AP/Honors/Concurrent Credit Courses
AP and Honors courses are for self-motivated and independent learners. Students 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.
Concurrent credit courses 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. Students do not have to earn college credit in a concurrent credit course. In order to earn credit, students MUST enroll with the college. Teachers will provide more information on how to do this.
Honors 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.
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--typically the fee is covered by Fast Forward funds. These courses are graded on a five point grading scale.
Concurrent Credit (Dual 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 tuition fees, when enrolling in a concurrent credit course. The tuition fee is typically covered by Fast Forward funds. 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 movement of staff.