Science Honors/Advanced Placement Criteria

Beginning with BioChem II in grade 10, the department offers honors sections of required courses. Students are directed by their 9th grade teacher into the course best suited to their skill set, as demonstrated by classroom performance.  In recommending students for the honors section of either BioChem II or Physics, teachers consider the following criteria: 

  • Achievement of a minimum grade in the appropriate prerequisite courses as outlined in the curriculum workbook
  • Successful completion of additional prerequisites, outlined in the curriculum workbook
  • A demonstrated responsibility in completing all work in a timely and thorough manner
  • Effective engagement in classroom activities and a demonstrated willingness to commit to the demands of an honors curriculum

Once in the honors section (as well as in AP courses), students are expected to be able to:

  • read independently for understanding
  • communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
  • appropriately apply mathematic models to accurately solve new and varied problems
  • accurately and appropriately synthesize and apply concepts, ideas and theories to new and varied problems on a consistent basis