Honors/A.P.

Honors & AP


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Overview
Course Offerings
Prerequisites by Year
Selection Process
Honors Probation
Summer Reading Lists(at bottom of page)



    Incoming Freshman Application Form
    Incoming Freshman Recommendation Form
    Current Prep Student Application Form
    Current Prep Student Recommendation Form
    Honors Probation Form




Overview


Gonzaga
Preparatory School
’s Honors English Program is a rigorous curriculum in which students live and breathe literature daily via classical and contemporary readings, frequent and challenging writing activities, critical and abstract thinking, and lively and thoughtful participation. Students applying for entrance into this program should be advised that the instructors are not simply considering students who do well on tests or earn good grades; the Honors program is for students who heartily enjoy literature and writing and desire to explore the English curriculum on a deeper level. The following areas must be strengths for honors students:

  • Effort
  • Literary Interest
  • Writing Ability (content, style, and grammar)
  • Literary Insight
  • Class Participation (frequency and quality)
  • Willingness to go beyond the curriculum

Gonzaga Preparatory School's Honors English Program offers two sections of either Honors or Advanced Placement classes for each grade level. Students can join or be invited to join the program at any time during their four years at Prep as long as they meet the Prerequisites.


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Course Offerings

Gonzaga Preparatory School's Honors English Program offers Honors or A.P. courses for each of the four academic years. Please see Courses in the Main Menu for detailed descriptions. Below is a list of the courses offered in the Honors English Track:

 

  • Honors English I (Literary Genres and Oral/Written Communication)
  • Honors English II (Literary Genres and Oral/Written Communication)
  • Honors English III (American Literature and Oral/Written Communication)
  • A.P. English IV (World Literature and Oral/Written Communication)


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Prerequisites by Year

Choose Links Below To See Prerequisites
Freshman Year Honors English I (for incoming freshmen)
Sophomore Year Honors English II (for current honors students)
Sophomore Year Honors English II (for new applicants)
Junior Year Honors English III (for current honors students)
Junior Year Honors English III (for new applicants)
Senior Year A.P. English IV (for current Honors students)
Senior Year A.P. English IV (for new applicants)



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Freshman Year Honors English I Prerequisites

  • Student must have a high score on the Freshman Honors Placement Exam.
  • Student must have a strong Recommendation Form from eighth-grade English instructor.


Note: A student who does not meet these standards but who wishes to enter the Honors English Track will have a chance to reapply at the end of each academic year. Honors-level performances in the non-honors classes will warrant opportunities to enter the Honors English Track.



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Sophomore Year Honors English II Prerequisites (for Current Honors Students)

 

 

 

 

  • Student must have at least a B- grade in Honors English I for the 1st semester, and this grade must be maintained throughout the second semester.
  • A student who is currently in honors, has submitted an application form on time, has maintained honors standards, and has not been put on Honors Probation at any time during the year will automatically be placed in the Honors/A.P. Selection Pool.


Note: Any current honors student who does not meet the criteria stated above will have to reapply for a position in the Honors English Track and will compete against current non-honors students who wish to apply for positions in the Honors English Track.



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Sophomore Year Honors English II Prerequisites (for New Applicants)

 

 

 

  • Student must have a strong recommendation from current English I Teacher (see Honors English Recommendation Form). 
  • Student must submit an Honors and A.P. English Application Form in a timely fashion.
  • Student must have at least an A- grade in English I for the 1st semester, and this grade must be maintained throughout the second semester.
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all classes.
  • Student must want to take Honors English.
  • Student must demonstrate regular class attendance.





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Junior Year Honors English III Prerequisites (for Current Honors Students)

  • Student must have at least a B- grade in Honors English II for the 1st semester, and this grade must be maintained throughout the second semester.
  • A student who is currently in honors, has submitted an application form on time, has maintained honors standards, and has not been put on Honors Probation at any time during the year will automatically be placed in the Honors/A.P. Selection Pools.


Note: Any current honors student who does not meet the criteria stated above will have to reapply for a position in the Honors English Track and will compete against current non-honors students who wish to apply for positions in the Honors English Track.



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Junior Year Honors English III Prerequisites (for New Applicants)

 

 

 

  • Student must have a strong recommendation from current English II Teacher (see Honors English Recommendation Form). 
  • Student must submit an Honors and A.P. English Application Form in a timely fashion.
  • Student must have at least an A- grade in English II for the 1st semester, and this grade must be maintained throughout the second semester.
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all classes.
  • Student must want to take Honors English.
  • Student must demonstrate regular class attendance.





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Senior Year A.P. English IV Prerequisites (for Current Honors Students)

 

 

 

  • Student must have at least a B- grade in Honors III English for the 1st semester, and this grade must be maintained throughout the second semester.
  • A student who is currently in honors, has submitted an application form on time, has maintained honors standards, and has not been put on Honors Probation at any time during the year will automatically be placed in the Honors/A.P. Selection Pools.


Note: Any current honors student who does not meet the criteria stated above will have to reapply for a position in the Honors English Track and will compete against current non-honors students who wish to apply for positions in the Honors English Track.



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Senior Year A.P. English IV Prerequisites (for New Applicants)

  • Student must have a strong recommendation from current English III Teacher (see Honors English Recommendation Form). 
  • Student must submit an Honors and A.P. English Application Form in a timely fashion.
  • Student must have at least an A- grade in English III class for the 1st semester, and this grade must be maintained throughout the second semester.
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in all classes.
  • Student must want to take A. P. English.
  • Student must demonstrate regular class attendance.






