Honors, Grades 9-12
Fairfax County offers open enrollment in Honors social studies, English, science, and mathematics classes for students who seek additional academic rigor.
Honors courses in grades 9-12 are open to all students who seek academic rigor. Students who demonstrate high achievement in one or more areas of academic strength may participate in honors courses in any of the four core academic subject areas. Honors classes use a curriculum that extends the program of studies (POS) in depth and complexity. Honors classes, which are available in all high schools, seek to provide opportunities to build on the individual student strengths, develop critical and creative thinking skills, and prepare students for advanced coursework. Students in 9th - 11th grades are encouraged to pursue honors coursework in preparation for AP and IB classes.