For those students who plan to pursue a college degree, South Dearborn High School offers extensive dual credit classes, which means students can earn credit for high school as well as college at the same time.
These courses are designed to enhance the educational opportunities for all students and to enable students to meet the graduation requirements for the Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma. Specific requirements for earning dual credits are listed. Course fees vary and some classes are free.
Our dual credit courses include:
AP Calculus / Ivy Tech Community College - MATH 211
Calculus is a course that includes the study of the fundamental concepts of beginning calculus. Topics include (1) Limits and Continuity (2) Differentials (3) Applications of Derivatives (4) Integrals and (5) Applications of Integration. Students enrolled in this class will be required to have a graphing calculator. Students must have a TI-83+ graphing calculator for enrollment in this course. Prerequisite(s): C or higher in Pre-Calculus. Students must pass the course and earn a sufficient score on the AP exam to earn college credit. Students need to check with the college they plan to attend to see if they accept the exam score for credit. Students may also earn college credit through Ivy Tech Community College. (Qualifying score on Ivy Tech Accuplacer Test is required.)
This is a 3 trimester course. Topics include organization of life, energy transfer, genetics, evolution, diversity and the structure and life processes in plants and animals. Outside of class lab time will be required. Students will independently complete the first five chapters in the text during the summer prior to taking this course. Prerequisite: Honors Biology I with a B, Chemistry I Honors with a B and either Zoology & Botany, or Anatomy & Physiology and instructor's approval. Students may earn college credit provided they earn a sufficient score on the AP exam and their selected college will accept the score. AP Biology and Chem II ACP will be offered on alternating years. In 2013-2014 AP Biology will be offered with significant enrollment.
AP English 12 Honors / Ivy Tech Community College – ENGL 111
This course is designed to develop students to think, organize and express their ideas clearly and effectively in writing. This course incorporates reading, research, and critical thinking with emphasis placed on the various forms of expository writing. A research paper is required. Numerous in-class writing activities are required in addition to extended essays written outside of class. Dual Credit is through Ivy Tech Community College, transferable to many Indiana Colleges, as well as colleges outside the State. Students need to check with the college they plan to attend to see if they accept dual credit. Students must earn a B in the course and have an SAT score of 460 or better on the Critical Reading and Writing Section, or an ACT score of 18 on the Reading and 17 on the English section to earn dual credit or a qualifying score on Ivy Tech Accuplacer Test is required. Grade 12 / 2 High School credits; 3 College credit hours. No cost.
Chemistry II ACP / Indiana University – CHEM 105 & 125
This is a three-trimester course designed for students who have mastered Chemistry I Honors. The course emphasizes more highly motivating and challenging laboratory experiments involving a minimum of 40% of class time. Topics include organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. Outside computer and Internet access are required for this course. Prerequisite: Chemistry I Honors and Instructor's approval. Can be taken for dual credit through Indiana University.
AP Biology and Chemistry II ACP will be taught on alternating years.
In 2014-15 Chemistry II will be offered with significant enrollment. Grades 11 and 12. 3 HS credits; up to 10 College credit hours. A reduced tuition fee is charged for this course. See the Guidance Dept for details.
Introduction to Engineering Design / Ivy Tech Community College – DESN102
This is the first course in the Project Lead The Way series. This course uses a design development process while enriching problem solving skills. Students create and analyze models using specialized computer software. Prerequisite: B or better in 8th grade Algebra or Algebra I Honors. Grades 9-12. 2 High School credits; 3 College credit hours. No cost.
Principles of Engineering / Ivy Tech Community College – ADMF115
This is the second course in the Project Lead The Way series. This course explores technology systems and manufacturing processes. It also addresses the social and political consequences of technological change. Prerequisite: C or better in Introduction to Engineering Design. Grades 10-12. 2 High School credits; 3 College credit hours.
