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  • Access advanced subject matter, including credit-bearing honors and AP® level courses
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Application Process for Students in Grades 6 through 8

The Online Honors Program at CTD welcomes applications from returning applicants as well as new score and portfolio applicants in grades 6 through 8. For students in grades 6 through 8 Honors courses are considered to be part of our Indigo Tier. Before beginning the online application, determine which type of applicant you are based on the descriptions below.

Returning Applicant
You are a returning applicant if you are in grade 6 through 8 and you meet both of the following criteria: 

 

  • You have successfully completed a CTD course through the Summer Program or Online Program at the Indigo Tier, within the previous twenty-four months. 
  • You are now applying for an Online Honors course with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) you used to qualify for a CTD course you previously completed.

New Scores Applicant
You are a new scores applicant if you are grade 6 through 8 and you meet any one of the following criteria:

  • You have not attended a CTD program and you have new (Verbal, Math or Science) qualifying above grade-level test (e.g. NUMATS) scores for your desired course that are no more than two years old.
  • You have previously attended a course with the Summer Program or Online Program, but you are now applying for a course with a different qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) and you have qualifying above grade-level test scores. 

 

New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if you are in grade 6 through 8 and the following is applicable to you:

 

  • You do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:

              1) never taken an above grade-level test

OR

             2) taken this type of test but not achieved a qualifying score.

 

An Admission Portfolio includes the following documents:

 

  • Required: one teacher recommendation form indicating that the student is performing 1½ to 2 years above grade level in the subject area of the course to which the student is applying (Home-school students may submit two teacher recommendations from non-family member adults who can speak to their capabilities in lieu of a teacher recommendation. Family members may not submit teacher recommendations for students); 
  • Required: most recent school report card indicating exceptional performance in the subject area of the Online Honors course to which the student is applying; 
  • If available: most recent state testing report (e.g. NWEA/MAP); or any results of a grade-level or above grade-level test.

Application Process for Students in Grades 9 through 12

The Online Honors Program at CTD welcomes applications from returning applicants as well as new score and portfolio applicants. Before beginning the online application, determine which type of applicant you are based on the descriptions below.

 

Returning Applicant
You are a returning applicant if you are in grade 9 through 12 and you meet both of the following criteria: 

 

  • You have successfully completed a CTD course through the Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program or Online Program at the Magenta Tier or Indigo Tier, within the previous twenty-four months. 
  • You are now applying for an Online Honors course with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) you used to qualify for a CTD course you previously completed.

 

New Scores Applicant
You are a new scores applicant if you are grade 9 through 12 and you meet any one of the following criteria:

 

  • You have never attended any CTD program and you have qualifying grade-level test scores (Verbal, Math or Sience) for your desired course that are no more than two years old.
  • You have previously attended a course with Summer Program, or  Online Program, but you are now applying for a course with a different qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) and you have qualifying grade-level test scores. 
  • You have participated in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 3, 4, 5, or 6, the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7 or 8 (NUMATS) within the past two years.

 

New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if you are in grade 9 through 12 and the following is applicable to you:

 

  • You do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:

              1) never taken a nationally normed standardized achievement     test 

OR

             2) taken this type of test but not achieved a qualifying score.

 

An Admission Portfolio includes the following documents:

 

  • Required: one teacher recommendation form indicating that the student is performing 1½ to 2 years above grade level in the subject area of the course to which the student is applying (Home-school students may submit two teacher recommendations from non-family member adults who can speak to their capabilities in lieu of a teacher recommendation. Family members may not submit teacher recommendations for students); 
  • Required: most recent school report card indicating exceptional performance in the subject area of the Online Honors course to which the student is applying; 
  • If available: most recent state testing report (e.g. NWEA/MAP); or any results of a grade-level test such as PSAT™8/9 taken in middle school.

Eligibility

Many Online Honors courses have prerequisites.  Please read the course description carefully.

Eligiblity requirements differ between students in grades 6 through 8 and students in grades 9 through 12.

To qualify for Magenta Tier Online Honors Courses students must be in grade 9 through 12 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Achievement of a score of 95thpercentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) for the desired course.
  • Successful past completion of a CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) within the past two years.
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area.
  • Participation in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 3, 4, 5, or 6, the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7 or 8 (NUMATS) within the last two years.

