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WELCOME CLASS OF 2021

As you prepare for your first day of school at Bishop Eustace, you probably have some questions. 
See the Freshmen Edition of 'Ask the Crusader!


GENERAL INFORMATION

How is Bishop Eustace accredited?
What time is the Eustace library open?
How do I know when activities meet?
How do we find out our grades?
How do I get a copy of my transcript sent to a college?
What is the dress code on dress down days?
Are there opportunities for parents to participate in the life of the school?
How do I donate blood for the Bishop Eustace Blood Drive?
What are some fun events on campus?
How does the Crusader Hall debit account work?
What are the colored lanyards that the students wear?
What is the winter dress code?

ACADEMIC COURSES and HONORS/AP PLACEMENT

What courses does the math department offer?
My student is currently taking Algebra I in 8th grade. What math course will he/she take in the freshman year?
My student has taken both Algebra I and Geometry in middle school. What math course will he/she take in the freshman year?
What are the prerequisites for courses in the math department?
How do I get into Honors Mathematics courses?
How do I get into Honors History courses?
When is the World Language Placement Test for ninth graders?
What are the requirements to take Level 3, Honors Level 4, and AP language courses?
What science courses are available?
What science courses do students take freshman year?
How are students placed in Honors Biology? Is there a placement test?
If a student is not placed in Honors Biology freshman year can he/she still take Honors and/or AP courses sophomore, junior, and senior years?
What are the requirements for other Honors and AP Science courses?
What science books are required for freshman year? What needs to be purchased by the student?
When is the World Language Placement Test for ninth graders?
What are the requirements to take Level 3 and Honors Level 4 language and AP.?

COMMUNICATION

How do I sign up for the Bishop Eustace Twitter accounts?
Does Bishop Eustace have a newsletter?
Does Bishop Eustace have a Facebook page?
Does Bishop Eustace have a YouTube Channel?
Does Bishop Eustace have an Instagram account?

ADMISSIONS

Is an interview required for admission?
Is financial aid available?
How long is the school day?
What are the benefits of a co-ed education?
Will I fit in? Will I be comfortable?
Where do I buy the school uniform?


GENERAL INFORMATION

How is Bishop Eustace accredited?

Bishop Eustace is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is a non-profit association serving elementary, secondary, and high education institutions through programs of self-study, evaluation, and accreditation.

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What time is the Eustace library open?

The library opens at 8 AM each school day.  It remains open until 6 PM most days – announcements will be made in advance for certain specific days during the school year when due to special events or early dismissals, the library will need to close earlier.

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How do I know when activities meet?

The activity calendar is part of the interactive calendar found on our web site. From the home page, click on Full Calendar (right side of page). On the calendar page, the activities will appear in green. (If you do not see them, click Show Event Filter and make sure that “activities” is checked.)

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How do we find out our grades?

Bishop Eustace uses an on-line grading program called CrusaderNet. Grades in all classes are entered on CrusaderNet as soon as they are available. Parents and students can see averages at any point, not just at the end of the quarter, and are strongly encouraged to check grades frequently. Quarter, semester, and final grades are also available on CrusaderNet.

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How do I get a copy of my transcript sent to a college?

On the web site, under Academics, visit Office of College Placement and Guidance. Go to the bottom to the link “Alumni Transcript Records Release Information” - click on the link “Alumni Transcript Request” and follow the instructions.

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What is the dress code on dress down days?

Bishop Eustace generally has five dress down days, scheduled one day each month of October, November, December, January, and February. The student dress code for the day is a relaxed dress – jeans and sneakers with an appropriate shirt. The following are NOT permitted: shorts, sandals, flip flops, midriff tops, tank tops, revealing tops, or clothing with inappropriate messages.

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Are there opportunities for parents to participate in the life of the school?

Bishop Eustace is blessed with an active Parents Association. In addition to running fundraisers and social events throughout the school year, BEPA also coordinates volunteers to serve when needed on campus.

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How do I donate blood for the Bishop Eustace Blood Drive?

Bishop Eustace's National Honor Society holds two blood drives each school year, in the fall (November) and the spring (March). Contact Mrs. Santomauro (MSantomauro@eustace.org) or Mrs. Clemens (KClemens@eustace.org) for more information or to request an appointment.

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What are some fun events on campus?

Bishop Eustace holds two week-long extravaganzas – Spirit Week (which includes Field Day and the Homecoming Dance) in the fall and Black and White Week (which includes the school picnic) in the spring.  In addition, there are many other events held throughout the year, ranging from dances to dress down days.

