Archbishop Ryan


Student Handbook

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  1. School History and General Information
  2. School Ministry
  3. Tuition Office
  4. Academic Affairs


  1. School Library Media Center
  2. Acceptable Usage Policy for Technology Resources (AUP)

o    Scope of Use

o    Responsibilities of User

o    Technology Use Guidelines

o    Communications

o    Devices

o    Personal Use of Social Media

o    "friending"

o    Violations

  1. Student Services Office

o    Delayed Opening of School

  1. Guidance Office
  2. School Health Services
  3. Student Affairs

o    Dance Contract

  1. Student Athletes
  2. Student Clubs

o    Algebra Tutoring Club

o    Ambassadors

o    The Beatles Club

o    Chess Club

o    Chorus

o    Comic Club

o    Debate Team

o    Future Engineers Club

o    Health Careers Club

o    JV Mathletes

o    No Place for Hate Club

o    Philosophy Club

o    Ryan Service Club / Ryan Pride

o    Tri-M Honor Society

o    TV Studio/Media Aides

  1. Additional Information


1. Archbishop Ryan History and General Information

Archbishop Patrick John Ryan (1831-1911)

Archbishop Ryan, born in Tipperanry, Ireland, came to St. Louis, Missouri, where he was ordained by Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick. The young Irish clergyman served in St. Louis as priest and bishop until 1884 when Pope Leo XIII appointed him as the sixth bishop of Philadelphia. Like his predecessors, Archbishop Ryan valued Catholic Education, expanding the school system and its support by the parishes; Roman Catholic and Hallahan High Schools opened during his term. Blessed Katherine Drexel turned to him for help in establishing the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and orphans found shelter in the homes he set up for them. Archbishop Ryan's love of learning, his wit and wisdom overflowed in his eloquent speeches at home and abroad.

History of Archbishop Ryan High School

Archbishop Ryan High School merged the Girls' and Boys' division in September, 1989, to become a coeducational high school. Ryan had opened in 1966 as co-institutional with separate administration and faculty for each side. A transitional year, 1988-89, introduced some combined classes and a single administration with Rev. Leonard Stunek, OFM, as principal. The North and South sides merged.

Ryan was the twenty-eighth archdiocesan high school, the sixth begun by John Cardinal Krol, who continued the tradition of furthering Catholic education in the Philadelphia archdiocese. The 350 acre tract in Academy Road accommodates an original design by architects Dagit Associates; the central shared facilities of auditorium, library media center, and chapel serve the coeducational student body. Ryan draws students mainly from these parishes: St. Albert the Great, St. Anselm, Christ the King, St. Christopher, St. Katherine of Siena, St. Martha, Maternity BVM, and Our Lady of Calvary. Some students from other parishes take the option of open enrollment to attend Archbishop Ryan High School.

Mission of Archbishop Ryan High School

Archbishop Ryan High School, a Catholic, coeducational school, is committed to empowering students to become contributing members of our Church and society. In partnership with family and community, the faculty strives to teach as Jesus did by providing spiritual, social, and service opportunities for growth. Through a comprehensive academic curriculum, the faculty challenges students to become well-rounded, life-long learners.

Conscious of the mission to the students and families of the Greater Northeast section of Philadelphia and to the Church and the world, the staff of Archbishop Ryan High School aims:

1. To proclaim the Gospel message by providing opportunities for worship.
2. To integrate religious values in daily life by supporting an atmosphere of mutual caring.
3. To offer a curriculum that stimulates and challenges students to the extent of their potential.
4. To help students develop a true sense of their own and others' worth.
5. To cultivate a sense of beauty through appreciation of the arts.
6. To develop the social graces through a range of activities involving personal interaction.
7. To foster attitudes of responsible citizenship - local, national, global.
8. To promote knowledge and practices conducive to physical and emotional well being.
9. To instill a respect for productive labor that benefits the individual and society.
10. To provide a variety of guidance services - personal, college, career.
11. To keep open lines of communication among students, parents, and faculty.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

Archbishop Ryan High School admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available at the school. Similar policies apply to the school staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, its admission policies, or in any school administered program.

2. School Ministry

The philosophy of Archbishop Ryan High School commits the entire staff "To Teach as Jesus Did." Therefore, the School Ministry Team interacts with other faculty members in assisting students to integrate Christian values into daily life and to promote an atmosphere of genuine caring and hospitality within the school community. Our goal is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to foster the spiritual growth of each student. The team provides opportunities for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, daily prayer, liturgical celebrations, retreats, personal interviews, and participation in Peer Ministry.
Students and faculty are welcome in the School Ministry Office located in the north first floor corridor. We are always willing to listen and help. We urge parents to inform the School Minister of any situation affecting the spiritual life of their sons and daughters, which would assist the Minister to be of greater service. Confidentiality is assured. Prayer requests may also be directed to this office, and we promise to support our Ryan families especially in times of need. Call 215-637-1800: ext. 249.

3. Tuition

Base tuition for students in the secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is $6,450.00 for the 2014 -2015 fiscal year. Families with two or more students in Archdiocesan high schools pay full tuition for two students, thus when three or more students in the same family are in high school at the same time, each receives a discount. If your tuition account does not reflect this discount, please provide the Business Office with a list of the students' names, their grade and high school. The family rate discount does not apply to the students in parish schools or private high schools. Eligibility for family discounts shall be determined solely by the Archdiocese.

Parents must pay a supplemental tuition fee of $1,250.00 if the student is not Catholic, or if the student is a Catholic of another rite, or if the family is not registered in any parish, or if in the judgment of the pastor, the family is not practicing the faith, or contributing to the Church according to their means.

Tuition Assistance and Scholarships

Although tuition continues to be an excellent value as compared to the tuition in other diocese and in private schools, we realize that it puts a serious strain on some budgets. In order to assist families in providing for a Catholic school education, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) has been established.
Parents seeking financial aid must complete a TAP application by April 1 of the previous school year, submitting the required forms to verify income, and a $15 non-refundable fee payable to the Tuition Assistance Program. The Application process is not intended to intimidate, rather, it ensures that the amount of aid given to each family is objective and that as many needy students as possible receive help. Tuition assistance applications are available in the Business Office. Families currently receiving tuition assistance must reapply each spring for the next school year.

If a student receives Scholarships or tuition assistance from other sources, the Archdiocese reserves the right to reduce TAP awards so that these funds can be allocated to other needy students. Notification of adjustments to TAP awards will occur by August 15th or within 30 days of the school's notification of the other awards.

If you receive a scholarship or grant, it will be allocated to the student's account each month beginning in July and ending in April. You are responsible for paying the net amount due each month to keep your tuition current. If the student withdraws during the year, the full amount of the grant or scholarship will not be credited to the student account; the amount will be pro-rated based on the time the student has been enrolled.

Tuition Loans

The school's Business office can provide information on how to apply for education loans, which provide eligible borrowers with up to the cost of education including tuition, fees, and related expenses. Your interest rates and loan fees are based on your credit history. You may also wish to talk to your bank or credit union to see if they will provide you with a loan.

In addition to tuition, the school has the following fees:
Registration fee $150.00 for incoming eighth grade students only
School fee $760.00 per student
Mandatory Fundraising fee - $240.00 per student
Athletic and Music/Drama fees vary by sport and activity

Tuition Payments

Tuition payments may be made by mail, in person, or through direct debits to your bank account. For payments by mail, please note the student number on your check and write "Attn: Business Office" on your envelope, Please include payment coupon. Tuition may be paid in full in July, in half payment July and December, in quarter payments in July, September, December and February or in ten monthly installments. Monthly installments are due on the 15th of each month, beginning in July and ending in April. If the Tuition account is not up to date by the 15th of the month, a late fee of $20 will be charged to your account. Checks should be made payable to Archbishop Ryan High School. Please provide separate checks for any fees since these are deposited into the school's account. Checks may not be post-dated. No personal checks are accepted after May 1 for a payment of a senior's tuition or fees. The archdiocese utilizes the services of Telechek to approve checks received. If your check is not approved, it will be returned. A $25 fee will be charged for any personal check returned by the bank for non-sufficient funds. If a second check is returned for non-sufficient funds, the school may accept a certified check, money order, or cash. Receipts are given for all tuition paid in-person. If you are paying by mail and wish to have a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Parents interested in having tuition debited directly from their check can request an application from the Business Office.

Tuition refund

Students, who leave school prior to April 1, either voluntarily or because of a violation of school policies, receive a pro-rated refund if they have paid tuition in advance of the transfer. No refunds will be given after April 1 of the school year, since resources have been allocated for the student's education. The school fee is non-refundable. In the event of a withdrawal, scholarships and grants are pro-rated in the same manner as tuition.

Delinquent Tuition

According to Archdiocesan policy, delinquency in payment of tuition and fees has the following results:

·         No student will be permitted to start a new school year with any outstanding balance from a previous year.

·         Students may not begin the second semester unless they have made the first five monthly payments for the year.

·         Students may be dismissed for a non-payment of tuition. Seniors who have not fully met their financial obligations may not participate in graduation ceremonies and may not be granted a diploma.

·         Students may not attend a class dance (Senior Prom, Junior Prom, Sophomore/Freshman Dance) unless they are current in their tuition payments

·         Students may not purchase a class ring, or participate in any ring functions.

·         Transcripts may not be released if the student is not current in their payments

·         Final Reports may not be released if there is an outstanding balance.

·         Rosters for a new school year will not be released unless all tuition and other financial obligations for the previous school year and the July and August tuition payments along with the school fee for the new school year is paid.

·         Delinquent tuition accounts may be turned over to a third party collection agency.

4. Academic Affairs

Archbishop Ryan High School is accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Middle States Association. The program of studies conforms to current recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education.
The Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs oversees the four-year program of courses that prepares students for college, business, and health services careers. The course catalog published each year details course selections, state requirements, track system, and quality points.


