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Advance Credit Options

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • South-Western City Schools offers Advanced Placement courses in a variety of content areas. 
  • Advanced Placement courses are intended to give students college-preparatory experiences in a 
  • rigorous curriculum. Students enrolled in AP courses take the AP exam in May (the student pays for 
  • the cost of the exam.) Each college has its own policy regarding accepting AP course work for 
  • credit. Parents and students can check with colleges to understand how the course work is used for 
  • additional credit. The College Board also has this information on their web site 
  • ( Although colleges have different policies regarding accepting AP course 
  • work for credit, participating in AP courses and exams can strengthen a student’s college 
  • application. Students who do participate in AP course work in high school are more successful in 
  • college than students who do not, regardless of their performance on the AP exam.
  • AP Test Participation Requirement: Students who take AP courses are expected to take the corresponding AP exam. The student pays for the cost of the exam. Students who do not take the corresponding AP exam will not receive the weight for the course. They will receive a non-weighted credit in that course instead.
Dual Enrollment (DE) Courses
  • What is “Dual Class Enrollment”?
    • Dual class enrollment (dual credit) provides high school students the opportunity to be enrolled in a college-level class taught in the high schools by a high school teacher with support from a college/university faculty member. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive both high school graduation credit and transcripted college credit from the partnering college/university.
  • As a high school student, what must I do to enroll in a dual credit class?
    • The student must be enrolled in the high school class approved as a dual credit course. The student must apply for admission to the partnering college/university. Some colleges/universities may require: 
      • Prerequisite classes
      • A minimum GPA 
      • Minimum ACT, SAT or COMPASS Test scores 
  • What are the benefits of taking a dual credit course? 
    • Students have the opportunity to experience the rigor of a college-level course. Students who are not sure about college can attempt college-level work to see if college is for them. College-level credit could reduce the student's college tuition costs. Students may avoid some of the duplication between upper level high school courses and entry level college courses. Academic rigor increases academic challenge to the high school experience. 
  • What should a student expect from the dual credit experience? 
    • The student will be taking a college-level course. The curriculum, syllabus, instruction techniques, and assessment of the course reflect those of the collegiate course.  H.S. course is taught by the high school teacher during the school day in the high school.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
  • Students in grades 9 through 12 may enroll full or part time in post-secondary classes and have the 
  • credit earned in nonsectarian courses applied toward graduation from South-Western City Schools’, 
  • from post-secondary institutions, or both. 
  • Students who are considering these Post-Secondary Enrollment Options must be accepted by a 
  • post-secondary institution and must be taking fewer than seven credit-granting courses per 
  • semester. A student or his/her parent should notify his/her school counselor in writing by March 30 
  • of the student’s intent to participate in these Post-Secondary Enrollment Options during the next 
  • school year. Notification after March 30, however, will not cause a student to be ineligible to 
  • participate in this program.
  • For additional information on PSEO courses, requirements, and questions, please see the Course Description Book.
College Development (College Dev) Courses
  • College Development is a remedial course project involving the partnership between Columbus State Community College and South-Western City Schools. South-Western City School high schools offer two College Development courses: College Development Algebra II and College Development English Language Arts IV. 
  • Purpose/Goal of the courses: The primary purpose for offering remedial courses at the high school level is to reduce the remediation rate for first time freshmen who attend any postsecondary institution, enabling students to enter directly into a credit-bearing college level course.