Advanced Placement & Honors Courses
Chantilly offers both Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Courses are open to all students who seek academic rigor. Curriculum for these courses extends beyond the Program of Studies (POS) in both depth and complexity. Deciding which course is best for you is a complex decision with many factors that should be considered. The information below as well as conversation with your counselor will help you to decide on the best courses for you.
Advanced Placement Coordinator
- Biology Teacher, HS
This section is meant to engender some serious thinking on your part about your schedule for next year. We would like you to think about your priorities and how you would like your life to unfold next school year. We encourage you to stretch academically, to participate in other activities and to be healthy. Answer these questions truthfully, talk to teachers, counselors, peers and do some research about what particular schools want to see. We sincerely encourage you to get all the information that you can and then make the best informed decision for you.
Why am I considering an AP Course?
|The Right Reasons||Other Reasons|
|Love the subject||Looks good on my resume|
|Want to learn more about the subject||All my friends are taking it|
|I want to go into more depth in this areas||I am feeling pressured to take it|
How much time do I have to devote to these courses?
|Do I have a job?||Hours per day ____|
|Do I participate in a sport or activity?||Hours per day ____|
|Do I do volunteer work?||Hours per day ____|
|Do I have responsibilities at home||Hours per day ____|
|Time required to do well in each AP course||Hours per day ____|
|Total hours per day ____|
Questions to consider and discuss before you register
Before you meet individually with your counselor, be sure that you have seriously considered the following questions and discussed them with your parents. While no one expects that to be overwhelmed by too many commitments, it does tend to happen, even to the best of us.
- Am I taking the course(s) for the right reasons?
- Do I have enough time in the day for all these commitments?
- How committed am I to doing well in this course if it proves a challenge for me?
- Have I considered the cumulative effect of taking multiple honors/AP courses?
- What will happen if this course load is difficult and I cannot change my schedule?
- Would I be willing to adjust hours or give up a job?
- Would I be willing to drop a sport or activity?
- Would I be satisfied with a grade less than a B?
Remember: You may not drop a course until the end of 1st quarter and then ONLY if there is a viable option available. (Starting a new course may not be a possibility and lower level courses may be full.)