To qualify for Indigo Tier Online Honors Courses students must be in grade 6 through 8 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Qualifying score on an above grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) for the desired course.
  • Successful past completion of a CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area (Verbal, Math or Science) within the past two years.
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area.

Fees, Withdrawals and Financial Aid

Tuition 

 36 week Online Honors Course

  • 2018-19 Academic Year $1,150 

 

Withdrawal Policy

  • Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing before the course begins. E-mail requests should be sent to CTD-admissions@northwestern.edu.
  • Withdrawals are subject to a processing fee of $60.
  • Withdrawals that occur after the course start date, but before the 21st day, are refunded 50% of the tuition, less the processing fee.
  • After the 21st day (including orientation and late starts) no refunds may be granted.  
  • Refunds may take up to eight weeks to appear in the account from which they were paid depending on the type of account and the billing cycle.

 

Financial Aid

CTD offers need-based financial aid awarded as requests are received. Families are encouraged to apply early because the amount of aid available is limited. Please see the Financial Aid page for details. 

  • The deadline to complete a financial aid application for Online Honors programs is the last day of the month prior to the start date of the course. (e.g. December 31st for a January 15th start).  If your FACTS application is delayed it may be necessary to either pay the full course fee OR move the start date for your course back by one month.
  • It is imperative that you complete the financial aid application as soon as possible as it may take FACTS up to ten days to process your information.
  • If you have previously completed a FACTS application for CTD you must still begin with the current link in the application confirmation email for this year’s program.  You will be able to link your FACTS account to this new FACTS information.  You may need to update financial information.
  • If you experience difficulties with the FACTS process please call the FACTS helpline at 866-412-4637.

Course Environment

Students will work independently, guided by an instructor providing rigorous coursework, and personalized feedback.

Students should be active learners with strong communication skills and a desire to learn through technology.

While courses are designed for flexible pacing, students should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week for timely completion. The ability to manage deadlines, stay focused and persevere will be essential to a successful experience.

Program Orientation

  • Acceptance notifications are sent via e-mail upon receipt of a completed application.
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to the learning management system (LMS), Schoology, which houses GLL courses.
  • Course access begins on the official start date.
  • The GLL experience starts with a virtual online orientation for all new students (returning students are welcome to repeat the orientation).
  • Syllabi, assignments, discussion boards, links, additional resources and a recommended schedule for completing the course in nine months are found on the course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Students who wish to accelerate through the course in a shorter time frame can discuss target completion dates with the instructor during the first week of the course. Students enrolled in honors courses have up to 36 weeks from their official start date to complete their course(s). GLL grants written requests for extensions on an individual basis, with the approval of the instructor and GLL staff, and assesses a $100 fee for each month of extension. The maximum allowable course extension is three consecutive months beyond the original 36-week time frame.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within the learning management system. Depending on the nature of the subject matter and student preferences, instructors may use additional tools including, but not limited to, discussion boards, the phone, and online class meetings such as Skype, Adobe Connect and/or Google apps.
  • Some GLL courses require textbooks and/or lab kits purchased separately. Text requirements are listed and available for purchase through the CTD online bookstore. Students are encouraged to confirm book information with their instructors before ordering.

Evaluations

Students will receive a letter grade and narrative evaluation with comments on the student’s academic progress at the end of the first semester and again at the end of the course. For each semester successfully completed with a grade of C- or better, students will receive one high school credit through CTD. Transcripts will be mailed to the home address. Students who wish to have a transcript mailed to their school should choose the “Send Transcript” option on the application.

As an accredited institution, CTD issues credits to students successfully completing honors and AP® courses. However, acceptance of CTD credits is a local school decision. Students should discuss this option with their academic counselor or school administrator.

For Schools

Gifted LearningLinks offers special group tuition rates to schools, regional and state education agencies, gifted parent groups, and homeschooling organizations that sign up five or more students.

GLL’s online learning platform allows local teachers, gifted coordinators, or counselors to communicate with their students and monitor their progress and grades in credit-bearing courses, making GLL courses easy to integrate with in-school learning. 

Schools and groups may apply for a School Group Code, which allows students to bypass the payment section of an application.

For more information on how schools can partner with Gifted LearningLinks, visit our Partner Opportunities page.

