Course Levels

In selecting courses, students should consider not only the course content, but also the academic level at which the course is offered.  A course that is offered in more than one level provides opportunity for all students to experience its content. The level at which a student elects a course determines the depth and extent of content study.  These include:

Honors courses are available every year, freshmen through senior years.  These courses are highly academic and require in-depth and extensive study.  Students electing honors courses should read and compute with ease and comprehension and should expect considerable homework assignments.  Honors courses offer strong academic preparation for advanced students planning to further their education beyond high school in four-year college programs. 

College Prep (CP):
College Prep (CP) courses are also available every year, freshman through senior years.  These are academic programs requiring serious study.  Students electing CP courses should read and compute with accurate comprehension and should expect regular homework assignments.  CP courses offer academic preparation for students planning to further their education beyond high school in two or four-year college programs.

Foundation (FOU):
Foundation courses are academic programs designed to strengthen student success by providing study skills reinforcement and development.  A student successfully completing a Foundation course may be eligible to elect CP courses in that subject in future years. Foundation courses offered in the junior-senior elective program are high interest courses, designed to encourage further independent reading, comprehension and computation.  Foundation courses offer academic preparation for students planning to further their education in specialty schools or the workplace. Entry into Foundation courses is reviewed by the School Counseling and Special Education Departments.

Advanced Placement Courses (AP):
Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students with an opportunity to take college-level work while in high school. Students completing AP courses are better prepared for the rigors of college coursework.  End of course examinations (AP exams) are required at the conclusion of all AP courses. Successful completion of these exams offers students opportunities to accelerate their academic careers by earning college credit, placement in advanced college classes, or both. In addition, there may be associated tuition savings for students who receive AP credit from the college they attend.

At BHS, AP coursework is available in fourteen (14) different areas.  Students must meet all course prerequisites in order to select these classes.  All students enrolled in AP courses are expected to take the associated AP examinations.  Since a fee is required for each exam (currently $93.00), each student and family must plan for the cost of participating in the AP program.  Students who receive free or reduced school lunch are eligible for Advanced Placement fee subsidies.

Sophomores may only enroll in one (1) AP course.

Juniors and seniors may enroll in 29.5 credits (or one less semester course) if enrolled in two or more AP courses. 

Seniors that enroll in 3 or more AP courses have the option to enroll in AP Directed Study (pg. 80)

Advanced Placement Courses offered at Burlington High School:

  • A.P. Language & Composition
  • A.P. Literature & Composition
  • A.P. Statistics
  • A.P. Calculus AB
  • A.P. Calculus BC
  • A.P. Music Theory
  • A.P. Biology
  • A.P. Environmental Science
  • A.P. Chemistry
  • A.P. French Language & Culture
  • A.P. Spanish Language & Culture
  • A.P. Portfolio Art
  • A.P. Computer Science A
  • A.P. Computer Science Principles
  • A.P. Human Geography
  • A.P. Psychology
  • A.P. U.S. History
  • A.P. World History