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is a distinction applied in the United States
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to certain classes to distinguish them from standard course offerings. The difference between a regular class (such as English 1) and the honors class (English 1 Honors) is not necessarily the amount of work, but the type of work required and the pace of studying. Honors courses are not advanced in the same sense that high school Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education
The Advanced International Certificate of Education is an academically rigorous, internationally used, specialized, English language curriculum offered to students in the higher levels of secondary school intended to prepare them for an honours programme during tertiary education...
and International Baccalaureate courses are. Rather, honors courses are enriched; they offer the same material in greater depth and with a faster pace. Honors courses emphasize critical and independent thinking to produce creative applications of ideas. The student/teacher ratio is usually smaller in honors classes to encourage participation and class discussion.
Motivation is the main quality that characterizes an honors student
An honors student is a person recognized for achieving high grades or high marks in their course work.Honors students may refer to# Students recognized for their academic achievement on lists published periodically throughout the school year, known as honor rolls, varying from school to school, and...
. In addition to being committed to academics, they are encouraged and many participate in volunteer work, organizations & clubs, cooperative education, research, study abroad and cultural activities.
Honors programs have specific entrance requirements and completion criteria in order to graduate “with Honors”, a distinction that employers view most favorably.