Vision of the PCHS advanced placement program
The AP College Board defines the AP Program as “a collaborative effort among motivated students, dedicated teachers, and committed high schools, colleges, and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the AP Program has allowed millions of students in thousands of schools worldwide to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.” Port Charlotte High School is committed to providing students opportunities to experience these rigorous and academically demanding courses. While AP courses may be offered in the same subject area as the standard curriculum, the AP curriculum may vary from the standard curriculum content since that content is based upon College Board guidelines. In general, AP courses are more specialized and go into greater depth than regular courses in the same subject area. AP courses provide a curriculum which culminates in a national examination in May. Students earning acceptable scores on the AP exam earn college credit as determined by their respective colleges or universities. It is required that students enrolled in AP classes take the AP exam offered in May of each school year.
Pre- advanced placement/Honors program
The Pre-Advanced Placement Program is designed to equip ninth and tenth grade students with the strategies and tools as well as habits of mind necessary to be successful in college prep courses. The curriculum/delivery of instruction is based on the premise that students can perform at rigorous academic levels and is designed to ensure students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level. Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors courses are rigorous and demanding. Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors courses may be offered in those subject areas where general-level courses are available in the same subject area at the same grade level. Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors courses are designed for the student who demonstrates greater capacity and interest in a particular subject. Port Charlotte High School expects different students will exhibit such characteristics in relationship to different subjects. Students will be able to choose between available Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors courses and general courses on a course-by-course basis. Again, the features of a Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors course include, but are not limited to, rigorous curriculum, extended content, and additional workload. Thus, a Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors course may follow the same basic course of study as the corresponding general class, but the students cover more material in greater depth.