Advanced and College Classes

Reach new heights in Academic Excellence...

LCHS offers students many opportunities to reach new heights in academic excellence through their course selections, including: college prep, Advanced Placement, and college credit courses.  Within the last five years, offerings have expanded and more students than ever are taking advantage of these courses.  Whether you are a parent or a student, here are some things that you will want to consider when it comes to these choices:


Top 10 Reasons to Take Advantage of Opportunities for Excellence


Taking advanced courses makes you smarter and helps you learn to handle challenging work, increasing your capacity to succeed in college.  

When students take challenging courses in high school, they have the opportunity to learn how to handle the demands of college in a supportive environment.  They also learn to think at a higher level, handle more work, and push themselves to grow in their abilities.  College studies indicate that students who take college prep, advanced placement, and college credit courses while in high school are more successful in college classes after high school.  They perform higher than their college peers; they are more likely to stay in school, and they are more likely to get better grades.    


Taking Advanced Placement and college credit courses at LCHS saves you money.

Students who take Advanced Placement and college courses in high school can earn advanced standing and/or college credit that may transfer to their college of choice.  This can result in substantial financial savings.  Taking IWCC courses on or off campus with Lewis Central High School only involves a one-time minimal fee for enrollment.  Basically, the courses are free.  You can’t beat that!  AP courses only involve an exam fee.  Based on a student’s performance on an AP exam, they can be awarded college credit.  IWCC courses typically transfer very well to Iowa colleges and surrounding states and AP courses to both state and national colleges. Did you know that just one college class in high school that is basically free can cost over $1,000 in college?  Wow!  Affording college will be easier if students take college-credit courses while in high school.   


Taking advanced courses increases your chances of attaining scholarships and getting into a good college.

Scholarship committees and college admissions committees look more favorably on students who challenge themselves academically.  A perfect GPA is less valuable than proof that a student has engaged in advanced courses and been successful.  This illustrates that, when a student goes to college and takes college courses, they can perform at a high level.   If you want to stand out in scholarship applications and win more dollars or get into the college of your choice, good grades alone won’t get you there.  Take advanced and college credit classes to increase your future success!


Advanced Placement and college credit course grades are weighted.

Lewis Central High School weights Advanced Placement and College Credit courses on student transcripts.  This means that students should not be afraid of taking advanced courses and getting lower grades.  Grades are increased .5 on transcripts to account for the challenge.      


Teachers at LCHS support students to help them be successful in Advanced Placement and college courses.

Teachers at our school allow many opportunities for students to practice new learning without grade penalty.  They provide students with opportunities to revise their work, get feedback, try again, retest, and get better.  They care about not only recruiting students into their courses but also retaining them and producing results.  Teacher grading practices and instruction help students to be successful.   


Advanced Placement and college courses are thought-provoking, interesting, and students who take them really enjoy them.

Students surveyed on the principal’s student leadership committee agreed that these courses are highly engaging.


Taking a full schedule with advanced coursework helps students get into college.

Many students take only a partial schedule in their senior year.  While these students make take off time to complete other work, such as a job, staying at school has many benefits. Taking a full academic schedule helps students get into college.  State schools look at student RAI scores to decide who they admit and who gets scholarship dollars. (This is a Regent Area Index score based on a formula of the number of courses taken in core subject areas and foreign language, ACT scores, and GPA.)  Taking more courses can raise your RAI score.  When students fall short on college admissions requirements, it is often because they haven’t taken more than their high school minimum graduation requirements.


Finding room in your schedule for advanced and college credit courses is easier than you think.

Many of the courses mentioned replace general education requirements at LCHS.  See the Course Handbook and talk to your school counselor if you have questions about this.  In addition, with a minimum of 55 credits required for graduation, students still have room in their schedule for additional credits for advanced and college coursework.     


With courses in all subject areas and multiple forms of college credit, students have many course options to choose from.

Students can take college prep, Advanced Placement, and college classes at LCHS, on IWCC’s campus, and online.  Courses are offered in English, math, science, social studies, and career and technical areas.  Students can consider their future career paths, their talents and interests, and their future college’s requirements, and tailor their schedule and course selections to fit their needs.


Counselors and teachers have a wealth of information available to parents and students about both the benefits of these courses and what is involved...all you have to do is ask.

Did you know that LCHS has a Fast Forward to College initiative at our school?  We value and care about preparing students for college.  Counselors and teachers are able to support students in thinking about and planning for their future.  Selecting coursework that help students explore their career interests and prepare for college is important to us.  We are ready and willing to answer your questions and help you!  


