Freshmen are admitted to the Honors classes based upon their elementary school GPA, recommendations, and scores on the entrance and placement examinations. In the sophomore, junior, and senior years, students who meet with academic success in one or more academic areas are recommended for Honors and/or Advanced Placement courses by the faculty.
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP exam at the end of the school year. Advanced Placement Examinations enable students to demonstrate their competence in college level courses by taking three-hour examinations in mid-May. These tests contain objective and written sections and, in the case of language exams, a listening and speaking portion as well.
While it is important to take a rigorous course load, taking too many Honors or Advanced Placement courses can be detrimental. Students should think carefully about an Honors or Advanced Placement course load and discuss it with parents and counselors. This is especially true if students are considering more than three Honors or Advanced Placement courses at one time.