AP Back to School Night Presentation

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PINELANDS REGIONAL
SCHOOL DISTRICT
Advanced Placement Program
2014-15
GINA M. FRASCA
AP Coordinator
Welcome to AP!
Pinelands Regional School District
is committed to every student’s success.
We believe that access to rigorous
coursework such as AP,
plays an important role
in a student’s success.
HISTORY OF AP
at PINELANDS
 The Advanced Placement Program began in the school
year 1990-1991.
 At that time, there was only one class running, and it
took 20 years to build up the program to include
multiple AP classes.
 Only the top students were selected to take the AP
classes, and very few passed the examination at the end.
 We have slowly opened up the accessibility to the AP
classes so that any student interested in taking this type
of class can be admitted into the program.
5 Year Summary
2014-15 Enrollment
What is AP?
• AP courses are college-level courses offered in
high school
• Courses reflect what is taught in introductory
college courses
• Students take 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
The Benefits
•
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
The College Admissions
Perspective
•
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
Advantages that
Last a Lifetime
•
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*
Helps Students Graduate
on time and Save Money
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 instate 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
Correlation between Taking AP
classes and Finishing College in
Four Years
The AP Exam
AP Exams are administered by schools worldwide
on set dates in May each year.
• Exams are typically 2–3 hours and include:
•
Multiple-choice questions
•
Free-response items such as essays, problem
solving, document-based questions and oral
response
AP EXAMS
5- Extremely well qualified
4-Well qualified
3-Qualified
2-Possibly qualified
1- No recommendation
***Gateway to Success in College***
AP CREDIT POLICY
 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
www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy.
Myth vs. Reality
Myth
Reality
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 you receive from your classmates and
teachers can help you manage the work load.
I don't think I will score high enough on the AP
Exam to get college credit.
You don’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 could hurt my GPA.
Taking AP courses shows colleges that you’re
willing to challenge yourself academically.
I can’t take AP because no one has recommended
me.
If you think you’re ready to take an AP course,
then you’re ready to advocate for yourself — just
talk to a teacher or counselor.
AP EXAM FEES
Fees this year ~$91 per Exam
Free/Reduced Lunch~ $62 per Exam (reduced rate from the College
Board)
Federal Grant from the State of NJ
Free or Reduced Lunch~
( Awaiting information on this .. $20 per exam in 2013)
We will be launching our online ordering system this year!
AP EXAM FEES
AP EXAM SCHEDULE
WEEK ONE
Date
Morning
Afternoon
Monday
May 4
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Psychology
Tuesday
May 5
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Seminar
AP Chinese Language and Culture
Wednesday
May 6
AP English Literature and
Composition
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Thursday
May 7
AP Computer Science A
AP Spanish Language and
Culture
AP Art History
AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Friday
May 8
AP German Language and
Composition
AP United States History
AP European History
AP EXAM SCHEDULE
WEEK TWO
Date
Morning
Afternoon
Monday
May 11
AP Biology
AP Music Theory
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics C: Electricity and
Magnetism
Tuesday
May 12
AP United States Government
and Politics
AP French Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture
Wednesday AP English Language and
Composition
May 13
AP Statistics
Thursday
May 14
AP Comparative Government
and Politics
AP World History
AP Italian Language and Culture
AP Macroeconomics
Friday
May 15
AP Human Geography
AP Microeconomics
AP Latin
AP RESOURCES
•
AP information: apstudent.collegeboard.org
•
College and Career Planning: bigfuture.org
•
Personalized feedback, practice and college planning
based on your PSAT/NMSQT® results: My College
QuickStart™ www.collegeboard.org/quickstart
•
AP credit policy information from colleges and
universities: www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy
AP CLASSES
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
European History
Macroeconomics
Physics 2
Psychology
United States History
AP ENGLISH
Mrs. Amy Martelli
Pre AP English Language Arts (10)
Mr. Jason Capelli
English Language and Composition (11)
Mr. Anthony Lupo
English Literature and Composition (12)
AP MATHEMATICS
Mr. James Trenelli
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
AP SCIENCE
Ms. Liz Law
Biology
Dr. James Alletto
Physics 2
Mr. Greg Brown
Chemistry
AP SOCIAL STUDIES
Ms. Shannon English
European History
Mr. Mark Bradley
Macroeconomics
Ms. Arlene Mongold
Psychology
Mrs. Katherine Poerner
United States History
AP VISION…
All students in the general population can succeed in an
Advanced Placement class in High School with the proper tools:
 A passionate teacher who is willing to go above and beyond
the normal duties of a classroom. One who is an expert in
his/her content area, but also has a passion for instilling the
love of learning on their students.
 The resources needed to give students the proper tools (texts,
technology, facilities) in order to learn their topic
 Support from the stakeholders ~the Board, Community,
Parents, and the entire Staff
 A shared vision that is communicated to the Stakeholders.
Finding Information on
Our Site
Time to Celebrate!
 Our program has expanded immensely over the last
8 years!
 We were recognized nationally by the College
Board as ~ AP District of the Year in 2011 and 2012
 Our high school has been recognized by the
Washington Post as on of Americas most
challenging high schools!
A RECENT PINELANDS
GRAD SAID..
 “I just wanted to write to let you know how beneficial
your class was in getting ready for college…”
 “I’m helping a few people on my floor write essays…”
 Thank you again for everything!”
AP WALLS OF FAME
Study Sessions/
PEP RALLY
 Study sessions will be offered to the students
as the exams approach. Each AP teacher is
allotted 20 extra hours to work with their
students.
 We will also have our
Fourth Annual AP PEP Rally
Thank you
AP TEACHERS!
“Ideal teachers are those who use
themselves as bridges over which they
invite their students to cross, then
having facilitated their crossing, joyfully
collapse, encouraging them to create
bridges of their own."
-- Nikos Kazantzak
FINAL THOUGHTS
Being the Pinelands Regional AP Coordinator
has been one of the most rewarding professional
experiences I have had thus far. From the
moment these students enter into the program,
until graduation day, I am committed to
providing these students with the most rigorous
and comprehensive program to prepare them
for life in college and their careers.
Recent Grad…
Thank you
AP PARENTS!
“You,
the parent, are your child's
first teacher and his best teacher.
It's an awesome responsibility, but
one that brings immeasurable
rewards."
-Jacquie McTaggart
Contact Information
Gina M. [email protected]
609-296-3106 x 2221
Secretary~ Mrs. Linda Getz~ [email protected]
609-296-3106 x 2263
Please contact me or your son/daughter’s AP Teacher
with any questions or concerns.
Choose AP!
Reach Higher…
Learn Differently…
Find your Passion…
Imagine and Succeed…
Challenge Yourself…
Get the Credit You Deserve!!

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