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Academics

Curriculum/Programs of Study

We believe that every child should be challenged and guided to excel at the highest level. Through Ballard’s diverse curriculum program, all students will have the opportunity for a positive educational experience that is tailored to meet their evolving stages of cognitive development. 

Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are developed and sanctioned by The College Board and based on rigorous college curriculum. Students are required to take an AP national exam in May for each AP course. Ballard students can earn college credits by scoring at least a 3 or higher on the annual exam. Ballard offers AP courses in all academic areas, and we offer AP courses in all four years of high school. Click here for more information. Click here for the AP exam schedule.

The following AP courses are currently offered at Ballard:

Biology
Calculus AB and BC
Chemistry
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
European History
French Language
Human Geography
Japanese Language
Latin Language (Vergil)

Music Theory
Physics B
Psychology
Statistics
Studio—2-D Drawing
Studio—3-D Design
Studio Drawing
U.S. History
World History

Advance Program (Gifted and Talented)

Ballard offers the most rigorous Advance Program available in JCPS. This program is designed to provide accelerated instruction for academically gifted and talented students. Qualification for the JCPS Advance Program is based on taking a cognitive abilities test, teacher recommendations, and academic achievement. Ballard offers the Advance Program test in the fall of each school year. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), earn a minimum of 12 Advance Program credits, and obtain at least three credits in the same world language to graduate with an Advance Diploma. Each year, approximately 40 percent of Ballard’s student body qualifies for this program. Click here for more information.

Honors Program

Ballard offers a challenging, college preparatory Honors Program in which the curriculum is designed for the above average student. All required courses are taken at the Honors level or above. Coursework focuses on extensive reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained, and at least two credits in the same world language are required to graduate with an Honors Diploma.

Exceptional Child Education Program

Ballard’s Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Program curriculum is designed to accommodate the needs of students who acquire knowledge differently than their peers and to embrace the students’ physical and mental disabilities in order to maximize potential learning.


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