The school year consists of two semesters, each of which consists of two marking periods. At the end of each marking period, teachers submit a marking period grade for each student. At the end of each semester there is a four- or five-day exam period, during which comprehensive semester examinations are given for some courses. For a complete list of courses offered click here.
The high school credits required for graduation are as follows:
*Three credits or the third year course of the same language is required.
**A 1/2 credit course is taken each year in Physical Education.
Students must take a full schedule of courses each year and must pass all courses, required and elective, to be eligible for promotion or graduation. To pass a subject, a student must achieve a grade of 70 or higher for the course. Since McQuaid Jesuit does not allow a student to repeat a course in the next academic year, a student must remediate a failure prior to the start of the next academic year.