Gaining College Experience

Robert Morris University's First Semester of College in High School Program

Robert Morris University’s First Semester of College in High School program is a cohort-based program for rising juniors, limited to a maximum of 15 OLSH students. OLSH students participating in this program will have the opportunity to complete an entire semester’s worth of courses at Robert Morris University, while still enrolled as a student at OLSH. This program was first made available to students in the 2014-2015 school year. OLSH is the only Pittsburgh diocesan Catholic school participating in Robert Morris University’s First Semester of College in High School program. Read more about the program and its requirements in the Course Catalog on page 5.

College in High School (CIHS)/SCHOLAR

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School has articulated agreements with several local colleges that allow students to earn college credit upon successful completion of certain upper level courses offered at the high school and taught by high school teachers. For example, students may receive credit from the University of Pittsburgh for successful completion of courses offered by the Computer Science Department. The SCHOLAR program at La Roche College offers college credit in courses offered by the English department. Duquesne University offers college credit in courses offered by the World Language Department. Our courses are reviewed every year and may change from year to year, check the Course Catalog for the most up to date information.

e-Learning at OLSH

In partnership with two Felician Colleges, OLSH students have the opportunity to enroll in online elective courses. This eLearning environment will provide high quality, flexible educational opportunities, which include access to relevant academic and exploratory content. The purpose of these opportunities is to enhance the learning experiences of all students and to develop the skills necessary to compete in a global society.

2015-2016 eLearning Course Titles

  • Playwrights With Problems: Issue Driven Drama – Ms. Long (OLSH)
  • Jane Austin’s Novels and Regency England – Ms. Vent (OLSH)
  • Hispanic Living in the US– Ms. Kregar (OLSH)
  • History of Rock & Roll – Mr. Ward (Immaculate Conception/ Lodi, NJ)
  • Children’s Literature & Creative Writing – Ms. Mineo (Immaculate Conception/ Lodi, NJ)
  • The Art of Happiness – Ms. Distasi (Immaculate Conception/ Lodi, NJ)

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Several Advanced Placement courses are offered at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School and taught by high school faculty. Students scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams may receive recognition for their test scores from the colleges that students enter after graduation. For some colleges, the recognition is to allow students to skip entry-level courses and enroll in more advanced courses as freshmen. For others, college credits are awarded for the AP course taken in high school.

2015-2016 AP Courses

  • AP British Literature
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP World History
  • AP Spanish