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Honors

Honors level courses are designed for students who have demonstrated a high aptitude for academics, a true desire to learn new information and skills and who have consistently demonstrated a motivation to be an independent and thoughtful learner. Students in honors classes can expect a multi-tiered rigorous curriculum with high expectations for independent work to be completed both within and outside the classroom environment. Students will build the skills and stamina necessary to be successful in a post-secondary environment.

ADE975 HONORS SENIOR DESIGN

Fine Arts students continue to explore various printmaking processes and techniques including but not limited to the basics of serigraphy and silk-screening on fabric. Students refine their design skills and explore multimedia and printmaking as a means of expression. Students maintain required sketchbooks for idea development and visual and verbal responses to artwork. Prerequisite: APT875 & ACP875. Studio fee (full year – 1 credit) 12.

AFP875 DRAWING 3 FIGURE & PORTRAIT

Fine Arts students continue to refine their drawing skills, arrange compositional elements, and develop technical expertise using a variety of media. Students focus on observational drawing of the human figure and its relationship to its environment. Students maintain required sketchbooks. Prerequisite: B in ADR664 or ACP875. Studio fee (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

APT875 HONORS PAINTING 1

Fine Arts students learn a problem-solving approach to color theory, both practical and historical, and develop observational painting skills to describe form and structure. Students explore current and past artists while developing a variety of design and painting techniques. Studio fee – students purchase all personal painting supplies, Prerequisite: ADR664 (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

APT975 HONORS PAINTING 2

Fine Arts students continue to explore color as a means of expressing form and concepts with emphasis on the figure as subject matter. Students study the contributions of painters, past and present, and maintain required sketchbooks for resolving compositions. Studio fee, Prerequisite: B in APT875 (full year – 1 credit) 12.

BAC655 HONORS ACCOUNTING

Students learn the principles of Accounting 1 and 2 in this fast-paced, honors course. Students use an internet-based electronic workbook, and home internet access is highly recommended. Prerequisite: B- in MAL654 or accounting teacher approval (full year – 1 credit) 10, 11 & 12.

EEN005 HONORS ENGLISH 1

At an in-depth and accelerated pace, students develop their ability to recognize and write well-constructed English sentences and paragraphs and to speak effectively. Additionally, vocabulary study and reading literary classics encourage growth of reading fluency and comprehension. Recommended for highly motivated students whose middle school indicate a level of proficiency in critical reading and writing skills to be successful in grade 9 honors-level coursework (full year – 1 credit).

EEN485 HONORS ENGLISH 2

Students cover the EEN404 curriculum at a more advanced pace and depth. EEN485 focuses heavily on academic writing and literary analysis and is designed to prepare students for future honors, AP, and college-level courses. Prerequisite: teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 10.

EEN785 HONORS BRITISH LITERATURE

Students read and respond to British Literature ranging from epic tales from England’s history like Beowulf, to tales of fictional futuristic states such as Brave New World. Students improve their critical-thinking skills as they determine the underlying assumptions and values within the selected works and as they understand how the literature reflects the society of the time. Additionally, students continue to develop research skills and writing skills. Prerequisite: teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 11, 12.

ESP985 HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING (E)

This ECSU-equivalent course offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of speech communication and the opportunity to earn university credit. Students listen to, deliver, discuss, research, write and respond to informative, persuasive, interview and impromptu speeches. Students explore topics like rhetorical situations, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style while writing and delivering their own speeches. Speeches are videotaped and critiqued. Prerequisite: teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 11, 12.

ECSU equivalent course COM230: Basic Speech (3 credits)

HEC905 HONORS ECONOMICS (E)

Students learn about microeconomics by studying the relationship among scarcity, opportunity, cost, supply and demand, and individual consumer and firm behavior. Students learn about macroeconomics by studying the economy as a whole, and by examining unemployment, productivity, inflation, trade, and development (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

ECSU equivalent course ECO100: Political Economy of Social Issues (3 credits)

HGS425 HONORS GLOBAL STUDIES & CITIZENSHIP

Students study the major regional issues shaping today’s world, explore the foundation of U.S. democracy, examine the role of the United States in the world, develop advanced writing skills, and complete major research projects, including participation in Connecticut History Day (full year – 1 credit – meets Civics requirement) 10.

