Gaining College Experience

OLSH AP Advantage Program

The OLSH AP Advantage Program affords OLSH students distinct opportunities to take AP courses both on campus and online through relationships with two of America's finest universities - the University of Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins University. This grant-funded program adds exceptional value to the OLSH educational experience.

The University of Notre Dame has adopted OLSH as the first school outside of the state of Indiana to participate in its AP Teacher Investment Program (AP-TIP). Through this program, OLSH teachers receive specialized training at an AP Summer Institute, teacher mentors, and numerous resources. Students have access to resources and the opportunity to take a scored practice exam. Students and teachers receive financial incentives for earning qualifying scores (3, 4, or 5) on AP exams. AP exams offered at OLSH as part of the Notre Dame AP-TIP program include: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science Principles, Physics I, and British Literature. Students and teachers participating in AP World History at OLSH will also receive financial incentives for qualifying scores on that AP exam.

Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) provides a comprehensive complement of Advanced Placement courses that are taught online. OLSH students receive a scholarship to help to defray the cost of the course; additional fees are associated with CTY courses beyond registration, including textbooks and lab materials. These online courses do offer students access to CTY faculty throughout the duration of the course and space will be provided at OLSH to complete course requirements. Students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in a CTY online course - scores of 540 Verbal and 590 Math on the PSAT.

Click below to download a powerpoint presentation shared with students about this program and the value of taking AP courses.

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