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About Academic Levels


An academic level should be thought of as an indicator of the academic challenge expected to be met in a course and never as a moniker for a student’s ability to learn. All students are entitled to enroll in the courses and levels in which they have interest, and while there are general prerequisites to sequenced courses, all courses are open to all students. A student’s teachers, counselor, and parents all play an important role in developing a student’s four year plan, and a team approach to choosing academic courses is highly recommended in order to guarantee a challenging, purposeful, and successful high school learning experience.



Students in level 4 courses routinely practice higher-order thinking skills, conduct independent and self-directed research, and enjoy problem-solving in multidisciplinary contexts with peer groups. Students are deeply invested in their learning and typically have a vision for achievement. Learning is accelerated due to the interest that students bring to it.



Students in level 3 courses enjoy challenging academic coursework and work well in team situations, as well as on independent projects. Students are typically strong readers, writers, and thinkers and work to develop each of those areas through their course work. Students find that a quick pace, depth of learning, and pursuit of critical thinking skills characterize courses at this level.



Students who choose courses at this level are seeking multiple opportunities to explore their own education interests while practicing and improving sound habits for learning. Students are routinely strengthening their communication and thinking skills while developing successful practices in classroom and independent learning environments.



Students enrolling in level 1 courses are met with a robust learning experience supported by multiple opportunities to discover new literacy and numeracy skills. All students seek personal and academic growth through their coursework and strive to unlock new capacity for learning more about their interests, strengths, and challenges.