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1 AP The Pre-AP™ and Advanced Placement Program ® It’s not just an Examination. It’s not just a Course. It’s a Program. Keller High School Keller Independent School District Keller, Texas

2 Provide information that will assist parents and students in making decisions about high school course options. Provide information that will assist parents and students in making decisions about high school course options. Apprise parents and students of the benefits of selecting the most challenging courses that the student can manage. Apprise parents and students of the benefits of selecting the most challenging courses that the student can manage. Provide realistic expectations for students and parents on what to expect from Pre-AP/AP courses at Keller High Provide realistic expectations for students and parents on what to expect from Pre-AP/AP courses at Keller High Hear from KHS Students and Teachers about the Pre- AP/AP experience. Hear from KHS Students and Teachers about the Pre- AP/AP experience. Goals for this Presentation

3 Pre-AP™ is a set of content-specific strategies, designed by College Board, to: build rigorous curricula build rigorous curricula promote access to AP® for all students promote access to AP® for all students introduce skills, concepts, and assessment methods introduce skills, concepts, and assessment methods to prepare students for success when they take AP and other challenging courses to prepare students for success when they take AP and other challenging courses strengthen curriculum and increase the academic challenge for all students strengthen curriculum and increase the academic challenge for all students What is Pre-AP?

4 Algebra II Pre-AP Algebra II Pre-AP Geometry Pre-AP Geometry Pre-AP Pre-Calculus Pre-AP Pre-Calculus Pre-AP English I Pre-AP English I Pre-AP English II Pre-AP English II Pre-AP Art I Pre-AP Art I Pre-AP Art II Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Pre-AP Art II Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Pre-AP Art III Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Pre-AP Art III Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture Pre-AP Classes offered in the KHS Pre-AP Program French I/II/III Pre-AP French I/II/III Pre-AP German I/II/III Pre-AP German I/II/III Pre-AP Spanish I/II/III Pre-AP Spanish I/II/III Pre-AP Biology Pre-AP Biology Pre-AP Chemistry Pre-AP Chemistry Pre-AP Physics Pre-AP Physics Pre-AP World Geography Pre-AP World Geography Pre-AP Computer Science Pre-AP Computer Science Pre-AP

5 The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® offers motivated high school students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while in high school. These courses are taught by high school teachers, who utilize course descriptions developed by committees of university professors and experienced AP teachers. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® offers motivated high school students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while in high school. These courses are taught by high school teachers, who utilize course descriptions developed by committees of university professors and experienced AP teachers. Each spring, students are offered the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on subject specific AP Examinations. Each spring, students are offered the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on subject specific AP Examinations. Successful completion of an AP Exam can result in college credit, advanced standing, or both, depending on the college or university a student chooses to attend. Successful completion of an AP Exam can result in college credit, advanced standing, or both, depending on the college or university a student chooses to attend. The Advanced Placement Program

6 Calculus AB and BC Calculus AB and BC Statistics Statistics English III (Language) English III (Language) English IV (Literature) English IV (Literature) World History World History US History US History Government Government Micro/Macro Economics Micro/Macro Economics Psychology Psychology Music Theory Music Theory Classes offered in the KHS AP Program Biology Biology Chemistry Chemistry Physics B and C Physics B and C Environmental Science Environmental Science Computer Science Computer Science Spanish Lang and Lit. Spanish Lang and Lit. French, German and Spanish IV French, German and Spanish IV Spanish V Spanish V Art History Art History Studio 2D and 3D Design Studio 2D and 3D Design

7 AP Results at KHS KELLER HIGH Total AP Students Number of Exams AP Students with Scores % of Total AP Students with Scores 3+56%63.1%62.2%66.8%74.8% GLOBAL % of Total AP Students with Scores %61.1%60.2% 61.5%

8 Benefits of the PAP/AP Program while in High School ★ Gain the edge in college preparation Improve writing skills and sharpen problem-solving techniques. Improve writing skills and sharpen problem-solving techniques. Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work. Develop the study habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work. Get a head start on exactly the sort of work you will confront in college. Get a head start on exactly the sort of work you will confront in college. ★ Stand out in the college admissions process Demonstrate maturity and readiness for college. Demonstrate maturity and readiness for college. Show willingness to push yourself to the limit. Show willingness to push yourself to the limit. Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence. Emphasize your commitment to academic excellence. ★ Broaden your intellectual horizons Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own. Explore the world from a variety of perspectives, most importantly your own. Study subjects in greater depth and detail. Study subjects in greater depth and detail.

9 Benefits of the AP Program while in College ★ Increase your options by earning college credit or advanced standing. ★ Move into upper-level courses in your field of interest. ★ Pursue a double major or a BA/MA program. ★ Gain time to study or travel abroad. ★ Save $$ on college tuition and fees.

