OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXCELLENCE AND EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT
The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is an educational opportunity based on the reality that many students can successfully complete college-level courses while they are still in high school. The AP Program is administered by the College Board under the advisement of national groups of educators. AP courses are challenging but rewarding. They are designed to maximize and enhance the standard curriculum to the extent individual student ability and interest permits. Students who take Advanced Placement courses are expected to take the AP exams that are administered at the end of the courses. In addition to high school credit, and in accordance with individual policies of colleges and universities, college credit or advanced placement standing may be awarded to students whose examination grades are considered acceptable.
Results of the PSAT and the AP Potential may be used to help students accept the challenge to take Advanced Placement courses. Grades for AP courses receive ten additional numerical points at each grading period. These additional points are added by Henry County Schools only. These points are NOT used in the calculation of the HOPE scholarship and are not used by many colleges. Colleges, universities, and the Georgia Student Finance Commission (HOPE) add their own uniform point values for Advanced Placement courses. For more information on the Advanced Placement courses, see the course descriptions section. The cost of the AP Examinations can be obtained from the student’s zoned school. Please contact your school for additional information and provisions.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught on the college level, and students will be expected to complete an average of one or two hours a night of homework in addition to other classroom assignments before school, after school, and may include summer assignments. Students taking AP courses will be expected to take the AP exam for each AP course.
Students may take Honors level classes in English, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages. Honors courses are rigorous and challenging courses that prepare students for advanced coursework, such as AP and dual enrollment classes.
Grades for Honors courses receive five additional numerical points at each grading period. These additional points are added by Henry County Schools only. These points are NOT used in the calculation of the HOPE scholarship and are not used by many colleges.
Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes require more critical reading, analytical writing, and cover topics in greater depth than other courses. Students will be expected to complete daily homework assignments as well as outside projects, including research projects, such as Science Fair, Science Symposium, Science Olympiad, and/or National History Day projects. Placement in Honors and AP classes will be for the entire year or semester, depending on the course. Parents/guardians are encouraged to provide support for their students to take these classes, and both parents/guardians and students are invited to attend informational meetings about Honors and AP opportunities.
COLLEGE CREDIT NOW – SECONDARY TO POST SECONDARY TRANSITIONS
Legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly enables eligible public school students who are at least sixteen years old or who are classified as a junior or a senior to take approved courses at Georgia public colleges, universities, or technical institutions. The student must be accepted by an eligible institution and courses must be approved by his/her high school counselor. Students who successfully complete classes through this plan may earn both post-secondary credit hours and high school unit credit. Participating students are responsible for securing information about high school activities such as ordering class rings, invitations, caps and gowns, yearbooks, and graduation ceremonies. Each student must provide the home high school with evidence of successful completion of post-secondary course work. Participation in post-secondary programs does not excuse the student from meeting mandated assessment requirements, such as the End- of-Course assessments.
Students participating in any Postsecondary program are eligible to participate in competitive and other extracurricular activities, following the provisions of State Board Rule 160-5-1-.18 as long as their schedule can accommodate practices, games, etc. without interfering with their completion of postsecondary course requirements. However, conflicts could occur which could prevent students from participating in such activities.
Before enrolling in any course, students interested in dual enrollment, joint enrollment, ACCEL, or Move on When Ready must contact the school counseling office for current information on eligible institutions, contact information, approved courses, and transferable credit. For more information, visit: www.gafutures.org
Dual Enrollment/Move on When Ready allows eligible students to enroll full-time in post-secondary institutions to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Once admitted, the participating student will take coursework at or through the eligible institution or virtual courses approved by the State Board of Education. Move on When Ready courses hours do not count against any maximum hourly caps for HOPE scholarships or grants. This program is funded through the Georgia Student Finance Commission.For HCS policies and procedures regarding Dual Enrollment, please click here.Effective in the 2015-2016 school year dual enrollment grades will be converted as follows:A+ = 98, A=95, A-=93, B+=88, B=85, B-=83, C+= 78, C=75, C-=74, D+=73, D-71, D-=70, F=55.All dual enrollment grades will receive an additional 10 points to the final grade.
JOINT ENROLLMENT AND EARLY COLLEGE
The University System of Georgia recognizes the need to provide academically talented high school students with opportunities for acceleration of their formal academic programs. This recognition has led to the development of two organized programs: (1) a joint enrollment program and (2) an early college program.
The Joint Enrollment program provides students an opportunity to be concurrently enrolled in both high school and postsecondary school. Students must be accepted at the postsecondary institution in order to attend. Courses taken and credits received at the postsecondary school will not transfer to the high school and will not satisfy high school graduation requirements. These courses will count against the HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant hours cap. All associated tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.
The Early College program allows students to enroll as full-time college students following the completion of their junior year of high school. Approved courses may earn both high school and college credit. This program is funded through ACCEL, HOPE Grant, or FTE.