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. We now 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.
Advanced Placement courses offered at Divine Child are: English Language, English Literature, Calculus AB & BC, Statistics, American Government, American History, World History, Chemistry, Physics 1 & 2, Environmental Science, Latin, Computer Science Principles, Microeconomics, Art History, Seminar and Research.
In May of 2017, only 60% of Americans and 65% of Michiganders who took Advanced Placement tests were granted college credit based on their AP test score. For Divine Child, 87.5% of Divine Child High School students who took one of more AP tests in May earned 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.
A total of 110 of our students from the Classes of 2016 and 2017 earned some sort of Advanced Placement recognition which represents almost 25% of our upperclassmen!
- 41 students are AP Scholars. These students earned a score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP tests during their high school career.
- 32 students are AP Scholars with Honor. These students earned an average score of 3.25 or higher, and scored a 3 or higher on 4 or more AP tests during high school.
- 32 students are AP Scholars with Distinction. These students earned an average score of 3.50 or higher, and scored a 3 or higher on 5 or more AP tests during high school.
- 5 students are AP National Scholars. These students achieved an average score of 4.00 or higher, and scored a 4 or higher on 8 or more AP tests during high school.