Grouping of Students

Homeroom grouping: The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) assigns homerooms alphabetically by a student's last name in each grade level. The letter A identifies seniors; B, Juniors; C, Sophomores; D, Freshmen. The number after the letter indicates the section. Ability grouping and track system: Ability grouping in major subjects aims to stimulate groups and individuals to excel in using their particular strengths: to accustom superior students to intense mental activity, to relieve students with less ability from embarrassment by their peers, and to adjust the curriculum to the individual's needs. The variety of courses offers each student the opportunity to work according to his/her ability. The core of required subjects at each level insures the student of credits necessary for graduation. Tracking permits students to achieve at their level. Course selection at the beginning of second semester is a joint concern of the student, the teachers, and the parents. The Guidance Center also involves itself in helping students to choose courses wisely. Ability grouping follows this system of tracks:

5 - Special courses for advanced placement (AP)

1 - (Honors) College preparatory classes for students of high ability

2- College preparatory classes for above-average students

3- College preparatory classes and general classes for average students

4- College preparatory classes leading to a high school diploma

0- Credit and grades, no quality points, course counts for honors

For track placement in grades 9-12, the OAA reviews students’ classroom achievement, standardized tests results, and teacher recommendations. Student performance in a subject can lead to an adjustment in track placement. Admission to track 5 and some track 1 courses requires department approval.

Study Habits

Students grow in responsibility and self-assurance through consistent intellectual pursuits during four years at Ryan. The learning process continues throughout life; good habits formed in school empower a person to master new skills and concepts as needed or desired. The OAA strongly recommends that students do not hold full-time jobs during the school year, a formative time best spent studying and becoming involved in school activities. Classroom: during class time the student concentrates on the material presented, asks questions, participates in discussion, completes tasks, takes tests. Good study habits whet the appetite to learn, to see relationships, to make judgments, to express informing opinions, to fire the imagination. Homework: During two hours or more of study at home in a quiet atmosphere, the student reviews the work taught in class and completes in good order the reading and writing projects assigned . The student has paper, pens, books, and other materials ready for use; s/he budgets time for each subject as well as for long-term assignments. The nature of certain assignments requires extending study time beyond two hours. Students in Honors sections usually allot three hours for their study each day. At home as well as in class, the student grows in the areas of concentration as s/he becomes more resourceful. The teachers' suggestions about how to study a particular subject are a good guide. The use of outlines aids understanding and retention.

Study Hall: A student may be assigned to Study Hall on his/ her roster in first to seventh period for preparation or review of academic work. This time does not eliminate study at home.

Library Media Center: Students can expand their understanding of a subject by reading several sources related to the topics being studied.



Academic Requirements: each student takes a minimum of 24 planned courses for credit in grades 9-10-11-12. Required subject credits are: 4 in religion, 4 in English, 3 in Mathematics, 3 in Science, 3 in Social Studies, .5 in Physical education, .5 in Health Education. The other 6 or more credits are electives. Students take 6 subjects each year and must pass each course selected. Seniors who meet these standards with passing grades on the final report are eligible to receive a diploma. The Valedictory speech will be given by the Senior who is ranked cumulatively first in the class at the end of the first semester marking period. The Salutatory speech will be selected by competition. All seniors are eligible to submit for evaluation by a faculty committee selected by the administration of the school.

Participation in Commencement Exercises: participation in the commencement exercises in an archdiocesan high school is a privilege not a right. Only those students who have completed all the requirements for a diploma may participate in the commencement exercises. Students shall be excluded from participation from the commencement exercises for:

1. A scholastic failure in any subject(s) on the final report card; the students will receive a diploma after clearing the failure(s), a maximum of three, in the archdiocesan summer school.
2. A failure in conduct on the final report or a major breach in the school's disciplinary code;
3. Excessive absences: the student will have to attend the archdiocesan summer school in order to receive a diploma.
4. A failure to fulfill financial requirements (which include tuition, senior fees, and school fees); diploma is not received until payment is made in full; transcripts are not issued until financial obligations have been cleared.

Academic Honesty

The purpose of the Archbishop Ryan High School policy is to encourage a mature attitude towards learning, to establish a moral academic atmosphere, and to discourage illegitimate aid in examinations and assignments. Cheating is defined as using or attempting to use, giving or attempting to give, obtaining or attempting to obtain products or prepared materials, information relative to a quiz, or exam, or other work, that a student is expected to do alone and not in collaboration with others. Plagiarism (copying) of themes or writing works shall also be considered an infraction of this code. If a student is thought to be cheating, point solely determined by the instructor, the grade for the material in question can be zero (0) if the teacher believes that a zero is warranted. If further action is deemed necessary, the matter will be referred to the OAA.


It is recommended that a student has phone numbers of friends to contact for assignments when s/he is absent. Students are responsible on their return to report to the teacher to make up missed tests and quizzes. Students with excessive absences will be sent to summer school.


Extended Absences: Parents of students absent for more than ten consecutive days must contact to OAA to arrange for makeup work. Materials are returned and updated periodically during the time of convalescence.


Short Term Absences: Students should connect with a study buddy for each class. This allows students to catch up on any work that they may miss if they are absent from school


Homebound Instruction is available to students for a variety of reasons including illness, injury, or chronic disability. The parent(s)/guardians(s) of a student on long-term absence must contact the school nurse for a homebound application. Homebound/hospital services consist of 3 to 5 hour sessions per week. The teacher instructs the student in all curricular areas. A parent or other responsible adult is present in the home at the time of the teacher's visit and provides satisfactory teaching conditions- light, heat, cleanliness. The school nurse recommends students for homebound instruction and is the case manager for students on homebound instruction. Any student on homebound instruction is not permitted to participate in any school activity.


Vacations: The school discourages family vacations that prevent a student from attending classes. Students absent because of a family vacation are accountable for all work missed; but teachers have no obligation to give extra help, advance assignments, or make up tests. Do not schedule vacations during final examinations.


Progress Reports are issued four times each school year, at the midpoint of each quarter. Progress Reports are posted on Gradeconnect and are intended to give a snapshot of your child's academic performance.


Report Cards are issued four times each school year: November, February, April, June. Students receive the reports in all four quarters. Reports are also mailed to the home for each of the four quarters.


Parent-Teacher Meetings are scheduled after progress reports are sent home; all parents are welcome. A parent of a student who is failing one or more subject is obligated to attend these meetings or contact the teacher directly. If problems arise at any time, parents are urged to contact the teacher; teachers also may request a parent interview. At the September "Back to School Night" parents follow the student roster to learn the expectations of individual instructors.


Grades and Report Cards

First Quarter Grade: Based on first quarter work
Second Quarter Grade: Based on the second quarter work
First Semester Grade: First quarter grade plus second quarter grade divided by two
Third Quarter Grade: Based on the third quarter work
Fourth Quarter Grade: Based on the fourth quarter work
Second Semester Grade: Third quarter grade plus fourth quarter grade divided by two
Final Grade: 45% of first semester grade plus 45% of second semester grade plus 10% of final examination grade
All semester courses (half credit courses) earn quality points with the final report.
Honors are based on quarter grades.

QUIZZES, oral or written, may be given frequently to check on the student's retention, comprehension, and progress in a specific area of study. TESTS OR ASSESSMENTS, at least three each quarter, enable the instructor to evaluate the students' comprehension and progress. Projects written or oral, provide for in-depth research and applications. Departments schedule test days to avoid overloading students on any one day.

Cycles and Test Days

The 6-Day Cycle promotes continuity in class preparation and instruction. Whenever a holiday or longer vacation interrupts the cycle, classes resume with the next day of the cycle.

Test Days are arranged to space the number of tests on one day. Departments may choose one of the following two days in a cycle for testing.

Religion 2, 5

English 3, 6

Social Studies 1, 4

Math 3, 6

Science 2, 5

Language 1, 4

Business 1, 4

Art 2, 5

Health 3, 6


Honors will be calculated on a quarterly basis and will not include the semester average. An incomplete or unsatisfactory grade in any subject renders a student ineligible for honors.

Notices of Unsatisfactory Work, issued in each marking period, indicate poor performance and warn of possible failure on the report card. A student may be passing at the time of issuing failure warnings, but performs so poorly for the remainder of the quarter that s/he fails. Seniors' warnings of second semester academics or conduct failures are mailed to parents four weeks prior to the closing of final grades. Parents sign and return the warning and meet with the teachers upon request. A senior who earns a failure warning for the second semester may not receive baccalaureate or graduation materials (invitations, caps and gowns) until the teacher certifies that the senior has achieved a passing grade.

Failure of an Academic Subject

The passing grade is 70; the college recommending grade is 80. Any student who is rostered for an Early Dismissal will lose that early dismissal for the following quarter if s/he has failed two or more academic subjects. The student will be rerostered for eighth period, Special Study Hall. A student who fails any major subjects(s) on the final report is not promoted to the next grade unless s/he removes the failures by successfully repeating the subject(s) in summer school. Two or three academic failures in major subjects incur academic probation for the following year. Students who do not comply with summer school attendance and regulations are dropped from the Archdiocesan Secondary School System. To be eligible for interscholastic athletics or any school activity, a student must have passed at least four full-credit subjects.

Academic Probation and Failures

Students with three academic failures on the final report may be dismissed. Students with two academic failures on the final report are on probation the following year. If that following year shows two or more failures on the final report, the student is liable to dismissal, Before a decision on dismissal, the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs reviews the student's records and submits a recommendation to the Principal.

Activities and Academics

Any student who fails two or more subjects in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 1st semester, or 3rd quarter may not participate in school-related activities the following academic quarter, in order to focus time and attention on studies. Moderators and coaches may not reinstate a student into an activity until passing grades on the following report card remove the suspension and the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs approves the reinstatement. Students with early dismissal and two or more failures lose the early dismissal privilege and report to study for the following quarter. Students with final failures forfeit the privilege of early dismissal for the following year.


Students are ranked within their classes using current and cumulative methods. Ranking is done only on the first semester and final report.

Current: The student's rank for a particular year

Cumulative: The student’s rank for all high school years combined

Method: Quality points are assigned for a particular grade average with-in track for each course. Quality points are totaled and divided by the number of credits to calculate class rank. This quality point average determines a student’s rank. Students who take more than 5 credits receive an adjustment for carrying additional credit load. Quality point and credit adjustment tables are listed in the annual course selection book.

