AP, Honors & Dual Credit Programs

Honors Courses

Honors level courses are available in core classes in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish. In a few instances, an AP course may be offered in place of an honors course. Academic department members review student performance, discuss the additional demands of honors or AP courses, and ask potential students for a commitment to the additional challenge and expectations.

Because of the increased level of difficulty, honors and AP courses are more heavily weighted in calculating grade point average.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The AP program offers high school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level coursework while still in high school. Courses are developed by national committees in each discipline. The College Board sponsors this program, approves course content, and provides a national testing system for all AP courses each May. Students have the opportunity to receive college credit for AP courses at more than 2,800 colleges and universities. Each university sets their own standards, but credit can be given for courses in which students score a 3 or above on the national exam. Even universities who do not choose to issue advanced college credit recognize the additional rigor and challenge that an AP course represents.

Holy Trinity offers the following Advanced Placement courses:

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics

Registration in these courses is by teacher recommendation and through consultation with students and parents.  Students may also choose to take an AP exam for which they feel prepared in another subject area. For example, a study group is available to students who choose to prepare for the AP World History exam.

Dual-Credit Program

Through our partnership with Benedictine University, Holy Trinity offers opportunities for our students to take college courses while in high school, earning both high school and college credit. Four of Holy Trinity’s faculty members serve as adjunct professors to Benedictine. Additionally, courses are offered that are taught by Benedictine faculty, with students participating online and with occasional campus visits.
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