Qualifying Test Scores

Requisite scores in the subject area of the course applied for on an above-grade-level test through NUMATS or similar program:

EXPLORE® test taken in grade 5 or 6 (if applying as a 7th or 8th grade student)

  • R: 14, M: 15 &/or S: 16

ACT® or SAT® test taken in grade 6, 7, 8 or 9, or

  • ACT® : R: 19, M: 18 &/or S: 18
  • SAT®:  R: 440, M 460

Successful completion, within the past two years, of a previous CTD credit or credit intensive course with the same qualifying subject area criteria

See CTD Eligibility for more details.

Technical Requirements

  • Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
  • Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
  • While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop.

New! Hybrid In-Person & Online Courses for grades 6-9

What is a hybrid course?

Hybrid courses combine in-person instruction with an online learning environment.  These “blended” courses offer the flexibility to complete a course for high school credit by meeting face-to-face for two full weekends, in addition to engaging online course work. Hybrid courses offer high school credit.  

 Why should I consider a hybrid course?

 Hybrid courses are ideal for motivated and independent learners with busy schedules. These courses allow students to participate in labs and projects face-to-face, and continue engaging with their instructors and classmates during the academic year in an online environment.

  • Admission Requirements: see the eligibility criteria for honors courses, above.
  • Students must be available for these on-site weekends on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL.
  • Students should anticipate 5-7 hours of online course work each week
  • Acceptance of credits by student’s school depends on that school’s institutional policy. Discuss credit acceptance with appropriate school administrator before applying if you are planning to receive credit at your school.
  • Apply now by choosing the "Hybrid" program option in the MyCTD Toolbox

FAQs

GLL FAQs

 

What is the difference between the various categories of courses?

Family Program courses are for students in grades K-3. Your child does not need test scores to qualify for these courses, which are designed for parents and children to work on together. These courses begin four (4) times each year.

Core Essentials and Enrichment courses are for students in grades 3-8. Core Essentials courses are standard academic offerings while Enrichment courses are electives. Sessions begin four (4) times each year and last nine (9) weeks. They require approximately 2-5 hours of activity per week.

Honors and Honors Electives courses are designed for students in grades 6-12. They begin on the 15th of each month throughout the year. These are credit bearing high school-level courses that require approximately 5-7 hours of activity per week. Honors courses last 36 weeks while Honors Electives courses last 18 weeks.

AP® courses are one and two semester courses that have been authorized by the College Board. They are designed to prepare students for college-level work and for the AP® exams in May.

ASO (Accelerated Summer Option) courses are offered over the summer. They condense one and two semester high school level classes into intense nine (9) week sessions. One credit courses typically require 10-15 hours of activity each week for successful on-time completion, and two credit courses typically require 20-25 hours per week.

 

 

Why do students need to qualify for GLL classes?

Our classes are designed for students working 1-2 grade levels above their chronological age. Not all students are ready for these courses, which are designed for learners who are advanced for their age and learn at a faster pace than most students. Our goal is not to be exclusive, but to ensure students are placed in a course that is appropriately challenging.

 

How can my child qualify?

Students can qualify in one of three ways:

Fast Track Returning Student – this method is for any student who has been accepted into a similar CTD course within the past two years. If you were previously accepted into a Core Essentials or Enrichment course and are now applying for an Honors, Honors Electives, AP® or ASO course, you may NOT apply as a “fast track” participant.

New Student/New Scores – If you are applying for a Core Essentials or Enrichment class, you may apply with scores at or above the 90th percentile (in the subject area of the course to which the student is applying) from any test with a national percentile ranking (NPR). We also accept ASSET test scores. You may apply for Honors, Honors Electives, AP® or ASO courses with PSAT, SAT or ACT scores. On the program page, click on “Qualifying Test Scores” to learn exactly what scores are required.

Admission Portfolio – This method is for students who do not have the appropriate tests or scores. Students must submit one teacher recommendation and a recent report card. Many students qualify with the portfolio method.

 

What is the procedure for applying?

First, complete the online application form and pay for the course. Second, submit your qualifying materials. Finally, wait to hear from the Admissions Committee.

 

When do I pay for my child’s course?

In order to upload qualifying materials and be considered by the Admissions Committee, you will need to pay when you apply. If you have not paid, qualifying materials such as teacher recommendations cannot be uploaded into your application. If your child is not accepted into their course, you will receive a full refund.

 

What is a nationally normed test?

