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Freshman Course Information & FAQ

Academic Overview for Freshmen - Class of 2026
Please click the links below for PDF versions of our freshman parent newsletter, summer reading list, academic overview, freshman program and honors courses, and freshman course requests.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - ACADEMICS (updated for the incoming Class of 2027)


What courses do freshmen at Molloy take?


A standard freshman course load includes Religion 9; an English course (English 9 or English 9 Honors); a Social Studies course (Global History & Geography 1, Global History & Geography 1 Honors, or Pre-AP World History); a Math course (Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors); a World Language course (Spanish 1, French 1, or Italian 1); a Science course (Biology or Biology Honors); Physical Education; a half-year of Introduction to Computer Science, and a half-year Music course (Music Appreciation, Chorus, or Music Theory).

Opportunities to accelerate into sophomore-year courses (e.g. Geometry, Chemistry, Level 2 World Language) also exist. In general, students will need to complete a high-school level course in 8th grade with marks in the 90's AND take the corresponding Regents exam with marks in at least the 80's to be considered for acceleration (see below).

How are students chosen for honors courses?

Qualified incoming freshmen are offered a place in the honors program (advanced English, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics courses) on the basis of their TACHS scores. The invitation to honors courses appears in the letter of acceptance.


My child was accepted but was not placed in any honors courses. Can he/she be placed in honors for September?

Not at this time, but places in honors classes often 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 you are interested in this, please indicate so on the course survey, which is given in March.


If my child is not in honors as a freshman, can he/she get into honors as a sophomore?

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.


My child is currently taking advanced coursework. How does that affect the 9th grade schedule?


Archbishop Molloy High School strongly believes in the importance of building foundational skills, which are critical for future success in upper-level courses. We recognize that many students take accelerated coursework in junior high school for a multitude of reasons, and the rigor of that instruction varies from school to school. To ensure students have sufficiently mastered course content to be considered for acceleration, we have established the following minimum criteria for consideration:


*Course & Regents/Proficiency Exam Taken in Junior High School

Course to be Placed In for 9th Grade

*Minimum Criteria for Consideration

Algebra I

Geometry or Geometry Honors

Course Grade: 90’s

Regents Exam Grade: 80’s

Geometry & Algebra I

Algebra 2 Honors

Course Grade: High 90’s

Regents Exam Grade: High 80’s

[Students must meet this criteria for both Geometry & Algebra I]

Living Environment

Advanced Life Science Honors

Course Grade: 90’s

Regents Exam Grade: 80’s

Living Environment

Chemistry Honors

Course Grade: High 90’s

Regents Exam Grade: 90’s

[Students must also meet the criteria for Algebra I listed above]

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Course Grade: 90’s

**Proficiency Exam Grade: 80’s

French 1

French 2

Course Grade: 90’s

**Proficiency Exam Grade: 80’s

Italian 1

Italian 2

Course Grade: 90’s

**Proficiency Exam Grade: 80’s

Earth Science

***N/A (this affects your junior year schedule)

Course Grade: 90’s

Regents Exam Grade: 80’s

US History

***N/A (this affects your junior year schedule)

Course Grade: 90’s

Regents Exam Grade: 80’s



* The stated minimum criteria are for consideration, and do not guarantee admission into these courses.

* To be considered for accelerated placement, all documentation of course and Regents/Proficiency Exam completion must be sent by a parent/guardian to Mrs. Cuomo ([email protected]), Assistant Principal, no later than Tuesday, June 27, 2023. This is separate from your junior high school sending official school records to the school over the summer. Families that do not send in the documentation by the deadline or families that register late will not be considered for acceleration.

* Acceptable documentation is a PDF attachment of a report card or transcript with the school’s name on it that clearly shows that the minimum criteria have been satisfied, OR a PDF attachment of a letter on school stationery that clearly shows the minimum criteria has been satisfied and is signed by a school official. Screenshots from websites (e.g., FACTS, Skedula, NYCSA Parent Portal, etc.) embedded within an email will NOT be accepted.

* On the documentation you provide, the course must clearly be labeled as a Regents-level course and not a standard 8th grade course (e.g., Algebra 1 instead of Math 8, Living Environment instead of Science 8).

* A teacher’s letter of recommendation may be submitted to Mrs. Cuomo for consideration if a student falls just short of the stated criteria.

** For world languages, a Proficiency Test aligned to the Checkpoint A NYS LOTE Standards will be considered. If your junior high school does not offer this exam, then you may take Molloy’s World Language Placement Exam, which will be offered [DATE TBD - MAY 2023]. Only students who are accepted, register, and pay all fees by the stated admissions deadlines may sit for the Placement Exam. Students who are admitted to Molloy after this time or register late do not qualify for language acceleration.

