To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Course Selection Explanation

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH COURSES TO CHOOSE?
  • Freshman year will be a big adjustment. It is very important for you to seek a balance between academics and extracurricular activities. Also, consider study and time-management skills. Since you know yourself best, set yourself up for success.
  • All freshmen must take the following courses: Revelation of God and Christology, English, Physics, Global Studies, mathematics, and a world language. Freshmen may replace Global Studies with AP Human Geography. All freshmen have a Course Recommendations sheet, found in My BackPack.
  • In addition to the courses above, you are encouraged to start working on the arts requirement as you are required to take one full year of art prior to graduation. For your freshman year, you are encouraged to complete your Fit for Life requirement and one semester of art. A full list of electives is available below. Please refer to the Course Guide for additional information regarding these courses.

Engineering/Technology (may be taken in lieu of a study hall):  

  • Computer Science Principles AP (1.0 credit)
  • Intro to Engineering Design Honors (1.0 credit)

Health and Fitness:  

  • Fit for Life (.5 credit)

Performing Arts:           

  • Dance Appreciation - semester (.5 credit)
  • Introduction to Acting - semester (.5 credit)
  • Introduction to Instrumental Music - semester (.5 credit)
  • Introduction to Voice - semester (.5 credit)
  • Percussion Ensemble - semester (.5 credit)
  • String Ensemble - semester (.5 credit)
  • String Ensemble - year (1.0 credit)                     
  • Vocal Music in Performance I - year (1.0 credit, based on successful audition)
  • Wind/Brass Ensemble - semester (.5 credit)
  • Wind/Brass Ensemble – year (1.0 credit) 

Visual Arts:        

  • 2-D Art I - semester (prerequisite for all other visual art courses) (.5 credit)       
WHAT CRITERIA WERE USED FOR MY ENGLISH AND PHYSICS COLLEGE PREP OR HONORS RECOMMENDATIONS?
  • Transcript grades from 7th and 8th grade
  • AHN Entrance Exam results
  • National standardized testing results, including ITBS, Stanford, and FCAT
  • Recommendations from current teachers
  • Students who take Physics Honors need to be particularly strong in math and science with above average reading comprehension.
  • Writing sample
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE RECOMMENDATION IS FOR THE COLLEGE PREP LEVEL AND I FEEL I CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AT THE HONORS LEVEL?
  • The academic departments rely on a variety of data and input for assessing student placement. Taking honors courses are significantly more challenging and may be taught at an accelerated pace compared to college prep classes. No special concessions will be made to alter the pace or course due to student underperformance. 
  • You may select an honors level if you feel you can successfully complete the course with a C+ or better in both semesters. 
    • ​​​​​If your first semester grade is a C or lower in an honors level course, you will be required to move down one level for the second semester.