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Advanced Academic Programs

Overview

Advanced Placement (AP), honors, and courses with honors distinction are available to high school students. Criteria for placement is available during the registration process, but generally requires students to be self-motivated and independent learners, excel academically, and have well-developed study habits and time management skills. Students are encouraged to take the highest-level courses that are appropriate for them.

AP Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) classes afford students the opportunity to complete college-level courses in high school that may substitute for the regular curriculum. Students who are successful on the subsequent AP exams may meet certain college entrance requirements and/or earn college credit if they score well on the exams.

To learn more, visit the College Board

Honors Courses

Courses designated as honors and honors distinction give students the opportunity to earn honors credit and notation on the transcript by demonstrating greater depth and breadth in their work and assessments. Honors courses cover a wider scope of material, in greater depth, at a faster pace than the standard courses.

Honors distinction is available in many English Language Arts and Social Studies courses. It is also available in Algebra 1. Students working toward honors distinction should expect quantitative and qualitative differences during the course of study.

Teachers of courses with honors distinction will elaborate on the process to earn honors credit during the first week of class. The high school course catalog provides a description of all advanced courses available to students.

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