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The Class of 2016 averaged over the course of their high school careers:

  • 14. 1 Honors classes taken

  • 11.5 Advanced Placement classes taken


Research shows that students master in-depth content at the college level more easily after completing advanced coursework.






Honors Academy members will earn a combined total of at least 12 Honors, Advanced Placement, and/or Dual Enrollment credits in grades 9-12. 

Honors Academy sophomores and juniors practicing for the PSAT. Last year, we had nine National Merit Semi-finalists.

Houston High Course Offerings

The Houston High Honors Academy began in 2010 when GMSD Superintendent Jason Manuel served as an Assistant Principal at Houston High. As Houston High possessed a large number of high achieving students, Mr. Manuel developed the program to both foster a culture of high expectations and to recognize for excellence for this group of students.

Honors Courses
Honors Courses
  • English I, II, III, IV

  • Etymology (.5 credit)

  • Physical Science

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • STEM

  • World History and World Geography

  • United States History

  • Humanities

  • Facing History and Ourselves (.5 credit)

  • French I, II, III

  • German I, II, III

  • Latin I, II, III

  • Spanish I, II, III

  • Algebra I

  • Geometry

  • Algebra II

  • Precalculus

  • Choral Music

  • Visual Art

  • Orchestra

  • Band

Advanced Placement Courses
  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Human Geography

  • European History

  • United States History

  • Economics

  • United States Government

  • Comparative Government

  • French Language

  • German Language

  • Latin

  • Spanish Language

  • Statistics

  • Calculus AB

  • Calculus BC

  • Physics

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Studio Art

  • Music Theory

  • Computer Science 

  • Capstone Research

  • Capstone Seminar

Dual Enrollment/Credit Courses
  • English 12

  • Criminal Justice

  • Biology

  • Precalculus

For more information about specific course descriptions, please see the Houston High School Course Catalog
Visit the Houston High School Profile to learn more about our overall test scores, college matriculation, and extracurricular offerings.

District and State Honors Diplomas

All students who complete the program will graduate from the Germantown Municipal School District with an Honors Diploma. To earn a Germantown Municipal Schools Honors Diploma, students shall earn at least 12 Credits in Honors/Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment courses and at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA). A minimum of two Honors/ Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment courses is required during the senior year.


This rigorous course of study will put students in position to meet the state honors designation.

Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with state honors. The readiness benchmarks are:









By completing the program, students will be in a position to be recognized as graduating with distinction from the Tennessee Department of Education by obtaining a B average and completing at least one of the following:

• Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
• Participate in one the state's Governor's schools
• Participate in one of the state's All State musical organizations
• Be selected as a National Merit finalist or semifinalist
• Attain a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT
• Attain a score of three or higher on at least two AP exams
• Earn twelve or more semester hours of post- secondary credit

English- 18

Mathematics- 22

Reading- 21

Science- 24

Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma

If a student earns scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of his/her choosing, the student will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™.

Information on the AP Capstone Program from the College Board

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