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The mission of the Bishop Alemany Honors Institute is to provide a rigorous and motivating program that will stretch and challenge the School’s most able students. It provides a learning environment in which these students can reach their full potential.

The Program

Students enrolled in the Honors Institute study a discrete program of courses designed to make them ready for the most academically rigorous Colleges in the world. They complete a range of AP courses, and all non-AP courses are taken at Honors level. Students also complete a ‘blended’ Honors Institute Seminar program that culminates with the College Board’s AP Capstone Diploma.

Seminar Program – How it works…

Students in the Honors Institute take an enhanced program that enables them to demonstrate their educational excellence. This program involves the combination of a weekly classroom session and an online class – a ‘blended’ course that is academically rigorous and challenging.

Structure of the Seminar Program

Grade Seminar Program Class
 9th An Introduction to Seminar Studies
10th The Science of Knowledge
11th AP Seminar
12th AP Research

AP Capstone

The AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that helps students stand out in the college application process. It is a challenging program that deepens a student’s passion for learning, enhances their academic skills, and provides a broader perspective on the world. Bishop Alemany High School is one of only two High Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that has been selected by the College Board to offer this program.

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Alternatively, students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ signifying their attainment of college-level academic and research skills.