Academic Requirements

Rockhurst provides — and requires — a balanced and traditional curriculum of preparation for college studies. Upon completion, these academic requirements form a solid foundation for a student to excel at the college level and beyond.

Mathematics and Computer Programming [eight semesters]

English [eight semesters]

Science [six semesters, three laboratory]

Modern and Classical Languages [four semesters, same language]

Social Studies [six semesters]

Theology [eight semesters]

College Preparatory Electives [12 semesters]

Communication Arts [one semester]

Communications Arts OR Visual and Performing Arts [one semester]

Computer Education [one semester]

Physical Education [one semester]

Community Service [75 hours (25 per year, freshmen-junior years)] *

* Seniors must successfully complete their Senior Service Project.

Rockhurst students are required to enroll in seven classes per semester. A total of 28 credits are required for graduation, with each semester course equaling one-half credit.

Graduation Requirements

The Rockhurst Board of Trustees establishes requirements for graduation in conformance with the Jesuit Secondary Education Association and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students who successfully complete these requirements will be awarded a Rockhurst High School diploma:

  • Complete 28 credits in the required classes and electives
  • Enroll in at least seven classes each term
  • Take classes in the appropriate sequence (e.g., Physics, then Chemistry, then Biology)
  • Pass all courses taken at Rockhurst High School
  • Take all courses at Rockhurst High School (unless special permission is granted by the assistant principal for Academics)

Academic Standing

Rockhurst students must carry a 2.00 or better grade point average (GPA). Students who allow their semester GPA to drop below a 2.00 will be placed on academic probation and placed in an after-school study hall. Students who are on academic probation for two semesters may be asked to leave the school.

Additional policies include:
Students must pass all subjects taken at Rockhurst High School. Any student who fails a class must file a plan with the assistant principal for Academics for retaking the course before the start of the next school year. Failed classes may not be made up at Rockhurst during the regular school year. It is the student's responsibility to provide the school with an official transcript of all make-up work.

An "Incomplete" is sometimes awarded when a student has not fulfilled course requirements due to prolonged illness or other accepted reason. In such cases, the student is expected to complete the requirements within four weeks of the date that the Incomplete was awarded. It is always the student's responsibility to contact the teacher with regard to correcting an Incomplete. 

Schedule Changes

Students must choose their courses carefully and wisely. Though schedule changes are discouraged, a student may request one in the event he is misplaced. Requests for schedule changes are due the third Friday after classes begin in the first semester. Schedule changes are not permitted in the second semester. 

A complete description of all academic requirements and policies can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook.  

Contact Department

Rev. Vincent Giacabazi
(816) 363-2036 x521


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Rockhurst High School

Established in 1910 - Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114-3299     816.363.2036