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Advanced Academics

Advanced Placement

This program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school and the opportunity to receive college credit.  All Advanced Placement (AP®) courses at Splendora High School have received College Board authorization, and each course syllabus is available for review on the College Board webpage.  For more information, refer to www.collegeboard.com.

Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the College Board Advanced Placement exams in May.  There is no cost to the student or parent.

Course credit is awarded by many colleges and universities to students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement examination.  Students are encouraged to check the AP Credit Policy Search page to determine which colleges and universities accept passing Advanced Placement scores for the courses they are taking in high school.

Dual Credit (DC)

Dual credit allows students to enroll in college-level courses while still in high school, allowing them to earn both college and high school credits.  Splendora ISD has partnered with Lone Star College to offer dual credit classes for qualifying students. Prior to taking any dual credit course, students must earn a passing score on the TSIA2 (Texas Success Initiative Accuplacer 2) or earn a qualifying score from PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, or ACT. For more information regarding college placement tests and score requirements, visit the Lone Star College website.   

Lone Star College (LSC) Dual Credit Information for Parents
Lone Star College (LSC) FERPA Consent Form
Lone Star College (LSC) Parental Consent and Waiver for Dual Credit

Pre-Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

The Pre-AP® and Honors classes include the curriculum of the level classes, but with a more in-depth study of the areas within the course.  The Pre-AP and Honors curriculum is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP), dual credit (DC), or for the next Honors course in that subject area. Pre-AP classes follow College Board curriculum guidelines while Honors courses are developed by SHS advanced academic teachers. Students who are successful in Pre-AP and Honors classes should consider taking AP or DC courses.  Careful consideration should be given when deciding to take advanced courses as class size may limit a school’s ability to allow a student to change levels.  These courses require more individual initiative, analytical reading, student interaction, research, and time for outside class preparation.  Students should be prepared to spend more time on homework.

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