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!!