Academic Counseling

Our school counselors are here to help Bishop England students in their academic pursuits.  From meeting individually with students, to meeting with parents and having discussions with teachers, the school counselors strive to ensure their students are performing well, meeting expectations, and are placed in the correct academic level.  The school counselors regularly check grades and give students tools and suggestions on how to improve their grades, manage their time, and succeed in high school.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a diploma from Bishop England High School, a student must meet the requirement of a minimum of eight semesters of attendance in a secondary school and earn twenty-four credits. Ordinarily, a student must be in attendance at BEHS for the last two semesters prior to graduation.


4 – Theology

4 – English

4 – Mathematics

3 – Science

2 – World Language

1 – U.S. History

½ – U.S. Government

½ – Economics

1 –Additional social studies

1 –Computer technology

1–Fine Arts

1 – Physical Education

1–Additional elective

24 Total credits

*Please note that Clemson University, the College of Charleston, and a number of other colleges and universities require 3 years of a world language. While Clemson requires those courses to be in the same language, the College of Charleston allows students to take two years of one language and one year of another.

* Theology is required only for the time a student is attending BEHS

** Graduation requirements are not allowed to be taken online during a student’s senior year

BEHS GPA Systems

GPA System of BEHS: The BEHS grade point average (GPA) that appears on student transcripts is based on the following system that weights grades according to academic level. This unique system is used in the college admissions process to display the rigor of our academic program.

90-100 A 6.5 5.5 4.5 3.5
85-89 B+ 6.0 5.0 4.0 3.0
80-84 B 5.5 4.5 3.5 2.5
75-79 C+ 5.0 4.0 3.0 2.0
70-74 C 4.5 3.5 2.5 1.5
Under 69 F 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

GPA System of our state:  BEHS also uses the grading policy for the state of South Carolina for college admission for in-state schools, South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy-SCUGP.

SCUGP before 8-15-16

SCUGP after 8-15-16

Please refer to the Student/Parent Handbook for specific facts on SCUGP.



National Honor Society

NHS is a leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in character, leadership, scholarship, and service.

Click out to read further about our own chapter of the National Honor Society:  Father O’Brien Chapter.

Advanced Placement

The Honors and AP program is designed to challenge gifted students.  As part of the Honors Program, Bishop England participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and offers 13 AP courses. Because the Honors program and AP curricula require such intense study, students selected for this program must demonstrate maturity, learn at an accelerated pace, and review/complete assignments with a high degree of independence. They are expected to be capable of writing well-organized, analytical essays and to apply information in a way that goes beyond basic comprehension of the facts.  They should be able to evaluate and synthesize information as well.

We offer 13 Advanced Placement classes for college credit:


Calculus AB

Calculus BC


English Language

English Literature

Environmental Science





Studio Art

United States Government

United States History

Visit the College Board’s Official AP Site

Schedule Changes

All Schedule changes for current students are handled by the School Counseling Department.  The school sets the following deadlines for schedule changes:

  1. The last date on which any student can drop or add a course is ten school days into the semester (August 31, 2018); however, a student may drop a course and add a study hall without penalty until September 17 for Fall Semester, and until February 4 for all Spring Semester courses. Beyond these dates, a student who wishes to drop an academic class may withdraw with a “WF” (Withdrawn – Failing) for all subsequent marking periods. The “WF” classification equates numerically to a 50%.
  2.  September 17, 2018 – Academic LEVEL Changes for FIRST SEMESTER Courses.
  3.  October 12, 2018 – Academic LEVEL Changes for YEAR-LONG Courses
  4. Students enrolled in classes that have 10 or fewer students may not be allowed to withdraw.
  5.  It is a requirement that underclassmen be enrolled in at least six academic classes each semester.
  6. Seniors must be enrolled in at least five academic classes each semester.
Study Skills

Click here for a great resource to help students improve their study skills.

