Goshen High School offers a number of opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses (AP) can earn college credit upon passing the AP tests. For more information regarding the AP program visit the website www.collegeboard.org Students can also earn college credit through Southern State College or Zane State College by participating in Dual Credit (D/C) courses. Credit is awarded by the participating college upon successful completion of the course and is transferrable throughout other colleges. Students may also earn college credit throught the College Credit Plus Program. Information on College Credit Plus is provided in February each year. Call the guidance office at 722-2227 for more information.
In addition to the regular high school diploma, Goshen High School and the State of Ohio will award an Honors Diploma. The criteria for the Honors Diploma is as follows:
Each school district shall award the Diploma with Honors to any student graduating who successfully completes the high school curriculum or individualized education program developed for the student by the high school, demonstrates at least a tenth-grade level of literacy and basic competency on all tenth grade graduation tests, and meets the criteria for honors provided below. The student who completes the Honors Diploma in high school shall meet all but one of the following criteria:
7) an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year
8) a composite score of 27 on the ACT or a composite score of 1210 on the SAT
Honors courses are designed for students ready to handle more complex and faster paced material. Most Honors courses provide additional weight to the student GPA. Not all Honors courses are weighted. If an AP course or College Credit Plus course is offered in the same subject, the lower level course will not be weighted. For example, 10th grade Honors English is weighted because it is the highest level English available to a 10th grade student. Honors English 11 is NOT weighted because AP Language (a more difficult course) is offered. Please contact the guidance office at (513) 722-2227 if you have questions regarding weighted classes. A list of honors level courses and descriptions is included below:
.Honors English 9 & 10 – The purpose of honors English is to prepare students for Advanced Placement English. The class will require extensive reading and writing. This class will challenge students and prepare them for college level English. Prerequisite: teacher recommendation and selection by the English Department. Additionally, an essay may be required.
Honors English 11 - English 11 Honors is designed for the junior student ready to handle higher level and quick paced studies. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to, classic pieces of American literature from a multitude of genres including drama, novel, essay, and poetry. The expectations of writing and workload to prepare for college should be anticipated.
Honors English 12 - English 12 Honors is designed for the senior student to prepare for college-level writing while studying traditional pieces of British literature including poetry, drama, and novels. The expectations of writing and workload to further prepare for college should be anticipated.
A.P. Literature – A.P. Lit. is a college level English course requiring extensive reading and writing. The purpose of the class is to develop critical reading and writing skills across a variety of genres. The class will also help students to prepare for the A.P. Exam. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. An entrance essay may be required as part of the selection process.
A.P. Language - This year long class is open to juniors and seniors interested in exploring language and its uses. This course teaches students expository, analytical and argumentative writing they must do in college that is based on mostly nonfiction reading as well as on personal experience and observation. Students will read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA). The class will also help students to prepare for the A.P. Exam. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. An entrance essay may be required as part of the selection process.
Honors Integrated Math I – This course covers the same topics as Integrated Math I above with the exception that the course is a more challenging course which requires study and the desire to excel in the Honors level curriculum of the high school level.
Honors Integrated Math II - continues students’ study of topics from algebra, geometry, and statistics in a problem-centered, connected approach. Functions, matrix operations, and algebraic representations of geometric concepts are the principle topics of study. Emphasis for honors students will be placed on higher order thinking skills that impact practical and increasingly complex applications in a problem-centered, connected approach. Students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relationships and use those representations to solve problems.
Honors Integrated III – This college preparatory course is a faster paced version of Integrated III. It covers all of the materials in Integrated III plus hyperbolas and ellipses. It prepares the student for Pre-Calculus and higher mathematics.
AP Calculus – Primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of Calculus and providing experience with its methodologies and applications. This course is intended to be challenging and demanding. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to Calculus with concepts, results, and problems expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Technology will be used regularly to reinforce the relationships among multiple representations of functions, implement experimentation, and assist in interpretation. Broad concepts and widely applicable methods are the primary emphasis, not memorization or manipulation of an extensive taxonomy of functions, curves, problems, theorems, or problem types. The connections among those representations are the important focus. Through the use of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling, the course and its themes become a cohesive whole rather than a collection of unrelated topics. This course prepares the student for the AP Calculus Exam.
