What are honors courses?
Courses designated as honors at The Lovett School include additional material and greater depth of investigation of concepts than are found in their college prep counterparts. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills and the ability to apply knowledge to unique situations. Students enrolled in honors courses should be highly motivated and willing to invest more time than is commonly required in a non-honors course.
The selection process for honors and AP courses varies by department but may include an assessment of the student’s grades, teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, curricular and extracurricular loads, and academic standing in comparison with other students eligible for the course. Enrollment in previous honors or AP courses does not guarantee automatic re-enrollment in these sections. Students who enroll in year-long AP courses are expected to remain in the course for the entire year.
Grade Minimum to remain in Honors / AP
Once enrolled in an honors or AP course, the student is expected to maintain solid performance, as evaluated by the instructor (semester grades of B- or higher). Any student not maintaining these requirements may be removed from the class at the conclusion of the fall semester.
Lovett expects AP students to take AP examinations in lieu of spring-semester finals. The cost of the AP standardized examination is not included in tuition; approximate fees are noted with the course descriptions. With an AP teacher’s and department chair’s approval, a student facing extenuating circumstances may petition the Director of Studies to complete a culminating assessment instead of an AP examination. This same process applies to a student undertaking a senior project. Teachers and the Upper School Director of Studies may also grant permission for students not enrolled in AP courses to take AP examinations.
Summer Tutoring to Prepare for Honors
Students who are recommended to move from the general level into honors may be required to complete summer tutoring to prepare for the move and may also be required to take a placement test before the move is confirmed.
Honors / AP Designation to Students
In certain disciplines when an entire section cannot be designated honors/AP, the school may designate the student as an honors/AP student. The student must then fulfill the honors/AP requirements given to him by the instructor.
Before each semester begins, the school sets aside certain days for students and/or parents to make approved changes in their upcoming semester’s schedule at no charge to the student:
The last day for first-semester changes: Friday, August 19
The last day for second-semester changes: Friday, December 9
After those dates, a $50 processing fee is charged for any approved student-/ parent-initiated schedule changes. After the first three weeks of a semester, a student may not add a new course.
Student-initiated course withdrawals after the first three weeks of the semester must be reviewed by the director of studies and/or Upper School principal. When allowed, transcripts will indicate one of the following, depending on the student’s grades at the time of the withdrawal: WP (Withdrawn-Passing) or WF (Withdrawn-Failing).
A failure (F) in any subject for either semester may necessitate summer school attendance. Failure to attend summer school when recommended could require repetition of the entire course during the following school year, affecting the date of graduation or future enrollment.
Note: Students who wish to earn credit for non-Lovett summer school must make that request in writing prior to enrollment in the course. Forms for this purpose are available from the dean of academic affairs.