Have a D, HS 2016, who is taking all honors classes and two "pre - AP" thematic courses English and Social Studies, She took them the first section of them last year and is now in the second year. They are worth a smidgen more in the weighting than an Honors course, and I felt they were the right choice for her at the time since they were the most challenging. Our suburban high school is not particularly strong academically and is trying to improve its offerings. So, the problem is, the teachers in these two classes do NOT give As of any sort, as final grades. They refuse to: haven't since the courses began a few years ago, with the belief that these are harder courses and a B is the equivalent of an A. My daughter will take the AP history exam this year. But, she now will have four Bs as final grades, which will bring her rank in class down, and she was potentially near the top. I don't think students should be given easy As. But teachers that only give a B or B+ as the highest grade? It's too late, since she really likes the classes and is almost done, but I'm just venting, I guess.