Driver Education

A course in Driver Education is offered each semester by arrangement with the Guidance Office.


5. School Library Media Center
The school Library Media Center is a computerized network system where students use on-line searching to access databases including books, magazines, and encyclopedias. The hours are from 7:30- a.m. to 1 hour after school. The username is “ryanhs” and the password is “raiders” for most online resources. See the library pages at for more information.

All usernames and passwords are the same.


ABC-CLIO History Databases
· Student User name: ryanhs Password: raiders






· User ID: arhs Password: Philadelphia For first time users ONLY!





6. Acceptable Use Policy for Technology


Technology is a valuable and real world educational tool. Our schools are committed to teach its students, faculty, administrators, staff, and school community to work and to learn effectively with technology and to ensure responsible use of technology.   The policy outlined below applies to all technology use including but not limited to Internet use.  The Acceptable Use Policy for Technology applies to all students, faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers or community members allowed access to school technology resources. In some cases outside or personal uses of technology may be applicable under this policy.


We recognize that the digital world allows anytime, anywhere access. Uses mentioned in this policy apply to inside school use and may in certain instances apply to personal technology use and/or uses outside of school. Where personal outside use of technology threatens a likelihood of substantial disruption in school, including harming or interfering with the rights of other students or teachers to participate fully in school or extracurricular activities, these activities may be viewed as a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and may be subject to the disciplinary measure found herein.
N.B. The types of electronic and digital communications referenced in this AUP include, but are not limited to, social networking sites, cell phones, digital cameras, text messaging, email, voice over ip, chat rooms and instant messaging.


The school’s goal is to prepare its members for life in a digital global community. To this end, the school will:
• integrate technology with curriculum to enhance teaching and learning
• encourage critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem solving skills
• facilitate evaluation and synthesis of information
• encourage ethical practices and provide education for internet safety and digital citizenship
• provide a variety of technology based tools and related technology skills


Our schools will make every effort to provide a safe environment for learning with technology including Internet filtering and safeguards. The students, faculty, administrators, staff, and school community are granted the privilege of using the computer hardware and software peripherals, and electronic communication tools including the Internet.  With this privilege comes the responsibility for appropriate use.

In The Archdiocese of Philadelphia we use information and technology in safe, legal, and responsible ways. We embrace the following conditions or facets of being a digital citizen.

  1. Respect One's self. Users will select online names that are appropriate and will consider the information and images that are posted online.
  2. Respect Others. Users will refrain from using technologies to bully, tease or harass other people
  3. Protect One's self and others. Users will protect themselves and others by reporting abuse and not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications.
  4. Respect Intellectual Property. Users will suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media, etc.
  5. Protect Intellectual Property. Users will request to use the software and media others produce and protect license agreements for all software and resources.


Educational Purpose/ Appropriate Use:  School technology is to be used to enhance student learning. Students must not access social networking sites or gaming sites, except for educational purposes under teacher supervision. 

Copyright/Intellectual Property and Identity: All sources obtained for teacher and student work should be properly cited. Users are to respect the rights of and the intellectual property of others in accordance with Federal Copyright Law.  Transferring copyrighted material to or from a school without expressed permission of the owner is a violation of Federal Law.

Communications: Electronic and/or Digital communications with students should be conducted for educationally appropriate purposes and employ only school sanctioned means of communication.  The school sanctioned communications methods include:

  1. Teacher school web page
  2. Teacher school email
  3. Teacher school phone number
  4. Teacher created, educationally focused networking sites

Teachers or administrators in their normal responsibilities and duties may be required to contact parents outside of the school day.  A teacher or administrator is free to contact parents using a home phone or a personal cell phone. However, they should not purposely distribute a home phone number or a personal cell phone number to students.  If a student contacts a teacher or administrator using a teacher or administrator’s personal numbers, email or networking sites, the teacher or administrator should immediately report this to the administrator or appropriate authorities.

Electronic and Mobile Devices, Cell phones:  Users must adhere to local school policy that may further define uses of mobile devices. Access will be determined by the administrator of the school. If a particular mobile device is to be used for educational purpose, the school administration and/or teacher will provide parameters for this use.

Examples of Unacceptable Uses - Users are not to:    

  1. Use technology to harass, threaten, deceive, intimidate, offend, embarrass, or annoy any individual.
  2. Post, publish, or display any defamatory, inaccurate, violent, abusive, profane or sexually oriented material.  Users must not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude or threatening language.  Users must not knowingly or recklessly post false information about any persons, students, staff or any other organization. 
  3. Use a photograph, image, video or likeness of any student, or employee without express permission of that individual and of the principal. 
  4. Create any site, post any photo, image or video of another except with express permission of that individual and the principal. 
  5. Attempt to circumvent system security.
  6. Deliberately visit a site known for unacceptable material or any material that is not in support of educational objectives.  Students must not access social networking sites or gaming sites, except for educational purposes under teacher supervision. 
  7. Violate license agreements, copy disks, CD-ROMs, or other protected media.
  8. Use technology for any illegal activity. Use of the Internet for commercial gains or profits is not allowed from an educational site.
  9. Breach confidentiality obligations of school or system employees
  10. Harm the goodwill and reputation of the school or system in the community
  11. Transmit any material in violation of any local, federal and state laws. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, licensed material and threatening or obscene material.


Students must immediately report any damage or change to the school’s hardware/software at the time of use.
Administrative Rights:   The school has the right to monitor both student and employee use of school computers and computer accessed content.  Due to the evolving nature of Technology, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office of Catholic Education reserves the right to amend or add to this policy at any time without notice.
Personal Use of Social Media

This section of the policy refers to the personal use of social media sites such as, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Myspace.

Teachers and students may not mention members of the school community without their consent unless the subject is of public concern and the speech falls under applicable constitutional protections.

FRIENDING’ of current students by teachers is forbidden on a teacher’s personal social networking site.  Personal posts’ must use appropriately respectful speech, and refrain from harassing, defamatory, abusive, discriminatory, threatening or other inappropriate communications.

 Policy Violations

Violation of the above rules will be dealt with by the administration of the school. Violation of these rules may result in any or all of the following:


School Policies: The administration, faculty, and student body embrace a common goal: the students’ spiritual, academic, and social growth through four years at Ryan. Student regulations articulate the code of conduct that creates an atmosphere conducive to the individual’s achievement. The Assistant Principal for Student Services implements the code of conduct.


Contractual Agreement: This handbook constitutes a contract of the school with parents and students. School jurisdiction in academics and behavior is detailed in the handbook but not limited to it. Additional policies developed by the Archbishop Ryan administration are equally binding. School jurisdiction is not limited to school hours or school property.


Archbishop Ryan High School and the Law:


1. Any student taking part in any unlawful act/criminal violation on or off campus or in the community is liable for suspension, expulsion or both. The police will be involved in criminal violations that occur on campus.

2. If a student is presently attending or is applying for admission to Archbishop Ryan Catholic High School and is found guilty of a juvenile or adult crime and it is reported to the school administration, the student is liable for dismissal from Archbishop Ryan or may be denied admission to Archbishop Ryan.


Drug and Alcohol Violations: Any student under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or in possession of drugs or alcohol will be removed from school until a parental/guardian interview is held. An interview is to be scheduled by the Assistant Principal of Student Services.  A parental/Guardian interview is required before student is readmitted to school.  Students will not be able to attend or participate in any school functions or activities during the time under penalty of possible expulsion. The penalties for drug and alcohol violations are an automatic failure in conduct for the school year plus (3) Saturday detention. If retained, the student must faithfully participate in the Shalom Program and the Student Assistance Program (SAP). All recommendations from the (SAP) program up to and including a substance rehabilitation program must be followed if the student is to remain in school.  Any student involved in the selling, distributing or passing on of drugs, including alcohol will be expelled from school and arrested.


Universal Search Policy


To protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel, school authorities may question and search a student, his/her personal effects, lockers and vehicles used by the student and may seize any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband material discovered in the search. Searches conducted by school authorities may include, but not limited to utilization of certified drugs, detection dogs or any devices used to protect the health, safety and welfare of the school population.  A student’s refusal or failure to permit such searches and seizures as provided in this policy will be considered grounds for disciplinary action.


Violations with Aggravating Circumstances: Certain types of student behavior are beyond the norm of student behavior as covered by the school policies. These would include but not be limited to: violent behavior, terrorist threats (whether written, verbal or via computer), thefts of large amounts of money or items, thefts from faculty or staff, At the discretion of the administration, these types of behavior may result in dismissal from school and in certain situations the involvement of the police. In the event the student is retained, in addition to suspension, demerits and detentions, the student will be subject to administrative review and may also be subject to: an immediate failure in conduct, discipline summer school, immediate removal from teams and extracurricular activities, no participation in socials, dances or proms. If the student is a senior, s/he may lose the right to graduate in public with the class.



Any Student or Students involved in fighting may be suspended from school and will be reviewed for dismissal. During this time they are responsible for all schoolwork. If a test is missed, the teacher is not required to give a makeup test. Before being readmitted, the student accompanied by parent/guardian, must meet with the Assistant Principal for Student Services. Demerits/Detentions may be distributed at readmission: a penalty is up to 30 demerits plus 3 Detentions. A second offense warrants review for dismissal. A student who threatens or physically touches a teacher is subject to expulsion. Any students involved in verbal fights, name calling, using verbal threats, directly or indirectly may receive demerits and a general detention.


Bullying and Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology while at school: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher or employee of Archbishop Ryan High School by sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or Web site postings (including blogs). All forms of cyber bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of Archbishop Ryan, offenders shall be subject to appropriate discipline action. Cyber bulling that takes place outside of school hours is NOT the responsibility of the school and should be reported to the police. Bullying shall mean unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a student by another student. Students shall report complaints of bullying or cyber bullying to the Office of Student Services. OSS will investigate the alleged conduct and may ask the assistance of other staff members in the investigation process.


Extra-Curricular Activities: The school sponsors athletic competitions, plays, field trips, socials, dances, proms, clubs, and other activities for the students’ social development. Irresponsible or disruptive behavior at any school event renders a student liable to disciplinary action. If a student comes to a school event under the influence (drugs/alcohol), or behaves irresponsibly, she/he may not be permitted to attend school events such as socials, dance or proms for the remainder of the year.

