Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Students receiving a C or higher will receive an additional grade point in determining the student's GPA due to the increased academic demands of these classes. A student qualifies for Honors courses by demonstrating proficiency in the applicable subject area coupled with teacher and/or department recommendation. Current MHS procedure for new student placement into Honors English and Honors History depends upon the student's ISEE scores; Honors English and History placement require a score of 5 or above in each of the verbal reasoning and reading comprehension categories on the ISEE test. Language Honors placement is determined by a language proficiency test. Math placement into Honors Geometry and Honors Algebra II is determined by diagnostic tests prepared in support of the UC-CSU systems in mathematics. The school's administration may change the above-mentioned process to insure appropriate placement that is commensurate with the student's potential.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement is a College Board program consisting of college level courses and exams for high school students. Students receiving a C or higher will receive an additional grade point in determining the student's GPA due to the increased academic demands of these classes. A student qualifies for AP courses by demonstrating proficiency in the applicable subject area coupled with teacher and/or department recommendation (please see the current Course Catalog for specific course pre-requisites). All students enrolled in an AP Course are required to take the corresponding AP Examination.
Requirements to Remain in an Honors/AP Course
In order for a student to remain in an Honors or AP level course, the student is to maintain a minimum grade of C-. Students not maintaining a minimum C- grade will be transferred to the standard level of the course at the end of the first quarter or the end of the first semester. If a student has earned a C- at the end of the second semester, the student will not progress in the Honors or AP program.