Course Rigor Levels

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are extremely rigorous and time consuming.  Each AP course covers the breadth of information and skills required of a college course.  While the content of these courses are dictated by formal advanced placement outlines submitted to College Board, AGCS teachers have the ability to modify the way that content is instructed.  The request and selection of Advanced Placement courses should be made with great care.  Many of these courses require intensive summer work that must be completed in order to stay enrolled in the course for the academic year.  At the completion of the course, students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination given in the month of May.  The fee for this exam is approximately $89/exam.  Colleges may accept test scores as completed college level work.  Specific prerequisites must be met in order to enroll in this level of course work. 

Honors courses are college preparatory courses that provide a demanding, in-depth study through critical thinking, application, analysis and evaluation of core content principles and knowledge.  These courses implement discovery based learning principles and self-directed learning opportunities.  A heavy emphasis is placed on independent reading, written, and oral communication.  Specific prerequisites must be met in order to enroll in this level of course work.

College Preparation courses are college preparatory in that provide a rigorous, in-depth study through critical thinking, application, analysis and evaluation of core content principles and knowledge.  In class instruction and out of class work is teacher supported, however, independent demonstration of learning is expected of all students.  A strong emphasis is placed on the mastery of complex concepts and topics to prepare students for content related occupations or fields of study in college.  Specific prerequisites must be met in order to enroll in this level of course work.

Standard Level courses provide content learning that prepares students for college and/or career pathways by providing and enhancing literacy and learning strategies in the effort to master core content principles.  These courses provide a more structured and paced learning environment to ensure content and skill mastery.  Increased time on review and the reinforcement of core concepts help prepare students for in-class assessments and out of class assignments.