AP/Honors

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

Currently, college-level courses are offered within the regular curriculum.  They include: AP English Literature, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus AB, AP United States History, AP US Government, AP Art History,   AP Psychology, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science. Admission to these courses requires departmental approval.  As college-level courses, they demand high level organizational, critical thinking, and writing skills. Students will be challenged with in-depth reading, research, problem-solving and creative achievement. Grading is based on college level criteria.

 

HONORS AND AP ADMISSION POLICY

St. Dominic Academy is dedicated to helping students to achieve and excel in their academic studies. In addition to Advanced Placement classes, Saint Dominic Academy offers a wide variety of Honors level courses. The curriculum moves at a faster pace and requires a higher level of understanding and a greater degree of analysis by the students. An Advanced Placement (AP) course is a college level course with an approved curriculum that includes the administration of a national exam which may earn college credit for the student. 

 

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

 

Permission to enroll in an Honors level or AP course typically requires that the student earns departmental approval and who meets the stated requirements. For those students who have not been identified as having met the stated requirements but still feel that they would be successful in a higher level course, an appeal may be submitted to the department chair. Both students and their parents/ guardians must sign the appeal.

 

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:
  1. A) 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)
  2. B) 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.
  3. C) Honors level and AP courses frequently require students to complete a summer assignment.
  4. D) 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:

1) AP Art History, AP English, AP Spanish, and AP US History, AP US Government: “3.5” or better

2) AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus, and AP Psychology:  “3.0” or better. 

 

2) 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:

  1. The student should have completed all prerequisite academic level classes in the same subject area with a grade of “4.0”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

[11,12]

World History

[3.5]

US History I

[3.5]

US History II

[3.5]

English:

AP Language and Composition

[11]

English 9 

Honors

American Lit

Honors

English:

AP Literature

[12]

English 9 Honors American Lit. Honors

[required]

Comparative
Literature Honors
(or AP Composition)
Math:

AP Calculus AB

[11,12]

Geometry Honors Algebra II

Honors

Pre-Calculus Honors
Science:

AP Chemistry

[11, 12]

Physics Chemistry I

Honors

Science:

AP Environmental Science

[11,12]

Physics Chemistry I

Honors

Biology I Honors
Social Studies:

AP US

Government

[11,12]

World History

Honors

US History
Social Studies:

AP US History

[10 and 11]

World History

Honors

Social Studies:

AP Psychology

[11,12]

World History

Honors

US History I
World Languages:

AP Spanish Language and Culture

[11,12]

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.