Academics

Northwest Course Guide (2019-2020)

OPS Graduation Requirements 

Advanced Placement:

The Advanced Placement (AP) program in the Omaha Public Schools offers high school students the opportunity to take college level courses in a high school setting. For over fifty years, students in the school district have participated in the AP program, not only to gain higher-level academic skills, but also to earn college credit while still in high school.Successful completion of AP Exams offers student the opportunity to earn advanced academic college credit. This can mean substantial savings for families on courses that would otherwise have to be taken in the freshman and sophomore years in college. Participation in the AP program gives students college level experience while still in high school. Northwest offered the following Advanced Placement Courses in the 2017 –2018 school year:

Dual Enrollment:

What is Dual Enrollment?  Dual Enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers in the student’s home high school building. The term ‘Dual Enrollment' means a program offered by a partnership between at least one institution of higher education and at least one local educational agency through which a secondary school student who has not graduated from high school with a regular high school diploma is able to enroll in one or more post-secondary courses and earn post-secondary credit that—

(A) is transferable to the institutions of higher education in the partnership; &
(B) applies toward completion of a degree or recognized educational credential as described in the Higher Education Act.

Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course. Essentially, dual enrollment prepares students for success in college and careers by increasing access to higher education, lowering the cost of college, and shortening student time to earning a degree or certification. 

Dual Enrollment is currently offered in OPS through two primary programs: Advanced Placement and Career Education (CE)

Dual Enrollment Benefits: 
Reduced Tuition Cost. Participating students have a reduced tuition rate or may qualify for FREE tuition through a scholarship program authorized by the Nebraska State Legislature. 

MCC: $44 per course. 
UNO: $250 per course. 
Midland U: $250 per course 
*Tuition Costs are determined by the post-secondary institution. 

The Omaha Public Schools District provides the textbook and all course materials necessary for completion of the dual enrollment course. Tuition payment is the responsibility of the student. If a student qualifies for federal needs-based programs, they may be eligible for FREE tuition.The ACE scholarship program pays mandatory tuition fees for qualified high schools students to enroll in dual enrollment courses. The basic criteria for high school students to qualify for the ACE scholarship is their eligibility status to receive assistance under a variety of federal programs, most notably the free and reduced lunch program. Students must work with a building official or counselor to complete the online ACE application. More information on ACE can be found at http://ccpe.state.ne.us/publicdoc/ccpe/Financial%20Aid/ACE/

Credits Transfer. Students begin creating an official college transcript with participation in a dual enrollment course. College institutions determine the transferability of credit, but typically credits transfer as follows:

AP Courses: transfer as general education requirements in either humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics to 4-year/2-year institutions 

CE courses: transfer as required credits at the issuing institution towards an associate’s degree or certification, or to a similar 2-year institution with like programming or may transfer as elective credits at 4-year institutions. 

Students should request transcripts from any college he/she has earned dual enrollment credit with and provide them to the college/university during the admission process. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose any college credit earned during high school, whether from an AP or CE dual enrollment course, to their college advisor. 

Classes offered during the 2018-19 school year for dual enrollment with UNO were:

 

 

ACE Scholarship: What is the ACE Scholarship?

Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for award consideration.
Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for award consideration.

For the ACE Scholarship Checklist, click here.

For step-by-step instruction to apply for the ACE Scholarship, click here 

Magnet:

JROTC:

Credit Recovery:

Students needing credit recovery can see their school counselor for details and registration. 

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