GSA maintains comprehensive Honors, Dual Credits, and Advanced Placement programs to make it possible for academically talented and high achieving students to increase the challenge of their studies. Teachers in the honors/DC/AP programs are committed to preparing students to achieve academic excellence that will ensure superior preparation for college coursework.
Honors level courses are more rigorous than regular courses. Teachers cover curriculum at a faster pace and in greater depth while incorporating more complex analysis.
Dual Credit courses are college-level courses, taught in a high school by certified high school teachers, which a high school student may take to earn both high school and higher education credits.
Articulated Credits: Articulated credit is college credit earned while a student is in high school. The credit is awarded for a career and technical education high school course that is associated with a comparable college-level course, for which there is a signed articulation agreement agreed between the high school and St. Louis Community College. Articulated credit can be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate program. This credit is not awarded for Associate in Arts (transfer) degrees.
Advanced Placement classes are college-level courses that culminate with an exam, which can earn college credit for the student.
Dual Enrollment Program allows a high school student to enroll in coursework at an institution of higher education while simultaneously enrolled in high school coursework. Courses may take place on the college/university campus, through an online format or on a high school campus. In most cases, credit is granted for the post-secondary coursework only. The credits earned at the institution of higher education may or may not be counted toward the student’s high school diploma. See your college counselor for more information.
*** All Honors / Dual Credit/ AP Courses are weighted.Weighted courses are marked with an asterisk (*) and are granted grade points as follows: A=5; B=4; C=3; D=2; F=0.
INDICATORS FOR SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT
Students are encouraged to enroll in Honors/AP courses on the basis of a variety of indicators:
- Completing all prerequisite classes with a grade of B or higher. Past performance as indicated by grades.
- Min 2.5 GPA for Dual Credit Classes, 3.0 GPA for Honor and AP Classes
- Teacher recommendation.
- Test scores may be utilized as necessary. (EOC,PSAT,ACT)
Upon acceptance into the Honors/AP program, students are expected to:
- Maintain A/B grades in all Honors/AP courses.
- Remain in the course(s) for the duration of the year. Student success is the goal of GSA and students not succeeding in an Honors/AP class will be handled on an individual basis. Students earning a final grade lower than a “C” may not move to the next Honors/AP class.
- Maintain high standards of academic integrity.
- Be in class every day. Excessive absences are grounds for removal from the course.
Honors/AP/ Dual Credit Classes Offered at GSA
English 2 Honors (9th)
English 3 Honors (11th)
The Process of Composition – Dual Credit SLU
Film, Culture, and Literature – Dual Credit SLU
AP Language/ Dual Credit SLU (11th/12th)
AP Seminar (11th-12th)
AP Literature / Dual Credit SLU (12th)
Algebra 2 Honors
Intermediate College Algebra – Dual Credit STLCC
College Algebra – Dual Credit UMSL
Elite Math ( AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and College Level Math will be covered). Please see Mr. Ozkaya for details.
Honors World History (9th Grade)
Honors US History (10th Grade)
Honors Government (11th Grade)
Economics Dual Credit STLCC (12th)
Personal Finance Dual Credit STLCC (12th grade)
AP US History / Dual Credit Lindenwood University (11th – 12th Grade)
Chemistry Honors (9th Grade)
Biology Honors (10th Grade)
Physics Honors (12th grade)
AP Biology ((11th – 12th Grade)
Microsoft Office – Articulated STLCC (9-11th Grade)
PLTW Computer Science Essentials Articulated STLCC (9th-10th Grade)
PLTW Computer Science Principles Articulated STLCC (10th-12th Grade)
AP Studio Art (11th – 12th Grade)
Concert Band (10th- 12th grade)
Advanced Band (11th-12th Grade)
Symphonic Band (12th Grade)
Concert Orchestra (10th-12th)
Advanced Orchestra (11th-12th Grade)
Symphonic Orchestra (12th Grade)
Pre-College Orchestra ( ***Selected students only)