Senior Prom and Junior Dance Code: The Senior Prom is a formal event. Long gowns are the required attire for the young ladies. Gowns are to be floor-length, both in front and in back.  They must be modest and in good taste, reflecting the respect the student has for themselves and for the values and morals of Archbishop Ryan. Gentlemen must wear a tuxedo.  Sneakers and casual boots are not permitted.  Students and their escorts who are not dressed appropriately may be asked to leave the prom.  In this case, parents will be called, students will receive demerits, and ticket money will not be refunded.  Students and their escorts who are not dressed properly but who are permitted to remain at prom will receive demerits and will not be permitted to purchase formal photographs of prom.  In this case, parents will receive a letter informing them of the situation.  The consequences stated here will be issued according to the nature of the dress code violation.

Arrival/Departure:  Those attending the prom may arrive no later than one hour after the prom begins and must remain until the posted departure time. 

Pre-Prom/Post-Prom Parties:  The school does not sponsor or approve of such activities and officially discourages parents/guardians from sponsoring them. Pre-Prom/Post-prom cocktail parties, whether parent-sponsored or not, are illegal.  The use of drugs or alcohol before, during, after the prom is absolutely forbidden.

Student Pregnancy: At the discretion of the Assistant Principal for Student Services, a student who becomes pregnant will be permitted to stay in school and remain in classes as long as the following conditions are met:


1. Parents must contact the Guidance Director as soon as they learn of the pregnancy in order to arrange an interview.

2. A note from the obstetrician must be on file with the school nurse.

3. If enrolled in physical education, the student will be excused from the regular program for the duration of the pregnancy and for as long after the birth of the baby as the obstetrician deems necessary. Special projects and written work may be required.

4. The student must participate in a counseling program which includes the CORA Lifeline Program. This will be determined by the Guidance Director. Parents may also be required to attend family counseling.

5. The suggestion of the obstetrician will generally be respected regarding school attendance. Once the student is near her expected delivery date, the Academic Affairs office will be contacted for assignments.

6. The school uniform must be worn. Modifications may be made on an individual basis as directed by the Office of Student Services. Students may not wear sweatpants, warm-up pants, sneakers or flip flops.

7. The student may return to school as soon as the obstetrician deems it advisable. A note must be provided before being readmitted. Excessive absence during this time may seriously hinder the student’s academic success.

8. The student must continue to attend counseling and support groups as determined by the Guidance Director. Fathers who attend parochial schools must attend counseling.


Abortion: Upon learning that a student has procured or assisted another in procuring an abortion, the principal meets with the student and the parents. The student is referred for counseling to an appropriate support service. The principal attempts to handle each matter in a spirit of Christian compassion. The principal and others who learn of an abortion treat the matter confidentially to the extent possible. Only the persons concerned at the school, at counseling services, and at the Office of Catholic Education have a reason to know. When public scandal or the student’s failure to participate in counseling, or other circumstances warrant, the principal may dismiss the student or take other fitting action.



Harassment in any form is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Any ongoing, pervasive, unwelcome action, physical, verbal or written, which has the effect of disrupting the normal and appropriate activities of a teacher, student, staff member or anyone within the school community, is prohibited by this policy. Harassment because of a person’s sex, race, age, national origin or disability is particularly egregious. Accusations of such harassment will be thoroughly investigated and appropriate sanctions will be imposed on individuals found to have violated this policy. Sexual harassment can result from unwanted sexual attention, sexual advances and comments or requests for sexual favors.

 Examples include:

1. Threatening adverse action if sexual favors are not granted;

2. Promising preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favors;

3. Unwanted physical contact;

4. A pattern of offensive remarks such as unwelcome comments about appearance or clothing, obscene jokes, sexually explicit or offensive language.

5. Display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures;

6. Unwelcome notes, e-mails and other communications that is sexually suggestive.


Any student who feels s/he has been subjected to harassment should bring the matter personally to the immediate attention of the Assistant Principal for Student Services. If the student is uncomfortable for any reason discussing the matter with the Assistant Principal for Student Services, the student should report it to the Principal.  All allegations of harassment will be investigated promptly and in as confidential a manner as possible. When warranted, appropriate action will be taken, up to and including dismissal. Retaliation in any form against anyone for making a complaint under this policy or for participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited. Any retaliation should also be reported pursuant to this policy and is itself a cause for disciplinary action.

A copy of the Harassment/Sexual Harassment policy is on file in the Principal’s office.


Students are expected to be clean and well groomed at all times. The Assistant Principal for Student Services is the final judge of violations of the dress code and hair-style code; the Assistant Principal also sets the time for seasonal code changes., Regulation school clothing is purchased at Flynn and O’Hara’s, 10905 Dutton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 (215) 637-4600.

1. Students are to come to school and leave school in full uniform unless they have been involved in after school activities. No one is to change clothes in a school corridor at any time. No one is to change into street clothes before leaving the building; this includes anyone going directly to work. Change your clothes at work.

2. Shirts and blouses are tucked into the pants/skorts (not rolled over or worn outside and shorts may not be pinned).

3. If a student has a serious reason for not wearing the full school uniform on a given day, he/she must bring a note that morning from parents or doctors. If the situation is long term, a note must be on file from the doctor or parent.

The Assistant Principal for Student Services assigns the details of substitute dress.

4. Sneakers or athletic shoes may not be worn. If the student is unable to wear the school shoe, another dress shoe must be worn and a note must be on file from the doctor or parent. Boots of any kind, sandals, flip flops and other casual shoes are not acceptable. Sneakers for Gym class are worn only in the Gym, and only for the gym class itself - no time before and no time after.

5. Students in Physical Education class wear the uniform determined by the Physical Education Department staff.

6. The Assistant Principal for Student Services defines the dress of the day for students on field trips.

7. Extreme hair styles or hair dyes are not permitted for any student, male or female: no extreme hair dyes, no shaved heads, (nothing less than a #2 blade used) no ponytails on gentlemen. Girls may not wear excessive jewelry; only one pair of earrings (no hoops of any size), no chokers, metal chains or strings around the neck, wrist or ankles; fingernails of moderate length and color, no lip liners, glitter, eye shadow, mascara or extreme makeup.

8. No visible tattoos are permitted on any student. No visible body piercing is permitted on any student (except for one pair of earrings for the ladies) This includes piercing of the tongue, eyebrows, lips and nose.

9. A student who violates the dress or hair code receives demerits and may be excluded from school until the situation is corrected.

10. NO student may have excessive dyed or frosted hair. Anyone who does will be excluded from school until the problem is resolved.

11. Pants are worn at the waist (with belt) and break at the top of the shoe; no shirt sleeves rolled up; no earrings, no chokers; metal chains or strings around the neck, wrist or ankles, no metal chains hanging from pockets; no visible tattoos; hair no longer than the top of the collar and not below the eyebrows; clean shaven - no beards, mustaches, go tees, no sideburns below the bottom of the ear; no spiked hair or hair carvings. No boy may dye and/or frost his hair. Anyone who does may be excluded from class and/or suspended.


v Ladies’ Dress Code:

     All Freshmen and Sophomores wear the regulation gray school sweater and the regulation black skort (no shorter than 1 inch above the knee), white oxford blouse (with only the top button unbuttoned and black Eastlander shoe available at Flynn O’Hara, Trevose, Phil’s or DiGiulio’s.  Shoes must be worn correctly (the girls like to crush the heel and create a clog shoe) or demerits will be issued for dress code violation.  In the fall and spring all four classes may wear a short-sleeved white oxford blouse or a regulation school polo shirt (with only the top button unbuttoned).  If a tee shirt is worn under the dress shirt or polo shirt it must be white with absolutely no printing, writing or pictures on it. This includes all students who take gym. It is mandatory that all four classes wear black white or gray tights.  No socks of any kind are permitted. Pins in skorts are not permitted.

    All Juniors and Seniors wear the regulation black school sweater and the regulation gray skort (no shorter than 1 inch above the knee), white oxford blouse (with all the buttons buttoned) and black Eastlander shoe available at Flynn O’Hara, Trevose, Phil’s or DiGiulio’s. Shoes must be worn correctly (the girls like to crush the heel and create a clog shoe) or demerits will be issued for dress code violation.  In the fall and spring all four classes may wear a short-sleeved white oxford blouse or a regulation school polo shirt (with only the top button unbuttoned).  If a tee shirt is worn under the dress shirt or polo shirt it must be white with absolutely no printing, writing or pictures on it. This includes all students who take gym. The regulation school shoes are a sturdy shoe and will support any orthopedic device; therefore, sneakers will be neither acceptable nor necessary. It is mandatory that all four classes wear black, white or gray tights.  No socks of any kind are permitted. Pins in skorts are not permitted.

v Gentlemen’s Dress Code: 

    All Freshmen and Sophomores wear the regulation gray school sweater and the regulation black dress pants (no casual pants such as Dockers or multi-pocketed pants are acceptable); long or short sleeve white oxford shirt with all the buttons buttoned purchased at Flynn and O’Hara, school tie properly tied at the top of the collar, dress socks, belt and black Eastlander or GBX regulation school shoes provided by the our uniform shoe providers Flynn and O’Hara, Trevose, Phil’s or DiGiulio’s. If a tee shirt is worn under the dress shirt or polo shirt it must be white with absolutely no printing, writing or pictures on it. This includes all students who take gym. The regulation school shoes are a sturdy shoe and will support any orthopedic device; therefore, sneakers will be neither acceptable nor necessary.

    All Juniors and Seniors wear the regulation black school sweater and the regulation gray dress pants purchased at Flynn and O’Hara (no casual pants such as Dockers or multi-pocketed pants are acceptable); long or short sleeve white oxford shirt with all the buttons buttoned, school tie properly tied at the top of the collar, dress socks, belt and black Eastlander or GBX regulation school shoes provided by the our uniform shoe providers Flynn and O’Hara, Trevose, Phil’s or DiGiulio’s.  All students in the Fall and Spring wear either the white school polo shirt or the short sleeve dress oxford shirt (with the tie). If a tee shirt is worn under the dress shirt or polo shirt it must be white with absolutely no printing, writing or pictures on it. This includes all students who take gym. The regulation school shoes are a sturdy shoe and will support any orthopedic device; therefore, sneakers will be neither acceptable nor necessary.

v All dress code violations will carry a 30 minute detention to be served the following day. Failure to attend the detention will result in further disciplinary action. Habitual dress code violations could result in suspension from school.



