Academics at Delone Catholic

At Delone Catholic High School, a rigorous academic program prepares students for successful futures by developing scholarly habits and practical skills. Read our  2017-18 Course Catalog  for more information.

Academics at Delone Catholic

Advanced Placement at Delone Catholic

Each year, Delone Catholic students pursue upper-level studies that not only fulfill graduation requirements, but also earn college credit. Through the College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), students take college-level courses taught by their high school teachers. At the end of the year, they take the AP exams, which are scored on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest. Many colleges and universities award credit to students who have achieved a satisfactory score on the AP exam, meaning collegiate graduate requirements can be met before the student arrives on campus.

Delone Catholic offers the following AP courses:

  • Calculus AB
  • English Literature and Composition
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory (Coming in 2017-18!)
  • Statistics
  • United States History

A key part of Delone Catholic's mission is challenging students to reach their full potential in all areas. We encourage our students to use and develop their God-given abilities to expand their knowledge and better prepare for the next phase of their lives. Any student that meets the prerequisites can enroll in these courses. Each student who does so will be required to take the AP exam in the spring at the students' own expense (approximately $86-90).In addition to the courses offered as part of the Delone Catholic curriculum, students may choose to take other AP courses from The Virtual High School, or to prepare independently for AP exams in subjects that are not offered at Delone Catholic. These students are encouraged to work with the teacher of the appropriate subject area to plan and prepare for the AP exam.

Students who perform exceptionally well on AP exams may also receive special recognition. The AP Scholar Awards recognize various levels of achievement with emphasis placed on a high average score on a large number of AP exams. In 2013, 15 Delone Catholic students earned AP Scholar awards. In 2014, seven students earned AP Scholar awards and in 2015, 12 students earned the awards.

Useful AP Links from the College Board
Program Facts and Overview
College and University AP Credit Policies

Dual Enrollment at Delone Catholic

The challenging nature of the curriculum at Delone Catholic not only prepares students for future college success, but also provides opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school. In addition to the Advanced Placement (AP) program, which allows students to earn credit by taking AP exams, Delone Catholic partners with Alvernia University (Reading, Pa.) to offer a dual enrollment course in Spanish.

HACC's Dual Enrollment program allows students to take college credit courses at any HACC campus, at an off-site location or online. These course credits also become part of the student's permanent HACC record and can be applied to a  HACC degree program or transferred to another college.

Penn State York also offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus at a 50 percent tuition reduction. This enables students to get a jump on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. Students participating in this program may choose from a variety of courses offered at Penn State York.

The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School is a non-profit organization that has literally changed the face of online and blended learning in high schools and middle schools across the country and around the world. Since 1996, they have brought art to the cornfields, math to the deserts, and science to the delta. The education students thought they couldn’t receive, and administrators thought they couldn’t afford, has been delivered via the Web by The Virtual High School.

At Delone Catholic, VHS is offered to juniors and seniors. The following full-year Advanced Placement courses will be offered for highly motivated and independent students to choose from:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP World History

The following semester courses will be offered in either Fall or Spring semester:

  • Animal Behavior and Zoology
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Twentieth Century Women Authors

After completing the  VHS Application and obtaining approval by the current subject teacher and Department Chair, a student who is accepted into the VHS program should count the VHS course chosen among the required number of credits.                                

Is VHS for you?

Please read the information listed below, and complete the steps in the application process.  This will allow you to make an informed decision as to whether VHS will be a good match for you.  Applications that are not complete will be returned to the student.  

Criteria for acceptance into the VHS Program

The following items will be considered for all students applying for VHS courses.

  • Classroom behavior
  • Completion of assignments (there is no minimum grade requirement)
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attendance (will not be a major factor, but will be considered)
  • Recommendation from the teacher in the department and the Department Chair
  • Completion of AP Calculus AB before registering for AP Calculus BC

 Course Policies for VHS Classes

  • A student cannot take an AP course that is currently offered at Delone Catholic High School.
  • The administration has the right to disapprove a course.
  • VHS Course Registration begins in the first or second week of May. Once a student has been registered for a course, they will not be allowed to withdraw from the program. However, Delone Catholic reserves the right to withdraw a student from the program at any time.
  • There are a limited number of seats each semester. The number of classes a student is enrolled in will be determined by the number of students accepted into the program.
  • Students should review the course information carefully before making their course selections. A student may request to switch one VHS AP course for another prior to the start of classes.  This does not mean that a student’s request will be granted.  Requests to change a course will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  All requests must be approved by Dr. Thiec.  In order to request a course change, a written request stating the reason for the change must be completed by the student and signed by his/her parent or guardian. 
  • Students must be able to work independently.
  • A student may need to work outside of school hours to complete weekly assignments.
  • If a student does not have internet access at home, he/she must be willing to use a public library or other source to complete the necessary course work.

How much time should I allot to complete my work for VHS each week?

Students taking a VHS course during school hours have a class period each day as per the rotating scheduled.  The hours listed below include this time.

  • An AP level class requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for approximately 10 - 12 hours per week.

 Credit for VHS Courses

VHS Courses receive the same credit and weight, and are listed on the student transcript in the same manner as any other course offered at Delone Catholic.

How and where do I take my VHS course?

Students are assigned a class period to work on their VHS courses in the computer labs or library.  VHS courses are taught over the Internet, and therefore are accessible from any computer that has an internet connection.  Students have the option to take a VHS class without being assigned a class period during school hours. 

 Who pays for VHS Courses?

  • Delone Catholic High School pays the membership fees and basic tuition for VHS courses.
  • Delone Catholic does not provide any material for VHS courses. Students are responsible for any materials required for their course which are not provided through VHS.
  • VHS will be charging an additional $75 for AP courses. Students electing to take an AP course will have to pay the additional fee.  Tuition assistance is available in the case of hardship.  Students must also pay the fee for the AP test.
  • In addition, AP science classes will have a lab fee. Students will be required to pay the lab fee for their courses. 

 Please contact Dr. Maureen Thiec if you have any additional questions.

Instructional Support at Delone Catholic

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg seek to serve as broad a range of students as possible. This includes students who have documented special educational needs and may require some measure of additional instructional support. In determining whether a school is able to meet the needs of prospective students, it is necessary to review all academic records, including psychological educational testing reports. Schools must be able to balance the requirements of a student with documented special needs against the resources available to the school and the student.

Students come to school with varying skills and abilities. They all look forward to a new and rewarding school year. All students will meet with some degree of success, but for some, this success depends upon delivering the right amount of accommodations to students with documented special needs or learning differences. Instructional Support was created for just that purpose; to ensure success of students in the classroom.

Students having difficulty in school, for a variety of reasons, become discouraged, feel alone and dejected due to past or present failures brought on by their learning differences. The learning differences in students can vary from very minor to severe or involved. Regardless of their severity assistance and help are available. These learning differences could require some re-learning of skills - developing good study habits, special accommodations and more individualized one-on-one assistance. This service is provided at no additional cost to the parent.

While involved with Instructional Support, students receive special attention and assistance in subject areas with which they are having trouble as well as work on areas to strengthen their academic and study skills with a certified teacher. From help on note-taking skills to test-taking techniques, assistance with overdue assignments to help with homework, students work through individual obstacles that impede their educational process and ultimate success. The student is expected to meet the same academic standards that Delone Catholic has established within the educational community.The program has been designed as a collaborative effort to work together with teachers and students to help develop a more active learner and achieve greater success in the classroom.

For More information contact our Instructional Support Teacher:

Mrs. Kim Cook
kcook@deloncatholic.org
717-637-5969