Students of Madonna High School are offered subjects which cover the traditional course offerings of college preparatory, general curriculum, fine arts, and selected business and vocational areas. These courses are geared to accommodate individual differences and ability levels and to give a truly balanced education in terms of theology, sciences, mathematics, languages, and the humanities. Madonna partners with West Virginia Northern Community College and the John D. Rockefeller Career Center to provide more opportunities for our students.
Developing and nurturing a Christian atmosphere and faith is our top priority. Obedient to Christ and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and called forth in ministry to our youth, the primary purpose of Madonna High School is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Liturgies are celebrated for the entire student body and faculty each week. Under the guidance and supervision of the religion department faculty, students assume an integral role in the planning and preparation of school liturgies.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, school-wide prayer services and class retreats form another part of the students’ faith life.
Four years of service are required to graduate and receive a diploma. A minimum of 10 hours of service is required of all seniors and juniors, and 5 hours of service is required of all sophomores and freshmen.
Students must complete annual requirements by the end of the third quarter of each academic year. A written evaluation of the student’s service is required from the supervisor of the service, listing the experience and time spent performing each individual service.
The religion requirements may not be waived for non-Catholic students. The concept of a Catholic school is to transmit Christian Doctrine. All students at Madonna will take the required religion courses for graduation.
Tutoring, at no additional cost to the parents, is provided by members of National Honor Society.
Based upon grades and faculty recommendation the students of Madonna High School may take honors courses to further enhance their education. These courses are designed by the faculty to provide an in-depth analysis and study of additional topics within the curriculum. Students that successfully complete 10 honors courses may be eligible to graduate with honors. Students that successfully complete 12 honors courses may be eligible to graduate with distinguished honors. The student’s diploma and transcript will note that the student did complete the requirements of the honors program. In addition, at Commencement, the student will wear a gold honor hood with the Madonna cap and gown.
Beginning with the class of 2022 you will need to complete 14 honor courses to graduate with Honors and 19 honors courses to graduate with Distinguished Honors.
Criteria to Obtain an Honors Credit
- Students must have a grade of “A” or “B in the regular coursework to be eligible for an honors class
- Students must complete all honors assignments in a timely fashion and according to the criteria established by the faculty.
- Students must maintain a grade of “A” or “B” in the honors portion of the course.
- If the student does not meet the above criteria, the course will be listed as “honors” on their transcript, but will not count toward the total number needed to graduate “With Honors”.
Criteria to Graduate with Honors
- Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses.
- Students must have earned 10 honors credits. If the student earns a grade of “C” or lower in an honors course, that course will not count toward the total needed to graduate “With Honors”.
- Transfer students may transfer a maximum of 3 honors courses to Madonna, at the discretion of the administration.
- All college-level courses at Madonna High School will be counted as an honors-level class towards graduation with honors.
Criteria to Graduate with Distinguished Honors
- Students must have an overall GPA of 4.0 or higher in all courses
- Students must have earned a minimum of 12 honors credits with no grade below a “B” to be considered for “Distinguished Honors”.
- “Distinguished Honors” students will be recognized at graduation by wearing a gold hood with 2 stars.
COLLEGE GUIDANCE SERVICES
The college guidance program provides various services to Madonna High School. Information and skills-training are made available to assist students, as well as their parents, the faculty, and staff, in developing self-understanding for religious, academic, emotional, and social growth. This establishes a foundation for the student to make realistic educational, career, and personal decisions. College guidance services are available for every student in the school. Help with home, school, and/or social problems or other concerns is available through the School Based Health office.
The College Guidance Department assists with:
- Educational and career planning
- Brief individual and group sessions with students, their families and/or faculty
- Prevention and intervention strategies and referrals
- Conferences with administrators, teachers, parents, community resource personnel, and college personnel
- Planned assessments and result interpretation to aid in determining academic strengths and weaknesses along with student interests and needs
- Administration and interpretation of standardized tests
- Career exploration
- Assistance with college admissions, scholarships and financial aid
Students, in addition to parents, faculty, and staff, are encouraged to utilize the guidance department. Student visits should be scheduled during but can also be scheduled before or after school. If a student wishes to visit the college guidance office, he/she must obtain written permission from his/her teacher during that time. Parents are asked to call and schedule an appointment.
The College Guidance Department also prepares students for or administers the following annual tests:
Freshmen NWEA, PSAT 8/9
Sophomores NWEA, PSAT/NMSQT
Juniors PSAT/NMSQT, ACRE Assesment, ACT State and District Testing, SAT School Day
Seniors ACT and/or SAT
Juniors and Seniors who are college-bound must take the ACT and/or the SAT. These tests are required for admission into most colleges or universities. These tests are administered by the high school one time each in the Junior year under the titles, SAT School Day and ACT District Testing. It is the student’s responsibility to contact ACT (www.act.org) or SAT (www.collegeboard.org) to register for the tests offered on Saturdays at locations off the Madonna campus.