Note Taking Tips

  1. Write down Key Points: Each teacher has a different teaching style. If your teacher repeats the same information more than once, be sure to write it down because he/she is giving you a clue that it’s important. Also if your teacher writes information on the board, be sure to write it down!
  2. Don’t overdo it. If you focus too much on getting everything your teacher says written down, you may miss the important points because you are writing frantically. Slow down and really listen.
  3. Ask: Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher to repeat what he/she has just said. If you didn’t get it all written down, most likely your classmates will need to hear it again too! If you still have questions, make arrangements to see your teacher after school.
  4. Compare: Compare your notes with other classmates to make sure you didn’t miss any key points. It’s also a good way to review what you learned with a friend.
  5. Use a Three Ring Binder: It allows you to add hand-outs and keep your notebook in order to better prepare for a test.
  6. Copy your Notes Again: If you wrote sloppy and/or it’s easier for you to study if your notes are typed, copy them again or type them. This is another way to go over the information again in a visual way.
  7. Date your Notes: It will make studying easier if your notes are all in order.
  8. Review your Notes for each class 20 minutes each night: Going over your notes each night will gradually get you familiar with the material. This will make your studying much more productive as it gets closer to test day. Cramming is NEVER a good way to study.
Accomodations and Application

Bishop England strives to meet the needs of a variety of students, including those with learning differences. Students may receive specific accommodations, such as extended time for testing, oral testing, or academic assistance in a learning lab, among many others. To qualify for such accommodations, students must have been tested by a licensed clinical psychologist or certified school psychologist within the past three years and must apply for specific accommodations.

The School Counseling Department oversees the application process. Questions should be referred to the student’s school counselor.

Application for Accommodations

Summer School

The School Counseling Department’s “Permission to Take an Off Campus Course Form(s)” for any summer course must be secured prior to registration for course failure and enrichment courses.

Course Failure:

Students who fail a course and must attend summer school will need to meet with their counselor to determine approved options.  Only four units of credit toward a Bishop England diploma may be earned in summer school.  A student who fails a required English or math course must attend Summer School.

Course Enrichment:

Students can take Summer School courses for enrichment purposes. These course(s) must not currently be available to take at Bishop England. A student taking an enrichment course can receive credit and the grade will be factored into the grade point average (GPA). The level assigned to the course will be determined by the Counselor and/or Academic Dean prior to registration. Once the course is completed, students are responsible for sending a transcript from the Summer School program to BE in order to receive credit. Students taking Dual Credit courses at Trident Technical College are responsible for sending a transcript to BE in order to receive the credit on their BE transcript. Credit will not be given for tutoring or for courses taken at a non-accredited school (except for driver’s education or approved online options).

Approved Summer School Options

The VirtualSC School, Online Courses Offered

English 2, 3, & 4 / Geometry, Algebra II / American Government, Economics / Media Art (1.0  fine art credit) / Computer Applications (.5 computer credit)

*Bishop England NO longer offers Business Apps. Students who have NOT taken their first computer course CAN take Computer Apps through VirtualSC this summer ONLY. This will be a half (.5) credit. Students will need to take an additional half credit computer course to complete the computer requirement for graduation.


-Students MUST see their counselor to get the Registration form!

-Courses are FREE, but fill up fast!

-Students MUST REGISTER on the FIRST DAY Registration Begins (classes are based on a first come first serve policy)!

• Summer Registration Begins

  • May 16- May 30 for students in grades 11-12th
  • May 23 -May 30 for students in grades 9-10th grade.

-Courses BEGIN: June 6th

-Final Exams must be taken at BE on:  TBA

-IMPORTANT Information for Registration:

  • Students MUST see their counselor to get the Registration form.
  • You must select a course that is labeled with a CP (College Prep) NOT the course labeled CR (Credit Recovery)
  • Bishop England does NOT allow you to take a CR (Credit Recovery) Course
  • Dates and Deadlines

International Connections Academy, Online Courses Offered:

Algebra I (A&B), Algebra II (A&B), Geometry (A & B) / English 9 (A&B) ,10 (A&B) ,11 (A&B), &12 (A&B) / *Biology (A&B), *Chemistry (A&B), *Physics (A & B) / World History (A&B), U.S. History (A&B), Government (A&B), Economics / Digital Photography (.5 Fine Art credit)



-Students must take a FULL CREDIT COURSE (A&B)

Many Connections Academy core high school courses are approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

*There could be an additional fee for the SCIENCE LAB component that MUST be completed with the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses to receive credit.