This is a test that compares students’ scores in the same grade across the entire nation.

 

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is identified by the instructor as the knowledge or skills necessary to start a course. For instance, Algebra 2 has a prerequisite of Algebra 1.

 

How do I know when my materials have been received?

Materials will not be marked “received” until a GLL staff member checks them in. During busy periods, this can take up to five business days. You can check your MyCTD Toolbox account to see if materials have been “received.”

 

What does it mean when my child’s application is marked “complete”?

It means that you have submitted all of the necessary qualifying materials. The next stop for your child’s application is the Admissions Committee. They will contact you with more information.

 

When will I hear if my child has been accepted?

The Admissions Committee meets several weeks before course start dates. They review applications on a rolling basis and only consider completed applications (i.e. all qualifying materials have been submitted). They will contact you with their decision or with a request for more information. Login information is sent 24-48 hours before the start of class.

 

When will I receive textbook information?

Your acceptance email will contain a link to our online bookstore. You can purchase the book from MBS or any other bookstore.

 

Can my child work at his/her own pace?

Yes. Our courses are flexibly paced and independent study. Students may complete their course in less than the allotted time.

 

What if my child does not finish the work by the end of the session?

Core Essentials, Enrichment and Family courses end after 9 weeks. Students in Honors, Honors Electives, AP® or ASO classes may request up to 3 one month extensions from their instructor.

Extensions are granted on an individual basis. At a minimum, students need to have completed more than half of the course to qualify for an extension. A student must have demonstrated the desire and capacity to complete the course in order for an extension request to be approved. Course extensions must begin on the course end date and are consecutive. Students can’t delay extensions. Course extensions are not available for core essentials or enrichment courses. A $100 fee is assessed for each month of an extension.

 

 

 

Do classes meet at a specific time?

No. Courses are facilitated independent study. That means students log in and work according to their own schedule. Instructors, who have designed the course, grade assignments, give feedback, and are available to answer any questions. Students may be directed to other websites that may include lectures or articles.

 

Who teaches GLL courses?

Our instructors come from various professional backgrounds and are selected because of their mastery of the subject matter, teaching experience, enthusiasm, and ability to work with gifted students. Teachers receive guidance and support from experts in online learning design.

 

What is the procedure for requesting financial aid?

When filling out the online application, check the box on page 6 indicating that you are interested in applying for financial aid (FA). The financial aid application deadline is a minimum of two weeks before your desired course start date (for Honors Electives, Honors, and AP courses) or until aid monies are depleted. Your registration confirmation email will contain a link to our online financial aid system through FACTS. In order to be considered for aid, your application must be complete in the FACTS system, including all required documents. Please understand that applications for students requesting FA will take longer to process since applications must be reviewed by both the Financial Aid and the Admissions Committees. The Financial Aid Committee does not review applications until the student has qualified academically.

 

What is GLL’s refund policy?

View refund details on CTD's Enrollment page.

 

How many courses can my child apply for at one time?

Gifted LearningLinks is accredited as a nonpublic supplementary school. Our courses are meant to provide classes not available at a student’s main school or to allow a student to work ahead of their school’s normal curriculum. Core Essentials and Enrichment courses require approximately 2-5 hours of work per week. Honors, Honors Electives and AP® courses require approximately 5-7 hours of work per week. ASO courses require up to 20 hours of work per week per credit. Please consider your child’s schedule when applying for multiple classes. Many students successfully take multiple courses at a time. However, if your child is new to online learning, we recommend starting with one or two courses and then consider increasing involvement over time once your student is comfortable in the online environment.

Courses

Algebra I Honors

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Description

Topics include understanding expressions, equations and functions, solving inequalities and graphing equations and functions.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors

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Description

Topics include inequalities, polynomial equations, rational expressions, complex numbers, exponents, logarithms, statistics, probability, matrices, and an introduction to basic trigonometry.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Biology Honors

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Description

Take an in-depth look at the fundamental characteristics of living organisms and learn about the nature of scientific inquiry and the scientific method. Experiment using hands-on and virtual laboratory experiences.

Notes:

  • May be used as a lab science for IMSA and other selective high school applications.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Chemistry Honors

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Description

Using hands-on and virtual laboratory experiences, study key topics, analyze data, draw conclusions and report results. Scientific method, chemical foundations, compositions and reactions, modern atomic theory and electrochemistry are among the topics covered.