If you have any questions please contact the College Guidance office at 304-723-0545
See below for further information on preparing for college:
- Start a folder at home, make copies of everything related to college applications and financial aid.
- The entire faculty (who have experience in this process) is here to guide you in the right direction, but it is your responsibility to meet deadlines and apply for colleges, financial aid, and scholarships.
- All seniors should compose a High School resume.
- Students should challenge themselves and take a rigorous high school schedule.
- Students must fulfill all state requirements to graduate. A list of all MHS and state requirements can be found in the Madonna High School Curriculum Guide.
- Don’t make selecting a college a casual experience. If you were to pay $20,000 for a new car you would do your research and find out as much as possible about cars. A college education in most cases will cost a minimum of $40,000 and possibly over $100,000. You need to make the right choice.
- Pick a college that is right for you!
- Continuing your education is your only choice for success. College graduates make 60% more money in a lifetime than a high school graduate.)
- Continuing your education could include: the military, vocational schools, specialty schools, etc.
- Types of Degrees:
- Associates (2 years)
- Bachelors (4 years)
- Masters (after undergrad, school, usually 2 years)
- Students should have a realistic idea of what they want to do after high school by their senior year. For those who need some helping exploring career options click here.
- You can also declare an “undecided” major when you enter college. The problem is that it could cost you a great deal of extra time and money.
- Students should be realistic about their chances of being accepted at the colleges where they apply.
- Students should also be realistic about where they can attend college. Geographic location is an important factor to consider.
- Admissions requirements, vary by college. Research this.
- Students must know deadlines for applications, housing, scholarships, and apply on time.
- The more prestigious or competitive the college, the earlier you have to apply.
- Most students now apply to college online. Not only is this faster but it usually saves you an application fee.
- If you fill out a paper application please follow the guidelines below:
All paper applications should be typed whenever possible. If a student can’t type their application, make sure it is done neatly in black pen.
Complete the entire application. Make sure it’s signed, essays are completed, recommendations are included, application fee is included if necessary, etc.
Take the application to the college counselor and an English teacher for proofreading.
The Counselor will mail the transcripts with the application (we keep a log of dates applications are mailed.)
If the student needs a recommendation they should give the person writing it at least a 2 week advance notice and provide with a high school resume, specifics of the recommendation, and a firm due date.
- Students who apply online must notify the college counselor immediately so that transcripts can be mailed. Failure to do so may mean deadlines are missed.
- College representatives frequently visit our school to see students. However, any student can request a meeting if they notify the college counselor two days before the visit.
- Possible questions to ask the visiting representative:
- Majors offered (be specific)
- Accredited programs
- Class size
- Campus and commuters
- # of students in your major
- Difficulty of getting in the program
- Campus life
- Cars on campus
- Residence hall availability
- Living off campus
- Dorm life
- Extra Curricular Activities
- 3/2 year programs
- Study abroad opportunities
- Early deposits and fees
- Admissions requirements
- Application deadlines
- Average ACT/SAT
- Each senior is allowed two excused absences to visit a college.
- The visit must be pre-planned and must have the approval of the school.
- Parents should accompany the student on the visitation.
- To be considered excused, the student must have the college verify their visit in writing.
- Students are encouraged to visit all schools they are interested in.
- Either the ACT or the SAT is required for college admission. Students must know which test the college prefers. For information about both test visit College Board or ACT.
- All Juniors will take the SAT School Day at no cost courtesy of the State of WV.
- All Juniors and interested Seniors will take the ACT District Testing in the Spring Semester.
- For all other administrations of ACT/SAT:
- Students should complete their registration online.
- The vast majority of M.H.S. students take the ACT.
- Plan ahead! Often times you may have an extra-curricular activity or sporting event on the day of a test.
- Students who procrastinate may miss college application and financial aid deadlines.
- There is also a dead-line for the WV Promise scholarship.
- Students must register approximately 6 weeks before their planned test date. The M.H.S. school code is 491 342.
- Part of the test fee allows students to send their results to colleges and universities of their choice.
- Students should take the sample test that comes with their registration materials. Information about how the test is scored and rules regarding guessing are also included in the registration packet.
- Practice test information can also be found here: Khan Academy and ACT Academy.
- Students will need a picture I.D. to be admitted on the day of the test. If a student does not have a picture I.D., they need to see the college counselor for an entrance form.
- The U.S. Government provides three types of financial aid: grants, loans and work study. To learn more about financial aid visit the FAFSA website.
- To apply for financial aid,each family must submit the FAFSA. A FAFSA must be submitted for each student in family attending college.
