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1 College Night 2012 Ms. Stacy Nolan

2 CCPS AP Philosophy Statement “The advanced placement program offers college-level courses to students with the interest, skill, ability, dedication, and work ethic to prepare them for educational opportunities beyond high school.”

3 What’s in this Session?

4 Why?


6 Successful applicants typically present academic credentials which exceed the minimum, including: several honors and/or Advanced Placement (AP/IB) courses, and additional academic electives. Why?



9 What Does All This Mean?  To get admitted into a school of choice, students must set themselves apart from the rest…  What helps? “As colleges look to define rigor and it’s relationship and location in a high school education, the only Universal and National standard of comparison is AP courses”

10 A Word from the Pros on the Benefits of AP…  More well prepared  Higher College GPA  More Focused coursework  More schedule Flexibility  Improved Thinking/Learning Skills  Housing priority  Greater Confidence during 1 st semester  Students are more involved  Extra space for other courses  Highly developed reading skills

11 What Can I Expect from AP?

12  A student that has achieved a B or better in prerequisite/subject matter courses  A student that is excited about taking a challenging course to increase their success during the freshman year of college  A student with the ability to analyze content, draw comparisons, and reason through problems  A student able to read perceptively and independently and write clear, concise essays  A student that has interest in the subject matter  A student that aims to earn AP credits toward college courses by taking the test What will the teachers expect?

13  Academic Preparation (successful completion of pre-requisites/related subjects with a B or better)  Disciplined work habits  Organization  Time management skills  Prioritization of commitments  Motivation  Independent thinking  Parental support What makes a student successful in AP courses?

14 What supports are available for your AP Student?

15 What types of courses are offered? AP Courses BiologyFrenchPsychology Calculus ABGermanStatistics Calculus BCEnglish Language & Composition Studio Art ChemistryEnglish Literature & Composition Spanish (Lit & Lang) Computer Technology MacroeconomicsUS Government Environmental StudiesMusic TheoryUS History European HistoryPhysicsWorld History

16 Other Tidbits from our local Universities Admissions Staff:  Looking for AP courses in the senior year  Courses first then grades second  Major red flag = all honors and NO AP  Concurrent Enrollment helps credit count, but AP courses are better prep for the rigor of college  Exam scores do not affect admission-they only effect college credit  Taking the test shows initiative and follow through


18  Focus on the learning, not on the grade  Do not allow them to overload their schedule with too many AP courses and/or other activities  Participate in college and AP planning with your child and their advisor, counselor, or teacher- look into what specific colleges want  Encourage preparation for AP courses early  Help him or her schedule time wisely  Encourage and require strong study skills  Set up a good study atmosphere  Help students gain access to study aides (review books) How can I assist my child with doing well in AP courses?

19 Statistics & Quotations provided by:  US Department of Education Survey  University of Maryland Website  US News & World Report Website  Stevenson Admissions counselor  McDaniel Admissions counselor

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