Levels of Instruction
Students should read these descriptions carefully before making course selections:
- LEVEL 1
- Level 1 is the highest level of instruction for college placement and/or college credit as well as for the work place. It includes Advanced Placement*, Early College Experience*, and Honors courses.
*Advanced Placement classes and ECE classes (UConn courses) are college level courses. Course content is prescribed by the current College Board’s Advanced Placement syllabus and/or the University of Connecticut. The College Board Advanced Placement Examination is recommended for students taking AP Level courses.
- LEVEL 2
- Level 2 instruction is targeted for those students intending to enter a four year college or university or the work place. The pace and level of instruction are advanced, requiring high levels of organization and motivation.
- LEVEL 3
- Level 3 instruction is designed for students entering a four or two year college or university, technical programs, or the work place. Instruction at this level is more applied and less theoretical than Level 2.
Students who are ready for more rigorous, college level course work will have the opportunity to pursue Advanced Placement courses. The Advanced Placement program, sponsored by the College Board, audits Daniel Hand High School course curricula and approves courses for Advanced Placement designation. This year Daniel Hand High School is offering Advanced Placement course work in art, English, history, mathematics, the sciences, social sciences, and world language. Students may register for Advanced Placement course work if they meet all of the prerequisites of the department offering the course. The general prerequisites include demonstrated academic achievement, the recommendation of the previous year teacher, and permission of the department coordinator. The College Board also offers a series of examinations in May of each year to those students who either have the academic background to take the examinations or who have taken AP course work. The students electing to take the examinations are required to pay an examination fee. Any student wishing to take AP exams for whom the fee presents a financial hardship should request a fee waiver from his or her guidance counselor. Colleges may award credit or waiver a requirement for students who successfully complete the Advanced Placement program and who score well on the Advanced Placement examinations. Students should check with the college they plan to attend.