College Preparatory Courses (CP)
College Preparatory courses are designed to provide a rigorous curriculum aligned with state standards and connected to the student’s major. These classes prepare a student for a variety of post-secondary experiences including higher education and/or the workforce.
Honors Courses (H)
Instruction in honors courses differs from CP courses in terms of depth of content studied and the pace at which instruction is delivered. Honors courses are designed to challenge students who are considering applying to highly competitive colleges and universities. Students enrolled in these courses are expected to utilize independent learning and study skills, and complete additional projects presented by the instructor.
Advanced Placement Courses (AP)
Advanced Placement courses are designed to challenge students who demonstrate a consistent record of outstanding academic achievement. Rich course material, vibrant classroom discussions and demanding assignments help these students develop content mastery and critical thinking skills expected of college students.
The College Board (accredited organizer of AP curriculum and exams) audits all AP curriculum offered at William Penn High School. The College Board also develops and scores all AP examinations for each course. In addition to content, AP courses focus on preparation for these College Board AP Tests. Successful completion of the course and AP exam translates into college credits for our students. Further information about College Board can be found at www.collegeboard.org.
The Colonial School District shares the expense of AP exams; however, an agreement is drafted among the student, parent, and instructor at the beginning of each course to ensure a genuine commitment to the course and process. William Penn offers a wide variety of AP courses.
College Courses (Early College & Dual Enrollment)
Students can earn college credits while still in high school at a discounted price of tuition. William Penn has partnered with local colleges including Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College, University of Delaware, and Goldey Beacom to offer both face-to-face and online opportunities to earn college credits.