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South Dearborn Community School Corporation, 6109 Squire Place, Aurora, IN 47001 • Tel: 812-926-2090
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South Dearborn High School is preparing students for the next level.
We avoid a "one size fits all" strategy and endeavor to develop students to be college and career ready when they depart the halls of South Dearborn High School.

Individual pathway development for College and Career Preparation.
  • Preparation to qualify for college coursework.
  • Experience the rigor of college coursework and earn college credit while still in high school.
  • Pathway to accomplish year one of core courses for college.
  • Pathway to an Associate's Degree while in high school.
  • Pathway to vocational programming with the Southeast Career Center.
  • Pathway to workplace certification.

Partnerships for college credit with AP, Ivy Tech, Indiana University, and Thomas More College. We currently have 51 credit hours of dual credit opportunities at the high school campus. Many more are available at the career center or at the Ivy Tech Campus.

A study in 2009 found that if students earn 16 credit hours they save an estimated $4,000 in tuition at state schools.

Relationships, Rigor, Relevance, Responsibility.
  • At South Dearborn High School we focus on building relationships among teachers and students to generate a culture of high expectations and foster the work ethic to achieve. We have challenging curriculum and an emphasis on college and career skills and study habits.
  • Teachers, administrators and counselors will determine course sequences, outline mentoring and academic support for the student's pathway program.

Impressive Opportunities:
  • A 900 student school is a perfect size to be able to have wide range of course offerings while still small enough to provide individual support.
  • Continuous support for academic success
  • Prepares students for four-year college classrooms.
  • Transferable college credit while attending high school in dual enrollment classes.
  • Programs and courses that boost academic achievement
  • Potential to graduate with a high school diploma and a two-year Associate of Arts degree.
  • On campus opportunities with Ivy Tech provide students a chance to learn about college life while still in high school.
  • Opens doors for college scholarships.
  • Features collaboration with post-secondary institutions that develops a seamless education experience.
  • Offers outstanding extracurricular activities.

Opportunities for Advanced Credit

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students with the opportunity to take college level courses at high school that are taught by high school teachers.
  • Qualifications: Must show a preparation level to be able to keep up with the pace and level of rigor of the AP course in the prerequisite courses.
  • Credit: Courses can count as high school credit and college credit. To earn college credit in an AP course, you will need to earn a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on an AP Exam.
  • Course Costs: No cost to take the class. The
  • re may be a cost to take the AP exam.

Dual Credit

Sited Based – occurs at SDHS or at Southeast Career Center. Our approved instructors teach the students in our setting and are considered adjunct faculty to the University/College.
  • Qualifications: Students must meet certain academic qualifications in order to participate in the programming. PSAT minimum score, SAT Score, ACT score, or Accuplacer score. The placement tests and qualifying scores differ with the specific university and specific course requirements.
  • Credit: Courses can count for high school credit and college credit.
  • Course Costs: Site based dual credit courses are really college courses offered at the high school. There are currently no fees for Ivy Tech courses taught at the high school.
College Based – occurs at the college or college satellite location.
Ivy Tech will be our primary college based site for course SDHS cannot offer on Campus. Our students will go to them. They pay reduced college tuition for the class. If a student took an Ivy Tech course on release during the day or in the evening, they would be considered college based and the student would pay the tuition fee.
  • Qualifications: Students must meet certain academic qualifications in order to participate in the programming. PSAT minimum score, SAT Score, ACT score, or Accuplacer score. The placement tests and qualifying scores differ with the specific university and specific course requirements.
  • Credit: Courses can count for high school credit and college credit.
  • Course Costs: College based dual credit courses are really college courses offered at the college campus or satellite location. The student would pay a tuition fee.

Career Technical Education (CTE)
Career Technical Education programs provide students with a great way to explore a variety of careers and potentially earn college credit while in high school. Workplace Certifications are also available. Students usually begin a two-year program in their junior year. Because these programs are aligned to both high school and college courses, CTE offers students a seamless transition between high school, career technical education programs, and college.
  • Qualifications: All students are eligible to apply.
  • Credit: Courses can count for high school credit, college credit, or both.
  • Course Costs: Most costs are covered by SDCSC.
  • Course Location: Southeastern Career Center in Versailles.
  • Transportation: provided by the district.