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OVERTON HIGH SCHOOL FEBRUARY 15, 2011 2012-2013 ACADEMIC PLAN ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) & HONORS COURSE OVERVIEW.

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1 OVERTON HIGH SCHOOL FEBRUARY 15, ACADEMIC PLAN ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) & HONORS COURSE OVERVIEW

2 BRETT LAWSON, PRINCIPAL Brett Lawson, Principal Jenifer Kelley, AP Coordinator Greg Billings, Asst. PrincipalAshley Tipton, Prof. Counselor CAPA & University Academy Michael Sizemore, Asst. PrincipalRamla Osman, Prof. CounselorFreshman Academy Steven Broadway, Asst. Principal Brooke Morgan, Prof. CounselorProfessional Academy GREG BILLINGS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CAPA ACADEMY STEVEN BROADWAY, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY MICHAEL SIZEMORE, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FRESHMAN ACADEMY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF School for the Creative and Performing Arts

3 Advanced Academics consists of Advanced Placement and Honors courses. These high level courses give students a taste of college level classes and help them develop the skills to succeed. Advanced Placement and honors classes allow students to develop both academic and personal abilities in a supportive environment before facing the demands of college life. If your sights are set on college and you enjoy challenging classes, AP classes may be just right for you.

4 AP STUDENT BENIFIT AP students have the opportunity to earn both high school credits and college credits. Taking the end-of-course AP exam is required for students to earn the AP designation on their transcript. Based on their scores on the AP exam, AP students may also earn college credit(s) which are accepted at 3600 colleges and universities. AP students: Get noticed in the college admissions process. 90% of 4-year U.S. colleges and universities grant credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP exam scores. Demonstrate readiness for rigorous, college level work. Learn from highly qualified, motivational teachers. Develop skills, such as writing, speaking, and problem-solving, needed to earn top grades in college courses. Possibly qualify for a college scholarship.

5 ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSE OFFERING BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY CALCULUS (AB) ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION (11 th Grade) ENGLISH LITURATURE & COMPOSITION (12 th Grade) GOVERNMENT & POLITICS - U.S. HUMAN GEOGRAPHY SPANISH LANGUAGE U.S. HISTORY WORLD HISTORY Creative and Performing Arts (Optional Enrollment ONLY) MUSIC THEORYSTUDIO ART 2-D DESIGN STUDIO ART DRAWINGSTUDIO ART 3-D DESIGN

6 AP COURSE REQUIREMENTS Complete and submit application. Students are selected based on completion of pre- requisite coursework, teacher recommendation, and application assignment evaluation. Pre-requisite coursework will be verified via official MCS Transcript. Students must complete summer assignments. All AP students must complete the AP Exam.

7 MCS GRADING POLICY ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLICY The AP examination is administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. An AP course places emphasis on advanced subject matter content which is comparable to a college level course. College level textbooks, study assignments, and course requirements are to be utilized. The primary goal is to enable students to score appropriately on the College Board AP examination and earn college credit at participating colleges. All students enrolled in an AP course must take the AP exam. At the beginning of the school year, students should make appropriate financial arrangements at their school to cover the examination fees for the course(s) in which they enroll. Fee reductions for needy students can be arranged with Educational Testing Services. Students are not exempt from exams in AP courses because of the courses college format. Completion of the AP exam does not exempt students from that courses final semester examination.

8 AP and the Cost of College Mrs. Kelley AP Coordinator Please refer to your handout.

9 HONORS STUDENT BENEFIT Honors classes are designed: To help students develop high level thinking skills. To expose them to the rigor of college courses, and To give them a foundation for Advanced Placement classes, dual enrollment classes, and/or post- secondary education (college/university).

10 HONORS COURSE OFFERING ADVANCED COMPUTER PROGRAMING I AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY ALGEBRA I ALGEBRA II ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I BIOLOGY I CALCULUS CHEMISTRY ENGLISH I ENGLISH II ENGLISH III ENGLISH IV ETYMOLOGY & MYTHOLOGY FACING HISTORY & CONTEMPORARY ISSUES PHYSICAL SCIENCE PRE-AP ENGLISH II PRE-CALCULUS COMPUTER PROGRAMING I & II SPANISH I SPANISH II SPANISH III U.S. HISTORY UNIFIED GEOMETRY WORLD GEOGRAPHY WORLD HISTORY

