Pre-requisites for registering for AP courses range from a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5, strong writing skills, good attendance and good classroom behavior. Final approval is made by the individual teacher and the academic dean. All guidance counselors and the academic dean can answer students' questions about registering for AP courses. The price for AP exams is established by the College Board. The test schedule and prices for the 2007 exams can be found at collegeboard.com. To access colleges and universities with AP credit policy information, go to The College Board.
St. Francis offers Advanced Placement courses to prepare students for college credit in:
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Chemistry
- AP Computer Science A
- AP English Literature
- AP French Language and Culture
- AP Latin
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
- AP Physics C: Mechanics
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language and Culture
- AP Statistics
- AP Studio Art 2D
- AP US History
- AP World History
- AP Chinese Language and Culture
- AP English Language and Compsition
AP SCHOLAR AWARDS
Thirty-five students at St. Francis de Sales High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams, which provide students an opportunity to take college level courses while in high school. All of these students finished with a 3 or higher on all of the exams taken, which is an acceptable score to be accepted by most universities for credit.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
St. Francis de Sales High School is the Northwest Ohio leader in the Advanced Placement program. SFS is one of the top high schools in Ohio in terms of AP courses offered and percentage of students taking and passing the spring examinations. With the vast number of courses offered, students at SFS can easily select those AP courses that fit their interests and strengths. Students can take anywhere from one to ten of the twenty AP courses offered while at SFS. This means they have the opportunity to earn up to 50 college semester hours while in high school. It is not uncommon to find many Knights beginning college as sophomores due to the number of successful AP courses and exams they have taken while at SFS.
Each year, dozens of St. Francis Knights are recognized by The College Board on several levels of achievement based on their performance on AP Exams.
Based on AP exams taken in the spring, Keon Pearson qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Johnathan Britsch, Eric Farell, Charles Filipiak, Christopher Gelardi, Nathan Lamp, Keon Pearson, and Michael Petros.
Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Ian Gerken, Daniel Miller, Robert Pfeiffer, Mitchell Seifert, Nathaniel Steingass, Austin Thees, and Joseph Yanos.
Twenty students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Jeffrey Chin, William Collar, Daniel Drain, Christopher Evola, Kelan Grohnke, Lawrence Jajou, Matthew Kastner, Matthew Kirian, Scott LaVoy, Luke Mallory, Michael McGowan Jr., Andrew Mocek, Sean Oberle, Tyler Popil, Colin Shortridge, Adam Spegele, Christopher Wasung, Benjamin Williams, Rowan Williams, and Danny Yodzis.