Honors Program

Program overview

The Middle School Honors Program is designed to prepare middle school students for the demands of advanced and AP high school courses. Courses begin in 5th grade with our Pre-Honors classes, and expand through 8th grade.  Monte Cassino teachers of Honors classes have completed coursework through the College Board and utilize innovative instructional strategies recommended by them.

The guiding principles of our Honors Program are based on the expectation that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels, and that students should be continuously challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level.

The emphasis with Honors courses is that the students make the commitment to the additional effort required, so this is essentially a contract made by the student, with parental knowledge and support.

Honors classes are characterized by

•           Greater demands for analytical thinking, creativity, and problem solving

•           Strong emphasis on writing

•           A rapid pace

•           Frequent, demanding homework and more outside reading

•           Willingness to participate freely in classroom discussion and group projects



5th grade

            Pre-Honors English

            Pre-Honors Math


6th grade        

            Honors English

            Math:   Honors 6th gr. Math

                         Honors Pre-Algebra               


7th grade

            Honors English

            Math:   Honors Pre-Algebra

                         Honors Algebra I

            Honors Social Studies           


8th grade

            Honors English                       

            Math:   Honors Algebra I

                         Honors Geometry

            Honors Social Studies