LOTE honors-level courses
Course criteria & guidance
Beginning with the 2015-16 submission period, the following course criteria is effective for honors-level courses seeking approval in the language other than English ("e") subject area:
Honors-level courses must demonstrate distinctive features that set them apart from non-honors high school courses in the same discipline; therefore, prior to receiving designation as an honors course, all other revisions requested in other portions of the “e” subject area course submission must be completed, and attention must be given to describing the use and integration of authentic literature as well as the presentation and practice of advanced literacy and communicative skills.
An honors-level course must be designed for 11th- and 12th-grade students regardless of who is permitted to enroll in the course. This means that the reading and writing load must be appropriate for 11th- and 12th-grade students, and that the critical thinking skills and/or literacy skills developed through engagement with the curriculum are commensurate with expectations for upper-level high school students.
UC-approved honors language other than English courses must also meet the general “a-g” honors-level course criteria.
Samples of honors-level courses approved in the “e” subject area are available for reference as you prepare your own course for UC approval.