Course & Counseling Information


More than 100 courses are offered each year at Elmwood Park High School, including Advanced Placement and honors classes.

In addition, students may take courses for dual credit at Triton College.

All of our courses are designed to prepare students for success in their post-secondary pursuits. Through their work in these classes, students acquire the skills necessary to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners and productive members of society. 

Please note that counselors play an essential role in helping EPHS students navigate the course selection process each year. All students should consult with their assigned counselor as they choose their classes and explore their College & Career Pathways opportunities.


Advanced Placement Courses


During the 2019-20 school year, EPHS students may choose from 17 AP options:

► AP Calculus AB
► AP Calculus BC
► AP Chemistry
► AP Computer Science Principles
► AP English Literature and Composition
► AP English Language and Composition
► AP Human Geography
► AP Physics 1
► AP Physics 2

► AP Spanish
► AP Statistics
► AP Studio Art | Drawing
► AP Studio Art | 2D
► AP Studio Art | 3D
► AP United States Government
► AP United States History
► AP World History

A weighted grading system is used for AP classes, in which A = 6 points, B = 5 points, C = 4 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points.

This differs from the unweighted system used for regular classes, in which A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points.


Honors Courses


Currently our students may choose from 19 honors classes offered by EPHS. In addition, any dual-credit Triton class held on the Triton College campus is counted as an honors course:

► Accounting*
► Anatomy and Physiology Honors
► Biology Honors
► Chemistry Honors
► CP Math I Honors
► CP Math II Honors
► CP Math III Honors
► CP Math IV Honors
► English 9 Honors
► English 10 Honors
► English 11 Honors
► English 12 Honors

► Italian III Honors
► Italian IV Honors
► Marketing I*
► Marketing II*
► Spanish III Honors
► Spanish IV Honors
► Virtual Enterprise International*
► Any other dual-credit Triton
class held on the Triton College
campus; all such classes count 
as honors and are graded using
a weighted 5.0 system

*All courses listed above with an asterisk are Triton dual-credit classes and are counted as honors. 

A weighted grading system is used for honors classes, in which A = 5 points, B = 4 points, C = 3 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points.

This differs from the unweighted system used for regular classes, in which A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points.


Roadmap to Student Success


Success begins in our classrooms but continues as our students leave District 401 and move on to institutions of higher learning and the workforce.

By following the Four-Year Course Plan Guidelines developed by the EPHS Counseling Office, students will stay on track to satisfy all requirements for graduation.

They will also remain on track for college and career readiness, including the opportunity to earn duel credit at Triton College while still in high school.


College & Career Pathways


Beginning in 2019-20, Elmwood Park High School will offer courses as part of District 401's College & Career Pathways, a new initiative focused on better aligning EPHS and Elm Middle School curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

The goal of College & Career Pathways is to better prepare D401 students to compete and succeed in the global economy.

With the help of aligned programs of study and pathway exploration, students will graduate with well-developed post-secondary plans, stronger experiential learning opportunities and a diverse set of skills suited for academic and career success.


To Learn More


For additional information about EPHS courses and related topics — including overviews of the Counseling Office and the course selection process  — please visit the links below. These links are also located in the left-hand navigation column of this page.