AP/Honors

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

Currently, college-level courses are offered within the regular curriculum.  They include: AP English, AP Spanish, AP Calculus, AP United States History, AP US Government, AP Art History,   AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science. Admission to these courses, which are described in the annual Course Offerings booklet, requires departmental approval.  These are college-level courses, demanding intense preparation on the part of the faculty who are selected to teach them.  In order to do justice to their advance content, faculty are obliged to challenge their students to in-depth reading, research, problem-solving and creative achievement.  The grade awarded is based on college-level criteria.

 

HONORS AND AP ADMISSION POLICY

In addition to Advanced Placement classes, Saint Dominic Academy offers a wide variety of Honors level courses as well.  An Honors level course is a more rigorous course than what is offered at the academic level. Teachers cover the curriculum at a faster pace while requiring a higher level of understanding and a greater degree of analysis from their students. An Advanced Placement (AP) course is a college level course that includes the administration of a national exam which may earn college credit for the student. St. Dominic Academy is dedicated to helping students to achieve and excel in their academic studies. Permission to enroll in an Honors level or AP course typically requires that the student be given administrative approval. Approval is available to all students who meet the stated requirements. There is also an appeal process for those students who have not been identified as having met the stated requirements but still feel that they would be successful. Both students and their parents are encouraged to weigh their decision to submit a appeal for admission into an Honors level or AP course only after reviewing the following information:

Students who are enrolled in Honors level or AP courses typically exhibit the following characteristics:

  • High academic achievement and intellectual ability
  • Self-motivation and discipline
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent written expression
  • An avid interest in reading
  • Good oral communication skills
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively

For a student to be granted administrative approval to enroll in an Honors level or AP course the following factors will be considered:

  1. For students who are currently enrolled in an Honors level course in the same subject area and wish to be enrolled in the next years’ Honors level course in the same subject area and/or wish to be enrolled in an AP course in the same subject area:
  2. The student should have completed all prerequisite Honors classes in the same subject area with a grade of “3.5” or higher. (See below for Honors Level and AP Course prerequisites)
  3. For acceptance to AP US History and AP Art History, the student should have passed a comprehensive exam in World History and English by the end of 9th grade.
  4. Honors level and AP courses frequently require students to complete a summer assignment.
  5. Students enrolled in an AP course will also be expected to take the national AP exam administered in May, provided they meet the following grade requirements by the end of the first semester:
  6. AP Art History, AP English, AP Spanish, and AP US History, AP US Government:  A “3.5” or better
  7. AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus, and AP Psychology: A “3.0” or better
  8. Students enrolled in an AP course who will not be taking the AP exam in May will be required to take a Final Exam on the AP course in June.
  9. For students who are not currently enrolled in an Honors level course in the same subject area and wish to be enrolled in an Honors level course in the same subject area  and/or wish to be enrolled in an AP course in the same subject area:
  10. The student should have completed all prerequisite academic level classes in the same subject area with a grade of “4.0”.
  11. For acceptance to AP US History and AP Art History, the student should have passed a comprehensive exam in World History and English by the end of 9th grade.
  12. Honors level and AP courses frequently require students to complete a summer assignment.  Failure to hand in summer homework when due will forfeit enrollment in the class.
  13. Students enrolled in an AP course will also be expected to take the national AP exam administered in May.

 

Honors Level and AP Course Prerequisites

 

Subject Area &
Grade Level
Grade Nine Grade Ten Grade Eleven
AP Art History
[12]
World History
[3.5]
US History I
[3.5]
US History II
[3.5]
English:
AP Literature
[12]
English 9 Honors American Lit. Honors
[required]
British Literature Honors
[required]
Math:
AP Calculus
[12]
Geometry Honors Algebra II
Honors
Pre-Calculus Honors
Science:
AP Chemistry
[11]
Physics Chemistry I
Honors
Science:
AP Environmental Science
[12]
Physics Chemistry I
Honors
Biology I Honors
Social Studies:
AP US
Government
[11 or 12]
World History
Honors
US History
Social Studies:
AP US History
[10 and 11]
World History
Honors
Social Studies:
AP Psychology
[11 or 12]
World History
Honors
US History I
World Languages:
AP Spanish
[11 or 12]
Spanish I Spanish II Spanish III
Honors
[required]

 

Academic Contract for Honors Level or AP Courses

St. Dominic Academy supports any student who wants to accept the challenges of an Honors Level or an AP class. However, the opportunity to be in an Honors level or an AP class carries with it certain assumptions about the commitment and dedication of the student who will be part of the class.

Students who enroll in an Honors level or an AP class and their parent/guardian must sign a contract that is then signed by the Academic Dean.