Advanced Academics

LHS Harmon

Lewisville High School Harmon Campus is dedicated to education and committed to meeting the needs of every individual. We are devoted to educational opportunity and achievement for all of our students. Our school policies and Advanced Academics Committee were created to ensure equity, access and excellence in advanced academic courses.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.

The Effort Effect article

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Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve
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Advanced Academic teachers will…

  • initiate clear, frequent communication with students, parents, and our Advanced Academics Committee.
  • communicate in multiple forms, such as email, phone contact, letters home, internet sources, and conferences.

  • establish clear expectations with students and parents through communication, grading procedures and rubrics, classroom directions, and technology resources.

“Intelligence is like a muscle; it grows stronger through exercise.”

High Expectations & Support

  • Teacher & Student Success Check List – Mrs. Stock
  • Extracurricular Activities & Clubs – Mrs. Stock
  • National Honor Society – Mr. Brennan
  • Gifted & Talented (GT) Pairing and Sections – Mrs. Pembroke & Mrs. Copeland

Plagiarize: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (a created production) without crediting the source

Mrs. Seeliger

“Plagiarism is an HONOR violation” Professor Gregory, Washington & Lee University

“When you plagiarize, you violate two of the most important standards as [scholars], honesty and accuracy” Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

Longstanding consequences:

  • destroy your student reputation
  • destroy your professional reputation –(academic and professional) - no credibility
  • destroy your academic future, especially at the college level
  • loss of scholarships
  • dismissal from the college or university

Dishonesty has a stigma attached to it, and it can follow you.

US Dept. of Ed study found the strongest predictor of college graduation is participation in rigorous, college level courses in high school.

Clifford Adelman, Answers in the Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and Bachelor’s Degree Attainment (1999), U.S. Department of Education.

PAP vs AP - Mr. Brennan

Pre-Advanced Placement is based on 2 premises:

  1. All students can perform well at rigorous levels. Curriculum and instruction should reflect this expectation.
  2. We can prepare students for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.

Advanced Placement enables willing and academically prepared students to:

  • pursue college-level studies
  • prepare for college by challenging yourself in rigorous work
  • eligible for college credit, advanced placement, or both
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PSAT - Mrs. Copeland

October 19th

No Fees

No signing up

National Merit Scholars

AP Testing - Mr. Adams

  • May 8th Biology
  • May 11th World History
  • May 12th Human Geography


Signing up

Worth the experience

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Lead Counselor - Mrs. Claudia Smith

English, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign language 9-week (18 week grade in an all year course) grades are used to determine the GPA used for class rank. (This is one of several different ways to calculate GPA.)

These course 9-week (18 week grade in an all year course) grades are weighted according to their level.

Level 0 (Modified) – 9-week grade is multiplied by 1.0

Level 1 (Regular) – 9-week grade is multiplied by 1.1

Level 2 (Pre-Advanced Placement) – 9-week grade is multiplied by 1.2

Level 3 (Advanced Placement) – 9-week grade is multiplied by 1.3

•Weighted grades are totaled, then divided by the number of courses taken.

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LHS Harmon Policy

Principal - Mr. Fontana

Our school’s first initiative is to challenge students to strive to their full potential. Therefore we are dedicated to supporting students in advanced academic courses. Changing to a regular course will be considered as a last resort.

If a student or parent is considering a move from an advanced academic course to a regular course, the steps below will be implemented before a formal schedule change is made.

  1. Teacher/student communication
  2. Teacher/student/parent contact and/or conference
  3. Student regular tutoring attendance
  4. Advanced Academics Committee notification by teacher
  5. Formal conference with student, parent, teacher, and Advanced Academic Committee representatives

We are advocates for students and parents. We encourage students, parents, and teachers to be a part of the decision making process. Our desire is to teach students to be self-advocates while preparing students for higher education through advanced academics.