How does it matter to be in honors class or in regular class in 9 grade?How does it matter to be in honors class or in regular class in 9 grade?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Admission officers at colleges have commented that they look at the student's senior year as a maturation year.  That is, they scrutinize the courses that a student takes in his/her senior year as indicative of the seriousness of that student.  If the student has taken challenging courses such as the Advanced Placement ones, the admissions officers feel that the student shows that he/she is goal-driven and will more likely succeed at college level.  So, in order to be able to enroll in the higher courses in senior year, a student must begin his/her preparation by enrolling in the advanced courses from the beginning, the freshman year.

Besides all the reasons given here and above, the fact is that if a student has taken the more challenging courses, he/she will ipso facto be better prepared for college, for he/she will have read the literary works, learned the math and science, and have the knowledge of historical periods that one needs to have a background in for the college level courses.  Too many students enter community colleges and otherwise without the foundations in the scholastic disciplines that they need; consequently, they are put into remedial courses or they struggle in a course for which they are ill-prepared.

Bottom line:  It is always wise to plan ahead.  Better to have more than is "required" than to "come up short" later on.  Freshman year is the time to start thinking and planning for the future.

cybil eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you're a strong academic student with a plan to go to college, taking the most challenging courses you can take in high school is a good idea. At my school, students in the honors classes are prepared for the Advanced Placement class in English, for instance, that is offered to seniors. If they haven't been in honors, the AP class is especially difficult for them.

According to the Office of College Counseling at my school, when you apply to colleges, the admission people look at your entire high school academic record, and it's impressive if you have taken the most challenging courses available. The only exception seems to be if you apply to a state university that bases admission solely on grade point average. Some students, if they know they will apply to a state school, choose to take regular courses because they believe they will earn higher grades and thus have a higher GPA than they would if they took the more difficult honors courses.

As a freshman, you may not yet have any idea about where you want to go to college. I recommend that you keep as many options open as possible. If you're interested in honors and if you can do the work, go for it!

dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If your school offers specific programs such as Honors, AP, Institute Programs I would advise you to seek out any and all information regarding qualification. In New York City potential candidates into such programs are notified spring semester in 8th grade, however there are circumstances where by students try it and for one of many reasons choose to forfeit their placement. In such cases other students have the chance to be accepted into such advanced programs. My daugther was accepted into an Institute Program (high honor A.P. program) in her high school. She successfully completed the course of study, and I believe the program taught her the responsibilities she would need to be accepted into a great college. She is currently a junior in a great university, the one she set her goals for. As a teacher I agree with post #5...preparation is key to opening the door of opportunity.

afi80fl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would highly encourage you to take the honors coursework if you have aspirations for attending college.  Usually, honors courses are more challenging.  However, the biggest benefit lies in that no one forces students to take honors coursework; it is something they choose to do.  As a non-honors teacher, I can tell you that most of my students do not want to be here... they'd rather be at home, or else away from school in general.  That being said, the honors students truly want to be in their classes, and spend a lot of time studying so that they can better prepare for college and standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.

If given the choice, and you feel comfortable with a bit more challenge in your workload, definitely take the honors option. It will only help you in the long run!

charcunning eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with what everyone else said, but also remember that when you take an AP or Honors class it is usually "weighted" meaning it adds points on to your GPA--this is how some students graduate w/ over a 4.0. So, if you get a C in an honors class, it counts like a B in an on-level class, and gets factored into your weighted GPA.

Admissions people are ALWAYS stressing to me that the level of difficulty of classes plays a HUGE factor into whether or not students get into college. Having a 4.0 and all regular classes does not look as good as having a 3.5 and having honors and AP.

You will be SO MUCH MORE prepared for college by taking honors and AP. Reading fast and being able to comprehend complex texts is a necessity for passing college!


litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is often very little difference between the classes, so it really depends on your school.  As far as preparation for AP classes and college, it is generally better to take the highest class you can.  If you are trying to decide between the two, consider what your reasons for not taking the class might be.  Are you worried about doing extra work?  Are you worried that the work might be hard?  It is a good idea to challenge yourself if you really feel you can handle it.  Don’t let anyone discourage you.  But you don’t need to bite off more than you can chew either.

I have a question im going to the 9th and does it matter if you start off having Intensive classes  i have int. math and Algebra 1 

college78 | Student

Hey! :) I am currently a sophomore in high school. I am not in any honors classes, but i have all As because honestly getting those grades make me feel like a boss. Some people will say i took the easy way out... and I did. In my case, honors classes are not worth it because you CAN go to college without earning an honors diploma. I promise you that. HOWEVER, I am not saying that you will definitely go to an ivy league school. I will say that. School is hard enough as it is, but do not think you absolutely need to take honors classes to be successful. But by all means, if you can handle the rigorous work, go right ahead because why not? If you take honors, you can always drop. I know plenty of people who have done that because it was so stressful. Just keep in mind colleges look at other things besides the actual classes and diploma type. Once you are out of high school, who is honestly going to care if you took honors in high school? No one cares if you could even pass a test once you're out of high school! Employers want to see your degree, not classes. School is just school, so stay smart and have fun while you can! :)

crystaltu001 | Student

Honors and regular are really similar to each other the difference is Honors teaches stuff a little faster than the regular class . But honors would look good on College applications . And everything depends on the the school you attend because it could be different for schools.

arrellbelle | Student

Taking a challenging course in high school will prepare you for the intense and rigor of the college classes you'll be taking in college. When I was in high school, I took AP classes, but I was also admitted into the International Baccalaureate, IB, program as well and they were basically college courses taught at an international level. It was tough at first, I cried a lot because of the intense pressure I was put in, but now that i'm in college, it has prepared me for a lot of things in college.

harun12 | Student

What you take matters from the moment you walk in the door as a freshman.  We try to tell freshmen this when they walk in.  This might not "register" with some or most freshmen, unfortunately.  But it is important.  So taking honors classes as a freshman is important.  This is not to say that if you start honors classes later that you are "doomed".  It's just to say that it's better to start them soonor, rather than later.

I have a question that has bothered me for about a week now. I am a freshman in highschool and i made a big mistake. I didnt take honors classes my 1st and 2nd quarters for my freshman year. My friend told me that taking honor classes get you into big colleges and it shocked me. And the i still have a couple quarters left. Will this look bad for me ? Will colleges not like that i didnt take honors classes at the beginning of freshman year? Will it impact my chance of getting into good colleges.? Please answer

malinna | Student

Rigorous and challenging work is the best way to prepare for college, and is heavily weighted by college admissions.  To prepare to take the AP courses, or dual credit courses, in your later high school years, you have to start in early high school, or, ideally, even in middle/intermediate school.  If you wait to start until you are a junior or senior, the other students in your class will be ahead of you and the course will move along at the pace that is appropriate for them, leaving you struggling throughout the year.  Make the commitment to put in the work to be successful, the payoff will last the rest of your life!

smallxlady216 | Student

It looks good on college papers. ^.^ it helps you be more academicaly inclined.

aramisxu77 | Student

What you take matters from the moment you walk in the door as a freshman.  We try to tell freshmen this when they walk in.  This might not "register" with some or most freshmen, unfortunately.  But it is important.  So taking honors classes as a freshman is important.  This is not to say that if you start honors classes later that you are "doomed".  It's just to say that it's better to start them soonor, rather than later.

megnieman | Student

Being in an honors class is much different from a 'regular' class. This class should be moving at a faster pace and it should also examine the materials more closely. Honors classes, from what I have experienced, also tend to do college preperation. This is not to say that 'regular' classes are bad, but if someone can handle the work of an honors class, this would be the class to take.