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Cardinal Gibbons offers a robust college preparatory program of studies with over 170 courses in 11 departments. Students take an average of 7 credits per year, which come from both semester and year-long classes. Gibbons also offers 25 Advanced Placement courses.

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Core Courses

Elective Courses

Course of Studies & Pathways

Gibbons Virtual Online Electives

Cardinal Gibbons partners with Catholic Virtual, fully accredited online private school, to offer more than 50 online electives. 


Dual Credit Program 

We partner with Marymount University to offer seniors the opportunity to earn college credit.

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Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 24 credits; a credit is defined as a yearlong course.

Cardinal Gibbons’ graduation requirements exceed the minimum undergraduate admissions requirements at all 16 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. 

4 credits - one credit for each year of attendance

4 credits

4 credits - one credit must be above Math III

3 credits - Biology is required; one credit must be a physical science (Chemistry or Physical Science)

Social Studies
3 credits - World History, U.S. History, Economics, and U.S. Government are required

World Language
2 credits in the same World Language

Fine Arts
1 credit

Physical Education
1 credit*

Freshman Seminar
1 credit - Gibbons Freshman Seminar is required

1 credit - any additional course in any department

*Students may choose to defer the PE requirement. 

Note: Individual constituent institutions or a specific area of study may require other courses in addition to the minimum requirements and, therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admissions offices of any institutions to which they plan to apply.