What's right at NHS!
What if making a grade of “A” wasn’t the most important part of school?
In October I had the privilege of attending the KU Honors banquet in Hutchinson, an event at which the top 10 percent (as determined by GPA) of our Seniors were recognized. This event served as yet another reminder of the good things going on at NHS.
We take our responsibility to serve and educate all students very seriously. One way we accomplish this is by offering various levels of courses that meet student needs. Our course levels range from “Basic” level coursework to “General,” “Honors,” and “Advanced Placement” (AP) in increasing levels of rigor. AP courses are the most challenging, and I will explain the more about our Honors and AP courses.
A student does not have to attend college to be happy or successful in life; however, many of our students plan on attending college. Our objective is to set a foundation for students to be successful in their chosen career path. By enrolling in AP and Honors courses, students who work very hard are well prepared for rigorous university level academic work. On the other hand, occasionally some students avoid challenging courses because they might not earn a grade of A or B. Sometimes this pressure comes from home; after all, parents naturally want their kids to make "good" grades.
There are studies that strongly suggest successfully completing academically challenging courses in high school is a strong predictor of a student’s success in college as opposed to making a good grade in a relatively “easy” course. In other words, students who take difficult courses in high school tend to perform better in college. I don't know of a single study that shows making an "A" in an easy course is a better path to academic success.
Advanced Placement courses prepare students by introducing content, skills, and assignments or projects that are very similar to corresponding college courses. The AP curriculum is aligned with the standards of leading universities. Motivated students enrolled in AP classes learn material in a way similar to what they will encounter at the university level.
We’re very fortunate our taxpayers provide quality academic, fine arts, and career and technical opportunities for USD 373 students. In January we will begin the enrollment process for the 2014-15 school year. College-bound students and their parents should give very serious consideration to the Honors and AP courses offered at NHS.
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