This week testing began for students in our Advanced Placement program. It is a great opportunity for students to earn college credit before they finish high school. This year 49 tests will be given.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides challenging academic coursework in major subject fields, with course content designed by a committee of college and high school instructors.
Presently, DuBois Central Catholic offers AP courses in
• AP American History
• AP Biology
• AP Calculus
• AP English Literature and Composition
• AP Environmental Science
• And new this year – AP Statistics
AP courses are open to any student who is interested in an academic challenge. Students earn high school credit towards graduation requirements by passing the AP course. Students may also earn college credit by taking the AP exam and earning a specific score that is determined by each individual college. All DCC students are encouraged to take the AP exam for any AP course in which they are enrolled.
The AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Each college sets a required score to transfer credits and/or provide advanced placement, which is generally a 4 or a 5, but may also include a lower score.
In addition to the AP Program, DCC offers several opportunities for dual enrollment. Dual enrollment courses are taught at the high school by an DCC teacher and offer college credit through agreements with a college or university. Dual Enrollment courses allow high school students to earn credit toward their high school diploma and college credit at the same time.
For example, Butler County Community College has credentialed several DCC Masters-level teachers to conduct college courses at Central. They include College Composition (6 credits), College Speech (3 credits), Psychology (3 credits), and Introduction to Sociology (3 credits).
Other colleges that allow DCC students to earn credits through dual enrollment are Saint Francis University, Mount Aloysius College, and Penn State University. It is not unusual for Central students to graduate with up to 24 college credits. This opens up opportunities for them to graduate college early or to pursue dual majors or minors.