General Information: Weighted Courses and College Credit
College Credit and Advanced (AP) Courses
NOTE: COLLEGE CREDIT AND AP COURSES REQUIRE A FEE FOR THE COLLEGE CREDIT.
The College Credit and Advanced Placement (AP) Programs are cooperative efforts among secondary schools and colleges/universities as a means for students to earn college credit while in high school. Students need to check with each respective college for specific information on credit granted through the programs. A scholarship through the ISD Foundation is offered annually in support of students who wish to pursue this coursework, but do not have the financial means to do so. Please see your high school counselor for an application.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
PLTW is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. Historically, science and math have been taught in isolation. The project-based aspects of the PLTW curriculum give students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment.
Weighted courses are available in select subject areas. These courses carry an additional grade point value and some offer college credit as well. Weighted courses are determined according to the following criteria:
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- Honors courses
- Project Lead the Way courses
- Core 42 College Credit courses
Students enrolled in any of the courses listed above will receive a weighted value between .50 and 1.0 (varies by course) on a 4.0 scale.