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    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

    -Mark Twain

    AP Language and Composition

    This class prepares a student to take the College Board's Advanced Placement test in Language and Composition. It is designed for the student who wishes to continue an intensive study of non-fiction and writing. Using American non-fiction selections, students will analyze and interpret the works while identifying and explaining the author's use of rhetorical strategies and techniques. Students will write in a variety of genres and contexts, both formal and informal, employing appropriate conventions and moving through the stages of the writing process. This class carries a weighted grade.


    from the IRHS Course Description Book

    The Honors Program at IRHS includes three types of courses: Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP and Honors classes. All Honors Program classes receive weighted grades.

    Students and their parents who are considering entering the Honors Program at IRHS should consider their decision carefully. At each level, the honors option is a fundamentally different course than its
    general counterpart. From the textbook (college-level in some cases), to the experience, to the expectations of student capabilities, honors courses are considerably more demanding. In addition, students opting to register for two or more Honors Program classes in any given year should carefully consider the demands placed on their time and energy both in and out of school.

    Honors Program courses in all disciplines have rigorous academic demands such as extensive reading,analytical writing, long-term projects, and/or challenging lab experiences as well as high expectations. These courses are designed for the self-motivated student who is an independent learner and requires little teacher direction or repetition to master difficult material. These students are often intuitive, curious, and eager to explore beyond the knowledge level, although students need not be in the REACH Program. Likewise, previous success in a REACH Program may not predict success in the Honors Program.

    Most of these classes have prerequisites or require teacher recommendation so please check each course description carefully before registration. Entry into Honors Program classes are determined by prerequisites listed in this Course Description Book. Those include:

    *Placement test scores
    *Teacher recommendations
    *Success in previous courses

    Before enrolling in AP, Pre-AP or Honors courses, students should complete the AP Self-Assessment immediately following this section(see link below) and discuss the results with their parent/guardian, teacher and counselor.

    The Honors Program at IRHS is not specifically designed to articulate with the REACH Program curriculum offered in the Amphitheater District for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Instead,the Honors Program is designed to prepare students to successfully compete for selective college entrance and college honors programs, as well as earn college credit (see AP courses).

    It is not the intent of Honors Program teachers to award students with A's or B's. Students will need to meet the rigorous demands of the courses and earn their grades. Student schedules will not be changed simply because their grades are lower than desired (see Level Changes). Additionally, students should understand that enrollment in Honors Program courses is a year-long commitment after the FIRST FULL WEEK OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.


    Advanced Placement courses follow a nationally recognized curriculum. This curriculum is designed to be college level. The amount of material covered within a year typically forces much of the classroom instruction to be lecture style.

    In May, a comprehensive test is offered in each subject where students, if they score well, may earn college credit.Students must pay for the test (around $84 for each test) and provide their own transportation to the test site. College credit is determined by each college or university and varies in the type and amount of credit. Students should contact the colleges and universities of their choice for information as to whether credit is given and if so, on the amount of credit available.

    Some recent research indicates that students with high PSAT, ACT and SAT scores will do well on the Advanced Placement exams. The research indicates that these higher scores are better predictors of AP exam success than a student's GPA.