Qualifying Nevada High School students have the opportunity to enroll in several Honors level courses. Honors courses will be offered in the areas of English 9, World History, Biology, and Chemistry. A student in an Honors course will be in a more demanding classroom, therefore held to a higher standard. Honors courses are taught at a faster pace. With a rigorous curriculum, including more homework outside of class.
An Honors course would be appropriate for the college bound student who excels in of the above subject areas. For instance if a student is strong in English, he/she should consider Honors English 9. If he/she does well, they may consider working towards the qualifications for Advanced Placement Literature and Composition in 12th grade. Similarly a strong science student could choose Honors Biology or Honors Chemistry, and a strong history student could take Honors World History, which could lead to Advanced Placement U.S. History in 11th grade and Advanced Placement Government in 12th grade.
To qualify for Honors, a student who is in 8th or 9th grade must take the PLAN or PSAT, have an outstanding overall GPA, have qualifying ITBS or ITED scores, and have a positive recommendation. (Note: 8th graders wanting to qualify for Honors English 9 do not need to take the PLAN or PSAT). These requirements are also outlined on the Honors Application form.
Advanced Placement (AP) course involve college level curriculum offered to 11th and 12th graders who completed prerequisites for a specific course. The AP course is taught a college level pace during the regular school yea, culminating in the student taking the College Board AP Exam in May. With a score of three or better on the AP Exam (exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5), a student could qualify for college credit at post secondary institutions. Studies show that AP students are three times as likely to graduate college because they have stronger study skills and time management.
Nevada High School offers AP course in two forms: online and in the classroom. An online AP course is taught through the statewide virtual high school, under the supervision of Mrs. Beauchene, while a NHS faculty member teaches a classroom AP course. Next school year, NHS faculty members will teach AP Literature and Composition (three term), AP U.S. History (three terms), and AP U.S. Government & Politics (two term). See the course descriptions for more information and prerequisites. Year long online course (four terms) are AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Language and Composition. The semester online courses (two terms) are AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Psychology and are offered second semester only.
To qualify for AP courses, not only will a student have to meet specific prerequisites; they must also submit an AP application. The application process will rate a student's success on their PLAN, PSAT, ITED's, teacher recommendation, and overall GPA.
NOTE: Regardless of NHS credit awarded, post secondary institutions will only recognize a semester AP course as 1/2 year and a year lone AP course as 1 year of coursework within a subject area to fulfill admission requirements.
The application process for Honors and AP courses must occur during Registration for the next school year.
If you have questions regarding which Honors or AP course would be appropriate please talk to Mr. Baker or Mrs. Beauchene.