Starting freshman year, students are permitted to enroll in Honors classes at Divine Child High School. These courses are taught at a faster pace than our typical college preparatory courses so more material is covered. Placement in freshman Honors classes is based on middle school grades, High School Placement Test (HSPT) scores, and our own placement exam scores in select subjects. Placement in sophomore, junior, and senior Honors classes is based upon grades, Explore test scores, and teacher or department chair recommendation. Students are not “tracked” at Divine Child High School, so a student may be placed in some but not all Honors courses.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Divine Child High School’s participation in the Advanced Placement Program has expanded in recent years. For the 2016-2017 school year, we will offer 18 Advanced Placement courses for college credit. In an Advanced Placement course, a student takes a college credit course at Divine Child taught by a Divine Child teacher. In May, the student takes the national Advanced Placement exam in that subject area. If the student scores a 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5, then the student is almost always granted college credit by the college where the student will matriculate.
In the past few years, only 61% of Americans and 67% of Michiganders have been granted college credit for their Advanced Placement test score. Over the last five years, 84% of Divine Child High School students who have taken AP exams have been awarded college credit. Taking Advanced Placement courses allows some students to complete their undergraduate degree in less than four years, or permits students to double major in four years.
The four new Advanced Placement courses being offered next year are: AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 2, and AP Research.