The amount of credit for a course
is determined by the number of times per week it meets, or at the rate of .50
credit for each period per week per semester.
College Preparatory courses are the core course of study for all students at Danbury High School. While
it is recognized that not all students will attend college, these courses will ensure that all students, if they so choose, are thoroughly prepared for the rigors of college. College Preparatory courses will also ensure that all students are prepared to be productive citizens in the global community in which we live.
Honors courses present students with the opportunity to learn the same content and skills in the College Preparatory courses, but at a more rigorous level. Students will be exposed to a wider breadth and deeper depth of study at the Honors level. Students in Honors courses can expect a heavier work load than those students enrolled in College Preparatory courses.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
The Advanced Placement Program (A.P.) of the College Board is a program of college-level examinations given to secondary school students each year in May. Most colleges give credit and/or advanced placement to students whose A.P. Examination grades are considered acceptable. Examinations are offered in most traditional academic subjects; A.P. credit in Studio Art is awarded through the evaluation of portfolios prepared to A.P. specifications. Credits earned through the A.P. Program may reduce college costs significantly and provide flexibility in college programs not available otherwise.
The fee for each A.P. Examination is approximately $92. Limited fee reductions are available for capable students from families meeting certain federal low income standards. A.P. fees are higher than those for most other examinations because major portions of each examination are scored by readers from schools and colleges rather than by machine. All students enrolled in the A.P. courses must take the A.P. Examination. If this poses a financial hardship, please discuss this with your school counselor.
Those who are interested in the possibility of obtaining college credit through the A.P. Program should plan well in advance. Information is available through teachers of advanced courses in each department, school counselors, the school A.P. Coordinator, and www.collegeboard.com. Students should also consult catalogs and admissions officers of colleges they are interested in attending for current A.P. policies.
• Advanced Placement is considered a full year course with a full year commitment.
• Testing fees will be collected in November at the end of the first marking period.
• Failure to take the A.P. test will result in the loss of A.P. designation on the report card and the transcript.
• Withdrawal from course after the first quarter will result in a WF for both semesters.
UCONN EARLY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
UConn Early College Experience (ECE) provides academically motivated students the opportunity to take university courses while still in high school. These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree.
ECE instructors, who are certified as adjunct professors by UConn faculty, create a classroom environment fostering independent learning, creativity and critical thinking – all of which are pivotal for success in college. DHS offers ECE courses in English, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Science. To support rigorous learning, UConn library resources are also available to students.
ECE students must successfully complete the course with a grade of C or better in order to receive university credit. University credits are highly transferable to other universities, but it is the student’s responsibility to check with specific universities for transfer of credit.
Students are charged a fee in the fall. For additional information visit: www.ece.uconn.edu or http://www.ece.uconn.edu/.
WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY CREDIT OPPORTUNITY
Danbury High School has developed a close relationship with Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) to provide multiple opportunities for Danbury students to earn college credit while taking AP classes. These opportunities allow students to experience the rigor of college courses while still in high school. WCSU has also offered opportunities for students in these classes to supplement their academic experience by using a variety of college resources, as well as occasional visits to the school’s campus.
WCSU students in the A.P. English classes must complete their courses and earn a grade of 80 or better in order to achieve the college credit. We currently offer the opportunity to earn this credit in some English and math classes.