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Graduation Requirements


The inclusion of 4 years of Theology is the sole addition to Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates. In grades 9 through 12, students must obtain at least 21 units of credits in the following disciplines:


Social Studies



Foreign Language

Health and Physical Education 

Electives, approved by local district 

All Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School students are required to take Theology (each year they are enrolled). 



Senior Graduation Project


The Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School Graduation Project is intended to be a comprehensive learning activity of the highest quality both in scope and depth. The completed project should demonstrate the achievement of Notre Dame’s standard for outstanding student performance and preparedness for college. Through self-directed learning, students will have the opportunity to witness their Catholic faith while exhibiting problem-solving, decision-making, and independent research skills in the investigation of a specialized area of interest. 


Required Components

1. 50 hours to be completed by the end of the 1st quarter of Senior year. 

2. Research Paper 

3. Oral Presentation 

Service Hour Requirement

Diocesan Regulations – Senior Service Hours 

  1. 40 hours of service required as a condition for participation in graduation activities. 

  2. At least 20 hours must be completed before the end of the first semester, with the remaining hours performed before the end of the school year. 

  3. Seniors will commit themselves to a single location or sponsoring organization for the duration of their service experience, rather than selecting different ways to volunteer their time. 

  4. Service hours must be documented with the time and date of activity and a supervisor’s signature. 

  5. Some or all of the service hours may be completed in the summer before senior year. 

  6. A reflection paper exercise is included in the religion curriculum to assist students in appreciating the connection between what they do and the faith and mission of the Church. 

  7. Failure to complete service hours will result in an incomplete grade for religion. 

Diocesan Regulations – Underclass Service Hours 

All students in all grades are required to perform service hours as part of their Theology curriculum. Hours will vary according to grade level. 

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