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1 South Cobb High School is committed to every student’s success. We believe access to rigorous course work such as Advanced Placement® (AP®) plays an important role in that success. Welcome

2 What are Advanced Placement® Courses? The Benefits What Is It Like to Take AP? AP® Exams How To Support Your Student Next Steps: Help Your Child Make the Best Choices Q & A What We’ll Cover

3 What Are Advanced Placement ® Courses?

4 AP® courses are college-level courses offered in high school Courses reflect what is taught in top introductory college courses Students take national AP Exams at the end of the course, measuring their mastery of college-level work A score of 3 or higher on an AP exam can typically earn students college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college Advanced Placement ® : The Basics

5 Arts: Music Theory, Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio, Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio, Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio English: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition History and Social Sciences: Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Psychology, United States History, Government and Politics, United States History, World History Mathematics and Computer Science: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics World languages: Spanish Language RED – Courses given at South CobbBLUE – Prospective courses Our AP ® Courses

6 2000 Number of exams taken 8 Average number of exams taken by SC students 61 AP Scholars – scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 7 AP Scholars with Honors – an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 2 AP Scholar with Distinction – an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams 2 National AP Scholar -- Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams These distinctions are acknowledged on any AP score report that is sent to colleges. AP ® at South Cobb since 2010 By the Numbers

7 AP ® Myths & Realities MythReality AP courses are for students who always get good grades. AP courses are for any students who are academically prepared and motivated to take college-level courses. AP courses are too stressful.It's no secret that AP courses are challenging. But the support your child receive from classmates and teachers can help your child manage the work load. I don't think my child will score high enough on the AP Exam to get college credit. Your child doesn’t need to score a 5. Many colleges grant credit — and placement as well — based on a 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Taking AP courses and not being successful could hurt my GPA. Taking AP courses shows colleges that your child is willing to take academic challenges My child can’t take AP because no one has recommended me. If you think your child is ready to take an AP course, then you’re ready to advocate for them — just talk to a teacher or counselor.

8 AP®: The Benefits

9 Students learn rigorous college-level content and skills Taking AP is valued in the college admission process AP courses are interesting and rewarding academic experiences Opportunity to earn valuable credit and placement in college AP ® : The Benefits

10 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions* Colleges rank grades in college-preparatory courses and strength of curriculum as the two top factors in the admission decision AP courses tell college admission officials that students are challenging themselves and preparing for the rigors they'll encounter in their college careers *Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007 AP ® from the College Admissions Perspective

11 Taking an AP course helps students build critical thinking skills, confidence, and the essential time management and study skills needed for college success Nationally, research shows that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically earn higher grade point averages in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers* *2009, The College Board, “The Relationship Between AP Exam Performance and College Outcomes" AP ® : Skills & Advantages that Last a Lifetime

12 AP courses challenge students to work and participate at a higher level: Opportunities to explore topics in depth More time in and out of the classroom required to complete assignments and projects High expectations for critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evidence, multiple perspectives, and clear written and verbal communications AP ® : A More Engaging Learning Experience

13 When students earn college credit through AP Exams, their options and opportunities expand: Move to upper-level college courses sooner Pursue a double major Gain time to study and travel abroad AP ® Expands Students’ Options

14 Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete a college degree on time.* Graduating in four years represents a significant savings on the cost of college. Only 1 in 4 college students completes a bachelor’s degree in 4 years. The average cost of college for a single year is $21,500** for in-state schools (tuition, fees, room/board, misc. expenses). *College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences, The College Board, 2008 **The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2011, Figure 1 AP ® Helps Students Graduate on Time & Save Money

15 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 No AP 29% likely to finish in 4 years One AP 45% likely to finish in 4 years Two + AP 61% likely to finish in 4 years Another report shows that students who took AP courses were at least twice as likely to graduate college within five years (CPE 2012). AP and College Success

16 Student Group AP Exam Grade of 3, 4, 5 AP Exam Grade of 1, 2 Took AP course, but not exam African- American 28% higher22% higher16% higher Hispanic28% higher12% higher10% higher White33% higher22% higher20% higher Low-Income26% higher17% higher12% higher Not Low- Income 34% higher23% higher19% higher Impact of AP on 5-Year College Graduation Rates

17 Chattahoochee Tech $85 per credit hour = $255 per class Kennesaw State $165 per credit hour = $495 per class Georgia Flat rate fee (based on 15 or more credit hours) $4014 (roughly $267 per credit hour = $800 per class) Emory Fixed rate flat fee (based on 12 or more credit hours) $43,400 (roughly $3,617 per credit hour = $10850 per class) 2013 Georgia Tuition Figures not including room, board, fees and textbooks

18 KSU estimated expense 1 year GA Resident On Campus Tuition 8,028 Fees 2,234 Books & Supplies 916 Room 5,290 Board 3,956 Transportation 340 Miscellaneous Living Expenses 1,300 Total 22,064

19 Zach took and passed 11 AP tests during his 4 years here at SC Zach enrolled at the University of Georgia They accepted ALL of his tests for a total of 33 credit hours This made Zach a Sophomore in college before he ever actually stepped on campus This saved his proud parents nearly $22,000 Cost above includes Fees, room and board, tuition, textbooks and other costs Just one of South Cobb’s Success Stories

20 Each college and university has its own policies regarding AP ® credit and placement. The College Board offers information about AP credit at thousands of college and universities at Credit and Placement Opportunities Search by school name or alphabetically Data for each school includes a direct link to that school’s Web page detailing AP credit and placement policies A statement from the college or university about its AP policy

21 AP Program: College Faculty and Students talk about APAP Program: College Faculty and Students talk about AP College Admissions Officials In Their Own Words

22 What is it like to take AP ® ?

23 Honors provides some RIGOR within the State standards AP® provides the most RIGOR at the high school level and includes national standards beyond the State standards RIGOR is NOT simply more homework or more of the same thing RIGOR is depth of understanding, depth of questioning, depth in how students apply what they’ve learned, and depth in the process and product related to their learning is really what we’re talking about. What is the academic difference between AP® and Honors?

