Clamping Down: Students in honors classes start to feel pressure as their workload ramps up


Cody Israel

Students in honors classes see an increased workload. Honors classes are optional courses that help students prepare for college.

Cody Israel, Contributor

Freshman Adam Marsh walks into the quiet classroom, having just finished his homework because of his intense workload from his three honors classes – Honors Algebra, Honors Biology and Honors English I. 

With baseball season coming up, Marsh now has to find time to do his homework between school, baseball, and sleep. On average, Marsh spends about 1-2 hours per night doing homework alone.

“The most challenging part of my honors classes is probably the amount of work that we have to do,” Marsh said. “It’s the same amount as a regular class, just a lot more taxing.” 

Some people think that the stress is worth it in the long run when they get to college though.

“I really wanted to take as many honors classes as I could, so that I can take AP classes in junior and senior year and hopefully skip out on some classes in college,” Marsh said.  “It puts me ahead of the curve.”

Marsh said he knew what to prepare for before going into his honors classes and what to expect.

“I think I found them about what I was expecting them to be,” Marsh said. “I was expecting to find a challenge when I pursued these honors classes, and that’s exactly what I got.”

The homework load from the different honors classes can also be quite a lot for some students.

“Sometimes it’s an overload of homework with the classes that aren’t honors, things like my electives,” freshman Luke Allen said. “So it kind of stacks up onto each other, but I try my best to stay on top of that.” 

When it comes to the finals though, with the extra homework, it can be difficult to find time to study between homework and other things.

“It’s a decent amount to keep us on the work cycle, because for every test I study almost every other day with just the homework,” Allen said.

Being in the classes could benefit some students later in the future as it puts them ahead of students who are not in the honors course.

“I think they’d benefit me because I would be a little bit faster than some people,” Allen said. “For something like algebra, I would be able to calculate or know some more things than people that wouldn’t be in the honors classes.”

For some students, the work that they have in their classes can be a challenge to understand.

The homework is a little more difficult for me to understand, and I don’t quite understand all that well,freshman David Semro said.

Even though students may struggle with the work that honors classes gives them, they can be thankful for the amount that the classes benefit them, according to Marsh.

I think that they push you, teachers really expect more, and you want to do more to live up to that standard,” Marsh said.