Presentation on theme: "Welcome to DCHS Curriculum Information 2011"— Presentation transcript:
1Welcome to DCHS Curriculum Information 2011 Dr. Toni JonesChief Academic Officer(405) x1133
2What do I take?AP?Concurrent?Francis Tuttle?CLEP Testing?
3What is Advanced Placement? What is the Purpose? The College Board's® Advanced Placement Program® enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.Based on their performance on rigorous AP Exams, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both, for college. - - AP ProgramThe purpose is to prepare students for challenging university study
4Courses at Deer Creek Each Course is Structured Differently By the College Board For example…AP Chemistry is a full year college course AP Spanish can be worth up to 15 hoursAP CalculusAP ChemistryAP BiologyAP EnvironmentalAP PhysicsAP English Language and AP English LitAP French and AP SpanishAP GovernmentAP US HistoryAP Studio ArtAP Music
5How does AP impact a student’s GPA in Deer Creek? Regular HS Curriculum A= 4.0 Pre AP Counts on a .5 Weighted scale A= 4.5 AP Counts on a 1.0 Weighted Scale A= 5.0
6What’s the Difference between AP and Regular curriculum? AP is college level curriculumPre-AP (PAP) is preparation to enter AP courses
7How do Students Get Credit How do Students Get Credit? How important is getting credit on the AP Exam?Credit is determined by each receiving university.Getting credit should not be the sole focus of taking an AP exam. Gaining credit is the icing on the cake, but the goal is to be prepared for the rigor they will face at the university level.
8How do I know what I need for a course to get credit? t_by_advanced/advanced_placement.html
9So…why take AP if they run the risk of no credit? AP is about college preparation.Most universities will not count a course if it is in the students major line of study.However, the student is sitting in the course with 200 students and 50 have already taken the course through AP. Who do you think sets the curve?Which students are more likely to gain the Sophomore scholarships and lab assistant positions?
10Another factor to consider…. Students can often count the courses as elective credit. The elective credit may not help with their degree plan, but the credits will help establish a higher level status for the student (ie…Sophomore status) and priority enrollment to get in the courses that they need.
11What are the other options? Concurrent CoursesIf the student passes the course they get college credit.The rigor is not the same as AP.Recommended for courses that are not needed in the major line of study at college.No weighted credit is given in the GPA.Several available at DCHS campus.
12What do we offer? We are expanding in 2011-2012 These are the courses available at DCHSCollege AlgebraPsychologyGovernmentNew in 2011English 1, English 2(Counts for 12th grade English)US History and Biology
13CLEP TestsCLEP testing can be a great way to gain college credit while also taking an AP course for the rigor.CLEP testing is available at respective university centers.It is best to take CLEP tests at the university where the student will be attending.by_advanced/college_level_examination.html
14What is the passing rate nationally on AP exams? Each exam is a little bit different.How many pass the exams?Around 60% of the students taking the AP exams score a 3, 4, or 5 (considered passing)
15What do our own results show? Students who score 30 or higher take at least 3-4 AP courses.Most of our students scoring 30 or higher on their ACT have taken AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, and AP Biology.Students scoring 33 or higher also take AP English at DCHS.