Each student must take a full program of studies (7.5 units minimally) each year.  All students in grades 6-12 take a half credit course in physical education.  Students in grades 7 through 12 take a full credit course in Religious Studies.

Each student's program of studies must meet the requirements of New York State and McQuaid Jesuit. 

Certain courses have prerequisites (usually a minimum grade in that subject and approval of the department).  Advanced Placement courses may have additional conditions.

In order to graduate or to be promoted to the next grade level, a student must successfully complete all his courses by earning a passing grade for each course within the designated time limits.  Since McQuaid Jesuit does not allow a student to repeat any course in the next academic year, remediation of a failure must be made prior to the start of the next fall semester.  McQuaid also does not allow a student to repeat an entire year at McQuaid.


Honors are awarded at the end of each marking period.

  • Honors with Distinction
    • Average of 95, no numeric grade below 70 and no grades of F, U, or INC
  • First Honors
    • Average of 90, no numeric grade below 70 and no grades of F, U, or INC
  • Second Honors 
    • Average of 85, no numeric grade below 70 and no grades of F, U, or INC

Academic Letters

Students may earn Academic Letters or bars by earning points for their course averages.  Points are assigned at the end of each semester.

The Academic Letter is awarded after 39 points are achieved.  A bar is awarded each time thereafter when an additional 39 points are achieved.

National Honor Society

McQuaid Jesuit sponsors a chapter of the National Honor Society.  Students are first eligible to be considered for membership after the first semester of their junior year.  A second consideration is made at the beginning of senior year.  Selection is based upon a student's documentation that he has demonstrated the four characteristics specified by the National Association: character, leadership, scholarship, and service.  A McQuaid Jesuit student must have a cumulative average of 90.00 to be invited to apply for membership.  Since occasional questions arise about the nature of "service," it should be noted that the committee looks for a student's true commitment to service through frequent and sustained activity in church, school and community.