Honors World and American History – Students will continue the chronological study of world and American history while incorporating the standards required for the Ohio Graduation Test. Honors classes cover the same material as Modern World and Modern American histories, however these sections cover material in greater depth and at a faster pace.
AP U.S. History – This is a college level class that requires extensive independent reading and is taught at a faster pace than the regular U.S. History class. It is a year-long survey of American history from the age of exploration to the present. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement U.S. History Test.
AP Psychology – This is a college level class that requires extensive independent reading and is taught at a faster pace than the regular psychology class. Concepts covered in regular psychology are included in addition to preparation for the AP test.
AP American Government – AP United States Government and Politics extends over the course of one school year. The course will challenge students in the understanding of the formal and informal structure of government and the processes of the American Political system. The course will also include an emphasis on domestic and foreign policy-making and implementation. This course prepares students to take the AP Government test.
Dual Credit Western Civilization I & II – This is a college level course in Western Civilization covering the people, cultures, and history of Western Civilization. Students successfully completing this course will be awarded 3-6 semester credit hours through Zane State.
Honors Physical Science A & B – Honors Physical Sciene is an introductory course in physical sciences. This course will be a survey of physical science topics as outlined in the State of Ohio Science Academic Content Standards. Topics will include chemistry (matter, energy, elements, reactions), physics (motion, energy, forces, and technology), and Space Science. This class will go at a faster pace and go into more detail than CP Physical Science. There will be more rigorous math requirements. Assessment will focus on project based learning, independent research reports, and lab reports.
Honors Biology A & B – Honors Biology is a two semester college prep course that examines four major themes of the study of living things. These include cellular biology, genetics/evolution, ecology, and diversity. Each theme will offer a variety of hands on experiences through dissections and laboratories. Dissection of various animals will be used in this course. This class will go at a faster pace and go into more detail than CP Biology. Assessment will focus on project based learning, independent research reports, and lab reports.
Honors Chemistry A & B – this course deals with the study of metric conversions, states of matter, atomic theory, periodic table and bonding. This class also covers writing formulas and equations, studying reactions, and energy relationships. Lab work and lab reports are required. This class will go at a faster pace and go into more detail than CP Chemistry. Assessment will focus on project based learning, independent research reports, and lab reports.
Physics A & B – Physics is a two semester college prep (CP) course that covers topics which require students to perform many mathematical problems as they relate to science. Topics include vectors, force and motion, gravity, energy power, work, heat, light and sound.
A.P. Biology – This is a rigorous college level biology course, designed for students who are planning to major in a biological field. General topics will include cell biology, evolution, ecology, and plant and animal structure and function. In-depth labs will emphasize problem solving ability and learning ofadvanced techniques. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in biology.
D/C Chemistry A & B – this is a two semester college level course that deals with the study of metric conversions, states of matter, atomic theory, periodic table and bonding. This class also covers writing formulas and equations, studying reactions, and energy relationships. Lab work and lab reports are required. The Dual Credit offering of this class is available through Southern State.
Dual Credit Art History I & II –This course is a college level introduction to major works of Western art from prehistory to the Medieval period. Students will become acquainted with some of the most important monuments and images from Western history and learn key artistic and historical terms, concepts and styles. Material will focus on the influence of historical and cultural context in shaping the production and development of art in different regions. This is a writing-intensive course that will instruct students on how to view, analyze, discuss, and write about art.
Spanish III – In this course, students will review and expand their knowledge of Spanish grammar structures and vocabulary skills learned in Spanish I and II. Emphasis will be on reading selected literary works, composing advanced compositions and improving listening and speaking skills through dialogues. Students will continue to focus on Hispanic culture, geography and history.
Spanish IV – In this course, students will study advanced Spanish grammatical structures and be able to use advanced vocabulary. Emphasis will continue to be on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This course will prepare the student for possible careers involving knowledge of Spanish.
French III – Continues to develop the four basic skills with communicative vocabulary and grammar study. Students continue to develop listening and speaking skills and enhance cultural knowledge of the French-speaking world.
French IV – Students further develop listening and speaking skills while also concentrating on reading and writing longer passages. The study of French history and literature is also incorporated.