Faith Lutheran Honors Academy
This program is designed as a cross-disciplinary honors track meant to give students opportunities to explore advanced topics in ways not available in regular classes and to better prepare them for a rigorous university curriculum. This brings together the study of literature, history, theology, the arts, and the sciences. The Honors Academy does not replace any coursework required of all FLHS students but, rather, supplies additional academic programming and expectations for students who wish maximize their high school experience.
Students in the program will meet at least once per week throughout the school-year. These gatherings will include presentations from various professionals, in-depth small-group discussions, and off-campus learning experiences, including college campus visits.
The Honors Academy builds upon this rigor. These activities and opportunities are designed to challenge students to expand their academic horizons and potential. A direct by-product of expanding students’ academic horizons and potential relates to their collegiate choice process. As such, the Honors Academy will focus upon the elements necessary for successfully matching students with their optimal college selection.
Students accepted and participating in the Honors Academy will be rewarded for their effort and additional work with the following incentives:
Exemption from one final exam (of the student’s choice each semester).
Catered lunch during many of the weekly meetings.
Exemption from ALL final exams during the semester the student completes his/her
3-4 Exclusive field trips each semester.
Opportunity to speak at graduation ceremony.
Prior to graduating all participating students will complete a capstone project. Precisely because the program is interdisciplinary these projects can be extremely wide ranging, from music composition to advanced studies of renewable energy. Once a student has a feel for the direction of their individual project they will be paired with a mentor or mentors who will help guide the project to completion, culminating in a formal public presentation. Students will complete a project proposal by the 1st day of Winterim during their Junior year and submit a formal outline for the project by May 1 of their Junior year.
Academy students are expected to demonstrate academic and social leadership in the student community, even if just leading by example. Thus, students in this program should be self-motivated and highly organized, actively looking to learn and regularly go above-and-beyond in their work.
Because there will be some traditional class time missed for Honors Academy instruction, it is crucial that students maintain their academic standing and make up any course work missed as a result of the Honors Academy. Some Honors Academy activities will also take place outside of traditional school hours. Again, demonstrating an ability to manage the demands of traditional school activities and Honors Academy expectations is expected.
Honors Academy students are expected to attend all field trips, weekly meetings, submit assignments on-time and be fully prepared for Academy classes. They are to be actively involved in a school sanctioned academic extracurricular activity (i.e. Robotics / Math Team, etc…) and regularly involved with a non-profit community organization.
Students who successfully complete all of the requirements for Honors Academy will be given an Honors Diploma and a special notation will be shown on their transcripts.
Additionally, Honors Academy graduates will be given an option to speak at the FLHS graduation ceremony.
Earn Advanced Placement and College Credits
Earn up to 18 college credit hours through Advanced Placement credits. This could save over $20,000 in college tuition.
Advanced Placement scores are recognized at more than 3,200 colleges and universities. Over 90% of 4-year colleges provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying scores.
Faith Lutheran allows students to take classes at McHenry County College as well as other accredited universities to earn both college credit as well as credit towards high school graduation. This enables students to save time and money spent at four-year colleges and universities.
Stand out in the College Admissions Process
An Honors Academy diploma shows your willingness to take on the most rigorous courses available to you. Admissions officers are not impressed by straight A’s when they are all earned in easy courses. Colleges look for students that challenge themselves with a curriculum.
Enhance your competitive edge for scholarships by improving your ACT and/or SAT score, GPA, and class rank.
Gain Skills that will Help You Succeed in College
Studies show that rigor of a high school student’s choices is the single best predictor of college success.
Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous coursework.
Improve writing skills.
Broaden Your Horizons and Make an Impact
Be a part of a community that is passionate and committed to academic excellence.
Gain real-world experience by working closely with a non-profit organization.
Still Have a Great High School Experience
Participate in extracurricular programs such as Instrument and Vocal Music, Drama, and Athletics.
No additional tuition will be charged for participation in this program. However, students will be responsible for the same costs incurred by students participating in the regular Faith Lutheran academic program. These include items such as testing fees on Advanced Placement exams, dual credit tuition, costs for field trips, college visits, etc.
We are excited to announce the opening of Faith Lutheran Honors Academy at the start of the 2018-'19 school year. This is a great opportunity for talented and motivated students to participate in achallenging, but fun educational experience.
Honors Academy Mission Statement
“...be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Honors Academy Vision Statement
Students will graduate with an increased awareness of their culture, their thinking, their faith, and how their activities impact their future. They will develop confidence to engage in the world and improve critical thinking skills. Ultimately we look to grow students who grasp and actively seek to be life-long learners and become leaders in their community.