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1 Why Advanced Placement? Jenn Fieldman, Counselor Kirsten Mulligan, Pre-AP English, Pre-AP Quest English Michael Heath, Science Dpt. Chair

2 Verification Forms Have Been Mailed!

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….  Commitment  Curiosity  Determination  Good Work Ethic  Time Management

5 Students Have Many Choices VHS offers multiple pre-AP and AP courses in Science, Social Studies, Math, Languages, English & the Arts It’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 work Helps to prepare the student for future AP classes GPA bump (see Course Catalog, p. 12 for more information) Opportunity for personal challenge & growth UIL waivers (one per semester) Opportunity for college credit (offset the cost of college) – – /index.jsp /index.jsp

7 Advantages of AP Courses College curriculum Research indicates that students who have participated in AP have more success in college & higher graduation rates GPA bump (see Course Catalog, p. 12 for more information) Opportunity for personal challenge & growth AP teachers have specialized training UIL waivers Opportunity for college credit (offset the cost of college) – – ex.jsp ex.jsp

8 Advanced Placement Exams AP exams are taken the first two weeks of May test Registration occurs in late January/February Financial assistance available Passing scores offer college credit

9 VHS AP Performance Advanced Placement Number of Students taking AP tests Number of AP tests taken ,139 Qualifying scores of 3, 4 & TBD

10 2012 AP Exams given in LISD 30 different subjects: Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Computer Science A English Language English Literature Environmental Science European History French Language German Language Government & Politics – US Latin - Vergil Macroeconomics Microeconomics Music Theory Physics B Physics C – Mechanics Physics C – E & M Psychology Spanish Language Spanish Literature Statistics Studio Art – Drawing Studio Art – 2D Studio Art – 3D US History World History

11 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 coursework School profile Grades in all classes Demonstrated student interests in a few areas (hobbies & activities)

12 College Admissions What are universities looking for? (National Forum – College Board, October 2012) Genuine interest in that university Importance of class rank has declined in the last two decades – 1993 – 42% of universities rated it as highly important – 2012 – 22% of universities rated it as highly important Counselor and teacher recommendations Student essay Student who is able to overcome personal and academic difficulties

13 Summer Assignments Information on summer assignments is located on LISD’s webpage under Quick Links: Summer Information Information 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 assignments The challenge The journey to the AP Test…

15 Questions?


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