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1 ADVANCED PLACEMENT duPont Manual High School Christy Teague Counselor AP Coordinator
2 Advanced Placement (AP)? What isAdvanced Placement (AP)?AP courses are the most challenging courses offered at ManualCollege-level coursesGives you a head start on collegeShows colleges that you are a serious student & capable of college-level workHave the potential to earn college credits or placement into advanced courses in college
3 Did you know . . .If you earn a high school diploma, you’re likely to earn $7,000 more annually than students who don’t complete high school.But if you earn a bachelor’s degree in college, you’re likely to earn $22,000 more annually.Source: U.S. Department of Education, 2000
4 Prepare Now to Succeed in College A 1999 U.S. Department ofEducation study found that thestrongest predictorof college graduation is…Participation in rigorous,college-level courses inhigh school (AP courses ).Clifford Adelman, Answers in the Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and Bachelor’s Degree Attainment (1999), U.S. Department of Education.
5 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.Source: Camara, Wayne (2003). College Persistence, Graduation, and Remediation. College Board Research Notes (RN-19). New York, NY: College Board.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.
6 Difference between…. Advanced Program (Adv) & Advanced Placement (AP) Jefferson County initiative to encourage students to take more rigorous courses.College-level courses taught in the high school classroom.(AP Audit)Any high school student can take an Adv course.Any high school student can take an AP course.No potential to earn college credit(s).Potential to earn college credit(s).Not weighted (4 pt scale)Weighted (5 pt scale) A=5.0, B=3.75, C=2.5
7 Levels of courses at Manual: MOST DIFFICULTAP=Advanced Placement (AP Calculus)DIFFICULTAdv=Advanced Program (Adv Calculus)AVERAGEHrn=Honors (Hnr Calculus)No label (Calculus)LOW AVERAGEComprehensive (Comprehensive Math)
8 Benefits of AP: for Students Prepare for success in college by taking college-level courses while still in high schoolOpportunity to earn awards, scholarships, and improve chances of college admissionOpportunity to earn college credit or advanced placementStudents can earn college credit and/or advanced standing at over 2900 colleges and universities if they successfully complete an AP ExaminationStudents gain college-level analytical, communication, and study skills as well as academic confidenceStudents can gain state or national recognition
9 What type of student is an AP student? Outperform their peers when placed into advanced coursesAre ready and prepared for therigor, work-load, and time requiredto be successful in an AP courseAre more likely to take advancedcourses in their AP subject areasAre more likely to choosechallenging majors in collegeStudents who complete AP courses are:better prepared academicallymore likely to choose challenging majorslikely to complete more college level worklikely to perform significantly better than students who did not take AP coursesmore likely to exercise leadershipmore likely to graduate with a double majortwice as likely to go into advanced study–Willingham & Morris, 1986; UT Study 1988
10 Who designs AP courses & exams? AP committee members currently teach at dozens of the nation’s top colleges and universities, including:Dartmouth CollegeHamilton CollegeMichigan State UniversityPrinceton UniversityUCLAUniversity of Texas at AustinUniversity of VirginiaYale University
11 Why take the AP Exam?Most of the nation’s colleges/universities & 24 other countries grant students admission, credit, and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam scores.It shows colleges that you are a serious student, who cansucceed in a college course and exam.It shows colleges that you have experienced a college-level course and exam.Most colleges require you to take the AP course and earn a certain score on the exam before awarding college credit.For example, at Princeton, students can use qualifying AP Exam grades to:Graduate in three or three-and-a-half yearsEnter upper-level coursesFulfill a foreign language requirement
12 Saves you college TIME & MONEY!!! AP Exam vs. College Course$86 $125/credit hour (JCC)1 HS credit = 3 college credits3hr x $125 = $375Example:Manual student earns college credit for five college courses.1 high school credit = 3-4 college credits3 college credits x 5 AP courses = 15 college credits15 x $125 = $1253 saved15 hours of time saved (semester of college courses)
13 PLACEMENT vs. CREDITSome colleges award “credit” for qualifying AP Exam grades. This means you actually earn points toward your college degree. Credit shows up on college transcript.Others award “advanced placement.” This means you can skip introductory courses, enter higher-level classes, and/or fulfill general education requirements.
