Academic Policy

The Leveling Process

The leveling process takes place each year in February for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Departments meet to discuss the optimum placement for students to achieve academic success the following year. Recommendations for placement are based upon student academic achievement in each subject area as demonstrated in the first semester average that includes first and second quarter grades and the semester exam grade.


The following criteria is used to remain in or change levels:

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College Preparatory: Students must successfully complete all academic requirements in order to obtain a passing grade in the prerequisite course. Teacher approval for college preparatory electives may be required as stated in the individual course descriptions outlined in this Program of Studies booklet.

Accelerated: In order for a student to move from the college preparatory to the accelerated level in an academic discipline, the student must demonstrate high academic achievement and work ethic in first and second quarter grades as well as mastery of content in the subject area on the January semester exam. A minimum semester average of 85 is required along with department approval. In order for an accelerated student to remain in the accelerated level, he/she must attain a semester average of 80 or above, demonstrate a mastery of the subject content on the semester exam, and have the approval of the current teacher.

Honors: In order for a student to move from the accelerated level to the honors level in an academic discipline, the student must demonstrate high academic achievement, a high degree of motivation, the ability to think critically, and the ability to master content material being taught at a fast pace. Minimally, students should have a semester average of 90 in the accelerated course and department approval. In order for an honors level student to remain in honors, he/she must demonstrate all of the above, have a semester average of 85 or above and the approval of the current teacher.

AP Level: AP level courses are the most work intensive and challenging courses offered at Archbishop Williams High School. At this level, students are required to move quickly through college level material in order to complete the required curriculum by the AP exam in May. Only the most dedicated and qualified students are admitted to AP level courses. Students wishing to elect a course at the AP level must apply to do so. Each department has its own prerequisites and requirements for admission into the AP program. Please consult individual course descriptions found in this Program of Studies booklet. Students unable to complete required summer work for AP classes by the first day of class will be removed from the class. AP classes are a year-long commitment culminating in May with the AP test required of all students enrolled in these classes.

WEIGHTED G.P.A. ON A 4.0 SCALE

WEIGHTED G.P.A. ON A 4.0 SCALE

Virtual High School: Juniors and seniors wishing to take an elective course through the Virtual High School must obtain an application form from the Guidance Department. Upon completion of the application form, the Guidance Department makes recommendations based on the academic record of the applicants to the AWHS VHS Site Coordinator for admittance into the Virtual High School program. The Site Coordinator and Academic Dean make the final decision for acceptance into VHS. Seniors meeting academic criteria are given preference. Students accepted into VHS wishing to enroll in AP courses must follow the AP policies established by VHS as well as by AWHS.

Entering 9th Graders: Placement of entering ninth graders is based on their composite score on the HSPT entrance exam and a placement exam in Math and Foreign Language.

Procedure for review of level placement: A teacher or parent may request reconsideration of level placement if supporting data or extenuating circumstance indicates that a change of level is appropriate. Such requests should be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean stating the change of level requested and the reason for the request. Each situation will be reviewed carefully and decided by the Academic Dean. Parents will be informed of the decision as soon as possible. In some cases, the decision may not be made until year-end final grades are submitted.