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Advanced Placement and College Credit Programs

The Advanced Placement Program and other programs and partnerships enable McNicholas High School to offer students opportunities for college credit and accelerated paths to college and career. 

Advanced Placement Program

Advanced Placement Program
Archbishop McNicholas offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English, Physics, Chemistry, American History, European History, U.S. Government, Calculus, Biology, Studio Art, Computer Science, French, Spanish, and Latin. McNicholas will offer AP Seminar beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. 

The purpose of the Advanced Placement Program is to enable academically capable and highly motivated students to complete rigorous college level courses and earn college credit while still in high school.

Enrollment in Advanced Placement Program courses instills a sense of scholarship in the student and an appreciation of the intrinsic value of devoting oneself to the pursuit of knowledge. Success in the Advanced Placement Program is achieved through dedication to excellence on the part of teachers, students, parents, counselors, and administration.

Visit AP Students College Board for more information about earning college credit through college courses in high school.

Early IT Program through the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology

Beginning in fall of 2019, McNicholas High School began partnering with the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology to offer a pathway for students to work toward completing college and a career in information technology. As a part of the program, students can complete their first year of college while still in high school, reducing the number of semesters and cost of their college degrees.

Students enrolled in the Early IT Program will take six college-level IT courses, and 3 college-level academic courses. If they receive a C or better in their courses prior to high school graduation, they will:

  • Have completed one year of the Bachelors of Science degree in Information Technology (BSIT).
  • Receive automatic admission to any of the BSIT technical areas of Cybersecurity, Software Application Development, Networking/Systems, Game Development and Simulation, or Data Technologies at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be eligible to complete their first paid co-op over the summer.

Students in the Early IT program at McNicholas High School will take the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Computer Networking
  • Fundamentals of Web Development
  • Computer Programming 1
  • System Administration
  • Database Management
  • English Composition
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or Precalculus
  • History/Social Sciences or Intro to Interpersonal Communication

Students in the program will receive college credits through the College Credit Plus Program(CCP) that are good at any college (subject to approval from that college). Students who want to attend the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology will have the benefit of automatic acceptance, admission as a sophomore, and co-op eligibility the summer after high school graduation as described.

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a program started by the Ohio Department of Education to allow students to take college courses for both high school and college credit. Formerly known as the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program (PSEOP), the program has transitioned to CCP to give students the ability to take courses at any public college campus (and at some participating private colleges), online, or at their own high school (not currently offered at McNicholas). The CCP program allows students the ability to earn up to 30 college credits per year, and up to 120 credits total between grades 7-12.

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Process for Application
Students interested in CCP must have an ACT score on file, and apply to the university by the deadline listed on its website. Funding applications and intent forms must be completed by April 1, via the OHID website, which will require an acceptance letter from the university for the CCP program. All documentation and applications must be submitted to the OHID website by 5:00 p.m. on April 1. 

Dates are subject to change.

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