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Honors and Advanced Placement Programs

The Honors/Advanced Placement curriculum offers a challenging program for all students. Courses are based on the College Board course description guidelines. These classes provide students with an emphasis on critical thinking skills, college preparatory experiences, and opportunities to take Advanced Placement examinations and possibly earn college credits . Students who choose these courses will be taking the most academically demanding courses the district offers. Students should receive career guidance and course planning assistance; so, they do not take more Honors/ AP courses than they can comfortably handle. The district supports open access to all Honors/Advanced Placement courses. There are no prerequisites for any of these courses, and students willing to take on the challenge of the Honors/Advanced Placement coursework should be nurtured and supported.

Prior to the incoming 2005 - 2006 freshmen, students are limited to 16 semesters of Honor/AP courses in math and English. Beginning with the incoming 2005 - 2006 freshmen, students are not limited in the number or content areas of Honor/AP courses they select..

Weighted Grade Increment

To recognize student achievement, courses recognized by the College Board as Advanced Placement (AP) and courses designated as Honors by the district will be awarded a weighted grade increment.

A student may take a comparable non - weighted course (as determined by standards alignment) to replace a grade received in a weighted course, but will not be awarded the weighted increment.

Note: Only honors math classes are available to students prior to ninth grade.

Out-of-District Students

Students transferring into an APS high school from a non - APS school will neither be penalized nor gain advantage in the APS application of weighted credit for the coursework listed on an official transcript from a state or regionally accredited high school.

Weighted credit will be awarded for:

  1. Advanced Placement (AP) courses that have been authorized by the College Board through the AP audit process.
  2. Courses designated as Honors courses (have “Honors” in the course title) and are also designated as Honors courses as listed in the APS District High School Course Descriptions and Curricular Frameworks (yellow books).

Weighted credit will NOT be awarded for:

  1. Courses not listed in the APS District High School Course Descriptions and Curricular Frameworks notebooks (yellow books).
  2. Courses titled Pre - AP taken by students who are transferring into APS will not be given weighted credit.

Honors credit taken prior to full - time high school enrollment must appear on the transcript as high school credit.

In awarding honors increments to transferring students, the APS Table of Weighted Credit for AP/Honors Courses will be used regardless of the weighting system used in the previous district. (See APS Table of Weighted Credit for AP/Honors Courses.)

Guidelines for Establishing Honors/Advanced Placement Programs

Requests for honors or AP designation must be pursued through the approved planning procedure prior to implementation. Advanced planning should take place at least one year before implementation. Successful completion of the Advanced Placement audit process is required for an AP course to be recognized as an approved College Board AP offering. The program will be developed in conjunction with curriculum representatives from the high schools. Th e College Board Advanced Placement Course Description booklets will serve as guidelines in planning and developing new courses. The High School Curriculum Board must approve the course. The school is responsible for resource allocation (i.e. teachers, teacher professional development, facilities, equipment, and supplies). Teachers who teach Advanced Placement courses are required to attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute associated with the course(s) they will be teaching prior to offering the course. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are academically rigorous and require active student engagement.

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