AP Honors

New AP Exam Dates and Formats

The dates and formats for Advanced Placement (AP) exams at all four Torrance high schools have been revised. Some exams will now be testing in the last two weeks of May, later than originally planned. Students in Calculus (both AB & BC), Spanish, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, and Japanese will be testing on campus. All other exams take place at home. Please click on this AP Exam Schedule and Explanation link and this link to the AP 2021 Testing Calendar for more information. If you have any questions, please email Drew Hettinger, the GATE Coordinator, at hettinger.drew@tusd.org.

 

Honors and AP Meeting and Forms

Are you interested in taking an honors or AP class next year? Find out about the classes, the teachers and expectations by attending the lunch meetings. Please check out the link below to see the date and time for each class lunch meeting. Meetings Begin 1/25 - 2/11. Check the Schedule and Do Not Miss Out! If you choose to take one of these classes you will need to download the TUSD Honors/AP Commitment Form and Assessing Strengths form found below, fill them out and bring them to your counselor when you schedule your classes for next year.

AP Prep Resources to Support Students During School Closure

Your AP 2020-2021 School Year - find student resources including MY AP, Daily Videos, and more from CollegeBoard.com

EBSCO Learning Express includes practice tests, flashcards, and study guides for the AP tests.  Once you have clicked on this link, click on "Prepare for College" and then choose "Get Ready for AP Tests."

West High Expectations for Honors and AP Students

West High maintains a comprehensive Honors and Advanced Placement program to make it possible for academically talented and high achieving students to increase the challenge of their studies. Teachers in the honors/AP programs are committed to preparing students to achieve academic excellence that will ensure superior preparation for college course work. An Honors level course is more rigorous than general education courses. Teachers cover curriculum at a faster pace and in greater depth while incorporating more complex analysis. An Advanced Placement course is a college level course that culminates with an exam, which can earn college credit for the student. The instructional program offers in-depth study and is not intended to accelerate the date of graduation.

Indicators for Successful Placement:

  • Completing all prerequisite classes with a grade of B or higher
  • Past performance as indicated by grades and performance expectations
  • Test scores, utilized as necessary
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Note: Summer School classes do not qualify as a prerequisite for Honors or AP classes

Honors and AP Expectation:

Upon acceptance into the Honors/AP program, students are expected to:

  • Maintain A/B grades in all Honors/AP courses.
  • Committed to the course(s) for the duration of the year. Student success is the goal of TUSD and students not succeeding in an Honors/AP class will be handled on an individual basis. Students earning a final grade lower than a "C" may not move to the next Honors/AP class.
  • Maintain high standards of academic integrity and citizenship.
  • Be in class every day, on time. Excessive absences or tardies are grounds for removal from the course.

Characteristics of Honor and AP Students:

Students in Honors/AP courses are expected to have the following characteristics:

  • High academic achievement and intellectual ability;
  • Self-motivation and self-discipline;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Excellent written expression;
  • An avid interest in reading;
  • Strong oral communication skills;
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Good citizenship and attendance

A Successful Honors and AP Student exhibits the ability to:

  • Identify and formulate problems, as well as the ability to propose and evaluate ways to solve them.
  • Recognize and use inductive and deductive reasoning, and to recognize fallacies in reasoning.
  • Draw conclusions from information found in various sources, whether written spoken, tabular, or graphic and defend one's own conclusions rationally.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Engage critically and constructively in the exchange of ideas.
  • analyze and edit one's own writing.
  • Gather information from primary and secondary sources; to write a report using this research; to quote, paraphrase and summarize accurately; to cite sources properly.
  • Prepare for various types of examinations and to devise strategies for success.
  • Accept & learn from constructive criticism

8th Grade Honors Program

 

This program is for highly motivated 7th grade students who have the perseverance, maturity, and academic knowledge to take on the rigor of enrolling in two high school classes for the fall. Prior to considering the 8th Grade Honors Program, both students and parents need to review the 7th grade parent night presentation (given March 10, 2021) and read through the article "Are You Ready for Honors?" Students who wish to apply to the program then need to submit the application form, submit the TUSD Honors & AP Commitment form, and request that their teachers fill out the Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses recommendation form. The deadline for these forms is Friday, March 26th. Directions and forms may be accessed here.

 

AP Test Information - Order from 9/29/2020 - 10/12/2020

The online window for ordering AP exams will be open from Tuesday, 9/29 to Monday, 10/12. Click on the document link below for information to register and pay for your exams. Have a credit or debit card ready because you will pay for your exams as a part of the registration. The entire process will take about 15 minutes to complete. 

Directions to Order AP Exams

Direct any questions to GATE Coordinator, Drew Hettinger (hettinger.drew@tusd.org).

Course Change Policies

AP/Honors Course Change Policies and Exit Guidelines:

  • AP and Honors Courses are year-long contractual commitments.
  • It is expected that students seek assistance when needed to be successful in the course.
  • Students are expected to remain in the AP and Honors course at least one full semester.
  • Students petitioning to exit an AP or Honors course must meet the following criteria:
    • Conference with the teacher to create a plan of action to be successful in the course.
    • Completion of course assignments.
    • Attendance at recommended Warrior Workshop course tutorial, and teacher office hours.
    • Positive attendance at school.

The petition for exit may or may not be granted by the AP/Honors Review Committee. The decision will be based on input from the teacher, student performance in the course, availability of space in other courses, and timing of the request. Students experiencing success (able to maintain a C or better semester average) in the course will remain in the course for the semester.

Homework Time Management

West High School encourages students to maintain a healthy balance between their academic, extracurricular and personal endeavors.  When selecting classes for the 2019-2020 school year we recommend students use the updated "Homework Time Management" activity so they may make thoughtful choices about their course selection, which will allow them to explore their interests and better manage their time. It is important to take the time to complete the activity to ensure they are not overloading their schedules.  The goal is to have well-balanced Warriors!

Homework Time Management Estimates and Worksheet