DeLaSalle offers a variety of honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes that challenge students with advanced, college level material. Many Honors and AP classes require students to successfully complete prerequisites and earn department approval.
Honors level courses cover the same material as college preparatory classes but at an accelerated pace and with more reading and writing components. Students may choose to take Honors level courses in nearly all academic subject areas:
The English department offers Honors courses in English 9 and English 10. Prerequisites include a score of 75 percent or higher on the verbal ability, reading, and language sections of the DeLaSalle Entrance Exam for 9th grade Honors English students. Students who choose to enroll in the Honors English 10 course must earn an “A” or higher in English 9 or “B” or higher in Honors English 9 for those students and present a teacher recommendation.
The Fine Arts department offers two Honors Art courses who plan an art career or have a high interest or ability in art.- the first course is open to 11th and 12th graders and a second course is open to 12th graders only. Students must have taken Introduction to Visual Arts and Drawing and/or Painting in order to participate in Honors Art.
The Math department offers honors level courses in Algebra II, Geometry, and Precalculus. For Grades 10, 11, and 12, placement is based upon teacher recommendation and student and parent input.
The Modern Languages department offers honors level courses in Spanish III and Spanish IV. These courses move at an accelerated pace than previous levels and emphasize development in reading, writing, speaking and listening to the language.
The Science department offers an honors level Chemistry course that covers the same material as the college preparatory course but encourages students to assume more responsibility by making experimentation and problem solving skills an integral part of the topics covered.
Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are college-level courses offered in high school. AP courses reflect what is taught in introductory college courses. Students who do well on AP Exams can earn credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. You may find a list of which colleges and universities accept AP scores for credit here.
At the end of the course, students take an AP exam in that subject area. The standardized exams measure how well students have mastered college-level course work. Students who take AP classes are required to take the AP exam in May.
Any student who wishes to prepare for an AP exam in an area not listed should see a teacher and counselor early in the year for advice on how to accomplish this goal.
All students taking AP tests are required to attend a pre-administration session in the LL Gray Gym during their lunch period on Thursday, April 20. During this session, students fill out the demographic information for their first test.
Students who receive classroom accommodations due to a specific diagnosis may be eligible for testing accommodations. In order to receive accommodations, students must submit an application and documentation to the CollegeBoard. Students must contact DeLaSalle Learning Specialist, Ms.Chelsea McGuire, for more information at 612.676.7604.
You may find your AP exam scores online. This CollegeBoard webpage explains how you can access your scores. Visit the Guidance & College Planning office with any questions.
AP Course Offerings
DeLaSalle offers Advanced Placement courses in the following subject areas:
The English department offers AP courses for 11th graders in Language and Composition and for 12th graders in Literature and Composition.
The Fine Arts department offers AP Studio Art, a course available only to 12th graders in which students can work on a portfolio in preparation for post-graduate work. This portfolio may be submitted to the College Board with the potential to earn college credit.
The Math department offers two Advanced Placement courses in Calculus – Calculus AB and Calculus BC.
The Modern Languages department offers AP Spanish, which is the equivalent of a third-year college course in Advanced Spanish writing, reading, listening and speaking.
The Science department offers Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Both AP Biology and AP Chemistry are a rigorous course designed for the college bound student who is considering a major in science or medicine and who has a profound interest in the Biological Sciences.The AP Physics course is equivalent to the general physics course usually taken during the first year of college.
The Social Studies department offers Advanced Placement courses in European History, U.S. Government, and U.S. History. The AP U.S. History and U.S. Government courses fulfill the 11th and 12th grade Social Studies requirements, respectively. The department offers a one-semester college preparatory level Psychology course. Students who take the course may choose to take the AP Psychology exam in the spring. Students must also take Economics, Psychology, or Anthropology during their senior year.