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Selection Process

Choose Links Below To See a Selection Process
Incoming Freshmen
Current G-Prep Students (honors or non-honors)
Transfer Students


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Incoming Freshman Selection Process

Overview

The English Department offers two sections of Honors English for freshmen. Since space is limited, the English Department follows strict protocol to determine student placement.


Steps

Step 1:  Potential honors students will complete applications by May 15th and take the Honors English Entrance Exam in May.

Step 2:  In June, the English Department will review all applicants for the next school-year’s honors classes.

Step 3:  Applicants will be placed in the Honors Pool and rank-ordered based on the quality of the following criteria:

o       Honors English Entrance Exam
o       Teacher Recommendation
o       Grades

The rank-ordered list will be used as the Honors Waiting List.

Step 4: The top-ranking students (approximately 44) will be placed in one of the two sections of Honors English I. All other students will remain on the Honors English I Waiting List until new seats open.

Step 5: In mid to late June, Gonzaga Prep will send students their class schedules indicating the English class for which they qualified (Honors English I or English I).


Note 1:
Students who are not accepted into Honors English I at this time will be automatically put on the Honors Waiting List. Students who are on the Honors Waiting List must still complete the summer readings in case a seat opens up in late-summer or early-fall. Students who have not completed the summer readings will be passed over in the selection process.

Note 2: Students will have an opportunity to reapply to the Honors English Program each academic year. In fact, by senior year, nearly half of the A.P./honors students typically were not in Honors English during their freshmen years.

Note 3: Freshmen accepted to Gonzaga Prep during the summer must take the Honors English Entrance Exam.



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Current G-Prep Student Selection Process

Overview

 

 

Two sections (approximately 45 students) of Honors or A.P. English are offered for each year. Current G-Prep students (honors or non-honors) must submit their Honors or A.P. applications by February 1st to be considered for placement in the following school-year’s classes.


Steps

Step 1:  The English Department will review all applicants for the next year’s honors or A.P. classes.

Step 2:  Any students currently enrolled in Honors English who have completed their applications on time, met all prerequisites, and have not been placed on Honors Probation at any time during the year will automatically be placed in the next level of Honors or A.P. English.

Step 3:  Any students not currently enrolled in Honors English who have completed their applications on time, have met all prerequisites, and have perfect recommendations (all A scores) will automatically be placed in the next level of Honors or A.P. English.

Step 4:  All other students (struggling current honors students and non-honors students with any scores lower than A on their recommendations) will be put in the Honors Pool, evaluated head-to-head, and then rank-ordered based on the quality of the following factors:

o       Teacher Recommendations (number of A and B scores)
o       English Grades

The rank-ordered list will be used as the Waiting List.

Step 5: Students will be taken (in rank order) from the Waiting List to fill any available seats in the Honors English classes.

Step 6: In June, the English Department will re-evaluate those students who were accepted into the next year’s Honors English classes. Any students who have not continued to meet the Honors Prerequisites or who have been put on Honors Probation, will be added (in rank order) to the Waiting List. Next, the Waiting List will be re-evaluated factoring in any new students.

Step 7: Using students from the Waiting List, The English Department will continue to fill any vacated seats that arise.


Note One:
  Honors and A.P. class seats frequently open up due to students’ schedule changes or students not maintaining the prerequisite standards. Seats can open up at any time and frequently do so at the end of the summer or during the beginning of the fall semester.

Note Two: Students who are on the Honors Waiting List must still complete the summer readings in case a seat opens up in late-summer or early-fall. Students who have not completed the summer readings will be passed over in the selection process.



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Transfer Student Selection Process

Transfer students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the English Department Head and the Academic Vice Principal.

Note 1: Transfers will have until the end of the first quarter or semester (as per teacher request) to complete any missed summer reading.

Note 2: Freshmen accepted to Gonzaga Prep during the summer must take the Honors English Entrance Exam.




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Honors Probation

Overview

Students who are not consistently performing at an honors level will be put on Honors Probation. Two types of Honors Probation exist:

 

1.      Automatic Honors Probation: Except for 1st quarter of freshman year, any student who has a C + or lower for a quarter grading period (regardless of semester grade) is automatically on Honors Probation. Since grades are posted online, the teacher does not need to inform students of automatic probations. Students have the responsibility to monitor their grades.

2.      Teacher-Assigned Probation: Any student who is not working to full potential—regardless of grade—may be put on probation as per the teacher’s judgment. The teacher will inform the student about the probation and provide an Honors Probation Form that highlights academic concerns needing improvement.

Regardless of the type of Honors Probation, students should seek help from their teachers to address areas of weakness. Students who are on Automatic Honors Probation must request an Honors Probation Form from their teachers to see what academic concerns need to be addressed.


Consequences

Students who have been placed on Honors Probation (automatic or assigned) at any point during the school year will be placed in the Honors Pool (see Honors Selection Process) at the conclusion of the year.  At this point, they will compete against any new honors applicants for places in next year’s honors or A.P. classes.

Students who have been placed on Honors Probation (automatic or assigned) twice in one school year may be removed from the honors program.


Probation Carryover

If a teacher of a sophomore, junior, or senior Honors or A.P. English class has a student who is put on Honors Probation (automatic or assigned), that teacher has the right to check with the previous year’s teacher to see if that student has been previously placed on probation or has had previous struggles. Students who have formerly been put on probation may be removed from the honors program, especially if the problem from the previous year is recurring or effort-based.


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Summer Reading Lists

 



Choose Links Below To See Reading Lists
Freshman Year (Honors English I)
Sophomore Year (Honors English II)

Junior Year (Honors English III)
Senior Year (A.P. Senior English)

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