Definitions of Academic Levels
The curriculum at Queen of Peace High School consists of courses at four academic levels. Recommendations for courses at these levels may be based upon a student’s past achievements, standardized test scores, faculty advice, parental input and student interest. Recommendations for levels of difficulty are made for specific subjects. Courses listed in the Course Guide are classified in one of these four levels.
Advanced Placement Designation (AP)
Advanced Placement courses challenge the student possessing outstanding abilities in a particular area. These courses are college level courses with a heavy emphasis on concepts, abstract relationships, critical thinking, creative problem solving, hypothesis and application.
Honors Designation (H)
Honors courses are designed for the student of above-average ability. Courses emphasize independent work as well as development and application of concepts, abstract relationships, critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills and applications.
College Preparatory Designation (CP)
Regular courses are intended for the student of average to above-average ability. Courses emphasize exposure to concepts, relationship among concepts and their connection to the real world, and the formation of critical and creative thinking skills and problem-solving strategies.
Mazzuchelli Designation (MZ)
These courses are designed for students who require additional help in developing the knowledge base and cultivation of essential skills in a given subject area. Generally, students are enrolled in these classes by departmental placement. The courses emphasize skill development such as active listening, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, note-taking and concept webbing. Fundamental skills are refined, thus enabling the student to succeed in college preparatory courses in the years to follow.