Honors Policy

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 either 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 Entrance Examination 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 from the student:
  • Increased independent learning
  • Increased reading of texts and other materials
  • Increased writing and research
  • Higher levels of class discussion
  • A greater time commitment
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 each department and the principal.  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.
HONORS courses are more challenging high school courses with greater expectations; they carry extra GPA weight, but they do not carry any college credit or potential for college credit.
ACC/ACP courses are more challenging as they are taught at the university level.  They carry extra GPA weight, and can provide college credit.  An additional fee is required to be paid to the sponsoring university.  The sponsoring universities require that a student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to enroll in an ACC or ACP course.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a transcript from the university as well as SJA which will reflect the grade earned in the course.  These classes may or may not be accepted by colleges or universities a student may attend.  Therefore, a student should contact any potential college or university prior to registering for an ACC or ACP course to determine that school’s policy on ACC or ACP acceptance.  These courses are considered dual enrollment – high school and college credits are issued. 
AP (Advanced Placement) courses are more challenging than honors courses.  They carry extra GPA weight, and are accepted as course credit at most colleges and universities with successful completion of the AP Exam.  AP test scores range from 1 to 5 with 3, 4, or 5 usually acceptable to many, but not all colleges.  Students should contact any potential college or university prior to registering for an AP course to determine that school’s policy on AP Exam credit acceptance.  The college or university the student attends upon her graduation from SJA will determine the number of credit hours the student may receive in a particular subject area based on the test scores.  The College Board charges a fee for the AP exam.  It is the student’s responsibility to authorize the College Board to issue her test scores to her college.  Students enrolled in AP classes may take the AP exam at the end of the course. 
AP/ACC or AP/ACP classes carry both designations because the course has the opportunity for either AP or ACC/ACP credit.  The student selects the designation for the course in consultation with the instructor and her counselor.    


EN 110 Honors Intro to Lit and Comp
EN 130 Honors American Lit
EN 140 Honors British Lit
EN 160 AP/ACC English IV
EN 149 Honors Voices of Human Rights
FA 709 ACP Fundamentals of Acting
FA 714 Honors Frontenac Voices
FA 728 Honors Portfolio
FA 730 Honors Art
FA 733 ACC Art History
FA 747 Honors Independent Study
MT 314 AP/ACC Probability and Stats
MT 315 Honors Geometry
MT 330 Honors Algebra II
MT 335 Honors Precalculus
MT 350 AP/ACC Calculus AB
MT 352/353 AP/ACC Calculus BC
SC 510 Honors Biology
SC 530 Honors Chemistry
SC 540 AP/ACC Physics
SC 550 ACP Human Anatomy & Physiology
SC 565 ACC Forensics Science
SC 567 AP/ACP Biology
SS 604 Honors Global Literacy
SS 617 AP World History
SS 630 AP/ACC European History
SS 633 AP American Govt & Politics
SS 641 Honors Psychology
SS 649 Honors Voices of Human Rights
SS 623 AP/ACC American History
TH 225 ACC Intro to Women’s/Gender Studies
TH 235 ACC Theological Foundations
WL 904 Honors French III
WL 914 Honors French Lit/Composition
WL 915 AP French
WL 925 ACC Spanish III
WL 928 Honors Spanish Culture thr Lit/Film
WL 936 ACC Spanish IV
WL 938 AP Spanish Language and Culture IV
WL 944 Honors Latin III
WL 946 Honors Latin IV
WL 954 Honors Mandarin Chinese III
WL957 Honors Mandarin Chinese IV
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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