Students cover the same curriculum as their non-intensive
equivalents, but at a faster pace challenging students to work above grade
level. These courses are good introductions to Honors or AP classes.
AP classes are the equivalent of college level courses. This includes
everything from the amount of reading and level of difficulty of the
textual material, to how students are assessed and the overall quality
of work students are expected to produce. In fact, the course syllabus
has to be approved by a panel of college professors through the College
Board. By earning a C or higher, students can earn a weighted grade.
Students can also choose to take an end of course AP Exam that, based
on their scores, may earn them college credit.
An Honors class parallels the curriculum offered in the corresponding
regular class, but may cover additional topics or some topics in greater
depth and has a significantly heavier work load. These rigorous courses
are good preparation for AP classes. Similar to an AP class, students
can also earn a weighted grade by earning a C or higher.