Pre-AP and Honors Courses Prerequisites for students requesting entrance into Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Honors courses are indicated in individual course descriptions. These courses are not weighted in GPA calculations. In many cases, Pre-AP or Honors courses are prerequisite to entrance into AP courses and will assist students desiring to enter AP courses. Selecting Courses LRCA offers a rich array of courses designed to prepare our students well for college and for life. We desire that students be good stewards of their academic gifts and try to achieve the best balance possible in regard to course load. Academically speaking, a student is most successful and most content when his or her academic load is a good fit with personality, ability, availability, and future goals. We encourage families to discuss and consider the following during the course selection process: Prerequisites: Enrollment in some courses requires previous specified coursework and/or a particular grade, completion of student application or interview, a particular score on PSAT or IOWA test, or teacher recommendation. In the event that a student does not meet the criteria for entrance and desires to petition that an exception be made, he or she may do so by appealing through the venue established by the department in which the course is taught. Counsel of Teachers: Often present and former teachers are the best resources for knowing a student as a learner. Their input can be invaluable. College and Career Goals: Is the coursework in line with what is expected to achieve individual student goals related to college and career choice? Many colleges use â€œacademic rigorâ€? as a leading criteria for acceptance and scholarships. Consultation with LRCAâ€™s College and Career Guidance personnel can be helpful in determining if the courses selected are optimum for reaching these goals. Interest and Enthusiasm: Students who are enthusiastic about a particular course of study are often the best students. We strongly encourage students to explore areas of interest and passion. Planning well when selecting courses from year to year can optimize opportunity for exploration, especially during the junior and senior years when students become eligible for Advanced Placement courses and a variety of upper level electives. Time Management for Honors, Pre-AP, and AP coursework: It is important to consider how much time a student is able to devote to coursework outside the classroom in choosing honors, Pre-AP and college level courses, especially if the student is involved in time-consuming after school activities. It is recommended that students desiring to take more than two honors, collegelevel or Pre-AP classes consult with teachers regarding the workload and amount of time required for each course. It is also important to know that college-level courses require a heavier load of independent work and work outside of class. Balance & Fit: Do the courses chosen include an appropriate mix of challenge and interest for the student? Opportunities are maximized and students are helped most when the load, challenge, and fit with skills and interests are well-balanced. Number of Classes: Each student is required to enroll in 7 classes each semester. This allows for one period each semester to be used for a study hall. If a student is enrolled in multiple college-level courses, then the registrar may allow an extra study hall.