Students enter the building through the doors in the back of the cafeteria or the front door of the North Lobby (where they would proceed directly to the cafeteria). At the 7:25 warning bell, students move to the upper floors. Students go promptly to their lockers and to homeroom without loitering or congregating in the corridors. For safety and traffic flow, students who come by car are dropped off and picked up in the back of the building.  After 7:40 a.m., students enter only by the North Wing lobby and must stop at the Attendance Office for a late slip. School officially begins at 7:40 a.m. If a student has not been to his/her locker, hung up coat, gotten books, etc. before he/she goes to homeroom, he/she is late for school and must be sent for a late slip. No student is to leave homeroom to go to a locker. Every student is to remain in homeroom for prayers, the pledge of allegiance and for all announcements unless they receive an official request form from an office. This includes the homeroom representatives who must pick up the homeroom mail before 7:40 a.m.

Demerits are issued for lateness. Anyone arriving at school excessively late may receive demerits for skipping class.  After the last class of the day (2:25 p.m.), students leave the school and its grounds. No students are allowed above the first floor of the building without the supervision of a teacher or moderator. Students waiting after dismissal must wait at the first floor North or South lobby. If a student with a free eighth period is scheduled for an after-school activity, s/he waits in the assigned area and may not be in the halls. A student who ignores these directives will be given demerits.


Daily attention and interaction in class are essential in the learning process. Makeup work after absence is less effective than presence for a lesson and discussion. Parents allow a son or daughter to miss school only because of the student’s illness or a serious family emergency. Vacations are scheduled for other than school days.  On each day of a student’s absence the parent or guardian calls the school prior to 9:30 a.m. An answering machine, (215) 637-2247, records the message, which must include:

1. Student’s name

2. Homeroom section

3. Reason for absence

4. Name and relationship of caller


If no call is made, the student responsible to inform the parent receives (2) demerits.

A student who is absent more than three (3) consecutive days; a student who has seen a doctor or a student who has had a contagious infection brings in a doctor’s certificate. The student deposits the form(s) in the absence box in the Attendance Office before the end of the school day.  Doctor’s certificates for an absence must be turned in within 5 school days of the student’s return to school. Doctor’s certificates will not be accepted after this time period.  A student with negligent or excessive unexcused absences (22 or more days) will be required to attend the Discipline Summer School Program. 

Early Dismissals: Early dismissal is effective after fourth period; before this, a student is marked absent for the day. A parent may request early dismissal for a serious reason. The written request includes the student’s name, section, student number, date, time, and reason for dismissal. The early dismissal form is available at The note gives a phone number where a parent can be contacted to verify the request. The student must bring the note to the Office of Student Services before homeroom begins or receive demerits for irresponsibility.  Same day requests via telephone will only be granted in extreme emergency situations.  Every attempt must be made to schedule doctors’ and other appointments for off-school hours.

Late for School: Students who are late for school will receive demerits. The number of demerits will depend on how late the student is.

Messages for Students: The Office of Student Services receives many requests via phone to deliver messages to students during the school day. Due to the overwhelming amount of tasks that have to be handled, we cannot honor these requests unless it is a true emergency situation.

Late for Class: The classroom teacher issues demerits to a student late for class. If a student is 15 or more minutes late, s/he is considered to have cut the class.

Excused Classes: Students excused from class for school activities obtain assignments in advance from the teachers whose classes are missed.

Out of Bounds: Students may not loiter or congregate in front of the school near the driveways, nor by the Chapel or flagpole area, nor behind the garage in the rear of the school, nor alongside or behind the pool building on Academy Road.

Instructor Absence: If a teacher has not yet arrived three minutes after the bell to start class, a student goes to the OAA to report the absence. Students continue working in class until they are informed about the remaining class time. Failure to stay in the classroom results in demerits for cutting.

Closed Campus: Students stay on school property from the time they arrive, even if homeroom has not yet started, until dismissal. Permission to leave campus for any reason is obtained from the Assistant Principal for Student Services. Only a parent or guardian is allowed to enter the campus to pick up a student. Students from other schools are not permitted on campus. Outsiders are not allowed on or near the campus; students who converse or fraternize with them are subject to 5 demerits.

School Security: Students are not permitted to open locked doors in the building to admit visitors. Only Main Office aides, directed by the office staff, may do this service at the North Lobby.

Change of Address: Students report change of address, parish, and/or phone number to the OAA as soon as possible. If this change means that a student no longer lives with his/her parents or legal guardian, both the parent and the person now taking the place of the parents meet with the Assistant Principal for Student Services.



Courtesy: Students will show unfailing respect in their words, actions, and attitudes to faculty, staff, custodians, volunteers, themselves, and other students.

Corridor Courtesy: At change of class, students keep to the right and leave the center open for faculty and guests. Standing in groups blocks traffic; students move quickly and quietly without screaming, pushing, or running. During class time, no student may be in the hall unless s/he has a hall pass from an authorized staff member.

Homeroom: Students must be in assigned seats when the homeroom bell sounds. Students respond reverently to Morning Prayer, salute the flag with respect, and listen attentively to announcements. Students are not to leave homeroom for any reason unless they receive a request slip from a particular office and they are to report at the time given on the request slip. Students are to attend to personal business, e.g. tuition payments, demerit problems, during their lunch periods, not during homeroom.

School Property is treated with care. Students are responsible for desks, lockers, and equipment assigned; damage is reported to the Office of Student Services. Failure to report damages makes the student liable for demerits and fines. Students guilty of vandalism and graffiti may incur demerits, fines, suspension, expulsion.

Assemblies: Students move quietly to their assigned places in the auditorium. A speaker approaching the microphone is a signal for the audience to be silent. At Liturgy in the auditorium the students maintain a prayerful reverence. General disorder at an assembly may result in detention on the day following the infraction.

Cafeteria: Seniors and Juniors use the North Cafeteria; Sophomores and Freshmen, the South Cafeteria. Students are expected to show good table manners at lunch. The cafeteria is the only area in the building where eating and drinking are permitted. All students must be back in the cafeteria for the last ten (10) minutes of the period. Students are seated in silence when the moderator says grace two minutes after the start of the lunch period. Each group is responsible for the cleanliness of its table and the floor; both areas are cleaned prior to the last ten minutes of the period. If a student is asked to clean an area, s/he does so without question or comment. Students stay in the cafeteria for the whole period unless they have a pass for an appointment in the first-floor office wing. Students use the lavatories at the end of the corridor near the gym. Students are not permitted to congregate outside the cafeteria in the hallways. Students who do will be issued demerits. Students are not permitted to go to their lockers during their lunch periods.

Chewing Gum is not permitted in school.

Contraband: Students may not bring to school firearms, pellet guns, BB guns, knives, or other weapons or objects commonly used as weapons. Weapons are confiscated and not returned. The student is subject to demerits, suspension, expulsion, or arrest as recommended by the Assistant Principal for Student Services. In addition to weapons, toys and other unsuitable objects are not permitted in school: All electronic devices and lasers, cameras, cigarettes, lighters, matches, reading material not connected to studies and magic markers. These are considered contraband and are confiscated. Possession and/or use of alcohol and drugs are forbidden. The school may, at its discretion, employ the use of K-9 officers and their dogs in order to employ safety, order and discipline in the school.

Cell Phones: Cell phones are to be turned OFF upon entering the building and are not to be used during the school day.  We cannot allow classes, study halls, cafeterias or hallways to be disrupted by students making/receiving phone calls, text messaging other people or checking phones for messages. Students are permitted to make calls during the school day in the Office of Student Services. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your son or daughter, you can call Student Services Office at (215) 637-1800 ext. 207 or the Main Office at (215) 637-1800 ext. 200.  The fine for using the cell phone during the school day will be $10.00 and each violation will carry 10 demerits, and a detention. Parents will also be reminded not to call or text their child during school hours.  Refer to student handbook.

Fire Alarms and Equipment: A student who signals a false alarm or tampers with fire equipment is subject to expulsion and arrest.  School time lost by a false alarm is added to the end of the school day.

Fire Drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. When the first signal sounds, everyone obeys promptly and clears the building by the prescribed route as quickly as possible in absolute silence Windows and doors in the classroom are closed. Students can protect life and avoid personal injury by following the Fire Drill procedure strictly. No one uses the elevator in a fire emergency. At the beginning of the school year, a handicapped student reports to the nurse for exit directions. Since fire trucks and equipment need access to the building, the pavements and roadways around the building are kept clear.

Emergency Evacuation and Shelter-In-Place: In order to safeguard the lives of our students and staff in case of emergencies inside our school or outside our school, we have developed plans for these emergencies. The staff and students have been informed and these drills have been practiced. Students must report to their designated homeroom areas in quick, safe and silent manner. Failure to do so can jeopardize the lives of the entire staff and student body. Students who do not comply with these directives or disregard direction from staff members are subject to demerits and detentions and the possibility of suspension from school.

Identification Cards (ID) are to be worn with the proper colored lanyard, around your neck, every school day from homeroom through eighth period. The safety and security of every Staff member and student depend on this. ID’s are required for all school business, late slips, and tuition payments, Library and all school events and activities. If lost or mutilated, a new ID is obtained immediately from the Office of Student Services for $10.00. A student without an ID or not visibly wearing their ID is issued a demerit. The ID card is presented to any staff member upon request without comment or question.