10 College Tuition Costs Texas A & M University 15 Semester Hours $9,036 Texas State University 15 Semester Hours $9,115 Texas Tech University 15 Semester Hours $9,242 University of North Texas 15 Semester Hours $9,246 University of Austin 15 Semester Hours $9,790 Baylor University 15 Semester Hours $36,172 Abilene Christian University 15 Semester Hours $28,350 Texas Christian University 15 Semester Hours $36,590 Source:

11 Frequently Asked Questions 1. Are there any special qualifications for taking a Pre-AP course? No. Pre-AP courses are open enrollment. We do recommend that students and parents make informed decisions about engaging in advanced academic courses.

12 Factors to Consider when deciding upon Pre-AP/AP Courses Academic Strengths Commitment Extracurricular Activities Family Support Family Academic Expectations

13 Frequently Asked Questions 2. Can my student make a schedule change if he/she determines that a Pre-AP course is to difficult? After two weeks of attending class, attending regular tutorials, turning in all assignments, retesting when appropriate, and conferencing with the teacher a request for a “SAVE” may be submitted.

14 Comparison DATA 1 st Semester Regular Course Averages EnglishAve.MathAve.ScienceAve.SocialAve. 7th867th837th877th87 8th838th808th808th87 Eng Alg I80Biology79.57W. Geo80.81 Eng Geometry75.91Chemistry79.12W. Hist81.39 Eng Alg II84.13Physics79.24US Hist81.99 Eng PreCal85.62Govt86.97 Econ84.44

15 Comparison DATA 1 st Semester PreAP/AP Course Averages EnglishAve.MathAve.ScienceAve.SocialAve. 7th 93 7th 87 7th 91 7th 91 8th 91 8 th - Alg th 90 8th 94 Eng Geometry Biology 85.2 W. Geo Eng Alg II 86.4 Chemistry W. Hist Eng PreCal Physics US Hist Eng Govt Econ 88.85

16 Frequently Asked Questions 3. Do advanced classes have more homework than standard courses? Pre-AP classes may have more homework than standard courses. These typically require more reading, more writing, and more independent practice with the goal of developing advanced skills in those courses. You will be expected to understand concepts at a quicker pace as well understand the concepts in greater depth.

17 Frequently Asked Questions 4. How might taking advanced academic courses affect my student’s grades? Advanced courses may have an effect on GPA because the standards of excellence are set very high in these courses. However, remember that participation in advanced courses has been a better predictor of future success than GPA. We encourage parents to focus on what students are learning rather than the B or C grades they may encounter in the journey.

18 What counts in college addmissions % citing “considerably important” NACAC Survey College Admissions Officials

19 Introduction of Panel Teachers Teachers Mr. Mackey – PAP Geometry and AP Calculus Mr. Mackey – PAP Geometry and AP Calculus Mrs. Young – PAP Biology and AP Biology Mrs. Young – PAP Biology and AP Biology Mrs. McLaughlin – PAP W. Geography, AP World History, AP European History Mrs. McLaughlin – PAP W. Geography, AP World History, AP European History Mrs. Lynch – AP English III (Language) and Keller High GT Liaison Mrs. Lynch – AP English III (Language) and Keller High GT Liaison

20 Introduction of Student Panel Students Students Lauren Bowman – Senior Lauren Bowman – Senior Meghna Saha – Junior Meghna Saha – Junior Roma Shah - Freshman Roma Shah - Freshman Kyle Summerville – Freshmen Kyle Summerville – Freshmen Brad Torpey – Junior Brad Torpey – Junior Ashley Thompson – KHS Graduate Ashley Thompson – KHS Graduate Haley Morrison – KHS Graduate Haley Morrison – KHS Graduate

21 Question & Answer from Audience

22 Summary Students will encounter high quality instruction in all courses. Students will encounter high quality instruction in all courses. The leveled courses are designed to best match students’ areas of interest and instructional level. Choose courses based on what is best for your student not everyone else. The leveled courses are designed to best match students’ areas of interest and instructional level. Choose courses based on what is best for your student not everyone else.

23 Seek academic challenges as the best way to prepare your student for an extended journey from adolescence to adulthood. Seek academic challenges as the best way to prepare your student for an extended journey from adolescence to adulthood. Pre-AP / AP courses provide rigorous learning environments. They require commitment on the part of the students, but the combination of rigor and commitment can have wonderful effects. Pre-AP / AP courses provide rigorous learning environments. They require commitment on the part of the students, but the combination of rigor and commitment can have wonderful effects. Summary

24 PAP and AP classes are more rigorous than regular classes. They involve deeper concentration, and more time and energy and students must meet higher expectations. But anyone who is willing to accept the challenge and work hard can succeed in PAP and AP classes at KHS.


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