Notes:

  • Additional lab fee of $60 is required and non-refundable
  • May be used as a lab science for IMSA and other selective high school applications.

Prerequisites: Algebra I is recommended

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Creative Writing Honors

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Description

Good reading leads to good writing. Read and identify the components of various literary genres that can serve as models for your own original compositions. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

English Vocabulary I Honors

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Description

Build a foundation comprised of Latin and Greek stems, making it possible to understand, remember and utilize thousands of English words. Knowledge of Latin and Greek leads to advanced English vocabulary. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

Notes:

  • The textbook for English Vocabulary I Honors is The Word Within the Word (student manual), Volume 1, written by Michael Clay Thompson. It should be purchased directly from the publisher, Royal Fireworks Press, at www.rfwp.com, or by calling 845-726-4444.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

English Vocabulary II Honors

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Description

A continuation of English Vocabulary I Honors.

Prerequisite: English Vocabulary I Honors. 

Notes:

  • The textbook for English Vocabulary II Honors is The Word Within the Word (student manual), Volume 2, written by Michael Clay Thompson. It should be purchased directly from the publisher, Royal Fireworks Press, at www.rfwp.com, or by calling 845-726-4444.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Environmental Science Honors

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Description

What tensions exist between human demands for resources and the requirements of healthy ecosystems? Work with case studies analyzing scientific content and authentic data sets. Laboratory and other activities, readings, and online discussion build knowledge and understanding.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Expository Writing Honors

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Description

From non-fiction books and feature articles to school research papers and business memoranda, expository writing informs the reader about a selected topic. Expository writing influences oral presentations including academic lectures and policy speeches. Read and write to master different oral and written expository styles. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Geometry Honors

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Description

Study deductive reasoning and mathematical proofs of all types and gain an understanding of the mathematics of shapes.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

Note: A graphing calcuclator, such as a TI-84, is required

Students must have a hard copy version of the textbook. Ebooks are not allowed.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Java Honors

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Description

An introduction to object-oriented programming. Using the BlueJ integrated development environment, implement object-oriented concepts. Gain experience with classes, objects, and inheritance as you learn the keywords and constructs of the Java language.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Technology & Engineering
Location
Online

Latin I Honors: Ecce Romani

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Description

Stories about the Romans, their mythology and historical characters help reveal the structure of the Latin Language and provide the basis to rich vocabulary development.  The application of grammatical knowledge to Latin stories is emphasized, enabling you to translate Latin stories.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Latin I Honors: Wheelock

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Description

Begin to master classical Latin by studying basic grammar and vocabulary.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Latin II Honors: Ecce Romani

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Description

Continuation of Latin I Honors: Ecce Romani.

Prerequisites: Latin I Honors: Ecce Romani or instructor’s permission

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Latin II Honors: Wheelock

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Description

Continuation of Latin I Honors.

Online credit-bearing courses are offered on a rolling enrollment basis - apply by the 1st of any month, start on the 15th.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Prerequisites: Latin I Honors or instructor’s permission

Eligibility: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/eligibility

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Latin III Honors: Ecce Romani

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Description

A translation-based survey course of Latin prose that introduces the wisdom found in unabridged Latin texts including those written by Caesar, Cicero and others.  Consideration of grammatical, syntactical, and semantic usages, in all their varient forms encourages application of critical thinking skills to produce structurally accurate and fluid translations.

Prerequisite: Latin I & II Honors Ecce Romani or instructor consent. 

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Latin III Honors: Wheelock

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Description

A translation-based survey course of Latin prose that introduces the wisdom found in unabridged Latin texts including those written by Caesar, Cicero and others.  Consideration of grammatical, syntactical, and semantic usages, in all their variant forms encourages application of critical thinking skills to produce structurally accurate and fluid translations.

Online credit-bearing courses are offered on a rolling enrollment basis - apply by the 1st of any month, start on the 15th.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Prerequisite: Latin I & II Honors Wheelock or instructor consent.

