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Pre-Advanced, Advanced Placement, and Dual-Enrollment Courses

Pre-Advanced, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment classes are designed for students that demonstrate aptitude in a particular subject area and provide opportunities for the exceptional and highly motivated student. Students will be challenged to develop and practice higher-level and critical thinking skills and to pursue independent and/or guided research. Extra points are awarded for completion in these courses.

Requirements to enroll in a Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) course:

  • 93 average in a regular level class the previous year

Requirements to enroll in an Advanced Placement (AP) course:

  • 93 average in a regular level class the previous year
  • 88 average in a Pre-Advanced Placement class the previous year

Requirements to enroll in a Dual Enrollment course:

Exam Name
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Criteria
ACTComposite = 23Mathematics = 19English = 19
SATNo Combined ScoreMathematics = 580EBRW = 480
TSI AssessmentMathematics = 350Reading = 351Writing = 363 & 4*
*The minimum passing standard for the written essay portion of all tests is a score of 5. However, an essay with a score of 4 will meet this standard if the student meets the multiple choice test standard of 363.

These courses will present a greater scope of subject matter, and students will be expected to master material in greater depth. Students with first semester averages below 80 in Pre-Advanced, Advanced Placement, or Dual Enrollment classes may be removed at the recommendation of the teacher. A failed nine weeks grade in these courses will result in placement in a regular level course.

Grade Point Average (GPA) is an average of qualified earned semester grades. The sum is then divided by the total number of qualifying semester courses. Extra points are earned for Pre-AP, AP, and Dual Enrollment classes.

  • Pre-AP– An additional 7 points per semester will be awarded.
  • AP and Dual Enrollment – An additional 10 points per semester will be awarded.

Weighted grades will not appear on report cards or transcripts. However, all Pre-Advanced and Advanced Placement courses will be specifically designated on the official transcript.

Honors, Pre-Advanced, and Advanced Placement courses presented by transfer students will receive the same weight as comparable courses at Incarnate Word Academy.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools, colleges, and universities. For students who are willing and able to apply themselves to college-level studies, the AP Program enriches their secondary and post-secondary school experiences. It also provides the means for colleges to grant credit, placement, or both to students who have applied themselves successfully. AP instructors have had training in the course design, which remains constant throughout the United States. Students who take Advanced Placement level coursework are required to take the College Board Exam in May. Each Advanced Placement course has a corresponding exam that participating schools worldwide administer in May. Advanced Placement Exams represent the culmination of Advanced Placement courses, and are thus an integral part of the Program. As a result, our school fosters the expectation that students who enroll in an Advanced Placement course will go on to take the corresponding Advanced Placement Exam.

Students with first-semester averages below 80, in Pre-Advanced, Advanced Placement, or Dual Enrollment Courses may be removed at the recommendation of the teacher. A failed nine weeks in these courses will result in placement in a regular level course.

Students who enroll in an AP course, must be enrolled for a minimum of 13 consecutive weeks and are required to take the AP Exam in May.

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