Curriculum Course Levels

Curriculum Course Levels

Gwinnett County Public Schools' high school curriculum offers all students rigorous academic coursework in preparation for college and other post-secondary plans. In addition, students may qualify for accelerated coursework and/or additional services. Please note that it is NOT Mill Creek's policy to grant requests for changes in a student's academic level mid-semester or mid-year. Please visit our "Schedule Change" page for more information regarding Mill Creek's schedule change policy. Per GCPS, "whether or not a particular course is offered at a given school depends on faculty expertise, student demand, master schedule, etc. Gifted & Honors sections are designated by local schools".


COLLEGE PREP (CP) - General academic coursework that is designed to qualify students for admission to a college/university and/or postsecondary plans.


HONORS/GIFTED - Honors/Gifted classes are designed for students who have mastered pre-requisite knowledge and skills, and are taught by high school teachers with additional training and/or certification. Mill Creek Honors/Gifted classes also extend the GCPS AKS for students who excel intellecutally and academically. Students that should register for Honors/Gifted level courses are those of you that do your homework on a consistent basis, are active participants in class, and spend time reading and studying outside of class time. Honors/Gifted programs offer curriculum at an accelerated pace. Gifted courses are available for students who meet specific eligibility criteria and students must be tested into the Gifted program. Please note that Mill Creek regards Honors and Gifted level courses to be the same (they both follow the same AKS, have the same level of rigor, and the students who take these courses are held to the same level of expectation), but with different methods of instruction. Therefore, requests to move a student's class level from Gifted to Honors, will not be granted.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) - Advanced Placement courses are college-level classes taught at the high school by high school teachers with additional training and/or certification. AP course-work is demanding and recommended for students who are mature , have independent study skills, and time to commit to the demands of a college course. AP classes are writing-intensive and rigorous. AP exams are administered in May, nationwide. Many, but not all colleges award credit for passing the exams or allow a student to be exempt from certain college courses if a student scores a 3, 4, or 5. Students should check the AP policy for their college of choice. AP courses offered in at Mill Creek are 2D Design/Drawing Portfolio, 3D Design, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, European History, French, Government, Macroeconomics, Human Geography, American Literature (11 graders), Language (12th graders), Literature (12th graders), Music Theory, Physics I, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. History, & World History.