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Honors and AP Courses

ADVANCED PLACEMENT® PROGRAM INFORMATION

WHAT IS AN ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP® ) COURSE

A college-level course taught at the high school. The reading level of the texts, reading and writing assignments, research projects, testing/assessment, etc. are at the college level of difficulty.

AP® course content is based on a specific curriculum set by the College Board. Louisville High School AP® teachers have received training through the College Board specific to the coursework and testing used in their AP® classes.

WHY TAKE AN AP® CLASS

  • Prepare for and score at least a “3” on the year-end, College Board developed AP® test.
  • Initiate students to the level of reading, writing, and research expected in college courses.
  • Challenge students to reach their maximum learning potential.
  • Potentially aid in the admissions process by demonstrating the ability to handle rigorous work, especially for selective schools.
  • Some of the most competitive scholarship awards value AP® coursework.
  • The intensity of college courses and exams catch far too many freshmen by surprise.

 

9 AP® COURSES OFFERED AT LOUISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL:

AP® U.S. History (10)

AP®  Government (11,12)

AP®  European History (11,12)

AP® English Language (11)  

AP® English Literature (12)  

AP® Studio Art & Design (11,12)

AP® Calculus AB (12)

AP® Psychology (11,12)  

AP® Music Theory(11,12)

 

THE AP® EXAM

The AP® Exam is required at LHS and administered in May. There is an exam fee. Most of the nation’s colleges and universities, plus colleges and universities in 24 other countries, may grant students placement, and/or give credit for qualifying AP® Exam Scores, not AP course grades.

All state colleges and universities in Ohio have committed to guaranteeing credit or placement for students who receive a grade of 3 or higher on an AP® Exam.

Scores range from 1-5 (not traditional grades). 3 or better is considered passing.

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREDIT AND PLACEMENT

Some colleges may award “credit” for qualifying AP® Exam grades. This means credit hour are actually granted toward a college degree. Others may award “advanced placement® ,” meaning introductory and/or general education courses can be skipped, and students can enter higher-level courses as freshmen.

Information about AP® credit and placement policies at many colleges and universities is available at   www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy .

 

Honors and Advanced Placement® Courses
Starting with the class of 2010, Louisville High School adopted a weighted grading system. However, students will no longer be ranked as of the Class of 2015. An "A" in an Advanced Placement®or CC+ course will be worth 5 points. An "A" in a regular course will be worth 4 points. An "A" in an honors class will carry a point value of 4.5. A grade of "C" will be valued at 2 points, no matter what type of course is offered. The same is true for a grade of a "D".

Both the 4.0 point GPA scale and the weighted GPA scale will appear on the grade card and transcript. If you have questions about advanced placement courses, please visit the College Board®
 Website.

 

Honors Classes

Advanced Math/Trig 
Algebra II
American History
Anatomy/Physiology 
​Biology​
Chemistry
Chemistry II

English I
​English II​
French IV
Geometry
​Organic Chemistry
Physics

World Studies

 

AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board®. Used with permission.