Bishop Connolly High School’s 72 acre campus is a peaceful environment where students can comfortably learn to serve others and embrace themselves as children of God. Through rigorous instruction both in and outside of the classroom, students are challenged to excel in matters of heart, mind, body, and spirit.

Bishop Connolly students come from diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Students receive a high-quality academic program with small class sizes, enriching extracurricular activities, and a sense of community and service rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Course levels are well-suited to meet the needs and goals of all students.

Ultimately, Bishop Connolly helps develop students’ abilities and talents by preparing them for a challenging college career. Bishop Connolly High School supports and develops students holistically to be “not only hearers, but doers of the Word.“

Fall River,Massachusetts,UNITED STATES
School Type 
Private Religious School
School Size 
Small (less than 300 students)


Year Established 1966
Total Enrollment 250
College Matriculation 100%
Teacher to Student Ratio 1:12
International Students Ratio 8%
Teachers with Advanced Degree 80%
Gender Co-ed
AP Courses 15
Average Class Size 17
Average SAT Score 1160
Religious Affiliation Catholic Diocese
Uniform Requirement Yes

Campus Features

  • Curriculum

Effort is made to provide courses commensurate with the students’ ability and record of achievement. Rather than being limited to a single track, students may be enrolled in courses with varying levels of difficulty, challenging each student intellectually, spiritually, and physically. Courses are offered at the college preparatory (CP), honors (H) and Advanced Placement (AP) levels. The student:teacher ratio is 12:1; the average CP class size is 17, Honors is 14, and AP is 13.

  • L.E.A.P. Program--Learning Environment Accelerates Potential

Bishop Connolly High School offers students who are ready for the challenges of a rigorous curriculum the opportunity to begin high school in the eighth grade. L.E.A.P. students are integrated into the regular 9th grade curriculum and gain early access to Advanced Placement courses. In their fifth year, L.E.A.P. students have the skills necessary to pursue independent studies, research and internships.

  • Advanced Placement

Bishop Connolly currently offers 18 Advanced Placement courses: English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, European History, World History, Psychology, French Language & Culture, Spanish Language & Culture, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, and the AP Capstone Program (AP Research and AP Seminar).


Interview Requirements 
Application Fee 
Application Description 
Space Available 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Admission Instructions

Students applying to Bishop Connolly High School are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Exam dates are scheduled throughout the fall and winter months, and pre-registration is not required. The exam fee is $20 and may be paid the day of the exam; calculators are not permitted. Students taking the HSPT at another high school must be sure to request that their scores be sent to Bishop Connolly High School. Any student who is unable to attend one of our scheduled placement exam dates may make arrangements to take the HSPT by contacting our Office of Admissions.

Test Score Requirement

Above 60
Any Score
Academic Strength 
Top 10%
academic strength explanation!
Must have SLEP score of 58 points or more (no ESL)

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AP Courses 
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • European History
  • French
  • Government and Politics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Seminar
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
AP Courses Supplemental  
Advanced Placement courses offer a college level curriculum that is more challenging and more aggressively paced than honors course offerings. Acceptance into an AP course is contingent on aptitude, standardized test results, previous performance, prior sequential courses, teacher recommendation and department chair approval. Over 90 percent of colleges nationwide award college credit to high school students who achieve an acceptable examination grade (a score of 3 or above).
Honor Courses  

Honors Bioethics

Honors English I

Honors English II

Honors English III

Honors English IV

Honors Algebra IHonors G


Honors Algebra II

Honors Precalculus

Honors Calculus

Honors Biology

Honors Chemistry

Honors Environmental Science

Honors Biotechnology & Microbiology

Honors Anatomy & Physiology

Honors Physics

Honors World Civilization

Honors American Civilization

Honors Topics In U.S. History: 20th Century America

Honors European History

Honors American Government

Honors French II/III

Honors French III/IV

Honors Spanish II/III

Honors Spanish III/IV

Honors Portuguese II/III

Honors Portuguese III/IV

Honors Studio Art

Special Programs  



Student Activities

  • Art
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Foreign Language
  • Honor Society
  • Math Team
  • Musical Instruments
  • Student Goverment
  • Vocal Performance
  • Volunteer
  • Year Book
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball


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Fall River

Bishop Connolly is located in Fall River, Massachusetts, a 45-minute drive from Boston. The city became famous during the 19th century when it emerged as the leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. With a waterfront location, Fall River has a large boating community. It features one of the world’s largest historic naval ship exhibits featuring the U.S.S. Massachusetts. Fall River is also home to eight museums and historical sites including the Marine Museum, International Culinary Institute, Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum, Maplecroft, Lizzie Borden House, and Battleship Cove.

The Narrows Center for the Arts and The Little Theatre of Fall River show concerts, comedians, and plays throughout the year. Fall River is only a 20-minute drive from Providence, Rhode Island’s state capital. With its variety of restaurants, Stadium Theatre, Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence Place Mall, Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, Historic Federal Hill Tours, Botanical Gardens, and the Roger Williams Park & Zoo, Providence has something for everyone. Providence is also home to Providence College, Brown University, renowned art school Rhode Island School of Design, and many more colleges and universities.


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