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How does the Crusader Hall debit account work?

Bishop Eustace is proud to offer the NB Express Lunch Meal Card, a safe and convenient option for you to purchase your student’s meals in the school’s cafeteria. This innovative technology provides your student with the opportunity to purchase meals in Crusader Hall (the Bishop Eustace Dining Hall) using a prepaid meal card. The card’s bar code is linked to your student’s assigned ID number, facilitating and tracking all dining hall purchases. Among other benefits, the program ensures that the money allocated for your student’s meals will not be misplaced or forgotten. There are no additional fees to participate in this program. All applicable fees are paid for by Navin Bros. Food Service.

NB Express Lunch online payments are handled through PayPAMS Lunchroom, LLC. PayPAMS is an easy to use, secure, website where you will register your child(ren), deposit funds, and view your student’s meal history. 

Below is the step-by-step registration process if this is your first time using the program:

  • Navigate your web browser to http://www.eustace.org/.
  • Click the “Crusader Hall Meal Card” toggle under the “Student Life” column of the main webpage and click the Navin Brothers image link at the top of the page.
  • Select the “New Account” link at the bottom of the NB Express Lunch Program main page.
  • You will be redirected to PayPAMS to set up an NB Express account for your student. PayPAMS is a simple, safe, and secure portal for all of your school cafeteria payment needs.
  • Please follow the registration instructions outlined on the PayPAMS website to set up an NB Express Lunch account. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes.

Please note that, as a new user, you are setting up your own username and password.  This is NOT the user name and password you were given for CrusaderNet.

There are two ways to deposit to this account. To fund the account using a credit card on the website, please note that there is a $50 minimum. However, you can also fund the account by check or cash in any amount. The cashiers will process these transactions instantly on site in Crusader Hall.

At the end of the school year, money left in the account will be transferred to the new school year for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  Seniors may request a refund of any leftover money through Navin Bros.

Please note that this service is run through Navin Bros. directly.  Bishop Eustace has no access to either the account or the money, so we cannot make deposits or issue refunds.

If you have any questions, please contact an NB Express specialist at nbexpress@navinbros.com or 860.665.0448.

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What are the colored lanyards that the students wear?

The lanyards serve two purposes: they hold the student ID card and they identify the class of the student by use of the class color. Freshmen wear green, sophomores wear yellow, juniors wear red, and seniors wear blue.

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What is the winter dress code?

The winter dress code consists of the addition of a long-sleeved black sweater to the uniform. The rest of the uniform remains the same all year.



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ACADEMIC COURSES and HONORS/AP PLACEMENT

What courses does the math department offer?

The Mathematics Department offers the following courses: Algebra 1 (College Prep and Honors), Algebra 2 (College Prep and Honors), Geometry (College Prep and Honors), PreCalculus (College Prep and Honors), Finite Math and Trigonometry, Introduction to Statistics, Introduction to Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics.

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My student is currently taking Algebra I in 8thgrade. What math course will he/she take in the freshman year?

Students who have taken Algebra are invited to sit for an Algebra Placement exam. Students who are taking PreAlgebra and have strong standardized test scores are also invited. The results of that exam, along with standardized test scores, are used to determine placement in college prep Algebra 1, Honors Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 2. However, completion of an Algebra 1 course as shown on the middle school transcript and acceptable results on the Algebra Placement exam are the only factors considered for placement in Honors Algebra 2.

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My student has taken both Algebra I and Geometry in middle school. What math course will he/she take in the freshman year?

The student must sit for the Algebra Placement exam and achieve acceptable results in order to exempt Algebra 1. Students who are able to exempt Algebra 1 are placed in Honors Algebra 2. Students whose middle school transcript shows completion of a Geometry course are invited to sit for a Geometry exemption exam during the spring of their freshman year.

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What are the prerequisites for courses in the math department?

Preliminary placement is based on the first semester grade. The student must maintain the minimum first semester grade in the second semester. 

Honors Algebra II: 

  • Minimum semester grades of 85 in Honors Algebra 1 or minimum semester grades of 93 in Algebra 1
  • If a student is scheduling Geometry and Algebra 2 concurrently, both courses must be at the same level.  In addition, the student must meet the grade requirements for acceleration.

