2 What is an “AP” Course? AP stands for “Advanced Placement” AP classes are taught at the college levelThis means more independent readingStudents are expected to do more outside research and workThe College Board offers tests for each AP classStudents take AP tests in MayStudents can earn college credit based on their AP test scores
3 AP and College Success™ Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less.Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years or less.Source: Camara, Wayne. (2003). College Persistence, Graduation, and Remediation. College Board Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY: College Board.No AP1 AP Course2+ AP Courses
4 Factors in Admission Decisions ConsiderableModerateGrades in college prep79.9%14.4%Strength of curriculum63.823.9Admission test scores58.530.9Grades in all courses51.640.1Essay or writing sample25.837.9Class rank23.443.8Demonstrated interest22.030.3Counselor recommendation21.140.4Teacher recommendation20.840.0Interview10.823.7Source: NACAC 2008 State of College Admissions Report
5 AP Credit and Placement Policy Information Colleges and universities throughout the world offer credit and/or placement for qualifying Advanced Placement Exam scores. Information about AP credit and placement policies at many colleges and universities is now available on the College Board’s Web site:
6 AP Credit and Placement Policy Information Go toType in the name of the college or university whose AP policy you want to view (or browse by letter of the alphabet).You will see two things for each school that has provided their AP credit policy info:A link to the college’s own Web page that details its AP credit and placement policies.A statement by the college or university about its AP policy.
7 Student Participation The purpose of an Advanced Placement course is to prepare students for the AP test in May.Students are expected to take the AP exam for all AP classes taken.Work begins the first day of class!Some classes have summer assignments
8 What are the requirements for taking an AP class What are the requirements for taking an AP class? (Teacher completes this recommendation)Personal Criteria: GT Student Y N Strong study skills and self-motivational skills Self-discipline that enables the student to plan, organize,and carry out tasks to completion Interest and academic strength in this particular subjectAcademic Criteria: Reading on or above grade level (as demonstrated by meeting thestandard on STAAR ELA tests) Proficient oral and written communication skills Most recent score on the STAAR End of Course Exam is Level 2 or higher. Semester Grade average of 85 or higher in the class/course of thesubject area. Teacher recommendation if the semester grade is below 85 in thesubject area/course (written)
9 If I sign up for an AP class, can I get out of it? District expectation is that students remain in enrolled course.We ask that the student AND parent sign the AP contract, and therefore expect the commitment to be honoredA “seat” is reserved for your studentAP teachers are trained to assist all students; success is our goal!
10 AP Exam feesFor Spanish, History, Art and Psychology exams:Total cost to student is $89 per exam$15 deposit$74 balanceStudents on free / reduced lunch pay $15 per test
11 AP Exam feesFor all Math, Science and English exams:Total cost to student is $69 per exam$15 deposit$54 balanceStudents on free / reduced lunch pay $15 per test
12 Environ-mental Science AP Courses offeredEnglish LanguageEnglish LiteratureSpanish LanguageSpanish LiteratureCalculusABUS HistoryGovernmentEconomicsPsychologyBiologyEnviron-mental ScienceChemistryStudio Art: DrawingStudio Art:2D3DPhysicsStatisticsHuman GeographyWorld HistoryCalculus BC
13 Benefits of Taking AP Classes ConfidenceBetter study habitsImproved writing skillsImproved problem-solving skillsTuition savings / College credit (based on AP Test scores)Increased grade pointsStrengthened college admission portfolio
14 Distinguished Achievement Program Students complete:the recommended plana third year of foreign languageearn 4 advanced measures
15 DAP - Advanced Measures (1) original research/project(2) test data where a student receives:(A) a score of three or above on the College Board advanced placement examination;(B) a score on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) that qualifies the student for recognition as a commended scholar or higher by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as part of the National Hispanic Scholar Program of the College Board or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding African American Students of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.(3) college academic courses, advanced technical credit courses, and dual credit courses, including local articulation, with a grade of 3.0 or higher.
16 PSAT and SAT Prep www.collegeboard.com has SAT Boot Camp at JHHS Sample questionsFull tests for practiceOn-line prep courseSAT Question of the DayPersonalized Study PlanSAT Boot Camp at JHHSNaviance – “Prep Me”Many books with test prep help
24 Dual Credit Classes Classes offered through Eastfield Students receive both college and high school credit (hence “DUAL” credit)Some are on the Eastfield campus and some are on the JHHS campusTwo classes offered on campus:DC English 4 (ENGL 1301 & 1302)DC US Government (GOVT 2305)
25 Dual Credit (cont.)Students must apply and complete some testing through EastfieldClasses are FREE for Dual Credit studentsSee your student’s counselor for the application packet and process