- ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT SUMMER PROGRAM
- MENTOR 2.0 ADVISORY
- BLENDED LEARNING
- DUAL CREDIT
- HONORS PROGRAM
- PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW)
- SEAL OF BILITERACY PROGRAM
- SPECIAL EDUCATION
- SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM
- TRANSITIONAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION/TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGAUGE)
The AP Program gives you a chance to experience college-level classes in high school and opens the door to earning college credit before you ever set foot on campus. You’ll get to dig deeper into subjects you love while building the skills and confidence you need to succeed in college.
Joliet Township High School offers AP courses in 18 subjects, each of which culminates in an optional exam in May. If you score a 3 or higher (on a scale of 1–5), you could earn college credit, skip intro-level courses, or both at thousands of U.S. colleges and universities. Earning credit in high school means paying for fewer credits in college. It also opens up your schedule, allowing you to take more electives, pursue a second major, or study abroad.
Regardless of your AP Exam score, taking AP courses can have a positive impact on your college applications. Admissions officers know college faculty play a big role in developing AP courses, so they know students who took AP pushed themselves to take challenging, college-level courses. This is something colleges like to see.
Take some time to look through the AP courses we offer. See if any interest you. By taking these courses, you can find out what college work is like while you have the support of teachers you trust in an environment you know.
New AP Exam Registration Process
AP exams will still take place in May, but starting with the 2021-22 school year, students will be asked in the fall to register for their AP Exam(s).
If your AP course doesn’t start until after the fall exam ordering deadline, you can register later in the year. For help registering, talk to your AP teacher, counselor, or your school’s AP Coordinator.
Students are placed in a grade level advisory that meets 25 minutes each day with a Teacher/Advisor. The purpose of the Advisory Program is to achieve personalized support by building collaborative relationships between students and teachers. Realistic and positive relationships are maintained in a safe environment with an Advisory team of staff, students, and parents focused on a high school plan with post-secondary goals and transition experiences. The Advisor acts as an Advocate for the students/advisees and monitors their attendance, grades and behavior.
Students are matched with external volunteer adult mentors of the same gender, based on career, academic and/or personal interests. Students have structured time two days each week during Advisory to communicate with their mentors via email, through a secured platform. Students and mentors discuss various topics in their weekly emails, including college preparation, career goals, and community awareness. Students meet with their mentors once a month during the school year at supervised after school group events hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
JTHS blended learning opportunities challenge and empower students to become active learners through both face to face and on-line instruction. This format allows students more flexibility and control over when they choose to learn. In addition, the blended learning structure exposes students to the online learning environments they are likely to experience in college as well as the workplace.
Joliet Township High School works in conjunction with Joliet Junior College and University of St. Francis to offer Grade 11 and 12 students dual credit opportunities in career and technical education courses as well as academic courses. Students interested in pursuing dual credit opportunities should contact a District Curriculum Director for information regarding specific guidelines for each course. Each dual credit course listed on page 8 of this book comes with a unique set of criteria; not all dual credit requirements are the same.
Joliet Township High School offers Project Lead the Way courses as part of the Engineering and Medical programs of study. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses offer students an opportunity to continue a quality pre-engineering and pre-medical program with the added benefit of accreditation recognized nationally by post-secondary institutions.
The purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy program at Joliet Township High School are to encourage the study of languages, certify attainment of biliteracy, provide employers and universities with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills, affirm the value of diversity, and recognize the value of foreign language and native language instruction in public schools. Students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy have demonstrated a high level of language proficiency sufficient for meaningful use in college and career.
The criteria for earning the Seal of Biliteracy at Joliet Township High School include the following:
- Completion of the application for the Seal of Biliteracy to the program coordinator
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Formal 4-year study of a second language
- Demonstrate proficiency in the second language by:
- Achieving a 5 or higher composite score on the ACCESS exam
- Achieving an “intermediate high” on the ACTFL exam in the target language
- A score of a “3” or better on the AP (Advanced Placement) exam for a world language (English, and Spanish or French).
- Achieving a 5 or higher composite score on the ACCESS exam
Joliet Township High School District 204 is committed to providing a quality education in the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities who require an Individual Education Plan (IEP). During the IEP meeting, the IEP Team which includes parents/guardians, student, and staff develop the student’s Individualized Education Program to determine the special education and related services the student needs to progress through the general education curriculum. Courses offered within the Special Education program include the core requirements required for graduation. For further information regarding course offerings, programs, and services, contact the District Director of Special Services.
The Joliet Township High School Summer Bridge Program is provided for incoming freshman students who benefit additional academic support in literacy and math skills. Students will be identified based on their PSAT scores and invited to participate in the program. This program will be provided pending funding.
The ESL/Bilingual program (Transitional Bilingual Education/Transitional Program of Instruction or TBE/TPI) provides English language learners (ELLs) the necessary support to attain proficiency of the English language (TPI). In instances where a student’s native or home language is Spanish, students also take their core classes in a bilingual environment designed to promote dual literacy in addition to ESL support (TBE). Students are placed in the program based on their results on a universal screener of their English proficiency and exited from the program based on Federal and State guidelines.