Aside from the regular classes, SJHS has advanced classes called honors classes. They have honors math, english, and biology at SJHS. Honors classes are for students who are willing to go at a faster pace and work hard. To get into Honors Biology, taught by Mr. Hatfield, you have to be one year ahead in math, and have a desire to learn more about biology. “We go into a lot more detail and cover a lot more content,” said Mr. Hatfield. According to Mr. Hatfield, he likes teaching honors classes because he can challenge students more.
To get into Honors Math, taught by Mrs. Gleave and Mr. Anderson, you have to have good skills and work ethic. “Honors math is quicker paced, and we learn alternate forms of problem solving,” said Mr. Anderson, Secondary Math One (Honors) teacher. According to Mr. Anderson, he likes teaching honors classes because they get to learn more material and the students are highly motivated.
“In Honors English, we have online and in-class discussions, we role play, write essays, narratives, and read great books!” said Ms. Neeley, the Honors English teacher. “To get into English honors, students need to have good grades, be willing to work hard, and do more than is required,” explained Ms. Neeley. According to Ms. Neeley, she likes teaching English honors because the students are willing to work hard.
“I like honors classes because it’s challenging but also very fun. For example, in honors English, we read To Kill a Mockingbird, which is a great book,” said Kazdin Lewis, a student in both honors English and honors math. Students and staff at SJHS enjoy the honors program.