One of the goals at Living Word Lutheran High School is to give students the opportunity to succeed well beyond their years in high school. For students who are interested in pursuing a college education, Living Word has several programs in place for students to earn college credits before ever setting foot on a college campus. This can save students and their families’ time, money, and give them the possibility of graduating college early. In addition to the current college credit programs we offer, Living Word is now part of the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) with UW-Oshkosh.
The following classes offered at Living Word Lutheran currently qualify for CAPP (prerequisites may apply): AP Calculus, AP Language, Pre-Calculus, British Literature, Creative Writing, and Film and Literature. The credits that students earn are from UW-Oshkosh, but these credits are transferable to other universities.
Students do have to meet at least one of the following requirements to be eligible to enroll in CAPP:
Class rank in the top 25 percent
GPA of 3.25 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
ACT score of 24 or higher and at least one of the following:
Class rank in the top 50 percent
GPA of 2.75 or above
Students at Living Word will be able to earn 10 college credits (5 credits for Pre-Calculus and 5 credits for Calculus). CAPP costs $100 per credit, but if you look at the graphic below, the cost of CAPP is considerably more cost effective than a typical college course.
One great question is what is the difference between CAPP and AP courses? CAPP courses are actual college courses, where students may request an official UW Oshkosh transcript. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are essentially advanced high school-level courses, after which you take an exam that may or may not earn college credit upon admission.
There are a plethora of benefits to students enrolling in CAPP:
Save on tuition and room and board
Gain an advantage over other college applicants
Develop college study skills or success
Aid college transition and be college-ready
Rigorous course while in familiar environment
Enjoy more flexibility and opportunities in college
Lessen your course load in college
Mr. Balsman, LWLHS Math Teacher & CAPP instructor, explains his excitement for CAPP in this way, “Anything that we can do as a faculty and staff to make the transition to college more comfortable, we should do it. Students will be able to earn college credit from the comfort of a Living Word classroom, with their friends, and guided by a teacher they know and who knows them. I’m excited to help relieve the stress of an A.P exam, a placement exam, or any college preparation.”
Want to learn more about how Living Word students are prepared for college? Visit our College & Career Prep page on our website.