14 Increase Your Options in College College credit can allow you to move into upper-level college courses sooner, pursue a double major, and gain time to study and travel abroad:“As a freshman, I was able to skip general ed requirements and head straight into the higher-level classes I wanted to take. Taking AP Exams literally saved me semesters of time.”—Brent Wiese, University of Iowa
15 Interested in saving $$$ If you earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, you can receive credit for the equivalent course at thousands of colleges and universities:“I took AP throughout high school because it was the most interesting and well-taught program offered. When I reached college, I realized that I had accumulated a year’s worth of credits. I graduated from Michigan’s undergraduate business school a full year early, saving $30,000 and a year’s time.”—Nikki Baker, University of Michigan
16 Why should I take the AP Exam if I’m not looking to earn credit or placement? Stand out in the admissions processEarn academic scholarships and awardsExperience a college-level testBe a step ahead
17 in the Admissions Process STAND OUTin the Admissions Process“One of the best standard predictors of academic success at Harvard is performance on Advanced Placement Examinations.”—William R. Fitzsimmons Dean of Admissions, Harvard University“AP Exams affirm the rigor of a student’s course work. Though admissions policies vary, if I were a student, I wouldn’t assume that the college of my dreams didn’t care about AP Exams in the admissions process.”—Bruce Walker, Director of Admissions University of Texas at Austin
18 Factors influencing admissions decisions (2001) NACAC Admission Trends Survey, 20016.4% Work/Extracurricular8.2% Community Service10.8% Interview16.3% Teacher Rec17.4% Counselor Rec20.3% Essays30.5% Class Rank44.8% GPA51.7% Test Scores80.4% College Prep CoursesAP courses
19 Scholarships look at # AP courses taken and AP exam scores… Some of the most competitive scholarship awards value AP Exam grades:“Having the AP Exam grade can make the difference when it comes down to awarding precious scholarship dollars.”—Edwina Harris HambyDean of Admission Fisk University
20 Experience a College-Level Test The intensity of college exams catches far too many freshmen by surprise:“Students who have prepared for and taken the AP Exams adapt more easily to taking college essay exams, and are especially skilled in including a thesis and a well-developed argument. They are also less intimidated by sophisticated, college-level multiple-choice questions that seek to test understanding over memorization.”—Robert Blackey, Professor of History CSU, San Bernardino
21 AP: The FactsAP students who receive college credit or advanced placement into higher-level college courses perform better than the non-AP students who actually took the introductory college courses first.Source: Rick Morgan and Len Ramist. “Advanced Placement Students in College: An Investigation of Course Grades at 21 Colleges.” Educational Testing Service (1998).
22 AP Courses at Manual: English History World Language Math US History English Lang Human Geography French LanguageEnglish Lit World History Latin VergilEuropean History Spanish LanguageMath US HistoryCalculus AB Gov/Pol: USCalculus BC Gov/Pol: CompStatistics PsychologyMacroeconomicsScience/Technology MicroeconomicsEnvironmental ScienceChemistry ArtsPhysics B Studio Art 2-DBiology Studio Art 3-DComputer Science A Studio Art DrawingMusic TheoryArt History
23 Manual's AP Stats (2009) 882 students took exams / 1633 exams given 83% of students scored a3 or higher (pass rate)Highest in the district!State “pass rate” is 50.9%Global “pass rate” is 58.9%Mrs. Katie Fries won the Seimens National Awards this year. She is the only teacher in the state to win this prestigious award.For the past 3 years, Manual has had at least one State AP Scholars—state chooses one male and one female in the state for this honor
27 Does the college accept AP credits? 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.
28 Are you interested in taking an AP course next year? college credit? Just let your counselor know if you want to change into an AP course for next year.college credit?save money?preparefor college?save time?scholarships?