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