Students come to Keystone with all different academic experiences and abilities. For advanced students, we have a number of opportunties that you can take advantage of. Students have the ability to progress through their courses at a pace that works for them. Our minimum time of 8 weeks for full year course, allow students to complete a course at an accelerated pace. This can allow students to graduate earlier than planned, which is a great incentive for many of our students.
Advanced Placement Courses:
In addition to the accelerated course pace, high school students also have the opportunity to take AP courses. AP stands for Advanced Placement. An AP Course has a standard curriculum. For example, every student in the world who is taking AP Biology is studying from the same materials and learning the same information. Students take an AP course so they are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test which is held in May of each year. Students who score well on an AP test may be eligible to get college credit for this course depending on the school they choose to attend. AP courses are typically more rigorous and offer more of an academic challenge to students than a standard course. Many colleges and universities will view a student's transcript and look to see if they challenged themselves academically during their high school career. AP Exams are held every May. Below are instructions on how to sign up for the AP Exams:
- Contact AP Services (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 888-225-5427 International callers: 212-632-1780 Fax: 610-290-8979) no later than March 1st to get the names and telephone numbers of local, participating AP Coordinators willing to test outside students. Prepare a list of the AP Exams you are interested in taking before you call.
- Call the AP Coordinators identified by AP Services no later than March 10th.
When calling Coordinators to arrange testing, make sure to tell them:
- You are trying to locate a school willing to administer exams to students from schools that do not offer AP Exams.
- The exams you plan to take.
- If you have a documented disability that will require testing accommodations at the exam, and if you have been approved by the College Board to test with accommodations.
Once you locate an agreeable school, that school's AP Coordinator is responsible for ordering your exam materials, telling you when and where to report for the exams, and collecting your fees, which may be higher to cover the school’s additional proctoring or administration costs. That school must administer the exams for you; the school cannot forward them to you or your school for handling.
Dual Enrollment is an opportunity for students to be concurrently enrolled in The Keystone School and a local college, and potentially earn high school credits for courses completed at that college. The Keystone School encourages students to advantage of this opportunity in their junior and senior years of high school. Students are responsible for making a connection with a college or university that will support dual enrollment. Students must receive authorization from Keystone prior to enrolling in a concurrent program to ensure the credits will transfer. Without Keystone authorization, college credits are not guaranteed to be accepted for Keystone transfer credit. Keystone provides a Dual Credit Approval Form to request this approval.
- Students can enroll in courses for dual credit and are encouraged to do so in their junior and senior years. This means that students are concurrently enrolled with Keystone and a college or university.
- Students are responsible for making a connection with a college or university that will support dual enrollment. Students must receive authorization from Keystone prior to enrolling in a concurrent program to ensure the credits will transfer. Without Keystone authorization, college credits are not guaranteed to be accepted for Keystone transfer credit. Keystone provides a Dual Credit Approval Form to request this approval.
- The full dual-enrollment policy can be found here: https://fw.unitymg.com/rdr/C:9033
- The dual-enrollment approval form can be found here: https://fw.unitymg.com/rdr/C:9034
- Dual-credits appear on the Keystone transcript as transfer credits, and will not count towards the cumulative Keystone GPA.
- Families must arrange to have the official transcript sent from the College to The Keystone School after the course is completed to officially transfer the credit in
National Society of High School Scholars
The National Society of High School Scholars - Providing recognition for outstanding students, this society offers excelling students the opportunity to enhance their resume and college application. All Keystone students who:
- Maintain a 90% grade average or above in their courses (3.5 or higher GPA)
- Have earned at least ten high school credits overall (through Keystone and/or Transferring)
- Have earned at least five high school credits through Keystone
Invitations are sent to qualified students twice each year, in June and December. To find out if you are eligible for an invitation to the National Society of High School Scholars, please contact email email@example.com
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