Shrine High School Curriculum Overview
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Honors and Advanced Placement level courses exist in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Advanced Placement courses are available online for a variety of subjects. Criteria exist for placement into Honors or Advanced Placement courses.
- Complete the current year’s course in the same subject area with an “A” grade for the second semester.
- Obtain the recommendation for Honors or AP from the current instructor.
- Score in the 90th percentile or above in the subject area on the national standardized test that was administered during the current school year.
Shrine Catholic High School offers seven certified Advanced Placement (AP) courses:
- English Literature and Language (Grade 11)
- English Language and Composition (Grade 12)
- United States History (Grade 10)
- World History (Grade 11)
- Calculus (Grade 12)
- Chemistry (Grade 11-12)
- Physics (Grade 12)
Additionally, students may enroll in online Advanced Placement courses through the Michigan Virtual High School. Online opportunities exist in Spanish, French, Psychology, United States Government and Economics.
AP courses are regulated through The College Board and provide students with the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Teachers of AP classes must enroll in AP training classes and submit their syllabus for approval by the College Board. Only then may a high school describe a course as “Advanced Placement.” Students must be recommended for AP courses by their teachers and qualify with the same criteria used for Honors course recommendations. AP courses are also graded and weighted on the Hon-ors scale outlined in this catalog.
Students enrolling in AP courses do so with the understanding that they are required to take the AP exam in May, just prior to final exams. The fee for the test is established by the College Board and is generally in the $85 – $90 range. While this is a significant fee for a single test, the financial benefit is considerable in compar-ison to the cost of a four credit college course at a community college or university. AP credits are widely ac-cepted by most U.S. universities.
Tests are scored on a scale of 1 – 5 (five being the best score that can be obtained). Students scoring a three or higher on the test can earn credit and place-out of certain first year courses required by their college. Accept-ing colleges establish their own policies relative to the acceptance of these credits and how they are applied.
Families can review specific college policies regarding AP credit by researching at www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy