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ADVANCED PLACEMENT OPEN HOUSE Danielle Pinkerton- Principal
What is Advanced Placement? “AP” is an internationally recognized curriculum designed to expose high school students to college-level academic rigor Each AP course culminates with a standardized examination. Administered by College Board (SATs) A passing score earns academic credit and/or placement at most major colleges and universities
Why take an AP course? College credit College admissions and placement College preparedness Challenge AP is increasingly the norm for college- bound students Click on the link on the title of this page if the video does not load.
Why take an AP course? College credit hours College admissions and placement College preparedness and skills College rigor with high school support Challenge AP is increasingly the norm for college- bound students
What are the benefits of AP? Click on the link on the title of this page if the video does not load.
Who should take an AP course? Academically gifted and talented students Highly-motivated students Students recommended by teachers Students with special proclivities and interest in particular areas of study
What courses are offered at Islands? Biology Environmental Sciences Statistics Calculus English Language and Composition English Literature and Composition United States History United States Politics and Government 2-D Studio Art Spanish Language
How do AP courses work? While preparing students for the rigor of college, AP courses also prepare students for a culminating exam that can award students with college credit Assessments incorporate a variety of skills; multiple choice and writing Scores on the exam range from 1-5 5 Extremely well qualified 4 Well qualified 3 Qualified 2 Possibly qualified 1 No recommendation
What is required to enroll in an AP course? Prerequisites- required coursework and 80% average Teacher recommendations Student/parent contracts Willingness to work hard both in and out of class
What is the next step? Be ready for an advisement period to sign up for AP classes Acquire teacher recommendations and sign AP contract Complete summer assignments where applicable Be ready for a challenging and rewarding 20013-14 school year!
Myths vs. Realities Myth: AP courses are for students who always get good grades. Reality: AP courses are for any student who is academically prepared and motivated to take on college- level courses Myth: AP courses are too stressful. Reality: It's no secret that AP courses are challenging. But in collaborative classrooms and for subjects you care about, the support you receive from your classmates and teachers can help ease your worries, once you know you’re committed and willing to do the work. From: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreaphttps://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap
Myths vs. Realities Myth: AP courses have too much extra work. Reality: You’ll have to work hard in AP, but by connecting coursework to what really matters to you right now, AP courses make it hard work that’s worthwhile. Myth: I don't think I will score high enough on the AP exam to get college credit. Reality: You don’t need to score a 5. Many colleges grant credit — and placement as well — based on a 3 or better on an AP Exam. Myth: Taking AP courses could hurt my GPA. Reality: Your decision to take an AP course shows admission officers that you’re willing to take on the academic challenge of college-level course work and expectations. From: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreaphttps://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap
Resources “AP Central” http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/ descriptions/index.html http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/ descriptions/index.html Explore the AP program https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap