3 Student Options:Students have the option of choosing on-level, pre-AP, AP and Dual-Credit courses throughout their high school career.It is important to make choices based on the student’s strengths, interests and goals.
4 Pre-AP & AP Classes are Open to Everyone To be successful, you need….CommitmentCuriosityDeterminationGood Work EthicTime Management
5 Students Have Many Choices VHS offers multiple pre-AP and AP courses in Science, Social Studies, Math, Languages, English & the ArtsIt’s important to remember that when moving up to a high school pre-AP or AP class there will be a period of transition --getting used to the additional work load and expectations of the course
6 Advantages of Pre-AP Courses More rigorous course workHelps to prepare the student for future AP classesGPA bump (see Course Catalog, p. 12 for more information)Opportunity for personal challenge & growthUIL waivers (one per semester)Opportunity for college credit (offset the cost of college) –
7 Advantages of AP Courses College curriculumResearch indicates that students who have participated in AP have more success in college & higher graduation ratesGPA bump (see Course Catalog, p. 12 for more information)Opportunity for personal challenge & growthAP teachers have specialized trainingUIL waiversOpportunity for college credit (offset the cost of college) –
8 Advanced Placement Exams AP exams are taken the first two weeks of MaytestRegistration occurs in late January/FebruaryFinancial assistance availablePassing scores offer college credit
9 VHS AP Performance Number of Students taking AP tests Advanced Placement2010201120122013Number of Students taking AP tests83214401576Number of AP tests taken843207741,139Qualifying scores of , 4 & 538164308TBD
10 2012 AP Exams given in LISD 30 different subjects: MacroeconomicsMicroeconomicsMusic TheoryPhysics BPhysics C – MechanicsPhysics C – E & MPsychologySpanish LanguageSpanish LiteratureStatisticsStudio Art – DrawingStudio Art – 2DStudio Art – 3DUS HistoryWorld HistoryArt HistoryBiologyCalculus ABCalculus BCChemistryChineseComputer Science AEnglish LanguageEnglish LiteratureEnvironmental ScienceEuropean HistoryFrench LanguageGerman LanguageGovernment & Politics – USLatin - Vergil*Two subject in red we gave AP Exams without direct teaching those courses*we have been consistent in the number of subject exams given over the years
11 College Admissions What are universities looking for College Admissions What are universities looking for? (National Forum – College Board, October 2012)Participation in Advanced coursework (IB, AP, Pre-AP, dual enrollment, etc.)Grades in advanced courseworkSchool profileGrades in all classesDemonstrated student interests in a few areas (hobbies & activities)
12 College Admissions What are universities looking for College Admissions What are universities looking for? (National Forum – College Board, October 2012)Genuine interest in that universityImportance of class rank has declined in the last two decades1993 – 42% of universities rated it as highly important2012 – 22% of universities rated it as highly importantCounselor and teacher recommendationsStudent essayStudent who is able to overcome personal and academic difficulties
13 Summer AssignmentsInformation on summer assignments is located on LISD’s webpage under Quick Links: Summer Information
14 Ms. Mulligan Summer Reading is assignments Difference between On-level and Pre-AP assignmentsThe challengeThe journey to the AP Test…
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