3.59 will be awarded a distinction of “Cum Laude,” students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 to 3.79 will be awarded a distinction of “Magna Cum Laude”, while students graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3:80 and higher will be awarded a distinction of “Summa Cum Laude.”
Recommendation of students into the Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program will occur upon completion of the sophomore year with recommendation by the department chairpersons and approval by the administration.
Criteria for selection include:
a. Placement in the top 10% of the class
b. Intellectual aptitude
c. Achievement test scores
d. Overall school performance (past and current), including attendance and discipline records
e. Participation in extracurricular activities
Characteristics of candidates include:
a. High academic achievement and intellectual ability
b. Self motivation
c. Self discipline
d. Good organizational skills
e. Excellent written expression
f. Avid interest in reading
g. Good oral communication skills
h. Ability to work independently and collaboratively
i. Good citizenship and attendance
Students may also apply independently if they meet the above criteria and have not been recommended by teachers. These applications will be reviewed by department chairpersons; the final decision will be by the department chairs and the administration.
The Diocesan College Scholarship Program is designed for exceptional students enrolled in the Diocesan Catholic school system who are in search of a challenging extension from their high school environment. The goal of the Diocesan College Scholarship Program is to provide Catholic high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in classes held at a local Catholic college/university while simultaneously matriculating at the high school level. This provides an opportunity for the high school student to experience college, for the high school to expand its learning environment and for the Catholic colleges and universities to strengthen their relationship with the Diocese while increasing local student enrollment.
Each Spring, Penn State Worthington Scranton offers a “High School Scholars” program to our students. Each month this program will highlight a Penn State Worthington Scranton faculty member, who will lead a group discussion introducing their area of expertise or research. Through this program, our students are exposed to typical college classroom experience and the intellectual exchange encouraged by Penn State faculty. Three to five highly motivated Holy Cross students, along with other students from our area who are interested in attending Penn State Worthington are chosen to represent our school in these monthly meetings.