• Highly selective and rigorous, our Scholars Program is designed to help students read, think, write, and discuss at an exceptional level.

      Highly selective and rigorous, our Scholars Program is designed to help students read, think, write, and discuss at an exceptional level.

2018 Scholars Program

Monday, April 30 – Friday, May 4

Monday, April 30: Seminar Rooms 

8:00 a.m. The announcement of awards for the Scholars Program Photography Contest.

7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Public viewing of Colloquium Projects by school and community.

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Students available at their presentation tables to discuss their projects with visitors.

Tuesday, May 1 – Friday, May 4: Classrooms 

2:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Student presentation and defense of Colloquium projects in classrooms. Presentations and defenses are approximately fifteen minutes each in length, including questions. Guests (faculty, family, friends, and other students) are welcome to attend. 

PLEASE NOTE: As a courtesy to all students who are presenting, students and their guests are required to stay for the entire period from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. in which they are presenting. Entry to the classrooms after 2:45 p.m. is strongly discouraged. 
Throughout the week, the scholars’ submissions to the Photography Contest will be on display in the Main Lobby.
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 items.

  • Who can apply?

    Beginning in 2017-2018, only rising freshmen and rising sophomores will be invited to apply. If you are entering freshman year, you will need to meet the academic criteria to receive an invitation to apply next year.
  • How does the application process work?

    Students will be notified when the next application period begins.  They'll be asked to submit a written application which will include a writing sample based on a specific topic, reading, or question.

    Applications will be reviewed by the Scholars Program Selection Committee, and a group of finalists will be selected.  Finalists will then be asked to participate in a group discussion with other applicants that will be facilitated by faculty members of the Selection Committee. Students will then be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision.
    The evaluation criteria used throughout the process to select members into the program will include academic performance, intellectual promise, character and discipline record, attendance, quality of the application essay, and performance in the group interview setting.
  • Will my regular schedule change?

    Not necessarily. We might consult rising freshmen and sophomores regarding their course selections, but admission to the program will not require course changes.
  • Who will teach the seminar? Will it be graded?

    The Scholars Seminar will be team taught by rotating faculty. The seminar is interdisciplinary and will be comprised of modules lasting from one to five weeks. The topics will be related to faculty members’ areas of expertise or areas of interest. Students will receive a grade for the seminar. The seminar emphasizes reading, writing, and discussion so these skills will be significant factors in a student’s grade. Each module will include a writing assignment or project based on the topic and graded by that module’s instructor.
  • If I am not accepted, can I still take Honors or AP courses?

    Yes. The program and requirements of the Scholars Program are in addition to our normal curriculum. Students can take accelerated courses without being part of the program.

About Us

Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.


235 Baker Street
West Roxbury, Massachusetts 02132
Phone: 617-469-8000
Fax: 617-325-0888