The Marin Catholic curriculum is designed to provide a challenging, college prep experience for all of our students. Along with the development and enhancement of essential skills, the required course of study encourages exploration and self-evaluation. Successfully completing the academic program, which includes choosing the most rigorous course of study one can, qualifies students for admission to the most competitive colleges and universities. Click here to view college acceptances for the Class of 2017.

Typical Freshman Schedule

  • English/Honors English
  • Religious Studies
  • Algebra/Algebra 2/Honors Algebra 2
  • Foreign Language (Italian or Spanish)
  • Global Studies/Honors Global Studies
  • Biology/Honors Biology
  • Elective (Physical Education, Computer Literacy, Visual or Performing Arts and more)

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to pursue a course of study which includes enrollment in seven academic classes each year and which leads to the completion of a minimum of 260 total credits:
  • 3 1/2 years of Social Studies (35 credits)
  • 4 years of English (40 credits)
  • 3 years of Mathematics to include Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II (30 credits)
  • 2 years of Science (20 credits)
  • 2 years of Language (20 credits)
  • 1 year of Visual or Performing Arts (10 credits)
  • 4 years of Theology (40 credits)
  • Electives to complete 260 credits required for graduation
  • Christian Service - 25 hours for each year enrolled at Marin Catholic
  • A Retreat for each year enrolled at Marin Catholic
  • Completion of the College Project for Juniors

Honors and AP

Honors and AP classes offer a more challenging curriculum to students who qualify for an accelerated course of study. Advanced Placement and other Honors courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity for more advanced and in-depth study of a particular subject. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses have the ability to gain college credit by passing the exams.

Students qualify for Honors Courses and Advanced Placement Classes on the basis of academic work done at Marin Catholic.  In addition to meeting subject specific requirements and prerequisites, a student typically must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade point average of 3.7 or better in the subject area(s) for which the student is applying.  Students are required to apply for admission to the various Honors Courses and Advanced Placement Classes.  Admission to Honors and AP courses is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.  Students are asked to take honors or AP courses that they both qualify for academically and are also deeply interested in.

Grade 9
Honors Advanced Algebra II*
Honors Biology
Honors English
Honors Global Studies

Grade 10
Honors Chemistry
Honors English 10
Honors Geometry*
Honors Spanish 3*
Honors Western Civilization

Grade 11
AP Biology*
AP Chemistry*
AP English Language*
AP Environmental Science*
AP Psychology*
AP Spanish Language*
AP U.S. History
Honors Art III*
Honors Pre-Calculus*
Honors Music Theory

Grade 12
AP Art Studio: 2D Design
AP Art Studio: 3D Design
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP English Literature
AP Government
AP MacroEconomics
AP Physics
AP Statistics
Honors Bioethics
Honors Christian Literature

*These courses may also be taken in subsequent years.

Marin Catholic offers a full complement of Advanced Placement courses in order to ground our most challenging courses in an established, nationally recognized curriculum. The following subjects enjoyed passing rates of 70% or higher:  Biology, Calculus AB, Computer Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, French Language & Culture, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio, and U.S. History.


Each semester, an academic grade point average (GPA) is determined twice, at the end of the quarter and again at the end of the semester.  It is based on the grades earned in all classes with the following exceptions:  Freshman PE, Resource Tech 9 & 10, Independent Study:  Resource Tech 11 & 12, and Teacher Assistantships.  Separately, the quarter and semester GPAs are used to determine eligibility for participation in extracurricular and/or athletic activities.  In addition, the semester GPA is used to determine eligibility for the MC Honor Roll and Dean’s List.  A cumulative GPA using semester grades starting freshman year is also calculated.  Both cumulative 9-12 weighted and 10-12 weighted GPAs are reported to colleges and universities on a student’s transcript, as well as a 9-12 unweighted GPA.  The cumulative, weighted GPA is used to determine Graduation with Academic Distinction, Life Membership in the Honor Roll or Dean’s List, and relative position in the class.


Grade Point Equivalents:
Honors and AP classes earn an extra grade point for A, B or C grades.

A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0