AP/Concurrent Credit/Honors Courses

  • AP and Honors courses are for self-motivated and independent learners who are excited about challenging tasks and ideas in a subject area will succeed in these classes. Students should be prepared to spend five or more hours per week on outside-of-class assignments per course. Students may find earning an “A” to be more difficult than in other courses. No curriculum adjustments will be made to slow the instructional pace or limit the level of instruction of the course. If necessary, a student who is not successfully performing in a course will be moved to a regular course of similar subject matter.

    These courses follow the district curriculum but proceed at an accelerated instructional pace and include more instructional depth. Students who are successful in honors courses usually perform academically in the top 10% nationally in their chosen subject area. These courses are graded on a four point grading scale. 
    Advanced Placement (AP):
    All AP courses follow a nationally standardized rigorous curriculum developed by The College Board. Students who are usually successful in AP courses are those who perform academically in the top 2% nationally in their chosen subject area. To receive college-level AP credit a student must take the AP exam and pass it. Credits are awarded by the various colleges and universities according to the score received on the AP exam. Students/parents should check with the specific college or university to see their AP acceptance policy. There is an additional fee to take the AP exam. These courses are graded on a five-point grading scale.
    Concurrent Credit:

    Students enrolled in a concurrent credit class are taught on a level comparable to a freshman college course.  In this setting, students are academically challenged and expected to think analytically, speak, and write at a college level.  Universities charge fees, including a one-time enrollment fee when enrolling in a concurrent credit course.  Students are required to complete college-level assignments outside of class time.  Concurrent credit differs from AP courses.  Concurrent credit students earn the number of credits for which they enroll, and the grade earned in the course is the grade posted to their college transcript.  Most credits transfer to colleges and universities; however, as a precaution before registering for concurrent credit students/parents should check with the colleges and universities they are considering attending to confirm their policies.  These courses are graded on a four-point grading scale unless it is a designated AP course in which a five-point scale is used.  Please note:  All concurrent credit courses are dependent upon instructor and course approvals by the local universities.  A course may not be offered as listed based upon the movement of staff.

    Advanced Placement vs Concurrent Credit Student Expectations


    • Recommended 3.5 or higher GPA
    • Able to handle rigor and pace of class material
    • Able to balance school, extracurricular, and employment
    • Honors courses are recommended as preparation for rigor, but not required
    • Upper-tier colleges will want to see AP courses on the transcript
    • Prepares student for college-level timed writing of critical thinking and analysis

    Concurrent Credit

    • Recommended 3.0 or higher GPA
    • Honors courses are recommended as preparation for rigor, but not required
    • College courses do not allow for retakes
    • Accepted by all Idaho institutions
    • Able to balance school, extracurricular, and employment
    • Courses taken during high school will be on permanent college transcript and cannot be changed by the high school