Lockers are school property. One (1) locker is assigned to each student by the Office of Student Services where the numbers and combinations are filed. Students not in their assigned locker or sharing lockers will be issued demerits. Students may use only locks purchased from the school. Lockers are kept locked; the school is not responsible for lost articles (Archbishop Ryan High School will not assume responsibility for cell phones, cameras, video recorders, mp3’s, iPods, or other such items that are brought to school and left in lockers). Backpacks are to be kept in lockers.  No Backpacks or Bags of any kind are to be carried during the school day, this includes handbags and pocketbooks. Students may carry a clear on one side pencil case with dimensions up to 6 by 12 inches.  Students may go to their lockers before and after school, before and after the lunch period (not during the lunch period) or in between class periods. A student who opens or tampers with another’s locker receives demerits for vandalism or theft. The Assistant Principal for Student Services may authorize the search of the contents of a locker at any time.

Nurse: If a student becomes ill in school, s/he obtains a referral slip from the classroom teacher to go to the nurse’s office during 3rd thru 6th periods.  If a student becomes ill during homeroom, 1st, 2nd. 7th or 8th periods, then s/he should go to the Office of Student Services.  If a student’s illness, as judged by the teacher, is an emergency she/he can be sent to the nurse’s office immediately. If a student misses a class or classes, claiming she/he was ill but did not follow the proper procedure, it is considered a cut class or truancy. Girls who have problems of a personal nature are not permitted to miss class or classes without the direct permission of the Assistant Principal for Student Services or the nurse. No student may call a parent asking to be picked up and taken home. This will be treated as a discipline situation and any student who leaves the building without official permission may be treated as truant.

Public Transportation: Students who create disturbances or damage public vehicles are suspended or expelled, depending on the violation. Smoking is strictly prohibited on buses.

Retreats: Students are obliged to attend retreats offered during the school year. Students may also arrange with the School Minister to make a retreat or day of recollection at centers such as Malvern or the Dominican Retreat Center. Absense on retreat days requires a make up retreat day.

Smoking: The government has declared tobacco an illegal substance to anyone less than 18 years of age. The government and health officials have declared nicotine an addictive substance which endangers the health of the smoker and of those near him/her. Smoking is forbidden in the school building and on school grounds by anyone who is a student at Archbishop Ryan High School. In addition, students are not permitted to smoke within one block of the school (this includes across the street on Academy Rd.), nor may they carry cigarettes during the school day. Besides the students caught smoking, those in suspicious circumstances who possess smoking materials (cigarettes, lighters or matches) are also subject to disciplinary action.  The penalty for smoking in the building or on school grounds is 30 demerits plus (3) detentions. The student must also pay a fine of $50.00 made payable to Archbishop Ryan High School. The fine must be paid within 5 school days or detentions will be issued. 

Textbooks are kept clean and covered. The student’s name and homeroom must be written on the cover. Students keep a record of the texts they use and the identifying number that is checked when the text is returned to the teacher.

Visitors report to the Main Office when they enter the school, register, and receive a Visitor’s Pass. Students who wish to invite a friend to visit classes request permission from the OAA one week in advance of the planned visit. A roster is issued. Student visitors are expected to dress appropriately. For the safety of all, students report to a faculty member or office any unauthorized person seen around the building. Any person on school grounds or in the building without a pass is trespassing and is subject to arrest and fine.



Teachers may handle discipline problems in a variety of ways. Teachers may issue demerits and recommend the number of demerits for an infraction. The decision about the number of demerits issued rests solely with the Assistant Principal for Student Services. For suspension, the Assistant Principal for Student Services decides the length and the type.  At the accumulation of 10, 20, and 31 demerits: Parental notification will be made via letter. Parental interview and in or out of school suspension, at any level, may be  necessary if so determined by the Assistant Principal for Student Services. The conduct grade is 100 for each semester; average of the 1st and 2nd semester determines the final grade. Each demerit is one point off the conduct graded.

Demerit Slips list specific violations and points

Alcohol* 62 pnts

Car Violation 2-5 pnts

Drugs* 62 pnts

Cell Phone Violation 10 pnts

Fighting 10-30 pnts

Contraband 5-30 pnts

Forgery/theft 5-30 pnts

Cut Private detention 5 pnts

Harassment 10-30 pnts

Disrespect 2-7 pnts

Insubordination 7-15 pnts

Disruptive Behavior 2-7 pnts

Skipping Class 10 pnts

Out of Bounds 2-7 pnts

Smoking in Building 30 pnts

Profanity 4-7 pnts

Smoking on Grounds 30 pnts

Corridor Violation 2-5 pnts

Suspicious Circumstances 10-15 pnts

Irresponsibility 2-5 pnts

Truancy 30 pnts

Late for class 2 pnts

Vandalism 7-30 pnts

Littering 2 pnts

Leaving Campus 30 pnts

No phone call for absence 2 pnts

Cutting general Detention 10 pnts

No ID 2 pnts

Abusive Language to Faculty or Staff 10-15 pnts

Failure to return a school document 2 pnts

Improper Dress 5 pnts

Late for School - varies on time

* Leaving campus/walking out of school will be treated as truancy.

* Multiple class cuts will be liable to suspension and/or expulsion.

* Repeated truancy will be liable for expulsion.

* Drug and Alcohol violations are an automatic failure for the year.

Student Conduct Failures: A student who fails conduct, a conduct grade below a 70, needs permission from the Dean of Students to participate in any extracurricular activities during the semester in which the failure occurs. Those who fail conduct on the final report attend summer sessions at Archbishop Ryan to further student understanding of responsibility and social interaction. The Office of Student Services will inform those involved about the hours, date, and fees. Students who fulfill the summer session requirements remain on conduct probation for the next year. Any student, who fails conduct for the year a second time, or while on conduct probation, will be reviewed for dismissal.  Students with failures in conduct who do not attend Conduct Summer School are not permitted to return to Archbishop Ryan.

Underclassmen who fail conduct in the first or second semester are also placed on conduct probation for the following semester/year.  Students who violate conduct probation through the accumulation of excessive demerits or commit a major offense will be immediately reviewed for dismissal.

Failure in Conduct for the year imposes attendance at Archbishop Ryan’s Conduct summer school and places a student on probation for the following school year. If a student violates probation she/he is reviewed for dismissal.


Senior Conduct Failure: A senior whose final conduct grade is below 70 for the year is subject to a parental interview if one did not already take place, exclusion from Junior dance, Senior prom and public Graduation Ceremonies. The senior may also be reviewed for dismissal, if retained the student is placed on conduct probation. Any senior who fails conduct for the year will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies.

*The final conduct grade is computed by the average of the 1st and 2nd semester conduct grades.

General Detention: Detention is held every Friday after school or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the North Lecture Hall for any student who accumulates 10 demerits.  Detention carries a $2.00 fine that is paid the day detention is served. Any student who cuts a Detention will receive (10) demerits and will then have (2) detentions to make up. Parents will be sent a letter notifying them of the cut detention. All students must arrange for transportation and if necessary notify their place of employment. NO ONE WILL BE EXCUSED FROM DETENTION BECAUSE OF SPORTS, WORK or FAMILY VACATIONS. Students will not be excused from Detention except for the most serious reasons. Any excuse of illness requires that a note from your doctor must be handed in on the Monday after the detention.


Private Detentions: teachers can conduct private detentions in their classrooms provided that a 24 hour notice is given and the detention is for discipline code violations.



To maintain safety, order, and traffic flow, the Assistant Principal for Student Services regulates the use of motor vehicles on campus.


1. Employees and students register their vehicles at the Office of Student Services via the form posted on Employees receive a permit pass to hang from the rear view mirror. Students purchase for $50.00 a parking permit to affix to their rearview mirror. The parking permit number will correspond to a specific parking space. The parking permits cannot be shared or traded with other students. Owners of cars without the appropriate pass or stickers are notified. If not corrected, the car may be towed.

2. Only visitors may park in the “Visitors’ Parking” spaces. Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for those who have brought a physician’s note and received a special permit.

3. Motorcycles and mopeds need a parking permit to use the outside racks on either side of the gymnasium.

4. The school is not responsible for the safety of any vehicle or its contents. No Parking areas include roadways, loading zones, crosswalks, grass areas, space within 20 feet of a fire hydrant, fire lanes. Vehicles parked in violation of these regulations may be towed at the owner’s expense. A disabled vehicle is reported to the Office of Student Services and removed.



1. The speed limit on school grounds is 10 miles per hour.

2. Drivers obey one-way and stop signs on campus as on streets.

3. Students are dropped off and picked up behind the cafeteria.

4. Students may not loiter in cars, drive aimlessly around the school grounds, leave the grounds during school hours.

If students violate regulations about driving and/or parking, the Assistant Principal for Student Services revokes parking privileges and imposes penalties and fines appropriate to the infraction.


Delayed Opening of School

On inclement weather days, the decision could be made to have a delayed opening of school. The decision to delay the opening of schools will be based on input from various city support services and is made by the Office of Catholic Education. KYW (1060AM) will announce delayed openings for the schools in Philadelphia County. On delayed opening days, the school day will start at 10 a.m. Dismissal will be at the regular time, 2:25 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Yellow bus transportation decisions are made by counties outside of Philadelphia. Your local public school district will make the decision.

8. Guidance Center

The Guidance Center seeks to help students understand and accept themselves accurately. Counselors encourage students to see the importance of responsibly learning in classes here as a basis for life now and in the future. Guidance assists the students:

1. To know their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and educational needs

2. To research educational and career requirements and opportunities

3. To discern how to grow personally and socially

4. To learn problem solving, decision making, human relations, and goal-setting skills

5. To evaluate the impact of school on themselves


Informational Services include resources on the availability of jobs in the workplace and qualifications for high education. Upon request, transcripts are issued for free for current students.

Testing, Measurement, and Appraisal Results are used to give realistic background for personal academic and vocational counseling

Group Counseling is available to students in specific areas: the use of community and home services such as social agencies, courts, young people's organizations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Students with low achievement are instructed in Study Skills, and may request to be tutored by a member of the NHS.

Shalom, Inc. provides prevention and intervention services concerning drug and alcohol abuse as well as personal development

CORA provides counseling, educational remediation, and speech services. Referrals are made through the Guidance Director or by calling CORA at 215-632-9170.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) core team has received training in group process, chemical dependence problems, suicide prevention, and symptoms of mental illness. Not a treatment process, SAP identifies and refers students for treatment, recovery, and continuum of care. The team confers with parents and teachers about interventions to help the students.

