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The first line of each course description has the course number, name, level, (AP = Advanced Placement, H=Honors, CPA = College Prep Accelerated, CP = College Prep and whether the course is one semester (S) or a full year (Y) in length.
Students are invited by departments to participate in AP and Honors courses based on their demonstrated ability, skills, work habits and motivation. Students enrolled in AP and Honors courses who do not continue to demonstrate these qualities will have their invitations withdrawn from the programs.
Courses labeled AP include an 8 point addition in the final numeric average and require an approximate $90 fee for the AP exam that is administered in May. Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exam.
The College Prep courses at St. Pius X are rigorous programs of study which prepare the students for the demands of competitive colleges. College Prep courses accommodate student learning styles by using two teaching formats. Some College Prep courses require greater independence and more long term assignments. Others are more structured with daily homework assignments, frequent quizzes and long term projects broken into several steps. It should be noted that most of these classes use the same textbook.
Students are expected to take any full year course (those labeled Y) for the full year whether the course is required or an elective. Courses may not be dropped at the semester except in extraordinary circumstances. After the March deadlines for course changes, semester electives and/or courses may not be dropped for a study hall or unassigned period.
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