*** All 9th grade students will take some form of Biology (or Chemistry Honors as a rare exception). If your Earth Science coursework & Regents exam in 8th grade are accepted for credit, you must take some form of Physics in 11th grade.

*** All 9th grade students will take some form of Global History & Geography 1. If your US History coursework & Regents exam in 8th grade are accepted for credit, you may take AP US History in 11th grade providing you are accepted into the course during the Spring of 10th grade. Otherwise, you will take a semester of a Government-type course and a semester of an Economics-type course in 11th grade, which are normally taken in 12th grade.


Will my child be at a disadvantage by not taking an advanced Math class in freshman year?

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.


When do we fill out the course survey?


Students who register to attend Molloy, as well as pay all registration and technology fees, will be given a survey to complete in early March. This survey will ask about various freshmen course requests, including:

* Request to be added to honors courses if a seat opens up

* Request to be moved to standard courses if you are accepted with honors

* Request to take Pre-AP World History (providing you were accepted with honors in Social Studies)

* World language 1st & 2nd preferences (choose among French, Italian, and Spanish)

* List of accelerated courses you are currently taking in 8th grade (e.g., Algebra 1, Living Environment, Earth Science, US History, Level 1 World Language, etc.)

* Choice of music preference (Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Freshman Chorus)

* Request to be in the school's Band


Students who end up registering late/paying fees beyond the standard deadlines may not be considered for honors courses or accelerated coursework, as we can only schedule students who are registered and up-to-date with their fee payments. Once the courses are filled and the scheduling is complete, we will not be able to add additional students to honors/accelerated courses even if they meet the criteria.



When does my child choose a Foreign Language?


Language selection is made at the time of registration in March via a special survey. Students are asked to indicate a first and second choice, though their first choice is almost always accommodated.


My child speaks Spanish. Can he/she continue to study Spanish at Molloy?

We strongly recommend that native speakers begin a new language. Our language courses are intended for students who are unfamiliar with the language.


Do you still have placement tests?


We will be offering a Language Placement Test sometime in May 2023. An exact date will be communicated later in the Spring. This is meant for private schools that do not offer the NYS LOTE Checkpoint A Proficiency Exam. Most public schools offer the Checkpoint A exam, and results from that exam will be considered as long as the results are emailed to Mrs. Cuomo no later than June 27, 2023.


We no longer offer the Mathematics Placement Test. Students are admitted to Algebra 1 Honors via their TACHS scores on the mathematics sections. Students who are taking Algebra 1 in 8th grade may still qualify for Geometry in 9th grade. See the Acceleration chart above for more information.


How does my child select a Music course?

Students indicate their preference for a Music course on a survey given in March. 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.


What is the difference between Global History & Geography 1 Honors and Pre-AP World History?

Both are advanced freshman Social Studies courses, but the Pre-AP course is more writing intensive. Its intention is to prepare students for the AP World History course in sophomore year. Students who are accepted with honors in Social Studies may indicate their interest to take Pre-AP World History on the course survey given in March, and those with the highest TACHS scores in Reading and Writing who are interested in this course will be assigned the available spaces in Pre-AP World History.


Do students have to be in Pre-AP World History as freshmen in order to take AP World History as sophomores?

No. Anyone can apply to AP World History at the end of freshman year. Acceptance is based on freshman Social Studies grades.


What are AP classes?

AP stands for Advanced Placement. It’s a national program administered by the College Board that gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while they’re in high school.


Can freshmen take AP classes?

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 English Literature, U.S. History, Psychology, Computer Science Principles, and Computer Science A. A broad range of AP classes is open to seniors, including English Language, Calculus AB and BC, Physics, Biology, Psychology, European History and U.S. Government and Politics.


Is there any other way a Molloy student can earn college credits in high school?

Yes. Students can earn credits from St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, or Long Island University/CW Post while taking select courses at Molloy in sophomore, junior, and senior year.


When is the first day of school for freshmen?


Freshmen are scheduled to report to school typically the Wednesday after Labor Day, though it is subject to change and will be confirmed in a mailing you will receive the June prior to that September. 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.


When will my child receive his/her schedule?


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. They will then 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.


How long is the freshman school day?


Students should be in the building by 7:50 AM. Classes begin at 8:00 AM and end at 2:10 PM. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.


Whom can I contact if I have questions about my child’s schedule?


Contact Dr. Des Flynn, Assistant Principal for Academics and Scheduling, at [email protected].