It's time to begin thinking about next year's courses pertaining to college credit! As seniors, you may take up to four classes and these may replace the high school requiared classes for graduation. However, you must have your standardized test scores to the CPO NO LATER THAN MARCH 15, 2012
College classes are just that: College-level courses with all the rigor and depth implied. Therefore, both Jesuit and Northern have specific minimum requirements, below which a student may not register for the class. In order to qualify for a college course, we will be looking at standardized test scores in addition to teacher recommendation as to work ethic and grades. In order to ensure timely registration with the colleges and have your child scheduled for high school classes, we have a hard deadline of 15 March 2012 for receipt of qualifying test scores. In other words, if your child wishes to register for a college class next year, Central’s College Placement Office must have the test scores no later than March 15, 2012.
If your child wants to take an ACT test to qualify, the last ACT date that will return scores by March 15, 2012 is February 11, 2012 (registration due by January 13).
The following are the dual credit offerings and minimum scores required by each college.
West Virginia Northern Community College:
- As of Dec 31, 2011, college classes at Northern include: statistics, college algebra, composition, and psychology.
- Tuition this year was $185 per course. This amount, of course, may change for next year.
- These classes will be taken at Northern with regular college students.
- Northern will also accept scores from the ACT or SAT if your child did not pass the Compass.
- Minimum score for the ACT:
- Math - 19
- English/Reading - 18/17
- Minimum score for the SAT
- Math - 460
- Critical Reading/Writing - 420/450
Wheeling Jesuit University:
- Students will be taking WJU courses at Central again, but will have an online component so other Catholic high schools can join in via webinar. Courses open to next year's seniors through Jesuit include:
- Physics I and II: This could replace the fourth year of sciences or be an elective. Physics I will be offered first semester and physics II is a follow-on. if your child is interested in the medical or engineering field, this would be a great introduction to what is required!
- Psychology: This is a social sciences elective
- History I and II: These will be elective history classes. History I is 20th Century history while History II is called Historiography - the study of history and what makes history.
- Political Science: This class will focus on American politics and so could replace senior Civics.
- Spanish III and IV: Entrance into these classes will be based on Mrs. Grubler's recommendation.
- Calculus I and II: These semester classes will replace the required fourth year of math and could also be an elective.
- Non-calculus statistics: This math class will replace the required fourth year of math and could also be an elective.
- English composition/English literature: Both semesters of English will replace senior English.
- The tuition will be $65/credit hour. Each course is three credits ($195) except for physics. Because physics involves a lab, it is four credits, which equates to $260. That is 1/3 the cost incurred by college students.
- The qualifying scores for Jesuit are the same minimum ACT or SAT scores as designated above for Northern's math and English classes. Due to the amount of writing involved in psychology, hisotry, and political science, students must meet the English qualifying scores in order to qualify for these classes.