Special Programs

The academic success of our students is one of our top priorities, and we have implemented a number of special programs to aid students who may struggle academically, as well as those who are looking to get ahead and a build a competitive academic resume. 

Spring School

Students who receive a failing semester grade of an “F” during the Fall semester are expected to remediate the course via Spring School in order to receive academic credit. All failed courses must be remediated before the student will be eligible to register for courses for the subsequent school year.

Summer School

Summer School allows students to remediate grades or take first-attempt courses in order to get ahead. A variety of courses are offered for two weeks each summer.

For more information regarding Summer School or other Summer Programs, click here. 

Links to Learning

Cardinal Gibbons offers a free peer tutoring program, called Links to Learning, to all currently enrolled students. Students who require additional help outside of the classroom are encouraged to seek help through the Links to Learning program. Links to Learning tutoring sessions are available in the morning from 7:20-7:50 a.m., in the afternoon from 2:45-3:45 p.m. and during the student’s respective lunch period. All peer tutors have been appointed by members of the Cardinal Gibbons faculty and are members of one or more Honor Societies.

To obtain a peer tutor, please email Dr. Stephen Louy at louy@cghsfl.org and provide the following information: the student’s name, cell phone number, personal email address and the subject in which the student is seeking help. All students must sign a tutoring contract in order to participate in the program.


To better prepare our students for college entrance exams, like the SAT or ACT, and other standardized tests, Cardinal Gibbons has incorporated APEX Test Prep, a 20-minute daily test prep course, into our standard curriculum.

In addition to standardized test prep through Prepworks, APEX also challenges students to learn valuable critical thinking skills through a variety of unique assignments and activities. During their final semester, senior students will also begin learning various life skills, such as cooking, sewing and personal finance. 

SAT/ACT Testing

Cardinal Gibbons offers a number of mandatory standardized tests for each grade level through the academic year. These opportunities allow students to practice and hone their test taking skills, while preparing for future college admission exams.

Annual Mandatory Standardized Tests Participating Grade Levels Time of Year

Preliminary SAT

9, 10, 11 Fall: October, Weekday

ACT Aspire
Preliminary ACT

9, 10 Spring: Weekday
School Day ACT with Writing 11 Spring: Weekday
Advanced Placement Exams 10, 11, 12 Two Weeks in May



Students, in grades 9-12, who are ranked in the top 20 of their class, as well as those who score in the top 10 percent for the HSPT, are invited to be a member of Excelsior. This honorary group meets throughout the year to gain valuable information on a variety of subjects such as academics, service and testing tips.