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With the rising cost of college tuition, many students are looking for opportunities to earn college credit during their high school years. Presently, students at Central Christian can earn college credit by taking:
an Advanced Placement (AP) exam
a dual-enrollment (DE) high school course
a college course with the post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO)
CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams at college.
Each of these methods allow students to build their college credits and graduate from college earlier than scheduled.
Students can choose from 30 different AP exams. They must score a 3, 4 or 5 to earn college credit. Each college decides what scores are required to receive credit. While an AP course is the best way to prepare, students can take an AP exam without taking a class. However, more independent student work is required to prepare. Tests are given in May.
Current CCS classes: Biology, Statistics
High school students can take classes at Central with faculty who have been approved by Bluffton University to serve as adjunct faculty. Upon completion of each course, the student receives both high school and college credit. Students pay a $75/credit hour fee to register for the approved classes.
Current courses: Pre-calculus, Calculus, Themes in Literature
The grade a student earns remains on their college transcript.
Once enrolled, you must complete the course.
Students must request that Bluffton send a transcript to the college they attend for the credit to transfer.
Credits will transfer, but each receiving institution determines how it transfers. Families should discuss with the admissions departments how the credit will be considered (elective, replacement, general education, etc.)
MAT 114 Pre-calculus (4) - taught by Dave Risser
A study of families of elementary functions and their important properties–power functions, polynomials, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their inverses. Numerical, algebraic and graphical representations of each family are included. Polya’s problem-solving methods are used to solve mathematical problems that model real-world situations. Graphing calculators are required and used extensively. Prerequisites: three years high school math and qualification for placement.
MAT 135 Calculus 1 (5) - taught by Dave Risser
A study of fundamental concepts and applications of the differential calculus of one variable, as well as introductory integral calculus. Polya’s problem-solving methods are used to solve mathematical problems that model real-world situations and require methods of differential calculus for their solution. The historical roles of Newton and Leibniz are discussed. Graphing calculators are required and used extensively. Projects that require use of computer algebra systems such as Mathematica or Maple are included. Prerequisites: MAT 114 or four years of high school math and qualification for placement.
ENG 180 Themes in Literature (3) - taught by Jen Kindbom
Exploration of ideas within the context of imaginative literary works. The themes will vary from year to year and according to instructor. Examples: humankind's search for meaning, crime and punishment, nature, the city, love.
Qualified high school students may apply to a college as a post-secondary student. They enroll in classes with other college-level students on campus via live-stream video or online. Funding is provided by the state of Ohio through the PSEO non-public school budget.
The PSEO program differs from DE in that the courses are taken with college-age students. Classes may be taken at any college the student chooses, but each has its own admissions standards.
Options for this past year included:
Bluffton University (live stream/video) – admission dependent on CCS recommendation
Ohio Christian University (online) – meet 2 of 3:
Top 1/3 of his/her class;
3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; or
ACT Score of 19 or Higher or SAT equivalent.
Wayne College (Orrville campus)
11/12th grade: 3.30 GPA and minimum 24 ACT/1110 SAT OR 3.5 GPA without an ACT/SAT score;
9/10th grade: 3.75 GPA and 26 ACT/1150 SAT or higher, B+ English avg., essay.
Students have also taken classes at Stark State College (Canton campus) in past years.
CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways—through general academic instruction, significant independent study, or extracurricular work. CLEP exams are administered at test centers or on the college campus.