Presentation on theme: "Welcome to AP/Honors Night!"— Presentation transcript:
1Welcome to AP/Honors Night! Oak Mountain High SchoolJanuary 29, 2013April Brand, AP Coordinator
2What is Advanced Placement? Advanced Placement (AP) is a program run by the College Board, a non-profit group made up of member schools.OMHS is a member of the College Board.Students earn an extra quality point on their GPA with successful completion of an AP course.OMHS plans to offer 18 AP courses in
4AP ExpectationsAP coursework is usually more challenging and time consuming than non-AP coursework.AP courses are college-level courses taught in high school.Students should expect more work to be completed on their own time (outside of class).AP coursework is usually more thought provoking and intellectually stimulating than non-AP coursework.Students may find that AP coursework is more interesting because it challenges them to think in different ways than traditional high school courses.
5AP ExpectationsOnce enrolled in an AP course, students will be expected to stay in the course.Students will not be allowed to drop the course once they begin.Our focus is on students learning the material.Success in AP courses comes with hard work and perseverance.
6AP RequirementsAll students enrolled in AP courses must take the AP Exam for each course in which they are enrolled.Exam fees for 2013 Exams are $89.These fees are due in late February/early March.What happens if a student does not take an AP Exam?They lose the extra quality point.They must take the teacher’s final exam in the course.
7Should I Take AP Courses? Benefits of Taking APDrawbacks of Taking APMore challenging courseworkPotential for college creditCollege-level work in smaller class settings with more nurturing teachersPossibility of a higher GPAStudents who take AP tend to have higher college graduation rates than those who do not take AP.More challenging courseworkMore outside work expected of studentsMore stress and/or frustration over difficult workFaster pace of instructionPotential for lower overall grades than what could be earned in regular classes
8What is “Honors” at OMHS? Honors courses prepare students to take AP courses at OMHS.Honors courses have similar requirements and expectations as AP courses.More challenging courseworkFaster pace of instructionPreparation for college-level workHonors courses receive .5 quality points extra towards the GPA.
9Honors Courses Offered at OMHS MathGeometry HonorsAlgebra II with Trigonometry HonorsPrecalculus HonorsScienceChemistry HonorsBiology HonorsEnglishHonors English 9Honors English 10Social StudiesWorld History HonorsUS History to 1877 HonorsForeign LanguageSpanish III and IV HonorsFrench III and IV HonorsGerman III and IV HonorsLatin III Honors
10Once in Honors, Always in Honors? Students can move from honors to regular from year to year.Students are not “locked in” to the honors curriculum if they begin in honors.Students are not “locked out” of honors if they begin in regular.It is strongly recommended that students take honors before taking AP, but it is not required.Once students are in honors/AP, they are expected to stay in honors/AP throughout the rest of the year.
11How do I sign up for AP and honors classes? Choose the appropriate course on the course selection sheet.Get the appropriate teacher to initial the course selection sheet.EX: Current math teacher initials next to the AP/honors math choice.If the teacher will NOT provide initials, and you still want your child to take the course, get a “Parent Override” letter from the counselors.“Parent Override” means that you acknowledge that the teacher does NOT endorse the course choice.
12What’s Next? Meet & Greet Meet our AP and Honors teachers in the cafeteria immediately following this program.The Meet & Greet will end at 7:00pm.If you choose AP, you will receive the Advanced Placement Program – Program AgreementRequired by Shelby County SchoolsReturn with your Pre-Registration Packet in Mid-February.
13Contact Us for More Information! April BrandAssistant Principal and AP CoordinatorGrade-level guidance counselorsMs. Holder (L-Z – Juniors and Seniors)Mr. Deavers (A-K – Juniors and Seniors)Ms. Payne (Sophomores)Ms. Wade (Freshmen)