Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses


Before students decide to take an honors or AP course, they need to understand what honors and AP courses entail. Top of Page

HONORS COURSESTop of Page

Designed for students who have a strong interest and an aptitude for a particular subject area.   Such aptitude generally means that a student meets at least the majority of the following criteria:

English  Math
 A grades in English A grades in Math
Advanced CST Score (Language and/or Reading) Advanced CST score
CAT 6 Language and/or Reading score 95% or higher CAT 6 Math score 95% or higher                                    
     
    Success in honors classes may be supported by several factors. One factor is ability, the second factor is time and the third factor is interest.
  • Honors courses can be very time-consuming because they require more homework and move at a faster pace.   Even if students have test scores in the 99th percentile, they may not be successful in an honors class if they do not complete the work. Careful attention should be paid to the prerequisites, difficulty and workload as described in the Course Profiles.
  • Because honors courses are more demanding than college-preparatory courses, students are usually more successful in them if they are interested in the subject matter.
Although a student does not have to meet the recommended criteria to enroll in an honors course, we encourage you to consider all the recommended criteria when selecting your courses.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES Top of Page

  • Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses that are offered in the high school setting. The textbook, curriculum and demands are the same as a college course, taught for the 4x4 schedule and pace. The AP program includes college-level courses that are designed by the College Board. They are intended for committed students who wish to push themselves academically at a college level while they are still in high school.
  • AP courses are not guaranteed in one term or the other. AP exams are administered in May. Some colleges grant students credit or placement based on AP exam scores. There are advantages and disadvantages to taking AP courses in either term. If you take one in the fall, you will have to review for the May exam. If you take one in the spring, you may have to work quickly to prepare for the May exam. The College Board sets the AP exam dates, and CCA cannot offer all APs in either term. Our recommendation is to base your schedule according to workload, not test dates. Keep in mind that no college REQUIRES AP classes or exams and some do not offer credit for passing exams.

Description of the AP program. Sample of how AP exam credit is applied, UC AP credit policy.

Although a student does not have to meet the recommended prerequisites to enroll in an AP course, we encourage you to consider all the recommended criteria when selecting your courses. Careful attention should be paid to the prerequisites, difficulty and workload as described in the Course Profiles.