Have a bright student who earns lots of A's?

Learn about TC's courses geared toward our best and brightest. Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses prepare students for college and university success.

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Honors Courses & Requirements

Honors courses are offered in all core curricular areas. Freshmen are placed in honors courses based on their HSPT Scores. Specific score ranges are indicators of skill levels which are predictors of success at the Honors level. Students qualify for placement in Honors courses for Sophomore through Senior year based on published pre-requisites. Students at all levels can meet the pre-requisites for placement in Honors courses. 

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Advanced Placement Courses & Requirements

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are the highest level high school courses offered in the United States. The curriculum is approved by the College Board. College and university admission teams view AP courses as strong indicators of a student’s success in college. Studies also show that students enrolled in AP courses have higher college graduation rates than students without AP. Students receive high school credits toward high school graduation requirements.

Tampa Catholic offers Advanced Placement courses beginning in the sophomore year. We encourage our students to enroll in courses that will challenge them academically and AP courses serve this role for our honors students. There is no limit to the number of AP classes a student may take in a given semester however students must meet the pre-requisites for each course as detailed in the Course Catalog.

Each May students completing AP courses take national, cumulative, rigorous, standard exams written by the College Board. Colleges and Universities award college credit, at their discretion, based on the student’s score on the exam.

We are pleased to offer a large number of Advanced Placement courses. Due to the rigor of the curriculum and the speed with which the material is covered, students must meet the pre-requisites for each course as detailed in the current year’s Course Catalog.

College Board and State of Florida Information

Current Offerings:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History
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Dual Enrollment Courses & Requirements

Students take Dual Enrollment (DE) courses at Tampa Catholic as part of their regular daily schedule. In doing so, the student is “dual enrolled” at TC and Hillsborough Community College. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn high school credits toward high school graduation requirements and at the same time earn college credit toward a degree in the State of Florida University system.

Dual Enrollment courses are college level courses sanctioned by the State of Florida and the State University system. Tampa Catholic’s DE courses are administered by Hillsborough Community College. (HCC) The instructors must have a Master’s Degree in their field of study and be approved by HCC as adjunct professors. The course content and syllabus must also be approved by HCC.

Credit earned is guaranteed to be transferable to any institution in the Florida University system. In addition private and out-of-state colleges will often accept dual enrollment courses as transfer credits. Past TC students have graduated high school with enough transferable credits to significantly and positively impact their college careers.

Criteria

Students who are interested in enrolling for the Dual Enrollment courses must take the PERT qualifying test at HCC. What is the procedure for taking the test (PERT)?
PERT Sign Up Instructions (80.19 KB)
Pre-Arranged Absentee Approval (PERT) (263.46 KB)
HCC Dual Enrollment Course Equivalency List

Students must also meet the criteria established by Florida State Statute:

  • Have and maintain an un-weighted cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0
  • Obtain a passing score on the CPT, SAT or ACT tests as follows:
    • College Placement Test (CPT)
      • Reading: 106
      • Writing: 103
      • Math: 114
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Subscores
      • Critical Reading: 24.0
      • Math: 24.0
    • ACT
      • English: 17
      • Reading: 19
      • Math: 19

We are pleased to offer these courses in conjunction with the Hillsborough Community College. In order to enroll in these classes students must meet the pre-requisites established by HCC and found in the current year’s Tampa Catholic Course Catalog.

Current Offerings

The Hillsborough Community College course numbers are shown in the brackets following each course title.

  • American Government [POS 2041]
  • Anatomy and Physiology [BSC 1085, 1085L & BSC 1086, 1086L]
  • Anthropology [ANT 2000]
  • College Algebra* [MAC 1105]
  • Elementary Spanish [SPN1120 & SPN1121]
  • English 4 [ENC 1101 & 1102]
  • Intro to Religion [REL 2300]
  • Political Science [POS 1001]
  • Trigonometry* [MAC 1114]
  • US History [AMH 1010 & 1020]

* College Algebra DE [MAC 1105] requires PERT Math: 123; SAT Math 27; or ACT Math 21. Trigonometry DE [MAC 1114] requires PERT Math: 123; SAT Math 27; or ACT Math 21 and at least a C in College Algebra DE

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Computation of GPA includes a system of weighting Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment courses. Each Honors course receives an additional 0.5 quality point for the year. Each AP and Dual Enrollment course receives 1.0 quality point for the year.