All freshmen take Religion; English 9 or English 9 Honors; a Social Studies course (Global History, Global History Honors or Pre-AP World History); a Math course (Algebra, Algebra Honors or Geometry Honors); a World Language (Spanish, French or Italian); a Science course (Biology, Biology Honors or Earth Science); Physical Education; a half-year of Computer Applications, and a half-year Music course (Music Appreciation, Chorus, or Music Theory).
Qualified incoming freshmen are offered a place in the honors program (advanced English, Social Studies and Science courses) on the basis of their TACHS scores in Reading, Writing, Ability and Achievement.
The invitation to honors courses appears in the letter of acceptance.
Not at this time, but places in honors classes sometimes become available if accepted students decline to attend Molloy. In that case, seats in honors classes are filled by the next most highly qualified applicants (on the basis of TACHS scores). So it is possible that applicants not initially invited into honors can find themselves in honors classes come September. If your child has an interest in a particular honors course or if you would like to find out the likelihood of your child being placed in honors, please contact the Assistant Principal for Academics, Mr. Dennis Vellucci, at email@example.com.
Yes. Any student may apply for any honors course in the spring of each academic year for the following September. Admission is competitive and is based on the grade the student has earned in that subject during the first three quarters. Students initially accepted into honors sometimes switch to standard courses later; students not initially admitted to honors often are admitted as sophomores and juniors.
Most freshmen take Algebra 1. Students who want Algebra 1 Honors must take the Math Placement Test at Molloy on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This is the only way students can qualify for Algebra Honors.
Not necessarily. In order to be placed in Geometry (which, for freshmen, is an honors class), incoming freshman must score 90% or higher on the Algebra 1 Regents (with parents reporting the Regents score to Molloy by June 29) and must take the Math Placement Test on May 12. Very few students are placed in Geometry because it is so important for all students to have a solid foundation in Algebra before advancing to upper level Math courses.
Absolutely not. All students, no matter which Math course they begin with, can move on to the highest level of Math we offer, AP Calculus, as seniors.
Passing indicates a basic level of competence, but at Molloy, we expect our students to demonstrate mastery. We have found that students are often trained to pass the Regents but do not grasp the principles behind what they are doing. This becomes a problem for them when they move on to further Math study in sophomore and junior year.
Students who score over 85% on the Living Environment Regents are placed in Earth Science. By taking the Earth Science Regents at the end of freshman year, they will have fulfilled both the Life Science Regents requirement and the Physical Science Regents requirement. Parents must report Regents grades to Molloy by June 29 for proper placement. Students who score under 85% on the Living Environment Regents will take an enhanced Biology course using our state-of-the-art labs and under the instruction of our Science-certified teachers. They will retake the Regents in June of 2019.
Students indicate their preference for a Music course on the day of Registration. Most students take Music Appreciation. Students with some experience or interest in singing or performance should request Chorus. Students who play an instrument, can read music, have studied music or plan to be in band should select Music Theory.
No. These are college level classes. Students may begin to request AP classes as sophomores with AP World History. Juniors may request AP classes in Literature, U.S. History, and Computer Science Principles. A broad range of AP classes is open to seniors, including Composition, Calculus AB and BC, Physics, Biology, Psychology, European History and U.S. Government and Politics.
Freshmen are scheduled to report to school on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 8:00, though this date and time are subject to change and will be confirmed in a mailing you will receive in June. Freshmen will be scheduled for appointments to pick up their iPads before this, during the last two weeks of August. A June mailing will contain further information on this as well.
Students receive a list of all the classes they are scheduled for when they come in to pick up their iPad at the end of August, and receive fully detailed schedules, with times, teachers’ names and room numbers, on the first day of school. Because last-minute adjustments are frequently necessary, it is impossible to publish schedules any earlier.