Getting College Credit in High School
by Louis Perez
Students can earn college credit during high school by taking AP courses and enrolling in college classes. By doing so, students save time and money, develop essential skills necessary for success in the future, and demonstrate college readiness.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program offered by the College Board that allows high school students to earn college credit by taking college-level courses followed by AP exams, administered in May, which test students in everything they learned throughout the year. AP exams are scored on a five-point scale with the highest score being a 5 and the lowest being a 1; earning a 3 or higher is considered passing, but some colleges only grant college credits for scores of 4 and 5.
Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college courses during high school. Fortunately, South Gate High School offers free after-school college classes at our campus through East Los Angeles College (ELAC). All students, grades 9-12, can take advantage of this opportunity and earn college credit by passing the ELAC classes they take with a grade of “C” or higher. Sign up for an ELAC class with Mrs. Corona in the college center.
SGHS AP Courses
AP Biology AB AP Microeconomics
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
AP Psychology AB AP Spanish Language and Culture AB
AP Spanish Literature and Culture AB AP Chemistry AB
AP English Language and Composition AB AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP English Literature and Composition AB AP U.S. History AB
AP Human Geography AB AP World History
ELAC Courses Offered at SGHS
Administration of Justice Child Development
American Sign Language Communication Studies
Intro. to Business Psychology
Chicano Studies Theater