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Program of Study

Excellence is the norm at GC.

Our curriculum is defined, yet flexible. Students can choose a path that allows them to experience all facets of a college preparatory education or focus in a certain area. With 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, 32 International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, 40 Honors courses, and 5 STEM courses, the possibilities are endless. Students have opportunities to travel the world and participate in student-exchange, service trips, and spring break adventures that introduce them to the outside world.

When a Good Counsel student graduates, he or she is prepared for the challenges of college, with skills that are relevant and necessary in every field.

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

  • English – 4 years
  • Religion – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 4 years
  • Social Studies – 3 years
  • Science – 3 years
  • World Language – 3 years
  • Computer Studies – 1 year
  • Fine Arts – 1 year
  • Physical Education – 1 ½ years
  • Retreats – Required freshman, sophomore, and junior year–optional senior year
  • Xaverian Service – Approved community service is required at each grade level Freshmen: 10 hours | Sophomores: 20 hours | Juniors: 30 hours | Seniors: 40 hours

Full-year courses are worth 1 credit | Semester courses are worth ½ credit


To ensure that our students are placed in the appropriate level class during his or her freshman year, we use the results of the high school placement tests (HSPT) and a math placement test administered by our Math Department. Class levels for freshman are College Preparatory and Honors. Subjects offered at these levels are English, mathematics, world languages, science, history, and religious studies. Fine arts courses are not leveled in the freshmen year.

We work with students in the first several weeks of the school year, and throughout their experience, to ensure that they are challenged but not overwhelmed as they make the adjustment to life at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

Xaverian Honors

This is our most advanced program. Students have demonstrated academic success through grades and standardized test scores. Generally, honors courses involve additional reading and presume some mastery of analytical and critical thinking skills.

College Prep

This is our rigorous standard course of study. College prep courses continue to hone academic and critical thinking skills needed for advanced high school course work as well as the college curriculum.

Ryken Studies

The Ryken Studies Program is a college preparatory program that is for highly motivated students who have been diagnosed with mild learning differences.

NOTE: Students applying to the Ryken Studies Program must follow the additional procedures outlined on the Ryken page.

Graduate Profile

The heart of Good Counsel is the academic program––a rigorous education rooted in the principles and ideals of the Catholic Church and the Xaverian Brothers.

Upon graduation, our students will:

  • Grow in personal faith and wisdom.
  • Be prepared for higher education and understand the importance of life-long learning.
  • Embody the Xaverian values of humility, trust, zeal, compassion, and simplicity.
  • Continue the Xaverian commitment to serve the poor and marginalized, promote human dignity, and pursue justice and peace.
  • Respect the diversity and uniqueness of others.
  • Seek solutions to life’s challenges.

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