Curriculum


 

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

 

Through a partnership with Union Township School Corporation, Porter Township School Corporation, and MSD of Boone Township we are pleased to be able to offer the Alternative Education Program. Alternative Education is designed to meet the needs of at-risk students who are not succeeding in the traditional setting. Students are provided with academic instruction that can lead to graduation and are also supported by services essential to success.


 

Vocational courses offer our high school students the opportunity to gain technical and workplace skills prior to graduation. It is a way for them to experience future careers while they are enrolled in high school.
Many students are able to take career & technical classes that have dual credit opportunities which can lead to a Indiana Technical Honors and/or Academic Honors Diploma. There are also programs that provide students the opportunity to prepare for industry certification. Please see the Porter County Career & Technical Education website for further information:


Porter County Career & Technical Education


IDOE Career and Technical Education


Please talk to your child’s guidance counselor for further information about CTE courses.


 

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction reviews annually the district assessment plan. An effective assessment plan recognizes the relationship between a school district’s mission and vision, state learning standards, district curriculum, classroom instruction, formative and summative and interim assessment, and student learning. The purpose of the district assessment plan is to ensure that assessment is fulfilling its intended role within the school district.

The goal of the assessment plan is to provide students, parents, teachers, administrators, board members, and the communities served by the district with accurate, reliable, and valid data that may be used to:

  •  Inform decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Ensure alignment of the district curriculum with state learning standards
  • Inform the integration of technology in the classroom
  • Assist in placement of courses
  • Evaluate district programs
  • Inform decisions regarding the allocation of district resources
  • Inform teacher professional development
  • Improve student learning
  • Evaluate the college and career readiness of students
  • Measure student achievement
  • Measure student growth
  • Provide accountability for the district’s stakeholders

Please see the East Porter County District-Wide Assessment Plan for specific details on state required assessments, district assessments, and the assessment calendar for the school year. You may also visit IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment for assessment updates and requirements from the state of Indiana.