Parents and Students Play a Key Role in Academic Success


There are numerous reasons to take advantage of all the amazing courses that LCHS has to offer.  Parents and students play an important role in taking advantage of these courses and succeeding in them.  Here are some tips to help ensure your success in these opportunities:


Students:

College prep, Advanced Placement, and college credit courses will require more work.  Make sure that you have study time set aside at home each day to complete your homework and readings and be prepared for class.  Don’t fall behind.   

If you do fall behind or need help in these challenging classes, make sure to ask your teacher for help right away.

Have a growth mindset.  Know that these courses will stretch you in new ways and will not always be easy.  Challenge is a good thing.  If you want to increase your talents, knowledge and skills, you have to be willing to take on challenges with confidence.  You may not know the answer right away or get something 100% on your first attempt, but with work you will get better.  Have a growth mindset and don’t be afraid to ask questions!  

Teachers and students in these courses will help you be successful.  They are your best resources.

Register for classes that fit your interests, talents, and career goals. High school is a great time to start preparing for your future!

Don’t take on too many things at once.  Make sure you have time to devote to your classes, your commitments, and being a kid.


Parents:

Support your students in challenging courses by encouraging them and asking them to share with you the work that they are proud of.  Celebrate those achievements.  Ask them to share with you assignments or learning that challenged them.  Let them know that those challenges will increase their abilities and to keep trying.

Make sure that your child has balance in their schedule and time to devote to these courses to be successful.  Sometimes students can take on too much; whether that be with a lot of activities, too many challenging course selections, etc., students may need help with time management.   

Help your child find a quiet place to study.

Help your child make time to be a kid and de-stress.

Support your child by encouraging them to seek help from the teacher when needed.

Know that perfect grades aren’t as important as teaching your child to face challenges and grow and learn. Learning matters most.  Praise effort!

Encourage your child to take advantage of challenging coursework that aligns with their interests, talents, and career goals.



What courses are available?

Lewis Central High School offers students opportunities to take numerous advanced, advanced placement, and college-credit courses.  


Current selections include the following:


Advanced courses for college prep

Pre-AP English

College Readiness

This course prepares students through John Baylor ACT prep to help students attain a higher ACT score and improve their chances of scholarships and college admissions.


Advanced Placement courses with college credit offered through an end of course exam.

AP Literature and Composition

AP Language and Composition

AP Statistics

AP Biology

AP World History

There are also online AP offerings as well.


Concurrent enrollment courses with college credit offered through IWCC at LCHS


LCHS Course Name

(# of HS credits)

IWCC

Course Title

IWCC

Course #

College Credits

Transfer Equivalent

Test Score - Requirements

Description

IWCC English Composition I

(1)


Composition I

ENG

105

3

Gen Ed – Rhetoric or Composition/Writing

ACT English 18

Focuses on the rhetorical modes and the written expression of ideas.  Students learn strategies to generate ideas, to revise for focus and organization and to edit for sentence structure, diction, and grammatical correctness.  Paragraphs and essays involve literary analysis, informal personal writing, and formal expository writing.

IWCC English Composition II

(1)

Composition II

ENG

106

3


Gen Ed – Rhetoric or Composition/Writing


A grade of “C” or better in Composition I

Composition II follows Composition I with advanced readings and practice in different kinds of writing, including exposition, argumentation, and critical analysis.  The course includes library research and culminates in the presentation of a term paper.

IWCC Multicultural Literature

(1)

Multicultural Literature

LIT

134

3

Gen Ed

or

Literature

Sophomore

Standing or TAG identified or teacher approval

Explores, through a variety of literary types, the cultural and ethnic voices that are an undeniable part of modern American life. Students read, discuss, and critique materials by authors representing a wide range of ethnic, racial, and other culturally diverse groups.

IWCC

Public

Speaking

Public Speaking

SPC

112

3

English

Sophomore

Standing or TAG identified or teacher approval

Analyzes the fundamentals of oral communication, including lectures, readings, and applications of the six principal aspects of public speaking:  the speaker, the audience, thought and content, organization, language, and delivery.


IWCC U.S. History Since 1877

(1)

U.S. History Since 1877

HIS

152

3

History

Sophomore

Standing or TAG identified or teacher approval

Deals with the historical development of America from the end of the Reconstruction to the contemporary period.  Topics include industrialization of America in the late 19th  century, end of the frontier, Gilded Age, Progressive Era, World War I, Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the contemporary period featuring the Vietnam War and Watergate.


Precalculus

IWCC Precalculus

(2)

Precalculus

MAT

129

5

Math


ACT Math 21



An intensive review of College Algebra and Trigonometry that prepares students for Calculus I.  Topics include functions, logarithms, systems of equations, matrices, polynomials, conic sections, trigonometric functions, graphs, identities, equations, complex numbers, and polar coordinates.


