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Who isn’t proud to have honor students in their family? Honors courses are offered for advanced students who consistently show academic aptitude that exceeds their grade level, often as early as elementary school. As teachers and directors of honors programs know, honors students are developed, not discovered. In other words, becoming an honors student, like most types of success, is not solely dependent on innate abilities. It’s also a personal quality that takes time and effort to cultivate.

Are Honors or AP Courses Worth Taking?

Honors and AP courses are worth the extra effort they require because participating in honors-level programs in high school plainly reveals students’ academic “chops” to the colleges and universities they apply for. In fact, rigor is one of the most important factors in college admissions. Honors classes progress at a faster pace and deal with course material in greater depth than do regular classes. So, excelling in high school honors classes will transform a student’s entire academic career, allowing him or her to be more easily accepted into a top-notch college or university. There, they can skip entry-level and general-education classes and begin pursuing their studies at a more advanced level.

Most colleges and universities in the United States give college credit and/or advanced placement to students with outstanding grades in high school honors classes. In this way, graduation requirements can be completed early and the journey to a successful career or further studies in graduate school or a professional school can be started sooner.

Moreover, there are a few other benefits to an honors track that are too often glossed over: 1) Not surprisingly, honors and AP students tend to become more responsible young adults and spend more of their time with like-minded teens. Who doesn’t want to see their children making the highest quality friends? 2) Honors and AP students get a better education and are more prepared for college. AP classes, in particular, have strict educational guidelines and students rarely get shortchanged by less-motivated teachers. 3) When top students attend better colleges, they once again spend time with high achievers, and this also has short-term and long-term benefits.

Master Math and Strategic Reading Foster Future Honor Students

Children who start in our Master Math and Strategic Reading programs while in elementary or middle school receive an immense boost toward honors courses in high school. These students acquire the most important academic fundamentals and get accustomed to high achievement. Students who take honors classes receive a better education and graduate with higher grade-point averages. This in turn produces greater self-esteem and an improved likelihood of being accepted into the college of their choice.

Our Strategic Reading and Master Math programs will improve all elementary and middle school students’ odds of being eligible for honors classes once they reach high school. So, let our experienced and caring tutors help your child do well in their classes. That way, they can become the honors students they want to be and set themselves up for future success. Contact us today at Lafayette Academy.

Everyone Is Not on an Ivy League Track … and That’s Fine

We just want to make it clear that we do NOT believe that every student should be on an Ivy League track. In fact, we hate to see children pushed to get all A’s when their innate abilities may not match the most elite students. As parents, our job is to carefully assess our children and help each one reach his or her potential. Our programs will help all students reach their potential, but our goal is not to turn everyone into an Ivy Leaguer.  Needless to say, there are a lot of hugely successful people who didn’t attend an Ivy League school.