HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy began offering honors, advanced placement and college courses in the fall of 2009.
This year, the program has expanded to give students more options. Honors courses are available in world history, U.S. history, geography, English, calculus, trigonomety and Spanish.
Approximately 25 percent of Heritage’s high school students are taking one or more honors courses. Six students are pursuing AP English and one student is pursuing honors calculus, honors trigonometry and AP physics.
Advanced placement courses offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by passing an exam at the end of the year.
Students can register for the Essence Program through HCC, which allows them to receive high school and college credit at the same time. Students can also take online courses from other colleges. The school has more than 50 percent of its seniors and several juniors enrolled in college courses.
Seniors Troy Cosner, Aaron Clark and Kenny Sterner are each taking three college courses each semester or 18 credits this year.
Students who begin taking college classes their junior year could graduate with at least 24 college credits. Since online or AP fees are usually less than actual college tuition, students not only get a head start academically, but could save several thousand dollars in expenses.
Heritage hired Dawn Horn of Frederick, Md., to coordinate the honors and college courses and any subject students take online.
For more information about the school’s honors programs, call the school office at 301-582-2600.