Advanced Placement (AP) & Dual Credit Courses:
O’Gorman High School offers several options for high school students to receive college credit for courses. The AP and Dual Credit programs provide a rigorous curriculum for students who wish to pursue a more challenging course of study.
Advanced Placement (AP):
The College Board AP program gives students an opportunity to seek college-level studies while still in high school. By taking the AP courses and exams, they may gain advanced placement and/or college credit in college. Depending on students’ grades on AP exams, they may earn up to a full year’s credit from their college or university and be eligible for prestigious awards. Being enrolled in AP courses enhances entry into major colleges and universities. This is especially important for those interested in highly selective colleges. AP courses are offered in the areas of Computer Science, English, Math, Science, Social Science and World Languages. AP exams are administered in May.
Mount Marty College’s (MMC) and O’Gorman High School’s dual credit program is a partnership that provides opportunity for qualified high school students to begin to experience the academic rigors of college course work while still in high school. In addition to receiving credit toward high school graduation for selected academic courses, students may opt additionally to enroll in courses approved for college credit through MMC.
Students who successfully complete the course(s) receive a MMC transcript verifying completion of college-level coursework. Students are also able to get a “jump-start” on their college education since the credits are transferable to many other colleges and universities. By receiving college credit for these courses, students do not have to repeat the basic freshman courses in college. Students are able to graduate in four years, take lighter credit loads or double major. This is an EXCELLENT opportunity for high school students to get a “jump-start” on their college education, not to mention that it is definitely one of the most affordable ways to earn college credit at only $60 per credit.
MMC’s first partnership in the Dual Credit program was formed in 1996 and has proven to be very successful and an educational asset to students who take advantage of the program. O’Gorman High School’s articulation with Mount Marty College’s dual credit program has been in place since 1996.
In addition to the partnership with Mount Marty College, O’Gorman also offers additional options for high school students to receive college credit for courses. Students can take courses of interest at Southeast Technical Institute, Augustana College, the University of Sioux Falls, University Center (South Dakota Public Universities & Research Center), etc. for dual credit. Prior to enrolling in college-level courses, students must receive approval through the guidance office.