The academic year consists of two semesters. Most classes meet once per day, while a few classes meet in blocks three days per week. Time is built in throughout the week for Devotion, Chapel, Class Meetings, Clubs and Community Time.
Accepted students are allowed to take up to 3 classes based on availability.
Cost: $1,000 per course
Some courses may be taken at the honors level. These courses are more rigorous than college prep courses. According to Sarah Goldy-Brown (content writer @ Plexuss.com), “Honors classes are more rigorous, in-depth classes designed for students who want and can handle a challenge. They are generally offered during all four years of high school in a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to the subjects required for graduation.”
What’s the Difference between Honors vs. Regular (College Prep) Classes in High School?
Regular high school classes, also called on-level, standard, or college prep courses, suit the needs of the average, typical high school student. The classes meet state requirements for learning and are taught at a difficulty level that is suitable for any college-bound student.
Honors classes go a step further. The classes move at a faster pace and go more in-depth than a college prep class. In honors classes, teachers expect more from students. Students put in extra effort in terms of class preparation and studying. At some high schools, honors students are even required to participate in extra projects like a state science fair or National History Day.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
Advance placement classes prepare students to take an AP exam in the Spring, which is a standardized test created by College Board. These courses are typically more rigorous than honors courses. For that reason, AP courses operate more like a college course with more reading, higher expectations, and more difficult tests. Students who perform well (earning between a 3 or 5) on the AP test may receive college credits that they can transfer after they graduate high school.
Dual Enrollment/Credit Courses:
Dual enrollment/credit courses are courses where students have an opportunity to take college level courses at their high school. These courses are as rigorous as AP level courses, but they are not taught for the purpose of performing well on a standardized test. The Master’s School has been approved by the University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE) program to offer dual enrollment courses. All Master’s School teachers who teach ECE courses must be vetted by UConn and possess at least a master’s degree in the discipline they teach. Students who earn a letter grade of C or better may choose to transfer the college credit to another college or university of their choice. When compared to AP courses, dual enrollment courses offer more flexibility in curriculum and instruction.