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The Huntington Beach Union High School District’s schools maintain comprehensive Honors and Advanced Placement programs to make it possible for academically talented and high achieving students to increase the challenge of their studies.  Marina High School is dedicated to helping students achieve and excel in their academic endeavors. Marina High School teachers in the honors/AP programs are committed to preparing students to achieve academic excellence that will ensure superior preparation for college course work.  An Honors level course is more rigorous than regular courses.  Teachers cover curriculum at a faster pace and in greater depth while incorporating more complex analysis.  An Advanced Placement class is a college level course that culminates with an exam, which can earn college credit for the student.  The instructional program offers in-depth study and is not intended to accelerate the date of graduation.


Students are encouraged to enroll in Honors/AP courses on the basis of a variety of indicators:

  • Completing all prerequisite classes with a grade of B or higher and past performance as indicated by grades.
  • Test scores may be utilized as necessary.
  • Teacher recommendation.


Honors/AP program, students are expected to:

  • Maintain A/B grades in all Honors/AP courses.
  • Remain in the course(s) for the duration of the YEAR.  Student success is the goal of Marina High School and students not succeeding in an Honors/AP class will be handled on an individual basis.
  • Maintain high standards of academic integrity and adhere to the MHS academic code of honor.
  • Be in class every day.  Excessive absences are grounds for removal from the course.


Students in Honors/AP courses are expected to have the following characteristics:

  • High academic achievement and intellectual ability;
  • Self-motivation and self-discipline;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Excellent written expression;
  • An avid interest in reading;
  • Good oral communication skills;
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Good citizenship and attendance


The ability to:

Identify and formulate problems, as well as the ability to propose and evaluate ways to solve them.

  • Recognize and use inductive and deductive reasoning, and to recognize fallacies in reasoning.
  • Draw conclusions from information found in various sources, whether written spoken, tabular, or graphic and defend one’s own conclusions rationally.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Engage critically and constructively in the exchange of ideas.
  • Analyze and edit one’s own writing.
  • Gather information from primary and secondary sources; to write a report using this research; to quote, paraphrase and summarize accurately; to cite sources properly.
  • Prepare for various types of examinations and to devise strategies for success.
  • Accept constructive criticism and learn from it.
  • More than a million high school students nationwide are enrolled in AP courses (up 200,000 since 2000).  Once seen as an opportunity for ‘gifted students’ only, the rigor of AP can be a valuable experience for any college-bound student.  These courses give students an opportunity to study a subject in-depth at a college level.

Research supports the contention that students benefit from exposure to college-level coursework in high school.  One federal study found that 59 percent of those who took one AP course later graduated from college, compared to only 33 percent of students who didn’t take an AP class.  For students who took two or more AP exams, the college graduation rate was 76 percent.