Advanced Courses

All coursework at CCES is designed to be college-preparatory; however, students have the option of challenging themselves further by taking Advanced Placement, Honors, and International Baccalaureate courses. Each department sets pre-requisite criteria for placement into these advanced levels of course work.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

All students taking these college level courses are required to take a corresponding AP exam in May. A grade of 3 or better out of 5 is considered a passing score on the AP exam. However, each college has its own policies for granting credit at the actual institution, independent of what CCES or the College Board says.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

Designed for highly motivated students, the IB Diploma Program is a rigorous, pre-university course of study leading to externally assessed examinations. It is a comprehensive, six-subject, two-year curriculum, beginning in Grade 11, that is recognized internationally. Each studentís performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. Marks reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied equally to all schools. Colleges and universities recognize the IB curriculum as the most rigorous, full standard curriculum available. While IB exams are graded on a scale of 1-7, IB students at CCES receive numerical grades in each subject as they would normally on report cards and transcripts. Students who take an IB class must take the IB exam.