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
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.
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.
McNicholas encourages students to take advantage of College Credit Plus (CCP). CCP is a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education that allows students to take college courses for both high school and college credit.
CCP Options at McNicholas
McNicholas High School offers multiple College Credit Plus course options on our campus, taught by McNicholas High School faculty members. These courses are offered in the areas of Business/Technology, Art, and Mathematics.
Students interested in these courses must complete the application process as outlined below and register for the course through the McNicholas course scheduling process.
CCP Options at the College Campus
Students interested in taking a College Credit Plus courses on a college campus will need to coordinate with the college and high school counselor to determine what will work best within their schedule. Many courses are offered online and can be completed during a study hall.
Contact Matt Wehrman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding the College Credit Plus program or the application process.
Process for Application
Students interested in CCP must:
- Complete an application to the college or university they plan to attend for College Credit Plus. Each school will have their own CCP application, and students may apply to more than one school to ensure acceptance at an institution.
- Parents and students must also create an account with the OH ID website.
- Once the OH ID account has been created, use that account information to complete a CCP Funding Application for Non-Public Schools on the Ohio Department of Education SAFE website. This application requires the acceptance letter from the college/university in order to be considered complete. The funding application must be fully completed and received by April 1, and will not be accepted any later than that date. If a funding application is not completed, or funding is not awarded, families will have the option to pay out-of-pocket costs for the course, determined by the college/university.
Each college has different testing procedures for acceptance to their CCP program. Students/families should pay attention to the requirements on the institution’s College Credit Plus website.