Calculus A and

IWCC Calculus

(2)

Calculus I

MAT

211

5

Math

Completion of Precalculus (C or better) or ACT Math 27

Topics include limits, derivatives, extrema, concavity, curve sketching, and antidifferentiation.  Applications includes rates, maxima, and minima.


Technical Education Courses with IWCC college credit with IWCC offered at LCHS


LCHS Course Name

(# of HS credits)

IWCC

Course Title

IWCC

Course #

College Credits

Transfer Equivalent

Description


IWCC Advanced

Spreadsheet

Design

(1)



Comprehensive

Spreadsheets



BCA

152



3


Career & Tech or

Elective


Deals with the command menu, functions, template design, printing, file handling, graphics, database features, and keystroke macros.  Students should have some prior spreadsheet experience.



IWCC Intro to

Computers

(1)



Introduction to

Computers



CSC

110




3


Career & Tech or

Elective


Consists of hands-on introduction to microcomputer hardware, operating systems, and application software.  Students enter, modify, and manipulate data with word processing, presentation, and database programs.  Students should be familiar with the standard keyboard.




IWCC Principles of Accounting I

(1)




Principles of

Accounting I




ACC

121





3



Career & Tech or

Elective


Principles of Accounting I introduces accounting fundamentals using the balance sheet approach and branches into journals, ledgers, financial statements, and developing the accrual method.  Topics include inventory valuation and cost of goods sold, plant and equipment, internal control, current and long-term liabilities, receivables, interest, and payroll.


MORE IWCC COURSE OPTIONS:


There are also numerous IWCC course options on the IWCC campus and online that students can take during the school day or outside of school hours during the school year. Students interested in IWCC courses should contact the guidance department.



Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering college level courses offered at LCHS, with many offering college credit through an end of course exam.



LCHS Course Name

(# of HS Credits)

Possible

College

Credits


Transfer

Equivalent


Description


Introduction to

Engineering Design

(2)

3

Project Lead the Way CTE or A&S credit

(dependent on test score)


Teaches students to use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones.  Using three-dimensional modeling software, students communicate the details of the products.  Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others.

Principles of Engineering

(2)

3

Project Lead the Way CTE or A&S credit

(dependent on test score)


Explores the wide variety of careers in engineering and technology as well as various technology systems and manufacturing processes.  Students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology in an engineering problem-solving process to benefit people.  The course also addresses concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.

Digital Electronics

(2)

3

Project Lead the Way CTE or A&S credit

(dependent on test score)


This course in applied logic encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices.  Students use computer simulation software to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

(2)

3

Project Lead the Way CTE or A&S credit

(dependent on test score)

Expands prior three dimensional modeling skills.  Students use automation, control systems, sensing devices, computer programming, and robotics to efficiently mass produce products.  Trouble-shooting is emphasized throughout this course.

Civil Engineering and

Architecture

(2)

3

Project Lead the Way CTE or A&S credit

(dependent on test score)


Provides an overview of these engineering areas, emphasizing the interrelationship and mutual dependence of both fields.  Students use state-of-the-art software to solve real-world problems and apply knowledge to hands-on projects.  By the end of the course, students are able to give a complete presentation to the client, including three-dimensional renderings of buildings and improvements, zoning and ordinance constraints, infrastructure requirements, and other essential project plans.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

(2)

3

Project Lead the Way CTE or A&S credit

(dependent on test score)

Computer Science and Software Engineering A-B is a class designed to give students an introduction to computer programming.  The curriculum will implement the College Board’s Computer Science Principles framework through Project Lead the Way (PLTW).  This course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. This course will help students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet and will include project and projects centered around app development, visualization of data, cyber-security, and simulation. (Cross-listed in Mathematics)

Engineering Design

and Development

(2)

0


None



A capstone course where teams of students spend the year solving problems of their own choosing.  The teams apply principles developed in the four preceding PLTW courses and are guided by a community mentor.  They brainstorm possibilities, research current patents and regulations, construct a working model, test the model in real-life situations (or simulation), document their designs, and present and defend the design to a panel of experts.


How do students register and find out more about these courses?

See your Lewis Central Course Handbook for more information or visit with the school counseling department regarding questions about these courses and how to register.


