Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:

These are college-level courses taught at the high school and the curriculum is approved by Collegeboard.

Click here for access to AP Central.

Click here for access to IDOE Advanced Placement Program information

Why AP?

AP Resources for Parents and Families

Dual Credit Opportunities:

Dual credit courses are courses that are taken by high school students and can satisfy requirements for earning both high school credit and college credit. Dual credit courses are taught by regular high school faculty at our East Porter County campuses. We offer several opportunities for students to receive dual credit. East Porter County has articulation agreements with Purdue North Central and Ivy Tech Community College.

Click here for IDOE Dual Credit information

Weighted Classes

The rigor of the class determines whether Advanced Placement (AP) classes and dual-credit classes will be weighted using the 5.0 scale. Therefore, some AP classes or dual-credit classes may not qualify for the weighted scale. AP online classes will not qualify for the weighted scale.

No other classes aside from AP and dual-credit classes will qualify for the weighted scale.

Students enrolled in AP classes are required to take the corresponding AP exam. The exam may be paid for by the Indiana Department of Education or by the student’s parents.

The percentages within the weighted classes are determined according to the grading policy (40/40/20) and .99 – 100 = A+. Final grades in weighted classes are determined using a 5.0 scale instead of a 4.0 scale.

Point Values for Weighted Classes
A+ 5.0    B+ 4.33   C+ 3.33 
A 5.0      B 4.0       C 3.0 
A- 4.67   B- 3.67    C- 2.67 
Grades of D+ or lower are not weighted.

Beginning with the Class of 2020: All Advanced Placement (AP) classes and dual-credit classes, excluding dual-credit vocational courses and world language courses, will be weighted using the 5.0 scale.
No other classes aside from AP and dual-credit classes will qualify for the weighted scale. Students enrolled in AP classes are required to take the corresponding AP exam. The exam may be paid for by the Indiana Department of Education or by the student’s parents.
The percentages within the weighted classes are determined according to the grading policy (40/40/20) and .99 – 100 = A+. Final grades in weighted classes are determined using a 5.0 scale instead of a 4.0 scale.

Point Values for Weighted Classes
A+ 5.0    B+ 4.33   C+ 3.33 
A 5.0      B 4.0       C 3.0 
A- 4.67   B- 3.67    C- 2.67
Grades of D+ or lower are not weighted.

Below is a comparison of AP versus dual credit courses.

  AP Dual Credit
Description The AP Program (created by Collegeboard) allows students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school  Dual Credit allows high school students to earn both high school and college credit by completing courses at their high school or on a college campus. 
Credit College credit is given when students pass the AP exam. Students seeking credit through their AP grades should note that individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement. Credit is awarded when the student passes the course and meets the prerequisites determined by the college. Normally a C is required to receive dual credit as well as specific performance score on either the Accuplacer, PSAT, SAT or ACT.
Teacher/Instructor Taught by certified teacher in area of AP curriculum. Attends a specific training developed and provided by the College Board. Must meet certain credentialing determined by the state or HLC. Taught by college instructors and/or high school teachers that meet the state and HLC requirements.
College/University Acceptance Accepted throughout the nation. Typically requires a score of 3 (out of 5) or higher. Varies by college. Accepted at many colleges and universities. Normally requires C or better for transferability. Also may require an exam prerequisite (SAT, ACT, PSAT or ACCUPLACER).
Location AP courses are taught at high school Dual Credit courses can be taught at the high school or college campus.
Cost Cost for an AP exam not paid for by the state is $92. Cost is determined by the college. Most courses taught at the high school are $25 per credit hour ($100 per course).
Benefits
  • Potentially less college credits to pay for in college

  • College transcript is enhanced

  • Students experience college curriculum while still having support in high school

  • Research supports the idea that students who perform well in college classes while still in high school are more likely to be succeed in college than those who do not

  •  Potentially less college credits to pay for in college
  • College transcript is enhanced 
  • Students experience college curriculum while still having support in high school
  • Research supports the idea that students who perform well in college classes while still in high school are more likely to be succeed in college than those who do not