Advanced Placement Courses at WSHS Elizabeth Jackson-Pettine AP Academic Coordinator February 9, 2015 AP Program: The Basics AP courses are college-level courses offered in high school & sponsored by College Board. AP courses reflect what is taught in top introductory courses. At the end of a course, students take AP Exams -- standardized exams that measure how well they have mastered college-level course work. Students who do well on the exams can earn college credit and/or college placement into advanced courses. The Benefits of AP Courses AP courses are challenging but it is work that pays off: These classes are often the most interesting and fulfilling courses a student takes in high school. AP courses help students develop analytical, critical thinking and writing skills that prepares them for college-level work. They also allow students to develop confidence and learn study habits and time management skills essential for success in college. AP and College Admission Colleges often rank “grades in college prep courses” and “strength of curriculum” as the top two factors in the admission decision. 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP classes favorably impacts admission decision as this indicates that a student has chosen to challenge him/herself. BUT they also say consistency in grades and the overall class schedule are important as well. College Credit Factors AP Exams administered first two weeks of May 1-5 score range: 3, 4 or 5 (the highest) are considered “passing scores” College credit factors vary widely by: Score received College/University Major For more information regarding earning college credit at specific universities and colleges, see https://apscore.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/s earch-credit-policies Credit Policy Information www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy Search by college or university name or by its 4-digit code and it will link you to the college’s own Web page that details its AP credit and placement policies. AP Scores at WSHS 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total # of AP students 816 836 826 842 887 Total # of Exams Given 1786 1718 1784 1853 2018 # of AP exams with scores 3+ 1186 1165 1314 1330 1497 % of students with scores 3+ 74.4 76.0 81.5 78.9 82.5 30 AP Courses Offered ENGLISH SOCIAL STUDIES English Lang & Comp (11th) English Lit & Comp (12th) Government: United States (12th) Government: US & Comparative (12th) Human Geography (10th–12th) Microeconomics/Macroeconomics (11th/12th) Psychology (11th/12th) US History (11th) World History (10th) SCIENCE Biology (11th/12th) Chemistry (11th/12th) Environmental Science (11th/12th) Physics 1, 2 or C (11th/12th) MATHEMATICS Calculus AB (11th/12th) Calculus BC (11th/12th) Computer Science (10th–12th) Statistics (11th/12th) WORLD LANGUAGES French (11th/12th) German (11th/12th) Japanese (11th/12th) Latin (11th/12th) Spanish (11th/12th) FINE ARTS Art History (10th–12th) Music Theory (11th/12th) Studio Art: Drawing Studio Art: 2D/ (11th/12th) Design Portfolio What are AP Courses Like? AP courses typically demand more of students than regular or honors courses. Classes tend to be fast-paced and cover more material than typical high school classes. More time, inside and outside of the classroom, is required to complete lessons, readings and assignments. AP teachers expect students to think critically, analyze and synthesize facts and data, weigh competing perspectives, and write clearly and persuasively. What are AP Courses Like? The following resource may be helpful for students wanting to know what an AP class is like. We welcome students to visit this link. http://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap What are AP Courses Like? AP Course Expectations – on our website http://www.fcps.edu/westspringfieldhs/student services/creditsandcourses.html FCPS & WSHS Guidelines Currently, all students enrolled in an AP course must take the respective AP exam Before a student’s GPA is calculated, an additional 1.0 (for each AP course) is added to the student’s quality credits. However, most colleges disregard this additional weight. NOTE: The letter grade that appears on the report card remains the same. That is, if the student earned a B, a B is reported on the report card but a 4.0 is used is computing the GPA. AP Course Registration Curriculum Fair for students is scheduled Wednesday during Period 4/Spartan Time. Students have the opportunity to visit 4 different teachers to get information about electives/AP courses offered next year. AP Memorandum of Understanding for the 2015-16 school year: We ask students to seek out the necessary information to make the BEST academic decision On our website What can you expect? It is important for your child to consider these factors during the course selection process: areas of interest areas of academic strength the amount of time needed to be successful in all courses extracurricular obligations work/life balance Memorandum of Understanding Support for AP students AP Advanced Seminar Available for students who take 3 or more APs Student Achievement Grant (SAG) Support for students in AP program (AP Boost Camp/Mentoring) Dependent on funding Additional support (to mention a few) Spartan Time After-school with teachers Writing Center Honor society tutoring AP Mini-Sessions & Curriculum Fair Next, from 7:45 to 8:45: Information & presentations regarding specific AP courses by AP teachers (see handout for rooms): Three, 15-minute sessions for larger AP classes (World History, US History, Government, English Language, English Literature, Calculus AB/BC, Psychology, Physics 1 & 2) with 5 minutes passing between sessions AP World History will hold a single session here immediately following this presentation Plus, there is a curriculum fair in the Cafeteria for electives choices and other AP courses Additional questions? Information provided this evening can be found on the WSHS website here http://www.fcps.edu/westspringfieldhs/stud entservices/creditsandcourses.html Contact: Elizabeth Jackson-Pettine, AP Academic Coordinator [email protected] Thank you for your interest in the AP program at WSHS!