School Profile

About Totino-Grace High School

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Academic Profile: College Preparatory, Comprehensive
Mission: Archdiocesan, Catholic, Lasallian
Student body: Co-Educational Grades 9-12
Location: Fridley, Minnesota
Enrollment: 735
Accreditation: AdvancEd 
Founded: 1966
Founding Orders: DeLaSalle Christian Brothers and the School Sisters of Notre Dame 

Academic Program

With approximately 95% of Totino-Grace students attending college, we offer a strong college preparatory curriculum with extensive Honors and Advanced Placement course offerings. The school welcomes students of all ability levels and offers additional structured support to students with identified needs through our Learning Lab program.

Totino-Grace is on a semester system. One credit is given per class per semester.

Credits required for graduation:

8 English 6 Mathematics
8 Religion  2 Physical Education 
6 Social Studies 2 World Language
6 Science 

1 Health 

 

1 Fine Arts


Advanced Placement and Honors Courses include:

AP English Lit & Comp H English 9 and 10
AP English Lang & Comp H Physics
AP US Government H Chemistry
AP US History H Biology
AP World History H Geometry
AP Spanish Language  H Algebra II/Trigonometry
AP Spanish Literature H Analysis

AP Calculus AB

H Calculus 1, 2, 3
AP Statistics H French 3 and 4
AP Chemistry H Spanish 3 
 AP Physics 1  H Concert Choir 
AP Biology H Symphonic Band
AP Drawing  H Philosophy of God
AP French   H Intro to Theology
   

 

Notable Programs

1:1 Learning Technology Program

Each student uses a MacBook Air computer in his/her studies, utilizing 21 st century learning skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

E3 Engineering Institute

The first class of E3 Scholars graduated in 2016; this three-year Engineering program began in 2013. Through a hands-on, rigorous curriculum that includes coursework focused on engineering, as well as exposure to the field of engineering through program components occurring outside of the classroom, E3 Scholars are intellectually engaged and challenged above and beyond courses required for graduation.  All E3 Scholars must take four years of science and math and 3 years of Engineering courses that culminate in a capstone Engineering project. E3 Scholars are encouraged to take additional courses in CAD, Woods & Metals, and Computer Science.  Finally, each E3 Scholar works with an Engineer mentor, specially trained to introduce students to the various fields of engineering and to engage students in the work they do at their Engineering firm.

Kathleen Murphy Scholars Program

This program meets the needs of our highest performing students to intellectually challenge them in a rigorous course of study, and satisfy their intellectual curiosity through cultural enrichment experiences outside the classroom. KM Scholars are required to take multiple Honors or AP courses each year and attend at least 4 cultural enrichment seminars outside of the school day. The program culminates in a research-based capstone project focused on a topic of interest to the student.  The Scholars work with an academic mentor on the project and present their findings to the school community. The Kathleen Murphy Scholars have an average ACT score of 29.35 and average GPA of 4.09.

College Credit/Dual Enrollment 

Totino-Grace participates in the Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC) through St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN.  Students may earn 3 college credits per course in H Intro to Theology, and College Prep Writing, and 4 credits in H Calculus I.  College credits earned are recognized by St. Mary’s University, as well as many other institutions.  More information on the PACC program is available at www.smumn.edu/pacc.

Class Rank

Totino-Grace does not rank students; we believe a class rank alone does not reflect the strength, ability and readiness of our college bound students. We believe strongly that a student's transcript, including GPA and course selection, will provide a clear picture of our students’ college readiness and scholarship potential.

Letter Grades

Totino-Grace uses a weighted grading system:

GradesAP & HonorsAll Others
A 4.50 4.00
A- 4.17 3.67
B+ 3.83 3.33
B 3.50 3.00
B- 3.17 2.67
C+ 2.83 2.33
C 2.50 2.00
C- 2.17 1.67
D+ 1.33 1.33
D 1.00 1.00
D- 0.67 0.67
F 0.00 0.00


Testing 

ACT 
Most Totino-Grace students take the ACT exam, starting junior year.  95% of students in the Class of 2017 took the ACT exam, with an ACT average score of 25.  Sophomores have the opportunity to take the PreACT exam which helps prepare them for the ACT exam and gives a predicted ACT score. 

PSAT and SAT
Interested juniors may take the PSAT exam; approximately 50% of the class chooses to do so. The PSAT is a standardized test administered by the College Board which serves as the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program; each year 2-4 students annually recognized as National Merit Commended Students or National Merit Scholars.  Totino-Grace does not provide an average SAT score due to the small number of seniors choosing to take the SAT each year.

Advanced Placement
Totino-Grace offers fourteen Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language and Art.  AP courses give students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school and to receive advanced placement and credit upon entering college.  

In 2017, 395 AP exams were taken by 231 students.   73% of TG students scored 3 or higher on their exams (compared with 66% overall in Minnesota).

After the 2017 exams, 11 students were recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars with Distinction (score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams), 10 students as AP Scholars with Honor (score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams), and 24 students as AP Scholars (scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams). 

Students and Faculty

Totino-Grace serves grades 9-12 with a total school populaton of approximately 719.  The 2018 senior class numbers 177.  Our students come mainly from the St. Paul and Minneapolis northern suburbs.  The student body includes students from all socio-economic and ethnic groups.  Each year, approximately 85% of our school population self-identifies as Catholic.  The average class size is 22.  70% of our staff hold advanced academic degrees.

Activities and Service

Totino-Grace provides a full slate of co-curricular athletics and activities, with approximately 94% of students participating in at least one activity annually.  The school’s athletic programs, academic clubs and fine arts programs have a statewide reputation for excellence and achievement. Totino-Grace is a member of the Northwest Suburban Conference.

Commitment to service

One of the key elements of our school mission is a commitment to service.  Accordingly, our Campus Ministry department coordinates many local, national and international service projects. Totino-Grace students collectively did more than 1950 hours of service last year.   

Accreditation and Memberships

Totino-Grace is accredited by the North Central Association (Advanc-Ed). Totino-Grace is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, National and Minnesota Associations for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and the American and Minnesota School Counselor Associations.

Lasallian Tradition 

Totino-Grace is a Lasallian school following the educational philosophy and spirituality of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of educators and founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.  As a Lasallian school, we are part of an international network of Lasallian schools in 82 countries serving over one million students worldwide.  

 

CLASS OF 2017

Average ACT score: 25

Approximate College Matriculation:  94% Attend a College or University

Of those pursuing higher education:

  • 98% Attend Four-Year Colleges/Universities
  • 02% Attend Two-Year Colleges/Universities
  • 67% Attend Public Colleges/Universities
  • 33% Attend Private Colleges/Universities
  • 57% Attend Out of State Schools

 

Totino-Grace High School

1350 Gardena Avenue NE, Fridley, MN 55432
Main: 763-571-9116 | Fax: 763-571-9118
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