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BASD Special Programming

Butler Area School District is proud to offer students unique opportunities to learn outside of a traditional classroom. From our Pre-Apprenticeship Program to courses at BC3, students have access to a variety of  real world programs that are offered within our high school curriculum. 

Advanced Placement Program

Advanced placement courses are college-level courses students may take and elect to pay for the Advanced Placement Test. As a result of this test in May, students may qualify for college credits at participating colleges and universities. Students may select from 19 different AP courses offered at the Butler SHS.

  • American History 
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB 
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Government
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • French V
  • Latin V 
  • Macroeconomics
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Spanish V 
  • Statistics

For the third consecutive year, Butler Area School District was honored by the College Board with placement on the Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Learn more>

For more information, contact your school counselor. Counselor contact information>


BC3 College Pathways

BC3 is offering two pathways for students --  Business and Health Care. There are GPA requirements to participate. For more information, use the links below to visit BC3's website or to view their brochures. 



High Flight Academy (BC3 & CCBC)

This High School Aviation Academy is a collaborative effort between Butler County Community College and Community College of Beaver County. Students will have the opportunity to pay a tuition fee and earn a minimum of 12 post-secondary credit hours through the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) while participating in the Professional Piloting, Air Traffic Control, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or Aerospace Management programs. These courses are available at the Butler County Airport.

There are GPA requirements to participate in this program.
For more information, contact Erin Cioffi 724-287-8711 x8254.

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BC3/MIU4 Entrepreneurship Academy

Students will participate in various activities at BC3, including partnering with local businesses to strengthen communication, presentation and networking skills.

For more information contact Dr. David Zupsic at MIU4 (724-458-6700 x1227).

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College Within the High School (BC3)

Although these courses are open to everyone, students who wish to receive college credit for the course are required to pay for tuition as well as for the textbook. BC3 classes include Psychology, Sociology, College Writing, College Research, and Technical Math 1

Students must have a 3.0 GPA. For more information, contact Erin Cioffi 724-287-8711 x8254.

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Carlow College

In addition to high school credit, students can pay for and receive college credit through Carlow in several course offerings:  AP Statistics, Honors Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Accounting 1, and Accounting 2.  Information about this opportunity will be presented by the teacher within the first few days of class. 

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Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School

BCAVTS offers programming in 15 different programs. Students spend two hours of the day at the Vo-tech.  Numerous certification opportunities exist as well as statewide articulation agreements. Qualifying students can receive credits at specific institutions for leaning achievements.

For more information, contact the BCAVTS Guidance Office at 724-282-0735.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Butler Area School District has partnered with Penn United Technologies to offer a unique Pre-Apprenticeship program to students in grades 10-12.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for high school students to participate in a program that is relevant to their post-secondary career path. The rigorous program is intended to help students develop and strengthen skills that are necessary to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing. Students will get an overview of high-tech modern manufacturing, consisting of an online nationally recognized curriculum and required visits to Penn United for hands-on practical experience. Industry-recognized certifications are available to students successfully completing the course.

To learn more about the Pre-Apprenticeship Program and determine if it would be a good fit for you, contact Mrs. Shannon McGraw, CTP Coordinator, at 724-214-3208 or

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College Tech Prep

Selected students in grades 9-12 may participate in a nationally recognized rigorous program where the focus is on meaningful and realistic applications of knowledge and skills in various career or occupational settings. Courses in math, science and English are combined with technical courses centering around the career area of interest the student has selected from the six available programs. The College Tech Prep Program has been developed in cooperation with local colleges and universities such as BC3, Indiana University, Penn State University, Pittsburgh Technical College, Point Park University, and Erie Business Center. Through articulation agreements with these institutions, completion of the BASD College Tech Prep Program guarantees a student’s acceptance into their programs once all requirements have been met, and/or credit for course work completed in high school.

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For more information, contact Mrs. Shannon McGraw, CTP Coordinator, at 724-214-3208 or