GRCHS is committed to providing an environment in which all students have access to a rigorous academic curriculum, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students enrolling in an AP course are demonstrating a willingness to meet the rigor of AP curriculum. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, GRCHS will limit students to three AP courses per semester. We believe that this will best serve our students in the college application process. Students wishing to take more than three AP courses must receive permission from a counselor or an administrator.
An AP course offers material that is intellectually stimulating and challenges students beyond the scope of regular classroom work. Each AP course:
- assumes a mastery of the basics required for further study in a given area
- emphasizes the quality of work even though more work will be given
- provides depth of knowledge through the study of ideas, themes, and problems
- encourages use of higher order thinking skills including abstract reasoning, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
- requires flexibility in thinking
- calls for proven student work ethic and full engagement in learning
- promotes the use of a variety of in-depth performance tasks and assessments
GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM OFFERINGS:
- American Government
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- European History
GRCHS requires that all students and their parent/guardian(s) sign this contract to acknowledge that the student is making an informed decision regarding enrollment in an AP course. In addition to this contract, students are also required to attend a teacher meeting of the respective AP course for which the student has enrolled. During this meeting, the teacher(s) will present the nature of the course, course expectations, and some of the benefits for enrolling in the course.
STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN(S) REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CONTRACT INFORMATION:
1. I understand that participation in an AP class requires me to demonstrate:
- high level of student independence
- high degree of student responsibility
- independent mastery equivalent to a college level course
2. I understand that I am expected to:
- remain in the class for the entirety of the first semester unless I drop the class within the first four weeks of the semester. (A grade penalty of “E” will be imposed if the class is dropped after the four-week time frame.)
- It is expected that all students will take the AP Exam
We are excited about providing an opportunity for your student to take such a rigorous academic course, and we commend both you and your child for accepting such a challenging opportunity. The actual contract form will be made available by your child's counselor.