Confidentiality is an important element of counseling; but when a student's or other's health and/or safety is at stake, a counselor's duty is to reveal information to the appropriate person.


9. School Health Services

The School District of Philadelphia assigns certified school nurses/practitioners to promote healthy behaviors so that students can enjoy optimal health and academic success. The nurses also perform vision, hearing and growth screenings, physical exams and manage illnesses and emergencies. The health room is located on the north side, 2nd floor. If a student is ill s/he gets a referral slip from the teacher or moderator and reports to the health room. The nurse will determine if a student is sick enough to be sent home. If a student misses class (es), claiming s/he was ill, but did not follow the proper procedures, it is considered a class cut or truancy. No student may call a parent asking to be picked up and taken home. This will be treated as a disciplinary issue. Health problems are to be reported to the school nurse at the beginning of the school year. Medications taken by students must be on file in the nurses' office. No student may take any medications in school; all medication, including over­the-counter medication such as Advil or Tylenol, is taken in the presence of the nurse. Students who require daily medication during the school day must contact the nurse to obtain the necessary form to be completed by a doctor or nurse practitioner. Medication must be in the original container and the pharmacy label in place; short-term medication, including any over-the-counter medication must be sent to the nurse in the original container, with a note from the parent indicating the time of the most recent dose given. The note specifically requests the nurse to give the next scheduled dose.


10. Student Affairs

The activities program is designed to develop the leisure, recreational, social, and emotional elements in a student's life. Clubs in curriculum areas expand the students' intellectual pursuits.

The Assistant Principal for Student Affairs coordinates all areas if student activities. The Assistant Principal for Student Affairs has the following responsibilities:

1. Arrange assembly programs
2. Schedule the use of the auditorium
3. Publish monthly and annual calendars in conjunction with the Administration
4. Authorize daily homeroom announcements submitted on the previous day
5. Give or refuse permission for display and placement on school premises of publicity from outside the school
6. Confer with moderator of clubs to avoid conflict in scheduling curricular and extra-curricular activities
7. organize proms, dances, graduation, class ring purchases, and school play tickets

Group Travel and Study

The school system takes no official position of encouraging or discouraging programs for student travel outside the school year, nor does it evaluate the various agencies offering travel and study opportunities.

The following regulations limit study and travel programs

1. No diocesan high school, and no department, or extracurricular activity of a diocesan high school or a school related organization may sponsor, organize, or conduct a travel and study program for students or for teachers on its own, or in conjunction with another sponsoring school or group during the school year, or during the summer.

2. The diocesan high schools assume no responsibility of any kind for students or faculty members who participate in such programs.

3. No faculty member or student may be excused from school to participate in such programs, regardless of sponsorship

4. Any faculty member who wishes to organize a travel or study program apart from regular school time does so as a private individual and not in a capacity as a member of diocesan high school faculty. Parents and students must be made aware that such programs are not sponsored by the school.

5. An announcement of summer study and travel programs abroad may be posted in the school with the consent of the principal. All other information is given, and all arrangements are made outside the school directly with the sponsoring agency or individuals. Specifically, no school personnel may announce or encourage participation in such a program in the classroom.

Ski Trips/Cruises: Archbishop Ryan High school does not sponsor ski trips or cruises at any time. Students are not permitted to advertise or collect for such trips

Fees and Failures: Only a student with fees paid up to date and with no conduct failures may buy a ticket for the Junior dance, or Senior Prom. Only Seniors who have paid all fees, including graduation, and have no failures in academic subjects or conduct receive caps, gowns, and graduation tickets.

Posters and Handbills: Students are not permitted to display or distribute materials on school premises without permission of Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, who decides where these posters may be displayed or handbills distributed. No signs or posters may be hung with duct tape.

Publications: Work on the school publications develops creativity in writing, photography, organization, and teamwork. The staffs learn the responsibility of meeting deadlines, the sense of service to the school community, and the satisfaction of the completed book or newspaper. The Review, the school newspaper, records school happenings and reports on coming events. The staff, open to all students, aims to develop journalistic skills. The Sentinel, the school yearbook, chronicles the school year. Staff editors, and moderator fulfill specific functions independently, work out the sections cooperatively, and submit sections of the book to the publisher periodically.

Social Activities/Dances: Archbishop Ryan High School encourages social functions and sees such activities as another dimension of social growth and the development for our youth. While these activities are designed primarily for Archbishop Ryan students, there are events to which guests may be invited. However, the administration reserves the right to refuse admittance to any school sponsored event.


Inappropriate dancing techniques or behavior: Students will be held responsible for their guests and it will be a disciplinary infraction punishable by demerits.


1) Attire: Neat, well-groomed, modest appearance required at all Archbishop Ryan High school functions. This means that young ladies must dress appropriately at all events.
2) Admission: Students attending a dance or activity are to report directly to the event upon arrival. Students are not permitted to loiter outside, to wait in car, or to congregate at the properties around the school. Students must present their ID cards, and admission tickets to gain entry into the activity.
3) Late arrival: Anyone attending a dance or activity must arrive within 60 minutes of the start of that event. If a student will be arriving late for some reason, a parental note must be given to the Office of Student Affairs before the event.
4) Misconduct: All regulations of Archbishop Ryan High school are in effect at every dance or school activity throughout the year.
5) Smoking: Ryan is a smoke free school.
6) Drugs/Alcohol: The drug and alcohol policy of Archbishop Ryan High School will be strictly enforced at all events.

Dance Contract

School dances/proms should provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all students, faculty, and community members in attendance.  Students in attendance at such events represent their school, community, and family.  In order for students to attend school sponsored dances/proms this contract must be signed, and submitted to the Student Affairs Office.  This form will be distributed, signed, and collected prior to a dance/prom.  Students without record of signing this form will not be permitted to attend dances/proms. If you are the accessing the student handbook online, the form is available here.

Expectations for School-Sponsored Dances/Proms

·         Students who owe financial obligations will not be permitted to purchase tickets to their dances or proms.

·         Dance begins at 8:30 pm and end at 10:30pm.  Students will not be permitted entrance to a dance/prom after 8:30 without prior approval from an administrator.

·         Students who have been suspended from school at any time prior to a dance/prom will forfeit the privilege of attending the dance/prom.

·         All students may be asked to pass a breathalyzer upon entering the dance/prom.  Students found under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be subject to the disciplinary consequences as outlined in the student handbook.  Police and parents will be notified.

·         All bags/personal attire will be searched upon entrance.

·         Coats and other items not kept on the student’s person should be checked in the “coat room”.  ARHS is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Personal items of significant value should not be brought to the dance/prom.

·         Students who choose to leave the dance/prom before its conclusion will not be permitted re-entrance. (prior to 11:30 pm)  Refunds will not be given to students who leave early.

·         Dance/Prom forms for dances/proms are available on-line and in the Student Affairs Office.  ARHS students may bring only one guest.  These forms must be completed and submitted no later than two days before the scheduled dance/prom.  Forms will not be accepted at the door.  Guests will not be permitted entrance if the form is not submitted in the prescribed time-frame.  Guests must be enrolled in a high school program.  Exceptions may be made with administrative approval for dances and proms.

·         All school rules apply during the dances/proms for both the ARHS student and the date/escort.

·         Sexually suggestive dancing will not be tolerated. All violators will be removed from the dance/prom and parents will be contacted for immediate pick-up.

o    Every dancer must remain in the vertical position.  Students are not permitted to bend over and hands may not rest on the knees or be placed on the floor.

o    “Grinding”, “Freaking” or any mimicking of sexual acts is not permitted.

o    Front-to-back touching or grinding of genital areas to buttocks is not permitted.

o    Students are not permitted to straddle legs or hips.

o    Hands should be visible at all times and should remain on shoulders or waists only.

o    No smoking will be permitted at any time or location at the dance/prom.

We trust that the expectations as outlined above will be successfully met by the students.  However, in the event the group behaviors at a dance/prom are deemed inappropriate, the administration reserves the right to end the dance/prom and send students home without refund.

11. Student Athletes

Student Athletic programs aim to cultivate a Christian growth experience for oneself with one's teammates. Tryouts, practices, or play in a sport requires four points of eligibility.

1. Parent consent to participate
2. A Doctor's certificate of physical fitness to compete.
3. Satisfactory student health
4. All fees must be paid, and financial obligations met

Eligibility for interscholastic competition:

1. Eligibility for participation in Varsity competition is determined by the Constitution of the Philadelphia Catholic League and the PIAA.
2. Student athletes shall strive to be leaders in all academic areas. You must be passing at least four full credit subjects or the equivalent as of each Friday during a grading period. If you fail to meet this requirement, you will lose your eligibility from the following Sunday through Saturday immediately following the next Friday as of which you meet this requirement.


Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL)

The Philadelphia Catholic League is a unity guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ and principles consonant with these teaching. If the League does not produce a better person, it has no reason, adequate to its financial and human investment, to exist. The league directives aim to make competition a healthy experience in individual and social growth.


Article One: Athletic Courtesy

Athletics foster sportsmanship. Each one associated with athletics bears witness to principles in actions
a) Visiting teams and spectators, guests of the home team, are treated as the home team likes to be treated.
b) The rules of the game are mutual agreements, a spirit no honorable person breaks.
c) No action is taken nor course of conduct pursued which even seems unsportsmanlike or dishonorable.


Article Two: Pertaining to Catholic High School Athletics
This code of ethics is not a recommendation but a rule governing the conduct of student spectators, student athletes, coaches, and athletic directors.


Section 1: The Student Spectator

a) Realizes that s/he represents his/her school just as an athlete
b) appreciates and gives suitable recognition to the good in others
c) cheers positively and avoids booing. Abusive language or vulgarity is clearly a lack of charity that breeds the same in opponents
d) avoids the use of musical instruments, noise-makers, signs and streamers that annoy some and inflame others
e) regards officials and opponents as honest; officials' decisions are abided by, even when they seem unfair
f) is aware that a student who continually evidences poor sportsmanship may be banned from future contests
g) realizes that a contest ends with the final whistle or other signal; post-game injury to others or damage to property is unchristian and irrational behavior.