HWH005 HONORS MODERN WORLD HISTORY

Students learn the history of the modern world from the Renaissance through the twentieth century and those political, economic, geographic, and social concepts most applicable to life today. Students develop the inquiry skills to become engaged high school students and active community members. Recommended for highly motivated students with strong critical reading and writing skills. Students will complete major research projects, including participation in Connecticut History Day (full year – 1 credit). 9

HWT806 UCONN ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WESTERN CIVILIZATION (U)

Students study the major developments of Western Civilization from ancient times through the early Renaissance (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Early Christianity, Crusades), and examine evidence surviving from the Ancient and Medieval Periods and the historian’s challenge to interpret these materials. Students develop research skills and participate in a project using Slater Museum’s collections (full year –1 credit) 11 & 12. This course will be offered every other year. It will be next offered during the 2025-2026 school year.

UConn course equivalent HIST 1300: Western Traditions before 1500 (3 credits)

LCH655 HONORS CHINESE 3

Students broaden and deepen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese. They also acquire an appreciation of the cultural, artistic and intellectual accomplishments of Chinese-speaking countries/regions. Prerequisite: LCH354 or equivalent with teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 9, 10, 11 & 12.

LFR655 HONORS FRENCH 2

Students who have successfully completed French 1 and have a teacher recommendation broaden and deepen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in French at an accelerated pace to prepare to take more advanced language study and earn college credit. Students also deepen cultural understanding. Prerequisite: LFR304 and teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 10, 11 & 12.

LFR855 HONORS FRENCH 3

Students develop fluency in oral communication by focusing upon intensive study of grammar and vocabulary, and by exploring and researching aspects of French culture, history and literature. Prerequisite: LFR655 (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

LLA655 HONORS LATIN 3

Students acquire the vocabulary and reading strate-gies to understand, analyze, interpret, and enjoy the language and literature of the late Roman Republic and early Empire. Prerequisite: LLA354 or equivalent (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

LSC855 HONORS SPANISH CONVERSATION 4

Students prepare for AP Spanish Language by furthering their oral fluency and synthesizing their acquired skills and experiences in role play and interaction in Spanish. Students study grammar as appropriate. Prerequisite: LSP654, LSP655, LSL855 or equivalent; not intended for native speakers (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

LSL855 HONORS SPANISH LITERATURE 4

Students deepen comprehension and interpretive skills by studying poetry, music, essays, and short stories reflecting the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries. Students develop writing style, refine grammar and extend vocabulary. Prerequisite: LSP461, LSP654, LSP655, LSC855 or teacher recommendation (full year –1 credit) 11 & 12.

LSP375 HONORS SPANISH 1-2

Students, highly successful in Spanish in eighth grade or previously, take this more intensive, accelerated, advanced course to broaden and deepen their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and their cultural understanding. Coursework focuses upon building proficiency in the spoken language, and students in this level prepare to take Advanced Placement in their senior year.  Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 9, 10, 11 & 12.

LSP655 HONORS SPANISH 2-3

Students in this accelerated course continue to deepen and broaden their listening, speaking, read-ing, and writing skills in Spanish and further develop their cultural understanding. Coursework focuses upon building proficiency in the spoken language, and students in this level prepare to take Advanced Placement in their senior year. Prerequisite: LSP375 or special teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 10, 11 & 12.

MAL005 HONORS ALGEBRA 1

At an in-depth and accelerated pace, students develop skills in working with exponents and solving and graphing equations, inequalities and functions, systems of equations and quadratics, and apply these skills to solve real-world problems. This course is recommended for highly motivated students who have been introduced to beginning algebraic concepts, and it is the first in a college preparatory sequence including Honors Principles of Geometry and Algebra and Advanced or Honors Algebra 2. Prerequisite: Completion of eighth-grade math and teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit). All ninth-grade mathematics courses require a scientific calculator (TI-30XIIS preferred). 9

MAL585 HONORS ALGEBRA 2 & TRIGONOMETRY

At an in-depth and accelerated pace, students develop advanced algebra skills through the study functions and their graphs, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic equations, rational and radical expressions, exponents/powers, as well as, an introduction to trigonometry. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. (full year – 1 credit) 10, 11 & 12.

MCC875 HONORS COMPUTER SCIENCE 2

Students continue to develop problem-solving abilities with JAVA (object-oriented programming language). Prerequisite: MCC551 and teacher recommendation. (Does not meet the mathematics graduation requirement.) (full year – 1 credit) 10, 11 & 12.

MGS555 HONORS PLANE GEOMETRY/STATISTICS

*This course will be offered every other year. It will be next offered during the 2024-2025 school year.

At an in-depth level and accelerated pace, students study lines, planes, angles, triangles, circles, and polygons and learn about coordinates, three-dimensional geometry, probability, statistics and data analysis. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation; (half year – ½ credit) 10, 11.

