Advanced Coursework

Beacon provides advanced classes to prepare students for college. In English and history, Beacon offers rigorous, college preparatory electives for seniors. Extensive research, critical analysis and writing are required components of the courses.

Advanced Placement Classes and Honors Classes

Advanced Placement classes are offered:

  • AP Biology

  • AP Calculus

  • AP Physics

  • AP Spanish


Honors classes are offered:


College Courses

Through Hunter and John Jay Colleges, juniors and seniors can participate in the “College Now” program. In “cohort classes” they are placed in college courses with other high school students, and (with more limited spots) they can choose from a wider range of courses alongside college students. Upon successful completion of these courses, students receive both college credit and high school credit. In addition to the Hunter and John Jay courses, qualified Beacon juniors and seniors can take courses at NYU or Fordham University, and upon successful completion they receive high school credit. The next page lists some of the rich variety of courses recently taken by Beacon students.