High School Academics

Honors Placement Courses

New Students will be tested at the end of the school year and placed in the appropriate classes for the new school year. Existing students will be evaluated by the teacher and Head of School for placement for the new school year. Honors classes follow a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for AP coursework. Students must maintain a B average or higher. If a student falls below at C+ average on their quarter grade, the teacher and advisor may recommend a student to be moved out of an honors class.

Advanced Placement Courses

The Advanced Placement Program is administered by The College Board, a national nonprofit membership association. GPS is a member school offering AP courses. Courses are taught by GPS faculty and are comparable to first-year college courses. At the conclusion of an AP course, students must take the corresponding AP Exam. AP Exams are three-hour multiple choice and essay question exams given in May. Exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 3, 4 or 5 considered a “qualifying” score. The exam fee will be collected second semester of the school year. The College Board cites these benefits to Advanced Placement Courses:

  • Students have the opportunity to study a subject in-depth at the college level, so they will be more prepared for college work.
  • Students receiving a qualifying grade on an AP Exam may be eligible for advanced placement or course credits at the vast majority of colleges and universities in the United States. Acceptance of the credit depends on the policies of the particular college or university where the student enrolls.
  • The AP Program offers a number of Scholar Awards to students for outstanding performance on AP Exams. This achievement is noted on the AP transcript and recognized by colleges.
  • AP courses are open to those students who meet the requirements specified for each course. All students taking an AP course at GPS must sit for the exam or take a final.

Current AP offerings are:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics