AP & Dual-Credit Classes

Get a Jump on College Credit — and College Tuition!

DSHA offers a number of opportunities for students to enter college with earned credits through two types of classes: Dual-Credit/Concurrent Enrollment and Advanced Placement classes. With 30 total classes across 8 departments, there are multiple opportunities for students across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

How It Works

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  • Advanced Placement Courses

    AP courses offer the opportunity for students to master curriculum similar to the college-level. These rigorous classes require extended reading and preparation for class, and students are challenged to analyze and synthesize learned information. AP courses prepare students to take the corresponding AP Exam in May, where college credit may be earned based on a set of standards deemed by each individual institution. A large percentage of colleges and universities grant credit upon a score of 4 or 5. Visit the College Board to learn more about the AP policies of various institutions.
  • Dual-Credit/Concurrent Enrollment

    These courses provide students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing classes, where students gain exposure to challenging, college-level curriculum while in the supportive high school environment. Transcripted credit is earned upon successful completion of the class. Concurrent enrollment facilitates close collaboration between approved high school and college faculty, fostering alignment of secondary and postsecondary curriculum. DSHA currently partners with the University of Minnesota, Cardinal Stritch University, and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

    For more information, contact Heather Moran Mansfield, Academic Dean, at
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  • What is the difference between Dual-Credit and AP?

    • Concurrent enrollment courses are actual credit-bearing college courses, while AP classes prepare a student for the AP exam, where a student’s score may earn her credit.
    • Concurrent enrollment students earn a college grade based on multiple and varied assessments, whereas AP credit is based upon the exam only.
    • Concurrent enrollment students earn transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.
  • Dual-Credit, AP and Wellness at DSHA

    Before course selection, think about the big picture: your outside commitments, your ability to deal with multiple demands, your ability to deal with stress, and the importance of your overall wellness, including the utmost importance of mental health, regular exercise and adequate sleep.

    Dr. Brian Fidlin, a clinical psychologist with Milwaukee Psychiatric Physicians Chartered, recommends parents and students ask themselves the following questions before a student enrolls in a course (in high school, college and beyond):
    • How would I rate my daughter’s ability to manage stress? [High/Medium/Low]
    • What stress management tools do we have in place already? How much do we know about stress and how to manage it?
    • How much does my daughter have on her plate? How much will she have on her plate when school (and particular classes) are in session?
    • What are signs my daughter displays when she is stressed vs. non-stressed, overwhelmed vs. not overwhelmed? How quickly can we adjust to the stress she experiences and manage it?
    • What level of stress do I want my daughter functioning at? What if that means turning opportunities down—is she/are we prepared to eliminate activities to better manage stress?

AP Courses At-A-Glance

  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language and Composition 

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C Mechanics

Specialized Studies
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Statistics

Social Studies
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP U.S. History

Visual Arts
  • AP Art: 2D Design

World Languages
  • AP Latin IV/V
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture

Dual-Credit Opportunities At-A-Glance

  • EN 211 | Cardinal Stritch: Ethnicity in American Literature
  • EN 215 | Cardinal Stritch: Irish Literature
  • ENG 263 | UW-Whitewater: Contemporary Literature

  • MT 195 | Cardinal Stritch: College Algebra

Social Studies
  • HS 263 | Cardinal Stritch: Intercultural History: Latin America
  • HS 341 | Cardinal Stritch: United States Foreign Policy
  • HS 304 | Cardinal Stritch: Tumultuous Times: The 1960s


  • REL 104 | Cardinal Stritch: World Religions
  • REL 343 | Cardinal Stritch: Catholic Social Teaching

World Languages
  • FR 252 | UW-Whitewater: Intermediate French
  • LAT 3004 | University of Minnesota: Intermediate Latin Poetry: Vergil 


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