Eligibility: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/eligibility

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Java Honors

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Description

An introduction to object-oriented programming. Using the BlueJ integrated development environment, implement object-oriented concepts. Gain experience with classes, objects, and inheritance as you learn the keywords and constructs of the Java language.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Technology & Engineering
Location
Online

Literary Analysis Honors

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Description

Explore universal themes by reading and reflecting upon major works of literature in the genres of fiction, poetry, essay, and drama. Through thoughtful analysis and written responses, students expand their critical reading and writing skills. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

 

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Neuroscience Honors

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Description

Explore topics ranging from the anatomy and physiology of the brain to mental disorders. Activities include readings, discussion, and laboratory activities such as a virtual eye dissection and the opportunity to analyze sleep data.

Prerequisite: Biology Honors

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Physics Honors

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Description

Apply the universal principles of physics, gain an appreciation of mathematics, and develop your understanding of the major concepts via hands-on experiments, virtual simulations, and investigations. Study Newtonian physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and early modern physics.

Notes:

  • May be used as a lab science for IMSA and other selective high school applications.

Prerequisites: Algebra II

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Science
Location
Online

Pre-Calculus Honors

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Description

Solve application problems involving functions, from linear to trigonometric, and add vectors, sequences, series, and matrices to your mathematical skill set.

Prerequisites: Algebra II/Trigonometry and Geometry

Note: A graphing calcuclator, such as a TI-84, is required

Students must have a hard copy version of the textbook. Ebooks are not allowed.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Programming C++ Honors

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Description

Combine major concepts to produce a game of your own design suitable for multiple players.

Notes:

  • Students must have access to a Windows Operating System
  • Students need a C++ compiler; information on free compilers available online is included in the course syllabus.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Technology & Engineering
Location
Online

Spanish I Honors

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Description

This course will introduce students to Spanish language fundamentals with emphasis on all four modes of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Culture, geography, and history of the Spanish-speaking world are woven throughout the course. 

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Spanish II Honors

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Description

This course is a continuation of Honors Spanish I that focuses on expanding and improving all four modes of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Culture, geography, and history of the Spanish-speaking world are woven throughout the course.  The basic format of the course is similar to that of Honors Spanish I, but students will complete more projects and in-depth assignments. Students will learn advanced grammatical concepts, read authentic texts, and expand their vocabulary.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

Spanish III Honors

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Description

This course is a continuation of Honors Spanish II that focuses on expanding and improving all four modes of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Culture, geography, and history of the Spanish-speaking world are woven throughout the course.  In this course, students will complete thematic projects that expand their knowledge of topics important to the Spanish-speaking world including ecotourism, health and nutrition, and the visual and performing arts.  An emphasis is placed on tying Spanish language grammar and vocabulary to thematic topics through projects and writing assignments. The course includes a comprehensive review of essential grammatical concepts from Honors Spanish I and II with the goal of mastering them.  

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

U.S. History Honors

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Description

Learn about American history from early exploration and colonization to contemporary times. Discover how the United States evolved and what makes it unique in the world. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Arts & Humanities
Location
Online

World History Honors

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Description

Explore recurring themes of the human experience common to civilizations around the globe, from ancient to modern day. Multimedia resources, primary source documents and other tools provide the opportunity for in-depth study. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Arts & Humanities
Location
Online

World Literature Honors

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Description

This comparative study of literature from around the world and throughout history, including selections from classic and contemporary works. Explore multicultural literature through critical reading and writing assignments. Note: a graded writing sample may be required for eligibility.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online

World Religions Honors

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Description

Some people explain that all faiths are essentially the same, indicating that differences arising from culture, history, and geography are only superficial. Others recognize the many variations in human religious tradition as deeply-rooted and foundational to specific faiths. How do religions arise, and what does religion look like across continents and millennia? To what extent are religious traditions similar, and to what effect do they vary? Focusing on culture, history, geography, and major religious texts, this course surveys world religious traditions and thought, leaving the answers up to you. 

Religion is deeply personal in nature and many people’s worldview is based on their religious beliefs.  There are other people who do not believe in God(s) or are unsure about the role religion plays in everyday life.  This course is strictly an academic course.  It is designed to teach you about and help you explore the major religions in the world.  It is not designed to try and sway you one way or the other or to take the opportunity to push a certain viewpoint, but to increase your knowledge of the world we live in. You will be responding to questions about the different aspects of the religions we are covering, the historical and cultural impacts they have as well as the similarities and differences between religions.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE: 2 Semesters

Sample syllabi available here

Program
GLL Honors
Subject Area
Arts & Humanities
Location
Online
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