- "How many honors classes or AP classes 'look good' to colleges?"
- "Is it better to get an A in a regular class or a B in an honors or AP class?"
- "Should I accelerate in math, science or maybe both, by taking all the academic courses I can possibly fit?"
Here are some key points to remember while setting up a course load for any student:
- Review the Course Profiles and consider the level of difficulty, estimated homework and description.
- Seek input from teachers who have taught the student. Teachers have valuable input regarding student performance and appropriate course selection.
- The highest test scores or good intentions do not equal good grades. Look at a student's demonstrated work, including grades, homework and overall attitude toward classes when selecting the course schedule.
- Look at a student's history in a subject. If a student has earned above average or average grades in standard classes, then it is reasonable to assume that to continue in standard classes will serve him or her well.
- If a student is earning straight A's in standard classes, with ease or little difficulty, perhaps Honors/AP courses would serve him or her better...if he or she is interested in the subject and would devote the time and effort necessary to succeed in such a class.
- If a student is earning A's in honors or AP classes, yet is experiencing a lot of stress, it may be time to reevaluate.
- Students can find success in life in many ways. Students are encouraged to stay on the path to graduation and college via the required courses, and expand their experiences with additional or more challenging coursework if they are genuinely interested.
- Take electives! One of the best aspects of CCA is the possibility to try different electives that truly interest and inspire students. On the 4x4 schedule, there is plenty of time to do so.