Digital Electronics / Ivy Tech Community College – ADMF113
This course is the third course in the Project Lead the Way series or it may be taken alone as an honors elective class for students with a strong math background. It involves the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose 4 students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Grades 11-12. 2 High School credits; 3 College credit hours. To receive the college credit, students must meet certain scores on either an SAT, ACT, PSAT test or Ivy Tech's Accuplacer tests. No cost.
German III / Thomas More College – GER 101 & 102
Third year has a focus on reading comprehension and writing. Two detective stories are the main focus. Thursdays concentrate on grammar drills and Fridays focus on conversation and culture. Other requirements may include a culture project or a journal. Students are expected to speak German during class. 2 High School credits; 6 College credit hours. A reduced tuition fee is charged for this course. See Guidance for details.
U.S. History Advanced / Thomas More College – HIST115
This course gives major emphasis to the interaction of historical events and geographic, social, and economic influences on national development in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Investigation of themes and issues include an analysis of the importance of cultural pluralism and diversity of opinion in American society. Research and individual projects will be stressed. Prerequisite: B average, or instructor's permission. 2 High School credits; 3 College credit hours. A reduced tuition fee is charged for this course. See Guidance for details.
Advanced Mathematics / Ivy Tech Community College - Math 135
Advanced Mathematics, College Credit – Finite Math, Ivy Tech is a course that will grant students dual college credit through Ivy Tech. Course topics include (1) surveys, (2) solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, (3) elementary set theory, (4) matrices and their applications, (5) linear programming, and (6) elementary probability. 3 College Credit hours.
● Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry
● Credits: 1 credit per trimester.
● Students must meet a certain score on a PSAT, SAT, or ACT test or Ivy Tech's Accuplacer test to receive dual credit.
● Students must pass both trimesters in order to qualify for Dual College Credit.
● Counts as a Mathematics Course for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.
Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry / Ivy Tech Community College – MATH 136/137
Pre-Calculus blends together all of the concepts and skills that must be mastered prior to enrollment in college-level Calculus. Topics include: (1) graphing (2) relations and functions (3) trigonometric functions (4) trigonometric equations and identities (5) trigonometry in triangles (6) polar coordinates and complex numbers (7) sequence and series and (8) data analysis. Students must have a TI-83+ graphing calculator for enrollment in this course. Prerequisite(s): Completion of
Algebra II Honors. Additionally, students completing Algebra 2 with a B or better and teacher recommendation. Students must meet required scores on either a SAT, ACT, PSAT test or Ivy Tech's Accuplacer test to receive dual credit. 6 College
Southeastern Career Center
Juniors and seniors that attend the Southeastern Career Center may have an opportunity to earn college credit through their selected program. Please see the program course description for specific information.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Program
The district believes that students who are capable of and wish to pursue college level work while in high school should be permitted to do so. Information about the post-secondary enrollment program will be made available to students and their parent/guardians. Any student who wishes to participate in the post-secondary enrollment program must inform his/her counselor at least two months in advance. Any 11th or 12th grade student may apply to any institution of higher education through the post-secondary enrollment program. Academic credit granted for course work successfully completed by a student under this program may qualify as high school credit or credit at the institution of higher education in accordance with the contract for dual credit with the eligible institution. A student participating in this program will still be considered as enrolled in the district and eligible for all high school activities.
CALCULATION OF DUAL CREDIT ON TRANSCRIPT
● A class taken for dual credit (college credit and high school credit) scheduled as one of the five credit classes in a trimester will count as honors level high school credit unless otherwise noted for the purposes of calculating GPA and class rank.
● A class taken for dual credit (college credit and high school credit) scheduled in addition to the five credit classes per trimester will count as declared high school credit. Declared credit will not factor into the calculation of GPA and class rank at SDHS, however it will appear on the transcript.
● A class taken for dual credit (college and high school credit) which is also a required class for a diploma will count as honors level high school credit unless otherwise noted for the purposes of calculating GPA and class rank.
Questions? Feel free to contact the Guidance Department to learn more.