- You can not complete the FAFSA until October 1st of the student’s senior year.
- Madonna High School holds an annual financial aid workshop in October for students and their parents.
- All families are urged to complete the FAFSA. To qualify for the WV Promise Scholarship and state financial aid you must submit a FAFSA.
- In addition to federal aid, the state of West Virginia also offers two aid programs:
- WVHEGP- the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program offers grants to students who qualify. You must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for the WVHEGP.
- The Promise Scholarship
- Eligibility for financial aid is based on the results of your FAFSA.
- The government uses your FAFSA to determine what is called “expected family contribution” or EFC
- Each college to which you’ve been accepted to will give you a financial aid packet that attempts to meet your need.
- This package is made of grants, loans, and work study.
- Scholarships are available from the college /university the student will be attending. There are also local scholarships and national scholarships.
- Many scholarships are based on grades and ACT or SAT scores. Others are based on need or some type of leadership skills or a special ability.
- Students and encouraged to apply for all scholarship for which they are eligible.
- Students must know and meet scholarship deadlines.
Click below for more information on the WV PROMISE Scholarship:
The following is the Madonna High School Grading System:
A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 F=0
93-100 85-92 77-84 69-76 68 and Below
A=4.5 B=3.5 C=2.5 D=1.5 F=0
93-100 85-9 77-84 69-76 68 and Below
A=5 B=4 C=3 D=2 F=0
90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 59 and Below
A successfully completed:
- Nine-week course receives 1/4 credit (unit)
- Eighteen-week course receives a 1/2 unit
- Thirty-six week course receives 2 half units
A passing grade must be received in both semesters of a 36-week course. Students who see they are in danger of failing the first semester should contact their teacher no later than one month before the end of the semester. Letter grades will be used for all subjects taken as requirements to meet graduation needs. Any incomplete work not made up within 3 weeks after an extended absence results in an “F”. Courses may be dropped or added within the first 5 days of school.
Each teacher is required to calculate grades according to percentages or a point system which converts to percentages. This assures the students accurate results on grading procedures. All college level courses taught at Madonna High School on the Madonna campus will use the Madonna grading scale.
Progress reports are used to provide students with a warning regarding inadequate academic performance and attendance performance. They permit the students and parents to be aware of this performance and attendance performance. They permit the students and parents to be aware of this performance and the fact that failure in the subject is possible. Progress reports encourage students to take suggested means toward improvement. They also help to keep parents and students informed of the specific progress of a student in a particular subject area.
Progress Reports are completed after 4 1/2 weeks into the marking period. A Progress Report is completed on any student who is failing a subject, any student who has a grade of “D” and is not working to their best ability, or if a substantial difference exists between demonstrated performance and actual achievement. Students are re-evaluated after 6 weeks into the marking period. At the request of the administration, a student may be placed on academic and/or disciplinary probation.
A year-by-year requirement outline is listed in the Curriculum Guide, which is issued to each student. Students are required to earn credit for the following basic academic subjects as a requirement for graduation from Madonna High School.
Graduation Requirements: 2020-2021
|Language Arts||4 Credits|
|Social Studies||4 Credits|
|Physical Education||1 Credit|
|Computer Applications||.5 Credit|
|Fine Arts||1 Credit|
TOTAL FOR GRADUATION: 29 Credits
The Top Ten of the graduating class will be determined using the weighted grading system. The school reserves the right to close out the grading period early for purposes of determining the Top Ten for publication purposes, but the final grades will determine such ranking for commencement and final transcripts. Students must be graduating “with honors” to be considered for Top Ten, Valedictorian or Salutatorian. If there are fewer than ten students graduating “with honors,” the remaining Top Ten spots will be determined by the highest grade point of students not graduating “with honors.”
Massive Open Online Courses. The site is EDX.org
Intro to Business
This course is designed to prepare students who are interested in the business field in college. The courses are online and will use MOOCs throughout the year.
All the classes have a cost (Approx.. $100-$250) to obtain the certificates which are mandatory to receive honors credit.
Intro to Engineering
This course is designed to prepare students who are interested in the engineering field in college. The courses are online and will use MOOCs throughout the year.
All the classes have a cost (Approx. $100-$250) to obtain the certificates which are mandatory to receive honors credit.
Intro to Healthcare
This course is designed to prepare students who may be interested in the healthcare field in college. The courses are online and will use MOOCs throughout the year.
All the classes have a cost (Approx. $100-$250) to obtain the certificates which are mandatory to receive honors credit.
Intro to Pre-Law
This course is designed to prepare students who are interested in the pre-law field in college. The courses are online and will use MOOCs throughout the year.
All the classes have a cost (Approx. $100-$250) to obtain the certificates which are mandatory to receive honors credit.
