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.
26 credits are required for graduation from Bishop Fenwick High School. A comprehensive listing of requirements (including the breakdown of which specific courses are required) can be found in the course of studies on www.fenwickfalcons.org. Listed below are the required credits:
English 4 credits
Religion 1 credit/year at BFHS
Social Studies 3.5 credits
Fine Arts 1 credit
PE/Health 1 credit
Mathematics 4 credits
Science 3 credits
World Language 2 credits (same language)
Technology 1 credit
Electives 2.5 credits
Ohio Testing Requirement
In addition to earning 26 credits, students must also earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points using subject based IOWA testing. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies. The IOWA testing is an approved substitute for the state’s end-of-course exams, lining up as shown below:
|State Exam||IOWA Test|
|Algebra 1||IOWA Mathematics|
|American History||IOWA Social Studies|
|English 1||IOWA English Language Arts|
Students studying Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Biology, American History or American Government may take and substitute test scores for state exams to avoid double testing. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in these subjects for state exams.
Students who earn at least an 18 on English AND 22 for Math and Reading on the ACT are exempt from the above.
College Credit Plus (CCP)
College Credit Plus (CCP) is an approved program by the Ohio Legislature whereby students can earn high school and college credit(s) while at Fenwick. A minimum of three college hours will translate to one high school credit. The weight of the high school credit is based on the department of the course at the college level and course offerings in that subject at the high school level. Click HERE for information from the State of Ohio regarding the CCP program.
Bishop Fenwick High School believes very strongly in the education we provide our students. Through the state’s initiative, more and more students have been reaching out to local colleges to take courses through the CCP Program. Fenwick has established on-campus CCP courses in Chemistry through a coordinated effort with Miami University – Middletown. Through a relationship with Sinclair Community College, Fenwick has added CCP options to the offerings on campus. Fenwick offers several CCP courses taught by Fenwick faculty, at Fenwick High School. Additionally, Fenwick promotes on-line courses through Sinclair. These courses allow students to do their coursework during a study hall while being present on Fenwick’s campus, monitored by Fenwick faculty. Students interested in on-line CCP courses will have a study hall in their schedule for the completion of on-line coursework. This is a great opportunity for students to explore or go further in depth with topics that interest them, even if there is not enough interest to fill a classroom.
Bishop Fenwick High School reserves the right to deny request for an off-campus CCP class to fulfill a Fenwick graduation requirement. The process for taking CCP courses begins in January, and involves firm deadlines set by the State of Ohio and partnering institutions. Interested students and parents should attend a CCP information session scheduled by the school counselors.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Students must have the recommendation of the teacher(s) to enroll in an Advanced Placement course. Students who elect to take AP courses will be billed an additional amount for the AP exam in May. The fee for the exam is determined by the Advanced Placement program. Students who are enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exam for that course, and are responsible for the fee. The fee for the AP course is intended to cover the cost of the test for the course and will be set once the test price is known ($95 in 2016-17). Charges will be billed to the FACTS account for any student enrolled in an AP course on September 1 of the academic year.