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Shawe Memorial strives to create an atmosphere conducive

to high academic achievement and personal growth. This

atmosphere provides an opportunity for students to meet

their individual potential and to develop healthy relationships

 and appropriate behaviors that ensure academic success.


Shawe Memorial Junior/Senior High School assists parents in the education of their children by providing a dynamic Catholic education which promotes individual growth in virtue through the development of God-given talents.  Each student is expected to make the most of his or her God-given talents and abilities. Students are to set high, but realistic goals for themselves, create a plan to achieve those goals, and to consistently work towards the meeting of their own academic goals.


Junior High Course Offerings


High School Course Offerings


Diploma Requirements


Theology Program of Studies




The primary goal of Shawe Memorial Jr/Sr High School is to enable our students to integrate their faith into their daily lives. As a Catholic school, we offer a variety of experiences to nurture our students’ relationship with God and to strengthen their relationship with the Church. For students of other faiths, our spiritual formation program introduces them to the tenets of the Catholic Church and provides them opportunities to enrich their own Christian heritage.


Theology Program of Studies


Spiritual Life


Junior High:  Introduction to Catholicism


Shawe Junior High religious studies explore the basic tenets of the faith in a course titled Introduction to Catholicism.  The curriculum explains what it means to be Catholic.  The following topics are covered over two years:


• Church

• Prayer

• Holiness

• The Trinity

• The Blessed Virgin Mary

• Sacred Scripture / The Old and New Testaments

• The Ten Commandments – A study of each

• The Sacraments – A study of each

• The Rosary & Mysteries of the Rosary

• The Saints


Grade 9 - 1st Semester:  The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God, through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally..  The following topics are included in this course:


Grade 9 – 2nd Semester:  Who Is Jesus Christ?

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who he is, the students will also learn who he calls them to be.



Grade 10 – 1st Semester: The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)

The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.



Grade 10 - 2nd Semester: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church

The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church.


Grade 11: 1st Semester: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life.


Grade 11: 2nd Semester: Life in Jesus Christ

The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples.


Grade 12: Our Moral Life in Christ and Theology of the Body

The culmination of religious study at Shawe Memorial is divided into distinct semester courses.  The first semester of the senior year focuses on how God calls each student.  Topics range from the existence of God, reasons for unbelief, how we listen to God, the Mystery of the Trinity, Creation and Evolution, the Fall of Man, God’s governance and providence, and finally the ultimate goal of life.

The second semester is a study of Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body.  The goal is to lead students to a discovery of God’s plan for love and marriage.   A practical application is also explored by using the text, Good News About Sex and Marriage by Peter West.


Diploma Requirements


Students may earn the Indiana Core 40 Diploma or Indiana Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma.  In addition to the course and credit requirements outlined by the Indiana Department of Education, students must take a religion course every semester enrolled at Shawe.  Therefore students who attend Shawe for all four years of high school must earn a total of 8 credits in religion.



For the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must:

• Complete all requirements for Core 40.

• Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits.

• Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits

(6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two languages).

• Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits.

• Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.

• Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.

• Complete one of the following:

A. Earn 4 credits in 2 or more AP courses and take corresponding AP exams

B. Earn 6 verifiable transcripted college credits in dual credit courses from the approved dual credit list.

C. Earn two of the following:

1. A minimum of 3 verifiable transcripted college credits from the approved dual credit list,

2. 2 credits in AP courses and corresponding AP exams,

3. 2 credits in IB standard level courses and corresponding IB exams.

D. Earn a combined score of 1750 or higher on the SAT critical reading, mathematics and writing sections and a minimum score of 530 on each

E. Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and complete written section

F. Earn 4 credits in IB courses and take corresponding IB exams.


For the Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma, students must:

• Complete all requirements for Core 40.

• Earn 6 credits in the college and career preparation courses in a state-approved College & Career Pathway and one of the following:

1. State approved, industry recognized certification or credential, or

2. Pathway dual credits from the approved dual credit list resulting in 6 transcripted college credits

• Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.

• Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.

• Complete one of the following,

A. Any one of the options (A - F) of the Core 40 with Academic Honors

B. Earn  the following scores or higher on WorkKeys; Reading for Information – Level 6, Applied Mathematics – Level 6, and Locating Information-Level 5.

C. Earn the following minimum score(s) on Accuplacer: Writing 80, Reading 90, Math 75.

D. Earn the following minimum score(s) on Compass; Algebra 66 , Writing 70, Reading 80.

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