Academics

Academics at Bishop Kelly High School

Bishop Kelly provides each of our students the opportunity to find academic success. Our students are challenged to perform at their full potential, and we pride ourselves on preparing graduates to succeed at the next level of their education. BK’s graduation requirements meet or exceed the entrance requirements for all state and most private colleges and universities.

Bishop Kelly High School Profile

Academic Excellence ∙ Moral Leadership ∙ Social Responsibility

2019-20 School Profile

LOCATION, FACILITY AND COMMUNITY PROFILE

Bishop Kelly is a private Catholic high school founded in 1964 in Boise, Idaho. We are centrally located in Boise, with easy access to all parts of the Treasure Valley. Bishop Kelly is accredited by the Northwest Education Association and the Western Catholic Education Association.

Over the years our campus has expanded, and in addition to our main building, our infrastructure includes the Father Wilson Science and Technology Wing, an expansive athletic complex made up of the Carley Athletic Center, the Lamott Family Performance Training Center, Nick Ysursa stadium, the Harrison Tennis Complex, the Peterson Baseball Complex, the Bishop Kelly Softball Complex, an indoor hitting facility, and the Chuck Irvine Soccer and Lacrosse field, and sacred spaces such as the Saint Theresa of Jesus Chapel and Our Lady’s Spiritual Garden.

PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT

Bishop Kelly High School’s mission calls us to develop the whole student in the Catholic tradition – spirit, mind and body.  Through a diverse and comprehensive education in the Catholic tradition, students prepare themselves to serve God and others in the world community.

Administration:

President:
Rich Raimondi

Principal:
Mike Caldwell

Assistant Principal/Curriculum & Instruction:
Stephany Herrera

Assistant Principal/Student Affairs
Cheryl Hutchinson

Activities Director:
Tom Shanahan

Faculty:
The professional staff at Bishop Kelly includes 55 full-time and four part-time faculty
including our full-time priest and deacon. 80% of BK’s faculty hold advanced degrees and 40% have more than 10 years of teaching experience.

Guidance Staff:
Mary Crum
Christine Haener
Samuel Kristensen
Chrissy Kane

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Enrollment:  Fall 2019
822 students in grades 9-12
Average Class Size: 20

SERVICE LEARNING:

Students must complete 90 documented hours of community service; 30 of those hours are to be earned as a senior.  Service learning is an integral component of the Bishop Kelly education.

CLUBS AND SPORTS:

There are over 50 extra-curricular clubs and sports offerings at Bishop Kelly, with approximately two-thirds of our student body participating. In 2018 – 2019, Bishop Kelly student athletes won five athletic state championships and eight academic state championships.

COLLEGE ATTENDANCE:

98% of the class of 2019 will continue their education in 2- or 4-year colleges. Three students received military appointments.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

53 SEMESTER CREDITS
English  |  8
Theology  |  7
Math  |  6
Science  |  6
Foreign Language  |  4
U.S. History I  | 2
U.S. History II  | 2
American Government  |  2
Physical Education  |  2
Economics  |  1
Speech  |  1
Health  |  1
Technology  |  1
Service Learning | 1
Electives  |  9

GRADING SCALE: (See the link above for unweighted and weighted GPAs)

90-100 = A = 4.0
80 – 89 = B = 3.0
70 – 79 = C = 2.0
60 – 69 = D = 1.0
0 – 59 = F =  0.0

When a student repeats a course, only the highest grade is calculated into the GPA; however, both courses will appear on the student’s transcript.

AP COURSES (Weighted):

AP Art and Design
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Capstone Seminar
AP Chemistry
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP Human Geography
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Physics I & II
AP Spanish
AP Statistics
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History

HONORS COURSES (Weighted):

Honors Chemistry
Introduction to Engineering Design

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS:

4 Finalists 2018-19
1 Finalist 2017-18
1 Finalist  2016-17
3 Finalists 2015-16

AP EXAMS 2019:

435 exams in 20 subject areas were administered to 251 students.  A total of 76 students were recognized with various AP Scholar designations.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT 2018 – 2019:

141 students earned 676 concurrent credits in 6 different courses through Boise State University, taught at Bishop Kelly.

AP and Concurrent Enrollment courses are designated as such in our Academic Catalog

Bishop Kelly Campus Photos