Department members, in consultation with the Principal, establish criteria for student entrance into courses carrying honors or advanced weight. A student seeking departmental recommendation for these courses must meet all established criteria.
St. Joseph’s Academy offers the opportunity for students to take selected honors courses for honors credit, college credit and/or to prepare for the Advanced Placement exam. The terms ACC (Advanced College Credit), ACP (Advanced College Program), and AP (Advanced Placement) are used to designate these options. ACC and ACP courses at St. Joseph’s Academy are offered through the Saint Louis University 1818 ACC Program and through the University of Missouri - St. Louis ACP program. The AP courses and exams are sponsored by the College Board.
All Honors, ACC, ACP and AP classes are more challenging and carry an additional GPA weight of .5. A student’s course load is based on her talents and her ability to handle the challenges she faces. These courses are taught at a more rigorous level and require more from the student. The following are expected of all St. Joseph’s Academy students, but to be successful in college credit and honors courses, students must demonstrate:
- the ability to work independently
- a strong work ethic
- a greater time commitment to the course material
- higher-order thinking skills reflected in writing, speaking, and reading comprehension
- higher levels of class discussion
Colleges and universities like to see applicants who have challenged themselves while in high school, so taking a weighted class can be a good idea. Students at SJA may be recommended by their teachers to take Honors, ACC, ACP or AP courses. Criteria for recommendations are determined by the teachers in each department. Students who wish to take more than three Honors, ACC, ACP, or AP courses per semester must receive written permission via the “Maximum H/ACC/ACP/AP Override Request Form.” This form must be turned into the Registrar prior to registering for classes online.