His stand-alone classes didn’t give him that much deeper of an understanding of a subject than earning honors did, Hernandez said.
In his general Western civilization class, for example, he had to read an additional book to earn his honors credits, which allowed him to gain more knowledge than he normally would have.
“(Stand-alone) honors does feel slightly more rigorous, but usually still manageable,” West High senior Holly Wright said.
Wright said she liked the earned honors format, though, because it allowed her to dive deeper into classes and subjects she enjoyed without it feeling like too much additional work.
Honors classes are often seen as precursors for Advanced Placement, or AP, classes that students take later on, but the two are separate.
AP classes are designed by the College Board to give students the chance to earn college credit when they perform well on the exam given at the end of the course. Students have the option to take the test or not, and AP courses are most often offered to juniors and seniors.
Deja vu: one size fits all: English 10.