STEP FOUR - COURSE PLACEMENT
Rising 9th grade students from Diocesan Partner Schools along with The Highlands School & Advent Episcopal School: Optional High School Placement Test (HSPT) for Course Placement
All accepted applicants from Diocesan Partner Schools, The Highlands School & Advent Episcopal School will be given the option/opportunity to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and the Math Waiver Test (which will be given in May 2023). Students who wish to be considered for Honors Course placement are recommended to take the HSPT. Test dates will be provided to the students upon acceptance to JCCHS.
The JCCHS Guidance Department will use the following when determining placement into Honors Courses:
1. Student transcripts
2. Standardized Test results
3. Results from the HSPT (High School Placement Test)
4. Principal/Teacher Recommendations
For more information about the Courses of Study at JCCHS please read below:
JCCHS offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that equips students with the skills necessary for success in college and careers. John Carroll has two courses of study (Advanced and Honors), with three course options being offered for math (Basic, Advanced, and Honors). Please note that placement in Advance and Honors classes is not stationary - based on student achievement they can move from an Advanced Course to an Honors Course, or shift from an Honors Course to an Advanced Course. These changes are generally made between school years.
Advanced Course of Study - designed to prepare students for college level work and to develop a lifelong love of learning. Coursework emphasizes effective communication through reading, writing, and argumentation. Students are expected to develop into independent, informed, critical thinkers over the course of their four years at John Carroll.
Honors Course of Study - designed to challenge students to pursue their studies at a greater depth. Courses at this level rely on the independent study, research, analysis, argumentation and critical thinking involved with the highest level of academic work. Honors courses are open to students based on academic ability, interest in subject material, and motivation of the students to excel in challenging courses.
Math Placement - an algebra proficiency test will be offered in May to all incoming 9th grade students. The math department uses this test to determine a student’s readiness to move forward a level in their math placement.