OPS Course Guide


Complete List of Course Offerings

(Under Construction and will be posted as decisions are made.)

Explanation of courses: All year-long courses (grades 9-12)* receive one unit of credit upon the successful completion of the year's work, with the exception of AP Calculus and AP Chemistry which receive 1 1/2 units of credit. A 1/2 credit is awarded for the successful completion of a semester course.

All courses are academic unless noted as non-academic in the course description.

*Exception: In the eighth grade, Honors Algebra I, P.E., and Honors English I receive one unit of credit for each course upon successful completion.

Excessive absences, not medically documented, may cause a student not to receive credit for a course(s).


Table of Contents:


Orangeburg Prep seeks to provide a comprehensive curriculum for students. The program is designed to include adequate flexibility, thereby enabling the student to meet his or her individual needs.

A student's program of studies should be individually planned with the help of teachers, the guidance counselor, and parents. It is extremely important that careful thought and consideration be given to selecting courses.

To be eligible for graduation from Orangeburg Prep, a student must earn a total of twenty-four (24) units of credit distributed as follows:

Credits Required for Graduation
Requirements Credits Course(s)
English 4 English I, II, III, IV
Math 4 Algebra I, II, Geometry, and 1 credit math elective
Science 3 Biology I, Chemistry, Biology II, Honors Physics, AP Biology
Social Studies 3 World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics or AP History*
Foreign Language 2 Two consecutive units of the same language (3 are recommended for most S. C. colleges or universities. Clemson requires 3 credits in same language. USC requires 3 credits, 2 in the same language.)
Computer Science 1 Computer Concepts

P. E.


Fine Arts 1  
Electives 5 (5 required; 4 must be academic and 1 may be non-academic)

*Those students taking A.P. History will have four (4) units of social studies.

At least twenty-one (21) units must be weighted, and three (3) may be non-academic.


Class Load

A normal course load for a student at Orangeburg Prep is six (6) daily courses. This may include several ½ credit courses. (grades 8-12)


Summer School

Grades 6-12 - Students who fail a course during the school year should repeat the course in summer school in order to have the necessary credits for advancement.  Only one course may be repeated during the summer.  Students will be allowed to take courses at a regionally accredited summer school (i.e., SACS) other than Orangeburg Prep Summer School only if the course is not being offered at OPS Summer School.  When a course is repeated at another school, a final grade of 80 or above is required in order to receive credit for the repeated course, and a grade of 70 (passing) is recorded on the student’s transcript.  A student will be allowed to make up a course in summer school only once in the subject area.  Subsequent failures must be repeated during the following school year.  A student has until December following the second semester of their senior year to complete the requirements for a diploma.

Orangeburg Prep will not accept summer school credit for academic work taken in advance.
Approved tutorial program means

a) a certain number of hours will be required (30 hours for a core course).  Academic courses may not be taken through tutorial.  Academic courses must be taken through an accredited summer school.

b) Tutors must be approved by the administration, be certified in the subject area, or hold a degree in that subject area.

c) the number of hours of tutoring must be documented by the tutor.
d) the student must pass the course’s exams with a score of 80.  Exams will be administered at Orangeburg Prep on designated days.
e) the student will be allowed to take the exam(s) or test(s) only once to qualify for promotion.
f) the tutor may not view the exam(s) or test(s) to be given.
g) once successfully completed, a grade of 70 will be recorded in their transcript.

Considerations Governing Course Selection


1. It is strongly recommended that a student have an "80" in Algebra I before taking Algebra II.

2 .It is strongly recommended that a student have an "80" in Algebra II before

taking College Math.

3. All seniors are strongly recommended to take a math course unless 4 units have been completed.


B.        Science

1. Students who are planning to enroll in Chemistry I are reminded that Algebra II is a prerequisite, or it must be taken concurrently.

2. Students interested in careers requiring post-high school study in science or  related areas are strongly advised to take Honors Physics, and/or Honors/AP Biology. Upper level mathematics should be a part of the program.


C.        Foreign Language

*Students must begin their study of a modern foreign language in the 9th grade.

1.  It is recommended that a student have an "80" in a Level I course before taking Level II.
2.  Students are to take at least two consecutive years of  the same foreign language, but students are encouraged to take 3 years of a foreign language. 
(Clemson currently requires 3, and others are contemplating following suit next year)


Honors Program

Honors courses at Orangeburg Prep are designed for those students who have shown ability and motivation in the subject area. Honors courses will require more in-depth study of texts and more independent work from students than college prep course selections. Students in Honors classes are selected through a process that considers teacher recommendation, academic achievement, standardized test scores, work ethic, motivation, and conduct. These areas are used by the subject teachers when making the required recommendation.

Grade Point Average

A quality point system is used to determine grade point averages. Grades earned in all academic courses, including courses taken for credit in the eighth grade, are used to compute GPA's. Advanced Placement courses are computed on a 5.0 scale. Honors courses are computed on a 4.5 scale. College prep courses are computed on a 4.0 scale.


AP Courses
AP Biology  
AP Calculus AP U.S. History

Honors Courses
H. English I (8th & 9th Grades) H. Biology I
H. English 10 H. Chemistry
H. English 11 H. Calculus
H. Algebra I (8th & 9th Grades) H. Physical Science
H. Algebra II H. World History
H. Geometry  
H. Pre-Calculus H. Spanish IV


Course Requirements by Grade Level

Course Offerings are determined on a yearly basis.


  • Language Skills 6
  • Reading 6/Spelling 6
  • Math 6
  • Science 6
  • U.S. History 6
  • Enrichment Rotation:

First Semester: PE, Music, Latin, Art, Study Skills, Ethics

Second Semester: PE, Music, Computer, Study Skills



  • Reading 7
  • Language Skills 7
  • Math 7/Pre-Algebra
  • Life Science
  • S.C. History 7
  • Enrichment Rotation

First Semester: PE, Music, French, Art, Study Skills

Second Semester: PE, Music, Computer, Study Skills



  • Reading 8
  • Language Skills 8
  • Honors English I
  • Pre-Algebra or H. Algebra I
  • Earth Science
  • Global Studies
  • PE/Health (1 year)


  • Literature/Composition or H. Lit/Comp.
  • Algebra I, Algebra II, or H. Algebra II
  • Physical Science or H. Physical Science
  • World History 9/H. World History 9
  • Computer Concepts (1 year)
  • French or Spanish I


  • (English II or Honors English II
  • Algebra II or Honors Geometry
  • Biology I or H. Biology I
  • U. S. History I or AP U. S. History
  • Foreign Language II
  • 1/2 SAT Prep and 1/2 Fine Arts course (for all Geometry students)
  • 2 semesters of Fine Arts (for Algebra students)


  • English III or Honors English III
  • Geometry or H. Pre-Calculus or College Math
  • Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
  • Foreign Language III (mandatory)
  • Government (1 full year)
  • 1/2 SAT Prep and 1/2 Econ (for Geometry students)
  • 1/2 Econ and 1/2 Fine Arts (for Honors math students)


  • English IV or AP English
  • Math (College Math, Math IV, H. Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Honors Calculus)
  • Science (Biology II, H. Biology II)
  • 1/2 Econ (OPS course in the fall)
  • 1/2 Public Speaking (unless previously taken)
  • Optional AP U.S. History (elective for those who qualify)
  • Optional Foreign Language IV (Academic Elective...year-long course)
  • Senior Seminar ;(Fridays - 6th period)
  • Electives to complete schedule
  • Tentative Dual Credit Courses: (2 per semester) Psychology 101, SPCH 140, English 101, English 102