FAQs

What is the average class size?

14 students, student to teacher ratio is 9 to 1.

What classes make up the core curriculum?

English, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Theology and Leadership.

What elective courses are offered?

Literature, Economics, Journalism, Statistics, Bagpipe and Drum Band, Photography, Visual Basic, Website Design, Yearbook, 2-D Media, 3-D Media, Ceramics and Marksmanship (among others).

How many AP Courses are offered at Benedictine?

AP English Comp, AP English Lit, AP Art History, AP US History, AP US Government, AP Economics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Geography, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Latin, Spanish V, AP 2-D Art, AP 3-D Art and AP Studio Art.

How many honors courses are offered at Benedictine?

22 Honor Courses ranging from Freshmen to Senior courses.

What colleges do Benedictine graduates attend?

Every graduate for the past 3 years that has applied for college has been accepted to a college. Cadets are attending the Cornell University, University of Notre Dame, Duke University, Cal Berkeley, Davidson College, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, James Madison University, Virginia Tech, University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, University of Richmond, Hampden-Sydney College, Randolph Macon College, Penn St. University, College of William and Mary, Catholic University of America and Washington and Lee.

Three Cadets were accepted to Ivy League schools last year, five Cadets were accepted “early decision” at UVA.

How many scholarships do your graduates typically get toward college tuition?

Our Class of ’09 received over $3.8 million in scholarships, our Class of ’10 received over $2.8 million in scholarships, our Class of ’11 received over $2.7 million in scholarships, our Class of ’12 received over $3.9 million in scholarships, Class of ’13 received over $4 million in scholarships, our Class of ’14 received over $3 million in scholarships, and our Class of ’15 received over $3.5 Million in scholarships.

How many varsity sports are offered?

12 – Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Wrestling, Swimming, Golf, and Tennis.

Are there tryouts and 'cuts' for the sports teams?

Only for certain sports such as Basketball (Freshmen, JV, and Varsity teams), and sometimes Baseball (JV and Varsity).

Can you participate in multiple sports and still be involved in the Cadet Corp?

Yes, in fact we encourage participation in multiple sports! The Military program and the Athletic program are much more than “standing in formation” or "just playing football, baseball, basketball ..." Athletic and Military participation are key components to building the core values we espouse here at Benedictine College Prep.

The Cadet learns personal responsibility, respect for self, peers, and opponents; working for the greater good and developing as a leader within that process.

How many clubs do you have at Benedictine?

We have over a dozen clubs including Emmaus Club, Raider Club, Key Club, World Affairs Club, Latin Club, and Spanish Club.

We also have the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rifle Marksmanship Team, Model Judiciary, Battle of the Brains, a Pipe and Drum Band, Drill Team and Honor Guard, and the Robotics Club.

Is there a community service program or requirement at Benedictine High School

Each Cadet is required to perform 20 hours of community service throughout each year as part of the Theology curriculum and basic graduation requirements.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, in fact over 35% of the students here receive some financial aid for over $1 million dollars.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we offer merit based academic/leadership scholarships. Over 25% of the students here have qualified for almost $250,000 of scholarship funding.

What percentage of your school are minorities?

Our school has tremendous socio-economic diversity including almost 30% minority school population.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend?

No. While Benedictine is a Catholic school where theology is taught, nearly one-third of our students are not of the Catholic faith.

We welcome students of all faiths and ask only that all of our students respect the faith of their classmates.

Will I wind up in the military?

The odds are strongly against it. Typically, only a couple of our graduates go directly into the military.

A few others move on to military academies or into an ROTC program. Benedictine's military programs are designed to instill leadership, not to groom future soldiers.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, as does every Cadet. The term "uniform" means "standard." So, you'll dress exactly like your fellow students.

One upside is you don't have to spend a lot of time agonizing over what to wear each day.

Can I meet girls?

Of course. Don't confuse "all-male" with "anti-girl." In fact, we encourage all sorts of social interaction with students from our sister school, Saint Gertrude.

Dances, bowling, ice cream socials, plays....the list is quite lengthy.

Will I be taught by priests and soldiers?

No. While our school is co-located with an abbey, there are few religious members on our staff.

The only military instructors are the two men who run our military leadership program.

Isn't Benedictine a jock school?

Don't think our success on the athletic fields and courts has deflected our attention from our primary mission, which has, and always will be, to produce men of conscience: intelligent, mature and strong in character.

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