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Innovative Approach to Education

St. John Bosco's college preparatory curriculum is widely regarded as the most forward-thinking and innovative academic school in the Archdiocese, challenging students with AP and Honors courses, competitions and electives tailored to each student's interests.

St. John Bosco’s innovative approach to teaching sparked a movement among educators that focused on the well-being of the young, called the Salesians. Salesian educators strive to instill within their students a work ethic based on mutual trust, confidence, respect and cooperation and serve students as advisers, creating a welcoming environment where every young man can maximize his potential to become something greater than himself.

In 2019, 96% of Bosco students were accepted to a four-year university. Recent graduates are studying at some of the finest universities in the nation, including Princeton, Notre Dame, UCLA, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford and USC. In fact, five members of the Class of 2019 are continuing their studies at Ivy League colleges and universities.

Graduation Requirements

We offer 28 AP and Honors Courses, more than 30 clubs and organizations and 6 Academic Pathways: Biomedical, Computer Science, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Film and Media Arts and Sports Medicine.

To receive a diploma a student must have:

  1. A history of good character and citizenship
  2. Participation in a grade level retreat during each year of attendance
  3. Participation in a “Day of Recollection” during each year in attendance
  4. Successful completion of required Community Service Hours (20 hours/academic year)
  5. Successful completion of Senior Exit Interview
  6. Completion of graduation credits

With a rigorous college preparatory curriculum designed to exceed the A-G Entrance Requirements set by the University of California and California State University systems students must complete 260 credits in order to graduate, including:

Credits | Semester Course

40 credits | 8 semesters

 

Electives
English
Religion

30 credits | 6 semesters

Mathematics
Science
History
20 credits | 4 semesters World Language
15 credits | 3 semesters

Physical Education

10 credits | 2 semesters Visual and Performing Arts
  5 credits | 1 semester Health

AP and Honors Courses

Bosco challenges students with 19 Advanced Placement courses and an enriched Honors Program tailored to each individual student’s needs.

Advanced Placement Courses Honors Courses
Biology

Academic Decathlon

Calculus AB and BC Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Chemistry Biology
Computer Science A Chemistry
Computer Science Principles Composition/World Literature 1 and 2
English Language Geometry
English Literature  Pre-Calculus
Environmental Science Spanish 3
European History  
Human Geography  
Physics 1 and 2  
Psychology  
Spanish Language and Culture  
Statistics  
US Government and Politics  
US History  
World History