Honors and AP Programs
Honors level courses are available in core classes in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish. In a few instances, an AP course may be offered in place of an honors course. Academic department members review student performance, discuss the additional demands of an honors or AP course, and ask potential students for a commitment to the additional challenge and expectations.
Because of the increased level of difficulty, honors and AP courses are more heavily weighted in calculating grade point average.
Holy Trinity’s long history of honors classes prepare our students for higher level courses and the eventual AP exams taken in the student’s senior year.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The AP program offers high school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level course work while still in high school. Courses are developed by national committees in each discipline. The College Board sponsors this program, approves course content, and provides a national testing system for all AP courses each May. Students have the opportunity to receive college credit for AP courses at more than 2,800 colleges and universities. Each university sets their own standards, but credit can be given for courses in which students score a 3 or above on the national exam. Even universities who do not choose to issue advanced college credit recognize the additional rigor and challenge that an AP course represents.
For the 2016-17 school year Holy Trinity offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
- AP English Literature and Composition
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- AP Studio Art: Drawing
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Physics 1
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
Registration in these courses is by teacher recommendation and through consultation with students and parents. Students may also choose to take an AP exam for which they feel prepared in another subject area. For example, a study group is available to students who choose to prepare for the AP World History exam.