MGS605 HONORS PRINCIPLES OF GEOMETRY & ALGEBRA

Students will reinforce and build on their Algebra skills through their study of foundational Geometry topics at an in depth, accelerated pace. Topics include the study of points, and planes as they relate to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional objects, including area and volume. Students also study topics related to probability, statistics, and data analysis. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 9, 10, 11 & 12.

SAY685 HONORS ASTRONOMY (E)

In this rigorous college-level course, students study the ever-changing universe while exploring galactic, stellar and planetary formation; investigate the relationships among math, physics, and astronomy; and study the history of astronomy.  Prerequisite: B or better in Honors Integrated Science and/or Recommendation from current science teacher (½ year –½ credit) 10, 11 & 12.

ECSU equivalent course AST214: Descriptive Astronomy w/Lab (4 credits)

SBY075 HONORS BIOLOGY

Honors students undertake a more rigorous study of the essential biological concepts with an emphasis on biological chemistry, structure and function and energy transformations at all levels of organization (cellular, individual, and ecosystem). Students participate in extensive laboratory work. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation (full year – 1 credit) 10.

SCH805 HONORS CHEMISTRY

Students undertake a more rigorous and fast-paced study of the nature and Interactions of matter. Topics include atomic structure, matter, chemical formulas, bonding, reactions, thermochemistry, the mole, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and acids and bases. Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation I (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

SHB805 HONORS ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (E)

In this rigorous college-level course, students engage in a more thorough study of the regions, structure, and function of the human body with an emphasis on tissue organization and organ systems. Students complete laboratory exercises involving microscopy of tissues, dissection of Felis domesticus, and investigations of contemporary scientific research. Students complete summer coursework (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12.

ECSU equivalent course Bio 202/203: Human Biology, Lecture & Lab (4 credits)

SIR385 HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Before enrollment, students submit a written plan of study for independent research for Science Department Head approval and gain approval of a science faculty member to serve as a mentor. Students may enter the Connecticut Science Fair and comply with all regulations. Prerequisite: Science Department Head approval (full year – 1 credit)  10, 11 & 12.

SIS005 HONORS INTEGRATED SCIENCE

Through scientific experimentation, research and discussion, students explore a wide range of topics from the origins of the universe to present day conditions that support the diversity of life on Earth. Recommended for highly motivated students who posses the computing, reasoning, and reading skills needed to be successful in grade 9 honors-level coursework (full year – 1 credit).

TAB365 HONORS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Honors Percussion Ensemble is our advanced-level percussion class which is open to students in grades 11 & 12 who have completed at least 1 year of concert band and 1 year of Percussion Ensemble. This class focuses on advanced levels of rehearsing and performing percussion instruments including 3 yearly concerts, daily rehearsals during school, opportunities for group lessons after school, and a yearly overnight music trip. Past trips have included Virginia Beach, Boston, New York, and Washington DC. Required annual performances include the Winter, Spring, and Pops Concerts, and Spring Festival. The class requires student participation in after-school dress rehearsals and in the concert performance. Students in this class are also required to prepare and audition for the New England Music Festival in December and perform in the Honors recital in the spring.

PREREQUISITE: Concert Band & Percussion Ensemble (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12 May be repeated for credit

TAB375 HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND

Honors Symphonic Band is our advanced-level band class which is open to students in grades 11 & 12 who have completed at least 1 year of concert band and 1 year of Symphonic Band. This class focuses on advanced levels of rehearsing and performing in a band setting, including 3 yearly concerts, daily rehearsals during school, opportunities for group lessons after school, and a yearly overnight music trip. Past trips have included Virginia Beach, Boston, New York, and Washington DC.

Symphonic Band’s required annual performances include the Winter, Spring, and Pops Concerts, and Spring Adjudication Festival. The class requires student participation in after-school dress rehearsals and in the concert performance (full year – 1 credit) Students in this class are also required to prepare and audition for the New England Music Festival in December and perform in the Honors recital in the spring. Prerequisite: 1 year of Concert Band & 1 Year of Symphonic Band (full year – 1 credit) 11 & 12 May be repeated for credit.

TOR365 HONORS ORCHESTRA

Students will audition for Honors during the regular audition time in May of the previous school year. Students will be required to audition for festivals, participate in additional performances, and submit playing assessments of increased difficulty. Prerequisite: 1 year of TOR361 (full year – 1 credit) 10, 11 & 12.