AP Information Night Presentation

Welcome to the JHS
Advanced Placement
Information Night!
We hope that this evening’s information answers question that you
might have about Advanced Placement in general and also paints a
picture of what is taking place at JHS in regards to AP
Agenda for the evening
What is AP?
What classes are offered at JHS?
Teacher comments and explanations
Why AP?
AP vs. Dual Credit classes
AP Potential and other tools
What is AP?
 Advanced Placement classes are rigorous, college level
courses that students have the opportunity to take at the
high school level. The content and workload is
demanding, and expectations are high for the students,
teachers and the district in general.
 AP courses are taught by instructors who have been
trained by and who have submitted a syllabus to the
Collegeboard. This is the same entity that puts on the
 At the end of the course students will take an exam on
which they will receive a score on a scale of 1 – 5 with a
score of “3” generally being considered a passing score.
 These tests are given on specific days and specific times.
In recent years the tests have been scheduled during the
second and third week in May.
 Students and schools will receive their scores in July.
Schools receive reports showing their passing rates, and
students can request their scores to be sent from the
Collegeboard in a very similar manner to which they
would request an SAT score.
JHS AP Class Offerings
 JHS offers eight courses for the current school year.
 AP World History is a Sophomore level class.
 AP Language and Composition is a Junior level English course.
 AP Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics,
and AP US Government and Politics are Senior level courses.
 AP Biology and AP Chemistry can be taken Junior or Senior
Future Courses
 JHS will add AP Spanish Language for the school year
2014-2015. We added Spanish I at the middle school level
which would allow students to have four full years of
Spanish before enrolling in the course.
 We are in the planning stages of offering AP Physics for
the 2015 -2016 school year.
 Where to go from here?
Teacher Comments and
Why AP??
 85 Percent of selective colleges and universities report that a
student’s AP experience favorably impacts admissions decisions.
 Nationally one in five students who enrolls in a university will
graduate with a four year degree within five years. The single
biggest predictor of college success is taking rigorous
coursework at the preparatory level.
 Colleges with stringent entrance requirements often ask about
the student’s history with AP. Most commonly those questions
are intended to find out how many courses were offered and
how many courses the student will have taken at graduation.
 One of the supplemental requirements of earning an
Indiana Academic Honors Diploma is to take to AP
courses and to take the corresponding exams, or to take
one AP course and one approved dual credit course, or to
meet a certain benchmark on an SAT or ACT.
 To qualify as a dual credit course it must be a course from
the IDOE Priority list and must be offered by a preferred
 Since AP Courses are recognized nationally and
sponsored by the Collegeboard as having passed a course
audit they are easily understood by any college admissions
office in the region or the nation.
AP vs. Dual Credit Courses
 It is important to understand the difference between Advanced
Placement and Dual credit courses.
 AP courses are rigorous, college level courses that end in an
exam that may lead to college credit depending on the score the
student receives, and how the university that the student is
going to attend takes that course
 A dual credit class is the result of an agreement between a
university and either a specific teacher, or a school in which the
university approves a course as to having a syllabus similar
enough to their own course that they offer college credit for the
student who is taking the class in a high school setting.
Dual Credit at JHS
 A list of dual credit courses can be found on the JHS
website under Forms and Presentations.
 The URL is
 It is also important to understand that there are several
agreements in place, but the agreement with OCU is the
agreement that defines our academic dual credit at JHS.
 It is always up to the discretion of the university that the
student attends as to if and how they will accept the credit
coming to them
 Dual credit agreements and regulations that go along with
these agreements have evolved and changed since there
inception. We continue to see a push from the state to
encourage AP expansion and availability, while we also see
indicators that it will become increasingly difficult to offer
a wide variety of dual credit courses.
 Taking the test is a mandatory part of course completion.
 Tests are currently given, and have in recent years been
given the second and third weeks in May. Dates are
published on the AP Central website and are also posted
on the AP Bulletin for Students and Parents.
 Tests must be given on the scheduled date and at the
scheduled time. There is an alternate date for late testing
and a list of circumstances that are acceptable per the
 For the school year 2013-2014 the cost per exam is
 In previous years the state has paid the fee for exams in
the areas of Math and Science. This has been approved
for this year and we expect that to continue although
legislative approval is needed each year.
 Students who receive lunch assistance also receive a
rebate, and in past years the federal government has paid
the balance.
 The Academic Honors Diploma component mandates
that a student not only take the class, but that they also sit
for the test. At this point they do not have to earn a
passing score to be eligible for AHD.
Helpful Websites
 Core Transfer Library
 IU Transfer Service
 Collegeboard AP Transfer Info

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