Course Levels and Prerequisites
Selecting Course Levels
Students and parents/guardians should discuss which options they prefer for each subject based on the students’ skills, aspirations, and past course grades. Teacher recommendations and mastery of proficiencies play a major role in determining placement in classes for the following year. Discussions with individual teachers and the student’s school counselor can also provide information regarding course selection. Students can move from one level to another based on their achievement, commitment to excel, and completion of prerequisites.
All courses are based on either the Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards and/or the National Standards for Science, the Performing and Visual Arts; Health and Physical Education; and/or the Vermont Education Quality Requirements (VT Framework). Students enrolling in Honors courses must be prepared to meet the demands of dealing with complex concepts, a significant workload, and an accelerated pace.
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement courses expect students to complete college-level work and participate in the College Board Advanced Placement examinations. The AP curriculum meets a national standard and requires students to learn in-depth about a broad subject area. Students ineligible for free/reduced meals must pay a fee to take an AP exam. College credit may be earned by scoring a grade of 3 or higher, with the credit determination made by each college or university.
Course prerequisites are important to ensure student success in each course level. Frequently prerequisites refer to “completion” of a course; this means having successfully passed the course. Some courses require prerequisites with a minimum grade. A student can see the teacher or department head directly, or meet with his/her school counselor for assistance, if questions exist.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires students-athletes who aspire to “practice, compete, and/or receive athletic scholarship as a freshman in college” in either Division I or II to meet the following requirements:
- Graduation from high school
- The highest scores achieved on the verbal and mathematics section of the SAT or the highest scores achieved on the four individual tests of the ACT correlated to a “Core GPA” score that is compiled only in NCAA approved courses.
- Complete the necessary core requirements determined by NCAA.
All students who intend to play sports at a Division I college or Division II College must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. For specific information on NCAA eligibility requirements, visit the website at www.ncaa.org. NCAA Clearinghouse does not consider independent study, correspondence courses, or middle school courses as courses that count toward core requirements.