by JOANNA LEI & KATRINA LIN
Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors night is Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Students and parents will be provided with an orientation, including course offerings and requirements, presented by counselors and AP and Honors teachers. Available courses for the 2017-18 school year will be presented, followed by a question and answer session with seniors and alumni who have experienced the AP or Honors courses.
“I think it is important to have this orientation because we need to highlight what we do. We want to share what we do with the community and extend opportunities. I want people to know what we offer here at Schurr,” said Assistant Principal Constantino Duarte.
Duarte and the teachers will discuss class progression, grading systems and course descriptions during the orientation. Students can apply for the introduced courses during programming with their counselors.
Students interested in AP and Honors courses will need to get a form and recommendation from teachers. Duarte will also go over the AP contract during the orientation, which can be obtained at the guidance office or from AP teachers.
Counselors will be programming juniors, sophomores and freshmen for the 2017-18 classes in late February and early March.
Juniors receive first priority, scheduled for the week of Feb. 27. Sophomores will be programmed during the week of March 6 and freshmen during the week of March 13. Students will be called in, and counselors will review required courses and electives that are available. Student choices will be noted, and requests filled if possible.
“We try to accommodate students as best as we can by providing zero, seventh and eighth period to give as many options as possible,” said Duarte. “We want students to be in a position to be successful. That is why we do request that students seriously take into account the workload and rigor that is expected from an AP or Honors course,” he said.
New courses for 2017-18 classes include AP Environmental Science, Chinese 7-8, Forensic Science, Honors Human Anatomy and Music Appreciation. The Master Schedule is driven by student request and enrollment, which dictates whether the classes will be offered, and how many periods each day.