Totino-GraceA Catholic High School in the Lasallian Tradition
Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are designed to meet the needs of our most capable and highly motivated students by providing a more rigorous and challenging curriculum. Honors and AP courses are more demanding in effort and time than standard courses, and follow a weighted grading system. Material in these courses is covered in greater depth and complexity and at an accelerated rate. Each academic department determines its own criteria for enrollment in an Honors or AP course, as well as establishes a grade requirement for continuation in the course.
Totino-Grace offers 19 Honors courses in English, Mathematics, Music, Religion, Science and World Language. Honors and AP courses are similar to one another in academic rigor, but different from one another in that the AP courses follow a prescribed curriculum dictated by the College Board.
Totino-Grace offers 13 AP courses and exams in English, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Language. AP courses give students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school and to receive advanced placement and credit upon entering college. More information on AP courses and AP exams may be found at www.collegeboard.com.
Each spring, the College Board offers students across the country the opportunity to take AP exams. Students receive a score of 1-5 on each exam; a score of 3 or higher may qualify them for college credit, advanced placement, or both in the subject area. Each college and university has its own policy on whether or not to accept AP exam scores for credit or placement.
According to the College Board’s brochure entitled, Frequently Asked Questions about the AP Program, “an AP experience that culminates in an exam grade of 3 or higher has a significant impact on a student’s likelihood of college success. Simply said, a high-quality AP course in high school does an excellent job of fortifying students for a successful transition into the battery of college courses they’ll experience in their first semester at college.” (3)
Students may earn college credit through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota for successful completion of certain high school courses. Through St. Mary’s Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC), students may earn 3 or 4 college credits per course. College credits earned are recognized by St. Mary’s University, as well as many other institutions. College policies vary in regard to transfer credit, but usually colleges will accept courses in which students earned a C or above that are good matches for those they would have taken on that campus. The cost of a PACC credit is $60, so a three-credit class will be $180. St. Mary’s requires payment for courses to be made in full at the beginning of the semester in which they are taken. Totino-Grace will assist students in the registration process. More information on the PACC program is available at www.smumn.edu/pacc.
Courses at Totino-Grace in which students may earn college credit are Honors Introduction to Theology (3 credits), Honors Calculus (4 credits), College Prep Writing (3 credits), and AP Spanish Language (3 credits).
Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is a state program for juniors and seniors that allows them to enroll in courses at eligible colleges and universities for both high school and college credit. Students must meet the requirements of the post-secondary institution they wish to attend, as determined by the college or university. Students considering the option are expected to be responsible, motivated, and independent learners. Please Note: Due to Totino-Grace’s rotating schedule, students must enroll in PSEO course(s) after the school day. Students must apply by the annual March deadline for enrollment in PSEO courses for the following school year and work with a Totino-Grace Counselor during this enrollment process. For more information, contact the School Counseling Department. Totino-Grace will accept post-secondary credits for graduation under the following circumstances:
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