Academics

College Partnerships

Seniors may take classes at Cardinal O’Hara through a partnership with Penn State Brandywine and Cabrini College. Students will receive one high school credit for each approved 3 or 4 credit college course taken under dual enrollment. Students may take one dual enrollment class each semester.

College courses ordinarily will be given track 5 (AP) quality points, but the right is reserved to assign track 1 quality points. High school credit will not be given for a course that is available to the student at Cardinal O’Hara High School.

Students must take at least enough classes at O’Hara to qualify for graduation without the dual enrollment credit and must take a minimum of six credits at O’Hara. Cardinal O’Hara High School does not permit early dismissal for dual enrollment. Parents of students who have an exam at college during a school day should send a note in advance stating the time and reason in order to be excused for the exam.

Marks in the college course, including any possible failure, can affect class rank and grade point average positively or negatively. Dropping a course will be considered a failure. Failing a dual enrollment class will not prevent graduation, but it removes the possibility of honors or special recognition at graduation.

All applications, tuition, transportation, and other costs are the sole responsibility of the student and family. O’Hara High School bears no financial responsibility for any cost of dual enrollment.

Cabrini College

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  • SUMMER 2015: LEAD 101 – Foundations of Leadership

    Taught over 2 weeks – in class and online components. June 22nd until July 3rd, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3 college credits on COHS campus.

    This course is designed to introduce students to theories and models of leadership which emerged during the 20th century and continue to evolve today with an added focus on cross-cultural leadership. In this course, students will be introduced to leadership studies as both a discipline and an approach to thinking about teamwork, organizational and social change. An emphasis will be placed on the Social Change Model as a practical application and tool for change. Students will participate in readings, case studies, collaborative activities, and an action research project.
  • FALL 2015: COM 101 - Introduction to Media Communication

    M/W 1:45-3:00
    3 College Credits on COHS campus

    Students are introduced to the latest developments in media communication, as well as to the significance of the First Amendment in preserving democratic freedoms. Students learn how the media have developed so that they can be critical consumers and producers of news, advertising, public relations, and entertainment. A survey of the changing media landscape of journalism, entertainment, and persuasion, including evolving and emerging sources of news, radio, recording, video, film, photography, advertising, and public relations provides an overview of media career paths.

Penn State - Brandywine

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  • Fall: ECON 102 – Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Economics

    3 College Credits on COHS campus

    Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Economics is the study of how people satisfy their wants in the face of limited resources. One way to think about economics is that it is a consistent set of methods and tools that is valuable in analyzing certain types of problems related to decision--making, resource allocation, and the production and distribution of goods and services. There are two main branches of economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. Macroeconomics is concerned with economy--wide factors such as inflation, unemployment, and overall economic growth. Microeconomics deals with the behavior of individual households and firms and how government influences that behavior; it is the subject of this course.

    More specifically, ECON 102 is an introduction to microeconomic analysis and policy. The principal objective of the course is to enable students to analyze major microeconomic issues clearly and critically. Students will be introduced to the methods and tools of economic analysis, and these analytical tools will be applied to questions of current policy interest. Learning these methods and tools and applying them to interesting policy questions and issues is sometimes called “thinking like an economist.” An important goal of this course is to take each student as far down the road of “thinking like an economist” as possible.
  • Spring: ECON 104

    3 College Credits

    ECON 104 is an introduction to macroeconomic analysis and policy. The principal objective of the course is to enable students to analyze major macroeconomic issues clearly and critically. Students will be introduced to the methods and tools of economic analysis, and these analytical tools will be applied to questions of current policy interest. Broadly, the course focuses on the determination of national income, on unemployment, inflation, and economic growth in the context of a global economy, and on how monetary and fiscal policy, in particular, influence the economy. Learning the methods and tools of economics and applying them to interesting policy questions and issues is sometimes called “thinking like an economist.” An important goal of this course is to take each student as far down the road of “thinking like an economist” as possible. A variety of mechanisms is used to assess student performance. These evaluation methods typically include exams, quizzes, homework assignments, and group projects.

    ECON 104 is an introductory course in economics, and as such, serves as a prerequisite for 300-level courses in intermediate macroeconomic analysis, international economics, and money and banking. It is also a required course for all majors and minors in economics, and meets requirements for a General Education or Bachelor of Arts Social Science (GS) course.

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