-International Connections Academy Summer School FAQ’s .

Laurel Springs, Online Courses Offered:

English 1, 2, 3, & 4 / Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre- Calculus / *Biology, *Chemistry, *Physics / World History, US (American) History, American Gov’t, Economics / World Languages / Electives


-Cost:  $990 for one Full Credit Course, PLUS a Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $100 (NCAA Accreditation)

*If you are taking a SCIENCE Course, you will need to request WITH LAB and pay an additional $200 for the LAB ($1,190 TOTAL for Science courses)

-Enrollment Start and End Dates for Year-Long Courses vary.

-You must go to the above website to check START & END Dates.


Florida Virtual Global School, Online Courses Offered:

English 1, 2, 3, & 4 / Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus / *Biology, *Chemistry, *Physics / World History, US History, American Gov’t, Economics / World Languages / Electives


-Cost:  Total of $800 for ONE FULL CREDIT COURSE (student MUST complete a full 1.0 credit course). These courses have NCAA Accreditation.

*There could be an additional fee for the science LAB component that MUST be completed with the Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses to receive credit.

The Keystone School, Online Courses offered:

English 1, 2, 3, & 4 / Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus / *Biology, *Chemistry, *Physics / World History, US History, American Gov’t, Economics / World Languages, & Electives



*There is an additional fee for the science LAB component that MUST be completed with the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses to receive credit.

BYU Independent StudyOnline Courses offered:

English:  9th Grade English: ENGL 041 & ENGL 043,

10th Grade English: ENGL 045 & ENGL 047

11th Grade English: ENGL 051 & ENGL 053

Algebra 1: ALG 051 & ALG 053

Geometry: GEOM 041 & GEOM 043

Algebra 2: ALG 055 & ALG 057

US History: HIST 041 & HIST 043

World History: HIST 061 & HIST 063

US Gov’t & Citizenship: GOVT045

*Biology: BIOL 041 & BIOL 043

*Chemistry: CHEM 041 & CHEM 043

*Physics: PHSCS 041 & PHSCS 043

Digital Photography: ART 061
Beginning Guitar: GUITR 041
Beginning Piano: PIANO 041

(each elective is a .5 Fine Art credit)


-Cost: A Total of $498 for a FULL CREDIT Teacher Led COURSE ($249 per HALF CREDIT (.5))

-Student MUST complete BOTH half credits to earn a Full Credit (1.0) in the academic course.

-Students are to only register for Teacher-Led Courses (no self-paced online course will be allowed).

*There could be an additional fee for the science LAB component that MUST be completed with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses to receive credit.

James Madison Online High School, Online Courses Offered:

Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus / English 1, 2, 3, & 4 / *Biology, *Chemistry, *Physics / World History, U.S. (American) History, Government, Economics / Electives



Open enrollment……enroll anytime.

*If you are taking a SCIENCE Course, you MUST request WITH LAB and pay an additional $175 for the LAB component.

Other summer school options may be available. Prior to enrollment in the summer school program, parents should contact the student’s school counselor for permission to enroll.


Enrolling in an off-campus course

Steps to taking a course not on the BE campus for enrichment:

  • The student meets with his/her school counselor to discuss options.
  • The student will request a “Permission to Take an Off Campus Course” form from his/her school counselor.
  • The student must turn in the completed form with a parent/guardian signature to Mrs. Gastaldi, the Director of Counseling.


*Taking an off-campus course requires permission from the Director of Counseling, Mrs. Gastaldi.

Tutoring Information

The Counseling Department can help you find tutors for most subjects. Some tutors are National Honor Society students who tutor for service hours and generally meet once a week during the school day. Other tutors are adults who meet the student outside of the school day and off campus. Please see your counselor for contacts.