Course Leveling & Expectations

  • Seminar/Integrated/Advanced Placement

    Seminar, Integrated, and Advanced Placement courses follow an extremely rigorous curriculum prescribed by each department and develop higher-order thinking skills using an accelerated pace and enriched content. These courses prepare students in their progress toward meeting the challenges of extremely competitive college work. Students enrolled in a Seminar, Integrated, or Advanced Placement course undertake a very demanding workload that involves extensive reading, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking; they must consistently demonstrate independence and learn to think conceptually. Students receive weighted grades in Seminar, Integrated, or Advanced Placement courses. The designation of Seminar, Integrated or Advanced Placement will be reflected in the course title.

    Honors (H)

    Honors courses follow a rigorous curriculum prescribed by each department and develop higher-order thinking skills using a challenging pace and enriched content. These courses prepare students in their progress toward meeting the challenges of very competitive college work. Students enrolled in Honors courses undertake a demanding workload that involves extensive reading, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking; they must demonstrate independence and learn to think conceptually. Students receive weighted grades in Honors courses.

    Advanced (A)

    An Advanced course follows a demanding curriculum prescribed by each department to help students progress toward meeting the challenges of competitive college work. Advanced courses aim to develop higher-order thinking skills, using accelerated pace and content. Students enrolled in an Advanced course undertake a challenging workload that involves reading, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking; they will continue to develop independence both inside and outside the classroom. Students receive an un-weighted grade in an Advanced course.

    College Prep (CP or no designation)

    A College Prep course follows a challenging curriculum prescribed by each department. College Prep courses prepare students to be ready for college level work. Students enrolled in College Prep courses learn through guided instruction that involves reading, writing, problem solving, and development of critical thinking skills. Students receive un-weighted grades in College Prep courses.