Section 2: The Athlete

a) develops a deep conviction that s/he represents a long tradition of fairness in competition
b) develops the self-control necessary for best performance in competition and life; losing his/her temper and consequent fighting or abusive language are unacceptable
c) is dropped by the school from the team as unworthy to represent the league or the school, if s/he abuses these rules, even once


Section 3: The Coach

a) has a mature and fair relationship towards the players
b) teaches athletes to win through legitimate means only; striving to win at any cost is unethical
c) gives opponents full credit when they win
d) controls his/her temper
e)discourages objectionable language
f)recommends the use of competent officials and supports their decisions; exercises discretion when questioning the actions or decisions of officials before players or spectators
g) counteracts unfounded rumors; if questionable practices are observed, the matter is referred to the Athletic Director
h) does not solicit players from other schools


Safe School Act:

It is the policy of our school to notify the school to which a student transfers if a student is expelled, or withdrawn from school, and is involved with any of the following infractions

1) An act of offense involving weapons

2) Sale or possession of a controlled substance

3) Willful infliction of injury to another person, or act of violence committed on school property, or while in the custody of the school


12. Student Clubs


American Math Competition Team preparing a team to represent Archbishop Ryan in the annual American High School Mathematics Exam.


Algebra Tutoring Club Meets every Wed from 2:30 to 3:30pm in North 102. The purposes of the club are to offer extra help to current track 3 algebra students. Also to provide peer tutors the opportunity to grow in leadership and to become more articulate in mathematics.

Ambassadors are the face of Archbishop Ryan students. They are selected members of the Junior and Senior class. The role of the Ambassador is to welcome our guests and future students and families to our fine school at the many events throughout the school year. Red sweaters designate their role.

Art Club:  Students are often involved in the creative end of many school events including painting play scenery, making banners, posters and decorations. Members explore their artistic nature through a variety of arts and crafts projects. Any student with an interest in art may join the Art Club even if they are not taking an art class.


Archbishop Ryan Band/Orchestra provides a well rounded instrumental program while developing an appreciation for the beauty of music, personal accomplishment, and self discipline

The Beatles Club:  This club was formed to study the four members of the Beatles and their music. We will listen to their songs; discuss their song writing, and how their music influenced the history of music and the world. Please listen to announcements for our meeting place.

Book of the Month Club members meet weekly in the library to exchange insights on selected books. The meeting provides a forum for discussion.

Chess Club:  If you enjoy the game of chess, or would like to learn the rules of the game, please join us every Tues after 8th period in room South 310.

Chorus sings at all liturgical functions and participates in both the Christmas and the Spring Concert

Comic Club:  The members of the comic club will bring new comic reading material to each meeting. Comic reading will provide students with a new variety of words, helping their grammar, vocabulary, and hopefully will expand their imagination..

Community Service Corps is an organization that reaches out to the needs of the poor, the elderly, children, the handicapped, the retarded, and the less fortunate. Ryan C.S.C. operates in conjunction with the Metropolitan C.S.C. of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Officers meet at the Metropolitan office every second Sunday of the month. Local meetings are held every Monday after the Metro meetings.

Computer Club is a technology club. The students construct and maintain the school's web pages. Web page construction and design are taught. Other opportunities in the use of techniques are given. Many of the members act as technology assistants throughout the school.

Dance Club:  Members meet weekly with a dance instructor to appreciate and develop techniques in various dance forms.

Debate Club:  Students in the Debate Club are members of the Archbishop Ryan Speech and Debate Team. They compete in Policy Cross-Examination Debate in teams of two students each, debating in an organized way a topic selected for the entire year, for every high school in the country. Each team will debate both in favor of and in opposition to a specific policy resolution. This event develops a student's skill in research, organization, and refutation, focused in depth on one specific area.

Debate Team: Competes in public speaking events that highlight a student's ability to interpret literature (poetry and prose) as well as dramatic and humorous dialogues. Speeches can also be written originally by the students and can cover a range of interests from current events to humor. This event develops a student's poise and self-expression in front of others, and it opens them up to a broad selection of literature and performance writing.

Future Engineers Club: Provides students who are seriously considering a career in engineering the opportunity to: 1) learn more about what engineers do through personal contact with practicing engineers, 2) attend engineering events sponsored by Temple, Drexel, and Villanova.

Health Careers Club is for students who are interested in a career in the health industry. Club meets monthly for lectures presented by speakers from various health professions. Members also participate in health promotion activities.

JV Mathletes:  This club is for underclassmen interested in pre-algebra, integers, and other basic algebraic and geometric elements. We meet Monday after 8th period in North 320

Musical theater:  Students perform two (2) productions a year. This is for people interested in singing, dancing and acting. Auditions are announced and posted on the club board in the hallway near the school store. We are currently working on our fall performance of "The Christmas Carol". Auditions for our spring performance are announced during the month of January.

National Honor Society strives to: create enthusiasm for scholarship, render service, promote worthy leadership, and encourage development of character. Juniors or Seniors having a cumulative rank in the top 10% of the class, and maintaining consecutive honors along with a conduct average of at least 90 are eligible for selection for the Society. Members serve the Ryan community by tutoring, ushering at numerous events, publishing an annual literary magazine, sponsoring Friendship Day, Staff Appreciation Day, and Scholar of the Month program.

Newspaper staff plans and publishes the Ryan Review. Students are responsible for every phase of publication from planning and interviewing to writing, and editing, as well as layouts and proofing. The purpose of the Review is to give students hands-on experience of journalism while covering important events in our school, society, and world

No Place for Hate Meets the first and third Monday of the month in Room N103. There we plan activities that combat bullying and promote tolerance and respect. Club members play a leadership role in making AR a No Place for Hate.

Philosophy Club This club meets to discuss prominent philosophical issues. Interesting conversations and different opinions are discussed. All are welcome. Meetings are Monday after 8th period in the Guidance Career Center in North Hallway.

Ryan for Life Club is a group of students dedicated to the ideals of the Catholic Church's teaching on pro-life. We inform and teach others about the problems of the world, and how they can be resolved by respecting life. During the course of the year, we sponsor two Respect Life Days to heighten our student body about the rights of the unborn and people with disabilities, as well as issues of capital punishment, euthanasia and the environment. In January we coordinate our efforts with concerned individuals across the United Sates as we March for Life in Washington, D.C..

Ryan Service Club / Ryan Pride: The students of Archbishop Ryan High School are encouraged to live a lifestyle which involves a loving response to the needs of others. Archbishop Ryan regards Christian service as an integral component of the education process at every grade level. In addition to the benefits for the recipients of their service, students will find it rewarding and productive for their own growth. The personal efforts to serve others will add an essential dimension to their educational experience. These opportunities for service are meant to help the students apply what they are learning in the classroom. It is also a reminder to the faculty that we are not merely educating students, but we are also forming them to be men and women of faith.

Speech Team comprises students who are members of the speech, debate, and student congress clubs, and who compete against other schools in the Philadelphia Catholic Forensics League. the Pennsylvania High School Speech League, and the National Forensics League. Students who qualify may compete in Finals tournaments at the city, state, and national levels. The low student to teacher ratio in this activity (approximately six to one) assures students of individualized coaching and direction. Colleges and universities have high regard for participation in Speech and Debate (also called forensics), and students who participate in this activity also find improvement in their self-confidence as well as their school work.

Student Congress Club: Students in the Student Congress Club are members of the Archbishop Ryan Speech and Debate team. They compete in events which stimulate the proceedings of the U.S. Congress, debating the merits of bills and resolutions addressing a broad range of contemporary social and political concerns identified by the students themselves. This event develops a students' skills in research, writing, public policy, and parliamentary procedure.

Stage Crew members meet on a regular basis to plan technical assistance with all functions held in the auditorium. They acquire an understanding of stage equipment and supplies, and gain new ideas by interacting with those involved in outside programs presented in the auditorium

Tri M Honor Society:  This is a recognized national honor society that is held high by esteem music organizations and school administrators throughout the United States. In order to belong, you must have at least an (87) overall average and a (90) in music class. You must be active in the school band or chorus. This is by nomination only - usually by a music faculty member.

TV Studio/Media Aides:  The TV studio staff assists the administration in preparing the school day by broadcasting the Morning Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Alma Mater and the daily announcements to the homerooms. You can see their excellent power points on your TV throughout the day giving you vital school information. They provide technical support to athletic events, school plays, and other special events throughout the school year.

Student Council functions as a spokesperson between the administration and the student body, fostering harmonious relations among the Ryan Community. It encourages a spirit of promoting academic, social, community, and athletic events and organizes the election of members by individual classes. The STUDENT COUNCIL is composed of elected representatives of each class that strive to demonstrate the feelings and aspirations of the student body in building a sense of community within the school. The Student Council meets on a regular basis and operates many activities to benefit the school community.

Varsity Mathletes:  The Varsity Mathletes have won the Northern and Archdiocesan Championships 16 out of the past 18 years. We have won many catholic and public school championships for the past 18 consecutive years. Participation in mathletes is an excellent way to earn high scores in the PSAT & SAT's. If you are a dedicated math lover, this club is for you! We meet every Monday and once a month on Friday after 8th period in North 102.

World Affairs Club: Promotes involvement in world affairs through activities such as debates, seminars, lectures, and competition in the Model United Nations and Mock Trail programs. In the Model United Nations program, students represent the policies of countries of the world and attack world problems at stimulated United Nations sessions. Students play the role of witnesses and attorneys in the Mock Trial program. Model UN and Mock trial; have earned awards and media recognition for the students involved. WEBSITE:

Yearbook staff experiences the opportunity to advance journalistic skills while working together to produce The Sentinel. Throughout their efforts staff members seek to further their appreciation of Ryan among the entire student body as well as increase yearbook sales

13. Additional Information

Archbishop Ryan High School has developed and maintains an Asbestos Inspection and Management Plan as required by the Asbestos emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA). A copy of the plan is available for your inspection at the school office during regular office hours. Keating Environmental Management, Inc. is the school's asbestos program manager. All inquiries regarding the plan should be directed to them at 610-594-2600, ext 203.