Academic Program

St. Joseph Hill Academy has a long tradition of offering college preparatory curricular programs that seek to meet the individual needs of students. We do this by providing a highly customizable experience. With a selection of Honors, College, and AP Courses, Hill is equipped to challenge students of varying abilities.

Every St. Joseph Hill Academy student completes four years of core academic subjects. All students are programmed to earn an Advanced New York State Regents Diploma. In addition to the core courses, students can choose between our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Pathway or our Humanities Pathway. The Pathway forms the foundation for each student’s academic program.

Hill realizes the importance of technology as a vital tool to learning. As a technology-savvy high school, we believe in equipping our students for "anywhere, anytime learning."

Hill is about choiceIn choosing a pathway, students should consider their core area of interest and their academic strengths. There is no wrong choice. The math, science, English, and social studies requirements for New York State Regents, along with the school's religion requirement, are identical in both programs and as a result, students can change pathways up until the end of sophomore year.

Each pathway has separate requirements for graduation, however, ALL courses are available as electives regardless of the chosen pathway. Numerous AP, College, and Honors courses are available for qualified students.

The CORE Six Courses that all students take regardless of Pathway are:

  1. English
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Religious Studies
  5. Science
  6. World Language


For a general outline on the core academic subjects and electives students can choose during each of their four years at St. Joseph Hill Academy High School please see below.

Program of Study

Program of Study


AP Capstone Diploma Program

Hill provides the choice of an AP Capstone Diploma by offering the AP Seminar (grades 10 & 11) and AP Research (grades 11& 12) courses. These courses use an interdisciplinary approach to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills, all of which will be invaluable to students in college. AP Seminar and Research courses compliment both STEM and Humanities AP and college level courses.