Chaminade offers more college credit courses than most schools in the St. Louis area. Currently, over 200 hours of college credit are available to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Earning college credit at Chaminade is a reality for many of our students and with proper planning and a willing desire, it is possible for a Chaminade student to enter college as a sophomore. There are two types of college credit courses available at Chaminade.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: These courses are the equivalent of regular college courses. Students in these courses take the Advanced Placement exam in May of each year. Most universities award three credits for a score of 3 on an AP exam. Many universities grant six credits or more for a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam. In the past five years, over 75% of our students received a 3 or higher on their exams.
Advanced College Credit (ACC) Courses: These classes are taught in affiliation with universities in the St. Louis area. Chaminade faculty is adjunct professors who are highly trained and accountable to maintain university standards. A student who earns an A, B or C in an ACC class is awarded that grade through the university. This credit is transferable to various universities. Chaminade students registering for ACC courses are rewarded with full access to university libraries at the time of their studies. Students may register for both fall and spring semester courses. Students are required to have an 80% cumulative average (3.0 GPA) to register for ACC courses.
Access the ACC Course Listing for SLU 1818 Program.
Access the ACC Course Listing for UMSL.
About 70% of the Class of 2012 graduated having been awarded college credit in one or more classes. Almost 80% of the students in the Class of 2012 who took Advanced Placement exams earned a 3, 4 or 5 on their test(s), meaning they would receive college credit for the course(s). Many students were awarded credit through both the Advanced Placement Program and the Advanced College Credit program. Enrolling in AP and/or ACC courses has allowed many of our recent graduates to enter college with a semester or a year of credit already completed. This often allows a student to earn his Bachelor's Degree in less than four years.
On-line student registration for Advanced College Credit occurs in September and January of each academic year. There are many courses a student can take for credit. Students are encouraged to map their course selections with their House Counselor. Chaminade students are advised to check with their College Counselor regarding the transferability of credit.