Freshmen attend a Big Group for next years’ classes

Freshman big group choosing their AP and Honors classes for next year. Photo Credit: Jarissa Mirabal

By Jarissa Mirabal ’21

On Mar. 6 in Pritzker’s cafeteria, the freshmen attended a big group meeting to learn about what AP and Honors classes are going to look like and why they matter, so they can decide if they would be interested in applying.

The big group covered the differences between AP and Honors, classes, and what the teachers look at when you apply.

The difference between AP and Honors matters; in addition, AP stands for Advanced Placement which means they’re college level courses. The benefit from taking an AP class is earning college credit. Honors is a more advanced than the regular classes; therefore, students who take AP and honors classes, are expected to work hard at a faster pace. “Honors is a great opportunity but you need to be responsible,” said Damaris Mejia, a freshman.

The grade/GPA conversion scale is .5 for honors and 1.0 for AP. This opportunity can impress college admission officers when making the admission decision. This will also allow open doors for more opportunities to receive college credit. Students can increase their GPA by .5 or 1.0 of credits for each class students get accepted to. Julia Levit, classical literature teacher, mentioned “Students applying for AP and Honors shows a level of seriousness of a student.” Julissa Hernandez, a freshman, has respect for those students taking AP and Honors, “I’m really thinking about it because is going to be hard,” mentioned Hernandez. What freshmans are looking forward is “not being called a freshman anymore.”

As the freshmen are almost done with the  year, they may become curious as to what the classes are for next year as sophomores. Next year, there would be AP World History taught by Charles Rosentel and Bryan Williams, Honors Chemistry taught by Jaclyn Gaudiot and Neha Singh, Honors Geometry by Chris Biddix  and Allison Fifolt, and Honors English II by Benjamin Groch and regulars classical literature by Julia Levit. Each teacher from each of the courses gave a mini speech of what their class is about and why it matters. Levit mentioned, “[it] is always exciting for students, [to] see new faces, and get to know  them.”

The way students are chosen is by their  GPA, test scores. This makes Hernandez feel “nervous” because you never know what teachers are going to say about you.

Freshmen may be anxious because AP does not sound familiar as it is not offered freshmen year. AP classes are only offered from sophomore to  senior year. Transitioning into a sophomore, teachers are going to have higher expectations from students and make sure they are able to figure things out by themselves with the help of their peers. Mejia said, “I’m taking honors math and is not easy at all because the amount of work and homework is expected from you.” Mejia is familiar of how honors would like for students, so it could an advantage.

AP and Honors is opened for anyone in the freshmen level, who will be transitioning into their sophomore year, but applications are due Mar. 17. Also the information needed for the survey is the students name, class rank, current grades, current classes, GPA, and advisor’s name. If the students are not familiar with the list above or is not sure about the answers to these questions they could go login to powerschool, which were the students information is at. “Opportunities and dreams only come once, so take advantage”, Hernandez mentioned. Students should check emails and the calendar for more information about meeting and dates that happen every month.