11 HONORS COURSE OFFERING (cont.) Creative and Performing Arts (Optional Enrollment ONLY) CLASS PIANO I, II, III, & IVSENIOR BAND I, II, III, & IV CREATIVE WRITING I & IISTAGE BAND I, II, III, & IV DANCE I, II, III, & IVSHOW CHOIR MUSIC THEORY & HARMONYTHEATRE ARTS I, II, III,& IV ORCHESTRA I, II, III, & IVVISUAL DESIGN I & II PHOTOGRAPHYVOCAL MUSIC I, II, III, & IV

12 HONORS COURSE REQUIREMENTS Pre-requisite coursework will be verified via official MCS Transcript. The test data used to determine honors placement must be a nationally-normed standardized test. 8 th and 9 th grade students will be assigned to honors courses based on an EXPLORE composite score of 14 or higher. 10 th and 11 th grade students will be assigned to honors courses based on a PLAN composite score of 15 or higher. The ACT composite scores may be used for honors placement for 11 th and/or 12 th grade students. Students will be assigned honors courses as a continuation of the honors program of study by maintaining a C average or better. Student must complete summer assignments. All students must complete the final exam which will be graded by the teacher.

13 MCS POLICY Grade Point Average (GPA) Grade Point Average is calculated based on semester grades for each semester taken. Un-weighted GPA – The un-weighted GPA for students is calculated based on the un-weighted semester grades for each semester taken. State of Tennessee Uniform Grading System Weighted GPA (Hope/Lottery Scholarship GPA) – The Hope/Lottery Scholarship GPA is calculated by the districts student management system and includes the addition of three (3) percentage points to the semester grades for honors and national industry certification courses and the addition of five (5) percentage points for advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses that have end-of- course national examinations. Memphis City Schools Weighted GPA – The MCS weighted GPA is calculated using the following grade points assigned to each letter grade for courses in grades 7-12 and will depend upon course difficulty as seen on the next slide:

14 Enriched (Level 6) AP (Level 8) A = 5 grade points B = 4 grade points C = 3 grade points D = 1 grade point F = 0 grade points A = 6 grade points B = 5 grade points C = 4 grade points D = 1 grade point F = 0 grade points WEIGHTED GPA STANDARD (Lev el 4) A = 4 grade points B = 3 grade points C=2 grade points D = 1 grade points F= 0 grade points

15 AP AND HONOR STAFF

16 AP COURSE REGISTRATION Applications are available tonight and through April 10, Upon completion, the application should be given to Mrs. Tipton (Room 143) by April 10, All applications will be reviewed and candidates selected by April 30. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by May 1. The last day to drop an AP is May 15, Pick up summer assignments May

17 NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY CRITERIA To be considered for membership in the National Honor Society a student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior. Candidates for membership in the NHS must have been in attendance at the school for the equivalent of one semester. Based on the recommendation of the principal at the students previous school, the Faculty Council may waive this provision for transfer students and students with special circumstances, such as students of military parents who are required to move with parents who have transferred in their work. To be considered for membership in the NHS a Memphis City Schools student must maintain a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5. No students GPA shall be adjusted from weighted to unweighted or from unweighted to weighted for eligibility or admission into the NHS. A local chapter may raise the GPA standard above the district minimum, apply it fairly and consistently to all students, and include this standard in their locally published selection procedures. Faculty Councils at local schools shall also set specific standards for character, leadership, and service in accordance with the guidelines established by the NHS/NJHS (must be publicized as above).

18 NHS Screening, Selection and Admission Process The Faculty Council shall establish selection procedures consistent with the rules and regulations of the NHS, Procedures for screening and selecting candidates and admitting students to the local chapter must address the following: A. Notifying parents and the general student population of the eligibility and admission criteria and timelines associated with the screening, selection, and admission process B. Identifying students who meet the eligibility criteria regarding cumulative GPA C. Once scholarship criteria have been met, conducting a review of each candidate based on character, leadership, and service (and citizenship for NJHS) D. Communicating the decision of the Faculty Council to the student and parents E. Inviting students for membership in the organization Each school shall conduct at least one induction ceremony each school year to admit the selected candidates.

19 CONTACTS Linda Sklar Division of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics Janet Haire Honors Program Coordinator Susan Edelman AP Coordinator Brett Lawson, Principal Greg Billings, Asst. Principal CAPA and University Academies Ashley Tipton, Professional Counselor CAPA and University Academies


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