January 2017

Dear Students and Parents:

As you select your courses for next year, you will be making critical decisions not only about which courses you wish to take but also what course level will be appropriate for your academic success.  To help you make this choice we have included in the Program of Studies the full College Preparatory (CP) and Honors (H) criteria.  Read through this carefully; by high school many students begin to show clear preferences for some topics and courses, and less enthusiasm for others.  Often, this suggests that they take a mixture of college preparatory and honors courses, depending on their interest and ability.


 Please understand that Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college courses.  The curriculum for AP courses is reviewed and approved by the College Board and expectations are consistent with the criteria established at most selective colleges and universities.  Our teachers maintain these high expectations in their AP classrooms; the courses are rigorous.


Our curriculum is demanding.  With over 92% of our students attending college and the high expectations of employers for students entering the work force, it has to be.  Please consult with your child’s teachers and guidance counselor if you have level questions.  Once entered, our scheduling leaves minimal opportunities for switching classes so it is critical to make considered decisions.  Changing classes at a later date may disrupt other classes in the schedule, if it can be done at all.  Accordingly, our goal is to work with you to provide a challenging learning experience with responsible expectations for success both now and for the future.


Lastly, keep in mind the broad number of opportunities your student has to explore his or her interests and curiosity.  In all of our departments, teachers have created exciting elective courses driven by their passion for teaching.  In many cases, students at Algonquin begin to recognize their own interests and passion from this deep assortment of classes which in turn helps them find their direction and their ultimate focus at the next level.


Thomas Mead, Principal