24 Jelani describes how AP will help him achieve his goal Lorena discusses commitment Support in numbers Voices:

25 Our school offers these resources and programs to support our AP students: AP Resource Room Room 118J – Before/After School, During Lunches Resources, learning, study groups, support, coffee and more! Donations Accepted! Individual Course Review Sessions Set by the specific teacher Open to ALL AP students but with the emphasis on 1 st semester Our School Offers Support for AP ® Students

26 AP® Exams

27 AP Exams are administered by schools worldwide on set dates in May each year. All of our exams are given off campus at Orange Hill Baptist Church Students must provide their own transportation Full day excused absence Exams are typically 2.5 – 3.5 hours and include: Multiple-choice questions Free-response items such as essays, problem solving, document-based questions and oral response AP ® Exams

28 AP Central Course Home Pages Here is where you can get all the information about a particular course. Key Concepts Curriculum guides Past exam questions AP Central

29 The exam fee for 2015 is $91 per exam. $24 local Registration Fee – annual, one time, non- refundable $19 to cover CB costs, $5 to the study room and scholarship fund If you are eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch (F/RL), the state USUALLY pays for the first test taken that year. (I say USUALLY because the State Legislature has not announced its plans yet. With that said, it is possible that they won’t follow their pattern of past years. But they have always passed that legislation.) Assistance is available for eligible students with financial need: College Board 2015 reduced fee is $62 Local Scholarships are available. ALL student taking an AP test are eligible. AP ® Exam Fees

30 Two Registration opportunities November For 1 st semester classes March For 2 nd semester classes Registration form and Scholarship application available from: AP teachers 118E Main, Magnet, FTA Offices How to Register

31 Encourage students to time manage in preparation for AP Exams Support student attendance at AP study sessions Encourage them to use the resources in the Study Room Purchase review materials if needed Students should begin reviewing early Students should take the test seriously After Registration

32 A Pre- Administration meeting will be held in late April. Attendance at this meeting is MANDATORY. Students will: Complete registration information for College Board Receive information regarding testing guidelines Receive course specific information regarding ( ex. Use of calculators) Exam Administration

33 Off campus Orange Hill Baptist Church Provide your own transportation Excused absence Full day Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before scheduled time Pick up in a timely manner AP Exam Administration

34 Date8 AM12 PM Monday, May 4Chemistry, Environ Sc Psychology Tuesday, May 5Calculus AB, Calculus BC Wednesday, May 6English Literature (12 th grade) Physics 1 Thursday, May 7Spanish LangPhysics 2 Friday, May 8US History Week 1 Testing Schedule

35 Date8 AM12 PM Monday, May 11Biology Tuesday, May 12US Gov & Pol Wednesday, May 13English Lang & Comp (11 th grade) Statistics Thursday, May 14World HistoryMacroeconomics Friday, May 15Human Geography, Microeconomics Week 2 Testing Schedule

36 How You Can SUPPORT Your Student

37 67%33%100% 67% A*B*CDE 0 1 2 3 Understand that AP classes are 60% Independent Study Keep up with reading and assignments Use the review book and other study materials Nightly reading, note taking and assignments are a must! Be attentive in class Be Proactive Have good attendance Stay POSITIVE!!!!! AP Student Responsibilities

38 67%33%100% 67% A*B*CDE 0 1 2 3 Remember… You don’t have to know the content to be supportive of your student. You do have to take an active role in learning process. Parents

39 67%33%100% 67% A*B*CDE 0 1 2 3 Academic Booster Club--?? Academic Sponsor Letters Provide breakfast for Exam mornings Help coordinate community mentors for tutoring Sponsor gatherings for AP students Monitor the Study Room Ways Parents Can Support the AP Program

40 67%33%100% 67% A*B*CDE 0 1 2 3 Set priorities at home Provide quiet space and time for study Encourage your child to get enough rest Be encouraging and supportive Even if the grades in the early weeks of the class are NOT what you are used too!! Quiz your student or have him or her “teach” you Purchase a review book or other study materials Encourage good attendance Help set up study groups Be prepared to pay for the exams see cost analysis slides to make this easier Ways Parents Can Help Their AP Students

41 67%33%100% 67% A*B*CDE 0 1 2 3 A Wide Variety of Review Books College Board endorses NO Review book as the best!! Each teacher has his or her favorite

42 Next Steps: Help Your Child Make the Best Choices

43 Help your child prepare to talk to a teacher or counselor about AP. Here are some questions to encourage your child to think about: What AP course is right for me? Before you talk to a teacher or counselor, think about what interests you: Which courses do you enjoy most in school? In which subjects do you excel? What college majors are you considering? What careers excite you? Ask your counselor or teacher the following questions: In which AP courses at our school am I likely to do well? Are there other courses that can help me succeed in AP or prepare me for college and careers? What steps do I need to take? What is our school’s enrollment deadline? May I speak with a student who has taken an AP course? Are there study groups or people who can offer help if I need it? What can I do next to help me prepare for AP? AP ® : Start the Conversation

44 AP information: AP Central College and Career Planning: Personalized feedback, practice and college planning based on your PSAT/NMSQT ® results: My College QuickStart™ AP credit policy information from colleges and universities: AP ® : Resources Worth Exploring for Students and Families

45 Contact Information Dr. Isaac Kelly – AP Coordinator (preferred) 770-819-2611 ext. 036 Sally Giusti – AP Lead Teacher (preferred) 770-819-2611 ext. 2815 Questions?

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