High School Advanced Coursework

Honors Courses and Criteria

Southside Christian School offers approximately 24 honors courses during the school year. The wide variety of honors level coursework allows those students who continue to strive for a more academically challenging environment an opportunity learn at a higher educational level. In an effort to maintain the quality of honors classes, the following criteria have been established:

Criteria for entering Honors classes each year
• Teacher support
• Cumulative third quarter grade of at least 90% (College Prep level course) or 87% (Honors level course) or 84% (AP level course) in previous subject specific class. For Honors Pre-Calculus, the prerequisite is 93% from a CP math class or 90% from an Honors math class
• Acceptable scores on PSAT/Aspire/ACT/SAT
• Demonstrated work ethic which consists of turning in completed assignments on time, prepared for class, participates in class, works up to potential, shows initiative in seeking help when needed, etc.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Criteria

Southside Christian students continue to excel in AP courses with AP pass rates above average. In 2016-2017 the school-wide pass rate was 86%. When students receive a 3 or better they will likely receive college credit for the subject area.

Criteria for entering AP classes
• Teacher support
• Cumulative third quarter grade of at least 93% (College Prep level course) or 90% (Honors level course) or 87% (AP level course) in previous subject specific class
• Acceptable scores on PSAT/Aspire/ACT/SAT
• Demonstrated work ethic, which consists of turning in completed assignments on time, preparation for class, participation in class, working up to potential, shows initiative in seeking help when needed, etc.

Dual-Enrollment Programs

SCS offers a dual-enrollment program with Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA). Many colleges and universities accept dual-enrollment credits toward the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, potentially reducing college costs. Many colleges view the completion of these rigorous classes favorably. This coursework reflects well on our students when they apply to the college of their choice, possibly providing an advantage to SCS students in the competitive college admissions process. The following courses are offered as dual-enrollment: Government, Honors Pre-Calculus (2 PBA courses or 6 credit hours), and AP Psychology (2 PBA courses or 6 credit hours).

 

 

 

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