Course Scheduling Information
Planning your High School Curriculum
Choosing courses throughout your high school career takes careful planning. As you make your
choices, you should carefully consider your interests, your abilities, the requirements for
graduation, the overall plan of your high school curriculum, and your future plans. Discuss your
plans with your counselor, parents, and teachers. Careful planning helps eliminate mistakes and
enables you to make the most of your educational opportunities in high school.
The district will be using a variety of data files to make recommendation regarding courses students should be taking.
Recommended courses have been placed on the course selections sheets given to students.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses are offered at SHS for students interested in a challenging
curriculum. Students have the option to to pay for and take a test in May. There is a possibility of a
fee reduction for students meeting certain criteria. Students earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam are
guaranteed college credit at all Ohio public universities and colleges.
AP Calculus BC (SVA), AP Biology (SVA), AP Chemistry, AP United States History, AP
Psychology, AP Language & Composition, will be offered each year based on enrollment.
Swanton Local Schools Advanced Placement (AP) Program 2015 – 2016
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers college work in the comfort of a high school setting. AP
students thus have the opportunity to study one or more collegelevel courses and then, depending on examination
results, may receive advanced placement, credit, or both when they enter college.
Explanations of each course and necessary prerequisites are on the following pages. There is no
application for admission in to AP courses, however, it is recommended strongly that each student investigate
thoroughly each course prior to scheduling. After admission and scheduling only under rare circumstances will a
student be allowed to drop an AP course.
We are proud to offer the following Advanced Placement courses:
Grades 11 English Language and Composition
Grades 11,12 Calculus BC (SVA)
Grades 10, 11, 12 US History
Grades 11, 12 Biology (SVA)
Grades 10, 11, 12 Pre-AP Chemistry
Grades 11, 12 Chemistry
Grades 10, 11, 12 Psychology
SHS’ policy states it is the students option to take the College Board’s test in May, which cost
approximately $91.00 per course. Fee reductions are possible for students with acute financial need. The individual
course examinations, administered in May, are approximately three hours in length each. Students taking an AP
course are awarded a weighted grade of 5.3 on a 4.3 point scale. However, please note that a student working to
earn a Diploma with Honors must have a 3.5 unweightedGPA scale.
For more information please check with your counselor or go to the College Board’s AP Site to the right.