High School Options
Gifted services at the high school level take place in a variety of formats. Students and families self-select the options that are the best fit for the students skills, interests, and goals. Students should consult with their high school guidance counselor for additional information and recommendations. A Gifted Coordinator is available to consult with teachers of courses counted as gifted services.
The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is nationally recognized for introducing students to the challenges of college-level work while they are still in high school. Through a variety of introductory-level college courses taught in the high school, AP gives students an opportunity to earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. Students earn college credit based on an end-of-year exam for the course. Each college decides which AP exam grades it will accept for credit and/or advanced placement. Many institutions, including all state universities in Ohio, accept grades of 3 and above. The vast majority of more than 3,000 colleges and universities that receive AP grades grant credit and/or advanced placement.
Kenyon Academic Partnership
The Kenyon Academic Partnership Program is a collaborative college preparatory program between Ohio’s public high schools and Kenyon College, located in Gambier, Ohio. “KAP high schools offer one or more courses from each of Kenyon’s participating departments. These courses are designed to meet Kenyon standards, reproducing as closely as possible a college environment. At the end of the course, a student’s grade is reported on a Kenyon transcript to the college he or she has elected to attend.” Each summer, Kenyon and high school faculty members convene for a week of intensive discussions and seminars devoted to ideas and texts relevant to KAP courses. High school KAP teachers must have a master’s degree in the subject area they teach. Participation in this program is managed through College Credit Plus (see below).
This worldwide, interdisciplinary educational program is offered at Columbus Alternative High School. It involved advanced level coursework in all subject areas which may lead to college credit.
*Explore other Columbus City Schools High Schools to learn about their specialty programs in biomedical studies, engineering, STEM initiatives, the arts, and more.
High school students (including middle school students taking at least one high school course) may apply for Credit Flexibility through exam and demonstration or individual proposal in courses that count as either academic or elective credit towards high school graduation. Any course that appears in the Columbus City Schools High School Course Description Handbook is eligible, except in cases where the course is managed by an approved third party e.g., International Baccalaureate, Kenyon Advanced Placement and Post Secondary Education Opportunities courses.
Students may also apply for Credit Flexibility for courses that count as either academic or elective credit towards high school graduation which do not appear in Columbus City Schools High School Course Description Handbook by designing/developing their own course based on an area of their individual interest. There is no limit to the number of courses or credits that a student may apply to earn through Credit Flexibility.
Additional information and the application can be found from the high school guidance counselor or online.
College Credit Plus
A high school student may take courses at a post-secondary institution and receive high school and/or college credit or may take college level courses available at a high school campus. Acceptance by the higher education institution is required. For more information regarding College Credit Plus, plan to attend one of the information meetings this winter or talk to your guidance counselor or visit the College Credit Plus page.