Champaign Central High School offers three different levels of classes for its students. Those including regular, accelerated or honors, and AP courses. Depending on certain requirements, students are able to take the higher level classes, and there are a few key differences that separate these classes into varying difficulties.
Regular and accelerated classes are similar in many ways but they are seperated for a reason. Regular classes are slower paced and spend more time on subjects than accelerated. Accelerated are faster paced.
The reason for this, says Ms. Connors, an English teacher at Central High School, is because most of the work is done outside of school.
Kate Sly is one of the Central High School counselors and agrees and says that generally the difference is related to the timeline, and accelerated classes tend to be more independent than that of the regular ones. This makes the workload very different for both levels.
Though, despite this, two points stay the same. Regular and honors are only different in that the honors classes cover topics faster and are required to work more on their own. The course material remains the same. Ms. Connors sums it up, “accelerated classes are just harder high school classes that have more expectations.”
In conclusion, the main differentiation between regular and honors courses lies in the timeline and the workload.
AP classes differ from these as they are college level and the material that is being taught is the same throughout the country. Expectations are vastly different depending on what level of class students are in, and knowing how they compare can help students figure out what classes they should take. In addition, Kate Sly suggests speaking with a teacher in an area they are interested in as they are most specialized in their course and are able to help make a recommendation. She encourages students to talk to their counselors as well.
“I have homework every single night in all of them (accelerated classes), and my regular chemistry class I have homework almost none percent of the time,” adds Grace, a Junior at Central High School.