• Rider High School

    Honors-AP Policy

    The WFISD Honors/AP teachers along with the district's Subject Area Coordinators have developed curriculum for the Honors courses to offer students a more rigorous coursework through the Honors classes which lead to the AP classes. The AP teachers follow the College Board guidelines for the curriculum of each AP course offered at Rider High School. Honors classes begin in the 9th grade and it is best if the student has taken some of the Honors (Advanced) classes offered in the 7-8th grade years but is not required. Students are encouraged to take as many of these advanced courses as possible.

    Credits: WFISD policy states: “a student must complete both semesters of a Honors or Advanced Placement course to receive advanced credit unless it is a one-semester course.”

    • Honors courses completed before the ninth grade years will earn high school credit but no grade points will be awarded until the ninth grade year.
    • District policy also states that these courses may be substituted for courses required for graduation.

    College Credit: College credit is awarded to students for successful scores on AP exams given in May of the student's junior and senior years. Each university determines what score is considered “successful.”

    UIL: The “no pass-no play” rule of the Education Code 33.081 (c) and (d) does not apply to advanced placement courses in the subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, economics or a language other than English. This includes all Pre-AP and AP courses plus Pre-Calculus. Counselors or teachers may encourage UIL participants to drop a course if they continue to not be successful so they will be able to earn the appropriate credits necessary for graduation.

    Dropping a Honors Course:

    1. Students may drop a Honors/AP course at the following times:
      1. At the end of the 1st 6 weeks of a semester
      2. At the end of the 2nd 6 weeks of a semester
    1. No Honors/AP course may be dropped during the 3rd 6 weeks of a semester.
    1. Students must complete a drop form and have it signed by both their teacher and parent/guardian.
    1. The student's grade will be raised according to district policy when the class is dropped at the end of a six weeks grading period.
    1. Only the current six weeks grade would be changed

    Scheduling:

    1. After dropping a class, the new schedule would be designed based on the class load and availability. If a regular class, offered in the same time slot, is not full then the student may move directly into that class with little disruption to his schedule. If a class is not available at the original time, a student's schedule may be re-arranged to accommodate this request.

    Students may not request a teacher for the new class.