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Math and Science Academy


Cathedral High School's Math and Science Academy (MSA) Program aims to inspire and equip students to apply and succeed in competitive college programs focusing on majors and careers in STEM and STEM-related fields. 

Students accepted into the MSA Program will: 

  • Complete a rigorous course of study by participating in Honors and AP classes, such as Algebra II Honors, AP Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Honors Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Biology 

  • Participate in extracurricular activities like field trips, guest speaker sessions, and learn about summer program opportunities. MSA students have previously attended summer programs offered at schools like UPENN, Stanford, UCLA, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Duke, UC Davis, and Michigan State.

  • Have academic support and academic counseling all four years from the MSA director. This support is provided through group meetings, discussions, and individual sessions, as needed, throughout the academic year.

MSA Impact: 

Due to the rigorous coursework, students accepted into the program earn outstanding scores on college entrance exams, and academic placement tests, and are prepared for the rigorous course load of collegiate-level academia. 100% of MSA students are accepted to four-year university programs. 

Our MSA graduates have been accepted into a wide range of universities across the US. 

Including: Cornell University, MIT, Northwestern, John Hopkins University, University of Southern California, Marquette University, Santa Clara University, University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, Pepperdine, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Gustavus Adolphus College, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz and others! 

MSA Requirements: 

To gain acceptance into Cathedral High School's Math and Science Academy program, incoming freshmen students require a top score on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), a letter of recommendation endorsing the student's skills and motivation to excel in a rigorous academic environment, and an interview with Cathedral High School’s MSA interview committee.  

To maintain eligibility in the MSA pathway, MSA students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA throughout the school year. Students must earn a C or higher at the end of each semester; D and F grades will automatically disqualify students from the Academy.