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Early College Credit and Dual Credit at ND

Qualified students may earn college credit through either dual credit or early college credit programs. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA for Southeast Missouri State University and St. Louis University and meet any test score requirements set by the University, which vary by subject. before they can enroll for dual credit. (Students with less than a 3.0 but at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale are eligible with a letter of recommendation from the principal.) Additional requirements may be required for some courses. Check with the course instructor.

Early College Credit (ECC):

Qualified students may take courses at Southeast Missouri State University during non-school hours (i.e. summer or evening courses). No high school credit is granted for ECC classes.

Dual Credit:

Some Notre Dame courses may be taken for both high school and college credit.  Either Southeast Missouri State University or St. Louis University grants college credit for select classes.  Currently college credit is available in the English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, Fine Arts, and Theology Departments. Additional fees are paid to the appropriate university. If you plan to attend universities other than Southeast Missouri State University or St. Louis University, you will need to check with the receiving institution to evaluate how early/dual college credit classes will transfer.

Notre Dame Credit Teacher College Credit University
Advanced Chemistry I and II 5.0 hrs Angela Schaefer CH185/005/085 Southeast Missouri State University
Advanced Biology I and II 3.0 hrs Jerry Landewe BS 108 SEMO
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 hrs (may earn 3.0 credits each semester) Mary Ha SP 102 (first sem) SP 201 (second sem) St. Louis University
Calculus 5.0 hrs/SEMO or 4.0 hrs/SLU Lenny Kuper MA 140 MATH 142 SEMO SLU
College Algebra 3.0 hrs Matt Rowland MA 116 SEMO
College Composition I 3.0 hrs Ann Welker EN 100 SEMO
College Composition II 3.0 hrs Ann Welker EN 140 SEMO
French III 3.0 hrs Mary Ha FR 101 SLU
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 hrs (may earn 3.0 credits each semester) Mary Ha FR 102 (first sem) FR 201 (second sem) SLU
Interpersonal Communication 3.0 hrs Ellen Seyer Cindy Maher SC 155 SEMO
Oral Communication 3.0 hrs Ellen Seyer SC 105 SEMO
Music Theory 3.0 hrs Ellen Seyer MM 101 SEMO
Music: An Artistic Expression 3.0 hrs Ellen Seyer MM 182 SEMO
Pre-Calculus 6.0 hrs (3.0 credits each semester) Lenny Kuper MA 116 (first sem) MA 117 (second sem) SEMO
Spanish III 3.0 hrs Mary Ha SP 101 SLU
Theology Foundations 3.0 hrs Sarah Strohmeyer Theo 100 SLU

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

  • Notre Dame students may earn college credit through the AP Program.
  • Notre Dame offers two AP courses in Foreign Language.
  • A student who excels in a given area may wish to take an AP exam. Exams can be taken in any subject area and are not limited to seniors. We encourage students to take as many classes in that subject area before taking the AP exam.
  • The exams are given in May and cost between $85-95.
  • Tests are ordered in March. Announcements will be made in the bulletin.
  • Scores are given on a scale of 1-5, with college credit given for scores of 3 or above, depending on the college and subject.
  • AP credit is more widely accepted at colleges than early college or dual credit classes.

The College Board urges students to study the kinds of skills and subjects outlined in the Course Description for each subject, because they represent the basis for the AP Examination. The best way to do so is in a year-long AP course in which the students and teachers focus on AP-level work. Some students, however, have taken strong courses and/or have studied in depth on their own. Such students may be able to perform quite well on the AP Examination.

If you take an examination as a senior, colleges will not receive your grade before July – probably well after you have been admitted. If you choose to report AP grades obtained before your senior year, you will primarily be telling the colleges that you undertook a difficult course and that you are serious about your studies. Overall, approximately two-thirds of all AP test takers receive AP grades of at least 3. This grade is regarded as an indicator of an ability to do successful work at most colleges.

You can take an AP Exam each time it is offered (AP Exams are offered once a year in May). Your grade report will include your grades for all the AP Exams you have taken, including yearly “repeats” of the same subject exam.

Most of the exams take two to three hours to complete. For subjects that correspond to half-year college courses, the exam is closer to two hours in length. Your AP Coordinator should notify you of the exact exam starting time. You can also take a look at the current exam schedules for days and dates.

The answer to the first question is “yes,” but not as much as you might think. Your score on the multiple-choice section is based on the number of questions you answer correctly minus a fraction of the number of questions you answer incorrectly. (One-fourth of a point is subtracted for a wrong answer in questions with five answer choices, and one-third of a point in questions with four answer choices.)

The answer to the second question is a conditional “yes.” Random guessing is unlikely to raise or lower your grade if you are unsure about the answer to a question, because of the formula (described above) used to deduct points for wrong answers. However, if you have SOME knowledge of the question, and can eliminate one or more answer choices, informed guessing from among the remaining choices is usually to your advantage.

About CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. There are 2,900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams.

By taking one or more CLEP exams in your strong subjects, you’ll…

  • Save time. Get college credit for what you already know. Be rewarded for what you’ve learned through independent study, advanced high school courses, noncredit adult courses, or professional development.
  • Save money. The cost of a CLEP exam is significantly less than what you would spend in tuition for a single class. CLEP exams are free to military service members.
  •  Make college more interesting. Move right into advanced courses.
  •  Graduate on time. CLEP can help you to the finish line if you’re a few credits shy of graduating.
  •  Satisfy a proficiency requirement. Demonstrate you’ve already mastered the content of, for example, a basic math or language course. Great for dual-degree candidates or students just a few credits shy of graduation.
  •  For more information and instructions on how to obtain credit, contact the institution you plan to attend.

Career and Technology Center

ND students can earn college credit by taking classes at CTC.

MoVIP - Missouri Virtual Instruction Program

Courses are offered online and are considered electives.

Summer School/Correspondence Course

These courses may be used to complete requirements for graduation. However, these grades do not affect the student’s GPA. In the event of course failure, both the original grade and the summer grade are reported on the school transcript. Consult your student’s counselor.