For more than 175 years, St. Vincent’s Academy has upheld the tradition of providing an excellent academic and religious education program to the young women of Savannah. The curriculum is tailored to meet the specific needs of all of our students. Our courses range from college prep to Advanced Placement.

Academic Curriculum Guide 2021-22 Grading Policy

Course Offerings

Our curriculum is specifically tailored to meet the needs of our students. In addition to the required courses we offer that are listed below, St. Vincent’s also offers an array of AP classes, Honors classes, a large list of electives, and partners with Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) graduate students and downtown galleries for an extensive arts program.

  • Computer
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies


The St. Vincent’s Academy Guidance Counselor meets with students individually and in groups to help students with course selections and personal and academic problems, leading students using problem solving techniques and solution. The Guidance Counselor also assists students in all grade levels develop a personal resume. Bi-monthly speakers share their career and life experiences with students, and we pay special attention to the uniqueness of our students at Recognition Assemblies throughout the year. All students will spend time in the guidance office to explore available college preparation resources, such as: College Hand Book, Peterson’s Guide, Fiske’s Guide on Colleges and various options for financial aid, scholarships, test registration and test preparation materials. Students of all grade levels will be introduced to the site by a representative of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. All students are invited to the guidance office during homeroom and lunch to meet the college representatives that visit our campus. We also encourage students to attend the Probe Fair at the Oglethorpe Mall each year in October.

Important College Resources:

  • How to Write a College Application Essay
  • My College QuickStart
  • HOPE Requirements
  • Know Yourself
  • Understanding PSAT Results

Dressel Library

The St. Vincent’s Academy Dressel Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Convent building. The library and its collection is named in honor of Peg Flanagan Dressel, a beloved Master English teacher of more than 30 years who also served as head of the English Department for much of that time. The Dressel Library is committed to supporting St. Vincent’s Academy’s mission of educating young women in their intellectual and personal growth.

Our library offers a wide variety of resources including print and electronic formats to support academic research and pleasure reading. Students can locate library resources using our web-based automated catalog of holdings and other database services, including GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online), from any Internet-connected device. Students are encouraged to use the library and its resources throughout the school day, independently and with classes.  The dedicated librarian is there to teach and assist students in locating, evaluating, and using information effectively.

The library offers access to thousands of volumes plus other resources like periodicals, DVDs and CDs.  Computers and DVD/video recorders are also available for student use.  Library patrons have access to reference computer areas where they may work individually for research, word processing or for other computer-related activities.

The librarian is available to assist all students with research questions and materials selection. In addition, the librarian teaches an Information Literacy session, which is included in all ninth grade English classes. Topics include how to make a bibliography page; how to access, locate, and present information; and strategies for thinking critically.

Graduation Requirements

A Carnegie Unit is the credit given to a course which lasts the full school year. A minimum of 24 Carnegie Units is required for graduation from St. Vincent’s Academy, with every student taking a minimum of six credits during a school year. The requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • English 4 units
  • Mathematics 4 units
  • Science 4 units
  • Social Studies 4 units
  • Foreign Language 2 units
  • Religion 2 units
  • Physical Education 1 unit
  • Health .5 unit
  • Fine Arts .5 unit
  • Electives  2 units

All colleges in the Georgia University System require the following credits for admission:

  • English 4 units
  • Algebra 2 units
  • Geometry 1 unit
  • 4th Year Math 1 unit
  • Foreign Language 2 units
  • Physical Science or Physics 1 unit
  • Biology 1 unit
  • Chemistry 1 unit
  • 4th Year Science 1 unit
  • World History 1 unit
  • U.S. History  1 unit
  • Economics .5 unit
  • American Government .5 unit

There may be other additional requirements.  Please check with your college of choice.