“In Greenville County, other than the three middle colleges, four other high schools have dual credit opportunities with Greenville Technical College. Middle colleges are the only schools, however, where the costs of college credits and textbooks are covered, making the opportunity to take college classes while in high school available to all students regardless of family income.” — BMC students

Based on research conducted by Brashier MCHS students of 22 High Schools in the Greenville area, the following college opportunities were identified, regarding opportunities, admission requirements, costs, pass/completion rates and support.

College or Advancement opportunities offered by Local High Schools in Greenville County:

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Hillcrest

AP Courses
Dual Credit with Greenville Tech

Mauldin

141 AP Scholars in 2012;
Dual Credit with Greenville Tech
AP Courses

Woodmont

23 IB Courses; 11 AP Courses;
Dual Credit with Greenville Tech

Greenville High

12 AP Courses

Governors School

Most classes offered are AP Courses, some taught by college professors

JL Mann

AP Courses

Blue Ridge

16 AP Courses

Carolina

AP Courses

Eastside

14 AP Courses
1 Dual Credit (Teacher Cadet)

Greenville High Academy

12 AP

Greenville Tech

Offers Dual Credit

Greer

8 AP Courses

Greer Middle College

Offers Dual Credit

Legacy Charter School

Dual Credit with Greenville Technical College

Riverside

11 AP Courses

Southside

16 AP Courses; IB Program

Travelers Rest

AP Courses
Dual Credit

Berea

7 AP Courses

Wade Hampton

17 AP Courses

St. Joseph’s

AP and Dual Credit

Southside Christian School

AP

Christ Church Episcopal School

AP/Honors
IB

Participation rates for Advanced or college credit by School with pass rate:

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Berea: 15% AP Participation Rate, 6% Pass rate

Blue Ridge: 38% AP Participation Rate, 14% Pass rate

Carolina Academy: 13% Participation Rate, 1% Pass rate

Eastside: 54% Participation Rate, 39% Pass rate

Greenville Senior High: 42% AP Participation Rate, 29% Pass rate

[Greer High: 25% Participation Rate, 17% Pass rate]

Hillcrest: 30% Participation Rate, 13% Pass rate

JL Mann: 51% Participation Rate, 34% Pass rate

Mauldin: 35% Participation Rate, 27% Pass rate

Riverside: 48% AP Participation Rate, 31% Pass rate

Southside: 41% Participation Rate, 29% Pass rate

Travelers Rest: 23% Participation Rate, 13% Pass rate

Wade Hampton: 45% AP Participation Rate, 19% Pass rate

Woodmont: 21% Participation Rate, 9% Pass rate

[] Identified Middle College Consortium school

Pass Rate/ Credits Earned: Greenville County Statistics:
In 2009: 57% of those tested scored a 3 or higher on final AP exam (On 1-5 point Scale)
2,457 students earned credit for AP

Costs to schools, students, district, and colleges:

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Schools:

Public Schools: N/A

Private Schools: govern themselves, no money from government.

Middle Colleges: varies depending on the number of college courses being taken and book fees. Our school, Brashier, pays for the book fees.

Students:

Traditional Public School: $40 per credit hour and book fees if they do not attend a middle college

Private Schools: some offer AP courses, students pay tuition and textbook fees. In some cases, uniform costs as well.

Middle Colleges: Students do not pay any money out of pocket due to a waiver and agreement between Greenville Tech and the state of South Carolina.

District: N/A

Colleges:

For Public school students: The remaining cost per credit hour is waived since the student enrolled is a high school student.

For Middle Colleges: Uses a 4% waiver that is covered by the state that allows Greenville Tech to discount college courses, so there is no cost to the college. They have an arrangement with the state of South Carolina.

“Prerequisites for IB and AP credits include students having high GPAs as well as department and parent approval. In order to take college classes at a Middle College, students must score high enough on COMPASS, a specific test that checks for academic success in three subject areas: Reading, Writing, and Math, in order to be enrolled in a college course.” — BMC Students

Admission and Criteria to Continue:

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Pre Requisites for AP Courses:

Solid GPA

Good Standardized Test Scores

Department Approval

Parental Approval

Pre Requisites for Greer and Greenville Tech Dual Credit:

Pass the COMPASS Test in the appropriate categories

Passing all High School Classes

Passing all College Classes

Administration/Faculty Permission

Pre Requisites for Other Dual Credit:

At the school’s discretion

Demographics (State in 2010):

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African American

38% of overall class; 8.4% of these successful AP examinees

Hispanic/Latino

3.6 of overall class; 3.1% of these successful AP examinees

American Indian/Alaskan

.3% of overall class ALL successfully taking AP exam

Greenville County Schools Demographics:

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Berea High: 49% Male; 51% Female; 61% minority

Blue Ridge: 52% Male; 48% Female; 9% Minority

Carolina Academy: 51% Male; 49% Female; 78% minority

Eastside: 50% Male; 50% Female; 30% Minority

Greenville Senior High: 50% Male; 50% Female; 58% minority

Greer High: 53% Male; 47% Female; 40% minority

Hillcrest: 51% Male; 49% Female; 37% Minority

JL Mann: 52% Male; 48% Female; 40% Minority

Mauldin: 47% Male; 53% Female; 36% minority

Riverside: 53% Male; 47% Female; 28% Minority

Southside: 51% Male; 49% Female; 82% minority

Travelers Rest: 53% Male; 47% Female; 22% minority

Wade Hampton: 52% Male; 48% Female; 35% Minority

Woodmont: 55% Male; 45% Female; 34% minority

Organization:

How are IB, AP, and dual credit programs embedded into the home school community?

Home-schooled students can take these courses; however, they have to be in a classroom setting for the duration of the course and the exam. In virtual schools, the student can take AP courses online, but they must take the exam in-person. Virtual schools do not offer IB courses, and their AP courses sometimes require students to go to Columbia, SC to take the AP exam.

Do IB, AP, and dual credit programs have support programs such as course planning, advisors who monitor the progress of these programs, etc.?

IB coordinators schedule meetings to help students register for courses for the following school-year in the spring. Coordinators follow up with students in the fall to ensure that the students are enrolled in the classes that still fit their individual needs.