The administration and faculty of Catholic Memorial recognize that there are students at CM with the intellectual curiosity, writing and research skills and academic acumen to participate in a rigorous program that complements a demanding course schedule. The CM Scholars Program is modeled after college and university honors programs. It is designed to challenge our brightest students and empower them with the skills to be scholars at the collegiate level.
The Catholic Memorial Scholars Program offers our very strongest students the opportunity to grow intellectually and expand their academic horizons in ways not typically available to students until college. Based on models used by many colleges and universities for their honors programs, it is multi-disciplinary in nature while still affording students some room for academic specialization.
Aside from their normal coursework, and through the cornerstone of the program, the Scholars Seminar, students will be exposed to a wide array of unique and challenging ideas and topics designed to push them to think rigorously and communicate confidently about what they learn. Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor who will monitor his progress and help him plan and coordinate the various components of the program.
Participants in the program will receive focused assistance through the Office of College Counseling. This will include a college testing plan, college visits, and assistance in the college selection and application process. Students who complete the program requirements will receive a Scholars Program designation in the Commencement program, and it will be noted on their permanent transcript.
The Middle School program, known as the Catholic Memorial Junior Scholars Program, is designed to help students prepare for application to the Scholars Program offered in the high school. While members of the Junior Scholars Program must still apply for admission to the high school’s Scholars Program, preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement and a commitment to the scholarly work of the junior program.