Chaminade College Preparatory School students are beating the competition. They’re getting a head start to university – and beyond – thanks to the PACE Programme, Chaminade’s robust Dual University Credit Program.
Through this premier option, students can earn college credit through dual credit courses offered at Chaminade from nationally accredited university programmes. Not only do they experience an introduction to college-level expectations while in high school through courses taught by authorised Chaminade adjunct university professors, they also get to engage in a robust and rigorous university course experience. The curriculum is college-level and challenging; the journey productive and fulfilling.
Joe Mitchell graduated from Chaminade with 24 dual university credit – and many milestones closer to his dream career. Chaminade graduates can opt for early entry into an undergraduate degree programme and complete it before the traditional four years. Or, they have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree, double major or pursue a gap year and graduate within the traditional four years as well.
“I am in the pre-health programme to become a dentist and the dual credit I earned at Chaminade transferred in English and history, helping to give me space and time in my schedule to take required classes for my major earlier in my college career,” says Mitchell, now at the University of Kentucky.
Chaminade is an independent, Catholic day and resident school, sponsored by the Marianist Province of the US. Here, boys prepare to become the men the world needs them to be. They strive for intellectual growth, as well as spiritual, emotional, and physical. Following the school’s holistic, high-caliber education grounded in faith, they prepare for success in college and in life.
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Flourish on the field, in competition and in spirit
A Chaminade student is defined by his critical thought that lead to informed choices – but he is so much more than that as well. The Chaminade student seeks a wide range of athletic, cultural, social and religious activities. He is hungry to explore his school’s 70 athletic teams across 19 varsity sports and more than 40 clubs and activities. It’s a pursuit to empower his mind, body and soul – a journey to cultivate his inherent skills, as well as to exercise initiative and responsibility.
Stanley Williams is a chemical engineering major and a college athlete – a balancing act not many can perform. Williams can, thanks to his alma mater. “The 18 dual university credits I transferred helped me get ahead in some of the required courses. I was able to skip Organic Chemistry I because I took it at Chaminade and started at Tulsa in Organic Chemistry II,” the University of Tulsa student says. “Other benefits are that I can take fewer courses each semester and still graduate on time and as an athlete, it also helps to have a lighter load of classes when I compete and travel with track and field.”
Such prolific university lives are due in large part to the school’s strong support system. It starts from the moment students step foot on campus. Academic and guidance counsellors work directly together with students to prepare students for life in university and beyond. They collaborate with House Mentors, parents, Resident Director, Coaches and other student advisors and learning consultants to shape their schedules and daily lives.
Two full-time College Counsellors are on hand to work with Freshmen and Sophomores in groups to engage them in early college awareness activities. Juniors and Seniors work one-on-one with these counsellors and their families in an individualised program to develop college goals, establish timelines, and complete applications. At every step of the way, College Counsellors are always there for the students and parents through before and after school appointments, during academic labs, evening appointments (as needed) and communication via email over weekends and breaks.
“As I am a junior, I’ve started show interest in colleges I would like to go to and Chaminade is not only helping me with providing college counselling, but they also have college meetings, or presentations, where we can learn more about the school,” says Paul Oh, a student from South Korea.
Junior student Yoshitaka Suzuki from Japan wants to major in computer programming and become a professional software engineer. He’s taking two AP Computer Science courses, learning from many teachers with great expertise in this area. Still, he knows there’s plenty more to do if he wants to get into a good college. Hence why he appreciates his school’s keen college counselling and guidance processes.
“Now that I’m a Junior, I often think about college and my future plans,” he says. “I meet with my college-counsellor about once a month, but she is available anytime I need to speak with her.”
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