Honors Geometry: 

  • Minimum semester grades of 85 in the Honors Algebra 2 or minimum semester grades of 93 in Algebra 2
  • If Honors Geometry is taken during the summer following Algebra 1 or concurrently with Honors Algebra 2, the minimum grade requirements refer to Honors Algebra 1/ Algebra 1.  In addition, the student must meet the grade requirements for acceleration.
  • If a student is scheduling Geometry and Algebra 2 concurrently, both courses must be at the same level.  In addition, the student must meet the grade requirements for acceleration.

Honors PreCalculus: 

  • Minimum semester grades of 85 in Honors Algebra 2 or minimum semester grades of 93 in Algebra 2 AND Minimum semester grades of 85 in Honors Geometry or 93 in Geometry.
  • Scheduling Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Geometry concurrently requires the following:  Minimum semester grades of 93 in Honors Algebra 2, recommendation of the Honors Algebra 2 teacher and approval of the department chair.

PreCalculus:

  • Minimum semester grades of 77 in Honors Algebra II or minimum semester grades of 85 in Algebra II AND successful completion of geometry.

Calculus: 

  • Minimum semester grade of 85 in PreCalculus.

AP Calculus AB: 

  • Minimum semester grades of 93 in Honors PreCalculus. 

AP Calculus BC: 

  • Minimum semester grades of 85 in AP Calculus AB.

AP Statistics:

  • Minimum semester grades of 85 in Honors Algebra II or Algebra II.

Trigonometry and Finite Mathematics:

  • Successful completion of Honors/college prep Algebra II.

Introduction to Statistics:

  • Successful completion of Honors/college prep Algebra II.
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How do I get into Honors Mathematics courses?

 

For incoming freshmen, honors or college prep placement is determined based on standardized test scores, scholarship exam scores (if taken), and the courses completed in middle school. Students who are taking an Algebra 1 course in middle school are invited to take the Algebra Placement exam. The placement exam score is the only factor considered in determining if a student can exempt Algebra 1. Student who are able to exempt Algebra 1 are placed in Honors Algebra 2. Otherwise, they are placed in Honors Algebra 1 or college prep Algebra 1.

Students whose middle school transcript shows a completed Geometry course are invited to sit for a Geometry exemption exam in the spring of their freshman year.

 

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How do I get into Honors History courses?

For freshmen wishing to enter Honors World History, the requirements are as follows:

  1. Reading score on standardized test (NJ Ask—250 and above; or Terranova and Iowa—90% and above) 
  2. Grades in Social Studies Courses that are 90 or above in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

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When is the World Language Placement Test for ninth graders?

Students will fill out a language survey when they register in March and will then be notified to sit for the placement test in April.  Students who are presently taking a full year of a language in grade 8 should do very well on the test and should move to Level 2 language.  Two years of the same language are required to graduate Bishop Eustace.


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What are the requirements to take Level 3, Honors Level 4, and AP language courses? 

Students need an average of 85 in Level 2 to move on to Level 3, an average of 90 in Level 3 to move to Honors Level 4, and an average of 93 in Honors Level 4 to take AP.

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What science courses are available?

The Science Department offers a variety of courses designed to prepare students for study of various college science disciplines and careers. The sequence is the following:

i.     Freshman Courses

  1. Honors Biology
  2. Biology

ii.     Sophomore Courses

  1. Honors Chemistry
  2. Chemistry

iii.     Junior and Senior Courses

  1. Electives
    1. Honors Physics, Physics
    2. Anatomy and Physiology I & II
    3. Human Genetics
    4. Experimental Genetics
    5. Invertebrate Zoology
    6. Vertebrate Zoology
  2. Advanced Placement courses
    1. Biology
    2. Chemistry
    3. Environmental Science
    4. Physics C
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What science courses do students take freshman year?

Students are placed in either Honors Biology or Biology.

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How are students placed in Honors Biology? Is there a placement test?

THERE IS NO PLACEMENT TEST. Students who score above the 93rd Percentile or Advanced Proficient in both Reading and Math on Middle School Standardized tests and have final grades of A in Middle School Science courses are placed in Honors Biology.

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If a student is not placed in Honors Biology freshman year can he/she still take Honors and/or AP courses sophomore, junior, and senior years?

Yes, students may take may take future Honors/AP Science courses regardless of their Freshman year Honors Biology or Biology placement provided they meet the requirements for those courses.

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What are the requirements for other Honors and AP Science courses?

For Honors Chemistry, which is taken Sophomore year, the requirement is that the student must also be enrolled in an Honors Math course. For Junior and Senior Honors and AP science electives, please refer to the course catalog or contact the instructor.

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What science books are required for freshman year? What needs to be purchased by the student?

