Freshman Academy FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a standard class and an honors class?

A: An honors course is more academically rigorous. The increased rigor will prepare you for future Advanced Placement (AP) and college courses. Select honors courses if you are looking to challenge yourself and enhance your academic rigor.

Q: What is the difference between an honors course and an Advance Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses?

A: AP and IB classes are more rigorous than honors courses. After completing an AP or IB class, students can take the AP or IB exam and potentially receive college credit for that course if they receive a passing score. Taking an AP or IB course shows colleges that students can handle college level work.

Q: When can a student register for an Advancement Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) class?

A: Students can begin to take AP classes in the 9th grade with AP World History.  Students take IB courses in their 11th grade year.  IB Courses take place over two years, junior and senior year, for two credits.  

Q: Do I have to take Health & Physical Education as a 9th grader?

A: Yes. It is a NC graduation requirement, so all 9th graders at SSS are enrolled in Health & PE to fulfill that requirement.  Sometimes students cannot fit Health and PE in their schedule during their ninth grade year.  These students must take Health and PE before they can graduate so we encourage students to take this course as early as possible in their High School Career.

Q: Can I take an elective that is NOT on the 9th grade registration information sheet?

A: All of the courses on the registration sheet are available to 9th graders. All other courses are available to grades 10-12.  There are exceptions if students qualify for upper level course work.

Q: If I register for a class, how likely am I to be put into it?

A: The answer is dependent upon many factors!  Some courses have high interest and a long waitlist.  Other courses require certain prerequisite scores and students must qualify. Please be sure that you are registering for courses that you want to take (including your alternates). We make a schedule based on student selections and do very few changes. If you are unsure about a course, please read the course description on the JCS website.

Q: Where do I go to read a description of a course?

A: Johnston County High School Course Catalog

Q: When will students register for classes?

A: Students will meet with their counselor once in the fall to work on their four year plan.  Students then meet with their counselor once in the spring, typically in March, to register for classes.

Q: What is Spartan Success?

A: This period will be used for enrichment and intervention for all core classes. The schedule is as follows:

       Monday - students go to 1st block for SS
Tuesday - students go to 2nd block for SS
Wednesday - students go to 3rd block for SS
Thursday - students go to 4th block for SS
Fridays - Clubs or Homeroom

The Performing Arts

Smithfield Selma High offers Art,  Dance, Chorus, & Band.  Each program provides unique opportunities for students to get involved, grow their talent and leadership, and the ability to be a part of something amazing!

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