College Acceleration Program (CAP)
The College Acceleration Program (CAP), in partnership with Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), is a program that provides the opportunity for students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes to gain college credit from their Advanced Placement courses, otherwise known as dual enrollment. MFS offers 12 AP courses that are eligible for dual enrollment through the CAP:
- AP Computer Science
- AP English Literature and Composition
- AP French
- AP US History
- AP Physics I
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Biology
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
The teachers and the courses themselves go through RCBC’s rigorous approval process to make sure that they follow the curriculum and structure. Each course earns a certain number of RCBC credits, depending on the course. Students in AP Biology, for example, would get credits for four courses: two semester-long labs and two semester-long lectures.
In the past, dual enrollment offers came with the caveat that students would have to attend on-campus classes outside of school, making it a challenge for students to complete coursework outside of school. The CAP partnership alleviates that requirement.
AP students who are already challenging themselves with coursework can accelerate their high school learning while expanding their ability to choose from a more vast number of courses as an undergraduate, which makes this program a valuable and unique opportunity for MFS students. Also by earning these credits before matriculating, students and their families can save thousands of dollars; as an undergraduate, a single credit can cost upwards of $1,000. The cost for a CAP course ranges from $300-400.
To register, MFS students must be enrolled in the AP course at MFS that they wish to earn credit for and visit the official RCBC CAP website. Families are then directed to a portal in which they input the RCBC courses that correspond to their AP class. This request must get approved by the Upper School office to ensure that students are indeed enrolled in the course, and after students are confirmed, families make the subsequent payments.
Credits earned through the CAP program are contingent on approval from the college or university that a student wishes to attend, but many accept them in place of introductory courses or elective requirements.