Both the Honors Biology and Biology textbooks are State issued and will are provided to the student during Orientation Day(s). All Freshman Biology students must purchase the BE Biology Laboratory Manual (the same for both Honors Biology and Biology) which is available through the BE Bookstore. Safety goggles must be purchased on the Follett website.

Students must also purchase a 3 ring binder (for the Laboratory Manual), a notebook, loose leaf paper, folder, pens, and pencils. These may be purchased anywhere and be of the students own choosing. 

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When is the World Language Placement Test for ninth graders?

Students will fill out a language survey when they register in March and will then be notified to sit for the placement test in April. Students who are presently taking a full year of a language in grade 8 should do very well on the test and should move to Level 2 language. Two years of the same language are required to graduate Bishop Eustace.

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What are the requirements to take Level 3 and Honors Level 4 language and AP?

Students need an average of 85 in Level 2 to move on to Level 3, an average of 90 in Level 3 to move to Honors Level 4, and an average of 93 in Honors Level 4 to take AP.

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COMMUNICATION


How do I sign up for the Bishop Eustace Twitter accounts?

Send a text message to “40404” with the message Follow (name of account you wish to follow).
Your choices are as follows:

  1. BishopEustace – if you sign up to follow this account, you will receive all general news and happenings on campus
  2. BEPALERTS – this is the emergency and schedule change account – if you sign up for this account, you will receive tweets for snow days, early closings, etc.
  3. BEPCRUSADERS – this is strictly a sports-related account which will provide all athletic updates and results
  4. BEPALUMNI – an account for our alumni, with tweets of alumni events and happenings

 

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Does Bishop Eustace have a newsletter?

Yes! Our newsletter Crusader Notes is published quarterly and can be seen on our website.

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Does Bishop Eustace have a Facebook page?

Yes! We have two, in fact.  Our Bishop Eustace Fan Page (www.facebook.com/BishopEustace) has general information. In addition, there is a Bishop Eustace Alumni Group, with information geared to alumni.

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Does Bishop Eustace have a YouTube Channel?

Yes. Visit www.youtube.com/BishopEustaceBETV for admissions videos, student spotlights, alumni profiles and much more.


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Does Bishop Eustace have an Instagram account?

Yes! You can follow us at bishopeustace.

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ADMISSIONS


Is an interview required for admission?

Interviews are not required; however, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an interview and the previous school may be contacted for further information regarding the teacher recommendation.

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Is financial aid available?

The Pallottines provide a generous amount of financial aid each year. To apply, please pick up a financial aid form at Open House, or call the school (ext. 213) to request one.

Bishop Eustace awards financial aid on the basis of proven need and the availability of funds. Financial aid decisions are made independently from any admissions decisions and in no way influence a candidate's consideration for admission.

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How long is the school day?

The school day is from 8:10 AM to 2:30 PM. Crusader Hall is open from 7:30 AM for students arriving on campus early. Students may go to their lockers at 8:00. Homeroom begins at 8:10, and all students should be in homeroom at that time. Any student arriving on campus after 8:10 should report to the late room or to Student Affairs. The Lulli Library remains open until 6:00 PM on most school days.

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What are the benefits of a co-ed education?

Bishop Eustace Prep is the only independent Catholic co-ed college preparatory school in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. Our belief is that male and female students have a lot to learn from each other in an educational setting. Learning how to interact with the opposite gender is an important part of adolescence and makes the transition to a co-ed college and workplace seamless.

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Will I fit in? Will I be comfortable?

This is a common concern for adolescents in any situation, and Bishop Eustace is very sensitive to it. One thing to remember is that everyone else is experiencing the same concern, so you have lots of company. While there may be small groups of students who know each other, because Bishop Eustace students come from so many different grade schools and middle schools, the majority of the incoming students are new to one another.

Bishop Eustace offers a number of opportunities to allow new students to get to know each other. During orientation, there are many opportunities to meet your classmates. There is also a Freshman Welcome Dance held two weeks into the school year, to aid in the students’ social development. In addition, Spirit Week and Field Day is held every fall, which is a perfect opportunity to cement new friendships and create life-long bonds.

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Where do I buy the school uniform?

School uniforms can be purchased at Flynn and O’Hara Uniforms.  Visit their website at http://www.flynnohara.com or their store at:
Garden State Pavilions (Next to ShopRite)
2240 W. Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 931-8838


Bishop Eustace Preparatory School

5552 Route 70, Pennsauken, NJ 08109-4798

Phone: 856.662.2160


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