Totino-Grace

Facts & Figures

Totino-Grace is a co-educational Archdiocesan Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition. We serve students in grades 9-12 with a curriculum that is both college preparatory and comprehensive. Founded in 1966 by the Christian Brothers and School Sisters of Notre Dame, Totino-Grace enrolls 700 students who enter from more than 100 different public and private middle schools across the Twin Cities.

Totino-Grace is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (Advance-Ed), and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Academic Program

With approximately 98% of Totino-Grace students matriculating to college, we offer a strong college preparatory curriculum with extensive Honors and Advanced Placement course offerings. This 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    
8 Religion     
6 Mathematics
6 Science     
6 Social Studies    
4 World Language
2 Physical Education 
1 Health    
1 Fine Arts

Advanced Placement and Honors Courses:

AP English Literature and Comp H English 9, 10 CIS Calculus
AP English Language and Comp H Physics  
AP US Government H Chemistry  
AP US History H Biology  
AP World History H Geometry  
AP Spanish Language H Algebra II / Trig  
AP Spanish Literature H Analysis  
AP French Language H Calculus 2  
AP Biology H French 3, 4  
AP Physics 1 H Spanish 3  
AP Chemistry H Philosophy of God  
AP Calculus AB H Intro to Theology  
AP Calculus BC H Symphonic Band  
AP Statistics H Concert Choir  

 

Letter Grades:

Totino-Grace uses a 4.0 scale in College Preparatory Courses and a 4.5 scale in Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Grades AP & Honors College Preparatory
A 4.5 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
 

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.

Premier Academic Programs:

1:1 Learning Technology Program

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

E3 Engineering Institute

E3 is a three-year Engineering program, similar to Project Lead the Way. 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.  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 firms.

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 a rigorous course load including an increasing number of Honors or AP courses each year; attend at least 4 cultural enrichment seminars annually outside of the school day; complete a research-based capstone project focused on a topic of interest to the student.  The KM Scholars work with an academic mentor on the project and present their findings to the school community.

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.

 

Testing 

ACT: Ninety-five percent of Totino-Grace students take the ACT exam during their college planning experience, with an average composite score of 25.  

AP: In 2018, 401 AP exams were taken by 225 students. Seventy percent of TG students scored three or higher on their exams. Fourteen students were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction (score of three or higher on five or more exams), 16 students as AP Scholars with Honor (score of three or higher on four or more exams), and 28 students as AP Scholars (score of three or higher on three or more exams).

PSAT: Approximately 50% of students in 11th grade choose to take the PSAT exam annually, with two to four students recognized each year as Commended Students or National Merit Scholars.  

SAT: Totino-Grace does not provide an average SAT score due to the small number of students choosing to take the SAT.   

 

Student Life

Activities 

Totino-Grace provides a full slate of co-curricular athletics and activities, with approximately 95% 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 16,300 hours of service last year, including 15 service immersion mission trips across the country and internationally.   

 

Class of 2018 College Matriculation

98% - Attend College or University
95% - Attend Four-Year Universities
05% - Attend Two-Year Colleges
43% - Attend Private Colleges and Universities
57% - Attend Public Colleges and Universities
47% - Attend Out-of-State Colleges and Universities
25 – Average ACT Composite Score