High School Options

  • Gifted services at the high school level take place in a variety of formats.  Students and families self-select the options that are the best fit for the students skills, interests, and goals.  Students should consult with their high school guidance counselor for additional information and recommendations.  A gifted specialist is available to consult with teachers of courses counted as gifted services, and genera classroom teachers of those courses receive ongoing professional development in gifted education.

    Advanced Placement
    The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is nationally recognized for introducing students to the challenges of college-level work while they are still in high school. Through a variety of introductory-level college courses taught in the high school, AP gives students an opportunity to earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. Students earn college credit based on an end-of-year exam for the course.  Each college decides which AP exam grades it will accept for credit and/or advanced placement. Many institutions, including all state universities in Ohio, accept grades of 3 and above.  The vast majority of more than 3,000 colleges and universities that receive AP grades grant credit and/or advanced placement.

    Gifted Support Elective (New for 20-21 School Year)
    The new Gifted Support elective is open to students identified as gifted in superior cogntive ability or creative thinking ability in grades 9 and 10.  This online course will be taught by a licensed gifted sepcialist and will focus on social-emotional needs related to giftedness, college and career awareness and readiness skills, and academic skills needed to prepare for succes in future advanced coursework.

    International Baccalaureate
    This worldwide, interdisciplinary educational program is offered at Columbus Alternative High School.  It involved advanced level coursework in all subject areas which may lead to college credit.
    *Explore other Columbus City Schools High Schools to learn about their specialty programs in biomedical studies, engineering, STEM initiatives, the arts, and more.
    Credit Flexibility
    High school students (including middle school students taking at least one high school course) may apply for Credit Flexibility through exam and demonstration or individual proposal in courses that count as either academic or elective credit towards high school graduation. Any course that appears in the Columbus City Schools High School Course Description Handbook is eligible, except in cases where the course is managed by an approved third party e.g., International Baccalaureate, Kenyon Advanced Placement and Post Secondary Education Opportunities courses.

    Students may also apply for Credit Flexibility for courses that count as either academic or elective credit towards high school graduation which do not appear in Columbus City Schools High School Course Description Handbook by designing/developing their own course based on an area of their individual interest. There is no limit to the number of courses or credits that a student may apply to earn through Credit Flexibility.

    Additional information and the application can be found from the high school guidance counselor or online.

    College Credit Plus
    A high school student may take courses at a post-secondary institution and receive high school and/or college credit or may take college level courses available at a high school campus. Acceptance by the higher education institution is required.  For more information regarding College Credit Plus, plan to attend one of the information meetings this winter or talk to your guidance counselor or visit the College Credit Plus page.