Special Academics Programs
**Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy are two of the few schools in the state that require 100% of students to take a college admission test.**
Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy have several special academic programs that are available to qualified students:
Gannon Scholars Program
Select students may be invited to participate in the Gannon Scholars Program. Rising juniors must have a minimum QPA of 4.5 at the end of their third semester and rising seniors must have a minimum QPA of 4.25 at the end of their fifth semester to be considered. Courses may be used for high school credit and college credit at accepting universities. Students may have the opportunity to take two courses on the campus of Gannon University each semester depending on availability. If the student desires to take a third course, they must have prior approval from their counselor and make arrangements through Gannon. Students will meet with their school counselor to enroll and select classes each semester. Students are placed according to Gannon’s dual enrollment scheduling policies and procedures. All costs associated with this program are in addition to regular tuition.
Students must maintain a B average or higher in all courses and maintain an attendance record consistent with Gannon’s requirements. Failure to do so may result in a student’s removal from the program. Students are expected to abide by Gannon’s policies for all course participation, grading, and final exams. Any course, class policy, or grading question should be directed to the Gannon professor.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine MASH Program
Villa Maria Academy and LECOM have an educational partnership to encourage VMA graduates to pursue programs to become physicians or pharmacists. LECOM has partnered with VMA to develop educational programs that will challenge the students’ science skills and prepare them for health professions. THE MASH PROGRAM (Medical Applications in Science and Health) is a full-day, one week summer program open to 10th and 11th grade students through an application process. The school counselors can provide additional information and applications.
If you are planning to play sports at a Division I or Division II college, please go to NCAA.org to check core course requirements for eligibility.
College in High School at the University of Pittsburgh
Prep and Villa also participate in the College in High School program at the University of Pittsburgh (https://www.chs.pitt.edu/ ) to give students college credit in several other courses taught on the Prep and Villa campus in Social Studies and Latin.
Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy continue to pursue agreements with additional colleges and universities in an effort to offer even greater opportunities to students. Programs will be made available to all students who meet the requirements of the individual institution.