Beginning with the class of 2021, prefect selection is based on grade point average, attendance, service, participation in clubs, activities and athletics. The student will be driven, inspired, determined, dedicated, energetic, dynamic, and reliable.
Class of 2021
- Service Hours > 75
- Lettered in athletics twice
- GPA > 3.75
- Actively participate in 1 club with letter of recommendation from sponsor on significant contribution toward the club
- Essay on topic selected by Administration (i.e.; Benefits of a Catholic education)
- Take 1 AP Class
Class of 2022 (same as class of 2021 except)
- Service Hours > 100
- 1 service/leadership camp/event from approved Madonna list
- Take at least 1 AP Class with an “A” in the class or a score of 3 or higher on AP exam
Class of 2023 (same as class of 2022 except)
- Service Hours > 125
- Take 2 AP Classes with an “A” in both classes or a score of 3 or higher on one AP exam
Class of 2024 (same as class of 2023 except)
- Service Hours > 150
**Service Hours must be approved by Madonna High School Administration to be considered toward valid count of necessary Prefect hours. Determination of candidates for Prefect recognition, based upon above requirements, will be made by Madonna High School Administration.
Madonna High School partners with the Rockefeller Career Center to provide two-year, career-based courses in the following areas:
- Auto Collision Repair Technology
- Electronics Systems Technician
- Diesel Equipment Technology
- Therapeutic Services
- Human Services Cluster
Students may begin taking classes their Junior year, but Seniors can attain partial completion of the program as well.
West Virginia Northern Community College Classes
Requirements to register for the Early Entrance Program at WVNCC as a rising Madonna Senior:
A or B in all English and Math Courses Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years.
OR These minimum scores on the ACT/SAT:
- ACT: Reading – minimum 17, English – minimum 18, Math – minimum 19
- SAT: EBRW (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) – minimum 480, Math – minimum 530
ENG 101 – College Composition I 3 Credit(s)
ENG 102 – College Composition II 3 Credit(s)
HIST 110 – The United States to 1865 3 Credit(s)
HIST 111 – The United States Since 1865 3 Credit(s)
POLS 102 – American National Government and Politics 3 Credit(s)
PSYC 105 – Introduction to Psychology 3 Credit(s)
SOC 125 – Introduction to Sociology 3 Credit(s)
Madonna Wins National Academic Award!
In March 2020, Madonna won the Innovations in Catholic Education award from Today’s Catholic Teacher Magazine. Madonna was one of twelve finalists chosen from the original one hundred applicants before being named the winner in the Curriculum & Instruction category. Below is a description of the program which will only continue to grow and help give our students amazing opportunities at Madonna and beyond.
At Madonna High School, our dedicated and talented faculty and staff, our Advisory Council, and our commitment to learning, provide Madonna students core academic tools for college and beyond. Being more competitive than ever to get into college, it’s incumbent on our students to present the strongest possible portfolio. With limited funding, we need creative solutions that leverage resources to provide our students with a strong advantage and help them take their next step in life. At the beginning of 2019, we developed a road-map for educational excellence which included Healthcare, Engineering, Legal, and Business career tracks.
The career tracks are a combination of current courses offered, courses from a community college, AP courses, an internship and a series of MOOCs, which stands for massive open online courses. Traditional MOOCs are free online university courses offered by colleges all over the world that are normally not eligible for credit. Their enrollment can run upwards of 100,000+ students and anyone around the world can register. After registering, students will typically work at their own pace to watch informative lectures and lessons, complete assignments, and take exams.
Once the series of courses were selected, the school administration and staff communicated the benefits of the MOOCs and how they would be administered. Being a very progressive school, we had ten students sign up for the series of Healthcare MOOCs and six students signed up for the series of Engineering MOOCs. The first step for the students were to register for the certificate program for the first MOOC. This allowed them with access to the full lectures, online books, and quizzes which are graded online. The other benefit was that once our students pass the course, they will receive a certificate of completion from school which adds the student’s name to a national registry that is searchable by universities and gives our students a competitive advantage when applying to college.
The students taking these classes view the online classes individually and take notes. For problems and homework, the students work in groups helping each other better understand the concepts. This aspect has been a major benefit to our students because they learn the importance of collaboration. At the end of each section, the students take a quiz they must pass in order to move to the next section. At the end of the course, the team develops a comprehensive test the students take in order to show proficiency in the material.
To add to the benefits, we have been fortunate to have the professors that teach these courses to interact with the students. Each course that is selected is from a top five university in the discipline. For the engineering course, Dr. Wayne Whiteman from Georgia Tech, presented information to our students via video conference. In Healthcare, Dr. Paul Bloom from Yale, presented to our students covering course material and discussing careers in Psychology.