Honors Courses

The Kolbe Academy Honors (H) Course Designations are awarded to students who have completed the honors course of study as specified in our individual course plans; or by enrolling in an online Honors Seminar offered in the subject areas of Theology, Literature and History.

OBTAINING HONORS FOR A HOMESCHOOL  COURSE

Theology, Literature, and History

Homeschool and Self-Paced students may pursue the Kolbe Honors (H) designation in Theology, Literature or History in two ways as described below: (1) by submitting specific assignments and tests as outlined in the individual course plans or (2) by taking an online Honors Seminar.

1)     Course Plan Assignments option: To use the course plan assignments option to receive an Honors designation in a course, the parent must select the honors option for the course on the student’s enrollment form and pay a fee to obtain an Honors Course Coversheet. To enroll in Honors and receive an Honors Course Coversheet after enrollment, please contact the Advisors at 707-255-6499 Ext. 5. Check our tuition page for information on fees associated with honors courses.

In general, homeschool students seeking the Honors designation in Theology, Literature and History using the course plan assignments option must complete all the reading assigned in the course plan as well as 8 of the 14 weekly papers each semester. Further, they should have discussions or write informal essays in response to the remainder of the weekly paper topics as these are major themes and will appear in some way on the final exam.

The following written samples must be submitted along with a grade on the report card and a completed Honors Course Coversheet each semester: a completed mid-term exam, a completed semester exam, and 8 graded papers as assigned in the homeschool course plan. A Kolbe advisor will grade 2 of the 8 papers and the mid-term and final exam. A parent may optionally grade the exams and include them in the parent grade for the course.  The grades given by the advisor will be weighted at 30% of the overall grade for the honors homeschool or self-paced course: 20% for the two exams, and 10% for the papers. The parent assigned grade will constitute the remaining 70% of the grade the for the course.

2)     Online Honors Seminar option. For a homeschool or self-paced student to use the online Honors Seminar option to receive an Honors designation in a course, the parent must select the online Honors Seminar for the specific course at the time of the student’s enrollment. The parent will be sent an Honors w/Online Seminar Coversheet once the enrollment is processed. To enroll in an online Honors Seminar after enrollment, please contact the Advisors at 707-255-6499 Ext. 5. Because these seminars are live classes, admission into the seminar after the beginning of the school year will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Please see the section on earning an Honors designation in an online course (below) for more details about Kolbe’s online Honors Seminars. Check our tuition page for information on fees associated with online Honors Seminars.

In addition to being enrolled in the online Honors Seminar course, homeschool and self-paced students in the online Honors Seminar will need to follow the Kolbe Core (K) requirements as outlined in the individual course plan to earn an Honors designation for the course. The online Honors Seminar instructor will assign a final grade that will count toward 30% of the overall Honors semester grade for the homeschool or self-paced student. The parent assigned grade will constitute the remaining 70% of the student’s grade for the course.

The following written samples must be submitted along with a grade on the report card and a completed Honors w/Online Seminar Coversheet each semester: a graded mid-term exam, a graded semester exam, and 4 graded papers as assigned in the homeschool course plan. A Kolbe Advisor will enter the seminar grade from the online teacher to determine the final grade in the honors course for each semester.

English 12 (Creative writing), Math, and Science

To earn the Kolbe Honors (H) designation in English 12 (Creative Writing) or any applicable Math and Science course as a homeschool or self-paced student, the parent must select the honors option for the course on the student’s enrollment form and pay a fee to obtain an Honors Course Coversheet. To enroll in Honors and receive an Honors Course Coversheet after enrollment, please contact the Advisors at 707-255-6499 Ext. 5. Check our tuition page for information on fees associated with honors courses.

For a homeschool or self-paced student to earn the Honors designation in English 12 (Creative Writing) or any applicable Math and Science course, the student must follow the specific guidelines for earning the Honors designation as outlined in the course plan for the individual course.

The following written samples must be submitted along with a grade on the report card and a completed Honors Course Coversheet each semester: the completed exams as specified in the individual course plan, and any completed assignments and/or projects (if applicable) as specified in the individual course plan. Please see the Honors Cover Sheet for the specific course to determine which samples require a parent grade and for which ones the parent grade is optional. A parent is welcome to include optional parent grades when determining the parent grade for the course.  However, a Kolbe Advisor will grade the specified samples as well. The grades given by the Kolbe Advisor will be weighted at 30% of the overall grade for the course as specified on the Honors Course Coversheet for the course. The parent assigned grade will constitute the remaining 70% of the grade for the course.

 

 

 

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