Bishop Fenwick Academic Guide

State Testing:

Starting with the class of 2018, Ohio has adopted new testing for students to earn an Ohio high school diploma. Part of this testing protocol includes students needing to earn a total of 18 points on end-of-course exams.  Fenwick began administering these end-of-course exams in the spring of 2016.

Also starting with the class of 2018, schools are required to administer a college readiness exam to their juniors.  Fenwick has chosen to use the ACT and will administer it once in the spring of the student’s junior year at no charge to families.  Below is data on the  5-year trend for Fenwick students taking the ACT.

College Credit Plus:

Ohio’s College Credit Plus allows students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The focus of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Taking a college course from a public college or university through this program has minimum additional costs.

Bishop Fenwick High School students have a number of options for taking College Credit Plus courses.  In addition to attending courses on a local college campus and via online courses, Fenwick currently offers CCP Chemistry taught on campus by Fenwick faculty. A minimum of three college hours will translate to one high school advanced placement credit.  Fenwick courses and requirements take precedence over CCP courses.

Please check the link for more information on the Ohio CCP program:

College Prep Curriculum:

Bishop Fenwick High School offers three levels of college preparatory classes intended to challenge the student and help them reach their highest potential.  Class placement is based on a number of factors, including standardized tests, prior teacher recommendations, and information received from previous schools for new students.  Returning students are placed in courses based upon pre-requisite completion and teacher recommendation.  Students may be scheduled into different college prep level courses based on their specific skill sets in that area.

College Prep courses are provided for students who achieve better in a slower paced, more differentiated environment. 

Accelerated College Prep courses are provided for the majority of our students at Bishop Fenwick High School.

Honors/Advanced Placement courses are provided for students with advanced ability in a particular subject area.  These courses have a higher level of demand on the students, require more self-guided reading, and (in the case of AP and CCP courses) are taught at a college level.

AP Courses:

Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to take college-level studies in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. Upon completion of the AP course, students are required to take the nationally administered examination in May.  As a result of their performance on the examination, they may receive college credit hours for each examination taken. This enables a student who is successful on the exam(s) to enter college at a level beyond that of a beginning freshman. Entrance into an AP course requires a minimum of an 85 (B) average in the subject and the recommendation of the subject teacher.

Currently, Advanced Placement is offered in Biology, Calculus, English, Latin, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Studio Art, U.S. History, U.S. Government, World History and Physics.