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Old 09-02-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Well, its another school year - this year my daughter is enrolled in 4 "honors" level courses. The course work is weighted - she can earn 5 vs 4 quality points for an A.. 4 vs. 3 quality points for a B., etc.

For the teachers out there... I have two questions :

What is the criteria for enrollment in honors level courses at the high school level? I'm assuming it is teacher approval, but what if a parent insists their child is honors material?? My daughter tells me stories of students woefully unprepared for the courses and unwilling to do the extra work - let's not even start on the cheating !

Our school has different sections for honors vs. academic levels. I'm aware a few schools (I think Broughton) mix their honors and regular level together with differentiated tests and assignments. I'm starting to wonder if this is the prefered method vs. separate sections.

If a student gets a "D" in an honors course will he/she receive 2 quality points? When I was in high school (early 80's), only A's and B's earned extra credit.

Thanks !
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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Default Upper/honors level vs. on level

I wish someone would have answered your question! My son is in all honors level classes and recently started making two C's for which he is disciplined. He is capable of making solid B's but his problem isn't the work - it's his study habits, not turning in homework on time etc. He says he wants to move to on level but everyone I've talked to says try to avoid going back to on level classes. I sure would love some input from teacher and counselors! Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:43 PM
 
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Teacher recommendations are the first step in the process. However, a parent can request their child be placed in honors regardless of the recommendation and the student will be placed there. Supposedly, if the parent signs the waiver to over ride the teacher recommendation, the student cannot later drop the course if it proves too difficult.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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I would like to know if there is a true curriculum difference between "honors" and "academic" level.. especially with the trend to mix both levels together in once classroom.

Up to this point, my daughter has been in "honors" courses (honors only students) , and she tells me a lot of kids are struggling.. in her opinion some of the kids are over their heads. Next semester (in just a few weeks) she will be in her first ever class with both "honors" and "academic" levels.. interesting to see how that goes.

Honors has become a buzz word around here.
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