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Academic Programs


Fast Facts

  • Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
  • 89% of faculty hold a Master’s or other advanced degree


Students complete the following retreat and service activities during their time at Good Counsel, further rooting their education in the Roman Catholic tradition:

  • Retreats: required freshman, sophomore and junior year; optional senior year
  • Xaverian Service: minimum 20 hours of approved community service required at each grade level

Good Counsel’s curriculum is rooted in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, including a belief in the dignity and uniqueness of each individual. This belief guides our challenging curriculum—students receive an education that prepares them for the rigors of college while continuously developing their skills in the areas about which they are most passionate.

This curriculum offers a core of required and specialized courses and programs including Advanced Placement, College Preparatory, Xaverian Honors, International Baccalaureate, Ryken, and STEM.

All Good Counsel students must complete a minimum of 28 credits in order to graduate. Students are placed into appropriate level courses using placement testing in conjunction with an assessment of the student’s middle school performance and consultation with the student and his or her parents. We work with students in the first several weeks of the school year, and throughout their time at Good Counsel, to ensure that they are challenged as they join the community.

Graduation Requirements

(4 years)
Physical Education
(1.5 years)
Fine Arts
(1 year)
Religious Studies
(4 years)
Foreign Language
(3 years)
(3 years)
General Electives
(3-7 credits)
Social Studies
(3 years)
(4 years)
(1 year)