Honors classes are offered for students in grades 7-12 for the following subject areas: English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students must apply for honors classes by having their teachers recommend them for each class that they would like to take as an honors class, and then have their parent sign the form to designate their agreement. Students in honors classes will have additional assignments each quarter. Once students are registered in an honors class, they will not be able to transfer to a non-honors class. Students should use the middle school years to take honors classes in their strongest subjects while building their independent study skills.
Honors courses are designed to add a layer of academic challenge to your child’s required courses. This, in turn, expands the student’s critical thinking skills, develops leadership qualities, and encourages excellence in the student’s quality of work. Students participating in the Honors Program.
- Enhance their preparedness for their post-high school academic experience.
- Improve their chances of receiving college tuition assistance through scholarship offers.
- Have the opportunity to raise their GPA (grade point average) because honors courses are graded on a scale of 5 instead of 4 for grades 9-12.
- If successful, may be able to consider the option of dual enrollment in their senior year.
If your child is in 7th grade, taking 1-2 honors classes is advisable so that they will get acclimated to the extra work without becoming overwhelmed. If your child is in 8th grade, taking 2-3 honors courses is advisable. From 9th grade on, students should take as many honors classes (up to 4) as the student and parent are prepared to commit to (with consideration given to other activities and demands on the child such as church, family time, youth group, sports, music lessons, dance, etc.).
Please carefully read the requirements and expectations outlined on the attached form.