What are the rules regarding taking college credit coursework:

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

(Concurrent Enrollment Courses are on campus at LCHS)

Concurrent enrollment courses are offered through contractual agreements between community colleges and school districts.  Through the program, community college courses are offered to classes of high school students in grades nine through twelve.  The classes are college classes — even if they are held in a school district classroom.  During the time of the concurrent enrollment course, the site acts as a satellite location of the college.  The instructor may be a community college instructor or a high school instructor employed by the contracted district who meets state and college faculty standards and requirements.

POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS ACT

(PSE0 courses are off campus)

In order to assist students and their parents or guardians in making knowledgeable decisions regarding participation in the PSEO program, the following guidelines are presented:

1. Students must be high school juniors and seniors, or freshmen and sophomores identified in PowerSchool as gifted and talented, to be eligible.  Any students anticipating enrollment in a post-secondary course under this act must complete and submit an application form with the intent to enroll in said course for the ensuing school year.  Summer school courses are not included in the program.

2. Students may enroll in any participating institution of higher learning under the control of the State Board of Regents, an area school, or an accredited private institution as defined in Section 261.0 subsection 5 of the Iowa Code.

3. Grades earned in courses taken from other institutions, such as IWCC, will be recorded on the transcript and be included when computing grade point averages. Late withdrawal or failure from any post-secondary course will result in complete reimbursement to Lewis Central Community Schools for all costs, and Lewis Central will follow all rules and regulations of the post-secondary option institution.


4. Payment will be made by the Lewis Central School District to the post-secondary institution for tuition, textbooks, materials and fees upon successful completion of the course.  Students will be required to purchase equipment, which becomes the property of the students.


5. Parents or guardians will be required to furnish transportation to and from the eligible post-secondary institution.


6. Support services in the form of counseling will be available to students at Lewis Central as well as the post-secondary institution.  These services will include academic, social, and emotional counseling related to participation under this act.


7. The administration reserves the right to determine acceptability of courses as provided under this act and requires students to seek prior approval before enrolling in such courses.


8. The IWCC deadline for registering for fall PSEO classes is the last day of Trimester 3, while the deadline for registering for spring PSEO classes is December 15.



REGISTRATION GUIDELINES FOR POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT/

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT


Students enrolling in an Iowa Western Community College class with a minimum ACT enrollment score must provide documentation of the qualifying score prior to enrolling in the course.


Post-secondary courses are college credit courses that students take at IWCC on the college campus or online.  Concurrent Enrollment classes are college credit courses offered and taken at LCHS.  Lewis Central students who are eligible are able to take courses from both of these options.


Concurrent Enrollment classes must be taken for college credit through Iowa Western Community College.  These Iowa Western Community College courses offered on our campus are listed in the following pages.


Project Lead the Way classes offered on campus are listed in the following pages and MAY be awarded college credit through the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.  College credit is awarded through successful passing of an end of the course exam and by completing required paperwork.  Please consult with your school counselor if you have any questions.



Whether you are a parent or a student, here is some important information you need to know about these courses:


Here are the major differences with forms of college credit at LCHS:


IWCC courses ,whether they are on the LCHS campus, on the college campus, or online) offer college credit for successfully passing the class.  Typically grades of C or better transfer; however, A’s and B’s are strongly recommended for transfer. The college classes you take while in high school with IWCC produce a college transcript.  Those grades transfer with the credit.   When you get ready to graduate, make sure to send your IWCC transcript to the college of your choice.


Project Lead the Way courses also offer students college credit through performance on an end of course exam.  Students interested in taking the end of course exam to determine college credit must first perform well in their courses and follow up with their teacher about how to register for testing.  When you get ready to go to college, let admissions know about the college courses that you have taken.


Advanced Placement courses offer students college credit or advanced standing in college through performance on an end of course exam. Students can take Advanced Placement exams in subject areas without taking the course; however, taking the course and/or completing test prep prior to examination is encouraged. Students taking an AP exam can inquire about testing with the AP coordinator and AP teachers. See the AP coordinator about transferring exam scores to your college of choice.


Important note: Parents and students will want to check with their college of choice about transfer of credit and their policies.  You can contact the admissions department of your future college of choice to learn more.  



Want to know more about these opportunities, or how parents can support their children through challenging courses? Check out these resources…


Links to more information about Advanced Placement courses:


Links to more information about the benefits of taking challenging coursework:

Higher GPA or Harder Courses?

Building Your Future: Preparing for Academic Success at Regent Universities in Iowa (U of I, UNI, ISU)


Other important resources you will want to utilize if you have questions or want to learn more:

The school guidance counselors at LCHS

AP and IWCC teachers at LCHS

The AP coordinator

The LCHS TAG strategist

The current Course Handbook with course descriptions

Senior Year Plus Legislation in Iowa, Rules and Guidelines







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