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Honors classes provide multiple opportunities for students to take greater responsibility for their learning. They are designed to demand more challenging involvement than standard courses, Honors classes are distinguished by quality of work expected rather than the quantity of work required:
Students who take honors courses aspire to a higher level of learning. The courses are designed for students who have demonstrated an advanced level of interest and achievement.
Advanced Placement classes are approved by the CollegeBoard. College level courses are taught using college methodology, textbooks, expectations, assignments and tests. It is expected that students will take the AP exam at the conclusion of the course.
High interest classes are available for students to explore individual interests. Every high school offers a unique variety of special interest classes. These courses can be selected as electives.
The following strategies and standards, supported by the Office of Gifted and Talented Education, ensure that students are offered a rigorous and relevant academic program.
· Ensure that all students have access and the support necessary to take rigorous honors and advanced placement (AP) courses.
· Ensure that K-12 students have the opportunity to master a challenging curriculum.
· Professional development is available for staff including specialty training for Advanced Placement instructors
· Vertical teaming enables teachers to collaborate to ensure seamless transitions
· Differentiation of instruction is encouraged
· Opportunities for non traditional students are available
· Opportunities for dual enrollment are available for qualifying students
To discover curricular opportunities at each Senior High School, click on the link below.
High School Transition
Moving from the middle level to senior high is an exciting, yet challenging time. Students are entering an atmosphere where they are socially adapting into a microcosm of today’s society. Rigorous curriculum challenges students to reach above and beyond the status quo. Students will find their niche by capitalizing on their strengths. Interest opportunities can help develop student talent(s) such as in the areas of the arts, music, sports, leadership and creativity. Specialized classes are available before, during and after school. CATALYST is a new program developed around the unique intellectual, educational, social and emotional needs of gifted and talented high school students. Currently, CATALYST is only offered at Benson High School Magnet Center to 9th graders with the goals of developing positive peer relationships and expanding educational and career opportunities.
Senior High Talent Opportunity
Opportunities exist outside the classroom which represent each of the five recognized areas of giftedness: leadership, visual and performing arts, creativity, academic, and intellectual.
Leaders have high expectations for themselves and others. They are self-confident and exercise good judgment in decision-making.
Students who display talents in visual and performing arts exhibit the ability to express feelings and thoughts through art, dance, drama, and music.
Theater Arts Clubs
Specialty Chorus Groups
Creative thinkers are independent, have a highly developed sense of humor, and easily generate several solutions to a given problem.
Opportunities abound at the high school level for students whose abilities require challenge and seek recognition for their academic achievements.
National Honor Society
Rotary Club Scholars
*Note that talent opportunities will vary at each school. Click on the links below to see which opportunities are available at each high school.
Advanced Placement Scholars
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Although there is no monetary award, in addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP Grade Report that is sent to colleges the following fall.
AP Scholar Award Requirements
AP Scholar Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
AP Scholar with Honor Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
AP Scholar with Distinction Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
AP State Scholar Granted to the one male and one female student in each
U.S. state and the District of Columbia with grades of 3or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken.
National AP Scholar Granted to students in the United States who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams
Calculation of Awards
There are two steps to calculating the awards: First, the student's average AP grade is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years. Second, the student's exam grades are checked to see which ones count toward the various awards (e.g., an exam with a grade of 3 does not count toward a National AP Scholar Award). A student must meet all criteria to be eligible; e.g., a student who has a 3.25 AP grade average but only received a 3 or higher on three exams will not receive the AP Scholar with Honor Award because the minimum requirement is four or more exams.
Advanced Placement (AP)
classes are designed to provide an appropriate level of instruction commensurate to students’ ability and for “credit” opportunities for college and university programs.
* If you have further questions, please contact your Advanced Placement Senior High School coordinator or click on the link below.
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Advanced Placement Programs.
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1. What is Dual Enrollment? Dual Enrollment (DE) (Concurrent Enrollment) allows academically talented students to earn transcript college credit while still at an Omaha Public Schools Senior High. Since the 2004-05 school year, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Omaha Public Schools have partnered to provide this opportunity to students. Certain Advanced Placement courses taught at your student’s Senior High School are included in the DE program. Omaha Public Schools staff members have been selected by UNO to be adjunct faculty. For more background information and details from UNO, visit http://dualenroll.unomaha.edu/studentqa.php
CATALYST participants must demonstrate academic potential in one or more of the following areas: