Grayling Viking University
The CASD is introducing Grayling Viking University (GVU), our program to individualize the education of our students, to prepare them to be college and career ready and help them earn free college and university credits prior to graduation through Advanced Placement (AP) courses, early/middle college opportunities and career technical education courses.
2015-2016 GHS Course Brochure
GVU at GES
GVU starts at Grayling Elementary School with the choice of an extended learning year (ELY) or a traditional calendar. Both programs offer rich, rigorous instruction that prepares our students for Grayling Middle School.
GVU at GMS
At Grayling Middle School, our students have the opportunity to take classes that could earn them up to four high school credits. By having up to eight classes completed for graduation in their 8th grade year, our students have the flexibility at the high school level to schedule AP classes and/or attend CTC classes in order gain the opportunity for free college credits.
GVU at GHS
At Grayling High School, we offer the nationally recognized Advance Placement (AP) program that gives students the opportunity to pursue college level courses while still in high school. An official examination created by the College Board for the specific Advanced Placement course is given at the end of each AP course. Based on the individual scores and the policies of the individual universities and colleges, students may earn college credit.
Also, through our partnerships with the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center (CTC) and Baker College, we offer our students an early/middle college opportunity.
They can earn an associate's degree by attending CTC their junior and senior years and their 13th year at Baker College of Cadillac. Currently the degrees offered are:
- Computers, Networking and Electronics Technology
- Business Management Administration
- Hospitality, Retailing and Entrepreneurship
- Metal Fabrication and Welding
- Public Safety
We also will have classes available at GHS that will count as articulated college credits at Baker College.
And we offer early/middle college programs through Kirtland Community College -- including public safety, welding and nursing -- in which students can earn certificate and associate degrees.
To learn more about these programs, students can speak with their counselors.
Reasons to Take Free Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Plan & Prepare to Succeed in College
Studies have shown that the rigor of a student's high school curriculum is the single best predictor of success in college. In his seminal study, "The Tool Box Revisited: Paths to Degree Completion from High School Through College" (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 2006), Clifford Adelman demonstrated that the academic intensity of a high school curriculum is essential to student success in college. Students who take AP courses learn a subject in depth, develop analytical reasoning skills and form disciplined study habits that can contribute to continued success at the college level.
Discover Your Capabilities
Taking an AP examination enables students to compare their knowledge and understanding of a college-level subject with the high academic standards established by college faculty. The challenge of meeting these national and international standards gives students a tremendous sense of accomplishment. The quality of the AP program and its participating schools is reflected in the fact that the National Education Goals Panel uses AP as a measure of academic excellence.
Stand Out in College Admissions
The National Association for College Admission Counseling's (NACAC) annual State of College Admissions survey consistently finds that student performance in college preparatory classes is the most important factor in the admission decision. College admissions personnel view AP experiences as one indicator of future success at the college level. Schools with successful AP programs are regarded as strong academic institutions, and their participation helps set a standard of achievement for students. Participation in an AP course is, therefore, a great advantage to a student who wishes to attend a highly selective college.
Save Money on Your Education
Most U.S. colleges and many international ones have an AP credit policy that allows students who have taken AP courses or exams to earn college credit, placement or both. Having earned college credit prior to enrolling in college can provide a significant savings in the overall cost of a bachelor’s degree. Course exemption gives students time to broaden their college experience by exploring additional subject areas, participating in internships and studying abroad, for example.
Dive Deeply into Subjects that Really Interest You
The most important reason of all may be that, with a year-long AP class, you have the opportunity to dig into topics that you really enjoy learning about. Do numbers “speak” to you? Take AP Calculus. Are you fascinated with Medieval times or ancient battles? Try AP European History. Do you want to someday invent a new battery that lasts for years? Try AP Chemistry. Maybe you want to be involved with international business. Go for AP Spanish. The possibilities are endless.
Taking AP Courses
Students must have completed the appropriate GHS prerequisite course requirements and possess the necessary knowledge base prior to registering for AP courses. Final approval will be confirmed by the student’s counselor.
An AP course will be valued one full grade point higher than the grade received when the grade earned in the class is a C or above. (Example: A = 5.0 instead of 4.0, B = 4.0 instead of 3.0, etc. See "Grade Point Average and Honors" in the Student Handbook.) Students taking an AP course online will be given their grades by the online instructor, and those grades will also be weighted as described in the example. Students choosing to prepare for an AP test independently for AP courses that GHS does not offer may choose a letter grade or a CR/NR given by their mentor teacher, but the student will not receive a weighted grade.
Please see the specific course descriptions in each of the department listings for more details on the following courses: AP Biology, offered in alternating years from AP Chemistry, and AP U.S. History, offered the same year as AP Chemistry, alternating with AP European History. The following AP courses are offered every year: AP Composition and Literature, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology and AP Spanish.