The Advanced Studies Program
The Quince Orchard High School Signature Program is designed to provide all students an opportunity to maximize their multiple intelligences and creativity and to value their uniqueness by allowing them to participate in a wide variety of advanced level and Advanced Placement courses. Advanced coursework is offered in the English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Math, Computer Science and Fine Arts Departments.
Coordinator, Julie Newcomer manages this program at QOHS to provide teachers and students the resources and support necessary for success.
The Advanced Studies in Arts and Academics Signature Program is designed to:
- Increase the number of students who become involved in the Advanced Studies program, which includes advanced and Advanced Placement courses.
- Increase the number, range, and scope of advanced course offerings. sustain and increase minority student representation in honors classes, beginning in the ninth grade.
- Increase the number of minority students who will then eventually become involved in the Advanced Placement program. increase the numbers of students submitting art portfolios for Advanced Placement consideration. provide in-school and after-school support programs for students aspiring to become involved in advanced courses.
- Provide training programs and opportunities for teachers, designed to help develop and direct classroom practices which enhance students's math skills, critical and analytical thinking skills, and writing skills, all of which are required for success in advanced courses.
- Expose middle school students to the benefits of planning a high school program that includes taking advanced courses in preparation for college.
Signature Program Honors
Signature Program Distinguished Scholar Certificate
In recognition of outstanding scholarship and achievement in college-level courses, this certificate will be awarded to any student who has:
- Completed AP NSL by 10th grade with a grade of C or higher.
- Completed at least 2 AP classes during the 11th grade, one of which must be in English or Math, with a grade of C or higher.
- Completed 2 additional AP classes during 12th grade, with a grade of C or higher.
- Taken at least 5 AP exams during high school.
Signature Program Certificate in Advanced Arts
Students who pursue an area of study in the Arts, by participating in 5 courses, at least one of which is an AP course, will be awarded an Advanced Arts certificate in one of the following areas:
Signature Program Certificate in Education
This certificate will be awarded to students who complete 3 levels of Child Development classes, AP Psychology and an internship course.
Signature Program Certificate in Social Studies/Law (9th and 10th graders in 2019-2020) or Social Studies/Law (11th and 12th graders in 2019-2020)
Students have two options for who pursuing an area of studies in the Social Sciences.
- 4 Social Studies AP courses and a capstone, “Quest” course
- 3 Law courses and 2 Social Studies AP courses
Signature Program Certificate in Engineering (Project Lead the Way)
This certificate will be awarded to students who completed all 5 required courses for PLTW, 4 of which can earn them college credit.
Signature Program Certificate in Advanced Academics
In recognition of program completion, this certificate will be awarded to any student who has completed one college-level course and maintained an overall GPA of “C” or better.
AP classes affiliated with College Board
Advanced Placement classes are college-level courses taught at the high school level. Because of the resources provided by our signature program, we are proud to offer 24 AP courses to our students, across all departments.
Through college-level AP courses, student gain knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school; through AP Exams, they have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at many of the nation's colleges and universities.
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Collegeboard.com brings together all the information and tools that students and parents need to plan for the transition from high school to college. It is the only place where students can register for the SAT online and practice online with actual SAT test questions.
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Collegeboard.com also offers a convenient way for educators to stay on top of test requirements, deadlines, and dates, and provides tools and resources that help them advise students about academic preparation and guide them in practicing for the SAT, finding and applying to the colleges that are right for them, and planning for college costs.
QOHS and Advanced, Non-AP Courses
All departments at our school also offer many advanced courses that do not fall under the college-board's AP program. These courses are designed to allow students to further investigate areas of interest at an advanced level, many of which tap into the specialty areas of our staff, including Forensics Science, Web Design and even a special Stained Glass Design program offered through our advanced sculpture course.
Questions about our program should be directed to coordinator, Julie Newcomer.